Thursday, July 2, 2015

Is She an Atomic Communist from Mars?

Daria's waiting for you to take her to your leader on this World UFO Day, but she's not holding out any hope for intelligent life. At least her outfit here is a little more dignified than it was on the Sick, Sad World episode.

I'm sure Artie's celebrating this holiday, too, although I'd really rather not know any of the details. Especially if they involve his synthetic skin in any way.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"I'm just the victim of a bizarre experiment in parental justice."

Helen and Jake are laying down the (unreasonable) law in this scene from "The Big House," which first aired on this day in 1997. We got to see all kinds of hidden talents in that one--Daria's harmonica playing, DeMartino's ruthless hockey skills, and Andrea's ability to suddenly show emotion.

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS, by PrecambrianStudios (part 84): "Roan Breckenridge was right behind Warville, just as Lenny had arranged for. She certainly stands out, Lenny thought, not knowing if that was a good or bad thing."

  • Exorcise in Futility, by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "'OK to Cry Corral,' Jake read off a sign leaning off to one side. 'Oh, is this like some kind of western-themed thing? I love westerns! Cowboys and shoot-em-ups and The Duke!'"

  • Just Add Water, by AngstandPizzaRolls (COMPLETE!): "Daria hadn't wanted to come on this stupid cruise in the first place. The sleep deprivation was bad enough, but being stuck surrounded by her classmates with no escape but the sweet release of death from the sea that would claim her if she tried to fare it."

  • Quinn's Code 14: Wedding Trouble, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "It had been an ordinary day at Lawndale High. Daria Morgendorffer was releived to be approaching home after such a long day. However that relief was soon to vanish."

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Royal Ranter

Jake's enjoying a little crossdressing today, perhaps because it's the anniversary of Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838. I'm pretty sure Queen Victoria was more level-headed than Jake was, but Jake also tends to be more easily amused.

Speaking of Jake's tendency toward hysterics, today is also the day "Psycho Therapy" first aired in 2000. Fifteen years later and I'm sure Jake is no closer to resolving his stress (or lack thereof) issues.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

I'm Sure Jake Made a Hobbit-Shaped Candle for the Occasion

Happy anniversary to Helen and Jake, who celebrate forty years of marriage today! You can see their Vows of Commitment and marvel at how far those idealistic lovebirds have come. In what direction they've gone is up to you to decide.

One of my favorite fanfics, Mike Yamiolkoski's "Committed," revolves around Helen and Jake's wedding (or lack thereof), and if you haven't read it then I highly recommend it.

Fanfic Update!
  • Exorcise in Futility, by Kristen Bealer (part 3): "'JIM'S PAINTBALLING JUNGLE,' read the huge banner, '5 MASSIVE PLAYING FIELDS.' 'Oh, I remember this place!' Jake exclaimed as they got out of the cab. 'I think we all do,' Timothy said, looking around nervously."

  • Lies of Life, by Princess_Pasta (part 9): "Helen hastily shut the book, unwilling to continue reading any further. It was one thing to feel like Daria and her were growing further apart. It was another to have the evidence written down in ink."

  • The Loneliness of Alex, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Alex Griffin arrived at Lawndale High as she had usually over the previous month. She walked as quickly as she could towards the buildings. However, as she approached, she noticed two unfamilar teens emerging from a blue Lexus."

  • A Time For Us, by aeverett (part 5): "'You find defacing a teacher's personal property funny, Miss.. Barksdale?' Principal Angela Li asked the young woman sitting across from her who'd been attempting to stave off a chuckle unsuccessfully."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When You Wish Upon an Overachiever

Jodie's adding yet another activity to her college applications because it's International Fairy Day. For more fairy fun, check out Aloysius's hilarious Scarlett the Fairy series.

This is also Swim-a-Lap Day, so it's time to "swim, you cow, swim!" Sorry. Coach talk.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Yes, It Is College Yet!

Trent (or perhaps his grandfather) is on his way to college thanks to the G.I. Bill, which was signed on this day in 1944. Trent may not have to worry about paying tuition, but he'll still need to stay awake in class. I doubt he's going to have much success.

Today we also wish a happy birthday to both Carson Daly, born in 1973, and Cyndi Lauper, born in 1953. Carson Daly voiced the character David in Is It Fall Yet? and one of Cyndi Lauper's best-known songs, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," is probably Metal Mouth's least favorite.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Coffee Shop, by Kuriamo22 (COMPLETE!): "A snow fell lightly outside as Daria sat in alone at a table for two at a nice little quiet coffee shop in downtown Boston."

  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 9): "Daria sits in her Women's Lib class bored. The professor seemed to have good intentions but was reminding Daria more and more of Ms. Barch every day."

  • Exorcise in Futility, by Kristen Bealer (part 2): "Panting from the exertion, Anthony looked at Timothy. 'You know something?' he asked, now calm. 'I think there might be something to that new age crap after all.'"

  • General Semantics, Private Angst, by gwrtheyrn (part 48): "At the end of her teleconference with President Landon, Daria 3 found that she had agreed to participate in the operation to pursue General Audhoyo's anticipated escape attempt, in an auxiliary capacity; -- auxiliary, because no one could be sure just how useful her odd talents would prove, in a paramilitary operation."

  • A Griffin Story: Conception And Homecomings, by Meester_Lee (part 1): "Lucius Malfoy apparated into the foyer. It was good to be home again after several days in that beastly city."

  • Little Talks, by The High-Fiving Chimp (COMPLETE!): "Daria couldn't get the dark and distressing image out of her head. Seeing her friend sink into her grave like that. And there was nothing she could do to prevent it."

  • A Time For Us, by aeverett (part 4): "Helen Morgendorffer. Ever since that Saturday afternoon over pizza with Jane, Daria had become increasingly preoccupied with dredging up memories of her family, particularly memories of Helen."

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hope She Doesn't Wipe Out!

Daria's getting ready to hang ten on this International Surfing Day, but she'd better get out of the water. Today's the fortieth anniversary of the movie Jaws, and you can't be too careful with gigantic sharks around.

Speaking of anniversaries, happy first anniversary to Outpost Daria Reborn, which rose from the ashes of the original Outpost Daria site one year ago today. Thanks, Kevin/neonhomer, for your hard work!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

No, It's Supposed to be DON'T Panic!

It's International Panic Day, and all of Lawndale High is getting in on it. Fortunately, whatever they're panicking about can't possibly get past Ms. Li's security perimeter, so they're pretty much safe where they are. Unless someone's carrying unauthorized chocolate or forgot their hall pass.

