Just For Fun: Things We Have Learnt From Media
TV, film, video games etc. are very educational.
Even if they're inaccurate.
Things we've learnt:
- The German Wehrmacht was capable of taking over most of Europe despite being rubbish shots.
- Adopting a fake British accent does not win you a reality show (Pirate Master, Survivor: Gabon).
- Children's card games are Serious Business.
- Animals secretly understand everything we say.
- NEVER leave it to the professionals.
- The Government is evil, without fail.
- Bras and miniskirts make for excellent battle armor.
- Everything you know about history is an utter lie.
- Blue is a natural hair color in Japan. And in space. Europeans get red and brown hair, and all Americans without fail are blond.
- In the right universes, strong emotion can be used as a power source. A Tsundere with PMS has a higher power output than a small star.
- No matter when and where you are, a sword is the best weapon.
- In a high speed car chase, the cars will barrel through an open air market, be forced to stop by an old lady crossing the street, pass a crazy guy on a bicycle, hit a Fruit Cart.
- The Butler Did It.
- Even if you're astonishingly stupid and incompetent, following your dreams will make them come true. Always.
- The best possible medicine for anything and everything is love.
- It can always get worse, and there's always something that could possibly go wrong.
- No matter what you might think, you are never unstoppable. Particularly if you proclaim yourself to be so. And you don't even want to know what happens if you try to claim invincibility.
- If somebody is pointing a gun at your head, it is easy to toss off a long, cutting, powerful remark that makes him reconsider his life and drop the weapon.
- It's always his fault.
- NEVER sign up for any mission described as "routine".
- There's no such thing as too big when it comes to robots. So what if it takes the equivalent of two Earths to fuel it? No, seriously.
- Video games are training turning children into skilled gunmen who shoot up schools. Because, you know, operating a gun is just like operating a mouse.
- One single tear will, without fail, bring back the dead.
- Every video game ever has random Pac-Man bleeps and NES-style music playing in the background. Even if they're for the PS2. Furthermore, every video game ever can be played - well, mind you - by mashing the buttons, or, in the case of the Wii, slinging the Wiimote around like an angry chimp.
- All video games are nothing but violent button pushing for idiots and lazy people, and are automatically inferior to every other medium (especially books).
- When driving through any city with famous landmarks like London or Paris, you will pass them all and not necessarily in a logical order. Also, if walking through a city, you won't necessarily go from one road to another connected to it, or even one anywhere near it.
- If you love somebody, blow them up. Courtesy of Nanoha Takamachi.
- When a supervillain frames a superhero for an evil act, everyone will immediately and inexplicably forget about all the good things the hero has done and think he/she really has become evil, except for a super-fan, who will work diligently to prove that his/her idol is innocent.
- Crucifixion is a minor inconvenience unless it happens to Jesus.
- It turned out to be a pretty minor thing for him too...
- Children, robots and animals are really annoying but never die.
- All video game designers and comic book creators are insane.
- God exists and takes all the good Christians in Hollywood to Heaven; everyone else burns in Hell.
- Random beeps, pixels, and black bars prevent anyone from being even slightly offended.
- Physics is a myth perpetuated by idiot scientists.
- Blacks are mean, violent rapists who deal crack.
- Gay people are weak, effeminate perverts...especially if they're the bad guys.
- "Reality show," is not an oxymoron and no matter how shitty something is, it will have viewers.
- Poor men are dirty, stupid hicks.
- Rich men, like everyone in Hollywood, are ingenious and beautiful, but sometimes prone to make evil plans to bulldoze friendly neighbourhoods, pave over all of nature (or just dump toxic vileness in it), and generally act nasty. They can learn to mend their ways from people who are pure and beautiful and untainted by money.
- Fatal gun wounds are instant... unless it hits an important character.
- Absolutely anything can be made to look cool, or at least as though it's supposed to be cool, with judicious use of Camera Tricks, stirring speeches and a suitably rousing classical or rock soundtrack.
- Large weapons and giant robots are automatically cool.
- If you catch the bad guy, and you're surrounded by cops, you can still empty your gun into him and face no criminal charges provided you're only a couple of minutes from the credits.
- America is either a super-patriotic country full of happiness and family values, or a corrupt, arrogant, xenophobic hellhole full of the trash that (the "far-superior") England threw away.
- Sex will kill you and there is no such thing as effective contraception. Guys still need to have sex, but the girls they do it with are filthy sluts.
- If you have not met the love of your life by the age of ten you will die alone.
- All men are unfulfilled unless they are drinking the right beer, have huge penises, and have hair that both exists and is not grey. Unless they are Scottish or British pretending to be French. Then, having grey hair or being bald just makes them sexier.
- All women are unfulfilled unless they are wearing the right clothes, have no wrinkles, and are being bought off with mountains and mountains of jewelry and presents by the sensitive, young, handsome man who may or may not be riding on a horse.
