Saturday, August 1, 2015

Or Maybe It's More Like, "You Go, Girlfriend!"


It's National Girlfriends Day, and I'm not certain if the holiday refers to girlfriends as in boyfriends/girlfriends or friends who are both girls. Either way, Daria and Jane qualify--they're friends and they were both Tom's girlfriend at one point. Although the two examples are kind of mutually exclusive, when you think about it.

Anyway.

This is also MTV's 34th anniversary, and while MTV turned its back on Daria a long time ago we still have it to thank for Our Heroine's existence.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hasta la Vista, Jakey!


Jake's got a very special birthday greeting for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born on this day in 1947 and is perhaps best known from the Terminator movies. Then again, maybe Jake's just finally going after that damn sadistic waiter and his lousy "decaf" coffee.

Today is also International Day of Friendship, so Daria and Jane should get together for some pizza and Sick, Sad World. Unless Jane's still upset about the Tom thing, in which case she may decide to borrow one of Jake's guns instead.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 10): "Trent sits on the airplane next to Lindy as they fly over the Pacific Ocean. 'This is a really long flight.' He looks out the window and sees perfect blue waters for miles."

  • Dear sister, my best friend, by 11tee (parts 1 - 5): "Jake hung up the phone; he felt like he had been sucker-puunched. This was not how the separation was supposed to work." (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

  • Freaking Out, by bhut (COMPLETE!): "The night at the Zen was noisy and loud. The fact that it was the Mystik Spiral that provided the entertainment contributed to that factor a lot."

  • Kindness is its own reward, by elainefr (part 1): "She stretched languidly on the porch as she enjoyed the morning sun allowing the light to warm her in the coolness of its rise. This was a time she enjoyed so much."

  • Lawndale's Finest 3: The Brave and the Bold, by NightGoblyn (part 5): "'I had an interesting conversation with Dr. Klein today,' Elaine said. 'We can talk about it in the car, she has another test she wants to run. Well, we both do, actually.'"

  • The Legend of Korra: First Contact, by echopapa (part 1): "'It's not that, Chief. It's...most urgent. There is something that you need to hear. Please come at once.' Beifong sighed. She had a feeling that she would definitely need a Healer after this meeting. 'On my way, Mister President.'"

  • Night Witches, by Panzerfaust 150 (part 9): "Daria awoke from her Air Force issue cot for the fifth time that night, or as she glanced with a scowl on her face at her Timex watch, morning."

  • Two Lives in Lawndale (Write-Off Challenge 1.2!), by PrecambrianStudios (COMPLETE!): "A young woman with a dyed-pink pixie cut, tattooed from head to toe and with enough piercings to set off a metal detector a mile away entered Axl's Piercing Parlor. Axl himself was slumped over his counter, flipping lazily through a two year old National Geographic magazine."

  • With Little Consequence, by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "Tom paced around the expansive area that served as Jodie’s private laboratory; in the center of the room, Jodie sat between a small desk and a table, never lifting her eyes from a monitor screen on the desk as her fingers moved with purpose across keyboard before her."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"I don't need a damn doctor, I need a damn chocolate bar!"


Daria and Tom are enjoying some unauthorized chocolate courtesy of Quinn because it's National Milk Chocolate Day! Whether or not Mrs. Johanssen is celebrating depends on how ethical the most recent door-to-door chocolate salesman was.

This is also the anniversary of the episode "Speedtrapped," which aired on this day in 1999. We saw one of the earliest Daria-Quinn team-ups, as well as Daria's sudden bloodlust against Travis. Fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective), Travis had quick reflexes.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Family and Fire Are Not a Good Mix!


Helen, Rita, and Amy are arguing over whether it's Parents' Day or Aunt and Uncle's Day, but the truth is that it's both! So maybe they should all just call the fight off and make some damn cookies already.

They'll want to be very careful with the oven, though, because it's also the fifteenth anniversary of the episode "Fire!," and I don't think they want any repeats of Jake's kitchen disaster.

Fanfic Update!
  • Don's Surprise/Ideally Really Ziggy (Write-Off Challenge 1), by PrecambrianStudios (COMPLETE!): "'Mm. Hello, date number twenty nine. Oh, and you brought her flowers. I'm sure that'll please her,' the bespectacled boy in a green jacket sarcastically said."

