Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Strange News You Can Abuse

Here are a few anniversaries that could, if a fanfic writer was so inclined, inspire some truly weird tales. Maybe Daria and Jane could investigate these for Sick, Sad World.

Renown cat lover/hater and Austrian physicist Dr. Erwin Schrödinger was born 121 years ago today. He had some kind of thought experiment in which you had a cat in a box and the cat was alive/dead when you opened the box because . . . I don't know why. Who cares.

Sixty-five years ago today is the date that conspiracy theorists believe the Philadelphia Experiment took place, in which a U.S. Navy ship is alleged to have . . . I don't know what it is alleged to have done. This sounds like the scriptwriters for Buckaroo Bonzai were involved. Truly bizarre. Could Daria duplicate this in the high school's science lab?

Eighteen years ago, someone in South Dakota discovered the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex ever known. Such a huge ruckus developed over the ownership of the skeleton that an auction took place and MacDonald's actually bought it. Yes, all true. I've seen the immortal Sue myself, and that is one damn fine dino.

And, back at Holiday Island High, today is the UN-mandated International Youth Day. Just an average teen, nothing more. How dull. Frank Zappa Day was much more interesting.

I noticed on the TV Tropes Wiki that there is a page on which you can recommend great fanfiction. I might try this myself, sending in a list of what I think is good fanfic, only the Daria section would be larger than all other sections combined. Hmmm.

Anyway, somebody write a fanfic that combines Schrödinger's cat, the Philadelphia Experiment, and a T. rex. I dare you. G'wan, do it. I double-dog dare you.


E. A. Smith said...

You really should send in some suggestions. TV Tropes is a great site, but their references to Daria and Dariafic are woefully lacking.

Anonymous said...

I hate TV Tropes. Those bastards consumed like two weeks of my life, wherein I did nothing but read through...pretty much their entire site.

E. A. Smith said...

Same here. Wasn't it great? ;-P

the nightgoblyn said...

Yeah, I keep falling into TVTropes and it takes me hours to pull myself back out again.

Somebody really ought to go revamp some of their Daria related entries though - whoever added them on the first pass seems to have not watched a lot of the show and was apparently a huge Tom hater.

Although it does look like some of the entries have been tweaked, so maybe somebody is looking into it.