History SmallReferencePools / RealLife

16th Sep '17 3:54:21 PM nombretomado
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* TheRenaissance (late 1450s - 1650): Any reference to this time period will always be set in Italy, despite the tendency to have Renaissance fairs be set in England and be more close to Middle Ages imagery. The Renaissance will only consist of references made to the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and Michelangelo's ''David''. Cameo appearances by Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli, Petrarch, Giacomo Savaranola, Creator/GiovanniBoccaccio, Sandro Botticelli, [[Creator/RaphaelSanzio Raphael]], Donatello, UsefulNotes/PopeAlexanderVI,... are mandatory. In Britain this is the Shakespearan age, so expect Creator/WilliamShakespeare, UsefulNotes/HenryVIII, UsefulNotes/ElizabethI and UsefulNotes/MaryTudor, UsefulNotes/MaryQueenOfScots, UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn, UsefulNotes/SirFrancisDrake, Sir Walter Raleigh,... to be namedropped or have a cameo. Spain and Portugal engage in the age of WoodenShipsAndIronMen, but to most people this is just UsefulNotes/HernanCortez and Francisco Pizzarro and other conquistadores massacreing Aztecs and Incas in some {{Mayincatec}} empire. But the most important event is Martin Luther establishing Protestantism and the Reformation and the Contra-Reformation happening as a result. A close second is UsefulNotes/JohannesGutenberg inventing the printing device. In terms of War we have the Thirty Years' War and the Eighty Year's War to reference. This is also the most prominent era to reference Charles V and Philippe II of Spain, Ivan the Terrible, Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, William the Silent/William of Orange, UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, Creator/RembrandtVanRijn, Creator/JohannesVermeer, Creator/PeterPaulRubens, Caravaggio, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, Galileo Galilei, ... In terms of fashion: everybody wears a ruff [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruff_%28clothing%29]].

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* TheRenaissance UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance (late 1450s - 1650): Any reference to this time period will always be set in Italy, despite the tendency to have Renaissance fairs be set in England and be more close to Middle Ages imagery. The Renaissance will only consist of references made to the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and Michelangelo's ''David''. Cameo appearances by Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli, Petrarch, Giacomo Savaranola, Creator/GiovanniBoccaccio, Sandro Botticelli, [[Creator/RaphaelSanzio Raphael]], Donatello, UsefulNotes/PopeAlexanderVI,... are mandatory. In Britain this is the Shakespearan age, so expect Creator/WilliamShakespeare, UsefulNotes/HenryVIII, UsefulNotes/ElizabethI and UsefulNotes/MaryTudor, UsefulNotes/MaryQueenOfScots, UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn, UsefulNotes/SirFrancisDrake, Sir Walter Raleigh,... to be namedropped or have a cameo. Spain and Portugal engage in the age of WoodenShipsAndIronMen, but to most people this is just UsefulNotes/HernanCortez and Francisco Pizzarro and other conquistadores massacreing Aztecs and Incas in some {{Mayincatec}} empire. But the most important event is Martin Luther establishing Protestantism and the Reformation and the Contra-Reformation happening as a result. A close second is UsefulNotes/JohannesGutenberg inventing the printing device. In terms of War we have the Thirty Years' War and the Eighty Year's War to reference. This is also the most prominent era to reference Charles V and Philippe II of Spain, Ivan the Terrible, Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, William the Silent/William of Orange, UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}, Creator/RembrandtVanRijn, Creator/JohannesVermeer, Creator/PeterPaulRubens, Caravaggio, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, Galileo Galilei, ... In terms of fashion: everybody wears a ruff [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruff_%28clothing%29]].
16th Sep '17 11:33:27 AM Malady
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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 vaccine, UsefulNotes/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. 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.

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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 vaccine, UsefulNotes/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. 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]], 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.
5th Sep '17 6:38:57 PM TheKaizerreich
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** UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump: A billionaire businessman, and that's all we'll say for now.

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** UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump: A billionaire businessman, businessman who writes a lot on Website/{{Twitter}}, and that's all we'll say for now.
5th Sep '17 6:37:18 PM TheKaizerreich
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* Creator/{{Socrates}} drank hemlock and died. Also he knew that he knew nothing.

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* Creator/{{Socrates}} drank hemlock and died. Also he knew that he knew nothing. He definitely didn't come up with the Socratian method (known in some circles under the bizarre name "sea-lioning").
5th Sep '17 6:33:35 PM TheKaizerreich
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* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche. Usually referenced by being a [[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]]. Also, everyone knows he had a BadassMoustache and went mad later in life. Said "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Also said ''God is dead'' at one point, which is often used out of context.

