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28th Feb '17 10:03:45 AM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': In this show's universe, neither the Kryptonians nor any of their trading partners apparently ever invented popcorn or an equivalent.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': In this show's universe, neither the Kryptonians nor any of their trading partners apparently ever invented popcorn or an equivalent.equivalent, so Kara was terrified of the popcorn maker when she first came to Earth.
8th Feb '17 10:11:26 AM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* In the world of Kelanna, the setting of ''Literature/TheReader2016'', written language was never invented. The idea of reading words is totally alien to all but a few people, and the only way history survives is through oral tradition.
22nd Dec '16 10:08:06 PM RADIX
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* The NBC SitCom ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' pretty much ran on this concept. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b7Xi26Mkfw This]] is a particularly good example.

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* The NBC SitCom ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' pretty much ran on this concept. [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b7Xi26Mkfw com/watch?v=e3WHR6pqPRo This]] is a particularly good example.
11th Dec '16 5:48:24 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' it is hinted that the tripod-using Aliens skipped the invention of the wheel. There's an odd variation on the trope regarding disease - it's described that their own hygienic procedures were so successful that they've effectively forgotten what pathogens ''are'', so have no defence against them.

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* In ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' it is hinted that the tripod-using Aliens skipped the invention of the wheel.wheel; none were found in captured machines and most had ludicrously complicated lever systems where a few gears would have done the job just as well. There's an odd variation on the trope regarding disease - it's described that their own hygienic procedures were so successful that they've effectively forgotten what pathogens ''are'', so have no defence against them.
10th Dec '16 8:16:19 PM PsychoGecko
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** Which must be quite a surprise to the astronomers of the Islamic Golden Age during the middle ages, with such an extensive collective body of work that it still has not been fully reviewed. There are many stars and many terms in astronomy with names that originated in Asia.
6th Dec '16 2:11:12 AM KeithM
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** While this made sense for the Inca, it starts becoming a weaker explanation when you get to Mesoamerica, which also used the wheel for assorted things like pottery and toys, but not for carts or other forms of transport, and in some cases did live in areas where wheels would have been used.
17th Nov '16 1:48:57 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** The Brobdingnagians similarly have no idea what gunpowder is.
17th Nov '16 1:46:09 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** Arthur Dent can never seem to find a cup of tea. At one point, a food synthesizer's computer is so stumped by the concept of tea that it effectively shuts down (although it eventually synthesizes some of the best tea Arthur had ever tasted).

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** Arthur Dent can never seem to find a cup of tea. At one point, a food synthesizer's computer is so stumped by the concept of tea that it effectively shuts down (although it eventually synthesizes some of the best tea Arthur had ever tasted).tasted [[spoiler: with the help of Zaphod's ancestor' ghost]]).
19th Oct '16 7:45:47 AM dmeagher13
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** The other reason for this is keeping up the {{Masquerade}}. Wizards can't risk enchanting items that could be mistaken for {{Muggle}} goods, or else Muggles will pick them up and possibly hurt themselves, or expose the magical world.
15th Aug '16 10:03:23 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* OlderThanRadio: In ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', the Lilliputians inspect Gulliver's belongings, and don't recognize most of them, including his jackknife, watch, and snuff-box; they quickly become afraid of his pistols, especially when asked for a demonstration. They know what his comb and handkerchief are, however.
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