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21st Jun '17 5:34:33 AM jormis29
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* Although she was fairly popular in the UK, Natalia Kills is known internationally only for her career-ending scandal on the New Zealand version of the ''Series/TheXFactor''. The same can be said about her husband Willy Moon.

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* Although she was fairly popular in the UK, Natalia Kills Music/NataliaKills is known internationally only for her career-ending scandal on the New Zealand version of the ''Series/TheXFactor''. The same can be said about her husband Willy Moon.Music/WillyMoon.
17th Jun '17 10:32:55 AM nombretomado
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* Welsh RugbyUnion referee Nigel Owens experienced this when travelling to the US. Going through airport security, he stated he was visiting for his work as a rugby referee, at which point the security personnel asked "what's rugby?".

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* Welsh RugbyUnion UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion referee Nigel Owens experienced this when travelling to the US. Going through airport security, he stated he was visiting for his work as a rugby referee, at which point the security personnel asked "what's rugby?".
10th Jun '17 7:01:31 PM DavidDelony
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** This specific example might be at the heart of why Music/{{Anastacia}} has had almost no luck breaking into the U.S. market. A massive success all across Europe and Asia, she is still a relatively unknown in the U.S., despite the fact that she herself is from Chicago. It's believed that since American radio is heavily format-driven and sharply divided, there isn't really a place for her eclectic sound to fit. Essentially too soulful for A/C stations, and not urban enough for urban radio stations, and not poppish enough for top 40, and not rockish enough for rock stations. No one can really seem to figure out what to do with her.

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** This specific example might be at the heart of why Music/{{Anastacia}} has had almost no luck breaking into the U.S. market. A massive success all across Europe and Asia, she is still a relatively unknown in the U.S., despite the fact that she herself is from Chicago. It's believed that since American terrestrial radio is heavily format-driven and sharply divided, there isn't really a place for her eclectic sound to fit. Essentially too soulful for A/C stations, and not urban enough for urban radio stations, and not poppish enough for top 40, and not rockish enough for rock stations. No one can really seem to figure out what to do with her.
8th Jun '17 10:56:41 PM LaptopGuy
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* Outside of the Denver metro area, the only thing most people know about Columbine High School is [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} the 1999 shooting that happened there]].
4th Jun '17 6:02:22 PM LaptopGuy
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* How many world leaders can people name? Aside from the ones in their own countries, not too many. The main globally known heads of state and government are U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Cuban President Raul Castro, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Pope Francis[[note]]Dilma Rouseff, the former President of Brazil, was also very well-known around the world, but she was impeached in August 2016, and it'll take a while for her successor Michel Temet to gain recognition. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, while inheriting the throne of the well-known Abdullah in 2015, isn't quite as known yet[[/note]]. In fact, many of these people aren't even the actual heads of their state, as they lead the government of a parliamentary system, while the heads of state are ceremonial figureheads and mostly unknown outside their country. Some are more well known than others, though: while everyone knows who Queen Elizabeth is, not too many people will be able to recognize names like Joachim Gauck, Reuven Rivlin, Pranab Mukherjee, or Akihito unless they live in the country that person presides over.

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* How many world leaders can people name? Aside from the ones in their own countries, not too many. The main globally known heads of state and government are U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Cuban President Raul Castro, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Francois Hollande, Emanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Pope Francis[[note]]Dilma Rouseff, the former President of Brazil, was also very well-known around the world, but she was impeached in August 2016, and it'll take a while for her successor Michel Temet to gain recognition. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, while inheriting the throne of the well-known Abdullah in 2015, isn't quite as known yet[[/note]]. In fact, many of these people aren't even the actual heads of their state, as they lead the government of a parliamentary system, while the heads of state are ceremonial figureheads and mostly unknown outside their country. Some are more well known than others, though: while everyone knows who Queen Elizabeth is, not too many people will be able to recognize names like Joachim Gauck, Reuven Rivlin, Pranab Mukherjee, or Akihito unless they live in the country that person presides over.
3rd Jun '17 11:20:40 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Popular to the point of ubiquity on the internet, but still relatively obscure to a lot of people who don't go online much, or don't get the cable channel the show is broadcast on. If anything, it's likely to get most of its exposure from mainstream media poking fun at its [[PeripheryDemographic adult fanbase]], i.e. "bronies." This may lead to the impression that [[UnfortunateImplications most of the fanbase is just weird]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Popular to the point of ubiquity on the internet, but still relatively obscure to a lot of people who don't go online much, or don't get the cable channel the show is broadcast on. If anything, it's likely to get most of its exposure from mainstream media poking fun at its [[PeripheryDemographic adult fanbase]], i.e. "bronies." This may lead to the impression that [[UnfortunateImplications most of the fanbase is just weird]].weird.
31st May '17 7:42:24 PM LaptopGuy
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21st May '17 10:10:38 AM nombretomado
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* According to Creator/VH1 Classic, New Wave and Hair Metal were the only music genres in TheEighties. Care about [[CollegeRadio college]] [[AlternativeRock rock]] or old school hip hop? Hope you're willing to stay up until 3:30AM! VH1 Classic's ''Series/ThatMetalShow'' definitely seems to have a bias towards hard rock and heavy metal bands from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Interviews with metal musicians from more recent bands are few and far between.

