12 Fictional Things That Had Real-World Consequences

Pop culture is pretty cool. It makes us spend hours away from family and loved ones. It gives us great quotes to constantly botch. And it plants really crazy ideas in our heads, like these ones that people actually followed through on.

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THE BREAKING BAD HOUSE IS IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM. AND PEOPLE KEEP THROWING PIZZA ON THE ROOF. The pizza on Walter White's garage roof almost became a char

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JAWS DEPICTED SHARKS AS VENGEFUL, MAN- HUNTING MONSTERS. AND THE SHARK POPULATION IS PAYING FOR IT. The fearsome reputation given to great white shark

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THE X-FILES FEATURES CYNICAL FBI AGENT DR. DANA SCULLY. BECAUSE OF HER, WOMEN ARE GOING INTO SCIENCE. The '9os TV series breaks gender stereotypes in

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB WAS ABOUT DRUGS FOR AIDS PATIENTS. THE MOVIE INSPIRED RIGHT TO TRY LAWS. In the movie, Matthew McConaughey's character gets infec

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MALCOLM MCDOWELL KILLED OFF KIRK IN STAR TREK: GENERATIONS. SO ANGRY FANS SENT HIM DEATH THREATS. The fact that James Tiberius Kirk isn't a real perso

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DR. STRANGELOVE WAS A DARKLY FUNNY KUBRICK OPUS. IT MADE THE PENTAGON CHANGE ITS SECURITY POLICY. The movie is a brilliant satire about how a random n

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EMMA WATSON WAS ADORABLE AS HERMIONE GRANGER. PEOPLE WON'T STOP MAILING HER BIBLES. Apparently her performance in the Harry Potter movies as a kid wit

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TOM WILSON PLAYED BAD GUY BIFF IN BACK TO THE FUTURE. HE CARRIES CARDS TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS. Maybe it's because BTTF is a cult classic, or the

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PATTON WAS ABOUT A DEEPLY FLAWED WWIl GENERAL. Hray IT MIGHT HAVE INSPIRED NIXON TO INVADE CAMBODIA. Richard Nixon was a huge fan of the movie, and de

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WILLIAM ATHERTON PLAYED WALTER PECK IN GHOSTBUSTERS. AND PEOPLE KEEP PICKING FIGHTS WITH HIM. It turns out that it is possible to be too good of an ac

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THE DRAWING SCENE IN TITANIC IS FAMOUSLY SEXY. PEOPLE KEEP SHOVING THAT DRAWING IN KATE WINSLET'S FACE. In case you've only seen the daytime network T

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REMEMBER THE WALSH HOUSE FROM THE GOONIES? INSANE FANS HAVE DRIVEN THE OWNER INTO HIDING. At first it was just a trickle of people showing up at Mikey