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Schrodinger's Heroes  is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions.  Browse the menu post for background on the show and its characters.  This description of a cartoon is an example of  the fan content.

"Black and Blue in Waxahachie"

This cartoon riffs on the tendency of Pat to get pulled over for "driving while black," and points out that racism can have unfortunate consequences for the oppressor. It was originally released in individual 3-frame strips on four sequential days.

Frame 1:  Pat is driving down the road in his very nice car, talking to Ash on his cell phone. Ash: "Pat, Chris just lost contact with the gooney bird." Pat: "Okay, Ash, I'll watch for the signal on my screen."
Frame 2:  Police car appears in Pat's rearview mirror, lights flashing and siren wailing. Pat: "Ash, I'm being pulled over." Ash: "For what?" Pat: "Probably DWB again."
Frame 3:  Policeman leans against Pat's window, saying: "I need to see your driver's license." Pat, keeping both hands on the steering wheel: "It's clipped to the sun visor for your convenience, officer."

Frame 4:  Policeman: "This is a mighty nice car." Pat: "Thanks, my bank thought so too when I asked for a 2-year payment plan."
Frame 5:  Policeman: "You've got a lot of extra gear on that dashboard, boy." Pat: "It's all work-related." A light flashes on a small screen. "Could we take this discussion to the station?" Policeman: "No."
Frame 6:   Pat's cell phone goes straight to speaker mode: "Pat, this is Ash, get a move on. The gooney bird is right behind you."

Frame 7:  Policeman grabs Pat's phone and hangs up. Pat: "I respectfully suggest we move to a safer location because of--"
Frame 8:   The police car is reduced to a flat pancake of metal, the upper part of the image filled by the sound effect *GRONCH*
Frame 9:   Pat: "--the invisible spaceship we've been tracking." Pat's dashboard is now all lit up with blinking lights and a targeting ring on the small screen.

Frame 10:  Policeman stands over flattened car, freaking out. Caption: "Texas police are not noted for their flexible grasp of reality."
Frame 11:  Pat pushes a button on his dashboard. The invisible spaceship is visibly outlined in waves of light. Pat speaks into his cell phone: "Ash, this is Pat. The gooney bird is banded. Please have Chris do the netting. I need to pick up a hitchhiker."
Frame 12:  Pat and the policeman are driving down the road in Pat's car. The policeman is scrunched down in the seat, clutching the safety belt like a life preserver. Pat: "I'll just drop you off at your station." Policeman: *whimper* "Why isn't the army handling this?" Pat: "After what happened the first time, they're scared to come near our compound."

* * *

Note: "Gooney bird" is Ash's code name for the invisible spaceship. Elsewhere the name may refer to an albatross or a C-47 Skytrain warplane. It is also applied to the civilian version of the C-47, the Douglas DC-3 airliner.

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Date: 2011-11-07 09:57 am (UTC)
sylvaine: Dark-haired person with black eyes & white pupils. (Default)
From: [personal profile] sylvaine
I love the last line! :D

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Date: 2011-11-07 03:19 pm (UTC)
magibrain: A radiation symbol. It appears to be a little bit on fire. (Default)
From: [personal profile] magibrain
["Texas police are not noted for their flexible grasp of reality."}


Also, I love Pat's longsuffering calm.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2011-11-07 08:32 pm (UTC)
magibrain: "Did they have morality majors at your school?" "No." (Don't ask me; I was not a morality major)
From: [personal profile] magibrain
[One trick the police sometimes pull is shooting any black person who doesn't have both hands in view. Storing the driver's license in plain sight means the driver can keep both hands on the wheel, and hopefully alive. ]

Guah. I'm lucky enough to live in a part of the country where I don't run into this sort of thing, although I did have the... interesting... experience of being in the car when a friend of mine was pulled over, and she got the "Can your friend speak English?" thing. (After a while the officer came around to talk to me, asked me where I'd grown up – Lincoln, Nebraska – and what I was doing – attending the University, with at that time a triple major in Linguistics, Russian, and Computer Science. He got a very interesting expression on his face and stopped asking me questions, at that point.)

Go Pat. More power to him.

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Date: 2011-11-07 08:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com


Date: 2011-11-07 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
Every time I see a police car now, I think: GRONCH.

I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2011-11-07 09:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com
Now I will, too. :-D

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Date: 2011-11-07 01:12 pm (UTC)
ext_74: Baron Samadai in cat form (LOLcat)
From: [identity profile] siliconshaman.livejournal.com
I admit, I laughed hard enough to scare the cats!


Date: 2011-11-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
That's good to hear.

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Date: 2011-11-07 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drewkitty.livejournal.com
. . .

[This LOL has been redacted to comply with applicable policies, regulations and/or laws pertaining to the protection of [redacted]."

Thank you!

Date: 2011-11-07 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked this.

Gooney Bird

Date: 2011-11-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msminlr.livejournal.com
Wikipedia is short a definition.

The "Gooney Bird" tag is also applied to the civilian version of the C-47, the Douglas DC-3 airliner.

Re: Gooney Bird

Date: 2011-11-07 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'll add that. I've also heard it used in cartoons and speculative fiction for a random birdlike creature, but couldn't find a reference for that.

Had to stop laughing long enough to type!

Date: 2014-04-13 02:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
This really comes off as absurdly funny. My only quibble is the DWB stop at all, because it leaves me wondering what Pat's NEXT interaction with the officer was like.

HMM? (She murmurs hopefully...)

Thanks for a fun read!


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