- All castles are glorified art galleries. The wealthy were beyond bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens.
- If it's cool, it will work, unless it'll be funnier if it doesn't.
- The most popular girl at school is paradoxically the least liked, or is only liked by her circle of friends.
- The most hated characters are almost always the least likely to die.
- When someone wants to help, he'll always pick the worst possible time.
- The Nazis were sufficiently advanced to create an army of vampires and an effeminate catboy who exists everywhere and nowhere at once due to a quantum singularity dividing his existence by zero. And math is the only way to kill Dracula. (Hellsing)
- Nope, not even math can kill Dracula.
- John Munch. That is all.
- At least 1 percent of Americans, and 1 percent of British citizens, are serial killers.
- Scotland and Ireland are totally the same place.
- Hitting someone's head (it helps to have an implement, but your fist will do) very, very hard is a safe, easy, and effective way of knocking him out for anywhere from several minutes to a few hours. He may say, "Oooh, my head hurts," when he awakes, or hold an icepack to his forehead (regardless of where you hit him), but he'll be just fine.
- It is also the perfect way to cause or cure retrograde amnesia.
- If you walk down a street singing, everyone you pass will not only know the words but also join in with a snazzy dance routine.
- And if you're alone on the beach with your significant other who's just burst into song, backup dancers will come out of the ocean. Because you can't have a musical movie without a dancing chorus.
- If your girlfriend suggests that the two of you dress as Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy for Halloween, do not agree to it. She seldom keeps her end of the deal.
- A Nerd can't be good at sports.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay.
- Senior citizens, especially old men, almost always talk about how they're going to Take Over the World (or at least wrest control of society away from young people), but don't usually put much effort into it. Or indeed, any at all. (We're looking at you, Martin Crane.)
- Cartoon characters can tell time with wristwatches that come out of nowhere, and once the time is told, said watch disappears as suddenly as it appeared.
- Talk like you're in a TV show. People will think you're crazy, but the fans will appreciate it.
- If a troubled child takes an extreme interest in anything, it must be discouraged, because he will invariably grow up to commit acts of super villainy themed around that thing.
- It's perfectly okay to take random objects from strangers.
- Band-Aids heal everything.
- If you run off a cliff, you won't fall until you realise you've run off the edge. Until then you can keep going forward.
- No matter what happens to you, as long as you have one hit point, your body will be in perfect condition.
- Bullying is wrong. Crushing people's minds, however, is A-OK!
- The Jerkass wil always find a way to avoid elimination, and will always avoid retribution until the finals or semi-finals, when he gets an appropriatly karmic comeupance from the Ensemble Dark Horse.
- Oranges are annoying, even to each other.
- There's no reason to use the Internet because any information you may need is on TV right now in the form of a special news report.
- Swearing and violent behavior are considered to be mature.
- Turtles' shells are removable.
- If someone touches you inappropriately, that's NO GOOD.
- Anybody who follows religion or is a conservative is an idiotic, mindless sheep, and talking dogs are the wisest of creatures.
- If you don't pay back money you owe, a dinosaur squishes your head.
- If you mess with kids too many times, a whale will be shot into space and subsequently DIE.
- Immortality blows.
- Don't talk to strangers or you could end up married to your long-lost half-sibling and almost bring on the end of the world.
- If you like anything not intended for your age bracket or sex — or worse, both — you are a pedophile.
- If you don't fart, you'll explode. If you fart too much, you'll ruin the ozone layer. So just do it in moderation.
- Peeing in the pool isn't just gross, it can cause a mini-apocalypse that makes monkeys die.
- Zombies can be revived by raising an urn, and their brothers can control fire.
- NEVER accept Norse mythological artifacts that bring curses to whoever uses them. It just isn't worth it.
- There is no such place as North East England. Unless you're Billy Elliot or The Likely Lads.
- Firing machine guns on full-auto is just better. It doesn't matter if you never hit anything.
- As long as the nipples are covered, she's not topless. But woe betide her otherwise.
- The Empire's best crack troops somehow always manage to miss despite their reputation.
- Giant robots are perfectly suitable for military use, and indeed are way better than those rubbish tank things.
- Ninjas can be always identified as such by what they wear, especially if they wear headbands describing their profession.
- Never go back in time and meet yourself. You may either pass out from the shock, or create a paradox which will destroy the universe. And if you dare to touch your past self, you will horribly melt into nothing.
- Anything in life can be connected to—or blamed on—The Simpsons.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts.
- You can say pretty much anything as an American news anchor. And in the unlikely even that you are fired, just do some really really impressive newscasting and you can be hired again no problem.
- If you make even a slightly oblique comment about certain matters, any random passerby can connect that to you, relate it to a load of other small details and work out your alternate identity/guilty secret/etc.
- Conflicting evidence: you can say whatever you like about anything, as loudly as you like, in an otherwise totally silent room, and no-one will care in the slightest.