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3rd Sep '17 5:06:33 PM Luziyca
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** And again [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40822269 in 2017]].
30th Aug '17 6:47:59 AM DarkHunter
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** The first episode of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' features the Icarus Project. Let's just say there's been a little SNAFU. The novelization of the ''Stargate Universe'' pilot has O'Neill planning to tear a strip off of whoever came up with the name "Icarus".

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** The first episode of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' features the Icarus Project. Let's just say there's been a little SNAFU. The novelization of the ''Stargate Universe'' pilot has the ever GenreSavvy O'Neill planning to tear a strip off of whoever came up with the name "Icarus".
18th Aug '17 2:47:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there is an item found early in the game called Scroll of ''[[IcarusAllusion Icarian]]'' Flight. It boosts your Acrobatics skill by 1000, which both allows [[InASingleBound you to jump very high/far]]. The problem? This skill boost only lasts 7 seconds. You won't be able to reach the ground before the scroll wears off. To give you more of a hint, you get the scroll off the dead body of a mage, when he lands in front of you from out of nowhere. If you're quick you can save him by casting a Slowfall spell, but he'll just tell you "I don't want to talk about it" and then walk away. (GenreSavvy gamers will use the scroll to leap to the top of a ''mountain'' or [[SoftWater into a lake]], which can actually make them [[LethalJokeItem useful]].)

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there is an item found early in the game called Scroll of ''[[IcarusAllusion Icarian]]'' Flight. It boosts your Acrobatics skill by 1000, which both allows [[InASingleBound you to jump very high/far]]. The problem? This skill boost only lasts 7 seconds. You won't be able to reach the ground before the scroll wears off. To give you more of a hint, you get the scroll off the dead body of a mage, when he lands in front of you from out of nowhere. If you're quick you can save him by casting a Slowfall spell, but he'll just tell you "I don't want to talk about it" and then walk away. (GenreSavvy gamers will You can use the scroll to leap to the top of a ''mountain'' or [[SoftWater into a lake]], which can actually make them [[LethalJokeItem useful]].)



* In the roleplays of ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'', Arthur and Cassandra's youngest son is named Mordred, against the advice of their more GenreSavvy friends. Fast-forward 10 years, and he kidnaps a girl, rapes her repeatedly, and damn near ''kills'' his father when he hunts him down to stop him. Thankfully, Mordred cleans up his act after being sent to jail, even befriending the girl he raped when he saves her life... then he becomes ''extremely'' overprotective of her and his family, to the point of being fully willing [[MurderIsTheBestSolution to straight-up MURDER anyone who hurts them in any way]]... Luigifan says it best:

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* In the roleplays of ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'', Arthur and Cassandra's youngest son is named Mordred, against the advice of their more GenreSavvy friends. Fast-forward 10 years, and he kidnaps a girl, rapes her repeatedly, and damn near ''kills'' his father when he hunts him down to stop him. Thankfully, Mordred cleans up his act after being sent to jail, even befriending the girl he raped when he saves her life... then he becomes ''extremely'' overprotective of her and his family, to the point of being fully willing [[MurderIsTheBestSolution to straight-up MURDER anyone who hurts them in any way]]... Luigifan says it best:
12th Aug '17 1:25:33 PM Eschar
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* ''Dreaming in Code'': "Time to wonder if maybe we shouldn't have named our central server 'Kafka'."
11th Aug '17 2:26:02 AM Occidensill
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** Then there's the "original" RMS ''Titanic''. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology What are the original Titans most famous for?]] For being roundly defeated and sealed into Tartarus once Zeus and company came along, and if they weren't imprisoned, they got lousy fates like holding up the sky for all eternity, or being chained to a rock with an eagle snacking on 'em for all eternity... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or being married to Pandora]], who released all evil on the world.

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** Then there's the "original" RMS ''Titanic''. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology What are the The original Titans Titans]] are most famous for?]] For for being roundly defeated and sealed into Tartarus once Zeus and company came along, and if they weren't imprisoned, they got lousy fates like holding up the sky for all eternity, or being chained to a rock with an eagle snacking on 'em for all eternity... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or being married to Pandora]], who released all evil on the world.



*** There's a story going around that third ship in the ''Olympic''-class was supposed to be named the ''Gigantic''[[note]]To those that don't know Myth/GreekMythology that well; the Gigantes were the next generation of gods who were supposed to overthrow Zeus and the Olympians but were soundly trashed with a bit of help from Heracles[[/note]]. However, after the sinking of the ship that (supposedly) even God Himself couldn't sink, the White Star Line reconsidered and named it the ''Britannic''. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, it did service as a hospital ship. It sank in 1916 when it hit a mine off the coast of Greece. This story is false (The ''Britannic'' was always supposed to be the ''Britannic'', but "''Gigantic''" was a meme of the shipbuilders for names of new White Star Line Ships), but interesting anyway.
*** There is no record of the ''Titanic'' being called unsinkable until after it sank.



