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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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03-17-13, 11:25 AM (EST)
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"Trope Of The Day V: tropes spring eternal"
On the other hand, the Random button is about as reliable and trustworthy as Ryan Seacrest reading a vote ranking order.

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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
 #401 Estee 03-17-13 1
   RE: #401 kingfish 03-17-13 2
 #402 (more evil incarnate) Estee 03-18-13 3
 #403 Estee 03-19-13 4
   RE: #403 kingfish 03-19-13 5
       RE: #403 Estee 03-19-13 6
           RE: #403 kingfish 03-19-13 7
   RE: #403 cahaya 03-19-13 8
 #404 Estee 03-20-13 9
   RE: #404 kingfish 03-20-13 10
 #405 Estee 03-21-13 11
   RE: #405 kingfish 03-21-13 12
 #406 Estee 03-22-13 13
   RE: #406 kingfish 03-22-13 14
 #407 Estee 03-23-13 15
 #408 Estee 03-24-13 16
 #409 Estee 03-25-13 17
   RE: #409 kingfish 03-25-13 18
 #410 Estee 03-26-13 19
   RE: #410 kingfish 03-26-13 20
       RE: #410 foonermints 03-26-13 21
   RE: #410 Molaholic 03-26-13 22
 #411 (real life) Estee 03-27-13 23
   RE: #411 (real life) kingfish 03-27-13 24
 #412 Estee 03-28-13 25
   RE: #412 kingfish 03-28-13 26
 #413 Estee 03-29-13 27
   RE: #413 kingfish 03-29-13 28
 #414 Estee 03-30-13 29
 #415 Estee 03-31-13 30
   RE: #415 kingfish 04-01-13 31
 #416 Estee 04-01-13 32
   RE: #416 kingfish 04-01-13 33
 RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spr... Estee 04-02-13 34
   RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spr... kingfish 04-02-13 35
 #417/418 (host) Estee 04-03-13 36
   RE: #417/418 (host) kingfish 04-04-13 38
 #419 Estee 04-04-13 37
   RE: #419 kingfish 04-04-13 39
       RE: #419 Estee 04-04-13 40
           RE: #419 kingfish 04-04-13 41
               RE: #419 Estee 04-04-13 42
                   RE: #419 kingfish 04-04-13 43
                       RE: #419 dabo 04-05-13 44
 #420 (our newest Pope) Estee 04-05-13 45
 #421 (mysteries) Estee 04-06-13 46
 #422 Estee 04-07-13 47
   RE: #422 kingfish 04-08-13 48
 #423 (video games) Estee 04-08-13 49
   RE: #423 (video games) kingfish 04-08-13 50
       RE: #423 (video games) Estee 04-08-13 51
           RE: #423 (video games) kingfish 04-08-13 52
               RE: #423 (video games) Estee 04-08-13 53
                   RE: #423 (video games) cahaya 04-08-13 54
 #424 Estee 04-09-13 55
   RE: #424 kingfish 04-09-13 56
 #425 Estee 04-10-13 57
   RE: #425 kingfish 04-10-13 58
       RE: #425 Estee 04-10-13 59
           RE: #425 cahaya 04-10-13 60
               RE: #425 kingfish 04-10-13 61
                   RE: #425 Estee 04-10-13 62
                       RE: #425 kingfish 04-10-13 63
                           RE: #425 kingfish 04-10-13 64
 #426 Estee 04-11-13 65
   RE: #426 kingfish 04-11-13 66
 #427 Estee 04-12-13 67
   RE: #427 kingfish 04-12-13 68
       RE: #427 cahaya 04-12-13 72
 RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spr... foonermints 04-12-13 69
   RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spr... kingfish 04-12-13 70
       RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spr... foonermints 04-12-13 71
           RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spr... cahaya 04-13-13 74
 #428 Estee 04-13-13 73
   RE: #428 cahaya 04-13-13 75
   RE: #428 kingfish 04-13-13 76
       RE: #428 Estee 04-13-13 77
 #429 Estee 04-14-13 78
   RE: #429 kingfish 04-15-13 79
 #430 (fashion accessory) Estee 04-15-13 80
   RE: #430 (fashion accessory) kingfish 04-15-13 81
 #431 Estee 04-16-13 82
   RE: #431 kingfish 04-16-13 83
       RE: #431 Estee 04-16-13 84
           RE: #431 kingfish 04-16-13 85
 #432 Estee 04-17-13 86
   RE: #432 kingfish 04-17-13 87
       RE: #432 Estee 04-17-13 88
           RE: #432 kingfish 04-17-13 89
               RE: #432 Estee 04-17-13 90
                   RE: #432 kingfish 04-17-13 91
                   RE: #432 kingfish 04-19-13 100
       RE: #432 cahaya 04-18-13 92
           RE: #432 kingfish 04-18-13 94
               RE: #432 cahaya 04-18-13 96
 #433 Estee 04-18-13 93
   RE: #433 kingfish 04-18-13 95
       RE: #433 cahaya 04-18-13 97
 #434 (comics creation) Estee 04-19-13 98
   RE: #434 (comics creation) kingfish 04-19-13 99
 #435 Estee 04-20-13 101
   RE: #435 kingfish 04-20-13 102
       RE: #435 cahaya 04-20-13 103
 #436 Estee 04-21-13 104
   RE: Kingfish foonermints 04-21-13 105
       RE: Kingfish Estee 04-21-13 106
           RE: Kingfish foonermints 04-21-13 108
   RE: #436 kingfish 04-21-13 107
 #437 (reality TV. And Congress) Estee 04-22-13 109
   RE: #437 (reality TV. And Congress... kingfish 04-22-13 110
 #438 Estee 04-23-13 111
   RE: #438 kingfish 04-23-13 112
 #439 Estee 04-24-13 113
   RE: #439 kingfish 04-24-13 114
       RE: #439 Estee 04-24-13 115
           RE: #439 kingfish 04-24-13 116
 #440 (not reality TV) Estee 04-25-13 117
   RE: #440 (not reality TV) kingfish 04-25-13 118
 #441 Estee 04-26-13 119
   RE: #441 kingfish 04-26-13 120
       RE: #441 cahaya 04-26-13 121
       RE: #441 Estee 04-26-13 122
 #442 Estee 04-27-13 123
   RE: #442 kingfish 04-27-13 124
 #443 Estee 04-28-13 125
   RE: #443 kingfish 04-28-13 126
       RE: #443 kidflash212 04-28-13 127
           RE: #443 foonermints 04-28-13 128
               RE: #443 kingfish 04-28-13 129
           RE: #443 Estee 04-28-13 130
               RE: #443 kingfish 04-29-13 132
 #444 Estee 04-29-13 131
   RE: #444 kingfish 04-29-13 133
   RE: #444 kidflash212 04-29-13 134
       RE: #444 Estee 04-29-13 135
           RE: #444 kidflash212 04-29-13 136
 #445 Estee 04-30-13 137
   RE: #445 kingfish 04-30-13 138
       RE: #445 (Pink Floyd tangent) Estee 04-30-13 139
           RE: #445 (Pink Floyd tangent) kingfish 05-01-13 141
 #446 Estee 05-01-13 140
   RE: #446 kingfish 05-01-13 142
 #447 Estee 05-02-13 143
   RE: #447 kingfish 05-02-13 144
 #448 (games) Estee 05-03-13 145
   RE: #448 (games) cahaya 05-04-13 147
 #449 Estee 05-04-13 146
 #450 Estee 05-05-13 148
   RE: #450 kingfish 05-05-13 149
 #451 Estee 05-06-13 150
   RE: #451 kingfish 05-06-13 151
 #452 Estee 05-07-13 152
   RE: #452 cahaya 05-07-13 153
   RE: #452 kingfish 05-07-13 154
 #453 (reality TV) Estee 05-08-13 155
   RE: #453 (reality TV) kingfish 05-08-13 156
       RE: #453 (reality TV) Estee 05-08-13 157
 #454 (for Brenda) Estee 05-09-13 158
   RE: #454 (for Brenda) kingfish 05-09-13 159
 #455 Estee 05-10-13 160
   RE: #455 kingfish 05-10-13 161
       RE: #455 Estee 05-10-13 162
 #456 Estee 05-11-13 163
   #456 kingfish 05-11-13 164
       Hey! foonermints 05-11-13 165
           RE: Hey! dabo 05-11-13 166
               No! foonermints 05-11-13 167
                   RE: No! dabo 05-11-13 168
                       YES! foonermints 05-11-13 169
 #457 Estee 05-12-13 170
   RE: #457 kidflash212 05-12-13 171
 #458 Estee 05-13-13 172
   RE: #458 kingfish 05-13-13 173
       RE: #458 cahaya 05-13-13 174
 #459 Estee 05-14-13 175
   RE: #459 dabo 05-14-13 176
       RE: #459 kingfish 05-14-13 177
 #460 Estee 05-15-13 178
   RE: #460 kingfish 05-15-13 179
       RE: #460 Estee 05-15-13 180
           RE: #460 cahaya 05-15-13 181
 #461 (as old as fiction) Estee 05-16-13 182
   RE: #461 (as old as fiction) kingfish 05-16-13 183
 #462 Estee 05-17-13 184
   RE: #462 kingfish 05-17-13 185
 #463 Estee 05-18-13 186
   RE: #463 kingfish 05-18-13 187
   RE: #463 dabo 05-18-13 188
       RE: #463 cahaya 05-18-13 189
           RE: #463 dabo 05-18-13 190
   Doldrums kidflash212 05-18-13 191
 #464 (warning: bad writing ahead!... Estee 05-19-13 192
   RE: #464 (warning: bad writing ah... kingfish 05-19-13 193
 #465 Estee 05-20-13 194
   RE: #465 kidflash212 05-20-13 195
       RE: #465 kingfish 05-20-13 196
 #466 Estee 05-21-13 197
   RE: #466 kidflash212 05-21-13 198
       RE: #466 Snidget 05-21-13 199
           RE: #466 kidflash212 05-21-13 200
       RE: #466 kingfish 05-21-13 201
           RE: #466 kidflash212 05-21-13 202
 #467 Estee 05-22-13 203
   RE: #467 kingfish 05-22-13 204
 #468 (huh) Estee 05-23-13 205
   RE: #468 (huh) kingfish 05-23-13 206
       RE: #468 (huh) cahaya 05-23-13 208
           RE: #468 (huh) kingfish 05-24-13 210
               RE: #468 (huh) cahaya 05-24-13 212
   well... cqvenus 05-23-13 207
 #469 Estee 05-24-13 209
   RE: #469 kingfish 05-24-13 211
 #470 Estee 05-25-13 213
   RE: #470 cahaya 05-25-13 214
 #471 Estee 05-26-13 215
 #472 Estee 05-27-13 216
 #473 Estee 05-28-13 217
 #474 (coming soon to a theather ne... Estee 05-29-13 218
   Un-see THIS! kingfish 05-30-13 221
       And THIS! cahaya 05-30-13 222
 #475 (historical) Estee 05-30-13 219
   RE: #475 (historical) kingfish 05-30-13 220
 #476 Estee 05-31-13 223
   RE: #476 kingfish 05-31-13 224
 #477 Estee 06-01-13 225
   RE: #477 cahaya 06-01-13 226
 #478 (goodness gracious) Estee 06-02-13 227
   RE: #478 (goodness gracious) kingfish 06-02-13 228
 #479 (games) Estee 06-03-13 229
   RE: #479 (games) kingfish 06-03-13 230
       RE: #479 (games) suzzee 06-03-13 231
 #480 Estee 06-04-13 232
   RE: #480 kingfish 06-04-13 233
       RE: #480 Estee 06-04-13 234
           RE: #480 kingfish 06-04-13 235
               RE: #480 Estee 06-04-13 236
 #481 Estee 06-05-13 237
   RE: #481 kingfish 06-05-13 238
       RE: #481 Estee 06-05-13 239
           RE: #481 kingfish 06-05-13 240
           RE: #481 kidflash212 06-05-13 241
 #482 Estee 06-06-13 242
   RE: #482 kingfish 06-06-13 243
 #483 Estee 06-07-13 244
   RE: #483 kingfish 06-07-13 245
       RE: #483 cahaya 06-07-13 246
 #484 (just about link only) Estee 06-08-13 247
   RE: #484 (just about link only) cahaya 06-08-13 248
       RE: #484 (just about link only) Estee 06-08-13 249
   RE: #484 (just about link only) kingfish 06-08-13 250
       RE: #484 (just about link only) cahaya 06-08-13 251
           RE: #484 (just about link only) kingfish 06-08-13 252
 #485 Estee 06-09-13 253
 #486 (video games) Estee 06-10-13 254
   RE: #486 (video games) kingfish 06-10-13 255
       RE: #486 (video games) suzzee 06-10-13 256
           RE: #486 (video games) kingfish 06-10-13 257
 #487 Estee 06-11-13 258
   RE: #487 kingfish 06-11-13 259
       RE: #487 suzzee 06-11-13 260
   They Forgot dabo 06-11-13 261
       Maybe... Estee 06-11-13 262
 #488 (Hey, Fooner!) Estee 06-12-13 263
   RE: #488 (Hey, Fooner!) kingfish 06-12-13 264
 #489 Estee 06-13-13 265
   RE: #489 kingfish 06-13-13 266
 #490 Estee 06-14-13 267
   RE: #490 kingfish 06-14-13 268
       RE: #490 Estee 06-14-13 269
           RE: #490 kingfish 06-14-13 270
 #491 Estee 06-15-13 271
   RE: #491 Molaholic 06-15-13 272
   RE: #491 kingfish 06-15-13 273
   RE: #491 dabo 06-15-13 274
 #492 Estee 06-16-13 275
   RE: #492 kingfish 06-16-13 276
   RE: #492 dabo 06-16-13 277
 #493 (see above) Estee 06-17-13 278
   RE: #493 (see above) kingfish 06-17-13 279
   RE: #493 (see above) dabo 06-17-13 280
 #494 (here come the fights) Estee 06-18-13 281
   RE: #494 (here come the fights) kingfish 06-18-13 282
 #495 Estee 06-19-13 283
   RE: #495 kingfish 06-19-13 284
   RE: #495 kidflash212 06-19-13 285
       RE: #495 Estee 06-19-13 286
           RE: #495 kidflash212 06-19-13 288
   RE: #495 cahaya 06-19-13 287
 #496 Estee 06-20-13 289
   RE: #496 kingfish 06-20-13 290
 #497 (Courtney Yates & Danielle Do... Estee 06-21-13 291
   RE: #497 (Courtney Yates & Daniell... kingfish 06-21-13 292
 #498 (engineer's nightmare) Estee 06-22-13 293
   RE: #498 (engineer's nightmare) dabo 06-22-13 294
   RE: #498 (engineer's nightmare) cahaya 06-23-13 296
 #499 Estee 06-23-13 295
   RE: #499 cahaya 06-23-13 297
   RE: #499 Snidget 06-23-13 298
       RE: #499 cahaya 06-23-13 299
   RE: #499 kingfish 06-24-13 300
 #500 (music) Estee 06-24-13 301
   RE: #500 (music) kingfish 06-24-13 302

