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* The post-apocalyptic North America presented in ''VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'' is ''very'' weird. The Americanists literally worship the Founding Fathers as {{Physical God}}s, taking the monuments to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as temples and shrines and the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as holy scripture. The Consumerists worship "the Almighty Dollar" and believe the world ended because people didn't worship money enough. The Tribe of the Mouse who control most of Florida worship... [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Well, guess]]. Several American football teams like the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Eagles are regarded as mighty warriors who once travelled America celebrated for their physical and combat prowess and now live on as warrior mercenary companies. The British [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire have gone back to their roots as well]], red jackets and all, and Americans may once again have to take up arms against them.

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* The post-apocalyptic North America presented in ''VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'' is ''very'' weird. The Americanists literally worship the Founding Fathers as {{Physical God}}s, taking the monuments to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as temples and shrines and the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as holy scripture. The Consumerists worship "the Almighty Dollar" and believe the world ended because people didn't worship money enough. The Tribe of the Mouse who control most of Florida worship... [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Well, guess]].worship WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, while the Occultists of New England have taken the Franchise/CthulhuMythos for holy scripture and the followers of Wrestling/ElSanto missed the whole "{{Kayfabe}}" thing and [[ProWrestlingIsReal beat each other in the ring for real]]. Several American football teams like the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Eagles are regarded as mighty warriors who once travelled America celebrated for their physical and combat prowess and now live on as warrior mercenary companies. The British [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire have gone back to their roots as well]], red jackets and all, and Americans may once again have to take up arms against them.


* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has a similar situation to the ''Gurren Lagann'' example above. Humans have been living on the surface for so long, that everyone has forgotten that [[spoiler: they're actually living on an artificial surface created by Scub Coral, and the real planet Earth is actually miles below them.]]

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** In ''Anime/DragonBallGTAHerosLegacy'', the Dragon Balls have been gone for a hundred years and Goku Jr. only heard stories of them from his grandmother Pan. He ends up misinterpreting how they work, thinking you only need one to make a wish instead of all seven. [[spoiler:When the original Goku shows up, he explains how they work and expresses surprise that Pan did not explain them more thoroughly.]]
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has a similar situation to the ''Gurren Lagann'' example above.example. Humans have been living on the surface for so long, that everyone has forgotten that [[spoiler: they're actually living on an artificial surface created by Scub Coral, and the real planet Earth is actually miles below them.]]


** A thousand years after the main story, the Earth has spent five hundred years recovering from its attempts in the previous segment, and is slowly doing so, with disguised help. This segment is specifically inspired by the above-mentioned ''Literature/ACanticleForLiebowitz''.

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** A thousand years after the main story, the Earth has spent five hundred years recovering from its attempts in the previous segment, and is slowly doing so, with disguised help. This segment is specifically inspired by the above-mentioned ''Literature/ACanticleForLiebowitz''.''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz''.


* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The Maximals and Predacons in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWar'' have a sort of mythical misconception about the Great War, especially how it got started. Partly justified in that the Maximal government has done a thorough cover-up and control of all info relating to Earth, where the bulk of the Great War was fought (for some odd reason)...but then FridgeLogic smacks you in the face with the fact that several of the ''original'' Transformers (including the rebuilt Ravage) are still around and would know a great deal about what really happened. This is especially weird since transwarp technology means that anybody with a transwarp-capable ship can jump back in time to see how things were.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The Maximals and Predacons in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWar'' ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' have a sort of mythical misconception about the Great War, especially how it got started. Partly justified in that the Maximal government has done a thorough cover-up and control of all info relating to Earth, where the bulk of the Great War was fought (for some odd reason)...but then FridgeLogic smacks you in the face with the fact that several of the ''original'' Transformers (including the rebuilt Ravage) are still around and would know a great deal about what really happened. This is especially weird since transwarp technology means that anybody with a transwarp-capable ship can jump back in time to see how things were.


It's understandable if [[AfterTheEnd the fall of civilization]] has destroyed all the data, or an [[BigBrotherIsWatching oppressive regime]] is [[WrittenByTheWinners deliberately suppressing the inconvenient truths about them.]] But sometimes, the records decay and the facts get lost, [[HanlonsRazor even when no malice is intended at all.]]

