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30th Jul '16 5:42:51 PM nombretomado
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%%%* ''DaveBarry Slept Here'' makes excellent use of this.

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%%%* ''DaveBarry ''Creator/DaveBarry Slept Here'' makes excellent use of this.
26th Jun '16 2:11:24 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* YoungFutureFamousPeople
22nd Jun '16 5:27:42 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10090792/1/Zero-no-Tsukaima-Saito-the-Onmyoji Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji]]'' implies that the Mongol invasions of Japan were foiled by large groups of Onmyoji joining together to create typhoons that wrecked their fleets.
3rd Jun '16 9:13:30 PM Kartoonkid95
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** In "The Phantom of the Telethon", Roger is enraged that Stan stole his idea for a telethon, as he had similarly been robbed of a telethon idea by Creator/JerryLewis.



** Krusty the Clown was the reason why the attempted assassination of UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein failed, as Saddam was part of most of his joke material, and he had stopped the woman who was going to hit him with a bazooka.

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** Krusty the Clown was the reason why the attempted assassination of UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein failed, as Saddam was part of provided most of his joke material, and he had stopped the woman who was going to hit him with a bazooka.
25th Apr '16 6:31:53 PM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', it's heavily implied that [[OneManArmy Jimmy Patterson]] and [[MissionControl Manon]] settled down together after the war, by ''Heroes''' post-credits narration and the fact that the main character of the 2010 reboot is Jimmy's grandson. The in-joke is that Manon's character is based on a real life woman named Helene Deschamps Adams, a French OSS operator who worked closely with an American Army Lieutenant during the war and ended up marrying him. [[EarnYourHappyEnding Aww.]]
12th Apr '16 6:20:22 AM MeerkatMario
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** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to an alternate past comes near the end of special "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker". Right after '70s-Jorgen shows up to erase everyone's memories of the fairies being revealed, present-Jorgen shows up to take Timmy back to his own era and says that Timmy is forbidden from returning to March of 1972, but can still travel to any of the other months "so long as you don't interfere with the election of President [=McGovern=]". This implies that either ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' takes place in an alternate continuity where [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] was never re-elected, Timmy didn't listen and is somehow responsible for Nixon's re-election, or Timmy's interference already made [=McGovern=] the president without Jorgen realizing it.
** There was the one where Timmy released the kids from the Cosmo & Wanda's "Wall of Shame". One of them "took out" Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''. [[EpilepticTrees Maybe that's why the rule that you can't wish for someone to be killed exists.]]
** In an earlier episode, they inspire a young boy to "Connect all the computers in the world together, and call it the internet," Wanda's response? "That Billy Gates and his CRAZY ideas," Of course, he gets the name wrong...
--->'''Billy Gates''': And I'll call it the Internet.
--->'''Cosmo''': That's a stupid name, you should call it The Timmy!
*** And at the episode's end we find out that "The Timmy" apparently stuck, because his mother calls out "Internet, come to dinner." Although, thanks to NegativeContinuity, that doesn't catch on...
** It's also been mentioned several times that Cosmo is responsible for having destroyed the city of Pompeii.

