And this last one is the one that haunts me the most, because I can never really be sure, and it was such a stupid thing to do.
I was hunting in the desert on Platinum. You know the place where Beldum swarm? Anyway, mum, or another family member, I think, started talking to me, so I turned the sound down. I got into a RE and looked down to see a Rhydon scrolling across the screen, but only looked for a split second. I think went, "Not shiny." And then proceeded to tap on run on the bottom screen. I looked back at the screen and thought, "Why does that look all washed out? It looks odd." It was enough of a feeling to look up the sprites on Serebii, and when I did I felt this horrible feeling. Whether it was shiny or not, I don't know, but I had made a real mistake. I thought that Rhydon had the same sort of colouration as Rhyhorn! It seriously was enough to make me question whether I had ran from a shiny, and I never have the music completely turned off again. I hate that feeling. I guess it gives me an excuse to find a shiny one whether I found one or not, but I just hate not knowing if it ever was or not. And I felt stupid for not paying enough attention. I could have looked at the screen just a little bit longer until it stopped moving across and I would have see whether it was or not. Or maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. I'm looking now, and the normal one has two distinct colours. The shiny is basically the same colour all over. It's hard to really know. I think the time has come to actually get one and I can rest a little easier, I think.
All this angst over a Rhydon!