As time goes on, [[HaveAGayOldTime language shifts and evolves]], while the historical data might not. In three hundred years, how many people will know what a Cotton Gin was for? How many people will actually be able to ''identify'' one? How many people will think it's booze made from distilled cotton? How many people [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure already do?]]

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It's understandable if [[AfterTheEnd the fall of civilization]] has destroyed all the data, or an [[BigBrotherIsWatching oppressive regime]] is [[WrittenByTheWinners deliberately suppressing the inconvenient truths about them.]] them]]. But sometimes, the records decay and the facts get lost, [[HanlonsRazor even when no malice is intended at all.]]

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As time goes on, [[HaveAGayOldTime language shifts and evolves]], while the historical data might not. In three hundred years, how many people will know what a Cotton Gin was for? How many people will actually be able to ''identify'' one? How many people will think it's booze made from distilled cotton? How many people [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure already do?]]
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* The [[spoiler:Time Masheen]] in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. "1939, when Creator/CharlieChaplin and his [[Film/TheGreatDictator evil Nazi regime]] enslaved Europe and tried to take over the world." With ''dinosaurs''. "And then the UN (pronounced uhn, not like the normal yew-en) un-nazi'd the world forever." (Cue dinosaur with swastika and dinosaur with UN logo fighting)

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* The [[spoiler:Time Masheen]] in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. "1939, when Creator/CharlieChaplin and his [[Film/TheGreatDictator evil Nazi regime]] enslaved Europe and tried to take over the world." With ''dinosaurs''. "And then the UN (pronounced uhn, not like the normal yew-en) un-nazi'd the world forever." (Cue dinosaur with swastika and dinosaur with UN logo fighting)fighting.)



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter "The Doctor's Daughter"]]: The human/Hath creation myth is a highly garbled account of their arrival on Messaline. It likely has to do with the "countless generations" that have participated in the war, even if [[spoiler:the terraforming ship only landed there the previous week]].



* ''Series/KenanAndKel'': Justified in [[Recap/KenanAndKelS04Ep10Futurama "Futurama"]] since a thousand years has passed, Kenan and Kel won't know what most of the past technology is. Because if this, Kel caused the spare reverse valve to be destroyed by a microwave oven. Kenan thinks wall clocks were invented to teach kids how to count to 12, they mistake a flip cell phone for a musical instrument, and are surprised at seeing a TV without a 3D option.
* In ''Series/TheOrville'' episode "[[Recap/TheOrvilleS2E11LastingImpressions Lasting Impressions]]", the crew recovers a time capsule from 2015 (400 years ago for the crew), including a young woman's [=iPhone=]. The researcher analyzing the contents makes some hilariously incorrect conclusions about some of her text messages. For bonus points, he's played by the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' alum Tim Russ, so picture this spoken in Tuvok's voice.
--> '''Dr. Sherman:''' Look at this. She's clearly asking her friend where to find the nearest repair service for her device, but instead of writing "Wireless Telecommunications Facility", she just wrote WTF.
** Strangely enough, many other cultural bits from the 20th and early 21st centuries are present, such as the [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] toy on Ed's desk.



* In ''Series/TheOrville'' episode "[[Recap/TheOrvilleS2E11LastingImpressions Lasting Impressions]]", the crew recovers a time capsule from 2015 (400 years ago for the crew), including a young woman's [=iPhone=]. The researcher analyzing the contents makes some hilariously incorrect conclusions about some of her text messages. For bonus points, he's played by the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' alum Tim Russ, so picture this spoken in Tuvok's voice.
--> '''Dr. Sherman:''' Look at this. She's clearly asking her friend where to find the nearest repair service for her device, but instead of writing "Wireless Telecommunications Facility", she just wrote WTF.
** Strangely enough, many other cultural bits from the 20th and early 21st centuries are present, such as the [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] toy on Ed's desk.
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'': Justified in [[Recap/KenanAndKelS04Ep10Futurama "Futurama"]] since a thousand years has passed, Kenan and Kel won't know what most of the past technology is. Because if this, Kel caused the spare reverse valve to be destroyed by a microwave oven. Kenan thinks wall clocks were invented to teach kids how to count to 12, they mistake a flip cell phone for a musical instrument, and are surprised at seeing a TV without a 3D option.



