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        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #447

          1 day ago

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          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Geoff the Hermit – #447.


          Why is leaving without a goodbye called an "Irish Exit"?

          Whether it is known as the Irish Exit, Irish Goodbye, Shamrock Shuffle, or the more modern “ghosting,” the Irish Exit is anything but new. Unfortunately, it is this long history, and I'm sure not a small amount of whiskey, which has led to the origin of the phrase to be lost to time. Depending on which Irish forum you stumble upon, you will find various opinions as to why this perceived effrontery to etiquette is tied to the Emerald Isle.

          An often-seen favorite – however wholly unverifiable – theory is that it has ties to the mass exodus of over a million Irish men, women, and children during the infamous Potato Famine. Since this roughly seven-year period was prior to the transatlantic cable and the communicative power of the telegraph, this exodus usually meant that the goodbyes were forever. Because of this, there were many cases of people abruptly disappearing, refusing to let close friends and family know that they were preparing for the voyage to their new homes. This was, presumably, to avoid uncomfortably long and painful goodbyes with loved ones.

          Another frequently seen potential cause is the simple thought that a traditional Irish home, and its occupants, make such a fuss about welcoming guests that the act of essentially disappearing once you have decided the party is over is a direct response to the fussiness of that welcoming.

          One article, written by an Irish woman and having several comments by other self-proclaimed people of Irish descent, went so far as to say, "Irish people do not understand brevity. They don’t know how to make a long story short, nor do they understand why you would ever attempt to." While the lengthy welcoming ritual is unavoidable due to the act of suddenly appearing at a place, the Irish Goodbye allows you to just as suddenly no longer appear at a place. It is the apparent culture-wide acceptance of this abrupt disappearance that keeps it from being considered rude. As long as the person you suddenly disappear on is Irish enough to agree with you.

          It should be noted that the use of "ghosting" as a synonym for the Irish Exit is a bit misleading, as the more frequent use of the word is as a description of the sudden, complete, and unapologetic severing of ties which some may choose to do to a potential suitor.

          Given that the RT Community consists of people from all over the world, I am definitely interested in getting a first-hand confirmation on this from the community... so... get to it! Which one of you has the grandma that is so happy to invite you, or anyone really, for tea, biscuits, with milk, without milk, soy milk, cakes, stew, pies, etc.?  

          Note from Becca: My mom has always said of my Irish grandmother, “You ask her for the time and she tells you how to build a clock.”

          Are the Star Wars prequels "good" movies?

          No... they just are not. Regardless of what any one may say in an attempt to defend the movies, they are not "good" movies by any stretch of the imagination. While Revenge of the Sith is far closer than the other two, it still misses the mark by quite a bit.

          I am going to attempt to look at the movies from a purely cinematic point of view in order to answer as honestly as possible. On a related note, for anyone who has not been introduced to RedLetterMedia's breakdown of the movies, specifically Mr. Plinkett's series on The Phantom Menace, then you have done yourself a great disservice. From both a fan's and "professional" film critic's perspective, his breakdown, though peculiar at times, is phenomenal.

          Regarding what makes a movie "good," this is obviously a pretty subjective conversation, but most critics and moviegoers in general would likely agree there are a few attributes that every good movie has, and great movies have in droves. These include good characters we like to love and bad characters we like to hate. It should have identifiable and relatable stakes that matter in the scope of the overall story. Finally, it should accomplish its purpose, make you feel, and make you actually give a damn.

          The prequels do not need to have all of these but it would nice if they hit a few of the points, which they just don't. Unfortunately, the only reason we care about any of the characters is due to our attachment to the characters from the original trilogy and the characters that were not part of the original trilogy, we really don't give a shit about. The good characters, we don't love, let alone enjoy loving them and the bad characters, assuming we can even identify them, we don't really hate. This is largely because we can't really tell who the villain is throughout most of the movie and every character, including the ones we love purely due to our nostalgia, are flat and seem shoehorned into being relevant to the overall story. I could go on and on about this but I will never do a better job than Mr. Plinkett and I am much more interested in seeing the comments on this one. I imagine that this topic is pretty polarizing and there is bound to be some fool in the RT Community who incorrectly believes that the prequels were legitimately "good" movies. :)

          What is Jake Lloyd doing these days?

          Little Ani, now going by the pseudonym Jake Broadbent, hasn't had the easiest early years. Largely because The Phantom Menace is just not a good movie and, to be honest, Star Wars fans can be shitheads. Combine that with a bunch of overly opinionated middle schoolers and you get an unfortunate amount of teasing, ridicule, and bullying by his school mates. This bullying was so intense that it eventually led to his retirement from acting and the destruction of all Lloyd's collected set memorabilia a mere three years after the film's release.

