History HilariousInHindsight / Literature

18th Aug '16 6:50:53 PM dotchan
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* In the novel ''Make Room! Make Room!'' (which the movie ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is based on), the overpopulated future of 1999 had a sweltering population of 7 billion people....

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* In the novel ''Make Room! Make Room!'' (which the movie ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is based on), the overpopulated future of 1999 had a sweltering population of 7 billion people.... (real-life 1999 world population: 6 billion, with the 7 billion mark passed somewhere around 2011; as far as we know, we're not making burgers out of people yet.)
30th Jul '16 3:39:12 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the first book, the heroes are surprised by a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] that appeared suddenly in their path, having been whisked away from its home in the mountains some thousands of miles away, in order to appear as a random encounter in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game of the Gods. While it was in reference to random TabletopRPG encounters, the way it was described -- a sound, the world looking "strange" and a monster suddenly popping up -- mirror exactly the random battles in most console [=RPGs=]. This was in 1983, three years before ''DragonQuest'' or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', although ''UltimaIII'' was from 1983.

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** In the first book, the heroes are surprised by a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] that appeared suddenly in their path, having been whisked away from its home in the mountains some thousands of miles away, in order to appear as a random encounter in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game of the Gods. While it was in reference to random TabletopRPG encounters, the way it was described -- a sound, the world looking "strange" and a monster suddenly popping up -- mirror exactly the random battles in most console [=RPGs=]. This was in 1983, three years before ''DragonQuest'' or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', although ''UltimaIII'' ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' was from 1983.
29th Jul '16 8:49:34 AM HighCrate
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** Made even funnier since Senna ''can see the future in visions'', talks about her "destiny", and is DangerouslyGenreSavvy. Given [[BlackComedy Senna's sense]] [[DeadpanSnarker of humor]], she had obviously guessed what was going to happen.

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** Made even funnier since Senna ''can see the future in visions'', visions'' and talks about her "destiny", and is DangerouslyGenreSavvy."destiny". Given [[BlackComedy Senna's sense]] [[DeadpanSnarker of humor]], she had obviously guessed what was going to happen.
20th Jul '16 5:39:38 PM 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.
** In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', when the ship is trapped in a [[PsychologicalTormentZone fog of nightmares]], Eustace says, "Do you hear a noise like ... like a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting ... over there?" Forty-six years later, giant scissors appeared during a nightmare in [[Film/TheBigLebowski a certain famous movie]], representing the threat of a GroinAttack.

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** The {{prequel}}''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' {{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.
** In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', when the ship is trapped in a [[PsychologicalTormentZone fog of nightmares]], Eustace says, "Do you hear a noise like ... like a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting ... over there?" Forty-six years later, giant scissors (representing the threat of a GroinAttack) appeared during a nightmare ''another'' NightmareSequence in [[Film/TheBigLebowski a certain famous movie]], representing the threat of a GroinAttack.movie]].
20th Jul '16 5:37:31 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', a {{prequel}} to ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', 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/TheMagiciansNephew'', a {{prequel}} to ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** 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.friends.
** In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', when the ship is trapped in a [[PsychologicalTormentZone fog of nightmares]], Eustace says, "Do you hear a noise like ... like a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting ... over there?" Forty-six years later, giant scissors appeared during a nightmare in [[Film/TheBigLebowski a certain famous movie]], representing the threat of a GroinAttack.



* In David Nicholl's (author of ''Literature/OneDay'') ''Us'', the main character Douglas says that he and the other biologists at his lab called their pet fruit fly 'Bruce' to show that scientists can have a sense of humour, noting that fruit flies are technically neither and both sexes which they parodied by giving it such a name ([[DontExplainTheJoke but it's not actually funny]]). This event would have taken place in the 1980s, whilst the book was written around 2012. A few years later, Creator/CaitlynJenner - born Bruce - became the highest profile celebrity to undergo gender reassignment.

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* In David Nicholl's (author of ''Literature/OneDay'') ''Us'', the main character Douglas says that he and the other biologists at his lab called their pet fruit fly 'Bruce' to show that scientists can have a sense of humour, noting that fruit flies are technically neither and both sexes which they parodied by giving it such a name ([[DontExplainTheJoke but it's not actually funny]]). This event would have taken place in the 1980s, whilst the book was written around 2012. A few years later, Creator/CaitlynJenner - -- born Bruce - -- became the highest profile celebrity to undergo gender reassignment.
17th Jul '16 12:30:59 PM ADrago
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* Fans of ''TV/TheOffice'' may be surprised to find Michael Scott in the eighth circle of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]''. (The Michael Scott, or sometimes Scot, in question was actually a famous medieval scholar with a posthumous reputation as a sorcerer, not the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin.)

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* Fans of ''TV/TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' may be surprised to find Michael Scott in the eighth circle of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]''. (The Michael Scott, or sometimes Scot, in question was actually a famous medieval scholar with a posthumous reputation as a sorcerer, not the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin.)
17th Jul '16 12:18:35 PM lakingsif
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* In David Nicholl's (author of ''Literature/OneDay'') ''Us'', the main character Douglas says that he and the other biologists at his lab called their pet fruit fly 'Bruce' to show that scientists can have a sense of humour, noting that fruit flies are technically neither and both sexes which they parodied by giving it such a name ([[DontExplainTheJoke but it's not actually funny]]). This event would have taken place in the 1980s, whilst the book was written around 2012. A few years later, Creator/CaitlynJenner - born Bruce - became the highest profile celebrity to undergo gender reassignment.
22nd Jun '16 5:42:24 AM longWriter
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-->Don Cherry: "We thought of making it a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime blue]] [[ExpositionFairy fairy]], but didn't want to [[StopHelpingMe offend]] [[MostAnnoyingSound anyone]]."

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-->Don Cherry: "We thought of making it a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime blue]] [[ExpositionFairy fairy]], but didn't want to [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper offend]] [[MostAnnoyingSound anyone]]."
13th May '16 10:55:59 PM Doug86
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* During the climax of ''[[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona and Her Father]]'', a strange man in a restaurant asks Ramona if [[ASeriesofUnfortunateEvents she's been good to her mother.]]

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* During the climax of ''[[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona and Her Father]]'', a strange man in a restaurant asks Ramona if [[ASeriesofUnfortunateEvents [[Literature/ASeriesofUnfortunateEvents she's been good to her mother.]]
13th May '16 4:31:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', Holden says that if he ever gets drafted, he'll volunteer to [[RidingTheBomb sit on a nuclear bomb as it is dropped]]. [[DoctorStrangelove Twelve years later]]...

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* In ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'', Holden says that if he ever gets drafted, he'll volunteer to [[RidingTheBomb sit on a nuclear bomb as it is dropped]]. [[DoctorStrangelove [[Film/DoctorStrangelove Twelve years later]]...
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