  • The Loneliness of Alex, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "Later in the afternoon, the 'Esteem-a-Teen' 'course' had started. Alex sat there, bored out of her skull as Mr. O'Neill droned on."

  • Lost in Suburbia, by 11tee (part 3): "The motorcycle purred as Kevin pushed through the turns. Andrea's arms felt So Nice around his waist, but he was low on gas, so he eased into the filling station."

  • Revelations and Confrontations, by bhut (COMPLETE!): "The day that the FC later called 'The Day of Fashion Infamy' or TDFI, and Daria and Jane and quite a few others called 'a hoot', started as a long, lazy, April Break day."

  • The Secret Life of Penny Lane, by 11tee (part 8): "'Cacao puro, señor?' She lifted her hand from the dog and looked back at the man. 'Si, señora. The best cacao beans. You would like to try?'"

  • Sins of the Father (Write-Off Challenge 1), by baelparagon (COMPLETE!): "'Good morning campers, did everyone have a fantastic night of fun and righteousness?' The slightly balding Mr. Potts said in front of the mess hall."

  • Unnamed story (a new short story), by 11tee (COMPLETE!): "He raised his beer and took another swig; savoring the flavor of his home-brew. He would have never thought students of his would now call him 'Dad', whether out of courtesy or sincerity, but that was exactly what happened. His eyes focused as he recalled that fateful night."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Lucky for Daria, all Barch had to show her was a dissection tray with a small white cloth over it. Barch pulled back the cloth. 'All I see is a dogfish shark.'"

  • Unnamed story (Write-Off Challenge revived!), by Meester_Lee (COMPLETE!): "'Like Quinn's Cousin Or Whatever,' said Sandi with a sniff, 'you claim you can get this horned horse-thing out of our back yard?'" (Part 2)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Smash? Yeah.


Jesse's got a big surprise ready for the comedian Gallagher, who was born on this day in 1946. Daria probably wouldn't be amused, but I bet it would still beat greasing it and playing that stupid game at Camp Grizzly.

This is also Cousins Day, so Quinn should probably send Daria a card or something. Unless it's post-"Lucky Strike," in which case she can send one to Erin, who could probably use some cheering up after being married to Brian for this long.

Finally, it was two years ago today that CollegeHumor aired the video "Daria: High School Reunion." It was fun to watch, but a real live-action Daria movie will most likely never see the light of day.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"To catch a rat, you've got to think like a rat! Where's the cheese?"


Keep an eye on your Ritalin, because it's Ratcatcher's Day and the Pied Piper is likely very busy today. If he can't make it, though, there's always Jake. His specialty might be squirrels, but I'll bet he'd be willing to take on the non-fluffy tailed version as well.

Fanfic Update!
  • Clarity (IC: I'm gonna show you...), by Zetor (part 2): "I'm finally free! I almost skip through the halls towards the library. As I pass through the courtyard between the main building and the library I feel a pleasant breeze blow by."

  • БОЛЬШОЙ СБОР II OR JANE IN THE WONDERLAND, by Shad_Tkhom (part 6): "Дарья и Джейн сидели на скамье. Джейн ворчала: - Мало того, что мне пришлось подниматься в такую рань. В субботу !! В мой законный выходной !! Так ещё и это — а это ты виновата, Моргендорффер!" (Part 7) (Part 8)

  • Lawndale's Finest 3: The Brave and the Bold, by NightGoblyn (part 4): "After a weekend spent alternately brooding and manically searching the internet for information, Monday morning rolled around and Scarlett found herself in her aunt's car as the older woman drove to work."

  • 9 Crimes (Gaslight Anthem cover) (I.C. - A Scene and Its Song), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Mack and Jane are kissing each other in a tight embrace behind a utility building. Jane pulls away from the kiss, still in Mack's arms. She looks down, a guilty expression on her face."

  • Unnamed story (IC Runaway Daria), by Waylander (part 1): "Daria was always disgusted by her sister's immaturity and the temper tantrums she was throwing on the regular basis. In hindsight, running away from home in the middle of the night with almost no money and a bare minimum of essential was just as childish as Quinn's outbursts."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef : MMORPG, Lawndale style), by Waylander (part 8): "With a sigh Darlene took a coin out of her purse and tossed in on the counter. If I didn't stay here I could be already in the office of Buzzdome, demanding explanations."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "Mack, O'Neill, DeMartino, Ted, Kevin and the rest of the LHS football team - all dressed in LHS cheerleaders - waved their pom-poms as Helen got out of her vehicle in the Lawndale County Courthouse parking lot. 'HELEN! HELEN! SHE'S OUR BABE! SHE CAN WIN IT, 'CAUSE SHE WON'T CAVE! GOOOOO LAWYERS!'"

