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1st Jul '16 1:14:25 PM StarSword
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** Shinomori Aoshi was based off historical character [[TheShinsengumi Hijikata Toshizo]], and his boss Kanryuu based on Takeda Kanryuusai. Also, there really was a [[TheShinsengumi Saito Hajime]]. And Saito Hajime was married, which the author predicted would be so unbelievable that there was a tag that said "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer This is historical fact]]" when Saito mentions he's married. He also spent much of his later life as a school teacher and died of an ulcer.

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** Shinomori Aoshi was based off historical character [[TheShinsengumi [[UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi Hijikata Toshizo]], and his boss Kanryuu based on Takeda Kanryuusai. Also, there really was a [[TheShinsengumi [[UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi Saito Hajime]]. And Saito Hajime was married, which the author predicted would be so unbelievable that there was a tag that said "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer This is historical fact]]" when Saito mentions he's married. He also spent much of his later life as a school teacher and died of an ulcer.
25th Jun '16 10:43:38 AM rcmerod52
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** In one WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail, Strong Bad misinterprets the "CA" after a correspondent's name as a title of "Certified Arborist". That sounds like the sort of word salad that he and his costars drop on a regular basis -- and many browsers' spell checkers don't even acknowledge "arborist" as a real word -- but [[http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/ there is indeed such a profession]].



* [[WebAnimation/SonicForHire Seniqua is an actual given name.]] It's not quite as common of a name, especially outside the US, so many viewers thought this was made up.



* In one WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail, Strong Bad misinterprets the "CA" after a correspondent's name as a title of "Certified Arborist". That sounds like the sort of word salad that he and his costars drop on a regular basis -- and Firefox's spell checker doesn't even acknowledge "arborist" as a real word -- but [[http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/ there is indeed such a profession]].
25th Jun '16 6:35:14 AM Tdarcos
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* ''Literature/HisFamily'': Roger Gale has a thriving business with several employees that consists of--people paying him to clip out and forward news articles about them. It may seem hard to believe that anyone, even in the pre-radio age, could have made a living, much less ran a successful business, clipping out news articles about various people. But press-clipping services of the type that Roger runs were totally a real thing, and in modified Internet form are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_monitoring_service still a real thing]].

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* ''Literature/HisFamily'': Roger Gale has a thriving business with several employees that consists of--people paying him to clip out and forward news articles about them. It may seem hard to believe that anyone, even in the pre-radio age, could have made a living, much less ran a successful business, clipping out news articles about various people. But press-clipping services of the type that Roger runs were totally a real thing, thing. In a different book, Jubal Harshaw subscribes to one in Author/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''. Newspaper-only clipping services were around as recently as 1990, and in modified Internet form are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_monitoring_service still a real thing]].
22nd Jun '16 1:01:46 AM Divra
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* Given the changes made to the [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory story of the von Trapp family]] in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', viewers might be forgiven if they assume that Georg's membership in the navy of landlocked Austria was invented as well, but they'd be wrong. Before 1918, Austria controlled a large empire including all of what is now Croatia and far-northeastern Italy (specifically, the city of Trieste). In that territory were numerous sea ports that were protected by a small but well-respected navy. The [[TruthInTelevision real]] Kapitan Georg von Trapp of the Austro-Hungarian navy had a pretty distinguished career during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in submarines: he was the commander of a submarine that sank an Italian cruiser.

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* Given the changes made to the [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory story of the von Trapp family]] in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', viewers might be forgiven if they assume that Georg's membership in the navy of landlocked Austria was invented as well, but they'd be wrong. Before 1918, Austria controlled a large empire including all of what is now Croatia and far-northeastern Italy (specifically, the city of Trieste). In that territory were numerous sea ports that were protected by a small but well-respected navy. The [[TruthInTelevision real]] Kapitan Georg von Trapp was one of the Austro-Hungarian navy had a pretty distinguished career Austro-Hungary's most decorated naval officers during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in submarines: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: he commanded two different submarines and was responsible for the commander of a submarine that sank sinking an Italian cruiser.armored cruiser and a French submarine.
21st Jun '16 1:22:19 PM merotoker
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** In ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', [[CorruptCop several high ranking police members]] attempt to kill Batman by ordering the abandonned building he was in at the time bombed by helicopter. The idea of law enforcement air bombing residential city space seems absurd, but was probably inspired by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE#1985_bombing an incident in Philadelphia]] which occurred a few years before the comic was written.

