Context: Me, an Aasimar cleric and an orc Barbarian and resting in a cabin we stumbled across in the woods. The cabin was empty but all the lights were on so naturally I’m paranoid as hell.
DM: Okay so as you two are sat at the table you hear a rustling at the door and a cold breeze sweeps in and blows out all the lights.
Me: I KNEW IT WAS A TRAP. I leap out my seat and cast light which would fill this whole cabin with light.
DM: … okay well there was going to be a shadow assassin but he can only move in shadows so I guess that’s not happen now. Good job.
Orc: okay so all I see Alaria (me) leap out her chair, scream and make her weapon glow… I think I’m just going to keep drinking.
TIL a meteor reportedly fell right on the battlefield during a war between Pontus and Rome. According to Plutarch, the sky suddenly split apart and a large silvery-hot meteor resembling a giant hogshead bombarded the ground between the armies. Both forces promptly withdrew to fight another day.
Iroh: so Toph, what are your goals in life?
Toph: I’ve been banned from every major city’s transportation system except Omashu
Toph: I don’t know what their limit is but I will fucking find it
King Boomie, having exactly zero limits:
Unstoppable object meets immovable force
[Toph eventually slips up and is captured by the city guard force. Instead of being imprisoned or exiled, Toph finds herself being given audience with the King of Omashu.]
Bumi: Well, well, well. It seems I have finally met the troublemaker who has been causing such chaos with my rail systems.
Bumi: I must say, I am thoroughly impressed with your earthbending abilities. You remind me of myself when I was a lad.
Toph: Get to the point.
Bumi: I see great potential in you, Toph Beifong. I want you inherit my title once I am no longer fit to rule.
Toph: Wait what the fuck
Why wasn’t this Toph’s future instead of becoming a freaking cop. This would have made so much more sense.
My favorite part of this is “when I am no longer fit to rule” because
1. Implying Bumi was fit to rule at any point
1.1 except maybe in the sense that he was completely shredded
2. That he has no plans to die, (nor would death necessarily make him unfit to rule), but that he apparently intends to like. Tuck his arms and legs into himself and just roll off into the sunset.
3. Given that the Earth Kingdom has an actual ruling family that causes some drama in LoK, Toph continuing to cause monarchy confusion is both 100% in character and fucking hilarious.
Toph takes over as King Bumi the second and everyone is like “no that’s not how inheriting works” and Bumi is like “No no she’s right, I did say “inherit my title!”
When toph is no longer fit to rule, she instills bumi (Aang’s son) as her heir and he is known as bumi 3.
“We’re fixing up this spaceship that belongs to our new friend Meap.”
“Meap, he’s the most adorable thing in the world.”
“Really? Are you sure there’s nothing, or no one that’s more adorable?“
“No, not a chance.”
“Okay. I jury-rigged Ferb’s old GPS device, to create a cute tracker.”
“It locks on to the cutest thing in the area,”
“so it should lead us right to Meap.”
“Let’s see if we can get a signal.“
“Oh, that’s probably me. Sorry.”
“No. It’s three miles in that direction.”
“Isabella, want to come with me and help me find Meap?“
“I still haven’t gotten my”
“‘you wouldn’t know cute if it bit your legs off’“
“Hmm, I’m having trouble picking up his cute signal.”
“Phineas, since you obviously won’t figure this out on your own,“
“I think I’m the one causing the cute interference.“
“Don’t be silly Isabella.”
“I took into account your cuteness, and adjusted the cute-meter settings accordingly from the beginning.”
“See, look what happens when I change it back to normal.”
Bonus Depiction Of Me Right Now:
Part 5 (from a different episode)
“So, do I know romance or what?”
“I said, do I know romance or-”
“I heard you.”
Part 6 (this time with Candace)
“So that’s Uncle Phineas and Ferb as kids?“
“And that girl looks like Aunt Isabella.“
“Did you hear that? Aunt Isabella!”
“That means I’m gonna marry Phineas!”
