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27th Sep '16 7:16:33 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALapHYNSmoA 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", knowing that few of his listeners will have seen [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALapHYNSmoA 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".
27th Sep '16 5:18:01 AM airforceteacher
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* YMMV, but some pairs of black and white cards in CardsAgainstHumanity seem made for each other specifically, such as ''Things White People Like'' and ''The 3/5ths Compromise.''
25th Sep '16 3:34:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* When ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' isn't overtly explaining the game mechanics of MageTheAwakening it is using spells and information from the source books without any extra focus or attention. Readers with a knowledge of the source books will pick up on these bread crumbs and hints to ongoing mysteries through their understanding of the universe. The rest of the audience are left to discover these facts with the main characters.

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* When ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' isn't overtly explaining the game mechanics of MageTheAwakening TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening it is using spells and information from the source books without any extra focus or attention. Readers with a knowledge of the source books will pick up on these bread crumbs and hints to ongoing mysteries through their understanding of the universe. The rest of the audience are left to discover these facts with the main characters.
24th Sep '16 3:35:15 PM dlchen145
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** Kalash93 is known for two things: Writing weapons and combat well enough to qualify as an expert, and making lots of linguistic and cultural references to both current and past events and groups in Eurasia, especially the Caucasus Mountains. BilingualBonus may as well be a trademark trope.
18th Sep '16 5:05:42 PM AMNK
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* GeniusBonus/AnimeAndManga
* GeniusBonus/{{Jokes}}
* GeniusBonus/LiveActionFilms
* GeniusBonus/{{Literature}}
* GeniusBonus/LiveActionTV
* GeniusBonus/{{Music}}
* GeniusBonus/VideoGames
* GeniusBonus/WebOriginal
** GeniusBonus/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory
* GeniusBonus/WesternAnimation

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* GeniusBonus/AnimeAndManga
''GeniusBonus/AnimeAndManga''
* GeniusBonus/{{Jokes}}
''GeniusBonus/{{Jokes}}''
* GeniusBonus/LiveActionFilms
''GeniusBonus/LiveActionFilms''
* GeniusBonus/{{Literature}}
''GeniusBonus/{{Literature}}''
* GeniusBonus/LiveActionTV
''GeniusBonus/LiveActionTV''
* GeniusBonus/{{Music}}
''GeniusBonus/{{Music}}''
* GeniusBonus/VideoGames
''GeniusBonus/VideoGames''
* GeniusBonus/WebOriginal
''GeniusBonus/WebOriginal''
** GeniusBonus/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory
''GeniusBonus/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''
* GeniusBonus/WesternAnimation''GeniusBonus/WesternAnimation''
18th Sep '16 5:04:17 PM AMNK
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* GeniusBonus/WebOriginal
** GeniusBonus/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory



