History Main / ConvenientEclipse

18th Aug '17 5:32:18 PM TSBasilisk
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** There's also the convenience of him happening to know the exact date and time of the eclipse and his execution being slated at the exact same time.
17th Jul '17 9:27:27 AM HeroGal2347
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** And it was probably parodied there because it had already been played straight on that show's predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. Scrooge [=McDuck=] went into a South American country on the deadline day to resign a lease on the company he owned there, but, like Darkwing, he found himself scheduled to be executed by the local dictator instead. His nephews, who had inadvertently caused this predicament by tricking Scrooge -- and through him, the entire world! -- into thinking it was the next day, consulted their [[GreatBigBookOfEverything super-exhaustive Junior Woodchucks Guidebook]] to try to fix things. And what do you know, a Convenient Eclipse was supposed to happen today! The boys showed the dictator the eclipse, thus correcting the date, and "Unca Scrooge" was not only free to go, but free to resign that lease.

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** And it was probably parodied there because it had already been played straight on that show's predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''. Scrooge [=McDuck=] went into a South American country on the deadline day to resign a lease on the company he owned there, but, like Darkwing, he found himself scheduled to be executed by the local dictator instead. His nephews, who had inadvertently caused this predicament by tricking Scrooge -- and through him, the entire world! -- into thinking it was the next day, consulted their [[GreatBigBookOfEverything super-exhaustive Junior Woodchucks Guidebook]] to try to fix things. And what do you know, a Convenient Eclipse was supposed to happen today! The boys showed the dictator the eclipse, thus correcting the date, and "Unca Scrooge" was not only free to go, but free to resign that lease.
13th May '17 7:37:37 PM billybobfred
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* Occurs in the book ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' (though not most of the movie versions) to con themselves out of death at the hands of African natives. Changed to a convenient ''lunar'' eclipse in later editions when Haggard realised that solar eclipses aren't followed by full moons. Is slightly subverted when one of the villains tries explaining that the eclipse is a natural occurrence that will pass soon, but no one bothers to listen to her.

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* Occurs in the book ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' (though not most of the movie versions) to con themselves out of death at the hands of African natives. Changed to a convenient ''lunar'' eclipse in later editions when Haggard realised that solar eclipses aren't followed by full moons. Is slightly subverted when one One of the villains tries explaining that the eclipse is a natural occurrence that will pass soon, but no one bothers to listen to her.
2nd Apr '17 11:57:15 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]: Innocent Sin'' has the Grand Cross and the Leonids, which factor into the villains' plans. From this, you can tell exactly when the game took place in real life.

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* ''[[{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]: ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' has the Grand Cross and the Leonids, which factor into the villains' plans. From this, you can tell exactly when the game took place in real life.
16th Mar '17 6:31:33 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado,'' the titular city already believes that Tulio and Miguel are gods, but this gets "confirmed" when their bickering happens to coincide with a local volcano acting up; it calms down right when they do. The two of them don't even seem to notice it.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold,'' the title character was born while his parents were living among the Green-Eyed People in San Lorenzo. When his mother was in labor, the local volcano started erupting; just as Arnold was born, it stopped. WordOfGod says that in ''[[GrandFinale The Jungle Movie]],'' the Green-Eyed People will consider Arnold a godlike figure because of this reason.
31st Dec '16 1:06:09 PM nombretomado
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* EnidBlyton adventure story ''The Secret Mountain'' (1941). The main characters need to escape from the titular mountain. They find out that there's to be a solar eclipse the next day, so at the appropriate moment their father throws his hunting knife off the mountain. The lights go out and the tribe [[GodGuise think he's killed the sun]], at which point the "big white bird" turns up to carry the heroes to safety before the tribe realise they've been had.

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* EnidBlyton The Creator/EnidBlyton adventure story ''The Secret Mountain'' (1941). The main characters need to escape from the titular mountain. They find out that there's to be a solar eclipse the next day, so at the appropriate moment their father throws his hunting knife off the mountain. The lights go out and the tribe [[GodGuise think he's killed the sun]], at which point the "big white bird" turns up to carry the heroes to safety before the tribe realise they've been had.
1st Nov '16 2:23:08 PM MBI
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but was informed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, Launchpad misread the date of the eclipse, which was actually happening ''tomorrow''; he ended up standing on the gallows stalling for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but was informed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, Launchpad misread the date of the eclipse, which was actually happening ''tomorrow''; he ''the day after''; Darkwing ended up standing on the gallows stalling having to stall for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.
1st Nov '16 2:20:44 PM MBI
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but noticed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, the newspaper dates were wrong and he ended up standing on the gallows for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Darkwing was to be executed by a group of medieval peasants for witchcraft, but noticed was informed that the time of the execution coincided exactly with a solar eclipse and decided to threaten the peasants that he would block the sun if they didn't release him. Unfortunately, Launchpad misread the newspaper dates were wrong and date of the eclipse, which was actually happening ''tomorrow''; he ended up standing on the gallows stalling for 24 hours, pretending to put out the sun, before it actually went dark. Peasants = amazed.
19th Oct '16 2:52:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** Did anyone else wonder how on Earth a factory foreman from 19th-century Connecticut could have predicted that? Honestly, how many people here who aren't astronomers can name the date of ANY eclipse, ever, let alone one over 1,000 years ago? They weren't even using the Gregorian calendar in King Arthur's time!
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*** Still a remarkable fortune that an eclipse happened right at the same night they were to be executed.
19th Oct '16 2:51:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle1951/SE1963Jul20Tgoogle.html real-life solar eclipse]] visible in Maine on July 20, 1963 is a plot point of the Creator/StephenKing novels, ''Gerald's Game'' and ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne''. King admitted he fudged the times in both books so that the eclipse path passed over Maine in early afternoon, when in reality it was near evening.

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* The [[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle1951/SE1963Jul20Tgoogle.html real-life solar eclipse]] visible in Maine on July 20, 1963 is a plot point of the Creator/StephenKing novels, ''Gerald's Game'' ''Literature/GeraldsGame'' and ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne''. King admitted he fudged the times in both books so that the eclipse path passed over Maine in early afternoon, when in reality it was near evening.



* In the Creator/GeneWolfe novel ''[[BookOfTheNewSun Urth of the New Sun]]'' a convenient eclipse saves the protagonist Severian's life from attack by Aztecs, but this is a subversion because [[spoiler:it was probably caused deliberately by time-traveling aliens who are looking out for him.]]

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* In the Creator/GeneWolfe novel ''[[BookOfTheNewSun ''[[Literature/BookOfTheNewSun Urth of the New Sun]]'' a convenient eclipse saves the protagonist Severian's life from attack by Aztecs, but this is a subversion because [[spoiler:it was probably caused deliberately by time-traveling aliens who are looking out for him.]]



* Subverted in ''[[AmeliaPeabody The Last Camel Died At Noon]]'', an AffectionateParody of ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''. A family of [[AdventureArchaeologist adventure archaeologists]] are in a lost civilization and looking to impress the natives. The wife asks her husband if a Convenient Eclipse coming up by any chance, and his response is essentially, "How the Hell would I know? I'm an archaeologist, not an astronomer."

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* Subverted in ''[[AmeliaPeabody ''[[Literature/AmeliaPeabody The Last Camel Died At Noon]]'', an AffectionateParody of ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''. A family of [[AdventureArchaeologist adventure archaeologists]] are in a lost civilization and looking to impress the natives. The wife asks her husband if a Convenient Eclipse coming up by any chance, and his response is essentially, "How the Hell would I know? I'm an archaeologist, not an astronomer."
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