          He would later be diagnosed as schizophrenic and, in 2015, he was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest after running from a traffic stop and, shortly after, crashing into a tree. His lawyer argued, unsuccessfully that his actions were due to a lapse in his meds.

          What else is Steven Ogg doing?

          Grand Theft Auto V was good to Ogg... great actually. Before GTA, the most impressive credit on his IMDB is a minor role as a struggling artist in an episode of Law and Order. Since his role as everyone's favorite sociopath, Ogg has appeared in high profile television shows such as Westworld, Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead. A common thread with these various roles is their extremely questionable grip on reality or respect for any semblance of law and order. Along with his popular portrayal of Negan's right-hand man, Simon, Steven has also recently wrapped a few movie roles including the lead in a largely solo space thriller called Solis.

          Is there such thing as an unhealthy amount of reading?

          It is very difficult to find any legitimate research on this topic as, while there are very many articles written on the subject, nearly all are written in jest or as an ironic jab towards their "addiction." However, there is very real science behind the idea that everything, regardless of how harmful it may or may not seem, is suitable in moderation.

          Perhaps Einstein said it best with, "Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." In other words, when reading, or any hobby becomes so pervasive that you are neglecting your responsibilities, losing track of time, lack of socialization, or developing withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and depression when you are unable to read then you are officially an addict. While there are obviously worse things to be addicted to, too much of a good thing is a popular idiom for a reason.

        • Fan Art Friday #82: Ruby by RoseMaryM

          6 days ago

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          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Rose, AKA @RoseMaryM, for this Ruby illustration.


          Rose lives in Canada, but is originally from Germany. She created this illustration using Clip Studio Paint Pro (CSP) and a Star03 Pen Tablet. Overall, it took about three hours to complete.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Fan Art Friday #81: Yang Cosplay by VickyKujikawa

          1 week ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Vicky, AKA @VickyKujikawa, for this Yang cosplay.


          Vicky is a student based in Madrid, Spain. She created this cosplay after she first saw Yang in the “Yellow” Trailer. When the first season of RWBY was released, Yang turned out to be Vicky's favorite character. Good thing she already had a Yang cosplay ready to go!

          This cosplay was constructed over the span of a month, whenever Vicky was able to take breaks from studying. The entire thing was made from scratch; she made all the patterns and sewed them, and also made the Ember Celica herself.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #446

          2 weeks ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for What Makes a Puppet a Muppet? – #446.


          Is the Texas A&M dog inbred?

          While individual breeding practices may vary among breeders and it is true that the rough collie breed is commonly the victim of forced inbreeding, there is no evidence to suggest that any Reveille has come from a compromised lineage. Given that several Reveilles can trace their lineage to a recognized, and registered, show breed lines which have been geographically separated by sometimes thousands of miles, it is extremely unlikely that inbreeding has been involved.

          The definitive guide to next, last, this, and past?

          I suppose there should be some sort of trigger warning prefacing this section as everyone seems to be an expert or at least seem to be really confident in their opinions. I should also point out that, like the question below, the rules that govern this logic do tend to be a bit more "guideline-y" than strict rule sets. All that out of the way, let's attempt to make this as painless as possible.

          Firstly, past and last, are the same thing. Whether you are saying, "past two weeks" or "last two weeks," in both cases, the words are interchangeable. This makes things a bit easier since we now only have three words to arbitrarily define the usage of.

          Arguably, the easier of the three is LAST but to make it easier to keep track, we are going to, fittingly, cover that last. I am sure you can guess which comes next so, first up is "this". Across all of these words, the common thread of complexity is the incorrect interpretation of another's use of the specific word. If everyone would acknowledge that the simplest definition and usage of the word is, naturally, the best, then there would be no confusion. In the case of "this," the confusion most often occurs when discussing days of the week. If I say, "this year is going quick," it is pretty obvious that I mean 2017. Just as if I were to demand that my kid, "come here this instant," that they are expected to come immediately before the instant passes. The complexity we most often experience happens when I say, on a Thursday, "this Tuesday is a good day." The reason for the confusion is actually caused by the incorrect tenses present, or not, in the statement. The sentence, "this Tuesday is a good day," in almost all cases, should actually be "this Tuesday is going to be a good day," OR "this Tuesday was a good day." The only grammatically correct use of "this Tuesday is a good day," is a direct response to a question such as "what day is good for you." In this case, the use of "this" serves the same purpose as "next" in that it is referring to the very next occurrence of whatever moment was named.

          As mentioned above, "next" is referring to the very next occurrence of the moment mentioned. For example, if I say, on a Monday, that "next Tuesday is good for me," I am actually referring to tomorrow. I think we can all agree that the logic behind using that phrase rather than simply saying "tomorrow" is pretty flawed but that doesn't make the expected usage and definition of the preposition any different. At least it shouldn't.

