Suzie Sterling lives in a strange and beautiful place, and because of her magical grandpa she has to balance between school and the world of the supernatural. [RATED YA FOR MILD LANGUAGE AND SOME HORROR ELEMENTS]
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Chapter 10: Very Superstitious - Page 22

27th Oct 2021, 10:01 AM


Chapter 10: Very Superstitious - Page 22

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JitterbugJive

JitterbugJive 27th Oct 2021, 10:01 AM
Hair color lore of this universe returns!

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Lavender-Tea-Dragon
27th Oct 2021, 10:03 AM
Lavender-Tea-Dragon
Iguchchgcgx that latte art is so cute-
27th Oct 2021, 11:29 AM
PurpleTail
Now i wonder what happened to his eye? He possibly lost it by bad luck too for all we know as of now.
29th Oct 2021, 9:25 AM
shavacadoian
I'd like to imagine he didn't actually lose it, and just likes wearing the eyepatch
JitterbugJive
29th Oct 2021, 9:52 AM
JitterbugJive
Haha, that's a fun thought, who knows? We're not even sure yet if he's even human.
27th Oct 2021, 3:17 PM
someone
I'm not surprised that having a normal hair color is considered bad luck in that setting. :p
JitterbugJive
27th Oct 2021, 3:46 PM
JitterbugJive
In this world, black hair is super rare. Even races that have black hair in our own world have just darker colors instead. And because black hair often comes with magical sensitivity or power, a lot of strange things can happen around someone with black hair.
KarToon12
28th Oct 2021, 2:55 PM
KarToon12
I gotta' know the finger story now.
JitterbugJive
28th Oct 2021, 3:32 PM
JitterbugJive
Basically a work accident because proper safety protocols weren't in place.
It's actually based on my uncle who is missing the same finger from a work accident in a warehouse. He can't give a peace sign with that hand any more because he'd just look like he's flipping people off.
28th Oct 2021, 8:17 PM
Kree
Murphy's Law is often incredibly misquoted, to the point that even the Wikipedia page seems to heavily misquote it (although, not the History section of the article on Edward Murphy himself, oddly enough). The phrase "anything that can go wrong will go wrong" is way too generic, and is basically a clone of Finagle's Law.

Edward Murphy was an aerospace engineer who, to condense a long story short, had an issue where sensors with two pins were accidentally connected incorrectly in reverse, thus causing no data to be recorded by the miswired sensors during a crucial test. Talking about his assistant, he said: "If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will."

The essential sentiment of Murphy's Law, when it's not being reduced to a form of Finagle's Law, is that if there is more than one way to do something, someone is bound to do it the wrong way. So ideally, one should strive to account for all possibilities and remove any wrong configurations from ever being possible in the first place.

E.g. If a 2-pin connector is broken when wired in reverse, add a third guide (or ground) pin so that the connectors physically cannot connect together the wrong way around.

Admittedly, this more optimistic take on the adage might be more attributable to Dr John Stapp, but from what I can tell even Murphy wasn't as pessimistic as the pop version of the adage. To quote the Wikipedia article about him:
Murphy himself was reportedly unhappy with the commonplace interpretation of his law, which is seen as capturing the essential "cussedness" of inanimate objects. Murphy regarded the law as crystallizing a key principle of defensive design, in which one should always assume worst-case scenarios. Murphy was said by his son to have regarded the many jocular versions of the law as "ridiculous, trivial and erroneous".

