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Estee 56616 desperate attention whore postings
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"Trope Of The Day VIII: in which everyone here is personally insulted by at least one entry."
Also known as 'a standard day on the Internet'.
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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
 #701 Estee 01-11-14 1
   Repling To Your own Trope.. foonermints 01-11-14 2
 #702 (oh, Fooner...) Estee 01-12-14 3
   RE: #702 (oh, Fooner...) suzzee 01-14-14 8
   RE: #702 (oh, Fooner...) foonermints 02-21-14 57
 #703 Estee 01-13-14 4
   RE: #703 kingfish 01-13-14 5
       RE: #703 suzzee 01-14-14 9
 #704 Estee 01-14-14 6
   RE: #704 kingfish 01-14-14 7
       RE: #704 suzzee 01-14-14 10
 #705 Estee 01-15-14 11
   RE: #705 kingfish 01-15-14 12
 #706 Estee 01-16-14 13
   RE: #706 kingfish 01-16-14 14
 #707 Estee 01-17-14 15
   RE: #707 kingfish 01-17-14 16
 #708 (Trope #1) Estee 01-18-14 17
   RE: #708 (Trope #1) kingfish 01-18-14 18
 #709 Estee 01-19-14 19
   RE: #709 kingfish 01-21-14 22
 #710 (series revival tonight) Estee 01-20-14 20
   RE: #710 (series revival tonight) kingfish 01-21-14 23
 #711 (worst trope name ever) Estee 01-21-14 21
   RE: #711 (worst trope name ever) kingfish 01-21-14 24
   RE: #711 (worst trope name ever) suzzee 01-21-14 25
 #712 Estee 01-22-14 26
   RE: #712 kingfish 01-22-14 27
 #713 Estee 01-23-14 28
   RE: #713 kingfish 01-23-14 29
 #714 (locally universal) Estee 01-24-14 30
   RE: #714 (locally universal) cahaya 01-24-14 31
   RE: #714 (locally universal) kingfish 01-24-14 32
 #715 (graphic novel series) Estee 01-25-14 33
   RE: #715 (graphic novel series) kingfish 01-25-14 34
 #716 Estee 01-26-14 35
   RE: #716 kingfish 01-28-14 36
   RE: #716 kidflash212 02-03-14 38
       RE: #716 kingfish 02-04-14 39
           RE: #716 kidflash212 02-04-14 40
               RE: #716 kingfish 02-04-14 41
 Another way to fix your account. kingfish 01-29-14 37
 #717 Estee 02-17-14 42
 #718 (music) Estee 02-17-14 43
 #719 Estee 02-17-14 44
   RE: #719 Molaholic 02-17-14 45
 #720 Estee 02-18-14 46
   RE: #720 kingfish 02-18-14 47
 #721 Estee 02-19-14 48
   RE: #721 kingfish 02-19-14 49
   RE: #721 kidflash212 02-19-14 50
       RE: #721 Molaholic 02-19-14 51
           RE: #721 kingfish 02-19-14 52
 #722 Estee 02-20-14 53
   RE: #722 kingfish 02-20-14 54
       RE: #722 foonermints 02-20-14 56
   RE: #722 snidget 02-20-14 55
 #723 (95% of human history, minimu... Estee 02-21-14 58
 #724 Estee 02-22-14 59
   RE: #724 foonermints 02-22-14 60
       RE: #724 Estee 02-22-14 61
           RE: #724 kingfish 02-22-14 63
   RE: #724 kingfish 02-22-14 62
 #725 Estee 02-23-14 64
   RE: #725 kingfish 02-24-14 65
 #726 Estee 02-24-14 66
   RE: #726 kingfish 02-25-14 68
       GAH! foonermint 02-25-14 69
 #727 Estee 02-25-14 67
   RE: #727 kingfish 02-25-14 70
 #728 Estee 02-26-14 71
   RE: #728 kingfish 02-26-14 72
   RE: #728 cahaya 02-26-14 73
 #729 (not Garrett) Estee 02-27-14 74
 RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in whic... kingfish 02-27-14 75
 RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in whic... Estee 02-28-14 76
   RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in whic... kidflash212 02-28-14 77
   RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in whic... kingfish 02-28-14 78
 #730/31 (another Tea Party ideal) Estee 03-01-14 79
   RE: #730/31 (another Tea Party ide... kingfish 03-01-14 80
 #732 Estee 03-04-14 81
   RE: #732 kingfish 03-04-14 83
 #733 Estee 03-04-14 82
   RE: #733 kingfish 03-04-14 84
       RE: #733 Molaholic 03-04-14 85
 #734 Estee 03-05-14 86
   RE: #734 kingfish 03-05-14 87
 #735 Estee 03-06-14 88
   RE: #735 kingfish 03-06-14 89
   RE: #735 kidflash212 03-06-14 90
 #736 (mostly comics) Estee 03-07-14 91
   RE: #736 (mostly comics) kingfish 03-07-14 92
 #737 (trope name needs revising,,,) Estee 03-08-14 93
   #737 dawn kingfish 03-08-14 94
 #738 (graphic novel) Estee 03-09-14 95
   RE: #738 (graphic novel) kingfish 03-09-14 96
       RE: #738 (graphic novel) Estee 03-09-14 97
           RE: #738 (graphic novel) kingfish 03-09-14 98
 BoInK! foonermints 03-09-14 99
   RE: BoInK! kidflash212 03-09-14 100
       Five Hours? foonermints 03-10-14 101
 #739 (video games) Estee 03-10-14 102
 #740 Estee 03-11-14 103
   RE: #740 kingfish 03-11-14 104
       RE: #740 newsomewayne 03-11-14 105
           RE: #740 kingfish 03-11-14 106
               I don't think foonermints 03-11-14 107
                   RE: I don't think newsomewayne 03-11-14 108
 #741 (video games) Estee 03-12-14 109
   RE: #741 (video games) kingfish 03-12-14 110
 #742 Estee 03-13-14 111
   RE: #742 newsomewayne 03-13-14 112
       RE: #742 kingfish 03-13-14 113
 #743 Estee 03-14-14 114
   RE: #743 kingfish 03-14-14 115
 #744 (no description needed) Estee 03-15-14 116
   RE: #744 (no description needed) dabo 03-15-14 117
 #745 Estee 03-16-14 118
   RE: #745 dabo 03-17-14 119
 #746 Estee 03-17-14 120
   RE: #746 kingfish 03-18-14 121
   RE: #746 dabo 03-18-14 124
 #747 Estee 03-18-14 122
   RE: #747 kingfish 03-18-14 123
 #748 (us) Estee 03-19-14 125
   Hey! dabo 03-19-14 126
 #749 (advertising) Estee 03-20-14 127
   RE: #749 (advertising) newsomewayne 03-20-14 128
   RE: #749 (advertising) dabo 03-20-14 129
 #750 Estee 03-21-14 130
   RE: #750 kingfish 03-21-14 131
   RE: #750 dabo 03-21-14 132
 #751 Estee 03-22-14 133
   RE: #751 dabo 03-22-14 134
       RE: #751 kingfish 03-23-14 135
       RE: #751 Estee 03-23-14 137
           RE: #751 dabo 03-23-14 138
 #752 Estee 03-23-14 136
   RE: #752 kingfish 03-23-14 139
       RE: #752 foonermints 03-23-14 140
           RE: #752 kingfish 03-23-14 141
 #753 Estee 03-24-14 142
   RE: #753 kingfish 03-24-14 143
       RE: #753 newsomewayne 03-24-14 144
           RE: #753 dabo 03-24-14 145
               RE: #753 newsomewayne 03-24-14 147
                   RE: #753 dabo 03-24-14 148
           RE: #753 kingfish 03-24-14 146
 #754 (faith) Estee 03-25-14 149
   RE: #754 (faith) dabo 03-25-14 150
       RE: #754 (faith) Estee 03-25-14 151
       RE: #754 (faith) kingfish 03-25-14 152
           RE: #754 (faith) dabo 03-25-14 153
   RE: #754 (faith) dabo 03-25-14 154
       RE: #754 (faith) Estee 03-25-14 155
           RE: #754 (faith) dabo 03-25-14 156
               It's more than just the shephards..... newsomewayne 03-25-14 157
                   RE: It's more than just the shephar... Estee 03-25-14 160
                   RE: It's more than just the shephar... dabo 03-25-14 163
               RE: #754 (faith) kingfish 03-25-14 158
                   RE: #754 (faith) foonermints 03-25-14 159
                       RE: #754 (faith) kingfish 03-25-14 161
                           RE: #754 (faith) foonermints 03-25-14 162
                               RE: #754 (faith) kingfish 03-26-14 165
 #755 (videogames) Estee 03-26-14 164
   RE: #755 (videogames) kingfish 03-26-14 166
       RE: #755 (videogames) Estee 03-26-14 167
           RE: #755 (videogames) kingfish 03-27-14 173
               RE: #755 (videogames) kingfish 03-27-14 176
 #756 Estee 03-27-14 168
   RE: #756 newsomewayne 03-27-14 169
       RE: #756 Estee 03-27-14 170
           RE: #756 newsomewayne 03-27-14 171
               RE: #756 Estee 03-27-14 175
   RE: #756 kingfish 03-27-14 172
       RE: #756 kingfish 03-27-14 174
       RE: #756 Molaholic 03-27-14 177
           RE: #756 kingfish 03-28-14 180
   RE: #756 dabo 03-27-14 178
 #757 Estee 03-28-14 179
   RE: #757 kingfish 03-28-14 181
 #758 (video games) Estee 03-29-14 182
   RE: #758 (video games) kingfish 03-29-14 183
 #759 (Sarah Palin) Estee 03-30-14 184
   RE: #759 (Sarah Palin) kingfish 03-30-14 185
 #760 (pretty much every crush thre... Estee 03-31-14 186
   RE: #760 (pretty much every crush ... kingfish 03-31-14 187
       RE: #760 (pretty much every crush ... Estee 03-31-14 188
           RE: #760 (pretty much every crush ... kingfish 03-31-14 189
 #761 Estee 04-01-14 190
   RE: #761 dabo 04-01-14 191
   RE: #761 kingfish 04-01-14 192
 #762 Estee 04-02-14 193
   RE: #762 kingfish 04-02-14 194
 #763 Estee 04-03-14 195
   RE: #763 kingfish 04-04-14 196
 #764 (best example list ever) Estee 04-04-14 197
   RE: #764 (best example list ever) kingfish 04-04-14 198
 TropeBoinK! foonermints 04-04-14 199
   Swoop Block! kidflash212 04-05-14 200
       RE: Swoop Block! kingfish 04-06-14 201
           RE: Swoop Block! foonermints 04-06-14 202
               RE: Swoop Block! kingfish 04-07-14 204
 #765 Estee 04-07-14 203
   RE: #765 kingfish 04-07-14 205
 #766 Estee 04-08-14 206
   RE: #766 kingfish 04-08-14 207
   RE: #766 newsomewayne 04-08-14 208
       RE: #766 Estee 04-08-14 209
           RE: #766 newsomewayne 04-08-14 210
 #767 Estee 04-09-14 211
   RE: #767 kingfish 04-09-14 212
 #768 (in 'honor' of Kass) Estee 04-10-14 213
   RE: #768 (in 'honor' of Kass) kingfish 04-10-14 214
 #769 (The ABC Beast Returns.) Estee 04-11-14 215
   RE: #769 (The ABC Beast Returns.) kingfish 04-11-14 216
       So foonermints 04-11-14 217
           RE: So kingfish 04-11-14 218
 #770 Estee 04-12-14 219
   RE: #770 dabo 04-12-14 220
 #771 Estee 04-13-14 221
 #772 Estee 04-14-14 222
   RE: #772 kingfish 04-14-14 223
       RE: #772 Estee 04-14-14 224
           RE: #772 kingfish 04-14-14 225
               RE: #772 kingfish 04-16-14 239
           RE: #772 foonermints 04-14-14 226
               RE: #772 newsomewayne 04-14-14 227
                   Disappeared foonermints 04-14-14 228
                       RE: Disappeared kingfish 04-14-14 229
                           RE: Disappeared foonermints 04-14-14 230
                               RE: Disappeared kingfish 04-14-14 231
                                   RE: Disappeared foonermints 04-14-14 232
                                       RE: Disappeared kingfish 04-14-14 233
                                           RE: Disappeared foonermints 04-15-14 235
                                               RE: Disappeared kingfish 04-15-14 237
                                               RE: Disappeared newsomewayne 04-21-14 256
 #773 Estee 04-15-14 234
   RE: #773 kingfish 04-15-14 236
 #774 Estee 04-16-14 238
   RE: #774 kingfish 04-16-14 240
 #775 Estee 04-17-14 241
   RE: #775 kingfish 04-17-14 242
 #776 (Pepe, don't read it.) Estee 04-18-14 243
   RE: #776 (Pepe, don't read it.) foonermints 04-18-14 244
       RE: #776 (Pepe, don't read it.) kingfish 04-18-14 245
           The Moonshine foonermints 04-18-14 246
               RE: The Moonshine kingfish 04-18-14 247
 #777 Estee 04-19-14 248
   RE: #777 kingfish 04-19-14 249
   RE: #777 dabo 04-19-14 250
   RE: #777 kidflash212 04-19-14 251
 #778 Estee 04-20-14 252
   RE: #778 kingfish 04-21-14 254
 #779 Estee 04-21-14 253
   RE: #779 kingfish 04-21-14 255
 #780 Estee 04-22-14 257
   RE: #780 kingfish 04-22-14 258
 #781 Estee 04-23-14 259
   RE: #781 kingfish 04-23-14 260
 #782 Estee 04-24-14 261
 #783 Estee 04-25-14 262
   RE: #783 kingfish 04-25-14 263
 #784 Estee 04-26-14 264
   RE: #784 dabo 04-26-14 265
 #785 (sex) Estee 04-27-14 266
   RE: #785 (sex) dabo 04-27-14 267
 #786 Estee 04-28-14 268
 #787 Estee 04-29-14 269
   RE: #787 dabo 04-29-14 270
 #788 (Star Wars #1-9) Estee 04-30-14 271
 #789 (Fanfic) Estee 05-01-14 272
 #790 Estee 05-02-14 273
   RE: #790 dabo 05-02-14 274
 RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in whic... Estee 05-03-14 275
 #791 (most incapacitating s... Estee 05-04-14 276
   RE: #791 (most incapacitating dabo 05-04-14 277
 #792 Estee 05-05-14 278
   RE: #792 dabo 05-05-14 279
       RE: #792 kingfish 05-05-14 280
   RE: #792 Molaholic 05-06-14 283
       RE: #792 kingfish 05-06-14 284
 #793 Estee 05-06-14 281
   RE: #793 kingfish 05-06-14 282
 #794 (we don't talk about it) Estee 05-07-14 285
   RE: #794 (we don't talk about it) kingfish 05-07-14 286
   RE: #794 (we don't talk about it) Molaholic 05-07-14 287
       RE: #794 (we don't talk about it) Estee 05-07-14 288
 #795 (just wait for tomorrow.) Estee 05-08-14 289
   RE: #795 (just wait for tomorrow.) kingfish 05-08-14 290
       RE: #795 (just wait for tomorrow.) Estee 05-08-14 291
           Cooooo-Kieeeee!!! dabo 05-08-14 292
           RE: #795 (just wait for tomorrow.) kingfish 05-08-14 293
 #796 (Faux News every night) Estee 05-09-14 294
 #797 Estee 05-10-14 295
   RE: #797 dabo 05-10-14 296
 #798 (frequently sex) Estee 05-11-14 297
   RE: #798 (frequently sex) kingfish 05-13-14 301
 #799 Estee 05-12-14 298
   RE: #799 udg 05-12-14 299
   RE: #799 kingfish 05-13-14 302
 #800 Estee 05-13-14 300
   RE: #800 kingfish 05-13-14 303

