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28th Nov '16 9:30:14 AM DEGLIS
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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 recent death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015).

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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 recent death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015).
19th Nov '16 11:10:17 PM Kadorhal
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* Only ''Franchise/StarWars'' planets: Tatooine, Alderaan (which was only briefly seen and then got blown up, so it barely counts), Yavin 4, Hoth, Dagobah, Bespin, Endor (only hardcore fans will ever properly call it "Sanctuary Moon"), Naboo, Coruscant, Kamino, Geonosis, Utapau, Mustafar. What about Kessel, Ord Mantell, Taanab, etc.? Won't get mentioned, even though [[AllThereInTheScript they're outright spoken in the movies' dialogue]] (go back and check). True ''Star Wars'' buffs can name several dozen planets, or even more. Curiously, only rarely will anyone remember Kashyyyk or Nal Hutta, even though Wookiees and Hutts are the two most well-known ''Star Wars'' aliens.

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* Only ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Star Wars'' planets: Tatooine, Alderaan (which was only briefly seen and then got blown up, so it barely counts), Yavin 4, Hoth, Dagobah, Bespin, Endor (only hardcore fans will ever properly call it "Sanctuary Moon"), Naboo, Coruscant, Kamino, Geonosis, Utapau, Mustafar. What about Kessel, Ord Mantell, Taanab, etc.? Won't get mentioned, even though [[AllThereInTheScript they're outright spoken in the movies' dialogue]] (go back and check). True ''Star Wars'' buffs can name several dozen planets, or even more. Curiously, only rarely will anyone remember Kashyyyk or Nal Hutta, even though Wookiees and Hutts are the two most well-known ''Star Wars'' aliens.



* The only ''StarTrek'' aliens are Vulcans, Klingons, and Tribbles - plus maybe "those helmet-headed guys with big noses."[[note]] Ferengi [[/note]]

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* The only ''StarTrek'' ''Star Trek'' aliens are Vulcans, Klingons, and Tribbles - plus maybe "those helmet-headed guys with big noses."[[note]] Ferengi [[/note]]



* The only nuclear meltdown ever was Chernobyl. Despite this, it is still used to argue against nuclear power, because its infamy means everyone assumes a ton of people died all at once.
** In the new tens, Fukushima equalled nuclear power plant failure.

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* The only nuclear meltdown ever was Chernobyl. Despite this, it is still used to argue against nuclear power, because its infamy means everyone assumes a ton of people died all at once.once, or that such failures are endemic to nuclear power rather than just to how the Soviets tended to handle such things.
** In the new tens, Fukushima equalled equaled nuclear power plant failure.failure, which is even more unfair because it wasn't human error that caused that.



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



* All pistols are either Glocks or "Colt .45s", all shotguns are just "shotguns", all submachine guns are Uzis, all rifles are AK-47s, all mounted machine guns are either miniguns or ".50 cals", and all explosives are "Bazookas". This even happens with people who ''do'' know a thing or two about guns - any M4 seen without the distinctive carry handle will be mistaken as an [=HK416=], for instance.

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* All pistols are either Glocks or "Colt .45s", all shotguns are just "shotguns", all submachine guns are Uzis, all rifles are AK-47s, all mounted machine guns are either miniguns or ".50 cals", and all explosives are "Bazookas". This even happens with people who ''do'' know a thing or two about guns - any M4 seen without the distinctive carry handle and/or an aftermarket front sight will be mistaken as immediately assumed to be an [=HK416=], for instance.
28th Oct '16 1:32:31 PM Morgenthaler
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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 GameOfThrones started, when 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 GameOfThrones Series/GameOfThrones started, when ASongOfIceAndFire Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire was just another middling-successful fantasy novel series. Also, Book!Tywin shaves his head.
18th Oct '16 3:28:29 AM eroock
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-->--'''Noreen''', ''Comicbook/{{Saga}}''

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-->--'''Noreen''', -->-- '''Noreen''', ''Comicbook/{{Saga}}''
27th Sep '16 5:32:29 PM VPhantom
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->''"Steve learned the hard way that all his jokes for TV had to be about events that had been made much of by TV itself, and very ''recently''. If a joke was about something that hadn't been on TV for a month or more, the watchers wouldn't have a clue, even though the laugh track was laughing, as to what they themselves were supposed to laugh about."''
-->-- '''Creator/KurtVonnegut''', ''Timequake''

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->''"Steve learned ->''"Anyone who thinks one book has all the hard way that all his jokes for TV had to be about events that had been made much of by TV itself, and very ''recently''. If a joke was about something that hadn't been on TV for a month or more, the watchers wouldn't have a clue, even though the laugh track was laughing, as to what they themselves were supposed to laugh about.answers, hasn't read enough books."''
-->-- '''Creator/KurtVonnegut''', ''Timequake''
-->--'''Noreen''', ''Comicbook/{{Saga}}''
18th Sep '16 10:07:14 AM Gerusz
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** Furthermore, the only Linux distribution is Ubuntu. Anything else is considered too geeky even in a geeky show.
11th Jun '16 12:24:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* When it comes to science-fiction writers, you can count on just about everyone having heard of one man: Creator/RayBradbury, author of ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' and ''TheMartianChronicles'', a collection of short stories that has been adapted into several other media. Arthur C. Clarke tends to be less well known, even though he helped to write the screenplay for ''2001ASpaceOdyssey'' a film that most people know through at least PopCulturalOsmosis. Hardcore ''StarWars'' fans usually are familiar with Timothy Zahn, Kevin J. Anderson, Steve Perry, and perhaps Alan Dean Foster.

