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4th Jun '18 1:54:36 PM lakingsif
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* ''LifeImitatesArt/StarTrek''



** According to G. Harry Stine in "To Make A ''Star Trek''" (''Analog'', February 1968), the doors, diagnostic bed and [=McCoy=]'s saltshaker tools were already in the works for real when the series premiered.
** Clamshell cell phones almost always come in designs reminiscent of the Original Series communicators, although communicators are of course a lot more powerful in terms of the communication part.
** [[http://www.inc.com/magazine/20110201/star-trek-style-communicator-badge.html?nav=related Vocera's B2000 communications badge]] is inspired in part inspired by the combadge seen in the later Trek series. It also works the same way - tap & talk.
** Transparent Aluminum. First mentioned in ''Star Trek IV'' in 1986. According to Wikipedia, there are now (by 2008) different methods and brand products: Aluminum oxynitride ([=AlON=]) is a transparent ceramic composed of aluminum, oxygen and nitrogen that can apparently be produced in sizes large enough for windows; aluminum oxide, a chemical compound of aluminum and oxygen ([=Al2O3=]) is made transparent through a process of fusing fine particles; and transparent nanophase aluminum in various colors.
*** [=Al2O3=] has been around a bit longer than Star Trek. Itís variously known as corundum, sapphire or ruby.
** Fans of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' wrote so many letters to NASA, that eventually, they did name the first full-scale prototype Space Shuttle ''Enterprise''. The shuttle [[CelebrityParadox subsequently appeared]] in a mural in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and the opening credits of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', implying that in the Trek universe the ''starship'' was named after the ''shuttle'' which was partially named after the previous ships bearing the name Enterprise like the WWII U.S.S Enterprise carrier making this ArtImitatesLife plus Life Imitates Art.
*** In one ExpandedUniverse novel, Kirk actually ''commanded'' the space shuttle ''Enterprise''.
** The creator of the system to tag music was inspired by a ''Next Generation'' episode in which, as a throwaway gag, Data has ordered the computer to play him four symphonies at once. He ignored the gag and thought "hey, it might be a pretty cool to tag music files so that you actually ''could'' tell the computer to play you a specific artist or album", and the rest is history.
** Richard Branson has also named his first commercial passenger spacecraft the VSS ''Enterprise''. He named the second the VSS ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''.
** Let's not forget how the ever-versatile Tricorder (and to a lesser extent, the thin computer pads of TNG) inspired the creation of Palm Pilots, [=PDAs=], and - eventually - the iPhone.
*** followed by the iPad, and the recent tablet craze - which of course, bears more than just a casual resemblance to those data pads.
*** In a case of {{Defictionalization}} glurge, Creator/GeneRoddenberry made it clear that the term "Tricorder" was public domain, available to anyone who could build a scientific instrument similar to the prop. The latest example of this is the Tricorder X PRIZE, announced in 2011, which will be awarded to the first portable medical tool that can provide instant diagnoses a la Franchise/StarTrek's medical tricorders.
** The Captain's Log - voice and handwriting recognizing software/hardware.
** Not to mention all sorts of stories of RealLife celebrities looking up with admiration to Creator/NichelleNichols as Nyota Uhura, television's first female African astronaut ó such as [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Dr. Mae Jemison, NASA's first female African-American astronaut]].
** The mini-datatapes used on the Original Series bore more than a passing similarity to later datatapes, 3.5 floppies, and especially Zip Disks. TNG's isolinear optical chips now can claim a real life antecedant with flashdrives.
** And now we can add the Universal Translator to the list. There is an app currently under development for the [=BlackBerry=] called Polyglotz. Now while there are a ton of type out a phrase and get a translation websites and programs, this is one of the first "spoken translators". You speak a phrase into your phone and the translated version is played back. It is really new and has a ton of bugs, so your [=BlackBerry=] won't help you commiserate with a roomful of Klingons. Yet...
