Friday, February 5, 2016

"What does science know?"


Don't touch that dial! It's National Weatherperson's Day, and you might want to stay tuned in case there's a hurricane on the way. You wouldn't want to get trapped in a shed with Kevin and Brittany, would you? Especially once they start singing.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (part 1): "It was a small one-story wooden house with novelty siding and a cheap asphalt-shingled roof built during a building boom that coincided with a build-up of manned bombers during the early Cold War."

  • Do You Have a Spare Pen? (Iron Chef: Random Pairing Challenge 2014!), by JoeMerl (COMPLETE!): "Jodie paused, took a deep breath and stepped into the room, ready to begin her first class at Crestmore University."

  • Hana Hou, Pt 2, by metameric1 (part 2): "The big Zodiac inflatable boat slammed into the crest of the wave, going airborne for a moment before dropping hard into the trough. Kyle rode the floor like a surfboard, throttling the twin two hundred horsepower Mercury outboards carefully to pace the face of the wave now rising just behind them."

  • Hunter (Random Pairing Challenge 2016!), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Charles Ruttheimer III looked down at his lecture notes and sighed. He'd been a rising star of the business world, at least until all those sexual harassment suits."

  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (COMPLETE!): "Daria and Jane had just walked in the door when Daria's cell phone rang. 'Hello?' she asked as she answered it. 'Hey, is this my favorite niece I'm speaking to?' asked a voice on the other end."

  • Lawndale 2021 Season Three, by Anguirus1955 (part 2): "When Daria Morgendorffer entered the bridge of Sealab, she noticed that Captain Murphy was unusually irate. She listened to his ranting as she walked over to her station and grabbed her headset."

  • Marathon, by smarty0007 (COMPLETE!): "'Daria? Hey, Daria. Wake up.' 'Don't wanna...'"

  • Morning In The Park With Jane, by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "'Do we need to wait here? Why can't we just wait over by Legion Tower?' Barry Bruce ran his fingers over the neck strap attached to his Canon camera, and idly dreamed of the much, much better camera that he'd get one day, if he could ever get a really good photo of something worthwhile..."

  • Shelter from the storm, by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "The snow was falling thickly as Daria pulled into the drive on Glen Oaks Lane. She was glad that she had decided to leave Boston for the Christmas break a day early, although the forecast of snow was not the only reason she had done so."

  • To Each Their Own (Random Pairing Challenge 2016!), by Princess_Pasta (COMPLETE!): "'I can't believe the nerve of her!' 'I know, it's as if she has no interest in you whatsoever'. Tori Jericho rolled her eyes as she listened to one of her best friend's latest tirades."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Random Pairing Challenge 2016!), by tafka (COMPLETE!): "Garrett looked at the new hire. The slight blonde girl could merely be under-sized, but if he was any judge, he'd guess under-aged. Still, she did have what they were looking for – some small talent and moderately presentable looks."

  • Watch the Carnage (Random Pairing Challenge 2016!), by JoeMerl (COMPLETE!): "'Oh, yeah?! Do you think I'm, like, stupid or something?!' 'Well, it's not exactly smart to wear that top with fandango jeans, now is it?!'"

  • You'll Know When You Have Kids of Your Own, by metameric1 (part 9): "'Sam?' Trent called, hearing the muffled grunting as the recording engineer fiddled with one of the more vintage pieces in the effects rack."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tickle This, Birthday Boy


Daria's in one of her more disturbing alter egos in honor of Sesame Street character Elmo's birthday. Love him or hate him (and I think more people lean toward the latter), the little red muppet has had a big impact on children.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

I Think They Might Have Missed the Point


Helen and Jake are all set for National Bird-Feeding Month, and you can join in, too! Although I think it might be simpler if you just set up a bird feeder in your yard. I'd love to see Jake's reaction to the squirrels that try to steal from our bird feeder. The battle would be epic.

Fanfic Update!
  • DariaBrittany (Iron Chef: Brittany & Daria Swap), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (parts 1 and 2): "Daria awoke. 'It's too early,' she thought. She tried to go back to sleep, but found that she couldn't. She sat up. Something wasn't right." (Part 2)

  • Decisions, by elainefr (part 4): "He's not talking about me! He's thinking about her…..even now!"

  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (part 11): "'And so, like the alien said, come out to commune with the Bloch. So, I, like, left my husband and came out here to commune with the Bloch,' a blonde woman with glasses said."

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 25): "Ms. Li was back from her suspension. She was ready to get back to doing what she did best."

  • Lawndale and Sandi Griffin's Genie: Future Excerpt 3, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "A few minutes later, the Away Team beamed down. Back at Lawndale High, Samara was checking her email. 'Wait, how could this email have a "Send" date in February 1969? There was no internet then.'"

  • Lawndale 2021 Season 3, by Anguirus1955 (part 1): "Daria blinked as she looked around the bridge. 'That was weird,' she said to herself quietly as she noticed Sparks talking to the crew of a small transport sub."

  • A Long Sleeve Day (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Too much. It was just too much. She always screwed everything up."

  • Look Into My Eyes (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Anguirus1955 (COMPLETE!): "Quinn Morgendorffer walked into the bathroom and shut the door. "Oh, what did I eat?" she asked painfully as she sat down on the toilet."

  • Quinn's Code 15: Yeager 0.68 Beta, Morgendorffer 1.05 RC, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (COMPLETE!): "Daria Morgendorffer walked into the kitchen. She saw her mother rummaging in the kitchen. 'Hiding the cooking sherry from Dad?' 'I'm going to make some bread, Daria,' Helen said as she pulled out a breadmaker and set it on the counter."