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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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03-17-13, 11:32 AM (EST)
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1. "#401"
So you're saying the Focus On The Family headquarters burned to the ground last night?

And all the major members were inside attending a conference?

Plus every single six-digit donor on up is verified as having been in the building?

And the fire department wasn't able to rescue anyone?

Whatever.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IncriminatingIndifference

Huh. I'm low on soap. Better go take care of that.

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03-17-13, 05:11 PM (EST)
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2. "RE: #401"
Oh Boo hoo hoo.

Life is so hard.

Cry me a river.

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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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03-18-13, 08:42 AM (EST)
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3. "#402 (more evil incarnate)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FashionMagazine

So apparently the theme of this century is going to be 'things which bring out the arsonist in us all.'

*mutter*

Remind me not to be found near anything flammable for a few hours.

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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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03-19-13, 04:51 AM (EST)
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4. "#403"
LAST EDITED ON 03-19-13 AT 09:23 AM (EST)

You do what is right -- because it is right. Good is an absolute. The world is not. There are laws that are meant to protect people, yes. Those laws can help and you'll follow them whenever possible. And sometimes those laws get in the way. There are times when those laws are evil in and of themselves, and in either case? You will break them to do what's right. The world can call you a criminal for it. Society can label you as unmutual because you're willing to help anyone, not just those few lucky enough to be fully defined as citizens, or holy, or just as people. Let them. Maybe you'll build new laws. Maybe you'll keep breaking the ones already present. Whatever works best for the greatest number.

There are times when you've met evil with an outstretched hand and offer of comfort instead of a fist and sword. Sometimes it even worked. And when it didn't, that hand became a fist quickly enough, and a sword is always close by. Just because you can fight doesn't mean you always want to. Is it more important to turn someone away from evil or punish them for it? That's a variable -- one you recognize where others don't.

To do what is right. Not because someone says you must. Not because a structure of any kind dictates your actions. But because it. is. right.

tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NeutralGood
http://tinyurl.com/TVTropesNeutralGood

It's not easy. But it has to be done. And you're the one who has to do it. Because once you've seen that action must be taken -- how can you do anything else?

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03-19-13, 09:12 AM (EST)
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5. "RE: #403"
Link doesn't work, but that’s of little importance to me. I know Estee well enough to trust that when she says to the turn the other cheek that she has the right of it, and that she will fight the good fight in defense of small children, purse dogs, and the American way. Maybe Tea Partiers not so much, but everybody has chinks in their moral code.

One just has to envy evil though, when she reaches out the hand of comfort, and of the warm enfolding of her generous bosom.




To the Shwack shack with you!

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03-19-13, 09:49 AM (EST)
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6. "RE: #403"
And then there's The Knee Of Discouragement, The Knuckles Of Back Off, and everyone's personal favorite, The Taser Of Quick, Somebody Upload The Video On This Twitching Fool.

Got it linked, but I had to use a runaround: every direct copy lacked the initial coding.

I will not try to define my personal moral code along the axis of the original D&D nine alignments. If I've learned anything through occasionally browsing through the Order Of The Stick forums, it's that alignment discussions always lead to one fight and often create two to three thousand. Okay, two things: that and don't start one.

http://friendshipisdragons.thecomicseries.com/comics/214/

Ever.

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7. "RE: #403"
What? Oh, sorry, still distracted by that warm bosom thing.



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8. "RE: #403"
This was most common alignment for my D&D and AD&D characters (about 40% of them). Being lawful-good could be a pain in the arse with the rules and being chaotic-good can be problematic in a role-playing setting with the lawful types.
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03-20-13, 06:39 AM (EST)
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9. "#404"
There are times when an actor becomes so associated with a role that afterwards, audiences seeing that person will only perceive that role. It doesn't matter what they're playing: everyone just thinks of that one show/play/movie, and it never stops.

This trope? Is the reverse.

For today's random draw, we're looking at performers who can't get an audience to accept them in a part because all the viewership perceives is the actor. Not the role: the person playing it. That performer may be too well-known to fade into the skin of another: hardly their fault (some of the time), but that's how the audience sees it. Maybe they keep playing the same part over and over agin in different films, so it's This Woman In A Cop Movie followed by This Woman In Space which leads up to This Woman Trying For Oscar Bait. Some of them just play themselves, and do so repeatedly no matter how badly they fit the script. There are a lot of these actors, and they all seem to keep working -- which makes it a path others will follow.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IAmNotLeonardNimoy

Just be glad there are no reality show examples.

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03-20-13, 08:40 AM (EST)
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10. "RE: #404"
So, I read the post, and the first actor that came to mind was John Wayne. Then I go to the link. Sure enough, John Wayne tops the list.

I actually thought he was great in True Grit. Mainly because his role was the same role he'd been practicing all his life. His naturalness was natural. And he was paid Hollywood money for it. What a life.