** The most recent example would be VW's expensive luxury car from 2003. Even though the brand is mostly known for its small economy cars, and the company also owns the ''Audi'' brand, which is actually a well known brand for large luxury cars. Unsurprisingly, the whole thing bombed because nobody who could afford one wanted to be seen in a VW.
* Icarus. It was a bus -- not very likely to melt down, but as for the "flying too far" part, bendy bus variants sometimes got nasty skidding (when not driven carefully).
** Contrary to what one might expect, they still manufacture them. Thankfully, they didn't try their hands in [[TemptingFate building airplanes]].
* An-22 "Anteus". The Soviet transport ''plane'' named (in a fit of black humor?) after [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the giant]] who ''lost his strength when he was lifted from the ground''.
** Its [[ReportingNames NATO reporting name]] is just plain insulting. It's "Cock." Though at least that's something well-known for [[SomethingElseAlsoRises rising]].
*** It doubles as a stealth insult, considering the other kind of "cock" can't exactly fly.
** One of the scientists working on the design of this plane said the name was chosen because it really did "take its power from the land", since refueling occurs, you know, on land.
** It couldn't refuel mid-air or on an aircraft carrier because the An-22 was the world's heaviest aircraft until the arrival of the C-5 Galaxy and the larger An-124. An aircraft carrier large enough to handle it would be more strictly termed "an island".
** Hold on just a second … black humour? From ''Russians''‽ [[DeadpanSnarker I suppose it might be plausible]]. It's not like they named their most iconic brand of cigarettes after a particularly murderous ''gulag'' forced labor project...Oh, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belomorkanal they did]], did they? Well, then.
* Various world navies have named their ships after losing battles or even past ships that have been destroyed (possibly as a way to say [[RememberTheAlamo "never forget"]]).
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it was also a means of psychological warfare -- when the Japanese sank a ship, the US would generally name a replacement after the destroyed ship to keep the Japanese guessing about US repair and refit capacity.
*** US industrial production was such that every single ship lost through 1943 was replaced by a new ship of the same name (plus three or four more besides) by 1945. The sole exceptions were the battleships lost at Pearl Harbor, but that was because battleship names were planned years in advance, all of the battleships on the schedule were already named, battleship names were difficult to change (because they were named after states which would lobby to keep "their" ship} and the US stopped laying down new battleships in favor of more carriers.
** The US Navy ships named USS ''Bunker Hill'' were all named after a battle the US lost.
*** While Bunker Hill was a tactical loss for the Americans but it was the key to a later strategic victory: The PyrrhicVictory they forced on the British was a major factor in their decision to abandon Boston. And it proved to everyone that Lexington and Concord was not a fluke.
*** Almost as bad were the ''Kidd''-class destroyers, informally nicknamed the "Dead Admiral class". All four were named for USN admirals killed in action during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and two of them were killed in the same battle. Less odd when you consider that ''all'' USN destroyers are [[ThemeNaming named after]] [[DueToTheDead fallen military personnel]], but perhaps slightly moreso when you consider the Kidd destroyers were designed as AntiAir platforms, and two of four ships are named for Admirals who died in air attacks…[[note]]The idea probably was that, if those admirals had more anti-air available at the time of their deaths, they may have lived. A little {{Irony}} and {{Revenge}} is also no bad thing.[[/note]]
*** Oddly enough, all of the aforementioned USN ships have had long and honorable careers.

