Thursday, October 31, 2019


Today is a spooky holiday, at least for pumpkins, because today is Carve a Pumpkin Day! I don't think anyone asked how the pumpkins feel about this one.

Of course, today is also Halloween, so get out there and trick-or-treat yourself some candy! Or, if you're hanging out with the actual personification of Halloween, go trash some rich neighborhoods with eggs and toilet paper.

Fanfic Update!
  • Back to Highland: A Daria/Worm Crossover, by Meester_Lee (part 4): "Daria must have dozed off at some point, because someone was shaking her shoulder. 'Wake up, Dar, I mean Cynic,' said Brittany. 'we're landing.'"

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 23): "For a few moments a heavy silence fell in the Morgendoffer's living room. Then Daniel, clearly astonished asked, 'Excuse me what ?!'"

  • Drive, by atiyatortilla (parts 1 and 2): "From the outside looking in, the Griffins were the all-American family." (Part 2)

  • Spare The Rod, Spoil The Quinn (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "While all of the kids are upstairs Quinn and Jim are in the living room, where Quinn is freaking out over her very public meltdown that day. 'I can't believe it,' said Quinn, 'I actually hit a child!'" (Part 3)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

There's No Way This Will End Well

Jake's getting a little too enthusiastic about National Cat Day, and I think Mr. Whiskers is about to teach him the error of his ways. To all the cat lovers out there, please enjoy this day responsibly!

Today is also the anniversary of a major milestone for the internet in 1969, which is very appropriate. What goes together better than cats and the internet? Nothing, that's what.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ruth Is Unimpressed By Your Decorating Skills

Hooray! It's Mother-In-Law Day! Helen's so happy, she's crying tears of joy. At least I think that's joy. Helen, put that bottle of wine down right now! It's American Beer Day, and if you're going to get wasted you'd better do it right!

Also, on this day in 1997, Daria appeared in Fortune Magazine. She's in a photo with a whole bunch of cartoons, and she sure looks as thrilled about it as you'd expect.

Fanfic Update!
  • Back To Highland: A Daria/Worm Crossover, by Meester_Lee (part 3): "The C-130 reached the end of the runway, revved up, and then took off, banking as it presumably turned towards the direction of Texas. The military transport's interior was noisy, much noisier than the airliners Daria had flown in."

  • Cancerous Like Me, by Lady Evil (part 5): "'I really wish Ariel went to school with us.' Link said to Allen over lunch at school. 'Then I could just run into her and talk to her about the party instead of having to make up some reason to meet somewhere.'"

  • Daria's Great Adventure, by dmsfanman (part 31): "As a safety precaution Daria, Shamus, Anton, and Darren had brought with them 'rescue balls.' These were inflatable containers that could hold about two hours of air."

  • Spare The Rod, Spoil The Quinn (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 1): "Quinn and Stacy are having lunch at Pizza King. While the place is a teen hangout the thrity-something best friends still like to eat here for sentimental reasons."

Friday, October 25, 2019

I'd Love to See Him Play Football Dressed Like That!

It's Punk for a Day Day, and Kevin is definitely dressed for the occasion. Not that you need an excuse, but this would be a good day to read (or re-read) Charles RB's God Save The Esteem series. It's more punk than...a lot of punk stuff, I guess. I'm not hip to the lingo.

Today is also the Feast of St. Daria, and while no one would actually call Daria a saint, I'm sure she'll be happy to feast on some pizza and/or cheese fries. Why not join in? It is a sacred day, after all!

Pizza and cheese fries sound like an especially good idea, because this happens to be National Greasy Foods Day on top of everything else. I find it hard to believe that's a coincidence, though. Daria's feast day would have to involve greasy food, wouldn't it?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

They Certainly LOOK Mental in the Morning

Welcome to Good Mornings with Daria and Jane, where we'll be discussing the fact that today is TV Talk Show Host Day! The hosts would really like to wake up from this nightmare, but first a word from our sponsors!

