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15th Jun '16 5:11:18 PM MarkLungo
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** In ''Series/StargateSG1'' Jonas Quinn is from an alien planet with technology roughly on par with the early/mid twentieth century (They are working on their analogue to the atomic bomb). When he comes to Earth he finds the Weather Channel fascinating and watches it for hours; when questioned he explains that the ability to predict weather with a relative degree of accuracy is like watching the future.

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** In ''Series/StargateSG1'' Jonas Quinn is from an alien planet with technology roughly on par with the early/mid twentieth century (They are working on their analogue to [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons the atomic bomb).bomb]]). When he comes to Earth he finds the Weather Channel fascinating and watches it for hours; when questioned he explains that the ability to predict weather with a relative degree of accuracy is like watching the future.



** Some cable systems have TWC's ''Weatherscan'' service, which is essentially "Local on the 8s" in an endless loop, with relaxing music, no visible people, and most importantly, no reality shows. It's like TWC tailor-made this for people who like the forecasts, so they could theoretically keep it on 24/7.

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** Some cable systems have TWC's ''Weatherscan'' service, which is essentially "Local on the 8s" in an endless loop, with relaxing music, no visible people, and most importantly, no reality shows.{{Reality Show}}s. It's like TWC tailor-made this for people who like the forecasts, so they could theoretically keep it on 24/7.



** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ were avidly watched]] by self-described "anoraks" (a British colloquialism for geeks) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.
* The broadcast of a burning Yule Log is an extremely popular "program" in New York during Christmastime.

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** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life RealLife section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ were avidly watched]] by self-described "anoraks" (a British colloquialism for geeks) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.
* The broadcast of a burning Yule Log is an extremely popular "program" in New York UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity during Christmastime.



* Also, the people who watch ESPN's Sportscenter at 10pm... and 11pm... [[RuleofThree and midnight...]] and 1am... [[RunningGag and 2am...]] [[OverlyLongGag and 3am.]] Not because they want updating on their sports news (the show is recorded at 10pm and rebroadcast all night). But because the repetition of the same jokes, catch phrases and tag lines is mesmerizing. And also to catch the sneaky edits that the late night team makes when the first airing screwed something up, and they refilm a segment before the next airing.
* ThatOtherWiki. The prose style is usually boring, and the tiny text is hard on the eyes, ''[[WikiWalk and yet]]''....

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* Also, the people who watch ESPN's Sportscenter Creator/{{ESPN}}'s ''Series/SportsCenter'' at 10pm... and 11pm... [[RuleofThree and midnight...]] and 1am... [[RunningGag and 2am...]] [[OverlyLongGag and 3am.]] Not because they want updating on their sports news (the show is recorded at 10pm and rebroadcast all night). But because the repetition of the same jokes, catch phrases and tag lines is mesmerizing. And also to catch the sneaky edits that the late night team makes when the first airing screwed something up, and they refilm a segment before the next airing.
* ThatOtherWiki.Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}. The prose style is usually boring, and the tiny text is hard on the eyes, ''[[WikiWalk and yet]]''....



** wikipedia has spawned [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikirace Wikirace]], a game where the object is to get from one designated article to another using as few links as possible.
** While we're on the subject, ''this'' Wiki. How many other people do ''you'' know out there in your everyday life who enjoy cataloging tropes and their examples?
* Argentine cable news network [=CrónicaTV=]. Sensationalist news is presented as bold white letters on red backgrounds, read aloud in a LargeHam voice, with "Stars and Stripes Forever" as background music. The news stories themselves include stuff like like "Drunk driver almost provokes a tragedy: Franchise/{{Batman}} only witness", and "Man returns home for a pair of galoshes, finds another man on top of wife, and impales him with an umbrella. Victim agonizes." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FVDvDPtimc&feature=related This is just a small sample of their "news".]]
* ''Trainz RailroadSimulator'' and other railway simulators. Though the SceneryPorn probably helps.

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** wikipedia Wikipedia has spawned [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikirace Wikirace]], a game where the object is to get from one designated article to another using as few links as possible.
** While we're on the subject, ''this'' Wiki.''[[Wiki/TVTropes this]]'' [[Wiki/TVTropes Wiki]]. How many other people do ''you'' know out there in your everyday life who enjoy cataloging tropes and their examples?
* Argentine [[UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} Argentine]] cable news network [=CrónicaTV=]. Sensationalist news is presented as bold white letters on red backgrounds, read aloud in a LargeHam voice, with "Stars and Stripes Forever" as background music. The news stories themselves include stuff like like "Drunk driver almost provokes a tragedy: Franchise/{{Batman}} only witness", and "Man returns home for a pair of galoshes, finds another man on top of wife, and impales him with an umbrella. Victim agonizes." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FVDvDPtimc&feature=related This is just a small sample of their "news".]]
* ''Trainz RailroadSimulator'' Railroad Simulator'' and other railway simulators. Though the SceneryPorn probably helps.



