History RealityIsUnrealistic / General

30th Oct '17 2:44:17 AM jormis29
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** Callie Hernandez of ''Film/LaLaLand'' and ''Film/AlienCovenant'' fame [[http://media2.whosaystatic.com/939514/939514_770.jpg looks like she could]] [[http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Premiere+Lionsgate+La+La+Land+Arrivals+g07pnVoxA4hx.jpg pass for a white woman]].

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** Callie Hernandez Creator/CallieHernandez of ''Film/LaLaLand'' and ''Film/AlienCovenant'' fame [[http://media2.whosaystatic.com/939514/939514_770.jpg looks like she could]] [[http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Premiere+Lionsgate+La+La+Land+Arrivals+g07pnVoxA4hx.jpg pass for a white woman]].
29th Oct '17 8:18:03 AM HazelMcCallister
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** That being said, horned helmets are known from several real-life time periods and cultures (warriors aren't ''always'' the most practical of people, and some examples may be parade or tournament armor), just none from Viking-period Scandinavia.



* People do not [[ExplosiveDecompression explode in space]] as the human body is tough enough to withstand the pressure, but the myth is so prevalent people complain when it ''doesn't'' happen.

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* People do not [[ExplosiveDecompression explode in space]] space]], as the human body is tough enough to withstand the drop in pressure, but the myth is so prevalent people complain when it ''doesn't'' happen.



** ''Dilophosaurus'' did not [[Franchise/JurassicPark have a frill or spit venom]].

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** ''Dilophosaurus'' did not [[Franchise/JurassicPark did not have a frill or and almost certainly didn't spit venom]].venom]]. It was also much longer[[note]]setting aside the possibility that ''Jurassic Park'''s animals were juveniles[[/note]] and had a less robust head than ''Jurassic Park'' and subsequent media depict.



** ''Stegosaurus'' is often regarded as too slow to defend itself from predators, and that's how it was portrayed in old portraits. Closer inspection of its legs show it may have been slow at running. ''Turning around'' on the other hand...

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** ''Stegosaurus'' is often regarded as too slow to defend itself from predators, and that's how it was portrayed in old portraits.depictions. Closer inspection of its legs show it may have been slow at running. ''Turning around'' on the other hand...



** Most people cannot grasp the idea of ''Triceratops'' and its fellow ceratopsians eating meat, in spite of having a beak that can crush bone and teeth that are good for shredding meat as well as plants (and the fact herbivores today often switch to a diet of meat).

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** Most people cannot grasp the idea of ''Triceratops'' and its fellow ceratopsians eating meat, in spite of having a beak that can crush bone and teeth that are good for shredding meat as well as plants (and the fact that herbivores today often switch to a diet of meat).


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** See also: BritishTeeth. Americans are aware that flossing and most toothpastes won't significantly whiten your teeth and certainly won't make them grow in straight, but have been sold preventative and cosmetic dental care together for so long that the subconscious assumption is if your teeth are crooked and yellow, you don't take care of them at all.
10th Oct '17 11:34:27 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] gets the same. He was famous for being tough and a rugged outdoorsman, but the one extant recording of his voice (a commencement speech) shows that he really sounded like a high-pitched upper-crust New Yorker, befitting his background.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] gets the same. He was famous for being tough and a rugged outdoorsman, but the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhlzdjPGxrs one extant recording of his voice voice]] (a commencement speech) shows that he really sounded like a high-pitched upper-crust New Yorker, befitting his background.
28th Sep '17 11:59:55 PM Nicoaln
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* Lawnmowers are intentionally thought of as being loud. While that is indeed true for some, the modern lawnmowers are actually quiet - but they are designed to make noise because people thought they weren't working. Additionally, hearing a lawnmower noise has been a good way to let some people (namely children) to know "The lawn is being mowed - you probably do not want to go out in the yard at the moment."
** Electric Cars and Hybrids are running into the same problem - fiction may show a motor being loud, except that electric cars are ''quiet''.

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* Lawnmowers are intentionally thought of as being loud. While that is indeed true for some, the modern lawnmowers are actually quiet - but they are designed to make noise because people thought they weren't working. Additionally, hearing a lawnmower noise has been a good way to let some people (namely children) to know "The lawn is being mowed - you probably do not want to go out in the yard at the moment."
" It can also act as a deterrent to animals, since noise is a good way to scare them away.
** Electric Cars and Hybrids are running into the same problem - fiction may show a motor being loud, except that electric cars are ''quiet''. This is why most electric vehicles have a device that beeps when they are in reverse (similar to an electric cart or a forklift) and have a noise-generator so that people can hear an electric vehicle coming.
19th Sep '17 6:43:34 PM ElatedCrocodilian
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**The whole notion of a single language called 'Arabic' is slightly unrealistic anyway. If not for the political, ethnic and religious unity implications, Arabic would probably be better described as a language group, given how distinct some of its dialects are from one another.
12th Sep '17 12:22:15 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Any time the UglyGuyHotWife trope is played straight it usually induces groans in viewers because everyone knows that no woman that good-looking would ever choose a partner who is beneath them on the attractiveness scale unless he is rich and[=/=]or well-hung. According to several research articles [[http://elitedaily.com/women/women-dating-ugly-guys/1092623/ like]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/verena-von-pfetten/why-women-gladly-date-ugl_b_100704.html these]] [[http://www.livescience.com/7483-beautiful-women-marry-attractive-men.html three]], this may actually be more common in RealLife than fiction would lead you to believe. The same goes for the inverse HotGuyUglyWife, even though it's less common in fiction than its SpearCounterpart.

