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16th Apr '16 9:19:56 PM schoi30
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** ''TyrannosaurusRex'''s puny arms are often thought of as weak and useless. The thickened cortical bone in its arm shows this wasn't the case.

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** ''TyrannosaurusRex'''s puny arms are often thought of as weak and useless. The thickened cortical bone in its arm shows this wasn't the case. Also, its vision was NOT based on movement.
21st Mar '16 9:48:52 PM TheBigBopper
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* Many people think that, as portrayed by virtually every Rome-related work of fiction ever, [[GladiatorGames gladiatorial matches]] were nearly always to the death. While most gladiators did eventually die in the arena, most would fight many times before getting killed. Also, they were not [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown no-holds-barred brawls]] -- fights were regulated by a very strict set of rules defining what sorts of gladiators could fight each other and what weapons and tactics they could use. Also, the gladiators didn't have the chiseled physiques we think of. There is strong evidence to suggest that they ate carb-rich foods to cultivate a [[{{Kevlard}} protective layer of fat]] that would protect them from the shallow, slashing blows that were typical for gladiator fights.

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* Many people think that, as portrayed by virtually every Rome-related work of fiction ever, [[GladiatorGames gladiatorial matches]] were nearly always to the death. While most gladiators did eventually die in the arena, most would fight many times before getting killed. Also, they Unlike condemned criminals who were thrown into the arena to be killed, professional gladiators had a certain level of respect and weren't treated as mere meat. In fact, as slaves who were bought by the head of the gladiator school and trained at great expense, their owners couldn't afford for them to be killed off like flies, and the audience or guest of honor deciding to kill a gladiator was relatively rare. They were not [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown no-holds-barred brawls]] -- fights were regulated by a very strict set of rules defining what sorts of gladiators could fight each other and what weapons and tactics techniques they could use. Also, You wouldn't see gladiators fighting lions either: venatores fought the animals, gladiators only fought each other. Lastly, the gladiators didn't have quite the chiseled physiques we think of. There is strong evidence to suggest that they ate carb-rich foods to cultivate a [[{{Kevlard}} protective layer of fat]] that would protect them from the shallow, slashing blows that were typical for gladiator fights. They could still be pretty hunky if surviving mosaics are to be believed, but they certainly didn't have the cut definition of bodybuilders.
21st Mar '16 9:40:55 PM TheBigBopper
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* Swords in many medieval or fantasy movies are depicted with fantastically exaggerated sound effects, often making a very audible "Ssshhhhttth!" sound when drawn from a sheathe or scabbard, and making very loud "ting!" or "shing!" sounds when striking other blades. In reality, a sword being drawn from a scabbard is virtually silent since it's only metal rubbing on leather or wood, and blades striking one another (which was rare in combat anyway as it would quickly ruin the parrying blade) tend to make a more flat "klack" sound since they don't vibrate in the hilt enough to emit a smooth, tonal ringing sound.

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* Swords in many medieval or fantasy movies are depicted with fantastically exaggerated sound effects, often making a very audible "Ssshhhhttth!" sound when drawn from a sheathe or scabbard, and making very loud "ting!" or "shing!" sounds when striking other blades. In reality, a sword being drawn from a scabbard is virtually silent since it's only metal rubbing on leather or wood, and blades striking one another (which was rare in combat anyway as it would quickly ruin the parrying blade) tend to make a more flat "klack" sound since they don't vibrate in the hilt enough to emit a smooth, tonal ringing sound.



* A Medieval KnightInShiningArmor did not wear full plate armor, which was invented hundreds of years later.
** On a related note, KingArthur, if he did exist, would be several centuries early for wearing the type of plate armor that he and his knights are commonly depicted wearing.

