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15th Feb '18 10:41:44 PM KeithM
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** It was announced in 2018 that the image would be removed from the uniforms beginning in 2019.
2nd Feb '18 2:12:53 AM jormis29
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** A lot of player races that were converted from old editions suffer from this. Thri-Kreen make a good example. Originally from the much-loved ''TableTopGames/DarkSun'' campaign setting of second edition, third edition's ''Psionics Handbook'' tried to convert them to the then-current ruleset. The end result had a level adjustment of +2 (meaning Thri-Kreen characters are 2 levels lower than other characters, at all times) and 2 racial hit dice (their first 2 levels have no class features), Psionic power points (with a penalty to the stats Psionic casting uses, and a Thri-Kreen's 4 dead levels make them useless as a Psionic caster), and five natural attacks (which, due to the aforementioned 4 dead levels and the penalty required to attack with all of them, means it will just flail ineffectually with all four limbs and bite). The end result was a race that [[MasterOfNone pulled in too many different directions]] to be good at any one thing (in comparison to other races that occasionally stray in to CripplingOverspecialization territory), and was largely ignored.

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** A lot of player races that were converted from old editions suffer from this. Thri-Kreen make a good example. Originally from the much-loved ''TableTopGames/DarkSun'' ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' campaign setting of second edition, third edition's ''Psionics Handbook'' tried to convert them to the then-current ruleset. The end result had a level adjustment of +2 (meaning Thri-Kreen characters are 2 levels lower than other characters, at all times) and 2 racial hit dice (their first 2 levels have no class features), Psionic power points (with a penalty to the stats Psionic casting uses, and a Thri-Kreen's 4 dead levels make them useless as a Psionic caster), and five natural attacks (which, due to the aforementioned 4 dead levels and the penalty required to attack with all of them, means it will just flail ineffectually with all four limbs and bite). The end result was a race that [[MasterOfNone pulled in too many different directions]] to be good at any one thing (in comparison to other races that occasionally stray in to CripplingOverspecialization territory), and was largely ignored.



** TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}, an updated version of the 3.5 rules, attempts to subvert this with their "Misfit Monsters Redeemed" companion book. It tries to take the silliest monsters of past editions like Flumphs (friendly floating jellyfish folk), Flail Snails (giant snails with flails at the end of their antenna), or Adherers (sticky mummies) and [[ReimaginingTheArtifact revamp them to be taken more seriously]]. For example, the Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (a carnivorous tree stump with a ludicrous rabbit shaped lure) can now take any dead body and puppeteer it to draw victims closer. YMMV on whether or not this succeeds.

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** TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', an updated version of the 3.5 rules, attempts to subvert this with their "Misfit Monsters Redeemed" companion book. It tries to take the silliest monsters of past editions like Flumphs (friendly floating jellyfish folk), Flail Snails (giant snails with flails at the end of their antenna), or Adherers (sticky mummies) and [[ReimaginingTheArtifact revamp them to be taken more seriously]]. For example, the Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (a carnivorous tree stump with a ludicrous rabbit shaped lure) can now take any dead body and puppeteer it to draw victims closer. YMMV on whether or not this succeeds.
23rd Jan '18 5:51:39 PM Vrahno
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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 de 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 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 de due to budgetary reasons, inadvertently carrying over the gimmick (or a less functional version thereof) to another year's worth of toys.
23rd Jan '18 5:49:28 PM Vrahno
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** Gear-activated arm-swinging functions lost their original purpose of knocking off masks concurrently with the masks' redesign around 2003, but it took until 2006 for Lego to phase these features out. As the models began focusing more on form and articulation than function, many of the toys released between those years were stuck in an awkward middle-point of being well articulated in some points but having floppy arms with limited movement.
* 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 de to budgetary reasons, inadvertently carrying over the gimmick (or a less functional version thereof) to another year's worth of toys.
23rd Jan '18 4:29:09 PM costanton11
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* ''WebSeries/TheNostalgiaCritic'' originally used this title because he reviewed things that, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are nostalgic]]. Specifically he was originally reluctant to review anything past 2000, and often made excuses for it like being pressured into reviewing ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' for his 100th episode or having his future self [[Film/BackToTheFuture take him in a DeLorean]] to a time period where ''Film/TheRoom'' was old enough to be nostalgic. He's long since gone on to review newer content, and even regularly reviews brand new films, but has kept the name.

