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16th Feb '18 10:06:14 PM LaptopGuy
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* The only school shootings to ever happen were Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and M.S. Douglas. Teenage shootings also apparently began in the late 1990s; no one remembers, say, the [=McDonald's=] massacre in San Ysidro, California, in 1984.

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* The only school shootings to ever happen were Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and M.S. Stoneman Douglas. Teenage shootings also apparently began in the late 1990s; no one remembers, say, the [=McDonald's=] massacre in San Ysidro, California, in 1984.
15th Feb '18 12:20:09 PM LaptopGuy
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* Hurricanes? Well, we've got Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and, err... that's about it. And far as typhoons are concerned, only Haiyan exists in worldwide consciousness.

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* Hurricanes? Well, we've got Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and, err... that's about it. And far as typhoons are concerned, only Haiyan exists in worldwide consciousness.



* The only school shootings to ever happen were Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook. Teenage shootings also apparently began in the late 1990s; no one remembers, say, the [=McDonald's=] massacre in San Ysidro, California, in 1984.

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* The only school shootings to ever happen were Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook.Hook, and M.S. Douglas. Teenage shootings also apparently began in the late 1990s; no one remembers, say, the [=McDonald's=] massacre in San Ysidro, California, in 1984.
22nd Jan '18 4:14:41 PM maxwellsilver
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[[ValuesDissonance What is obscure varies depending on time and place.]] Shows from the '70s and '80s assume that people will know about figures like UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015). [[note]] although this may change with Trudeau given his (relative) youth and increased political tension making Canada more appealing.[[/note]]

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[[ValuesDissonance What is obscure varies depending on time and place.]] Shows from the '70s and '80s assume that people will know about figures like UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015). [[note]] although this may change with Trudeau given his (relative) youth and increased political tension making Canada more appealing.[[/note]]
2015).
18th Jan '18 8:15:03 PM merotoker
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* You can expect people to have heard of H.G. Wells, although most would be hard-pressed to name any of his works that aren't ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' or ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''. (Many aren't aware he wrote ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' or ''Literature/TheIslandOfDrMoreau'', even though [[AdaptationDisplacement those two have become much more popular as movies]].) There's also a chance they've heard of Creator/IsaacAsimov, but they probably won't know anything he wrote.

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* You can expect people to have heard of H.G. Wells, Creator/HGWells, although most would be hard-pressed to name any of his works that aren't ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' or ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''. (Many aren't aware he wrote ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' or ''Literature/TheIslandOfDrMoreau'', ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', even though [[AdaptationDisplacement those two have become much more popular as movies]].) There's also a chance they've heard of Creator/IsaacAsimov, but they probably won't know anything he wrote.



* The only ''Franchise/StarTrek'' characters are Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Khan, Picard, Worf, and Data. Geordie and Wesley might get mentioned if they're lucky.
** And Kahn is only remembered for [[MemeticMutation that time Kirk]] [[LargeHam shouted his name]].
* The only ''Star Trek'' aliens are Vulcans, Klingons, and Tribbles - plus maybe "those helmet-headed guys with big noses."[[note]] Ferengi [[/note]]. Orion Slave Girls never get mentioned, even though they're the TropeNamer for GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe.

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* The only ''Franchise/StarTrek'' characters are Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Khan, Picard, Worf, and Data. Geordie and Wesley might get mentioned if they're lucky.
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lucky. And Kahn is only remembered for [[MemeticMutation that time Kirk]] [[LargeHam shouted his name]].
* The only ''Star Trek'' aliens are Vulcans, Klingons, and Tribbles - plus maybe "those helmet-headed guys with big noses."[[note]] Ferengi [[/note]]. Orion Slave Girls never get mentioned, even though they're the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} for GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe.



* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': Referenced [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/trick-or-treat-have-a-comic-no-one-will-get here.]] Commander Badass is considering his Halloween costume options, but doesn't think enough people will recognise Tywin Lannister to make it worth shaving his head. This comic was made about a year before Series/GameOfThrones started, when Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire was just another middling-successful fantasy novel series. Also, Book!Tywin shaves his head.

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* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': Referenced [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/trick-or-treat-have-a-comic-no-one-will-get here.]] Commander Badass is considering his Halloween costume options, but doesn't think enough people will recognise Tywin Lannister to make it worth shaving his head. This comic was made about a year before Series/GameOfThrones ''Series/GameOfThrones'' started, when Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' was just another middling-successful fantasy novel series. Also, Book!Tywin shaves his head.



