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18th Jun '16 10:41:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* JackLondon's short story 'The Red One' is about a terminally ill European explorer who discovers a Melanesian tribe that worships a gigantic [[spoiler:and seemingly extraterrestrial red sphere embedded in a hidden crater]].

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* JackLondon's Creator/JackLondon's short story 'The Red One' is about a terminally ill European explorer who discovers a Melanesian tribe that worships a gigantic [[spoiler:and seemingly extraterrestrial red sphere embedded in a hidden crater]].
17th Jun '16 3:54:28 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In the episode "What Goes Down Must Come Up" of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', a group of orphans forgotten in a fallout shelter base a society and religion on a learning bed that plays fragments of educational videos about hygiene made by Jonas Venture for his son Rusty (and also on [[AllHailTheGreatGodMickey VH1 Classic]]). This gets complicated when the real, grown-up Rusty stumbles upon them and unplugs the bed. For bonus points, they also worship a nuke, but... [[DisgustingPublicToilet oddly]]...
-->'''Cultist:''' He tuned Father out!
-->'''Rusty:''' Yes, I killed your God. Oooooo!
6th Jun '16 11:22:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* One book in Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series mentions a temple on a planet built to house one old videotape.

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* One book in Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series mentions a temple on a planet built to house one old videotape.
5th Jun '16 6:02:16 AM Arkadi
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** A non-Imperial example: the Orks of Bloodaxe Clan imitate Human uniforms and military paraphernalia, believing them to be extremely powerful magic charms.
27th May '16 12:02:27 PM megarockman
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** ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' continues the tradition with Diamond City's veneration of "The Wall" that protects them from outside attacks. The wall in question being what we know as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Monster Green Monster]] of Fenway Park (which, incidentally, was usually know as "The Wall" for most of its history - it wasn't painted green until 1947).

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** ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' continues the tradition with Diamond City's veneration of "The Wall" that protects them from outside attacks. The wall in question being what we know as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Monster Green Monster]] of Fenway Park (which, incidentally, was usually know known as "The Wall" for most of in its early history - it wasn't painted green until 1947).
27th May '16 12:01:48 PM megarockman
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** ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' continues the tradition with Diamond City's veneration of "The Wall" that protects them from outside attacks. The wall in question being what we know as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Monster Green Monster]] of Fenway Park.

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** ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' continues the tradition with Diamond City's veneration of "The Wall" that protects them from outside attacks. The wall in question being what we know as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Monster Green Monster]] of Fenway Park.Park (which, incidentally, was usually know as "The Wall" for most of its history - it wasn't painted green until 1947).
27th May '16 11:55:50 AM megarockman
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** ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' continues the tradition with Diamond City's veneration of "The Wall" that protects them from outside attacks. The wall in question being what we know as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Monster Green Monster]] of Fenway Park.
19th May '16 12:29:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''RockosModernLife'' Heffer joins a cult that worships sausage.

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* In ''RockosModernLife'' ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' Heffer joins a cult that worships sausage.
13th May '16 12:24:53 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Erich von Däniken's ''Chariots of the Gods'' postulates at great length that [[BeyondTheImpossible every religion on earth]] is a cargo cult based around aliens possessing [[{{Narm}} hilariously]] [[{{Zeerust}} outdated]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien sufficiently advanced technology]] who visited earth once, taught humans how to do civilization for reasons that are never adequately explained, [[NeglectfulPrecursors and then left]]. Von Däniken's even mentions the John Frum cult as an [[PhlebotinumAnalogy easier-to-swallow example]] of a similar thing happening... and then proceeds to [[ComicallyMissingThePoint miss the point of the analogy entirely]] by implying that ''the effigies'' must have been left by the aliens because [[UnfortunateImplications the natives were too backwards and stupid]] to have built them themselves. Coincidentally, the book is the TropeMaker and TropeNamer for AncientAstronauts.

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* Erich von Däniken's ''Chariots of the Gods'' postulates at great length that [[BeyondTheImpossible every religion on earth]] earth is a cargo cult based around aliens possessing [[{{Narm}} hilariously]] [[{{Zeerust}} outdated]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien sufficiently advanced technology]] who visited earth once, taught humans how to do civilization for reasons that are never adequately explained, [[NeglectfulPrecursors and then left]]. Von Däniken's even mentions the John Frum cult as an [[PhlebotinumAnalogy easier-to-swallow example]] of a similar thing happening... and then proceeds to [[ComicallyMissingThePoint miss the point of the analogy entirely]] by implying that ''the effigies'' must have been left by the aliens because [[UnfortunateImplications the natives were too backwards and stupid]] stupid to have built them themselves. Coincidentally, the book is the TropeMaker and TropeNamer for AncientAstronauts.
13th May '16 7:02:31 AM SilverNova
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* Referenced by name in a few songs by ''My Friend The Chocolate Cake''. A prime example is an antagonistic variation in "The Weather Coast"

--> I tell you there's been rumblings of a cargo cult
--> High up in the hills
--> They lost their bearings months ago
--> Now they're searching for them still
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