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* The [[FanVid AMV]] ''Anime Academy Heroes'' had [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] piloting a Franchise/{{Gundam}}. Then, the director of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' went on to direct ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
* The first line of the [[http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/A_Fragment_Out_Of_Time first]] [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk/Spock]] fic is "Shut up. We're by no means setting a precedent." Of course, K/S went on to spawn SlashFic as a genre, setting quite possibly the most important precedent in the history of fandom.
* A NSFW [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homestar/Strong Bad]] [[http://cartoon.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=544179072 slashfic]], somewhat infamous within the fandom, was reputedly written ''before'' the "Long Pants" email.
* In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' fic [[http://ff.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=600080741 "Phantom Dreams"]], there's a joke about Zell's hair looking like a chocobo (and that's why Seifer called him a chicken) which was merely painfully unfunny until ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' gave us a character with a chocobo living in his hair.
* In 2004, a [[FurryFandom furry-based]] anthology comic featured a mini-comic involving a lupine boy band who turns out to be secretly gay behind the scenes. Obviously, it's meant to parody the rumors of homosexuality within real boy band members at the time, but with the coming out of Lance Bass and the outing of Ricky Martin (though many don't know he was a part of {{Menudo}}), you've got to wonder if the creator knew something we didn't. And, to make things even more hilarious, one of the band members in the comic is even named "Rickay"!
* On 23 July 2010, a ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fanfic called "[[http://www.rangercrew.com/forum/showthread.php?16268-Mythic-Rangers Mythic Rangers]]" was started, with one character named Hector. On 5 August, the names of the cast for the new 18th season of the franchise were leaked... the new green ranger is played by ''Hector'' David Jr. While the fanfic contains some deliberate Power Ranger references, this one was not intended.
** In 2006, a VideoGame/{{Tekken}} story based off the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3020541/1/Tekkenshu_Sentai_Shinkenger Tekkenshu Sentai Shinkenger]], was written and published on various websites. Two years after the fanfic was finished, cue ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''; this is even funnier due to all the times Chiaki/[=ShinkenGreen=] is shown playing ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6: Bloodline Rebellion''.
* ''Fanfic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' is a ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya'' CrackFic which has been running for over a year now, since before the preview to the tenth novel was even suspected, let alone released. In a chapter from before the preview, [[UncannyValleyGirl Kuyou Suou]], who could not talk without ridiculously-long pauses between words, is suddenly able to speak articulately and [[HannibalLecture chew out the characters who made fun of her speech issues.]] Guess what happens in the tenth novel?
* A ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5755433/1/Gears_of_Potter Gears of Potter]]'' had Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago from ''GearsOfWar'' team up with Harry Potter and his friends. Then EA Games released the video game adaptation of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', which was basically [[RecycledINSPACE Gears of War with MAGIC SPELLS]].
* A ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' post-game fanfic written in June 2010 called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6045426/1/ New Dawn]] has Lightning, feeling empty and unfulfilled though happy her friends and family are doing well, go off on her own as if beckoned to go on another journey. Late that year, the [[http://dilly-shilly.blogspot.com/ Episode One novellas]] were released and the next month after, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is announced. What do they portray? Lightning, feeling empty and unfulfilled though happy her friends and family are doing well, go off on her own as if beckoned to go on another journey.
* Early in ''FanFic/HogwartsExposed'' [[MarySue Jamie]] unveils her pet, [[SugarWiki/RobotUnicornAttack a robot unicorn with the power to chase away bad dreams.]]
* In a ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' comic released in 2009, Made Windu says his apartment blew up. (It didn't in the AttackOfTheClones movie.) Roll in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' episode 2x20, released in Spring 2010, and his apartment blows up.
* An ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' and Anne Frank crossover fanfic, "Until The End of Time", had AdolfHitler going Super Saiyan. Cue ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' and the "Legendary Super Aryan".
* In a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' fanfic called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3323568/1/Castlevania_Wisps_of_Dracula Castlevania: Wisps of Dracula]], Simon's son was "dead of the skick". While a slight spelling error, it becomes a very funny joke to ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' fans when considering the [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Skick Tribe]].
* In the KatawaShoujo fic "From Shizune's perspective," which was published before the full game was released, Shizune is surprised to find out that Emi is a lesbian, and Shizune says that "The track team captain being a lesbian is the sort of thing high school students would talk about," but that she gets left out of the loop because of her deafness. In Emi's route, while Emi is heterosexual, it turns out that the track team captain Hisao assumed was a romantic rival is [[IncompatibleOrientation gay]], and Hisao appears to be the only one who knows of the captain and yet is unaware of his sexuality.
* Rupert and Earl's crew from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' [[TrademarkFavoriteFood love]] [[AlienLunch peanut butter milkshakes]]. In 2012, Denny's introduced a peanut milkshake as part of a promotion.
** Calvin calls HarleyQuinn [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} "Hardly Quinn".]]]
** The film ''Free Birds'' has the same premise as "Calvin, Hobbes, and the Pilgrims".
** Two for "Wild Movie":
*** One of Calvin's ideas for a movie is ''Tornado Sharks'', which is almost ''exactly'' what the 2013 MadeForTVMovie ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharknado Sharknado]]'' is about.
*** Also, the sequel's name, as proposed by Calvin, is ''Tornado Sharks 2: I Think Things Just Got a Little Windier''. The sequel to ''Sharknado'' [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/showbiz/movies/sharknado-sequel-title-ew/index.html will be named]] the equally stupid ''Sharknado 2: The Second One''.
* In episode 7 of ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon'', Hanzo Hattori (yet another fictional descendant of the RealLife UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo), a self-proclaimed ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan, demonstrates a working model of a lightsaber. About one month after the episode was posted, [[http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2012/07/build-of-master-satele-shans-lightsaber.html?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_27066 someone else made his own working model of a lightsaber in real life]].
* [[http://magicrat.deviantart.com/gallery Magicrat of Deviantart]] wrote a VideoGame/TeamFortress2 fanfic where Teams RED and BLU join forces to battle the GRN team. Skip forward one year, and we now have Mann Vs Machine.
* The FanFic/NecromancersOfChinaSaga, a series of WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda {{Fan Fic}}s, tells about a group of necromancers that raise an army of the undead to take over China. One year later, this became the plot of the WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness episode, ''The Po who Cried Ghost''.
* The fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4291045/1/ Harvey Birdman versus Organization XIII]]'' has [[WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw Harvey]] going to The Castle That Never Was to arrest [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts2 Xemnas]], alleging that his ethereal blades were violating copyright from ''Franchise/StarWars'' and [[EpicFail fails horribly]] to enforce it. Then, in 2012, Disney buys Lucasfilm.
