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The following are references for use in articles that have not yet been created. I intend to eventually use them in an article either here, on Wikipedia, or on All The Tropes. Links may be bare at first, especially when pasted in using a tablet, and some of the writing is inherently "sloppy".


No, Two and a Half Men is not about a poli living with two baseline humans. I am disappoint.

Why I have a strange feeling when cosplaying as a poli: EIO[1]

Tent for kids with no legs: Photoshop fail or poli acceptance?[2] Yet NPSF3000 says a marooned pod of polis would return to the trees.[3] Hence the HugglePod HangOut hanging play tent.[4] Or other bamboo tech that Stone Age forest dwellers might invent.[5]

Compare Natalie Dee's "Chesterball" and Jake Barlow's Puddin' Don't. What is stealing?

On forgiveness: "Life is too short to quarrel." --"Little Never-upset" by Abbie Phillips Walker

There's a difference between impairment and disability. Sure, not having legs is an impairment. But if Spencer West hiked up Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands, and Jennifer Bricker is a tumbling champion (video), and Italo Romano can do skateboard tricks, and Vinod Thakur can breakdance (video), how is it a disability?

Sir Douglas Bader of the (British) Royal Air Force was a flying ace during World War II, with 20 victories and four assists. Because of a double amputation (AK/BK), he could stay conscious longer during acceleration maneuvers because less blood would drain from his brain to his residual legs. It's sometimes claimed, based on fan interpretation of the box art of Star Fox for Super NES and the cover of the Nintendo Power magazine article featuring Star Fox, that members of the Star Fox team had legs amputated for the same reason.[6] But there's no evidence for this amputation after Star Fox 64 rebooted continuity.[7]

Super deformity

Does the existence of Sad Sam and Honey, Betsey Clark, etc. mean that Precious Moments Inc. has no monopoly on PMI style teardrop eyes? On the other hand, compare the PMI-licensed Prayer Pal by Nûby/Luv n Care to the later non-PM Prayer Pal by Nûby that has a rounder, more generic upper lid. (It also has different clothes on non-angel characters and a different voice actor who doesn't merge /θ/ in "through" to /f/ or /ð/ in "their" to /d/.)

To an extent, a big brain helps a species avoid extinction. (Nature, via Slashdot) But there is a limit to this. Babies are helpless because a newborn's brain has to fit through the hole in mommy's pelvis, which is as big as it can be without losing the ability to run. It's called the obstetric dilemma,[8] and it appears that an obstetrician in a chibiverse would need to cut the mother's hip open with a chainsaw.[9]

Owl monkey skulls have huge eye sockets to hold their huge eyes to see YOU in the dark. [10] Tarsier eyes are huge too, as are those of several other species.

Large eyes have one drawback: Neanderthal man may have died out because their eyes were 6 mm bigger to collect more light in higher latitudes. These eyes' signals needed more neurons to process, taking brain power away from social grooming and engineering. (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, via BBC, via Slashdot)

Pop-Tarts toaster pastries in the hands of kids are deadly weapons.[11] Try these homemade pastries similar to Pop-Tarts[12] that don't make your head swell up like the virulent monstrosity[13] that is heavily refined carbs.

"My First Trick" on "Precious Moments Make Me Puke" by Winklepots reminds me of a lyric from "Reptile" by Nine Inch Nails.

A smock/vest with one button? You may laugh, as Garfield readers did[14] and as the Cracked Photoplasty judges did,[15] but it's good enough for Sarah Lynn from 2000s Fisher-Price Little People.[16]

AuntieMeme's entry "You're my sugar daddy", which placed #4 in a Cracked Photoplasty about Valentine's Day greeting fails, shows a Precious Moments drawing of a girl serving tea. A comment by MissFluffyPants suggests that super-deformed characters' clothes fasten with a back zipper or buttons.

Reportedly, a hydrocephalic head filled with 10% brain and 90% cerebrospinal fluid can still think properly. [17]

DX Town

Some split to User:Tepples/world-building

At this point, given all the acai spam in the early days of Pin Eight wiki, figure out how to include blueberries and other similar plants that don't especially grow on trees. And work in "come" linking to these NAR posts: "Seedless, We Promise" and "Don't Make Me Clean Up This One".

About character names: "Mortimer isn't a name for a children's cartoon, it's a name for an old British guy or his pet tortoise."[18] So the name Tortimer for the mayor in the first three Animal Crossing games seems especially apt.

This gecko is a walking advertisement for Tom Nook's store.[19]

Computer technology

Some split to User:Tepples/tablets

Back in the early days of Nintendo DS flash cards, SD card adapters didn't support SDHC and were thus limited to 2 GB cards. So people aren't entirely unjustified in preferring 2 GB cards.[1]

RAID will not save you from disgruntled employees trying to delete everything. Get a real backup.[20]

Unity has its own synonym problem.[2]

As others have said,[3] next to nobody has an HTPC because non-geeks think they're for trailer trash.[4]

A few people on Slashdot suggested about seven alternate names for the paint program GIMP.