  • Take a Walk in my Shoes, by DIsaac (parts 2 - 3.5): "Andrea do have a point on the universe on keeping promises. Daria and Brittany thought it was a meaningless handshake joke and 99% of the time they would be right but tonight is way different. For Tonight is the night of the shooting star." (Part 2.5 (Part 3) (Part 3.5)

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef : MMORPG, Lawndale style), by Waylander (part 11): "'...And don't come back, you plaguesome brat!' Solano kept himself from wincing as the old baker's tirade ended abruptly and the door slammed shut. For a short portly Gnome the he has got quite a set of lungs on him."

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Leave a Message at the...Rrrr...Beep!


In honor of National Inane Answering Message Day, I'm going to share the following message ideas courtesy of Upchuck (via the Daria Diaries), who is about as inane as they come:

"This is Charles. I can't come to the phone right now, because I am occupado. I could tell you what I am doing, but let's not ruin the mystery. At the tone, leave your name, number, and the time you called, and I will get back to you as soon as I can tear myself away from my life of intrigue, about which I cannot be specific, lest I put both my life and yours in danger."

"No, no...not now, girls! This is Charles Ruttheimer the Third, and you have reached my answering machine...please, ladies, patience!...speak clearly at the tone and...I'm on my way, my dears!...they so hate to be kept waiting...anyway, I'll get back to you as soon as possible...if this is an emergency, well, so is a woman on fire!"

"You have successfully contacted the underground grotto of The Ruttheimer Group, currently engineering our secret plan to achieve world domination by the year 2010. If you would like to know more about our plans to gain global control of mass media, subjugate the military forces of every nation on Earth, and install Charles Ruttheimer the Third as supreme ruler of all humankind, please leave your name and address at the beep, and we will send you an informative brochure and a free bumper sticker."

I think our boy has just a little too much time on his hands.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dancing the Night Away with Jackson Pollock and Jane Austen


Daria and Quinn are really getting into the anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, which was first published on this day in 1813. The writing fantasy sequence this image was taken from was very obviously inspired by Jane Austen's work, especially Pride and Prejudice, so it's very likely that Daria is a fan.

This is also the anniversary of Jackson Pollock's birth in 1912, so this might be a good day to throw a Pollock-themed school dance. Or not.

Fanfic Update!
  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (parts 9 and 10): "Stacey Morgendorffer finished the last math equation on her homework paper before turning on the TV in the living room. She checked her watch. 'Just in time,' she said to herself with a smile as the Mysterious Mysteries theme began playing." (Part 10)

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 24): "Vinny is with Daria at the Zon watching Mystic Spiral play. He notices a guy looking over at the two of them. Ok, either he thinks Daria is cute or... He thinks Daria is cute and waiting for a chance to talk with her."

  • A New Start, by mabel (COMPLETE!): "Identity crises weren't new to Quinn. She had known for years that something was wrong with her, that the emptiness she felt inside wasn't normal."

  • Stacy Morgendorffer, by Rémi (part 2): "Sitting in the back of the car driving her to Lawndale High, Stacy Morgendorffer was silent. Moving had already been stressful, and apprehension besieged her mind."

  • Take A Walk in My Shoes, by DIsaac (prologue and part 1): "To be honest the story I'm about to tell you is just as strange as I write it, but believe me when I say it happened in Lawndale." (Part 1)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

G'Day! Crikey! And Other Cliches As Well!


Daria's just thrilled to celebrate Australia Day, Australia's national holiday. I don't remember any Australian Daria characters, but we do have a handful of Daria fans from Down Under. Have a good one, guys!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Has it Hijacked Your Brain Today?


I don't think Daria's properly appreciating peanut butter on National Peanut Butter Day, but considering how often peanuts and peanut butter actually featured on the show--in Daria's part-time job, as Jake's squirrel-catching bait, Trent's songwriting inspiration, etc.--I suppose the stuff has gotten enough of the spotlight for the time being.

Fanfic Update!
  • Brian's Latest Kitty, by Meester_Lee (COMPLETE!): "'I got your kitty,' said Ross the scruffy-looking man in the beat-up sedan. 'Do you have your money?' 'Yeah,' said Brian."

  • The Choice, by Erin M. (parts 2 and 3): "Sunset tossed the remote for her TV aside in disgust. While she normally liked starting her day with the news while she got ready for school, today it all seemed the same: violent and depressing." (Part 3)

  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (parts 7 and 8): "Almighty Tallest Red finished sipping his soda and sighed. 'I was curious to see how long it would take for you to shut up on your own, Quinn, but it's been three... hours. Three hours!'" (Part 8)

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 19): "Daria describes the traumatic experience she went through earlier with Mr. O'Neil. 'I have to spend the day with Val.'"

  • Stones Have a Way, by EntrancedCat (part 3): "As Daria came down for breakfast, Quinn glanced up then back to her yogurt then up at Daria again. 'Double take, Quinn? Are prepping for an audition as Juliet? The first time she sees Romeo?'"

Friday, January 22, 2016

Does "Meow" Count as a Question?


Jake's participating in an in-depth interview with Mr. Whiskers for National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day, although I suspect the only questions my cat seems interested in asking are all food-related. If you hear your cat asking you questions today, be sure to answer them...and then seek professional help.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Be Especially Aware of the Fashionable Penguins!


Sandi's here to remind you all that it's Penguin Awareness Day, which may just be another way to make everyone pay more attention to her. It should also be noted that some people in fandom are more aware of penguins than others, and that's all I'm going to say on the subject.

This is also Cheese Lover's Day, so Jake's probably got his head in the fridge singing about how much he wants cheese again. Just remember that if you indulge today at Earl and Barbara's, be sure to unwrap the cellophane first.