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** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to an alternate past comes near the end of the special "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker". Right after '70s-Jorgen shows up to erase everyone's memories of the fairies being revealed, present-Jorgen shows up to take Timmy back to his own era and says that Timmy is forbidden from returning to March of 1972, but can still travel to any of the other months "so long as you don't interfere with the election of President [=McGovern=]". This implies that either ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' takes place in an alternate continuity where [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] was never re-elected, Timmy didn't listen and is somehow responsible for Nixon's re-election, or Timmy's interference already made [=McGovern=] the president without Jorgen realizing it.
** There was the one where Timmy released the kids three godkids from the Cosmo & and Wanda's "Wall "Hall of Shame". Infamy". One of them "took out" Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and most conflicts that followed, including UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. [[EpilepticTrees Maybe that's why the rule that you can't wish for someone to be killed exists.]]
** In an earlier episode, they "Father Time!", present Cosmo and Wanda inspire a young boy to "Connect all the computers "connect every computer in the world together, and call it the internet," together". 70's Wanda's response? "That Billy Gates and his CRAZY ideas," Of course, thanks to Cosmo, he gets the name wrong...
--->'''Billy Gates''': And Gates:''' I'll call it the Internet.
--->'''Cosmo''': --->'''Cosmo:''' That's a stupid name, silly, you should call it The Timmy!
"The Timmy"!
*** And at the episode's end of the episode we find out that "The Timmy" apparently stuck, because and his mother calls out "Internet, come to dinner." "Oh Internet, breakfast is ready!" Although, thanks to NegativeContinuity, that doesn't catch on...
on.
** It's also been mentioned several times that Cosmo is responsible for having destroyed the city of Pompeii.Pompeii, and even sunk Atlantis nine times.
5th Apr '16 10:50:56 PM Eddy1215
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* An unusual example in [[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]: the alleged AncientTomb that [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] is exploring is [[spoiler: actually a proposal for [[http://www.damninteresting.com/this-place-is-not-a-place-of-honor/ a real building which hasn't been constructed yet]]. TheReveal of the true nature of the building changes the story from an AdventurerArchaeologist adventure to a horror story. Includes a modified and retranslated version of the warning proposed to grace the inside of the building]]:

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* An unusual example in [[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall ''[[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]: Wall]]'': the alleged AncientTomb that [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] is exploring is [[spoiler: actually a proposal for [[http://www.damninteresting.com/this-place-is-not-a-place-of-honor/ a real building which hasn't been constructed yet]]. TheReveal of the true nature of the building changes the story from an AdventurerArchaeologist adventure to a horror story. Includes a modified and retranslated version of the warning proposed to grace the inside of the building]]:
31st Mar '16 11:44:37 AM merotoker
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* ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' had a whole storyline about a race of aliens called the Chitauri who, as Nick Fury revealed, were the real Nazis trying to take over the world to subvert the people of Earth to their will if not for the actions of Comicbook/CaptainAmerica. They end up coming back to try again in the present day by infiltrating SHIELD, led by the very same Herr Kleiser who tormented the Allies in the past, which eventually leads to the resurrected Cap yelling the now famous quote, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Surrender?! You think this "A" on my head stands for FRANCE?"]]

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* ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' had a whole storyline about a race of aliens called the Chitauri who, as Nick Fury revealed, were the real Nazis trying to take over the world to subvert the people of Earth to their will if not for the actions of Comicbook/CaptainAmerica. They end up coming back to try again in the present day by infiltrating SHIELD, led by the very same Herr Kleiser who tormented the Allies in the past, which eventually leads to the resurrected Cap yelling the now famous quote, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[Awesome/TheUltimates "Surrender?! You think this "A" on my head stands for FRANCE?"]]



* ComicBook/LuckyLuke has been involved in pretty much every major event in the history of the WildWest.

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* ComicBook/LuckyLuke has been involved in pretty much every major event in the history of the WildWest.TheWildWest.



* An unusual example in [[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]: the alleged AncientTomb that [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] is exploring is [[spoiler: actually a proposal for [[http://www.damninteresting.com/this-place-is-not-a-place-of-honor/ a real building which hasn't been constructed yet]]. TheReveal of the true nature of the building changes the story from an AdventurerArchaeologist adventure to a horror story. Includes a modified and retranslated version of the warning proposed to grace the inside of the building:]]

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* An unusual example in [[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]: the alleged AncientTomb that [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] is exploring is [[spoiler: actually a proposal for [[http://www.damninteresting.com/this-place-is-not-a-place-of-honor/ a real building which hasn't been constructed yet]]. TheReveal of the true nature of the building changes the story from an AdventurerArchaeologist adventure to a horror story. Includes a modified and retranslated version of the warning proposed to grace the inside of the building:]]building]]:



* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' involves the introduction of masked avengers into a "normal" earth, and quite a lot of these result -- amongst them, JFK's assassination is shown to be performed by The Comedian (unlike in the original comic, where it was only implied). Nite Owl punches out a mugger in front of a young [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] and his parents. Silhouette and her lesbian lover enact the VJ Day Parade embrace photo. Nite Owl II meets Creator/AndyWarhol who has made a painting of him. Ozymandias is greeted by [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]] and DavidBowie outside Studio54. More obscurely, the movie also shows Neil Armstrong saying, [[http://www.snopes.com/quotes/mrgorsky.asp "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!"]].

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* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' involves the introduction of masked avengers into a "normal" earth, and quite a lot of these result -- amongst them, JFK's assassination is shown to be performed by The Comedian (unlike in the original comic, where it was only implied). Nite Owl punches out a mugger in front of a young [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] and his parents. Silhouette and her lesbian lover enact the VJ Day Parade embrace photo. Nite Owl II meets Creator/AndyWarhol who has made a painting of him. Ozymandias is greeted by [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]] Music/MickJagger and DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie outside Studio54. More obscurely, the movie also shows Neil Armstrong saying, [[http://www.snopes.com/quotes/mrgorsky.asp "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!"]].



* ''Film/YoungEinstein'' starring Yahoo Serious is basically a 91-minute long collection of historical in-jokes, although the end result is not quite an elaborated version of history as we know it. AlbertEinstein is from Tasmania, invents foamy beer by splitting the beer atom and ends up romantically with Marie Curie... oh, and he also comes up with Rock & Roll.

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* ''Film/YoungEinstein'' starring Yahoo Serious is basically a 91-minute long collection of historical in-jokes, although the end result is not quite an elaborated version of history as we know it. AlbertEinstein UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein is from Tasmania, invents foamy beer by splitting the beer atom and ends up romantically with Marie Curie... oh, and he also comes up with Rock & Roll.



* ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' the Predators are the ones who taught the earliest human civilizations to build pyramids and temples, and in turn the humans would offer human sacrifices to give birth to new xenomorphs for the Predators to hunt. When the hunt goes wrong the Predators blow themselves up and everything in a hundred mile radius to prevent the xenomorphs from spreading, which explains how older civilizations disappeared.

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* ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' ''Film/AlienVsPredator'': the Predators are the ones who taught the earliest human civilizations to build pyramids and temples, and in turn the humans would offer human sacrifices to give birth to new xenomorphs for the Predators to hunt. When the hunt goes wrong the Predators blow themselves up and everything in a hundred mile radius to prevent the xenomorphs from spreading, which explains how older civilizations disappeared.



** ''Flying Colours'' also has Hornblower see another American ship and speculate that the Americans are going to be drawn into the Napoleonic conflict sooner or later. He's just not sure if they'll fight France or [[TheWarOf1812 have another go at England]].

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** ''Flying Colours'' also has Hornblower see another American ship and speculate that the Americans are going to be drawn into the Napoleonic conflict sooner or later. He's just not sure if they'll fight France or [[TheWarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOf1812 have another go at England]].



* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike]] inspired Music/BillyIdol.

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* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike]] ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Spike's a font of this type of joke.
** Spike
inspired Music/BillyIdol.Music/BillyIdol.



--> '''Spike:''' If every vampire who said he was at the Crucifixion was actually there it would've been like Woodstock. I was actually at Woodstock... that was a ''weird'' gig. I fed off a flower person and I spent six hours watching my hand move.
** Spike's a font of this type of joke. Spike knows Dracula (Dracula owes him money), and is rather annoyed at the latter for writing a book about his exploits, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain thus making it so that most mortals know how to kill vampires.]]