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* According to Creator/VH1 Classic, New Wave and Hair Metal were the only music genres in TheEighties. Care about [[CollegeRadio college]] [[AlternativeRock rock]] or old school hip hop? Hope you're willing to stay up until 3:30AM! VH1 [=VH1=] Classic's ''Series/ThatMetalShow'' definitely seems to have a bias towards hard rock and heavy metal bands from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Interviews with metal musicians from more recent bands are few and far between.
6th May '17 8:07:13 PM nombretomado
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* The SuperRobot genre is popular among anime fans, but is fairly obscure outside of those circles. If giant robots are mentioned by people outside the anime fandom, they'll usually be referring to the Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries, the Megazord from Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers, or Film/PacificRim.

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* The SuperRobot genre is popular among anime fans, but is fairly obscure outside of those circles. If giant robots are mentioned by people outside the anime fandom, they'll usually be referring to the Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries, ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'', the Megazord from Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers, ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', or Film/PacificRim.''Film/PacificRim''.
1st May '17 7:28:34 PM LaptopGuy
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* ElectronicMusic group Music/CleanBandit are superstars in the UK. In the US, they're known for "Rather Be" and nothing else. Back home, that song was a BreakthroughHit that led to many more hits for them and featured vocalist Jess Glynne. Stateside, they (and she) [[OneHitWonder faded into complete obscurity afterwards]].

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* ElectronicMusic group Music/CleanBandit are superstars in the UK. In the US, they're known for "Rather Be" Be", "Rockabye", and nothing else. Back home, that song was a BreakthroughHit that led to many more hits for them and featured vocalist Jess Glynne. Stateside, they (and she) [[OneHitWonder faded into complete obscurity afterwards]].else.



* A similar case can be made with glam-metal band Great White, who are primarily known for being the band playing during the Station nightclub fire in 2003.



* Music/{{Disturbed}} is, to rock radio listeners, one of the biggest rock bands of the new millennium. However, to outside audiences they're known almost solely for their 2000 song "Down with the Sickness". Their cover of Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" went gold and fell just short of the Top 40.

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* Music/{{Disturbed}} is, to rock radio listeners, one of the biggest rock bands of the new millennium. However, to outside audiences they're known almost solely for their 2000 song "Down with the Sickness". Their Sickness" and their cover of Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" Silence", which went gold and fell just short of the Top 40.



* This can also happen to alternative rock. Acts like Music/{{Gotye}} ("Somebody That I Used To Know"), Music/FosterThePeople ("Pumped Up Kicks"), Alex Clare ("Too Close"), Music/WalkTheMoon ("Shut Up and Dance"), Elle King ("Ex's and Oh's"), Music/{{Hozier}} ("Take Me to Church"), The Lumineers ("Ho Hey"), American Authors ("Best Day of My Life"), Capital Cities ("Safe and Sound"), and Bastille ("Pompeii"); and to a lesser extent, Of Monsters & Men ("Little Talks"), Awolnation ("Sail"), Kongos ("Come With Me Now"), Big Data ("Dangerous"), Bleachers ("I Wanna Get Better"), Music/{{Banks}} ("Beggin for Thread"), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats ("S.O.B."), Cold War Kids ("First"), and Music/ArcticMonkeys ("Do I Wanna Know") are popular with indie audiences. Outside of that, they aren't known for much else. Only a handful of acts (namely Music/NeonTrees, Music/{{Fun}}, Music/ImagineDragons, Music/TwentyOnePilots, Music/TheBlackKeys, Music/{{Lorde}}, Music/LanaDelRey, and Music/MumfordAndSuns) have multiple well known songs to the greater public.

