Turns out you shouldn't just take flashing stars. It was pretty cool at
first. Everything I touched died instantly. Nothing could hurt me! None
of Bowser's evil henchmen were able to damage me at all.
Unfortunately, in my rush to use the energy I got from the ecstasy to
get me as close to rescuing the princess as possible, I fell in a hole.
The drug had distorted my perception of reality! I didn't even see it
until it was too late.
And yeah...these holes are just
bottomless pits. I'm still falling. 10 years later. I'm sure I had an
extra man. I picked one up from a hidden block not far from my home,
but I guess I either have to wait until I hit the bottom of this
bottomless pit (if that ever happens) or accept that having an extra
man means that you are merely cloned automatically when you die or fall
into a pit. Kinda sucks when you think about it, but eh...that's life.