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* ''WebSeries/TheNostalgiaCritic'' ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' originally used this title because he reviewed things that, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are nostalgic]]. Specifically he was originally reluctant to review anything past 2000, and often made excuses for it like being pressured into reviewing ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' for his 100th episode or having his future self [[Film/BackToTheFuture take him in a DeLorean]] to a time period where ''Film/TheRoom'' was old enough to be nostalgic. He's long since gone on to review newer content, and even regularly reviews brand new films, but has kept the name.
23rd Jan '18 1:03:21 PM costanton11
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* ''WebOriginal/TheNostalgiaCritic'' originally used this title because he reviewed things that, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are nostalgic]]. Specifically he was originally reluctant to review anything past 2000, and often made excuses for it like being pressured into reviewing ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' for his 100th episode or having his future self [[Film/BackToTheFuture take him in a DeLorean]] to a time period where ''Film/TheRoom'' was old enough to be nostalgic. He's long since gone on to review newer content, and even regularly reviews brand new films, but has kept the name.

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* ''WebOriginal/TheNostalgiaCritic'' ''WebSeries/TheNostalgiaCritic'' originally used this title because he reviewed things that, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are nostalgic]]. Specifically he was originally reluctant to review anything past 2000, and often made excuses for it like being pressured into reviewing ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' for his 100th episode or having his future self [[Film/BackToTheFuture take him in a DeLorean]] to a time period where ''Film/TheRoom'' was old enough to be nostalgic. He's long since gone on to review newer content, and even regularly reviews brand new films, but has kept the name.
20th Jan '18 9:42:13 AM HighCrate
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* Theme Parks in general being associated with Monorails is explained by the era the first Disney parks opened. Back then Monorails were seen as futuristic and some kind of urban transport panacea. That idea is now DeaderThanDisco, but as Disney had built monorails Theme Parks around the world decided to FollowTheLeader. Even fictional theme parks such as [[VideoGame/Fallout4 Nuka-World]] will feature them. However, the two biggest disadvantages of monorails are not a major problem for theme parks: They are usually proprietary systems making them difficult to link across city lines (not a problem as no theme park will ever link with a theme park of a different company) and switching is a major headache if it is possible at all (not a problem as most lines are or can be designed as a simple loop).

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* Theme Parks in general being associated with Monorails is explained by the era the first Disney parks opened. Back then Monorails were seen as futuristic and some kind of urban transport panacea. That idea is [[SocietyMarchesOn now DeaderThanDisco, seems quaint]], but as Disney had built monorails Theme Parks around the world decided to FollowTheLeader. Even fictional theme parks such as [[VideoGame/Fallout4 Nuka-World]] will feature them. However, the two biggest disadvantages of monorails are not a major problem for theme parks: They are usually proprietary systems making them difficult to link across city lines (not a problem as no theme park will ever link with a theme park of a different company) and switching is a major headache if it is possible at all (not a problem as most lines are or can be designed as a simple loop).
13th Jan '18 3:57:14 PM nombretomado
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** He's also vaguely Australian (or perhaps lower-class British) now, despite being voiced by KelseyGrammer (a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands) in the original.

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** He's also vaguely Australian (or perhaps lower-class British) now, despite being voiced by KelseyGrammer Creator/KelseyGrammer (a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands) in the original.
4th Jan '18 12:20:43 PM KYCubbie
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** There are still some statutes in Finnish law from as back as 1734 and that have been completely obsolete for hundreds of years, but have still not been removed. These laws mandate, among other things, what types of plants each household must cultivate every year, and set fines in Thalers (a monetary unit that hasn't been in use in Finland since about 1860.)

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** There are still some statutes in Finnish law from as back as 1734 and that have been completely obsolete for hundreds of years, but have still not been removed. These laws mandate, among other things, what types of plants each household must cultivate every year, and set fines in Thalers (a monetary unit that hasn't been in use in Finland since about 1860.)1860).



