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* In "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger", Rocky Roccoco's dramatically proffered... pickle.

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* ''The Gatemaster'' would be an otherwise fairly typical ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' self-insertion fic if it wasn't for a massive dose of this trope, along with an insane length. Also a case of TropesAreNotGood, as it only served to make the whole thing more pretentious and longwinded.
* ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' has completely unnecessary use of ''GenerationKill''-style callsigns and radio protocol used by the local nerd and the mini forces under his jurisdiction.
* Anything described with PurpleProse in ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K''.
** For example, Shinji decides to clean the apartment: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Demons of untidiness! Fear me! I have come, with the mop of justice and the sponge of truth! I shall cleanse you from this home! Let it be sanctified with the sweet scent of the Emperor's soap!"]]
** Lampshaded in chapter 20 part 1 when a couple of guys see Hikari, Kensuke and Toji walk to school:
-->"What the hell...?" said one of the boys to his best friend. "Your nose is bleeding...?"
-->For once, it wasn't out of perverted thoughts. "It should be illegal to be that awesome out of just [[PowerWalk -walking-]]."
* The author of ''FanFic/{{Deserving}}'' doesn't like using characters' names or [[SaidBookism the word "said"]], producing this effect when a discussion of interior design is peppered with phrases like "proclaimed the Chosen One". The unnaturally overdramatic diction employed by every character in every situation doesn't help matters either. Actual example: '"LUBE! Always lube. Donít make me repeat it," came the menacing voice.' One glorious scene in which Franchise/HarryPotter [[MilkingTheGiantCow milks the giant cow]] and casts fireworks with his wand to make a point about someone's birthday party.
** In general, domestic fic in which the characters talk about their mundane business with just as much portentousness as TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is very common, and invariably lands in this trope.
* ''FanFic/BrendanNamronAceAttorney'', being based partially off of the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series, uses this trope from time to time, especially in the courtroom.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAyVQv1jhSU This video]], spoofing the incredibly mundane opening lines of ''Fanfic/TheLastWar'' in which [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]] is fretting over a pot of stew, plays this trope to the hilt by reading the account of Hermione's stew-making adventures [[DramaticReading in an exaggerated bombastic voice]] with added reverb and setting it to [[Music/CarminaBurana O Fortuna]]. And includes the actual phrase (and former trope name) "what do you mean it's not awesome" in the tags.
** The creator of that video has taken to referring to the specific form of Mundane Made Awesome where narration is too epic for what it's describing as "O Fortuna moments", likening the effect to watching someone doing the housework with that backing track.
* In ''FanFic/AMatchMadeInHell'', Cloud and Sephiroth are forced to resort to a thumb war due to a spell that prevents actual fighting. Notable in that it's presented EXACTLY as dire and significant as a life-or-death fight would be. Cloud loses, and cries in despair... before challenging Sephiroth to best-two-out-of-three. Roxas (who in this case is a voice in Sora's head) comments that [[HypocriticalHumor "You have such weird friends."]]
* ''FanFic/BecomingFemale'' has several examples, such as this one:
-->"Yeah, I'm fine," I explained epically.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7455421/1/Neon_Knights Neon Knights]]'' has a fantastic example in the second chapter. [[HotBlooded Mari]] [[ChewingTheScenery Illustrious]] [[Film/RebuildOfEvangelion Makinami]] takes on a [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny fourth-grade math test]]. With PurpleProse and [[ShoutOut Shout-Outs]] to ''GGundam'', ''GaoGaiGar'', ''GurrenLagann'', and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}. Even the line break separating this scene from the one before it is a massive example of this. And it all ''works''.
--> [[GurrenLagann GIIIIIGAAAAA]]! [[IncrediblyLamePun SCEEEEENNNNNE]]! BREEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAK!
* In ''Fanfic/{{Magnetism}}'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] reacts to successfully making cereal the way Link reacts to finding a major piece of treasure in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. Then again, seeing as her previous attempts at making cereal ended up with it [[EpicFail catching]] [[ShoutOut on]] [[TheSimpsons fire]], you could say her reaction is completely justified.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has good doses of this during courtroom episodes, mostly thanks to one side of the crossover being the very overblown ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series. Outside the court things tend to stay more under control, though not enough to stop a muffin delivery from ditching the usual "evidence found" jingle in favor of ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid's'' ItemGet [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdEFCzMNPa0 fanfare.]]
