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Old June 16 2013, 02:21 AM   #31
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Re: An interesting anecdote about two days ago...

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Old June 16 2013, 04:26 AM   #32
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If it was a young person, I'm not surprised. Captain Kirk probably has a much higher profile amongst people who were watching TV in the 70s and early 80s....There are newer generations of Trek fans who aren't into TOS, so it's not hard to imagine people in the general populace who've never seen it.

Also, I'm not sure what the nature of the call was, but might it have been outsourced to India...?
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Old June 16 2013, 11:46 AM   #33
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I was driving one day, and saw a dude on the sidewalk wearing coveralls, a bright red, long sleeved shirt and matching bright red hat. I said outloud "Was that Super Mario?" Naturally, the person I was with had no idea who that was.

I'd thought that everyone had at least heard of Super Mario.
Why should they?

It's a blatant misconception that when you and your social environment have heard about a thing that everyone else must have heard about it as well. The world is not a village.
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Old June 16 2013, 05:41 PM   #34
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It's a blatant misconception that when you and your social environment have heard about a thing that everyone else must have heard about it as well. The world is not a village.
True, but some fictional characters have near-universal recognition.

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Old June 16 2013, 06:12 PM   #35
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^The benefits of being a corporate logo.
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Old June 16 2013, 07:55 PM   #36
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Also, I'm not sure what the nature of the call was, but might it have been outsourced to India...?
Nope. The call occurred within San Francisco, between two people within San Francisco.

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True, but some fictional characters have near-universal recognition.

He looks familiar.

It's not Felix the Cat, because he's a mouse....


(I'm joking, of course...Disney is such a worldwide conglomerate now, it's insane).
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Old June 16 2013, 09:50 PM   #37
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A little-known fact...long ago, Mickey Mouse used to be a cartoon character!
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Old June 16 2013, 10:00 PM   #38
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I had to give someone my password to set me up on one of the computer systems at work.

The password is "1701D"

There were 4 people in the room. Three of them never batted an eyelid apart from the computer geek (who I don't really know) who gave me a knowing look and quietly nodded his head.

He knew.

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Old June 16 2013, 10:03 PM   #39
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^Well, of course the computer geek would understand.

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Old June 16 2013, 10:04 PM   #40
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^Well, of course the computer geek would understand.

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As I typed I had a sixth sense that he would

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Old June 17 2013, 12:31 AM   #41
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I think I've mentioned this before, but there was the time I was having a diagnostic imaging procedure and I happened to be wearing a red shirt. The patient ahead of me and the technician were also wearing red shirts. I looked at the three of us and said, "Well, I guess one of us is going to die in the next fifteen minutes."

Both of them got the reference. But then this is L.A., where half the population has something to do with the film and TV industry, so you won't find too many Trek-illiterates here.
Back in the '80s our local Star Trek group decided to design uniforms for ourselves, and headed off to a fabric store. The clerk kept trying to steer us to the shiny red material, and couldn't understand why we kept telling her no, we absolutely could not have red uniforms, because we didn't want to die.

Seemed obvious to us.

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On a practical level, it's probably safe to assume that you don't have to explain who "Darth Vader" is when talking to the average person. Unlike, say, Professor Quatermass or Hawkman.
Hawkman... hmm. That's a character in F. M. Busby's Hulzein Saga novels, right?
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Old June 17 2013, 12:39 AM   #42
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I went to a scifi-themed restaurant once where the salads were listed on the menu as "Soylent Green."

Sadly, our waitress didn't seem to get the joke . . ..
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Old June 17 2013, 07:31 AM   #43
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Old June 17 2013, 10:00 AM   #44
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Re: An interesting anecdote about two days ago...

Years ago when I worked in restaurants I served a guy who's credit card read

Mr James Kirk

I wanted to say something but he was an older guy (he would have been born pre 66) so I figured he probably gets it all the time.

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Old June 17 2013, 11:21 AM   #45
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Well after everything has been thoroughly examined and analyzed and you come back to the start of this thread the bottom line is:
That´s a hell of a funny anecdote, Trek fan or not! Thanks for sharing
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