Parson's World

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The universe Parson Gotti came from. Stanley said that its name ("Earth") was an incredibly stupid name, and called it "Stupidworld". It's generally similar to our real world, but part of the fictional metaverse of Erfworld (the story).

Speculation

The evidence we have for Stupidworld resembling the Real World is:

  • Julian calendar with months and years, such as "December 7, 1982" (Parson's birthday).
  • Parson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America.TBFGK 37a
  • He lived in Columbus, Ohio, and often ate at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
  • Numerous references to real-world places and things that were unknown in Erfworld, including: Apple Store, Arby's, automobiles (including bumper stickers & freeways), bowling alleys, clock radios, computer game cheat codes, condoms, Craigslist, DCC RPG, Death Note, Dungeons & Dragons, Ender's Game, firearms, Gladware, GURPS, Kinko's, kippahs, Kobiyashi Maru scenario, "Loser" by Beck, Lucky Charms, marshmallow Peeps, Microsoft Windows, Mountain Dew, mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, mustard gas, nuclear weapons, Pez, picnics, Pokémon, quantum computing, Red Bull, Richard Nixon, school cafeteria lunches, Twilight 2000, webcomics, White Castle, World War II, and YoutubeLIAB 45.
  • Parson had pizza stains on his T-shirt, implying the existence of fast food and free enterprise.
    • This implies that people and things are not cleaned at the start of each day, as they are in Erfworld.
  • Parson was a Game Master of a Role Playing Game, and has shown experience with gaming with miniatures. Parson read Dragon Magazine while working at Kinko's, and read the D&D Monster Manual (1E) as a child.
    • This implies gaming as a leisure time activity.
  • The Internet exists with many noticeable similarities to the real world, such as Parson's webcomic.
  • Parson is surprised by things popping into existence, and by literal turns instead of real time action.
  • Parson needs to learn the rules of magic. This implies that the various forms of magic in Erfworld do not exist in Parson's World, or if magic exists, that it is significantly different from what he is familiar with.

On the other hand, there appear to be at least minor differences:

  • Easter marshmallow Peeps do not become solidly crunchy by July in the Real World.
    • ...or at least, not the same year. Even a single complete year-plus (to July) of climate controlled counter-top storage is insufficient to render Real World Peeps crunchy to more than the outer eighth inch. Circa the one-and-a-half to one-and-three-quarters year mark, Real World peeps will be crunchy throughout; thus, crunchy Easter chick Peeps in July implies a minimum age of over two years. This discrepancy may not mark a difference per se, but might instead indicate that the lead times and single-minded focus Parson commits to his planning are more obsessive than even those around him realize.

From this preponderance of evidence, it is best to assume that Stupidworld is Earth in every respect unless stated otherwise.

Charlie and Judy

Circumstantial evidence suggests Charlie and Judy Gale may also be from Earth (either the same one as Parson, or other parallel ones).

Charlie

Given that Charlie (like Parson) understands leetspeak, as well as the Stupidworld references inherent in Erfworld names, it is likely he is familiar with Parson's World. Further evidence for this supposition comes in the fact that Erfworlders are conscious of Charlie's "otherness," much as they are conscious of Parson's "otherness." Like Parson, Charlie seems to have some capacity to bend, or work around the rules of Erfworld. Moreover, he appears to feel some degree of kinship with Parson. Finally, Judy's account of the history of Efbaum implies that Charlie held a role analagous to the Wizard of Oz. Just as the Wizard was a man from "a" stupidworld, who found himself transported to the fantastical land of Oz; so also Charlie may be a man from "the" Stupidworld, who found himself transported to the fantastical land of Erfworld.

However, it is possible that Charlie's otherworldly knowledge comes from the Arkendish's "extrauniverse" channel reception.

Judy

Judy comes from Kansas, which implies the USA. She uses English words like "kill" and "year", which Erfworld natives do not.

Given that Judy wears an old fashioned dress, is surrounded by Wizard of Oz references, and her description of Kansas as "flat, windy, pig-boop smellin’ rural Kansas", it is also possible that Judy is from early 20th century Stupidworld, as opposed to Parson who is clearly from the early 21st century.

However, Judy is much smaller than Parson and her name is the sort of reference Parson would be capable of recognizing as one of Erfworld's jokes, possibly implying an alternate version of Stupidworld. On the other hand, Parson also has a reference for a name, with "Parson Gotti" being an anagram of "protagonist".