Kim Darby had the truly brilliant performance. Too bad they were associated with the performance disaster that was Glen Campbell.


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03-21-13, 06:55 AM (EST)
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11. "#405"
"See, their song goes "ding-ding-ding da-da ding-ding/ding-ding-ding da-da ding-ding",
and mine goes "ding-ding-ding da-da ding-ding/ding-ding-ding-ding da-da ding-ding".
It's totally different."

-- Vanilla Ice, comparing his Ice Ice Baby to Queen's Under Pressure

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SuspiciouslySimilarSong?from=Main.TheJimmyHartVersion

This is everywhere. The trope examples stretch across nine genre category pages. Some of them may make you smile, a couple are brilliant, and more than a few are going to be irritating.

We invoked Vanilla Ice. Irritation is guaranteed.

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03-21-13, 08:13 AM (EST)
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12. "RE: #405"
Conan OBrian has a recurring bit that he does two or three times a month called the "Name the Well Known Tune That This Sounds Suspiciously Like But That We Don't Have the Money to Pay For". Then a comic in the role of a sleezy nightclub singer paraphrases the words to an obvious knock off backed up by the house band. They manage to make it pretty funny.

And make that the last time that Vanilla Ice is mentioned in this Forum.

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13. "#406"
So if you throw blood on those wearing fur, what's appropriate here? Droppings? Lots of droppings? The average daily output of a New York pigeon, assuming you're capable of lifting fifteen tons?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FluffyFashionFeathers

Throw the designer? That's never a bad idea.

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14. "RE: #406"
Big bird poop.
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15. "#407"
Hello,

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MyNameIsInigoMontoya

You killed my father.

Prepare to die.

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16. "#408"
Someone you care about is about to go charging off into potentially fatal danger -- no, make that almost certainly fatal danger. You are of the opinion that they should not go. You? Will go in their place, because it's better that you perish than they suffer a single moment, other than, you know, all the ensuing mourning. But before you can rush out to get yourself killed, you must stop them from doing it first. Do you:

A. Lock the doors.
B. Hide the car keys, money, bus pass, train schedule, and airline miles.
C. Tie them down with whatever's handy and call the police to free them when you're about ten feet from your own destination.
D. Hit them over the head with a frying pan, potentially fracturing the skull and causing anything from severe bruising to death in your attempt to inflict unconsciousness which will last long enough to keep them out of the action.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PercussivePrevention

On the plus side, they would then have to escape from the hospital room.

Or the coffin.

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17. "#409"
I can't pass up an opportunity to use the lead page quote.

'The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat around the bush. "Make it evil," he'd been told. "Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sorts of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it, then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand; it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with."' (Douglas Adams)

However, for this trope, the central purpose of the gun is to just be looked at. Because someone looking at it will be terrified. The last thing they want is for you to fire it. They will do anything to prevent that trigger from being pulled -- and ideally, that means you'll never have to use the thing. The nastier the weapon looks, the more damage it does, total awareness of just how bad that is -- and the mere presence of that power leads to a total lack of actual firing.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WeaponForIntimidation

In theory.

In real life, the other party generally gets their own and then dares you to see if the bullets meet in the middle.

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18. "RE: #409"
One ploy of this sort that might work is to mount a Hantz head on your weapon. Or a Piers head.

Preferably, an authentic head.

On the other hand, if you want to amuse your opponent, a Busey head. Or a Trump head.

Again, preferably the real thing.

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19. "#410"
Good reach on the mounting -- which is typically wood and barely able to take the weight of the very unbalanced metal at the far end, and will snap the instant anyone plants a strike on the right point. Also, you're holding it by handles attached to the wood. Both hands separated by a good distance, with no direct grip on the mount. Guess how well you can hold onto this thing when someone lands a non-snapping blow on it.

But at least there's a a very long blade -- that curves. Towards you. And the sharpened cutting surface for both blade and point is on the inner edge. Of course, that very long handle keeps them away from you, but there will be times your opponent can force the whole unit back and hello, self-impaling. And by the way, the blade is horizontal. Just try swinging it in an uppercut. Go on, try it -- oops, there went that handle again.

They look terrifying. The death inferences are locked in place. You don't want to actually be hit by one. But the best way to be on the receiving end is to be on the wielding one -- so as a weapon, it lacks something.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SinisterScythe

As an 'oh crap' inducer, it's priceless.

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20. "RE: #410"
As a weapon I can see how it would lack efficiency and practicality.

But if someone came at me with a scythe, I would run away, terrified by the sight and very much aware that up to that moment I had never really given any thought to planning a defensive move against a scythe. And of course then it would be way too late.

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21. "RE: #410"
I've used a chainsaw-on-a-stick. Scary!


Like robots. Robots are scary.

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22. "RE: #410"
Looks like something a mohel could use.
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23. "#411 (real life)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheBadGuyWins

99.9% of the time.

The remainder just provides time to regroup.

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24. "RE: #411 (real life)"
So, we end up in a world where a Reality show isn't really a reality show unless there is a Hantz on it?

What I liked about this was the link to the "Shoot the Shaggy Dog" trope.

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25. "#412"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Diary

Because you can't put your hackable online status notes in that forgotten dumbwaiter behind your bed.

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26. "RE: #412"
LAST EDITED ON 03-28-13 AT 09:34 AM (EST)

I'm more of a "make up someone else's diary/blog" than a "write my own story" kinda guy.

As demonstrated with the UofK guy. He just wishes it were true.



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27. "#413"
Time travelers -- those going backwards -- frequently have trouble with technology. Namely, that whatever there is of it, they brought with them. And typically, they won't have the tools they need to maintain it, much less repair or rebuild from scratch, and there is no industrial society which can manage the trick for them. Slightly hard to deal with if said malfunctioning tech is what was supposed to get you home in the first place. What are you supposed to do, recreate the march of industry from the six simple machines to portable wormhole generators all by yourself -- before your lifespan runs out?

Some will try exactly that, keeping it totally private so as not to damage history. But they're not the totality. A few will openly recruit help from the local geniuses of the era and gather financial support along the way, either not caring about what this does to the timestream or because they figure it's too late already. A few came back to do exactly this in the first place. Moveable print in 1200 B.C. Antibiotics before the Black Plague. Moses with another kind of tablet.

Change the technology, change the world...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GivingRadioToTheRomans

...and not necessarily for the better.

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28. "RE: #413"
LAST EDITED ON 03-29-13 AT 09:08 AM (EST)

I've got a brand new time machine. Should I go forth bring back a few year's worth of powerball numbers?

Or take a flame thrower, a .45 and a big box of ammo back to certain specific times?

Or a rocket big enough to divert an astroid?

How about inventing a parlor game that involves going back in time, making a specific change (editing Moses's tablets? Stepping on a butterfly on a remote deserted isle?) and returning to see how history changed. Fun for all.

These decisions vex me.

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29. "#414"
I have taken a picture with an incredibly low-resolution camera. To call the resulting image eight-bit would be an insult to cabinet video games. You're lucky if you can make out the most vague shapes in the background -- like, say, buildings. And because I was standing in the wrong place at the right time, this picture contains the complete story of a murder. Victim, method, angles, and the identity of the killer. None of which can possibly be made out because it's all a blur of hyper-pixels which makes it look as if I was doing an abstract painting out of Tetris blocks. Clearly nothing can resolve this mess.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EnhanceButton

Nothing except The Power Of Repeated Media Lies!

Sadly, this is one of the tropes people now expect to work in real life. On demand. Right next to the ESC key.

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30. "#415"
So if divorce is a mortal sin, and you remarry the person you originally separated from, you still get to burn forever, right?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ComedyOfRemarriage

Now that's funny.

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31. "RE: #415"
Thus supporting arguments for and against polygamy.
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32. "#416"
Ah, the horse. What a magnificent specimen. Able to run at forty miles per hour for days on end without tiring, much less needing to stop for food and water. Their legs are indestructible, their hooves moreso. Their stomachs can handle any food a human can eat, so there's no need to worry about special provisions, ever. Immune systems that stand up to any disease. Gentle dispositions except when you want them to fight, and then they'll fearlessly attach whatever you designate as the enemy until it's dead. Smart? Why, some of them are smarter than your average Congressional representative! And let me tell you about how well they handle unexpected situations with no stress whatsoever --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SomewhereAnEquestrianIsCrying

-- but the Congress part was true...

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33. "RE: #416"
I once dated a girl (and no, this one was real) that was obsessed with her horses. She owned and rode several.

So, naturally I had to act interested in riding horses. Acting interested meant that I had to ride them. And I had to be enthusiastic about it. And I had to treat the horse like it was made of the flimsiest tissue paper. Since I had a tendency to yank on the reins like they do in Westerns, yell “Yee Haw”, and poke them in the ribs with my heels, I was soon in deep disfavor with the girl whose philosophy was (I think) to simply imagine what you wanted the horse to do. Very nuanced, and it seemed to work for her. But it never worked like that for me. I guess I just wasn't 'one' with the horse.

Long story short, I learned that, yeah, horses are finicky and fragile, that they aren’t able to gallop as long as they seem to in movies, and finally that women who ride horses are pretty picky and can be real bitches. Boyfriends of women who are obsessed with riding horses never rank higher in the pecking order than the horse, and often rank under horse feed, saddles, and shrubbery.

And I also learned that riding horses does something to crotch/groin muscles that takes a week or so to get over.



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34. "RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spring eternal"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BulletproofFashionPlate

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35. "RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes spring eternal"
LAST EDITED ON 04-02-13 AT 08:44 AM (EST)

Scene opens:

A fake duck swims up the canal. It's an obvious fake, yet it is purposefully swimming to a point on shore. Puzzling.

The duck rises and it becomes obvious that the duck was a decoy being worn by a man, like a hat. The music tells you that something sneaky is happening. Intriguing.