[[folder:Web Original]]
* In Berleezy's [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m0t5kuvAY2I JIMMY NEUTRON: EXPOSED]] Berleezy references [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra the Project MKUltra experiments]].
* ''WebVideo/AMVHell'', despite being mostly lowbrow humor, has a degree of this in that you need a lot of knowledge about a lot of different shows to get all the jokes.
* ''Literature/DreamHighSchool'':
** Mr. Army (who isn't the brightest bulb) capitalizes the names of two cheeses wrong ''in his dialogue.'' [[StealthPun Yes, you read that correctly.]]
*** You can tell the writer knew the correct capitalization too, because Miss Paloma, who apparantly knows about cheeses, correctly capitalizes them in her dialogue immediately before and after Mr. Army's line.
*** The particular line of dialogue, "Well, Burrata is good, but I'm much more partial to gouda myself." was provided by a reader who won the opportunity to give the writer a sentence to use in the story. Was the reader testing the author, or was it an accident?
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'':
** The magical young children attend Martha Corey Memorial High School in Nowhere, Ohio. Martha Corey being the first woman convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
** British FlyingBrick heroine Samsonite, from the same setting, took her name from the [[NighInvulnerable indestructible]] brand of luggage of the same name. Most people assume its a variation on "Samson".
* Maddox, owner of ''[[http://maddox.xmission.com The Best Page In The Universe]]'', occasionally interjects these in his pages:
--> "In fact, this book can be expressed mathematically by the following theorem: lim(manliness -> â) Books = ''The Alphabet of Manliness''" \\
"36 NEW PAGES! 8 FULL-COLOR INSERTS! ''NEW ISBN NUMBER!'' '''HOLY SHIT!'''"
* One of ''OpenBlue'''s mods is Kukulu, a CaptainErsatz of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]]. If you look at his profile, his country section says he's from "Pitcairn", which is the name of one of the three RealLife countries nearest to the canon location of R'lyeh.
* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' is laden with little references that are not necessary to the plot but are quite interesting to know about nonetheless. The catch is that one must be fairly well versed in science to understand them.
* Players who haven't read ''Theater/OedipusTheKing'' will have a hard time understanding the plot to ''VideoGame/OedipusInMyInventory''.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Phase is almost as [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] as WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}, with refs covering everything from Shakespeare and Sinclair Lewis to Umberto Eco and Spenser. Also doubles as "Showing off the Research".
** When Chaka is deciding on her codename ('chaka' means 'leopard'), she mentions some old book by some Belgian guy who said that pound for pound, the leopard is tougher than the lion. Most readers won't know this is supposed to be ''Congo Kitabu'' by Jean-Pierre Hallet.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' (a narrative playthrough of Half Life "voiced" by Gordon Freeman himself) does this a ''lot.'' Sophisticated jokes about quantum physics pop up from time to time (Gordon is supposed to be a physicist, after all) and the episode where Gordon does nothing but talk like a pirate is full of archaic English and historically accurate nautical terms. Fortunately the show is still very approachable from a lowbrow perspective.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' once recites Coulomb's Law, though he mistakes it for the sum of two and two.
** A Strong Bad email featured a jumbled spam message to which Strong Bad says, "Did the quadratic formula explode?".
** In "Ballad of The Sneak", the eponymous creature is referred to as "The Strong Bad's [[Theatre/DonGiovanni Leporello]]".
* Of a sort: Sears.com had a zombie-themed page for Halloween with the text almost entirely in Zamgrh, one of the user-created languages of ''VideoGame/UrbanDead''.
* ''Literature/ChaosFighters'' shows the constituents of various alloys and composites which can be understand better if one has the periodic table of elements.
* ''WebAnimation/TheNekciMenijShow'' is fueled by Genius Bonus, particularly in regards to the modern music industry. No bit of Billboard chart knowledge or tidbit about an artist's personal life is too obscure to be joked about.
* The first impression show ''Continue?'' follows these with '''''SMART JOKE''''' vibrating in big red letters appearing onscreen.
* [[Website/TheAgonyBooth Mr. Mendo's]] [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video645_Coal_Black_and_de_Sebben_Dwarfs_Censored_Eleven.aspx review]] of a racially insensitive propaganda cartoon ends with a lengthy soliloquy about how the animators must have been "sulky and dissatisfied". With some slight re-purposing, this is a word-for-word quote from an [[http://www.google.com/books?id=mjkCAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA2-PA707&#v=onepage&q&f=false actual medical journal]] from over 150 years ago.
* In WebVideo/DemoReel, Uncle Yo compares Donnie to Sisyphus. Sisyphus was punished for his lies by having to walk a rock up a steep hill over and over. Donnie has told nobody about his tragic past by this point, and his punishment is self-loathing.
* The Finnish-made science fiction parody ''WebOriginal/StarWreck'' is full of this trope. For example, most Star Trek items are called the by the names given to them by older bad translations of the shows.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': TransparentCloset Jonath-ahem, Than, compares Brittany Matthew's genitalia to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Eye Of Sauron]]. To put it this way, [[ReferenceOverdosed a good portion of this series]] (as well as its sister show, ''WebAnimation/DrHavocsDiary'') isn't as funny if you don't have an above-average knowledge of pop-culture stuff.
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10th Sep '16 7:16:44 PM LarryMullen
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* One has to have extensive knowledge of pop culture trivia to get all the references in ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories''.
3rd Sep '16 5:15:37 PM ironicusername
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* In Berleezy's [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m0t5kuvAY2I JIMMY NEUTRON: EXPOSED]] Berleezy references [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra the Project MKUltra experiments]].
30th Jul '16 3:28:28 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'':
** Phase is almost as [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] as {{Daria}}, with refs covering everything from Shakespeare and Sinclair Lewis to Umberto Eco and Spenser. Also doubles as "Showing off the Research".

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* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'':
''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Phase is almost as [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] as {{Daria}}, WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}, with refs covering everything from Shakespeare and Sinclair Lewis to Umberto Eco and Spenser. Also doubles as "Showing off the Research".
27th Jul '16 8:17:58 AM Monolaf317
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': TransparentCloset Jonath-ahem, Than, compares Brittany Matthew's genitalia to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Eye Of Sauron]]. To put it this way, a good portion of this series (as well as its sister show, ''WebAnimation/DrHavocsDiary'') isn't as funny if you don't have an above-average knowledge of pop-culture stuff.

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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': TransparentCloset Jonath-ahem, Than, compares Brittany Matthew's genitalia to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Eye Of Sauron]]. To put it this way, [[ReferenceOverdosed a good portion of this series series]] (as well as its sister show, ''WebAnimation/DrHavocsDiary'') isn't as funny if you don't have an above-average knowledge of pop-culture stuff.
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