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Estee 56616 desperate attention whore postings
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01-11-14, 09:10 AM (EST)
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1. "#701"
In much of the country, this is a group-enforced trope which can be expressed as a series of steps.

1. Express interest in sophisticated things.
2. Be presumed gay.
3. Get beaten to near-death or beyond.

Therefore, in order not to be beaten to near-death (or beyond)...

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

Great society we've got going here.

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2. "Repling To Your own Trope.."
A sure sign of sanity.
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3. "#702 (oh, Fooner...)"
You've just created a character who's a comedian. Naturally, this character will have to tell jokes. And so you decide that he's going to tell the funniest joke ever -- one which will be completely original.

However, there's a small problem with this. In order for that character to tell the joke, you have to create it. And writing humor isn't your strong suit, let alone just casually coming up with the funniest joke ever. Pretty much everything you create would launch an entire farmers' market from even the least sophisticated audience, and those with taste would find pitchforks -- somewhere. This scene isn't going to work without the (completely original) funniest joke ever to anchor it. So what do you do?

You come up with something totally lame, have the character tell it -- and then write the audience reacting to it with howls of laughter, helpless knee-slapping, and optional loss of bladder control. Because surely if other fictional characters think it's the funniest joke ever, that'll sell it -- right?

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

Wrong.

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8. "RE: #702 (oh, Fooner...)"
The Emperor has no clothes. Now tell him how great he looks, or else.


I should be watched....closely.

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57. "RE: #702 (oh, Fooner...)"
I can't write worth beans.



I can make you one of these, though.

Why does something tell me that you may need it one day?


Think of it as an adult "Thudguard".

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4. "#703"
The audience accepts that there are rules.

Some of them are taken in on a subconscious level. The main character makes it to the end, that's a major one. For this genre, no one really gets hurt. It's a comedy and that means the motives aren't all that serious. Romantic drama: they'll get back together, just you wait...

And then the main character dies in the second act because the romantic comedy antagonist pulled out a shotgun and blew away most of her skull.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GutPunch?from=Main.AudienceSuckerPunch

You're off the map. And here there be dragons.

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5. "RE: #703"
So, you've just finished your morning scan of the headlines, and decide to go for a jog/swim along the reef in search of breakfast. As you turn out of your cave driveway you notice a little Hors d'oeuvre floating in the water within easy reach. Ah, how nice you think, a tasty little shrimp, maybe it’s a little of an odd color, but probably it’s just what I need right now. And you chomp it.

In the first micro moment you notice a funny rubbery taste, then a sharp mouth pain as you are being hauled up into the world of air breathing skin bags by an incomprehensible and unyielding force that you never suspected existed, and thrown into a bucket where you frantically gulp for water. You desperately try to swim away, swim away, but all that results is that you flop around in the bucket. And you die.

That's your gut punch to the hero (me).

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01-14-14, 10:19 AM (EST)
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9. "RE: #703"
It's good that Filet-o-fish are square, sightless, not on the protected species list and breaded before they're caught.


Suzzopolis by Tribe


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6. "#704"
The Fourth Rule Of Bad Breakups

At the exact moment your relationship ends, every radio station in the area will be notified and adjust their playlist accordingly.

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

And the talk stations will have your ex on as a special guest. All of them. Simultaneously. The special subject? You.

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7. "RE: #704"
The Corollary:

It doesn't matter what is played, every song as well as every overheard conversation seems to be directed at you.

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10. "RE: #704"
Deny-Deny-Deny.


Corrupting teenage boys since, well,
none of your business how long...


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11. "#705"
Long-running series have a habit of shipping off characters in order to keep both the core cast and number of simultaneously-running plotlines at something manageable. So a story arc will be wrapped up, and the lead of that sequence will -- fade out. Get on a bus and never come back. In extreme cases, they go upstairs to their bedroom and never come down. There's an entire family of tropes dedicated to how these characters are phased out, sent away, ignored, or sometimes just retroactively forgotten -- which can take some real work.

However, there are times when those characters return: there's another trope tree for that occasion. And for this particular entry, they will be coming back for only one reason:

To die.

Because deaths can drive the ratings up, hammer home a plot point, teach about noble sacrifice -- no, really, it's about driving the ratings up. Remember that character you used to love? Well, here they are again! Everyone's happy! It's a reunion! No one's asking where they've been! Happy, happy people everywhere! And there's the gunshot! And now we're at a funeral!

All those questions about what the character was doing? Forget it. Queries on why they were exiled in the first place? Don't exist. This character was brought back so the long-time fans could rejoice and the newer ones would start to understand why this person was important to the series as a whole -- and then get killed. Their death drives the next story arc. Or gets ignored, whichever is easier to work with.

So if a character who's been exiled for a good long time suddenly drops back into the story --

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

-- ask why.

And then duck.

(Sadly, this does not apply to reality competition shows.)