** There's also ''VideoGame/EuroTruckSimulator'', a truck driving sim. Its sequel (or second version, depending on your view of computer games with numbers on the end of their titles) came out in late 2012 and was promptly bought as a gag gift by about half of the Website/SomethingAwful forum. This was followed by a rash of people confessing that they were unironically enjoying the experience, prompting [[http://www.destructoid.com/review-euro-truck-simulator-2-243592.phtml Destructoid's Jim Sterling to review it]]. It has gained enough popularity to become one of the games to tout UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}'s new Trading Cards feature, and tellingly, it is among one of the more expensive games to collect cards for due to [[CultClassic high demand for the badges earned from collecting the cards and low supply of dedicated players earning card drops.]]
* Come to think of it, hardcore ultra-realistic flight simulators of the sort that practically qualify you to take a real aircraft out for a spin [[note]]literally, in the case of VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator, which some flying schools are using as a teaching aid[[/note]] aren't everyone's cup of tea either.

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** There's also ''VideoGame/EuroTruckSimulator'', a truck driving sim. Its sequel (or second version, depending on your view of computer games with numbers on the end of their titles) came out in late 2012 and was promptly bought as a gag gift by about half of the Website/SomethingAwful forum. This was followed by a rash of people confessing that they were unironically enjoying the experience, prompting ''Destructoid'''s Jim Sterling to [[http://www.destructoid.com/review-euro-truck-simulator-2-243592.phtml Destructoid's Jim Sterling to review it]]. It has gained enough popularity to become one of the games to tout UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}'s new Trading Cards feature, and tellingly, it is among one of the more expensive games to collect cards for due to [[CultClassic high demand for the badges earned from collecting the cards and low supply of dedicated players earning card drops.]]
* Come to think of it, hardcore ultra-realistic flight simulators of the sort that practically qualify you to take a real aircraft out for a spin [[note]]literally, in the case of VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator, ''VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator'', which some flying schools are using as a teaching aid[[/note]] aren't everyone's cup of tea either.



** C-SPAN in the United States also gets a small (but very loyal) viewership of PMQ's.
* Sirens. Plenty of YouTube videos of outdoor warning sirens, fire truck sirens, and also many kinds of horns and whistles. Many comments about the [[MostWonderfulSound beautiful sound]] of the siren in the video, and sometimes references to ''Franchise/SilentHill''.

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** C-SPAN Creator/{{CSPAN}} in the United States also gets a small (but very loyal) viewership of PMQ's.
* Sirens. Plenty of YouTube Website/YouTube videos of outdoor warning sirens, fire truck sirens, and also many kinds of horns and whistles. Many comments about the [[MostWonderfulSound beautiful sound]] of the siren in the video, and sometimes references to ''Franchise/SilentHill''.



** Such as, perhaps, exhaustive documentation of recurring themes in media?

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** Such as, perhaps, [[SelfDeprecation exhaustive documentation of recurring themes in media?media]]?



* Thanks to some of the more questionable ethics of mankind, this trope is at least [[OlderThanSteam older than steam]]. Public punishments, especially executions, were ostensibly intended to demonstrate the power of the ruling authorities but enthusiasm for them meant they [[AudienceShift quickly developed into public spectacles]] throughout the world and continue in several countries today.

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* Thanks to some of the more questionable ethics of mankind, this trope is at least [[OlderThanSteam older than steam]]. Public punishments, especially executions, [[PublicExecution executions]], were ostensibly intended to demonstrate the power of the ruling authorities but enthusiasm for them meant they [[AudienceShift quickly developed into public spectacles]] throughout the world and continue in several countries today.



* In a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/eeb6e/i_believe_i_know_who_was_behind_the_max_headroom/ Reddit post in which]] the poster details his suspicions about the identity of the parties behind the so-called [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion Max Headroom Incident]], it is mentioned that one of the suspects collected army instructional manuals, despite leading a lifestyle that merited no practical use for them.

