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17th Sep '17 8:56:24 PM PaulA
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* In a subtle example, Music/TomLehrer introduces "The Irish Ballad" on the album ''Tom Lehrer Revisited'' as "An ancient Irish ballad which was written a few years ago."

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* In a subtle example, Music/TomLehrer introduces "The Irish Ballad" on the album ''Tom Lehrer Revisited'' ''Music/TomLehrerRevisited'' as "An ancient Irish ballad which was written a few years ago."
11th Aug '17 7:14:44 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Mommy Fearest" had Sedusa punishing the girls and making lies to Professor.
2nd Aug '17 7:39:44 AM BuddyBoy600alt
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Mommy Fearest" had Sedusa punishing the girls and making lies to Professor.
6th Jul '17 2:30:08 AM C2
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* The 2014 TV remake/spinoff/reinterpretation ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' also claimed to be a true story, despite the two stories being set in the same place in different decades, with such a similar-but-markedly-different plot that they can't ''both'' have happened without someone mentioning it. The series follows the Coens' admission that the events of the film were fictional, so the boilerplate is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.

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* The 2014 2014-2017 TV remake/spinoff/reinterpretation ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' also claimed to be a based on true story, stories, despite the two four stories being set in the same place region of the country in different decades, with the first season having such a similar-but-markedly-different plot that it and the movie they can't ''both'' have happened without someone mentioning it. The series follows the Coens' admission that the events of the film were fictional, so the boilerplate is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
25th Jun '17 10:54:21 AM nombretomado
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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is a bit of a strange case. This and most other works about Pocahontas are based on the writings of John Smith, which are commonly believed to be true. However, research into Smith's other works quickly reveals this to be bunk, because Smith had a habit of portraying himself as an entirely unrealistic [[TheAce demi-god of manliness and combat skill who found success, riches and sex wherever he went]]. It was also problematic in that Smith claimed Pocahontas was only about 12 years old when they met. Disney eventually decided to go this route on purpose, throwing out their research and making the film into a "legend" rather than a true story. It still doesn't change the fact that TheOtherWiki's engraving of the historical Pocahontas/Rebecca Rolfe (who was at the time of the engraving about 21) has a lot more in common with voodoo god Baron Saturday than with the Disney hottie.

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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is a bit of a strange case. This and most other works about Pocahontas are based on the writings of John Smith, which are commonly believed to be true. However, research into Smith's other works quickly reveals this to be bunk, because Smith had a habit of portraying himself as an entirely unrealistic [[TheAce demi-god of manliness and combat skill who found success, riches and sex wherever he went]]. It was also problematic in that Smith claimed Pocahontas was only about 12 years old when they met. Disney eventually decided to go this route on purpose, throwing out their research and making the film into a "legend" rather than a true story. It still doesn't change the fact that TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's engraving of the historical Pocahontas/Rebecca Rolfe (who was at the time of the engraving about 21) has a lot more in common with voodoo god Baron Saturday than with the Disney hottie.



* ''Literature/{{Roots}}'', Alex Haley's history of his family, was a bestseller and adapted into a hugely popular TV miniseries. While Haley's book was classified as a novel and much of the plot was Haley's invention, he claimed that he had in fact traced his ancestry to an African named Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped by slavers and sold into slavery in the American South. As TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots:_The_Saga_of_an_American_Family#Historical_accuracy notes]], most of the follow-up research contradicts Haley's story. There is little basis in fact for Haley's account of his history prior to his great-great-grandfather "Chicken George" Lea.

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* ''Literature/{{Roots}}'', Alex Haley's history of his family, was a bestseller and adapted into a hugely popular TV miniseries. While Haley's book was classified as a novel and much of the plot was Haley's invention, he claimed that he had in fact traced his ancestry to an African named Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped by slavers and sold into slavery in the American South. As TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots:_The_Saga_of_an_American_Family#Historical_accuracy notes]], most of the follow-up research contradicts Haley's story. There is little basis in fact for Haley's account of his history prior to his great-great-grandfather "Chicken George" Lea.
18th Jun '17 11:51:33 PM erforce
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* The opening credits to ''Film/TheWickerMan'' thank Lord Summerisle and the people of his island for their cooperation in depicting their religion. There was no such lord, no such island, and no Scottish community practicing any such religion in the twentieth century.