* In the second story of the JillGilbertSaga, [[spoiler: Bonnie]] sacrifices herself to bring Elena back to life. In the fourth season finale, she did end up sacrificing herself, but to bring back [[spoiler: Jeremy]]
* In early 2013, a fanfic was published that consisted of SelenaGomez telling BridgitMendler why [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Alex and Juliet]] should be together. Bridgit remarks that a lesbian pairing would never happened on DisneyChannel. A few months later, it was announced Mendler's show GoodLuckCharlie would feature a lesbian couple in its final season.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' fanfiction series ''Fanfic/AngelasPetMonster'' was published two years before ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity''. And yet, there's some interesting foreshadowing, including, but not limited to...
** Randall turning a heart pattern.
** Randall being nicknamed "Randy".
** Mike making an offhand reference that scaring was his "past life's dream".
* ''Fanfic/AllInTheFamily'' has a character named Acacia Castro-Avila whose FamousAncestor is supposedly FidelCastro himself. This is HilariousInHindsight when you realize that a year after the fanfic was published, FidelCastro was revealed to have had [[ReallyGetsAround many lovers]].

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[[folder: Magazines ]]

* The ''[[SuperMarioBros Mario Vs. Wario]]'' comics printed in Magazine/NintendoPower shortly after Wario's debut in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2: 6 Golden Coins'' said that the reason for Wario's grudge against Mario was when they were playing cowboys as kids, he got to be sheriff only once. Ten years later, the GBA game ''VideoGame/WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$'' features a hidden version of Nintendo's arcade game ''Sheriff'' with Wario taking over the title role. Wario also gets to be a sheriff in ''[[VideoGame/MarioParty Mario Party 2]]''.
** Another Nintendo Power example: when [[{{Pokemon}} Lucario]] was suggested as a playable character in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' in the letters to the editor, it was juxtaposed with a suggestion of WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer and laughed off by the responder. Later along the line, Lucario was announced as a playable character. (Sadly, Dora didn't make the cut.)
** During the early days, the Player's Pulse section once featured a topic of the issue being the most infuriating gaming moments for players. One such player ranted about something involving his sister, and ended his post with "God must be a girl!"[[note]] Ironically, this was a time when Nintendo of America didn't allow religious references in any games it licensed, and since NP was an American magazine...[[/note]] [[TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya Thirteen years later...]]
** A fan letter published the December 1991 issue' detailed a fantasy game system which would come bundled with a game "better known as Super Mario Bros. 24", but would actually have the title of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
** Another letter in the mid-90's had someone writing in about how awesome a game set in a courtroom would be, which the editors replied would've been [[ItWillNeverCatchOn a stupid idea]]. Capcom, apparently, was reading that letter, and came with the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series.
* Electronic Gaming Monthly made an AprilFoolsDay joke about a code to get play as Sonic and Tails in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Melee'' (even photoshopping an extremely convincing pic). Come the Wii generation and ''Brawl'', Sonic (but not Tails) joins the cast of playable characters.
* In anticipation of the release of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Magazine/{{MAD}} once ran an article called "The ''Star Wars'' Log", framed as the official outline of the rest of the saga (which had been announced as a nine-film series at the time). The article was supposed to poke fun at the convoluted direction of the series up to that point, but a few of its predictions actually turned out to be eerily accurate. For example:
** They predicted that Episode II would be titled "Send in the Clones", and that it would involve the revelation that Darth Vader and Obi-Wan were cloned from the same donor (Chewbacca's grandfather). Episode II was actually called "''Attack of'' the Clones", and the revelation was about Boba Fett and the Stormtroopers being cloned from the same donor.
** They predicted that the detail about Chewie's grandfather would set up a conflict between the Wookiees and the Empire in Episode III. As it turned out, a battle involving the Wookiees and the Empire actually was a big plot point in Episode III.
** They predicted that the later films would involve a "Great Droid War" of some kind. Though it wasn't actually called that, the later prequels did have the heroes at war with an evil army of droids.
** They predicted that the series would end with the revelation that Luke's father wasn't Darth Vader... but that Luke was fathered by "the Force itself". In the real movies, Vader did turn out to be Luke's father after all, but ''Vader'' was revealed to have been conceived by the Force.
** Their ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' parody made fun of the scene where Luke reveals to Leia that they were twins, by also claiming that Threepio was his brother. Once again, fast forward to 1999 and Episode I, and he's right (FromACertainPointOfView).
** When they did their parody of ''Film/BatmanReturns'' in 1992, one of the background sight gags was that the newsboys reporting on the Penguin's good publicity were the dancing ones of ''Film/{{Newsies}}'', which arrived a few months prior to the Batman sequel and was a notorious flop. That Disney musical [[CultClassic ultimately found a cult following]], but what makes the joke funnier now is that [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Christian Bale]] played the youthful hero in it.
** An old issue which was "concerned" with the population explosion suggested that, to prevent "young folks" from having children, people should give them a robotic dummy baby in order to convince them they can't be parents. Which is exactly what they're handing to teenage girls (and sometimes boys) in high schools across the nation today.
** The magazine had [[http://calicoll.com/?p=214 this]] parody ad for Cadillac back in 1960, showing a woman wearing an emblem of the car like a necklace to show off her status symbol. Who knew rappers would adopt the same style decades later?
** When ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' came out, MAD joked that there was a scene with a car version of the Pope that had to be removed. And then a car Pope actually showed up in ''Cars 2''.
** A 1999 article giving fake predictions of future comic-based movies included one which [[http://www.madmagazine.com/blog/2011/11/04/mad-predicts-samuel-l-jackson-as-nick-fury-in-1999 remade]] ''Film/PulpFiction'' with Creator/MarvelComics characters. The proposal depicts Creator/SamuelLJackson, who played Jules in ''Pulp Fiction'', portraying NickFury. Two years after the article's publication, Jackson lent his likeness to the UltimateMarvel incarnation of Fury, which eventually led to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse actually casting him as the character.
** One issue in the 1950s had an article with a description of a sport similar to bullfighting, but abusing dogs instead of bulls. The article included the phrase "KickTheDog," capitalized as on this wiki.
* An early 70's issue of ''Cracked'' magazine [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120119094157/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-culture/1970s-cracked-magazine-accurately-predicted-2009.html predicted youth culture 30 years later]] pretty well.
* [[http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-02/enhanced/webdr06/8/16/enhanced-3516-1391895560-2.jpg This]] ''Sports Illustrated'' cover taken during the 1984 Summer Olympics and its boycott from Soviet nations shows the red olympic ring in the far right corner fallen apart. Now here's the ring sculpture from the 2014 Winter Olympics' [[http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-02/enhanced/webdr07/8/16/anigif_enhanced-322-1391893601-22.gif opening ceremonies]].

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* The Amazons of ClassicalMythology. In the myths, they were just about the only civilization at the time where women oppressed men instead of the other way around. What part of the world do you think they lived in? Ukraine and Russia (according to [[Literature/TheHistories Herodotus]], that is).
