A Journey to Pipbob

Gulliver\'s next journey takes him to the moon of Pipbob, Astrobob. He is on
vacation to tour the famous moon and to experience the rumored splendor of the
rainforests and beautiful countrysides. Even the inhabitants of Pipbob, the
Pipbobians, known for their beautiful purple skin and miniscule size of only two
feet five inches, attract attention from across the universe. Every Pipbobian is
athletic, artistic, or musically talented. Their little known flaw is they are
very conscious of their appearance. Their superficial nature places focus on
less salient issues like fashion, and makes them more dependent on the opinions
of others to gauge their own self worth. Every Pipbobian follows the latest
trends and is quick to judge the appearance of those who do not.

When Gulliver arrives he proceeds to the rental jet booth. He expects to find
a decent Zipbob, but instead he is informed by the receptionist that all that is
left are the old clunker Zipbobs. Grudgingly, he compromises as he really wants
to see as much of Pipbob as possible. As he is traveling, his Zipbob2100XX
sputters and nearly dies on the jetway. Gulliver manages to guide his Zipbob to
the nearest available docking bay, which happens to be the dock for the oldest
and most privileged Zipbobs. Unaware of the penalty for such an offense,
Gulliver leaves his Zipbob and begins to make his way for help.

Not five meters down the jetpath, Gulliver is stopped by Billbob, the second
in command to the almighty Bob. Bob is the leader of all Astrobob, and he truly
epitomizes the Pipbobians. He is very nicely dressed and cares only about the
opinions of others. He lacks any real individuality. Billbob reports Gulliver to
Bob for a landing violation and leaves Gulliver\'s fate in Bob\'s hands, as he
wouldn\'t dare think of a punishment without the consent of others. Gulliver is
livid with the Pipbobian\'s treatment of a tourist, and is disappointed with the
reputation that follows the famous moon.

Bob explains sheepishly that docking in the wrong bay is bad, but that he
doesn\'t know what to do about it. He would normally seek the approval of the
masses in such a case, but he felt that such a display of insecurity may cause
the people to see him as being weak and unable to govern. Gulliver, now furious,
lashes out at the cowardly leader and directly addresses his problem of
dependency on others for everything. He explains how all of the people of his
nation have also become dependent and fill their insecurities with cheap fashion
and trendy ideas that fade as quickly as they come. They buy flashy cars and
wear certain clothes to impress all the tourists, but they lack any real
substance. In a final act of disgust, Gulliver storms out of the office and
catches the next rocket home.

Bob, struck with a revelation, awakens to the real problem that Gulliver
highlighted. He ponders day and night to find a solution that will make his
people more hospitable to tourist like Gulliver. He consults many other moons to
see how they have solved similar problems and discovers the concept of uniforms.
All the dominate species of other planets are adopting uniform clothing patterns
that eliminate competition and ensure individualism through a collective voice.
Almost too good to be true, Bob leaps in rejoice over the solution. He mandates
a uniform for all the Pipbobians, and thus, the problem is solved!

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