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21st Sep '16 2:18:12 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/File:Zenith_Space_Commander_600.jpg Early remote controls]] were mechanical and did have plastic buttons that clicked into place when you pressed them (hence the nickname "clicker"). In the earliest remotes (like the one linked), the clicking sound wasn't just a resultant of a mechanical button being moved, it's how they sent the signal to the T.V. Each button flicked a different tine, setting it resonating (like a tuning fork), and the T.V. was able to detect this sound; different tones would trigger different functions. Naturally, there isn't a lot of bandwith there, so these early remote controls did little more than adjust the volume, power, and sometimes change the channels. It was only later that televisions began to be signalled electrically, first by wired remote and later wireless (via infrared or radio-frequency).

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* [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/File:Zenith_Space_Commander_600.jpg Early remote controls]] were mechanical and did have plastic buttons that clicked into place when you pressed them (hence the nickname "clicker"). In the earliest remotes (like the one linked), the clicking sound wasn't just a resultant of a mechanical button being moved, it's how they sent the signal to the T.V. Each button flicked a different tine, setting it resonating (like a tuning fork), and the T.V. was able to detect this sound; different tones would trigger different functions. Naturally, there isn't a lot of bandwith bandwidth there, so these early remote controls did little more than adjust the volume, power, and sometimes change the channels.channels. Said limited bandwidth could be sometimes problematic, with random noises (such as a toy xylophone's overtones) triggering the T.V., and the ultrasonic signals could be heard by (and annoy) some a la "The Mosquito". It was only later that televisions began to be signalled electrically, first by wired remote and later wireless (via infrared or radio-frequency).
21st Sep '16 1:57:32 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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*** Even in Quebec, now. Until only 3-5 years ago margarine sold there had to be undyed -- as the powerful dairy lobby convinced the province to make margarine less appealing to consumers in order to protect a valuable industry that employed so many rural (Francophone) voters.
** The butter that margarine is trying to mimic probably also had yellow coloring added, as butter's natural color varies and depends on the cow's diet.

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*** Even Said yellow coloring has long been a point of contention for dairy farmers in Quebec, now. Until only 3-5 years ago the U.S.; starting in the 1880's, various state laws were enacted which either forced margarine manufacturers to dye their product in an unpalatable pink or levied heavy taxes against yellow margarine, all in the name of protecting the dairy industry. However, margarine companies sidestepped around the law by providing the yellow coloring separately, and bootleg yellow margarine became commonplace, which shows how effective those laws were. After World War II, the margarine lobby gained enough power to get those restrictions lifted, with Wisconsin being the last state to lift theirs in 1967.
*** Canada did one better than the U.S. by banning margarine entirely starting in 1886. After being temporarily allowed from 1917 to 1923 due to dairy shortages, the federal law was lifted in 1948[[labelnote:]](it was one of the three non-negotiable conditions for Newfoundland's union with Canada that year; the former Dominion produced margarine which was smuggled into Canada and
sold there had to be undyed -- as at half the price of butter)[[/labelnote]], but after a court ruling in 1950 allowed provinces to regulate the product, most of them started requiring that margarine be dyed bright yellow, orange or colorless depending on the province. Most of these laws were repealed by the 1980's, with Ontario lifting theirs in 1995 and Quebec in 2008. (Quebec took so long thanks to its powerful dairy lobby convinced the province to make margarine less appealing to consumers in order to protect a valuable lobby, whose industry that employed so many employs a lot of rural (Francophone) voters.
Francophone voters.)
** The butter that margarine is trying to mimic probably also had yellow coloring added, as butter's natural color varies and depends on the cow's diet. Which makes the dairy industry's opposition to yellow margarine slightly hypocritical.
30th Aug '16 2:27:03 PM hyphz
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** And this means that real life laser weapons are utterly terrifying. They're usually infrared lasers, so they can't be seen even if there is dust around, but if you step into that invisible beam you can be burned or ''permanently blinded''. The reason you don't see them isn't because we can't make them; it's because they're banned by international warfare conventions!
28th Aug '16 1:39:57 PM LentilSandEater
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** Romans did wear bracers, from the armoured manica[[http://www.romanarmy.net/manica.shtml]] of the troops to the leather bracers worn by some gladiators, as depicted in this relief[[http://stuffucanuse.com/History/roman-gladiators2.jpg]]
28th Aug '16 1:36:49 PM LentilSandEater
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* In real life in a normal atmosphere, a laser beam is seen as a single intense dot of light on the thing the laser is pointed at. All of the light is focused in one direction, and if that direction is not towards your eye (which hopefully it isn't), none of it enters your eye and so you don't see anything until the laser hits something and the light diffuses. Creating a visible beam in real life requires an atmosphere of smoke, fog, or dust, so that the beam is constantly reflecting off dust particles - and this reduces the power of the laser. Many items or toys which use lasers will show the item operating in such an atmosphere to create a visible beam; purchasers are often disappointed when the beam turns out not to be visible in normal circumstances. Laser tag areas often deliberately have dusty atmospheres inside to maximize the visibility of the beams.
** Subverted somewhat in the case of green lasers (which cause the air to glow slightly in the path of the beam, making it visible, though it has to be in dark conditions to be seen). Subverted much more strongly in the case of blue lasers, which will make the air glow much more brightly, causing it to be visible even in lighted conditions. It still doesn't look like a visible Hollywood laser though.

