These lines are all nabbed from “Gracie’s Vegetarian Plot.” Not gonna adapt the whole thing, so I highly recommend the original.
Rowan in Real Life
Rowan: Okay, first, that’s not what “mystic” means.
Rowan: So you’re just ignoring the fact that at least three species of puffball are entirely female?
Dude: And what if I am?
Rowan: “Homeopathic potions” aren’t potions! They’re literally just water!
Dude: People who have no risk of starving to death won’t be motivated to work!
Rowan: There are literally whole economies that prove you wrong.
Rowan on Grassie
Grassie: You know, Hedge, we could never afford to eat cash like the elephants do.
Hedge: Eat cash?
Grassie: Oh yes, it was on the sign at the exhibit. “Do Not Feed Elephants Peanuts. 10 Crowns Fine.”
Grassie: That’s not true, about carrots helping you see in the dark. I took one down to the basement, and until I lit a candle I couldn’t even see the carrot.
Blan: Grassie, I can’t believe you booked the author to visit here. We’ll get to meet her in the flesh!
Grassie: Oh, no, Blan, I think we better put clothes on. We might catch cold.
Rowan: Look, being wrong is cute when she does it!
Well, good to see Violet found someone randy…
So question, has anyone ever decided to give Rowan a dressing down/tough love for how he’s constantly acting like this? Failing that, has anyone ever slugged him?
Totally get your point. Have to admit, bowever, that in the 4th panel he responded with more “restraint” than I may have been able to. (Which is why I avoid socioeconomic discussions most times. I suck poopie at keeping my cool! NOT the way to serve my causes!)
And, good to “see” you again, Flyboy! How’s Basic been?
*Nervous laughter for a few seconds*
In all seriousness, I actually found that while the mental obstacles were easier to handle than I was told, the physical difficulties were what nearly demolished me. Having said that, you’d be AMAZED at how some recruits act despite joining the Marine Corps. After tomorrow though, I’ll be at combat training for a month, and then I’ll finally have my laptop back and will be at my MOS school. You’ll all be pleased to know that the US military has a high geek population, primarily for shonen series.
Wait, what is that “entirely female” bit? Is that someone who’s anti-gay opinions includes animals?
In this universe…probably just someone with misinformed opinions about biology.
Also, Grassie’s misunderstandings and whatnot mostly seem to be based on wordplay and general ditziness, while the ones that Rowan gets mad at are like – things that can actually hurt other people at worst and gross misunderstandings of some common knowledge at best.
I’m not even sure this is in the same ballpark, really. Especially because a lack of important information has put Rowan in danger before. (see – not knowing about the evacuation of the town and getting hit by the whispers.)
Homeopathic medicine is plant medicine and it’s what they used before western medicine. Aspirin is made from a chemical in tree bark. Homeopathy and natural medicine are just as valid as Western medicine.
No. Plant medicine is plant medicine; homeopathy is homeopathy. Plant medicine, by and large, doesn’t work, but some of it does, although generally not as well as “Western medicine,” the product of repeated testing and refinement. Homeopathy is something specific that is Western, modern, and never anything but a placebo.
Specifically, homeopathy is the invention of an eighteenth-century German named Samuel Hahnemann, based on notions from ancient Greek medicine that anthropologists call “sympathetic magic.΅ He would give small doses of poisons that mimicked the symptoms his patients presented with, and due to the placebo effect, this would work, and the less poison he gave them, the better it would work. Even in his day, others balked, so he did placebo-controlled trials, and they seemed to work, but they were single-blind (i.e., he knew what he was giving). As it became clear that less of the substance was found in most preparations that would be found in the water by pure chance (in many cases, if the water were pure, not a single molecule), proponents decided that Hahnemann’s method of mixing thoroughly, beating the water against a hard surface, was what was really doing the work, giving the water a “memory” of the toxin that made it a good antidote. This doesn’t stand up to experiment, and if it did, it would essentially be Maxwell’s demon.
Plant medicine is also product of repeated testing and refinement, and also breeding. We only think it’s less effective because western medicine stole all good bits from it. Poppy, for example, was used since ancient times as an analgesic … until western medicine came, created opium, heroin and morphine, then synthetic morphine and then deliberately lowered opiate content in most cultivated plants.
Meanwhile, homeopathy is only placebo effect.
It cracks me up that we’re having exactly the kind of discussion here that Rowan would have
And for good measure…
Grassie’s jokes come from a perfectly logical reasoning either based on innocent errors or put to the service of very bizarre goals.