Zombies Unite to Challenge Thriller Record

Undead throngs dance to honor Michael Jackson's memory
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2009 2:49 PM CDT
Chinese fans of Michael Jackson take part in a "Thrill the World" event in Chengdu, Sichuan province, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities around the world turned out last night to honor Michael Jackson with a world record for the number of people performing a single song simultaneously. The Thriller-a-thon, dubbed "Thrill the World," was an attempt to shatter the current record of 13,597—a fraction of the 270,000 projected for last night's effort. Dancers from China to France to Argentina participated, with proceeds from many events going to charity.

"For my father, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are the real kings," a 10-year-old zombie in Buenos Aires told AFP. "But personally I like Michael more."