* Loki from NorseMythology is a jotun, or troll. During the the age of the Internet, the term "{{troll}}" took on a whole new meaning: a person who sows chaos and discord (sometimes ForGreatJustice, sometimes ForTheLulz), which is Loki's raison d'tre. But wait, it gets ''better:'' trolls are known for "flaming" others, and guess what color Loki's hair is? Here's a hint: one of his kennings is [[EvilRedhead "Flame-Hair."]] Bow before your god, all ye Internet trolls.
** One of Thor's kennings is "Troll-Basher." What do administrators use to get rid of pesky trolls? The banhammer, of course!

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[[folder: Poetry ]]

* The poem ''For Heidi with Blue Hair'' by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleur_Adcock Fleur Adcock]] seems uncomfortable now considering it mentions "twittering", which to today's audiences, has different connotations than it did at the time of publishing...
* Longfellow's ''[[http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/1328.html The Jewish Cemetery at Newport]]'' which discusses the plight of the Jews, ends with the stanza "But ah! what once has been shall be no more! / The groaning earth in travail and in pain / Brings forth its races, but does not restore, / And the dead nations never rise again." He did not foresee the creation of the modern State of Israel.

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[[folder: Politics ]]

* The Official Monster Raving Loony Party had a policy of passports for pets. Guess what was actually introduced in 2001.
* In 1973, Margaret Thatcher said the following:
-->I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.
* Creator/ChrisRock starred in a movie called ''HeadOfState'', in which his character runs for the (2004) Presidency as a long shot and wins. Fast forward to 2008.
* The Gettysburg Address, possibly the most famous speech in U.S. history and the only one that American students are likely to have to learn by heart, includes the line, "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here."
* There was a report in a newspaper from the 1930s in which a spokesman for NaziGermany ''accused Britain of oppressing its colonial subjects''. Another paper of roughly the same vintage had a report detailing economic deals the Nazis had made with the Kingdom of Yugoslavia which were being enthused about by the German economics minister at the time. His name: Dr Funk.
* There is a history documentary, made during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, in which a famous historian says "[The BerlinWall] now separates Germany, a country that will probably never be united again." The documentary was made in 1988, one year before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp at its finest brought the wall down.
* One of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's first tasks for his men once he got into office? Assembling a work crew to tear out a sophisticated surveillance system his predecessor UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson had installed for keeping an eye on his minions around the White House. Man, the way things [[FullCircleRevolution don't change]]!
* In 1974, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord seriously considered appointing UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush as his vice president. However, Ford passed him up after deciding that Bush's skills were more in foreign policy and that he was unfit to execute Ford's domestically-minded agenda. During his eventual presidency, Bush proved to be very skilled at foreign policy but rather inept at handling domestic issues.
* Anyone remember the much-{{meme|ticMutation}}d quote from Ted Stevens about the internet being "a series of tubes"? Now take a look at the dozens of "_____Tube" sites online (Website/YouTube, [=XTube=], [=FilesTube=], etc). And people say that AlGore invented the internet!
* Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has often been quoted as saying, "There were three heroes in Arkansas: {{Jesus}}, Elvis, and FDR, not necessarily in that order." Now someone by the name of Music/ElvisPresley is running for Governor of Arkansas.
* In 1845, the Anti-immigrant Nativists in the US formed the (White) Native American Party.
* [[http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/parties_leaders/topics/870/ This interview]] on the controversial CBC television show ''This Hour Has Seven Days'' is particularly hilarious for a number of reasons if you know your Canadian history. To explain/ruin the joke for the rest of you: [[note]]Rene Levesque, the Liberal minister being interviewed, went on to lead the Parti Quebecois (and become premier of Quebec) in the strongest ever movement for peaceful separation of Quebec from Canada, eventually calling for a public referendum on the subject. Pierre Trudeau, the interviewee, would become Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal party, and Levesque's strongest opponent during the referendum.[[/note]]
* Sometime in the [[TheGayNineties 1890's]], president [[UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland Stephen "Grover" Cleveland]] once met a young toddler. Cleveland said to him "Im making a strange wish for you, little man; a wish I suppose no one else would make. I wish for you that you may never be President of the United States." The toddler's name? UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt!
** Something similar occurred in Canada about a decade later, when Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier was touring Western Canada. In one town, he stopped to chat with a little boy, and the kid eventually excused himself because he had to finish his paper route. That little boy was one John George Diefenbaker, who would himself run the country from 1957 to 1963.
* KingLudwigII, ruler of a then-independent Bavaria, was so obsessed with building castles that the kingdom began drowning in debt. His nobles eventually got so fed up that they deposed him before he could bankrupt the country. Today, those castles bring in huge amounts of tourist revenue to the local economy.
* Communist leader Santiago Carrillo had the nickname of Juan Carlos I of Spain picked out before his reign even began: "The Brief". 35 years later, Santiago is no longer leader of the Communist Party in Spain, but Juan Carlos is still King.
* In 2007, Senator Larry Craig was arrested in a men's room for allegedly engaging in lewd conduct toward another man, who ended up being an undercover cop. Several websites began playing a clip from 1998 during the Lewinsky scandal in which Sen. Craig referred to President Clinton as a "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Vs5570pKw naughty boy]]."
* In response to his opponent UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower putting out the first political TV ads, Adlai Stevenson stated "[[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan presidential campaigns will eventually have professional actors as candidates.]]"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCFlkBAr-xU&lc=4irJSUIJHEirtV39ZN_dhv4NVDCB0ASwzqpuYIrqDys&feature=inbox In 1980, the famous French humorist Coluche joked about the left-wing party rising to power in 2012]]. The man died in 1986. Come 2012, France elects left-wing President Francois Hollande after seventeen years under right-wing governments.
** What makes it even more hilarious is that French Presidents are now elected for a five-year term. In 1980, the presidential term was 7 years. ''There would not have been a Presidential election'' in 2012 by 1980 reckoning.
** His phrase could also refer to a potential massive victory of the left-wing in elections of the members of French Parliament, which happened every five years or when the French president dissolves the Parliament. Seen from 1980, there would have been one in 2013.
* Though it's basically a footnote in American history now, there was actually a brief period during the WarOf1812 when a radical faction within the United States' Federalist Party [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_Convention#Secession seriously advocated]] ''New England'' [[OlderThanTheyThink seceding from the Union]] and becoming an independent nation. So, yes, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar "the Yankees" actually tried to secede from the Union about half a century before anyone else did]].
* Shortly after narrowly losing his first bid for President to UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon decided to run for Governor of California; commissioning this particular ad that touts, among other things, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltD5knypEWk his integrity]] (complete with picture of him with evangelist and close friend Billy Graham). When Nixon did become President, many of his actions would largely reveal his corrupt nature; topped of course [[ScandalGate by Watergate]].