          As promised, there are a few caveats with this but the quick summary is that if you use "last" without using the definitive article "the" and following it with a specific event, or number, then it is referring to the described moment (day, week, year, etc.) which occurred directly before the current one. That means that if, on a Monday, you say, "last Tuesday was a good day," you are referring to the Tuesday exactly six days prior. It also means that if, on that Monday, you say, "last Sunday's episode of Day 5 was amazing!" you mean that yesterday's (being the most recent occurred Sunday) episode was amazing. While this is incorrectly, and often, made complicated by a person's assumption that a person would say "yesterday" rather than use "last" it does not make it any less correct and using, or expecting it to be used, in any other way is just wrong.

          For me, it is perhaps the slow changing of perception when these various words are used which is the most interesting. Despite the rules governing their correct usage being pretty ingrained in what some may perceive as common sense, we tend to over-complicate their usage almost immediately. Our assumptions that someone would use other relevant words like "yesterday" or "tomorrow" where appropriate leads to a confusing bastardization of language rules. Language, more than any other area of human study, is the one which falls "victim" to the "majority correctness" we discussed a few weeks back. The idea that if enough people believe your statement is correct, it becomes so, is a dangerous one. But it is even more concerning when involving language as changes in the expected uses of certain words over time can lead to incorrect interpretations of older texts or just complete confusion during the daily discussion.

          To summarize, in a way which perhaps only Becca can truly appreciate, we should all strive to be "language purists," force it to be used correctly by yourself and those around you or we are all doomed to eventually not have a fucking clue what anyone else is actually talking about.

          P.S. The number of grammatical errors in these last few paragraphs it not lost on me. We all make mistakes :P

          What is a couple vs. a few?

          I was a bit surprised to learn that there are no actual rules governing the use of “couple,” “few,” “some,” “several,” and “many.” There do exist various guidelines which can be used to help you make a judgment call on what "sounds correct" given the situation. While most would likely say that "couple" is referring to two of something, the appropriate number word for more than two can be a bit subjective. Of all the available number words, "few" is probably one of the most complicated. This is because of its negative use case. For example, the statement "I have few dollars remaining" can be interpreted various ways because of the lack of "a" or "too". Adding one of those words can immediately change the way the sentence is consumed. The connotation of "I have too few dollars remaining" is absolutely less than "I have a few dollars remaining." Language is strange like that.

          It is for this reason that it is important to keep the word's usage in perspective and understand that it is largely dependent upon the circumstance and person using the word. I am far more interested in your thoughts than my own opinions on this one and don't want to sway you in any way by making an argument for, or against, a specific number word's use. However, in my research for this, I did stumble across the below original short poem written, as far as I can tell, by a random forum contributor. Again, I look forward to sharing my thoughts as responses to your comments in order to avoid influence but the poem was too good not to share.

          A thing is just one thing

          and a couple things are two

          and if you have three things

          then you say you have a few

          And you start to say there’s several

          after you have four

          and keep on saying several

          even after you have more

          But at some point, you’ll have many

          and that’s the word to choose

          when you have so many things

          that there’s no other word to use

          Did TJ Miller say that women aren't funny?

          In a midsummer interview, following the announcement of his resignation from Silicon Valley, Miller told The Hollywood Reporter and, later, Vulture his thoughts on women. Explaining that, "They’re taught to suppress their sense of humor during their formative years," and that this is why they are "less funny" than men. Naturally, this did not go over well and the internet quickly reacted with fervor.

          A few days after the publication, Miller clarified his position on Twitter. Stating across several tweets the following:

          "Okay, I guess everyone and their parents missed the point—#feminist SOCIETY *suppresses* humor in women bc it is a sign of intelligence...that is THREATENING to men, & so women are taught to suppress those intimidations. It is about SOCIETY's ills, the misogyny of women's humor...Don't get it twisted. The world gets better the more we empower our literal better half."

          Personally, my thought is that the clarification he made on Twitter are probably his actual thoughts on the subject and his original statement was intentionally crafted to cause a rise. He, in a way, alludes to this at an earlier moment in the interview when discussing his Silicon Valley exit and interviews he has given since "It’s more important to be polarizing than neutralizing. That’s my position."

          Aladdin in Robin Williams' will?

          Shortly after Williams' death, a Disney studio executive revealed that the quick-witted comic had left enough jokes and material on the cutting room floor during his original time as the Genie for at least one more full-length Aladdin film to feature the iconic blue hero. Unfortunately, as mentioned on the Podcast, a clause in Williams' will prevents the use of his name, performances, or voice recordings for 25 years after his death. It should be noted that this, despite his tumultuous relationship with Disney, is not an exclusive limitation levied on Disney but rather applied to ANY publishing house that may own copies of his previous work. The rationale behind this clause is to prevent his family from being forced to pay exorbitant posthumous inheritance taxes on money made from his past works.