We didn’t deserve this show
Local kids brutally murder a girl they know
what is funny about ad Reinhardt and yves Klein? i want to be let in on the joke
so yves klein was a color field painter, also known as those guys who just paint a canvas blue, all blue, all the same color of blue, and sell it for a shitton of money. actually when it came to blue, yves klein was kind of The Guy.
but back before all the fame and the blue, he made “yves peintures,” which was a catalog of his monochromes, pictured here:
the joke is that it’s bullshit! it’s just squares of construction paper glued on the page with little titles written below them. even the preface isn’t a preface – it’s just horizontal lines that he had a buddy of his sign with his name. one time yves klein and his art pals all hyped up a big big gallery show that he was opening. a solo exhibition! very exciting! all the critics and fancy motherfuckers showed up – three thousand people came. with great drama, they were led into a completely empty gallery. “welcome,” yves klein said. “I call it THE SPECIALIZATION OF SENSIBILITY IN THE RAW MATERIAL STAT INTO STABILIZED PICTORIAL SENSIBILITY, LE VIDE (THE VOID).” he was, in every way, a total fucker who loved bright colors and pranking the art world.
meanwhile, ad reinhardt – what’s ad reinhardt’s gig?
ad reinhardt’s gig is BLACK
more specifically, black-on-black grids of very slightly varying shades of black, applied in a very matte, powdery way that left the paintings with almost no sheen. it’s a pretty cool effect in person (if vantablack 2.0 had been a thing in the 50s, ad reinhardt would have busted a nut)
unfortunately, the way he did the paint makes the paintings incredibly difficult to maintain. if you touch one, the oils on your hands will immediately stain the painting, and it can’t be cleaned or repaired.
“no prob, bob,” ad reinhardt said to the flustered museum curators and collectors. “if you mess it up i’ll just replace it.”
“but what about our original ad reinhardt!” said the curators and collectors
“yeah i’ll replace it,” ad reinhardt said, “with the same original painting but not fucked up.” this caused some consternation
incidentally, he also made this small comic, which never fails to tickle me:
YOU, SIR, ARE A SPACE TOO!
one of my real favorite artworks in this vein is by robert rauschenberg, and i’m going to include the story of it because it makes me very happy. rauschenberg was an insane post-modernist – one of his most famous pieces includes a taxidermy goat with paint thrown all over it and a car tire around its neck, that kind of thing – and i love his piece titled “erased de kooning drawing”
so willem de kooning was the husband of elaine de kooning, who painted sick abstract expressionist portraits and was slamming hot
willem was also an artist, and kind of a big deal in his own right, and friends with rauschenberg
one day rauschenberg calls him up like “hey i have an idea for a collaboration between us two art bastards. i need you to do me a drawing, in pencil”
and willem said “why”
and rauschenberg said “wouldn’t you like to know”
and willem said “why”
and rauschenberg said “because i’m gay, give it”
and willem said “that’s not a reason”
and rauschenberg said “fine, i wanna make a commentary on the value of art even after it’s destroyed and palimpsests and ephemerality and shit i guess, so i need a drawing by a famous dude to erase, and you’re famous”
willem de kooning said “okay” and proceeded to find the wettest, most difficult to erase grease pencil in his studio, which he then used to make several drawings until he came up with one he liked and sent it to rauschenberg
and to his credit, rauschenberg erased that motherfucker. he put in the effort. in a spectacular show of spite countering spite, he very nearly got rid of it all. look at this shit:
if that almost-blank piece of paper isn’t a work of art, i don’t know what is
how dare you hide this in the tags
I’ve seen ppl say that katara ending up with aang over zuko is unrealistic wish-fulfillment on the part of the writers who wanted the beautiful heroine to end up with the loser nerd instead of the hot older guy, but the funniest thing about that claim is that aang is 100% the Cool Kid, and zuko is, without a shadow of a doubt, a loser nerd.
When ants die, a few days later they emit oleic acid, which tells the living ants to dispose of their corpse.
A myrmecologist named Ed Wilson discovered this and dropped the chemical on a living ant. It was immediately carried off, despite the fact that it was still moving, and clearly not dead.
“I’M GETTING BETTER”
Bring out your dead. Eh, close enough.
IM NOT YET DEAD SIR
You left out the part where the ant, believing HERSELF to be dead, stayed in self imposed exile in the ant graveyard until the acid wore off and she realized she was not supposed to be in the ant graveyard.
Ant 1: “we thought you were dead”
Broke: it doesn’t get better
telling teenagers it doesn’t get better is so cruel and irresponsible. you’re suppose to be the adult stop trying to get doomer cred and act like a sympathetic human being
Woke: it’s gets better if you put in the work to MAKE it better
ok but your brain finishes re-wiring itself and completes the adolescent maturation process at around age 27-30 so it literally does just get better
reaching thirty is like making it to a save point. it really does get better.