The man climbs up on the canal bank in a wet suit, is seen to begin taking off the suit, and emerges a few minutes later in a non-rumpled immaculate tuxedo, attitude debonair, hair perfectly coiffed, nails gentlemanly elegant. Impossible. Yet cool beyond description. And the music explodes to the theme of a 007 thriller.

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36. "#417/418 (host)"
As there are pages for works of fiction, there are pages for those who sponsor or air them. This means networks tend to have them, and with this press of the Random button, one finally came up.

Admittedly, I wasn't expecting this to be first out of the gate.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/TheHub?from=Main.TheHub

Trollestia strikes again.

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38. "RE: #417/418 (host)"
It's hard to get into this one.

Hit that button again.

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37. "#419"
It is a sixty-foot tall piece of alien technology in roughly humanoid shape.

It has enough firepower to devastate a city in under five minutes.

It is sentient.

It considers a single human to be its absolute lord and master.

That human is nine years old.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheKidWithTheRemoteControl

So hand over the candy.

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39. "RE: #419"
And again.
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40. "RE: #419"
You cannot tell me with a straight face that when you were nine years old, having total control of a sixty-foot tall invincible alien robot would not have been the greatest thing which ever happened to you.

Also, if you have not seen The Iron Giant, rectify by this Sunday and have a full report on someone's desk.

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41. "RE: #419"
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(At that age I was checking out sister’s Barbie doll cleavage. Ok, maybe superhero role playing too, but way back then they hadn’t invented robots, nor had I read Asimov. Yet. But yeah, that would have been pretty cool. Would be pretty cool today as a matter of fact.)

I or II? Or should we wait for III?

Long review short of them all (in my imagination):

Robert Downey Jr. Is an arrogant actor. Sometimes brilliant, always insufferable. With a high profile supporting cast in these films that fail to support the movie.

Part one: At first he’s a rich insufferable snob. Then he suffers a few setbacks, and in his arrogance he insults and alienates his best friends and supporters. He takes on wastrel ways and becomes a national disgrace.

Part 2: In his lowest, most drunken, most drug addicted moments, he is confronted and almost defeated by an arch rival who has built up a special animus for him, and becomes a friendless insufferable slob.

Part 3: Supported by insufferable and unlikely new friends and predictable jokes, he confrounts and defeats his arch enemy in a surprising way after being almost killed, but at the last moment snatching victory from the jaws of defeat all the while using lame dialog like “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat”.

The outcome is telegraphed to all living creatures, excepting maybe some backwoods protozoa living in the depths of Europa, but not before a few billions dollars’ worth of action scenes are shot. Along the way sets are smashed, iron suits are crushed, and mass civilian casualties and global destruction are incurred.

Lots of flying and throwing everyone about, too.

Part 4: All his old friends return to the fold, misunderstandings are forgiven, he is reinstated as a national hero, and gets to kiss any dam body he wants to kiss.

Updates coming after I actually see one of these movies.

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42. "RE: #419"
*sigh*

The Iron Giant. Jennifer Anniston, Harry Connick Jr. Set in 1957. Warner Brothers. Nothing to do with Marvel whatsoever. Can you find the appropriate disc/download/don't want to know about torrents from that?

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43. "RE: #419"
Darn. Thought I had it nailed. At least it shows me how I do with movie reviews. Not only do I review a movie I haven't watched, I review the wrong movie I haven't watched. That takes talent.

OK, I'll check into it, but I don't do deadlines, and I'm usually not big on Jennifer Anniston movies (apologies to Boner).

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44. "RE: #419"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UkZOZIO63I
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45. "#420 (our newest Pope)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArgentinaIsNaziland

But then they all got bored and moved to North Carolina.

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46. "#421 (mysteries)"
Let's say your story involves someone's death and the ensuing investigation. Ideally, how long should it take before the body is created or discovered?

Fifty pages?

Four minutes?

First scene?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StartToCorpse

Opening credits?

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47. "#422"
One of the little details which can give a fantasy world some welcome reality is a good character name. Seriously. Sometimes a whole community's worth. Conventional names get overused -- a lot: just look at the top ten English ones for newborns every year. But spin a vowel out of place there, put an extra V here, twist a couple of syllables until they scream -- and suddenly, it looks as if you're presenting names which originated in an entirely new language. This can add layers to the world, because a foreign language implies an unknown culture and new environment -- which is what you were after in the first place.

The problem: ever try to whip up a whole new language from scratch? Even just the personal titles section of it? There are only so many syllables to twist before you scream. And when that happens, many authors throw up their hands and start bringing out the spackle to fill the last few gaps.

What does nomenclature spackle look like?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AerithAndBob

That.

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48. "RE: #422"
LAST EDITED ON 04-08-13 AT 10:22 AM (EST)

I'm thinking that when I wake up in the morning I could be speaking a new language.

At least, a new language as spoken on the planet phlegm.

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49. "#423 (video games)"
There is a health-restoring item sitting on the floor. And that's all there is in the room. The reason it's alone is because you just finished hauling the enemy corpses out. The last one has been burned to ash. You did the same thing to all the bodies outside. Every corridor, room, secret compartment, hidden underground tunnel, and overly-wide air vent in a half-mile radius has been inspected and sterilized. This took a while. And you did all of it without the benefits of a health-restoring item. Because this time, you had to know.

Pick up the item. The health bar jumps to the right --

-- monstersfireballsgunszombiesoldiersbulletsclawsdeathdeathdeath!

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TeleportingKeycardSquad

So it's official. They're confirmed as cheating.

Which isn't much of a comfort.

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50. "RE: #423 (video games)"
So, before you pick up a suspicious item, you do a "save", then check it out.
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51. "RE: #423 (video games)"
Presuming it's a save-anywhere game with no limit as to how many you can drop, yes. But with this trope, you aren't punished for picking up suspicious items: the game automatically gang-tackles you for getting vital ones. If there's a key you need to unlock the door into Stage Three and nothing else will get you through, that key will be rigged to trigger an attack sequence. Sometimes several, especially if the key and door are at opposite ends of the level. You can clear out the entire place, but as soon as you get that crucial item, it will refill itself and your opponents used the break to get some upgrades.

If there are limited saves and/or designated save areas with no recording possible away from them, and you combine that with this trope -- say, only getting to save when you reach the end of a level -- then we're getting into Kill The Designer territory. And they probably rigged their office with monster closets.

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52. "RE: #423 (video games)"
So, basically, you have to grab it and run like heck for the door, or kill everything all over again?

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53. "RE: #423 (video games)"
Generally it's grab it and run like heck for the door while killing everything all over again. There are games in which it's supposedly possible to do speed runs with no enemy fatalities, but most of the ones under this trope don't qualify.

A side trope is that virtually any area featuring a resupply hoard of health boosts, vital supplies, and ammunition is game designer code for You Are About To Get Your Ass Kicked. The ones which don't trigger instant attacks are generally meant to reinforce you for a huge fight in the next area. Typically, any time the game is being nice to you, fear.

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54. "RE: #423 (video games)"
As a former original D&D (date '75 Gygax) and AD&D GM since then, I totally get this trope.

No easy pass. Earn it.

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55. "#424"
i am still your dog

i will always be part of your pack

i am still loyal

i don't understand where you've gone

but i will wait for your return

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Hachiko

forever

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56. "RE: #424"
I liked this one:

A Looney Tunes cartoon featured a dog waiting faithfully for his owner for three years, in all winds and weathers. When his master finally returns, all is inverted as the dog grumpily snarls, "Where the hell have you been?"

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57. "#425"
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There is a fictional city. It has been placed in a country which actually exists. Therefore, it should be possible to figure out its location within that nation.

Except -- that in one episode, the city is on a coast with the sun setting into the water, and in the next, the sun comes up out of it. Two seasons later, it's back to water on the east, but now there's a desert to the west, mountains to the south, and a radioactive wasteland downtown. The climate indicates subtropic -- no, tundra -- make that surface of the sun. The native accent exists nowhere else on the planet and in fact exists in the city only when the writers want to tease you with it. And after all those non-clues and contra-indicators torturing every viewer without a care, two things happen. The first is that the ratings drop, because some people just get sick of this crap. And the second is that everyone realizes there's only one answer to the following question.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhereTheHellIsSpringfield

Why should I care?

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58. "RE: #425"
LAST EDITED ON 04-10-13 AT 12:16 PM (EST)


You care because you are burning to know the answer to the question that is the human equivalent of “Where is Springfield?"

Which is: “Who is Kingfish?”

(You thought I was going to say “Who is Fooner?” Or ”Who is Estee?” “Or just who the heck is Mattben”? Well, those are good questions too, and deserve an example page each under the human equivalent trope. But let’s limit ourselves to me, Al Franken Kingfish.)

Sometimes Kingfish is depicted as soft hearted with a mortal yearning for everlasting love, and at other times he is fiercely independent, taking love where he finds it and leaving them yearning for more Kingfish, much more. Sometimes he breaths air, other times he swims with the fishes. Sometimes he reveals a thoughtful side, other times he is seemingly callous and is said to kick kitty cats (a malicious lie, BTW) . Sometimes awesomely insightful, but other times he just doesn’t get it at all. Sometimes a great notion, sometimes an afterthought, but usually just a really bad idea.

Who is Kingfish?

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59. "RE: #425"
He's John Galt.

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60. "RE: #425"
Yup, he's a capitalist, with a capital K.

On the rails.

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61. "RE: #425"
Alas, if only it were that simple. You see, he lives in Springfield, with a view of both oceans, the mountains and the desert, in a little south seas house on the prairie that, as an architect, he built all by himself himself, with help.
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62. "RE: #425"
Incidentally, this once again semi-proves why I can think of many situations where I would endorse waterboarding and just about none where I would force someone to read or watch Atlas Shrugged.
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63. "RE: #425"
LAST EDITED ON 04-10-13 AT 02:55 PM (EST)

He's read Rand, he's read Heller. He's eaten brownies with Tim Leary, he's downed stringy chicken with Tricky Dick. He drank Jim Jones Kool-Aid, and he's had Ken Kesey's Kool aid. He's been water-boarded, sand-boarded, and jello-boarded. And board-boarded. Just who is this guy, anyway?