          Why did Kermit get fired?

          According to a follow-up, Hollywood Reporter interview with Jim Henson's son and the current chairman of the Jim Henson Company, Brian Henson, letting Steve Whitmire go was an inevitability. He went on to state that the puppeteer would make "outrageous demands" and used the example of, "I am now Kermit and if you want the Muppets, you better make me happy because the Muppets are Kermit." Finishing up the interview with a confirmation that Whitmire had been warned several times since the mid-1990s that he was taking it too far and needed to settle down.

          Whitmire, for his part, claims that he was always respectful but was quick to give "lots of definitive notes via emails to this small group about character integrity and always tried to offer alternative solutions." I was unable to find any follow-up comments or responses to the specific statements made by Henson and still holds that the reason for his removal had more to do with a disagreement on union issues than anything else.

          Brian Henson has also stated that Whitmire's portrayal of Kermit over the last 27 years has gotten progressively flatter. Citing his father's legacy and thoughts on innovation, specifically regarding the cancellation of The Muppet Show.

          "He is the guy who canceled The Muppet Show when it was the No. 1 show in the world after five seasons because he was worried he was going to start repeating himself. The last thing my dad would want is that Kermit just keeps doing the same thing over and over and over and is in the same circumstances and having the same attitude. The character needs to be stretched and maintain his heart."

          He has assured fans that the replacement puppeteer, Matt Vogel, who has been with the Jim Henson Company since 1996 and has been responsible for several notable roles over the years including Big Bird and Ernie, is more than capable of providing the innovation that the role needs to make Jim Henson proud. You can be the judge. With Vogel's debut as the voice of Kermit just a few days ago, we all get to be couch-experts on the voice, and mannerisms, of the new Kermit T. Frog.

          If you, like me, aren't really aware of how much of a difference that is because it's been several years since you actually paid attention to the Muppets, here is a quick comparison video a YouTuber put together which lets you hear how Vogel stacks up against Whitmire, Esposito (who voiced Kermit for a few years in the early 2000s), and Jim Henson himself.

          My thoughts on Vogel, like many in the videos' comments have stated, is that he sounds much closer to the original Henson voice than either Whitmire or Esposito, which is fantastic. Unfortunately, we have had three generations of kids grow up not knowing Henson's voice as Kermit's. At some point, there is a good argument to be made for which voice is the "real" voice. This fact is driven home by some of the more vitriolic commenters and their passion for the NotMyKermit and BringBackSteve hashtags.

          If nothing else, all of this drama surrounding a little frog just makes you realize how truly difficult it is to be green. Haha, I couldn't help it!

          Has a female character ever been recast as a male?

          While it certainly is not a common occurrence, there absolutely have been cases of female characters being recast as male. The most surprising fact, or perhaps not, about these recastings are the amount of them that very few people are ever made aware of, despite the popularity of the roles.

          One of the more unknown, but crazy, recastings was that of Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek series. Gene Roddenberry had originally envisioned the second in command of the USS Enterprise to be a cold and calculating woman, named simply Number One. Star Trek fans will recognize the role's title and position would later be repurposed for Commander Riker in The Next Generation. NBC executives at the time were actually less concerned about the second main character of the show is a woman and more concerned that Roddenberry had cast his then-lover and eventual second wife, Majel Barrett, in the role. According to Roddenberry in a later interview, "[I] kept the Vulcan and married the woman, 'cause he didn't think Leonard [Nimoy] would have it the other way around." Barrett was demoted to the much smaller role of Nurse Chapel, however, the episode The Menagerie re-purposes several shots from the unaired pilot and Barrett as the original Number One can be seen briefly.

          Another lesser known recasting that will occasionally find its way into trivia nights at the local bar is the fact that early versions of the original Star Wars screenplay were written with Luke Skywalker as a girl named Starkiller. Granted these were early versions which included, among other things, Han Solo as a giant lizard and Yoda as a literal giant. Somewhere along the way, the screenplay was slowly changed into what we all now know and love but the name Starkiller has lived on via the Dark Jedi apprentice's name in Force Unleashed as well as the star-eating planet sized base in Force Awakens.

          Don't worry, though; space science fiction isn't the only genre to be affected by this atypical recasting choice. I'm sure plenty of Michael Crichton fans were yelling at their screens during the Podcast about the gender swap of Lex and Tim in the movie version of Jurassic Park. In the original story Tim was the older brother who was interested in computers and Lex was his younger sister. When asked about the gender switch, Spielberg stated that he really wanted to work with Joseph Mazzello, the 9-year-old who played Tim, and casting Lex as the teenage girl allowed for a subtle subplot involving her feelings toward Dr. Grant.

