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7th Jun '18 9:58:30 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Ride/UniversalStudios' Islands of Adventure still prominently features multiple characters, rides and attractions drawn from Creator/MarvelComics--even though Marvel has been owned by Universal's [[TheRival sworn rivals]], [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney]], since 2009. Thanks to a peculiar legal loophole, they still retain the theme park rights to several Marvel characters, while Disney owns the characters themselves, meaning that [[{{Irony}} they're forced to pay their biggest competitor in order to keep the characters in the park]]. While this might seem pretty self-defeating, they can't exactly remove Marvel Superheroes Island overnight, since that would leave a gaping hole in the park. To their credit, though, they at least attempt to spotlight characters like the ComicBook/XMen and the ComicBook/FantasticFour, who don't appear in Disney parks because Disney (currently) doesn't own their movie rights.
4th Jun '18 1:30:20 PM ading
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** The narrator, who originally had NoNameGiven, has been canonically named "Cecil" since "The Phone Call" midway through the first season, but the credits still only call him "The Voice of Night Vale".

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** The narrator, who originally had NoNameGiven, has been canonically named "Cecil" since "The Phone Call" midway through the first season, but the credits still only call him "The Voice of Night Vale". His Desert Bluffs counterpart is also called "The Voice of Desert Bluffs" in the credits, despite having been canonically named "Kevin" since his first appearance.
2nd Jun '18 12:57:55 AM Jake
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** Ford Prefect's name. The joke is not only lost entirely on American audiences, but modern British audiences as well, as the Ford Prefect car that was once so popular in Britain has quietly disappeared. (The joke was that Ford, when coming to Earth, had mistaken cars for Earth's dominant life form due to insufficient research.) The German version fixes this by calling the character "Ford Escort", while all other versions keep his name the same. The US film got around the problem by showing Ford and Arthur's first meeting (Ford steps into the street to greet an oncoming car -- which is indeed a Ford Prefect--and Arthur tackling him just in time) and having Ford tell Arthur what he was doing and why, specifically pointing out his unusual name.

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** Ford Prefect's name. The joke is not only lost entirely on American audiences, but modern British audiences as well, as the Ford Prefect car that was once so popular in Britain has quietly disappeared.had been out of production for some time even before the radio show debuted and is now long-forgotten by anyone except classic car affectionados. (The joke was that Ford, when coming to Earth, had mistaken cars for Earth's dominant life form due to insufficient research.) The German version fixes this by calling the character "Ford Escort", while all other versions keep his name the same. The US film got around the problem by showing Ford and Arthur's first meeting (Ford steps into the street to greet an oncoming car -- which is indeed a Ford Prefect--and Arthur tackling him just in time) and having Ford tell Arthur what he was doing and why, specifically pointing out his unusual name.
29th May '18 9:36:17 AM ritzoreo
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*** Dagwood's strange hairdo reflects the early [[TheThirties 30s]] male trend when it was fashionable to have the hair as flattened as possible against the head with pomade. The unruly streaks of hair were meant to show how when Dagwood was stressed, some locks of hair around his temples would become loose but still kept stiff. When his son Alex was born, he just "inherited" his father's hair.

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*** Dagwood's strange hairdo reflects the early [[TheThirties 30s]] male trend when it was fashionable to have the hair as flattened as possible against the head with brilliantine or pomade. The unruly streaks of hair were meant to show how when Dagwood was stressed, some locks of hair around his temples would become loose but still kept stiff. When his son Alex was born, he just "inherited" his father's hair.
29th May '18 9:35:48 AM ritzoreo
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*** Dagwood's strange hairdo reflects the early [[TheThirties 30s]] male trend when it was fashionable to have the hair as flattened as possible against the head with pomade. The unruly streaks of hair were meant to show how when Dagwood was stressed, some locks of hair around his temples would become loose but still kept stiff. When his son Alex was born, he just "inherited" his father's hair.
*** Blondie herself is still using her old flapper hair style, although it's not as confusing for people who didn't read the strip from the very beginning.
** Dagwood's single button appears to actually have been a shirt stud, worn in the early 20th century by upper class men at dinner occasions. This reflected Dagwood's former social status.
28th May '18 11:03:25 PM Kadorhal
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* For quite some time after Algerian independence, the French President was allowed to declare the state of emergency on the Algerian territory, even though UsefulNotes/{{Algeria}} has been independent since 1962.

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* For Even though UsefulNotes/{{Algeria}} has been independent since 1962, for quite some time after Algerian independence, afterwards, the French President was still allowed to declare the state of emergency on the Algerian territory, even though UsefulNotes/{{Algeria}} has been independent since 1962.territory.