"the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist", and poof, just like that, he was gone.

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64. "RE: #425"
I know who he is, he's a BS artist.

FOONER

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65. "#426"
To: Nigel
Re: American Idol
Subject: Goodbye

Here's the core of it: you're boring.

We have reached the point where I can tell whether your panel of paid puppets is going to praise or try to bury a singer before they ever perform. In some cases, I can predict this several weeks in advance. I suppose watching them squirm as they try to go counter to what actually happened on stage while pretending they ever had credibility at all might amuse some, but it's happened so often now as to become routine, mundane, and yawn-inducing.

Your song catalog is in full retreat to the year 1890. Yes, that was some great old music. It is also the same old music and you trot it out every single year. There have been wonderful compositions played in the past decade, but you wouldn't know because you won't listen to them, pay for their rental, or acknowledge anything beyond your show's birth year unless a former contestant did it. Sometimes not even that. If I want to rock out to one of your typical theme weeks -- well, no one can do that: at best, they can ballad out. So if I want to ballad out to one of your typical theme weeks, there's generally a Civil War recreation playing near me. The judging there is admittedly harsh, but nicely final.

You no longer have an Agenda: you have a script. Who believes votes are still being counted? Not much of your audience. Your show has become the karaoke version of WWE: the smart marks know who's supposed to win and no matter what how badly the moves are brought across, the commentators will still try to sell them while the crowd chants 'You suck!' and gets ignored. The victor was predetermined and no reality of talent can change that. Sabotage the males, kiss up to the evangelicals, watch the download sales and interest plummet to the point where no one even steals off the torrent sites, possibly repeat because you're not capable of learning from the experience. Those who are still falling for your Most Popular Wins routine have either deluded themselves because their personal chosen one might be the most popular or are too stupid to realize what's going on. What a choice of groups you're offering people for identifying themselves with.

I know exactly what's going to happen. When, to whom, and why. And as part of that knowledge, here's what I know I'm going to do.

Leave.

You.

Because you're boring.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BoringInsult

And you know it -- don't you?


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66. "RE: #426"
Yeah! What she said!
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67. "#427"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Hermaphrodite

And now an extended pause while the entire thread experiences a total maturity failure.

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68. "RE: #427"
..........
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72. "RE: #427"
That looks like Remorse Code.
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69. "RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes springs..."
The Swoop Block!


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If it were easy, everyone woul do it.

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70. "RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes springs..."
The swoop Nazi; "No more swoop for you!"
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71. "RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes springs..."
The Democrat Tax Nazi: No Vacation For YOU!

Live better on your EBT card!

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74. "RE: Trope Of The Day V: tropes springs..."
Whut?

No school vacation for us?

"You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!" the teacher's assignment sheet said.

The assignment reiterated, "You do not have a choice in your position."

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73. "#428"
The limerick, peculiar to English
Proved exceedingly hard to extinguish
When Congress in session
Decreed its suppression
People got around it by writing the last line without any rhyme or meter.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion

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75. "RE: #428"
Real life rhymes and mimes.

Treasury measury.

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76. "RE: #428"
Much better than "You break it, you buy it!"

"Lovely to look at
Nice to hold
If you drop it
You get torn apart by wild horses.

Which is based on a sign in real-life souvenir shops (somewhere?)that feature "Consider it sold" as the last line.

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77. "RE: #428"
Unfortunately, for those of us who've read the book, this little gem is directly followed by the scene with the spare Brian.

(In brief: Discworld magic generally respects conservation of mass, which means most wizards and witches, rather than turn someone into a frog, will make the target believe they're a frog: it's a lot easier and considerably more entertaining for any spectators. Tiffany (or something that believe it's her) goes the other way on shop security, resulting in a standard frog and -- a flesh-hued semi-sphere (which goes bloop) consisting of everything which doesn't fit into a frog, hovering near the ceiling until such time as she decides whether or not to drop it. Wild horses might have been kinder.)

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78. "#429"
So you're playing a game in which you take on the role of potential world ruler. Your character has just arrived in a new area. The first thing to do is begin recruiting the local farmers for your army.

...huh. There's no actual farms here. Lots of peasants wandering about the map looking for some crops, but not a single farm in existence. Well, you do have this handy Build command. Maybe if you told them to grab a hammer...

...and now you have farms. How helpful. And sure enough, they're farming. But now they're tired and heading to bed for the night in -- the fields? Don't these people have a place to live? Did they spend their entire existence just bumping off trees before you came along? Okay, fine. Build Home.

So they're sleeping. Their stamina is going back up. Maybe they'll have enough to swing a sword in a few days -- except that now they're crossing their legs and looking anxious because --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CommandAndConquerEconomy

-- oh, come on.

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79. "RE: #429"
LAST EDITED ON 04-15-13 AT 09:34 AM (EST)


"...and looking anxious because --"

...because the of the explosive nature of the farmer's pent up needs.

Aunt Lily just got in from the airport (as yet un-built, another last minute realization) and announced a surprise visit from her and her family which may be extended indefinitely because the wandering farmers, when instructed to find a place to relieve themselves, actually squatted on her land. Well, the women squatted - the men of course peed standing up. Most of the men. The manly men. Anyway, they anxiously dug privy pits all over. Shortly after that revolting turn of events, the smell led to her having to up and leave the old homestead so here she is. But she will be no trouble, neither will her pregnant twin 16 YO lesbian daughters (hey, you want an explanation? It’s my game, that's the explanation) or, when they get out of prison, her drug addicted gang banger sons and their Motorcycle Club (the "Road Rage Rapers"), which will be headquartered in the garage.

"It'll be cozy" she reassures them, and BTW, with her back the Doctor says that she'll need to stay in their King-sized bed, pretty much all the time. Her special daily diet won't require more than six hours a day to prepare. They already do have a specialty blue ribbon chef, don’t they?

"We're going to have a great time, just you wait and see" she says as she checks the clip in her .45cal Glock before firing off a few rounds "just to clear the barrel, you see" and putting it beneath her pillow (formally your pillow) and growling at the dog.

The dog disappears out the back door, and henceforth can be found bumping into trees for the rest of his doggy life.

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80. "#430 (fashion accessory)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HazmatSuit

There's been a flu bug going around.

It's a fashion accessory.

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81. "RE: #430 (fashion accessory)"
All this time Tinkerbelle was sprinkling "Phlebotinum"? Well, I still say, as a very boinkable four inch woman, she had to have been pretty frustrated sexually. Did she know any leprechauns?

Ok, as commentary or response goes, a C&P is a pretty cheap way to go. But I liked this:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a completely ad-hoc plot device"

—David Langford, "A Gadget Too Far", as a corollary to Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law.

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82. "#431"
Let us consider the Power Rangers franchise for a moment -- or as it's known in Japan, Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. As some of you will painfully remember, the American version of the series is a pastiche work. The fight scenes and monster battles are filmed in Japan, then dubbed into English. All segments with American actors are filmed over here, and then someone very awkwardly pastes the thing together. This has been going on for well over a decade now through many iterations of the series, all of which typically feature an initial Ranger team of four males and one female.

Right. Four males, one female. In Japan. The U.S. has a little more trouble with having a single token girl on the team, partially because someone will complain and mostly because gosh, you just can't get those trite teenage romance plotlines with only one dose of estrogen. But the Sentai wear face-concealing helmets...

So the American end of the original production simply looked for the slightest build among the Japanese actors -- then cast a woman with minimal hips, waist flare, and bustline, prayed no one in the intended audience age group would look too closely, and went for it. Thusly:

And when they sort of almost got away with it, they did it again. And again. For season after season.

This? Happens a lot. And not always for the above reason. There's a mistake in the translation and someone's voice does a gender switch. Japan has less trouble with openly gay characters and transvestites in their animation, -- but bring it to America and suddenly that creation must be nailed down as heterosexual, which means swapping a chromosome. No one cared enough to actually read the thing and just cast whoever was handy. The hilarious effects on the original plotlines? Oh, someone on the writing staff can just work around those. Or totally ignore them. Whatever's easier.

So sorry, guys, but

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ShesAManInJapan

Gonna leave that poster up?

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83. "RE: #431"
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A thought that once again goes on a tangent from the trope (so sue me):

So, in Japan, at the end of the night when perception and judgment are alcohol impaired but the libido is working overtime, one really needs to do a hand check on a prospective take home date? Even more important there than in New Orleans.

Did I ever tell you the story of a friend of mine who actually made this kind of mistake at Mardi Gras one year? He met a man/woman named Velveeta in a bar…

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84. "RE: #431"
In general, when you find yourself having a bar conversation with someone named Velveeta, your evening already left mainstream reality. Beyond that, I think you missed the point again.
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85. "RE: #431"
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That was one of the many observations pointed out to him, and that he is occasionally reminded of when ever the subject of Mardi Grass comes up. He was more than a little intoxicated.

Yeah, I know. There are certain subjects that, when they arise, one just has to improvise on. For me, Japanese anime is one. Years later I still resent that "Power Rangers" took over the slot that "Pinky and the Brain" used to occupy.

A travesty.

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86. "#432"
The problem: a runaway locomotive.

The tools available to halt it: your hands.

Just your hands.

Nothing else.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Trainstopping

...well, this is gonna svck.

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87. "RE: #432"
Thanks to this amazing photograph, no doubt shot by a bystander using a cell phone in which the sound effect of steel wheels skidding on rails – but not the rumpling or tearing of metal - is also captured (remarkable technology, especially considering the fact that Superman’s blunt approach to stopping the train doesn’t involve braking the wheels), we see a steroidal Superman stopping a train with most of the resistance coming from the friction of his right foot against the gravel railroad bed. The other leg appears to be simply providing him with a heroic profile.

Thinking...OK, there's probably 15-20 square inches of contact between his size 12 (?) foot and the gravel, let’s be generous and say 20 sq. in., all managing to stop a runaway locomotive and train weighing hundreds (thousands?) of tons traveling at what? Let's say 70 MPH? And somehow, incomprehensibly, making it say “Skreeeeeeeech”?

