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12th Mar '17 8:04:11 AM JamesAustin
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Not to be confused with ''StrangerThanFiction'', which is a movie.

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Not to be confused with ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', which is a movie.
7th Mar '17 11:22:13 PM kensu
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* MobyDick is one of the great classics of American literature, and the grandfather of the Action/Suspense novel. However it pales by comparison to the events surrounding the destruction of the whaleship Essex, which inspired it. Check out its entry at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_(whaleship) the other wiki]].
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5th Mar '17 5:47:56 PM louisXVI
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* Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Evita'' is a retelling of the life of Eva Peron, a poor actress who rose to become the powerful First Lady of Argentina, and nearly Vice President, before a young death. The story ends here, possibly because what happens next the widower president is overthrown, remarries a nightclub dancer, is elected back to power, makes ''this'' wife Vice President then dies, causing the politically ignorant nightclub dancer to become president, who then falls under the spell of a sinister mystic, she is then overthrown and the country goes to war with Great Britain would make for a somewhat zany epilogue.
5th Mar '17 12:40:00 PM kensu
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* SixFeetUnder has the evil corporation Kroehner that is progressively buying up all the funeral homes in the area, and using dirty tricks to fight anyone who won't play along. In the real world they would be shut down pretty damn quick for violating anti-trust laws and anti-competitive behavior, right? Not really, they are based on a real corporation whose reach is even greater than that portrayed. And whereas Kroehner eventually got destroyed by the SEC, their real-life counterpart lives on, seemingly untouchable.
4th Mar '17 10:36:22 AM nombretomado
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Originating in the MarkTwain quote that "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't." No matter how weird, freaky, or {{squick}}y fiction gets, there will be something in RealLife that is even weirder, freakier, or {{squick}}ier.

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Originating in the MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain quote that "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't." No matter how weird, freaky, or {{squick}}y fiction gets, there will be something in RealLife that is even weirder, freakier, or {{squick}}ier.
2nd Mar '17 12:19:43 AM Fireblood
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* [[SerialKiller BTK]] Dennis Rader, of Wichita, Kansas, has probably been the basis for several fictional serial killers. He would have gotten away scott-free, right under everyone's nose, too, if he hadn't [[ManipulativeBastard decided to get himself caught]] twenty years after the fact by [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]] the local newspaper and the detective who was head of his case way back when. His crimes were horrifying, but his reported beliefs about the afterlife were worse: he thought his victims would be his eternal slaves. His pastor, who sat through the trial up to this point in demonstration of the belief that even killers could be achieve salvation if properly repentant, [[MoralEventHorizon stood up and walked out]].
** Another major aspect of how he was caught is remarkable - when he'd started his killings, computerization hadn't taken off. When he resumed [[EvilGloating the taunting letters]], he sent a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the local news network... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader#Arrest without realizing it had metadata from a deleted]] Microsoft Word file on it, which was last modified by "Dennis". [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Had he not sent in that floppy disk, he likely wouldn't have been caught]].

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* [[SerialKiller BTK]] Dennis Rader, of Wichita, Kansas, has probably been the basis for several fictional serial killers. He would have gotten away scott-free, right under everyone's nose, too, if he hadn't [[ManipulativeBastard decided to get himself caught]] twenty years after the fact by [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]] the local newspaper and the detective who was head of his case way back when. His crimes were horrifying, but his reported beliefs about the afterlife were worse: he thought his victims would be his eternal slaves. His pastor, who sat through the trial up to this point in demonstration of the belief that even killers could be achieve salvation if properly repentant, [[MoralEventHorizon stood up and walked out]].
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** Another major aspect of how he was caught is remarkable - when he'd started his killings, computerization hadn't taken off. When he resumed [[EvilGloating the taunting letters]], he sent a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the local news network... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader#Arrest without realizing it had metadata from a deleted]] Microsoft Word file on it, which was last modified by "Dennis". [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Had he not sent in that floppy disk, he likely wouldn't have been caught]]. Not only that, but he asked police whether it could be traced, and ''[[WhatAnIdiot believed them when they claimed it couldn't]]''.
23rd Nov '16 8:52:29 AM BrendanRizzo
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** Even funnier is when one considers, exactly, WHY Gavrio Princip was able to kill Franz Ferdinand in the first place. Three attempts were made on Fredinand's life during the parade, but the perpetrators were either caught, or in one case, their hand grenade didn't go off. Depressed by this development, Princip went to a little cafe he liked to get a sandwich and sulk, when, due to a wrong turn, Ferdinand was turning around in the driveway and stopped to help an old woman with something. And Princip just happened to have his pistol on him, still...

