View Full Version : When a butterfly flaps it's wings...
10-24-2003, 02:13 AM
I need some interesting ideas about how a butterfly flapping it's wings can eventually cause a Perfect Storm.
So wanna play a game? One line each, but I'll take two as the first line is taken! Help please - I actually need this for something.
A butterfly flaps it's wings in the depths of the Amazon Jungle.
A tiger stops in it's tracks to admire the beautiful colors of the butterfly.
10-24-2003, 02:19 AM
A National Geographic cameraman films the tiger, and wonders how it got there from Asia.
10-24-2003, 02:25 AM
Nitpick: uThere are no tigers in the Amazon river basin. (http://www.5tigers.org/AllAboutTigers/Subspecies/distribution.htm)
Could the second sentence go as follows?
A jaguar stops in it's tracks to admire the beautiful colours of the butterfly.
(After all, since we're talking about tiny ripples having massive effects, the difference between a tiger and a jaguar may quite change the story you seek!)
My contribution to the continuing story:
A bullet whizzes past the spot the jaguar would have been at just a millisecond after it stops.
10-24-2003, 02:28 AM
That'll teach me not to waste time providing links.
And to work with what material I have, rather than creating my own.
10-24-2003, 02:28 AM
crimminy, sorry! i was thinking of China, as that's where the idea of a butterfly flapping comes from i think!
Okay, so it's a jaguar! Or we start in China...
10-24-2003, 02:35 AM
Let's just continue as is?
An orchid bee suddenly stings the photographer, startling him into dropping his camera.
10-24-2003, 03:14 AM
The camera bounces down a hill and falls into a patch of quicksand.
10-24-2003, 04:24 AM
A brilliant scientist working on a cure for cancer, a limitless supply of cheap energy and a really awesome recipe for beer-battered shrimp was slowly working his way out of the quicksand, but the falling camera stuns him and he sinks and dies.
10-24-2003, 04:51 AM
During the next 5 decades, the scientist's decomposing body creates a gas bubble underneath the quicksand. The bubble suddenly erupts in 2053.
10-24-2003, 04:52 AM
I actually wanted to do something with the jaguar actually being a car, and further confuse things. Alas, we had already moved on, so I played the game by the rules. :)
10-24-2003, 05:18 AM
Civil war breaks over who's responsible for the awful noxious gases. Peace is finally achieved in 2059 after it's decided to blame the dog.
10-24-2003, 05:30 AM
The dog, in a fit of irritation at being falsely accused, lets rip a fart of pure concentrated evil that manages to kill everyone in the United NAtions building where he lived as mascot
10-24-2003, 07:27 AM
Having killed everyone at the UN building there is nobody to open cans of dog food, the dog dies of starvation after a few weeks
10-24-2003, 07:39 AM
The dogs body decomposes, filling the entire UN building with gas. :D
Since it's a dog, and it's not covered by a swamp, this process now ony takes 25 years. The year is 2084, when...
10-24-2003, 08:00 AM
The building is so rank, they call in the Loaizas to implode it.
10-24-2003, 09:28 AM
But they have the map wrong and end up in Mornington Cresent!
Whoops, wrong game.
10-24-2003, 09:42 AM
(ignoring shades contribution)
The Loaizas make a terrible error and the building explodes with a mighty roar showering........
10-24-2003, 09:45 AM
...debris all around. A million people watch this event unfold on their TV sets, all the while wondering what the heck a Loaiza is anyway.
10-24-2003, 10:57 AM
The heat from all those TVs causes a high-pressure system...
10-24-2003, 12:05 PM
..it became so fierce that a Blackhole was created and crushed this world to oblivion.
10-24-2003, 12:08 PM
.....which results in world wide drought and crop failure, the Loaizians offer........
10-24-2003, 04:09 PM
fluffernutters, or the reasonable facsimile that molecule-shifting food systems of the future offer, but that's not enough...
10-25-2003, 09:57 PM
they also offer to explain who they are, but this is also not enough. drought, famine, there's an uprising of the masses and a million man march is planned...
10-25-2003, 10:10 PM
While the million men march, a million women put their right index finger on their cheek, tilt their heads just a bit, and ponder over what the heck a Loiaza is.
10-25-2003, 10:13 PM
a million tilts, all the same way, causes a wave of air to be displaced, and a lost sheet of orchestral music wafts from under a piano and up onto the stool...
10-26-2003, 02:14 AM
.....the sheet of music is picked up by a small boy and folded into a paper airplane.......
10-26-2003, 02:56 AM
....which he set sailing from his 43rd floor balcony toward an oncoming news helicopter...
10-26-2003, 04:22 AM
...the helicopter's intake sucks in the note music which destroys the inside of the helicopters engine, it crashes into...
10-26-2003, 08:21 AM
...a breakfast cereal factory, untold tons of flakes, puffs and other assorted crunchies are swooped down upon by migrating geese, whereupon the rain...
10-26-2003, 11:02 AM
......being acid rain, melts all the cereals leaving the geese starving, they in desperation begin to.....