Also on this day in 2002, the Fashion Club made a cameo appearance in the webcomic Mall Monkeys. Did the artist get their good sides or does Tiffany need to break some fingers?

Fanfic Update!
  • Back to Highland: A Daria/Worm Crossover, by Meester_Lee (parts 1 and 2): "Daria finished toweling off, went to her locker, and started getting dressed. She hoped her trainer would think that she had a good workout. This exercise thing was not something she was used to." (Part 2)

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 22): "Daniel was tired. He couldn't wait to be home so he could finally rest. However he'd have to wait, since her sister's friend were there. And they had plans for him."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 16): "Jake got the message on his cellphone while out on a sales call. 'Jake, our travel plans have just been modified,' said Helen's voice. She sounded angry yet resigned."

  • Pure Magic (Odds and Ends), by LSM (COMPLETE!): "'Jesse, have you ever thought about how the world is a miracle?' 'Uhhhhh, sometimes. Like music, you can hear it but not see it, like that tree in the forest. That's messed up, but cool. Like the oceans, they go on so far but I can't see 'em.'"

Monday, October 21, 2019

Keep Those Good Vibes Flowing!

Jake, Helen, and all of their hippie friends are going to try one last time to levitate the Pentagon in honor of the real-life event that happened on this day in 1967. I doubt they'll succeed, but maybe Jake will manage not to break his foot this time. Not taking any bets on it, though.

Today is also the anniversary of the first Daria VHS tape, released on this day in 1997. Hooray for low image quality and the original music!

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Abandon All Hope!

Daria's just revisiting an old scene from the computer game Daria's Inferno, which was released on this day in 2000. I have a copy, but I won't be playing it if only because I still get pissed off when I think about those steam tunnels.

Today is also Evaluate Your Life Day, so you should consider Jake's advice: "You walk away. You change your name, move to another state, get some ID. It's not too late to start over, Daria, it's not too late! You're still a young man! You don't have to live with your mistakes! Get out while you can!"

On second thought, maybe you shouldn't consider Jake's advice.

Fanfic Update!
  • Aunt Infinitum, by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "Skip was busy chanting 'Go Grizzlies!' when Amy marched over and snatched the microphone out of his hand. 'Hold on,' she interrupted. 'I want to say something.'"

  • Cancerous Like Me, by Lady Evil (part 4): "Sandi lay in her bed with her laptop and looked at the photos the Fashion Club had sent her. She sighed longingly at how the rest of the club had turned a bald girl with weak eyelashes and a too big nose into someone almost good enough for a fashion club junior league."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (parts 14 and 15): "'Farrah still hasn't called or written me,' Daria wrote in her journal. 'I'm still feeling miserable. It's not just that I've had a falling-out with Farrah, but I don't know if I can still talk to Mr. Skein and I feel cut off from Laura and the Penricks. I still like Laura. I miss seeing and talking with her and I worry about how she's doing with the cancer.'" (Part 15)

  • Erin Chambers, by OzFerret (part 30): "Erin was already halfway through her breakfast when her alarm went off. Her hair still damp from her early morning shower and toast still in her hand, she silenced the alarm. She regarded the clothes laid out on the bed."

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mack Daddy...To the Extreme!!!

Mack's shedding his down-to-earth persona to take a spin as Evel Knievel, who was born on this day in 1938. I thought Kevin was the one who liked to try motorcycle stunts, but Mack must have hidden depths no one has ever discovered.

Today is also Wear Something Gaudy Day, so this would be a good day to attend the Fashion Don'ts Costume Gala! Or not. Depends on how much of a tolerance you have for Fashion Club babble.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

No, Kids, You Don't Get the Day Off From School

The students of Lawndale High don't seem overly impressed that today is World Students' Day, but just wait until you see Mr. DeMartino's reaction. It won't be pleasant.

It's okay, Mr. D. Today is your day, too, because it's National Grouch Day! As one of the grumpiest characters on the show, you should definitely celebrate this one however you'd like. May I suggest a hike?