* During the lead up to the 1993 Australian election, then-Prime Minister Paul Keating declared his opponent, John Hewson, "would make Malcolm Fraser look like a bleeding heart leftie," -- Malcolm Fraser being the last conservative Prime Minister at the time. Fast forward a couple of decades, and Fraser's outspoken opposition to his old party on matters such as the war in Iraq, climate change and asylum seekers has gotten him labelled just that. For extra points, Hewson himself has also been opposed to the party on essentially the same issues.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* An episode of ''Saturday Night Fry'' (1988) included a sketch where StephenFry went on a night out in London. At one point he goes to the theatre: "I spent a thoroughly enjoyable time watching Simon Gray's ''The Common Pursuit''. Half way through the interval, I realised I was supposed to be performing in it." This was eight years before he abandoned the West End production of Simon Gray's ''Cell Mates'', something he's made jokes about since.
** In the same radio show, he also said the word "iPhone". That's right. Stephen Fry claimed the iPhone.. in 1998. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZL2_eKn8zs here]].
* Early on in [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drfe/20080530 this podcast of a 4e D&D game]], one of the players goes off on a tangent about a "Rat King", an urban legend about a monster rat that is formed when the population of rats is so dense that they fuse together. Guess what they run into later on in that session...
** TwoWords: SchrodingersGun.
* In the early 2000's, BBC Radio DJ's Mark Radcliffe and Marc 'Lard' Riley used to broadcast sketches featuring two naff club singers with the names Skel Nonch and Erk Dre who specialised in 'Cumbrian Tight-throated Singing'. One of the items of clothing the duo sported, a symbol of their terminal out-of-touch naffness, were trilby hats...
* In August 2001, an episode of ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' featured Satan showing Professor the truth behind his image of England. This included a cricket match which turned out to be fixed by the bookies. It was rebroadcast in September 2010, while [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11124962 this]] was still in the news.
* In the first series of ''You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Radio/HamishAndDougal'', in 2002, reference is made to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. When first broadcast, it was a simple pun on the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers. Repeated later, it sounds like a reference to the actual Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who formed in 2004.
* The fact that Martin Crieff of ''Radio/CabinPressure'' [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining skipped reading the majority of literature]] in favor of ''Principles of Climatology for Pilots'' is much funnier now that his actor Creator/BenedictCumberbatch is playing Series/{{Sherlock}} Holmes.
* Paul Hayes used to present mid-mornings on 96.6 TFM around mid-2003, and the station [[{{Slogans}} slogan]] was "The Best Variety of Hits". He presented 10am - 1pm weekdays and the occasional weekend show. Now that it's been announced he's [[http://radiotoday.co.uk/2013/06/paul-hayes-takes-afternoons-on-radio-aire/ joining Radio Aire]], this is a lot funnier considering a decade later he'd be presenting on their sister station in Leeds with the exact same slogan. However, it's not the ''first'' time he's worked at Radio Aire; he covered Late 'n' Live Sunday - Thursday 10am - 1pm for a few weeks, but that's [[FanonDiscontinuity ignored by radio "geeks" and airbrushed from his CV by them]].

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[[folder: Recorded And Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Jack [=McBrayer=]'s routine in the 2012 Just for Laughs festival, in which he reads entries from his childhood diary, "or, as boys call it, a journal." Entries include:
** 1985: Listened to Music/MichaelJackson's "We Are the World" and though "He is such a good singer, and so good with kids" (also counts as a FunnyAneurysmMoment due to the molestation charges that would ruin him, though the fact that he was found not guilty does make it funny, but it still kind of hurts).
** 1997: While on vacation in Paris, sees Princess Diana in the next car. "Mom is chasing her so I can take a picture. Oh. ''Oh.''"
** 2004: Tina Fey sends him a copy of the script for ''Series/ThirtyRock'', which sounded good, but he was more interested in Matt [=LeBlanc's=] new sitcom ''Series/{{Joey}}''.
** 2008: Meets Tiger Woods and thinks "He's so much like me. A very nice guy and shy around the ladies."
** 2012: Gets invited to Alec Baldwin's wedding ceremony, and decides to surprise him by bringing some photographers.
*** That last one he tore out and said "To the graveyard." In another reading, he says "I will burn this immediately."

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[[folder: Sports ]]

* Brazilian example: sports manager Vicente Matheus was known for his "brilliant" phrases, among them "I'd like to thank [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companhia_Antarctica_Paulista Antarctica]] for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahma_%28beer%29 Brahmas]] they sent us". Well, in 1999 (2 years after his death) both breweries [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmBev merged]]...
** Another, which might not count: basketballer Rafael Arajo (who even played some time for the Raptors) was known in Brazil as Baby. Then for numerology, he decided to rewrite his nickname as... Bbby. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_RaPOOVX1Y Yes.]]
* A television ad proclaiming American Football quarterback Eli Manning to be "Unstoppable" became hilarious as he had two of the worst games in NFL history, then became funny in an ironic sort of way when the same player had an uncharacteristically great run in the playoffs, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome then...]]
* A T-Mobile ad which took several moments from everyday life, replacing the word "goodbye" with the word "hello", featured a Brett Favre press conference, spoofing his recent retirement: "After seventeen seasons, it's time for me to say... hello." By the time the commercial made it to air, Brett Favre had already stated his desire to play another season.
** It's become even more hilarious since Favre has retired AND unretired again. He's retired again now, but who knows if it'll stick.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkm86AfI48I an Adidas soccer ad]] during the 2006 FifaWorldCup, a shot by England midfielder Frank Lampard hit the goal line and was counted as a goal despite arguments from Oliver Kahn (star goaltender for Germany). Four years later, Lampard shoots a similar shot against Germany, but it doesn't count [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHZneGGGEr4 despite evidence showing the contrary]].
** Even funnier is England's 1966 World Cup Final win over West Germany, where Geoff Hurst scored a goal that didn't actually cross the line (though it was due to the match officials not being able to speak the same language. FIFA wasn't as smart then than is is now).
* Given Helio Castroneves indictment for tax evasion there's something cruelly amusing about his trademark victory celebration of climbing up race track debris fences/prison fences.
* Terrell Owens, after Dallas's early playoff exit, tearfully defended Tony Romo, saying "That's my quarterback". Next season, Owens accused Romo and tight end Jason Witten of conspiring to keep him out of the offense.
* A baseball manager once said of weak-hitting pitcher Gaylord Perry that "a man would land on the moon before he hit a home run." He was right... by about 15 minutes. Perry did the deed on July 20, 1969, shortly after Apollo 11 landed. Snopes [[http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/perry.asp couldn't quite verify the quote]], however.
* Everybody found Michael Phelps's insanely large diet ''surprising'', to say the least (12,000 calories ''a day?''). Then that photo of him using a bong showed up...
** Now he's always in Subway commercials advertising a meal that (in the commercial) comes with BAKED chips. It's a lame joke, but someone HAD to have thought that one out.
