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pvsage
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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.
SeptimusHeap
02:44:47 AM Mar 15th 2014
Generally speaking, the size of the reference pool is not a reason to consider something YMMV.
aaeyero
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12:13:52 PM Aug 23rd 2013
So what would the inversion of this trope be?
SotiCoto
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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.
ading
06:56:33 PM Jan 10th 2014
"Wah wah more than one way of doing things I'm so offended"
pvsage
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?
1anomaly
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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.)
wolfkin
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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 = i.imgur.com/vynW8.png)
FishType1
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09:54:44 AM Mar 1st 2012
How do people not know that aluminium christmas trees exist?
HersheleOstropoler
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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.
Captrose
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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".
Jake
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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.
Thaliana
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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.
Jordan
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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.
BoxofRocks
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06:23:13 PM Apr 15th 2010
edited by 94.2.203.188

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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