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Quackcast 650 - Fake things that only exist in pop-culture

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2023

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There are a lot of things that only exist in fiction and really don't have any basis in reality and yet we THINK they do! It's just that fiction has done such a great job of making us believe this stuff and setting it up that it pretty much replaces reality. We focused on spies for our Patreon only video, and how the version we know from popculture in Kingsmen, Mission Impossible, James Bond, Chuck, and many other things is complete fiction.

This Quackcast topic was inspired by a forum thread on DD to which many people contributed and we draw a lot of inspiration from that. We talk about how in popculture when bullets are removed from a shooting victim they immediately start to heal up and get better, when in reality doctors often wont bother removing the bullet because that would cause more damage since it's the path the bullet tore through you that's the problem, not so much the bullet itself… unless it's impinging on something vital and NEEDS to be removed.

Real cowboys didn't fire from the hip or fan their guns… at least according to Wyatt Earp who said that any that tried in a gunfight never lived to try again. Real military explosions from ordinance don't produce huge fireballs (unless it's an incendiary bomb), because what kills is the shock-wave and shrapnel, so most explosions produce a lot of smoke, dust, and chunks. Swords don't go “shing” when you draw them (unless it's from a metal scabbard). People never carried and drew swords from their backs in battle. No ninja ever dressed in the classic black outfit we all know and love. Vikings never wore horns or indeed the shaved heavy metal haircuts, black leather and makeup and tattoos of the modern TV versions either… and so on!

What are some fake popculture tropes that people think are real that you're aware of?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Devils Blood - Floating angels, golden sun streaming through white fluffy clouds, the sound of a heavenly choir soars high into the blue gradient of the sky… starting from cerulean, to ultramarine, and into deep prussian mixed with black, it winks out with the twinkling stars.

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Ozoneocean at 6:31PM, Aug. 30, 2023

@PaulEberhardt - the moving train stuff depends on how it's moving rather than how fast. if there's limited acceleration (positive or negative), then it's easy to move around and fight because there are not many forces on you apart from gravity ^_^ The train could be travelling at 600KPH but as long as it's not speeding up or slowing down (or only doing either quite slowly), you can perform acrobats or do a detailed miniature painting with no issues at all.

PaulEberhardt at 11:02AM, Aug. 30, 2023

Walking and fighting on a moving train would be one. Unless it goes at snail pace you wouldn't even be able to stand up. Also, of course, noise in the vacuum of deep space - if engineers had a heart they'd at least upload some sound effects to everybody's helmet speakers.

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