Fanfic Update!
  • Aunt Infinitum, by Kristen Bealer (part 5): "Everyone gathered around outside the camp office, where Skip and Mr. Potts were waiting. My Potts welcomed all of the former campers, then announced the beginning of a hike. Most of them, Daria included, seemed less than thrilled at the idea but Skip quickly bullied them into it."

  • Cancerous Like Me, by Lady Evil (part 3): "The next night, the Morgendorfer Family was having dinner together. “'So, I know Tom was just being nice to Sandi,' said Quinn as she recounted yesterday's trip to the hospital. 'But the way Sandi smiled at him and called him wonderful was just...ew!' She shuddered theatrically. "

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 21): "The throw was very fast and angled. Daniel was too tired to dodge the football and surely couldn't punch it. He'd break a couple of finger at least! The only option was to block it."

  • The Eternal Cynic, by EntrancedCat (COMPLETE!): "'My Queen, Daria,' Sandyss leaned over the Queen's bed and gently shook her. 'Time to like rise and shine and face the new day.' Queen Daria groaned, stretched, sat up in bed and yawned. She waved aside the glass of cold water and the coof-derivative pills which Sandyss offered."

  • Mad Cow Killer, A Life After Thirty Halloween Special, by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Chad and Sandi are asleep in Chad's bed. While the sheets prevent us from seeing anything R-rated we can tell that they are both naked. Chad wakes up, turns over and stares at Sandi. Sandi starts to wake up." (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6)

Sunday, October 13, 2019


Jane seems to doubt that today is International Skeptics Day, which is perfect! That's the spirit, Jane!

Also on this day in 1999, the Paperpusher's Message Board (PPMB) was founded. Or somewhere around that date, anyway. The archaeological records from that distant era are sketchy at best, apparently.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Which Came First?

I gotta give full credit to Joey for giving it his all for World Egg Day, but I think a trip to the grocery store would have been more than sufficient. Anything to impress Quinn, I guess.

Today is also National Sausage Pizza Day, so you'll probably find Daria and Jane at Pizza Prince in their usual spot. Of course, nonconformists that they are, I bet they ordered pepperoni today. Such rebels!

Fanfic Update!
  • Aunt Infinitum, by Kristen Bealer (parts 3 and 4): "'Hey, Daria, did you see Skip trip over that tree branch?' Amy asked during another of the camp's many nature hikes. 'He landed flat on his face. What a gas.'" (Part 4)

  • Daria: Inverted (Twisted Tales from the Dariaverse), by Peridaniel (COMPLETE!): "Jane walked to the Morgendorffer household on her way to school, waiting in front of the door for her best friend to join her."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 13): "Farrah Dagworth looked at the pamphlet again and scowled. She'd found it in the hall bathroom at Daria's house and she might have left it alone except that it was one of several identical pamphlets lying on the floor all issued by someplace called the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

  • Daria's Great Adventure, by dmsfanman (part 30): "Daria waited patiently as Darren and Anton brought the Explorer close to the derelict ship. It at least felt like it took as long to move the past 1,000 m (3300 ft) as it did to get to Uranus from Mars."

  • Mad Cow Killer, A Life After Thirty Halloween Special, by WildDogJJ (parts 1 and 2): "We first see a teenage couple making out in a convertible with the top down. The midnight hour approaches Now we see a man in a cow costume walk towards the car, wielding a butcher knife. The killing chill takes over him" (Part 2)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Moth to a Flame!

Trent is featured here as the firefighter least likely to inspire confidence on Fire Prevention Day, but at least he's awake this time. Chances are he's here to put out a fire at his own house if anyone forgot that rule about not building a fire in the rooms that don't have fireplaces.

Also on this day in 1998, Daria was named a "toon diva" in Entertainment Weekly. I think that's the first and only time Daria was referred to as any kind of diva.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Follicle-Free, Anyway!

