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I was never too good at drawing, but... if this is the case, there is a word associated with this bmp image. Find out which one.enter image description here

Hint 1:

What if the two living creatures change places?

Hint 2:

I intentionally didn't draw something 3 dimensional, I didn't even try (Okay..I wouldn't be able to, either). The peculiar traits of the components are important. If you rotate the whole thing by x degrees, the placement of the components will make more sense. The knowledge tag here is (maybe unfortunately) of primary importance and unavoidable

Hint 3:

The wavy line indeed represents water

Hint 4:

This is the biggest giveaway so far : it's worth going back to the '80s

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  • $\begingroup$ Are you sure the answer is just one word? $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 14 at 3:47
  • $\begingroup$ Possibility of a second hint? $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 14 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ Hm.. OK. Even in the description there is a clue. $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 14 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Ebe Isaac, yes I am sure. (And I am not the Beast, don't be afraid:) $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 14 at 14:29
  • $\begingroup$ Any update? I'm curious of the solution! $\endgroup$ – Mathgeek Mar 18 at 1:32
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This likely isn't the intended solution, but it's a line of thinking we could use to solve it;

SANDWICH

because;

Something related to PB&J, because of the BUTTERfly and JELLYfish. Any ideas on where to actually proceed here? Could be related to fly-fishing too, but idk what the squiggly line has to do with it.

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    $\begingroup$ I had much the same thought. I assumed the wiggly line was the surface of the water in which the jellyfish is swimming. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 12 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ I'm trying to fit the significance of the cute little smiley face being red into that construct. I can't so far. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Mar 12 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ Mathgeek: high intelligence there, since the high level of self-scepticism. Anodyne: good intentions to try things to fit, maybe nothing is by random $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 12 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ Could it matter that both words are composed of the same cypher-style lettering? Double-up on the 3rd letter, no other uniques, 9 letters long, could this be a cypher? $\endgroup$ – Mathgeek Mar 12 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ Not a cipher. (Check the tags, not random, appropriate.) $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 12 at 19:49
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New Final Answer

LIFELINE

Because

Based on the latest hint - If either living animal were to cross over that squiggly line, they would no longer be living.

Thus, the squiggly line drawn between the creatures is a LIFELINE

How that relates to the red and the butter and jelly, I do not know.

Previous Final Answer

DISTORTION

Because

Distort -
- (often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
- to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
- electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform

The DISTORTION of the wavy water could be causing the BUTTERfly to see its reflection as a JELLYfish.

First Answer

TOASTER

Because

First, props to @Mathgeek for finding BUTTERfly and JELLYfish

Both sides are situated so that the squiggly line could be the coil of a TOASTER

One side's piece is designated for BUTTER spreading while
The other side's piece is designated for JELLY spreading

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    $\begingroup$ Nice thoughts!! But not the intended solution. I really think this will be helpful:The word is not interchangable. Non-modifiable. That's important. That provides, namely, the uniqueness. Let's see an example:Toaster is incorrect, because toast is incorrect. I know this is not a real hint, but I consider this a useful methodological advice, that's why I wrote it here. $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 12 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ No, but your second answer inspired me to come up with a hint : just twist it, if you'd like to do so! $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 12 at 19:58
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It could be

JELLYFISHING

Because

This is assuming we need to focus on the only red piece in the otherwise black puzzle using hints from OP on my other answer. - Unique word - Twist it if you want

In a distorted world, Spongebob and Patrick go jellyfishing. Much like we would catch butterflies above the water, they catch jellyfish underwater using nets.

Title

Spongebob Squarepants is a cartoon, probably originally hand-drawn. Probably a great many people draw Spongebob related things due to its simplicity.

Thoughts

I thought of this on my drive home. If this is it, I'm going to laugh.

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  • $\begingroup$ incorrect. twist/turn/rotate the image if you want, tell me what change you see. $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 13 at 18:47
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I think the answer might be:

Die Laughing, a movie from the 1980s

Clue 1: What if the two living creatures change places?

The jellyfish dies out of water and the butterfly drowns in the water

Clue 2: I intentionally did't draw something 3 dimensional, I didn't even try (Okay..I wouldn't be able to, either). The peculiar traits of the components are important. If you rotate the whole thing by x degrees, the placement of the components will make more sense. The knowledge tag here is (maybe unfortunately) of primary importance and unavoidable

If you rotate the jellyfish and the butterfly, the head of the jellyfish, the line in the middle, and the wing of the butterfly will resemble the word 'die'. I know there is a catch here, something that relates to the knowledge part, but that was the best shot I had at explaining this

Clue 4: This is the biggest giveaway so far : it's worth going back to the '80s

The movie, as I said, was made in the 1980s

Explaining the 'laughing' part:

Both the creatures are smiling and the red ink used to mark out the smile of the jellyfish probably also hints this

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  • $\begingroup$ That's a line of thought! Unfortunately not correct. (To clear up a slight misconcept: Clues are not in the hints. Clues are in the puzzle. (All of them). Hints are aids. They could lead you to the clues.) $\endgroup$ – FIreCase 2 days ago
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How about:

diverge

Explanation:

The surface of the ocean marks the point of divergence between water-based and land-based creatures. Also, in terms of a rebus, the jellyfish contains the letter 'D', the butterfly contains the letter 'i', and a 'verge' is an edge or border, so the wavy area (the water surface) could be thought of as the 'd-i-verge'.

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  • $\begingroup$ Lanny Strack: no no, it's much more unique, has no synonyms atall. It's more like a symbolism based thing, this latter note I consider an important guide $\endgroup$ – FIreCase Mar 27 at 18:09

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