Pnf Headcanons: Trivia
It’s more of a long-standing game than anything else.
They’re both very clever. They both know this. In their respective circles they’re well known not only for their expertise but also their eclectic collection of esoteric tidbits. And they both enjoy winding the other up, just a little.
“Well, of course! Polar bears have been found as far south as the Himalayas, you know,” says Father at dinner, and Ferb spends an hour before bed researching the natural range of the bear and how it could possibly have gotten down there. (And the next day he and Phineas take a trip to meet some, and even if they only find Klimpahloon and a yeti or six it’s still fun.)
Ferb draws a picture of a bear, a yeti, and Klimpahloon on a card thirty centimetres square, and slips it to his father the next day.
“The rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle predates any other text in Proto-Canaanite by six hundred years,” Ferb replies offhandedly at breakfast a week later, and Lawrence spends the next two days pouring through old texts at the antiques store and then at the library. Who would have thought of milk from the moon? Funny group, the Lunites...
Lawrence writes the translation down, and gives it to Ferb inside a copy of Lord of the Rings, at the beginning of a song called “There is an Inn.” Candace spends the next afternoon chasing her brothers up the side of the volcano that’s inexplicably appeared in City Park while the rest of the kids battle giant asparagus. Linda’s at a rock concert on a subway.
A few days later Father casually slides into the conversation as they’re looking at old photographs, “Oh, yes, that was when I tried to find the Lost Temple of Juatchadoon. Destroyed when they built the Panama Canal, you know, but legend says there’s still an amulet down there that can control an enormous monster made of corn.” It takes all of that day to fly down and find it, and the resulting tap-dancing show would have been amazing on Broadway if a giant ray from the sky hadn’t picked up the colossus and the amulet both. (And Candace’s phone, for some reason.) This time it’s just geographic coordinates, slipped quietly over before they head out to school on Monday. (And if there’s a Mayan inscription found at the site next autumn when Father takes a trip to visit some old friends, well, is there anything wrong with that?)
Out of the blue next Sunday lunch, Ferb remarks, in response to one of Candace and Phineas’ debates, “Life didn’t actually give us lemons, we made them ourselves.” Lawrence finds out more about the history of citrus fruit than he’d ever known before in his life, which amazingly enough gives him the winning answer for an archaeologist game-show he’s invited on.
He brings back oranges for the kids.
Candace and Phineas, poor dears, don’t quite understand, and if they ever asked Dad instead of Ferb then they might get a straight answer. Mom can’t help but smile, though.
Neither tells the other where they get the information from. That would quite spoil the game.
Headcanon: Ferb and Lawrence like to tease each other with interesting facts, which they then have to prove they learned to one another.
EDIT: Why the heck don’t there seem to be any pictures at all of just Ferb and Lawrence?
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