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' features [[BigGood The Grand Ruler]] playing hopscotch to a disco remix of "Pop Goes the Weasel".
* The FinalBattle between [[TheChosenOne Awng]] and BigBad [[spoiler:MNightShyamalan]] in ''FanFic/BringMeAllYourElderly''; it plays out almost exactly like the fight between Aang and Ozai, except it takes place in a small office with the two throwing staples and other office supplies at each other.
* "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9153455/1/Proximity-to-Balance Proximity to Balance]]" is a set of ''{{Gundam Wing}}'' one-shots that depict the five Gundam Pilots, now Preventers, as they deal with life after war. The fourth entry, "Normalcy", has them plotting out and treating even simple errands like grocery or department store shopping as missions as a means of acclimating. IE:
-->"Zero One to Zero Four."
-->"Zero Four receiving."
-->"Mission parameters specify black, but the only supplies matching other specs are white. Is white acceptable?"
-->"White is acceptable, Zero One."
-->"Confirmed. Mission parameters adjusted to include white. Zero One out."

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* Any feud summary used in Professional Wrestling marketing of upcoming events. It's often less interesting to actually watch pay-per-view extravaganzas than it is the promotional videos explaining them. Extra points to TNA's promos for their annual Lockdown pay-per-view, which do a pretty convincing job of making a six-sided cyclone-fence cage look like it should be banned by the Geneva Convention.
* Back in the old Florida territory in the 1980s, they were a minute short of material for the TV show, so Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea counted down from 60, producing ''the highest-rated segment of the entire show.''
* A lot of the more old-school {{Finishing Move}}s fall into this, particularly HulkHogan's FiveMovesOfDoom, where a leg-drop is treated as devastating.
* Wrestling/WrestleMania itself is predicated on this even in-universe, the prime example of this being Wrestling/TheUndertaker's streak. Being scripted to defeat Undertaker cleanly and/or decisively in an actual match was already treated as a big deal for anyone, but for this to happen at [=WrestleMania=] was considered to be unthinkable because of how high the Streak has been raised up in wrestling lore. When Wrestling/BrockLesnar pinned Undertaker for the three-count on April 6, 2014, the reaction was more akin to witnessing a terrorist attack than the conclusion of a wrestling match.

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* Parodied many times in ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', as in the following example:
-->'''Neddie Seagoon''': ''(Portentously)'' Then... suddenly...
-->'''Orchestra''': LONG DRAMATIC STING
-->'''Neddie Seagoon''': ''(Feebly)'' ...Nothing happened. ''(Normally)'' But it happened ''suddenly'', mark you!
* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' had a moment like this in episode 20, when Arthur comes back home and finds a mysterious present: a fishbowl engraved with these words: "So long, and thanks for all the fish." The musical score gives one the impression of some legendary item.
** He later discovers an interesting message when he holds it up to his ear and taps it.
* Italian radio comedy show ''"610"'' [[StealthPun (in Italian, spelling each digits of the title results in]] [[YouSuck an insult)]] has a sketch based on this trope, involving "Pier Maria Carletti", a character 100 times dumber and weaker than an average man. When he ate his own vegetables after they got corrupted by an alien fuel, he gained a superpower: his strength, as well as his brain, got enhanced. But becoming 100 times stronger than he was, ironically Pier Maria Carletti becomes - therefore - like any other average guy. This didn't stop him from making a superhero costume however, resulting in the "super hero" Normalman. Also, as a twist on your usual ClarkKenting (despite both Pier Maria and Normalman wearing glasses), [[TakeOurWordForIt he has to]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscate stupidity!]]
* On ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'', there's a few rounds where the studio audience have to know the name of a work. What do they do? Announce that they're going to display the title of the work on the megabyte magic of their liquid-crystal satellite-linked all-purpose laser display board...which is just the producer coming on stage with a cue card. This also serves to confuse the listeners at home, who wonder why the studio audience start laughing when the title is shown.
