Great Ice Cream Debacle of DYOS V
"I can't handle being wrong! You always win the argument! I need some way to beat you!"
The Great Ice Cream Debacle of DYOS V was the triggering event for the Styles brothers' quest for the Monkey Statue of Spamuzel. Stylesrj and Stylesjl were in disagreement over which flavour of ice cream to purchase; they only had a single dollar to spend between each other for ice cream so they could only purchase a single cone.
Stylesrj claimed a medical predisposition against chocolate, and Stylesjl asserted that his brother simply wanted strawberry to deny him his preferred choice. The argument dragged on for so long that the ice cream truck departed, leaving the brothers empty-handed of their ice cream.
The only solution it seemed (to them) was to retrieve the Monkey Statue of Spamuzel and use it on the other.
Stylesjl claimed he could win the argument easily, but he wanted to get the statue for the overkill.
Stylesrj, being weaker at arguing, wanted the statue in order for the argument to be in his favour.
"I think it was more the principle of the matter at the end of the day. The whole thing was an allegory of real life, between nations. A whole war can start over anything so trivial. From what I've seen, strawberry and chocolate is an allusion to Soviet Russia and the United States..."—Rhiza Kalanin
"You're just making this up as you go along aren't you Rhiza?"—Stylesrj
And yet they still didn't get any ice cream at the end...
The Debacle seems to have more deeper roots than a simple engagement between two brothers. It's also the start of many other characters origins or backstories, including General Kwai and The Hacker, and is somehow involved with everything Stylesrj and his characters have ever done since.
This is a reference to Haruhi Suzumiya's interests all beginning at a single point several years ago in history.
In late DYOS XI it was soon found out that the Debacle had been caused by the Ethereal Empire. In order to stop Stylesrj from investigating the whereabouts of their homeworld, they used a long ranged mind influencing ray (instead of you know... a giant killing laser) to subtly control Stylesjl into wanting chocolate ice cream exclusively so that he would get into an argument with his brother and cause a large-scale conflict, thus postponing any investigation from Stylesrj for a very long time.
However, it turned out this actually wasn't needed as the investigation had already ceased several months before the events and the planet was found by other means out of their control.