This is all the more important right now with the pandemic potentially wasting a big portion of many kids’ childhood and teenage years. They musn’t think this is it for them. Hell no.
And things aren’t set for you after 30. I was suffering miserably at 30. I’m 43 new, and have a new life and am the happiest I have ever ever been. It gets better. Yes, even for ADULTS, it can get better.
The difference is in HOW you react to getting the wrong thing. It doesn’t take much effort to just take a breath and politely ask for what you paid for.
Going out of your way to cause a scene and acting all arrogant and entitled over any tiny thing that’s easily fixed? Thats a Karen.
Just because someone is providing you a service doesn’t mean you need to accept whatever you’re given.
This whole “Don’t be a Karen thing” has gotten annoying, to the point where I’m overhearing people being shamed because they dared to ask for what they paid for and that’s “being a Karen.”
If your food is wrong and you ask politely for your correct order that is not being a Karen.
If you don’t like the color on your nails after your nail tech does one finger and you ask politely for a different one that is not being a Karen.
If you order something online and it’s damaged and you politely ask customer service for a refund that is not being a Karen.
If you hire a contractor and he did bad work so you ask him politely to fix it that’s not being a Karen.
Like what is it with people thinking that the only way to be a good customer is to just smile and accept anything? It’s not. If you paid for something then you deserve what you paid for, nothing more and nothing less.
If you demand more, you’re an entitled Karen. If you accept anything and everything less because “it’s rude” to ask for what you paid for then you’re a doormat Susan.
Also, I’m just going to throw out there that when it come to disabled people getting medical help from bureaucratic institutions, sometimes you have to break down crying or pull the whole “how is this considered acceptable?” schtick on the phone, because it’s literally the only way to get anybody to deal with your problem. I hate it, but there are disabled people who would actually be dead right now if they hadn’t cried or yelled while talking to an hospital system, referral team, insurance company, etc., and I don’t think that should fall into “Karen” territory, because like… a disabled person does this to have quality of life. A “Karen” does it to get a free Strawberry Daiquiri at TGI Friday’s.
it is pretty annoying how the fandom erases shaggys flaws to make him into a uwu precious scoobie snack babie…like hes a coward that when push comes to shove isnt there to help out his friends lmao
alright, lemme school your dumbass because obviously you’ve never watched scooby doo before
shaggy rogers is a hero
yes, he canonically has anxiety issues, but when it comes down to it, he is there for his friends no matter how scared he is. he cares very deeply for his friends and he would absolutely not hesitate to put himself in danger to keep them safe
in ‘music of the vampire’ when the vampire threatens his friends, shaggy’s first response is to grab a bunch of wooden stakes to attack the vampire with
later in this same movie when he (albeit falsely) believes he’s fallen victim to the vampire curse, he runs away and gets as far away from his friends as possible so there would be no chance of him harming them or inflicting the curse on them as well
and in ‘camp scare’ when the fish monster they’re dealing with hurts scooby, shaggy’s first response was to shatter a two-by-four across its face. watch it go down here, skip to about 1:30
during the climax of ‘legend of the phantosaur’ after struggling with his anxiety for the whole movie, shaggy overcomes it for the sake of saving the lives of his friends and the villains who put them in danger in the first place
in ‘ghoul school’, without any help from fred, daphne, or velma, shaggy saves the lives of several monster kids, and in ‘reluctant werewolf’ when he’s cursed to become a werewolf, he wins back his humanity in just under two days, again without help from fred, daphne, or velma
hell, the whole plot of ‘goblin king’ was about shaggy and scooby travelling into the realm of monsters, the very things he’s afraid of mos, so he can save his friends from being turned into monsters themselves. and he does save them
and those are just the examples i could think of off the top of my head!
shaggy is as essential to the gang as everyone else is. he’s the one who repeatedly throws himself headfirst into the path of the monster of the week to lead it into fred’s traps, despite his anxiety issues, because he’s the only one fast enough not to get caught. fun fact! he’s won multiple awards in high school for gymnastics and athletics. he isn’t just all about fear and food. he’s a friendly, caring person who would do anything for his friends, and on top of all this?