* The Maximals and Predacons in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' have a sort of mythical misconception about the Great War, especially how it got started. Partly justified in that the Maximal government has done a thorough cover-up and control of all info relating to Earth, where the bulk of the Great War was fought (for some odd reason)...but then FridgeLogic smacks you in the face with the fact that several of the ''original'' Transformers (including the rebuilt Ravage) are still around and would know a great deal about what really happened. This is especially weird since transwarp technology means that anybody with a transwarp-capable ship can jump back in time to see how things were.
* Nearly every episode in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' has a brief segment at the end where Zeta and Ro look at an object from the past and come up with assumptions on what they were for that are way off. On one such occasion, Ro jumps to the conclusion that a diaper pin was used to actually pin the diaper to the baby rather than to keep the diaper together so it didn't fall off. Zeta replies to Ro's conclusion by reminding her that the past was a very barbaric time.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Younger gems on Homeworld don’t have a great understanding of history, especially regarding the rebellion on Earth, thanks to the Diamond Authority [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting things they don’t approve of]] and [[TimeAbyss gems that were alive for it]] not being allowed to know much themselves. Peridot is surprised to learn that Earth is inhabited by ''anything'', let alone that the Crystal Gems still exist, having been told they were all destroyed. The Off-Colors at one point argue about Rose Quartz, with some of them [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade describing her as a murderous monster]] and others [[EskimosArentReal thinking she didn’t even exist to begin with]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Younger Gems on Homeworld don’t have a great understanding of history, especially regarding the rebellion on Earth, thanks to the Diamond Authority [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting things they don’t approve of]] and [[TimeAbyss Gems that were alive for it]] not being allowed to know much themselves. Peridot is surprised to learn that Earth is inhabited by ''anything'', let alone that the Crystal Gems still exist, having been told they were all destroyed. The Off-Colors at one point argue about Rose Quartz, with some of them [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade describing her as a murderous monster]] and others [[EskimosArentReal thinking she didn’t even exist to begin with]].
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
The Maximals and Predacons in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' ''WesternAnimation/BeastWar'' have a sort of mythical misconception about the Great War, especially how it got started. Partly justified in that the Maximal government has done a thorough cover-up and control of all info relating to Earth, where the bulk of the Great War was fought (for some odd reason)...but then FridgeLogic smacks you in the face with the fact that several of the ''original'' Transformers (including the rebuilt Ravage) are still around and would know a great deal about what really happened. This is especially weird since transwarp technology means that anybody with a transwarp-capable ship can jump back in time to see how things were.
* Nearly every episode in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' has a brief segment at the end where Zeta and Ro look at an object from the past and come up with assumptions on what they were for that are way off. On one such occasion, Ro jumps to the conclusion that a diaper pin was used to actually pin the diaper to the baby rather than to keep the diaper together so it didn't fall off. Zeta replies to Ro's conclusion by reminding her that the past was a very barbaric time. \n* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Younger gems on Homeworld don’t have a great understanding of history, especially regarding the rebellion on Earth, thanks to the Diamond Authority [[WrittenByTheWinners rewriting things they don’t approve of]] and [[TimeAbyss gems that were alive for it]] not being allowed to know much themselves. Peridot is surprised to learn that Earth is inhabited by ''anything'', let alone that the Crystal Gems still exist, having been told they were all destroyed. The Off-Colors at one point argue about Rose Quartz, with some of them [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade describing her as a murderous monster]] and others [[EskimosArentReal thinking she didn’t even exist to begin with]].


* Real-life Earth is referred to airily as the "Third Civilization" in ''Literature/TheCitizenSeries'' and much knowledge has been lost. The first book has a character erroneously attribute the MolotovCocktail's name to an Earth king, rather than being named after the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov by Finnish soldiers.

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* ''Literature/TheCitizenSeries'': Real-life Earth is referred to airily as the "Third Civilization" in ''Literature/TheCitizenSeries'' Civilization", and much knowledge has been lost. The first book has a character erroneously attribute the MolotovCocktail's name to an Earth king, rather than being named after the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov by Finnish soldiers.