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* This can also happen to alternative rock. Acts like Music/{{Gotye}} ("Somebody That I Used To Know"), Music/FosterThePeople ("Pumped Up Kicks"), Alex Clare ("Too Close"), Music/WalkTheMoon ("Shut Up and Dance"), Elle King ("Ex's and Oh's"), Music/{{Hozier}} ("Take Me to Church"), The Lumineers ("Ho Hey"), American Authors ("Best Day of My Life"), Capital Cities ("Safe and Sound"), and Bastille ("Pompeii"); and to a lesser extent, Of Monsters & Men ("Little Talks"), Awolnation ("Sail"), Kongos ("Come With Me Now"), Kaleo ("Way Down We Go"), Big Data ("Dangerous"), Bleachers ("I Wanna Get Better"), Music/{{Banks}} ("Beggin for Thread"), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats ("S.O.B."), Cold War Kids ("First"), and Music/ArcticMonkeys ("Do I Wanna Know") are popular with indie audiences. Outside of that, they aren't known for much else. Only a handful of acts (namely Music/NeonTrees, Music/{{Fun}}, Music/ImagineDragons, Music/TwentyOnePilots, Music/TheBlackKeys, Music/{{Lorde}}, Music/LanaDelRey, and Music/MumfordAndSuns) have multiple well known songs to the greater public.



* Although she was fairly popular in the UK, Natalia Kills is known internationally only for her career-ending scandal on the New Zealand version of the ''Series/TheXFactor''.

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* Although she was fairly popular in the UK, Natalia Kills is known internationally only for her career-ending scandal on the New Zealand version of the ''Series/TheXFactor''. The same can be said about her husband Willy Moon.



* For that matter, wrestling itself could be a victim of this. Wrestlers like Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/JeffHardy, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/BryanDanielson, and Wrestling/CMPunk are household names among wrestling fans, but have little or no mainstream recognition. Only a handful of wrestlers are known to non-wrestling fans (i.e., Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/RandySavage, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]], Wrestling/JohnCena, etc.)

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* For that matter, wrestling itself could be a victim of this. Wrestlers like Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/JeffHardy, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/BryanDanielson, and Wrestling/CMPunk are household names among wrestling fans, but have little or no mainstream recognition. Only a handful of wrestlers are known to non-wrestling fans (i.e., Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/RandySavage, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]], Wrestling/JohnCena, etc.)



* Well known gymnasts? Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and that's it (and [=McKayla=] Maroney, whose fame comes from a meme and not her actual career). Maybe if you're lucky you'll get Carly Patterson, Shawn Johnson, and Nastia Liukin. People will also remember 1996 had a great team, but will be hard pressed to name its actual members.



** With the exceptions of Ivy League schools and certain other prestigious colleges like MIT and Stanford, most national universities are known almost exclusively for their football and/or men's basketball teams. Some for both (i.e. Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State), some mainly for football (Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State), some mainly for basketball (Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina) and some mainly for ''women's'' basketball (namely, Connecticut and Tennessee).

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** With the exceptions of Ivy League schools and certain other prestigious colleges like MIT and Stanford, most national universities are known almost exclusively for their football and/or men's basketball teams. Some for both (i.e. Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State), some mainly for football (Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State), some mainly for basketball (Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina) Gonzaga) and some mainly for ''women's'' basketball (namely, Connecticut and Tennessee).Tennessee). The most publicity an Ivy League-esque institution's sports has gotten lately has been, for all the wrong reasons, Stanford's swimming program.



* As of 2017, few senators have become household names outside their home states. The party leaders and "big state" senators do tend to gain more political power, but arguably the most visible U.S. Senator at the moment comes from the second-smallest state in the country: that would be Vermont's Bernie Sanders. On the right the biggest name comes from the second-''largest'' state: Texas's Ted Cruz.



* Hungarian-American businessman George Soros is notorious amongst right-wing Americans, who consider him the ultimate BigBad of the left. Amongst leftists, he's known as "that guy in all those right-wing conspiracy theories" and is virtually unheard of otherwise.

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* Hungarian-American businessman George Soros is notorious amongst right-wing Americans, who consider him the ultimate BigBad of the left. Amongst leftists, he's known as "that guy in all those right-wing conspiracy theories" and is virtually unheard of otherwise. The right-wing equivalent to Soros would be Charles and David Koch.
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