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--> ---> '''Spike:''' If every vampire who said he was at the Crucifixion was actually there it would've been like Woodstock. I was actually at Woodstock... that was a ''weird'' gig. I fed off a flower person and I spent six hours watching my hand move.
** Spike's a font of this type of joke. Spike knows Dracula (Dracula owes him money), and is rather annoyed at the latter for writing a book about his exploits, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain thus making it so that most mortals know how to kill vampires.]]



** The two-part episode ''Time's Arrow'' in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Data accidentaly sent back to 1893 San Francisco where he meets the author Creator/MarkTwain and a young bellhop named Jack London, who has an inexplicable desire to visit Alaska.

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** The two-part episode ''Time's Arrow'' in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Data accidentaly accidentally sent back to 1893 San Francisco where he meets the author Creator/MarkTwain and a young bellhop named Jack London, who has an inexplicable desire to visit Alaska.



* A character from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' called "The Angel Of Destiny" was the reason BritneySpears got famous.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', the court historian is none other than Geoffrey of Monmouth, the man who wrote the King Arthur legends. Of course, that's a bit of ArtisticLicense (at best) and CriticalResearchFailure (at worst); the historical Geoffrey of Monmouth lived about 500 years after when King Arthur would have been alive (were he real-no one knows for sure). Given that the Kingdom of Camelot does not appear to even be ''on an island'', that caveat is somewhat beside the point. No one is pretending these people are English ''or'' anywhere in actual history. Speaking as someone who got the reference, though, it was still funny.

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* A character from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' called "The Angel Of Destiny" was the reason BritneySpears Music/BritneySpears got famous.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', the court historian is none other than Geoffrey of Monmouth, the man who wrote the King Arthur legends. Of course, that's a bit of ArtisticLicense (at best) and CriticalResearchFailure (at worst); the historical Geoffrey of Monmouth lived about 500 years after when King Arthur would have been alive (were he real-no one knows for sure). Given that the Kingdom of Camelot does not appear to even be ''on an island'', that caveat is somewhat beside the point. No one is pretending these people are English ''or'' anywhere in actual history. Speaking as someone who got the reference, though, it was still funny.



* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch in which Kevin Spacey played the "inventor" of sarcasm and [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm no one understood he meant the opposite of what he said]]:

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* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch in which Kevin Spacey played the "inventor" of sarcasm and [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm [[SarcasmBlind no one understood he meant the opposite of what he said]]:



** "That Bob Dylan will be famous, mark my words."

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** "That Bob Dylan Music/BobDylan will be famous, mark my words."



* It's something of a RunningGag in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' for Xena and Gabrielle to inadvertently stumble across historical or mythological events or people. Among other things, Xena is revealed to have led the pirates that kidnapped Julius Caesar, Gabrielle attended a bard competition with a young Homer (no, not [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons that one]]), Xena's experience with healing inspired Hypocrites's famous Hippocratic oath, ''and'' they both fought at Troy. [[TheyJustDidntCare Never mind that]] [[AnachronismStew said events occurred and people lived many centuries apart.]] It's all part of the fun.

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* It's something of a RunningGag in ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' for Xena and Gabrielle to inadvertently stumble across historical or mythological events or people. Among other things, Xena is revealed to have led the pirates that kidnapped Julius Caesar, Gabrielle attended a bard competition with a young Homer (no, not [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons that one]]), Xena's experience with healing inspired Hypocrites's famous Hippocratic oath, ''and'' they both fought at Troy. [[TheyJustDidntCare Never mind that]] [[AnachronismStew Never mind that said events occurred and people lived many centuries apart.]] [[MST3KMantra It's all part of the fun.]]



