Page 1104 - Pattern Precognition

16th Aug 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Pattern Precognition
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Newbiespud 16th Aug 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Yesterday was my birthday! I visited a cheese factory.

That's it; that's the end of the story.

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Guest 16th Aug 2018, 6:01 AM edit delete reply

That's it. That's the end of my post.
nathan400 16th Aug 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
FanOfMostEverything 16th Aug 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Cheese, Sheogorath, chaos gods, Discord...

Yeah, the math checks out. Happy belated birthday, Spud!
Sensei Le Roof 17th Aug 2018, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
He went to a cheese factory and he said
This is it, that's the end of the post

(with apologies to Psychedelic Furs)
Guest 16th Aug 2018, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
I would assume that Applejack's curse stops working if she's saying something everyone already knows. But I guess so far Fluttershy's comments are technically just speculation and Applejack confirming what she said would be revealing the truth.
mystic seer 16th Aug 2018, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Well, the problem is that Discord never gave a way to break the curse.
Digo Dragon 16th Aug 2018, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I guess this is where the wizard casts "Break Curse"?
Greenhornet 16th Aug 2018, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Hey, that's right! Twilight can... oh, wait...
Guest 16th Aug 2018, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
@mystic seer That's not what I mean. Applejack is allowed to say true things so long as she is not revealing any new information. If someone asks her if the sky is blue, she isn't forced to say no. She isn't revealing anything by saying yes.
RandomRex6 16th Aug 2018, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Were there samples at this factory?
Newbiespud 16th Aug 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
There were. I may have had more than my fair share.
Digo Dragon 16th Aug 2018, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Impossible, you can't have more than 100% of the cheese, which is a fair share of it.
RandomRex6 16th Aug 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
This guy gets it!
albedoequals1 16th Aug 2018, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Happy birthday!
Discord 16th Aug 2018, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh, thanks for reminding me.
I still have to take a bite out of Luna's luna.
Brie and chedder, my favorite.
Digo Dragon 16th Aug 2018, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Pffft, hahaha!!

Luna's luna...
Pinkie Pie 16th Aug 2018, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
So, how old are you now?
Newbiespud 16th Aug 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
I'm just over the quarter-century mark.
Xanderman1201 16th Aug 2018, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
Hey, that makes you just a few months younger than me.
Discord 17th Aug 2018, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
You mean five score devided(sp) by four?
Because you would make a great Daring Do.
Evilbob 16th Aug 2018, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
Oooh! An actual cheese factory?

... Or just the boring cheesecake factory?
Newbiespud 16th Aug 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Actual, factual cheese.
ShinyFlareon 16th Aug 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Wulfraed 17th Aug 2018, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
SF: "Tillamook"?

In Kudzuhaiku's WeedVerse, that would be how one disposes of former "mooks"
Solitary Performance 17th Aug 2018, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
@Wulfaed: I'm not the one you paged, but I can elaborate none-the-less. Tillamook is a dairy and cheese factory based in Oregon, has some pretty awesome cheeses and ice creams. It is pretty well worth it to visit, even if there's no longer an actual tour of the factory level because of health and safety; they've got self-guided kiosks and stuff now.

(biased) source: I'm an Oregonian.
MissFinefeather 16th Aug 2018, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
I always thought it clever. Twilight is the magic that allows friendship to happen, so Discord curses her by turning all her friends against her.
Boris Carlot 16th Aug 2018, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you.
You make comics about ponies,
we like them and you too.
Guest 16th Aug 2018, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
I always took the whole Element of Magic thing to be more about having faith in your friends, or just trust in general. The whole "open up your heart" thing, instead of closing yourself away in a wizard tower to read books forever.

Interesting point: Celestia refers to Twilight as "my faithful student."
Guest 16th Aug 2018, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
ArchimediesMD 16th Aug 2018, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
modulusshift 16th Aug 2018, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Well, I've caught up for the first time in a few years, I'm amazed you're still going so strong.

So, now I'm really curious, how do you break this Rainbow Dash? Make her act her alignment somehow? Or somehow subvert it? I'm trying to figure out what would make her leave the maze, too...
Departure_Dave 17th Aug 2018, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
RD is vulnerable to fast-talking, which the Discord Manager is adept at.
Composer99 16th Aug 2018, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
First: Happy birthday!

Second: The brevity of your story reminds me of the story of the hermit crab and the mantis shrimp: (
Smithers 16th Aug 2018, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday Spud, my mid-August birthday buddy. I remember my 20's. Mostly because they lasted until Saturday. I don't really celebrate my birthdays, but now I wish I'd been to a cheese factory. I would've eaten more than my fair share too.
Philadelphus 17th Aug 2018, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
I can think of worse things to do on my birthday. Mmm, cheese…

Oh, and happy birthday! Hard to believe I've been following this comic since I found it in 2011 when you were still doing the pilot episodes. It's actually what got me into watching the show, which I hadn't heard of before. :)
HappyEevee 17th Aug 2018, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Happy belated birthday! Visiting a cheese factory sounds amazing; I hope you had lots of fun and got to spend time with the people important to you!

Thank you for making this comic, we really enjoy it!