32 Bonkers Ways Entertainment Spilled Into Real Life

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It's easy to think of entertainment as being off in its own pretend universe, just happily bumping into itself and giving the real world a wide berth. The thing is, sometimes pop culture affects the real world. And we're not just talking about the action figure market. The fictional stuff we consume has a weird way of pushing into every aspect of the real world.

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Harry Potter revived the British boarding school industry. LIIILE EIIL!ELL 1111 LAOOGR The number of students in boarding schools fell every year from

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You're toast. That usage of the word toast was introduced to the world by Bill Murray's character in the movie Ghostbusters.

Lucky Strikes cigarettes experienced a huge sales boom because of Mad Men. When the show first aired, the company sold 23 billion packs a year. By 201

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CRAGKEDDCON ORANGE is BLACK the new In Minority Deport, Gloria is told about a (real) hotline that immigrants can call to receive a pro bono lawyer

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CRACK According to residents, Portland is a lot less weird due to PORTLANDIA Since its debut there has been a steady influx of new residents and touri

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The Jungle changed an entire industry and helped jump-start Progressivism. THE JUNGLE UPTON SINCLAIR Upton Sinclair's description of the unsanitary pr

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Studio Ghibli Fans Caused Problems Because Of A Rumor. People began trespassing in a shipyard to take Instagram photos after a rumor circulated that t

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Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, and Alessandro Del Piero ... eo They all claim to have been inspired to become soccer players by the anime Captain Tsub

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Lincoln inspired two guys to research the Thirteenth Amendment (which abolished slavery) and they discovered that Mississippi never officially ratifie

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Mars refused to grant permission for Steven Spielberg to use M&Ms in ET The Extra- Terrestrial SO Elliot instead uses a trail of Reese's Pieces to lur

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CRACKEDce Rambo (2008) gave the Karen rebel group in Myanmar a morale boost. The film's portrayal of the Karen rebel group struck a chord with the Bur

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Jules Verne's PUFFIN 8 CLASSICS Twenty Thousand TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES Leagues Under UNDER THE SEA JULES VERNE the Sea inspired the first successful

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Lisa Simpson made young girls crazy for CRACKED.COM saxophones. ENRIELO ILEVATARY When The Simpsons started airing, lots of pre-teen girls started pla

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PhD student Steve Ramirez successfully implanted memories in the brains of mice based on an idea inspired by Inception After earning worldwide attenti

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Nowadays, Game of Thrones is more than a show - it's a college-level course. Some curriculums include medieval studies inspired by GoT, while others o

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24 made cadets think that torture is the best method of interrogation. Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, dean of the U.S. .Military Academy, met wit

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Rosetta (1999), a bleak French-Belgian drama film about a teen struggling to find a job sO she could escape her abusive family, prompted the Belgian g

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The CRANE KICK was created by Darryl Vidal for THE KARATE KID. It is widely considered by martial artists to be a move too impractical to be used in r

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James Cameron's Avatar captivated the audience with its immersive, fictional world back in 2009. This film also caused some fans to develop depression

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Fight CIub inspired numerous real-life fight clubs, and multiple would-be bombers have cited their desire to create their own Project Mayhem. In the

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Trevor (1994) is a short film about a gay teen facing prejudice from his parents and friends. 1994 BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT A FILM BY PEGGY RAJSKI revor

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Hacking was outlawed because of Wargames. WIIILILIULL After President Reagan watched Wargames, he asked if that could really happen. He found out much

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The Simpsons changed how we talk. In 2005, University of Pennsylvania linguistic professor Mark Liberman wrote that the Simpsons took over both Shakes

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Wendy wasn't a name before Peter Pan. One of J M Barrie's childhood friends affectionately called him Friendy, which came out as Wendy. When Barri

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CRACKED cO CON The UK's high-end department store John Lewis & Partners reported that sales of the flat cap (also known as the newsboy's hat) skyrocke

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Deliverance created tens of thousands of new river boaters (and killed some). Before Deliverance, a few hundred people paddled down the Chattooga rive

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In honor of Star Trek, NASA's first Space CRAUN Shuttle was named Enterprise. NGA United States Trek fans mailed hundreds of thousands of letters aski

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Twilight effectively ended a small town's recession. Dazls twilight Forks, Washington, the town where the story is set, had been suffering economicall

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Office Space made life for TGI Friday's servers a little more dignified. The Chotchkie's flair policy was taken directly from TGI Friday's, but when

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Paracho, a small city in Mexico dedicated to making guitars, experienced a huge demand when Coco was released. PARACHO When sales boomed, the city dec

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The Big Bang Theory inspired people to learn physics. University admissions for physics CRAT degrees went up by 10% after the show had its first seaso

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Women are donning the ed-and-white costume from The Handmaid's Tale as a protest symbol. The red cloak and white bonnet from the show has become a pro