Everyone could be panicking over Daria and Tom's sex life (or lack thereof), because today is also the anniversary of "My Night at Daria's," which first aired on this day in 2001. Not only did we gain all kinds of insight into Daria and Tom's relationship, but we also saw firsthand the ruthless efficiency of the Lawndale High gossip mill.

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS, by PrecambrianStudios (part 83): "In the driveway was a large blue van marked ALTERNAPALOOZA. Its driver emerged; a muscular young man with black hair tied into a bun, yellow eyes, and a smile a mile wide."

  • Exorcise in Futility, by Kristen Bealer (part 1): "Pleased to see an appreciative audience for once, Timothy beamed. 'I suggest that each of you find a place that symbolizes your frustration and perform a sort of cleansing ritual to drive out your metaphorical demons.'"

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 163): "Angier and Kay walked into the den together. Angier, as expected, took a seat behind his oaken buttress of a desk. Kay pulled a wicker chair next to the desk. 'I'm holding this family meeting,' Angier said, 'to talk to you about the future. I've brought Daniel in to provide legal advice.'"

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'The truth is,' Daria said, 'I don't think people understand what it is I did at Bromwell....'"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Brittany's Illustrious Future Acting Career

Brittany's getting into the horror movie spirit in honor of the movie Psycho, which was released fifty-five years ago today. I'm not sure Brittany's acting ability is up to Hitchcock's standards, but she will do a nude scene if it's crucial to her character.

This also happens to be the anniversary of "Too Cute," which first aired on this day in 1997 and showed us just how shallow Quinn and the Fashion Club could be. We also met Brooke, who turned out to be surprisingly popular in fanfic considering she really only featured in the one episode.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Viva Mack!

Mack's feeling very revolutionary because today is the anniversary of the birth of Che Guevara in 1928. Never mind overthrowing governments, though--I think he's just rebelling against the nickname "Mack Daddy." Or should that be "rebellent"?

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS 3, by PrecambrianStudios (part 6): "The first thing that Jonathan Fahrner and Patrick Jarmel, seniors, best friends, and lax bros, noticed when they were outside was: One: there were a few girls walking around. Two: there were no CSOs in sight. Then, a third realization hit them and hundreds of other male Fielding students like a truck: today was Bitchmas."

  • Badass, by LadieTAG and The Angst Guy (part 1): "The Ideas of March always has a way with turning the world upside down. I was coming out of Cranberry Commons when I saw her walk in."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 5d): "Jane stared down at the younger girl and chuckled. She'd certainly never expected to have Stacy Rowe in her bed. She hadn't expected her to be so interesting either."

  • The Kiss, by dmsfanman (COMPLETE!): "This room had been her home away from home for almost two years. She had returned from spring break in Lawndale on Friday in order to spend the weekend in Boston. Tom had come up from Bromwell in Newtowne in order to be with her. Classes would resume tomorrow, and the real countdown to graduation would begin."

  • Lies of Life, by Princess_Pasta (part 8): "In came Daria, a few stray hairs falling around her ears as she carefully carried two cups of coffee. Monique briefly glanced at the clock behind her, the time reading fifteen to ten. She couldn't help but chuckle to herself; she just knew Daria would show up early."

  • My Little Girl is So Beautiful, by macrossfan89 (part 1): "'Shouldn't the nurse have brought our baby back by now?' 'There probably just taking a little longer than they thought Helen.'"

  • A New Beginning, by LadieTAG (COMPLETE!): "Rita and Erin entered the restaurant to see Amy, Quinn, and group of people she didn't recognize standing up. As they made their way towards the group, Amy looked up and instantly paled."

  • Rising with the Machines... Cynically, by Kuriamo22 (part 4): "Daria laid in bed in her darkened room late on Sunday. Her eyes were slightly red, and tears slowly rolled down her cheeks."

  • A Time for Us, by aeverett (part 3): "'Does this mean you're boinking my brother?' the 11-year-old Jane Lane asked nonchalantly as she skipped down Dega Street on the way to the art store she'd always wanted to purchase supplies from but had been hitherto forbidden to by her parents."

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Wraith (COMPLETE!): "Daria moved, reaching out. It wasn't a fast movement, but it was sudden enough that it made me jump."

  • When I'm Gone, by CaffeineAddict94 (part 1): "The clock on the dashboard of Amy Barksdale's new sedan blinked 12:00 AM, just one testament of her inability to keep to any real schedule."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Roses Are Red, Tom's Feeling Blue

Don't throw your roses away today, because it's Red Rose Day! I'm sure that's not any comfort to Tom, though, who just got stood up. Poor guy, but maybe Daria's more of a carnations kind of girl anyway.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Somewhere Over the Overly Extreme Security Measures

Ms. Li wants everyone to know that today is the anniversary of Judy Garland's birth in 1922. Also, pay no attention to the principal behind the curtain.

Well, my vacation's over and now it's time for the long-delayed...

Fanfic Update!
  • Daughters of Avengers, by martp2 (part 1): "'We need to talk.' Jake stated when he saw his girls come down. He truly loved both girls as if they were his own, however he knew that it was time to tell them the truth."

  • Down Under Daria, by Madmaper13 (prologue): "Helen walk out the front doors of her office building and approached a blue Lexus ideating in a no stoping zone, getting in she quickly spoke 'Jake, what is so important to discuss that you say we should have a lunch meeting.'"

  • A Few Years Difference, by vlora (part 19): "Ever since Daria rolled into town he found himself standing straighter, focusing harder, trying to pretend he wasn't a total slouch. He hadn't succeeded thus far."

  • Fifteen Years Later, by Meagana (parts 3 and 4): "Daria wasn't sure why she kept the PR firm job after her third book she didn't need it." (Part 4)

  • Fire Fighter!, by Vlora (COMPLETE!): "'Hey.' 'Hey.' Trent stepped aside so Tom could get in. 'Janey's in her room.' 'Right.' 'Right.' Trent echoed for a second time. The boy never said more than two words to Trent, not unless he needed something."

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 161): "That afternoon, Berry Pecker joined Tom and the others on the ride home. Berry would stay overnight with the Sloanes and would be brought back to the campus the next day."

  • Hit the Blum-Deckler, by Kondu Min (part 1): "Being woken up to 'Say Good morning to Aunty Daria' made her wished that she was just undergoing a nightmare."

