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22nd Aug '17 4:32:45 PM gophergiggles
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** ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', the original UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 version of the game had film grain as the default.

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** ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', the original UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 version of the game had film grain as the default. Notably, this was removed in the HD release and fans were ''pissed''.
16th Aug '17 9:52:57 PM LinTaylor
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* One ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' technical text says that [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suit]] computers will supply sound effects for their pilots' benefit while acknowledging that [[SpaceIsNoisy Space Is Not, In Fact, Noisy]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that every single ''Gundam'' universe has sound effects in space battles...
1st Aug '17 5:00:05 PM FactoidCow
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** Wild bananas grow pointing up, not down. They will point downward as they mature. They are also small with scant flesh and lots of seeds, unlike the domesticated stand-ins more often used. They are also not necessarily yellow. That was the result of the Gros Michel becoming the preferred banana to eat worldwide until it became extinct, with its successor, the Cavendish, chosen partially because it, too, is yellow.

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** Wild bananas grow pointing up, not down. They will point downward as they mature. They are also small with scant flesh and lots of seeds, unlike the domesticated stand-ins more often used. They are also not necessarily yellow. That was the result of a single variety, the Gros Michel Michel, becoming the preferred banana to eat worldwide until it became extinct, with worldwide. When the Gros Michel's weakness to fungal blight made continued large-scale cultivation impossible, its successor, the Cavendish, was chosen partially because it, too, is yellow.
29th Jul '17 3:32:05 AM RedScharlach
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** Wild Bananas grow pointing up, not down. They will point downward as they mature. They are also small with scant flesh and lots of seeds, unlike the domesticated stand-ins more often used. They are also not necessarily yellow. That was the result of the Gros Michel becoming the preferred banana to eat worldwide until it became extinct, with its successor, the Cavendish, chosen partially because it, too, is yellow.
* Similar to the fruits, we're so used to seeing the final product of walnuts that most people wouldn't recognize walnuts in the wild. Much like coconuts, many types of walnuts have a thick green outer skin that is very tough to remove (some people with walnuts trees hull them by simply putting them in the driveway and letting cars drive over them). After that the shells are very tough and coated with a dark goop that will stain your hands green if not careful. It's only after they've been dried that they're anywhere near brittle enough to crack with a traditional nutcracker.

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** Wild Bananas bananas grow pointing up, not down. They will point downward as they mature. They are also small with scant flesh and lots of seeds, unlike the domesticated stand-ins more often used. They are also not necessarily yellow. That was the result of the Gros Michel becoming the preferred banana to eat worldwide until it became extinct, with its successor, the Cavendish, chosen partially because it, too, is yellow.
* Similar to the fruits, we're so used to seeing the final product of walnuts that most people wouldn't recognize walnuts in the wild. Much like coconuts, many types of walnuts have a thick green outer skin that is very tough to remove (some people with walnuts trees hull them by simply putting them in the driveway and letting cars drive over them). After that the The shells inside are also very tough and coated with a dark goop that will stain your hands green if not careful. It's only after they've been dried that they're anywhere near brittle enough to crack with a traditional nutcracker.



* Ninjas do not dress up in all black from head to toe. Instead the best disguise for a ninja is to look like the everyman from farmers to monks. The trope started from kabuki by stagehands dressed in all black. These stage hands are supposed to be invisible so the audience are supposed to pretend they don't exist. When a character is killed by a ninja, a stagehand does it to show that the character has been killed out of nowhere for dramatic effect. In modern times, the only way you can recognize a ninja is from this costume.
* Computer monitors, even in the far future, will always shimmer and have visible scanlines. In Live-action film, this is a result of the monitor and the camera being out of sync (this is the reason why television and computer commercials simulate the image on the monitor, rather than use a live image). This is far less justified in animated works and video games.

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* Ninjas do not dress up in all black from head to toe. Instead the best disguise for a ninja is to look like the everyman from farmers to monks. The trope started from in kabuki by theater with stagehands dressed in all black. These stage hands stagehands are supposed to be invisible so the audience are supposed meant to pretend they don't exist. When a character is killed by a ninja, a stagehand does it to show that the character has been killed out of nowhere for dramatic effect. In modern times, the only way you can recognize a ninja is from this costume.
* Computer monitors, even in the far future, will always shimmer and have visible scanlines. In Live-action film, live-action films, this is a result of the monitor and the camera being out of sync (this is the reason why television and computer commercials simulate the image on the monitor, rather than use a live image). This is far less justified in animated works and video games.



