History SmallReferencePools / RealLife

11th Apr '16 9:17:03 PM aye_amber
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** TheFifties: A happy carefree time, at least that is the view that many sitcoms and movies have given us. All adult men are a StandardFiftiesFather who wears slippers, fedoras and smokes a pipe. All adult women are [[StepfordSmiler smiling]] apron-clad [[Housewife housewives]]. Their children will be girls in poodle skirts, playing with hula hoops or early Barbie dolls or cute freckle faced boys with slingshots in their pockets and read comic books on the sly. Or, if they are teenagers, they will be teddy boys, GreaserDelinquents, a BadassBiker or a {{Beatnik}} reading Magazine/{{Playboy}} on the sly. They drive a CoolCar with {{RetroRocket}}s to eat at UsefulNotes/McDonalds or watch a [[BMovie monster B-movie]] at a DriveInTheater. But, most importantly, they will listen to RockAndRoll, {{Doowop}}, {{RAndB}} or {{Rockabilly}} on a transistor radio or a jukebox, especially Music/BillHaleyAndHisComets, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/ChuckBerry, Music/LittleRichard, Music/JerryLeeLewis and Music/BuddyHolly. Jonas Salk developing the polio vaccin, TheSpaceRace and the launch of the first Sputnik are the most important scientific breakthroughs. Other happy events are Edmund Hillary being the first man on top of the Mount Everest, Elizabeth II being crowned, the opening of [[Ride/{{DisneyThemeParks}} Disneyland]], the establishment of the UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion and the marriage between Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Creator/GraceKelly. TheBeatGeneration, early television shows like ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', free jazz and abstract expressionism are the cultural highlights. Creator/BettiePage, Creator/MarlonBrando, Creator/JamesDean, Creator/BrigitteBardot, Creator/JayneMansfield, Creator/SophiaLoren, Music/ElvisPresley, Creator/MarilynMonroe and ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' lead the sexual revolution. In popular culture there will be far less focus on the [[RedScare anti-communist witch hunts]] , UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, the fear of [[TheBigOne the bomb]], the first nuclear power plants being built, the Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Uprising, UsefulNotes/FidelCastro turning Cuba into a Communist state and the rise of the Afro-American civil rights movement under Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.

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** TheFifties: A happy carefree time, at least that is the view that many sitcoms and movies have given us. All adult men are a StandardFiftiesFather who wears slippers, fedoras and smokes a pipe. All adult women are [[StepfordSmiler smiling]] apron-clad [[Housewife housewives]]. Their children will be girls in poodle skirts, playing with hula hoops or early Barbie dolls or cute freckle faced boys with slingshots in their pockets and read comic books on the sly. Or, if they are teenagers, they will be teddy boys, GreaserDelinquents, a BadassBiker or a {{Beatnik}} reading Magazine/{{Playboy}} on the sly. They drive a CoolCar with {{RetroRocket}}s to eat at UsefulNotes/McDonalds or watch a [[BMovie monster B-movie]] at a DriveInTheater. But, most importantly, they will listen to RockAndRoll, {{Doowop}}, {{RAndB}} or {{Rockabilly}} on a transistor radio or a jukebox, especially Music/BillHaleyAndHisComets, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/ChuckBerry, Music/LittleRichard, Music/JerryLeeLewis Music/JerryLeeLewis, and Music/BuddyHolly. Jonas Salk developing the polio vaccin, vaccine, TheSpaceRace and the launch of the first Sputnik are the most important scientific breakthroughs. Other happy events are Edmund Hillary being the first man on top of the Mount Everest, Elizabeth II being crowned, the opening of [[Ride/{{DisneyThemeParks}} Disneyland]], the establishment of the UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion and the marriage between Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Creator/GraceKelly. TheBeatGeneration, Creator/TheBeatGeneration, early television shows like ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', free jazz and abstract expressionism are the cultural highlights. Creator/BettiePage, Creator/MarlonBrando, Creator/JamesDean, Creator/BrigitteBardot, Creator/JayneMansfield, Creator/SophiaLoren, Music/ElvisPresley, Creator/MarilynMonroe and ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' lead the sexual revolution. In popular culture there will be far less focus on the [[RedScare anti-communist witch hunts]] , UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, the fear of [[TheBigOne the bomb]], the first nuclear power plants being built, the Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Uprising, UsefulNotes/FidelCastro turning Cuba into a Communist state and the rise of the Afro-American civil rights movement under Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.
8th Apr '16 8:30:49 PM bwburke94
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** UsefulNotes/HarryTruman (even though the papers said Dewey won)

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** UsefulNotes/HarryTruman (even though the papers said Dewey won)UsefulNotes/HarryTruman: Bombed Japan. Defeated Dewey.



** UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy: Went to bed with Creator/MarilynMonroe, claimed to be a Berliner, had a missile crisis on Cuba and was shot while driving in a car by someone we still haven't identified properly.

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** UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy: Went to bed with Creator/MarilynMonroe, claimed to be a Berliner, Berliner (not a jelly donut), had a missile crisis on Cuba and was shot while driving in a car by someone we still haven't identified properly.



** UsefulNotes/BarackObama: First black American president and lets leave comments about what he'll be remembered for until his term is properly finished.

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** UsefulNotes/BarackObama: First black American president and lets president. Let's leave comments about what he'll be remembered for until his term is properly finished.



** Hillary Clinton: Dominant or bitchy, depending what your side your on.

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** Hillary Clinton: Dominant or bitchy, depending what your side your you're on.
8th Apr '16 8:28:39 PM bwburke94
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** UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley: Best known as the guy whose assassination led to the presidency of...

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** UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland: Served two non-consecutive terms.
** UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley: Former namesake of a mountain. Best known as the guy whose assassination led to the presidency of...
2nd Mar '16 7:37:26 AM JulianLapostat
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* All Arabs are Muslim - and, to a lesser extent, vice versa. In fact, there are many Christian Arabs - mostly in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. Similarly, there are a great variety of Muslim peoples (Albanians being European, Iranians sharing much of their linguistic and racial heritage with both Europeans and Asian Indians, Turks ultimately from East Asia, and Indonesians mostly of Malayo-Polynesian stock),[[note]]the majority of Muslims in fact come from Indonesia, Pakistan, or Bangladesh; less than 20% of the world's Muslims live in Middle Eastern or North-African countries.[[/note]] but a Muslim character in popular fiction will always be rendered an Arab or a quasi-Arab unless his/her being of a different nationality is pertinent to the plot.
* All Indians are Hindu. Not Muslim, not Christian, not Sikh, not Buddhist, not Jain or any of the other religions present in India. They're just funny people celebrating gods with many arms. And they will often wear turbans, even though most Hindus do not wear turbans.
* All Russians are either ethnic Russian or Jewish [[note]] Note that it is possible to be both, since "Jewish" is a religion and not an ethnicity. [[/note]]. Chechens appear sporadically, and will always be depicted as Islamic extremists. What about Tatars, Bashkirs, Ossetians, Dagestanis, Chuvash, and Circassians (among others)? Good luck finding them!
** During the Cold War, it was believed in the West that the only people living in Siberia were forced there for being political dissidents.

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* All Arabs are Muslim - and, to a lesser extent, vice versa. In fact, there are many Christian Arabs - mostly in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. Similarly, there are a great variety of Muslim peoples (Albanians being European, Iranians sharing much of their linguistic and racial heritage with both Europeans and Asian Indians, Turks ultimately from East Asia, and Indonesians mostly of Malayo-Polynesian stock),[[note]]the majority of Muslims in fact come from Indonesia, Pakistan, or Bangladesh; Pakistan and India; less than 20% of the world's Muslims live in Middle Eastern or North-African countries.[[/note]] but a Muslim character in popular fiction will always be rendered an Arab or a quasi-Arab unless his/her being of a different nationality is pertinent to the plot.
* All Indians are Hindu. Not Muslim, not Christian, not Sikh, not Buddhist, not Jain or any of the other religions present in India. They're just funny people celebrating gods with many arms. And they will often wear turbans, even though most Hindus do not wear turbans.
turbans. Sikhs wear turbans, but Americans think Sikhs are Muslims.
* All Russians are either ethnic Russian or Jewish [[note]] Note that it is possible to be both, since "Jewish" is a religion religious and social identity, and not an ethnicity. [[/note]]. Chechens appear sporadically, and will always be depicted as Islamic extremists. What about Tatars, Bashkirs, Ossetians, Dagestanis, Chuvash, and Circassians (among others)? Good luck finding them!
** During the Cold War, it was believed in the West that the only people living in Siberia were forced there for being political dissidents. Likewise, all dissidents are total converts to liberal democracy and not, as Creator/AlexanderSolzhenitsyn turned out to be, neo-Slavophile anti-Westerners who are quite right-wing and only barely restrain their anti-semitism.



* Everyone in Latin America has a Spanish surname - even in countries like Argentina, Chile, and Brazil where non-Spanish/Portuguese surnames are just as common.