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* A Medieval KnightInShiningArmor did not wear full wouldn't be seen until the 14th century, roughly 800 years after the start of the medieval period and 200 years before it ended. Knights up to that point wore only mail and iron helmets, with the earliest pieces of plate appearing in the mid 13th century. Plate armor, which was invented hundreds on the other hand, reached its highest development in the 16th century and didn't die out until the second half of years later.
the 17th century.
** On a related note, KingArthur, if he did exist, would be several centuries early for wearing the type of plate armor that he and his knights are commonly depicted wearing. The reason they're always depicted in plate is that this is how the medieval people who latched onto his story envisioned him: in the up-to-date armor of their own times.
20th Mar '16 6:54:11 AM starjammer05
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** The real reason most airlines want electronic devices off during takeoff and landings is so that people will put them away. In the unlikely event that some accident occurs, it won't help to have dozens of small projectiles bouncing around the cabin as people lose their grips on them.
19th Mar '16 12:15:39 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* As Thomas Frank pointed out in his 2004 book ''What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'', conservatism has done such an excellent job of [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting American history]] that if you sincerely told younger people that there was a time (about 1890 to 1920, specifically) when hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans viewed not only liberalism but socialism and [[ChummyCommies communism]] as worthwhile political doctrines, they'd dismiss this fact as a fairy tale. Occasionally Hollywood tries to correct this oversight with its "political" films, but even there leftists are [[CondescendingCompassion portrayed as a persecuted minority]], when in fact for a while in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American political culture]] their ideas were almost - or practically - mainstream.

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* As Thomas Frank pointed out in his 2004 book ''What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'', conservatism has done such an excellent job of [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting American history]] that if you sincerely told younger people that there was a time (about 1890 to 1920, specifically) when hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans viewed not only liberalism but socialism and [[ChummyCommies communism]] as worthwhile political doctrines, they'd dismiss this fact as a fairy tale. Occasionally Hollywood tries to correct this oversight with its "political" films, but even there leftists are [[CondescendingCompassion portrayed as a persecuted minority]], when in fact for a while in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American political culture]] their ideas were almost - or practically - mainstream. Consider that left-wing authors like Upton Sinclair and John Steinbeck and politicians like Huey P. Long openly espoused Socialist beliefs and were quite respected in their heyday. It was only after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the the rise of the Soviet Union that Communism and Socialism became anathema in mainstream American politics.
15th Mar '16 5:58:33 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Actual rain hardly ever looks like real rain on film. This is due to the fact that rain droplets tend to be too small and too fast for the 24fps frame rate of the camera to capture. As a result, film sets tend to use hose and sprinkler systems to create larger droplets when are then backlit to make them visible to the camera. For the famous scene of ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', the water was mixed with milk to make it more visible. The smell on set afterwards can only be imagined.

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* Actual rain hardly ever looks like real rain on film. This is due to the fact that because rain droplets tend to be too small and too fast for the 24fps frame rate of the camera to capture. As a result, film sets tend to use hose and sprinkler systems to create larger droplets when are then backlit to make them visible to the camera. For the famous scene of ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', the water was mixed with milk to make it more visible. The smell on set afterwards can only be imagined.



* The same thing goes double for voice acting just about anywhere. This is particularly evident with voice acting for prepubescent boys, where a vast majority of executive producers find the voices of [[CrossDressingVoices 30 to 40 something year old women]] to sound closer to the mark. This is more for the purpose that there are advantages to working with an adult over a child. Producers don't have to deal with labor laws regarding children, voice changes as a boy begins puberty, and a child's immaturity.

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* The same thing goes double for voice acting just about anywhere. This is particularly evident with voice acting for prepubescent boys, where a vast majority of executive producers find the voices of [[CrossDressingVoices 30 to 40 something year old women]] to sound closer to the mark. This is more for the purpose that there are advantages to working with an adult over a child. Producers don't have to deal with labor laws regarding children, voice changes as a boy begins puberty, and a child's immaturity.



** Similarly, Camouflage pattersn do not actually "erase" you from the background, but makes it harder to notice something is there. The human brain can only take in so much info and even a perceptive scout will probably only "eyeball" the surrounding for enemies. It's only when you know something is there and take a closer look does the pattern fail. So as long as you don't stand out and remain perfectly still, even if you are just clad in fatigues painted in blobs of green and brown, it would be extremely difficult for anyone to know you were there, even if they were searching for you.

