History UsefulNotes / ThePentagon

20th Jan '17 7:29:50 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Being [[ArcNumber five-sided]], it was inevitable that Pentagon cropped up in ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'': in the books, [[spoiler:[[CthulhuMythos Yog-Sothoth]] has been trapped within the pentagon formed by its walls (he was also trapped in a similar construct back on Atlantis), but the walls are blown up later in the trilogy and he escapes]].

to:

* Being [[ArcNumber five-sided]], it was inevitable that Pentagon cropped up in ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'': in the books, [[spoiler:[[CthulhuMythos [[spoiler:[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Yog-Sothoth]] has been trapped within the pentagon formed by its walls (he was also trapped in a similar construct back on Atlantis), but the walls are blown up later in the trilogy and he escapes]].
26th Nov '16 10:28:18 AM karstovich2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The distinctive shape and design of the Pentagon and its relationship to other stock mystical symbols as pentagrams lead some to imagine that the building [[SealedEvilInACan is holding something inside]] besides a garden. For instance, early Internet culture half-jokingly spoke of the Shub-Internet, cause of all network slowdown, lurking beneath the Pentagon. In fact, the reason the Pentagon is a pentagon is rather more mundane: the original site of the Pentagon (Arlington Farm) was defined by local roads as an irregular pentagon, and the building was designed for maximum use of space; however, it was soon realized that it would block the view of DC from Arlington Cemetery, so they chose another site further downriver instead. The new site didn't have the same constraints, but there wasn't enough time or resources to conduct a major redesign, so they elected to just change it to a equilateral pentagon. It helped that FDR liked the design.

to:

The distinctive shape and design of the Pentagon and its relationship to other stock mystical symbols as pentagrams lead some to imagine that the building [[SealedEvilInACan is holding something inside]] besides a garden. For instance, early Internet culture half-jokingly spoke of the Shub-Internet, cause of all network slowdown, lurking beneath the Pentagon. In fact, the reason the Pentagon is a pentagon is rather more mundane: the original site of the Pentagon (Arlington Farm) was defined by local roads as an irregular pentagon, and the building was designed for maximum use of space; however, it was soon realized that it would block the view of DC from Arlington Cemetery, so they chose another site further downriver instead. The new site didn't have the same constraints, but there wasn't enough time or resources to conduct a major redesign, so they elected to just change it to a equilateral regular pentagon. It helped that FDR liked the design.
design. %% Please do not change the word "regular" to "equilateral". An equilateral pentagon need not have all its angles be the same; a regular pentagon is an equilateral pentagon that also has its angles the same, which the Pentagon is.
30th Oct '16 5:19:06 AM bwburke94
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Since the military's top brass does most of its planning there, and since the building is so easy to spot from the air, it was one of the targets of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The structure survived in part because it had recently been retrofitted with kevlar.[[note]] The Pentagon was actually in the middle of remodelling when the plane hit it. The side that was hit had already been partly closed because of this, which explains the comparatively low body count. The ''other'', more important, reason the Pentagon survived is because it's MASSIVE a fully-fuelled plane used as a missile barely made a dent in the thing.[[/note]] Well before that, however, the exact center of the building was a potential target of Soviet missiles; in fact, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment until the past decade]], the cafe kiosk at the center of the structure was informally referred to as the "Ground Zero Cafe". Even before the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, when the Pentagon was built in [[TheForties the early 1940s]],[[note]] (amusingly, construction began on September 11, 1941 60 years to the day before the attacks)[[/note]] it was designed to be able to withstand a naval bombardment by battleships, being fairly close to the sea. Also, in terms of floor space, it is the largest office building in the world, and with good reason when you consider how massive the United States military is.

to:

