Like when a 13th century vampire
shows up in manhattan
and has no exposure to the real, modern world
until hither. Or when Li'l Johnny bakes Principle Jinkins some brownies
, and accidently adds some pot
from his older brother's stash
. Or like when Thomas Jefferson
is transported into the future by Jerry's time machine
, only it isn't set up right, and poor Thomas's brain gets switched with Jerry's.
As a rule, craziness ensues when one leasts expects it; it cannot be prevented or even predicted. It is a mad, chaotic thing that creeps up on a man from around the corner while a guy is just trying to sit around and drink a coke
In the world of movies
, and other forms of entertainment
, craziness tends to happen when some kind of cute, funny, or otherwise lovable protagonist is catapulted into a situation he, she, or they have no control over, and that, folks, is entertainment.
craziness ensuing in this manner has a long tradition; the first example that springs to mind is Odysseus of The Illiad
and The Odyssey
fame. It happened again to Virgil's Ulysses
(who, to be fair, was essentially a Roman
Odysseus). In more recent years, craziness ensued when lovable Alice
pursued a white rabbit
down a rabbit hole in Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
. Arthur Dent
experienced some major craziness when it ensued in the now classic Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. In much more recent times, Tristran Thorn met up with a similar sort of thing in Neil Gaiman's Stardust
. This sort of thing, you see, is a staple of fiction as we know it.