* Holly mistaken for mistletoe. It's ''extremely'' common to use a holly plant in place of mistletoe in media due to it's bright red Christmasy berries. While there ''is'' red mistletoe, most media just uses holly with it's easily recognizeable spikey leaves because it's a lot more accessable, and many viewers think the two plants are one and the same.

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* Holly mistaken for mistletoe. It's ''extremely'' common to use a holly plant in place of mistletoe in media due to it's its bright red Christmasy Christmassy berries. While there ''is'' red mistletoe, most media just uses holly with it's its easily recognizeable spikey recognizable spiky leaves because it's a lot more accessable, accessible, and many viewers think the two plants are one and the same.



* Real wild beehives are not shaped like a cross between a antique bee skep and a hornet nest like in many cartoons or illustrations. They're actually walls of honeycomb hanging from trees or inside hollow tree trunks.

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* Real wild beehives are not shaped like a cross between a an antique bee skep and a hornet nest like in many cartoons or illustrations. They're actually walls of honeycomb hanging from trees or inside hollow tree trunks.



* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' is especially guilty of this as, despite aiming for scientific accuracy to the extent of having [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cox_(physicist) Brian Cox]] acting as an advisor, it's still riddled with inaccuracy. In the movies' defence, however, Danny Boyle noted that the movie didn't feel right without things like [[SpaceIsNoisy audible whooshing]] and [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy visible distant stars]].[[note]]As to the visible stars -- since the protagonists are flying so close to the Sun they need a solar shield, the significant amount of light pollution would mean even "close" stars would not be visible.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' is especially guilty of this as, despite aiming for scientific accuracy to the extent of having [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cox_(physicist) Brian Cox]] acting as an advisor, it's still riddled with inaccuracy. In the movies' movie's defence, however, Danny Boyle noted that the movie didn't feel right without things like [[SpaceIsNoisy audible whooshing]] and [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy visible distant stars]].[[note]]As to the visible stars -- since the protagonists are flying so close to the Sun they need a solar shield, the significant amount of light pollution would mean even "close" stars would not be visible.[[/note]]



* In the 1950's the Univac I computer executed operations so slowly that the engineers made a different "beep" occur for every type of instruction. This allowed programmers to tell, for instance, if the machine was executing a long loop, had stalled, etc. Only the Univac 1 did this, it was used almost exclusively in a back room at the U.S. Census bureau, and the beeping computer was quickly retired when faster computers were built in the late 50s. However, when the machine was new, the marvelous "artificial brain" was demonstrated for TV news and documentaries. The "beep-beep-boop" sound then got a life of its own because there wasn't really anything else in a TV computer to tell the audience that the computer was doing anything. Soon, all TV computers had to produce a series of beeps of various tones. The original Star Trek avoided this by having the computer's voice say "working..." in a monotone instead of beeping, but the show then did it anyway as the sound of an old punch-card tabulating machine was dubbed in after the computer voice. The beeping sound was mandatory in TV-show computers well into the 80s, until the trope happened in reverse. The common man began using home computers and the pointless, sourceless beeps came to be properly seen as idiotic.

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* In the 1950's 1950s, the Univac I computer executed operations so slowly that the engineers made a different "beep" occur for every type of instruction. This allowed programmers to tell, for instance, if the machine was executing a long loop, had stalled, etc. Only the Univac 1 I did this, it was used almost exclusively in a back room at the U.S. Census bureau, and the beeping computer was quickly retired when faster computers were built in the late 50s. However, when the machine was new, the marvelous "artificial brain" was demonstrated for TV news and documentaries. The "beep-beep-boop" sound then got a life of its own because there wasn't really anything else in a TV computer to tell the audience that the computer was doing anything. Soon, all TV computers had to produce a series of beeps of various tones. The original Star Trek avoided this by having the computer's voice say "working..." in a monotone instead of beeping, but the show then did it anyway as the sound of an old punch-card tabulating machine was dubbed in after the computer voice. The beeping sound was mandatory in TV-show computers well into the 80s, until the trope happened in reverse. The common man began using home computers and the pointless, sourceless beeps came to be properly seen as idiotic.



** You can also thank the opening (as well as numerous episodes, like the Treehouse of Horror short ''The Terror of Tiny Toon'') for making a lot of people think Plutonium is a glowing green rod. So much so that a lot of people are surprised that Plutonium is actually a silver-gray metal that glows red or orange. Radium is the material that glows green, and even then it doesn't glow green on it's own: as it decays it releases ionizing radiation which excites fluorescent chemicals to cause the glow.

