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11th Oct '17 7:34:46 PM TravisLanceHawkins
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[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/useless_fact.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[RunningGag "And now, another...useless fact!"]]]]
19th Aug '17 6:04:04 AM Andyroid
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*** Then there are "facts" made up solely to insult the other personality spheres ("The Adventure Sphere is a blowhard and a coward") and even Chell herself ("[[YouAreFat You could stand to lose a few pounds]]"), and other "facts" that are merely [[SmallNameBigEgo self-praise]] ("The Fact Sphere is a good person, whose insights are relevant") or nonsense ("Error, error, error, fact not found").

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*** Then there are "facts" made up solely to insult the other personality spheres ("The Adventure Sphere is a blowhard and a coward") and even Chell herself ("[[YouAreFat You could stand to lose a few pounds]]"), pounds]]", "This is a bad plan, you will fail"), and other "facts" that are merely [[SmallNameBigEgo self-praise]] ("The Fact Sphere is a good person, whose insights are relevant") or nonsense ("Error, error, error, fact not found").
4th Aug '17 7:56:13 PM TropesForever
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* {{Eskimo|Land}}s Don't actually have [[MemeticMutation over nine thousand]] [[LanguageEqualsThought words for snow]]. Or even many more than English's "slush", "sleet", "blizzard", "powder", and so on. They really only have two: Snow on the ground, and snow in the air. Everything else comes from combining these with other words, or adding adjectives.

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* {{Eskimo|Land}}s Don't don't actually have [[MemeticMutation over nine thousand]] [[LanguageEqualsThought words for snow]]. Or even many more than English's "slush", "sleet", "blizzard", "powder", and so on. They really only have two: Snow on the ground, and snow in the air. Everything else comes from combining these with other words, or adding adjectives.
4th Aug '17 7:55:17 PM TropesForever
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* {{Eskimo|Land}}s DOn't actually have [[MemeticMutation over nine thousand]] [[LanguageEqualsThought words for snow]]. Or even many more than English's "slush", "sleet", "blizzard", "powder", and so on. They really only have two: Snow on the ground, and snow in the air. Everything else comes from combining these with other words, or adding adjectives.

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* {{Eskimo|Land}}s DOn't Don't actually have [[MemeticMutation over nine thousand]] [[LanguageEqualsThought words for snow]]. Or even many more than English's "slush", "sleet", "blizzard", "powder", and so on. They really only have two: Snow on the ground, and snow in the air. Everything else comes from combining these with other words, or adding adjectives.
4th Aug '17 7:53:58 PM TropesForever
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** Nor do the {{Eskimo|Land}}s have [[MemeticMutation over nine thousand]] [[LanguageEqualsThought words for snow]]. Or even many more than English's "slush", "sleet", "blizzard", "powder", and so on. They really only have two: Snow on the ground, and snow in the air. Everything else comes from combining these with other words.
*** Or adding adjectives. Of course the Inuits have a language whose sentences are basically really long words, so technically you can have near-infinite numbers of "words" for snow, the same way you can have near-infinite number of sentences about snow in English, but the same applies to any given concept in existence.
*** [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} They do, however, have 234 words for fudge.]]
** [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/263/what-are-the-nine-eskimo-words-for-snow "Observe the snow. It fornicates."]] [[TheStraightDope -- Cecil Adams]]

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** Nor do the * {{Eskimo|Land}}s DOn't actually have [[MemeticMutation over nine thousand]] [[LanguageEqualsThought words for snow]]. Or even many more than English's "slush", "sleet", "blizzard", "powder", and so on. They really only have two: Snow on the ground, and snow in the air. Everything else comes from combining these with other words.
*** Or
words, or adding adjectives. Of course the Inuits have a language whose sentences are basically really long words, so technically you can have near-infinite numbers of "words" for snow, the same way you can have near-infinite number of sentences about snow in English, but the same applies to any given concept in existence.
*** [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} They do, however, have 234 words for fudge.]]
** [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/263/what-are-the-nine-eskimo-words-for-snow "Observe the snow. It fornicates."]] [[TheStraightDope -- Cecil Adams]]
adjectives.
21st Feb '17 8:07:13 PM Andyroid
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* [[https://youtu.be/_P5mNoSaV3E Teddy Roosevelt: You So Crazy]] was an animated {{mockumentary}} made by Creator/AlexHirsch for the "24-Hour Toons" project. The short claims that Theodore Roosevelt had twenty-six split personalities (several of which served on Roosevelt's cabinet), that he attempted to wage war on the sky, and that he was ultimately eaten by William Howard Taft.
5th Dec '16 3:38:22 PM Blueeyedrat
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-->Creator/WilliamShakespeare did not exist. His plays were masterminded in 1589 by Francis Bacon, who used a ouija board to enslave play-writing ghosts.
-->Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest, did so accidentally while chasing a bird.
-->Pants were invented by sailors of the sixteenth century to avoid Poseidonís wrath. It was believed that the sight of naked sailors angered the sea god.
-->At some point in their lives, one in six children will be abducted by the Dutch.
-->[[MetaphoricallyTrue Humans can survive underwater,]] [[CaptainObvious but not for very long]].