** The Original Series also made a surprisingly accurate prediction of when the first manned moon mission would occur. "Tomorrow is Yesterday", first broadcast in early 1967, was a time-travel story in which the Enterprise is sent back in time to the year 1969, shortly before the launch of the first moon mission, which is said to occur on a Wednesday. The only facts missed: the month (though no month is actually mentioned on screen), and the time given for the launch is a few hours off when it would happen in real life.
4th Jun '18 1:51:06 PM lakingsif
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4th Jun '18 1:50:50 PM lakingsif
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2nd Jun '18 11:24:48 AM TompaDompa
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* The documentary ''Film/HeartsOfDarknessAFilmmakersApocalypse'', which chronicles the TroubledProduction of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', points out several parallels between the events of ''Apocalypse Now'' and its production, including the DescentIntoMadness.
28th May '18 10:28:05 AM wuggles
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* The Literature/{{Janie}} series of novels centers on the titular Janie, who finds out that her parents aren't her real parents and she was actually kidnapped as a child by their daughter from her real family. In 2016, South Carolina teen [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/alexis-anigo-kamiyah-mobley-kidnapping.html Alexis Manigo]] found out that her mother actually kidnapped her from the hospital as a baby from her real mother and her birth name is Kamiyah Mobley. Alexis stated that nothing was ever out of the ordinary, other than the fact that she had no Social Security number or driver's license.
13th May '18 3:28:07 AM mariofan1000
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* The ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' episode "The Last Ride", where the precinct is about to be shut down but gets saved due to overwhelming support from social media, ended up applying to the show itself - It got cancelled by FOX, but overwhelming anger from social media led to NBC [[{{Uncancelled}} picking it up for another season.]]
30th Apr '18 6:45:38 PM PhilsLover
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** A lesser example exists in ''Island Thunder'', where the Ghosts are tasked with safeguarding democratic elections on Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro in 2006. While he has not yet passed on, Castro did concede power to his brother Raul Castro in the wake of ill health that year.

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** A lesser example exists in ''Island Thunder'', where the Ghosts are tasked with safeguarding democratic elections on Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro in 2006. While he has not yet passed on, Castro did concede power to his brother Raul Castro in the wake of ill health that year. year and eventually passed in 2016.
22nd Apr '18 11:48:12 AM Nakayama90
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** Season 10 of the show featured a two-parter entitled "Cartoon Wars," which focuses on Creator/{{Fox}}'s dilemma over what to do about broadcasting an uncensored image of Muhammad on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Cartman argues that they're putting themselves in danger by agreeing to show the character (though he's really only doing this because he hates the show, as Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone do in real life), while Kyle's argument, that eventually wins the executives over, is that they're just giving in to demands. In-story, the network agrees to let it go uncensored, but viewers don't see this; the "censored" message was real, as Creator/ComedyCentral refused to show Muhammad on television. [[note]]The episode ends with a terrorist-produced retaliation, featuring cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating all over each other and onto the US flag, which [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]].[[/note]] [[SouthParkS14E6TwoHundredOne Four years later]], Comedy Central wussed out about showing Muhammad (as Kyle had warned Fox not to), also censoring the customary ending speech (which didn't mention Muhammad at all and was about giving in to fear and intimidation). Parker and Stone were ''[[CreatorBacklash not]]'' pleased.

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** Season 10 of the show featured a two-parter entitled "Cartoon Wars," which focuses on Creator/{{Fox}}'s dilemma over what to do about broadcasting an uncensored image of Muhammad on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Cartman argues that they're putting themselves in danger by agreeing to show the character (though he's really only doing this because he hates the show, as Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone do in real life), while Kyle's argument, that eventually wins the executives over, is that they're just giving in to demands. In-story, the network agrees to let it go uncensored, but viewers don't see this; the "censored" message was real, as Creator/ComedyCentral refused to show Muhammad on television. [[note]]The episode ends with a terrorist-produced retaliation, featuring cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating all over each other and onto the US flag, which [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]].[[/note]] [[SouthParkS14E6TwoHundredOne [[Recap/SouthParkS14E6TwoHundredOne Four years later]], Comedy Central wussed out about showing Muhammad (as Kyle had warned Fox not to), also censoring the customary ending speech (which didn't mention Muhammad at all and was about giving in to fear and intimidation). Parker and Stone were ''[[CreatorBacklash not]]'' pleased.