  • A Hobbit's Quest for Knowledge, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (prologue): "Rosa Proudfoot entered the Frogmorton Branch of the Shire Library. She was curious about something."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 5b): "Gwen's eyes opened wide and she leaned forward. 'Jodie Landon's Party? Like, with the seniors who just graduated? The popular ones?' Quinn was surprised. She was so used to going to all the popular parties that she never even thought about it anymore."

  • Lawndale and Sandi Griffin's Genie (Chapter 8), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 11): "Sandi fell off the mountain onto the ground. She took the book out and noted that there were no further wishes. 'It has to be, like, around this pile somewhere,' she decided."

  • Lawndale's Finest 3: The Brave and the Bold, by NightGoblyn (part 3): "The goth looked up in time to see a silver sedan, horn blaring and tires shrieking against the asphalt, bearing down on her. She threw her arms up and screamed in terror."

  • Lies of Life, by Princess_Pasta (part 7): "A light knock on his door caught his attention and he went to open it. 'Hey.' Jane stood out in the hall, dressed and ready for school, 'You alright?' He sighed, wondering exactly when she started worrying about him rather than the other way around."

  • Midnight Stories - Psy Room, by JPAGC (COMPLETE!): "lying down on the couch, Stacy Rowe stared at the ceiling, her hands folded over her belly. '...Did I tell you that I used to hang around the boys a lot before eighth grade?' she said, not moving from her position."

  • Play, rewind, repeat, by elainefr (part 1): "She flipped on the light as she entered her home. Everything was just as she'd left it.....for better or worse."

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Kuriamo22 (COMPLETE!): "Daria and Jane stood in line at a multidimensional transit center on some bug alien planet that Daria honestly couldn't be bothered to remember the name of. Possibly because she was buzzed."

  • Video Assignment Chaos, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "At Lawndale High School, the first class of the day was in session. '...So, as an exercise in living literature you'll all be making your own movies,' Mr. O'Neill said. 'We have Brittany to thank for that exciting suggestion.'"

  • A Time For Us, by aeverett (parts 1 and 2): "Daria sat on the steps just outside of Lawndale High and rested her head against the cold metal railing. She was emotionally beat and for someone who tried to avoid highly charged circumstances, she had very little tolerance for emotional overload to begin with."

Monday, June 8, 2015

Please Don't Poison Your Best Friend, Okay?

Daria and Jane are celebrating Best Friends Day, although I'm not sure it's necessary to be singing for this one. Still, it seems to be making them happy, so who am I to judge?

Today is also Name Your Poison Day, and Jane's got some extra cyanide if you need some. Just don't put any in Kevin's sandwich--Daria will catch you, and it'll all turn out to be a dream sequence anyway.

Speaking of dream sequences and other strange incidents, it's time for the final installment of "Great Mysteries of Daria." I'll close the series with just a few more examples of Lawndale weirdness. The main one that's always made me wonder is, did the whole school really believe Quinn's "cousin" thing and, if not, why did they play along? Was it because Quinn was just so cute and popular no one was willing to call her on it? Or maybe everyone else really just didn't care in the first place. Another possible explanation is that no one actually did know the truth, but when Quinn admitted it Stacy and Tiffany just pretended to know all along to annoy Sandi. And really, isn't annoying Sandi reason enough to do anything?

There's one more lesser "mystery" that I wonder about every time I see the episode "Pinch Sitter." What made Jake cry during group therapy? We've seen him whine, yell, rant, and just generally rage, but actual tears are pretty rare for Jake. So what finally pushed him over the edge? Only the Guptys will ever know the answer to that one.

Well, that wraps it up for me. How about you? If there's a mystery I left out that you've always wanted to know the answer to, tell us in the comments!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Revenge of the Ficus

Quinn's getting a workout for National Gardening Exercise Day, although I'm sure fending off attacks is not what the holiday creators had in mind. But now that's Quinn's started doing it, I'm sure the plant attack exercise fad is going to skyrocket.

If that's not your idea of exercise, either, then you could always swing dance at an abandoned drive-in movie theater with Nathan and his friends, because it's also the anniversary of the opening of the first drive-in movie theater in 1933. I know they were pre-khakis commercial, but I'm not so sure about Nathan.

Speaking of mysteries, welcome to today's edition of "Great Mysteries of Daria." Last time I mentioned Metal Mouth's (or at least his dentures) cameo at the end of "Legends of the Mall." It makes you wonder if there's actually a crazed former shop teacher running around Lawndale and, if so, who will be his next victim? Does he only attack car doors or might bike tires also fall prey to his steel jaws?

And what about the other random supernatural incidents in the show, like Daria's super-healing belly button? We saw the Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree/Crutch sprout a flower in "A Tree Grows in Lawndale," which is not only weird but confusing. Did the flower symbolize Kevin's triumphant return to football? The successful removal of the rubber stopper from the bottom of the crutch? Or was it a sign that Zombie Tommy Sherman was about to return from the dead and kill everyone? There are other minor moments of weirdness, but those are the ones that stand out most for me.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Or You Could Just Hug a Very Old Cat

Quinn's looking very...mature...for Old Maid's Day, and I'm sure she'll wake up from this nightmare any minute now. It's also National Hug Your Cat Day, so if Daria ever achieved that lofty goal of turning "into an old woman alone in a one room apartment filled with thirty year old newspapers and cats," then today's the perfect day for her.

This is also the anniversary of "Aunt Nauseam," which first aired on this day in 2001. We learned a lot about the Barksdale sibling dynamic in that one, specifically what not to do. Still, it brought Daria and Quinn closer together, and is it possible that that was the aunts' plan all along? No, it really isn't.

Anyway, it's time for the moment you've all been waiting for (all two of you), the fourth segment of the "Great Mysteries of Daria" series. This time I'm discussing the fantasy (or are they?) episodes--"Depth Takes a Holiday" being the most notable example. Debate has raged, or at least simmered, in the past over whether that episode is canon, a dream, a hallucination, or who knows what else. It seems unlikely to be based in reality, but we never see anything that specifically indicates otherwise in the episode. The fact that it never gets mentioned again doesn't really matter; few of the episodes really impact later events anyway. And honestly, if you'd gone through a wormhole behind the Good Time Chinese Restaurant dumpster, you'd probably keep quiet about it, too.

The same thing goes for the musical episode, "Daria!" Did the events of the episode take place, singing and all? Or was it a fantasy episode of some kind? It would almost have to be, because I can't imagine Daria willingly singing in public under any circumstances. (Okay, embarrassing her family at Pizza Forest being a rare exception.)