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12. "RE: #705"
LAST EDITED ON 01-15-14 AT 11:42 AM (EST)

Sadly, this does not apply to reality competition shows.

It is sad, so terribly sad. And frustrating. And apparently unfixable.

Moving on, it can apply to these message boards. What happened to everybody? Real life? Facebook? Ennui? Pissed off?

I mean, it may be good to have turnover, but what happened to them? Some, sadly, have passed on, as will we all one day. Hopefully not like Vince though. Not my preference anyway.

A moment for Vince and Survey Sez. And others. We remember. At least we will till we too are forgotten.

Some were banned. They shouldn't have oughter done what they done.

Some couldn't take the heat. That's life I guess. If they aren’t tolerant of others, maybe it’s better that they don’t play in this sandbox.

It's certainly enjoyable to see occasional ghosts from the past return for what is usually a single post.

I mean, we like being able to once in a while give Knockers another tweak, don't we? And don't we miss the 20 second peek into the future that Max would give us? And still occasionally does.

The point (tenuous as it is) is that each fate, and each reason for not-being here could be a named trope in our private Wiki. So that when Estee finally runs out of TVTropes random picks, she can pick up with a whole new universe of randomness.


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13. "#706"
The answer is 'Child Protection Services'.

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

The question is 'How can you lie three times in three words?'

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14. "RE: #706"
A bit outside the trope maybe, but I don't see how Child Services in general is effective at all given the grudgingly allocated civil budgets, the red tape, and the general apathy of the public.

Kudos to the workers that persevere.

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15. "#707"
Two pounds of assorted cosmetics, emergency sewing supplies, applications, removal creams, and various hair maintenance items.

Another three pounds of electronics, contact information, a couple of coupons, one Total Emergencies Only metrocard, identification, various cards, and pamphlets explaining why I'm going to burn forever which I keep being handed every other block.

Roughly twelve ounces of cash. Mostly metal.

Eight ounces of stuff I keep carrying for other people: medications they run out of, their own emergency cosmetics, keys...

...that reminds me, about a pound of keys...

...oh, and then there's the supermarket discount tabs plus a couple of memberships, I think there's a magazine towards the bottom...

...that just about sums up the secondary compartment...

...and you think I'm unarmed?

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

Do you know what banning guns would do for me? It would make this thing twelve ounces lighter.

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16. "RE: #707"
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17. "#708 (Trope #1)"
Yeah, like I'm really going to post the site's real and true first-ever codified trope in honor of the Professor's passing...

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

...gawdsdammit, how do they keep doing that?

It's one of the most basic tropes out there: say you won't do something, camera cut, and there you are doing it. It's a railroad plot where you get tied to the train, and not necessarily the front of the engine car. Protest all you like: the only thing it takes to make it all moot is a single jump slice in the footage. The Gilligan Cut removes all denial, reluctance, outright refusal, and free will.

North Carolina will make it Amendment #2 in the spring.

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18. "RE: #708 (Trope #1)"
Ah, but who has the power of the Gilligan Cut? Who gets to the authority to waive free will?

There's where the power resides.

(I think it was Lovey. Her submissivity had to have been a façade.)

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19. "#709"
As this is a trope I am frequently personally insulted by, I will not make the effort to place a description here. The title suffices.

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

Incidentally, 90% of STNG, right there.

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22. "RE: #709"
LAST EDITED ON 01-21-14 AT 09:20 AM (EST)

With this we gain knowledge of Estee's personal insult button. The collection grows.

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20. "#710 (series revival tonight)"
Sugar.

Spice.

Everything nice.

A triple helping of pure whoop-ass.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls?from=Main.PowerpuffGirls

And once again, the day will be saved -- before bedtime.

(They're in kindergarten. They need their sleep.)

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23. "RE: #710 (series revival tonight)"
Mighty Mouse had a better theme song.
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21. "#711 (worst trope name ever)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MyGirlIsASlut

And you're okay with that!

*sigh* I have to narrow this down a lot. This trope is typically for those situations where a heterosexual or bisexual female is in an open relationship and the male of the duo (on up) has no problems with her engaging in sex with other men. There's also a bit of 'I partially love you because you're so experienced' in there along with an occasional touch of 'You got the video, right?', but on the whole, it's about not caring who she's with during part of the day and night as long as the man know about it and the majority of the time goes to him. If the open relationship includes same-gender, we're in another trope. If it's a group marriage, another trope. Professional prostitute or adult film actor, probably this trope. Loves showing off her body and seeing the reactions but doesn't do anything with the impressed other than wipe away the drool, nowhere near this trope. Had a lot of partners before 'settling down', shouldn't be this trope but often gets listed there anyway.

...really should have hit the stupid button again...

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24. "RE: #711 (worst trope name ever)"
Important Note: This trope applies if the girl is lauded by her man when she flirts with other men. A girl flirting with other women all the time, even going all the way, only applies if said girl also enjoys sleeping with men other than her boyfriend and he doesn't see anything wrong with that. If the girl only sleeps with other women but no man other than her boyfriend, it's not this trope.

OK. Got it. So, where is that trope?

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25. "RE: #711 (worst trope name ever)"
Some want a girl like dear old Mom.



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26. "#712"
Ah, love interests. They drive the story. They create motivation. And for some series, they are -- disposable. Fall in love, create motivation, get rid of interest, repeat in next episode because the hero is never ever going to settle down because gee, being happily married is just so boring and if you killed the spouse, the hero would have to spend at least twelve seconds in mourning before sleeping with someone else. So Disposable Love Interest is its own trope.

But... those Love Interests can be Disposed of in peaceful ways. They move out of town, find someone else, cheat on the hero, decide they were attracted to the other gender all along, reveal they were married all along -- okay, some of those have screaming involved, but the point is that the DLI typically walks away intact and the Hero is Motivated for the next round.

However...

...some heroes need more motivation than others.

Sometimes nothing less than a corpse will do.

Hero falls in love. Love interest dies horribly. Over. And over. And over. It can reach the point where on the rarest of occasions, the hero may start to notice and declare celibacy. The less aware just keep racking up the body count, because to care about this person is a death sentence. For them to care back doubles it. (In a rare superexample under the Comics section, if the main character says she loves or even likes anyone, they explode.) And it just keeps happening. For a long-running show, the cast is eventually filled with inadvertent serial killers. Such as...

"As an overall statistic, as of Skyfall, sleeping with Bond brings with it a 30.36% chance (17 out of 56) of dying before the end of the movie. Of course, this varies from Bond to Bond. Timothy Dalton managed to get a 100% survival rate, while the current Bond, Daniel Craig, has reached a staggering 80% mortality rate, and it took him three movies to get below 100% (Ladies, don't kiss him unless your will is in order)."

"Jack Bauer. Let's go down the list: Teri died, Nina was The Mole, Kate dumped him, Claudia died, Audrey was made to believe Jack had died, Diane broke up with him when he got back together with Audrey, who was then tortured to insanity, and Renee bites it less than an hour after sleeping with Jack. Geez, this guy can't catch a break.

It extends beyond just Jack. Tony had also been in a relationship with Nina, then had Michelle divorce him, then get murdered shortly after they remarried and she became pregnant with their son. Every president that is shown with an on-screen spouse ends up divorced after one season David Palmer after Season 1, Charles Logan after Season 5 (though he first appeared late in season 4), and Allison Taylor after season 7, and David Palmer had a later girlfriend break up with him due to an inability to handle the limelight of being involved with the president. Audrey Raines was on the verge of reconciling with her husband when he died from injuries sustained when he took a bullet for Jack, the man she'd been involved with during her separation from him, then is led to believe Jack is dead, then finds out he's alive just before he gets taken prisoner by the Chinese and never really learns otherwise due to the aforementioned torture she gets after going to China to look for him. Even Kim had this for awhile, as her first boyfriend was incarcerated, her second broke up with her after losing a leg as the result of her actions, and her third broke up with her after she was led to believe that her father died and may or may not have died offscreen a few seasons after his final appearance."

"Ben Cartwright, the patriarch of the Cartwright family, has three sons from three different women. One of his wives died in childbirth, another died after falling from a horse, while the other one was killed in an Indian attack. Each Cartwright man has a string of girlfriends over 14 seasons, many of whom do not survive the experience. The worst man to flirt with, statistically, was the youngest, Little Joe Cartwright: over 14 seasons, he had 39 girlfriends, 25.6% of whom died. His girlfriend mortality rate became so legendary that other TV shows started to lampshade it. (For example, on Happy Days, Mrs. Cunningham refuses to watch any episode where Little Joe gets engaged, simply because "that girl is headed straight for Boot Hill!")"

And thus:

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

Imagine if they weaponized it.

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27. "RE: #712"
Not even mentioned were the women Charlie Sheen's character dated on 2-1/2 Men.

Maybe they didn't die (as far as we know), and maybe actual love wasn't involved, and maybe a couple stayed for several episodes before going off into the TV ether, but quantity wise he has to be in the top three all time.

Now, as to Charlie's RL ex'es, one can only speculate but that number has to be pretty much world class too.

I like the title. Little Joe was the Elvis of the west.


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28. "#713"
Because multiple centuries of having Caucasians systemically trying to suppress you into the ground just gives you all kinds of insight into the problems of that random white guy who just walked by, not to mention an overwhelming drive to freely offer all of it.

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

This is when a character from the local minority (typically Afrimerican) gives the lead (just about always Caucasian) advice which turns their entire issue around -- and that's the only purpose the minority character serves. Actual magical powers are optional (although they do appear): it's their influence on the lead's life -- for which they never ask any reward, or credit, or acknowledgement, or, well, anything -- which is the true magic. And it's one of those tropes which, once you know about it, you will see everywhere. You can't get away from the thing, because the scriptwriters can't. Because after all, the true purpose of every other skin hue on the planet is to make the pink ones feel good about themselves.

One wonders why multiple centuries of oppression would leave anyone in the mood to do something other than punch the oppressor's descendants in the face. Especially after seeing the smaller role paycheck.

(Someone once asked me if I had any mystical knowledge from the East which would apply to a certain situation. I pointed out that as a godless half-breed, fifty percent of my mystical knowledge was coming from the West and if we had the two halves meet at a rough geographical midpoint, the only piece of local mystical advice I could probably give on most issues was "Try not to drown." This went over about as well as you might expect.)