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** You can also thank the opening (as well as numerous episodes, like the Treehouse of Horror short ''The Terror of Tiny Toon'') for making a lot of people think Plutonium is a glowing green rod. So much so that a lot of people are surprised that Plutonium is actually a silver-gray metal that glows red or orange. Radium is the material that glows green, and even then it doesn't glow green on it's its own: as it decays it releases ionizing radiation which excites fluorescent chemicals to cause the glow.



** Natural mint flavoring has no color, but consumers have come to expect mint-flavored foods to be colored green. Only gourmet mint foods will abstain from doing this, allowing consumers to feel proud that they don't need the coloring. The exception is peppermint sweets, which are usually white. In ice cream at least, part of the reason that they have mint green is because green is quite visible - if you notice, other than Pistachio, lime sherbert, or homebrew flavours (such as lime ice cream), it's the only green ice cream flavour there. There have been a few [[http://notalwaysright.com/blurgh-is-right/54 customers]] surprised by this, and if you ask around at an ice cream place that ''doesn't'' use food colouring, you'll probably hear a few stories about how a customer or new employee mistook the mint for Vanilla.

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** Natural mint flavoring has no color, but consumers have come to expect mint-flavored foods to be colored green. Only gourmet mint foods will abstain from doing this, allowing consumers to feel proud that they don't need the coloring. The exception is peppermint sweets, which are usually white. In ice cream at least, part of the reason that they have mint green is because green is quite visible - if you notice, other than Pistachio, pistachio, lime sherbert, or homebrew flavours (such as lime ice cream), it's the only green ice cream flavour there. There have been a few [[http://notalwaysright.com/blurgh-is-right/54 customers]] surprised by this, and if you ask around at an ice cream place that ''doesn't'' use food colouring, you'll probably hear a few stories about how a customer or new employee mistook the mint for Vanilla.vanilla.



* Lately this seems to be happening in the drug industry. After watching ''LiveActionTV/BreakingBad'' , many people assumed that the purest meth is blue. This is not correct (clear meth is transparent), but because of that many dealers now color their wares blue to make it look pure. It actually makes meth less pure. Even the show establishes that it's only blue because Walt needed to synthesize a precursor for himself because he couldn't get his hands on it directly, and that the final product is more pure because of Walt's ability independent of that. Hank refers to it as "biker meth" derived from a different process, rather than intrinsically being more pure. Amusingly, the trope itself takes effect when Jack's gang produces some fairly pure meth that faces concerns for not being blue.

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* Lately this seems to be happening in the drug industry. After watching ''LiveActionTV/BreakingBad'' , many people assumed that the purest meth is blue. This is not correct (clear meth is transparent), but because of that many dealers now color their wares blue to make it look pure. It actually makes meth less pure. Even the show establishes that it's only blue because Walt needed to synthesize a precursor for himself because he couldn't get his hands on it directly, and that the final product is more pure because of Walt's ability independent of that. Hank refers to it as "biker meth" derived from a different process, rather than intrinsically being more pure. Amusingly, the trope itself takes effect when Jack's gang produces some fairly pure meth that faces raises concerns for not being blue.
26th Jul '17 7:36:56 AM PositiveAnion
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* The StukaScream is a common example of this when planes are seen on screen.
20th Jul '17 6:43:31 PM BrainOnStandby
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** Squealing tires are TruthInTelevision when a car is driven at or slightly beyond the very limits of the tires' performance, but only on hard surfaces that provide enough friction, such as paved roads. On loose surfaces like gravel, grass/soil, sand, snow, and so on, tires simply cannot squeal.
17th Jul '17 2:55:44 PM schoi30
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* Arguably, the common portrayal of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] as having white fur. While the creature is still a cryptid, local legends and eyewitnesses describe it as having brown or red fur. The white-furred depiction might have been to associate it with its snowy habitat, or simply because of its nickname "Abominable ''Snowman''". When the Yeti does get portrayed with brown fur as according to legend and sightings, expect viewers to confuse it with the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch which is better known to have this color[[note]]Ironically, a variation of Bigfoot with white fur has been reported in Pennsylvania[[/note]].

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* Arguably, the common portrayal of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] as having white fur. While the creature is still a cryptid, local legends and eyewitnesses describe it as having brown or red fur. The white-furred depiction might have been to associate it with its snowy habitat, or simply because of its nickname "Abominable ''Snowman''". When the Yeti does get portrayed with brown fur as according to legend and sightings, expect viewers to confuse it with for the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch which is better known to have this color[[note]]Ironically, a variation of Bigfoot with white fur has been reported in Pennsylvania[[/note]].
17th Jul '17 2:51:56 PM schoi30
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** Coconuts. The brown, furry part we're used to seeing is actually the "stone" of a mature coconut. Coconuts themselves are [[http://img.alibaba.com/photo/104498637/Young_Green_Coconut.jpg very different-looking]]. They are green, though yellow coconuts also exist. \\
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''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' actually got this right. There's even a boss in ''Galaxy'' where you're told to hit coconuts back at him. This trope is so ingrained that some players will try to hit the [[ViolationOfCommonSense big brown rocks that are clearly on fire]] instead of the harmless green things.