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** Similarly, Camouflage pattersn do not actually "erase" you from the background, but makes it harder to notice something is there. The human brain can only take in so much info and even a perceptive scout will probably only "eyeball" the surrounding for enemies. It's only when you know something is there and take a closer look does the pattern fail. So as long as you don't stand out and remain perfectly still, even if you are just clad in fatigues painted in blobs of green and brown, it would be extremely difficult for anyone to know you were there, even if they were searching for you.



** It should be noted that gasoline is a toxic, corrosive, flammable substance that is potentially dangerous to the environment, and there are many, many good reasons why you don't want to be distracted by a cigarette or a cell phone while handling it. Not all those signs are to prevent explosions, and anyone who's had spill kit training at an actual gas station job knows the dangers of a lot of spilled gasoline.

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** It should be noted that gasoline Gasoline is a toxic, corrosive, flammable substance that is potentially dangerous to the environment, and there are many, many good reasons why you don't want to be distracted by a cigarette or a cell phone while handling it. Not all those signs are to prevent explosions, and anyone who's had spill kit training at an actual gas station job knows the dangers of a lot of spilled gasoline.



** Conversely, it's difficult to explain previous generational racism accurately without being accused of being "soft" on racism at times. For instance, anti-Semitism was pervasive in Europe and for over a millennium prior to World War II, but engaging in genocide would have been considered monstrous and unthinkable. This is, sadly, exactly why Nazi Germany came so close to succeeding -- virtually nobody believed they would do it, dismissing the evidence and even survivors until the advancing lines uncovered the death camps.

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** Conversely, it's difficult to explain previous generational racism accurately without being accused of being "soft" on racism at times. For instance, anti-Semitism was pervasive in Europe and for over a millennium prior to World War II, but engaging in genocide would have been considered monstrous and unthinkable. This is, sadly, exactly why Nazi Germany came so close to succeeding -- virtually nobody believed they would do it, dismissing the evidence and even survivors until the advancing lines uncovered the death camps.



*** It also should be remembered that, for most of Western history, Jews were ''not'' thought of as a separate race of people, at least insofar as they could intermix with native Europeans (and, in fact, a great many Jews were actually former Christian or pagan Europeans who converted). Jews were simply ordinary people who followed the "wrong" religion, and killing them would have unjustly deprived them of the "salvation" they could achieve by becoming Christians; indeed, this was precisely why St. Augustine wrote that non-Christians should not be slain without good reason. ''Racial'' anti-Semitism wasn't recorded until the ''limpieza de sangre'' doctrine of fifteenth-century Spain (Sephardic Jews being largely immigrants from North Africa rather than the Nordic and Slavic converts seen elsewhere in Europe), and even after that Jews continued to be mistrusted and hated for religious, political, and class-based reasons as least as much as racial ones.

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*** It also should be remembered that, for most of Western history, Jews were ''not'' thought of as a separate race of people, at least insofar as they could intermix with native Europeans (and, in fact, a great many Jews were actually former Christian or pagan Europeans who converted). Jews were simply ordinary people who followed the "wrong" religion, and killing them would have unjustly deprived them of the "salvation" they could achieve by becoming Christians; indeed, this was precisely why St. Augustine wrote that non-Christians should not be slain without good reason. ''Racial'' anti-Semitism wasn't recorded until the ''limpieza de sangre'' doctrine of fifteenth-century Spain (Sephardic Jews being largely immigrants from North Africa rather than the Nordic and Slavic converts seen elsewhere in Europe), and even after that Jews continued to be mistrusted and hated for religious, political, and class-based reasons as least as much as racial ones.



* BoomHeadshot isn't anything like true in real life; while people overwhelmingly believe that "[[InstantDeathBullet shot in the head = death]]", people have survived ''multiple'' headshots, and in some cases even continued fighting with severe gunshot-related head injuries with little degradation in their abilities. There are also numerous accounts of people surviving head injuries from masonry nails, large tool blades and even ''scaffolding poles'' with little or no long-term effect on their mental performance.