** Also, this is mixed with LyricalDissonance in the round ''One Song To The Tune Of Another''. The panellists have often sung the words of something mundane or humorous to the tune of something extravagant and melodramatic -- like ''The Marrow Song'' to the tune of ''There'll Always Be An England''.

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* Creator/BrianRegan has a bit about military inventions and how they all have awesome names. Then along came a device that allowed soldiers to communicate effectively over long distances. It was called the walkie-talkie.

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* Compared to Greek drama, very little of Japanese Noh drama plays contained actual drama. Much of it featured characters going about everyday tasks and situations, with the actors extremely slow recitation of lines and expressive mannerisms allotting for drama portion.
* "Second" from ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee''. Who knew two prepubescent kids taking turns spelling words like "zoonosis" and "astrobleme" could be so epic?
** An earlier scene has Barfee spell "weevil" in slow motion.
* The GreekChorus in the musical ''Allegro'' breathlessly anticipates a child's first steps and glorifies his learning to walk with the heroic marching song "One Foot, Other Foot."
* ''[[{{Peanuts}} You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown]]'' has a complex, metaphor-laden quartet, crossing multiple musical styles, and has at one point four main characters singing four different melodies with four different texts, reaching an intense musical climax and showing off the vocal talents of the soprano lead. The subject of the song? A 100-word book report on "Peter Rabbit."
* In ''Theatre/TwiceCharmed'', "All Because of a Shoe" takes this to new extremes.
-->'''Lady Tremaine:''' Who could've imagined my ''entire life'' would be ruined?\\
'''Cast:''' All because of a shoe!

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* The Pastry War -- whose name itself is a demonstration of this trope -- was a conflict between the Kingdom of France and the United Mexican States which engulfed both the Republic of Texas and the United States. The entire Mexican navy was captured by French forces and the war lead to former dictator Antonio Lůpez de Santa Anna resuming his position as President of Mexico. Santa Anna's autocratic regime caused Mexico to disintegrate and contributed to Texas becoming annexed by the USA. How did this war arise? Because the Mexican Government [[SeriousBusiness refused to pay compensation to a French baker whose shop had been looted by Mexican officers]] ''[[SeriousBusiness ten years earlier]]''.[[note]]Although the files in both France and Mexico never mention the existance of said French Baker.[[/note]]
** On a similar level: the Football (soccer) War between Honduras and El Salvador[[note]]To be fair, there were already some bad relationship over the status of Salvadorans migrant workers and settled in Honduras being dispossessed to protect the rights of wealthy landowners. The violences at the qualifying rounds for the 1970 World Cup were just what pissed the Salvadorans (who had actually ''won'' the play-off match) enough to attack[[/note]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_tea_ceremony Japanese tea ceremony]] would appear to be a simple matter: one person brews some tea and serves it to one or more guests, who accept it with gratitude. In fact the ceremony, ''chadō'', is a staggeringly complex ritual with over a thousand variations which may require a lifetime to master.
** [[Literature/{{Discworld}} You can't hurry a good cuppa]].
** The tea ceremony has ''degrees'' just as like martial arts.
** Japan tends to make ''anything'' into ritualized awesome art: gardening, eating,...
* The interface to Apple's [[http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/timemachine.html Time Machine]] backup software. A backup program is one thing, but a backup program that features a series of windows receding into the background to indicate which backup you're restoring from, all over a painstakingly rendered animated star-field backdrop, that's Epic right there. At the time of this edit, Apple had neither confirmed nor denied that the next version would play Strauss's ''Also sprach Zarathustra'' while in operation.
* A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_Special_Operations_Weather_Technician United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician]] What's more mundane than doing the weather report? How about from behind enemy lines!
** They also have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_Combat_Control_Team special forces air traffic controllers.]]
* Does [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=D5FzCeV0ZFc Howard Dean]] count?
** [[MemeticMutation BWAAAAGH!]]
** Only in the way it was covered, not anything he did. As Diane Sawyer pointed out, you couldn't even hear him over the enthusiastic cheers of his supporters. It was only when the "news" people stripped out the crowd's voices that his yell seemed weird and out of place. Anybody who was there could attest to the truth of this.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/07/hitler-mocking-dog-nazis_n_805695.html Dog mocks Hitler, how can it not be awesome?]]