Cahaya, do the math. I say that even Superman's foot gets ground down up to his hip before the train is finally stopped. There will also be a very clean but narrow trench several miles long lined with super flesh and bone. I also see a lot of lower back pain for ole Supes in his retirement as well as shortened forearms.

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88. "RE: #432"
The typical result of this move is that Clark's fine -- but if the train was in fact doing seventy, any passengers on it are now extremely dead. If it's doing, say, five, then send the bill to The Wayne Foundation Incidental Damage Fund, paying out eighteen trillion a year since the spandex showed up.

(The first episode of the animated series had Clark make a rookie attempt to catch a falling plane by the tail. Which promptly broke off in his hands. Hello, learning experience.)

Peter's dragline trick in the second movie is very slightly more realistic. Especially the part where it nearly killed him.


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89. "RE: #432"
LAST EDITED ON 04-17-13 AT 01:09 PM (EST)

More passengers might survive if SuperMan would just let the train plow into the station, or go over the cliff, or whatever.

And after he stops the train, does he linger and volunteer to clean up the mess of pulverized people flesh that he generated with his 70 mph to 0 mph abrupt train stopping and body smashing heroics? I'm guessing no, that if asked to do so he would conveniently find another good deed to do. Somewhere else.

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90. "RE: #432"
So I should cancel your seat reservation at the Man Of Steel premiere?
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91. "RE: #432"
LAST EDITED ON 04-17-13 AT 03:29 PM (EST)

No. I like Superman. And it's good to know that I have a reservation.

My jabs are more directed at that art than at the writers. Even though they are worthy of some satirical digs too. Actually, Superman and DC comics was the main reason I learned to like reading. There was a time when I would devote as much time as I could to reading comics. So I owe him and them thanks for that.

Mainly, (as I think you can tell), I just had fun writing the above posts. I had not thought of the body mashing implications involving the quick stopping of a locomotive until your post.

I still think Reeves (the latter day Reeves) hit the relationship balance between Clark's personalty and Superman's personality better than anyone else.

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100. "RE: #432"
From this, it seems as if they are telling the story of the first Christopher Reeve story all over again, except with 2013 special effects (was Zog in the first or the second one?).

In any case I will see it. Maybe on DVD.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/04/17/man-of-steel-mysteries-new-trailer/5/

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92. "RE: #432"
Cahaya, do the math.

Kinetic energy: Greek root κίνησις (kinesis) motion.

Ek = ½mv2

Even if the Sup Dude has the E-kay, there's still torque in action with the rest of the train on the rails, so stop the engine and derail the whole train.

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94. "RE: #432"
To predict the reaction MV of one pool ball (Superman - 250 lbs? - times - well, how fast can he go?) vs. the MV of the other pool ball (the train, several 1000s of tons times 70mph) equals little ole Superman getting bounced into orbit around the moon.
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96. "RE: #432"
Assuming a 5000-ton (10 million pound) train, where vS is Sup Dude's speed upon colliding with the train with equal kinetic energy...

vS2 * 250 = 702 * 10,000,000
vS2 = 4900 * 40,000
vS = 14,000 mph exactly

Which he is apparently capable of, given that he can reach the escape velocity from Earth at 25,300 mph.

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93. "#433"
They have spaceships -- which they barely understand how to run. If that. Really, they're like a typical teenager with their first car: this pedal means go, that one means stop, and anything going wrong means grab your phone and cry. They can't fix anything. (They can lie about what happened, but not very credibly.)

They have firepower -- but it's the same thing: This End Towards Enemy. Maintenance? Construction? Field repairs? They get the weapons somewhere else and all they need to know is the location of the trigger. The rest takes care of itself.

Their technology -- is purchased off the shelf, or stolen, or was just found somewhere. Everything is treated as if it's a smartphone: after a while, you're pretty sure of which button does what, but you've never tracked down all of them, you don't know what happens when things go wrong, and you could never build one.

So basically --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien

-- they're just like us.

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95. "RE: #433"
Then, when they have a moment and just decide to try one of those seemingly innocuous little buttons that they hadn’t had a chance to check out till now, they take out most of Manhattan. Their reaction is a twitch which in turn turns Long Island into Long Crater. And the day just goes down from there.

At that point, they would naturally put in a call to a newly educated (in the results of quickly stopping trains) Superman, with his newly shortened forearms.

(I still think that mental image is amusing).

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97. "RE: #433"
If the ship's got a General Products hull with a hyper drive of unknown origin, I'd want Nessus flying it...

Problem is, Puppeteers are such chickens.

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98. "#434 (comics creation)"
Say, what do you mean, 'Slow of trope?'

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer?from=Main.GrooTheWanderer

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99. "RE: #434 (comics creation)"
Never heard of it. Sounds hilarious though.
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101. "#435"
There are words which destroy. They end relationships, kill friendships, stop all chances of the former two getting started (although the use means you didn't want either with that person anyway). They cannot and will not be forgiven, revealing character while declaring war. They are verbal nukes and no positive emotion survives the fallout.

This is one of them.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CountryMatters

Don't.

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102. "RE: #435"
C##t.
(Please go about your normal activities, nothing to see, this has been a test of your RTVW filter. And I bet it gets fixed faster than the flag problem, too).

This trope is interesting and worthy of close examination.

And pictures. We definitely need pictures.

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103. "RE: #435"
As a seasoned traveler, Mr Kingfish, you already know of the peculiarities of certain gestures in certain countries.

Smack one palm on your other fist and, in SE Asia, you're telling the recipient of your gesture, "F-U", enough to cause an altercation and potentially a kampung riot.

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104. "#436"
Due to his use of foul language, I shoot Kingfish in the exact center of his forehead, driving the bullet directly through the brain. He dies instantly.

I shoot Kingfish in the heart, shredding the muscle and permanently disrupting the beat. He should hang on for a few seconds while his cells lose the ability to dump carbon dioxide, but he dies instantly. Go figure.

I shoot Kingfish in the thigh, nicking the femoral artery. Death should come within minutes as his entire blood supply rushes out through a single hole. Instead, he dies instantly. Which is kind of weird.

I shoot Kingfish in the abdomen, perforating the large intestine. Death is a matter of days as the released fecal matter infects the abdominal cavity. It will be slow and excruciatingly painful. So in order to avoid this, he somehow manages to die instantly. No one knows how.

I shoot Kingfish in the hand, just barely grazing the third knuckle.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InstantDeathBullet

...okay, now he's just cheating.

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105. "RE: Kingfish"
It's young love. You'll get over it.
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106. "RE: Kingfish"
I'm the reincarnationist in the group. I get over dying instantly. And even then there's significant memory trauma.

Also major weight loss, height loss, and extended assignment to diapers. Let's not talk about the diapers.

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108. "RE: Kingfish"
When you are spiritually pure we can talk about marriage. Get beyond the diapers.

Sheeeeeit! Ate there no gurls left to flirt with on OT?
Not that I don't love you, darlin'. I just have an active libido.

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107. "RE: #436"
Ha Ha, you missed!!

(He says as he prepared to take a long drink of water).

Either another trope or maybe just a cliché.

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109. "#437 (reality TV. And Congress)"
So you're casting a show which will focus around opposing points of view. And you've decided to start with one conservative and one liberal. Naturally, in order to make sure you attract the widest possible audience range and wind up with a coherent result once the editing is complete, you are looking for intelligent people who have come to their respective viewpoints by a route of pure reason. They will be capable of explaining themselves in gentle terms to anyone who asks, serving as teachers and ambassadors for their positions. Both will be more than able to engage in metered, sane debates as opposed to simply shouting over the other. They might even be able to reach compromises now and again. After all, there's nothing people like to see so much as their reflection in the other side of the mirror.

Yeah, right.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BigotVsBigot

You know what really brings in the audience? Murder!

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110. "RE: #437 (reality TV. And Congress)"
LAST EDITED ON 04-22-13 AT 03:42 PM (EST)

"So you're casting a show which will focus around opposing points of view."

Not a problem. Doesn't stand a chance. There aren't any networks interested in airing a non-biased show.

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111. "#438"
Physics 608: A superheated object will invariably retain all heat possessed without transferring any to surrounding objects or atmosphere unless a living being makes direct contact with that object, causing it to release nearly all energy possessed at once.

...look, that's how it works on TV.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ConvectionSchmonvection

Repeatedly.

And now we listen for the subtle sound of engineers crying.

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112. "RE: #438"
Real Life:
Scientists who venture out to the rims of volcano cauldrons, some of whom actually dip thermometers and other instrument sensors into the cauldron, should by rights all die, especially those who do that unshielded and/or without supplied air systems. And really especially those who do for an unnecessary action “macho” video shot.

Add those scientists and other idiots who walk out onto active lava beds (thinking Hawaii here), where breaking thru the thin brittle hardened layer would mean instant parboiled foot.

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113. "#439"
There are five boroughs of New York City.

You can only hope to freely mess around with four of them.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BrooklynRage

And even for the other four, it's a pretty faint hope.

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114. "RE: #439"
LAST EDITED ON 04-24-13 AT 09:21 AM (EST)

What about the borough of Coney Island? They ain't tough? Who do you think they are, a bunch of clowns?

And the borough of New Joisey?

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115. "RE: #439"
So. These suicidal urges you've been experiencing. Are they new?
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116. "RE: #439"
I'm done for now.

Paulie Walnuts is looking for me.

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117. "#440 (not reality TV)"
So the apocalypse has come and gone, the population has crashed, and whatever remnants of humanity remain clinging to the planet are trying to pick up the pieces. If you're lucky, some of those still alive have the vital skills necessary for rebuilding, or at least repairing. Maybe you have an electrical engineer. The truly fortunate can add a doctor or two to the list. Lottery winners add a pharmacist and computer technician.