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** In ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', [[CorruptCop several high ranking police members]] attempt to kill Batman by ordering the abandonned abandoned building he was in at the time bombed by helicopter. The idea of law enforcement air bombing residential city space seems absurd, but was probably inspired by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE#1985_bombing an incident in Philadelphia]] which occurred a few years before the comic was written.



* In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', Riley stops at a roadside attraction with dinosaur statues on her way to San Fransisco. What most viewers don't know is that [[http://www.doney.net/aroundaz/route66/dinosaurpark.htm there is an actual park like the one Riley visited in Arizona]]. They may know of the older, more famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabazon_Dinosaurs Cabazon Dinosaurs in California]], though.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', Riley stops at a roadside attraction with dinosaur statues on her way to San Fransisco.Francisco. What most viewers don't know is that [[http://www.doney.net/aroundaz/route66/dinosaurpark.htm there is an actual park like the one Riley visited in Arizona]]. They may know of the older, more famous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabazon_Dinosaurs Cabazon Dinosaurs in California]], though.



* ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen'': Many critics and amateur sleuths believed Deep Throat was an invention of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, a [[CompositeCharacter to make it harder to identify one informant in Richard Nixon’s inner circle]]. [[DatedHistory Until 2005, when former CIA associate director W. Mark Felt revealed he was Deep Throat]].
** Or at least, Felt ''claimed'' he was "Deep Throat". But Felt was 92 years old in 2005, sick, and near death, and some continue to believe that "Deep Throat" was more than one person. They think Felt simultaneously cashed in on the case before dying, and diverted attention from others who also fed Woodward information.

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* ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen'': Many critics and amateur sleuths believed Deep Throat was an invention of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, a [[CompositeCharacter to make it harder to identify one informant in Richard Nixon’s inner circle]]. [[DatedHistory Until 2005, when former CIA associate director W. Mark Felt revealed he was Deep Throat]].
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Throat]]. Or at least, Felt ''claimed'' he was "Deep Throat". But Felt was 92 years old in 2005, sick, and near death, and some continue to believe that "Deep Throat" was more than one person. They think Felt simultaneously cashed in on the case before dying, and diverted attention from others who also fed Woodward information.



* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' contains a scene where Dorothy falls into a pig pen and everyone panics. Most people who aren't farmers see this as {{Narm}} and don't realize the very real risk of being killed and eaten by pigs should you happen to fall in their pen. Historically, pig herding or anything else to do with pigs was considered a dangerous profession. After all, they are basically little boars.
** Or frequently, not at all little boars. Adult pigs run as long as 6 feet snout-to-tail, and weigh as much 770 pounds.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' contains a scene where Dorothy falls into a pig pen and everyone panics. Most people who aren't farmers see this as {{Narm}} and don't realize the very real risk of being killed and eaten by pigs should you happen to fall in their pen. Historically, pig herding or anything else to do with pigs was considered a dangerous profession. After all, they are basically little boars.
** Or frequently, not at all little boars.
Adult pigs run as long as 6 feet snout-to-tail, and weigh as much as 770 pounds.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The American publisher's knowlege about this trope led to the renaming of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the first book]] in the US. They believed that most Americans would be unaware of the RealLife mythological concept of the Philosopher's Stone, and thus would misinterpret and be turned off by the title.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The American publisher's knowlege knowledge about this trope led to the renaming of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the first book]] in the US. They believed that most Americans would be unaware of the RealLife mythological concept of the Philosopher's Stone, and thus would misinterpret and be turned off by the title.