** Some outdated dispositions about [[WorkingOnTheChainGang hard labor]] (abolished in 1960) have also been repealed.

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** Some outdated dispositions about [[WorkingOnTheChainGang hard labor]] (abolished labor]], abolished in 1960) have 1960, had also been repealed.remained on the books until about fifty years afterwards.
20th May '18 8:14:07 AM ZanderSchubert
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* The first few ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' videos had time limits (some as short as two minutes), but after their first year, the videos ran for as long as deemed necessary to nitpick every problem with the film. Nonetheless, every video is still introduced with "Everything Wrong With (Film Name) in X Minutes or Less".
20th May '18 12:20:23 AM TheMountainKing
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* Initially, totheark's [[OnceAnEpisode response videos]] from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' [[{{Foreshadowing}} mostly existed to creepily suggest that]] [[spoiler:Jay might be in for more than just documenting an ApocalypticLog]], but since this was revealed in mid-to-late Season 1, the focus has completely shifted from [[spoiler:the ApocalypticLog from the student film to Jay's own ParanormalInvestigation of all of the forces that are controlling his life and what is happening to everyone involved with The Operator]], totheark's original purpose has been nullified. While totheark is still a very important character and his identity is still a driving plot point, his OnceAnEpisode responses have little to no point other than to taunt Jay, [[spoiler:besides the occasional WhamEpisode which he usually hijacks the main Marble Hornets Youtube channel to deliver]].

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* Initially, totheark's [[OnceAnEpisode response videos]] from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' [[{{Foreshadowing}} mostly existed to creepily suggest that]] [[spoiler:Jay might be in for more than just documenting an ApocalypticLog]], but since this was revealed in mid-to-late Season 1, the focus has completely shifted from [[spoiler:the ApocalypticLog from the student film to Jay's own ParanormalInvestigation of all of the forces that are controlling his life and what is happening to everyone involved with The Operator]], totheark's original purpose has been nullified. While totheark is still a very important character and his identity is still a driving plot point, his OnceAnEpisode responses have little to no point other than to taunt Jay, [[spoiler:besides the occasional WhamEpisode which he usually hijacks the main Marble Hornets Youtube channel to deliver]].
17th May '18 8:31:32 PM igordebraga
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* Also on Native Americans, the Philadelphia Warriors were named for indigenous combatants, and featured them in their logo even after the move to San Francisco. However, they have since 1969 dropped Native American imagery in lieu of Californian themes, eventually changing the franchise name to Golden State Warriors. The only time a warrior has been featured ever since was their superhero mascot "Thunder" (retired once [[OneSteveLimit a team of the same name emerged in 2008]]).
16th May '18 2:11:36 AM StFan
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* Emoji were originally designed for Japanese pager users in 1999, with sponsorship from the Japanese ticketing firm Pia. This explains the inclusion of "Soon With Rightwards Arrow Above", "On With Exclamation Mark With Left Right Arrow Above", "Top With Upwards Arrow Above" and "Back With Leftwards Arrow Above" - these glyphs had been developed as part of an automated notification system for Pia customers, with the idea being that they could receive text messages reminding them that a ticketed event was popular, about to begin, already started, or informing them that they had missed it. The emoji can't be removed, because doing so would wreck the Unicode system that makes them work.
* Several other unusual symbol choices trace their history back to the design intention to use them as automated notification systems. The sun, cloud, umbrella, lightning bolt, cyclone, snowman and moon phases were intended for use by for weather forecast services; the ships and planes for travel reminders; the astrological symbols and blood type icons for fortune-telling services.
* The "Pager" emoji makes perfect sense as a basic telecommunication symbol for a system designed for pagers in 1999, but there is no way it would have been included had the format been designed at [[TechnologyMarchesOn any time after about 2002 at the absolute latest]]. As [[NoExportForYou the system only became popular in the West after its inclusion on the [=iPhone=] in 2011]], many users aren't even sure what the little device is supposed to be...
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* Emoji:
** Emoji were originally designed for Japanese pager users in 1999, with sponsorship from the Japanese ticketing firm Pia. This explains the inclusion of "Soon with Rightwards Arrow Above", "On with Exclamation Mark with Left Right Arrow Above", "Top with Upwards Arrow Above" and "Back with Leftwards Arrow Above" -- these glyphs had been developed as part of an automated notification system for Pia customers, with the idea being that they could receive text messages reminding them that a ticketed event was popular, about to begin, already started, or informing them that they had missed it. The emoji can't be removed, because doing so would wreck the Unicode system that makes them work.
** Several other unusual symbol choices trace their history back to the design intention to use them as automated notification systems. The sun, cloud, umbrella, lightning bolt, cyclone, snowman and moon phases were intended for use by for weather forecast services; the ships and planes for travel reminders; the astrological symbols and blood type icons for fortune-telling services.
** The "Pager" emoji makes perfect sense as a basic telecommunication symbol for a system designed for pagers in 1999, but there is no way it would have been included had the format been designed at [[TechnologyMarchesOn any time after about 2002 at the absolute latest]]. As [[NoExportForYou the system only became popular in the West after its inclusion on the [=iPhone=] in 2011]], many users aren't even sure what the little device is supposed to be...
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* Popping off masks came back as a gimmick for ''Toys/{{Bionicle 2015}}'''s first year. Lego later redesigned back of the toys' heads as they no longer wanted to advertise this function, but the masks' connection points were unchanged due to budgetary reasons, inadvertently carrying over the gimmick (or a less functional version thereof) to another year's worth of toys.

