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31st Jan '16 3:14:11 PM nombretomado
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* SantaClaus is celebrated across the entire world, but few people are aware that the character is mostly a composite of other holiday characters, such as {{Sinterklaas}} and Father Christmas. And even those characters were derived from Norse mythological god Odin, who travelled the sky on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir.
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* SantaClaus is celebrated across the entire world, but few people are aware that the character is mostly a composite of other holiday characters, such as {{Sinterklaas}} UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}} and Father Christmas. And even those characters were derived from Norse mythological god Odin, who travelled the sky on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir.
25th Jan '16 4:30:37 PM LaptopGuy
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* Humanitarian activist Oskar Schindler owes much of his posthumous fame thanks to Creator/StevenSpielberg's film adaptation Film/SchindlersList of Thomas Keneally's novelization "Schindler's Ark". * Most people know 1920s and 1930s F.B.I. inspector Eliot Ness better thanks to the TV series Series/TheUntouchables and film Film/TheUntouchables. * The international infamy of Bonnie & Clyde owes a lot to the 1967 film Film/BonnieAndClyde. * An old lady who is the head of a notorious criminal gang has become a stock character in many comedies, comics and cartoons, including ComicBook/LuckyLuke and Disney/{{Ducktales}} and Boney M.'s hit song "Ma Baker". But she was derived from a real-life mother of an actual criminal, Fred Barker, who in reality had little to do with Barker's gang.
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* Humanitarian activist Oskar Schindler owes and Nazi commander Amon Goeth owe much of his their posthumous fame thanks to Creator/StevenSpielberg's [[AdaptationDisplacement film adaptation Film/SchindlersList adaptation]] ''Film/SchindlersList'' of Thomas Keneally's novelization "Schindler's Ark". * Most people know 1920s and 1930s F.B.I. inspector Eliot Ness better thanks to the TV series Series/TheUntouchables and film Film/TheUntouchables.''Film/TheUntouchables''. Or Music/TupacShakur's "California Love". * The international infamy of Bonnie & Clyde owes a lot to the 1967 film Film/BonnieAndClyde.''Film/BonnieAndClyde''//. * An old lady who is the head of a notorious criminal gang has become a stock character in many comedies, comics and cartoons, including ComicBook/LuckyLuke ''Film/TheGoonies'', ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' and Disney/{{Ducktales}} ''Disney/{{Ducktales}}'' and Boney M.'s hit song "Ma Baker". But she was derived from a real-life mother of an actual criminal, Fred Barker, who in reality had little to do with Barker's gang.

* Certain regions, cities and towns are only famous to the general public because of their association with a certain novel, film, song or other work of art or historical event. Some people, usually not the inhabitants of the place themselves, may even be amazed that the examples made famous by fiction actually exist!
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* Certain regions, cities and towns are only famous to the general public because of their association with a certain novel, film, song or other work of art or historical event.event, being the location of a famous landmark, or their association with a famous person. Some people, usually not the inhabitants of the place themselves, may even be amazed that the examples made famous by fiction actually exist!

** Jersey Shore, New York, USA: ''Series/JerseyShore''.

** Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania: ''Film/GroundogDay".
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** Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania: Groundhog Day and ''Film/GroundogDay".
24th Jan '16 5:08:00 PM mimitchi33
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** Comedian Creator/RobSchneider is slowly fading into obscurity for younger audiences and nowadays better remembered as "Rob Sssschneider" (spoken in a dopey voice) in the spoof trailers used in the episode [[Recap: South Park S 6 E 15 The Biggest Douche In The Universe The Biggest Douche In The Universe]].
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** Comedian Creator/RobSchneider is slowly fading into obscurity for younger audiences and nowadays better remembered as "Rob Sssschneider" (spoken in a dopey voice) in the spoof trailers used in the episode [[Recap: South Park S 6 E 15 The Biggest Douche In The Universe [[Recap/SouthParkS6E15TheBiggestDoucheInTheUniverse The Biggest Douche In The Universe]].