* A piece of music called (depending on the variant) either "Entry of the Gladiators" or "Thunder and Blazes" ''must'' be pretty awesome, right? [[spoiler: Well, actually, it's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B0CyOAO8y0 circus clown music]]]].
** Performed by a full military-style band, the music itself ''is'' pretty awesome. That still makes it an example of the trope, though, because the having a big, brassy march as background music for [[spoiler:some guy in whiteface falling on his prat]] is perhaps a ''bit'' over the top.
* Apparently there is a condition where your head really can [[YourHeadAsplode Asplode]] by thinking too hard and much. Supposedly mainly affects chess players and academics.
** Actually, it only affects one particular chess player, [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/chess.asp and it doesn't bother him too much]].
* Ohhhhhhhhh, the Alcatel [=OmniPCX=] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_exchange phone exchange]] promotional video. What do you do when your engineers fail? You call James Bond to save the day!
* Every single word spoken by Don [=LaFontaine=], aka the original [[InAWorld Trailer Voice Guy]], ever. The man could make ordering a burger at [=McDonalds=] sound like the ultimate battle for the fate of the world. (''"InAWorld where burgers are grilled, one man will rise to fight...for the fate of a cheeseburger.''") [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=JQRtuxdfQHw Witness for yourself]] what happens when you put Don and four other famous Voiceover Guys in a limousine and tell them to drive to an awards show. R.I.P, Don, the world is a less Awesome place without you.
** "It's never too early... for a ''salad.''" [[http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=9710 About 3:05 in this video.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJMGS7l0wT8 Paula Sala is a real GEICO customer, not an actor. So to help tell her story, we hired that announcer guy from the movies]].
* The Backside of Water at the Jungle Cruise in the DisneyThemeParks. Some skippers have been known to go off into a massive speech upon approaching it, declaring how incredibly amazing it is. Even the normal spiel generally involves referring to it as "The Eighth Wonder of the Natural World" and announcing [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "The back! Side! Of! WATER!!!"]]
** The skipper will, inevitably, be disappointed to discover that it looks a lot like the front side.
* In an essay in ''Me Talk Pretty One Day'', David Sedaris details his aversion and hatred of computers, and among his complaints is their presence in movie scenes that fall under this trope. "Each tiresome new {{Thriller}} includes some scene in which the hero, trapped by some version of the enemy, runs for his desk in a desperate race against time. Music swells and droplets of sweat rain down onto the keyboard as he sits at his laptop, frantically pawing for answers. It might be different if he were flagging down a passing car or trying to phone for help, but typing, in and of itself, is not an inherently dramatic activity"
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' does this to anything worth mentioning, then paints it black, covers it in skulls, and sets it on fire.
** Unless it paints it red, because "red wunz go fasta!"
*** And then ''they do.''
** And then there's this [[MachineWorship Adeptus Mechanicus]] quote about ''turning on an engine'':
-->Toll the Great Bell Once!
-->Pull the Lever forward to engage the
-->Piston and Pump...
-->Toll the Great Bell Twice!
-->With push of Button fire the Engine
-->And spark Turbine into life...
-->Toll the Great Bell Thrice!
-->Sing Praise to the
-->God of All Machines
* FlairBartending.
* Creator/BillyMays, from the various {{Ridiculously Loud Commercial}}s for cleaning products he's done (RIP Beardman).
** Also the [[VinceOffer ShamWow guy]]. [[{{Narm}} His headset puts it over the top.]]
--->"Stop having a boring tuna! [[SeriousBusiness Stop having a boring life!]]"
*** On top of that -- introducing the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRyj5cHIQA Rap Chop]] (remixed, not original, sadly).
* Zinedine Zidane is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lkOegLzmR8 even more awesome]] with OminousLatinChanting.
* The Physics Department of the University Of Wales has a "Centre for Explosion Studies". That can't really be as cool as it sounds.
** If such a department needs to be made cooler, just see if Creator/MichaelBay is willing to lend a hand.
** Syracuse University has (or had) the Center for Really Neat Research (which most of it really was).
* Arguably, the entire town of Columbus, Indiana. A small town in the US with several buildings designed by modernist architects, resulting in the town having more national architectural landmarks than several large cities.
