Odds of getting canonized: 20,000,000 to 1
Odds of being an astronaut: 13,200,000 to 1
Odds of winning an Olympic medal: 662,000 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Which leads to:
Odds of any cop in Minneapolis Wapsi-verse to be both dating a shpinx and familiar with the supernatural: pretty high actually.
I’d say 0.1<p<1, given that Wapsi!Minneapolis seems to be a paranormal convergence zone.
Based on Justin’s comment, p=2 or perhaps larger. Yes, I know that makes probability and statistics strip their gears… but that’s what the supernatural is for!
As I said above, I think Justin is playing with biased dice. I suspect the Wapsi universe operates similarly to the SoI universe. That is:
Probability of a random police office in the city being knowingly involved in the supernatural: <1 in 400 or =1
 According to wikipedia the MPD has 800 officers. The probability isn’t as low as 1 in 800 as officers tend to patrol in pairs.
Part of my post got eaten so will avoid using signs
p random MPD police officer knowingly encountering supernatural less or equal to 0.0025
p MPD police officer knowingly encountering supernatural after already encountered is greater or equal to 1
The adjustment to probability also explains why Justin was sent to investigate one strange occurance.
BACK in to the paranormal. Oh-ho. So THAT’S what his issue is. Silly Justin.
If Monica’s place is closest to the hospital, Shelly drops Justin off and heads there
MONICA (answering the door): Shelly!?
SHELLY: Hey, Mon. Could you lend me some clothes, or poit me home?
M: You’re covered with blood!
S: Yeah, it’s Justin’s.
S: Well, dammit, I got hungry – !
Wait, BACK? *headdesk* This plot is twistier than Mesa’s in the Honor Harrington-verse…
Dave- Now Dave don’t bait Fairportfan, his brother might not like it and you don’t EVER piss of the authors wife! Not ever! This public service anouncement brought you free of charge by a fan.
I was actually referring to Mesa’s in-universe, multi-generational plot. I love the series – which reminds me that I need to check when the next book hits so I can pre-order it somewhere.
Welp, I guess it was foolish to assume that Officer TB’s role had run its course, and he was to be the next Owen or Heather. Especially since Paul decided to give him a name (to quote a local comedian “Wait… what? Why did you name it?!? If you don’t give it a name it’s easier to kill. “)
I wondering whether it’s time that Justin, Kevin and Allan got their own pages in the cast list.
Of course not, silly! They’re boys.
Baahahahaha. I KNEW this was coming! Poor guy. You’re getting back into this whether you want to or not. Wait until you meet the entirety of the posse.
You poor, poor man.
Ah. He’s one of THOSE. Can’t take the gaff of the paranormal cuz he’s a whiny little NORMAL, so the people who CAN take it are just “crazy”. Bet his ex-girlfriend was Talented in some way, or a were, or crossed over into the paranormal, and because HE couldn’t handle it, SHE, of course, HAD to be NUTS.
Just goes without sayin’. When the guy can’t handle it, the chick has to be “crazy”. The guy can’t just be a nutless wonder.
A few points. Shelly has it together. She’s not “Now you see I wasn’t lying or crazy!”, it’s “Get you to a hospital”. I’m pleased.
Justin isn’t going “OMG, it’s a gryphon! I mean a Sphinx!”. Instead, he’s accepting, and unhappy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he believed her before and was hostile because he didn’t want to get roped etc etc.
And I suspect he’ll never get those shoes back. 🙁
Not until spring anyway.
If he waits until spring they’ll never survive the road salt. If he hunts for them now they might stand a chance.
Now I have to reconsider what kind of Crazy he used to date.
And Shelly probably need to get him new sneaks as well.
Ooohkay… And WHO broke the interwebs this time?? (all has gone “b” and /b dunn’t do a thing..
*GASP* IT WASN’T ME!!
… it’s a coup…
Guards! Guards! … wait… Meh, you can have it.
OK, we’re taking up a collection to get Paul out to Movieland so that he can teach M. Knight Shamalamadingdong how to properly pull of a twist 😀
The second-frame wordplay on the branding of Justin’s shoes, and the swooshing, is particularly tasty and wonderful if you follow the reference one step further back, into Greek mythology.
