Naruto: Wait...we have computers?
Sasuke: Apparently, we have headsets, and refrigerators, too.
Naruto: So, are we in the current time, or...when in the hell are we?
The first land battle in the century's first war began with a showdown from a distant age: fearless men on horseback against modern artillery. America's money was on the ponies. They won.
—"The Afghan Way of War", TIME magazine
Sokka: Let me get this straight: you can invent tanks [caption: Invented 1915], jet skis [caption: Invented 1973], and a gi-gantic friggin' drill [caption: Invented 20xx]... but the concept of a hot air balloon [caption: Invented 1783] eluuuuuuuuuuuuuudes you.
Sokka: I hate this world and everyone in it.
The 18th century was a time of rapid innovation; in the space of a single year, the two-storey building, the stage play, America, and the rocket launcher were all invented by the same man: Shakespearicles, the strongest writer who ever lived. Despite his powerful grasp of language and the ability to bench press 700 British pounds, several inventions eluded his iron grip—most tragically among them, stairs. For the next three hundred years, people who needed to get to the second floor used the only method available to them: shooting a rocket launcher at their feet.
"I have often been asked: if we have traveled between the stars, why can we not launch the simplest of orbital probes? These fools fail to understand the difficulty of finding the appropriate materials on this Planet, of developing adequate power supplies, and creating the infrastructure necessary to support such an effort. In short, we have struggled under the limitations of a colonial society on a virgin planet. Until now."
"So off you go into outer space after Rinoa. Nope, they don't have working radios in this world, but the space programme is decades ahead of ours!"
"Whoa, whoa, what's this? Are you kidding me? Are we using tape-reel computers? Noooo...Wait, are those slots for punch cards? [...] Jesus Christ, I think that is a punch card slot."
Stuck in an era of vague specificity - torches, swords, arrows, also electricity!
Who knew elves had guns?
—Bugs Bunny, The Looney Tunes Show, "Gribbler's Quest"