Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

Ever Heard of a Micro Amusement Park?



Ever wonder what your life would have been like if your dad had created Chuck E. Cheese? You’d grow up to create micro amusement parks. Brent Bushnell is the son of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell and learned his amusement entrepreneurial ways from his dad. He is the co-founder of the experiential entertainment company Two Bit Circus, which has a focus on learning about technology fun.

Today, Two Bit Circus announced that they have closed $15 million in Series B funding to go toward creating what they are calling a “micro-amusement park.” Each park will be an entertainment center of about 30,000 square feet and will contain a variety of amusement park and entertainment options, including “multi-person virtual reality and mixed reality games, social play experiences, group games, molecular gastronomy and mixology.” In today’s release, Two Bit Circus was sure to point out that the new facilities would include “liberal use of lasers, fire and robots.” Read more>>>

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