You don't think this is petty?
Wait a second though...aren't YOU being just a bit petty for posting this thread westtim?So let me see if I've got this straight...you can accept a universe inhabited by guys with spider powers, Norse gods, an ageless super soldier, a wasp woman, shape changers, a big green guy, and you don't think that there could be a plausible explanation for kids being of an unusual age.
See, all you really had to do was explain it reasonably, and I'm there.
Yeah, JMS is absolutely right. There's a bunch of people out there who do exactly this. And it's horrible.
Yes, we who know better should rise above it - but it so damn irritating.
About 3-4 weeks ago, I showed my face in a newsgroup I hadn't been into for about 3 years (due to not actually having a PC in the interim), and nothing had changed... The same group of loudmouths were still there, doing exactly what they used to do.
Not talking about the show the newsgroup was formed for, at hardly any point. Instead using their time to dig up photographs (and lots of 'em) from the 'net with which to insult other people they didn't care for, who also use the newsgroup; using any excuse at all to launch personal attacks on people involved in the production they didn't like - or again, fellow newsgroup users (the word "tenuous" doesn't even cover it, in regard to how they shoe-horn their negative comments into discussions)...
After a week or so, seeing these people do nothing else but the above, I put it to them that they were behaving scarcely better than children. And of course, for doing that, I was branded a "troll" (in fact, few of them had the imagination to post more than that one word). Of course - I was obviously the one stirring up the trouble, having dared to disagree.
I might have deserved something of the sort if I'd called any of them the sort of things they reserve for Those Who Do Not Conform... Anyway, I just don't go there anymore. It takes the fun out of fandom when you're in amongst people who will dance on the graves of actors who have recently died. And I kid you not.