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* BoomHeadshot isn't anything like true in real life; while people overwhelmingly believe that "[[InstantDeathBullet shot in the head = death]]", people have survived ''multiple'' headshots, and in some cases even continued fighting with severe gunshot-related head injuries with little degradation in their abilities. There are also numerous accounts of people surviving head injuries from masonry nails, large tool blades and even ''scaffolding poles'' with little or no long-term effect on their mental performance.



** Several names fall into this. In ''The Canterbury Tales,'' several of the female characters are given modern-sounding names (albeit spelled differently.) Allison and Emily come to mind.

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** Several names fall into this. In ''The Canterbury Tales,'' several of the female characters are given modern-sounding names (albeit spelled differently.) Allison and Emily come to mind.for instance.



* Sonic booms are rarely ever a 'boom' sound, unless it is something absolutely huge that is traveling at the speed of sound (the bigger the object, the lower the pitch), making Concorde just about the only thing that made a sonic ''boom''; other objects make more of a bang, crash, crack or snap sound.

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* Sonic booms are rarely ever a 'boom' sound, unless it is something absolutely huge that is traveling at the speed of sound (the bigger the object, the lower the pitch), making Concorde just about the only thing that made a sonic ''boom''; other objects make more of a bang, crash, crack or snap sound.



* Nature is a particularly rough subject for this trope. Scenes of nature portrayed in film are usually pretty much backwards. Scenes showing wonder or scenery will show the characters interacting with surprisingly tame prey animals (deer, rabbits, etc.) and having lovely interactions with brightly colored plants and their fruit. Scenes showing danger will show the hero being chased by predators. Cue long lines at the first aid lodge for people who have been poisoned by brightly colored plants and attacked by prey animals and many kids wondering why bears and coyotes tend to just ignore them (predators are pretty lazy unless they're really hungry and tend to go after lone, injured animals for easy kills).

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* Nature is a particularly rough subject for this trope. Scenes of nature portrayed in film are usually pretty much backwards. Scenes showing wonder or scenery will show the characters interacting with surprisingly tame prey animals (deer, rabbits, etc.) and having lovely interactions with brightly colored plants and their fruit. Scenes showing danger will show the hero being chased by predators. Cue long lines at the first aid lodge for people who have been poisoned by brightly colored plants and attacked by prey animals and many kids wondering why bears and coyotes tend to just ignore them (predators are pretty lazy unless they're really hungry and tend to go after lone, injured animals for easy kills).



*** To put it in perspective, African park rangers and even [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] refer to the hippo as the most terrifying beast in Africa. Those things can snap a full-grown male Nile crocodile ''in half''.

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*** To put it in perspective, African park rangers and even [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] refer to the hippo as the most terrifying beast in Africa. Those things can snap a full-grown male Nile crocodile ''in half''.



** Not to mention that horns would have been an extra handhold for an enemy to grab in a fight. At best, they'd rip your helmet off and at worse, use it to control your movements and get their sword into a rather important bit of your anatomy.

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** Not to mention that horns Horns would have been an extra handhold for an enemy to grab in a fight. At best, they'd rip your helmet off and at worse, use it to control your movements and get their sword into a rather important bit of your anatomy.



** And ''Brachiosaurus'' did not have nostrils on top of its head; [[ScienceMarchesOn this is due to the fact that this was accepted among experts when the novel and film were created]], and the general public hasn't yet caught on.

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** And ''Brachiosaurus'' did not have nostrils on top of its head; [[ScienceMarchesOn this is due to the fact that because this was accepted among experts when the novel and film were created]], and the general public hasn't yet caught on.



* Are bats flying rodents? They may look that way, but no. Comparative DNA analysis has revealed that they are actually pegasoferids, which means that their closest relatives are perissodactylids - hoofed mammals with one toe or three toes instead of the usual two people imagine. Of course, [[{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] wouldn't have thought [[AtrociousAlias "Zebra-Man" or "Rhino-Man" to be very intimidating names]].