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* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche. Usually referenced by being a [[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]]. Also, everyone knows he had a BadassMoustache and went mad later in life. Said "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Also said ''God is dead'' at one point, which is often used out of context. Popularly known as a racist and/or anti-Semite, when he was generally neither (his sister on the other hand...)
5th Sep '17 6:30:09 PM TheKaizerreich
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* Don't expect Racist/Supremacy movements to be anything other than "White Supremacy". Black Supremacy, Asian Supremacy and whatnot simply do not exist, and if by some fluke they are acknowledged, they will be excused as harmless and/or totally not racist because "those not in power cannot be racist against those in power".
5th Sep '17 6:21:10 PM TheKaizerreich
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** The entire history of Japan consists of early Tokugawa shogunate and Meiji restoration, despite the fact that this doesn't leave the latter with much to restore. If UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is depicted in a Japanese work, it will only be to show the suffering of good ordinary people, probably in the countryside, and will be strangely divorced from all actual context. There is enormous focus on the UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki.

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** The entire history of Japan consists of early Tokugawa shogunate and Meiji restoration, despite the fact that this doesn't leave the latter with much to restore. If UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is depicted in a Japanese work, it will only be to show the suffering of good ordinary people, probably in the countryside, and will be strangely divorced from all actual context. There is enormous focus on the UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki. People or organisations that commited crimes against humanity, such as Unit 731, didn't and don't exist. Invasions of continental Asia didn't happen either.
5th Sep '17 5:40:51 PM TheKaizerreich
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* UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}: The capital UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}}, best known for the Kremlin and nothing but snowy landscapes. St. Petersburg, Vladivostok (as the city all the way in the east), Volgograd might get mentioned too, but far more infamous is Siberia, which lives on in the public imagination as a mysterious place where people are [[TheGulag sent to work in slave labor]]. Some older people may mention Leningrad and Stalingrad, unaware that these cities are now called St. Petersburg and Volgograd. Olympics buffs will remember Sochi, but only as a place with ice rinks and ski jumps. Other cities ad regions mentioned will often be part of an independent Baltic republic now.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}: The capital UsefulNotes/{{Moscow}}, best known for the Kremlin (which if mentioned will almost inevitably be accompanied by a shot of ''Saint Basil's Cathedral'' instead) and nothing but snowy landscapes. St. Petersburg, Vladivostok (as the city all the way in the east), Volgograd might get mentioned too, but far more infamous is Siberia, which lives on in the public imagination as a mysterious place where people are [[TheGulag sent to work in slave labor]]. Some older people may mention Leningrad and Stalingrad, unaware that these cities are now called St. Petersburg and Volgograd. Olympics buffs will remember Sochi, but only as a place with ice rinks and ski jumps. Other cities ad regions mentioned will often be part of an independent Baltic republic now.
30th Aug '17 9:47:02 AM LaptopGuy
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* A horrific hurricane in an urban area? Surely you talk about Katrina? Or Sandy? Because no other hurricane ever made landfall in an inhabited area, right?

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* A horrific hurricane in an urban area? Surely you talk about Katrina? Or Sandy? Harvey? Because no other hurricane ever made landfall in an inhabited area, right?
27th Aug '17 6:16:42 PM LaptopGuy
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** European Fascist dictators: UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini and UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco. If you're lucky, you'll get Ante Pavelic (Croatia), Ioannis Metaxas and Georgios Papadopoulos (Greece), Ion Antonescu (Romania), Jozef Tizo (Slovakia), Ferenc Szalasi (Hungary), and Vidkun [[TheQuisling Quisling]] (Norway)

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** European Fascist dictators: UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini and UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco. If you're lucky, you'll get Antonio Salazar (Portugal), Ante Pavelic (Croatia), Ioannis Metaxas and Georgios Papadopoulos (Greece), Ion Antonescu (Romania), Jozef Tizo (Slovakia), Ferenc Szalasi (Hungary), and Vidkun [[TheQuisling Quisling]] (Norway)



** African dictators: UsefulNotes/IdiAmin, King Leopold (who was the Belgian King) and Seko Seko Mobutu (Congo), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Ahmed Sekou Toure (Guinea), Hastings Banda (Malawi), Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), Gnassingbe Eyadema (Togo), Teodoro Obiang (Equatorial Guinea), Jean-Bedel Bokassa (Central-African Republic), Haile Selassie and Mengitsu Haile Mariam (Ethiopia), Paul Biya (Cameroon), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), ...

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** African dictators: UsefulNotes/IdiAmin, King Leopold (who was the Belgian King) and Seko Seko Mobutu (Congo), Jomo Kenyatta (Kenya), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Ahmed Sekou Toure (Guinea), Hastings Banda (Malawi), Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), Gnassingbe Eyadema (Togo), Teodoro Obiang (Equatorial Guinea), Jean-Bedel Bokassa (Central-African Republic), Haile Selassie and Mengitsu Haile Mariam (Ethiopia), Paul Biya (Cameroon), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), ...
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