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-->Creator/WilliamShakespeare -->"Creator/WilliamShakespeare did not exist. His plays were masterminded in 1589 by Francis Bacon, who used a ouija board to enslave play-writing ghosts.
-->Edmund
ghosts."\\
"Edmund
Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest, did so accidentally while chasing a bird.
-->Pants
bird."\\
"Pants
were invented by sailors of the sixteenth century to avoid Poseidonís wrath. It was believed that the sight of naked sailors angered the sea god.
-->At
god."\\
"At
some point in their lives, one in six children will be abducted by the Dutch.
-->[[MetaphoricallyTrue
Dutch."\\
"[[MetaphoricallyTrue
Humans can survive underwater,]] [[CaptainObvious but not for very long]]."



-->''"Fact: Four out of five people are crushed to death by giant diamonds every day.''

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-->''"Fact: Four out of five people are crushed to death by giant diamonds every day.''"''



* Not strictly spaking a vanilla game, but the "Uncle Sheogorath's helpful hints and tips" mod for ''{{VideoGame/Skyrim}}'' replaces the regular (accurate) information on the loading screens with observations and advice from everyone's favorite Daedric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath. Gems include that Skyrim's bears are harmless honey-eaters who make great pets for your children, that the Stormcloak Rebellion is all about mushrooms, that Khajit tails are hollow and used for smuggling (or, in an emergency, as a tent), that Draugr make for great and inexpensive dates, and that he used to be an adventurer like you. He also calls Clavicus Vile "oddly blurry", lampshades the unhealthy practice of eating disgusting alchemy ingredients, and insists that giants' toes are made of gold. (Which is metaphorically true, as they can be used to make a particularly potent - and thus valuable - potion.)

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* Not strictly spaking a vanilla game, but the The "Uncle Sheogorath's helpful hints and tips" mod for ''{{VideoGame/Skyrim}}'' replaces the regular (accurate) information on the loading screens with observations and advice from everyone's favorite Daedric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath. Gems include that Skyrim's bears are harmless honey-eaters who make great pets for your children, that the Stormcloak Rebellion is all about mushrooms, that Khajit tails are hollow and used for smuggling (or, in an emergency, as a tent), that Draugr make for great and inexpensive dates, and that he used to be an adventurer like you. He also calls Clavicus Vile "oddly blurry", lampshades the unhealthy practice of eating disgusting alchemy ingredients, and insists that giants' toes are made of gold. (Which is metaphorically true, as they can be used to make a particularly potent - and thus valuable - potion.))
* Chemistry-themed puzzle game ''Sokobond'' gives you a small fact whenever you complete a level, usually pertaining to the molecule you've created. They're generally accurate... until you reach the bonus levels, which includes such gems as:
-->''"The biggest atom recorded by science was twelve meters long and shaped like a cucumber."\\
"Sunlight kills oxygen, that's why no one can live in the Sahara."\\
"A male duck's atoms have a different 'spin' than a female duck's."''
17th Nov '16 12:28:59 PM Andyroid
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* "Or So I Have Read" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants involves the narrator reading from a book of of increasingly bizarre nonsense facts, claiming that barber poles are found in the wild, clouds are white because they're made of bone (which the narrator believes would explain why there are skeletons living in space), and that mimes are the hybrid offspring of clowns and ordinary humans.

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* "Or So I Have Read" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants involves the narrator reading from a book of of increasingly bizarre nonsense facts, claiming that barber poles are found captured in the wild, wild (and you can determine their age if you count the stripes), clouds are white because they're made of bone (which the narrator believes would explain why there are skeletons living in space), and that mimes are the hybrid offspring of clowns and ordinary humans.humans.
-->Animals can smell your dreams, or so I have read\\
Which explains the constant sniffing under your bed\\
Or so I have read\\
It says it right here\\
And did you know that mixing paint with milk will make it clear?
4th Nov '16 10:50:29 AM ironballs16
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* Geoff Ramsay of ''WebOriginal/AchievementHunter'' routinely pulls this on his daughter, Millie, such as [[https://youtu.be/4SfmMkL9FfQ claiming that "flip-flops" are actually "flop-flips"]], or that [[https://youtu.be/-EnwTmCo4ro bears eat poop and live in toilets]] to [[ItMakesSenseInContext help potty-train her]].
-->'''Geoff''': We're at the point now that if she asks a question and I tell her something, she looks over at [her mother]. Looks for a head nod.
9th May '16 5:35:31 AM Andyroid
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* "Worms Make Dirt!" by ''Music/TheAquabats'' makes a number of tongue-in-cheek claims, like that geothermal radiation is caused by a chipmunk baking desserts at the center of the Earth, or that worms come out of the ground when it rains because eating dirt all day makes them thirsty.
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