22nd Apr '18 10:29:08 AM Nakayama90
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** Season 10 of the show featured a two-parter entitled "Cartoon Wars," which focuses on Creator/{{Fox}}'s dilemma over what to do about broadcasting an uncensored image of Muhammad on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Cartman argues that they're putting themselves in danger by agreeing to show the character (though he's really only doing this because he hates the show, as Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone do in real life), while Kyle's argument, that eventually wins the executives over, is that they're just giving in to demands. In-story, the network agrees to let it go uncensored, but viewers don't see this; the "censored" message was real, as Creator/ComedyCentral refused to show Muhammad on television. [[note]]The episode ends with a terrorist-produced retaliation, featuring cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating all over each other and onto the US flag, which [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]].[[/note]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E6201 Four years later]], Comedy Central wussed out about showing Muhammad (as Kyle had warned Fox not to), also censoring the customary ending speech (which didn't mention Muhammad at all and was about giving in to fear and intimidation). Parker and Stone were ''[[CreatorBacklash not]]'' pleased.

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** Season 10 of the show featured a two-parter entitled "Cartoon Wars," which focuses on Creator/{{Fox}}'s dilemma over what to do about broadcasting an uncensored image of Muhammad on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Cartman argues that they're putting themselves in danger by agreeing to show the character (though he's really only doing this because he hates the show, as Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone do in real life), while Kyle's argument, that eventually wins the executives over, is that they're just giving in to demands. In-story, the network agrees to let it go uncensored, but viewers don't see this; the "censored" message was real, as Creator/ComedyCentral refused to show Muhammad on television. [[note]]The episode ends with a terrorist-produced retaliation, featuring cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating all over each other and onto the US flag, which [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]].[[/note]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E6201 [[SouthParkS14E6TwoHundredOne Four years later]], Comedy Central wussed out about showing Muhammad (as Kyle had warned Fox not to), also censoring the customary ending speech (which didn't mention Muhammad at all and was about giving in to fear and intimidation). Parker and Stone were ''[[CreatorBacklash not]]'' pleased.
22nd Apr '18 10:27:31 AM Nakayama90
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** Season 10 of the show featured a two-parter entitled "Cartoon Wars," which focuses on Creator/{{Fox}}'s dilemma over what to do about broadcasting an uncensored image of Muhammad on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Cartman argues that they're putting themselves in danger by agreeing to show the character (though he's really only doing this because he hates the show, as Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone do in real life), while Kyle's argument, that eventually wins the executives over, is that they're just giving in to demands. In-story, the network agrees to let it go uncensored, but viewers don't see this; the "censored" message was real, as Creator/ComedyCentral refused to show Muhammad on television. [[note]]The episode ends with a terrorist-produced retaliation, featuring cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating all over each other and onto the US flag, which [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]].[[/note]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E6201 Four years later]], Comedy Central wussed out about showing Muhammad (as Kyle had warned Fox not to), also censoring the customary ending speech (which didn't mention Muhammad at all and was about giving in to fear and intimidation). Parker and Stone were ''[[CreatorBacklash not]]'' pleased.
** Early on in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', the boys pay a homeless man to get them into an R-rated movie. During the movie's theatrical run, there were [[http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=ADHB&p_theme=adhb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0ED0296CCFB1D99F&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM reports]] of underage teens purchasing tickets to ''Film/WildWildWest'' and sitting in the theaters showing the South Park movie instead. Matt and Trey were not happy about this because they hated that film and were mad that they inadvertently helped it make more money at the box office.
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