Fanfic Update!
  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (parts 5 and 6): "The Irken Armada swarmed around the planet Blorch. Hundreds of ships, including Shuvvers, Spittle Runners, Rippers, Battalion Carriers, and Viral Tanks approached with ominous intent and thousands of soldiers awaited their orders." (Part 6)

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 16): "Vinny and Daria are walking by a table that announced sign ups for the track team. 'Huh, speak of the devil.'"

  • Judgment Day (World's Shortest Crossover, Part XIV: The Crossover Awakens!), by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "Daria Morgendorffer was making her way home after a awkward encounter with her best friend Jane Lane concerning Jane's intrusive new boyfriend, her lethargic brother and a school assignment."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Better Than the Feature Val as in Val Did


Daria is re-reading an article about her that first appeared in Animation Magazine on this day in 2002. It discussed the end of the series and upcoming movie Is It College Yet?

This is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so someone needs to tell Jodie that it would be particularly inappropriate to move to the back of the bus today. No matter how annoying Kevin and Brittany are.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Gimme a D! Gimme an R!


Be sure to show the proper respect to Brittany today for Appreciate a Dragon Day! Kevin failed to do so, and you don't want to know what happened to him.

This is also the anniversary of Dian Fossey's birth in 1932, so today would be an excellent day to either win or hand out an award for dazzling academic achievement in the face of near-total misanthropy.

Fanfic Update!
  • Another Day, by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Quinn's alarm started blaring the local top twenty station, gradually pulling her from her sleep. Yawning, she reached over to her nightstand, turned off the radio, and grabbed the book she'd left there the night before."

  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (parts 3 and 4): "'I'm sorry, girls, but I have to work on thanksgiving, and Jake has to go to that conference in Connecticut,' Helen Morgendorffer said to her daughters at the kitchen table. 'But... you guys didn't spend Thanksgiving with us last year either, or the year before that, or the year before that,' Stacey said with disappointment." (Part 4)

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 13): "Is she seriously going on a date with this guy? The thought wouldn't leave Vinny's mind after Daria told him she would be, hanging out, with Ted DeWint-Clinton."

  • The Kelsington Conspiracy, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (prologue): "It had been a long day for Corrine Hendricks when she managed to get home at 5:30. While most of her students had been well behaved, there were a couple in year 8 who seemed determined to make it as difficult as possible for her to teach them."

  • Maternal, by Indigo (part 3): "'Settle down people' Laura Dominguez advised her new class. She was more adept at commanding a classroom than her predecessor and soon had everyone's attention."

  • Perception, by Princess_Pasta (part 4): "The ride to Daria's house was uneventful. Kevin was preoccupied by the events of the afternoon, having dealt with his fair share of headaches that day."

  • Stacy Morgendorffer, by Rémi (part 1): "'Can I have a word with you, sweetie?' 'Mooooooooooom' whined the redhaired teen, 'can't you see I am busy? Tomorrow is my first day at Lawndale High and I have to chose my outfit carefully! First impressions are important, you know: I must be part of the popular crowd right from the start!'"

  • Stones Have a Way, by EntrancedCat (parts 1 and 2): "Daria Morgendorffer braced herself as she heard someone try to get her attention while she walked to seventh-grade science class in Highland East Junior High." (Part 2)

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "'...And so it is written within the Tome of the Bro Code: "For if thou art a male of substance and worth, it is for this that thou shall be a target for all that is woman!"'"

  • Vivian, by ST91 (COMPLETE!): "Daria kept her promise. When she returned home she spoke to her mother about Vivian. Now Helen, as always, was overworked but since her daughter rarely asked for something, she decided to accept."

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy Birthday, Toulouse le Dreck!


Although Daniel Dotson was an enormous sleazebag, from what I can tell the man who voiced him, Dave Grohl, was not. So I have no problem wishing him a happy birthday!

Also on this day in 2002, Look Back In Annoyance (also known as "a cheap-ass clip show") aired on MTV. We got to learn all kinds of behind-the-scenes tidbits, including Daria's flings with four of the five members of N*Sync and Jane's dreams of working for Disney.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

At Least They Were Able to Clear the Air about Tom and Blue M & Ms


Daria and Jane are hearing the call of the wild, but I think they're wishing they had let it go to voice mail. They probably don't appreciate the fact that The Call of the Wild's author, Jack London, was born on this day in 1876, either.

Fanfic Update!
  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (part 2): "Quinn flew the voot cruiser over the farmland before coming to a stop above a pasture with several cows grazing. It was late at night, and with night coming sooner as Winter approached, it was much easier for her to sneak around."

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (parts 9 - 12): "It was the last week of Daria's grounding. Vinny had tried to find ways to distract himself." (Part 10) (Part 11) (Part 12)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I'm Especially Appreciative of Peculiar Houseplants


It's Houseplant Appreciation Day, so you'd better show your plants that you appreciate them! Daria doesn't recommend reading to them in a deadpan voice, but they might enjoy being watered instead.

Today is also Peculiar People Day, which covers about 90 percent of the cast of Daria. Not to mention a significant portion of the fandom, too.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Window Shopping is Fine, but Let's Leave it There!


Jane is quite obviously enjoying Male Watcher's Day, although it's possible she's just thinking about getting those running shoes. Of course, after getting burned by not only Evan but also Tom and Nathan, I'm hoping Jane is going to just stick with looking for the time being.

Fanfic Update!
  • Doctor Who: The Remaining Immortal, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "It had been there for longer than anyone could remember, the old Diner. It had been there when the small settlement had been established, centuries ago (the exact founding date was unclear, but it was certainly before the American Revolution), and it was still there, now in the mid-21st century when the settlement had long ago faded into the dust."