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* Any time the UglyGuyHotWife trope is played straight it usually induces groans in viewers because everyone knows that no woman that good-looking would ever choose a partner who is beneath them on the attractiveness scale unless he is rich and[=/=]or well-hung. According to several research articles [[http://elitedaily.com/women/women-dating-ugly-guys/1092623/ like]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/verena-von-pfetten/why-women-gladly-date-ugl_b_100704.html these]] [[http://www.livescience.com/7483-beautiful-women-marry-attractive-men.html three]], this may actually be more common in RealLife than even fiction would lead you to believe. The same goes for the inverse HotGuyUglyWife, even though it's it is less common in fiction than its SpearCounterpart.
9th Sep '17 3:59:09 PM nombretomado
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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. In the 1912 election there was a "Progressive" Candidate ([[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]]), a Democrat, a Republican and an open socialist. And the Republican came in third. 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.

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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. In the 1912 election there was a "Progressive" Candidate ([[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]]), a Democrat, a Republican and an open socialist. And the Republican came in third. 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 [[UsefulNotes/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.
9th Sep '17 2:07:39 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/SarahPalin shocked a lot of people when she first appeared (though Alaskans 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]].

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* UsefulNotes/SarahPalin shocked a lot of people when she first appeared (though Alaskans 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 [[UsefulNotes/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]].
8th Sep '17 6:29:32 PM Jhonny
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** For that matter, scenes where the heroes are chased by noisy predators are also unrealistic. [[IfIWantedYouDead First, a healthy predator wouldn't NEED to chase you down]]. And most rely on a short dash rather than [[SuperPersistentPredator long chase]] to begin with. Second, people may have confused hunting with territorial or [[MamaBear parental]] [[PapaWolf displays]]--most hunts involve quiet and somewhat boring stalk/ambush techniques, while stumbling across an adult with babies is what would ''realistically'' trigger the angry, intimidating chase scene.

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** For that matter, scenes where the heroes are chased by noisy predators are also unrealistic. [[IfIWantedYouDead First, a healthy predator wouldn't NEED to chase you down]]. And most rely on a short dash rather than [[SuperPersistentPredator long chase]] to begin with. Second, people may have confused hunting with territorial or [[MamaBear parental]] [[PapaWolf displays]]--most hunts involve quiet and somewhat boring stalk/ambush techniques, while stumbling across an adult with babies is what would ''realistically'' trigger the angry, intimidating chase scene. The ''only'' apex predator that typically chases its prey for hours until it literally collapses of exhaustion and/or heatstroke is ''homo sapiens sapiens'', i.e. humans
8th Sep '17 6:22:09 PM Jhonny
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* Imagine you're watching a show, and one of the beloved characters falls ill. Upon arrival at the hospital, the doctor gravely informs the team that they have contracted a new disease, that there's no cure for called... Acute Coughing Disease. Hearing that, many people are likely to think that the writers couldn't even think of a fake last name or geographic location to name it after. However, this is actually more realistic- disease researchers have been cautioned from naming a disease after a person, place, or animal, to prevent any negative associations being made unjustly. Chances are, if a disease has or is commonly known under a name like "person X's disease" or "swine flu" it has been around for some time already, enough at least for GrandfatherClause to apply or enough research to have been done for the discoverer to have the disease named after him (and even that is getting rarer as research is being done in increasingly large teams). The other way names like "Swine flu" come into existence is by popular media who cannot be bothered to write down (and explain) "The 2014 strain of H1N1" however, trained medical professionals certainly will and are more likely to be able to make heads or tails of that rather than "Vague fever of vagueness" which was the name of next to every disease prior to modern medicine.

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* Imagine you're watching a show, and one of the beloved characters falls ill. Upon arrival at the hospital, the doctor gravely informs the team that they have contracted a new disease, that there's no cure for called... Acute Coughing Disease. Hearing that, many people are likely to think that the writers couldn't even think of a fake last name or geographic location to name it after. However, this is actually more realistic- disease researchers have been cautioned from naming a disease after a person, place, or animal, to prevent any negative associations being made unjustly. Chances are, if a disease has or is commonly known under a name like "person X's disease" or "swine flu" it has been around for some time already, enough at least for GrandfatherClause to apply or enough research to have been done for the discoverer to have the disease named after him (and even that is getting rarer as research is being done in increasingly large teams). The other way names like "Swine flu" come into existence is by popular media who cannot be bothered to write down (and explain) "The 2014 strain of H1N1" [=H1N1=]" however, trained medical professionals certainly will and are more likely to be able to make heads or tails of that rather than "Vague fever of vagueness" which was the name of next to every disease prior to modern medicine.medicine - if it wasn't the ever helpful "pestis" which is just Latin for "plague" in the generic sense.
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