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17th Mar '17 4:26:37 PM W4rM4chine
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--->'''Sheldon:''' I know everything about the universe.\\
'''Penny:''' What is Music/{{Radiohead}}?\\
'''Sheldon:''' (''pause'') I know everything ''[[TakeThat important]]'' about the universe.

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--->'''Sheldon:''' I'm a physicist. I know have a working knowledge of the entire universe and everything about the universe.it contains.\\
'''Penny:''' What is Who's Music/{{Radiohead}}?\\
'''Sheldon:''' (''pause'') I know everything have a working knowledge of the ''[[TakeThat important]]'' about things in the universe.
15th Mar '17 11:46:29 PM Xtifr
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* In RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'', Lazarus mentions how, when the people on the space ship will be going back to Earth while 75 years have passed there and only 25 have passed on the ship, there was a great place in Baja California that made great Mexican food. He asks a young girl who was born on the ship if she knows where Baja California is, "Don't you think I studied geography? It's in Los Angeles." Lazarus reflects that by the time they get back she may be right.

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* In RobertAHeinlein's Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'', Lazarus mentions how, when the people on the space ship will be going back to Earth while 75 years have passed there and only 25 have passed on the ship, there was a great place in Baja California that made great Mexican food. He asks a young girl who was born on the ship if she knows where Baja California is, "Don't you think I studied geography? It's in Los Angeles." Lazarus reflects that by the time they get back she may be right.
21st Feb '17 4:07:23 AM bwburke94
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* Invoked in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''-series: Two time-travelling spies identify each others by the code names [[Franchise/StarTrek "Romulus" and "Vulcan"]]. The idea is that, since American pop culture hasn't penetrated the public consciousness of the 17th century, anyone in a position to recognize the names will assume that Romulus counterpart is Remus.

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* Invoked in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''-series: Two time-travelling spies identify each others by the code names [[Franchise/StarTrek "Romulus" and "Vulcan"]]. The idea is that, since American pop culture hasn't penetrated the public consciousness of the 17th century, anyone in a position to recognize the names will assume that Romulus Romulus' counterpart is Remus.
7th Feb '17 4:26:05 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/CampXRay'', Cole had no idea what ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was at first.



* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': Tim is giving the group ''Star Wars'' codenames. [[TheFashionista Twist]] is stuck with "Jabba", which probably would have offended her if she'd ever seen ''Star Wars'':

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* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': ''Series/{{Spaced}}'':
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Tim is giving the group ''Star Wars'' codenames. [[TheFashionista Twist]] is stuck with "Jabba", which probably would have offended her if she'd ever seen ''Star Wars'':



* After it is discovered that the Gryzzl corporation was able to distract Ben from noticing that they added a revision to their contract allowing them to data mine Pawnee by doing it on December 18, 2015, the premiere date of ''[[Film/TheForceAwakens Star Wars Episode VII]]'':

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* ** After it is discovered that the Gryzzl corporation was able to distract Ben from noticing that they added a revision to their contract allowing them to data mine Pawnee by doing it on December 18, 2015, the premiere date of ''[[Film/TheForceAwakens Star Wars Episode VII]]'':
18th Jan '17 10:55:06 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Crichton frequently makes pop culture references to aliens, who naturally have no idea what he's talking about and due to lack of entertainment, don't even grasp the concept of pop culture. Moya's crew learns to just accept that he spouts gibberish, but early on it was a major contributor to their view of him as a useless lunatic.

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* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Crichton frequently makes pop culture references to aliens, who naturally have no idea what he's talking about and due to lack of entertainment, don't even grasp the concept of pop culture. Moya's crew learns to just accept that he spouts gibberish, but early on it was a major contributor to their view of him as a useless lunatic. In the episode, where he meets Sikozu, whose species learns languages quickly, since they're allergic to TranslatorMicrobes, he has gone a little loopy from isolation and starts spouting fictional languages. To be fair, though, the particular ConLang he chose was developed by a linguist, so someone with a skill for languages could eventually learn it.
--> '''John Crichton:''' (''to the Grudeks'') NOH! PAV'HOR! HERRUCH'T! (''to Sikozu'') You didn't get that one did ya? 'Cos it's Klingon!
18th Jan '17 10:47:40 AM ChronoLegion
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** Before he ends up GoingNative in the later seasons, most of the human pop-culture references are frequently lost on Teal'c. Amusingly inverted in "Seth", when [[TheStoic Teal'c]] begins [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness laughing hysterically]] after telling a popular Jaffa joke, which is completely wasted on his human teammates.