  • Evening, by JPAGC (part 3): "'Thank you again for dinner, Mrs. Morgendorffer,' said Sandi with a polite smile. 'It was very nice.' 'It was our pleasure, dear,' Helen said. Her thoughts went automatically to her etiquette lessons from her mother, forty years before."

  • Invader Quinn Season Two, by Anguirus1955 (part 1): "Quinn looked around the lunchroom as the other students ate their food and talked to each other. She looked down at the sandwich on her tray. She had grabbed it merely out of the need to appear normal, as she didn't care much for the food the humans consumed in the lunchroom."

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 6): "Vinny had been amused that Daria got stuck with Kevin as a science partner. He had been even more amused by the rumors that Daria was trying to steal Kevin."

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Good Day to Kick Back, Chill...and Burn Someone for Heresy


Helen and Jake have the right idea for Cuddle Up Day, which just goes to show you that they can actually be a cute couple. When they're in someone else's fantasy sequence, anyway.

On a somewhat less cuddly note, today (might) be the anniversary of Joan of Arc's birth in 1412. Joan got a brief mention in the episode "Arts 'N Crass," in this exchange:

Jane: You're a real Joan of Arc, you know that?

Daria: Yeah, and I think I just ordered a stake.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Just Checking to See if it's Oxidizing


Sorry to break it to you, Jake, but you've got it wrong. Today is National Spaghetti Day, and you're wearing the penne a la pesto. Just ask Trent; spaghetti is his favorite. Or was that fettuccine bolognese? Anyway, I hope the Morgendorffers can enjoy a nice, non-frozen lasagna pasta dinner tonight!

Fanfic Update!
  • Invader Quinn Season One, by Anguirus1955 (COMPLETE!): "Jake Morgendorffer hummed to himself as he looked over his checklist. 'Everything okay?' Dib Membrane asked him as he passed by. 'Huh? Oh, yeah. Tonight's family night out, so I'm making sure that everything is finished on time so that I can get home early,' Jake replied." (Part 12)

  • James the Lesser Presents Vinny Lane, by James the Lesser (part 3): "Daria finishes her story of what happened on her trip to Middleton College. 'Already kicked out of college? Congratulations. No Lane has ever been kicked out of college.'"

  • A New Set of Rules, by Dennis (part 28): "'It's just that the culture is so appalling,' Daria said. 'All these spoiled little princelings with no one to say them nay. Women lining up to be used and thrown away like toilet paper.'"

  • Slow Flows the River, by UU (part 4b): "'I met Larry, a guy I served with in 'Nam,' mumbled Tony. 'I don't think he knew more than he told me--he's a good guy, a real stand-up guy--had his arm hacked off by a VC!'"

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Beats Being an Atomic Communist from Mars


Daria's in costume for National Science Fiction Day. Appropriately, this holiday takes place on the anniversary of sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov's birth in 1920.

Now that I think about it, though, that may not be a costume she's wearing. Perhaps the rumors about her being an alien love goddess were true...!

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Time to Start the Countdown!


Jane and Alison are ringing in New Year's Eve, but I hope one of Jane's resolutions is to turn down Alison's offer to go home with her to look at her pastels.

If you're wondering where Daria is, you might check with Carson Daly and see if she's doing a cameo on MTV New Year's Eve like she did at the end of 2001.

Fanfic Update!
  • Fancy that, by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "'Hello. No she's not available... a family emergency.' Daria answered the phone."

  • Lawndale 2021, by Anguirus1955 (part 28): "Stormy Waters walked slowly through the corridors of Pod 05, searching for a janitor's closet or an equipment room of some kind. Lieutenant Commander Barch and Lieutenant Commander Marquez had both tasked him with retrieving some spare equipment for a series of hallways that were undergoing maintenance in Pod 04."

  • Lawndale Z, by Kuriamo22 (part 6): "On the morning of the day the Saiyans were supposed to arrive Daria, Jane and Jake were at Jake's dojo putting some water and snacks in a couple of backpacks. Once they finished they encapsulated them, and put them in their pockets."

  • The Many Doctors, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 33): "The Doctor was loping around the console room, when suddenly the Cloister Bell starting ringing. 'What is that?' Rose asked. 'The Cloister Bell. It signifies that the TARDIS is in danger!' the Doctor said."

  • Reclaim, by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "The alley behind the Zon was cramped and filthy. Between the dumpster and the large black van parked next to the doors, there was only a small amount of space where a person could stand."

  • The Third Morgendorffer Sister Named Helen (I.C. - Third Morgendorffer Sister à la Helen), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'Helen!' yelled her mother, Helen Senior, 'Stop smoking weed in this house NOW.'"

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Spicy Day for Texas


Someone should let Jake know that, even though it's Pepper Pot Day, he should probably take it easy on the pepper and other spices in the soup. He'd probably prefer his tongue not stay permanently black, after all.

This is also the anniversary of the day Texas was admitted to the union in 1845. If it hadn't been, Beavis and Butt-head would have been a very different show.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Actress and the Misandrist


Barch is doing her best impression of the late actress Marlene Dietrich, who was born on this day in 1901. I'm not sure the two women have anything whatsoever in common aside from this alter ego, but Dietrich was born in Germany and "Barch" sounds vaguely German, so there's that.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Car Confrontation, by mabel (COMPLETE!): "Gay and in love with one's presumably straight best friend is never a good situation to be in, but Daria found herself in it time and time again."

  • The Choice, by Erin M. (part 1): "It happened at lunch. Sunset Shimmer and her friends had been eating and chatting as usual when the announcement came over the PA."