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** Coconuts. The brown, furry part we're used to seeing is actually the "stone" of a mature coconut. Coconuts themselves are [[http://img.alibaba.com/photo/104498637/Young_Green_Coconut.jpg very different-looking]]. They are green, though yellow coconuts also exist. \\
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''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' actually got this right. There's even a boss in ''Galaxy'' where you're told to hit coconuts back at him. This trope is so ingrained that some players will try to hit the [[ViolationOfCommonSense big brown rocks that are clearly on fire]] instead of the harmless green things.



* Arguably, most [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology paleontological inaccuracies]], particularly when they are made by people who do have up-to-date knowledge on dinosaurs. It's a little hard to create a series featuring prehistory without a lot of liberties, since they've been portrayed those ways for so long they've become permanently ingrained in the public image (scaly raptors and tyrannosaurs, anyone?). The (''very'') rapidly changing image of dinosaurs makes this even harder. Referenced in the book version of ''Literature/JurassicPark''. When they cloned the dinosaurs, they found that dinosaurs were not the big, dumb brutes of popular imagination[[note]]For the longest time, scientists thought about dinosaurs that way too.[[/note]] and considered modifying them to make it so the audience would accept them. Also used in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' where they deliberately cloned the dinosaurs to be scaly because it was what the public expected when they see dinosaurs.

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* Arguably, most [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology paleontological inaccuracies]], particularly when they are made by people who do have up-to-date knowledge on dinosaurs. It's a little hard to create a series featuring prehistory without a lot of liberties, since they've been portrayed those ways for so long they've become permanently ingrained in the public image (scaly raptors and tyrannosaurs, long-legged spinosaurs, anyone?). The (''very'') rapidly changing image of dinosaurs makes this even harder. Referenced in the book version of ''Literature/JurassicPark''. When they cloned the dinosaurs, they found that dinosaurs were not the big, dumb brutes of popular imagination[[note]]For the longest time, scientists thought about dinosaurs that way too.[[/note]] and considered modifying them to make it so the audience would accept them. Also used in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' where they deliberately cloned the dinosaurs to be scaly because it was what the public expected when they see dinosaurs.
17th Jul '17 2:47:32 PM schoi30
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* Arguably, the common portrayal of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] as having white fur. While the creature is still a cryptid, local legends and eyewitnesses describe it as having brown or red fur. The white-furred depiction might have been to associate it with its snowy habitat, or simply because of its nickname "Abominable ''Snowman''". When the Yeti does get portrayed with brown fur as described by legend, expect viewers to confuse it with the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch which is better known to have this color[[note]]Ironically, a variation of Bigfoot with white fur has been reported in Pennsylvania[[/note]].

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* Arguably, the common portrayal of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] as having white fur. While the creature is still a cryptid, local legends and eyewitnesses describe it as having brown or red fur. The white-furred depiction might have been to associate it with its snowy habitat, or simply because of its nickname "Abominable ''Snowman''". When the Yeti does get portrayed with brown fur as described by legend, according to legend and sightings, expect viewers to confuse it with the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch which is better known to have this color[[note]]Ironically, a variation of Bigfoot with white fur has been reported in Pennsylvania[[/note]].
17th Jul '17 2:46:30 PM schoi30
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* Arguably, the common portrayal of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] as having white fur. While the creature is still a cryptid, local legends and eyewitnesses describe it as having brown or red fur. The white-furred depiction might have been to associate it with its snowy habitat, or simply because of its nickname "Abominable ''Snowman''". When the Yeti does get portrayed with brown fur, expect viewers to confuse it with the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch which is better known to have this color[[note]]Ironically, a variation of Bigfoot with white fur has been reported in Pennsylvania[[/note]].

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* Arguably, the common portrayal of the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] as having white fur. While the creature is still a cryptid, local legends and eyewitnesses describe it as having brown or red fur. The white-furred depiction might have been to associate it with its snowy habitat, or simply because of its nickname "Abominable ''Snowman''". When the Yeti does get portrayed with brown fur, fur as described by legend, expect viewers to confuse it with the North American Bigfoot or Sasquatch which is better known to have this color[[note]]Ironically, a variation of Bigfoot with white fur has been reported in Pennsylvania[[/note]].
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