* Almost all laws passed in UsefulNotes/WestGermany before 1990 have a sentence (usually near the beginning or end) about its implementation in West Berlin being subject to approval of the West Berlin assembly. West Berlin was ''de jure'' not subject to federal German law although it was ''de facto'' treated very similarly to any other part of Germany, however the Allies would not allow laws to enter into force in West Berlin without being passed by West Berlin authorities. Similarly West Berlin did not have any federal [=MPs=] instead sending non-voting delegates chosen by the city parliament to Bonn. Of course upon reunification those statues became pointless and were left out of new laws, but they were usually not removed from laws already in force.

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* Almost all laws passed in UsefulNotes/WestGermany before 1990 have a sentence (usually near the beginning or end) about its implementation in West Berlin being subject to approval of the West Berlin assembly. West Berlin was ''de jure'' not subject to federal German law although it was ''de facto'' treated very similarly to any other part of Germany, however the Allies would not allow laws to enter into force in West Berlin without being passed by West Berlin authorities. Similarly West Berlin did not have any federal [=MPs=] instead sending non-voting delegates chosen by the city parliament to Bonn. Of course upon reunification [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic reunification]] those statues became pointless and were left out of new laws, but they were usually not removed from laws already in force.



* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' "Give It Away" was a hit, and so has been played live every gig since its introduction, regardless of whether it fits with the setlist or not (it's dirty funk and their later music has been more in an alternative rock/ballad vein)
** "Under The Bridge" and "Otherside" were written during different bad times in Anthony Kiedis' life, but were hit singles, so they have to play them live even if they aren't representative of those time periods. The album One Hot Minute was written during bad times in the band member's lives, but oddly, the one track they still occasionally play from it is the most negative song of the whole album, Flea's solo song Pea.
** "Right On Time" and "Throw Away Your Television" were present in almost every setlist from when they were introduced until being only occasionally played this tour. They were artifacts because they were album tracks from the albums that were being promoted at the time (Californication and By The Way).
*** The funk orientated bassist Flea and the hard rock drummer Chad Smith seem out of place in the band's alternative rock period which has mostly been written by Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante (since replaced by Josh Klinghoffer). The band have reintroduced a lot of older tracks in their setlist since, so that might be changing.

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* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' "Give It Away" was a hit, and so has been played live every gig since its introduction, regardless of whether it fits with the setlist or not (it's dirty funk and their later music has been more in an alternative rock/ballad vein)
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** "Under The the Bridge" and "Otherside" were written during different bad times in Anthony Kiedis' life, but were hit singles, so they have to play them live even if they aren't representative of those time periods. The album One ''One Hot Minute Minute'' was written during bad times in the band member's members' lives, but oddly, the one track they still occasionally play from it is the most negative song of the whole album, Flea's solo song Pea.
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** "Right On on Time" and "Throw Away Your Television" were present in almost every setlist from when they were introduced until being only occasionally played this tour. They were artifacts because they were album tracks from the albums that were being promoted at the time (Californication (''Californication'' and By The Way).
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*** The funk orientated funk-oriented bassist Flea and the hard rock drummer Chad Smith seem out of place in the band's alternative rock period which has mostly been written by Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante (since replaced by Josh Klinghoffer). The band have reintroduced a lot of older tracks in their setlist since, so that might be changing.



** A similar situation would be narrowly [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Music/ElectricLightOrchestra. A side project of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne of TheMove, originally, until The Move's split, the band was made with the intention of crossbreeding the sound of an ''electric'' rock group with the sound of a string section (''orchestra'') used as an integral part of the group[[note]]The band's press kit claimed they were to pick up where Music/TheBeatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am The Walrus" left off, musically[[/note]]; the band's name was a pun on the electric light bulb and BBC Light Orchestra. Even after the departure of Roy Wood from the band after their debut album, and the group's eventual GenreShift into pop (and at one point, [[DeaderThanDisco disco]]!), they continued to use string arrangements and Beatlesque elements prominently in the group sound; the official string-playing members of the band had less and less to do in the studio after 1974's ''Eldorado'' due to Lynne wanting more elaborate string parts. By the group's 1981 album, the [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]-inspired, synth-heavy ''Time'', the group had jettisoned strings almost entirely in favor of a synth-pop sound, using only a few string players or studio string parts through TheEighties; ''Time'', however, acknowledged this by shortening the group name to its FanNickname, ''ELO'', officially. 2001's ''Zoom'' had little or no strings on it, either, yet the (canceled) 2001 tour [[note]]it was canceled due to slow ticket sales and the wake of Music/GeorgeHarrison's death, and never got past rehearsals and a DVD concert film[[/note]] was to have used new string players alongside the rock players.