  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 14): "Daria is unsure why she was asked to stay after class by her professor. She had turned in the last assignment and hadn't cut any classes."

  • The Furious Beat (Daria and the Gang Thread), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'Daria,' Hoffman said, 'before I put you on the City Desk, I have to float you by the Editor in Chief.'"

  • Morning Ritual (Iron Chef: Quinn in 11th Grade), by Zetor (part 1): "Quinn's alarm started blaring the local top twenty station, gradually pulling her from her sleep. Yawning, she reached over to her nightstand, turned off the radio, and grabbed the book she'd left there the night before."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef : MMORPG, Lawndale style), by Waylander (part 10): "Hello to all my readers. Today I managed to get a short interview with one of the people responsible for the well-known multiplayer role-playing game Realms of Altherra. His real name is kept secret for safety reasons, so I'll call him Ernst Gruber, after the character he used as a beta-tester of the game."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Quinn in 11th Grade), by EntrancedCat (COMPLETE!): "Quinn slipped her Aquinas essay from her locker into her backpack. She hoped that Mr. O'Neill wouldn't cry at her take on just war theory like the tears he had shed at the beauty of her exposition of Augustine's declaration of the inexplicableness of free will."

  • Write Said Ted (The Ted Zone), by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "Ted was just approaching his Language Arts class one afternoon when he was startled to see Daria Morgendorffer leaving the classroom. The surprise wasn't because he didn't expect her to be at school, or because he didn't think she took Language Arts, or because there was anything particularly startling about Daria Morgendorffer."

Friday, December 25, 2015

He Prefers "X."


Christmas is still waiting for his sugar-coated cookies and little cottage all made out of gingerbread, but you go ahead and have a merry Christmas if you celebrate it. Whether you do or not, you may enjoy this list of Christmas-themed Daria fanfics:
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Upchuck Out of Annoyance Range? It's a Festivus Miracle!


Happy Festivus, everyone! Upchuck's not enjoying the traditional aluminum pole, but I'd say that's a good place for him. Today's the day for Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength, so have at it! Especially if they're directed at Upchuck over there.

Fanfic Update!
  • After the Kiss, by Strumwulf (COMPLETE!): "Jane stomped her way up the stairs to Daria's room and slammed the door open. With two steps, she was standing in front of Daria, who was sitting on the edge of her bed still dressed in her nightshirt."

  • Black Cloaks of Lawndale, by Waylander (part 27): "Why all these bad things keep happening to me? Mother found out about the 'cousin thing' and made a big deal out of it. Quinn thought her punishment was cruel and unfair. She was sure Daria was smirking behind her back."

  • Doctor Who: Season 8.5 (Chapter 1), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 3): "'I see,' Kristy said, once Clara had explained everything pertinent. 'You'll help?' Clara asked. 'Yes,' Kristy answered. 'Cool,' Clara said."

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 02: The First Party, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (COMPLETE!): "They soon entered Steve Taylor's home office. It was a well organised and efficient space. Two of the walls were occupied by bookshelves filled with books and folders."

Monday, December 21, 2015

It's Random Assorted Holidays Day!


This is either a UFO sighting or the Lawndale gang is celebrating National Flashlight Day. It could be a very literal interpretation of Look on the Bright Side Day, but if Daria's involved then I doubt it. She's far more likely to be celebrating Humbug Day.

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  • View the Tower of London's installment honoring British soldiers who were killed during the First World War.

  • Keep up with the latest news on the FIFA scandal.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Carols and Icebergs


Here we see Daria with her fantasy-sequence boyfriend from the Beavis and Butt-head Christmas Special "It's a Miserable Life," which aired on this day twenty years ago. You can tell this is an alternate universe because Daria is singing and smiling. I'm actually a little frightened by this.

It was also on this day in 1997 that the movie Titanic was released, so feel free to grab your significant other and recreate that scene like they did in "Just Add Water." You know which scene; the one where the boat crashes and chaos ensues.

Fanfic Update!
  • Lawndale 2021, by Anguirus1955 (part 27): "Captain Murphy looked out the windows of the bridge while listening to Commander Li give a report. 'And then, I should add, both of their name tags were three centimeters to the left of their proper locations! Three centimeters!' 'Uh-huh,' Murphy said with a nod of his head, bored."

  • Night Witches, by Panzerfaust 150 (part 12): "Daria awoke to an incessant droning that just would not go away, Jeez, what power tool is dad playing with now? She had a horrible dream she had been flying combat against the Russians, not home studying for 10th grade finals."

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Cutest Aviator!


Quinn's prepared to recreate Orville and Wilbur Wright's famous flight, which happened on this day in 1903. I'm not sure if she's planning to do it because Sandi insisted she couldn't, or because Daria convinced her that windblown hair is now in fashion.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Frankly, My Dear...Gah!


One of our favorite dysfunctional couples is impersonating a different well-known dysfunctional couple, Rhett and Scarlett, from Gone With the Wind. The film had its world premiere on this day in 1939, and apparently helped Quinn and Daria grow closer together in "Aunt Nauseam." Come to think of it, it also inspired Jane's "Oh, Scarlett, you grow lovelier by the day!" line in "I Don't" and at least one other alter ego. Someone working on the show must have been a fan!

Fanfic Update!
  • Christmas, by dmsfanman (COMPLETE!): "Daria checked to be sure her laptop computer was securely stowed in her backpack. She had her toiletries and a few articles of clothing in there as well. She still had plenty of clothing at home in her closet. She could always run to the thrift shop if she needed something." (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

  • The Clean Cut, by EntrancedCat (COMPLETE!): "'Muh-om,' Quinn began her protest. 'Daria's cutting up her meat funny again.'"

