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16th Feb '17 7:56:32 PM Jaro7788
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** In many non-English speaking circles, especially in continental Europe, an advanced grasp of at least written English is taken pretty much for granted and job annoucements sometimes won't even mention this particular requirement due to it being not as much as a highlight as lack thereof would be considered a disadvantage (just like nobody boasts of being able to read and write). If you were to post a link to a news article in English on, say, a Swedish gaming forum, even if any of the users actually needed a translation, chances are they wouldn't dare to ask for fear of humiliation.
16th Feb '17 7:40:56 PM Jaro7788
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* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', the Egyptologist character figures out how to speak the language of the humans found beyond the stargate in about five minutes of dialog with the native girl he later has a romance with. When another character expresses amazement that he cracked the language so quickly, he observes modestly that he just had to get the vowels right. This is hilarious, but to catch the humor you need to know arcane details about how the vowels of Ancient Egyptian were reconstructed by modern scholars. In short: while we can ''read'' Ancient Egyptian, there is little data on how it was ''pronounced'', and the sounds we assign the language today are probably off from what the actual language sounded like.

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* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', the Egyptologist character figures out how to speak the language of the humans found beyond the stargate in about five minutes of dialog with the native girl he later has a romance with. When another character expresses amazement that he cracked the language so quickly, he observes modestly that he just had to get the vowels right. This is hilarious, but to catch the humor you need to know arcane details about how the vowels of Ancient Egyptian were reconstructed by modern scholars. In short: while we can ''read'' Ancient Egyptian, there is little data on how it was ''pronounced'', and the sounds we assign the language today are probably off from what the actual language sounded like. That's exactly why you can hear Ra or Re used interchangeably, neither of which has been proven to be the genuine rendering of the god's original name (for all we know, it could just as well have been "Ro" or "Ri").
9th Feb '17 4:21:09 PM Benthelame
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** A fitting example would be the song entitled "When You're Traveling From Nantucket to Saint Paul." It's all about the relativity of time, our planet's closeness to the sun and when you'd arrive if you took a plane from one place to another. The difference is that the trio does not expect to be understood as evidenced by certain lyrics. Examples include:
-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''Time Is relative, dependent you can save it, you can spend it doing things you like to do or learning how. You can't see it, you can't taste it but you certainly can waste it which is really what were doing here right now.

The last stanza of the song seals the deal even further:

-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''So remember, when you're traveling from Nantucket to St. Paul,in that airport as you're staring at those clocks upon the wall, You should think about this song, my friend, And then you will recall...that it was mildly amusing, but then totally confusing and we bet you wish we never sung at all!


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9th Feb '17 3:44:42 AM lostbirdinatree
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* ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu'' is based around Japanese swords, figures and history, so to the fans who get drawn in by the {{Bishonen}} or the anime adaptions it becomes an UnconventionalLearningExperience.
29th Jan '17 6:03:59 PM DisappearingAct
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** Particularly in the earlier seasons, there would often be one character making obscure references that are funny with the requisite knowledge, then they would lampshade how unlikely anyone was to get the reference, making it more palatable for non-geniuses.
-->'''Archer''': I would prefer not to... ''(enemies cock their guns)'' Bartleby the Scrivener? Anybody? Not a big Melville crowd here. Eh, he's not an easy read.
24th Jan '17 8:06:58 PM PaulA
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* Creator/TSEliot's long poem ''The Waste Land''

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* Creator/TSEliot's long poem ''The Waste Land''''Literature/TheWasteLand''
17th Jan '17 9:18:32 AM KhesterBarbatos
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has an example of this with an EasterEgg. Using the Cryptographic Sequencer, one can find three hidden radio frequencies, each of which has a computer voice reading off a sequence of numbers. The first is a standard "letter number" cypher (1 = A, 2 = B, etc); easy enough. The second is an inverted letter number cypher with all the numbers shifted up by 3 (4 = Z, 5 = Y, etc); a bit tougher, but a reasonably clever player could figure it out. The last, however, requires the player to run the numbers through '''three''' separate cyphers (letter number, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atbash Atbash]], and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigen%C3%A8re_cipher Vigenére]]), including guessing the keyword for the latter ([[spoiler:"Scarecrow"]]) to decrypt it. Put together, the three messages (plus the aforementioned keyword) make up a giant SequelHook teasing [[spoiler:Scarecrow being the BigBad of the next game, ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'']]. The game's director Sefton Hill [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2014/03/26/batman-s-easter-egg-hunt.aspx said]] that he never thought anyone would crack the codes, only for it to happen about two weeks later.