* The general public definitely knows about the Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais) from Léo Delibes' ''Lakmé'', most popularly heard in a British Airways Ad. The Flower Duet has also been used in films such as ''Film/{{The Hunger}}'', ''Film/{{Piranha 3D}}'', and ''Film/{{Meet the Parents}}''.
* "Ride of the Valkyries" from Richard Wagner's ''Die Walküre'' is most commonly associated with ''Film/{{Apocalypse Now}}''
* Likewise, "Nessun dorma" is popularly associated with the fifth ''Film/{{Mission Impossible}}'' film.

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* The general public definitely knows about the Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais) from Léo Delibes' ''Lakmé'', most popularly heard in a British Airways Ad. The Flower Duet has also been used in films such as ''Film/{{The Hunger}}'', ''Film/{{Piranha 3D}}'', and ''Film/{{Meet the Parents}}''.
''Film/MeetTheParents''.
* "Ride of the Valkyries" "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" from Richard Wagner's Music/RichardWagner's ''Die Walküre'' is most commonly associated with ''Film/{{Apocalypse Now}}''
''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* Likewise, "Nessun dorma" is popularly associated with the fifth ''Film/{{Mission Impossible}}'' film.''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation''.



* Neil Gaiman's ''Sandman'' references a great deal. For example, the second volume mentions Parliament's War, Fiddler's Green, etc.

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* Neil Gaiman's ''Sandman'' Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' references a great deal. For example, the second volume mentions Parliament's War, Fiddler's Green, etc.
18th Jan '18 1:24:17 AM jormis29
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* Creator/DavidMitchell argues against using small reference pools in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjG9JcyLYbw_from=TL&videos=xPYn-uLmsHM=sub this video]], pointing out that many people, especially teenagers, are more likely to just Google the reference than to feel excluded for not getting it.

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* Creator/DavidMitchell Creator/{{David Mitchell|Actor}} argues against using small reference pools in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjG9JcyLYbw_from=TL&videos=xPYn-uLmsHM=sub this video]], pointing out that many people, especially teenagers, are more likely to just Google the reference than to feel excluded for not getting it.
9th Dec '17 3:43:23 PM Mdumas43073
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[[ValuesDissonance What is obscure varies depending on time and place.]] Shows from the '70s and '80s will assume that people will know about figures like UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015). [[note]] although this may change with Trudeau given his (relative) youth and increased political tension making Canada more appealing.[[/note]]

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[[ValuesDissonance What is obscure varies depending on time and place.]] Shows from the '70s and '80s will assume that people will know about figures like UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015). [[note]] although this may change with Trudeau given his (relative) youth and increased political tension making Canada more appealing.[[/note]]
9th Dec '17 3:42:56 PM Mdumas43073
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[[ValuesDissonance What is obscure varies depending on time and place.]] Shows from the 70s and 80s will assume that people will know about figures like UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015). [[note]] although this may change with Trudeau given his (relative) youth and increased political tension making Canada more appealing.[[/note]]

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[[ValuesDissonance What is obscure varies depending on time and place.]] Shows from the 70s '70s and 80s '80s will assume that people will know about figures like UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet and UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' or ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015). [[note]] although this may change with Trudeau given his (relative) youth and increased political tension making Canada more appealing.[[/note]]
1st Nov '17 5:59:38 PM Willbyr
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31st Oct '17 9:23:12 PM __Vano
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On the subject of contemporary music, film, television, and (to a lesser extent) sports, television characters can comfortably mention all kinds of people, expecting that most, or at least ''enough'', of the audience will know whom they're talking about. On most other matters, however, their world becomes very small; TV producers fear any comment that might ever go over anyone's head, and thus only the most obvious and world-renowned people and things are allowed a mention.

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On the subject of contemporary music, film, television, and (to a lesser extent) sports, television characters can comfortably mention all kinds of people, expecting that most, or at least ''enough'', of the audience will know whom they're talking about. On most other matters, however, their world becomes very small; TV producers [[ViewersAreMorons fear any comment that might ever go over anyone's head, head]], and thus only the most obvious and world-renowned people and things are allowed a mention.
17th Sep '17 2:02:27 PM nombretomado
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A SisterTrope to WeirdAlEffect, PublicMediumIgnorance, CulturalCrossReference, PopculturalOsmosis, EiffelTowerEffect, EverybodyKnowsThat. Depending on how small the reference pool is, this can sometimes lead to certain works being a ShallowParody of the genre or medium they're referencing.

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A SisterTrope to WeirdAlEffect, PublicMediumIgnorance, CulturalCrossReference, PopculturalOsmosis, EiffelTowerEffect, EverybodyKnowsThat.JustForFun/EverybodyKnowsThat. Depending on how small the reference pool is, this can sometimes lead to certain works being a ShallowParody of the genre or medium they're referencing.
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