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10th Aug '16 11:44:13 PM Nicoaln
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* Almost ''anyone'' will be able to recognise the smell of Petrol / Gasoline. It is a ''very'' distinctive odour and ''very'' noxious to smell. Actually, the fuel itself is odourless - the distinctive "Smell" is from an additive made so that people can recognise that there may have been a leak or a spill. The lack of this caused a gas explosion.
** This is also why Carbon Monoxide is dangerous - it is odourless and colourless. A lot of gases are in fact colourless and this makes them dangerous - because you can't see that they are there and cannot smell it either until it's too late. (There is a phenomenon in Africa called a "Mazuku" that was later discovered to have been Carbon Dioxide from nearby volcanic lakes.)
10th Aug '16 11:34:47 PM Nicoaln
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** Similarly, a lot of people intent on maintaining the "purity" of certain cultures and who accuse others of "Cultural appropriation" are often unaware to where some of these things came from originally. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that is all we will say.]]


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* While they are ''far'' from harmless, sharp knives are actually ''safer'' than dull knives. Not only does it take more effort to cut with a dull knife (So more force will be exerted in an accident), but a dull knife will rip through the flesh, whereas a razor knife would just cut. Cuts with a razor-sharp knife (or even a razor) actually heal pretty quickly.
4th Aug '16 6:29:35 PM MsChibi
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-1504-8-ways-legal-system-screws-rape-victims-like-me.html Cracked]] explored this trope as it applies to rape survivors. People expect rape survivors to act a certain way, like on TV and movies. [[BrokenBird (Withdrawn, depressed, easily frightened, reluctant to have sex]], [[DefiledForever self-blaming and ashamed]], etc.) And while some ''do'' respond in this way, others respond to the same trauma in completely different ways, or just want to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, other people (including law enforcement and even counselors trained to deal with survivors of sexual trauma) see these non-Hollywood responses as signs of a FalseRapeAccusation.

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-1504-8-ways-legal-system-screws-rape-victims-like-me.html Cracked]] explored this trope as it applies to rape survivors. People expect rape survivors to act a certain way, like on TV and movies. [[BrokenBird (Withdrawn, depressed, easily frightened, reluctant to have sex]], [[DefiledForever self-blaming and ashamed]], etc.) And while some ''do'' respond in this way, others respond to the same trauma in completely different ways, or just want to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, other people (including law enforcement and even counselors trained to deal with survivors of sexual trauma) see these non-Hollywood responses as signs of a FalseRapeAccusation. Additionally, people expect those who have been raped to be conventionally-attractive [[AlwaysFemale women or girls]]; that isn't ''always'' the case.
4th Aug '16 6:14:29 PM MsChibi
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-1504-8-ways-legal-system-screws-rape-victims-like-me.html Cracked]] explored this trope as it applies to rape survivors. People expect rape survivors to act a certain way, like on TV and movies. [[BrokenBird (Withdrawn, depressed, easily frightened, reluctant to have sex]], [[DefiledForever self-blaming and ashamed]], etc.) And while some ''do'' respond in this way, others respond to the same trauma in completely different ways, or just want to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, other people (including law enforcement and even counselors trained to deal with survivors of sexual trauma) see these non-Hollywood responses as signs of a FalseRapeAccusation.
2nd Aug '16 1:48:06 PM sonicsuns3
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** [[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614.html This essay]] is all about how World War II seems like a poorly-written TV show. The Nazis are way too cruel to be believable, there's no way they'd devote so much energy to the holocaust when they were already at war on two fronts, and it's ridiculous that they would form an alliance with the Japanese when their whole philosophy revolves around the supremacy of the Aryan Race. And yet, despite seeming "unrealistic", all of that actually happened!

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** [[[http://squid314.[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614.html This essay]] is all about how World War II seems like a poorly-written TV show. The Nazis are way too cruel to be believable, there's no way they'd devote so much energy to the holocaust when they were already at war on two fronts, and it's ridiculous that they would form an alliance with the Japanese when their whole philosophy revolves around the supremacy of the Aryan Race. And yet, despite seeming "unrealistic", all of that actually happened!
2nd Aug '16 1:47:51 PM sonicsuns3
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** [[[http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614.html This essay]] is all about how World War II seems like a poorly-written TV show. The Nazis are way too cruel to be believable, there's no way they'd devote so much energy to the holocaust when they were already at war on two fronts, and it's ridiculous that they would form an alliance with the Japanese when their whole philosophy revolves around the supremacy of the Aryan Race. And yet, despite seeming "unrealistic", all of that actually happened!
23rd Jul '16 1:09:31 AM KeithM
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** Having a gladiator with a significant fat layer also allowed for dramatic looking wounds that weren't actually that dangerous and wouldn't actually bleed that much while allowing the fight to continue.
23rd Jul '16 12:28:57 AM LokiWhite
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** Another reason they want the phones off/in airplane mode is because the pilots' headsets are extremely sensitive. Having hundreds of cell signals running through the plane can cause a static buzzing noise, similar to when you set your phone too close to PC speakers. When taking off or landing, the pilot needs to be listening very closely to the ATC, who could be issuing orders to several flights at once, so even a second of that buzzing could result in them missing vital information.
26th May '16 11:38:20 PM Nicoaln
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*** ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' also features another odd (yet plausible) combination - a leader of a South American country who is descended from Welsh people. It may sound weird, but there ''is'' a Welsh population in Argentina.
26th May '16 11:29:02 PM Nicoaln
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* {{Ninja}}s are already of dubious historicity. Even if they did exist, they certainly did not wear all black outfits and use exotic weapons to outfight samurai. The traditional ninja garb is taken from the dress of stagehands in kabuki theatre. They'd dress in all black and the audience would, by convention, pretend not to see them. A ninja character dressed as stagehand used this convention to emulate a character striking from the shadows, since the audience would be surprised to see a "stagehand" suddenly interact with the real actors.

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* {{Ninja}}s are already of dubious historicity. Even if they did exist, they certainly did not wear all black outfits and use exotic weapons to outfight samurai. The traditional ninja garb is taken from the dress of stagehands in kabuki theatre. theatre who, unlike western stagehands, would be on stage. They'd dress in all black and the audience would, by convention, pretend not to see them. A ninja character dressed them just as stagehand used this convention to emulate the characters in the play would not either. When the play called for a character striking from to be assassinated by a ninja, one of the shadows, since the audience stagehands would be surprised to see a "stagehand" suddenly interact with produce a weapon and "kill" the real actors.character, emulating how ninjas would kill people and be unseen.
** Additionally, if ninjas did exist, they would not have had a standardized outfit. They were instead expert disguisers who would dress as a peasant (Such as a farmer or merchant), most likely someone who would indeed have a reason to get close to their target without triggering an alarm. (This also helps to play into the Kabuki theatre trope above)
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