          But perhaps the most surprising male-to-female gender swap I stumbled upon was that of Dory. Originally scripted as a forgetful male blue tang, director Andrew Stanton determined later that DeGeneres was the absolute best person to voice the character and completely recreated the character as a female in order to make that work. It should be noted that this rewrite was done before anyone actually approached Ellen to voice everyone's favorite amnesiac, so that was lucky.

          What is a party kazoo called?

          That works. So does party horn, party blower, screamer, squeaker, noise maker, mouth-extender, kazoo strip, and noise machine. Its etymology doesn't actually list a definitive title as it is not known consistently by any one word or variation of words.

        • Fan Art Friday #80: Kazenary

          2 weeks ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is @Kazenary for this Ruby Rose cosplay.


          (Photo credit: Pugoffka)

          Kazenary is a graphic designer based in Stuttgart, Germany. She sewed and crafted everything in this cosplay, even making the pattern from scratch. It took about a month to put everything together. Her next addition? A Crescent Rose!


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Fan Art Friday #79: Spartan Qrow by Benton188

          3 weeks ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Benton Samec, AKA @Benton188, for this Spartan Qrow cosplay (Halo+RWBY crossover).


          Benton is a flooring installer/prop builder based in Erie, Pennsylvania. He made this cosplay using a technique called “pepakura” and crafting the armor out of EVA foam. The sword is also made from EVA foam and PVC pipe, and can transform into the scythe or gun mode. Overall, the armor took around three months to complete, and the sword took an additional two months of work.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Fan Art Friday #78: Penny by ArcherKasai

          1 month ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Deanna, AKA Archer AKA @ArcherKasai, for this illustration of Penny from RWBY.


          Archer lives in southern Missouri, where she’s a digital artist. She’s a huge fan of RWBY, and Penny’s “awkwardly upbeat and friendly character” is a personal favorite of hers. To create this illustration, Archer used Photoshop and drew out a sketch first, then added line art, then flat colors, and then finalized it with all the extra details. This piece took about 25 hours, and the last step took up about 75% of that time.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Outsiders #5: Comfort Objects

          1 month ago

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          By @charlesaustin

          Outsiders is a series that explores uncommon conditions, unseen subcultures, and unconventional interests. See past columns here or follow Charles on Twitter.


          Before Becca Frasier landed a full-time job at Rooster Teeth, she did a lot of consulting work. This was a time when Rooster Teeth fans would have recognized her as the voice of Sister in Red vs. Blue. But her clients recognized her for something very different: the tattered blanket she carried with her at all times.

          This blanket is Becca’s comfort object. She takes it with her everywhere, sometimes to help her concentrate, and sometimes simply because it’s relaxing. The world of professional consulting would probably be a lot more eccentric and fun if everybody nestled blankets around fancy boardroom tables, but in our tragic, dull real world, Becca is an anomaly.

          Still, clients didn’t generally question her about the blanket. “I didn't give a shit what they thought about it, and only one person ever asked about it,” Becca said. “She was an older Jewish lady who had come to view me as one of her kids. One day she asked, ‘What's that thing? Is it your shmata?’ Then she proceeded to translate that word from Yiddish. Basically it's an old rag.”

          Becca’s comfort object is not quite an old rag, but even if it were, that kind of misses the point. Comfort objects are often comfortable to their owners because of a phenomenon called “essentialism,” which is basically the idea that the object has emotional, sentimental qualities that go beyond its physical properties. It’s this emotional attachment that makes a comfort object a mental-health tool rather than a mere affectation. And in this way, it has a variety of uses in society and has occasionally shown up in pop culture.

          Maybe the most classic use for comfort objects is as a device to wean small children off the mother-child bond. Most of these comfort objects are dolls and teddy bears, and studies have shown that a majority of children form such bonds. As kids age, these attachments usually weaken, but a 1986 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry found that 21% of girls and 12% of boys still used their comfort objects by age 13 or 14, according to Live Science.

          In this sense, Becca’s story began like many others. “When I was like a week old, I started rubbing a string of tatting that bordered one of my baby blankets,” she said. “When I started talking, I called it my ‘night night.’ As time progressed, the blanket became more and more tattered, and my mom would have to safety pin it back together.”


          Becca clinging to her blanket as she hangs out with her new little brother.

          “The blanket eventually fell apart beyond repair, and my mom thought that'd be the end of my security blanket phase—but of course I freaked out until she found a replacement with a similar string of tatting along the border. That transition repeated about five times through my school-age years.”