  • ECHOES Of The Past, by angelholme (part 1): "The limo drove down the path, leaving a spray of gravel behind it. The driver didn't want to be caught by anyone, let alone members of the British Intelligence Community."

  • Time and the Titanic, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "Soon, Stacy had got ready. 'I'm ready,' she said as she entered the time vehicle. She placed her supplies next to Quinn's pile of clothes and Daria's food and water. With the five girls, it was a tight squeeze."

Sunday, December 13, 2015

For a Really Good Sugar Rush, Why Not Have Both?


Mack is less than thrilled about Ice Cream Day, but under the circumstances, who can blame him? Besides, at least where I am it's a bit cold to really enjoy ice cream.

As a warmer alternative, you could celebrate National Cocoa Day instead. According to Quinn, it's also good for calming down cute families of teens when they're stranded during hurricanes.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Cliiiiiimb Eeeevery Mooooountaaaaain!


Tiffany's climbing up to observe International Mountain Day, although you'd think her experience in "Antisocial Climbers" would have scared her off the idea. Still, it's hard to look fat when you're next to a mountain, so you can't fault her logic there.

This is also the anniversary of the formation of UNICEF in 1946, so celebrate by not suing them like Helen and Eric did.

Fanfic Update!
  • Guertena's exhibit at Lawndale, by Rémi (part 5): "'Daria, are you OK?' The voice was claiming her attention, lingering on the edge of her foggy mind."

  • I'm (Not) With the Band, by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "The next thing Trent was aware of was waking up on the couch in his own living room. Squinting his eyes in the bright morning light, he glanced out the front window and was relieved to see that there were no cars parked outside. He had no idea how he'd gotten home, but at least he hadn't driven in his condition."

  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (part 10): "Quinn looked up at the clock before returning her attention to the TV. She still had three hours before she needed to be at the high school."

  • Maternal, by Indigo (part 2): "'... and finally the self-esteem class is suspended until father notice. You may now resume learning.' Ms Li said as she dismissed the students."

  • Sailor Mercury Takes A Break (Tales of the Shadow Senshi), by Erin M. (COMPLETE!): "The screams quieted and Mercury tapped the 'record' icon on her computer's touchscreen."

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Just Don't Call Him Kevin Daddy!


Mack shouldn't look so sad; today is his (okay, actually Kevin Daniels's) birthday! Daniels voiced Mack during the third season, one of four voice actors to portray the character. Maybe even pretending to put up with Kevin's antics was too much for any one actor to deal with.

Today is also the anniversary of Emmett Kelly's birth in 1898. Kelly is most known for his "Weary Willie" persona, recognizable for the sad face. It's quite possible that the crying clowns Tom and Daria saw at Art in the Park in "Art Burn" were at least based on Kelly.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

"A date which will live in infamy."


Daria and Jane are hard at work serving their country during World War II, because today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which honors the victims of the attack on this day in 1941.

Fanfic Update!
  • Black Cloaks of Lawndale, by Waylander (part 26): "When Amy entered Daria's room, her niece was reading A Tale of Two Cities, one of the tomes she bought during their surprise trip to the bookstore. Amy remembered her own experience with the book, and the rage she felt when Rita 'accidentally' ruined it."

  • Doctor Who: Ways Clara Oswald Survives the Raven, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (COMPLETE!): "'Let me be brave,' Clara whispered. She looked down the street, and saw the raven flying towards her."

  • Guertena's exhibit at Lawndale, by Rémi (part 4): "When Daria exited the blue room, an unsettling surprise was waiting for her in the corridor: the wall were covered with a word written in red paint, always the same word: thief."

  • I'm (Not) With the Band, by Kristen Bealer (part 3): "'So let me get this straight. You're a band, but you have no fans, no gigs, and not even a name?' Trent's eleven-year-old sister Jane smirked and crossed her arms."

  • Out of Place, by PrecambrianStudios (part 7): "Richard's lightsaber fell to the metallic floor along with its creator. A racking cough barely escaped his lungs and blood trickled down his lips. He couldn't feel his left leg anymore; he knew it was gone."

  • Sealab 2021/Daria Crossover Universe 0001-AAAA, by Anguirus1955 (part 26): "In the main loading bay of Pod 06, Captain Murphy looked at the assortment of various vendors who had been given the chance to come down to Sealab for a brief visit. One of the vendors, a young Chinese woman with a stereotype stall with all kinds of stereotype trinkets that she secretly hated selling, caught the attention of Captain Murphy."

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Booze for All!


Brittany's here to celebrate Repeal Day, the day that Prohibition was repealed and alcohol could once again flow freely (not that it ever really stopped). Better grab a cold one before Kevin beats you to it!

Today also happens to be the anniversary of Walt Disney's birth in 1901, and without him and his cryogenically frozen head, the "I'm Going to a Picnic" game in "Road Worrier" would have been far less interesting.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Roof is a Mixed Blessing


Daria's checking out the library roof for National Roof Over Your Head Day, and considering it's going to come crashing down in just a few minutes I think she's right to do so. If you have a roof over your head right now, be happy but also check it for cracks. Just in case.

Fanfic Update!
  • An Afternoon (Ideas!), by Princess_Pasta (part 1): "Jane stared down at her small mug of cappuccino, the warm steam comforting her despite the knots that were tangled up in her stomach."

  • Dreams Rewoven, by RLobinske (part 5): "Under a light rain, Gina Fulton-Randall closely hugged her brother when he opened his front door and squealed, 'Michael!'"

