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15th Feb '17 8:34:33 AM Velfi
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*** REPCONN is an ersatz of the real rocket fuel production company PEPCON, whose Henderson, NV plant was destroyed by a fire and explosion in 1988.

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*** REPCONN is an ersatz expy of the real rocket fuel production company PEPCON, whose Henderson, NV plant was destroyed by a fire and explosion in 1988.
13th Feb '17 8:41:23 AM Larkmarn
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* All the parrots in ''Film/{{Paulie}}'' have humanlike voices. Believe it or not, some breeds of parrot do have a naturally humanlike voice- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdynRR-x1-Q this breed, for example, has a voice that qualifies it as the parrot equivalent of a 6-year-old.]]



** People named Homer have existed in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer real life.]]



** Snails with personalities do exist in real life. There are grouchy snails and there are ladylike snails- people are just so bad at identifying snails correctly that they don't realize there's such a thing.



* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'': Although she doesn't have as much inflection as Blue, there is an IntelligibleUnintelligible dog in RealLife named [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrkmEiFN7gM Mishka]].
10th Feb '17 6:09:24 PM Lanes17B
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* In [[VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans ''Destroy All Humans 2'']], while in the Takoshima map (Japan's FictionalCounterpart), reading the mind of some of the male residents will reveal that they want to become geishas. They will then challenge the player to look up the fact that the [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/04/the-secret-world-of-male-geishas.html first geishas were men]].
10th Feb '17 7:04:00 AM moloch
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* ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'': you'd think that meat pies floating in pea soup wouldn't be eaten by anyone. Apparently it is a common late-night, drunk-food dish in Adelaide. Also commonly eaten by sober people during the middle of the day in other parts of south Australia.

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* *Creator/TerryPratchett ''loved'' this trope. Generally , if something sounds bizarre-but-not-implausible,even odds it was actually real, or only a mild exaggeration of the truth.
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''Discworld/TheLastContinent'': you'd think that meat pies floating in pea soup wouldn't be eaten by anyone. Apparently it is a common late-night, drunk-food dish in Adelaide. Also commonly eaten by sober people during the middle of the day in other parts of south Australia.



** Creator/TerryPratchett ''loves'' this trope: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_pumpkins_and_watermelons vampire pumpkins and watermelons are actual folklore.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrocellulose Exploding billiard balls]] happen to be real too.
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', one of the early books from Albert's life is from "back before they invented spelling." Terry Pratchett isn't just being funny here. Prior to the rise of dictionaries, words were just spelled phonetically, with no real regard to consistency. There were cases of people spelling the same word differently each time they wrote it.

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** Creator/TerryPratchett ''loves'' this trope: ** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_pumpkins_and_watermelons vampire pumpkins and watermelons are actual folklore.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrocellulose Exploding billiard balls]] happen to be real too.
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', one of the early books from Albert's life is from "back before they invented spelling." Terry Pratchett isn't just being funny here. Prior to the rise of dictionaries, words were just spelled phonetically, with no real regard to consistency. There were cases of people spelling the same word differently each time they wrote it. (Notably, the myriad ways William Shakespeare wrote his own name.)
4th Feb '17 1:05:28 PM saffronpanther
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* One of the infoboxes of ''[[Literature/WorstPersonEver Worst. Person. Ever.]]'' refers to the Chewing Gum Ban of Singapore, over concerns that said gum would be used to seal keyholes and for other acts of vandalism. The punchline is that it's a real thing. Ditto for the Pacific Trash Vortex.
29th Jan '17 10:30:58 PM trulymadmoves
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* In Tommy Wiseau's sitcom ''Series/TheNeighbors2015'', the characters wear underwear with "Tommy Wiseau" clearly printed across the band. Most viewers mistook this for a BlandNameProduct spoof of Tommy Hilfiger, but Wiseau actually does have his own underwear brand.
29th Jan '17 4:57:41 PM dotheroar
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* Most of the ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' games are about solving riddles a dead person left to help find a treasure they hid. Believe it or not, people have hidden treasures and written cryptic riddles as to how to find it. [[http://altereddimensions.net/2015/forrest-fenn-hidden-treasure-millions-dollars-hidden-gold-jewels-clues-treasure]]
21st Jan '17 11:16:31 AM billybobfred
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* ''{{Webcomic/Concession}}'' had a StoryArc where the character Artie is taken to a NAMBLA meeting after being MistakenForPedophile. The author had to assure people that it was a real organization and not something he made up for the comic.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Concession}}'' had a StoryArc where the character Artie is taken to a NAMBLA meeting after being MistakenForPedophile. The author [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer had to assure people people]] that it was a real organization and not something he made up for the comic.
13th Jan '17 8:44:40 PM Lanes17B
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* Film/RoboCop2 has the "Maganvolt" which gives a lethal electric shock to would be car thieves, without draining your battery. A company in South Africa markets a portable flame thrower that is attached to the bottom of a car to deter would be carjackers, though the intent would most likely be to singe them rather than outright burn them.
6th Jan '17 8:23:44 PM Ezclee4050
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** The "Red Ryder" model of BB guns really existed in TheThirties and weren't just a product of Jean Shepherd's imagination. Daisy manufactures Red Ryder BB rifles even today. They've been in continuous production, too, not [[TheRedStapler reintroduced after the movie]] [[VindicatedByCable became popular]]. They were advertised in the back pages of children's comic books. While the Red Ryder didn't have "the compass in the stock and the thing that tells time", another model in the product line, the "Buck Jones", ''did'' have both a sundial and a compass in the stock. The Buck Jones was a 60-shot pump action, though, not a carbine action, 200-shot. The most likely explanation is that Shepherd merged the two models in his memories. And "You'll put someone's eye out" was a warning that many mothers issued concerning it... in no small part because this was a ''distressingly'' common accident in the first part of the 20th century among suburban and rural boys who used such guns.

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** The "Red Ryder" model of BB guns really existed in TheThirties and weren't just a product of Jean Shepherd's Creator/JeanShepherd's imagination. Daisy manufactures Red Ryder BB rifles even today. They've been in continuous production, too, not [[TheRedStapler reintroduced after the movie]] [[VindicatedByCable became popular]]. They were advertised in the back pages of children's comic books. While the Red Ryder didn't have "the compass in the stock and the thing that tells time", another model in the product line, the "Buck Jones", ''did'' have both a sundial and a compass in the stock. The Buck Jones was a 60-shot pump action, though, not a carbine action, 200-shot. The most likely explanation is that Shepherd merged the two models in his memories. And "You'll put someone's eye out" was a warning that many mothers issued concerning it... in no small part because this was a ''distressingly'' common accident in the first part of the 20th century among suburban and rural boys who used such guns.
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