s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: A list

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A list

Things that keep you young forever:
The Fountain of Youth
The juice from Death Becomes Her
Being Peter Pan

Things that keep you from dying (but don't necessarily keep you young):
The Philosopher's Stone*
Being translated
Being dipped in the river Styx

Things that keep you at the same age forever (whether young or old):
Drinking the spring water from Tuck Everlasting
Being revivified by The Pie Maker
Being bitten by a vampire
Cursed Aztec Gold in Pirates of the Caribbean

*Depending on the incarnation, this could also belong in the first category.

What am I missing?


At March 31, 2009 4:11 PM, Blogger Sam, The Nanti-SARRMM said...

Vampirism keeps you from dying, though you're not necessarily alive either...

There was the cursed Aztec Gold in Pirates of the Caribbean, but again that was more of an undead thing. Becoming Davy Jones is a way of staying the same age forever.

At March 31, 2009 4:52 PM, Blogger Redoubt said...

I was going to say vampirism too, but dying is a part of the turning process so I don't think it counts.

I'm sure Black Magick could fit in any of those categories but you're looking for more specific things.

At March 31, 2009 5:12 PM, Blogger Logan said...

Elves (Tolkien's, i.e. Quendi) don't die of old age or sickness, though they can die of injuries or "a broken heart"; but then they are later reincarnated in their descendants.

Being "translated" a la the three Nephites keeps you from dying or being harmed by anything, and also other powers.

At March 31, 2009 5:20 PM, Blogger Th. said...


Have you had my thuna casserole?

At March 31, 2009 5:33 PM, Blogger Optimistic. said...

What about the juice in Death Becomes Her?

At March 31, 2009 6:00 PM, Blogger MB said...


Keeps you young forever: James Barrie didn't specify what Peter Pan utilized to keep from growing up. But the Peter novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson say it was exposure to "starstuff".

Keeps you from dying: Being dipped, completely, in the river Styx (the Achilleid, the version written by Statius)

At March 31, 2009 6:17 PM, Blogger Katya said...

Sam & Redoubt - Interesting point about living forever vs. being undead, but one of the main themes of Pushing Daisies (and maybe Tuck Everlasting) was that living forever isn't necessarily different from being undead . . . For now, at least, I'm lumping them all together.

MB - I thought it was living in Neverland that kept Peter Pan young. (It kept the Lost Boys young, too, right?)

At March 31, 2009 11:17 PM, Blogger alea said...

I'm pretty sure that talisman possessed by the villain in the Ducktales movie keeps him the same age forever.

Connected with that, do genies ever age/die?

At April 01, 2009 10:25 AM, Blogger MB said...

Actually, in Barrie's book it says, in regards to the lost boys, that Peter "thins them out" when they start to grow up. Rather disquieting. I can see why Disney skipped that part.

They arrive as infants when they are not adequately watched over in Kensington gardens, as I recall, and then get older in Neverland as time goes by. That's why they are different ages in the story.

At April 03, 2009 7:35 PM, Blogger Katya said...

alea - No, I don't think genies do die, although you've made me realize that I want to keep the list human-based, so I've got to remove the elves.

MB - Ah, I see. I remembered that the Lost Boys were all children, but I'd forgotten they were babies when they got "lost" in the first place, so they must have done some growing up in Neverland. Yeah, I do remember that the original Peter Pan is a lot darker than most adaptations would lead you to believe.


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