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10th Dec '17 3:08:46 PM lakingsif
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* In the second episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'' '''all''' physical items are a sign of opulence. The everyday man can only purchase digital goods for his virtual avatar and the food is all grown in a lab. When the main character manages to become a famous TV star he splashes out and buys a real wooden penguin.

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* In the [[Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits second episode episode]] of ''Series/BlackMirror'' '''all''' physical items are a sign of opulence. The everyday man can only purchase digital goods for his virtual avatar and the food is all grown in a lab. When the main character manages to become a famous TV star he splashes out and buys a real wooden penguin.
18th Nov '17 2:12:51 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Bounty", Blake encounters Sarkoff, a FanOfThePast whose decorated his home with rare Earth artifacts including a tray of butterflies, now implied to be extinct (Blake later forces Sarkoff to come with him by threatening to smash the tray).

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Bounty", Blake encounters Sarkoff, a FanOfThePast whose who has decorated his home with rare Earth artifacts including a tray of butterflies, now implied to be extinct (Blake later forces Sarkoff to come with him by threatening to smash the tray).
18th Nov '17 2:10:45 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Bounty", Blake encounters Sarkoff, a FanOfThePast whose decorated his home with rare Earth artifacts including a tray of butterflies, now implied to be extinct (Blake later forces Sarkoff to come with him by threatening to smash the tray).
-->'''Sarkoff:''' Beautiful, aren't they. Earth insects of the order Lepidoptera.
-->'''Blake:''' Butterflies.
-->'''Sarkoff:''' Ah, so you're an historian, are you?
-->'''Blake:''' No, but I did study some natural history.
-->'''Sarkoff:''' It's interesting, isn't it, that when that term "natural history" was originated, it referred to the study of living things. It was much later that it came to mean the study of things long since past and dead. History in its more conventional sense.
18th Nov '17 2:07:30 PM JackG
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** In the sequel ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', the protagonist acquires a carved wooden horse and is told he's rich because it's genuine wood.
12th Nov '17 1:59:54 PM Jhonny
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* RealLife plays this completely straight with synthetic gemstones, which are completely identical to the natural stone chemically and have the same optics. One can buy several pounds of artificially created sapphires, emeralds, or rubies for the price of a single carat of the natural stuff, even though the natural one will actually be cloudier and less brilliant than the synthetics. Averted with diamonds, which have to be formed under such titanic pressure and heat that manufacturing them is highly expensive, thus synthetic diamonds cost about as much as natural ones.
** Although, in reality, natural diamonds are in fact quite common. Their high price is actually a combination of an extremely successful marketing campaign, as well as diamond companies purposely only releasing a relatively small number each year in order to make them ''seem'' rare.

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* RealLife plays this completely straight with synthetic gemstones, which are completely identical to the natural stone chemically and have the same optics. One can buy several pounds of artificially created sapphires, emeralds, or rubies for the price of a single carat of the natural stuff, even though the natural one will actually be cloudier and less brilliant than the synthetics. Averted with And yes, this ''includes'' diamonds, which have to be formed under such titanic pressure and heat that manufacturing them is highly expensive, thus why those used for industrial applications are almost exclusively synthetic diamonds cost about as much as while those used for jewelry are mostly natural ones.
** Although, in reality, natural diamonds are in fact quite common. Their high price is actually a combination of an extremely successful
and expensive due to shrewd marketing campaign, as well as diamond companies purposely only releasing a relatively small number each year in order to make them ''seem'' rare. by De Beers, who control some 90% of the market.
12th Oct '17 10:46:48 AM CosmicFerret
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** Although, being the 19th century, this probably refers to the [[TheAreasOfMyExpertise furry old lobster]] rather than the one we know now.

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** Although, being the 19th century, this probably refers to the [[TheAreasOfMyExpertise [[Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise furry old lobster]] rather than the one we know now.
9th Oct '17 4:00:43 PM KelpTheGreat
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* In the second episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'' '''all''' physical items are a sign of opulence. The every day man can only purchase digital goods for his virtual avatar and the food is all grown in a lab. When the main character manages to become a famous TV star he splashes out and buys a real wooden penguin.

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* In the second episode of ''Series/BlackMirror'' '''all''' physical items are a sign of opulence. The every day everyday man can only purchase digital goods for his virtual avatar and the food is all grown in a lab. When the main character manages to become a famous TV star he splashes out and buys a real wooden penguin.


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* In Lloyd Biggle, Jr.'s short story, "Wings of Song", an eccentric collector in the far future stumbles across a priceless antique violin, made of actual wood. He's never even seen any before, as apparently Earth is a completely barren wasteland due to war.
7th Oct '17 8:02:04 PM Kalaong
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--->'''Zoe''': Cap’n said wait, but they were so hungry… Don’t make much noise, just little pops and there’s three guys that kinda just…end at the rib cage.
** And the goods in the pilot episode seemed to be gold bars at first, but they were eventually revealed to be food wrapped in gold-colored foil.
*** This may be less of an SF trope nod and more of a reference to historical piracy and smuggling. In the golden age of sail, for instance, molasses was probably the most common booty cargo.

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--->'''Zoe''': Cap’n said wait, but they were so hungry… Don’t make much noise, just little pops and there’s three guys that kinda just…end just… end at the rib cage.
** And {{Inverted}} by the goods in the pilot episode seemed episode; at first, they appear to be gold bars at first, but they were bars. However, they're eventually revealed to be food concentrated protein bars wrapped in gold-colored foil.
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gold foil; each capable of an SF trope nod and feeding a family of four for a month, they're a ''lot'' more of useful than mere gold. Also a reference nod to historical piracy and smuggling. In During [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen the golden age of sail, for instance, molasses was probably sail]], the most common booty cargo.cargo was molasses; non-perishable, high-calorie, packed with calcium and potassium... and that's ''before'' you turn it into rum.
7th Oct '17 7:43:25 PM Kalaong
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* The MacGuffin in ''Literature/TheWindupGirl'' is a seedbank of natural plants; all plants in the outside world have been displaced by their more aggressive genetically engineered counterparts.

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* The MacGuffin in ''Literature/TheWindupGirl'' is a seedbank of natural plants; one MegaCorp or another has driven all other plants in the outside world have been displaced by their more aggressive into extinction in favor of genetically engineered counterparts.
30th Sep '17 10:46:28 AM Sharlee
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* Thanks to the invention of butter-flavored oil as an alternative to the real thing, the most expensive component of a bucket of movie-theater popcorn is, in fact, the paper bucket. Using actual butter would jack up the price considerably.
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