* In Peter Ackroyd's ''The Plato Papers'', set in the far future, the eponymous character is a Socratic orator as well as a student and teacher of history. He specializes in studying our own age, which he loves to expound on. Most of the works of the great author Creator/CharlesDickens have been lost, except one: the novel ''The Origin of Species'' brilliantly satirizes the attitudes of the time while pretending to talk about natural phenomena. Most of what they know about the past land of "America" comes from a volume ''Tales and Histories'' retrieved from a casket labeled "[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe E. A. Poe]]. American. 1809-1849". They believe that the inscription stands for "Eminent American Poet", indicating that "Poet" was a title given to historians as well as the writers of verse. It was a gloomy age-- corroborated by other information that people of our time were obsessed with "webs" and "nets". They also uncovered an (ancient to them, far future to us) statue of a goddess inscribed with a map of the London Underground, from a time when the city of London was worshiped as a deity (none of this gives away any plot, by the way). The book works the other way around, as well, showing how different our conception of "reality" is from what is known in this far future time.
* In Donald Kingsbury's novel ''Psychohistorical Crisis'' the inhabitants of the Galactic Empire thousands of years in the future have a legend stating that slavery ended on Earth when the slave Lincoln went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Magna Carta from God. They also believe the Empire invented the metric system and had to force it on Earth. Oddly, they know a considerable amount about Sumerian culture because the stone tablets they wrote on have lasted much longer than the books and discs that we recorded our information on.

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* In Peter Ackroyd's ''The Plato Papers'', set in the far future, the eponymous character is a Socratic orator as well as a student and teacher of history. He specializes in studying our own age, which he loves to expound on. Most of the works of the great author Creator/CharlesDickens have been lost, except one: the novel ''The Origin of Species'' brilliantly satirizes the attitudes of the time while pretending to talk about natural phenomena. Most of what they know about the past land of "America" comes from a volume ''Tales and Histories'' retrieved from a casket labeled "[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe E. A. Poe]]. American. 1809-1849". They believe that the inscription stands for "Eminent American Poet", indicating that "Poet" was a title given to historians as well as the writers of verse. It was a gloomy age-- age -- corroborated by other information that people of our time were obsessed with "webs" and "nets". They also uncovered an (ancient to them, far future to us) statue of a goddess inscribed with a map of the London Underground, from a time when the city of London was worshiped as a deity (none of this gives away any plot, by the way). The book works the other way around, as well, showing how different our conception of "reality" is from what is known in this far future time.
* In Donald Kingsbury's novel ''Psychohistorical Crisis'' ''Literature/PsychohistoricalCrisis'', the inhabitants of the Galactic Empire thousands of years in the future have a legend stating that slavery ended on Earth when the slave Lincoln went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Magna Carta from God. They also believe the Empire invented the metric system and had to force it on Earth. Oddly, they know a considerable amount about Sumerian culture because the stone tablets they wrote on have lasted much longer than the books and discs that we recorded our information on.



* In the post-apocalyptic world of ''Literature/RiddleyWalker'' all that remains of history is a confused mish-mash of (not very much) actual history, symbolicaly interpreted scientific theory, and the legend of St Eustace. One of the characters tries to interpret a surviving text, but is mostly wrong...
* Not set in the future, but similar: in Rutherford's ''Sarum'', a medieval scholar teaches his student that England had two great kings in centuries past. One was King Arthur, and the other was Old King Cole. Could be TruthInTelevision, depending on how feeble the state of knowledge actually was at the time. There is a theory that the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole" does commemorate a real king, probably a Celtic leader called Coel, sometimes identified as Emperor Constantine the Great's father-in-law. So it's not quite as mad as it sounds...

