The Scooby-Doo Theory

Lately there’s been a trend of people trying to come up with the “super” shared universe. People keep trying to connect as many franchises and stories as they can.

As the meme says: Hold my root beer.

If you’re looking to start your own shared universe theory, you can’t go wrong by starting with Scooby-Doo. The mystery solving canine has crossed over with just about everyone; he even showed up in an episode of Supernatural. And with the new Scooby-Doo and Guess Who series there are going to be a lot more crossovers.

Granted most of these crossovers involve Warner Brother properties, such as Batman, but that is why he is the starting point…or nexus. For instance, not only does Batman bring in the whole DC Universe, but Batman did team up with the Ninja Turtles, which starts another branch. Also, the Justice League has crossed over with characters like the Power Rangers (the Turtles have also crossover over the Power Rangers). Finally, DC has crossed paths with Marvel, so you can add all the crossovers Marvel has done–which includes the time Phineas and Ferb helped the Avengers. This is just for Batman; you can see how this tree quickly branches out.

Scooby-Doo has also teamed up with real people, so you can add times that celebrities have shown up in other shows as themselves, like The Simpsons.

I’m sure there are plenty of other connections, but that’s where you come in. Try your luck and see how far you can connect Scooby-Doo to other properties–leave your discoveries in the comments section.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Twitter Tale

*Cue spooky storytelling music*

A few days ago, I got on to Twitter to check my feed. One person I follow made jokes about the Area 51 Raid, like pretty much everyone is (including me), and I hit the like button on a couple of the posts.

About five minutes after doing this, Twitter locked my account. I then got the call for the activation code. The call went something like this, “Your activation code is: *static* 9 *static* 1 *static* 3.”

I hung up in order to try again. The same thing happened. I kept getting static but this time the call started adding letters; it said something like “Bravo *static* 9 *static* Linux…” I thought, “Since when did Twitter start doing letters?” The call then ended saying, “Call Failure.”

Since they said “Linux,” I thought it might be a tutorial on how to unlock your account if you use a Linux operating system. But…that still seemed odd.

I tried again and it just said, “Call Failure.” I went to another area because it must have been bad cell phone reception. One again, I got, “Your activation code is: 1 *static* 5 *static* Linux *static*” and then it went to call failure.

At this point, I jokingly thought, “What? Are the Area 51 aliens trying to contact me through Twitter? I guess  everyone does have a Twitter account now.”

Later that night, I saw a trailer for a movie about government stations that give out orders through numbers (the trailer called them “number stations”) and when the actress that played the operator spoke the numbers, it sounded similar to the calls I was getting. The voice on the activation call didn’t sound completely automated. It was like the actress in the trailer: live but trying to speak really clearly and almost robotic.

In all seriousness, it was probably bad cell reception or maybe “crossed wires.” Either way, a day later, I was able to get my account unlocked. I tried the call again and the activation code–with no letters–was just fine.

What about you. Do you think aliens (or possibly the government) were behind the calls or do you think that it was just bad cell reception? Have you ever gotten a Twitter activation code with letters? What do you think about the Area 51 Raid? Just a joke by someone in order to get likes or an attempt by Area 51 to dish out disinformation? Let me know in the comments section.

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Getting Creative | Stranger Things

The new season of Stranger Things (and the Upside-Down) is upon us. But, not everyone has Netflix. I watched the first two seasons and wanted to know what happened to the Hawkins crew, but I no longer have Netflix…so I had to get a little creative.

I came across Stranger Things 3: The Game via YouTube channels like Gamer’s Little Playground and RabidRetrospectGames. At first, I thought the game would be more spin-off or only focus on a piece of season 3. Nope, they did pretty much the whole thing. The game, as far as people say and what I’ve learned, follows the season like over 90 percent. The game even includes a pixelated version of the show’s post-credit scene.

The game itself seems to be about 7 to 8 hours long and is on PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC. A mobile version by BonusXP is also supposed to be available, but I could only find one that mentioned season 2. It might be in an update.

IGN also provided many looks into season 3. Including a review, ending explanation, post-credit scenes explanation, what happened to (spoilers) character, and theories for season 4.

If you tie the IGN videos to the game, you can get a much clearer picture of what happened in season 3. I highly suggest watching both because there are some cutscenes in the game that make no sense unless you watch the videos.

Thanks for reading! Until the next wormhole…bye!


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TextTales | Random

I was coming up with keywords for an upcoming blog post when I came up with “text tales” which of course made me start singing (to the DuckTales theme song):

Life is like a hurricane

Here on the Internet

Phishing, scams, and follows

It’s a meme blur.

Might make a video

Or finally hit trending

TextTales, whoo-hoo!

Everyday we’re out here making content, for you.

I blame my punny mood on the news about MAD Magazine no longer being on newsstands. They just had to mention “Weird Al” Yankovic.

What’s in a Name | Ponder This

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Have you noticed that digital content creators are now being called “influencers”? It seems like an odd word choice. What are they influencing?

In the case of ProJared and James Charles, I’m not sure that the influence is all that good.

The term keeps making me picture the Internet Police showing up and saying, “You’re under arrest for surfing while under the influence.”

Though, I do have to say it is better than “Internet celebrity” or “digital celebrity.” Not every YouTuber, artist, or coder reaches a million views or subscribers or what-have-you–they don’t reach that celebrity status. What would you call them?

Calling them “makers” or “creators” isn’t too bad, but it does make them sound like some kind of new religious deity. “And lo, It’s Alex Clark created a video and it was good.”

The influencer term is also better than calling them “YouTubers.” Not all indie creators are on YouTube. Artists, writers, songwriters, and so on “influence” people just as much as YouTubers (for good or for bad).

I guess the powers that name things is still trying to work it out. Internet influencers is a pretty new concept so there’s bound to be some bugs to work out. But, it seems likely they’ll be sticking with “influencers” now.

What would you pick as a name for those who don’t use traditional media as a way to showcase their ideas?


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