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* In a [[https://www.reddit.com/comments/eeb6e/i_believe_i_know_who_was_behind_the_max_headroom/ Reddit post in which]] the poster details his suspicions about the identity of the parties behind the so-called "Series/MaxHeadroom [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion Max Headroom Incident]], Incident]]", it is mentioned that one of the suspects collected army instructional manuals, despite leading a lifestyle that merited no practical use for them.
10th Jun '16 12:33:20 PM ironballs16
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* A lot of old filmstrips (usually from UsefulNotes/TheFifties) were meant to be educational, but are now considered hilarious. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kdpAGDu8s Duck and Cover]]'' is the most famous of these. ''Website/GaiaOnline'', a forum site that makes no pretense of being educational, has a special part in its cinema gallery for filmstrips like ''Duck and Cover'', so people can laugh at them.

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* A lot of old filmstrips (usually from UsefulNotes/TheFifties) were meant to be educational, but [[SocietyMarchesOn are now considered hilarious.now]] [[ScienceMarchesOn considered]] [[SoBadItsGood hilarious]]. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kdpAGDu8s Duck and Cover]]'' is the most famous of these. ''Website/GaiaOnline'', a forum site that makes no pretense of being educational, has a special part in its cinema gallery for filmstrips like ''Duck and Cover'', so people can laugh at them.
24th Apr '16 10:43:09 AM Rungles
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** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ were avidly watched by self-described anoraks]] (i.e. geeks) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.

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** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ were avidly watched watched]] by self-described anoraks]] (i.e. "anoraks" (a British colloquialism for geeks) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.
16th Mar '16 10:30:44 AM Mdumas43073
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PeripheryDemographic taken to its logical conclusion. For this particular medium, what's surprising is not that it has fans outside its target audience, it's that it has fans ''at all'' - it wasn't ''meant'' to entertain anyone, just inform them, or fulfil some other strictly functional role. But perhaps there's something hypnotic about watching the weather forecast on a perpetual loop, or maybe the public information film has aged badly and picked up some {{Narm}} along the way. Either way, you can bet most of the people watching aren't doing it out of a first-hand interest in the subject.

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PeripheryDemographic taken to its logical conclusion. For this particular medium, what's surprising is not that it has fans outside its target audience, it's that it has fans ''at all'' - all''; it wasn't ''meant'' to entertain anyone, just inform them, or fulfil some other strictly functional role. But perhaps there's something hypnotic about watching the weather forecast on a perpetual loop, or maybe the public information film has aged badly and picked up some {{Narm}} along the way. Either way, you can bet most of the people watching aren't doing it out of a first-hand interest in the subject.
16th Mar '16 10:30:25 AM Mdumas43073
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Not to mention that just about anything - ''anything'' - [[RuleThirtyFour can be made to appear sexy or even erotic]].

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Not to mention that just about anything - -- ''anything'' - -- [[RuleThirtyFour can be made to appear sexy or even erotic]].
16th Mar '16 10:30:03 AM Mdumas43073
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->''There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.''

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->''There ->''"There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.''"''
27th Feb '16 10:47:41 AM Rungles
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** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) had [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ was avidly watched by self-described anoraks]] (British slang for a geek) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.

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** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) had [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ was were avidly watched by self-described anoraks]] (British slang for a geek) (i.e. geeks) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.
27th Feb '16 10:44:34 AM Rungles
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** The Rebroadcast Standby Tests carried out by the BBC in the days of analogue (and described in the Real Life section of the WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties page) had [[http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/bbc-rbs-transmitter-tests-31228/ was avidly watched by self-described anoraks]] (British slang for a geek) despite occuring in the early hours of the morning and consisting of nothing but a test card, a tone and a speaking clock.
27th Feb '16 10:16:24 AM Rungles
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PeripheryDemographic taken to its logical conclusion. For this particular medium, what's surprising is not that it has fans outside its target audience, it's that it has fans ''at all'' - it wasn't ''meant'' to entertain anyone, just inform them. But perhaps there's something hypnotic about watching the weather forecast on a perpetual loop, or maybe the public information film has aged badly and picked up some {{Narm}} along the way. Either way, you can bet most of the people watching aren't doing it out of a first-hand interest in the subject.

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PeripheryDemographic taken to its logical conclusion. For this particular medium, what's surprising is not that it has fans outside its target audience, it's that it has fans ''at all'' - it wasn't ''meant'' to entertain anyone, just inform them.them, or fulfil some other strictly functional role. But perhaps there's something hypnotic about watching the weather forecast on a perpetual loop, or maybe the public information film has aged badly and picked up some {{Narm}} along the way. Either way, you can bet most of the people watching aren't doing it out of a first-hand interest in the subject.
27th Feb '16 10:11:35 AM Rungles
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* The [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdsong_(digital_radio_channel) Birdsong Station]] was a twenty minute loop of birdsong that played from 6am until midnight on British digital radio for two years as filler on a vacant frequency. There was an outcry from fans when it was eventually taken off the air.
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