* At least one fan of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' had this reaction to the mention of belladonna eye drops to 'make the eyes look more beautiful'. They were immediately corrected--belladonna dilates the pupils, so therefore did have this effect. Amongst others.

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* At least one fan of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' had this reaction to the mention of belladonna eye drops to 'make the eyes look more beautiful'. They were immediately corrected--belladonna dilates the pupils, so therefore did have this effect. Amongst others.



** A lot of non-american viewers don't realize that ''DaysOfOurLives'' is an actual show and just think it's a SoapWithinAShow.

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** A lot of non-american non-American viewers don't realize that ''DaysOfOurLives'' ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' is an actual show and just think it's a SoapWithinAShow.



* In ''Series/SesameStreet'', the Count's obsession with counting seems like it would just be a {{Pun}}. However, in Eastern European folklore regarding vampires, one way to escape a vampire was to scatter seeds on the ground, as they had a compulsion to count them all, and would be distracted until they finished. This may also be the strangest ever example of FridgeBrilliance.
** This was lampshaded in [[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood an episode]] of ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Mulder, finding himself with a stomach-full of chloral hydrate-laced pizza and being attacked by a vampire, reaches for the nightstand, where lies his gun and... a bag of sunflower seeds. Knowing he's ''way'' too wasted to shoot, he scatters the seeds, the vampire laments that he has to pick them all up, and does so compulsively. Scully arrives about a half-hour later as [[YourVampiresSuck Count Suckula]] is about to go for Mulder's neck. [[RashomonStyle What happens next is a matter of opinion.]]

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* In ''Series/SesameStreet'', the Count's obsession with counting seems like it would just be a {{Pun}}. However, in Eastern European folklore regarding vampires, one way to escape a vampire was to scatter seeds on the ground, as they had a compulsion to count them all, and would be distracted until they finished. This may also be the strangest ever example of FridgeBrilliance.
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FridgeBrilliance. This was lampshaded in [[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood an episode]] of ''Series/TheXFiles'' when Mulder, finding himself with a stomach-full of chloral hydrate-laced pizza and being attacked by a vampire, reaches for the nightstand, where lies his gun and... a bag of sunflower seeds. Knowing he's ''way'' too wasted to shoot, he scatters the seeds, the vampire laments that he has to pick them all up, and does so compulsively. Scully arrives about a half-hour later as [[YourVampiresSuck Count Suckula]] is about to go for Mulder's neck. [[RashomonStyle What happens next is a matter of opinion.]]



* In the post-[[MargaretThatcher Thatcher]] era, many younger listeners assume that the line "It's one for you, nineteen for me" from Music/TheBeatles' "[[Music/{{Revolver}} Taxman]]" was an exaggeration. It wasn't; the top marginal tax rate really was 95%. (Note that this means only income above a certain [very high] threshold was taxed at 95%).

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* In the post-[[MargaretThatcher post-[[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Thatcher]] era, many younger listeners assume that the line "It's one for you, nineteen for me" from Music/TheBeatles' "[[Music/{{Revolver}} Taxman]]" was an exaggeration. It wasn't; the top marginal tax rate really was 95%. (Note that this means only income above a certain [very high] threshold was taxed at 95%).



* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' has Bluebottle talking about how when his grandad retired, his firm gave him "one of dem tings what it is that wakes you up at eight o'clock, boils the kettil, and pours a cuppa tea," which turns out to be Bluebottle's grandma, but you're supposed to think he was talking about a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teasmade teasmade]]. Listeners from less [[ASpotOfTea tea-obsessed]] countries might think it's just more SurrealHumor.

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* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' has Bluebottle talking about how when his grandad retired, his firm gave him "one of dem tings what it is that wakes you up at eight o'clock, boils the kettil, and pours a cuppa tea," which turns out to be Bluebottle's grandma, but you're supposed to think he was talking about a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teasmade teasmade]]. Listeners from less [[ASpotOfTea [[SpotOfTea tea-obsessed]] countries might think it's just more SurrealHumor.