Everyone's favorite criminale is celebrating his jailbreak, which is appropriate because today is Bald and Free Day and he happens to be both! As well as a few other adjectives I could mention, but I'll let him off easy today.

Today is also the anniversary of the Broadway debut of the musical Cats on this day in 1982. Jake is probably still grumbling that he "could write songs for cats!" And, yes, I'm sure he could also write songs for dogs.

Fanfic Update!
  • Aunt Infinitum, by Kristen Bealer (parts 1 and 2): "'Good Lord, Rita, you can't possibly go out looking like that!' 'And why not?' Rita put a hand on her hip and struck a saucy pose, at which point the barely-there spaghetti straps holding up her low-cut top threatened to slide off her shoulders. 'Because you look like a...a...tramp!'" (Part 2)

  • Cancerous Like Me, by Lady Evil (part 2): "'Wow, you were right.' Jane said, looking at the candies scattered over the Pizza King table. 'There really are more ZooZoo Drops in a box than Juicy Joes.'"

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 20): "The following day, a mona lisa smile was printed on Daniel's face. Granted, he had never been a person, he usually avoided a party like this one ... but after months of confinement, this opportunity was really a breath of fresh air."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 12): "Two weeks after Daria's birthday, Jake and Helen finally found a renter for their old house on Whirlwind Drive. The house had sat empty since the previous renters did a midnight flit after falling behind in their rent for a couple of months, then selling their refrigerator and dishwasher before they disappeared."

  • Lawndale High: The Next Generation - season 1, by Peridaniel (part 4): " Welcome back to Lawndale, Stacy Rowe! The message was written in blue on a yellow banner and being hung across the main hallway of the school as the kids walked under it."

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Kevin Thompson's Got to Go!

The Lawndale High faculty doesn't seem impressed by World Teachers' Day, but they'd probably be a lot more enthusiastic if they could earn a decent wage for once. Or if they didn't have to deal with Kevin. Either one would be reward enough.

Also on this day in 1998, Michelle Klein-Häss published her essay, "Morons in the Control Room." It was a call to action against the technical glitches in the Daria broadcasts in 1998. Check it out for a glimpse of fandom in the early days!

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

I Sense a Violent Game of Tug of War Coming On

It looks like Jane and Daria are about to have a disagreement about which one of them gets custody of Tom for National Boyfriends Day, but if it were up to me I'd say forget it and go have pizza together. Sisters before misters, amirite?

On the other hand, they're still probably having a better time than Quinn and Sandi, who are celebrating Mean Girls Day. Of course, as far as Sandi is concerned, that's every day.

Fanfic Update!
  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (parts 18 and 19): "Later, that day, Daniel and Brittany were standing in line in the cafeteria. 'Ugh! I hate it when the trays are wet.' She said. 'That which does not kill us makes us stronger.'" (Part 19)

  • Erin Chambers, by OzFerret (part 29): "No one was waiting for her in the office. Erin had not expected it. When she found the building's foyer empty, she was a little surprised. When none of her friends were waiting on the side-walk she was disappointed but she headed towards their usual coffee shop."

  • From Champ To Chump (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Lauren was angrily ringing the bell and pounding on the front door. Ultra immediately answered. 'Hey, babe,' he said with a goofy smile, 'What's up?'"

  • Shameless Self Insert Into Daria, by James the Lesser (part 5): "Daria, Jane, and Adrian are bored listening to the economics teacher, Mrs. Bennet talk. 'Can anyone give me an example of this kind of flow?' Someone raises their hand. 'The mall?'"

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Now She's in the Old-Fashioned Club

Time was not kind to Quinn, who's here to celebrate International Day of Older Persons. I'm sure Sandi would gloat, but there's little reason to think she looks any better at this age. Or, if she does, I suspect Dr. Shar had something to do with it.

Today is also National Homemade Cookies Day, so join Helen and Rita in picking which tube to slice and bake. Daria will be waiting outside your door with a plate of heart-shaped cookies and a super-creepy grin.

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