* On the comments of some ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' videos on YouTube [[/note]] mostly of talking toys of the character, but once instance occurred on HowItShouldHaveEnded's take on the film[[/note]] people assume that Bing Bong's dolphin noise was a reference to ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' by being used to censor a profane phrase. He's actually part dolphin, which is the reason the sound is made. [[http://globalsoftpirka.tumblr.com/post/121738750013/probably-at-one-point-in-inside-out This post]], which was made around the same time said videos popped up, probably led to this confusion.
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* On the comments of some ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' videos on YouTube [[/note]] [[note]] mostly of talking toys of the character, but once instance occurred on HowItShouldHaveEnded's take on the film[[/note]] people assume that Bing Bong's dolphin noise was a reference to ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' by being used to censor a profane phrase. He's actually part dolphin, which is the reason the sound is made. [[http://globalsoftpirka.tumblr.com/post/121738750013/probably-at-one-point-in-inside-out This post]], which was made around the same time said videos popped up, probably led to this confusion.
24th Jan '16 4:57:18 PM mimitchi33
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* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy: Most younger fans of this show are completely unaware how many scenes in this program are directly lifted from other films, TV shows, animated cartoons, comics, TV commercials. Including the opening titles where Peter and Lois sing in front of a piano, which was lifted from the intro of Series/AllInTheFamily.
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* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy: Most younger fans of this show are completely unaware how many scenes in this program are directly lifted from other films, TV shows, animated cartoons, comics, TV commercials. Including The most noteworthy of these is the opening titles where theme song, which begins with Peter and Lois sing singing in front of a piano, which was lifted from the intro of Series/AllInTheFamily.''Series/AllInTheFamily''.

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* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy: Most younger fans of this show are completely unaware how many scenes in this program are directly lifted from other films, TV shows, animated cartoons, comics, TV commercials. Including On the opening titles where Peter and Lois sing in front comments of some ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' videos on YouTube [[/note]] mostly of talking toys of the character, but once instance occurred on HowItShouldHaveEnded's take on the film[[/note]] people assume that Bing Bong's dolphin noise was a piano, reference to ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' by being used to censor a profane phrase. He's actually part dolphin, which is the reason the sound is made. [[http://globalsoftpirka.tumblr.com/post/121738750013/probably-at-one-point-in-inside-out This post]], which was lifted from made around the intro of Series/AllInTheFamily.same time said videos popped up, probably led to this confusion.
21st Jan '16 2:47:22 PM creatordest
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** Similarly, Creator/OrsonWelles has reached more Internet notoriety through out-takes of his 1970s TV commercials where he is audibly drunk and complaining about the bad lines he has to recite. His voice too will probably have many fans of WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain think of The Brain, which was a direct vocal parody of Welles' voice.