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* In real life in a normal atmosphere, a laser beam is seen as a single intense dot of light on the thing the laser is pointed at. All of the light is focused in one direction, and if that direction is not towards your eye (which hopefully it isn't), none of it enters your eye and so you don't see anything until the laser hits something and the light diffuses. Creating a visible beam in real life requires an atmosphere of smoke, fog, or dust, so that the beam is constantly reflecting off dust particles - and this reduces the power of the laser. Many items or toys which use lasers will show the item operating in such an atmosphere to create a visible beam; purchasers are often disappointed when the beam turns out not to be visible in normal circumstances. Laser tag areas often deliberately have dusty atmospheres inside to maximize the visibility of the beams.
** Subverted somewhat
beams. Downplayed in the case of green lasers (which cause the air to glow slightly in the path of the beam, making it visible, though it has to be in dark conditions to be seen). Subverted much more strongly And averted in the case of blue lasers, which will make the air glow much more brightly, causing it to be visible even in lighted conditions. It still doesn't look like a visible Hollywood laser though.
28th Aug '16 1:35:32 PM LentilSandEater
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* It is usually easy to spot "fake" breasts, on women who have had extensive silicone implants to increase their bust size. The implanted breasts' shape and movement is different from those of breasts made up entirely of natural tissue. However, large-but-fake busts nonetheless continue to make frequent appearances in photos, movies, and videos because people have been conditioned through decades of media to find that shape appealing--to the point where women are often depicted in animated or other non-photographic media to have silicone-looking breasts when they do not actually need to be. This is true for the same reason and to the same extent that it's easy to spot toupees. That is to say, you only notice the ones you notice, and don't notice the ones you don't. Cheap fakes (whether hair or boobs) are easy to notice. At the higher end, you pretty much have to get your hands on them to know for sure.
** Actually it has come back around. Modern breast implant techniques allow for breast implants that are indistinguishable from augmented breasts. It is no longer true that it's easy to spot augmented breasts. But the fake look has become so well-known and frequently depicted in media that some women intentionally opt for the "fake look" as a style choice.

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* It is usually easy to spot "fake" breasts, on women who have had extensive silicone implants to increase their bust size. The implanted breasts' shape and movement is different from those of breasts made up entirely of natural tissue. However, large-but-fake busts nonetheless continue to make frequent appearances in photos, movies, and videos because people have been conditioned through decades of media to find that shape appealing--to the point where women are often depicted in animated or other non-photographic media to have silicone-looking breasts when they do not actually need to be. This is true for the same reason and to the same extent that it's easy to spot toupees. That is to say, you only notice the ones you notice, and don't notice the ones you don't. Cheap fakes (whether hair or boobs) are easy to notice. At the higher end, you pretty much have to get your hands on them to know for sure.
** Actually it has come back around. Modern breast implant techniques allow for breast implants that are indistinguishable from augmented breasts. It is no longer true that it's easy to spot augmented breasts. But
sure. It's even going even further: the fake look has become so well-known and frequently depicted in media that some women intentionally opt for the "fake look" as a style choice.
21st Aug '16 7:46:42 PM Willbyr
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16th Aug '16 8:54:04 PM Willbyr
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2nd Aug '16 12:43:50 PM MsChibi
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See also RealityIsUnrealistic, MickeyMousing, RadioVoice, VinylShatters, and the semi-related ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation. Related in concept is TheCSIEffect and EaglelandOsmosis. Nothing to do with CoconutSuperpowers (except insofar as both relate to ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''). Thankfully, this won't be [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs causing any real-world casualties]]. We hope. Compare AluminumChristmasTrees and SmallReferencePools. Also see NecessaryWeasel.

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See also RealityIsUnrealistic, ArtisticLicense, ScienceMarchesOn, CommonHollywoodSexTraits, MickeyMousing, RadioVoice, VinylShatters, and the semi-related ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation. Related in concept is TheCSIEffect and EaglelandOsmosis. Nothing to do with CoconutSuperpowers (except insofar as both relate to ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''). Thankfully, this won't be [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs causing any real-world casualties]]. We hope. Compare AluminumChristmasTrees and SmallReferencePools. Also see NecessaryWeasel.
28th Jul '16 10:57:59 AM jmparker78
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' might be the only aversion of SpaceIsNoisy. At the very least it's the most prominent. All space scenes are set to music, which totally replaces sound effects. There are still noises on board the individual ships, but as there is air there, it makes sense.
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