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"I was re-reading Moby Dick the other day and--oh, I haven't read it since... I'm sure none of us has. It's worth picking up again. It's about this whale..."
Ruth, Wonderful Town

Sometimes, Popcultural Osmosis only works part of the way, and as a result, certain famous works or events are only known for one or two lines.

For example, Everybody Knows That Martin Luther King Jr. made a famous speech where he pronounced "I have a dream"... though -- sad as it may be -- it's getting increasingly rarer to find people who could tell you anything else about that speech, or what it was even about.

To make things worse, a show which attempts to parody said event will only include that one line.

Often the result of Never Live It Down and All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game", and is a common cause of It Was His Sled. If this phenomenon is blown out of proportion enough that the original context seems to become irrelevant, it's Memetic Mutation. See also Common Knowledge.

The Game You just lost it.

Underneath each item is a list of "stock facts" that everybody seems to know about a person, place, event, or work. Try to guess as many of them as possible before looking at the spoilers. Double points if you know the specific significance or context of each fact.

Possible answers will be:

  • The premise
  • Events
  • Specific details or facts
  • Well-known quotes
  • Completely incorrect information which somehow got associated with it. (Triple points for these, if you both know it and understand why it's wrong!)

Guideline when adding new entries: It must be something that the majority of people, not just you, or a specific niche of the fandom, are able to recall from memory.

Also, you may add an explanation if you so choose, but it's not mandatory.

Finally, Be warned: There are many spoilers!

Everybody Knows That...


  1. He did however, have a pipe.
  2. He was a consulting detective.
  3. the correct term is inductive reasoning.
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