** The light producing suitcase in Film/PulpFiction, is a homage to a similar item in the 1947 FilmNoir Film/KissOfDeath. ** When people hear Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Steet" nowadays they will probably associate it quicker with the opening scene of Film/JackieBrown rather than the movie Womack originally wrote it for: "Across 110th Street" (1972). ** The yellow track-suit Uma Thurman wears in Film/KillBill during the climatic fight scene againt O-Ren Ishii will probably remind more people of this film than the movie this costume originally homaged: Film/GameOfDeath. Similarly the song "Flower of Carnage" was originally used in Film/LadySnowblood and the character Gogo Yubari (played by the same actress in the same outfit) are a direct reference to Film/BattleRoyale. ** The opening of Film/DjangoUnchained may lead many people into thinking it was written for this movie, while in reality it is the opening theme of Sergio Corbucci's spaghetti western classic Film/{{Django}}. * Creator/EdwardGRobinson's distinct facial features and speech mannerisms have been used for every stereotypical mob boss in animated cartoons, including Rocky & Mugsy in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and the Mob boss of the Ant Hill Gang in WesternAnimation/WackyRaces. * The archetypical monocle wearing German military officer is always a caricature of Creator/ErichVonStroheim 's stock roles. * Any imitation of Count Dracula nowadays is a reference to Creator/BelaLugosi's portrayal of him in the 1931 classic [[Film/Dracula1931 Dracula.]]. Down to his Hungarian accent. Similarly any pop culture appearance of Frankenstein's Monster will be modelled after Creator/BorisKarloff's make-up. * How many are aware that WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's catch phrase "Of course you realize this means war!" was lifted from Creator/GrouchoMarx saying this in Film/DuckSoup and "Ain't I a stinker?" from Lou Costello in Film/AbbottAndCostello. * The voice of puppet character Mortimer Snerd by Creator/EdgarBergen likewise also inspired the dimwitted voice of many cartoon characters. * The line "Monkeys is the cwaziest peoples" is heard in a lot of animated cartoons, but actually came from film comedian Lew Lehr's catch phrase. * When characters in old Looney Tunes or MGM cartoons use the term "Come with me to ze casbah" they are actually referencing the 1937 film "Algiers", where Charles Boyer's "Pépé Le Moko" used this line. Note that people will probably not realize this, even if they HAVE seen this movie, because it was only used in the trailer.

* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta and Uma Thurman's characters dance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned other parodies and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.
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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut to Film/GroundhogDay: Many viewers probably assume the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta film makers thought up the annual event where a groundhog sticking his head up from the ground is celebrated by local people. It is , in fact, a very real tradition. Today, however, the term "Groundhog Day" has become a concept that describes a feeling of having to relive the same day over and Uma Thurman's over again. * The exclamation "D'oh!" is nowadays more closely associated with Homer Simpson's catch phrase in WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons than Creator/LaurelAndHardy actor James Finlayson, from whom it originated. * The theme music of Film/CapeFear (1962) will be recognized by most Simpsons fans as the {{leitmotif}} of Sideshow Bob. * Nowadays, people are likely to associate Film/PaintYourWagon with the Simpsons episode "All Singing, All Dancing" and would probably be amazed that this 1969 film starring Creator/ClintEastwood and Creator/LeeMarvin actually exists. In reality, though, the plot is more than just characters dance singing and dancing about painting a wagon. * Opening scrolls at the start of a film are now attributed to Film/StarWars, but they actually originated in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned the 1930s film serials about ComicBook/FlashGordon. * The MauriceChevalierAccent is nowadays used for every French character in English-language comedy. Most people are completely unaware it all originated with Creator/MauriceChevalier's popularity in 1930s Hollywood movies. Chevalier's thick accent made him the stock Frenchman from which all other parodies Frenchman in comedy and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.animation are now derived. * Thanks to Film/TheShining the line "Hééééééére's Johnny!" has become the thing you shout when you cut your way through a door with an axe and stick your menacing face through the hole. That this line was Ed [=McMahon=]'s way of introducing Johnny Carson on Series/TheTonightShow is only remembered by older American TV watchers.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut to ** Angelo Bronzino's painting "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time" is fairy obscure nowadays, even in art circles, but one specific detail on the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta painting may ring a bell to Python fans. Cupid's foot has been used in the intro of every episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and Uma Thurman's characters dance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned other parodies is now their official logo. ** Mention the Spanish Inquisition today and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.some people might start laughing instantly because it reminds them of the Python sketch of the same name. People outside the English-speaking world may also be unaware that the phrase "I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition" is an actual idiom, expressing someone's irritation over being asked too many questions. ** How many people nowadays are aware that the "Dennis Moore" song is a literal parody of the theme song of the 1950s TV series "The Adventure of Robin Hood"? Both melody and lyrics are very similar ("Robin Hood, Robin Hood / Riding through the glen/ Robin Hood, Robin Hood/ With his band of men").