* Several manufacturers of obscure industrial equipment are prone to this. Some people, nightly, have to deal with the terror of working with a machine called the Predator SS... which shrink wraps boxes placed on a pallet. And sometimes must wear a garment called the Revolution XR55, a simple safety harness.
* BrianBlessed.
** Brian Blessed is ''exactly'' that awesome. A short read about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_blessed his life]] is like the cliff-notes version of a Norse saga or something.
* Tim Pawlenty kicked off his presidential campaign with two ads that were just made of this trope. Creator/StephenColbert was quick to [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/377119/march-10-2011/colbert-pac-ad parody it]].
* Google has recently made a tool called [[http://www.youtube.com/searchstories Search Stories]] which lets you upload videos of Google searches with ''epic camera pans'' and ''epic music'' if you like.
* Sixteen words: [[http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/16/betty-white-in-a-metal-bikini-wielding-a-flaming-chainsaw-while-riding-a-john-ritter-centaur/ Betty White in a Metal Bikini Wielding a Flaming Chainsaw While Riding a John Ritter Centaur]].
** No, that is definitely awesome.
* EXTREME [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf8cM7f6P2I RICE]].
* Extreme [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_ironing IRONING]]. Your whites will ''never'' be starched this way again.
* Apparently a GPS manufacturer created [[http://starwars.tomtom.com/voices/index-starwars.php?Lid=4 an application]] that turns the voice into [[StarWars Darth Vader's]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ljFfL-mL70 A "making of"]] shows how it's a full-fledged example of this trope.
** You can also get NorioWakamoto to narrate your GPS for you.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JpKuYbJQK4 The Brian Blessed SatNav]]
* UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson explaining the origin of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsFRgIb8mAQ Ping Pong]]
* A new sport from Germany: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsVcMqgQdJo Sporthocking]]...'''EXTREME SITTING!'''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAJmp_QAdLk Parodied here]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L54a6Lao50k Indoor Cycling Gymnastic Championship]]
* As a rule, [[GameMusic music from your favorite video games]] can greatly enhance your life experience. Try playing some of the synth classics or rehashes by The Advantage or The Black Mages while writing a paper or simply ''walking around''. The fact is this genre was intended to make everything you do in games ([[MundaneMadeAwesome shopping, hiking, fighting, talking,]] [[DieChairDie breaking vases]]) infinitely more exciting. This effect naturally translates itself into RealLife.
* CPR... with a ''[[http://wisconsinnewsarticles.com/wisconsin_articles/2005/03/cpr-with-a-toilet-plunger-4620.htm toilet plunger]]''!
* The [[http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4233010457/ Breaking Dawn Part I]] trailer. Wedding invitations, a ceremony, scenes from a honeymoon, and Bella's DullSurprise scored with OminousLatinChanting.
* T.E. Lawrence wrote about how he once parodied Auda abu Tayi's way of telling stories like this.
--> '' 'This was a close parody of Auda's epic style; and I mimicked also his wave of the hand, his round voice, and the rising and dropping tone which emphasized the points, or what he thought were points, of his pointless stories.' ''\\
--\\
'' 'I told how we left the tents, with a list of the tents, and how we walked down towards the village, describing every camel and horse we saw, and all the passers-by, and the ridges, 'all bare of grazing, for by God that country was barren.' ''\\
--\\
'' 'And we marched: and beyond the what-do-you-call-it there was a what-there-is as far as hereby from thence, and thereafter a ridge: and we came to that ridge, and went up that ridge: it was barren, all that land was barren: and as we came up that ridge, and were by the head of that ridge, and came to the end of the head of that ridge, by God, by my God, by very God, the sun rose upon us!' ''
* [[Creator/TomokazuSugita ORRE]] [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura NO]] [[Creator/TakahiroSakurai CHYUU]] [[Creator/NorioWakamoto DORRE]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNkATKq0bUw DA!?]] Courtesy from them playing a Manga/YuYuHakusho game.
* [[http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/417168_342042932514875_100001275120449_981397_716797655_n.jpg This game of Jenga.]]