*** Even the Philosophers' treasures are RippedFromTheHeadlines: they are treasures ChiangKaiShek [[http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/15/nyregion/a-pilgrimage-to-madame-chiang-kai-shek-s-estate.html took from Nanjing and stored in the U.S]], though later lost to non-Patriot related lawsuits.

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*** Even the Philosophers' treasures are RippedFromTheHeadlines: they are treasures ChiangKaiShek UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek [[http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/15/nyregion/a-pilgrimage-to-madame-chiang-kai-shek-s-estate.html took from Nanjing and stored in the U.S]], though later lost to non-Patriot related lawsuits.



** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Raven Rock]] is a real [[http://whitehouse.gov1.info/raven-rock/ underground military command center]]. You could be forgiven for thinking it was a [[TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] reference.

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** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Raven Rock]] is a real [[http://whitehouse.gov1.info/raven-rock/ underground military command center]]. You could be forgiven for thinking it was a [[TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] reference.



*** Although the town itself is completely fictional, Dinky the T-Rex in Novac is modeled after the Mr. Rex sculpture in Cabazon, California, and named after the neighboring Dinny apatosaurus sculpture.

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*** Although the town itself is completely fictional, Dinky the T-Rex in Novac is modeled after the Mr. Rex sculpture in Cabazon, California, and named after the neighboring Dinny apatosaurus Apatosaurus sculpture.



* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short "Meet Marshie," the title talking marshmallow mascot advertises "all-marshmallow mayonnaise." To those not in the know, it just sounds like a silly (and rather disgusting) idea, but ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshmallow_creme marshmallow creme]]'' is an actual product and is used for making actual sandwiches -- for example, a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich is called a Fluffernutter.
** [[BizarreTasteInFood Of course, that didn't stop Homestar from using the mayonnaise to make Marzipan a veggie burger.]]

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* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short "Meet Marshie," the title talking marshmallow mascot advertises "all-marshmallow mayonnaise." To those not in the know, it just sounds like a silly (and rather disgusting) idea, but ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshmallow_creme marshmallow creme]]'' is an actual product and is used for making actual sandwiches -- for example, a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich is called a Fluffernutter.
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Fluffernutter. [[BizarreTasteInFood Of course, that didn't stop Homestar from using the mayonnaise to make Marzipan a veggie burger.]]



* Parody example: In ''[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome 2]]'', the player is skipping through an annoying CutScene when Snake first meets Otacon ([[NoFourthWall at Snake's suggestion]]). Halfway through, he stops skipping just when Otacon is complaining about Snake coming onto him, causing Snake to get [[ArmoredClosetGay annoyed the player had to stop skipping at that part]]. People not familiar with the game but familiar with the flash thought this was so weird it had to be a straight up ShallowParody gag, but in fact the scene is a fairly direct spoof of an out-of-place HoYay moment that actually ''is'' in that cutscene, in which Snake starts feeling up Otacon asking if anything's wrong, and Otacon complains that Snake's "getting friendly all of a sudden" (in reality, Snake is checking Otacon for symptoms of [[TheVirus FOX-DIE]]). It's also immediately after a cutscene 'chapter break', so a player skipping through could easily stop skipping exactly at that scene.

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* Parody example: In ''[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome 2]]'', the player is skipping through an annoying CutScene when Snake first meets Otacon ([[NoFourthWall at Snake's suggestion]]). Halfway through, he stops skipping just when Otacon is complaining about Snake coming onto him, causing Snake to get [[ArmoredClosetGay [[ArmouredClosetGay annoyed the player had to stop skipping at that part]]. People not familiar with the game but familiar with the flash thought this was so weird it had to be a straight up ShallowParody gag, but in fact the scene is a fairly direct spoof of an out-of-place HoYay moment that actually ''is'' in that cutscene, in which Snake starts feeling up Otacon asking if anything's wrong, and Otacon complains that Snake's "getting friendly all of a sudden" (in reality, Snake is checking Otacon for symptoms of [[TheVirus FOX-DIE]]). It's also immediately after a cutscene 'chapter break', so a player skipping through could easily stop skipping exactly at that scene.