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put Series/SamsonEnGert: In Belgium and the Netherlands most people will not think of the biblical character when hearing the name "Samson", but of a ShoutOut talking bobtail dog. * Series/FCDeKampioenen: Carmen's dog Nero was originally named after the Belgian comic strip character ComicStrip/{{Nero}}. Since 2002 the comic strip has been terminated and the albums are no longer available in regular stores, making the original reference more obscure. Most younger people will probably assume it's a reference to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta Roman emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}. * Series/SpittingImage: This show featuring puppet versions of famous celebrities has also caused some MemeticMutation. Today many people in the UK remember UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and Uma Thurman's characters dance UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher more as in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned other parodies and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.their grotesque villainous puppet versions than as Real Life people. A good example is Thatcher beating up members of her cabinet in many sketches, which a lot of people almost assume she did.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put Jazz musician Mongo Santamaria is perhaps best known today as the punchline of a ShoutOut throwaway joke involving the character Mongo in Film/BlazingSaddles. * The melody of Gracie Fields' 1930s song "Sing As We Go" lives on as the Creator/MontyPython song "Sit On My Face" from AudioPlay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum. * Julius Fucik's "Entry of the Gladiators" has been used by so many circuses that most listeners have trouble imagining it in its original context of an Ancient Roman arena and will more likely imagine clowns popping up. * Music/TheBeatles: They were named after a throwaway line in the film Film/TheWildOne, where someone refers to a motor gang named "The Beetles". Nobody, even those who saw that movie, will associate the band with that gang nowadays. In fact, if you say the word "beetle" in a non-English speaking country nobody will think of insects but will immediately assume you're referring to John, Paul, George and Ringo. * The name "Franz Ferdinand" may remind people more of the band Music/FranzFerdinand rather than the Austrian arch duke Franz Ferdinand who inspired his name. * Music/JethroTull brings up more associations with 1970s ProgressiveRock than the 17th century British agriculturist after whom they were named. * Metal fans will probably associated Music/EdGein more with the band than the serial killer. * Music/MollyHatchet may remind more people of a Southern Rock band than then notiorious prostitute who murdered her clients. * Nobody knows US gym teacher Leonard Skinner. But you've probably heard of the band who took their name from him: Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, as a TakeThat for sending them to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta principal's office in high school for having "too long hair". * Music/ToadTheWetSprocket will not immediately make people think of Creator/MontyPython, unless they have heard their record AudioPlay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum. Apparently Creator/EricIdle thought the name up because he was sure nobody would ever use it as a band name. When he heard the band's name on his car radio a few years later he was so shocked that he nearly drove off the road. * How many people know that Music/TheVelvetUnderground was named after a book of the same name by Michael Leigh about secret sexual subculture? * Music/UriahHeep: Many fans of 1970s rock will probably think more of Uriah Heep as a band than the character from Literature/DavidCopperfield. * Music/SteelyDan will remind people more of a 1970s rock band rather than the dildo in Literature/NakedLunch by Creator/WilliamSBurroughs. * Not many people who dig Music/BelleAndSebastian know that they were named after Cécile Aubry's novel "Belle et Sébastien". * Probably more people may have heard of the indie band Music/EsbenAndTheWitch rather than the Danish fairy tale of the same name. * Unless you're fan of the works of Creator/HermannHesse the word "Steppenwolf" will make you think of the band Music/Steppenwolf first rather than Hesse's famous novel. * The band Music/OryxAndCrake will sound original, unless you're familiar with Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name. * Music/TheRomanyRye may not bring up associations with George Borrow's novel of the same name. * Even if you are familiar with Creator/AlbertCamus most people wouldn't immediately make the connection between his philosophical novel "The Fall" and Uma Thurman's characters dance the band Music/TheFall. * Unless you've read Literature/ToKillAMockingbird the name Boo Radley may not remind you of the character but the band Music/TheBooRadleys. * Those who paid