"Nobody wears a watch anymore." They do if they don't want to get punched in the face and get their mouth wired shut for two and a half months.[21]

Communications technology

The latency of cheap VoIP causes hesitation, which may be misinterpreted as being unsure of what to say,[5] and may cause the participants to interrupt each other.[22]

Some Slashdot users call cell phones a luxury. Others are more reasonable and recognize them as a necessity in the era of dwindling availability of public pay phones.[6] However, Wayne Gladstone of Cracked is under the impression that voice calls shall be used only for the most urgent purposes, leaving texting for everything else.[23] This means people in the industrialized world are expected to own mobile phones with at least a QWERTY keyboard, not land lines or 10-key flip phones, and to subscribe to a mobile phone plan without an excessive fee to send and receive text messages. And providers of web-based services from Google to Facebook to Yahoo! are demanding that users hand over a unique mobile phone number that can receive SMS. Some impose this as a condition of signing up in the first place (Yahoo!), others as a condition of continued use of an account after a certain period of time (the Facebook "roadblock"), others as a condition of adding more privileges to an existing user account (Google's Gmail and Facebook's verified status, which providers using Facebook login can see). This fails for land line users and for households whose members share a mobile phone.

Say you buy a voice-only SIM from AT&T Mobility and plan to use cellular voice and Wi-Fi data but no cellular data. But if you put that SIM in a device with a smartphone's IMEI, AT&T's terms of service describe a "standard practice" of cramming a data plan onto your bill. (Joel Runyon, via Slashdot) But there are some MVNOs that don't cram in this way,[7] and it's rumored (but not yet reliably verified) that one method of activating service on AT&T prevents the cramming.[8]


Team Fortress 2 has hats. Lots of them.

Pointy hats are cute,[18] but top hats are three times as good for carrying things.[19][20] πr2h (cylinder volume) > 1/3*πr2h (cone volume)

Out of context

Quote-mining to comically miss the point:

"Spinal Tap sucks."[24]


Who is Rosetta Stone?[21] I know Mavis Beacon is as fictional as Mario, and Rosetta is the Japanese name of Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy, but where's the link to language teaching other than a cheap pun on the name of a hieroglyphic inscription?

Reportedly, all signed protolanguages are SOV.[25]

An English noun phrase places the color adjective before the noun ("blue cup"), but color words after the noun are easier to learn from a "surprise" standpoint. An article by Michael Ramscar suggests teaching colors in English as predicate complements, such as "the cup is blue".[26] This means constructions such as the Koine Greek "and divine was the Word" end up counterproductive. Other adjective ordering rules can be analyzed using game theory.[27]


Pet raccoons (Here kitty!)[22]

Fu Go: Japan got balloon fever during WWII[23] (and I don't mean the gay kind): bomb-carrying balloons. (This makes Thwaite unintentional truth in television.) But on the other hand, hot air balloons are "totally gay anyway".[24]

In RPG world they have flightless birds as big as bison. But that still doesn't make their fried wings "buffalo wings".[25]

Citation needed that will have jobs. (#2)

Did the Teal Deer[26] get that way by dyeing?[27]

A pixie's brain is so small it can't hold more than one emotion at once (source: Peter and Wendy). To what extent does this apply to similarly-sized Lilliputians? In any case, chickens are the same way.[28]

Everybody poops, even iPhone.[29]

One Mario Limit: Averted. Mary is not the only Poppins. [30][31]

Things to dispute: wikipedia:Talk:AC#not_asserted_in_articles

In real life, spiders have a hookshot to catch prey, and they spin-dash.[28]

Sparlock the Warrior Wizard from episode 2 of Become Jehovah's Friend, published by Jehovah's Witnesses, has nothing to do with the interlocking concrete blocks of the Sparlock Building System. Yet one of Cracked's 5 Shockingly Advanced Ancient Buildings That Shouldn't Exist is almost as advanced as Sparlock.

It's healthy to tell lies, not only because there are situations where you're supposed to stretch the truth[29] but also because big noses give more protection from pathogens.[30]

How a 3 ton elephant seal moves: YouTube

Video games and the Internet are all that kids have nowadays other than sitting on the couch and watching TV. Let your kids play outside while you watch, and you may get arrested for child endangerment.[31][32]

Not everybody has the same luck with a rice and beans diet as Dave Ramsey.[33]

The character Norma Desmond, a fictional silent film star in Sunset Boulevard, is known for expressing emotions with her eyes. But humans aren't alone in this capability; canids (wolves, etc.) do it as well. Japanese researchers found a correlation between visibility of eyes and social behavior: species with light irises tend to hunt in packs.[34] In canids, contrast between the iris and pupil helps members of a pack follow each other's gaze. In humans, the white sclera performs the same function.

"Yo dawg, I heard you believe in the sanctity of life. So God put a body in your body so you can live while you live." It's not Inception; it's conception.