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* ''Literature/RiddleyWalker'': In the post-apocalyptic world of ''Literature/RiddleyWalker'' the story, all that remains of history is a confused mish-mash of (not very much) actual history, symbolicaly interpreted scientific theory, and the legend of St Eustace. One of the characters tries to interpret a surviving text, but is mostly wrong...
* Not set in the future, but similar: in Rutherford's ''Sarum'', a ''Literature/{{Sarum}}'': A medieval scholar teaches his student that England had two great kings in centuries past. One was King Arthur, and the other was Old King Cole. Could be TruthInTelevision, depending on how feeble the state of knowledge actually was at the time. There is a theory that the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole" does commemorate a real king, probably a Celtic leader called Coel, sometimes identified as Emperor Constantine the Great's father-in-law. So it's not quite as mad as it sounds...



* Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan'' features a man who claims to have the ability to see the future. Someone writes an article where he claims to have met this man and was told that in the year 10 million, all historical events from the year 0 A.D. to 1 million A.D. will be forgotten. Instead, history textbooks would read: ''Following the death of Jesus Christ, there was a period of readjustment that lasted for approximately one million years.'' (The actual person in question is amused by the fabrication.)
* The World of Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/SoulRider'' series has several examples of this. In one case, the secret holy name of Firbasforten passed on by the Holy Mother Church is actually [[spoiler:the colony's original designation, "Forward Fire Base Fourteen"]]. This also tends to happen a ''lot'' in World's religious practices; the original tradition of looking up at the sky to pray (in part because Muslims among the original colonists couldn't agree on which direction Mecca would be) eventually evolved into the Mother Church's believers praying to the brightest non-solar object in that sky as their Goddess. [[spoiler:The object is actually a nearby gas giant.]]

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* Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan'' features a man who claims to have the ability to see the future. Someone writes an article where he claims to have met this man and was told that in the year 10 million, all historical events from the year 0 A.D. to 1 million A.D. will be forgotten. Instead, history textbooks would read: ''Following the death of Jesus Christ, there was a period of readjustment that lasted for approximately one million years.'' (The The actual person in question is amused by the fabrication.)
fabrication.
* The World of Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/SoulRider'' series has ''Literature/SoulRider'': There are several examples of this. In one case, the secret holy name of Firbasforten passed on by the Holy Mother Church is actually [[spoiler:the colony's original designation, "Forward Fire Base Fourteen"]]. This also tends to happen a ''lot'' in World's religious practices; the original tradition of looking up at the sky to pray (in part because Muslims among the original colonists couldn't agree on which direction Mecca would be) eventually evolved into the Mother Church's believers praying to the brightest non-solar object in that sky as their Goddess. [[spoiler:The object is actually a nearby gas giant.]]



* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' (the novel, ''not'' the movie):
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Magsaysay Ramon Magsaysay,]] is identified as, amongst other things,[[note]]namely having built the Pyramids, licked the Armada, and made the first trip to the Moon,[[/note]]having married Cleopatra.
** There's also a joke in the Mobile Infantry where a Trooper visits Napoleon's grave and asks the guard who that is. The guard tells the trooper that Napoleon is the greatest soldier who ever lived, prompting the trooper to ask him where his [[ItsRainingMen drops]] were.
*** Justified in both cases by the protagonist 1) pulling the leg of a non-Filipino squadmate and 2) showing signs of being a SnarkKnight.
* The ''Sword of the Spirits'' trilogy by John Christopher is apparently set in a medieval society that's arisen after a nuclear war has caused machine technology to be banned. It's later revealed that the disaster was caused by an increase of radiation from a SolarFlareDisaster; the descendents only assumed this as the surviving literature all spoke of fear of nuclear armageddon.
* In ''The Tenth Planet'', set 5,000 years in the future, one character recites "The legend of the Jesus Freak", a garbled and mish-mashed version of Christian beliefs, which included, among other things, "The Jesus Freak" resurrecting by giving himself a brain transplant.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'', where the resident Medievalist does get some things wrong when they travel back in time, but is also right on nearly everything else and is virtually able to pass as a local.
* ''Literature/TimeMachineSeries'': An ancient version in ''The Mystery of Atlantis'' — it turns out that the tale of Atlantis is [[spoiler:the warped account of the cataclysmic volcano eruption on Crete.]]