Obviously most of "Legends of the Mall" was fantasy, because each sequence was framed by a character telling it as a story. Still, you can't forget those metal dentures on Helen's car at the very end. So if Metal Mouth is real, then what about the rest of the episode? Is there really a Rattling Girl of Lawndale? Is there a girl buried inside a bomb shelter somewhere in Lawndale? And was that red-haired woman actually Upchuck's mother? We'll never know.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

She's Even Got the Royal Wave

Brittany has apparently just re-enacted the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which happened on this day in 1953. I'd keep a close eye on that corgi if I were you, Brittany. Whatever you do, don't let your brother near it.

And now for the third installment in the "Great Mysteries of Daria" series: character superpowers. Okay, so none of the characters in canon technically had any of the traditional superpowers like flight or laser blasts, but there were some odd things going on on the show from time to time. For example, was Quinn's past life regression as Cleopatra real or fake? It's hard to believe that Quinn could put on such a convincing act, particularly since it would require at least a little bit of historical knowledge. Not only that, but Quinn as Cleopatra does fit disturbingly well.

It wasn't just the central characters that seemed to have special abilities, either. The backgrounder Shaggy was shown to be able to both time travel and bilocate, among other things. We can only hope he only used those powers for good...or at least solving mysteries with a talking dog.

Finally, Trent's ability to fall asleep under every possible circumstance--during an almost-hurricane, while holding a guitar, and so forth--could qualify as a superpower as well. Not to mention the ability of certain teachers to hold onto their jobs in spite of their blatant discrimination, strangling attempts, and/or complete ineptitude.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

TIME to Quit SMOKing!

Mr. DeMartino had better put out that cigarette because today is World No Tobacco Day! Also, I doubt that smoking is good for either his eye or his heart. Oddly, I don't think we ever see or hear about DeMartino smoking at any other point in canon. I suspect that on his salary he couldn't afford to smoke more than one cigarette every five years.

On today's installment of "Great Mysteries of Daria," I'd like to discuss the stuff that the writers didn't even seem to be paying attention to. There's the minor stuff like Tiffany's random voice change early in the series or Sandi's abrupt downward personality turn after season one. But there are even bigger mysteries out there!

For one thing, the layout of the Morgendorffer house has been a subject of discussion in the past: why do certain rooms keep changing? Why isn't the house a consistent size? Why, if the house has a guest room, did Helen let Daria pick the bedroom she did? The tesseract theory is a popular one, but there's surely plenty of room for more fun in explaining that house in fanfic.

Another mystery that never got resolved was the question of what happened to Ted DeWitt-Clinton after the episode "The New Kid." He showed up at Lawndale High one day, then didn't reappear until his cameo appearance in "I Loathe a Parade." Since he was still attending Lawndale High during that whole time, why did we never see or hear anything from him? Maybe that's something that only bugged me (hence my The Ted Zone series), but it's very strange.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Climb a Mountain...or a Pile of Garbage

Tiffany's climbing a mountain in honor of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's successful ascent of Mount Everest, which happened on this day in 1953. Good thing Tiffany's not worried about the lack of oxygen up there affecting her brain--there'd have to be a brain in there first.

Today is also Learn About Composting Day, and I'm sure Willow would be happy to pass on any tips. Unless she's decided she feels the same way about composting as she does about kneading bread.

Finally, I now bring you the first installment of the "Great Mysteries of Daria" series, In-Episode Mysteries. These are the things that are inarguably canon yet remain unexplained. The things that cause unending speculation but no true consensus. The things that the writers most likely threw in there specifically to drive us all nuts.

For example, who burgled the cybercafe and later the coffee shop in "Cafe Disaffecto"? Was it Kevin, who was so quick to claim he had an alibi? Was it Jodie, so tired of being the perfect girl that she had to turn to a secret life of crime? Come to think of it, when exactly did Daria's computer first appear in her room? Hmmm....

Another unsolved mystery is the identity of the person who drove Daria home at the beginning of "The Big House." It doesn't appear to be a car we ever see in any other episode, like Trent's blue car or the Tank, but it could belong to another member of the band. Still, we never learn for certain who drove her home or what she was doing out so late in the first place.

The last mystery is what really caused Daria's rash in "Ill." It's implied that it was caused by embarrassment, as shown at the end when Trent shows up and the rash returns full force. However, the second appearance happens during English class and doesn't seem to coincide with anything that might be considered embarrassing--at least, not to Daria. Mr. O'Neill should be very much ashamed of his lack of teaching ability. So what the heck was it? Maybe Jake's right and Daria really is dealing Mary Jo out of the rec room.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Always wear your sun screen!"

Don't make the same mistake Stacy did: wear some sun screen if you go out, because today is Sun Screen Day! Remember Brittany's post-volunteering public service announcement, and avoid those wrinkles!

Of course, sun screen won't help you if you run into Judith, who made her debut in Erin Mills's "Judith Strikes" shared-world series five years ago today.

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In blog-related news, I'll be leaving on vacation tomorrow and will have limited to no internet access for most of the trip. Instead of fandom updates during that time, I've scheduled a special series of blog posts that may or may not be entertaining. If you don't like them, too bad--I'll be on vacation!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Geek on, My Friends!

Happy Towel Day, hoopy froods! The holiday is of course in honor of the late Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Mrs. Johanssen knows where her towel is; do you have yours?

This is also the anniversary of the first installment in the Star Wars movie series, A New Hope, which opened on this day in 1977. Overall, not a bad assortment of geeky events, considering it's Geek Pride Day on top of everything else!

Fanfic Update!
  • Really? I'm a Star!, by DIsaac (part 1): "DARIA Maxwell (30, Former star of Daria. Since the show her career has been good enough to own a mansion but she is looking for her next big hit): What about the space ninja?"

  • You'll Know When You Have Kids of Your Own, by metameric1 (part 6): "'Hey, Ani,' mumbled Rusty. Out slumming? 'Hey. Cool guitar,' smiled Ani. 'You never know what'll turn up in these stores. Looks like a good Les Paul Junior style axe.'"

Saturday, May 23, 2015

She's More Thick-Skinned Than I Thought!

Ms. Barch isn't very happy about World Turtle Day, although there's very little in life that she is happy about, so nothing new there. Still, this might explain why it took her husband more than twenty years to leave--it's not like turtles are known for their speed, after all.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Yeah, He Wishes He Was That Cool

Mr. O'Neill pities the fool that doesn't know today is Mr. T's 63rd birthday. Sadly, Mr. O'Neill seems completely unaware that he is the fool that is to be pitied. Fans of Mr. T may also enjoy Smijey/Smilefax's The Mr. T Trilogy, a Mr. T/Daria crossover.