          “When I was in high school, my mom would ask me what I was going to do when I went off to college and had to explain my security blanket to my roommate. I was like, ‘Uhh, I'll just explain it to her. No shame in that game.’ Then she graduated to, ‘What are you going to say the first time you spend the night with a guy?’ Same response.”

          “She basically kept setting all these future milestones that indicated I was too old for a security blanket, but I kept at it. Eventually I started having a hard time finding blankets with tatting on them, so I started buying pillowcases with tatting trim on eBay (it's a goldmine). I have a stash of future blankets in my closet.”


          Teenage Becca with her blanket and the tiniest puppy imaginable.

          Even if Becca’s particular story is uncommon, she’s far from the only adult with a comfort object. For example, a hotel chain conducted a survey that found that 35% of British adults still sleep with their teddy bears.

          And then there are adults who aren’t day-to-day comfort-object users, but may end up using one situationally. As a common example, EMTs and even police hand out dolls and blankets as a way to comfort people at the scene of trauma and help to prevent shock.

          With so many real-world applications, it’s no surprise that comfort objects have crept into popular culture, from Charlie Brown’s Linus to the protagonist of the movie Thumbsucker. Becca finds more in common with this latter example, because she and the character share an ADHD diagnosis.

          Despite this coincidence, a comfort object isn’t a replacement for medication or mental-health treatment. Becca says, “The blanket is definitely an anti-anxiety object. But I wouldn't say I have anxiety; I just like to be really, really relaxed. It is certainly a supplement to medication, as I take ADHD medication every day and still reap the benefits of my blanket.”


          “I think most kids outgrow their comfort items, but I'm also of the belief that I have always had a much deeper connection to my security blanket than normal kids.”

          She adds, “There's no doubt that smelling and touching this thing boosts my production of serotonin. Wish I had an MRI machine at my disposal.” Until the Rooster Teeth community crowdfunds some exorbitant medical equipment for Becca, the science will remain a mystery.

          And one more mystery: Becca’s daughter’s connection to her own security blankets.

          “My daughter has a security blanket that she's toted around since birth,” she says. “Actually, she has five of them, all identical. But strangely enough, she can tell the difference between all of them. She will pilfer through her pile of blankets until she finds her favorite one. I keep trying to ask her why she likes that one the most, but all I've gotten out of her is ‘This one's cool.’”

          Forming an emotional attachment with an object can seem peculiar from the outside, even to a mother, even to a fellow security-object user. But the sentimental power of everyday objects is pervasive, and a familiar comfort whether you’ve carried a security blanket your whole life or simply feel fondness for a family heirloom.

        • Fan Art Friday #77: FAHC Video by sorcererinslytherin

          1 month ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Hannah, AKA @sorcererinslytherin, for this Fake Achievement Hunter Crew video.

          Hannah is a recent college graduate based in Connecticut. Drawing inspiration from the heists and Let's Play Criminal Masterminds episodes, she created this video over the span of two weeks using Premiere Pro and After Effects.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #445

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          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Sir Gavin of Business Class – #445.


          How much are Koi worth?

          Despite their Japanese namesake, Koi, as we know them now, actually found their roots in the Chinese rice paddies of the 17th century. Rice farmers were breeding your average carp as food and began noticing the occasional bright colored mutation. The Japanese would buy these bred food fish from the Chinese farmers and, before long, at the encouragement of the Japanese, both Chinese and Japanese farmers were in the selective Koi breeding business. Through selectively breeding these carp aberrations, we, over the next century, essentially created a new species of fish. Genetically identical, with the exception of a simple gene mutation giving them their jewel-like coloring, Koi are the same as the standard carp. Of course it is this simple gene mutation which makes the difference between one $50 fish and 50 $1 fish.

          On pricing, a good rule of thumb with is typically, much like diamonds, the bigger the fish, the more expensive it is. In addition to this relatively easily understood factor, there are a few other, more specific factors which can drastically impact the value of these mutated carp. The first, and biggest variable, of these is the type of Koi you may be looking at. There are several different types of Koi, distinguished by the coloring and patterns of their scales. For example, the Chagoi, is chocolate colored and tends to grow unusually large when compared to other Koi. While another, the Ogon, has brightly colored metallic scales all a single color of orange, yellow, platinum, or gold. The demand for these, and other unique types, have driven the price of Koi to their highest prices ever. This is true even among the more common types of Kohaku (white body, red patterns), the Sanke (white body, red and black patterns) and the Showa (jet-black base with white and red markings). In all there are 15 different types of Koi and each will demand slightly different prices based on the market demand as well as the uniqueness of the fish itself.