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* Are bats flying rodents? They may look that way, but no. Comparative DNA analysis has revealed that they are actually pegasoferids, which means that their closest relatives are perissodactylids - hoofed mammals with one toe or three toes instead of the usual two people imagine. Of course, [[{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] wouldn't have thought [[AtrociousAlias "Zebra-Man" or "Rhino-Man" to be very intimidating names]].



* Skinheads seemed to appear out of nowhere in the 1990s due to increased media attention on racial violence. However, the skinhead subculture (which, incidentally, is ''not'' always racist) dates all the way back to the late 1960s - and while the original skinheads had merely very short hair instead of shaved heads, that changed very quickly. Thus the astonishment of some modern-day movie lovers at seeing the Turnbull A.C.'s in the gang movie ''Film/TheWarriors'', since the film was made toward the end of the 1970s - a decade [[SeventiesHair not exactly known for baldness]]. Not to mention that the A.C.'s are conspicuously multiracial.
* UsefulNotes/SarahPalin shocked a lot of people when she first appeared (though Alaskans had, of course, been familiar with her for quite a while). For a (then) 44-year-old woman she was quite attractive, so you'd expect [[ArousedByTheirVoice a reasonably sexy voice]] - not the [[AmericanAccents pseudo-Midwestern]], vaguely Scandinavian, down-home chirp she ended up having. And due to social prejudices, some people had trouble accepting that [[StereotypeFlip a woman who had to wear glasses was a former beauty pageant contestant]].

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* Skinheads seemed to appear out of nowhere in the 1990s due to increased media attention on racial violence. However, the skinhead subculture (which, incidentally, is ''not'' always racist) dates all the way back to the late 1960s - and while the original skinheads had merely very short hair instead of shaved heads, that changed very quickly. Thus the astonishment of some modern-day movie lovers at seeing the Turnbull A.C.'s in the gang movie ''Film/TheWarriors'', since the film was made toward the end of the 1970s - a decade [[SeventiesHair not exactly known for baldness]]. Not to mention that Also, the A.C.'s are conspicuously multiracial.
* UsefulNotes/SarahPalin shocked a lot of people when she first appeared (though Alaskans had, of course, had been familiar with her for quite a while). For a (then) 44-year-old woman she was quite attractive, so you'd expect [[ArousedByTheirVoice a reasonably sexy voice]] - not the [[AmericanAccents pseudo-Midwestern]], vaguely Scandinavian, down-home chirp she ended up having. And due to social prejudices, some people had trouble accepting that [[StereotypeFlip a woman who had to wear glasses was a former beauty pageant contestant]].



** Whiteface clowns often wind up looking quite grotesque (and no, this doesn't just apply to [[MonsterClown Monster Clowns]]) due to improperly applied or cheap makeup, instead of having the "smooth" look they do in illustrations and cartoons. Part of the problem is that clown makeup has historically been - and frequently still is - lard- or cream-based, and fatty makeup tends to congeal very quickly, especially in dry climates (as just about any Southern Californian on Halloween could tell you) and start to crack nauseatingly, [[UncannyValleyMakeup giving the impression more of a mummy than a clown]]. Of course, as the Western world became more industrialized, theatrical makeup companies began to create petroleum-based makeup, which is naturally more slick (if a bit smudgy); however, due to rising oil prices in the past several decades, these companies have often switched to a beeswax base. (Actors who play clowns in Hollywood movies have access to special synthetic cosmetics that won't crack or smudge.)
** At the other extreme, everyday cosmetics worn by women are usually not as garish as the cartoon version, except of course when the woman is a hooker. [[StockObjectColors Lipstick is usually not as bright red as it tends to be portrayed in popular culture, and eyeshadow is more mauve than blue.]] But popular illustrations of sexy women - even non-hookers - will have them [[HelloNurse exaggeratedly vampy]].