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29. "RE: #713"
LAST EDITED ON 01-24-14 AT 12:15 PM (EST)

Somehow "The Help" should fit into this trope. Except that instead of one black mentor type, a whole community of maids was that. Especially to Skeeter.

Minnie (especially) and Aibileen were amazing performances.

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30. "#714 (locally universal)"
You.

Not you.

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

You/not you.

You.

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31. "RE: #714 (locally universal)"
Far out!


cahaya '75

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32. "RE: #714 (locally universal)"
LAST EDITED ON 01-24-14 AT 12:14 PM (EST)


Me.


Not Me.


Me.


Not Me.


Me. (Malachite Kingfisher)

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33. "#715 (graphic novel series)"
Gendercide.

In the space of minutes, every male mammal on Earth died. If it had a Y chromosome, it perished, right down to the smallest cells. Fetuses died in the womb or were produced stillborn. There was no stopping it. No cure. No time. No known cause. And the women inherited a world where they were already extinct: they just hadn't quite finished the process yet.

The world changed: how could it not? But it changed in part according to a rule few will speak: that women as a whole have always been just as vicious, bloodthirsty, and cruel as men -- they just have better publicity. And suddenly, there was no one left to pretend for.

So the wars continued. Israel, which always had the highest percentage of females in the military, found itself a superpower and began flexing muscles. The United States fractured as its females took the simmering hatreds of the deceased and vowed to keep them going forever. Australia, first to put women in submarines, turned into the naval giant of the planet. And all of it was -- a distraction. Anything to keep them from realizing that the last generation was just that, species were going extinct every few months -- and Earth would belong to the reptiles again.

Except that... the Gendercide wasn't quite complete.

There were two survivors.

One was a Capuchin monkey named Ampersand, being trained -- badly -- as a helper.

The other was human. An out-of-work magician and amateur escape artist (which is why he had time to train monkeys (badly)), son of a Cabinet member, from a family which was just a little too much into classic culture. And thus, Yorick Brown.

The human race may have a chance -- if they can figure out why these two are still alive. If they can be kept alive. Because all Yorick wants to do is find his girlfriend, who was in Australia when the world began its slow death --

-- and all so very many of the survivors want to do is kill him.

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

After all, it's not a true Gendercide until the Last Man goes down...

Series is complete. Available at quality libraries near you. Kindle editions for all ten volumes would total out to roughly $65.

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34. "RE: #715 (graphic novel series)"
So, if handling Ampersand's feces gives Yorick immunity, then there should have been a random few others that would also be immune. A sewage worker or two, a poop picker upper or two, a monkey birth cage cleaner outer or two. A couple of kids that tease monkeys in cages?

This would be a fun world for a guy until he is caught and strapped to a table with special "Milking" tools. Or a urethra tube going straight to the sperm producing apparatus.

They'd probably feed you good, though.

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35. "#716"
Go ahead. Watch a single episode of Survivor. Really, what harm could it possibly do?

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

...uh-oh.

In general, this is any creation which tends to be encountered first and introduces the viewer to that entire genre -- presuming they keep going. Basically, the same thing as a gateway drug, except these actually exist and can be much more expensive. If you read down the list for your chosen category, you'll probably find at least one portal you initially stepped through.

Funny how Portal isn't on there.

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36. "RE: #716"
The Ukrainians have taken Estee.

Estee, if you're out there, and can hear me, blink once for yes and twice for no.

Blink three time if you're feet are cold, and four times if you want Fooner to swing in on his vine and rescue you from the Crazy Ukrainians.

Also, find Spot's FB. I'm not sure how to do that, but you're going to have to improvise.

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38. "RE: #716"
Seems this post was a gateway in another sense.
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39. "RE: #716"
Estee, just start over.

The Mods will hopefully someday get the accounts right again, but till then, and if the various proposed fixes don't work for you, just start over. You can be reborn as EsteeReturns, EsteeYeti, or Estee'sIsland, or something.

There is still some randomness left to explore.

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40. "RE: #716"
Or Christie'sGirl or ILuvMyGuv.

Hoping a little provoking will work

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41. "RE: #716"
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Provoking her!

Why didn't I think of that?

I think we should turn on Fox if we want to get the real news!

And those Tea Partiers? Such fun folks. Life of the party. Can't live without them, and you can't live without them.

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37. "Another way to fix your account."
This is for Estee, Snidget, and anyone in a similar predicament. And for whom the hack can't be corrected soon enough, although I'm sure everything possible is being done to fix this.

If you are locked out of this forum, and know what your screen ID was, and still have the Email address you originally used to register oh so long ago, you can recover. At least this worked for me and (I believe) adrichcharlie.

Go to the RTVW login page.

Click the Register a New Account option

Register using your old ID screen name (keep letter case as it was originally) and your old Email address.

The system will send to the address that you just gave them a new Password. You can use it to log in with your old familiar screen name, you will have your post odometer, and access to your emails.

And you're good to go. All that has changed is that you have to use the new PW.

If you previously re-registered using a different Screen ID (such as the "Agman2" that Agman used) and your old address, the trick will be to disassociate that new name with that old address.

I suggest (I haven't had to test this, so there may be a snag that I haven't anticipated) signing in with your new screen ID, going to your new account and changing your Email address to a temporory address, maybe a yahoo account or an address from the site that Spot suggested), then sign out.

Then you could use the above method to reregister using your original Screen name and email address, and it should work since that address is no longer associated with your newer Screen ID.

As Spot says, it seems that the hacker deactivated a lot of accounts (others were apparently unaffected), and when you sign in with a new ID and your normal Email address, the system thinks you are a new poster.

I'm guessing that the hacker got in as a system administrator, started inactivating posters one by one (possibly in alphabetic order), and just got tired of doing that after a while and quit. The list of RTVW posters is really really long. This could explain why the unaffected accounts are farther down the alpha list, like Mooney, Puffy and Pepe.

Does not explain Snidget. Obviously, for her, it was personal,

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42. "#717"
There is a laboratory working on a virus which will remove a species from the earth. The virus works by both airborne and blood vectors: it will essentially infect everything, but kill only the one species. That species will be extinct within five days of pathogen release. Clearly something must be done. The willful extinction of an entire species is a crime which justifies any and all attempts to prevent it, no matter how much harm those attempts cause. In fact, doing harm to those plotting the extinction should be seen as a blessing.

So you gather your forces and attack the lab where the virus is being created. You breach their security and destroy all samples, computer data, and physical notes on how the thing was made.

Of course, that leaves the scientists. They just might think of it again. And what's a few humans dead compared to the extinction of an entire species? Let's see, how many people worked on the project? Two hundred? Still a pittance, really...

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

And thus the mosquito was saved.

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43. "#718 (music)"
C Major
G Major
A Minor
F Major

Congratulations. Your fifteen minutes can now begin.

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

Everything else in the instrument lesson book is filler.

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44. "#719"
Many crop species have been genetically manipulated by humans through selective breeding. High on that list is corn. Did you know that before we started tampering with the output, most corn plants would have strained to reach the average adult human waist? Absolutely true.

So if not for our interference, all those people in horror stories who wander into cornfields, become lost, and die would still be alive. The monsters who hide there? Extinct. Crop circles? At the minimum, somewhat less dramatic. And evil-possessed scarecrows? Not in this field.

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

Way to go, us!


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45. "RE: #719"
Not to mention that (revised) famed song lyric:

"And the corn will grow as high as a nanny goat's eye!"

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46. "#720"
You have to die.

It isn't necessarily suicide. It is a need. It's part of the plan. It's a requirement, an absolute necessity in order to make sure things end well. The only way this is going to work is if you're not around to see anything which happens after. It may be the only way anyone gets an 'after'. So you have to die, and you accept that --

-- but you can't take your own life.

It might be your moral code. Mind control in action. Hardwired programming. Restraints. Anything which keeps you from doing the deed -- and requires that another take the burden of enabling your death. Because it's all part of the plan, and without that, the plan doesn't happen at all.

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

Note that this does also cover cases of assisted suicide (generally due to intolerable pain) where the victim is incapable of killing themselves. As such, this trope is illegal in most states, including all those you're trying to save.

I Cannot Legally Self Terminate, however, was judged to be a stupid trope name.

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47. "RE: #720"
The gun is willing but the bullet won't go.

Hey, I can take the pain after all.

DNR? DNR? Hell no, R me dammit.

Just shoot me now! Hey, wait...



A Tribal Whoopee! We're all gonna fry.

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48. "#721"
Hair worn long at the back: generally considered feminine.

Hair worn long at the front so that it completely covers the eyes and prevents any chance of your actually being able to see through your own style choice: generally considered dumbass.

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

(Incidentally, if you have really long hair, you can try this out just by flipping it forward. Of course, you'll have no idea how you look, but what else are selfies for?)

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49. "RE: #721"
It can be effective though.

Take two big brown Oliver Twist eyes peeking out from under a thick mop, no visible face except for a small puckering mouth and a little impish nose, and you have a basic survival technique for a kid who would ordinarily have no defensive attributes.

And yes, I have a niece that can play me like a drum.

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50. "RE: #721"
I always preferred the Veronica Lake look myself.



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51. "RE: #721"
So, are there any kingfish in Veronica Lake?
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52. "RE: #721"
LAST EDITED ON 02-19-14 AT 08:44 PM (EST)

I swim in the deep moonlit pools of mystery in her eyes.

Or I would, if she wasn't, like, dead. Now it's more like the adrift in the putrid morass of decayed eyeball flesh. Not nearly as much fun.

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53. "#722"
Take your best guess before looking at the actual trope.

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

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54. "RE: #722"
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Not looking.

But, of course it must be about the physics of the Higgs Boson and the related theories of particle mass and gravity, and just what the heck was the guy drinking who dreamed that up?

I was not thinking of the ultimate fate of the little girl in Fooner's Sig. But now that I think of it...what a shame!.

Can I look now?

(Nope. Not what I thought. Not nearly as interesting, either.)



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56. "RE: #722"
» the ultimate fate of the little girl in Fooner's Sig«

I planned on covering her up with a new T-Shirt. Something she will enjoy.


WHAT are YOU looking at?
..of course the Australian utube video explains it all..

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55. "RE: #722"
Wardrobe malfunctions?
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58. "#723 (95% of human history, minimum)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime

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59. "#724 "
"One alternate-universe Clark Kent had writer's block while writing a novel. Frustrated, he picks up the typewriter, crumples it into a ball, and hurls it through the wall of his lunar Fortress of Solitude. It smacks into a hillside miles away, which is shown to be pockmarked with craters, each containing a crumpled typewriter..."