Go to any decent search engine, enter the brand name, add the word “goddess”, search, and look upon the pictures with wonder. See how she is typically portrayed, and what she symbolizes.
Really, really nicely done, Paul! Distinctly elegant!
Nice catch, Dave!
Thanks! I think that this definitely confirms Shelly’s status as a daimon in the rough.
(drops crystallized carbon into the Pun Jar)
OI!… Graphite ain’t worth as much as you seem to think it is, pay up on the REAL Stuff… Diamonds…
As the title says…
It appears to be snowing(? raining?) out. Justin appears dressed like he was in the gym when Shelly scratched him. Yet he wasn’t wearing sneakers in the gym.
So when he left after the fight, he put his shoes on, but not a coat?
On another note, the irony in the word choices last week is getting hilarious. Especially Justin’s “I’m getting off this ride while I still can”. 😛
You’re right,, he was barefoot in the gym! Nice catch!
Maybe they were beside the door and he just stepped into them on the way out? It doesn’t look like he bothered to tie them, in any case. For whatever good it would have done.
I callz it. I callz it. I didn’t put it in the comments but i callz it. he he he *happy prospector dance*
i had a feeling that he was involved with the strange before, hence his understanding up until this point, and his insult after Shelly corrected him…xD
I was expecting Shelly’s actions, though my mind was more a “bar the door” kind of thing.
I did not expect Justin’s line but in retrospect it makes sense. He gets all the weird police calls right?
But if Justin’s a MIB, and Bud is thinking of getting something going with him, would that be grounds for sexual harassment?
… if you scratch her on the base of the tail, does she do that leg-kicking thing? No wait- that’s a canine trait. Scratch and groom her back and flanks and she shreds whatever she’s laying on and purrs… and drools… and when she closes her eyes, she might suddenly turn and bite… playfully mind you, never more than a pound of flesh, and then licks with her tongue that has the texture of a wood rasp… my kind of woman…
the Old Sgt.
*just cackles* and yet that last panel I suddenly hear the theme from the superman movies Da-da DAAAAAAAAA dadada da da daa!!
Yep and Justin is in Richard Pryor’s role.
Buh, buh, buh, buh,… back?
Speaking as someone who has worked a shift or two at an ER.
If someone shows up stark naked, carrying a trauma victim with three deep slashes across his chest, nobody would say a word against her. They’d get the trauma victim onto a gurney and then hand her a blanket. If the nudity thing appeared to upset her, they’d just put her in a room where she didn’t have to deal with the public while nude and somebody would probably loan her some kind of robe or something.
There’d be paperwork to worry about, but a blanket more or less wouldn’t figure into it, and getting treatment for blood loss would come before anyone considered it.
Maybe later someone would giver her kudos for realizing that getting someone with a life-threatening emergency to treatment was a way more important use of her time than getting dressed.
But it’s no business of the hospital staff what the situation was that led to someone naked being the person to bring in the victim. They’ll want to know what inflicted the wounds, because that has treatment implications (are we worried about rabies? Tularemia? Tetanus? Or any of a number of other possible problems depending on how the slashes happened?) But nobody’s going to ask why she was naked, unless out of purely personal (and somewhat unprofessional) curiosity.
If anyone gives her a hard time about her state of undress when she’s bringing in an urgent-care patient, odds are that person would be in trouble with the hospital admins later; NOBODY wants to discourage people, for any reason, from bringing in a trauma patient as fast as humanly (or in this case inhumanly) possible.
So what do they do if a sphinx brings in a victim?
Treat the victim, then admire the wings.
In the more esoterically experienced emergency rooms, ask her if she’s related to the victim… 🙂
Direct her to the paranormal being waiting room. Surely all the hospitals in the area have one.
Oh, and there are 3 rest rooms nearby. “Male,” “female,” and “Other.” I believe the “Other” room has the symbol ‘?’ on the door. You don’t want to know what sorts of fixtures are in there.
Just a large, flat box of sand……
If a sphinx brings you a bleeding guy – possibly carrying him in her mouth by the scruff of his neck – you should act pleased and scratch her ears. That means she likes your hospital.
Wyvern- and be sure to say thank you to the nice critter.
Monday cliffhanger 😛
I gotta ask.. what does ‘jae’ stand for?
