Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson for July 22, 2021

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    Sugar Bombs 95  10 days ago

    So, the Stable Time Loop as TV Tropes calls it?

    Also, I wonder if Phoebe’s dad recognizes his daughter as the time traveler he met as a kid.

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    codycab  10 days ago

    “25 years. Give or take.”

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    Averagemoe  10 days ago

    Remember that when the Doctor described it as “a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey… stuff…” those weren’t actually his words. He was just reading from a script created by the Bootstrap Paradox. So really, that was the laws of time describing themselves.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  10 days ago

    suit yourself, Ethan

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    Concretionist  10 days ago

    SINCE nothing can change the timeline (he thinks) AND his adult self has not remembered this visit, THEREFORE either it never happened or he has a fungible memory.

    I’m not very fond of time-travel stories, though Heinlein’s All You Zombies is as good a one as I’ve seen.

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    Antiyonder  10 days ago

    Added mention of today’s strip on the Back to the Future wikia.

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    kaykeyser  10 days ago

    Well then never mind my comments, do what you want. Go crazy. It was meant to happen.

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    Uncle Kenny  10 days ago

    Hmm? Predestination? I know a good joke about predestination.

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    jaydogg187  10 days ago

    Now I’m getting vibes of them not stopping Judgment Day, but postponing it.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 9 days ago

    Pretty convenient rule.

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    eddi_tbh  9 days ago

    Like father, like daughter. At least when they were the same age.

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    sueb1863  9 days ago

    “OK, see, the Time Keepers created the Sacred Timeline…”

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    Billavi Premium Member 9 days ago

    Don’t go easy on her, Dad.

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    Nico  9 days ago

    I think he remembers it but holds off saying anything until he knows Phoebe went back. Maybe after the conversation about how he liked camp, he’s already suspecting this is the, well, time.

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    Troglodyte  9 days ago

    Brraack to the future!

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    Darwinskeeper  9 days ago

    The ancient Greeks believed in a form of this. If someone hears a prophecy from the Gods, and tries to do something to keep the prophecy from happening, the Gods will change other things to keep the prophecy on track.

    For example, in Oedipus Rex, it was prophesied at his birth that the title character would murder his father and marry his mother. His father sent him to a neighboring kingdom where he was raised by different parents. Later, when he was a young man, Oedipus heard the same prophecy and left his home. He came across his real father while traveling and killed him in a fit of road rage. He later married the queen and became king, had a few children and then learned the truth. Thus the prophecy fulfilled itself.

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    rpmurray  9 days ago

    I’m wondering if the reason we never see Ethan working is that Phoebe left behind some information that allowed him to make a bazillion dollars so he can just kick back and play video games.

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    WaitingMan  9 days ago

    Free will? Hah! Everything that happens has been pre-determined since the Big Bang. Nothing changes anything.

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    Need coffee  9 days ago

    “Tell your parents to buy stock in Amazon, and look for a thing called Bitcoin and buy it the first time you hear about it.”

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    scyphi26  9 days ago

    Funny he should say this, as I myself had speculated about this being the case here just yesterday. :P

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    Bryan Smith Premium Member 9 days ago

    I feel like it should be “ascribe” rather than “subscribe”. But I imagine most people say “subscribe”, making it de facto correct.

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    Wizard4168  9 days ago

    You could get the same result if time travel runs on “many worlds” rules. Changes to the past create a new timeline, so you can’t change your own.

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    Frer Squirrel  9 days ago

    The Bell Inequality proves that there “the” timeline is NOT fixed and unchangeable. Nuclear power and electronic transistors work because the world has intrinsic quantum uncertainty. It is impressive for Ethan to be thinking about such questions at his age. He may be surprised if he encounters quantum mechanics in his reading.

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    BiggerNate91  9 days ago

    I have a Loki ad on the side of my screen as I read this.

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    Decepticomic  9 days ago

    I prefer X-Men: Animated Series rules. Time travel does impact the future, but anyone who traveled exists “outside of time” and so remembers the way things were before the change took place. Plus the music in that series was awesome.

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    NWdryad  9 days ago

    obviously he hasn’t met the TVA.

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    Stephen Gilberg  9 days ago

    One good thing about meeting your future offspring is the assurance that you won’t die before siring said offspring.

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    raybarb44  9 days ago

    So everyone in Prison is their through no fault of their own. Interesting….

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    pixiekitten Premium Member 9 days ago

    This is what we call the Barry Allen paradox.

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    Daeder  9 days ago

    Once the present goes into syndication, it becomes permanent and unalterable except in rare cases such as “Garfield Minus Garfield”.

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    Night-Gaunt49  9 days ago

    It’s fixed and what you do divides the timeline into the original and the one you messed with.

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    Formedras  9 days ago

    As far as I’m concerned, nobody in a timeline knows how time travel works, or how paradoxes are resolved, until SOMEONE GOES BACK IN TIME. For all we know, the rules about it aren’t even set yet until that happens. (And if Star Trek is any indication, even then they’re still in flux. There are at least four different models working in that canon.) And just because a model seems like it’s impossible (like Back to the Future), doesn’t actually mean it is impossible; it probably just means that it’s deity-aided.

    That said… obviously, unicorns have done time travel before and they should know what the rules are. They may not remember. Or they may have been too self-absorbed to notice. But their rules are likely set.

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    jerrica.benton333  6 days ago

    If THIS is the fixed timelinie… i call DO-OVER!!!

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