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** Whiteface clowns often wind up looking quite grotesque (and no, this doesn't just apply to [[MonsterClown Monster Clowns]]) due to improperly applied or cheap makeup, instead of having the "smooth" look they do in illustrations and cartoons. Part of the problem is that clown makeup has historically been - and frequently still is - lard- or cream-based, and fatty makeup tends to congeal very quickly, especially in dry climates (as just about any Southern Californian on Halloween could tell you) and start to crack nauseatingly, [[UncannyValleyMakeup giving the impression more of a mummy than a clown]]. Of course, as As the Western world became more industrialized, theatrical makeup companies began to create petroleum-based makeup, which is naturally more slick (if a bit smudgy); however, due to rising oil prices in the past several decades, these companies have often switched to a beeswax base. (Actors who play clowns in Hollywood movies have access to special synthetic cosmetics that won't crack or smudge.)
** At the other extreme, everyday cosmetics worn by women are usually not as garish as the cartoon version, except of course when the woman is a hooker. [[StockObjectColors Lipstick is usually not as bright red as it tends to be portrayed in popular culture, and eyeshadow is more mauve than blue.]] But popular illustrations of sexy women - even non-hookers - will have them [[HelloNurse exaggeratedly vampy]].



* As Thomas Frank pointed out in his 2004 book ''What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'', conservatism has done such an excellent job of [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting American history]] that if you sincerely told younger people that there was a time (about 1890 to 1920, specifically) when hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans viewed not only liberalism but socialism and even [[ChummyCommies communism]] as worthwhile political doctrines, they'd dismiss this fact as a fairy tale. Occasionally Hollywood tries to correct this oversight with its "political" films, but even there leftists are [[CondescendingCompassion portrayed as a persecuted minority]], when in fact for a while in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American political culture]] their ideas were almost - or practically - mainstream.

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* As Thomas Frank pointed out in his 2004 book ''What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'', conservatism has done such an excellent job of [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting American history]] that if you sincerely told younger people that there was a time (about 1890 to 1920, specifically) when hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans viewed not only liberalism but socialism and even [[ChummyCommies communism]] as worthwhile political doctrines, they'd dismiss this fact as a fairy tale. Occasionally Hollywood tries to correct this oversight with its "political" films, but even there leftists are [[CondescendingCompassion portrayed as a persecuted minority]], when in fact for a while in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American political culture]] their ideas were almost - or practically - mainstream.
17th Feb '16 7:58:53 AM erforce
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* Skinheads seemed to appear out of nowhere in the 1990s due to increased media attention on racial violence. However, the skinhead subculture (which, incidentally, is ''not'' always racist) dates all the way back to the late 1960s - and while the original skinheads had merely very short hair instead of shaved heads, that changed very quickly. Thus the astonishment of some modern-day movie lovers at seeing the Turnbull A.C.'s in the gang movie ''TheWarriors'', since the film was made toward the end of the 1970s - a decade [[SeventiesHair not exactly known for baldness]]. Not to mention that the A.C.'s are conspicuously multiracial.
* SarahPalin shocked a lot of people when she first appeared (though Alaskans had, of course, been familiar with her for quite a while). For a (then) 44-year-old woman she was quite attractive, so you'd expect [[ArousedByTheirVoice a reasonably sexy voice]] - not the [[AmericanAccents pseudo-Midwestern]], vaguely Scandinavian, down-home chirp she ended up having. And due to social prejudices, some people had trouble accepting that [[StereotypeFlip a woman who had to wear glasses was a former beauty pageant contestant]].

