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17th Mar '17 5:08:27 PM LTR
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** The zig-zag paintjob on Varrick's battleship, the ''Zhu Li'', may look ridiculous, but it's not so ridiculous to those who've heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage dazzle camouflage]], which was used on real-life battleships during World War I and II. The strange patterns made it harder to judge the distance, heading and speed of an enemy ship and thereby throw off their arim.

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** The zig-zag paintjob on Varrick's battleship, the ''Zhu Li'', may look ridiculous, but it's not so ridiculous to those who've heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage dazzle camouflage]], which was used on real-life battleships during World War I and II. The strange patterns made it harder to judge the distance, heading and speed of an enemy a ship and thereby throw off their arim.the enemy's aim.
17th Mar '17 5:07:17 PM LTR
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** The zig-zag paintjob on Varrick's battleship, the ''Zhu Li'', may look ridiculous, but it's not so ridiculous to those who've heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage dazzle camouflage]], which was used on real-life battleships during World War I and II. The strange patterns made it harder for the enemy to judge the distance, heading and speed of an enemy ship and thereby throw off their arim.

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** The zig-zag paintjob on Varrick's battleship, the ''Zhu Li'', may look ridiculous, but it's not so ridiculous to those who've heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage dazzle camouflage]], which was used on real-life battleships during World War I and II. The strange patterns made it harder for the enemy to judge the distance, heading and speed of an enemy ship and thereby throw off their arim.
17th Mar '17 5:04:14 PM LTR
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** The zig-zag paintjob on Varrick's battleship, the ''Zhu Li'', may look ridiculous, but it's not so ridiculous to those who've heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage dazzle camouflage]], which was used on real-life battleships during World War I and II. The strange patterns made it harder for the enemy to judge how far away the ship was.

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** The zig-zag paintjob on Varrick's battleship, the ''Zhu Li'', may look ridiculous, but it's not so ridiculous to those who've heard of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage dazzle camouflage]], which was used on real-life battleships during World War I and II. The strange patterns made it harder for the enemy to judge how far away the distance, heading and speed of an enemy ship was.and thereby throw off their arim.
14th Mar '17 11:17:40 AM Gosicrystal
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* John Titor was not just some random name made for ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''. He was an actual figure from 2000 who claimed to be a time traveler from the year 2036.



* Followers of the LetsPlay thread for ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' were convinced that the bird photograph used for Anghel Higure was either Photoshopped or a bird that had been shot (or [[TakeAThirdOption 'shopped from a bird that had been shot]]). [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luzon_Bleeding-heart Bleeding-heart doves]] do exist, and the namesake red stain on their chest is natural.



* A major plot point in the first ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game was the StatuteOfLimitations on an old murder case being almost up. Just another aspect of the series' ridiculous KangarooCourt, right? No, [[http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/japan-statute-of-limitations-for-murder-abolished/ Japan really did have a Statute of Limitations on murder until 2010.]]
** For that matter, the court system itself (no jury, enormous amount of power in the hands of the prosecutor, no respect for defense attorneys) is only a minor exaggeration of the RealLife justice system in Japan at the time the games first came out.
** Case 4 in ''Spirit of Justice'' has a few examples. Time Soba and Soba Glutton are both real Rakugo routines, and English-language karuta do exist. They're often used to teach Japanese-speakers English phrases and idioms.


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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** A major plot point in [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the first game]] is the StatuteOfLimitations on an old murder case being almost up. Just another aspect of the series' ridiculous KangarooCourt, right? No, [[http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/japan-statute-of-limitations-for-murder-abolished/ Japan really did have a Statute of Limitations on murder until 2010.]]
** The court system itself (no jury, enormous amount of power in the hands of the prosecutor, no respect for defense attorneys) is only a minor exaggeration of the RealLife justice system in Japan at the time the games first came out.
** Case 4 in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'' has a few examples. Time Soba and Soba Glutton are both real Rakugo routines, and English-language karuta cards do exist. They're often used to teach Japanese-speakers English phrases and idioms.
* Followers of the LetsPlay thread for ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' were convinced that the bird photograph used for Anghel Higure was either Photoshopped or a bird that had been shot (or [[TakeAThirdOption 'shopped from a bird that had been shot]]). [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luzon_Bleeding-heart Bleeding-heart doves]] do exist, and the namesake red stain on their chest is natural.
* John Titor was not just some random name made for ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''. He was an actual figure from 2000 who claimed to be a time traveler from the year 2036.
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8th Mar '17 11:32:11 AM nombretomado
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* In Series/{{Mega64}}'s video of a fictional newscast reporting about the hype of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', Derrick reports that Obama plans to restrict the release dates of ''Modern Warfare 2'' and all future ''Call of Duty'' games to Sundays only in order to prevent disruptions. This sounds like a cheeky joke that Mega64 would make but it's based off an urban legend where Japan decided to restrict sales of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' to weekends due to children skipping classes and violence over lack of supply. While it's true that there were children skipping class to buy the game, the legend is false; there never was a law placed to restrict sales and the games being released on weekends was just a coincidence.

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* In Series/{{Mega64}}'s WebVideo/{{Mega64}}'s video of a fictional newscast reporting about the hype of ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', Derrick reports that Obama plans to restrict the release dates of ''Modern Warfare 2'' and all future ''Call of Duty'' games to Sundays only in order to prevent disruptions. This sounds like a cheeky joke that Mega64 [=Mega 64=] would make but it's based off an urban legend where Japan decided to restrict sales of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' to weekends due to children skipping classes and violence over lack of supply. While it's true that there were children skipping class to buy the game, the legend is false; there never was a law placed to restrict sales and the games being released on weekends was just a coincidence.
5th Mar '17 6:01:12 AM Wooboo
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** Speaking of the lottery in Nipton, a radio broadcast mentions that the brutal Legate Lanius has instituted a form of punishment where he divided a group of Legionares into groups of ten, and had the tenth man beaten to death by the other nine. This may sound like a typical example of post-apocalyptic brutality, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_(Roman_army) this was a real practice]], from which modern English speakers get the word "decimation", with the unfortunate tenth man determined by drawing lots.
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.)
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