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21st Sep '17 6:24:08 AM Spindriver
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* In ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'', the British GeekGirl Marie [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/boys-feeling-you-up/ swears in old British comics titles.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'', the British GeekGirl geek girl Marie [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/boys-feeling-you-up/ swears in old British comics titles.]]
21st Sep '17 6:22:21 AM Spindriver
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* As a comic that bounces around between physics, psychology, math, philosophy, and general geekery jokes, you need to be fairly cosmopolitan in your background to enjoy ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''. It's worth it though.
** The author mentions at one point that the comic probably wouldn't work in another medium, because only on the web do readers have near-instantaneous access to obscure information.

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* As a comic that bounces around between physics, psychology, math, philosophy, and general geekery jokes, you need to be fairly cosmopolitan in your background to enjoy ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''. It's worth it though.
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though. The author mentions at one point that the comic probably wouldn't work in another medium, because only on the web do readers have near-instantaneous access to obscure information.



-->'''Ran''': The way I see it, we've broken every law of physics except the third law of thermodynamics.
-->'''Dr. Light''': Aha! Negative two Kelvin!
-->'''Ran''': Nevermind.
* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' is loaded with these, to the extent that some have called xkcd a series of obscure references that occasionally involve jokes, rather than the other way around.

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-->'''Ran''': The way I see it, we've broken every law of physics except the third law of thermodynamics.
-->'''Dr.
thermodynamics.\\
'''Dr.
Light''': Aha! Negative two Kelvin!
-->'''Ran''':
Kelvin!\\
'''Ran''':
Nevermind.
* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' is loaded with these, to the extent that some have called xkcd it a series of obscure references that occasionally involve jokes, rather than the other way around.



* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' is chock full of refs on literature and manga and comics, many of which are not apparent even to the aficionado without reading the "Director's Cut" version.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' is chock full of refs on references to literature and manga and comics, many of which are not apparent even to the aficionado without reading the "Director's Cut" version.



* If you suck at remembering flags, you'll have trouble finding the ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}'' comics funny. Consider then that many also include references to history, geography, politics, languages, dialects, slang, religions, movies, literature...
** [[http://i.imgur.com/ItVSKTg.png Ostrakon]] is a good example of this. The comic's punchline features a {{Pun}} on the words "ostracise" (i.e. excluding someone from society) and "Österreich", the German name for Austria. The name of the comic comes from the word ostrakon (which means "shard" in Greek) because the citizens would vote for whom they wanted to banish by writing their names on clay shards.

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* If you suck at remembering flags, you'll have trouble finding the ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}'' comics funny. Consider then that many also include references to history, geography, politics, languages, dialects, slang, religions, movies, literature...
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literature... "[[http://i.imgur.com/ItVSKTg.png Ostrakon]] Ostrakon]]" is a good example of this. The comic's punchline features a {{Pun}} on the words "ostracise" (i.e. excluding someone from society) and "Österreich", the German name for Austria. The name of the comic comes from the word ostrakon (which means "shard" in Greek) because the citizens would vote for whom they wanted to banish by writing their names on clay shards.


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* In ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'', the British GeekGirl Marie [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/boys-feeling-you-up/ swears in old British comics titles.]]
1st Sep '17 8:33:29 PM HalcyonDayz
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* FiM fics by Bad Horse tend to reference literature and philosophy as core parts of the story.

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* FiM ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fics by Bad Horse tend to reference literature and philosophy as core parts of the story.



** [[http://i.imgur.com/ItVSKTg.png Ostrakon]] is a good example of this. The comic's punchline features a {{Pun}} on the words "ostracise" (i.e. excluding someone from society) and "Österreich", the German name for Austria. The name of the comic comes from the word ostrakon (which means "shard" in Greek) because the citizens would vote for whom they wanted to banish by writing their names on clay shards.

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** [[http://i.imgur.com/ItVSKTg.png Ostrakon]] is a good example of this. The comic's punchline features a {{Pun}} on the words "ostracise" (i.e. excluding someone from society) and "Österreich", the German name for Austria. The name of the comic comes from the word ostrakon (which means "shard" in Greek) because the citizens would vote for whom they wanted to banish by writing their names on clay shards.
24th Aug '17 8:41:54 PM VapourSoulOS
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* Webcomic/ThePropertyOfHate does this every so often. One of the characters, Melody speaks entirely in musical notes. Another character, Dial has an old microphone for a head.
21st Aug '17 9:10:18 AM Taskmaster123
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* This was actually made part of the story for an issue of UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan. The Wizard challenged the Human Torch to a contest wherein he'd leave clues for where his next crime was going to occur, if the Torch figured out the clues, he'd be able to stop him. The Wizard used science-related clues that he figured would stump the Torch, but Spider-Man teamed up with Johnny and his heavy science background enabled him to figure out the clues easily. This infuriated the Wizard, since he considered Spider-Man helping Johnny to be cheating.
4th Aug '17 1:04:18 PM BURGINABC
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Whenever a series of ZeroesAndOnes or two-digit hex codes are shown, chances are they'll spell out something when translated to ASCII.

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Whenever a series of ZeroesAndOnes or two-digit hex codes are shown, chances are they'll spell out something when translated to ASCII.
decoded as ASCII text.
28th Jul '17 11:03:20 PM HotelCalifornia
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* Most of the setting of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is built on this trope thanks to its [[ReferenceOverdosed copious references]] and often veers straight into ViewersAreGeniuses; good luck understanding many of them without a background in theology, classical literature, history, real life demonology, modern politics, American evangelical Christianity, and ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' lore. And that's before getting into the pop culture references and in-jokes.
** One of Maledict's three ''Leviathan''-class super dreadnoughts is the ''La Vey''. This is a reference to Anton [=LaVey=], founder of the real life Church of Satan and author of ''The Satanic Bible''. Another Demon ship that appears in the rewrite is called the ''Greaves'', named after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucien_Greaves Lucien Greaves]], the founder of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Satanic_Temple The Satanic Temple]].
5th Jul '17 12:09:14 AM UppityErinaceine
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* Believe it or not, the trope KarmaHoudini, along with its sister trope IdiotHoudini, is a genius bonus itself! It was named after the American magician, Harry Houdini (1874-1926), who is known especially for quickly escaping even the most impossible [[BuffySpeak trap devices.]]
24th May '17 10:47:10 PM jormis29
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* Dennis Miller has spoken of liking to say things like "the Middle East situation is less stable than Crispin Glover", knowing that few of his listeners will have seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dYjdKbMT_c Glover nearly kick Letterman in the head]], but that the few who have are saying, "Thank you for making that joke".

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* Dennis Miller has spoken of liking to say things like "the Middle East situation is less stable than Crispin Glover", Creator/CrispinGlover", knowing that few of his listeners will have seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dYjdKbMT_c Glover nearly kick Letterman in the head]], but that the few who have are saying, "Thank you for making that joke".
2nd Mar '17 11:03:14 PM trulymadmoves
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'', the side of the titular island on which its indigenous predators live bears several signs warning passerby of "foosa". Since that's how the word is pronounced and it's [[SeldomSeenSpecies an incredibly obscure species]], very few people are likely to catch the joke that "fossa" has been misspelled.
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