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12th Dec '17 6:03:32 PM TheCuza
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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the aliens think the eponymous TV show portrays actual events... and base their entire culture on them. They have no concept of "fiction", and assume any story is either true or a lie. It's understandably confusing to them why [[HumansThroughAlienEyes intelligent beings would lie to each other for fun]]. Even ''lying'' is new to them; they apparently had no concept of deception until they met [[GalacticConqueror Sarris]]. In contrast, Sarris laughs his ass off when he finally sees the "historical documents".
-->'''Sarris''' (to Nesmith): "Explain it to them as you would to a child!"

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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the aliens Thermians think the eponymous TV show portrays actual events... and base their entire culture on them. They have no concept of "fiction", fiction, and assume any story is either true or a lie. It's understandably confusing to them why [[HumansThroughAlienEyes intelligent beings would lie to each other for fun]]. Even ''lying'' is new to them; they apparently up until very recently had no concept of deception until they met [[GalacticConqueror Sarris]]. In contrast, Sarris laughs his ass off untruthfulness at all. They learned about that the hard way when he finally sees the BigBad introduced them to lies and deception, resulting in the destruction of their planet. Said BigBad watches the "historical documents".
-->'''Sarris''' (to Nesmith): "Explain it to
documents" and immediately recognizes them as you would to a child!"for what they are, and thinks the misunderstanding is hilarious.
8th Oct '17 9:30:47 AM nombretomado
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* In a [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/111816/sneak-peek-at-hie-project fragment]] of a never-completed ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by D. G. D. Davidson, there's a niche fandom on Earth for the pony movies from "Applewood", which apparently resemble "{{Bollywood}}, except with ponies."

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* In a [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/111816/sneak-peek-at-hie-project fragment]] of a never-completed ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by D. G. D. Davidson, there's a niche fandom on Earth for the pony movies from "Applewood", which apparently resemble "{{Bollywood}}, "UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}, except with ponies."
25th Sep '17 5:03:14 AM Doug86
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* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse''. While Amir claims that other species' cultures aren't as rich and varied as Earth's, it's also implied he hadn't been looking very hard, since he was trying to make a point that HumansAreSpecial. Xiù notes that Gaoians have a rich culture, but as most of her time on their planet was spent learning the language she never got past their version of SesameStreet.

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* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse''. While Amir claims that other species' cultures aren't as rich and varied as Earth's, it's also implied he hadn't been looking very hard, since he was trying to make a point that HumansAreSpecial. Xiù notes that Gaoians have a rich culture, but as most of her time on their planet was spent learning the language she never got past their version of SesameStreet.''Series/SesameStreet''.
9th Sep '17 5:45:42 PM nombretomado
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** One of the reports for CerberusDailyNews says that the asari and the [[ProudMerchantRace volus]] have embraced Valentine's Day, due to its focus on reproduction and commerce.

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** One of the reports for CerberusDailyNews ''Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews'' says that the asari and the [[ProudMerchantRace volus]] have embraced Valentine's Day, due to its focus on reproduction and commerce.
30th Aug '17 9:51:22 PM PaulA
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* Creator/MurrayLeinster's classic short story "First Contact" is centered around the dilemma of a human and alien ship, meeting unexpectedly for the first time, who can't possibly trust each other because they have no shared frame of reference, so they can't be certain that they're interpreting anything the other side says or shows correctly. While the captains agonize over this, two low-level crewmembers somehow manage to swap dirty jokes.

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* Creator/MurrayLeinster's classic short story "First Contact" "Literature/FirstContact" is centered around the dilemma of a human and alien ship, meeting unexpectedly for the first time, who can't possibly trust each other because they have no shared frame of reference, so they can't be certain that they're interpreting anything the other side says or shows correctly. While the captains agonize over this, two low-level crewmembers somehow manage to swap dirty jokes.
18th Aug '17 3:49:50 PM Gamermaster
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* Fafnir from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' ends up becoming addicted to [=MMORPGs=] since they appeal to his love of killing and hoarding, and eventually starts drawing his own {{Doujinshi}} to sell at Comiket (though he fails to sell any copies).
9th Aug '17 6:17:45 PM nombretomado
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* The alien artifacts in ''{{Freelancer}}'' start out as nothing but nice-looking, highly expensive engraved lumps of stone, crystal and metal. Their sudden ban is one of the things that cause Junko and Lonnigan to suspect something's wrong.

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* The alien artifacts in ''{{Freelancer}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' start out as nothing but nice-looking, highly expensive engraved lumps of stone, crystal and metal. Their sudden ban is one of the things that cause Junko and Lonnigan to suspect something's wrong.
7th Jul '17 11:59:50 AM Linda58
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** ''Stolen Memory'', a piece of DLC, involves going into someone's art gallery. Kasumi, your companion, can remark on various pieces, saying for instance that asari go wild for ancient Egyptian relics, and being disparaging towards an abstract turian work which appears to be a few steel girders randomly welded together..

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** ''Stolen Memory'', a piece of DLC, involves going into someone's art gallery. Kasumi, your companion, can remark on various pieces, saying for instance that asari go wild for ancient Egyptian relics, and being disparaging towards an abstract turian work which appears to be relics. Interestingly, she claims the the least visually impressive piece, a Turian sculpture that looks like a few steel girders randomly welded together..together, is probably the most expensive one. In the same breathe she comments that Turian art is rare to find outside of their space...for a reason.
24th May '17 10:39:42 AM erforce
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-->-- "The Borderland of Sol" by Creator/LarryNiven


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-->-- "The Borderland of Sol" by Creator/LarryNiven

'''Creator/LarryNiven'''



* ''Fanfic/{{Remnants}}'': After Zek steals some of [[VideoGame/MassEffect Joker's entertainment]], his crew of Kig-Yar fall in love with human entertainment. In particular they find the cast of Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, Film/{{Gremlins}} and Film/{{Jaws}} quite relatable. They absolutely ''abhor'' the works of William Shakespeare though.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Remnants}}'': After Zek steals some of [[VideoGame/MassEffect Joker's entertainment]], his crew of Kig-Yar fall in love with human entertainment. In particular they find the cast of Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, Film/{{Gremlins}} ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, Film/{{Gremlins}}'' and Film/{{Jaws}} ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' quite relatable. They absolutely ''abhor'' the works of William Shakespeare Creator/WilliamShakespeare though.
14th May '17 4:51:46 PM nombretomado
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* In {{Traveller}} K'kree perfumers are famous. K'kree have the best sense of smell of all the "major races" and so their perfume can sell well to others.

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* In {{Traveller}} ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' K'kree perfumers are famous. K'kree have the best sense of smell of all the "major races" and so their perfume can sell well to others.



** One of the straightest examples in {{Traveller}} is the J'aadje. They are obsessed with beauty and what looks beautiful to them will often look beautiful to a human. Not least of these reasons is that popularity tends to be the goal so symbolism is downplayed among them to make sure that the works are as impressive as possible to the uneducated. Therefore there is no need to worry about inscrutable and untranslatable cultural concepts.

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** One of the straightest examples in {{Traveller}} is the J'aadje. They are obsessed with beauty and what looks beautiful to them will often look beautiful to a human. Not least of these reasons is that popularity tends to be the goal so symbolism is downplayed among them to make sure that the works are as impressive as possible to the uneducated. Therefore there is no need to worry about inscrutable and untranslatable cultural concepts.
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