Coolest airlift ride to the hospital EVER!
Got that right.
When seconds count, fly Air Shellinx.
She cradles you securely in her furry bosom, while she speeds you to urgent care. No rescue too difficult, no weather too extreme. Buried in debris? She’ll have you out in a flash. Remember, you can have that Busty Mom Hug feeling all the way to the ER!
Not responsible for shoes or other items of apparel lost during liftoff. If you have a fear of heights or powerful mythical creatures consult a physician before calling. Do NOT complain to the pilot, nor startle her during transport. Such actions could result in the following symptoms;
-Restricted airway as she holds you tighter.
-Bodily lesions, bruising, and broken ribs.
-Spontaneous creation of a secondary anal opening.
“Busty Mom Hug” is a trademark of Shellinx Air.
So a “weird chick magnet” doesn’t want to get “roped back in the paranormal”.
What does other paranormal chicks, note the plural, sees in Justin that they got slippery heels all of a sudden; and why did it always ended up bad for him (from his point of view).
Beside the basic “he’s not telling us everything”, just how many “weird chicks” lives around Wapsi!Minneapolis that we never heard about?.
Any insurance company would like to know.
“What do all the other paranormal chicks…see in Justin…” you were using singular verbs with a plural subject, repeatedly…
No soup for you!
I think that life insurance for para-normals is really cheap. I mean, if you can live 80,000 years, that’s low-risk coverage!
(still feeling giddy cause I called it on Justin’s previous experiences)
Then there’s the collatral damage — e.g. how many TVs have GGs gone through? I’m sure Amanda needed new clothes after Lake C, etc.
It’s only low-risk because she was in a loop.
Now she’s mortal, and (as far as we know) due a normal human lifespan.
Did I call it or what?
Excuse me while I bask in my greatness.
You totally called it; that was my first thought as soon as I read it.
I bow in your general direction.
Now pardon me while I knock my forehead against the floor a few times (not as part of the bow, I’ve just been having trouble sleeping lately…)
You certainly called it, mademoiselle. All praise!
Justin has been a crazy paranormal chick magnet. Wild, romance-seeking supernaturals have fallen across the path of Officer Tight Buns.
Now, here’s a thing.
I was pulling for something like this.
It’s the devil (sphinx?) in the details, though.
Impressive! Most impressive. Good call sensing that he had experience in the supernatural before!
There aren’t many things Shelly could do to make being her boyfriend look like anything but a death sentence — but putting her broken heart on hold to get Justin to medical attention was one of those few things.
Am I seeing fangs on Justin? “…back into the paranormal”??? Oh, this is getting juicy!
I think Paul just actually bothers to draw canines as they are sometimes. It’s a little extra detail some cartoon artists don’t bother with…? Maybe?
I remember seeing pronounced canines before… But it was on Jin, so… who knows anymore… LOL WOOHOO!
Thunderbirds are GO!
Now I’ll be hearing the march the rest of the day.
Or Cliff Richards?
I was just passing through to click back to any I missed and I saw… “back into the paranormal” BACK INTO?
I think that possibility MIGHT have floated in the back of my mind, but I didn’t think… that’s TOO cool!!!!
OK, 1) the shoes in panel two, a-la Charlie Brown or Linus, have got me giggling hysterically. Gods rest you Charles Schultz, you gave us some indelible images.
2) that Justin isn’t even batting an eyelash that he’s just been scooped up by a Sphinx, says a lot…
and 3) wait.. “ROPED BACK INTO” !? You got some ‘splainin to do, Justin…
I know that there’s already nearly 300 comments on this already, but… whaddaya mean roped BACK into!? This explains a bit. Makes me wonder what happened last time.
I would tell you, but then I would die. I am to scared of dying, so I plan on living forever. Therefore: “not telling.”
And then suddenly… shoes
Shoulda seen that coming. She cares about the guy. He’s injured. He’s skeptical. Many birds, one stone. (Or many problems, one swing. Same thing.)
Won’t Shelly’s face be red when she learns Officer TB doesn’t have any health insurance.
He’s a cop. They get city employee insurance.
“that tiny little cut must have led to massive blood loss and now i’m hallucinating. THAT MUST BE IT!”
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