Main Aluminum Christmas Trees Discussion

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04:40:00 AM Aug 29th 2017
Is this a YMMV or a trope?
11:50:03 AM Mar 1st 2016
Removed this from the Fairy Tales section:

  • People usually confuse royalty, castles, knights, and carriages for elements of fantasy due to not having been informed about what the 1400's was like, assuming it was just like today.

This isn't true. Most everyone knows these things really exist(ed). Probably some troper joking around.
07:27:13 AM Feb 9th 2018
Well, this bothers me a bit in the Holy Grail section. Flaggelants, knights in armour, yeah they were real. I already removed the bit about the castles being actual castles. Similarly, Unix in Jurassic Park. Anyway the trope is for the unexpected-but-true; and for ignoramuses these things wouldn't be especially unlikely - no more than anything else.
07:16:05 PM Dec 15th 2014
I disagree with the removal of the Real Life sction. There's nothing controversial about it, it's mostly "Wow, they exist?" I think it makes more sense to call it Miscellaneous since they are things that can cover multiple sections.
07:15:10 AM Dec 28th 2014
Aluminium Christmas Trees is an Audience Reaction. Audience Reactions require a medium.

Which means, every example should reference a work, and the work belongs to a media category. It's that media category where the example belongs.
09:04:43 AM Dec 28th 2014
We don't have a general rule that Audience Reactions need a medium.
11:01:03 AM Dec 28th 2014
An audience implies a work. A work implies a medium.
12:36:09 PM Dec 28th 2014
No, an audience does not require a work. And even if it did we don't restrict AR pages to work reactions.
01:13:59 PM Dec 29th 2014
Yes, an audience requires a work. An „Audience Reaction“ about Real Life is either 1) misplaced and does not actually belong in the RL section, or 2) just an opinion, an opinion on stuff. What stuff? Random stuff. I see no value in collecting opinions on random stuff.
01:37:58 AM Dec 30th 2014
I guess you can propose such a policy in the Wiki Talk forum.
03:02:03 PM Feb 10th 2018
Anything mentioned on the show QI (a non-fiction program!) would qualify as real life examples.
01:20:49 AM Mar 15th 2014
Shouldn't this be considered a YMMV audience reaction? It's often entirely unclear whether a writer is deliberately employing this as a trope or a viewer just has a smaller reference pool than the writer.
02:44:47 AM Mar 15th 2014
Generally speaking, the size of the reference pool is not a reason to consider something YMMV.
03:37:04 AM Sep 14th 2014
I've seen this listed as a straight trope, as YMMV, and as trivia in various places. This short probably get sorted but I don't think it need dragging to the Trope Repair Shop just yet.
12:13:52 PM Aug 23rd 2013
So what would the inversion of this trope be?
04:49:00 AM Sep 24th 2012
... Seeing Aluminium spelt without the second "i" so many times in one article is disturbing me greatly.

As if the transatlanteans having their own idiot-proof spelling for simple words like colour wasn't bad enough, but applying that same dumbing-down process to the Periodic Table is a step too far. That said, it isn't as bad as they did to Caesium... or Sulphur for that matter.
06:56:33 PM Jan 10th 2014
"Wah wah more than one way of doing things I'm so offended"
01:16:00 AM Mar 15th 2014
Apparently some tropers don't realize transatlantic spelling differences are a thing. Is this now a self-demonstrating discussion?
10:01:59 PM May 15th 2012
edited by 1anomaly
Regarding the history of Christmas trees with aluminum needles: they were not typically pink, although there were pink ones. The one we had (for only one year) in the 60's when I was a kid was silver. The spinning color wheel was not an addition during the 90's "revival," it was always part of the package, because you can't hang electric lights on aluminum trees for fear of electric shock. I've never heard of deliberately ugly single-branch ones...maybe some store just partly assembled one that way in a display as a reference to Charlie Brown? The aluminum trees were always considered a bit trashy and weird by most people, so it was not A Charlie Brown Christmas that caused their loss of popularity; rather, that show was making reference to what many already felt at the time. The trees were also dangerous. Ours accidentally made contact with an electric socket with pyrotechnic results...that was when we packed it up and threw it out. (I suppose the 90's ones may have been mylar instead of actual aluminum, and therefore not so hazardous.)
04:39:38 PM Apr 15th 2012
==Titanic== To the great alarm of most of us many kids we are finding out now saw Titanic in theatres and had no idea it was based on a real event. sorry but I don't have the time to read thru the article in code to add it myself (URL =
09:54:44 AM Mar 1st 2012
How do people not know that aluminium christmas trees exist?
09:56:55 PM Feb 18th 2012
Unzapped Real Life section, since the only reason given for zapping it was ... it was full of examples. The trouble with IANMTU was that it was a verbal tic, not that it had real life examples in.
01:38:21 PM Nov 21st 2011
About two decades ago, I had to take my then (pre-teen) nephew to a local drive-in theatre. He had seen them in movies but never believed they actually existed. (at the time, this drive in had just reopened) In his words, "I thought it was like putting your fingers to the neck of someone who just died".
02:58:56 PM Oct 4th 2011
Would you believe my grandparents actually owned an aluminium christmas tree quite similar to the page image? It's silver instead of pink, and looked rather threadbare the last time I saw it.
08:26:00 PM Sep 8th 2011
I may have not read the article thoroughly (I spent hours on T Vtropes today), so maybe it's stated somewhere. In Argentina, and from what I know in the rest os South America, aluminum trees are the usual kinds. We don't cut down trees.
01:05:03 PM Jan 7th 2011
edited by Jordan
I have a question for anyone who knows Japanese history. I added that example about the protagonist of Rurouni Kenshin being a real person, but I'm honestly not sure where I got that detail of him doing assassinations in drag. I wonder if I had come across a mention of the Kenshin who lived during the Sengoku.

Actually, it occurs to me that Himura Kenshin might be based on that Himura who was an assassin during the 19th century and the Kenshin from the Sengoku (who was also a feared swordsman). Does this sound right?

Edit- I looked a bit into this. I'm really thinking (as my edit noted) that the author made up that detail.
06:23:13 PM Apr 15th 2010
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Deleted. Comment is right - It doesn't fit the trope. Trope requires something that's present at the time the work was written, only to become obscure later on, not something that was absent when the work appeared, only appear later.

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