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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.]]
14th Aug '16 2:26:02 AM Zeekay980
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* ''Film/PainAndGain'' had several [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer "Not Making This" Up Disclaimers]]. They actually happened although slightly differently than shown. One of the criminals grills the severed hands of their latest victims just outside their hideout, waving to their neighbors. In real life, it was a different character and it was the hands, feet, and skulls. No one saw him, but he still did it just outside their hideout. They also try to return a chainsaw after it gets jammed on the victim's hair when they try to dismember her body. It still had her hair and some skin lodged in the teeth. In real life, they returned the first chainsaw since they forgot to put oil in it and it broke. The second one got caught on the victims hair and they said, "Fuck it," and used a hatchet. Their first victim, who miraculously survived their attempts to kill him, was actually arrested for unrelated Medicare fraud immediately after testifying in real life. This scene wasn't in the movie, likely because not even a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer could convince people that someone had that many things happen to them.
11th Aug '16 6:27:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Descriptions of Jørgen Haagen Schmith's last stand (also his first stand, since he was the driver) are considerably more amazing than the version of events shown in ''Flammen og Citronen''.

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* Descriptions of Jørgen Haagen Schmith's last stand (also his first stand, since he was the driver) are considerably more amazing than the version of events shown in ''Flammen og Citronen''.



* 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 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.]]



* Having had a foreign coach on the 1980's that eventually won a World Cup with another team (Carlos Bilardo with Argentina) Colombian fans pleaded for a foreign coach for three decades; the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the Colombian side started in 2011 with the usual flunky team that the country had been used to for the last fourteen years. The first coach, beloved former player Leonel Alvarez, was ousted due to bad results. He was replaced with the last qualifying coach the team had had, Hernan Darío "Bolillo" Gomez. He was flunking too until there was a twist worthy of a SoapOpera where he repeatedly struck a woman who had accompanied him into a pub (presumably his mistress). Various groups against violence towards women denounced the coach, who had to resign and dig up a hole to hide into. The Colombian federation resorted to hiring someone that the press and the public could not possibly object to in veteran Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman, who had extensible experience in the U-20 World Cups for Argentina. Pekerman wound up taking Colombia to its first World Cup in 16 years and further than they had ever been before (Quarter-finals). As such, Colombian fans often joke that they have to thank "Bolillo's Mistress" or "Bolillo's Floozy" for their triumphant run.

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* Having had a foreign coach on the 1980's that eventually won a World Cup with another team (Carlos Bilardo with Argentina) Colombian fans pleaded for a foreign coach for three decades; the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the Colombian side started in 2011 with the usual flunky team that the country had been used to for the last fourteen years. The first coach, beloved former player Leonel Alvarez, was ousted due to bad results. He was replaced with the last qualifying coach the team had had, Hernan Darío "Bolillo" Gomez. He was flunking too until there was a twist worthy of a SoapOpera where he repeatedly struck a woman who had accompanied him into a pub (presumably his mistress). Various groups against violence towards women denounced the coach, who had to resign and dig up a hole to hide into. The Colombian federation resorted to hiring someone that the press and the public could not possibly object to in veteran Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman, who had extensible experience in the U-20 World Cups for Argentina. Pekerman wound up taking Colombia to its first World Cup in 16 years and further than they had ever been before (Quarter-finals). As such, Colombian fans often joke that they have to thank "Bolillo's Mistress" or "Bolillo's Floozy" for their triumphant run.


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17th Jun '16 5:20:17 PM Doug86
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* Timely Comics' (future MarvelComics) writers imagined the ComicBook/RedSkull back in 1941 as a cartoonish exaggeration of evil fit for propaganda against UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, as nobody would believe such creature did exist. At least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Dirlewanger a few]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich senior]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Schellenberg figures]] of the Nazi empire did suspiciously similar things during [[WorldWarII the war]], but the world found out only years after.