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* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' (the novel, ''not'' the movie):
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Magsaysay Ramon Magsaysay,]] Magsaysay]] is identified as, amongst other things,[[note]]namely things[[note]]namely having built the Pyramids, licked the Armada, and made the first trip to the Moon,[[/note]]having Moon[[/note]], having married Cleopatra.
** There's also a joke in the Mobile Infantry where a Trooper visits Napoleon's grave and asks the guard who that is. The guard tells the trooper that Napoleon is the greatest soldier who ever lived, prompting the trooper to ask him where his [[ItsRainingMen drops]] were.
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were. Justified in both cases by the protagonist 1) pulling the leg of a non-Filipino squadmate and 2) showing signs of being a SnarkKnight.
* The ''Sword of the Spirits'' ''Literature/SwordOfTheSpirits'' trilogy by John Christopher is apparently set in a medieval society that's arisen after a nuclear war has caused machine technology to be banned. It's later revealed that the disaster was caused by an increase of radiation from a SolarFlareDisaster; the descendents only assumed this as the surviving literature all spoke of fear of nuclear armageddon.
* In ''The Tenth Planet'', ''Literature/TheTenthPlanet'', set 5,000 years in the future, one character recites "The legend of the Jesus Freak", a garbled and mish-mashed version of Christian beliefs, which included, includes, among other things, "The "the Jesus Freak" resurrecting by giving himself a brain transplant.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'', where ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'': Averted, as the resident Medievalist does get some things wrong when they travel back in time, but is also right on nearly everything else and is virtually able to pass as a local.
* ''Literature/TimeMachineSeries'': An ancient version in ''The Mystery of Atlantis'' -- it turns out that the tale of Atlantis is [[spoiler:the warped account of the cataclysmic volcano eruption on Crete.]]



* Justified in the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel, ''Prospero Burns''. The protagonist notes that this is happening at an alarming rate all over the young Imperium, due to the cataclysmic event of Old Night (and the increasing dominance of monolithic bureaucracy. The organization he set up is intended to counter this very trope. It isn't working too well; another character mentions that it must be working because they have managed to recover copies of all three of Shackspire's plays.

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Justified in the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel, novel ''Prospero Burns''. The protagonist notes that this is happening at an alarming rate all over the young Imperium, due to the cataclysmic event of Old Night (and and the increasing dominance of monolithic bureaucracy. The organization he set up is intended to counter this very trope. It isn't working too well; another character mentions that it must be working because they have managed to recover copies of all three of Shackspire's plays.



--->'As with Slaydo, the places where the heroes fell. Captain Menhort of the Kolstec "Hammers", [[spoiler: Gaunt of the Hyrlkans]] and, of course, Alltenis.'\\
'What?' asked Gaunt.\\
'Did you say [[spoiler: Gaunt]]?' asked Jaume.\\
'[[spoiler: Gaunt, the Commissar of the Hyrlkans]],' said the docent. 'He died taking down the Tower.'\\

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--->'As --->"As with Slaydo, the places where the heroes fell. Captain Menhort of the Kolstec "Hammers", [[spoiler: Gaunt [[spoiler:Gaunt of the Hyrlkans]] and, of course, Alltenis.'\\
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'Did "Did you say [[spoiler: Gaunt]]?' Gaunt]]?" asked Jaume.\\
'[[spoiler: "[[spoiler: Gaunt, the Commissar of the Hyrlkans]],' Hyrlkans]]," said the docent. 'He "He died taking down the Tower.'\\"\\



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* ''Series/KenanAndKel'': Justified in [[Recap/KenanAndKelS04Ep10Futurama "Futurama"]] since a thousand years has passed, Kenan and Kel won't know what most of the past technology is. Because if this, Kel caused the spare reverse valve to be destroyed by a microwave oven. Kenan thinks wall clocks were invented to teach kids how to count to 12, they mistake a flip cell phone for a musical instrument, and are surprised at seeing a TV without a 3D option.


* During the epilogue of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', set a hundred years after Goku and his friends have all long since passed away. Vegeta's own decedent Vegeta Jr has no idea what a Super Saiyan is.


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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Ange, Tusk, and Vivian explore the ruins of post apocalypse Earth and find a hotel that somehow still has electricity and running water. They can't read the Japanese signs, so after trying out the luxuries within, they assume the building is a castle.
* During the epilogue of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', set a hundred years after Goku and his friends have all long since passed away. Vegeta's own descendant Vegeta Jr. has no idea what a Super Saiyan is and just thinks it's cool that he and Goku Jr. can turn blond.


* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' claims that the impending total solar eclipse in Japan on September 2, 2035 will be the first "full" (total?) solar eclipse of the 21st Century. Naturally, that's been false for quite some time now, but given the date it will be the first total solar eclipse IN Japan.


* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' claims that the impending total solar eclipse in Japan on September 2, 2035 will be the first "full" (total?) solar eclipse of the 21st Century. Naturally, that's been false for quite some time now.

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* ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' claims that the impending total solar eclipse in Japan on September 2, 2035 will be the first "full" (total?) solar eclipse of the 21st Century. Naturally, that's been false for quite some time now.now, but given the date it will be the first total solar eclipse IN Japan.


-->''You just don’t know what you’re talking about! I don’t know if you’re really thick or trying to catch me out or something, but you’re talking serious bollocks. UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was the British Prime Minister during most of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]], and when he said “we shall fight on the beaches” he was talking about how if the Nazis invaded we’d never surrender, not running on about a scrap over the buckets and spades. I lived through that, you know, and it wasn’t very nice [...] That man-–’ he pointed at another of the many Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} posters-– ‘had blue suede shoes, not green rubber wellies or whatever stupid thing you’ve got him down for. And he was a singer — a fantastic one — not a teddy bear or a hotelkeeper or a hound dog. And I don’t know who killed [[Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd Roger Ackroyd]] [...] because it wasn’t real: it was a book [...] And I don’t know what weird version of twentieth-century England you’re talking about, but I reckon it’s some stupid fake you’ve come up with after getting a few details off the back of cigarette cards and chocolate-bar wrappers and scraps from a local library, and then filling in the gaps to suit yourself.''

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-->''You just don’t know what you’re talking about! I don’t know if you’re really thick or trying to catch me out or something, but you’re talking serious bollocks. UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was the British Prime Minister during most of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]], and when he said “we shall fight on the beaches” he was talking about how if the Nazis invaded we’d never surrender, not running on about a scrap over the buckets and spades. I lived through that, you know, and it wasn’t very nice [...] That man-–’ ma--’ he pointed at another of the many Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} posters-– posters-- ‘had blue suede shoes, not green rubber wellies or whatever stupid thing you’ve got him down for. And he was a singer — a fantastic one — not a teddy bear or a hotelkeeper or a hound dog. And I don’t know who killed [[Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd Roger Ackroyd]] [...] because it wasn’t real: it was a book [...] And I don’t know what weird version of twentieth-century England you’re talking about, but I reckon it’s some stupid fake you’ve come up with after getting a few details off the back of cigarette cards and chocolate-bar wrappers and scraps from a local library, and then filling in the gaps to suit yourself.''


* ''Diana: Warrior Princess'' and ''Elvis: The Legendary Tours''. Each game is [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis supposedly]] an RPG based on a popular adventure drama set in the 20th Century, which had all the historical accuracy that ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' display towards Greek antiquity, while the RPG has about the same relation to the modern reality that ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has to medieval Europe.

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* ''Diana: Warrior Princess'' and ''Elvis: The Legendary Tours''. Each game is [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis [[DirectLineToTheAuthor supposedly]] an RPG based on a popular adventure drama set in the 20th Century, which had all the historical accuracy that ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' display towards Greek antiquity, while the RPG has about the same relation to the modern reality that ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has to medieval Europe.

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* During the epilogue of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', set a hundred years after Goku and his friends have all long since passed away. Vegeta's own decedent Vegeta Jr has no idea what a Super Saiyan is.

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* ZigzaggedTrope in ''[[Literature/XeeleeSequence Xeelee Vengeance]]'', in which Harry Poole's explanation for an ancient statue that was discovered recently is that it represents one of the pilots of flying machines in the 20th century war period, with the trefoil base symbolising a propellor. If, as implied, it's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Britain_Memorial,_Capel-le-Ferne the Battle of Britain Memorial]], then he's entirely correct, but everyone else thinks this is pure speculation and it could be anything.

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