* During the Week 5 NFL on NBC pregame show during the 1995 season, following a "News and Notes" segment that included a story on efforts to re-introduce instant replay to the NFL (this was midway through the period where replay was dropped thanks to lengthy delays). While the other panelists were making their comments and when it came to {{NASCAR}} team owner and former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, Gibbs quipped that the interest in reviving instant replay was "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7S6uJU2obA ...too late for Mike (Ditka) and I]]". The modern challenge format of instant replay was introduced in 1999, in time for Mike Ditka's final season as New Orleans Saints head coach, while Gibbs got to use it during his four-year return to the Redskins between the 2004 and 2007 seasons.
* During the lead-up to the 1988 World Series opener between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers; much had been made of Kirk Gibson not being likely to play due to a nagging leg injury. Following the National Anthem performance by 1980s [[IdolSinger teen pop star]] Debbie Gibson, NBC pregame host Bob Costas commented that, "The Dodgers have Debbie Gibson. If only they had '''Kirk''' Gibson". Late in the game, of course, Kirk Gibson would hit the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome famous game-winning homer (his only at-bat during the series) while limping his way through the bases]].
* In the acclaimed 1993 documentary ''Baseball'' the Red Sox and the White Sox both had "and they never won a World Series again" after respectively selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees and the Black Sox Scandal. They did win, ''eighty-something years later'' (Red Sox in 2004, White Sox one year later).
* In the 2006 [=NFL=] Draft, the first pick was held by the Houston Texans. There were three pretty big names in the draft: Vince Young (who'd just led the University of Texas to a stunning national championship), Reggie Bush, and Matt Leinart (who both played for the then-dominant University of Southern California). Instead, they chose to draft defensive end Mario Williams, and were roundly criticized by everyone. The funny part comes five years later: Leinart's a backup, Bush's team has all but severed ties with him, and Vince Young's team's owner has gone on record as saying he won't be back next year. Meanwhile, Mario Williams has gone on to be one of the game's better linemen.
* The Miami Heat were doomed to this with all of their pre-season theatrics from Lebron's "Decision" to a smoke-machine-included press conference to announce the big three to them predicting they would win "three, four, five, six..." championships. All they had to do to avoid the ridicule was win the first one. Too bad the Dallas Mavericks had other plans.
* After the Dallas Mavericks won the [=NBA=] Championship, they went on ''The Late Show With DavidLetterman'' to read the Top Ten for an evening - "Top Ten Perks of Winning the [=NBA=] Championship". The #1 entry via Dirk Nowitzki was "finally, I'm gonna get my shot with a Kardashian sister!" That next offseason, Khloe's husband Lamar Odom was traded to the Mavs. Dirk's prediction may come true...
* {{NASCAR}}: In 2008, Clint Bowyer said that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgVrXq_Iie4 "Michael Waltrip is the worst driver in NASCAR, period."]] Cut to 2012: in his first season driving the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, Bowyer won three races (Sonoma, Richmond, and Charlotte), made the Chase, and finished second in the final points standings.
* In the 1995 post-season of the PremierLeague, Manchester United sold three of their starting players - Paul Ince, Mark Hughes & Andrei Kanchelskis - and proceeded to replace them with three of their youth team; Paul Scholes, David Beckham & Nicky Butt, also bringing Gary & Phil Neville into the squad aswell. In their first game of the 95[=/=]96 season, United lost 3-1 to Aston Villa, prompting ''Match of The Day'' pundit Alan Hansen to declare "You don't win anything with kids." Come the end of the season, United won the PremierLeague & the {{FA Cup}}.
* The Boston Bruins of the [[NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] sells shirts at TD Garden that say "Subban Is A Bitch" in reference to PK Subban of the [[TheRival Montreal Canadiens]]. However, with Boston's recent drafting of PK's younger brother Malcolm, we'll see how long those shirts will be around.
* Mets rightfielder Bobby Bonilla appeared in an episode of ''LivingSingle'', where he agrees to write a column for Khadijah's magazine during the 1994 strike. While in the office, Bonilla clashes with a Jamaican employee who dismissively calls him an "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p408diqgsqM overpaid cricket player]]". After the strike ended, Bonilla played for the Orioles, Marlins, and Dodgers before returning to the Mets in 1999. In a desperate move to free up cap space, the Mets agreed to an [[http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-01-04/sports/0001040254_1_bobby-bonilla-cubs-and-mets-adrian-beltre infamous deal]]: instead of releasing Bonilla and paying him his last $6 million up front, they would defer payment, with interest, until 2011 (Bonilla's playing career ended in 2001). This ensured that Bonilla will stay on the Mets payroll until ''2035'' and net nearly $30 million in the process.
* In 1993, the England football team were looking for a new manager. One candidate was approached by the FA, but turned the job down, telling them "You've Got to be joking. Even the Pope would have second thoughts." The Candidate in question, Roy Hodgson, would become England's manager in 2012.
* ''The Complete Book of the World Rally Championship'' called Tommi Makinen's four Championship wins "a feat unlikely to be surpassed for some time". The book was published mid-way through the 2004 season. Sebastien Loeb went on to win the Championship that year, starting his run of ''nine'' consecutive Championship wins.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}: Operation Rimfire'', one of the characters had a girlfriend called Maria who was brainwashed and given an alternate identity. Especially given that it's a mecha game, the similarities to a plotline in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 a certain anime series]] are amusing.
* There is a certain ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' scenario called "Final Flight", in which the characters are on a plane with a disguised serpent person. To make it obvious: There is a motherfucking serpent man on the motherfucking plane.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} box had ''Lorebook of the Void'' advising to remember it's a big Universe and vary creatures as you go on, even if it's just a change in appearance - for example... "Change in color (blue elves)". Which was just a throwaway line until ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** In the 4th edition Player's Handbook, a section on why you'd want both melee and ranged weapons says: "When the flying monster makes its getaway, you don't want to be hurling insults at it." The Player's Handbook 2 released the Bard...which can kill enemies by insulting them.
** One of the 4th edition races is a race of anthropomorphic dragons known as the Dragonborn. [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim No, they do not get a shout attack.]]
* An old ''DragonMagazine'' article discussed ways to avert the AerithAndBob trope in a campaign, advising [=DMs=] about how to establish consistent cultural motifs for character and place names. The article's title? "What Do You Mean, [[SamuraiJack 'Jack the Samurai']]?"
* From the ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' Trading Card Game we have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Rainbow_(viral_video) Double Rainbow]] [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Double_Rainbow_Energy_(TCG) Energy]].