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* Skinheads seemed to appear out of nowhere in the 1990s due to increased media attention on racial violence. However, the skinhead subculture (which, incidentally, is ''not'' always racist) dates all the way back to the late 1960s - and while the original skinheads had merely very short hair instead of shaved heads, that changed very quickly. Thus the astonishment of some modern-day movie lovers at seeing the Turnbull A.C.'s in the gang movie ''TheWarriors'', ''Film/TheWarriors'', since the film was made toward the end of the 1970s - a decade [[SeventiesHair not exactly known for baldness]]. Not to mention that the A.C.'s are conspicuously multiracial.
* SarahPalin UsefulNotes/SarahPalin shocked a lot of people when she first appeared (though Alaskans had, of course, been familiar with her for quite a while). For a (then) 44-year-old woman she was quite attractive, so you'd expect [[ArousedByTheirVoice a reasonably sexy voice]] - not the [[AmericanAccents pseudo-Midwestern]], vaguely Scandinavian, down-home chirp she ended up having. And due to social prejudices, some people had trouble accepting that [[StereotypeFlip a woman who had to wear glasses was a former beauty pageant contestant]].
9th Feb '16 9:27:24 AM 10-13-2
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* Many animals thought of by most Americans as "exotic" [[BlackVikings often turn up in the strangest places]] - including the United States itself. Jaguars are perhaps the most "exotic" example. While not seen too much anymore, this species associated with Central and South America is not unknown to North America, even in historical times. Because jaguars, like all cats, are [[ReallyGetsAround conspicuously promiscuous]], males commonly roam for hundreds or even thousands of miles in search of as many females to impregnate as possible, the better to ensure genetic diversity and therefore increase the chances of the species' survival. Consequently, in the 1840s jaguars were seen along the Platte River in Colorado; and a family of jaguars were living in the Tehachapi (a mountain range separating Los Angeles County from the Mojave Desert) as late as the Civil War era. Even today, jaguars are infrequently [[StealthPun spotted]] in Southwestern states like Arizona.

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* Many animals thought of by most Americans as "exotic" [[BlackVikings often turn up in the strangest places]] - including the United States itself. Jaguars are perhaps the most "exotic" example. While not seen too much anymore, this species associated with Central and South America is not unknown to North America, even in historical times. Because jaguars, like all cats, are [[ReallyGetsAround conspicuously promiscuous]], males commonly roam for hundreds or even thousands of miles in search of as many females to impregnate as possible, the better to ensure genetic diversity and therefore increase the chances of the species' survival. Consequently, in the 1840s jaguars were seen along the Platte River in Colorado; and a family of jaguars were living in the Tehachapi (a mountain range separating Los Angeles County from the Mojave Desert) in California as late as the Civil War era. Even today, jaguars are infrequently [[StealthPun spotted]] in Southwestern states like Arizona.
9th Feb '16 9:25:51 AM 10-13-2
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* Many animals thought of by most Americans as "exotic" [[BlackVikings often turn up in the strangest places]] - including the United States itself. Jaguars are perhaps the most "exotic" example. While not seen too much anymore, this species associated with Central and South America is not unknown to North America, even in historical times. Because jaguars, like all cats, are [[ReallyGetsAround conspicuously promiscuous]], males commonly roam for hundreds or even thousands of miles in search of as many females to impregnate as possible, the better to ensure genetic diversity and therefore increase the chances of the species' survival. Consequently, in the 1840s jaguars were seen along the Platte River in Colorado; and a family of jaguars were living in the Tehachapi (a mountain range separating Los Angeles County from the Mojave Desert) as late as the Civil War era. Even today, jaguars are infrequently [[StealthPun spotted]] in Southwestern states like Arizona.
6th Feb '16 5:21:50 PM 10-13-2
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* As Thomas Frank pointed out in his 2004 book ''What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'', conservatism has done such an excellent job of [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting American history]] that if you sincerely told younger people that there was a time (about 1890 to 1920, specifically) when hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans viewed not only liberalism but socialism and even [[ChummyCommie communism]] as worthwhile political doctrines, they'd dismiss this fact as a fairy tale. Occasionally Hollywood tries to correct this oversight with its "political" films, but even there leftists are [[CondescendingCompassion portrayed as a persecuted minority]], when in fact for a while in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American political culture]] their ideas were almost - or practically - mainstream.

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* As Thomas Frank pointed out in his 2004 book ''What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'', conservatism has done such an excellent job of [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting American history]] that if you sincerely told younger people that there was a time (about 1890 to 1920, specifically) when hundreds of thousands of working-class Americans viewed not only liberalism but socialism and even [[ChummyCommie [[ChummyCommies communism]] as worthwhile political doctrines, they'd dismiss this fact as a fairy tale. Occasionally Hollywood tries to correct this oversight with its "political" films, but even there leftists are [[CondescendingCompassion portrayed as a persecuted minority]], when in fact for a while in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American political culture]] their ideas were almost - or practically - mainstream.
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