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has an example of this with an EasterEgg. Using the Cryptographic Sequencer, one can find three hidden radio frequencies, each of which has a computer voice reading off a sequence of numbers. The first is a standard "letter number" cypher (1 = A, 2 = B, etc); easy enough. The second is an inverted letter number cypher with all the numbers shifted up by 3 (4 = Z, 5 = Y, etc); a bit tougher, but a reasonably clever player could figure it out. The last, however, requires the player to run the numbers through '''three''' separate cyphers (letter number, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atbash Atbash]], and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigen%C3%A8re_cipher org/wiki/Vigenère_cipher Vigenére]]), including guessing the keyword for the latter ([[spoiler:"Scarecrow"]]) to decrypt it. Put together, the three messages (plus the aforementioned keyword) make up a giant SequelHook teasing [[spoiler:Scarecrow being the BigBad of the next game, ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'']]. The game's director Sefton Hill [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2014/03/26/batman-s-easter-egg-hunt.aspx said]] that he never thought anyone would crack the codes, only for it to happen about two weeks later.
10th Jan '17 4:53:35 PM CassandraLeo
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* Unless you're quite familiar with the Literature/SherlockHolmes stories (simply having seen film/TV adaptations won't help much) and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, Creator/NeilGaiman's short story "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" will require multiple readings to make sense. Despite this, it's one of his best loved short stories and won a HugoAward.

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* Unless you're quite familiar with the Literature/SherlockHolmes stories (simply having seen film/TV adaptations won't help much) and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, Creator/NeilGaiman's short story "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" will require multiple readings to make sense. Despite this, it's one of his best loved short stories and won a HugoAward.UsefulNotes/HugoAward. Most of Gaiman's other work (''Literature/AmericanGods'' in particular) falls under GeniusBonus instead, as it will still mostly make sense if you don't have a thorough understanding of the background material (Myth/NorseMythology in ''American Gods''[='=] case), but you'll appreciate it even more if you do.
10th Jan '17 4:50:41 PM CassandraLeo
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* Unless you're quite familiar with the Literature/SherlockHolmes stories (simply having seen film/TV adaptations won't help much) and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, Creator/NeilGaiman's short story "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" will require multiple readings to make sense. Despite this, it's one of his best loved short stories and won a HugoAward.
8th Jan '17 6:11:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''[[Series/{{House}} House, M.D.]]'' is a textbook case. It started out this way, collecting a small but highly intelligent and medically-savvy fanbase on the official site, tended to include lots of ''FreudWasRight'' and captured the overarching themes of "Everybody lies" and "No one is ever truly happy". Later on though, the writers began to appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator and skimp on the research.

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* ''[[Series/{{House}} House, M.D.]]'' is a textbook case. It started out this way, collecting a small but highly intelligent and medically-savvy fanbase on the official site, tended to include lots of ''FreudWasRight'' ''Freudian themes'' and captured the overarching themes of "Everybody lies" and "No one is ever truly happy". Later on though, the writers began to appeal to the LowestCommonDenominator and skimp on the research.



* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': When Morty's parents, Jerry and Beth, are gunning down monsters, Jerry tells Beth that he wishes her shotgun were [[FreudWasRight his penis]]. Beth responds, "If it were, you could call me Creator/ErnestHemingway!" This is a [[SophisticatedAsHell blowjob joke]] that will only be understood by people who know that Hemingway killed himself by [[AteHisGun putting a shotgun in his mouth]]. Even Jerry doesn't get it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': When Morty's parents, Jerry and Beth, are gunning down monsters, Jerry tells Beth that he wishes her shotgun were [[FreudWasRight his penis]].penis. Beth responds, "If it were, you could call me Creator/ErnestHemingway!" This is a [[SophisticatedAsHell blowjob joke]] that will only be understood by people who know that Hemingway killed himself by [[AteHisGun putting a shotgun in his mouth]]. Even Jerry doesn't get it.
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