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** Before he ends up GoingNative in the later seasons, most of the human pop-culture references are frequently lost on Teal'c. Amusingly inverted in "Seth", when [[TheStoic Teal'c]] begins [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness laughing hysterically]] after telling a popular Jaffa joke, which is completely wasted on his human teammates. Teal'c later becomes a ''huge'' fan of ''Franchise/StarWars'' to the point, where the first thing on his mind, when someone mentions conception without sex is "Darth Vader". Of course, no one says the obvious answer to avoid a viewer backlash.
5th Jan '17 2:14:05 PM isoycrazy
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', whenever Harry makes a ShoutOut, other people's reaction is either this or a bit of exasperation.[[note]]If it is the former, it is probably a bad guy.[[/note]] Funnily enough, Harry actually suffered from this one time! [[note]]Bob was talking about [[Series/{{Firefly}} special hell]]. Dresden's up on pop culture through TheEighties but his status as a WalkingTechbane makes catching up with modern stuff more difficult.[[/note]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', whenever ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'',
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Harry makes a ShoutOut, other people's reaction is either this or a bit of exasperation.[[note]]If it is the former, it is probably a bad guy.[[/note]] Funnily enough, Harry actually suffered from this one time! [[note]]Bob was talking about [[Series/{{Firefly}} special hell]]. Dresden's up on pop culture through TheEighties but his status as a WalkingTechbane makes catching up with modern stuff more difficult.[[/note]][[/note]]
** In ''Changes'' Harry witnesses the Senior Council of Wizards, the most powerful wizards on earth, entertaining a peace conference with [[spoiler:a Duchess from the Red Court of vampires]]. Later, Harry learns from the leader of the Council, who bears the title of Merlin, [[spoiler:the only council members present were the youngest one who thought he could get peace going, and unknown to him, one member to ask questions if the need arose]]. Harry is impressed and mentions they didn't "drink the Kool-Aid." The Merlin just stares at Harry before looking at the commander of the Wizard police who clarifies Harry meant the Jonestown mass suicide. After that clarification, the Merlin agrees with the comment.
4th Jan '17 7:14:24 PM Lemia
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* In ''Avialae'', this happens when Gannet is [[http://avialae.smackjeeves.com/comics/1964633/ch-1-page-20/ freaking out]] about wings suddenly growing from his back one morning.
-->'''Gannet:''' Wait - you can see them, right?! This isn't some kinda ''Film/BlackSwan'' shit?!
-->'''Bailey:''' I-I-I don't understand that reference -- but yeah, I can see them...
26th Dec '16 2:41:48 PM TwilightLord
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': The Battle City arc had a few civilians who had never heard of the Duel Monsters card game and don't recognize the names of prominent duelists like Yugi Moto and Seto Kaiba.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': The Battle City arc had a few civilians who had never heard of the Duel Monsters card game and don't recognize the names of prominent duelists like Yugi Moto Muto and Seto Kaiba.



* Denis Domaschke in ''Film/GoodbyeLenin'' is a West Berlin amateur filmmaker showing off his talent to Alex Kerner, his East Berliner co-worker just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He displays a wedding video he made referencing ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Oddity]]'' -- which Alex has never seen or heard of due to cultural isolation.

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* Denis Domaschke in ''Film/GoodbyeLenin'' is a West Berlin amateur filmmaker showing off his talent to Alex Kerner, his East Berliner co-worker just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He displays a wedding video he made referencing ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Oddity]]'' ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' -- which Alex has never seen or heard of due to cultural isolation.



* In one ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode dealing with an evil witch bringing fairy tail characters and objects to life, the sisters were revealed to have zero knowledge of classic fairy tails like ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' and ''Literature/SnowWhite''. This led to them making mistakes like Paige naively eating an apple that randomly appeared next to her and falling into an enchanted sleep. Their grandma was appalled by their ignorance, especially since she read them these fairy tales when they were children, but they completely forgot when they grew up.

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* In one ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode dealing with an evil witch bringing fairy tail tale characters and objects to life, the sisters were revealed to have zero knowledge of classic fairy tails tales like ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' and ''Literature/SnowWhite''. This led to them making mistakes like Paige naively eating an apple that randomly appeared next to her and falling into an enchanted sleep. Their grandma was appalled by their ignorance, especially since she read them these fairy tales when they were children, but they completely forgot when they grew up.
24th Dec '16 12:11:57 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': when Petra gives birth to twins she calls them Elsa and Anna. And Petra thinks that Jane is the only person who would ever think that this was a ''{{Frozen}}'' reference. At which Rafael (who wasn't present for the birth due to traffic where Jane is the only person to know both girls' names, Petra introduces him to Elsa - and he instinctively calls the other baby Anna.

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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': when Petra gives birth to twins she calls them Elsa and Anna. And Petra thinks that Jane is the only person who would ever think that this was a ''{{Frozen}}'' ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' reference. At which Rafael (who wasn't present for the birth due to traffic where Jane is the only person to know both girls' names, Petra introduces him to Elsa - and he instinctively calls the other baby Anna.
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