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9th Feb '16 8:08:59 PM Prfnoff
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** In one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that the gun was actually made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]]. (A live-action version of the same gag can be seen in ''Film/AdamsRib''.)
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** In one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that the gun was actually made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]]. (A live-action version of the same a very similar gag can be seen in ''Film/AdamsRib''.)
9th Feb '16 8:01:54 PM Prfnoff
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* The clovers in ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' are all portrayed as being large, pink fluffy flowers, which is what an actual clover flower looks like in real life. While most people associate "clovers" with the three or four-leafed plants, there are pink and white flowers that grow in association with them.
8th Feb '16 11:41:31 PM thatother1dude
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** A more minor example, but in one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that the gun was actually made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]]. (A live-action version of the same gag can be seen in ''Film/AdamsRib''.)
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** A more minor example, but in In one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that the gun was actually made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]]. (A live-action version of the same gag can be seen in ''Film/AdamsRib''.)
8th Feb '16 9:02:37 PM Prfnoff
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** A more minor example, but in one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that the gun was actually made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]].
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** A more minor example, but in one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that the gun was actually made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]]. (A live-action version of the same gag can be seen in ''Film/AdamsRib''.)

** A more minor example, but in one episode Cartman looks as though he's going to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot himself]] only for him to ''literally'' bite While the gun's barrel clean off and eat it before revealing that titular camp of [[Recap/SouthParkS6E14TheDeathCampOfTolerance "The Death Camp of Tolerance"]] is blatantly fictional, the gun was actually Museum of Tolerance is not something the episode's writers made of chocolate. Believe it or not, [[http://www.chocolateweapons.com/chocolate-guns.html chocolate guns actually exist]].up.

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7th Feb '16 8:38:32 PM merotoker
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The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', from 1965. In the special, Lucy said "Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown! Maybe painted pink!". ''Aluminum'' Christmas trees? In ''pink''?! Modern-day viewers are frequently surprised to find out that line wasn't merely a bit of comic exaggeration about Christmas commercialization. TheSixties had their share of oddball kitsch, and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum_Christmas_tree aluminum Christmas tree]] is a God's-honest-truth ''real example'' -- it was produced in many colors, including pink -- though it was an artificial tree with metallic needles, not a hollow metal cone as depicted in the cartoon. [[note]] You can buy them [[http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=83886 online]].[[/note]]
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The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} is ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', from 1965. In the special, Lucy said "Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown! Maybe painted pink!". ''Aluminum'' Christmas trees? In ''pink''?! Modern-day viewers are frequently surprised to find out that line wasn't merely a bit of comic exaggeration about Christmas commercialization. TheSixties had their share of oddball kitsch, and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum_Christmas_tree aluminum Christmas tree]] is a God's-honest-truth ''real example'' -- it was produced in many colors, including pink -- though it was an artificial tree with metallic needles, not a hollow metal cone as depicted in the cartoon. [[note]] You can buy them [[http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=83886 online]].[[/note]]

* Although it didn't reach UrbanLegend level in reality, the whole "Rail Tracer" idea in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has some equivalent in reality. The original MurderInc rode trains and committed hits in various cities so that their crimes were essentially untraceable, as police from the cities where the crimes were committed would naturally suspect local criminals, who likely would have alibis for the time the murders were committed. Completely intentional. [[spoiler: The train-hopping assassin is kind of important to the plot.]] Welcome home, Claire!
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* Although it didn't reach UrbanLegend {{Urban Legend|s}} level in reality, the whole "Rail Tracer" idea in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has some equivalent in reality. The original MurderInc rode trains and committed hits in various cities so that their crimes were essentially untraceable, as police from the cities where the crimes were committed would naturally suspect local criminals, who likely would have alibis for the time the murders were committed. Completely intentional. [[spoiler: The train-hopping assassin is kind of important to the plot.]] Welcome home, Claire!

** 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 occured 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 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 occured occurred a few years before the comic was written.

* In ''Fanfic/AKingdomDivided'' it is mentioned that the airships' rotary engines tended to lose cylinders in mid-air. It's an actual issue of UsefulNotes/{{WWI}}-era aircraft rotary engines.
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* In ''Fanfic/AKingdomDivided'' it is mentioned that the airships' rotary engines tended to lose cylinders in mid-air. It's an actual issue of UsefulNotes/{{WWI}}-era UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarI}}WI-era aircraft rotary engines.

* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFC Origins]]'', a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}''[=/=][[spoiler:Franchise/{{Halo}}]], a ship propelled by nuclear bombs sounds typically [[StuffBlowingUp Torgue]]. Except itís not. NASA actually had designs for such a ship, called the OrionDrive. Needless to say, just like Torgue, reality set in and it was scrapped.
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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFC Origins]]'', a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}''[=/=][[spoiler:Franchise/{{Halo}}]], ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}''[=/=][[spoiler:Franchise/{{Halo}}]], a ship propelled by nuclear bombs sounds typically [[StuffBlowingUp Torgue]]. Except itís not. NASA actually had designs for such a ship, called the OrionDrive. Needless to say, just like Torgue, reality set in and it was scrapped.

** The "smoking or non-smoking" line wasn't just invented for the joke. Airplanes actually did have smoking sections at the time (the FAA didn't begin to ban smoking on flights until 1988). This really applies to any TV show or film made before the smoking ban, including the famous "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', where Creator/WilliamShatner lights up right before seeing that ''thing''... on the wing.
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** The "smoking or non-smoking" line wasn't just invented for the joke. Airplanes actually did have smoking sections at the time (the FAA didn't begin to ban smoking on flights until 1988). This really applies to any TV show or film made before the smoking ban, including the famous "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'', where Creator/WilliamShatner lights up right before seeing that ''thing''... on the wing.

* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', as Marty tries to convince his father George to take Lorraine to the dance, George refuses because that would mean that he'd miss his favorite show ''Science Fiction Theatre''. ''Science Fiction Theatre'' was an actual sci-fi show from TheFifties, a spiritual predecessor to both ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' (in an extended version of the "Darth Vader" scene, Marty name-drops both shows). Coincidentally, one castmember was a [[NamesTheSame Michael Fox]], and [[OneSteveLimit because he was already in the Screen Actor's Guild]], Creator/MichaelJFox had adopted the middle initial "J" to distinguish himself from the elder Fox.
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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', as Marty tries to convince his father George to take Lorraine to the dance, George refuses because that would mean that he'd miss his favorite show ''Science Fiction Theatre''. ''Science Fiction Theatre'' was an actual sci-fi show from TheFifties, a spiritual predecessor to both ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' (in an extended version of the "Darth Vader" scene, Marty name-drops both shows). Coincidentally, one castmember was a [[NamesTheSame Michael Fox]], and [[OneSteveLimit because he was already in the Screen Actor's Guild]], Creator/MichaelJFox had adopted the middle initial "J" to distinguish himself from the elder Fox.

* Creator/RobertAntonWilson and Robert Shea's ''{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy uses a similar plot point to ''Jingo'': the world is brought to the brink of war when the three superpowers growl at each other over the future of the hitherto disregarded island Fernando Poo. Which ''also'' exists in our world, although today it is called Sao Principe in Equatorial Africa.
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* Creator/RobertAntonWilson and Robert Shea's ''{{Illuminatus}}'' ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy uses a similar plot point to ''Jingo'': the world is brought to the brink of war when the three superpowers growl at each other over the future of the hitherto disregarded island Fernando Poo. Which ''also'' exists in our world, although today it is called Sao Principe in Equatorial Africa.

** 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. [[TheRashomon What happens next is a matter of opinion.]]
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** 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. [[TheRashomon [[RashomonStyle What happens next is a matter of opinion.]]

* RicFlair and HarleyRace both seem like obvious KayFabe names. They aren't.[[note]]Flair's given name is spelled "Fliehr," but the pronunciation is the same.[[/note]]
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* RicFlair Wrestling/RicFlair and HarleyRace Wrestling/HarleyRace both seem like obvious KayFabe names. They aren't.[[note]]Flair's given name is spelled "Fliehr," but the pronunciation is the same.[[/note]]

* The comments section in ''Webcomic/MorphE'' were skeptical on the idea of Billy Thatcher being able to play a game of chess with Curio from dictation alone (no board and nothing to note where the pieces were). A comment read "how anyone could hold a game of chess entirely in his brain. Once there is a disagreement over the positions, itís basically over.". It turns out that not only is a dictated game of chess possible but grandmasters, such as Billy, are capable of running multiple games at once in their head. The present world record is 32 games running at the same time.
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* The comments section in ''Webcomic/MorphE'' ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' were skeptical on the idea of Billy Thatcher being able to play a game of chess with Curio from dictation alone (no board and nothing to note where the pieces were). A comment read "how anyone could hold a game of chess entirely in his brain. Once there is a disagreement over the positions, itís basically over.". It turns out that not only is a dictated game of chess possible but grandmasters, such as Billy, are capable of running multiple games at once in their head. The present world record is 32 games running at the same time.