* In the 'TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG, there is a pseudo-God Card named "Thor, Lord of the Aesir", who is listed as a Beast-Warrior-Type. {{Furr|yFandom}}ies will get a kick out of this, due to an infamous parody picture that had floated around years back of Anubis, lamenting [[SadlyMythtaken his change from God of the Dead to furry sex symbol]], with Odin (Thor's father) comforting him by telling him Thor "wasn't spared, either", a reference to [[http://www.zoofur.com/thor.html near-life sized horse dildo]] created during the time. To clinch the hilarity, Thor is a Synchro monster, which requires a Tuner monster called "Guldifaxe of the Nordic Beasts" to bring out. Guldifaxe, in case you're wondering, ''is a horse''.
** Speaking of ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' and furry internet memes, one popular meme is that [[VideoGame/StarFox Krystal]] can't have her sandwich. In the card game, there's a Fusion monster called Sanwitch who, at present, is very hard to get out - its Fusion Materials and most of the alternative ways of bringing it out are either banned or limited to one per deck. So Krystal can't have her Sanwich.

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* [[http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/At-First-Glance-Vista-Looks-Like-a-Winner/ This article about an early beta of Vista]].
* At the advent of computers it was declared by Thomas J. Watson that there would never be a market for more than five computers in the entire world.
* Conversely, Danny Hillis talks about the first computer conference he went to, where he proclaimed that the market for microprocessors would be in the millions. One wag asked, "What, will there be a computer in every doorknob?" Flash forward to Danny Hillis returning to the same hotel, where the room keys had been replaced by keycards. There was a computer in every doorknob.
* [[http://pulsar.esm.psu.edu/Faculty/Gray/graphics/movies/mhz_myth_320f.mov This video of one of Steve Jobs's keynote speeches]]. Him explaining the "[[BlatantLies Megahertz Myth]]" is so much funnier when Apple switched to Intel in 2005...
** The {{Take That}}s at Intel in Apple's old "Snail" and "Toasted Bunnies" ads as well.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/iPAD.png This]] [=iPod=] parody. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/iPad Two years later...]]
* [[http://www.airliners.net/uf/view.file?id=106415&filename=phpNy94kE.jpeg This 1972 photo]] of a "Super Airbus."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTKIgdfoHxM This video]] on all the exciting possibilities offered by TheInternet in... 1996. Just ''try'' to watch the guy earnestly enthusing about "multimedia files" and "special interest groups" without thinking of TheInternetIsForPorn.

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* Beatrice's line, "No, not till a hot January" in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' sounds somewhat ridiculous to anyone in the Southern Hemisphere (except maybe Antarctica). It's even funnier, and maybe a little less ridiculous, when you realise she's talking about getting along with Benedick.
* The entire "We Need a Little Christmas" number in ''[[Literature/AuntieMame Mame]]''. The entire point of the scene is that the characters are at such a low point in their lives that they decide to cheer themselves up by starting their Christmas decorating early, even though, to quote the lyrics, "it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now". Now that retailers have extended the holiday season to well ''before'' Thanksgiving, it's hard to see how Mame and co. are rushing into things; if anything, they're dogging it.
* Early on in Act II of ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'', the Fairy Queen sings of Captain Shaw (London's fire chief at the time and a BigNameFan), and in the premiere she stretched out her arms towards him. A few years later, Shaw was mixed up in a messy adultery scandal.
* [[Music/TheJonasBrothers Nick Jonas]] playing Marius in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' opens up an entire can of recursive funny at Eponine's expense. The first is, obviously, her StalkerWithACrush status making her the original Jonas Brother fangirl; the second, [[{{Squick}} she has a crush on her brother.]] (For those of you not in the know, Nick Jonas originally played Gavroche in Les Mis.)
* In ''Bell, Book and Candle'', Shep refers to himself as having been "bewitched" -- "I didn't say I meant it literally." [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Guess what]] FantasticComedy ''Bell, Book and Candle'' inspired?
* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', Mrs. Lovett calls the title character "Mr. T." [[Creator/MrT Pity the fool...]]
* Towards the end of ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', there's a lot of talk about being, or not being, [[TheLonelyIsland On A Boat]].
* In the 2008 concert revival of ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', IdinaMenzel plays Florence, signing the line "a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee". Fast-forward a couple of years, and she's in actually on a TV show called ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
** That performance of ''Chess'' also features Kerry Ellis as Sveltna, Forence's romantic rival. Both Menzel and Ellis have portrayed Elphaba in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' onstage.
* In the 2011 theatrical adaptation of ''{{Frankenstein}}'', Creator/JonnyLeeMiller and Creator/BenedictCumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. At the time, Cumberbatch was already playing Franchise/SherlockHolmes on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', and now Miller is playing the character as well, in the American TV series ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.

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* From Lore Sjoberg's Online ''Book of Ratings'' written in 1998:
-->"I'll limit myself to observing that with the increasing popularity of vampires, we're on the verge of the unicorn syndrome all over again. If it hasn't happened already, in a few months look for airbrushed posters of sad vampires in Wal-Marts everywhere, and in a decade look for female college students saying to each other 'Were you into vampires when you were nine? Me too! We were such dorks!"
::... [[Literature/{{Twilight}} nailed it]] (well, aside from being about ten years off), didn't he?
* The [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]] scene in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okumbPByXZw this]] mock ''Film/{{Watchmen}}: [[{{Bowdlerise}} PG Version]]'' trailer can easily become this if you read the DarkFic ''[[http://de.jihad.net/lib/bull-dotb.txt Day of the Barney]]'' (Or a plain old Funny Aneurysm if the fic gave you Nightmare Fuel.).
* [[http://replay.web.archive.org/20091022035608/http://geocities.com/paladin_s98/disturbing.html This page on a wrestling website]] lists various disturbing search terms that have lead people to pages on that site. One of them is "[[BrokebackMountain Cowboys Humping]]".
** There's a similar one in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where Cartman talks about artsy "movies about gay cowboys eating pudding". Matt or Trey even joked that they would sue if they saw any pudding in that movie.
* [[http://www.scary-crayon.com/misc/ffbenoit/ This Chris Benoit action figure]], which changes his expression from nice guy to screaming angry bastard, is [[BlackComedy funny for the wrong reasons]].
* A 1995 issue of Odyssey Magazine had an article titled "A Note From The NASA Administrator". The accompanying photograph showed the author of the article, then-administrator Daniel Goldin, and astronaut Charles Bolden talking to schoolkids about space exploration. In July 2009, Bolden was appointed as... NASA's Administrator.
** In the 1997 movie ''OctoberSky'', one of the men who helps the boys build their rockets is named "Mr. Bolden". And he's black, too.
* There was a [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]][=/=]Literature/HarryPotter joke in Russian from [[http://darkeol.livejournal.com/87134.html 2005]], which said "I already know what will happen in book 6: [[spoiler:The Invisibility Cloak will turn out to be the One Cloak".]] Well... off by one book.
* This ''Entertainment Weekly'' [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,316556,00.html story]] mused about the possibility of Paula Abdul dancing with Fred Astaire after seeing Music/EltonJohn playing with [[TheDeadRiseToAdvertise Louis Armstrong]] for Diet Coke. Well, it wasn't Fred, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7gny3qTxqw it was close enough]]...