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* Timely Comics' (future MarvelComics) Creator/MarvelComics) writers imagined the ComicBook/RedSkull back in 1941 as a cartoonish exaggeration of evil fit for propaganda against UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, as nobody would believe such creature did exist. At least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Dirlewanger a few]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich senior]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Schellenberg figures]] of the Nazi empire did suspiciously similar things during [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]], but the world found out only years after.
12th Mar '16 9:21:30 PM FF32
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* The film ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' ran into this trope. It was, in fact, based on a true story, but nobody would believe it...when it was, in fact, not exaggerated in the slightest. So writer JMichaelStracynski added sources to the script and such, to prove it was real! Not only that, but many of the more bizarre and freaktacular parts of the serial killer's exploits were left out, as they distracted from the main story. During an DVD extra, Creator/ClintEastwood noted that if it were fiction, no one would believe it.

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* The film ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' ran into this trope. It was, in fact, based on a true story, but nobody would believe it...when it was, in fact, not exaggerated in the slightest. So writer JMichaelStracynski Creator/JMichaelStracynski added sources to the script and such, to prove it was real! Not only that, but many of the more bizarre and freaktacular parts of the serial killer's exploits were left out, as they distracted from the main story. During an DVD extra, Creator/ClintEastwood noted that if it were fiction, no one would believe it.
8th Mar '16 11:45:43 PM Naram-Sin
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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents aroind Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.

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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents aroind around Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.
8th Mar '16 11:44:17 PM Naram-Sin
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': ''many'' of their stranger episodes have been based on actual events. [[note]]See that page's entry on RippedFromTheHeadlines for the sleep-destroying list of episodes based on real crimes.[[/note]] As it turns out, [[CaptainObvious serial killers and sadists often have severe mental issues]] and do things that seem like the work of PulpMagazine villains. Like building death courses in meat packing plants, keeping their victims chained for years in their basement, [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} centering their crimes around bizarre obsessions and signature murder rituals]], and taunting the authorities with CriminalMindGames.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': ''many'' ''Many'' of their stranger episodes have been based on actual events. [[note]]See that page's entry on RippedFromTheHeadlines for the sleep-destroying list of episodes based on real crimes.[[/note]] As it turns out, [[CaptainObvious serial killers and sadists often have severe mental issues]] and do things that seem like the work of PulpMagazine villains. Like building death courses in meat packing plants, keeping their victims chained for years in their basement, [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} centering their crimes around bizarre obsessions and signature murder rituals]], and taunting the authorities with CriminalMindGames.




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* One time the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek came TooSoon, but for entirely different reasons, was when it adapted the Natalee Holloway disappearance case in 2009's ''Natalee Holloway'', and finished with Holloway's mother finding solace when Van der Sloot, having been let go on lack of evidence, falls prey to a TV sting operation and is filmed saying that Holloway died in an accident and he dumped her body in the ocean. The next year, Van der Sloot contacted Holloway's mother and offered to disclose the location of the body for $250,000 in cash, after which he fled to South America, all while escaping a joint operation of the FBI and Aruban police to arrest him, and murdered Stephany Flores in Peru before being arrested in Chile by Interpol. The eery similarities between the Flores and Holloway cases[[note]]Both happened in May 30, there were allegations of date rape drugs used, and Van der Sloot was arrested with a chart of ocean currents aroind Peru, leading people to believe that he had intended to dump Flores' body in the sea, but desisted when he could not find a way to get it out of the hotel without suspicion[[/note]] now cast doubt that the latter was an accident. This bizarre turn of events spurred {{Lifetime}} to produce a sequel, ''Justice for Natalee Holloway'' (2011), in what's probably a first for BasedOnATrueStory TV films.
8th Mar '16 10:44:26 PM Naram-Sin
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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. There 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. There 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.
5th Feb '16 3:45:55 AM REV6Pilot
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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. 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 AKA "The White Death"]], has over 700 confirmed kills. Yes, seven hundred. All achieved in about ''three months'' in far less than optimal conditions.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.]]
21st Jan '16 9:01:05 PM loracarol
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* The writers of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' note several times in episode commentary that many of the villains on the show are heavily inspired by real-world events. In fact, they've commented that they needed to tone down some of the cartoonish villainy some CEOs display, as people wouldn't believe it.

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* The writers of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' note several times in episode commentary that many of the villains on the show are heavily inspired by real-world events. In fact, they've commented that they needed to tone down some of the cartoonish villainy some CEOs [=CEOs=] display, as people wouldn't believe it.



** 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]] MicrosoftWord 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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** 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]] MicrosoftWord 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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