** In one episode, Stan is offered an inhalant called "jenkem" by a homeless man, which is his own waste in a paper bag. One might be surprised to learn that this wasn't just another instance of the show using ToiletHumor. Jenkem [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenkem is a real thing]], and was widely believed to be a real hallucinogen, manufactured by fermenting human feces, though consensus nowadays seems to be that the usage was more scaremongering that anything else, and that any hallucinogenic effects stem from asphyxiation caused by inhaling ludicrous amounts of methane and carbon dioxide.

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** In one episode, Stan is offered an inhalant called "jenkem" by a homeless man, which is his own waste in a paper bag. One might be surprised to learn that this wasn't just another instance of the show using ToiletHumor.ToiletHumour. Jenkem [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenkem is a real thing]], and was widely believed to be a real hallucinogen, manufactured by fermenting human feces, though consensus nowadays seems to be that the usage was more scaremongering that anything else, and that any hallucinogenic effects stem from asphyxiation caused by inhaling ludicrous amounts of methane and carbon dioxide.



* In the 1980's, there were a series of educational shorts themed around [[DisneyThemePark Walt Disney World]]'s EPCOT park, most of which starred Figment from ''Journey into Imagination''. One short was called "Would You Eat A Blue Potato?", and focused around how colors tie into imagination. Blue potatoes like the one Figment has in the short exist in the real world as well.

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* In the 1980's, there were a series of educational shorts themed around [[DisneyThemePark [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]]'s EPCOT park, most of which starred Figment from ''Journey into Imagination''. One short was called "Would You Eat A Blue Potato?", and focused around how colors tie into imagination. Blue potatoes like the one Figment has in the short exist in the real world as well.
20th Jun '16 12:35:44 PM Divra
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** In one episode, Stan is offered an inhalant called "jenkem" by a homeless man, which is his own waste in a paper bag. One might be surprised to learn that this wasn't just another instance of the show using ToiletHumor. Jenkem [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenkem is a real hallucinogen]], and yes, it ''is'' really made from human waste. Mixing urine and feces and allowing it to ferment creates hallucinogenic fumes.

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** In one episode, Stan is offered an inhalant called "jenkem" by a homeless man, which is his own waste in a paper bag. One might be surprised to learn that this wasn't just another instance of the show using ToiletHumor. Jenkem [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenkem is a real hallucinogen]], thing]], and yes, it ''is'' really made from was widely believed to be a real hallucinogen, manufactured by fermenting human waste. Mixing urine feces, though consensus nowadays seems to be that the usage was more scaremongering that anything else, and feces and allowing it to ferment creates that any hallucinogenic fumes.effects stem from asphyxiation caused by inhaling ludicrous amounts of methane and carbon dioxide.
16th Jun '16 1:38:47 PM ebrown2112
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** Martin Short's chain-smoking attorney Nathan Thurm from the season 10 ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' parody is based on a real person from a real 60 Minutes segment.

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** Martin Short's chain-smoking attorney Nathan Thurm from the season 10 ten ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' parody is based on a real person from a real 60 Minutes segment.
16th Jun '16 1:36:29 PM ebrown2112
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** Martin Short's chain-smoking Minkman Toys executive Nathan Thurm from the season 10 ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' parody is based on a real person from a real 60 Minutes segment.

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** Martin Short's chain-smoking Minkman Toys executive attorney Nathan Thurm from the season 10 ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' parody is based on a real person from a real 60 Minutes segment.
16th Jun '16 1:32:58 PM ebrown2112
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** Martin Short's chain-smoking Minkman Toys executive Nathan Thurm from the season 10 ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' parody is based on a real person from a real 60 Minutes segment.
8th Jun '16 2:24:28 AM Bosco13
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** A lot of non-american viewers don't realize that ''DaysOfOurLives'' is an actual show and just think it's a SoapWithinAShow.
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