attention may know that Music/Heaven17, Music/CampagVelocet and Music/{{Moloko}} were all named after words that pop up in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this Literature/AClockworkOrange. * Those familiar with Creator/WilliamFaulnker may know that Music/AsILayDying took its name from the novel "As I Lay Dying". Others... probably not. * Any fan of avant-garde synthesizer pop will have heard of Music/ArtOfNoise. But how many are aware their band name is a nod to Luigi Russolo's manifesto "Art of Noises"? * Belgian indie rock band Creature With The Atom Brain has spawned other parodies and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.quite some fans, most of them unaware that the band was named after a song by Roky Erickson who, in his turn, was inspired by a 1955 B-movie called Film/CreatureWithTheAtomBrain. * In Belgium the band Nacht und Nebel will remind people of the band who scored a hit with the song "Beats of Love" in 1984. Not many are aware they were named after a Nazi order, "Nacht und Nebel", which made the secret arrest of political opponents possible. * Similar to Nacht und Nebel Music/JoyDivision took its name from the prostitution wing in Nazi concentration camps, while Music/NewOrder were named after a political proposal by Hitler, but not many people nowadays will immediately make the link.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut Many gods from Greek mythology are far more famous under their Roman names today. It gets to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta and Uma Thurman's point that even in stories specifically set in Ancient Greece the characters dance will still be addressed under their Roman names, because people are more likely to recognize characters like Heracles, Eros and Poseidon, for instance, as Hercules, Cupid and Neptune. * Similarly hearing the names Mars, Jupiter, Mercurius, Saturn, Pluto, Uranus and Venus will make people wonder whether you are referring to the planets in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned our solar system? ** The name Pluto may have people think you're referring to WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse 's dog. * Ajax, the Trojan hero, will bring up associations with a Dutch association football club and/or a cleaning product. * When seeing a statue of Pan today many Western people may mistake it for depicting Satan. This is because the depiction of Satan as a goat-like creature was actually derived from it. * Use the word "atlas" and people will think you are talking about a geography book with maps, rather than the Greek half-god who carried the world. * SantaClaus is celebrated across the entire world, but few people are aware that the character is mostly a composite of other parodies holiday characters, such as {{Sinterklaas}} and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.Father Christmas. And even those characters were derived from Norse mythological god Odin, who travelled the sky on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut to Many US radio shows from the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when 1930s and 1940s have catch phrases that are nowadays more closely associated with the cartoons of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and Creator/TexAvery. Examples are: * "It's a possibility!" and "Nobody home, I hope, I hope, I hope", which originated from Al Pearce's radio comedy shows. * "Train leaving on Track 5 for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuu-ca-mon-gaaa!" referred to Creator/MelBlanc's train conductor in "The Jack Benny Show". * "That ain't the way I heard it!", "T'ain't funny, McGee!", "I love that man!", ""Operator, give me number 320.. ooh, is that you, Myrt? How's every little thing, Myrt? What say, Myrt?" all originated from Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly. * "Ain't I a stinker?" and "I'm only three and a half years old!" came from Creator/AbbottAndCostello's radio show. * "Ah, yes! (Insert statement here), isn't it?", "Yehudi?", "Don't work, do they?" and "Greetings, Gate! Lets osculate!" were references to comedian Jerry Colonna, sidekick of Creator/BobHope on his radio show. * "Don't you believe it!" was a reference to a 1947 radio show of the same name in which popular urban legends were debunked. Tom saying this in WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry has confused quite some viewers in the decades beyond. * "I dood it!", "He don't know me very well, do he?" and "You bwoke my widdle arm!" s were lifted from the radio character Junior, aka "Mean Widdle Kid", played by Red Skelton. * "Well now, I wouldn't say THAT!" was a catch phrase in Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve. * The line "Henry! Hééééééén-RY!" and the answer "Coming, mother!" referenced Radio/TheAldrichFamily. * "I have a problem, Mr. Anthony!" was lifted from John Travolta and Uma Thurman's characters dance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned other parodies and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.J. Anthony's