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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Demolition Man
Demolition Man takes place in the same timeline as the Predator Movies
Demolition Man predicted that by 1996, crime would be so bad that LA would be reduced to a war zone. Predator 2, made in 1990, and taking place in 1997, also predicted a crime war so bad that parts of LA where reduced to a war zone. If they where indeed part of the same timeline, then the crime war in Predator 2's 1997 was merely a continuation of the crime war in Demolition Man's 1996.

John Spartan being railroaded in 1996 was part of a Xanatos Roulette by Raymond Cocteau.
Raymond Cocteau would undoubtedly have a role in society in 1996 if he's as old as he is in 2032. He had a hand in John Spartan being put out of the way in 1996, ensuring that LA would get so crapsack that the people would look to his extreme utopia as the only solution.

In fact, it's altogether possible he could've acted as an unknown mastermind for Simon Phoenix himself in 1996, long before outright being his benefactor in 2032.

Demolition Man is a Alternate Universe Judge Dredd

Demolition Man is set in the same continuity as Halo.
And the Master Chief is the 117th clone of the original John Spartan, coming from DNA that was extracted while he was frozen.

Come on, someone had to say it.

Demolition Man is in the same continuity as Idiocracy

Seriously, what do you expect of a society that has everything spoon fed to it? It's going to degenerate, and fast.
  • Or it's an alternate future, considering the fact that Spartan is intent on making a less restrictive future at the end of the film.
  • A couple problems with this, firstly Idiocracy, to begin with takes place in a 2005 that not radically different from the "real" one. If there was indeed cyro-prisons by 1996, then why would the army's cryo-experiment even be needed? Secondly, Cursing seems to be not only legal in Idiocracy, but it's on their money.
Edgar Friendly used to work for Cocteau.
Why else would he just spontaneously start a rebellion and know about Cocteau's plan to the point where he practically knows the 90s. He used to work with Cocteau during the beginning stages and simply rebelled due to a disagreement.
The three seashells are actually decorative buttons
Pressing them makes a mechanism in the toilet spray you with water, blow dries your nethers, applies a fresh scent, etc. It's actually not that complicated, which is why everyone finds it funny.
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