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** A similar situation would be narrowly [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Music/ElectricLightOrchestra. A side project of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne of TheMove, Music/TheMove, originally, until The Move's split, the band was made with the intention of crossbreeding the sound of an ''electric'' rock group with the sound of a string section (''orchestra'') used as an integral part of the group[[note]]The band's press kit claimed they were to pick up where Music/TheBeatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am The Walrus" left off, musically[[/note]]; the band's name was a pun on the electric light bulb and BBC Light Orchestra. Even after the departure of Roy Wood from the band after their debut album, and the group's eventual GenreShift into pop (and at one point, [[DeaderThanDisco disco]]!), they continued to use string arrangements and Beatlesque Beatleseque elements prominently in the group sound; the official string-playing members of the band had less and less to do in the studio after 1974's ''Eldorado'' due to Lynne wanting more elaborate string parts. By the group's 1981 album, the [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]-inspired, synth-heavy ''Time'', the group had jettisoned strings almost entirely in favor of a synth-pop sound, using only a few string players or studio string parts through TheEighties; ''Time'', however, acknowledged this by shortening the group name to its FanNickname, ''ELO'', officially. 2001's ''Zoom'' had little or no strings on it, either, yet the (canceled) 2001 tour [[note]]it was canceled due to slow ticket sales and the wake of Music/GeorgeHarrison's death, and never got past rehearsals and a DVD concert film[[/note]] was to have used new string players alongside the rock players.



* CaptainBeefheart's "Run Paint Run Run" (from Doc At The Radar Station) was an outtake from his previous album "Shiny Beast [Bat Chain Puller]", albeit with a new vocal track. This is evident because the track features trombone, a instrument only used on "Shiny Beast" whilst Bruce Fowler was in the band.

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* CaptainBeefheart's Music/CaptainBeefheart's "Run Paint Run Run" (from Doc At The Radar Station) was an outtake from his previous album "Shiny Beast [Bat Chain Puller]", albeit with a new vocal track. This is evident because the track features trombone, a instrument only used on "Shiny Beast" whilst Bruce Fowler was in the band.



*** The New Orleans franchise is now changing its name to the Pelicans (after the Louisiana state flag), starting with the 2013-14 season. Charlotte's following team, the Bobcats, then announced they will rename themselves Hornets the following season.

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*** The New Orleans franchise is now changing has since changed its name to the Pelicans (after the Louisiana state flag), starting with the 2013-14 season. Charlotte's following The new Charlotte team, the Bobcats, then announced they will would rename themselves Hornets the following season.season. A deal between the NBA, Pelicans, and Hornets also saw the Pelicans [[RetCon transfer their Charlotte history]] to the current Hornets.



* American football has a scoring play known as the ''drop kick'', in which a player can, during play, bounce the ball off the ground and then kick it between the goalposts for a field goal or an extra point. Drop kicks have been obsolete for decades due to changes in play style and the football being made more pointed in shape to accommodate the passing game, but were never actually removed from the rule book. Cue a Miami Dolphins/New England Patriots game and consternation when Patriots backup quarterback Doug Flutie scored the first drop kick in over 60 years (it was a thank-you to coach Bill Belichick). Most NFL fans were unaware that the drop kick even existed.

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* American football has a scoring play known as the ''drop kick'', in which a player can, during play, bounce the ball off the ground and then kick it between the goalposts for a field goal or an extra point. Drop kicks have been obsolete for decades due to changes in play style and the football being made more pointed in shape to accommodate the passing game, but were never actually removed from the rule book. Cue a Miami Dolphins/New England Patriots game and consternation when Patriots backup quarterback Doug Flutie scored the first drop kick in over 60 years (it was a thank-you to coach Bill Belichick).Belichick, and also Flutie's final NFL game, as he was retiring at the end of that season). Most NFL fans were unaware that the drop kick even existed.