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* When it comes to science-fiction writers, you can count on just about everyone having heard of one man: Creator/RayBradbury, author of ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' and ''TheMartianChronicles'', ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'', a collection of short stories that has been adapted into several other media. Arthur C. Clarke tends to be less well known, even though he helped to write the screenplay for ''2001ASpaceOdyssey'' a film that most people know through at least PopCulturalOsmosis. Hardcore ''StarWars'' fans usually are familiar with Timothy Zahn, Kevin J. Anderson, Steve Perry, and perhaps Alan Dean Foster.
5th Jun '16 10:22:35 PM 10-13-2
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* The only ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens people remember are Jawas, Sand People[[note]] more properly known as Kumumgah, or Tusken Raiders [[/note]], Wookiees, Hutts, and Ewoks. Most people will know ''of'' a species, but can't name it: "whatever Greedo was"[[note]] Rodian [[/note]] or "whatever Admiral Ackbar was"[[note]] Mon Calamari[[/note]]. There are also "those pig-man guards"[[note]] Gamorreans[[/note]] and "that white-faced dude with the tentacle-head" [[note]] Bib Fortuna, a Twilek[[/note]]. Yoda doesn't seem to be thought of as an alien, possibly because his species doesn't have a name or because people think of him as just "a little old green guy." The more knowledgeable ''Star Wars'' buffs will also be able to mention Bith, Aqualish, Trandoshans, Ugnaughts, Kowakians, Ortolans, Pa'lowick, and Sullustans - all of whom had prominent roles in the 1977-1983 movies. If you're thinking of the prequels, then you'll probably know about Gungans and [[BuffySpeak "that Jewish hummingbird-warthog thing"]] [[note]] Watto, a Toydarian [[/note]].

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* The only ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens people remember are Jawas, Sand People[[note]] more properly known as Kumumgah, or Tusken Raiders [[/note]], Wookiees, Hutts, and Ewoks. Most people will know ''of'' a species, but can't name it: "whatever Greedo was"[[note]] Rodian [[/note]] or "whatever Admiral Ackbar was"[[note]] Mon Calamari[[/note]]. There are also "those pig-man guards"[[note]] Gamorreans[[/note]] and "that white-faced dude with the tentacle-head" [[note]] Bib Fortuna, a Twilek[[/note]]. Yoda doesn't seem to be thought of as an alien, possibly because his species doesn't have a name or because people think of him as just "a little old green guy." The more knowledgeable ''Star Wars'' buffs will also be able to mention Bith, Aqualish, Trandoshans, Ugnaughts, Kowakians, Ortolans, Pa'lowick, and Sullustans - all of whom had prominent roles in the 1977-1983 movies. If you're thinking of the prequels, then you'll probably know about Gungans and [[BuffySpeak "that Jewish hummingbird-warthog thing"]] thing"]]. [[note]] Watto, a Toydarian [[/note]]. [[/note]]


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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.
* The only ''StarTrek'' aliens are Vulcans, Klingons, and Tribbles - plus maybe "those helmet-headed guys with big noses."[[note]] Ferengi [[/note]]
5th Jun '16 10:16:38 PM 10-13-2
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* The only ''Franchise/StarWars'' aliens people remember are Jawas, Sand People[[note]] more properly known as Kumumgah, or Tusken Raiders [[/note]], Wookiees, Hutts, and Ewoks. Most people will know ''of'' a species, but can't name it: "whatever Greedo was"[[note]] Rodian [[/note]] or "whatever Admiral Ackbar was"[[note]] Mon Calamari[[/note]]. There are also "those pig-man guards"[[note]] Gamorreans[[/note]] and "that white-faced dude with the tentacle-head" [[note]] Bib Fortuna, a Twilek[[/note]]. Yoda doesn't seem to be thought of as an alien, possibly because his species doesn't have a name or because people think of him as just "a little old green guy." The more knowledgeable ''Star Wars'' buffs will also be able to mention Bith, Aqualish, Trandoshans, Ugnaughts, Kowakians, Ortolans, Pa'lowick, and Sullustans - all of whom had prominent roles in the 1977-1983 movies. If you're thinking of the prequels, then you'll probably know about Gungans and [[BuffySpeak "that Jewish hummingbird-warthog thing"]] [[note]] Watto, a Toydarian [[/note]].
2nd Apr '16 9:33:19 PM SpiritofPublicAccess
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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, they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015).

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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, Toronto (or at least ''was'' until his recent death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau, since 2015).
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