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09:37:39 PM Jul 19th 2014
What about the "strobe effect" of aircraft propellers, which is an artifact of frame rate and never seen in reality, yet movies with CGI aircraft often put the effect back in because without it the spinning prop doesn't look "realistic."
04:28:32 PM Apr 16th 2014
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I'm not sure the example from XKCD is right. While the page image is from that comic, the rest of the strip it's taken from implies that the character knows the sabre is real and is being difficult on purpose because he thinks it's fun.
10:14:37 AM May 31st 2012
" Cheese is actually bad for mice http://www.fancymice.info/feeding3.htm "

Since the cheese is in a *mousetrap*, this line is a little pointless.
07:51:23 AM Oct 23rd 2011
Should this be considered Trivia, and not on the main page of works? I don't know if there are any pages where this is particularly cluttering, but it still seems as though it's less of a "Media convention" and more of a "Factoid about the real life repercussions of such conventions."
11:04:06 AM Sep 1st 2011
Cut this:
* When non-immigrant people in US shows (excluding those in New Mexico and parts of Arizona) are shown eating "Mexican food", it will almost always be Tex-Mex food, with many of the dishes (like fajitas) completely invented and developed in the US but loosely based on Mexican food, rather than merely Americanized-Mexican food like with most other foreign cuisines.
Because how is it an example? When Americans eat "Mexican" food in Real Life, we are usually really eating Tex-Mex food. When Americans are shown doing the exact same thing on television shows, that's just Truth in Television, not Reality Is Unrealistic. It would be the latter if television shows were showing Americans typically eating Mexican food, as opposed to Tex-Mex food labeled as Mexican, because producers were afraid that audiences would think it unrealistic to show Americans eating fajitas at a "Mexican" restaurant.
08:18:58 AM Jun 21st 2011
Is there a trope about shooting/stabbing that always leave blood stains IMMEDIATLY after the shoot/stab ? Like in a movie, if someone get stab in the stomach, there will always have immediatly blood on the clothes, or even blood pouring. If there's not, it'd seems unrealistic, but IRL, if you are stabbed in place like stomach with no veins cut, there will be hardly any blood coming out, or really just a few. It will be internal bleeding for the most.
01:46:13 PM May 22nd 2011
Took this out:

  • Royce from Predators quickly deduces that they are on an alien planet, which would confuse many viewers because it's so obviously a tropical area. Anyone familiar with survival checklists, which Royce would be as a former soldier turned mercenary, would come to the same conclusion he did.

I'm sorry, but I don't understand what this example is supposed to mean. What does it mean, "Anyone familiar with survival checklists...would come to the same conclusion (that they're on an alien planet)". Have you been to an alien planet? How does being a survivalist give you the ability to qualify whether or not you're on Earth? As far as anyone knows, no human has ever been on an alien tropical planet. The example doesn't make any sense.
05:21:53 PM May 22nd 2011
While I'm not familiar with survival checklists, I don't see how it's that unfeasable to draw the conclusion. If you run through a checklist, and the results don't add up as you'd expect them to in a tropical area on Earth, is it that great a leap to assume that you're on another world? After all, despite being an apparent tropical forest, there didn't seem to be any wildlife (unless I misremember the film). Besides, are you familiar with survival checklists? If not, how do you know they couldn't point to that conclusion?
08:31:54 AM May 23rd 2011
The female sniper goes over at least some of the points when they all first meet up: It's tropical, yes, but the weather's wrong for most of the tropical areas she can name at the time of year, and the topography is all wrong. Later on, Royce points out that the sun hasn't moved in several hours, which would be a big tip off that something isn't right. Then, she shows him that a compass needle just spins around which doesn't happen on Earth for the most part.

If all you're getting is contradictory evidence, things blatantly out of place, and other things that just shouldn't be happening on Earth, then it's not really a leap of faith to figure out you're not on Earth.
03:17:39 AM May 27th 2011
Both of the above posts are all well and good, but what basis does the claim have in reality, and what frame of reference is this supposed to be exaggerating, that is causing people to accept that it's the real truth?

Simply saying that the weather and topography in an area is "wrong" doesn't mean anything in and of itself - the compass is a slightly more believable example, but I don't think a character would chalk "compass needle spins around" to "holy crap, I'm on an entirely different planet!"
07:44:33 AM Jan 20th 2011
I'm sorry, but if the real Statue of Liberty's head is smaller than the car-sized prop in Cloverfield, how do crowds of people stand around inside her crown and look out through the slats?
10:46:53 AM Aug 8th 2010
Re: accents.

Just because the actor is from the same country as the character, it doesn't mean that the accent is genuine. It is perfectly reasonable, for example, to criticise an Australian actor whose natural accent is a cultured one for overdoing a "bogan" accent when playing such a character. It's always puzzled me why it is that Americans refer to "British" accents. English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish accents (yes, NI isn't part of Britain but it is part of the UK, so its people have British nationality) are very different from each other. The Yanks can't narrow it down to one of those? And there are numerous and very different accents in each of those places. It's perfectly reasonable to criticise an actor who'se natural accent is south London for badly faking a south Yorshire accent (both of which are English accents). Hence the criticism of the Sherlock Holmes performances for fake "British" accents is not necessarily invalid.
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