*** The iconic acknowledgment "We will bury them!" from the Soviet tanks paraphrases a famous (and [[PopularMisquote misinterpreted]]) quote by UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev.[[note]]Originally, it was referred right to the enemy: "We will bury you!"[[/note]]

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*** The iconic acknowledgment "We will bury them!" from the Soviet tanks paraphrases a famous (and [[PopularMisquote [[BeamMeUpScotty misinterpreted]]) quote by UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev.[[note]]Originally, it was referred right to the enemy: "We will bury you!"[[/note]]



* A blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to an alternate past comes near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' special "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker". Right after '70s-Jorgen shows up to erase everyone's memories of the fairies being revealed, present-Jorgen shows up to take Timmy back to his own era and says that Timmy is forbidden from returning to March of 1972, but can still travel to any of the other months "so long as you don't interfere with the election of President [=McGovern=]". This implies that either ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' takes place in an alternate continuity where [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] was never re-elected, Timmy didn't listen and is somehow responsible for Nixon's re-election, or Timmy's interference already made [=McGovern=] the president without Jorgen realizing it.
** There was the one where Timmy released the kids from the Cosmo & Wanda's "Wall of Shame". One of them "took out" Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''.
*** [[FridgeLogic Isn't there a rule that you can't wish for someone to be killed?]]
*** [[EpilepticTrees Maybe that's WHY this rule exists.]] After all, they added a new rule against "Christmas Every Day" wishes after Timmy wrecked the world economy and caused the military to shoot at Santa Claus by wishing that every day would be Christmas.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
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A blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to an alternate past comes near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' special "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker". Right after '70s-Jorgen shows up to erase everyone's memories of the fairies being revealed, present-Jorgen shows up to take Timmy back to his own era and says that Timmy is forbidden from returning to March of 1972, but can still travel to any of the other months "so long as you don't interfere with the election of President [=McGovern=]". This implies that either ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' takes place in an alternate continuity where [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] was never re-elected, Timmy didn't listen and is somehow responsible for Nixon's re-election, or Timmy's interference already made [=McGovern=] the president without Jorgen realizing it.
** There was the one where Timmy released the kids from the Cosmo & Wanda's "Wall of Shame". One of them "took out" Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''.
*** [[FridgeLogic Isn't there a
''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''. [[EpilepticTrees Maybe that's why the rule that you can't wish for someone to be killed?]]
*** [[EpilepticTrees Maybe that's WHY this rule
killed exists.]] After all, they added a new rule against "Christmas Every Day" wishes after Timmy wrecked the world economy and caused the military to shoot at Santa Claus by wishing that every day would be Christmas.



*** And at the episode's end we find out that "The Timmy" apparently stuck, because his mother calls out "Internet, come to dinner"
*** Although, thanks to [[ResetButton the reset button]], that doesn't catch on...

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*** And at the episode's end we find out that "The Timmy" apparently stuck, because his mother calls out "Internet, come to dinner"
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dinner." Although, thanks to [[ResetButton the reset button]], NegativeContinuity, that doesn't catch on...



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26th Feb '16 4:59:49 AM Menshevik
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*** Magneto is held prisoner deep inside the Pentagon due to his involvement in JFK's assassination ("who else could cause a bullet to curve in mid-air?") [[spoiler: When he's busted out he claims that he was actually trying to ''save'' JFK since the latter was also a mutant. However Magneto is such a ConsummateLiar with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that its hard to tell if he's telling the truth.]]

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*** Magneto is held prisoner deep inside the Pentagon due to his involvement in JFK's assassination ("who else could cause a bullet to curve in mid-air?") [[spoiler: When he's busted out he claims that he was actually trying to ''save'' JFK since the latter was also a mutant. However Magneto is such a ConsummateLiar with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that its hard The film gives no reason to tell if he's telling the truth.suspect he was lying.]]



** Strange's use of black magic during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars is suggested to have inspired the artist Goya's production of hellish paintings of war and witchcraft.

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** Strange's use of black magic during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars is suggested to have inspired the artist Francisco Goya's production of hellish paintings depictions of war and witchcraft.
26th Feb '16 4:52:41 AM Menshevik
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* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' starts with the protagonists witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and being forced to run/hide from the mobsters.
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