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 167): "Daria looked out the window. Helen was shaking hands with the realtor who had come to put a sign up on the Morgendorffer line. The sign read simply 'FOR SALE' along with the name of the agency and the phone number below."

  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (part 9): "Quinn paused as she watched the younger elementary school students walking by her on the street in the morning. Many of them were dressed up in an unusual manner."

  • Lawndale 2021, by Anguirus1955 (part 25): "Dr. Quentin Q. Quinn tightened a few more bolts on the side of the machine before wiping the sweat from his brow. 'There,' he said. 'It's finished. It's finally finished, and now... to get ready for testing.'"

  • My own party of heroes, by LSauchelli (parts 1 - 16): "I couldn't believe they did this. That Emma would go that far to hurt me. Why did she hate me so much? How had I wronged her?" (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9) (Part 10) (Part 11) (Part 12) (Part 13) (Part 14) (Part 15) (Part 16)

  • Perception, by Princess_Pasta (part 3): "'I thought Coach Gibson was going to have a heart attack, his face was so red. I tried to talk to Kevin but he just looked at me like he didn't even know who I was or something. The team is going to go to crap without him; I hate to say it but it's true. Our defensive line is a mess and I don't think I can keep everyone else afloat without Kevin. He was our ace.'"

  • Quinn's Code 14: Wedding Trouble, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (COMPLETE!): "In the meantime, Helen had continued to drink. 'Honey, maybe we ought to think about getting back,' Jake said."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mmm...Nog!


Jake doesn't quite have it right--today begins National Eggnog Month, so he needs to pick the other carton. It might be a little harder to chug, though, and I don't think his cardiologist would like it, either.

If you decide to have some eggnog this month, just remember to check the expiration date. According to Jane, drinking out-of-season nog can cause you to hallucinate anthropomorphic holidays.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

"I want chocolate, dammit!"


Daria and Tom have the right idea today for National Chocolates Day, and I have little doubt Mrs. Johanssen is celebrating as well. Assuming she found a chocolate seller with fewer scruples than Daria, anyway.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 13): "Conner is stunned. 'Really? So you're not stopping the spy stories?' Daria closes her eyes as he start to massage her shoulders. 'I'm not. Just getting rid of the cold war stuff. New decade, new enemy. And Melody is killed off by some one even better than her.'"

  • Extended Family: A Thanksgiving Story, by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "Stacy paced the length of Quinn's small dorm room for what felt like the hundredth time. 'I don't know Quinn. I mean do we really have to tell them? What if they freak out? What if they say they won't pay for college anymore and kick us out and we have to live on the streets and wear those icky rags and eat—'"

  • Guertena's exhibit at Lawndale, by Rémi (part 3): "'Quinn? Somebody? Isn't there anybody left in this damn museum?' Nobody answered Daria's call. Her eyes were slowly adapting to the semi-darkness, but she didn't see anyone: all visitors seemed to have disappeared."

  • I'm (Not) With the Band, by Kristen Bealer (part 2): "'Hey, we're Minimum Rage,' Trent said into his microphone. 'We're hardcore, we're serious about our music, and--' 'And we're desperate for gigs,' Claudia added."

  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (part 8): "Quinn grimaced as the camera flashed. 'Okay, next!' the photographer said as Quinn got up and walked away from the auditorium stage. 'Stupid human picture day,' she muttered as she walked past several students waiting in line to have their pictures taken."

  • Night Witches, by Panzerfaust 150 (part 11): "The German countryside looked forlorn and barren in the cold dark night, punctuated by flashes of explosions and artillery fire and fast moving shooting stars that punctuated the passing of a missile, or a jet fighter."

  • Unnamed story (IC Runaway Daria), by Waylander (part 3): "Ch'od stared down at the three-dimensional board with no expression on his green scaly face except for the flaring nostrils."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef : MMORPG, Lawndale style), by Waylander (part 9): "Darlene's worries were completely unfounded. The Major of Drammarstadt wasn't going to offer her a world-changing quest. It was merely a business proposition."

Friday, November 27, 2015

I Bet You Stacy Won't Last Ten Seconds


The Fashion Club have their game faces on for Black Friday shopping, but I think they might lose their nerve when they start getting jostled by the crowds.

Instead, why not celebrate Buy Nothing Day? I suspect the girls would succumb to withdrawal, but I think it sounds pretty good.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Swing and a Miss!


Mr. O'Neill is even more bobble-headed than usual because today is the anniversary of Joe DiMaggio's birth in 1914.

Interesting connection for the two of them: in one of the Daria books: we see Mr. O'Neill using a writing exercise to try to help him remember students' names. It doesn't work, but his example for Jodie is Joe DiMaggio. Because it starts with "Joe Di," get it? Yeah, it's dumb. Welcome to Mr. O'Neill.

Fanfic Update!
  • I'm (Not) With the Band, by Kristen Bealer (part 1): "'It's gonna happen, man,' Trent told his friend. 'Cool,' Jesse said, nodding. Then he looked up. 'Huh?' 'The band,' Trent reminded him. 'We're finally going to start up a band and get rich and famous. We're almost there, you know?'"

  • Lawndale 2021, by Anguirus1955 (parts 23 and 24): "Quinn gasped. 'Aw, that poor kitty!' 'What about a kitty?' Daria asked as she entered the living room and headed for the kitchen. 'A kitten that had its brain transferred into a robot body died from a hairball messing with its circuits. It's just so sad!' Quinn explained." (Part 24)

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 166): "And now, here I am. Helen Morgendorffer, unemployed lawyer. Maybe, ex-lawyer."

  • Too Nice (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Zetor (COMPLETE!): "'Mommy doesn't like her misfit daughter I take it? If you want I can take off and we can just hang out later.' Daria shook her head. 'No, it's fine. She can just be a little... aggressive sometimes.'"