Speaking of fools, today is also the anniversary of the first airing of "One J at a Time" in 2001. Quinn tried and failed at getting a steady boyfriend while Jake tried and succeeded at catching a squirrel. I'm not sure which of them was better for the experience.

Fanfic Update!
  • Badass, by LadieTAG (prologue): "A shadow of a man sitting in a chair comes across the room like a ghost. The only noise that can be heard is the sounds of Beethoven echoing hauntingly from an upstairs grand piano."

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 160): "Tom walked back into his room and closed the door behind him, switching on the light. The clock on the wall read 11:55 pm. He had to be up at 6:55 the next morning. 'Okay, I can do this,' he told himself. 'All I need to do is live on four hours of sleep a night. Daria lived on zero hours of sleep a night, so how hard could this be?'"

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 5a): "'This was a mistake.' Daria was exhausted. The sun still hadn't quite set yet, and the mid-Summer heat was at its peak."

  • A New Beginning, by LadieTAG (part 12): "Amy reached over and gently squeezed Quinn's shoulder. Amy was a little surprised to find out that Quinn had forgiven Daria and that they were working on becoming friends."

  • A New World, by breitasparrow (part 4): "Finally Daria's mind was taken off of all that when Tom spoke up first. 'Well... I think I know what I wanna do,' he said."

  • Really? I'm a Star!, by DIsaac (intro): "Daria Maxwell: I'm Daria Maxwell, I was a child star. Where? (Opening notes of Daria theme plays) DM: Yep, My self titled show, Daria."

  • Sonoma Coma, by jtranser (part 20): "Seated in a booth of GobyBurger, Daria and Jane watched an interview of pop culture media maven Carl Hotoke on the local public access channel while eating Cosmic Burgers with Psycho Sauce...."

  • You'll Know When You Have Kids of Your Own, by metameric1 (parts 4 and 5): "Rusty Michaelson pulled up to the little cottage, stepping off her rail just as the voltage dropped enough to be noticeable. Much better now; it had enough juice to make it over the crown of the hill, and she could pretty much coast all the way down the soft grade to the crappy neighborhood she called home." (Part 5)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Who Turned Out the Lights?

Someone's recreating New England's Dark Day, which was a strange darkening of the sky that occurred on this day in 1780 in New England and parts of Canada.

It was probably caused by smoke from forest fires, but I wouldn't rule out a sleep-deprived Jake looking for paper towels.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Daria's Not the Only One With a Fur Bikini!

Jane is playing the Lady or the Tiger--or Cheetah--again because it's the anniversary of Maureen O'Sullivan's birth in 1911. O'Sullivan was best known for playing Jane in the Tarzan film series, and we know our Jane also has a wild streak. Still, I'm not sure she's quite ready for that pizza with entrails yet.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 8): "Stacy is getting ready for her race. It was the second to last race she'd run in the ASCRA Stock Series."

  • General Semantics, Private Angst, by gwrtheyrn (part 47): "The two Lane siblings looked down at Mr D, sleeping on the living room couch in their tiny Boston apartment, the same couch which Trent himself usually used for that purpose. Trent would have to snooze on their salvaged but mostly operational La-Z-Boy, instead. He'd already slept in it a few times, in the three weeks since they'd found it. It hadn't injured him yet, at least."

  • Lawndale's Finest 3: The Brave and the Bold, by NightGoblyn (part 2): "Scarlett looked over at the kitchen door and saw her best friend, Jennifer, standing there staring at her. It was quite possibly the first time Scarlett had ever seen the other girl's eyes completely open, and Jennifer was giving her the same shocked look her aunt was."

  • A New Beginning, by LadieTAG (part 11): "Daria arrived home after celebrating with Quinn and the rest of the group. Her parents were sitting at the dinner table grading papers while Monique was cooking dinner. Turning around, Monique could tell something was bothering her little sister. Daria sat down beside her mom and sighed."

  • The Phantom of the Library, by neonhomer (part 7): "Angela paced about the room. 'This is all I need. No money, no life, and now to bring this bad memory back up.' She stopped in front of the bookcase, and pulled the 1999-2000 LHS yearbook from the shelf. 'If I would have just destroyed this book, I wouldn't be in this situation.'"

  • Redux, by Princess_Pasta (part 19): "'Alternapalooza.' Shaggy said with quiet reverence, 'It just gets better every year.'"

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Daria (V/O): My world is fire and blood. A long, winding highway in baking sun - men in painted-on Lions colours taking steel footballs - flares in the sky as a convoy advances on an isolated rig"

  • You'll Know When You Have Kids of Your Own, by metameric1 (part 3): "Some of the other kids stayed around to watch, curious as to why Rusty was hanging out with this brainiac chick. Ignoring them, she unfolded the curious machine, which seemed to be made of sections of an old snow ski, hinges and mismatched bolts."

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hard to Tell if Daria's Enjoying the Moment or Not

Jake, Helen, and Daria are sharing a warm family moment for International Day of Families. Quinn is, of course, leaving them to it because she can take a hint. Also, something tells me this isn't one of Jane's favorite holidays.

The Paperpusher Message Board seems to be having some technical difficulties as of this post, but hopefully it will be back up and running soon.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Does This Pot of Gold Make Me Look Faaaat?

Tiffany's doing a lively jig for Leprechaun Day, and that might be the fastest anyone has ever seen that girl move. Still, St. Patrick's Day would like to know if she also has the customary congenital green beer breath.

Fanfic Update!
  • A Break, by digitalpanic (COMPLETE!): "Jane wasn't allowed to like Daria. Well, okay, that's a lie. Let's put it like this: Jane wasn't allowed to like Daria that way."

  • A Few Years Difference, by vlora (part 17): "The pair decided it would be best to find somewhere to talk, not strewn across the front seat of a car. They found a parking spot that wasn't illegal, or as legal as they could get it. Trent walked with the candor of inebriation, while Daria shuffled along in her familiar boots. At least that helped her feel grounded. Heels made her feet feel so vulnerable, and the heels caught in strange ways."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 4d): "Jane parked Trent's car and climbed out, taking a moment to look around. It wasn't the best neighborhood in Lawndale. Not bad by any means, but not as nice as Daria's. It certainly wasn't where she expected a fashion princess to live."