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

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60. "RE: #724 "
Barton Fink?
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61. "RE: #724 "
Dunno, never met Barton.
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63. "RE: #724 "
That's Mr. Fooner Fink to you.
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62. "RE: #724 "
LAST EDITED ON 02-22-14 AT 12:58 PM (EST)

You may wonder that it's possible for me, based on my ability to always have extremely interesting things to say, or at least a boneheaded opinion of some kind to express in these threads.

But it's true, I am blocked.

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64. "#725"
Being a low-level character in a video game is, among many other things, financial hell. The only weapons you can afford with your starting cash keep breaking. Your armor is either tissue paper or would need a major upgrade just to be that thick. Put the two together and you're lucky to get away from any fight with five square inches of skin intact -- so naturally, the pittance you're being paid for all the work you're doing is going to healing potions. And weapon replacements. New layers of tissue paper. Food? You're searching every compost heap in the hopes of finding something which hasn't completely decomposed yet. And shelter? You see that alley? Better hope you saw it first.

But in time, you advance. You take armor and weapons off defeated foes. You learn how to cast spells which heal you, create food, and provide shelter. And the fees you're getting paid go up with your skills. Finally, you aren't scrapping for every last copper. You have liquid assets. You can indulge in the finer things the world has to offer...

...which turn out to be basic food, shelter, arms, and armor. All of which you already have. And nothing else whatsoever is for sale. Ever.

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

After a while, you just start leaving the gold behind. It makes your shoulders hurt.

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65. "RE: #725"
More money than one can use. Hmmmmm...

Interesting concept.

Referring of course to the dollars I earn after I have bought the solar system and subjugated all the people in it, I assume?

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66. "#726"
It's a good life. It may not be the most spectacular life in the world, but it's a fine one and you built it for yourself. It's a life which, in your opinion, would work for anyone else. So why shouldn't it work for your children? Silly question. It will. And in order to make sure they have a good life of their own, you're going to do everything in your power to make certain they grow up just. like. you.

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

Incidentally, they'll wind up never speaking to their parents again. Just like you did.

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68. "RE: #726"
LAST EDITED ON 02-25-14 AT 09:41 AM (EST)

Beware.

This is how we wound up being ruled by Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons, Cuomos, Daleys, Warners, Dingles, etc. (Kennedy in bold print isn't an accident. It's a plague.)

You just know Michele is itching for her turn in the big chair. And Chelsea.

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69. "GAH!"
annnd SWOOP!
foonermint: winning!
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67. "#727"
They promised you a trial by jury.

They promised you a jury of your peers.

And by 'peers', they meant 'people who hate you and will ignore all actual evidence in their very successful attempt to convict you'.

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

Note that in most circumstances where this trope is brought out, the trial itself is a fake: the local crime boss will steal the robes, then stock the jury box with henchmen and ask his girlfriend to play defense attorney. It's justs the bad guys playing around for the sake of despair, comedy, insanity and ultimately, getting to sentence the protagonist at the end, to the end, permanently. However, there are times when the trial is real and the jury itself is what's been rigged, along with the laws, the judge, the sentence...

In other words, now the official legal trope of Uganda. All hail.

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70. "RE: #727"
Take the case of the lake property magnate, trial by a jury of his piers.

(Speaking of which, there is one Piers that won't be there. Maybe there is another ex-SNL alum who needs a job?)

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71. "#728"
Try this scenario on for size.

It's World War II. You're a Korean citizen. Which doesn't matter to your neighboring country, because Japan needs soldiers. So they 'recruit' you and send you into battle in Manchuria -- where you promptly get captured.

However, your captors are in need of soldiers. So they 'recruit' you into the Red Army and send you out again -- where you're captured by the Soviets. Welcome to the hammer and sickle, comrade: grab a rifle and go shoot some Nazis -- who capture you first and, as they were wont to do, impress you into their army, sending you off to Africa so you can shoot some Allies.

Only the Allies capture you first. And recruit you.

So you're sent to Italy, working with the British -- not so fast. Guess who grabbed you this time? The Italians. But don't worry, because the Americans got you about five seconds later. At this point, it's probably safe to say you want to shoot something, so they give you the opportunity. Hello, G.I. Joe. And as an American soldier, you -- stabilize, staying one through the end of the war.

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

This is typically a video game trope, one which comes into effect when you can either capture or manufacture enemy units and make them fight on your side. Starcraft players know it well as 'I'm going to use mind control on that Drone...' -- and if you're careful and have the resources, you can recreate the entire Zerg tech tree and have your own colony battling alongside the Protoss forces.

But when it gets into real life, it's still about taking the enemy's things and putting them to work for you -- including their soldiers. As demonstrated above.

Now. How are you going to apply for your armed forces pension?

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72. "RE: #728"
LAST EDITED ON 02-26-14 AT 10:01 AM (EST)

Interesting.

Of course, the multinational soldier then went on to write a book after the war? Which was then captured by a playwright and forced to be a Broadway play? Then impressed into a Hollywood movie?

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73. "RE: #728"

From Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a new online card game I'm playing in open beta these days. Best card game since MTG.

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74. "#729 (not Garrett)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Workaholic
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75. "RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in which everyone here is personally insulted by at least one entry."
I was always confidant that someday we would all see that being a lazy crossword playing bum at work is a good character trait.

(Except for the crossword playing part. I play computer "Go Fish")



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76. "RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in which everyone here is personally insulted by at least one entry."
Scales.

Fangs.

A horrible reputation, not always deserved.

Occasionally poison.

Flickering tongue.

Arms.

...arms?

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

Arms.

But not legs. Because that would just be silly.

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77. "RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in which everyone here is personally insulted by at least one entry."
I'm surprised and how many examples they have and in how many categories - Pinball machines?
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78. "RE: Trope Of The Day VIII: in which everyone here is personally insulted by at least one entry."
Ogle ogle ogle, (wipe saliva from chin, drool some more).

Man, look at the scales on that chick!

Me, I like a woman with a scaly booty.



Tribe strikes again

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79. "#730/31 (another Tea Party ideal)"
It's not bullying: it's part of the curriculum.

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

This is any educational facility where fighting is not only encouraged by the faculty, but occasionally regulated and overseen by the staff. They may even join in. Students are told to solve their problems by hitting each other, sometimes to the death because gee, at least that particular problem won't reoccur. And everything works out fine as long as the blood gets scrubbed up and, naturally, the right person wins. After all, what's the point of harassment if the victims ever land a punch?

This system still exists in a number of schools. Some even have it officially sanctioned. The rest just whistle and look away.

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80. "RE: #730/31 (another Tea Party ideal)"
OK. So I wake up and read this trope, and my immediate inclination is to post a response around the premise of "So where is the girls school where mud wrestling is encouraged?".

I would have massaged that idea until I had something that amused me, and posted it.

Then I thought, well, maybe this time I should do something a bit classier, maybe I can show that I have deep thoughts and can come up with something more clever, something classier.

Yeah, I thought, that’s it, something classy for a change.

So I thought.

And I thought.

But the idea of a girls school where mud wrestling is encouraged as a way to introduce young nubile girls to the harsh realities of life, and provide U-Tube fodder for my amusement just wouldn’t leave my thoughts. It began to seem classier and classier.

So I give up. "Where is that school? Sweden?”

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81. "#732"
LAST EDITED ON 03-04-14 AT 01:10 PM (EST)

Congratulations! You've just destroyed the giant space station! You know -- the one the size of a small moon? The one with the weapon meant to obliterate planets? That thing which was rapidly approaching your world with intent to erase it? Well, you just took it out when it was still a few thousand miles away. You blew that thing up real good.

So congratulations -- on destroying your world.

Let's talk about the power source at the station's core. Think about all the energy it took to run the thing. Now consider that none of it is currently residing in a container and energy can't be destroyed, only converted or dissipated. How much of that shockwave is going to thin out before it hits the atmosphere? Probably not enough to prevent boiling off most of it. What kind of radiation do those who survive that stage get to deal with? What kind would you like?

Now, let's look at the debris. You did not convert every piece of matter back to its component quarks. No, you blew it up. Which means there are some chunks flying outward in an expanding sphere of high-velocity scattershot shotgun spray. Chunks that came off something which started as the size of a small moon. How big are some of those chunks? Big enough to survive falling through what little is left of the atmosphere. Guess how much damage they'll do when they hit. Picture what too many will do to the tectonic plates. Consider dinosaurs.

Nice work, hero. Really.

Except that -- somehow, none of the above happens. You blow up the giant space station -- and life below goes on as before. There are no extra fatalities. Apocalypse You just doesn't manifest. In the end, there is

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

and why should you care if it doesn't make any sense, as long as everyone important lived?

This trope comes into play when any event which should by all logic and reason cause a huge number of fatalities does not. Every building the villains bring down is empty. The bad guy in his rampage can hit hard enough to break steel, but any person punched just takes a nap. Every bullet fired from that machine gun into the crowd missed. And all the explosion-driven effective mass of a small moon plus the energies contained within? Never heard from again.

It's one of those tropes which, if you're lucky enough to be on the receiving end of it, you don't want to think about too long. The universe might retroactively catch on.

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83. "RE: #732"
Hero Insurance?

As it turns out, I actually need Myoptic Clumsy Clod insurance more.

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82. "#733"
You can't fly.

Neither can your partner.

And the enemy is airborne. Airborne and rapidly retreating, leaving you with no way to get to them. Sure, you've got super-strength, but for some reason, that doesn't seem to translate into jumping distance. All the two of you can do is watch the escape, listen to the laughter as the bad guy gets away again, well beyond punching distance, forget about throwing something at him...

...you could throw something at him.

You've got super-strength, right? You could pick up something heavy and heave it. Except that anything heavy might not go that far. It would also be unbalanced and prone to weird trajectories. If you missed, what does it land on?

You have super strength, and your partner is nearly indestructible. But what good does either do you now?

...wait a minute...

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

(Try not to think about what the curveball grip would require.)

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84. "RE: #733"
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More of a Superman/Superboy tactic than a Batman/Robin thing. Even though Robin is an amazing acrobat, his skull is crackable.

However this does suggest a new superhero, Launcher Man™ and his sidekick, Cannonball Boy™, able to fight sneering runaway crooks that think they are sooo smart as they attempt their high velocity escape tactics.

