I have always been a huge fan of crossovers. When I first saw Fred Flintstone and George Jetson together my diaper filled with bricks. Seeing worlds collide and interact is amazing. Needn’t look further than the Avengers to see how it’s a money making endeavor. But, with film and TV these events are well planned. The upcoming Simpsons/Family Guy crossover will have been 2 years in the making by time of release.
There is one medium that can deliver a complete and utter unplannedness of crossover. That can give us a point in time when 2 completely random bodies touch. YouTube. Back in April of 2011, HugoSpins met Catchme1955.
The HugoSpins page stars Hugo Topaz, a disbarred lawyer who spends his newly gained free time spinning his cares and calories away (performance art?). Catchme1955 is a page consisting of an eloquent balance of random occurrences in the page owner’s life (Jello Wrestling at his local bar) and favorited clips from his most watched TV shows (a lot of Married With Children).
One special day, Hugo decided to go spinning down main street. A risky choice considering he usually crashes to the ground after a few minutes from dizziness. Below is the video, the main point of interest occurs between 1:45 and 3:30.
That same day, Catchme1955 was on a scavenger hunt or something, and saw a strange man spinning. His first instinct was to whip out a camera, record, and approach the strange man. Video below:
Two complete strangers almost literally bumping into each other. Now, I’ll concede that this is not the same caliber as a Jetson meeting a Flintstone, but this is what YouTube is all about. Entertainment as a social media.