--Via PandaWhale

Being nice is good for you.[35]

Live ornamental garden hermit, related to tiny house movement? In fact, at one point, people used to build a small house for a homeless man and pay a stipend for him to live there.[36]

Stranger danger hysteria has got out of hand. Law enforcement officers in the USA are far quicker to assume "neglect" and "endangerment" on the part of free-range parents than before.[37]


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  2. Steph. "Photoshop Fail: 15 Hilariously Botched Images". WebUrbanist, 2009-12-07. Accessed 2012-10-28.
  3. NPSF3000. "Answer to Humans born without legs: how would they thrive?". Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, 2014-10-08. Accessed 2015-01-19.
  4. Nylon Canvas HugglePod®HangOut with LED Lights (421561). HearthSong. Accessed 2015-01-09.
  5. HDE 226868 et al. "What methods of transportation would develop in a Stone Age society in a forest world?". Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, 2015-01-24. Accessed 2015-01-25.
  6. Andrew Heaton. "5 Disturbing Details You Didn't Notice in Famous Video Games". Cracked, 2014-03-25. Accessed 2014-03-25.
  7. Bnoob. "Comment to Another 'star fox are amputees' post but with a twist!". Reddit, 2013-02-23. Accessed 2014-03-25.
  8. Michael Balter. "Infants' Flexible Heads Stretch Back Millions of Years". ScienceNOW, 2012-05-07. Accessed 2012-10-21.
  9. Dennis Fulton. "5 Modern Things Created For Totally Different Purposes". Cracked, 2015-05-06. Accessed 2015-05-06.
  10. Adam Wears, Mike Lamb. "8 Terrifying Skeletons of Adorable Animals". Cracked, 2011-04-12. Accessed 2012-10-21.
  11. Luis Prada. "The 3 Most Insane Overreactions by School Security". Cracked, 2013-03-21. Accessed 2013-03-21.
  12. "Two-ingredient Chocolate Pop-Tarts for the Holidays". Shine, 2012-11-21. Accessed 2013-03-21.
  13. Evan V. Symon, Isaac Cabe, Andrew Heaton. "7 Normal Things That Become Horror Movies Under a Microscope". Cracked, 2014-03-14. Accessed 2014-03-16.
  14. Jim Davis. "ga030210". Garfield, 2003-02-10. Accessed 2014-08-17. Via Square Root of Minus Garfield #1916 "Spacious Garfield II".)
  15. Fireplug et al. "If Everything Was Made by Apple #1". 2011-02-09. Accessed 2014-08-17.
  16. Random eBay photo of Little People Sarah Lynn Learn to Dress Doll
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  19. Monte Richard, E. Reid Ross. "The 8 Most Mind Blowing Disguises in Nature". Cracked, 2012-04-05. Accessed 2012-10-21.
  20. "Revenge Is A Disk Best Servered Code". Not Always Right, 2013-03. Accessed 2013-04-10.
  21. Anita Serwacki. "5 Things Nobody Tells You About Getting Punched in the Face". Cracked, 2014-12-18. Accessed 2014-12-18.
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  24. John Cheese. "5 Pieces of Advice Your Dad Gave You (That Are Total B.S.)". Cracked, 2014-06-19. Accessed 2014-06-20.
  25. Justin Crockett. "5 Eerily Specific Things Every Human Does Exactly the Same". Cracked, 2014-11-18. Accessed 2014-11-18.
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  28. Monte Richard. "The 6 Real and Terrifying Spider Superpowers". Cracked, 2012-09-22. Accessed 2012-11-12.
  29. Felix Clay. "4 Situations When You're Totally Supposed to Lie". Cracked, 2013-03-16. Accessed 2013-03-16.
  30. XJ Selman. "5 Scientific Reasons You're Better Off Being Unattractive". Cracked, 2012-08-04. Accessed 2013-03-16.
  31. Chan Teik Onn. "5 Things Everyone Did Growing Up (That Now Get You Arrested)". Cracked, 2013-09-01. Accessed 2013-09-02.
  32. C. Coville. "5 Things Your Parents Did (They'd Be Arrested For Today)". Cracked, 2015-05-12. Accessed 2015-05-12.
  33. Robert Evans et al. "5 Ways Growing Up Inside Scientology Was a Nightmare". Cracked, 2014-01-21. Accessed 2014-01-22.
  34. Nick Stockton. "Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other". Wired', 2014-06-23. Accessed 2014-06-23.
  35. Paul K Pickett. "5 Surprising Ways Being Nice Is a Huge Statistical Advantage". Cracked, 2015-03-17. Accessed 2015-03-18.
  36. Dimitra Nikolaidou. "6 Nightmarish Things People Did for Fun Before Electricity". Cracked, 2015-01-07. Accessed 2015-01-07.
  37. C. Coville. "5 Things Your Parents Did (They'd Be Arrested For Today)". Cracked, 2015-05-12. Accessed 2015-05-12.