Sure, they’ve gotten away with it in the past, but they never ran up against the crime fighting duo of Launcher Man™ and his sidekick, Cannonball Boy™ before.

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85. "RE: #733"
Best.Sidekick.Ever

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86. "#734"
Time travel is, among many other things, disorienting -- and that's the mildest way to put it. It's future (or past) shock on a scale few humans experience. Want to know what time travel is like? Imagine having no contact with the world for the duration you intend to journey. You don't speak to a single person. Not one piece of news reaches you. Everything changes while you have no knowledge of it whatsoever -- and then, when you emerge, you get hit with all of it at once. It's like going to a media dead zone for your vacation in the name of getting away from it all and discovering 'all' didn't go on pause for you -- multiplied by a thousand.

So many time travelers will instinctively seek an anchor to hold them steady in the mental hurricane. So much has changed, so very much -- but if there's any one thing other than themselves which is still the same, still a familiar level of real, they cling to it. They bind themselves against it and cling to a suddenly-corporeal sanity.

It can be a person who's still alive. (Younger or older.) A landmark. A tree they used to climb. A baseball card. Anything at all -- as long as it existed now and now.

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

Imagine what happens when it breaks.

As Terry Pratchett said, the hardest part of time travel is locating a dress shop which will keep the same mannikin in the window for fifty years.

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87. "RE: #734"
One constant. Money.

Go back in time to the 50's, patent the hula hoop, the frisbee, the pocket protector, the cell phone, and DOS, bury the paperwork, return to the present, dig them up, sue Mattel, Samsung, and Bill Gates for every thing they have, and retire.

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88. "#735"
One of the examples for the Internet animation series Homestar Runner:

"Here's one to wrap your head around. The garage band parody Brainkrieg (of the spinoff series Teen Girl Squad, which is a comic drawn and voiced by Strong Bad in-universe) originated as a one-off joke in the Strong Bad E-mails (much like TGS; actually, pretty much like every spin-off on the site; Sbemails themselves can arguably be called a spin-off feature from the main cartoons), which was a comment on words starting with "D-E" that do not belong in death metal (cut to the Battle of the Crappy High School bands, a reference to a previous TGS episode, where Brainkrieg shouts words like "Dentist!" and "Deli-style!" along with their future catchphrase "Jugga-jigga-wugga"). Flash forward a bit, and Brainkrieg is featured in two TGS-style "music videos", both holiday-related ("If I Don't Get Videogames (For Decemberween)" and "Decomposing Pumpkins"), with actual musical backing as opposed to a few shouted lines.

So, to recap: a fake band which is a spinoff from a comic that is a spinoff of a (somewhat) spinoff fan mail series, originating as an off-hand reference in the fan mail series to an episode of the comic spinoff, which is now doing holiday-themed spinoff music videos."

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

To make your head hurt a little less, consider this as any group musical act put together out of actors -- who generally can't play the instruments, compose music, sing, and so on down the line. Spinal Tap qualifies. Milli Vanilla may be the Real Life uber-example. Every so often, a real band will pretend to be another, fake band. You'll get fake bands which prove they can play and turn into real ones, and any fake band can release music which is real music except it was put together by a fake band only not really.

...yeah, not really helping with the headache, is it?

So basically, bands that are fake. Unless they aren't. Sort of. Full-time.

Yeah.

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89. "RE: #735"

Jugga-jigga-wugga, future catch word? Well, maybe in the 20s.

So where's our spin-off, and how do we capitalize on it? We (OT) are actually a spin-off, so logically we should be creating sub-spin offs.

Let's start with Fooner world.



A Tribal Whoopee! We're all gonna fry.

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90. "RE: #735"
Ouch. I'm going to go listen to "How Do You Talk to an Angel" by The Heights to get over this.
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91. "#736 (mostly comics)"
One of the typical issues in having a double identity is that unless your name happens to be Jamie Madrox, there's one of you. (And that SOB is out in public, the doesn't-know-what-he-has jerk...) A single person trying to maintain two lives. Inevitably, the needs of those lives will conflict: sacrificing time in one to gain hours for the other. You're used to that. If you're lucky, your friends and colleagues either know about why you keep vanishing at strange times or just don't bother asking.

If you're unlucky, both lives will need to do the same thing.

At the same place or ones miles apart.

Separately. But both under full public view at all times.

Say, your masked face has been asked to appear at a charity fundraiser and your civilian job is covering the event.

...so. Yeah. Problem...

There are all sorts of ways around this, but far too many of them involve deliberate sabotage of the water main.

However, some characters are ready for this. They know people of their rough height and build who, with makeup, can simulate the rest. More fortunate ones are acquainted with shapeshifters. Some particularly lucky people, needing to show up in their day clothes, may even know others who can fake whatever powers the original possesses, or have an ability set so close to theirs that no one can tell the difference without close study. An emergency stand-in who can truly do it all -- but most of them are stuck with someone in their costume and a lot of padding, hoping no one's using the zoom lens.

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

Of course, that's when the very real villain shows up.

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92. "RE: #736 (mostly comics)"
Who is that masked Rubber Duckie, anyway?
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93. "#737 (trope name needs revising,,,)"
...in about ten more years. Let's face it: right now, most people have to look this up before it makes any sense, and the number of people willing to do so is probably just going to drop because Internet. So we're going to need a replacement title. Any candidates in mind?

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

Incidentally, about the Real Life section with picture links? Your own risk.

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94. "#737 dawn"
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95. "#738 (graphic novel)"
It's your typical superhero universe, really. There's good guys and bad guys. Costumes, masks, secret identities. New people turn up with powers every month or so and pick a side. Sure, there's the usual chaos, but on the whole, there's an argument to be made that the planet is better off for it.

Then one day, a girl manifests her power for the first time. The ability to steal powers from others.

Range: global.
Effect: instantaneous.
Duration: permanent.

On, there are deaths at the moment of worldwide theft. Heroes who were flying fall out of the sky. If you had superstrength, better hope you weren't in the middle of lifting something heavy. Anyone caught phasing through a solid... try not to think about it. Shapechangers don't revert: they're stuck in the last form they assumed, and for at least one, that means their physical humanity is gone.

But for every last one, they were special -- and now they aren't.

How do they cope?

What if the survivors try to get on with their lives? Can they?

How does the world adjust when it has exactly one hero left -- one who has every power ever manifested -- who is about to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/AllFallDown

What would you do to be special again?

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96. "RE: #738 (graphic novel)"
Good luck trying to get Sophie to clean up her bedroom.
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97. "RE: #738 (graphic novel)"
Her bedroom is a 10*10 windowless cell. How long could it take?
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98. "RE: #738 (graphic novel)"
OK then, good luck keeping the girl who has all superpowers in that cell, not to mention keeping her from laughing when they come to take her to court.
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99. "BoInK!"
foonermints: waiting for nothing to happen..
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100. "RE: BoInK!"
Swoop Block!
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101. "Five Hours?"
FIVE HOURS?!


Indecency by See To Pee
Oh, we're dead here..

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102. "#739 (video games)"
A number of games have path-branching storylines which alter the gameplay content based on the choices your character makes. Typically, a large number of those options will be moral in nature. high roads, low roads, grey vs. grey, and sadistic choices.

Not every player takes the high road.

Sometimes it's a matter of wanting to see the entire game: certain missions only open up if you're a totally degenerate jerk. There are others when you're simply curious: so what happens if I go against all common sense and most legal statutes? And every so often, you're just blowing off steam: I could never do this in real life, but I'm going to work out all my stress by doing it here. So you blow through the entire game in an orgy of evil because it has no consequences in the real world plus you just wanted to see what that path ending looked like.

Such games, if successful, do what all strong-selling games tend to do: generate sequels. And since you had fun the first time, you eagerly purchase the II and boot up the game, wondering what the first zoom-in on the rubble you left behind will reveal.

And the city is perfectly intact.

All the civilians are fine.

The power plant you blew up for the fun of it is still there, which explains the lack of irradiation among the common folk.

That giant hole where the subway used to be is now a subway.

You worked very hard to make that hole.

But -- in most sequels, the game designers will start with the idea that everything truly worked out the first time, which is why it can start going south again instead of starting there and drilling through bedrock. And so for the majority of sequels to moral choice adventures, there is simply

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

but at least now you can blow it all up again, right?

...right?

Warning: not a Real Life trope.

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103. "#740"
LAST EDITED ON 03-11-14 AT 08:37 AM (EST)

Look, I know you're worried about security in your home.

I understand that you want a weapon close at hand during all hours. All hours.

But let's be honest: you're kind of a restless sleeper. I mean, I've seen you put your laptop down, pass out and five minutes, crash-rebound-eight-hundred-dollars. So...

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

...exactly how drop-proof is that safety lock?

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104. "RE: #740"
LAST EDITED ON 03-11-14 AT 08:52 AM (EST)

Especially dangerous for those of us, and yes, I am one, who occasionally wake up from passionate romantic dreaming to find that the embrace is with the pillow…

Shall I continue?

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105. "RE: #740"
Continue? I wish you'd never started.
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106. "RE: #740"
So, that's a yes?

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107. "I don't think"

Newsome is waffling here..

But go ahead, it's a chicken waffle.

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108. "RE: I don't think"
Ba-GAWK!
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109. "#741 (video games)"
You have traveled the world looking for the last patch of flowers which could be brewed into the cure to save the prince. You've followed clues and solved puzzles to get this far. Most of the clues and puzzles only wound up leading you to monsters. Of course, that let you practice your magic along with getting plenty of experience in treating your own wounds, but... the point is, here you are at the actual garden containing the last patch of those flowers in all the world. And naturally, it's guarded by another monster. The biggest one you've ever seen. And it is not interested in letting you just take a few blooms out of the charity of its heart. It wants you dead.

So, not wanting to cooperate, you unleash the most potent offensive spell you have: the wave of fire which sweeps over the entire area before closing in on your designated center point and --

-- huh.

Turns out flowers burn.

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

Who knew?

...meh. He was a lousy prince anyway.


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110. "RE: #741 (video games)"
To me, it's astounding how many of these games there are.
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111. "#742"
Yes. Yes, they do.

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

But with a little more height and education, other targets become available.

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112. "RE: #742"
And they become challenge set designers for EPMB?
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113. "RE: #742"
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Ouch.

Multiple-ouch!