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Wraith (COMPLETE!): "'You can't be either an open pervert or a closet one,' Charles stated firmly. 'Because you aren't a man!'"

Monday, July 20, 2015

How Many Licks...?


Jane's all set for National Lollipop Day, but she doesn't seem too thrilled with her candy. It's probably a better option than hooking up with Bobby Bighead again, though.

While we're on the subject of Jane, it was on this day in 1998 that she joined the track team in the episode "See Jane Run." It didn't turn out so well, much like her relationship with Evan. Man, Jane picks all the winners, doesn't she?

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

An Out-of-This World Birthday!


While we're on the subject of space travel, Jodie's wishing a happy birthday to Senator John H. Glenn, who was also among the very first astronauts! Glenn was born in 1921, and I'd just like to see Jodie try to beat his record for extracurricular activities.

Fanfic Update!
  • Clarity (IC: I'm gonna show you...), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "It was three weeks ago. Mother had been busy and had forgotten to set out the pills for a couple of days. Everything had become so clear."

  • Decisions, by elainefr (part 1): "'Hey.' She still looks good. 'Hey.' Don't lose your nerve. Damn, he's still so sexy."

  • ОБЩИЙ СБОР, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Джейн собирала чемодан. А мне обязательно ехать с вами ? - жалобно протянула Дарья. Ей давно, очень давно не приходилось так канючить. Ну разве что в далёком детстве и то пару раз."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 6b): "Daria stared at the Lane’s front door, hesitating. She’d been there for several minutes and was starting to regret the decision to talk to Jane in person."

  • Macaroni Necklaces, by PerkyGoth14 (part 1): "'It's a letter for Daria.' Helen informed. 'What!?' Quinn took the envelope suddenly to look at it. 'There must be some mistake!'"

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Dance like Nobody's Watching), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Daria had the apartment to herself, maybe the whole complex. It was time."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

This Moon is Really Shiny


Tiffany's keeping a sharp lookout for astronauts because today marks the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight--the first manned spaceflight to the Moon. I don't think it'll be a long stay, though. There are only so many times you can tell a girl she's not fat before returning to the empty vacuum of space starts to look appealing.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vive la France!


Brittany's getting into the spirit of Bastille Day, but that probably has more to do with that foreign exchange student than any love of French history. Also, she wants to make sure everyone knows that, even though it's National Nude Day, she's still only going to do a nude scene if it's crucial to her character.

Today is also the anniversary of both "The Teachings of Don Jake" in 1997 and "Lane Miserables" in 1999. Both episodes gave us a glimpse into the Lane family, and neither of them was a pleasant experience for either Jane or Trent.

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS 3, by PrecambrianStudios (COMPLETE!): "'What the ever-living heck is going on over there?!' exclaimed a shocked Gage into his cell phone as he stared at Jane's TV. 'It's all over the news! What on Earth happened? It's never been this bad before!'"

  • The Chymical Wedding of Daria Morgendorffer, by EntrancedCat (part 1): "'Jane, I can help with your chemistry homework but you've got to quit raving about phlogiston.' Daria insisted as she and Jane bent over the books in Daria's room."

  • ЭШФИЛД, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Дарья шла следом за Джейн и ругала себя за деликатность и робость, которые решили проявить себя во всей красе и, как всегда, крайне не вовремя."

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 163): "It was lunch time. Tom knew that it was usually Daria who got to the dining hall ahead of Elsie. He was half-jogging there, hoping to catch her alone before Elsie monopolized her time."

  • Is it Curtain Yet?, by Zetor (part 6a): "Stacy walked down the hall with Quinn, not really listening to her friend. She was smiling and almost skipping. Last weekend had been great."

  • Redux, by Princess_Pasta (part 20): "Quinn dropped down in her usual seat across from Daria, already fully dressed and made up. The strangest part was how far away it was from her usual choice of attire. A black halter top, acid-washed jeans, and chunky wedge shoes Daria wasn't sure she'd ever seen her wear before."