Those at the bottom of the random draw get the following instead:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CelebritySurvivor

This is any character who was well-known before the crisis hit. Some of them will try to ride their fame into the leftovers, others will happily discard it to become Regular People again, and more than a few will cheerfully lie and claim they just happen to look like someone who used to be famous and is assuredly dead now. The majority do not come with much in the way of base survival skills: actors, musicians, writers, professional partiers -- go ahead and wait for one of them to get a fire going: we're going to be here a while. A few will learn. The athletes might even be helpful right away. But others will continue to insist on the world (what's left of it) serving them first and foremost, and when that happens --

-- well, the population already crashed. You can probably spare one more.

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118. "RE: #440 (not reality TV)"
It might take an apocalypse to weed the Kardashians out. I might vote in favor of such an apocalypse, cause even if they survived, it might be fun watching them flop around like...well, I'm not going to say because the simile would disrespect out-of-water floppers that I have known (hand over heart - RIP).


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119. "#441"
"You have passed the recommended turn. Recalculating." *beep-beep-beep*

*beep-beep-beep* "Recalculating." *beep-beep-beep*

*beep-beep-beep* "Recalculating." *beep-beep-beep*

*beep-beep-beep* "I do not understand 'The exit was closed for ramp repairs, you incomprehensible foreign language moron'. Recalculating." *beep-beep-beep*

*beep-beep-beep* "Recalculating." *beep-beep-beep*

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CriticalAnnoyance

*beep-beep-beep* "Recalcula --"

*beep-beep-beep* "Unit is in grass on side of road. Recalculating." *beep-beep-beep*

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120. "RE: #441"
Life is full of annoying little bleeps. And yes, once again I am referring to the Kardashians.
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121. "RE: #441"
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122. "RE: #441"
Given the current tabloid deluge, Kim might just be happy to have someone calling her little.
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123. "#442"
Equal and opposite reaction -- applied as thrust and recoil. Better hope you're not prone to motion sickness and that every single surface is heavily padded. Every surface, because you will inevitably find the only one the interior design people missed.

Blood pressure -- or the resulting drop in same resulting from the environment. Better limber up. Don't bother bringing any artificial aids, because that equal and opposite applies to them too.

Cleanup. Sure, let's discuss cleanup, also known as Chasing A Hundred Miniature Blob Creatures With A Wet-Vac. Want to know what the alternative is? Another Tom Hanks movie. With nudity.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ZeroGSpot

{sarcasm}Yeah, this is gonna be fun.{/sarcasm}

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124. "RE: #442"
I've met Jan Davis, attended few meetings with her. Nice lady.

And no, I didn't ask.

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125. "#443"
Fire one arrow = good.

Fire many arrows = potentially better.

Fire several arrows from the same bow at the same time = physics is laughing at you.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Multishot

However, writers who've never so much as touched a bow in their lives? Don't get the punchline.

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126. "RE: #443"
LAST EDITED ON 04-28-13 AT 10:31 PM (EST)


I shot five arrows in the air,

they fell to earth I knew not where,

Then five shots of tequila followed,

And I found the arrows in my pool of vomit.

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127. "RE: #443"
Five shots and you get sick? You need more practice.
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128. "RE: #443"
A fish out of water?
Unbelieveable.
Hop in. Let's go find some. Bring along the fish.
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129. "RE: #443"
My rhyming ability was certainly shot.
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130. "RE: #443"
As a total non-drinker, my guess is that I'd follow the classic pattern: one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
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132. "RE: #443"
All this isn't making drinking too enticing for you, I guess.

However, I still don't understand how anyone can not drink given our current political climate.

Serendipity now! Oblivion now!

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131. "#444"
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And now, to honor America and show just why they're the only real Americans in it, our Tea Party members will favor us with a rendition of the complete Star-Spangled Banner.

...not so fast. I said all of it.

All four stanzas.

Any truly loving and patriotic real American would know the whole thing, correct? I mean, it is your national anthem? For the nation which you're the only true citizens of? Why would a real patriot not know their own nation's anthem?

I'm waiting...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SecondVerseCurse

Oh, come on. The blatant wartime bigotry alone sells the whole third stanza!

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133. "RE: #444"
Oh say can you see,
Bumbledee dum diddly light,
Fatso proundly, we hailed,
By the dawn's twilight gleaming,

O'er the speakers loud blare,
The bums lying everywhere,

And the home of the brave.

(thank yew, thank yew)

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134. "RE: #444"
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes


I'm going to start using that line from the second verse in everyday conversation.

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135. "RE: #444"
With whom?

I think we found the ultimate Idol bus throw. Sing this all the way through. The first verse has left a trail of bodies over the centuries: two through four would require their own cemetery.

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136. "RE: #444"
Living in Queens, NY where most people don't speak English as a first language, I can pretty much use it with anyone and get the same nodding head response I get from anything else I say.
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137. "#445"
Insanity takes its toll. First charge: your shampoo. Hand it over. And now the lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, rouge -- all of it. Right now. Coordinated clothing next, please. Symmetry of expression: in the drawer and slide it through. Let's have the unblotched skin, please. No arguing. That bald spot you don't have because you haven't torn your hair out in a fit of rage? The time is now.

It's not as if the viewers can tell you're losing it from your actions, right?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MadnessMakeover

Two things:

1. It's not listed under the examples, but this is a trope we've run into more than a few times in reality television. In particular, think of Shane Day One versus Shane Special Woodberry Edition. We're looking at more than just the weight loss.

2. Should it bother me that Twilight Sparkle is both the official page image and demonstrates the trope that well? Mad Little Ponies...

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138. "RE: #445"
Syd Barrett is by all accounts a perfect example. I understand his downward spiral was exacerbated by his experimentation with LSD.

The brilliance of the work from Pink Floyd that is attributable to his influence, and the works that resulted from his bandmates in his memory make his insanity a positive thing. Except for poor old Syd, unfortunately. But Gilmore and Waters really produced some exceptional work thanks to Barrett's madness.

Yeah, it's amazing that there isn't a reality TV page. As edited in the lastest season in Survivor, Brandon certainly had his cycles.

FullOfIt was pretty stable, though. He was crazy from start to finish, with no perceptable change from his earlier season to this.

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139. "RE: #445 (Pink Floyd tangent)"
There's a darkly brilliant bit on the Pink Floyd page under the Author Appeal trope, quoted here for graveyard comedy.

"There's a moderately well known joke about the eras of the band. There are 3 eras of Pink Floyd, the Syd Barrett Era, The Roger Waters era and the David Gilmour era. There are 3 main motifs for each era:

Syd Barrett

I rather enjoy rock and volume.
I rather enjoy taking drugs.
Listen your milk! DO YOU GET IT!? If a translations of the preasing aboutside your bed! That's what I'm talking grammar, then up! That to urink to place little, where Kauderwelsch still in determined by the middle in the language the translation firemen HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Roger Waters

My father died in WW2 and I'm still a bit angry about that.
The Who ended all their rock operas with a rebirth of fascism, so I'll just do that in mine.
My goodness, Syd did enjoy his drugs.

David Gilmour

If I don't do what Roger did, the gravy train will come to a screaming bloody halt.
If I don't do what Roger did, it will be beyond my musical capacity.
Holy chickenpickin' son of an ass, did Syd like drugs!

The conclusion to this little thing-a-ma-diddley? David should be given a gold watch and a CD of African rhythms, Roger should be given a puppy, and it's far too late to give Syd anything."

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/PinkFloyd

I suspect you'll enjoy the page, which was clearly mass-edited and written by people who truly love the band -- flaws and all. The subpages (Funny, Headscratchers, Nightmare Fuel, etc.) are also worth a look.

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141. "RE: #445 (Pink Floyd tangent)"
Nicely put.

Waters was a poet;

"And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon"

Gilmour's guitar work is unmatched. And it's way too soon to retire him. Waters and Gilmour still occasionally perform Pink Floyd stuff, but only Gilmour can still entrance an audience with the impact of the old Pink Floyd. He does owe Waters a debt, however, but Waters vocals have faded. He's just nostalgia now.

Syd? Well he did like the drugs.

Nick? What a lucky lucky (and talented) drummer he was.

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140. "#446"
Out of the hundred-plus examples on the page (and hundreds of thousands out there in the world), I picked this one to represent the general level of subject idiocy.

(Because I hate the author. Next question?)

"According to one Chick Tract, the dinosaurs escaped the great flood by getting on the Ark with all the other animals. Unfortunately, the flood destroyed much of the plant life, and the reduced oxygen levels made them sluggish and slow. They were ultimately hunted into extinction by human hunters who considered "dragon meat" to be a delicacy."

And that? Is the tip of the meteor crashing into the planet and obliterating all scientific fact. Species in the wrong eras. Instantaneous extinctions. Coexistence with mammals from millions of years later. Several skeletons get mixed together and suddenly you have something which never walked at all presented as solid evidence. Shall we start on the cold-warm blooded debate again? Feathers? Color patterns? Six-foot eggs? How about Creation Museums just to bring it full circle?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SomewhereAPalaeontologistIsCrying

And they're not the only ones.

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142. "RE: #446"
I have an abiding faith that the best way to ensure that a crazy belief that was invented solely to support other innately unbelievable explanations of nature will dissolve and fade from the scene is for that belief to be just crazy and unsupportable as are the creation related theories.

Unfortunately, the time required for said dissolving and fading is probably to be measured in geological terms.

Oh well

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143. "#447"
This is your willpower. We've made it visual for you. See that bright blue glow? That's all the mental strength and resolve you possess. Beautiful, isn't it?

This is your stability. It's the soft dove grey with the granite surface. Can you feel how solid it is? How it represents the core of you?

Here's your reasoning and intellect, melded together as a gentle molten copper river. The heat of thought radiates from the flow.

And how we're going to put them all together -- and the white light you see is everything you are. The essence. That without which there is no you.

Now go out and combat the horrors --

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SanityMeter

-- so they can eat it all away.

This is your essence. And soon it will be gone. Very soon...

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144. "RE: #447"
If there was a "Firefly" game, and your sanity meter went to 11, you'd become a Reever.