  • Lawndale's Finest 3: The Brave and the Bold, by NightGoblyn (part 1): "Jennifer put the car in gear and pulled out of Scarlett's driveway, smoothly merging with the nearly nonexistent morning traffic. 'You really need to work on this late thing.' 'I know,' Scarlett said between bites of sandwich. 'It just seems like no matter how fast I move, I always end up behind.'"

  • You'll Know When You Have Kids of Your Own, by metameric1 (part 2): "Oh, crap. Dating? For crying out loud, when did she turn fifteen? And why do I recall those ridiculous rants of Janet Barch so clearly now? (Not with my daughter, you MAN.)"

Monday, May 11, 2015

Her Arm Muscles Probably Feel Just Like Those Clocks

Jane's forging--I mean, reproducing--a work by Salvador Dali, who was born on this day in 1904. Or rather, she would be working on it if her arm didn't hurt so much. Hang in there, Jane. Just a few more copies and that Girl Scout cookie debt will finally be paid.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

All Aboard!

Helen's chugging along on this lovely National Train Day, and heaven help anyone who gets in her way. I know we have at least one train aficionado in fandom, so this one's for you!

This is also Lost Sock Memorial Day, so if you find yourself coming out of a make-out/laundry room, then check to see if you have a bonus sock on your shirt.

Fanfic Update!
  • Black Cloaks of Lawndale, by Waylander (part 22): "Jane skimmed through the pages of Axel's new catalog, smiling proudly when she noticed the tattoos based on her sketches."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 4c): "Quinn grinned and pointed a finger at Stacy. 'You said "Liz isn't who I'm into", not "I'm not into Liz". That means you have someone you do like.' Stacy froze. Had she said that? Why would she say that?"

  • Life After Daria (Iron chef: The actress who plays Daria), by DIsaac (COMPLETE!): "When we heard we were doing a interview with Daria Maxwell, The star of Daria, we prepared to interview somebody bitter and angry about being typecast."

  • Video Assignment Chaos, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Brittany Taylor and her friend Andrea Hecuba arrived at one of Lawndale's many small cinemas. 'Ah, we're just in time, Brit,' Andrea said. 'Good,' Brittany said. They were seeing a Russian art film from the 1930's."

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Don't Cry For Me, Llllllawndale!

Happy birthday to the late Eva Peron, who was born on this day in 1919. Although she was a controversial figure, I doubt she was anywhere near as unpopular as Ms. Li. For example, I'm pretty certain she never urged anyone to "give the gift of urine." Or if she did, it definitely didn't make it into the musical.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Atomic Communist Teachers from Marx

Mr. O'Neill is doing his solo performance, "Nothing to Lose But His Chains," again because today is the anniversary of Karl Marx's birth in 1818. It's actually hinted at more than once in canon that Mr. O'Neill is a communist, although nothing ever really came of it. I'm actually a little more concerned about why the man owns his own fake beard.

Today is also National Teacher Day, so let's celebrate our favorite Daria teachers! Hmm. If only a few of them were competent at their jobs.

Fanfic Update!
  • Ah, Hell, by metameric1 (part 31): "'Trent opened the door, smiling at the boy holding the jar of coffee beans still warm from the roaster. 'Morning, Russ. Thanks for the delivery service.'"

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 4b): "Daria looked at the clock and sighed. Three seventeen. Time seemed pass slower as the end of her day grew closer, even more so than in school. Another thing to look forward to in adult life. It was made worse by the complete lack of customers. If someone were here, she'd at least have some amusing idiots to tell Jane about later."

  • Unnamed story (Iron chef: The actress who plays Daria), by RLobinske (COMPLETE!): "'Why don't we just call it, Daria Does Dallas?' the exasperated actress asked. The executive said, 'Because some fanfic writer copyrighted the title back in '04 and won't give it up.'"

  • Unnamed story (Iron chef: The actress who plays Daria), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'Uh, this isn't the kind of part I would expect you to do? I mean, I remember watching you on TV when I was a kid growing up and....'"

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Daria Would Rather be Feared than Loved, Even if She Could Have Both

Happy birthday to Niccolo Machiavelli, who was born on this day in 1469. Daria's reading his book "The Prince," but I don't think she's ambitious enough to actually take over any countries. Ms. Li, on the other hand? Well, remember what Mr. O'Neill said: "What is it about tyrants that makes them so...I don't know, charismatic? Our own Ms. Li...."

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Who Wants to Hear a Cannibalistic Rendition of Hansel and Gretel?

Daria's going to tell us a few stories for Mother Goose Day, but let's hope she left "Parables of the Way" at home. We don't want any more old people unplugging their respirators.

It's also Loyalty Day, but I'm not sure Daria qualifies to celebrate that one. What with the backstabbing and boyfriend kissing and all. "Betrayal, yeah, a stab in the back. Betrayal, yeah, I'm stretched on the rack...."

Fanfic Update!
  • Black Cloaks of Lawndale, by Waylander (part 21): "After the meagre breakfast followed by the obligatory cup of coffee, Amy wondered if she should wake Daria up or let her sleep in peace."

  • Freakin' Friends of Daria, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Дарья, от­пи­ла со­довой и за­дум­чи­во про­из­несла: - Мне прис­нился кош­мар . Джейн воп­ро­ситель­но при­под­ня­ла бровь: - И­ии ? … Жду про­дол­же­ния !"

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 4): "Quinn turned to Daria as they pulled away from the house. 'Thanks again for giving Stacy and I a ride school, Daria.' Daria kept her eyes on the road. 'I'm giving Jane a ride because she has to bring some stuff to school. You two are just lucky you're going to the same place.'"

  • Quinn's Code 13: A Night at Kristen's, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (COMPLETE!): "Quinn Morgendorffer. Cindy Brolsma and Stacy Rowe arrived outside their friend, Kristen Leung-Bell's, house. They were going to have a sleep over. It had been organised the previous afternoon after they had all decided that it would be a good opportunity to get to know each other better, particularly Stacy."

  • Unnamed story (Iron chef: The actress who plays Daria), by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "'Whoa.' 'Tell me about it,' The Director said, eyes still wide and glazed over by the raw emotion of the young actress' performance on her audition tape."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

He's a Maniac, Maniac on the Floor!

Jake's cutting a rug for International Dance Day, although I think Helen and Quinn really wish he wouldn't. I mean, never mind the effect the vigorous activity might have on his still-recovering heart. What if the neighbors saw him dancing like that?

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Once Upon a Time....