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's a Nutty, Nutty, Nutty Blog Anniversary!


Jake's contemplating his favorite nut for National Cashew Day, and if cashews have hijacked your brain then head on over to It's a Nutty, Nutty, Nutty World and pick up a bag. Remember: if they don't smile, the nuts are free!

Today is also the eighth anniversary of this very blog, as The Angst Guy began the Daria Fandom Blog II on this day in 2007. He may not be actively contributing to it anymore, but his creation is still going strong.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

That Goth


Andrea looks less than thrilled to wish actress Marlo Thomas a happy 78th birthday. Thomas was known for her role in That Girl, which Andrea is portraying very unwillingly.

This is also False Confession Day, so if anyone else wants to admit to killing Kevin in "Murder, She Snored," then now would be the time.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 12): "Conner watches the snow hit harder and harder. He and Daria had finished dinner with his family and had been thinking of leaving."

  • Guertena's exhibit at Lawndale, by Rémi (parts 1 and 2): "It was an ordinary saturday afternoon in Lawndale. Daria was trying to exit the Morgendorffer household without drawing unwanted attention, when her mother, having seen her put her boots, asked : – Where are you going, Daria ?" (Part 2)

  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (part 8): "'Okay, now as part of our economic studies, we're going to be taking a field trip to the Millennium Mall tomorrow so that we can observe the various components of the economy in action, with supply, demand, customers, and advertising, and so on and so forth,' Mrs. Bennett said."

  • Lawndale 2021, by Anguirus1955 (part 22): "Amy Barksdale opened the cupboard to grab a pack of coffee grounds. She noticed that the cupboard was almost empty. There was one half-empty box and one unopened box left. She sighed as she retrieved a small brewing-cup and inserted it into her coffee machine."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Smoking Upside-Down Doesn't Make It Healthier!


Mr. DeMartino had better put out the cigarette, because today's the Great American Smokeout and he should probably think about quitting, anyway. I can't imagine those things are doing his already-shaky health any favors.

You can also celebrate Have a Bad Day Day if you want, but I don't recommend it. Daria would probably say that every day is a bad day for her, but I think any day with pizza in it can't be all bad.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And Knead Bread...Whenever You Feel Like It!


Helen's hard at work for Homemade Bread Day, but if I were her I'd just break out that bread machine. I don't like to eat bread with souls, anyway.

Once you've got your bread in the oven, it's time to go out and enjoy nature for Take A Hike Day! I'm sure Mr. DeMartino will be happy to come along, but don't eat any glitterberries while you're out there.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 165): "'All, this will be a very short meeting,' LauraJeanne said. 'We need to go over some of the basic rules for electing the new Tops Chair.'"

  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (part 7): "Daria looked across the table at Stacey, who was wearing her new X-Scope goggles. Stacey had ordered them a week earlier from Crop Circle Magazine, and they had arrived on Friday."

  • National Cynic's Family Reunion (A different Type of Writing Challenge), by Anguirus1955 (COMPLETE!): "I hate Texas, Daria Morgendorffer thought to herself she drove the car past the state line. I was hoping I would never come back here. And yet, half of Dad's family had to live here."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

You Could Even Recycle Your Fridge!


The Fashion Club is working hard for America Recycles Day, or rather Stacy is working and Sandi is supervising. Be sure to recycle today, and I don't just mean wearing the same outfit more than once!

While you're at it, you might want to take a look at your fridge for Clean Your Refrigerator Day, too. Try not to think too much about what that red stuff might be.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Eep!


Today is a bad day to be superstitious, because it's Friday the 13th! Watch out for broken mirrors and indoor umbrellas, and especially watch out for Upchuck on the prowl. Then again, that's good advice every day of the year.

Fanfic Update!
  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (parts 5 and 6): "Quinn rolled her eyes as she listened to Mr. Deckard, one of the science teachers at Lawndale High, hand out the class's homework assignment. 'Remember, this is due by Monday. You have tomorrow and the rest of the weekend to work on it, so no excuses for not having it done,' Mr. Deckard said." (Part 6)

  • Lawndale 2021, by Anguirus1955 (part 21): "'Say that again,' Sparks requested over the microphone. 'We're sending down some Navy Seals to investigate a missing submarine in the area. With tensions running high lately between China, Russia, and the members of the United Nations, we're just taking precautions,' said the man on the screen."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Salute to Veterans


Mack is saluting not only George S. Patton, who was born on this day in 1885, but all veterans because today is also Veteran's Day. Thank you to all who served and still serve today.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

So THAT'S Why They Call Him "Mad Mack"!


Mack's concocting something especially good for Inventors' Day, although it might just be a potion that will stop Kevin from calling him "Mack Daddy" once and for all. Or one that will force Jodie to scale back on the overachieving and actually spend more than five minutes with him. Either way, the kid seems to be having fun!

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria Universe (I Dare You to Continue This), by neonhomer (part 1): "Jane sighed and pulled a spiral notebook out of her bag. 'Okay, Trent wants to exchange songs with "The Holidays".' 'So why are we going?'"

  • Evicted, by breitasparrow (part 1): "Wal-Mart had reconstructed itself in South Park since its demise, and the civilians were once again left with no other places to shop. Stan went with his mom to buy some groceries, and when they got to the checkout, it took incredibly long for the clerk to ring up their purchases."

  • Invader Quinn, by Anguirus1955 (parts 3 and 4): "Quinn reclined back in her seat as she watched a procession of data stream down her computer monitors. She looked over at GIR, who was busy eating some kind of Earth confection." (Part 4)