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2nd Dec '17 10:15:29 AM fruitstripegum
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* In ďFrom The 'London Times' in 1904,Ē written by Creator/MarkTwain in 1898, a new and promising device called the Telelectroscope is described thus: "As soon as the Paris contract released the telelectroscope, it was delivered to public use, and was soon connected with the telephonic systems of the whole world. The improved 'limitless-distance' telephone was presently introduced and the daily doings of the globe made visible to everybody, and audibly discussable too, by witnesses separated by any number of leagues." That's right - Mark Twain predicted the internet.
2nd Dec '17 8:22:07 AM fruitstripegum
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* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac predicted the invention of the audio book in 1650. His book "The Other World: Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon" describes a pocket-sized box-shaped device which was a book and a musical instrument at the same time, and allowed the listener to select which chapter he wanted to listen to. It also had 'pendants' which could be put on the ears so that the listener could use it while walking.
2nd Dec '17 7:44:43 AM fruitstripegum
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* In 1835, Vladimir Odoevsky wrote a novel entitled "The Year 4338: Petersburg Letters", in which he predicted blogging and the internet: "In each home there is a majordomo who is responsible for publishing the journal once a week or even daily. Itís very easy to do. When the masters of the house instruct him, he simply makes a note of everything they say and then takes a picture of it and prints enough copies to send out to everyone. The newspaper has the usual details of the health or illness of the masters and other domestic news, then various ideas and commentaries, small inventions and also invitations. If there is an invitation to dinner, it will include a section called "Le Menu". {Thatís French}. There is a magnetic telegraph system connecting the houses of people who know each other which allows for unplanned communications. People who live miles apart can use it to speak to each other."
8th Nov '17 6:04:19 AM UchuuFlamenco
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** Similarly, Liu Biao has an advisor named Kuai Liang. That won't be too significant for most readers, but any ''MortalKombat'' fans are sure to get a chuckle out of it since ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' revealed ([[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 the younger]]) Sub-Zero's [[CanonName real name to be just that.]]

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** Similarly, Liu Biao has an advisor named Kuai Liang. That won't be too significant for most readers, but any ''MortalKombat'' ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fans are sure to get a chuckle out of it since ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' revealed ([[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 the younger]]) Sub-Zero's [[CanonName real name to be just that.]]
5th Nov '17 8:56:03 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a shapeshifting reptilian invader subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).

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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a [[TheReptilians shapeshifting reptilian invader invader]], lurking within an ElaborateUndergroundBase and subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control control, is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).
3rd Nov '17 8:57:12 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a shapeshifting reptilian invader subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of recent chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).

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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a shapeshifting reptilian invader subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of recent chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).
3rd Nov '17 8:56:33 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a shapeshifting reptilian invader subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of more recent chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).

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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a shapeshifting reptilian invader subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of more recent chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).
3rd Nov '17 8:55:42 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** The {{prequel}} ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' reveals Jadis the White Witch to be the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving member]] of an ancient, decadent species of {{Sufficiently Advanced|Aliens}} HumanAliens, the rest of whom she wiped from existence to prevent a war from ending unfavorably. Fast-forward about half a century, and a similar revelation was made about [[Series/DoctorWho another iconic British children's character]]. This parallel makes the scene in London, where Jadis is unfamiliar with our world and ends up causing a commotion, all the funnier, since that kind of situation happens to the Doctor ''all the freaking time'' - and usually in London too! And in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Witch's tactic of charming Edmund with sugary jelly candies becomes funny because it's essentially the Fourth Doctor's ''modus operandi'' for making new friends.

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** The {{prequel}} ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' reveals Jadis the White Witch to be the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving member]] of an ancient, decadent species of {{Sufficiently Advanced|Aliens}} HumanAliens, the rest of whom she wiped from existence to prevent a war from ending unfavorably. Fast-forward about half a century, and a similar revelation was made about [[Series/DoctorWho another iconic British children's character]]. This parallel makes the scene in London, where Jadis is unfamiliar with our world and ends up causing a commotion, all the funnier, since that kind of situation happens to the Doctor ''all the freaking time'' - and -- usually in London too! And in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Witch's tactic of charming Edmund with sugary jelly candies becomes funny because it's essentially the Fourth Doctor's ''modus operandi'' for making new friends.
3rd Nov '17 8:55:07 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** The {{prequel}} ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' reveals Jadis the White Witch to be the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving member]] of an ancient, decadent species of {{Sufficiently Advanced|Aliens}} HumanAliens, the rest of whom she wiped from existence to prevent a war from ending unfavorably. Fast-forward about half a century, and a similar revelation was made about [[Series/DoctorWho another iconic British children's character]]. This parallel makes the scene in London, where Jadis is unfamiliar with our world and ends up causing a commotion, all the funnier, since that kind of situation happens to the Doctor ''all the freaking time'' - and usually in London too! And in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Witch's tactic of charming Edmund with sugary jelly candies becomes funny because it's essentially the Fourth Doctor's ''modus operandi'' for making new friends.


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** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' has a few aspects reminiscent of UrbanLegends you may have heard on TheInternet. First, the notion of a shapeshifting reptilian invader subtly acquiring power through governmental infiltration and mind control is eerily similar to UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories propounded by the likes of Creator/DavidIcke. Second, Puddleglum's climactic faith-affirming AuthorFilibuster, directed at an apparent HollywoodAtheist, rings of more recent chain messages about good Christian students trouncing smug secular professors in arguments (though it should be noted that Lewis pulls it off a lot better than the authors of those copypastas do, seeing how he was such a talented wordsmith in general).
** The {{prequel}} ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' reveals Jadis the White Witch to be the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving member]] of an ancient, decadent species of {{Sufficiently Advanced|Aliens}} HumanAliens, the rest of whom she wiped from existence to prevent a war from ending unfavorably. Fast-forward about half a century, and a similar revelation was made about [[Series/DoctorWho another iconic British children's character]]. This parallel makes the scene in London, where Jadis is unfamiliar with our world and ends up causing a commotion, all the funnier, since that kind of situation happens to the Doctor ''all the freaking time'' - and usually in London too! And in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Witch's tactic of charming Edmund with sugary jelly candies becomes funny because it's essentially the Fourth Doctor's ''modus operandi'' for making new friends.
29th Oct '17 5:15:06 PM MikeW
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* A recurring bit in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' is how the election of a new Pope is basically ignored. Only a few news crews are around, there's no talk on it and at one point, a reporter does a story before a green screen image of the Vatican. This is all meant to indicate that the very concept of the Pope is considered outdated by 2000. Five years after the novel was published, the election of Benedict XVI was a global event covered live by every news station on the planet with huge discussion of what it meant to the world.
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