he’s only seventeen. of course he’s scared, he’s just a kid.
tl;dr, shaggy rogers is more than his anxiety
canonically, shaggy and scoob have dealt with more real monsters than the entire gang.
the mystery gang tends to unmask humans. The exceptions (authentic monsters, zombies, witches, ghosts, etc) are in certain movies. some of which (Zombie Island, the Witch’s Ghost) involve the full gang. Others (Ghoul School, Reluctant Werewolf, the Boo Brothers) have Shaggy and Scoob (and Scrappy) on their own adventures.
oh hey and in ghoul school, looking for some peace and quiet, they get hired as gym teachers at a school for girls, that turns out to be a school for ghouls. Despite being terrified,
they stay, become fantastic teachers, inspire their students and lead them to victory in the volleyball champion, and then risk their lives saving the students from an evil witch and spider minions.
oh and they befriend an adult mummy, vampire, wolfman, and phantom along the way
not to mention whenever they hang with the rest of the gang, they invariably get used trap bait against their expressed wishes. but still they stick around
oh, and despite their reluctance, scoob and shaggy regularly play some of the most vital roles in the gang’s adventures, to the point the movie posters regularly feature them as the most prominent members. the rest of the gang may provide the motivation, but shaggy and scooby are the lifeblood of the show:
conclusion: Shaggy Rogers and Scoobert Doo have enormous hearts that lead them to face their greatest fears on an almost daily basis for the sake of protecting those they care about.
PROTECT AND APPRECIATE SHAGGY ROGERS
Also, THEY ARE ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND LIKE CRAZY AND DOING SUPER DANGEROUS STUFF. THEY ARE BURNING MORE CALORIES THAN THEY HAVE IN THEIR BODIES. OF COURSE THEY’RE GONNA EAT LIKE CRAZY. IF THEY DON’T EAT CONSTANTLY THEY’LL DIE.
im currently kinning jared 19
Also the mystery machine was originally Shaggy’s but he gave it to Fred because he’s too anxious to drive more often than not. Miss me with this fake as shit about my favorite guy.
In this house, we stan Norville “Shaggy” Rogers.
Shaggy would be a great Green lantern
He actively supports his friends interests even if they are outside of his own and when presented with opportunities to call out one of his friends on their occasional b.s. he typically keeps his personal knowledge to himself because he cares about them and doesn’t want to cause them embarrassment. Per the comics his support is why the rest of the gang managed to be comfortable with themselves enough to follow their various quirky interests which is why Mystery Inc is able to exist in the first place.
There’s also the fact that while the show makes his fears comedic, they are in reality completely legitimate. Shaggy knows real dangerous monsters exist, he knows the supernatural is real, and he knows that people with or without masks can be dangerous. It is canon that he has been dealing with this stuff since he was at least a toddler.
Not only do villains constantly chase him and try to capture him, occasionally succeeding, they have also tried to shoot him, stab him, drown him, push him off of ledges, blow him up, run him over, suffocate him, freeze him to death, smash his skull in with blunt objects, burn him alive, seal him into a wall, run him off the road while driving, toss him out of planes while in flight, trapped him with large, hungry, predatory animals in hopes that the animal would kill and eat him, etc. and that’s just off the top of my head.
He has watched friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers be nearly killed and often was the one who jumped into the fray to keep that from happening. Despite Daphne often being referred to as a damsel in distress character and her alliterative Danger Prone Daphne nickname, if you watch the various series and movies, Shaggy is actually the most danger prone, most frequently captured, and also most often injured character in the series. Yes, he often jumps at things that end up being innocuous, but ptsd and anxiety are real things, and let’s be honest, if all of the above was my every day life, I’d be pretty darn jumpy too.
Shaggy is the voice of reason in the group. When the gang is inevitably informed that some giant beast in the area has been rampaging about causing destruction, and kidnapping and/or trying to murder people, he has every right to voice concern over intentionally going out to search for the thing, especially when he himself attracts that danger and the supernatural more than anyone else in the gang, including Scooby. If a pathway looks dangerous and he points it out, everyone else will roll their eyes and keep going and he’ll inevitably follow them and its his feet it ends up crumbling under. His completely valid concerns are constantly dismissed and he’s usually the one who ends up suffering the consequences for it.
And while I agree he would make a great green lantern, he was in canon a pretty awesome yellow lantern.
