__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__But perhaps the most important question that shows like Sherlock, House and Luther raise is this: What's the difference between being a troubled, misunderstood soul and just being an asshole? The obvious answer is "genius," but I'm kind of dumb and I would like to get away with being a jerk, so I don't want that to be true. Therefore I propose to isolate all of the many variables that distinguish the Troubled Savant from the Fucking Asshole, in order to lazily exploit them for my own ends. Because frankly, I'm sick to death of kicking open hospital doors to yell at the patients inside and finding not applause for my ballsy dedication, but angry family members and impending arrests. __new_line____new_line____new_line__
__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__Just ... just touch him, Sherlock. You know you want to. You're so lonely, and he loves you. Just touch his mouth.
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Getty__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__The most obvious difference between assholes like me and Troubled Savants like House is that the latter are constantly making observations, while I'm constantly making crude snare traps to set around my box of Work Wine. So if I ever want to start ensnaring the sweet pity-lovin' of the Troubled Savant, and not just the unsuspecting co-workers who unwisely approach the company fridge, I need to regear my efforts away from hunting my fellow man like small game and direct them toward deduction instead. After spending several minutes researching the different types of dirt, skin conditions and weather patterns in England -- which, according to Sherlock, are the only things I need to know to know everything about everybody -- I am ready to inflict my genius on my fellow man. Toward this end, I absconded to one of my many Normal Beard locations, the corner coffee shop, wherein I studied the barista with my cold, calculating new eyes:__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__
Getty__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__"I'll take a large Irish, with room for coffee," I said, just waiting to T-bone her with the garbage truck of deductive reasoning.__new_line__She started to reach for one of those Styrofoam Jameson containers they sell at the coffee shop, when I spotted my opening.__new_line__"Wait!" I screamed, "Don't touch that cup!"__new_line__"What?! Jesus, what is it?" she cried, leaping backward in surprise.__new_line__"Don't you dare touch my cup with those hands. I know where they've been," I said, baiting the metaphorical wine snare.__new_line__"Excuse me?"__new_line__"Your eyes. They're discolored. A pinkish hue. Now, you could just be tired from working double shifts to try and make the student loan payments on your useless yet astoundingly expensive liberal studies degree, but we both know that's not really the case, is it? No, this discoloration is due to none other than conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pinkeye. The most common cause of which is the improper washing of hands after using the restroom. That's right: You've got the poop-eyes, my dear. Of course, this comes as little surprise to either of us, seeing as your questionable ancestry and unlovable lips mean that you've no doubt grown up impoverished and starved for affection, and have therefore resorted to turning tricks on the side to supplement your meager service income. A fact which is only confirmed by the whore dirt that has accumulated beneath your fingernails."__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__
__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__That's what that stuff is called. For real. Look it up. I'll wait.
4Only Have One Friend__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__
__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__Sherlock, House, Luther -- what do they all have in common? They have only a single friend in the world in which to confide, an intellectually inferior man Friday who serves as a dumb, kindly foil to their cutting ingenuity. But this practice is obviously only applicable to the realm of fiction, because it's nearly impossible to pull off in real life. I mean, how does one acquire a whole friend? I have many half-friends, step-friends and friends twice removed, but no single solid friend-mass to call my own. Luckily, I had the perfect solution:__new_line__"Dan! My intellectual inferior! How's it g-"__new_line__"I don't want to be your friend," Dan replied instantly.__new_line__"How did you know what I was going to ask? Shit, are you savanting, too? I gotta warn you: Observation turns into racism and misogyny reeeeaaaally quickly."__new_line__"Ask? I didn't know you were going to ask anything. I just don't want to be your friend. Ever. In general. It's literally all I have to say to you."__new_line__So, long story short, I built a robot:__new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line____new_line__