Since the military's top brass does most of its planning there, and since the building is so easy to spot from the air, it was one of the targets of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The structure survived in part because it had recently been retrofitted with kevlar.[[note]] The Pentagon was actually in the middle of remodelling when the plane hit it. The side that was hit had already been partly closed because of this, which explains the comparatively low body count. The ''other'', more important, reason the Pentagon survived is because it's MASSIVE a fully-fuelled plane used as a missile barely made a dent in the thing.[[/note]] Well before that, however, the exact center of the building was a potential target of Soviet missiles; in fact, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment until the past decade]], pre-9/11]], the cafe kiosk at the center of the structure was informally referred to as the "Ground Zero Cafe". Even before the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, when the Pentagon was built in [[TheForties the early 1940s]],[[note]] (amusingly, construction began on September 11, 1941 60 years to the day before the attacks)[[/note]] it was designed to be able to withstand a naval bombardment by battleships, being fairly close to the sea. Also, in terms of floor space, it is the largest office building in the world, and with good reason when you consider how massive the United States military is.
10th Sep '16 8:43:10 PM Neogeo
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Architecturally, it's a distinctive, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pentagonal]] building, with 5's as a recurring theme: 5 sides, 5 floors, 5 concentric rings; also, whether by intent or by chance, the courtyard in the middle is just over 5 acres in area. It has ''[[BigLabyrinthineBuilding 17.5 miles (28.2 km) of corridors]]'', and those five 108° angle corners result in a ''very'' [[AlienGeometries confusing layout]]. The interior is notoriously homogeneous; if you don't read the signs, it's easy to get lost there, since every area looks like every other area. Not to mention that it's easy to forget which ''floor'' you're on, as some of those corridors are actually ''ramps''. [[Series/GetSmart Agent Maxwell Smart]] got lost inside it for several ''days.'' That said, once you get familiar with the building, it takes seven minutes or less to get from any place inside the building to any other.

to:

Architecturally, it's a distinctive, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pentagonal]] building, [[ShapedLikeItself building]], with 5's as a recurring theme: 5 sides, 5 floors, 5 concentric rings; also, whether by intent or by chance, the courtyard in the middle is just over 5 acres in area. It has ''[[BigLabyrinthineBuilding 17.5 miles (28.2 km) of corridors]]'', and those five 108° angle corners result in a ''very'' [[AlienGeometries confusing layout]]. The interior is notoriously homogeneous; if you don't read the signs, it's easy to get lost there, since every area looks like every other area. Not to mention that it's easy to forget which ''floor'' you're on, as some of those corridors are actually ''ramps''. [[Series/GetSmart Agent Maxwell Smart]] got lost inside it for several ''days.'' That said, once you get familiar with the building, it takes seven minutes or less to get from any place inside the building to any other.
12th Jun '16 5:43:29 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The ComicBook/{{X-Men}} and MsMarvel once fought Rogue in the corridors of the Pentagon. In the comic, MsMarvel falsely claims (maybe it was a misconception at the time?) that The Pentagon had been originally designed as a hospital to treat the projected massive number of war casualties from WorldWarTwo. (Acutally, The Pentagon was always intended to house the War Department and later the Department of Defense).

to:

* The ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen and MsMarvel ComicBook/MsMarvel once fought Rogue in the corridors of the Pentagon. In the comic, MsMarvel Ms. Marvel falsely claims (maybe it was a misconception at the time?) that The Pentagon had been originally designed as a hospital to treat the projected massive number of war casualties from WorldWarTwo. (Acutally, The Pentagon was always intended to house the War Department and later the Department of Defense).
9th Apr '16 9:00:40 PM 20person
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon, which they have rechristened "The Citadel".

to:

* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the East Coast Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon, which they have rechristened "The Citadel".
9th Apr '16 8:59:45 PM 20person
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon.

to:

* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the East is in the ruins of the Pentagon.Pentagon, which they have rechristened "The Citadel".
11th Mar '16 9:03:10 AM robbulldog
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Magneto is held prisoner in a super-secret concrete prison at the center of the Pentagon.
9th Dec '15 10:32:55 AM Tuckerscreator
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[caption-width-right:350:Your tax dollars at work[[note]] Unless you're not American, in which case it's those Americans' tax dollars at work[[/note]]!]]

to:

[[caption-width-right:350:Your tax dollars at work[[note]] Unless you're not American, in which case it's those Americans' tax dollars at work[[/note]]!]]
work!]]
9th Dec '15 10:21:11 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* You get to blow it up in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert 2'' as the Soviets.
** You also get asked to do this in the first game, as a Nod commander under Seth. [[spoiler:Your orders, and Seth's life, are revoked by Kane]].
*** And in ''Tiberium Wars'', you defend it against a Nod attack during the GDI campaign. It's also where the head of the GDI military makes his command center.

to:

* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'':
You get to blow it up in ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert 2'' the Pentagon as the Soviets.
Soviets and defend it as the Americans.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianDawn'': You also get asked to do this in destroy the first game, Pentagon as a Nod commander under Seth.Seth because he wants to send you on a SuicideMission. [[spoiler:Your orders, and Seth's life, are revoked by Kane]].
*** And in ''Tiberium Wars'', you ** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'': You defend it against a Nod attack during the GDI campaign. It's also where the head of the GDI military makes his command center.
This list shows the last 10 events of 95. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=UsefulNotes.ThePentagon