It's National Tell a Story Day and young Daria's making a big impression on her sleepover friends. Of course, if slumber parties aren't your thing, then you can always read to seniors at the retirement home or put a modern spin on an old fairy tale to impress the Gupty kids.

Fanfic Update!
  • ВСЁ СТРАНЬШЕ И СТРАНЬШЕ, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Позвонила Квин. Оказалось, что она в Бостоне. Как то необычно тихо и смущённо попросила о встрече. Лучше вместе с Джейн."

  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 7): "Daria wakes up when she feels Conner moving next to her. 'Hey.' She reaches over and grabs her glasses."

  • НЕЧАЯННО НАГРЯНЕТ ..., by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "В гостиной повисла напряжённая тишина. Дарье вспомнилось с каким энтузиазмом когда-то отец вызвался быть судьёй, а Хэлен всю ночь не спала - рисовала "скрижали" с семейными "заповедями" для Дарьи и Квин."

  • Lies of Life, by Princess_Pasta (part 6): "He was reminded of the reason he avoided Dega Street as much as possible. There were too many painful memories, too many things that liked to slap him in the face and let him know that he wasn't over it."

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 02: The First Party, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 5): "'I see,' Sandi said. 'I see that she's spending more time with the Mystery Club, rather than the Fashion Club! I have to do something about it.' She didn't know what at that time though..."

  • The Spoilsport Agenda: Erratic Pulse, by Silver (part 1): "The room was lit poorly, by two sources. One, the dim, stormy light of the impossible place that lay between worlds. The other the light at the base of the hologram, a constantly shifting fractal."

  • The Spoilsport Agenda: Fallen Angels and Sharks, by Brother Grimace (part 2): "After the word got out that a lot of us were tossed out, the job offers started coming in."

  • Threes Company (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Princess_Pasta (COMPLETE!): "Daria, Jane, and Tom exchanged worried glances before they turned to address their families."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

So...Genetically Modified Penguins?

Sandi's trying out statement in honor of World Penguin Day, which some Daria fans are more interested in than others. Cough.

This is also National DNA Day, and the school nurse is ready to collect your DNA samples and take your voluntary urine sample. Let's just hope Ms. Li isn't planning to unleash any unholy abominations on us.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Is She Wearing a Wig or Did She Dye Her Hair Again?

Jane's looking a little less than adorable for Shirley Temple's birthday. The late actress was born on this day in 1928, and I'd just like to see anybody try to convince Jane to sing or tap dance. Then again, Nathan got her to wear a snood, so....

It's also William Shakespeare's birthday (in 1564) and the anniversary of his death (in 1616). I'm not going to even try to list all the Daria fanworks that cross over with or reference Shakespeare, because then we'd be here all day. You can post your favorites in the comments, though!

Fanfic Update!
  • ВАРИАЦИИ, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Джейн никак не могла понять саму себя — на самом деле у них с Томом всё шло к тому чтобы расстаться. Напряжение между ней и Слоуном только росло, а она не могла не замечать, что Тома явно и недвусмысленно тянет к Дарье. Надо было быть слепой чтобы не заметить."

  • Fallen Angels and Sharks, by Brother Grimace (part 1): "As everything was getting settled – and I woke up after the best week-long 'Fuck you, Judith, you're dead as TV dials and we're still here!' party the universe will ever see – every single Ringbearer that joined in with me to go after Judith was summoned to the Sky Vault Avalon."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 3): "'This is just wrong,' Jane grumbled to herself as she walked through the mostly empty parking lot, 'Going back to Lawndale High, on a Sunday.'"

  • NMI (Daria and the Gang Thread), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'So, how is it going "Naomi"?' Jane asked. 'Ha ha,' Daria said. 'At least my middle name isn't a joke from a bad Tom Hanks movie.'"

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "Out of a luxury private jet came Tom Sloane, his sister Elsie, and for some reason Charles Ruttheimer III, who was talking to the others."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

God Save the Teen

Brittany is looking very regal as Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her 89th birthday today. We'd all be in a lot of trouble if Brittany ever ended up in charge of an entire country, mostly because she'd probably require everyone to attend pep rallies. Ugh.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Please Do Not Operate Bicycles While Tripping!

Daria's gotten into the spirit of Bicycle Day, although I should point out the holiday has less to do with bikes than with LSD. Still, that means today's probably an important one for Coyote and Willow Yeager, not to mention their dog, Leary--who is named after Timothy Leary.

Fanfic Update!
  • Ah, Hell, by metameric1 (parts 29 and 30): "'...So that's where she's at. She understands the situation but her heart is another matter. Trent wants to make it special for her, but they can't do it themselves while they're touring... I say this is the cure.'" (Part 30)

  • Another thrilling weekend in suburbia, by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Another thrilling weekend in suburbia. I sink further back into the couch and flip through the channels. Nothing good is on, not even anything worth mocking."

  • ASPS, by PrecambrianStudios (part 82): "When he decided that he had walked far enough, Gage Thystun sank down onto the curb and took a bite out of his sandwich. After he swallowed, he said out loud to nobody in particular, 'Well, that could have gone better.'"

  • The College Diaries, by CaffeineAddict94 (part 2): "The sound of a door slamming shut woke Natalie Redmond from her light slumber, startling the slender redhead so much that she almost toppled out of bed."

  • Daria/Power Rangers: Watching the Watchmen, by Charles RB (part 16): "Tick, tock. A second Org had attacked Turtle Cove; infantry held it for three tanks with A10 air support to arrive and hit it with sustained fire, with the loss of only eleven servicemen (four of them in a tank crew) and twenty nine civilians."

  • Lies of Life, by Princess_Pasta (part 5): "Dega Street was exactly what Daria expected: grungy, dirty, and very faux-punk. She wasn't surprised to see that Lawndale made some sort of effort to cater to its alternative population, no matter how small that number may have been."

  • What if? What if? What if the town blew away?, by BrittaBot (part 1): "Just a few hours ago her school had broken out into song. Now, her world was falling apart."

Friday, April 17, 2015

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Bat Jane!

Jane's doing an approximate impersonation of Batgirl for Bat Appreciation Day, and I don't think anyone can appreciate them the way Jane does: "I've always wanted to sleep upside-down and spread rabies." Whether or not she likes to use sonar to locate insects to eat is not mentioned, but I will note that her brother appears to be nocturnal. Perhaps battiness runs in the family!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jodie da Lawndale

Jodie's being pulled in even more directions than usual today because it's the anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's birth in 1452. In addition to drawing the Vitruvian Man, which Jodie is being depicted as, da Vinci was a painter, an architect, a sculptor, an engineer, and so much more. If Jodie's parents catch wind of all his extracurricular activities, Jodie will never have a moment's peace.