** One wonders if that writer has ever played ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''...
* One {{Nickelodeon}} special from January 2004, just after the Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars, featured two celebrities having five minutes to build any sort of contraption out of some random materials on a table. One guy made a very dumpy-looking car-like thing out of straws and gum, with waffles for wheels. When the host asked him what it was, he said "A Mars rover." "Do you think this thing could really go to Mars?" "This is the one that's been having problems." (Spirit had a computer problem at the time.) During this exchange, the thing starts to fall apart. Flash forward six years, and Spirit and Opportunity are still roving, despite being made to last only 3 months.
* In 1977, long before the book ''NightAtTheMuseum'' was ever published, a commemorative book from the Smithsonian opened with an essay titled "I Wonder What Happens At Midnight", about everything in the museums magically coming to life after closing time. In 2008, ''Night at the Museum 2'' came out, with that exact premise.
* The USAF revealed in January 2010 through Jane's that they are modding Sidewinders for air-to-ground usage. Funny how all those arcadey flight-action titles like ''AceCombat'', ''Afterburner'' etc. had us using [[AKA47 ersatz Sidewinders]] for multirole purposes well before this, eh?
* There is a Social Psychology textbook written in 2008 which contains the following line: "More than anything else, the celebrity power of Tiger Woods is based on his [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything athletic performance]], his youthful charm, and his [[TheCasanova winning smile]]." A perfectly reasonable statement at the time of writing. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Now?]] Yeah...
* On the subject of academic writings...
-->It follows from such a view that psychology may be an interim science destined to wither away as neurology advances. I think this is about as imminent as the withering away of the Soviet dictatorship but I would not deny the possibility. -- Roger Brown, Words and Things, 1958
* This troper was reading a book on Italian politics written shortly after the election of Berlusconi which referred to him as 'a breath of fresh air after so many years of sleaze and corruption'. It's true that Italy doesn't have the most admirable past, but that description of Silvio is definitely hilarious now he's on trial for both sleaze AND corruption.
* Creator/BobSaget and his remark about how ''Series/FullHouse'' "[[TheTourettesGuy gave him Tourette's]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUH8EKM-V-U does count]].
* Ever heard of the flappers? ("Modern" feminist women from TheRoaringTwenties?) Hard to take them serious since a certain webcomic popularized the term "fappers" [[ADateWithRosiePalms for something completely different]]...
* In [[http://www.homunculus.com/articles/sorvinomira/sorvinogq9708.html this 1997 interview]], the reference to Tom Cruise at the very end is pretty hilarious in retrospect. So is the earlier part about how good she is at picking projects, considering that she hasn't had a major starring role since that interview came out.
* From 1989 through 2004, Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida had an attraction called The Magic of Disney Animation which had a short film at the beginning called ''Back To Neverland'' (not to be confused with Disney's direct-to-video Peter Pan sequel ''Return To Neverland''), starring RobinWilliams and the late Walter Cronkite. In it, Robin is a huge fan of ''Disney/PeterPan'' and actually becomes an animated Lost Boy, and he defeats Captain Hook with a little help from both Tinkerbell and his quick improvisational comedy skills. Doubly hilarious in hindsight in that not only [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} would he later get a chance to really show off his improvisational skills in a full-length Disney film]][[note]]where that video even had a ShoutOut, as the Genie dresses like Robin did in a scene[[/note]], but first he would also get the chance to actually [[Film/{{Hook}} be Peter Pan himself]] (courtesy of Creator/StevenSpielberg and [=TriStar=] Pictures).
* In 1989 palaeontologists chose the name ''Revueltosaurus'' for a new species of dinosaur discovered in Revuelto Creek, New Mexico. Years later, it was determined that the partial skeleton used to describe this species was actually a mix of bones from different animals and that the most of them probably belonged to a basal crocodilian, not a dinosaur. It just happens that "revuelto" is Spanish for "messed up".
** ''Apatosaurus''' name means "deceptive lizard", which turned out to be very fitting, as its fossils have deceived their very discoverer as well as the general public. Paleontologist O. C. Marsh famously named the second ''Apatosaurus'' specimen he discovered ''Brontosaurus'', and outfitted it with a fossil skull that in reality belonged to a different dinosaur. It continued to deceive people for near a century, and the two names (or rather three, the third being the little-known ''Elosaurus'') and skulls in fact still do confuse many people who grew up knowing it as ''Brontosaurus''.
** ''Allosaurus'', whose name can be translated as "other lizard", was the top-dog predatory dinosaur in media before being dethroned by -- who else? -- ''TyrannosaurusRex'', leading it to be seen as basically "that other lizard".
* In 2008, BP sent an angry email to the activist organization known as The Yes Men, complaining about usage of their trademarks in a half-finished parody website run by the group. In their [[http://theyesmen.org/agribusiness/beyondpetrol/ response]], the Yes Men argued that "BP does every bit as much damage to this planet as does Exxon" and deserved a fully realized parody site. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill Two years later...]]
* This [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c9/National-stereotypes.jpg 1835 British children's book]] says about the Chinese, "It is from China that we obtain tea and silk, and fine muslins." Little more than a century later...
* In Mayan mythology, Quetzalcoatl is portrayed as a "feathered serpent," which is also what his name means in the Nahuatl language. Millennia later, paleontologists discovered that theropod dinosaurs, among the largest reptiles that ever lived, ''were'' feathered.
* UsefulNotes/WaltDisney saw ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'' make less money than expected, and [[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE6DD123DF936A15753C1A961948260&sec=&spon= commented]], "I think the picture would have done better with a different title. Girls and women went to it, but men tended to stay away because it sounded sweet and sticky." Decades later, Disney executives would use ''the exact same'' logic to justify the retitling of [[Disney/{{Tangled}} one of the CGI films]], which came off the heels of [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog another underperforming film with a "girly" title]].
* [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Seth Meyers]] at the 2011 White House Corespondents' Dinner making jokes about UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. Little did anyone who wasn't UsefulNotes/BarackObama or a member of his staff know that the very next day...
** The joke in question is at 2:05 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YGITlxfT6s this]] video of Seth's standup. Note Obama's reaction to the joke: in retrospect, his face seems to be saying "That joke is going to be even funnier in about 48 hours."
* In what may be an amazing example, on the DVD commentary for ''FieldOfDreams'', director Phillip Alden Robinson shared that while making the movie based on WPKinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe," [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio decided to change the name of the film to its eventual title:]] "FieldOfDreams". Robinson, upset, called Kinsella to tell him the news, not telling him the new title, and had this conversation:
-->'''Robinson''': They want to change the name from "Shoeless Joe."\\
'''Kinsella''': Oh that's alright, that wasn't even my title. That was the publisher's title.\\
'''Robinson''': What was your title?\\
'''Kinsella''': "Dream Field."
