Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Big 3-0

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary and Bill, turns 30 today. It is not commonly known (or recalled) that she had a bit part as an animated character in Beavis and Butt-head Do America, when Butt-head accidentally barged into her room at the White House. He made what he thought was a suave, smooth advance on her...

...and she threw him through the second story window into the bushes (defenestration, our word of the day). Butt-head was suitably impressed. The image at right shows Chelsea's expression just seconds before Butt-head went flying. In cartoon years, she would have been 16-17 at the time. (B&BDA came out in December 1996.) Ms. Clinton, martial arts and all, is thus an integral part of the core Daria universe. Deal with it.

Interestingly, Chelsea has appeared in other comic/cartoon media. Off the top of my head (as I recall reading this particular episode), she appeared (off-screen) in the right-leaning comic strip Mallard Fillmore, when Bill and Hillary had a fit because Chelsea was showing signs of becoming a conservative. This proved to be wishful thinking on the part of the cartoonist.

  • NEWER! Undefeated, by LadieT (COMPLETE!): Jane poured herself a cup of coffee. She sat back down on the couch and stared at Daria and her's wedding photo. The smile on Daria's face showed her true love for Jane. It was a smile that Daria still flashed five years later--until that night two months ago. That night, Daria's smile died.
  • NEW! collar, by Jim North (continued): She loved her job, and she dearly loved Stacy, but sometimes they could both be a pain to keep in line. Work, of course, was a stress relatable to just about anybody, but the duties and responsibilities inherent in being a Dominant were a special set of troubles all their own. Of all the people outside the scene who knew about her arrangement with Stacy, very few seemed to understand the pressures of command, the demands of the sub and the sacrifices required of the Dom. (SFMB)
  • NEW! Daria: Hunter—Infectious, by Jim North (Part 1): "The little bitch knew we were going down," Jodie growled. "She knew, and she didn't tell us. Some partner she turned out to be. I wish we did know who she was, just so you could arrest her and I could get my hands around her skinny little neck!" "Does the doctor have a skinny little neck?" Smythe asked, getting the expected glare for an answer. "Are there any physical traits at all that you can remember? Any scars, tattoos, peculiar items of clothing?" Mack shook his head ruefully. "Agent Smythe, you could be the doctor for all we know!" he said, exasperated. "Hell, I could be the doctor!"
  • NEW! The Dream of the White Darkness, by jtranser (continued): Daria turned to face Quinn and ask if she was ready to go. She took one step back and her whole world disintegrated. As she fell through the cleverly disguised canvas sheet covering the bottomless pit, she could hear Quinn shouting: 'Don't go there, Daria! It's a TARP!'
  • NEW! Falling into College 72: Valley of Love and Delight, by RLobinske (Part 10): "I'm going to Paris and Rome." The attendant grinned. "I'm sure your cat would appreciate the sights." "Yeah, and after spending the flight in the cargo hold with the other pets, she'll appreciate gouging my eyes out."
  • Finn Morgendorffer 34: A Few Cans of Soda, by HolyGrail2007 (Part 2): There weren’t any soda machines in the classroom, thank goodness, but things really started to change when Finn hit practice. There were brand new helmets for each of the students. “Great!” Jamie smiled as he put his new helmet on. “And the towels they gave us are actually halfway-decent.” Finn answered. Normally, the towels supplied to the students smelled like the bad end of a pig covered in mud. “And the scoreboard, did you check that out?” [NEW! Part 3 here!]
  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (Part 9): As the class emptied out, Elsie said, "Daria, some bad, bad news. My parents have found out about our relationship and I can't hide it any longer. The secret is out. They know everything." "You mean...? "Yes," said Elsie. "They have invited you to dinner."
  • In Silence Sarcastic, by Trscroggs (continued): When Daria was finished draining the glass of water, she noticed that Jodie had raised her eyebrows and seemed to be staring at her chest. Daria raised her own eyebrows as she matched Jodie’s expression. After a few seconds, Daria began to redden, and finally broke down and looked down at her chest. Finding nothing out of place, she raised a hand and signed, “What?” to Jodie. “I didn’t take you as a fan of Tweety,” Jodie said, gesturing at Daria’s t-shirt, which had a picture of the bright yellow cartoon bird on it.
  • Personable Computers, by Trscroggs (Part 1): As an only child, Quinn Morgendorffer was used to getting what she wanted. When she was 14 and living in Highland she asked her parents for her own Personcom. One day, her father came home with a little laptop sized Personcom. Quinn’s father had recommended she name the little machine Daria. Quinn isn’t sure where her father got Daria, but the tiny little computer he got her was not exactly what she had in mind. (Daria/Chobits)
  • NEW! Unnamed story (More Crossovers Not Yet Crossed Over), by Ravynstone (Part 1): Afterward, Daria was never sure exactly how it happened. One minute, they were in Tom’s car, coming back from some imminently forgettable movie, and the next they were crashing through tropical undergrowth. (Daria/Land of the Lost)
  • Upchuck's Nightmare, by Doggieboy (Part 2 preview): "I don't like this," Scarlett said as she and Daria walked back towards the Lane house. "It seems too quiet."

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