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** Even funnier is when one considers, exactly, WHY Gavrio Gavrilo Princip was able to kill Franz Ferdinand in the first place. Three attempts were made on Fredinand's life during the parade, but the perpetrators were either caught, or in one case, their hand grenade didn't go off. Depressed by this development, Princip went to a little cafe he liked to get a sandwich and sulk, when, due to a wrong turn, Ferdinand was turning around in the driveway and stopped to help an old woman with something. And Princip just happened to have his pistol on him, still...
18th Nov '16 7:33:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* WWII hero [[BadAss Audie Murphy]] played himself in the movie ''Film/ToHellAndBack,'' based on his autobiography. During the adaptation, he requested that certain parts of his exploits (like the time he had malaria and leapt on top of a burning, half-destroyed tank-destroyer to use its pintle-mounted machine gun and single-handedly hold off an entire company of German mechanized infantry for half an hour) be watered down a little, since nobody would believe the real thing.

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* WWII hero [[BadAss Audie Murphy]] Murphy played himself in the movie ''Film/ToHellAndBack,'' based on his autobiography. During the adaptation, he requested that certain parts of his exploits (like the time he had malaria and leapt on top of a burning, half-destroyed tank-destroyer to use its pintle-mounted machine gun and single-handedly hold off an entire company of German mechanized infantry for half an hour) be watered down a little, since nobody would believe the real thing.
20th Sep '16 2:45:44 AM timotaka
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* [[BasedOnATrueStory Obviously]], the events of the film ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' actually happened. But what they don't mention is that there were several ''additional'' malfunctions, and one or two of the events mentioned in passing in the movie were actually critical problems in reality. These were removed/downsized because, yes, producers thought no one would believe it. No one in the Apollo program at the time would have believed it either had it not actually happened. (The movie depicts Sy Liebergot as saying "It's reading a ''quadruple'' failure. That can't happen!" because that's what he really said. But it ''did'' happen.) Also, some test audiences reacted poorly to the ending - saying it could never happen and was totally unrealistic.

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* [[BasedOnATrueStory Obviously]], the events of the film ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' actually happened. But what they don't mention is that there were several ''additional'' malfunctions, and one or two of the events mentioned in passing in the movie were actually critical problems in reality. These were removed/downsized because, yes, producers thought no one would believe it. No one in the Apollo program at the time would have believed it either had it not actually happened. (The movie depicts Sy Liebergot as saying "It's reading a ''quadruple'' failure. That can't happen!" because that's what he really said. But it ''did'' happen.) Also, some test audiences reacted poorly to the ending - saying it could never happen and was totally unrealistic. After the original flight NASA amended their training simulations to include malfunctions that happened to Apollo 13, which had previously been ruled out as impossible.
14th Aug '16 5:31:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* The world's most proficient sniper, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Simo Häyhä AKA "The White Death"]], has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions, which includes the lack of a scope. TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]

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* The world's most proficient sniper, [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Simo Häyhä UsefulNotes/SimoHayha; AKA "The White Death"]], Death", has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions, which includes the lack of a scope. TheOtherWiki has more information on the guy, but needless to say, if he was fictional, this would be considered ridiculous if it was played for anything other than [[PlayedForLaughs laughs.]]
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