daily radio advice program "The Goodwill Hour". * The speech mannerisms of Senator Claghorn on the radio show "The Fred Allen Show" live on today as the voice of Looney Tunes character WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic: The line "Why 11? Because I like to go one step beyond." is a ShoutOut MemeticMutation of a now obscure catch phrase from the TV show "One Step Beyond". * WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh: Fans of this show will recognize Rimsky-Korsakov's composition "Procession of the Nobles" better as the theme music of every episode. * WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob: For a long while Brad used "Believe It Or Not" by Joey Scarbury as his intro music for every episode. Many people would probably be surprised that this is actually a nod to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta and Uma Thurman's characters dance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned other parodies and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.1980s TV series Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero who used it as their theme music first.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta and Uma Thurman's characters dance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy: Most younger fans of this has spawned show are completely unaware how many scenes in this program are directly lifted from other parodies films, TV shows, animated cartoons, comics, TV commercials. Including the opening titles where Peter and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.Lois sing in front of a piano, which was lifted from the intro of Series/AllInTheFamily. * WesternAnimation/SouthPark: ** Comedian Creator/RobSchneider is slowly fading into obscurity for younger audiences and nowadays better remembered as "Rob Sssschneider" (spoken in a dopey voice) in the spoof trailers used in the episode [[Recap: South Park S 6 E 15 The Biggest Douche In The Universe The Biggest Douche In The Universe]]. ** The "Gay Fish" song sang by Music/KanyeWest is a spoof of his song "Heartless" and is also starting to eclipse the original in the popular consciousness. * Disney/{{Dumbo}}: Dumbo's name is a pun on the 19th century circus elephant Jumbo, something that not many people nowadays remember of now. * Disney/{{Aladdin}}: Probably not many children nowadays will be aware that when the Genie encourages Aladdin while barking and waving his fist he briefly transforms into TV presenter [[Series/TheArsenioHallShow Arsenio Hall]]. Outside of the USA virtually nobody. * Disney/TheLionKing: Younger people have the wrong impression that the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" originated from this movie. Nope: It is almost half a century older! * WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic has reached such Internet popularity over the years that only those who were young in the 1980s may remember there was a more bland TV series on which it was based, almost three decades earlier.

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UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}: Most people remember him more for the so-called "curse" rather than his actual reign. Blame all the countless "Mummy" movies for that. * Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut Spartacus is imagined by many people to look like Creator/KirkDouglas did in the [[Film/{{Spartacus}} eponymous 1960 movie.]] * King Canute once ordered the sea to pull back, but then got splashed by the tide still coming in. This is about all present day people remember about him. They even forget that afterwards Canute actually acknowledged God was more powerful than him and that his famous anecdote wasn't just a proof of how moronic this king supposedly was for trying to command the tide. * UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland and UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart live on today more as characters in the legend of Myth/RobinHood, rather than real-life English kings. * UsefulNotes/{{HenryVIII}} is more remembered today for being a BigEater and the business with his seven wives than for his political deeds. * Ah, "Bloody Mary". You are referring to the drink right? The nickname of UsefulNotes/MaryTudor? Oh... * UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria is closely associated with the phrase "We are not amused", something she never said or wrote down in real life. There are many historic documents where she used the term "We were very amused" , though. The "We are not amused" phrase probably originated from all the photographs in which she looks deadly serious while wearing a dark dress. * Mongol warlord Kublai Khan is more famous nowadays as the subject of a famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. * UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus is closely associated with the story how he supposedly made an egg stand upright on table by cracking its bottom half. Despite this tale still popping up in