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** The most recent example would be VW's expensive luxury car from 2003. Even 2003, even though the brand is mostly known for its small economy cars, and the company also owns the ''Audi'' brand, which is actually a well known brand for large luxury cars. Unsurprisingly, the whole thing bombed because nobody who could afford one wanted to be seen in a VW.
* Icarus. It was Icarus, a bus -- bus; not very likely to melt down, but as for the "flying too far" part, bendy bus variants sometimes got nasty skidding (when not driven carefully).
** Contrary to what one might expect, they still manufacture them. Thankfully, they didn't try their hands in [[TemptingFate building airplanes]].
* An-22 "Anteus". The Soviet transport ''plane'' named (in a fit of black humor?) after [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the giant]] who ''lost his strength when he was lifted from the ground''.
**
ground''. Its [[ReportingNames NATO reporting name]] is just plain insulting. It's "Cock." Though at least that's something well-known for "Cock", one variant of which may [[SomethingElseAlsoRises rising]].
*** It doubles as a stealth insult, considering
rise]], but the other kind of "cock" can't exactly fly.
**
bird doesn't fly. One of the scientists working on the design of this plane said the name was chosen because it really did "take its power from the land", since refueling occurs, you know, on land.
** It couldn't refuel mid-air or on an aircraft carrier because the An-22 was the world's heaviest aircraft until the arrival of the C-5 Galaxy and the larger An-124. An aircraft carrier large enough to handle it would be more strictly termed "an island".
** Hold on just a second … black humour? From ''Russians''‽ [[DeadpanSnarker I suppose it might be plausible]]. It's not like they
* Russians also named their most iconic brand of cigarettes after a particularly murderous ''gulag'' forced labor project...Oh, cigarettes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belomorkanal they did]], did they? Well, then.
Belomorkanal,]] after a particularly murderous gulag forced labor project.
* Various world navies have named their ships after losing battles or even past ships that have been destroyed (possibly (generally as a way to say [[RememberTheAlamo "never forget"]]).
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it was also a means of psychological warfare -- when the Japanese sank a ship, the US would generally name a replacement after the destroyed ship to keep the Japanese guessing about US repair and refit capacity.
*** US industrial production was such that every single ship lost through 1943 was replaced by a new ship of the same name (plus three or four more besides) by 1945. The sole exceptions were the battleships lost at Pearl Harbor, but that was because battleship names were planned years in advance, all of the battleships on the schedule were already named, battleship names were difficult to change (because they were named after states which would lobby to keep "their" ship} and the US stopped laying down new battleships in favor of more carriers.
** The US Navy ships named USS ''Bunker Hill'' were all named after a battle the US lost.
*** While Bunker Hill was a tactical loss for the Americans but it was the key to a later strategic victory: The PyrrhicVictory they forced on the British was a major factor in their decision to abandon Boston. And it proved to everyone that Lexington and Concord was not a fluke.
*** Almost as bad were the ''Kidd''-class destroyers, informally nicknamed the "Dead Admiral class". All four were named for USN admirals killed in action during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and two of them were killed in the same battle. Less odd when you consider that ''all'' USN destroyers are [[ThemeNaming named after]] [[DueToTheDead fallen military personnel]], but perhaps slightly moreso when you consider the Kidd destroyers were designed as AntiAir platforms, and two of four ships are named for Admirals who died in air attacks…[[note]]The idea probably was that, if those admirals had more anti-air available at the time of their deaths, they may have lived. A little {{Irony}} and {{Revenge}} is also no bad thing.[[/note]]
*** Oddly enough, all of the aforementioned USN ships have had long and honorable careers.
forget"]]).
7th Aug '17 2:14:37 AM Adept
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* In Webcomic/ShortPacked!, Mr. and Mrs. Bean (no, not [[MrBean that one]]) are fundamentalist Christians, and are homophobic. This is much to the disappointment of their lesbian daughter Leslie. Near the end of the comic's run, Leslie's fiancee Robin calls then out on this, naming their daughter Leslie Bean. Apparently, it's a family name.

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* In Webcomic/ShortPacked!, Mr. and Mrs. Bean (no, not [[MrBean [[Series/MrBean that one]]) are fundamentalist Christians, and are homophobic. This is much to the disappointment of their lesbian daughter Leslie. Near the end of the comic's run, Leslie's fiancee Robin calls then them out on this, naming their daughter Leslie Bean. Apparently, it's a family name.
18th Jul '17 6:41:03 AM nighttrainfm
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*** {{Justified}} since the whole point of the project was to make the most evil car ever.
4th Jul '17 1:46:17 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E57TheUncrashableHindentanic The Uncrashable Hindentanic]]" went for the Double Dog-Dare with an airship named the ''Hindentanic''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E57TheUncrashableHindentanic The Uncrashable Hindentanic]]" went for the Double Dog-Dare with an airship named the ''Hindentanic''.
30th Jun '17 1:00:07 AM DrFraud
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13th Jun '17 10:11:19 PM nombretomado
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** During WorldWarTwo, it was also a means of psychological warfare -- when the Japanese sank a ship, the US would generally name a replacement after the destroyed ship to keep the Japanese guessing about US repair and refit capacity.

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** During WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it was also a means of psychological warfare -- when the Japanese sank a ship, the US would generally name a replacement after the destroyed ship to keep the Japanese guessing about US repair and refit capacity.



** The pocket battleship ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was named after a German admiral killed in the South Atlantic during a battle in the first year of WorldWarOne in which the cruiser squadron he commanded was annihilated. (The flagship of the victorious British fleet: the battlecruiser HMS ''Invincible''). It came to grief in the battle of the River Plate in the South Atlantic in the first year of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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** The pocket battleship ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was named after a German admiral killed in the South Atlantic during a battle in the first year of WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in which the cruiser squadron he commanded was annihilated. (The flagship of the victorious British fleet: the battlecruiser HMS ''Invincible''). It came to grief in the battle of the River Plate in the South Atlantic in the first year of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
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