There have been many hints throughout the series that Shaggy actually obliviously wields magic and Scooby is his familiar, which was basically made canon in Goblin King and there was a gag about it in a Be Cool Scooby Doo episode. Read more about this
In the above comic, Shaggy manipulated the ring without even trying while Sinestro was both wearing it and actively trying to wield it, and then it flew off of Sinestro’s finger and onto Shaggy’s. As his familiar, Scooby is affected by the ring too. Sinestro freaks out about them having the ability to both cause and instill the greatest fear of all. There’s another team-up comic with Green Arrow and Green Lantern where Psycho Pirate shows up and uses his ability to cause the rest of the gang to feel sheer terror and flee, this has seemingly no affect on Shaggy and Scooby because that’s just their normal state.
The big takeaway here is that despite all of the perfectly legitimate reasons to be scared listed above, the yellow lantern comic suggests that the primary reason Shaggy is actually afraid is that he’s been taking his ability to cause and instill the greatest fear of all and subconsciously inflicting all of it on himself (and unwittingly on Scooby as well due to their connection). He has stated that his greatest dislike is being afraid, so he’s basically wielding the feeling he dislikes most in the world at epic proportions onto himself because he would never want anyone else to have to feel that way, all the while still managing to investigate spooky places, find clues, solve mysteries, be a good friend, act as bait, and throw himself into danger for the sake of others.
So yeah, Shaggy is a hero and his friends should give him all the hugs because he sure as heck deserves them.
I really want to contribute to this thread but all I can think of is Shaggy saving the wax voodoo dolls of Fred, Daphne, and Velma (although he and Scooby didn’t exactly recognize what they were at first) from being melted and/or used to injure or kill anyone and throwing the wax figures of the werecat trio into a fire to save the gang in ‘Scooby Doo on Zombie Island’
(just for some context bc it’s been a while since I watched zombie island)
Like, yes, Shaggy is controlling Daphne’s actions with the doll, but look at how gently he holds the figure. He treats it like his friend (and yes, it technically is) because he cares about the rest of the gang. This bit was mainly for comedic relief, but it also shows how serious this situation and the voodoo dolls actually were in the film.
And really, if you saw some Karen-Linda-intimidating-employer/CEO looking lady turn into this, wouldn’t you be at least a little unnerved?
Also: Shaggy has to have a lot of physical strength and endurance or just have a higher adrenaline output than most (via anxiety and ptsd due to being used as bait and all) to be able to run away as fast as he does. And nearly everyone who’s ever seen or heard of Scooby Doo knows that thing that Shaggy and Scooby do(o) — hehe — where Shaggy ends up holding Scooby when they get spooked or chased. Scoobert Doo is a Great Dane. Male Great Danes can be up to seven (7) feet tall on their hind legs, and on average, they weigh about 120-200 lbs (54-90 kg). That’s a big dog.
(just for reference)
And Shaggy will sprint with Scooby in his back in most (if not every) episode.
just to add on to this thread of amazing physical feats one norville “shaggy” rogers has accomplished:
he’s pushed a boat filled with the gang + madelyn + scooby across a lake, RUNNING ON WATER WHILE HE DOES SO (Abracadabra-Doo!)
and, if we estimate the dinghy at roughly 150-175 lbs (usually the weight for a boat this size that can easily fit 6 people), and Scooby at 200 lbs even (given that when he rode on the back of a mule alone, he caused it to collapse under his weight in SD & the Monster of Mexico), Shaggy is not only propelling himself fast enough to RUN ON WATER, he is also pushing the rough equivalent of 1000 pounds of weight across the water, at fast enough speeds to rival a motorboat
in SD Camp Scare, he also shook the metal bars of a prison cell so hard, that they broke apart and collapsed entirely, even though they were embedded in stone
and to those saying ‘well, he can’t repeat those feat bc those are oneoff deals’, oh shit you thought???
here are TWO separate occasions of Shaggy running UP rocks and LEAPING UP to different ones to escape a pit.
the first in Legend of the Phantasaur
the second in Where’s My Mummy
WHILE CARRYING SCOOBY IN HIS ARMS
THE BOY IS AMAZING AND WONDERFUL I WILL TAKE NO FURTHER OPINIONS AT THIS TIME
Theory: Shaggy is an anime protagonist that got stuck in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon universe.