15 Bizarre, Unintended Real-Life Consequences of Pop Culture Works

Apparently, someone thought people loved Cheers so much, they wanted to sit next to weird animatronic replicas of its characters while waiting for their flight. Here are more details on that and 14 other stories:


Spectre made Day of the Dead parades mainstream in Mexico. Until 2016, Day of the Dead was an intimate, reflective three-day festival. Spectre, with its opening scene of Day of the Dead as an extravagant parade came out in 2015-- and a year later, Day of the Dead became an

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Eddie Murphy inspired part of a law. His 1983 movie Trading Places features insider trading in futures, which actually wasn't illegal at the time though it is in the movie. It only became illegal under the Dodd-Frank act in 2010, which included the Eddie Murphy Rule. That rule made it

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A Russian novella is kind of responsible for WWI. Danilo llic, the ringleader of the gang that assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, was inspired by the novella Seven Hanged, which is about a gang of failed political assassins. He'd translated the story and wrote about it, and tried to

Source: BBC


Disney inspired a WWII bomb. AL ESR80 Disney's WWIl propaganda short Victory Through Air power showed a bomb dropped onto a submarine cave that didn't explode on the surface, but drilled through the ceiling and only blew up when it got to the submarines. A British inventor had actually

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Adam Sandler inspired a program for coping with dementia. In 50 First Dates, Sandler's character uses videos to remind Drew Barrymore's character (whose memory goes blank every day) about their relationship. That gave the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York, the idea to do the same thing for their seniors

Source: NBC New York


Wargames made Reagan revamp cybersecurity. ILEEL When he watched the movie, he asked if that could really happen, and they told him it's actually much worse. UItimately, that led to the passage of the law that evolved into the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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Spam got its name from a Monty Python sketch. Sure, it ultimately comes from canned pork. But mass unsolicited email got named spam after the Monty Python joke where the items on a cafeteria menu just keep getting replaced by spam, and eventually the full dialogue becomes just spam spam

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You can kind of thank H.G. Wells for the nuclear bomb. THE WORLD SET FREE Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard, who played a key part in building the bomb, wrote that Wells' novel The World Set Free, which features a uranium-based grenade that keeps exploding indefinitely and can be dropped from

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Lou Reed's music helped overthrow a communist regime. Vaclav Havel smuggled a Velvet Underground album into Czechoslovakia in the late '60s, which inspired the Czech band. That band and other artists were arrested in 1976, and outrage over that created a dissident movement led by Havel. In 1989, the movement

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Ankle monitors exist thanks to a Spider-Man comic. New Mexico judge Jack Love came across a 1977 Spider-Man comic where a supervillain puts a radar tracking device on Spidey's wrist, so he can see where Spidey is at all times. Love thought the government could do the same for nonviolent

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The Shawshank Redemption inspired a dance program at a Filipino jail. In the movie, Andy Dufresne plays an aria to inmates over the loudspeaker- which gave Byron F. Garcia, security advisor at a prison in Cebu, the Philippines, the idea to play Queen's Another One Bites the DuSt for inmates.

Source: Refinery 29


In the '9Os, there were airport bars with animatronic Cheers! characters. Somehow, people thought that travellers would want to sit down next to a creepy version of Norm before boarding their flight. Even more weirdly, the bars survived for a full ten yearsc. from 1991 to 2001.

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A Beyonce video inspired an Australian skyscraper. The architects behind Melbourne's Premier Tower based the building's shape on women in Beyonce's Ghost, who look like, well, writhing ghosts wrapped in fabric. CRACKED.COM

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A real murderer was probably inspired by Agatha Christie. In A Pale Horse, Christie wrote about hitmen using the heavy metal thallium to poison their victims. The same year it was published, Graham Young poisoned his father, sister, and stepmother with thallium, killing the stepmother. It's not clear if he

Source: Mental Floss


Thanks to Step Brothers, the Catalina Wine Mixer is a real thing. CATALINA WINEMIXER It's a party that was made up for the 2008 movie, but people have started holding an annual Catalina Wine Mixer since then- and it includes a screening of the movie and a costume contest inspired

Source: LA Mag