* ''TrintonChronicles'' features seemingly impossible ''future'' technologies, several of which are actually being tested in Europe and Asia right now, including:
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* ''TrintonChronicles'' ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' features seemingly impossible ''future'' technologies, several of which are actually being tested in Europe and Asia right now, including:

** A clip of that same show used as a gag on [[AgonyBooth Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack]] sparked so much confusion, he had to [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video779_Tattooed_Teenage_Alien_Fighters_from_Beverly_Hills_S1E1.aspx amend his reviewing schedule]] just to prove it was real.
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** A clip of that same show used as a gag on [[AgonyBooth [[Website/TheAgonyBooth Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack]] sparked so much confusion, he had to [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video779_Tattooed_Teenage_Alien_Fighters_from_Beverly_Hills_S1E1.aspx amend his reviewing schedule]] just to prove it was real.

* The FictionalVideoGame in which ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is set mixes elements of real {{MMORPG}}s and completely made up stuff and the fact is generally well-known within the fandom. As a consequence, someone sometimes assumes a feature is made up, only for someone else to inform them that it actually exists in a game.
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* The FictionalVideoGame in which ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is set mixes elements of real {{MMORPG}}s {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPGs and completely made up stuff and the fact is generally well-known within the fandom. As a consequence, someone sometimes assumes a feature is made up, only for someone else to inform them that it actually exists in a game.

* ConstableFrozen is a tumblr blog that specializes in surreal photo edits of {{Frozen}}. When the short FrozenFever came out and images started trending on tumblr, some users were legitimately surprised that they weren't [[ConstableFrozen Constable Frozen's]] work.
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* ConstableFrozen Blog/ConstableFrozen is a tumblr blog that specializes in surreal photo edits of {{Frozen}}. ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. When the short FrozenFever ''Disney/FrozenFever'' came out and images started trending on tumblr, some users were legitimately surprised that they weren't [[ConstableFrozen Constable Frozen's]] work.

*** Roadrunners are up to 24" beak to tail tip, half of that being tail, and they stand 18" erect. While they do eat seed, they also kill and eat large insects, small mammals, and reptiles, including rattle snakes. A very hungry coyote might try to ambush one but not try to chase one, as roadrunners can run at 25 mph and they can fly.
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*** Roadrunners are up to 24" beak to tail tip, half of that being tail, and they stand 18" erect. While they do eat seed, they also kill and eat large insects, small mammals, and reptiles, including rattle snakes.rattlesnakes. A very hungry coyote might try to ambush one but not try to chase one, as roadrunners can run at 25 mph and they can fly.

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5th Feb '16 11:38:16 PM thatother1dude
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This was removed previous because when it's something the author did not KNOW was real, the trope is Accidentally Accurate.
** In "Two Bad Neighbors," Homer pulls a prank on UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush by claiming he has a visit from his sons: "George Bush Jr and Jeb Bush." While initially meant to showcase Homer's stupidity, the writers actually had ''no idea'' that there was a "George Bush Jr," who would soon become known to the world as President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
3rd Feb '16 11:53:54 AM The_Last_Brickman
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' gives us the character known as [[MadScientist Doc]][[HeroicComedicSociopath tor]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bar]][[NightmareFetishist ber]]. At first glance, his profession might seem completely random on terms of pairing, but as a matter of fact, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barber_surgeon Barber/Surgeons]] were a very real profession in Medieval times, for [[DungAges obvious reasons]].
3rd Feb '16 2:52:33 AM SuperSauce
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Chinese? Really?
** In one episode where the boys become talent agents, their primary client is a Chinese woman called Wing, who sings covers of American pop tunes in a [[HollywoodToneDeaf humorously tone deaf fashion]], poor musical timing, and based on her tone, a limited understanding of the English language. It's so unrealistically bad, clips of her singing on YouTube usually have comments from viewers who saw her on the show and are surprised to find out she really exists. Not only does she exists, but she provided all of her singing in the episode.
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** In one episode where the boys become talent agents, their primary client is a Chinese New Zealand woman of Hong Kong descent called Wing, who sings covers of American pop tunes in a [[HollywoodToneDeaf humorously tone deaf fashion]], poor musical timing, and based on her tone, a limited understanding of the English language. It's so unrealistically bad, clips of her singing on YouTube usually have comments from viewers who saw her on the show and are surprised to find out she really exists. Not only does she exists, but she provided all of her singing in the episode.
3rd Feb '16 2:50:33 AM jormis29
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* Many Video featuring female knights.. There weren't any... Joan of Arc? Agnes Hotot? Whoa there were knightesses.
3rd Feb '16 2:39:46 AM bhlee0019
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* Many Video featuring female knights.. There weren't any... Joan of Arc? Agnes Hotot? Whoa there were knightesses.
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