many child-oriented media there is no historical evidence Columbus ever did this, nor that he invented this trick. It's more likely that his name was just used to give the story more weight by adding one of the most well known historical characters to it. * Walter Raleigh is closely associated with a popular anecdote: he once [[PuddleCrossingByCoat used his coat to help the English Queen cross a filthy pool]]. Yet it has been proven that it was completely made up. Still, the association endures. * If you mention Galileo Galilei many people may think you're quoting from Music/{{Queen}}'s song "Bohemian Rhapsody" rather than talking about the 17th century scientist. * The Red Baron will bring up associations with [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]] 's imaginary foe rather than the nickname of real-life World War I pilot Manfred von Richthofen. * UsefulNotes/MataHari has evolved into the archetypical FemmeFataleSpy who was the best in her profession. Of course, that's what all those novels, comics, films and TV adaptations would want you to believe. In reality she was a very mediocre spy. German secret intelligence only gave her more importance and notoriety to distract the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta military forces who had arrested her. * Humanitarian activist Oskar Schindler owes much of his posthumous fame thanks to Creator/StevenSpielberg's film adaptation Film/SchindlersList of Thomas Keneally's novelization "Schindler's Ark". * Most people know 1920s and Uma Thurman's characters dance 1930s F.B.I. inspector Eliot Ness better thanks to the TV series Series/TheUntouchables and film Film/TheUntouchables. * The international infamy of Bonnie & Clyde owes a lot to the 1967 film Film/BonnieAndClyde. * An old lady who is the head of a notorious criminal gang has become a stock character in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, many comedies, comics and cartoons, including ComicBook/LuckyLuke and Disney/{{Ducktales}} and Boney M.'s hit song "Ma Baker". But she was derived from a real-life mother of an actual criminal, Fred Barker, who in reality had little to do with Barker's gang. * Creator/MarilynMonroe lives on in the imaginations of many as a gentle DumbBlonde. That this has spawned was a result of typecasting and not who she was in real life doesn't dawn on them. * Most people in Europe have based much of their notion about the ancient Gauls on what they've read in ComicBook/{{Asterix}}. For instance, mention the word "druid" and everybody will envision Panoramix (Getafix in the English version). The same goes for our idea that all the Gauls wore moustaches, winged helmets and had names that ended in "-ix". * The word "vandal" is used to describe people who deliberately want to destroy things. How many know it originally referred to a Celtic tribe,the Vandals, known for their pillaging? * Thanks to numerous pirate stories set in TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy most people see pirates as noble and adventurous rebels who have a lot of fun sailing the oceans, attacking ships and [[BuriedTreasure burying treasures]] on a DesertedIsland. In reality they were nothing but criminals who provided a danger to other parodies ships and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.spent all their loot as quick as possible.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino put a ShoutOut to the French movie ''Film/BandOfOutsiders'' when John Travolta and Uma Thurman's characters dance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' - however, this has spawned other parodies and Website/IMDb says "someone dances like Travolta" under movie connections.** Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania: ''Film/GroundogDay".
21st Jan '16 2:30:35 PM creatordest
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[[folder:Advertising]] * Several slogans from old radio commercials live on as catch phrases in WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons, while virtually nobody remembers their actual origins. Examples are: "Turn off that light!" (referring to air raid warden during World War II), "Was this trip really ?" (referring to a slogan used to encourage people not to take unnecessary trips to free up gas and rubber for the war effort and to free up space on trains to ferry troops to their duty locations.), "B.OOOOOOO!" (referencing a Lifebuoy soap commercial against body odor) and "Aha! Something new has been added!" and "So round, so firm, so fully-packed. So free and easy on the draw" (referencing Lucky Strike cigarettes),. [[/folder]]


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* Thanks to many biopics about Creator/LeonardoDaVinci painter Andrea Mantegna is nowadays better known as Da Vinci's mentor than for his own work. * To many art fans Jean-Paul Marat is remembered more for Creator/JacquesLouisDavid's striking painting than the actual historical character. The work has in fact done a lot to transform a very radical politician into an innocent victim.

* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': If people outside China and Japan have heard about the Japanese-Chinese war of the 1930s it will be mostly through the album ''The Blue Lotus'', where it is a large part of the plot.
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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': If people outside China and Japan have heard about the Japanese-Chinese war of the 1930s it will be mostly through the album ''The album ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus'', Lotus]]'', where it is a large part of the plot.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': If people outside China and Japan have heard about the Japanese-Chinese war of the 1930s it will be mostly through the album ''The Blue Lotus'', where it ** There is a large part of Suske en Wiske story called De Texasrakkers ("The Texas Scoundrels"), which was originally a shout-out to the plot.popular 1950s TV western series The Texas Rangers, but this show is nowadays completely forgotten. In fact: mention The Texas Rangers today in Flanders or the Netherlands and everybody assumes you mean De Texasrakkers.
4th Jan '16 3:06:35 PM nombretomado
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* SpringAwakening is only thought by many people to be a musical set in 1890s Germany, unless they actually look into it at all and find the original Frank Wedekind play on which it is based. * Look up any Website/YouTube video for "Seasons of Love", and you will see an overwhelming number of comments about how people sang it for choir/graduation/etc. and didn't know it was from Theatre/{{Rent}}. * Some people believe that the Harry Nilsson song "One" originally came from ''Series/SesameStreet'', when the song actually came out '''three years before said show'''. However, it was refrenced on an episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon when Franchise/TheMuppets were guest stars.
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* SpringAwakening ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' is only thought by many people to be a musical set in 1890s Germany, unless they actually look into it at all and find the original Frank Wedekind play on which it is based. * Look up any Website/YouTube video for "Seasons of Love", and you will see an overwhelming number of comments about how people sang it for choir/graduation/etc. and didn't know it was from Theatre/{{Rent}}. ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''. * Some people believe that the Harry Nilsson song "One" originally came from ''Series/SesameStreet'', when the song actually came out '''three years before said show'''. However, it was refrenced referenced on an episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon when Franchise/TheMuppets were guest stars.
18th Dec '15 7:22:14 PM Doug86
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** Oddly enough, averted in the case of ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. Despite it being one of the most famous war movies of all time and made by a household name director, very few people associate "Surfin' Bird" with it. In fact, given the plentiful references to the film throughout ''Family Guy'', it's more than likely where Seth McFarlane and co. know of "Surfin' Bird" from.
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** Oddly enough, averted in the case of ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. Despite it being one of the most famous war movies of all time and made by a household name director, very few people associate "Surfin' Bird" with it. In fact, given the plentiful references to the film throughout ''Family Guy'', it's more than likely where Seth McFarlane [=McFarlane=] and co. know of "Surfin' Bird" from.
16th Dec '15 4:43:17 AM Morgenthaler
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** And a lot of the characters and events from ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' and its crossover spinoff ''PokemonConquest'' are if not actually accurate then very representative of events in real-life Sengoku-period Japan.
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** And a lot of the characters and events from ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' and its crossover spinoff ''PokemonConquest'' ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' are if not actually accurate then very representative of events in real-life Sengoku-period Japan.
12th Dec '15 12:10:17 AM 10-13-2
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** What's especially sad is that the songs by these groups that are best remembered are usually the most popular songs, and they were popular precisely because they appealed to the kind of sound the public wanted at the time. So these bands' "best" songs are the ones that today sound the most dated and clichéd. Deep Purple did a number of songs that were ''far'' more groundbreaking that "Smoke on the Water", "Highway Star" being but one example.
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** What's especially sad is that the songs by these groups that are best remembered are usually the most popular songs, and they were popular precisely because they appealed to the kind of sound the public wanted at the time. So these bands' "best" songs are the ones that today sound the most dated and clichéd. Deep Purple did a number of songs that were ''far'' more groundbreaking that than "Smoke on the Water", "Highway Star" (arguably one of the [[UrExample very first]] [[HeavyMetal speed-metal]] songs) being but one example.
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