* [[http://cinemassacre.com/2011/06/19/childhood-comics-the-angry-batman/ Here]] is [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe's]] "Angry Batman" comic, which was created in the early 2000s. Not too far off from what FrankMiller would give us [[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder years later]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_8JyluqsRY This]] Rosie O'Donnell doll made by Mattel from the 1990s (around the time of her talk show and massive popularity), which depicts her as Barbie's best friend. In 2002, Rosie would come out as a lesbian, adding a whole new level to their "partnership".
* The asteroid Antiope was discovered in 1866, and named after one of two characters in Greek mythology with that name (there's some dispute about which one). Fast forward to 2000, when it was discovered that Antiope is in fact a double asteroid (two pretty equally sized bodies orbiting a point between them), and it takes on another dimension.
* In the wake of the August 2011 liberation of Tripoli, Libya comes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fZhEJwWD4s this]] story of one rebel's trophy from the conflict... ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 a hat.]]''.
* [[http://www.bucketfillers101.com/ "Bucket Filling"]]. Any ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fan will be able to tell you why this is hilarious.
** Unless they're sick of the joke.
* Clinton wasn't the first President to [[http://med.stanford.edu/ohns/tobacco_ads/images/for_your_health/inhale/large/inhale_13.jpg not inhale.]] All of [[https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1595&bih=752&q=reagon+cigerette+ads&gbv=2&oq=reagon+cigerette+ads&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=img.3...1310l7942l0l8096l20l20l0l10l0l0l253l1376l0j5j2l7l0.frgbld.#hl=en&gbv=2&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=ZmxvT-KhI-HK2AWooojxAQ&ved=0CEEQvwUoAQ&q=reagan+cigarette+ads&spell=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=1&biw=1595&bih=752 Reagan's cigarette ads]] qualify (and a lot of other tobacco product ads on the [[http://med.stanford.edu/ohns/tobacco_ads/images/for_your_health/inhale/large/inhale_01.jpg subject of inhaling.]])
* "Wisdom teeth" were originally [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_teeth#Etymology named]] because they appeared later in life e.g. when someone is "wiser." Modern science suggests that we have wisdom teeth because over the course of our evolution, our growing brains caused our jaws to shrink. We have wisdom teeth because of our species' growing "wisdom."
* In the beginning of the 20th century, when paleontologists were firm in their belief that dinosaurs and birds could not possibly be related, they tried to explain bird evolution by coming up with a purely hypothetical, four-winged gliding reptile-bird transition, named "''Tetrapteryx''" or "''Proavis''". In 2000, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microraptor Microraptor]]'' is discovered, which was a ''real'' four-winged gliding reptile. But unlike what those early scientists expected, it was a dinosaur, which reaffirmed the modern belief that birds descended from dinosaurs.
** Likewise, cheap plastic figures of ''Pteranodon'' (the famous crested pterosaur) [[PteroSoarer often erroneously gave the animal teeth]], much to the annoyance of paleontologists. In 2003, a newly discovered crested pterosaur is published, and this one really did have teeth -- this trope is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in its name: ''Ludodactylus'', meaning roughly "toy finger".
** ''Franchise/JurassicPark'''s ''Chaos Effect'' toyline featured a mutant hybrid between ''Velociraptor'' and ''Archaeopteryx'' called "''Velociraptoryx''", and was essentially a raptor with bird feathers (and the wing finger of a pterosaur, somehow). Raptors with feathers, what a crazy idea! Except that today we know that ''all'' raptor dinosaurs were covered head-to-tail in a feathery plumage, and ''Archaeopteryx'' has also been reclassified as a raptor in recent years.
* The existence of the meme Pedobear, in 2012 the BBC stated that the charity mascot of "Children In Need", Pudsey, was no longer allowed to be alone with children and instead of hugging them had to either wave at them or shake their hands. Naturally, the two bears had been crossed over [[http://gossip-girl-forum.3151444.n2.nabble.com/file/n4033299/514px-Pedobearinneedofchildren.jpg before]].
* After the revelation that General David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, the title of her biography, ''All In: The Education of General David Petraeus'', took on a whole new meaning. Not to mention all the publicity touting how Broadwell was "afforded extensive access by General Petraeus."
* When actor Dick Sargent (yes, the real [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrin]]) outed himself in the early 90s, there was the expected snickering over a gay actor named Dick. The snickering would've been much louder if more people were aware that Sargent was a stage name. His birth surname: Cox.
* The Princeton Review, a test-preparation service company, has long made use of a naive straw-man character in its lessons, who demonstrates what ''not'' to do on standardized tests by always choosing the multiple-choice option that only ''looks'' correct upon superficial reading. In American courses, this gullible patsy is named "Joe Bloggs", a surname that pre-dates the World Wide Web and the rise of blogging: a phenomenon which, if read superficially by the naive, can give people a ''very'' misguided notion of what's factual.
* In 2008, someone posted [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/31541888@N08/2994404550/ this picture]] on {{Flickr}}
* During TheFrenchRevolution, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was a fervent supporter of Revolutionary ideas, to the point that he supposedly had "Death to the kings !" tattooed on his chest. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_XIV_John_of_Sweden Guess what he became...]]
* In Liverpool, Merseyside there is Beacon Lane, Severn Street, Wye Street - which were around well ''before'' Beacon Radio was established in 1976, Severn Sound in 1980 and Wyvern FM in 1982. Coincidentally, all three stations could be heard in the same area in the West Midlands - and they were exactly Beacon, Severn and [[PortmanteauCoupleName Wyvern]] (named from Wye and Severn rivers). So it looks like street-planners predicted commercial radio brand names...
* UsefulNotes/BillClinton was commonly joked to be 'the First Black President'. And then his wife lost to the first [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama real Black President]].
* Some 70s newspapers abbreviated "Three Mile Island" as "TMI", which creates some chuckles when reading through newspaper archives several decades later, now that people often use the exact same letters to mean "too much information". "Senator Calls for TMI Investigation" indeed...
* UsefulNotes/LosAngelesMetroRail has the Pico (Boulevard) station, which is where one exits to get to Anime Expo, located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is also on Pico. There is an infamous ero {{OVA}} series known as ''Boku no '''Pico'''''. [[http://hikouki-gumo.tumblr.com/post/54511447423/finally-bought-my-ax-ticket This did not go unnoticed.]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo%E2%80%93Guarulhos_International_Airport The biggest airport]] of SaoPaulo is known by the code "GRU" due to being located in nearby Guarulhos. The emergence of [[DespicableMe another Gru]] in coincidence to the recent operators of the aiport opting to market the place as [[http://instagram.com/p/ioti7Rljlq/ "GRU Airport"...]]
* There is a banquet hall in Woodbridge, New Jersey called "Ariana's Grand." This becomes really funny thanks to the rise of [[Music/ArianaGrande a certain Nickelodeon pop starlet]].
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