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Instant Cultured
(permanent link) added: 2010-07-07 17:34:28 sponsor: Giant Space Chinchilla edited by: GiantSpaceChinchilla (last reply: 2010-07-07 17:34:28)

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There exists a fallacy in which for some reason a "smart" person must appreciate opera, classical music, or pull feats of chess mastery. So when one pulls a Flowers for Algernon Syndrome or Uplifted Animal, suddenly the subject starts to quote Shakespeare, rave about a fine old wine, or quip about how modern art makes no sense.

One problem though, there was no Upgrade Artifact! So somehow becoming smarter gives you all sorts of useful information such as knowledge of language, history, sciences, and for some reason the arts but more than that it forces you to like them.

Hopefully, in the process of becoming a Dead Horse Trope. This, often results in Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, Smart People Play Chess, and Fake Brit. Compare/contrast Screw Learning, I Have Phlebotinum!, Wicked Cultured, Cultured Badass, and Southern-Fried Genius.


  • The Brain Gremlin in Gremlins 2
  • Detritus in Men At Arms suddenly starts using words he's probably never even heard, let alone remember.
  • In an early episode of The Simpsons, when Homer & Marge thought Bart was a certified genius they took him to the ballet, where he was thoroughly bored.
  • Montaigne had plenty to say on this topic in his Essays. It would seem it was his Berserk Button (but he was so politely scathing of it)
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick got the top of his head replaced with brain coral, thus becoming an Insufferable Genius, suddenly speaking in big words and gaining an interest in art and science.
  • Another Simpsons example is when Homer stops Flanders from baptizing his kids:
    Bart: Dad, you took a baptism for me. How do you feel?
    Homer: Oh, my dear Bartholomew. I feel like Saint Francis of Hippo after his conversion by Ambrose of Milan.
    Ned Flanders: Homer, what did you say?
    Homer: I said shut your ugly face, Flanders!
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