  • A Time For Us, by aeverett (part 7): "'Have you noticed anything weird about Janey lately?' Trent queried, around a spoon full of cereal."

  • Unnamed story ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Meester_Lee (part 1): "There was indeed a female in the stasis pod. It was difficult to tell much about her. She had pale skin, long straight hair, and was wearing some sort of high-necked garment of an unfamiliar cut."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "The robed figure allowed itself a hissing chuckle. 'Come now, Daria,' it rasped, drawing out the final 'a' in her name, 'We both know your sister's comparison of the situation to Buffy is wrong.'"

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "'You know, there's really no limit to what you'll say or do in order to get laid, is there?'"

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Wraith (COMPLETE!): "From her throne, Daria pronounced, 'Now, gentlemen, I will announce today's plan of action.'"

  • 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."

  • WLTAP CH.4, by ST91 (parts 2 and 3): "'Well, here we are kids. That's our new home. Casa Lane,' said Vincent to his two children as they came down from the car." (Part 3)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Different Colors AND Different Sizes!


Mr. DeMartino doesn't seem very happy about Different Colored Eyes Day, but that's too bad because (I think) he fits right in with this one. From what I can tell, he's got one normal eye and one that's both blue and bloodshot. Regardless of color, no one can claim those eyes are in any way symmetrical!

This also happens to be the anniversary of the episode "Legends of the Mall," which first aired on this day in 2000. Not much of that episode counts as canon, but you can't argue with those metal dentures on the door of Helen's car.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

What Lurks in the Shadows?



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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Boom! Headshot!


Daria's already gotten a head start celebrating Video Game Day, so why not join in the fun? Never mind that Daria's probably got some writing to do if she ever wants to get published in Musings Magazine.

If first-person shooters aren't your thing, you can head over to Mr. Fun's Exciting World of Games and try out the virtual reality games. That is, as long as Ted's willing to let someone else have a turn. Which he probably isn't.

Fanfic Update!
  • Hana Hou, by metameric1 (COMPLETE!): "The tropical air washed over her as she stepped out of the air conditioned gate security zone and into the lobby of the Lihue airport."

Monday, July 6, 2015

Art and Ailments


Jane's taking on yet another art-related alter ego, and this time it's Frida Kahlo, who was born on this day in 1907. I don't think Jane is ever shown in canon to be a fan of Kahlo's work, but given her distinctive style and unusual life, I wouldn't be surprised if she was.

Today is also the anniversary of the episode "Ill," which first aired on this day in 1998. Never mind Brittany's hair and Daria's mysterious rash; I think the weirdest thing about this episode was Quinn's willingness to help Daria when she was in need. It's almost scary.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Go Forth and Celebrate the Fourth!


It's Independence Day in the U.S., and Jane is proudly doing her part. Her arm's going to get tired soon, though. For those celebrating the holiday, here are a handful of fanfics set during Independence Day if you need a break from the cookouts and fireworks.

Fanfic Update!
  • Blue (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by thatLONERchick (COMPLETE!): "The trees in High Hills park became inky smudges under the concrete sky. In shadow we sat, waiting for the cavalry to arrive."

  • A Boring Summer, by ST91 (part 8): "'Hello?' said Steve, answering his phone. 'Good morning Mr. Taylor, it's me. I called to tell you that I did what you asked.' said a voice on the other end of the phone."

  • Eleven oh Four ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by thatLONERchick (COMPLETE!): "Her left eye opened. Blood was running down her face. All was chaos in Lawndale High."

  • The Fine Art of Showing Art, by ViolentFlowers (COMPLETE!): "Jane sometimes wished she could draw faces, but capturing expressions was beyond her skills so instead she took a photo of Daria's face. 'Perfect.'"

  • A Time For Us, by aeverett (part 6): "Staring up at the large sculpture in front of Lawndale Community College, Jane Lane tried to find any meaning behind it and only came up blank. It was a shaped piece of metal, nothing more, and certainly not art."

  • Unnamed story ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "A dull throbbing in her head pulled Daria from her sleep. She rolled around in her sweat soaked sheets trying to find a comfortable position and fall back asleep, but had no luck."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "It had been nearly four years ago now; an early summer night like this when he'd gotten the call. He picked up the picture on his desk, stared at it."

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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