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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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god."\\
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Dutch."\\
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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.
9th May '16 5:32:30 AM Andyroid
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* "Or So I Have Read" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants is a long list of increasingly bizarre nonsense facts, like "animals can smell your dreams" and "Barber poles are found in the wild / and caught in a cage".

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* "Or So I Have Read" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants is involves the narrator reading from a long list book of of increasingly bizarre nonsense facts, like "animals can smell your dreams" and "Barber claiming that barber poles are found in the wild / wild, clouds are white because they're made of bone (which the narrator believes would explain why there are skeletons living in space), and caught in a cage".that mimes are the hybrid offspring of clowns and ordinary humans.
29th Mar '16 8:48:08 PM Adept
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* {{Jacksfilms}}' parodies of Mathew Santoro's 50 facts series definitely qualify.

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* {{Jacksfilms}}' WebVideo/{{Jacksfilms}}' parodies of Mathew Santoro's 50 facts series definitely qualify.
15th Mar '16 11:43:40 AM Gravidef
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* [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]] was known to mix this trope with SeriousBusiness, offering up some absurd idea about how to do a simple task, such as eating dinner or putting on a pair of pants, then giving bizarre, pseudo-factual explanations as to why his way was best (for example, when you're eating dinner, you have to combine the various items on your plate and take small bites of each, rather than eating one thing at a time--if you do ''that,'' all of the pea nutrients might go to your hands, for example). Normally, this was harmless...it was when he started mixing this trope with ideas about social issues that things got a little more serious, though no less funny. For instance, in the famous episode with Sammy Davis Jr., Archie remarks that God obviously doesn't want integrated society, as "He put you over in Africa, and He put the rest of us in all the white countries"; Sammy [[DeadpanSnarker quickly replies]] "Well, you must have told him where we were, 'cause somebody came and got us."
15th Mar '16 4:54:42 AM GoblinCipher
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* In a variant, Dr. Vincent Nigel-Murray of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is full of these, but they're actually true. He eventually gets on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and makes two million dollars. He tends to spew them off more often when he's nervous.
14th Mar '16 6:11:01 PM ergeis
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* 'blend in the terrain but to hide embarrassing stains on your underwear.

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* 'blend ''Manga/KatteNiKaizo'': Mr. Fashion comes up with bizarre explanations for cloth functions. For example, camoflage was not invented to blend in the terrain but to hide embarrassing stains on your underwear.
14th Mar '16 6:09:42 PM ergeis
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* 'blend in the terrain but to hide embarrassing stains on your underwear.
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