          Following the type, the additional contributing factors to value are quality, coloring, patterns, and size. The quality is more of an overall impression of the fish when observing its health, personality, and a combination of all other factors. Coloring specifically focuses on the boldness, depth, and rarity of its coloring. Patterns, apparently, are usually the deciding the factor between a breed fish and a show fish. Crisp edges or easily discernible shapes like lightning bolts can easily change a value by thousands of dollars. As mentioned above, the biggest influence on the cost is the size of the fish. While typically influenced by the age of the Koi, some types tend to grow a bit larger than others. However, very young Koi can cost only a few dollars. This is because young, and small, fish are difficult to judge the value of since their scale patterns and even coloring can change, sometimes drastically, as they reach adulthood.

          In many cases, finding the thousand dollar fish is not an exact science and, given the large amount of Koi breeders worldwide, results can vary. To give you an idea of what an award-winning Koi looks like, however, this video briefly interviews a champion breeder in order to learn some of the features judges look for. In addition, it shows an award winning Koi worth approximately $60,000.

          Not bad for some mutated feed carp, huh?

          On a side note, I know the owner of KoiToTheWorld and was at his house a few years back. His backyard setup was quite something with multiple tanks filled with Koi and filtration equipment. It has been a bit since we last spoke but, @burnie, I'm sure I could put you in touch should you be interested in replacing your precious colored carp.

          When is "Fish" plural?

          Right now... maybe.

          This is a very valid point, which is usually easily determined by context clues within the sentence, assuming that whoever is speaking, or writing, is using proper grammar. For example, Finding Nemo taught us that "fish are friends not food." This is obviously plural because of the plural helping verb "are"... or is it? See here's the thing, that phrase, though obviously plural because of the helping verb, is only grammatically correct if old Bruce was referring to a very specific singular kind of fish. In other words, if Bruce feels that ALL clown fish are friends not food, then great, he is spot on. However, as he was very likely speaking about ALL fish, regardless of their kind, the grammatically correct phrase is actually, "fishes are friends not food."

          Fair warning, you may want to quickly cover your ears in order to keep your brains from literally exploding through your earholes, because I'm not done.

          Though off topic a bit from our grammar discussion, I feel I would be remiss in all of this fish talk if I didn't toss up the my personal favorite fact about fish in general. This is that there is actually no such thing as fish.

          This concept is a bit rooted in semantics but it is related to the way all animals have evolved over time. While the dictionary definition of a fish is, "a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water," in reality, the term is more of an umbrella term that describes ANY non-mammal, non-reptile, aquatic vertebrate. This is by contrast to the classification of a dog, for example, which encompasses wolves and domesticated canines only or even a wider net like "bird" which accounts for ONLY the avian variety of flying creatures. Fish, on the other hand, are, evolutionarily-speaking, grouped not by familial succession but rather by the similarities of their habitat. This is because all land creatures are thought to have evolved from fish and, while fish have continued to slowly evolve as well, modern fish essentially share the same ancestors as the wolf or the bird. The idea from there is that if you are referring to modern fish as fish and you are referring to their immediate ancestors as fish then the other branches of the evolutionary tree, which have given us dogs and birds, must also be fish. This thought is of course ridiculous as my dog is no more a fish than I am (though by this view, we all would be fish as well). So the point of semantics is that we cannot pick and choose when something is no longer a fish if its common ancestors and modern relations are considered fish. In that vein, either all animals great and small, including dogs, birds, and even us, are considered fish or there is just simply no such thing as fish.

          Is a trampoline a toy?

          According to a 2012 article in Pediatrics, a weekly publication by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is dangerous to consider a trampoline toy. They go on to point out that nearly 100,000 trampoline-related injuries are reported every year, with a very high percentage of those happening to children. Further frustrations with the lack of cemented regulations include pointing out the discrepancy of safety discussions surrounding proper pool safety when compared to trampolines. For its part, JumpKing, the largest manufacturer of backyard trampolines in the world describe their products as "recreational" but do not seem to use the "t" word at all. Additionally, Wal-Mart and Target both list their trampolines as "Sports and Outdoors" and even Merriam-Webster's definition of the word does not call it a toy. I believe, with all of that in mind, it is safe to say that while a trampoline can be a fun, perhaps even toy-like, device it is most certainly NOT a toy.

          Did a kid die from a bouncy castle?