They should have counted bruises to determine who won. Or who lost. And precisely how much they lost.

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114. "#743"
It's just a fact: very few opponents -- including the colossal ones -- are armored on the inside. Get past thickened skin and bone-shrouded joints to find vulnerable meat waiting within the throat. But -- that's within. Getting at such a weak point has its own problems.

Of course, if you're facing a truly colossal opponent -- one with an offensive dietary habit -- you might have a last resort available.

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

But then you're going to have digestive acids to content with, so...

This trope kicks in any time consumption of the target proves troublesome to the consumer. It doesn't always have to involve being swallowed whole. If your blood is lethal to vampires and you can con them into taking a drink, this applies. (Or, as one of the Literature examples states, you can just Weatherwax them.) Sentient computer program which allows the virus to invade it, then takes the thing apart from the inside? Same category. But for the most part, especially in a typical giant monster movie, it turns into Chimney-Climbing Up The Throat While Planting Explosives.

Beats exiting through the other end.

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115. "RE: #743"
Been (burp - tummy rumble) there.
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116. "#744 (no description needed)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BlindDate

*shudder*

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117. "RE: #744 (no description needed)"

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118. "#745"
*sigh*

If I only had a tan.

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

If I only had the ability to tan,

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119. "RE: #745"

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120. "#746"
To be a hero is, inevitably, to begin assembling a collection of people who want to kill you.

To last any real amount of time in the career is to get a large number of opponents who make those efforts on a regular, personal, and dedicated basis. In fact, they want you dead so much that they concentrate most of their efforts on making it happen. They seldom leave your bare city or try their luck with someone who doesn't know their patterns. They want to kill you. You are the focus of their lives. And so they will dedicate themselves to ending you. Over and over -- and that result? Is the one you get if you're lucky. Because you're not supposed to kill them (for some strange reason which you can't always remember), and the prisons can't seem to hold them -- but my, are they ever allowed to keep trying murder attempts on you.

Your regular sparring partners.

Your devoted sort-of-fan-club.

On some particularly bad nights, those who understand you best and have the closest relationship.

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

Lucky you.

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121. "RE: #746"
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Fooner. Fooner Luthor.

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124. "RE: #746"
now dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj-EDwbd6Jk
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122. "#747"
And here we have one of those trope names which gets the readers' hopes up unduly.

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

Don't be taken in by the last word.

The Real Life examples are interesting here, especially when they go national. It's fairly accurate to call this National Identity Envy -- which means we don't get a lot of this in the States, as people keep lying about how we're supposedly the pinnacle.

Sure we are. But the peak is two feet off the ground.

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123. "RE: #747"
This is a very interesting Trope.

"There's also the recent trend of feather headdresses as fashion accessories, as well as "Indian Girl" tattoos. This does not make most Native Americans very happy."

And one, if we are fortunate, that we can use in.re. Phillip Sheppard".

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125. "#748 (us)"
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/QuirkyHousehold

Deny it.

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126. "Hey!"
First a strip!
snap snap
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127. "#749 (advertising)"
Sometimes a product just stinks.

Oh, people will buy the thing anyway. It could be the only option in a given area, or a purchase which was required by someone else. There may be generational brand loyalty in place where no one ever questions if the product had the competition pass it by long ago. Maybe it's so cheap as compared to the quality, high-end stuff that you just hold your nose and go. But the product stinks -- and the product still sells. Not always well, though. And naturally the company will never admit to this because what kind of advertising centers around 'We're horrible. Give us money'?

(Well, non-political product.)

However, on rare occasion, a company will not only realize that their product stinks, but improve the thing. And what's the best way to admit you are New And Improved?

Fully confess to Old And Inferior.

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

It works. But you have to swallow your ego first. And the corporate ego can choke Godzilla.

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128. "RE: #749 (advertising)"
NBC's reveal trailer for season 3 of Heroes opened with what was essentially an apology for season 2 and claiming that the viewers from Comic Con who were disappointed in S2 thought it was better.

SPOILER: It wasn't.

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129. "RE: #749 (advertising)"
New Microsoft Motto: "Oh yeah, we badder than the NSA!"
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130. "#750"
On the whole, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church may have wound up as a force for good in the world.

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

*peacefully wanders off to find a quiet place for vomiting*

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131. "RE: #750"
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Fred Phelps is beloved (by the worms).

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132. "RE: #750"
Woodley talks sunbathing her vagina.
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133. "#751"
So.

Um.

Er.

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

Yeah.

And that just met part of the 'personally insult everyone' quota.

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134. "RE: #751"
Happy Days retroactively aborted a full-grown Chuck.
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135. "RE: #751"
I'd like to see them try and pass a law against magic.

Poof, they'd be gone.

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137. "RE: #751"
Wrong trope.

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

But as his last accomplish in fictive life, he named this one.

What is at the top of those stairs?

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138. "RE: #751"
Sheila vanished from the show and even failed to make the listing for the show on IMDB!

and it seems no one remembers Mac and Sally's baby.

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136. "#752"
"The X-Factor comics circa mid-1990s had a great deal of fun with this one:

Dick Chalker was a mutant who could turn himself into a manlike dinosaur creature. He used his powers to commit murder, robbery and postal fraud, and inspired hatred of mutantkind in the rest of the Chalker family.

Dick's cousin Rick Chalker decided to act on this hatred of mutants. In true MadScientist fashion, he successfully replaced his hands with enormous, razor-sharp propeller blades. Calling himself the Number One Fan, he was ready to kill every mutant in the world... only to discover that he couldn't open the door out of his lab with them. When he tried to slap himself in the forehead in frustration, he cut the top of his head off.

The third cousin, Professor Vic Chalker created a massive robot battlesuit to avenge Rick. In making the first version of the suit, he forgot to take his measurements so he couldn't fit in it. In making the second version, he didn't give it enough of a power supply and it ran out of juice five seconds after he started it, becoming trapped inside in the process. In making the third version, he gave it enough power but forgot to waterproof the suit. He fatally electrocuted himself after he took the suit out in a rainstorm.

Dick, now calling himself "Carnivore", decided that Rick's and Vic's deaths were on his conscience and decided to avenge them by killing every mutant on Earth so none of them could abuse their powers the way he did. Unfortunately, as he stepped out of his house to commence his killing spree, he was immediately killed by a truck.

All of this led up to an X-Factor annual issue where a mutant-hating former classmate of Strong Guy's showed up, having devoted his life to the dark arts and become a servant of Mephisto. In order to defeat X-Factor, he brought back their three greatest enemies from the dead — the three brothers who had died over the past three issues, none of whom had so much as been seen by X-Factor. So in the massive, climactic battle, an Unknown Rival resurrected three more unknown rivals. When the villains introduced themselves, Polaris asked if they were sure they had the right X-team.

Strong Guy: That figures! Only we could have a bunch of "greatest enemies" that we never heard of."

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnknownRival?from=Main.SchoolgirlRival

Let's just hope North Korea never sees that page...

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139. "RE: #752"
That's entertainment!

(Postal fraud? Having trouble picturing which mutant powers he had to use to commit postal fraud).

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140. "RE: #752"
I noticed "postal fraud" also, but I thought that was an Esteeembellishment ©

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141. "RE: #752"
Oh, that's cold, copywriting a term derived from Estee's screen name.

(Again, I like the way you think. ILTWYT).

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142. "#753"
Ah, toys. What can't they do? In the fictional worlds, the answer to that is 'not much'. Go to the right milleu and toys will summon aliens from other dimensions. They're programmed with enough artificial intelligence to mount full-scale wars with weapons that actually work. They turn your home into a jungle -- one that's actively trying to kill you. Fun for all ages and the whole family, especially when you're all buried together!

Of course, in real life, all we've got is chemistry kits you can home-brew drugs with, radioactive isotopes, and Lawn Darts.

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

Which setting is more dangerous? Toss a coin.

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143. "RE: #753"
I stepped on a skate board once. Did not know that they tilt sideways. I hurt myself.
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144. "RE: #753"
How does a fish 'step'?


School Spirit by Syren, 2005

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145. "RE: #753"
http://www.darwinfish.com/
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147. "RE: #753"
Are you accusing Kingfish of actually being evolved?


School Spirit by Syren, 2005

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148. "RE: #753"
Accuse is a mighty strong word, I simply allege it.

And these folks need to expand their line of action figures.

http://www.darwinfish.com/collections/action-figures

Would like to've seen the Crazy Cat Lady.

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146. "RE: #753"
I skinned my fin.
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149. "#754 (faith)"
Your religion lied to you.

There are no circles of punishment in the afterlife. The place of torment is barely mentioned and never truly codified.

An antichrist? Someone who does not believe, perhaps preaching against those who do. And that's all.

If there was a birthdate, it is most accurately tracked to September.

There was no apple. It could have been many things, if it was there to begin with -- but no one ever said 'apple'. Not in a form that can be considered an article of faith.

That which preachers call the opposition is barely mentioned -- and when it does appear, it's as part of the deity's court. The accuser, the tester. Nothing more. And the image assigned to that entity is simply an effort to discredit several other religions which existed at the time by co-opting their symbols into figures of horror.

Find words in your holy book which say otherwise. Search forever. They were never there. Because the word of your deity is always subject to the editing of man. And sometimes, a bitter Italian poet with a grudge against multiple politicians will write that anger down -- and the results are adopted by those who read it as if they were true articles of faith.

But they aren't. They shouldn't be. It's a grandfathered lie. Nothing more.

Your religion lies to you and expects you to live every day of your life by those lies.

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

And it will never stop.

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150. "RE: #754 (faith)"
The Quran or Muhammad never said anything about martyrs receiving the company of 72 virgins in paradise. The idea was first written down by a commentator 200 years after the death of Muhammad. And some scholars down think the word he used meant "grapes", not virgins.
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151. "RE: #754 (faith)"
"Can I at least get seedless and peeled?"
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152. "RE: #754 (faith)"
"Your religion lied to you."

Cynics are usually right.

72 grapes? I blew my guts all over the street for 72 grapes?

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153. "RE: #754 (faith)"
If all they want is 72 grapes, just give to them 72 grapes and they can go away and be happy. But it is important to know do they want sweet grapes or sour grapes?
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154. "RE: #754 (faith)"
By the way, the September thing is also "Word of Dante."
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155. "RE: #754 (faith)"
I do vaguely remember seeing that the evidence pointed towards summer -- but not what said evidence was. Christmas itself, at least for the date, appears to be stealing a rival's celebration.

