Link Tank: How the Pandemic Will Change Zombie Stories

Zombie stories, fun facts about Coyote Ugly, what to expect from Black Hat 2020, and more in today's Link Tank!

Zombies from The Walking Dead

Zombie horror has always adhered to certain tropes, but here’s why these tropes are going to have to change.

“At the core of every book, video game, television series, or movie involving a zombie apocalypse is an idea about humanity’s drive to consume, or how easy it would be for civilizations to crumble in the midst of an unforeseen disaster. Like, for instance, the sudden spread of a deadly virus that swept its way across the entire globe within a matter of weeks.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Andrew Lincoln, star of The Walking Dead, still has not watched The Walking Dead.

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“If you want to talk about more recent episodes of The Walking Dead with Andrew Lincoln, you might be out of luck. The star, who brought Rick Grimes to life for 9 seasons, hasn’t watched himself as Rick Grimes—famously so—and it seems that he’s still not watching, putting him entirely out of the loop since he left the show.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The cult classic Coyote Ugly is turning 20. Check out these fun facts about this movie.

Coyote Ugly, the cult classic that launched the careers of Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia, is celebrating its 20th birthday. Though still shy of legal drinking age, the film belongs to a group of early 2000s chick flicks with varying degrees of girl power…”

Read more at Mental Floss.

A new challenge is going viral on TikTok: Dog owners are telling stories to their pets using their “favorite” words. Here’s what that means for animal science.

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“Science trends populating TikTok can inspire plant parents or strike morbid awe over human anatomy. Others make you question your relationship with man’s best friend. In one of the latest challenges on the platform, dog owners are using their pets’ ‘favorite’ words in a story and filming how the dogs react.”

Read more at Inverse.

Black Hat 2020 is just around the corner. Here’s what you can expect out of this year’s event.

“Security researchers can be a lonely crew. They sit in their labs, or basements, thinking deep thoughts, probing devices and networks, and coming up with new insights into ways the bad guys could compromise security. Once a year, they come out of their lairs, blink a few times, and hop a plane to the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.”

Read more at PCMag.

Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, is a celebration of the magnificence of blackness.

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“Perhaps the most wholesome content that has hit streaming services recently, Black Is King — the visual album written, directed, and executive-produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter — finally arrived on Disney+ this past Friday. It comes during a summer of boiling racial tensions and highly publicized accounts of police brutality, when many people remain shocked, hurt, and furious from the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and far too many others.”

Read more at Thrillist.