* And now, Creator/AlanRickman [[http://io9.com/5935919/alan-rickman-is-awesome-even-when-hes-making-tea-in-extreme-slow+motion making tea in slow motion]] to the soundtrack to {{Inception}}.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe_Murder_Incident#Operation_Paul_Bunyan Operation Paul Bynyan]] consisted in chopping down a tree whose position could have sparked a border conflict between the two Koreas without having North Korean soldiers hack to death the choppers as in the first attempt. The Americans sent sixteen combat engineers equipped with [[ChainsawGood chainsaws]], with a direct escort of sixty men armed with pistols and axe handles, an indirect escort including 64 South Korea special forces soldiers armed to the teeth daring the North Koreans to cross the nearby Freedom Bridge, an American [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M728_Combat_Engineer_Vehicle M728 Combat Engineering Vehicle]] ready to blow it up and an American infantry company with twenty utility helicopters and 7 attack helicopters, and support from U.S. B-52 bombers and F-4 fighters and South Koreans F-5 fighters. Then, [[NoKillLikeOverkill just to make sure]], the aircraft carrier ''Midway'' and her task force had been moved in the area, and the whole South Korean military and the American troops in Korea (plus troops from Okinawa) were ready to intervene. The tree was cut without incidents.
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Some background is perhaps necessary.]] The tree was in such a place that it isolated a border observation post from being seen by the next closest one. This lack of visibility meant that something could happen to the soldiers at that post if it were taken by surprise without their neighbors able to see they needed help. At first a handful of Korean workers and American troops went to trim the tree, but were attacked by North Korean soldiers, with two American officers being hacked to death by axes. Operation Paul Bunyan was partially to deal with the original problem of the tree, and mostly to make it abundantly clear to the North Koreans that [[GunboatDiplomacy interfering in the operation again would be unacceptable.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reply_of_the_Zaporozhian_Cossacks Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks]] is a painting of a real-life epic StronglyWordedLetter writing.
* Board games. We've come a long way from the days of ''Monopoly'' and ''Snakes and Ladders''. Titles like ''[[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/87890/pret-a-porter PrÍt-ŗ-Porter]]'' or the upcoming ''[[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/126163/tzolkin-the-mayan-calendar Tzokol'kin]]'' take mundane activities like running a fashion magazine or assigning workers and make them compelling enough for you to want in on the action.
* General relativity made just about everything awesome. For instance, that apple you ate for lunch? E = mc^2 reveals that you just ate something containing ten times more energy than the world's most powerful nuclear bomb.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2_5lkW54Lk Walking Made Awesome]]
** Oh yeah, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA6Tcdw3M98 life will never be the same]]
* You can even play the HomeGame!
** Get your favorite music conveyance such an iPod or CD loaded with "Enterprise Leaves Moorings" from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', "Leaving Drydock" from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' or "Stealing The Enterprise" from ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''.
** If necessary, cue it up to the ''right part'' of the music where ''Enterprise'' would be leaving in the film.
** Play it as you start up your car. Backing out of your driveway will ''never'' feel the same again. Cut your grass with it, paint the house, whatever. You'll be ''dying'' to do the chores.
** Parallel park your car while the "[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Blue Danube Waltz]]" plays.
** Just about anything by TwoStepsFromHell works. As does a fair amount of E. S. Posthumus.
* Michelangelo illustrated [[http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/michelangelos-hand-drawn-grocery-list_b81242 his grocery lists]].
* 24 hour sports news channels. Sky Sports News is a particularly egregious offender. Its overly dramatic theme music and presenters who constantly act excited, even in the off-seasons when ''nothing is happening''.
* The Brazilian carnival is decided with a vote count two days after the parades. While in sports such as gymnastics they just show the grades after the performance, in carnival's case a deep-voiced announcer reads aloud every grade the 12 "samba schools" had - 10 categories, each with 4 judges (and like with sports, the lowest one is dropped from the count). And by the last categories, you can hear the glee of the schools' supporters with each "TEN!". In the case of the biggest ones in Rio and SaoPaulo, said count is ''broadcast nationally'' - that's right, Brazil's biggest network dedicates two hours of programming (each!) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLOq1_nuaiI a guy reading grades aloud]].