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* Popping off masks came back as a gimmick for ''Toys/{{Bionicle 2015}}'''s ''Toys/Bionicle2015'''s first year. Lego later redesigned back of the toys' heads as they no longer wanted to advertise this function, but the masks' connection points were unchanged due to budgetary reasons, inadvertently carrying over the gimmick (or a less functional version thereof) to another year's worth of toys.



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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Pom Pom was meant to be Homestar's sidekick when the cartoon was still primarily sports-based, easily the number two character in early cartoons, behind Homestar himself. As the cartoon shifted away from sports and more toward Strong Bad and pop culture, Pom Pom became more and more superfluous, now being one of the ''rarest'' of the twelve central characters. Probably doesn't help that he's the straight man with few quirks or flaws in a cartoon where much quirkier characters Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Marzipan, Bubs, and occasionally even Homestar himself can all play the straight man role as necessary, nor that he can't talk in anything besides bubble sounds. Most of his recent appearances make his lack of comedic traits or flaws [[ParodySue the joke.]]
** Coach Z has also gone through this a little bit; as his name implies, he was intended to be a coach for Homestar and the rest. Unlike Pom Pom, Coach Z quickly diversified his output, with him moving from a coach to a creepy, depressing, [[TotallyRadical poorly-rapping,]] and dubiously sane loser who coincidentally lives in the gym locker rooms. That said, he's still called Coach Z, and is implied to [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything still do coaching]]; we just almost never see him doing it.
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* P. Monkey, the purple monkey puppet CompanionCube from ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'', appeared frequently in early episodes, but appeared less and less as the series became darker and more plot driven. By the last series, she appeared occasionally, probably because fans like her, but had no effect on the overall plot.
* Pom Pom in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' was meant to be Homestar's sidekick when the cartoon was still primarily sports-based, easily the number two character in early cartoons, behind Homestar himself. As the cartoon shifted away from sports and more toward Strong Bad and pop culture, Pom Pom became more and more superfluous, now being one of the ''rarest'' of the twelve central characters. Probably doesn't help that he's the straight man with few quirks or flaws in a cartoon where much quirkier characters Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Marzipan, Bubs, and occasionally even Homestar himself can all play the straight man role as necessary, nor that he can't talk in anything besides bubble sounds. Most of his recent appearances make his lack of comedic traits or flaws [[ParodySue the joke.]]
** Coach Z has also gone through this a little bit; as his name implies, he was intended to be a coach for Homestar and the rest. Unlike Pom Pom, Coach Z quickly diversified his output, with him moving from a coach to a creepy, depressing, [[TotallyRadical poorly-rapping,]] and dubiously sane loser who coincidentally lives in the gym locker rooms. That said, he's still called Coach Z, and is implied to [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything still do coaching]]; we just almost never see him doing it.

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* P. Monkey, the purple monkey puppet CompanionCube from ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'', ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', appeared frequently in early episodes, but appeared less and less as the series became darker and more plot driven. By the last series, she appeared occasionally, probably because fans like her, but had no effect on the overall plot.
* Pom Pom in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' was meant to be Homestar's sidekick when the cartoon was still primarily sports-based, easily the number two character in early cartoons, behind Homestar himself. As the cartoon shifted away from sports and more toward Strong Bad and pop culture, Pom Pom became more and more superfluous, now being one of the ''rarest'' of the twelve central characters. Probably doesn't help that he's the straight man with few quirks or flaws in a cartoon where much quirkier characters Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Marzipan, Bubs, and occasionally even Homestar himself can all play the straight man role as necessary, nor that he can't talk in anything besides bubble sounds. Most of his recent appearances make his lack of comedic traits or flaws [[ParodySue the joke.]]
** Coach Z has also gone through this a little bit; as his name implies, he was intended to be a coach for Homestar and the rest. Unlike Pom Pom, Coach Z quickly diversified his output, with him moving from a coach to a creepy, depressing, [[TotallyRadical poorly-rapping,]] and dubiously sane loser who coincidentally lives in the gym locker rooms. That said, he's still called Coach Z, and is implied to [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything still do coaching]]; we just almost never see him doing it.
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