290: Fucking Blue Shells
|Fucking Blue Shells|
Title text: You can evade blue shells in Double Dash, but it is deep magic.
Sometimes, something suddenly goes wrong and you can only shout obscenities at it. For instance, when the dog bites, when the bee stings, something unexpected happens, or a program crashes (e.g. a segfault) the victim often reacts by swearing.
For Randall, however, profanities are caused mostly by blue shells in the video game Mario Kart. The blue shells, when fired, target the player currently in first place and stop them cold. In a close game, a player can go from first to an unrecoverable last in one hit.
The title text refers to the "Double Dash" edition of Mario Kart. This includes a technique to avoid being hit by a blue shell, but it requires skillful timing to accomplish. The term "deep magic" is a reference to The Chronicles of Narnia, in which Aslan explains away a seeming miracle as such. Interestingly, with a boost mushroom in Mario Kart Wii, it is also possible (with accurate timing) to escape blue shells.
- My Profanity Usage By Cause:
- [Pie chart is shown.]
- [Injury is about 5% of pie chart.]
- [Irony is about 5% of pie chart.]
- [Misc is about 5% of pie chart.]
- [Segfaults is about 10% of pie chart.]
- [Mario Kart is about 75% of pie chart.]