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8th Dec '17 3:43:19 AM lillolillo
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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': In Supergirl vol. #5 issue #22, Supergirl runs into this trouble when she remembers that she travelled to the far future and fought/will fight alongside the ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes''.
-->'''Supergirl:''' Well, um, thank you for unblocking my memory. You were... will be... very good friends to me.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'': In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl vol. #5 #5]]'' issue #22, Supergirl runs into this trouble when she remembers that she travelled to the far future and fought/will fight alongside the ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes''.
-->'''Supergirl:'''
''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''.
-->'''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}:'''
Well, um, thank you for unblocking my memory. You were... will be... very good friends to me.
22nd Nov '17 8:03:37 PM Ambaryerno
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* Comicbook/{{Cable}} is this trope ''personified'', as there's often no telling from which point in his life the Cable you're dealing with is actually from. It would be ''completely possible'' for him to be KilledOffForReal, and ''still'' continue to appear in comics simply because he hasn't died ''yet''. The best you have is a few markers, like whether or not he's currently infected with the T-O virus, or if he has Belle.[[note]]A sentient A.I. who helps manage his time travel abilities.[[/note]] However even ''that'' isn't a given.
23rd Oct '17 8:02:42 PM Trueman001
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* References to "midnight" can often be ambiguous; do they mean midnight at the start of the day, or midnight at the end of the day? In the 24-hour system, this is resolved by using 00:00 for "start" and 24:00 for "end", and the latter can often be seen on transport timetables. In the 12-hour system, 12AM was supposed to be "start" and 12PM "end", with midday being just "12" or "noon", but this has been overturned by digital timepieces, so sometimes "12:01AM" and "11:59PM" are used instead.
16th Oct '17 6:24:41 AM IceBearBelievesInYou
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(Try saying ''that'' ten times fast.)
5th Oct '17 6:15:42 PM MoonByte
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** International phone calls (professional and private) are often quite a challenge since both sides not only have to check their shedule, but also to figure out which time it is at whose place. There is a reason that there's websites dedicated to nothing but calculating the time of multiple places.
5th Oct '17 6:10:55 PM MoonByte
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** Or talking about today's events, which could be their yesterday or tomorrow depending on where you are.

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** Or talking about today's events, which could be their yesterday or tomorrow depending on where you are. Things like New Year are regularily quite amusing since half the world literally already lives in a different year.
*The Global Game Jam has this issue every year. It always starts at the same time. ''Local time'' that is, leading to the rule: don't talk about the theme until Hawaii got it.
5th Oct '17 6:02:45 PM MoonByte
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** Hotels/hostels that allow late night check-ins also often have the issue that the worker has to constantly switch between days since the newcomers are from "yesterday", but the check-outs are from "today". Switching shifts can become equally confusing when someone asks if you can take over saturday without being clear whether the night friday-saturday or saturday-sunday is meant.
19th Aug '17 9:47:19 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' in episode "Relativity":

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'',
in the episode "Relativity":
18th Aug '17 12:12:53 AM HiddenWindshield
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* ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'''s psychic narrator the Amazing Criswell manages to get not only future and past tenses but the future and the past themselves confused, despite the movie containing exactly no time travel.
-->"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of what happened on that fateful day.]]"
31st Jul '17 12:14:24 PM kclantern1984
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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a good excerpt on the mechanics of time travel useful for this. There's even a book written InUniverse in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' called the ''Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations'' by Dr. Dan Streetmentioner. However, the book has been described as "an exceptionally dull read", and most readers only get as far as the section on the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. Because of this, in later editions of the book all pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs, which will turn out to be... uh, is going to be discovered to have been... no, is probably, at some point, sooner, later or before, going to be HilariousInHindsight... or something...

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a good excerpt on the mechanics of time travel useful for this. There's even a book written InUniverse in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' called the ''Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations'' by Dr. Dan Streetmentioner. However, the book has been described as "an exceptionally dull read", and most readers only get as far as the section on the Future Semiconditionally Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. Because of this, in later editions of the book all pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs, which will turn out to be... uh, is going to be discovered to have been... no, is probably, at some point, sooner, later or before, going to be HilariousInHindsight... or something...
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