Sorry for the long gushing of words… it just really bugs me when a neat story about engineering issues is so often boiled down to a generic adage about bad stuff always happening.
JitterbugJive
28th Oct 2021, 8:33 PM
JitterbugJive
Interesting. Suzie would probably know that later on, but for now she's just a kid who's using what most people know it as right now, and plus from a writing perspective since most people are way less likely to know Finagle's Law and Finagle would be a strange name for a character. And for certain reasons it's important that his name is associated commonly with bad luck.
But I know how you feel about the matter, I personally get annoyed when people say "survival of the fittest" when it's supposed to be "survival of the fit"
29th Oct 2021, 12:54 PM
someone
Also, the definition of "fit" in that context is not exactly what people think it is. What matters for Darwinian natural selection is the ability to successfully produce offspring that will also successfully produce offspring. No more, no less. Oh, and when talking about "the fittest", the fittest what, exactly? If you answer "individual", you're wrong. The correct answer is "gene". See, as many animal species have discovered, survival of the parents is not necessarily required for survival of their genes...
4th Feb 2022, 9:52 AM
OreoDeCookieBoi
wait, is that disney reference to the Show Milo's Murphy's Law?!
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 9:58 AM
JitterbugJive
Nah, it's just Murphy's Law in general - though as another commenter has stated, Murphy's Law is not really what people think it is, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong", but it's the most common thing people think of when they hear it.
4th Feb 2022, 10:04 AM
OreoDeCookieBoi
I see, also, Is the Carnival based off that extremely scary Haunted Mansion that pops up randomly?
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 10:08 AM
JitterbugJive
It's kinda based on a lot of things, the carnival form Pinocchio and the Emperor of Night, the songs "Something Wicked That Way Went", "The Greatest Show Unearthed", and there's quite a few other things that reference haunted carnivals. It's a very popular aesthetic.
4th Feb 2022, 10:08 AM
OreoDeCookieBoi
what about "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?"
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 10:17 AM
JitterbugJive
I never actually watched that series but there was a Goosebumps book about a spooky carnival
4th Feb 2022, 10:09 AM
OreoDeCookieBoi
Also we should do some sort of muse type rp!
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 10:16 AM
JitterbugJive
Sorry I'm pretty picky about my RP partners, I do very detailed paragraphs long RP and I dont get a lot of time to really do it because I'm so busy with work.

An example of how I RP:

"This is going to be more tricky but we have to herd them in to the circle they made, once that's done I can replace it with my own circle to send them wherever it is bad souls go...!" He looked pumped and ready for this, picking up some of the bowls. He grinned at the man, "Don't forget how important it is to believe in yourself, that's your greatest weapon. Watch." He stood in front of the door, "SO! You thought I'd forgotten I kicked this door off its hinges, huh? That we were just going to open it right up so you could yank us down the stairs? You know what's dumber than a cultist? A cult!!!" He spun his golf club and then swung it at the door. The club broke through the door, and the door then rotted and decomposed from the breaking point until it was nothing but a pile of dirt on the floor. The presence within quickly seemed to retreat back down in to the depths of the basement.
Coach blinked, wrinkling his nose a little, "... Dirt...? Usually I get something like glitter or confetti..." He looked at his golf club, "... You feeling alright there buddy..?"


I have to know someone for a good while to RP with them, and again you'd need to be older because people will definitely get on my butt if I RP with a minor, even if it's age appropriate.
4th Feb 2022, 12:40 PM
OreoDeCookieBoi
You realise we were roleplaying when you were being Ahbi, right?
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 1:06 PM
JitterbugJive
Not entirely, it was just me stating what Ahbi would do, not as playing the character.
4th Feb 2022, 12:42 PM
OreoDeCookieBoi
I understand, I'll be thirteen in may, so I'll just wait till then. and I'll just stick to trying my best to roleplay without you noticing...
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 2:42 PM
JitterbugJive
I'm really sorry, that still wouldn't work, you need to understand I'm 20 years older than you, and I have stalkers who go after people who associate with me and would lose their minds over the very idea of me RPing with a minor, and just in general you really need to be careful about strangers on the internet. I don't befriend or RP with anyone younger than 18. I hope you can find people around your age who you could have fun RPs with though.
5th Feb 2022, 2:29 PM
OreoDeCookieBoi
Alright, I understnad Completely!



What?
4th Feb 2022, 12:49 PM
OreoDeCookieBoi
(is this canon, should I keep this in mind for future chapters?)
JitterbugJive
4th Feb 2022, 1:07 PM
JitterbugJive
And yes this scene I posted is canon to Coach's history but it won't really show up in the story itself, it'd just be talked about at most as something in the past. This was more around when he was first learning how to deal with otherworldly stuff.