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* The opening credits to ''Film/TheWickerMan'' ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' thank Lord Summerisle and the people of his island for their cooperation in depicting their religion. There was no such lord, no such island, and no Scottish community practicing any such religion in the twentieth century.
10th Jun '17 10:59:25 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' was based on an apocryphal tale claiming Salieri, a contemporary of Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, went mad late in his life and confessed to killing Mozart. It is a matter of historical record that Mozart died during a long period of illness. The film accepts ''both'' of these stories as true. Salieri is painted as a jealous competitor to Mozart who hated the man but adored his genius, and he "kills" him by encouraging a naive Mozart suffering from illness to make more music. The film is forced to stretch the truth to reach this result; Mozart and Salieri may have been professional rivals[[note]]They were in the same trade in a city with a limited market for that trade - as such at times a job won by one would be a job lost by the other[[/note]], but they respected each other's skills, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35589422 and even collaborated to produce a contata in 1785]]. Historically, there is no evidence that Salieri worked on the Requiem Mass with Mozart (it is unknown how much of the piece Mozart wrote, but it was finished by Franz Xaver Süssmayr), and the film implies that Salieri was the anonymous patron who commissioned the Requiem Mass.[[note]]Mozart never did find out who the anonymous patron was, but we know now that it was Count Franz von Walsegg. Interestingly, the real-life scenario is also plausible in the film; the film doesn't show that Salieri ''planned'' for that to happen, but he also wasn't above exploiting the situation to ensure that the Requiem Mass got written.[[/note]] The film's writers [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste did this intentionally]], however, claiming that they didn't need to write a faithful biography on Mozart; they just wanted to work with the interesting (but false) premise that Salieri was jealous of Mozart. They [[ShownTheirWork did their research]] on all the things that didn't need to be stretched to make this happen.[[labelnote:Examples include]] young Mozart's silly ChildhoodMarriageProposal to [[UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette the Emperor's sister]] and the Emperor's complaint that one of Mozart's compositions contained "too many notes."[[/labelnote]]

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* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' was based on an apocryphal tale claiming Salieri, a contemporary of Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, went mad late in his life and confessed to killing Mozart. It is a matter of historical record that Mozart died during a long period of illness. The film accepts ''both'' of these stories as true. Salieri is painted as a jealous competitor to Mozart who hated the man but adored his genius, and he "kills" him by encouraging a naive Mozart suffering from illness to make more music. The film is forced to stretch the truth to reach this result; Mozart and Salieri may have been professional rivals[[note]]They were in the same trade in a city with a limited market for that trade - as such at times a job won by one would be a job lost by the other[[/note]], but they respected each other's skills, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35589422 and even collaborated to produce a contata in 1785]]. Historically, there is no evidence that Salieri worked on the Requiem Mass with Mozart (it is unknown how much of the piece Mozart wrote, but it was finished by Franz Xaver Süssmayr), and the film implies that Salieri was the anonymous patron who commissioned the Requiem Mass.[[note]]Mozart never did find out who the anonymous patron was, but we know now that it was Count Franz von Walsegg. Interestingly, the real-life scenario is also plausible in the film; the film doesn't show that Salieri ''planned'' for that to happen, but he also wasn't above exploiting the situation to ensure that the Requiem Mass got written.[[/note]] The film's writers [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste did this intentionally]], however, claiming that they didn't need to write a faithful biography on Mozart; they just wanted to work with the interesting (but false) premise that Salieri was jealous of Mozart. They [[ShownTheirWork did their research]] on all the things that didn't need to be stretched to make this happen.[[labelnote:Examples include]] young Mozart's silly ChildhoodMarriageProposal to [[UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette the Emperor's sister]] and the Emperor's complaint that one of Mozart's compositions contained "too many notes."[[/labelnote]]
27th May '17 12:30:07 PM jamespolk
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** ''House Hunters'', on HGTV, which purports to show people looking for new homes, in fact often shows people who have already closed on their new homes, and sometimes shows them visiting homes that aren't actually for sale.

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** ''House Hunters'', on HGTV, which purports to show people looking for new homes, in fact often shows people who have already closed on their new homes, and sometimes shows them visiting homes that aren't actually for sale. (In fact most of the house-hunting imitators that have sprung up in the wake of ''House Hunters'' are Based On A Great Big Lie. Watch any TV real estate show, and note how rarely a realtor's "For Sale" sign will be seen in front of a property that is supposedly for sale.)
16th May '17 9:26:42 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'' is a notorious anti-Semitic tract claiming to be the records of a meeting by a Jewish cabal plotting to TakeOverTheWorld. In reality, it was written by the Okhrana, the SecretPolice of TsaristRussia, as a tool for starting pogroms and otherwise convincing people that anything other than reactionary Christian monarchy was directly authored by {{Satan}}. It was later carried into western Europe and the US by White Russians in the wake of UsefulNotes/RedOctober. It was exposed as a forgery by ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1921, who revealed that large sections of the book were cribbed wholesale from a 19th century anti-Napoleonic tract. Even so, it was made part of the school curriculum in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and anti-Semites to this day cite it as "evidence" of a Jewish conspiracy.

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* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'' is a notorious anti-Semitic tract claiming to be the records of a meeting by a Jewish cabal plotting to TakeOverTheWorld. In reality, it was written by the Okhrana, the SecretPolice of TsaristRussia, UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia, as a tool for starting pogroms and otherwise convincing people that anything other than reactionary Christian monarchy was directly authored by {{Satan}}. It was later carried into western Europe and the US by White Russians in the wake of UsefulNotes/RedOctober. It was exposed as a forgery by ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1921, who revealed that large sections of the book were cribbed wholesale from a 19th century anti-Napoleonic tract. Even so, it was made part of the school curriculum in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and anti-Semites to this day cite it as "evidence" of a Jewish conspiracy.
14th May '17 6:20:11 PM Chariset
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Compare VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory and {{Mockumentary}}. Contrast RomanAClef.

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Compare VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory (largely fiction but based on a kernel of truth) and {{Mockumentary}}.{{Mockumentary}} (pure fiction presenting itself as nonfiction). Contrast RomanAClef.
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