If you were on Survivor, and your sanity meter went off scale, you'd be...(too many examples to list, although odds are your last name would be Hantz).

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145. "#448 (games)"
Let's say you're going to design a character for a game where your representative is build on six attributes. Just for the fun of it, we'll call those six Strength, Intelligence, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. And you're making a front-line, armor-wearing, sword-swinging basic fighter. The person running the game has given you a handful of points to assign into the six attributes. You can't get any more and anything you assign is permanently locked.

Fighter. Hmmm.

Well... gonna need a decent amount of strength in order to carry some of the weapons and use them for any amount of time, plus you need to hit hard. So that's a priority. Dexterity keeps your character moving and dodging out of the way of someone else's prospective hit once in a while: definitely important. Constitution controls how many of those non-dodged hits you can take, so something has to be thrown in there.

Intelligence? Well, there's battle tactics, analysis of your enemy's weak spots, the ability to come up with a strategy that will command an army --

-- oh, screw it. "You call me dumb? Wanna fight?"

Wisdom? "You call me mendicant? Wanna fight?"

Charisma? "You call me ugly and socially maladjusted? Wanna fight?"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DumpStat

Hey, at least you left the poor thing able to tell which end of the weapon was for holding. And isn't that the important bit?

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147. "RE: #448 (games)"
And then you hear the dreaded words from the GM:

Roll your saving throw.

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146. "#449"
You said "I do" once.

So now you will. Every time. Whether you want to or not.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MaritalRapeLicense

And no other words will be heard.

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148. "#450"
you suck my blood like a leech
you break the law and you preach
screw my brain till it hurts
you've taken all my money - and you want more.
feel good, are you satisfied?
do you feel like suicide
(i think you should)
is your conscience all right
does it plague you at night
do you feel good - feel good

-- Queen, Death On Two Legs

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheVillainSucksSong

Guess how many politicians are in the Real Life section.

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149. "RE: #450"
"Whistle While You Work (Hitler is a Jerk)".

Short, sweet, and easy to remember. Too bad Hitler isn't around to enjoy it.

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150. "#451"
...say, do you think the Diary Room ever tries to manipulate the votes?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PostponedQuestion

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151. "RE: #451"
Shortest trope so far.

And the subject is cause of the various dents in my TV's and books. When obvious questions aren't asked, or discrepancies aren't commented on, it's a source of frustration for me.

And probably why I ask a lot of silly questions.

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152. "#452"
You are in a cemetery, fighting zombies which are rising from their graves.

There are 3,850 graves in the cemetery.

These graves have produced 46,324 zombies.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ClownCarGrave

Do the math.

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153. "RE: #452"
That's a lot of baby zombies.

They failed to practice death control.

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154. "RE: #452"
Everybody (every zombie-o-phile, anyway) knows that there is an underground tunnel system that links local cemeteries to each other and to and a central materialization station that links cities to other cities around the world.

Don't make me have to explain this to you again.

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155. "#453 (reality TV)"
Balut eggs.

Haggis.

Hill cheese. Or rather, cheese that just rolled down a hill.

Caviar. Two pounds of it.

Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Live.

Donkey semen. Mixed with urine. Also presumably donkey.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EatThat

You never saw that last one. NBC kind of freaked.

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156. "RE: #453 (reality TV)"
"I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!"

"...and sometimes of trying to collect items while blindfolded/ with your mouth/ underwater/ from inside a box of snakes etc- usually while having gunge or cockroaches dropped on your head or biting ants climbing up your legs."

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157. "RE: #453 (reality TV)"
It couldn't have happened to a nicer Pratt.

But then his sister showed up and it did.

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158. "#454 (for Brenda)"
LAST EDITED ON 05-09-13 AT 08:05 AM (EST)

Take the Reward. You will be voted out because you denied four people a chance to see loved ones they were going to meet up with less than a week from now anyway.

Give up the Reward. You will be voted out because your selfless sacrifice to aid the majority makes you look too good in front of the jury and no one wants you in the finals.

Want a split-second to think it over? Too bad: you're not getting one. One option or the other. Let's hear it.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SadisticChoice

Punch Jeff in the face: justified, but not helpful.

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159. "RE: #454 (for Brenda)"
Very timely.

The family visit reward challenge winner is guaranteed to lose. Just remember that, future Survivor competitors.

Poor Brenda. They made a butterfly cry. Dr. Seuss could have wrapped a story around that.

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160. "#455"
He is handsome.

He is rich.

He is so highly placed in society that everyone else is effectively holding him up.

He is actual royalty.

He is everything the fairy tales tell you to dream of.

He has all the empathy of a narcissistic rabid stoat.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PrinceCharmless

He just threw you in front of an incoming cake.

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161. "RE: #455"
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He drinks...Dos Equis!

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162. "RE: #455"
No... Dos Equestrias!

He is... The Most Irritating Stallion In The World.

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163. "#456"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TriangleShades

*looks at page image*

No. No, he does not.

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164. "#456"
Cheap Sunglasses are a whole lot better.

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165. "Hey!"
How'd the keys to my Mercedes get in her belly button?
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166. "RE: Hey!"

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167. "No!"
Not ever enough Craziness for that.

How come on a Saturday:
1: I'm doing cut lists and cost sheets?
2: I'm designing a carrier for the back of a tactical vest? Eleven .45 mags. That is an odd number, you know. Very strange.
2½:. I have to go into the shop on Monday . Jesus Mary Mother of God..
3: I finally broke into Sandee's tequila. It's too early!
4: Ah, wtf.
eta: I wrote # 2½ after #3. The day is going better already! Uh Oh! I didn't even edit this did I?
%: who cares!

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168. "RE: No!"
And she isn't even doing it on purpose.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DistractedByTheSexy

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169. "YES!"
Oh Yes, yes they are.

Where is Socartes in his old age? Freed from lusting after a woman?

Hemlock! Give me more Hemlock!

I have a story about a very practical girl I met in Texas..

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170. "#457"
You said you wouldn't be caught dead in that outfit.

And then you were.

And now you are being caught dead in that outfit. Every day. For the rest of your afterlife.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/JacobMarleyApparel

High heels tracking across eternity sucks.

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171. "RE: #457"
Yesterday at the gym, I saw the strangest outfit ever. There was a woman wearing sweats and high heels. Made no sense and I wondered if it was some sort of prank. I hope she didn't pass on in that outfit.
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05-13-13, 05:19 AM (EST)
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172. "#458 "
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No matter what kind of visual line you have on him, Mickey's ears will always look round. Front, back, sides, diagonal, underneath -- doesn't matter. Two perfect spheres attached to his head. Somehow.

Rarity's mane should obscure at least part of her face half the time, on the side where the curls fall -- but that side is always the one facing away from the viewer. How does her mane do that? Only her stylist knows for sure. And apparently that's the stylist for all of Equestria, because virtually every obscuring mane pulls the same trick.

Goku can rotate his head, flip upside-down, get soaking wet -- doesn't matter. His hair will look the same regardless. From any viewpoint. From every viewpoint.

Spongebob is virtually always facing the camera. Or else.

Phineas is never, ever seen from anything other than a 3/4 shot...

...well, actually, there was that one time...

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/2544/phineas.png

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CheatedAngle

...and that's why.

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05-13-13, 12:56 PM (EST)
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173. "RE: #458 "
Same with those haughty Betas. They never let their feathery fins obscure their good side. And their tails are always in that fashion model pose. Those conceited Mother-Fishers.

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05-13-13, 06:03 PM (EST)
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174. "RE: #458 "
And no anatomical accuracy at all! The way the artists draw us, we got nuttin' down there or up there!


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05-14-13, 06:16 AM (EST)
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175. "#459"
And if the show went on just a few seconds longer between last shot and credits, you'd get to see people picking lenses out of their foreheads.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FlyAtTheCameraEnding

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05-14-13, 09:39 AM (EST)
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176. "RE: #459"
It took 20 years, but riding off into the sunset in Last Crusade segued into a nuclear bomb detonation in Crystal Skull.


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05-14-13, 10:56 AM (EST)
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177. "RE: #459"
In cartoons, this is followed with a uvula which also rushes headlong onto the camera screaming.

They should at least shut their mouths before they die. Tis only proper.

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05-15-13, 08:02 AM (EST)
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178. "#460"
This one may have been done on purpose.

'He was marooned in the jaws of a human minefield, and with every step the noose grew tighter.'
- sports columnist Jerry Izenberg, Newark Star-Ledger

This one? Was not.

'The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.'
- some unsung genius in Newt's press staff, or quite possibly him.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MixedMetaphor

But on the bright side, no one can accuse him of being an intellectual elitist.

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05-15-13, 10:43 AM (EST)
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179. "RE: #460"
The Mixed Metaphor!

We could have a whole thread dedicated to this.

Although Newt is actually a very articulate speaker, and I doubt that he writes his own press releases, one would suppose that he had to have at least approved if not edited that clinker.

I like well crafted mixed metaphors, except that there is always someone who doesn't get that it was done on purpose, and upon whom the flowery smoldering beauty is lost.

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05-15-13, 02:15 PM (EST)
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180. "RE: #460"
The Mixed Metaphor!

We could have a whole thread dedicated to this.

So who's stopping you?

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05-15-13, 10:31 PM (EST)
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181. "RE: #460"

Hmmm... threads and horses again.

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05-16-13, 07:26 AM (EST)
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182. "#461 (as old as fiction)"
You have raised your daughter faithfully since the day she was born. You have taught her all the right things and kept her away from the wrong ones. You spent years keeping her from danger. And now, after all this time, she is turning into a perfectly healthy and well-adjusted girl.

Who was never your daughter to begin with.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SwitchedAtBirth

Don't expect her biological parents to thank you for your efforts.

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05-16-13, 09:21 AM (EST)
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183. "RE: #461 (as old as fiction)"
Nowadays you also have to switch DNA to get away with this. Life just keeps getting harder and harder <Sexaprop. Sort of.>.
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