** The NHL instituted one point for an overtime loss starting in the 1999-2000 season, with the intention being that teams would play for a win in overtime for the extra point, instead of previous seasons where teams played defensively to keep the point they'd get in the event of a tie. After the 2004-2005 lockout, regular season games ended in a shootout if overtime kept the game tied, abolishing tie games, making the overtime loss point useless and recreating the same problem that the overtime loss point tried to fix: now teams that are tied at the end of the third period will play defensively in order to force a shootout, which they perceive to be easier to win.

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** The NHL [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] instituted one point for an overtime loss starting in the 1999-2000 season, with the intention being that teams would play for a win in overtime for the extra point, instead of previous seasons where teams played defensively to keep the point they'd get in the event of a tie. After the 2004-2005 lockout, regular season games ended in a shootout if overtime kept the game tied, abolishing tie games, making the overtime loss point useless and recreating the same problem that the overtime loss point tried to fix: now teams that are tied at the end of the third period will play defensively in order to force a shootout, which they perceive to be easier to win.



* While most national soccer team kits use the colors of the national flag, the German kit is black and white, and the Italian kit is all or mostly blue. This is because black and white, on the one hand, and blue, on the other, were the heraldic colors of the royal houses of Hohenzollern and Savoy, which reigned in Germany and Italy, respectively, before these countries became republics in 1919 and 1946. Meanwhile, the Russian national team still uses the same dark red kit with a few golden details design used by the Soviet Union, despite the USSR's dissolution in 1991 (FIFA recognizes the Russian team as heir of the Soviet team and attributes the latter's historical statistics to the former). Changing the kit's design would be unthinkable in the case of Italy, whose national team is well known by its nickname ''La Azzurra'' ("The Blue One"). However, alternate designs for Russia and Germany exist with the away kit of Germany often ''green'' for some reason. Even the uniforms for some other sports follow this convention. American Football (for which both Germany and Italy have relatively successful national teams) is a mixed bag, with a blue wearing Italian team and a red black gold German team.

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* While most national soccer team kits use the colors of the national flag, the German kit is black and white, and the Italian kit is all or mostly blue. This is because black and white, on the one hand, and blue, on the other, were the heraldic colors of the royal houses of Hohenzollern and Savoy, which reigned in Germany and Italy, respectively, before these countries became republics in 1919 and 1946. Meanwhile, the Russian national team still uses the same dark red kit with a few golden details design used by the Soviet Union, despite the USSR's dissolution in 1991 (FIFA recognizes the Russian team as heir of the Soviet team and attributes the latter's historical statistics to the former). Changing the kit's design would be unthinkable in the case of Italy, whose national team is well known by its nickname ''La Azzurra'' ''Gli Azzurri'' ("The Blue One").Ones"). However, alternate designs for Russia and Germany exist with the away kit of Germany often ''green'' for some reason. Even the uniforms for some other sports follow this convention. American Football (for which both Germany and Italy have relatively successful national teams) is a mixed bag, with a blue wearing Italian team and a red black gold German team.



* The Cleveland Indians traditional mascot, Chief Wahoo, remains a somewhat controversial one. Due to objections raised over the cartoonish depiction of an American Indian warrior, the Chief is no longer used as silly animated character for rallying fans during games. His image is, however, still used as an emblem on uniforms and merchandise. While the team's owner denies that there are any plans to get rid of the logo, some fans speculate that the Chief is gradually being replaced with the alternate logo, the "Block C".

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* The West Indies team in rugby is only a side created for special events. On the other hand, the West Indies is one of the 12 Test UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} "nations" (teams that play at the highest international level). In fairness, most of the former and current British possessions that make up the West Indies cricket side had been briefly united politically as the West Indies Federation.
* The [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams
Cleveland Indians Indians]]' traditional mascot, Chief Wahoo, remains a somewhat controversial one. Due to objections raised over the cartoonish depiction of an American Indian warrior, the Chief is no longer used as silly animated character for rallying fans during games. His image is, however, still used as an emblem on uniforms and merchandise. While the team's owner denies that there are any plans to get rid of the logo, some fans speculate that the Chief is gradually being replaced with the alternate logo, the "Block C".
4th Jan '18 7:40:50 AM Existential_Tempest
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This {{trope}} has nothing to do with magical items or similar ancient objects of power; for that, see AncientArtifact or ArtifactOfDoom.

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This {{trope}} has nothing to do with magical items or similar ancient objects of power; for that, see AncientArtifact or ArtifactOfDoom.
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