Fanfic Update!
  • Ah, Hell, by metameric1 (parts 26 - 28): "Daria looked around the lovely space that she had called her office sadly. All her books and mementos that were to make the move were packed away safely, a few boxes dropped off at a charity, and a few items had made the trip back to Lawndale with her parents." (Part 27) (Part 28)

  • The College Diaries, by CaffeineAddict94 (part 1): "Pepperhill University was ranked at number ten on the list of the best schools in West Virginia, the campus itself both beautiful and historic. While academics were still a main focus, most of the students attended for the wide variety of social opportunities. Included in that number was Quinn Morgendorffer."

  • Consequences, by ST91 (part 9): "'You want what?' asked Ms. Li. 'You heard right, Ms. Li. I want my brother off the team.'"

  • Doctor Who: Season 8.5 (Chapter 1), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "'Thing is, since I found out that Gallifrey wasn't destroyed, I haven't done anything about it,' the Doctor said."

  • Fifteen Years Later, by Meagana (part 2): "Helen was weak, it had been a day since the heart attack, she was lying there, but still on her blackberry, or trying too, she couldn't do much in her current state."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "'Quinn Morgendorffer, as author of the essay 'Academic Imprisonment', the High Council of Fashion finds you guilty of unfashionable intellectualism and treason against the ways of Fashion. As such, we strip you of the right to be fashionable. You are now and forever branded heretic, cast out as neither brain nor fashionista. You are, now and for the remaining days of your life, a hipster! Doomed to be too fashionable for intellectualism, but too intelligent for fashion!'"

  • Y Esto Es Mystik Spiral II, by taitolin (COMPLETE!): "-pensar que cuando miraba los programas de la tele donde mostraban la vida de los famosos yo pensaba porque no... algun dia... y asi paso mi vida pensando en que algun dia haria algo..."

Monday, April 13, 2015

And Then Celebrate Winning the Game by Playing the Harmonica!

Daria's enjoying a nice, prison-focused board game in honor of Scrabble Day, and I don't think it's surprising to anyone that she's winning.

Interestingly, today is also the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743. The episode that Scrabble picture was taken from, "The Big House," also featured several quotes that may or may not have been from him (or was it Stalin?).

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sweet Ade-Quinn!

Joey, Jeffy, and that other one are singing for Barbershop Quartet Day, although they really need a fourth member if they want to be accurate. Regardless, unless they know any Boys 'R' Guys tunes then I doubt Quinn will be impressed.

This also happens to be National Submarine Day, which provides a good excuse to read The Blue and Yellow Submarine by the late, great Decelaraptor. Not that you need an excuse--it's an excellent story!

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS 3, by PrecambrianStudios (part 5): "'The fourth failsafe?' Karis said as Michelle paced nervously back and forth across her room, her artificial eye buzzing loudly. 'What’s that?'"

  • Consequences, by ST91 (part 8): "From that moment on, things went well for Clint and Jane. Over time their bond grew stronger. Until one Friday night, taking advantage of the fact that Clint's house was free, they decided to go all the way."

  • Great Professor Dario Ch. 1, by ST91 (COMPLETE!): "'Nice to meet you Ms. Lane, I'm Dario Morgendorffer. Mr. Morgendorffer is my father.' 'I imagine so. If you were my patient, my presence here would be useless. May I come in?'"

  • The Many Doctors - Chapter 27, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "'No way. This is too mad. You're telling me I can phone anyone, anywhere in space and time on my mobile?' she asked. 'Yes,' Felicia said, holding up her own phone."

  • Notes, by metameric1 (part 20): "Wow, it's been awhile. Things are going nuts around here."

  • ТРЕТИЙ СОН ДАРЬИ МОРГЕНДОРФФЕР, byShad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Пе­чаль­ный го­лос док­то­ра: «Мне очень жаль ... Мы сде­лали всё, что мог­ли ... Но ...» Блед­ный как сте­на, к ко­торой он при­валил­ся, Трент. Су­дорож­но сжа­тые ку­лаки. 'Дже­ни­ии ...' По­белев­шие кос­тяшки паль­цев."

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Scissors MacGillicutty (COMPLETE!): "DARIA (VOICE OVER): I'll never forget the weekend Jane died."

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Scissors MacGillicutty (COMPLETE!): "'Yo, Mack Daddy—better get out here,' Kevin called from the hallway. Mack cuffed Daria to the bed. 'I told you not to call me that,' he replied."

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Upchuck is living out his greatest fantasy--and the Fashion Club's greatest nightmare--in honor of Hugh Hefner's birthday. The Playboy publisher turns 89 today, and I have little doubt that Upchuck would love to follow in his footsteps.

Today is also National Cherish an Antique Day, so it's time to gather up all of your old valuables. I don't care if it's a pink water pistol, a peanut-butter sandwich from the tank, or a complete 1985 California Raisins posable eraser set; start cherishing them all!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Just Don't Let Kevin Start Singing about Beer on the Wall

It's National Beer Day and Brittany's already making the rounds. Kevin's probably knocked himself out trying to smash the glass mugs on his head, thinking they're beer cans, and don't worry about running out; the Keg Queen is on her way.

Also, the episodes "This Year's Model" and "I Loathe a Parade" first aired on this day in 1997 and 2000. Two unsolved mysteries: did anything ever come of Kevin's modeling career and did Jake ever get his hands on some toilet paper?

Fanfic Update!
  • Changing Lanes, by TheTuxedo (part 1): "'We have a new STUDENT, Trent. Seeing as SHE'S already introduced herself, it's ONLY FAIR if you introduce yourself to her.'"

  • Consequences, by ST91 (part 7): "Things were not going well for Clint and Jane. Now mind you, their date wasn't a disaster, but it was full of embarrassed silences and awkaward behavior."

  • Fifteen Years Later, by Meagana (part 1): "Daria life was perfect 15 years after High School, but it would do."

  • Jane's First Game (Iron Chef - Jane plays Football), by DIsaac (COMPLETE!): "After Jane's literal verbal dissection of Ms. Li at that assembly. I thought she would be shunned by Li. She wasn't."

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "Daria sat at the small table on the generously sized, dome-covered balcony. Luxuries like this were few amongst the Data Angels, available to those who'd managed something truly impressive."