Let's face it: Christianity has a large percentage of patchwork. And more than a little theft.

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156. "RE: #754 (faith)"
What "evidence" would that be? Many think springtime on the basis of shepherds watching over their flocks.
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157. "It's more than just the shephards..."
There's math involve, too.

Christ probably born in May or June

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160. "RE: It's more than just the shephards..."
Partially lost me at taking the lifespans so seriously and all that followed from it -- defensive much? Oh, those evil pagans! -- but I understand the rest of the argument.

What amazes me is that we're all constantly assuming a normal nine-month pregnancy.

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163. "RE: It's more than just the shephards..."
Interesting link, thanks. You realize if we move Christmas that would really mess up Bill's annual war on happiness.
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158. "RE: #754 (faith)"
Well, tracing the timeline backwards, if one rules out that an invisible incorporate entity (or his assistant the Angel Gabriel) that lives everywhere shook it's finger (or whatever) and magically impregnated Mary, then we have to find a time when Joseph (presumably they were at least dating at the time) was out of town on a house building contract and when shepherds weren't all that busy.

Joe’s working time would have been Spring, Summer, and but especially in the Fall (last minute preparation for winter probably had his customers clamoring for last minute help with storage buildings, sheep pens, etc.). And after the herding and sheep shearing was done for the year, shepherds would have been at loose ends. Mary, your typical hormonal teenager in her rebelling against parental authority years, would have been tempted to spend time with one or more of the strapping young male shepherds lolling about Nazareth's plaza pool halls.

So conception (again, supposing it didn’t come out of the ether, which is kinda hard to buy when the alternate explanation is so much more likely) might have been, oh, say, November? Let’s give Mary credit for resisting her urge to sample the pleasures of the flesh and managing to keep the handsy shepherds from getting all the way home for a couple of months. That would be fair, right?

Anyway, that would put the date of birth in late summer, and plenty of time to be creative about her “Divine Conception” explanation. For which I would give credit to Mary for inventiveness. Kudos, Mary, well done!

So there you have it. All you need is a little deductive reasoning.



Crabman

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159. "RE: #754 (faith)"
My Birthday is in late Summer too!
I must be just like this fellow.

People should remember that.

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161. "RE: #754 (faith)"
You raise sheep now?
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162. "RE: #754 (faith)"
'Possums. They are the new sheep. Citified.

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165. "RE: #754 (faith)"
Bumper Sticker!
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164. "#755 (videogames)"
The queen assigned you this mission personally. Unfortunately, she also assigned one other thing: her favorite knight. You will only be allowed to leave the city in his presence. You won't be allowed back in without him. In fact, if you show up without him, the only place offering you free admittance will be the afterlife. You agreed to this condition because, well, frankly, because you had a whole bunch of crossbows being pointed at your neck.

Oh, and then there's the thing she didn't assign. Money.

Why is this important, other than for your happy financial survival? Because her favorite knight is A. broke B. weaponless C. armorless and D. due to A, not going to personally do anything about B and C. Apparently he got robbed last week. By a gang of preschoolers. Who made him cry.

And you can't hope to survive this stupid mission -- which requires him doing the same -- if you spend your whole time guarding his unarmored flank.

So you sigh. You explain to the knight that this is a loan. Several times, because he's a little slow. And then you head to the merchants and empty your purse on equipping this fool. The best magical armor -- better than what you've got. Weapons which switch themselves and drag the arms behind them. Alertness spells. Regeneration potions. Anything which might ensure this idiot gets through the mission intact. It costs every cent you have, but that's okay: if you live, you'll collect all the surviving stuff and sell it back. At best, you'll get three-quarters of your money because that's how the economy works, but you'll be alive and sort of funded again.

The mission proceeds. You manage to get the idiot through it, mostly by stepping in front of every sword blow which he can't be bothered to dodge. Aching, bleeding, and with no regeneration potions of your own, you stagger up to the city gates with the knight trailing in your wake. The gates open for you, and you step through.

The queen's guards immediately close in, surround the knight, lift him up to their shoulders, and carry him away for the personal you-are-not-invited parade while singing his praises to the skies. And you never see him again, because the preemptive restraining order the queen had written out prevents you from getting close enough to get a bead.

You're thrown out of the city. The songs which the bards were commissioned to compose for the knight follow you for three miles. You're broke. You've been lied to. You will never be able to convince anyone of the truth -- anyone except the fellow adventurer you meet two towns down the road. The one who had the same thing happen to her three weeks before you got there.

Turns out that idiot gets robbed a lot. And since taking money out of the treasury to reequip him would eventually bankrupt the realm...

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

It was around this time that you first began considering that alignment change.

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166. "RE: #755 (videogames)"
Coach as the prince in the movie version?
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167. "RE: #755 (videogames)"
While it fits him nicely in theme, it's just no fun when he doesn't die at the end.

This is one of the tropes I've had to deal with in games I've played. The one which stands out was when I had a party member fight with the group for about a third of the game (through that point) and then invaded a boss lair. The magician within turned that party member into a mindless monster and set him on the remaining group. It got ugly. 'Back to last save point' ugly.

The transformation was a scripted event. Couldn't be stopped or delayed. If the group won, that former party member was dead and everything he'd owned was lost in the transformation. No helping it. And he, being the most effective frontline fighter, was carrying some rather fancy equipment.

So after working back to the lair entrance, I held up just outside the crucial door and stripped the poor doomed SOB down to his loincloth.

He was going to die no matter what we did. Might as well call dibs on his stuff.

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173. "RE: #755 (videogames)"
It does fit him nicely, doesn't it.

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176. "RE: #755 (videogames)"
The Old "Fake Prince Harry Reality show" trope.

Been done to death.

http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/fox-debut-new-i-wanna-marry-harry-fake-prince-reality-dating-show-this-spring-16121.php

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168. "#756"
As paranormal abilities go, invisibility tends to be one of the big unreliables. Oh, sure, it can work -- but it hardly ever seems to work on everyone all of the time. If you're projecting a telepathic zone of 'don't look over here', you will run into the one person with a natural mind shield. Made yourself completely transparent to visible light? Here comes someone who dominantly sees within infrared. You're a ghost and the only thing which could pick you up is another supernatural? The two men who just moved into your old house are a vampire and werewolf, respectively, and they were not expecting to get a third roommate.

For every form of invisibility, there seems to be an automatic counter. And that means...

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

Reactions from that point on tend to vary.

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169. "RE: #756"
The two men who just moved into your old house are a vampire and werewolf

Thanks for releasing upon the world the seed for another Twilight fanfic.

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Not quite and too late. Haaaaaave you met Aidan and Josh?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/BeingHumanRemake

Now: should I start pondering reasons why you might know Twilight fanfic exists?

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It's the internet. I assume fanfic of everything exists.

Agman - do NOT Google RTVW fanfic. I do not want to know.

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175. "RE: #756"
It's the internet. I assume fanfic of everything exists.

I fully accept this answer.

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172. "RE: #756"
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Invisibility can also be psychological. You move to a new place, walk down the street, and no one sees you. Apparently songwriters experience this a lot.

But to the point of the trope. As a real ability, the old questions (and this isn't a new discussion, I ponder on this a good portion of every day, don't you?) of what is invisible with you blink off are still there.

Your clothes? Do you have to disrobe to become really invisible? Do you also become insensitive to ambient temperature? And do you no longer need foot protection? Can you walk in hot sand or down an asphalt street in the summer? And are you innoculated against sun burn? Would blistered skin also be invisible?

Or would your clothes turn invisible too? If so, how far does that ability extend? When you blink off, is what you have in your hands also invisible? Is luggage allowed on trips of invisibility? Do you have to pay a premium for the second bag?

If the clothes and things in contact with you when you go invisible also become invisible, do you have to leap into the air when you go to avoid turning the earth invisible? And what about that air? OK, it's basically invisible anyway. Nevermind about that.

The last meal you ate? Would there be a mangled waffle floating around in coffee and orange juice, or is this part of the no-seeum stuff? Which begs the questions “Can you eat while invisible? And what happens to the food you eat while invisible”. Does the bib you wear to avoid salsa on your shirt also become invisible? Do the stains? Does the steak go invisible when you cut it, or when you put it in your mouth, or when it is digested and becomes part of your body? And what about the fraction that doesn't incorporate? It would go toward answering the question “Do turds float in air too?”

Which brings up a subset of questions in regard to toilet activities. For a guy it would be disconcerting to be relieving oneself and notice a stream into the next urinal appearing out of thin air. An extra heavy stream would be doubly disconcerting, not to mention a really serpentine waggle when he's done.

And the body. Since up to 80% of the cells in the human body are symbiotic but independent life forms (bacteria and such), would they also have the power of invisibility? Do they each also have an off-on switch, or is there a vote taken? This could be a complication.

What about the frustrations an exhibitionist would suffer? I mean, he finally gets his wish to be able to flash in public with no legal consequences whatsoever. Except that he would be invisible. What could irritate an exhibitionist more that to have his junk invisible? This problem could be solved (I suppose) if he had the power of selective invisibility, and could make visible selected body parts.

It's a Topper of a problem.


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174. "RE: #756"
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You see, this is what I was talking about.

I enter the room, and everyone stops talking. Well, maybe I should write a song.

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177. "RE: #756"
Would you be able to see? Considering the fact that vision is dependent on light passing through the cornea, lens, and vitreous fluid before striking the retina to excite rods and cones that send a signal down the optic nerve -- if all of that is invisible, wouldn't the light just keep on going along its merry way?

I remember reading someplace that the producers of the original The Invisible Man movie had to fight to include the line about his being naked -- a shocking notion for early '30s audiences. (He also addressed the problem of going about after eating, and needed to avoid walking through fog).

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180. "RE: #756"
Ironic.

If you're invisible, you can't see.

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178. "RE: #756"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifmRgQX82O4
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179. "#757"
While the examples below are taken from anime, the hairstyle itself is real, originating in China.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OdangoHair?from=Main.Odango

China has so much to answer for.

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181. "RE: #757"
Also,

Grown women with pigtails isn't appealing. To me. Usually.

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182. "#758 (video games)"
Perform simple action. Earn extra life. Repeat until bored.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InfiniteOneUps?from=Main.OneUpSampo

Kind of like reincarnation, only without the extensive center time.

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