10-26-2003, 01:01 PM
... draw a crowd of onlookers, who, because they have spent hours tending to the geeses' needs have inhaled fungus-laden particles from quickly-moldy starches and slimy goose feces...
10-26-2003, 07:09 PM
Soon, everyone is wheezing and coughing, causing some hearing-impaired geese to revive in hopes of some goosely amore....
10-26-2003, 08:52 PM
.....but because they are so hungry they are unable to perform as geese do so instead they.....
10-26-2003, 09:22 PM
begin furiously beating* thus muliplying the bytterfly's wind many times over changing the local weather patterns slightly...
*of course I meant their wings.
10-27-2003, 03:27 AM
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our intrepid hero was busy tending to his crop of pre-shredded wheat when....
10-27-2003, 04:07 AM
he's abducted by a fleet of aliens intent on creating crop circles and also finally answering the last mystery of the universe - just who are the Loaizians....
10-27-2003, 05:49 AM
the UFO flies over the place where the geese changed the weatehr patterns which resulted in the UFO crashing into the ground causing...
10-27-2003, 06:45 AM
......our intrepid hero to be flung free clutching a large......
10-27-2003, 06:58 AM
10-27-2003, 10:42 AM
He lands hard, winded he stays still, watching a new butterfly unfold and flap its wings for the first time.
10-27-2003, 02:15 PM
.....a tiger stops in its tracks to admire the beautiful colours of the butterfly......
10-27-2003, 05:50 PM
...which are instantly de-colorized because of atmospheric disturbances brought on by heretofore, impossible-to-measure solar flares, the tiger, startled...
10-27-2003, 09:15 PM
......pounces on our hero and eats him and the goose he is clutching....
10-28-2003, 12:15 AM
The aliens are thrilled! They eagerly make plans to import the tiger and its kin to rid their planet of the pesky thimPul!*ah that plagued their lands. They had been hoping that humans could do this task but studies showed they were just too dumb to get the job done.....
10-28-2003, 04:33 AM
The tiger pads hesitantly up the ramp to the alien ship, wondering what lies in store for him on a new planet. He is given free reign over the ship (the aliens are unaware that they smell like kitty kibble) and eats the captain one day as they fly through the Andromeda system. According to the aliens custom, the tiger is now in control of the ship and he orders an about face to the Sol system. Out of the corner of his eye he spys a butterfly flapping it's wings....
10-28-2003, 06:19 AM
...that congregates with thousands of its kind. The swath of color AND smell that they emit, entice other denizens of that part of the forest.Puddling on a large patch of damp, stagnant earth, a large colony of ants, leaving the safety of their subterranean tunnels, begins to swarm over the hapless butterflies. Colorful wings are disjointed and dragged back to the colony, along with other useful body parts. Natives, feeling this is an omen of danger, run to report to tribal leaders, who...
10-28-2003, 07:38 AM
........is a bit puzzled as he can't fathom out why the butterflies didn't just fly away or why the aliens didn't zap the ants with a.....
...futuristic style breath spray. Tribal leaders, intent on destroying the large colony of ants that have built their subterranean complex in the shape of an office building call in the outcast black sheep of the world renown Loizeaux Implosion Team, Biff, to assess the unusual task.
10-28-2003, 09:57 AM
*dammit lieu, you never fell into the trap* I was expecting....well you know.
Carry on with the saga
10-29-2003, 12:05 AM
As Biff studies the complex, the better to place the explosives (implosives?) precisely, an ant bites him on the ankle. He looks down and sees the ant gesticulating wildly. He also hears a tiny voice say, "Hey, you big stupid Loaiza, I've been yelling at you for 20 minutes! If you implode us, you'll never discover the treasure we harbor!"
10-29-2003, 03:29 AM
Biff says "Bugger me, a talking ant" and then pours a kettle of boiling water on it to teach it that no-one likes a smart-arse....
10-29-2003, 04:08 AM
Wtf?! What did Spogga do to get himself banned?
10-29-2003, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by Jennyrosity
Wtf?! What did Spogga do to get himself banned? I was wondering that myself - I think it's something to do with this thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=219495&highlight=spogga).
10-29-2003, 07:40 AM
Ah. See, that's why I avoid GD.
Sorry. Hi-jack over.
So when a butterfly flaps it's wings, Spogga gets banned?
10-31-2003, 07:35 AM
......returning from the outer reaches of space disguised as an enormous man eating butterfly, spogga generously acknowledges the cheers of Jennyrosity and jjimm by appointing them...........
11-04-2003, 10:26 AM
.......benevolent dictators of the universe.......
(Welcome back, spogga!)
11-04-2003, 10:35 AM
.....their first act being to volunteer to bear spoggas many children, Jennyrosity's offer is accepted,jjimm's is put on hold until.......
11-04-2003, 10:42 AM
........after the sex change, or Spogga's drunk enough not to care that jjim's a bloke, whichever happens soonest........
11-04-2003, 04:58 PM
........but you never know, he could be lucky, if I end up looking like Miriam (http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2003502072,00.html).......
11-04-2003, 08:54 PM
.......spogga is torn between Jenny and jjimm after looking at the latter after his nads were separated from the rest of him, climbs to the top of a hill to contemplate.......
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