History Bowdlerise / RealLife

18th Jun '17 4:30:50 PM nombretomado
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** John Nance Garner IV, a Vice President of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt, once described the office (as reported) as "not worth a bucket of warm spit." The word he really used was "piss", and (according to [[ThatOtherWiki TOW]]) he "once described a writer who quoted it this way as a 'pantywaist'."

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** John Nance Garner IV, a Vice President of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt, once described the office (as reported) as "not worth a bucket of warm spit." The word he really used was "piss", and (according to [[ThatOtherWiki [[Wiki/ThatOtherWiki TOW]]) he "once described a writer who quoted it this way as a 'pantywaist'."
14th Apr '17 9:47:27 PM karstovich2
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* When Japan was originally opened to the West, there came a serious interest among Western intelligentsia for Japanese literature and mythology. What they got didn't always sit well with them--in particular, the "Kojiki", perhaps the most important collection of Shinto stories. The way in which Izanagi and Izanami created the gods and islands of Japan -- sex -- was far too vulgar for the Victorian audience, and was excised from the first English-language translations.

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* When Japan was originally opened to the West, there came a serious interest among Western intelligentsia for Japanese literature and mythology. What they got didn't always sit well with them--in particular, the "Kojiki", perhaps the most important collection of Shinto stories. The way in which Izanagi and Izanami created the gods and islands of Japan -- sex sex, and specifically [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous sex]] -- was far too vulgar for the Victorian audience, and was excised from the first English-language translations.
11th Apr '17 12:58:04 PM gemmabeta2
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** Going back a bit in time, the Devil's Arse cave was rapidly renamed "Peak Cavern" in preparation for a visit by Queen Victoria. On another occasion, the Queen enquired about the name of a mountain while vacationing in Scotland. Her Scottish manservant John Brown did some quick thinking and produced the name "The Devil's Point," probably due to not having the courage to translate the mountain's actual name: "The Demon's Penis" (Bod an Deamhain).
11th Mar '17 8:48:15 AM DustSnitch
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* That picture of the ''David'' statue with the boxer shorts on the main page? It was clearly done in jest, but something like that actually happened. A plaster cast of the statue was made as a gift to Queen Victoria, and since this was one of the more prudish times in history, they felt that male nudity might offend someone, so a plaster fig leaf was made to use [[http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/d/davids-fig-leaf/ during the Queen's visits.]]
7th Oct '16 12:10:42 PM erforce
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* A rather funny one from the UK, a council in [[OopNorth Yorkshire]] attempted to rename a local land mark from ''Tickle Cock'' to the rather less funny Tittle Cott and were [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome forced to change it back]] by the elderly residents' committee (usually the [[MoralGuardians demographic that forces]] these changes). Read the story [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7263162/Tickle-Cock-Bridge-returned-to-original-name-after-row.html here]].
* The ''{{Pirates of the Caribbean}}'' ride at Ride/DisneyThemeParks suffered this over the years. The Pirate that originally was looking for a young girl whose underthings he snatched was commenting how spry she was -- with her head poking out from the barrel behind him. His lines were toned down, underwear taken away. Then it got changed to the pirate looking for Jack Sparrow.

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* A rather funny one from the UK, a council in [[OopNorth Yorkshire]] attempted to rename a local land mark from ''Tickle Cock'' to the rather less funny Tittle Cott and were [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome forced to change it back]] back by the elderly residents' committee (usually the [[MoralGuardians demographic that forces]] these changes). Read the story [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7263162/Tickle-Cock-Bridge-returned-to-original-name-after-row.html here]].
* The ''{{Pirates of the Caribbean}}'' ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride at Ride/DisneyThemeParks suffered this over the years. The Pirate that originally was looking for a young girl whose underthings he snatched was commenting how spry she was -- with her head poking out from the barrel behind him. His lines were toned down, underwear taken away. Then it got changed to the pirate looking for Jack Sparrow.
8th Aug '16 3:00:58 PM Twentington
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* Movie fans living in Barbados in the 1980s were treated to newspaper advertisements for ''Film/DoctorDetroit'' with the tagline "He's got five personalities. And they've all got a one-track mind" crudely changed to "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint He's got five lovely women]]. And they've all got a one-track mind." The (literal) scissors came out even further for ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', with one part of the title - no prizes for guessing which - being cut out and replaced with "Fun."

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* Movie fans living in Barbados in the 1980s were treated to newspaper advertisements for ''Film/DoctorDetroit'' with the tagline "He's got five personalities. And they've all got a one-track mind" crudely changed to "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint He's "He's got five lovely women]].women. And they've all got a one-track mind." The (literal) scissors came out even further for ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', with one part of the title - no prizes for guessing which - being cut out and replaced with "Fun."
3rd Oct '15 8:49:16 AM NikoMoldova
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* Along with his career as a somewhat successful painter in his own right, Daniele da Volterra was somewhat infamous during the Italian Renaissance as "Il Braghettone" (the breeches maker or large pants man). He painted fig leaves and loincloths on all of the upper half of Michelangelo's ''The Last Judgement'' fresco in the Sistine Chapel (the lower half was interrupted by the death of Pope Pius IV as they had to take his scaffolding down to elect the new one). He also repainted the figures of Saint Catherine and Saint Blaise as, in the original version, Blaise appeared to be looking at Catherine's naked back (and to some, the position even suggested intercourse).
** He went all-out on this, too; the reason the original hasn't been restored to the pre-Bowdlerisation version is because he actually chiseled off some of the fresco he was repainting, including the (large) section with Saint Catherine and Saint Blaise.
26th Aug '15 12:29:43 AM WickedIcon
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* The subtitles on Netflix seem to censor some of the swearing. For instance "fucking" was changed to "kissing" on an episode of Series/UnitedStatesOfTara
26th Aug '15 12:28:17 AM WickedIcon
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* Before Thomas Bowdler got a reputation one would have refered to this trope as the ''castration'' of stories. This means that the term "bowdlerization" is itself a bowdlerization.
30th Jun '15 9:11:35 PM R1ck
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* The big grand way with which a history teacher usually will teach the use of censorship in media is by showing a picture of Vladimir Lenin and/or Leon Trotzky and then show the same picture under the regime of JosephStalin, which will usually show the entire picture, but with the bodies of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotzky erased from it. This is followed by the line that since Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotzky were controversial figures at that time in that place that the picture without Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotzky would be the one who would get widespread release in Russia, while they would attempt to erase the original from existence, which is what censorship is all about.
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