          Very similar to the points made above on trampolines, despite repeated injuries occurring to children while playing in bouncy houses, the safety discussions and regulations surrounding them pale in comparison to pools and roller coasters. A 2010 study by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that an average of 31 children a day were brought to the emergency room for bouncy house related injuries. Though not always attributed directly to the bouncy house, fatal head and neck injuries have certainly occurred. According to an item in the Washington Post in 2016, bouncy houses have caused 10 deaths in the last 15 years making an average of less than 1 per year. Notable deaths are a five year old, Jordan Dixon of South Yorkshire, who died when he hit his head on the blower while jumping in a bouncy castle and of a six year old girl from Spain who died when her bouncy castle exploded due to faulty air valves and sent her and six other children flying 45 feet into the air. However, the most known deaths are those of the bouncy castle being picked up and carried by the wind with children inside. There were additional incidents in both 2016 (7 year old Summer Grant of Essex, England) and 2017 (six year old girl from Spain).

          World's most expensive toilet?

          Before being able to answer this properly, we need to agree upon what qualifies as a potential candidate for this prestigious title. Does it have to be a functioning toilet, for example, or does it had to have been used at least once? What about, does it have to be on our planet for it to be the "world's" most expensive toilet? Why not answer all three and let you decide?

          The most expensive functioning, and used, toilet is the "Dagobert" wooden throne, valued at $14,123. In addition to playing "Le Bon Roi Dagobert" when its lid is lifted, the royal throne, inspired by the last ruler of 8th century France's Merovingian dynasty, King Dagobert, also features a pull chain flush, an ashtray, and a candleholder for those late nights on, or hovering over, the toilet.

          But that pales in comparison to Hong Kong's Hang Fung Gold Technology's 24-karat gold showroom display piece. Designed and built in 2001 by artist/jeweler Lam Sai-wing, this solid gold and gem encrusted throne sits inside a solid gold bathroom. According to Sai-wing, he was "inspired by communist leader Lenin's vision that the most appropriate thing to do with gold would be to build public toilets out of it." Much like communism, however, the public do not get to reap the benefits of this grandiose imagery either as the toilet is inaccessible by tourists. Given the medium, its value naturally fluctuates and I was unable to find a value which does not include the entire bathroom's worth of gold, but a rough total value is around $5 million. However, reports have said that the owners have recently began dismantling and selling off bits of the bathroom as the price of gold is now significantly higher than the $200 per ounce price tag it had when the bathroom was first built.


          However, neither Dagobert's throne nor @Joel's dream episode of Cribs hold a scented candle to the $19 million crapper on the International Space Station. In addition to providing easy grip handles and velcro straps to keep astronauts from floating away while doing the deed, it also features a miniature water treatment plant which is able to quickly recycle urine into completely clean drinking water.

          How many shits does the average toilet take in its lifetime?

          This is a bit of a tough one since toilets, historically, have been pretty resilient blocks of porcelain. Occasionally the internals which manage the flushing will go off but the actual bowl and tank tend to just persist, assuming you aren't keen to walk around your bathroom carrying a sledgehammer. That said, most toilets in America will end up being replaced just shy of the 30 year mark. It should be noted that this number is usually regardless of the amount of shits that have been taken in it and obviously some toilets are more used than others. Given all of this information, it's time for some assumptions and math. My favorite!

          If we agree the average household has three people in it and we all take a dump an average of once a day then, in a single bath house, a 30 year old toilet would have likely seen around 33,000 shits before being replaced.

          Does the human mind crave work?

          In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled A Theory of Human Motivation. In it he identified the needs of humanity, in general, as a tiered hierarchy with primitive basic needs like safety forming the base of a "pyramid of needs" and more high-level needs like social interactions being placed at the top. The idea of this structure is that in order for a person to consider the higher level "needs" they must first satisfy the lower, more basic, requirements.

          While "working" is certainly not one of these basic needs, there is a valid argument to be made that the fourth level of ego and the fifth, and final, level of self-actualization can both, in a way, point to a need to work. Obviously this "need" would not be the same for everyone there are absolutely those among us who find self-fulfillment from constantly working and accomplishing some personally motivating goals.

          The psychological complexities of our needs and desires have been a constant topic of discussion for psychologists for generations. It is unlikely that this will change any time soon... Is that because those psychologists have a "need" to keep working at it? That's up to you, I guess.

          Can you spend AAdvantage miles on a British Airways upgrade?

          As nearly everyone has tweeted Gavin about the folly of his bet with Ellie by now, I will keep this brief. In a rare turn of events, Gavin is actually wrong about something on the Podcast. It legitimately does not happen often and, apparently, when it does happen it is worth about $3,000, so… good on Ellie!

          If you’re interested in the particulars of using your AAdvantage miles to upgrade your British Airways experience, there is an entire page dedicated to it on the American Airlines website. However, it should be known that in my research for this, I have found numerous reports from other AAdvantage members who relayed that many British Airways attendants are unaware of how this process works – or even that it exists, apparently. With that in mind, I would love to say that Ellie should go easy on him, but where's the fun in that?

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