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* Everyone in Latin America has a Spanish surname - even in countries like Argentina, Chile, and Brazil where non-Spanish/Portuguese surnames are just as common.common on account of Irish, Italian and, [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes this is true]], Japanese immigration.



* American Catholics are either Irish, Italian, or Hispanic. Forget about the American Catholics of French, Polish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and other heritages. African American Catholics don't exist either.

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* American Catholics are either Irish, Italian, or Hispanic. Forget about the American Catholics of French, Polish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and other heritages. African American Catholics don't exist either.either, nor do African-American Jews (even if it includes such famous figures as Sammy Davis, Lenny Kravitz and Jackie Wilson).



* UsefulNotes/{{India}}: Bombay (almost never Mumbai), Delhi, Bangalore and Bengal. Nobody knows Agra, but they will recognize the Taj Mahal there.

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* UsefulNotes/{{India}}: Bombay (almost never Mumbai), Delhi, Bangalore and Bengal. Nobody knows Agra, but they will recognize the Taj Mahal there. One irony is that {{Bollywood}} movies have the same SmallReferencePools to their own culture.
2nd Mar '16 5:59:19 AM Cherryblob
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** China focuses on the Ming Empire (when 'we' were amazing and in our rightful place as no.1!), Qing Empire (when 'we' were humiliated by evil subhuman foreigners!), Chinese Revolution (which was only barely a Civil War because everyone loved Communism so much), and the Second Sino-Japanese War (when those evil Nationalists were cowards and the Communists did all the fighting!). Expect mainland Chinese media to focus on little else but the Second Sino-Japanese War and the latter half of the Chinese Civil War. Media in Hong Kong are more likely to be concerned with the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but are otherwise exclusively focused on other settings directly concerned with Hong Kong (or in some cases, Shanghai) within the past 200 years.

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** China focuses on the Ming Empire (when 'we' were amazing and in our rightful place as no.1!), (their greatest period), Qing Empire (when 'we' they were humiliated by evil subhuman foreigners!), in war with foreign countries), Chinese Revolution (which was only barely a Civil War because everyone '''everyone loved Communism so much), much'''), and the Second Sino-Japanese War (when those evil Nationalists were cowards and the Communists did all the fighting!). Expect mainland Chinese media to focus on little else but the Second Sino-Japanese War and the latter half of the Chinese Civil War. Media in Hong Kong (being a previous British Colony and not as affected by the Communist Party) are more likely to be concerned with the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but are otherwise exclusively focused on other settings directly concerned with Hong Kong (or in some cases, Shanghai) within the past 200 years.
26th Feb '16 8:56:56 PM VutherA
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** It lasted three days, in 1863, and the entire war started and finished near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Also, all Confederate soldiers wore gray uniforms [[note]]The Confederates' economy was entirely incapable of providing a standard uniform for their troops.[[/note]].

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** It lasted three days, in 1863, and the entire war started and finished near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Also, all Confederate soldiers wore gray uniforms uniforms.[[note]]The Confederates' economy was entirely incapable of providing a standard uniform for their troops.[[/note]].troops[[/note]]
26th Feb '16 8:55:37 PM VutherA
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** It lasted three days, in 1863, and the entire war started and finished near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Also, all Confederate soldiers wore gray uniforms [[hottip:*:The Confederates' economy was entirely incapable of providing a standard uniform for their troops]].

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** It lasted three days, in 1863, and the entire war started and finished near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Also, all Confederate soldiers wore gray uniforms [[hottip:*:The [[note]]The Confederates' economy was entirely incapable of providing a standard uniform for their troops]].troops.[[/note]].
26th Feb '16 8:44:18 PM VutherA
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** It lasted three days, in 1863, and the entire war started and finished near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Also, all Confederate soldiers wore gray uniforms.

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** It lasted three days, in 1863, and the entire war started and finished near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Also, all Confederate soldiers wore gray uniforms.uniforms [[hottip:*:The Confederates' economy was entirely incapable of providing a standard uniform for their troops]].
25th Feb '16 12:06:59 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines: Manila.

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* UsefulNotes/ThePhilippines: UsefulNotes/Philippines: Manila.
25th Feb '16 12:03:13 AM LucaEarlgrey
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*** UsefulNotes/{{California}}: UsefulNotes/LosAngeles (UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}), UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco (Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge) and Disneyland.

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*** UsefulNotes/{{California}}: UsefulNotes/LosAngeles (UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}), UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco (Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge) and Disneyland. If you're lucky, you'll have heard of the Silicon Valley region, known as the technology capital of the world where tech giants Apple, Google, and Facebook are headquartered.
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