#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, November 18th, 2013 09:31
#2 By: IMB, November 18th, 2013 09:44
That a quintessential villain, an evil penguin vice president, was actually running the country to make money for a syndicate of heartless wealthy business owners whose goal is to rule the world. It's too cartoonish to be true, (and yet it is).
#3 By: MisterJayEm, November 18th, 2013 10:02
That time when a presidential assassin, who was in police custody, was shot to death by some goofball on live television -- who's gonna believe that silliness?
#4 By: Derek Chan, November 18th, 2013 10:07
Using Deus Ex Machina to solve everything.
#5 By: Donovan Acree, November 18th, 2013 10:52
It never made sense to me that in 2013 the most powerful and advanced nation in the world is largely populated by people who believe in three thousand year old fairy tales told by iron age middle eastern sheep herders.
Who would buy that? It's just too improbable.
#6 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, November 18th, 2013 11:02
Princess Leia and I never marrying.
#7 By: miasm, November 18th, 2013 12:51
This has been codified: Brinkmanship.
#8 By: Wrecksdart, November 18th, 2013 14:20
I guess it's really more of a sub-plot, but wait'll you see what happens to the Kardashians!
#9 By: Harold, November 18th, 2013 14:55
There is of course the shoddy writing behind all of World War II.
#10 By: technogeek, November 18th, 2013 15:50
There have been short-stories written on this topic, in which a future lecturer debunks (say) the history of World War 2 by pointing out the huge coincidences, blatently symbolic names, classic themes, etc. which indicate that it must have been a myth building upon previous myths.
#11 By: Eksrae, November 18th, 2013 16:29
More than forty years after we landed on the Moon, any kid can carry a gaming system that has the same computing power that NORAD did back then, but at this moment, we don't have the equipment needed to land on the Moon. Yet we're racing dune buggies on Mars. Really?
And fucking magnets...
#12 By: pjcamp, November 18th, 2013 21:19
The whole thing started with that "God" character and then, after making the world twice, he just disappeared.
#13 By: Tim, November 18th, 2013 23:36
Alexander the Great had a good run, but the spinoffs they attempted after the title character was killed off were just pathetic. Perdiccas was an OK supporting character but he just couldn't carry whole Empire on his own.
#14 By: Marlborotestmonkey7, November 19th, 2013 00:22
#15 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, November 19th, 2013 06:47
The ascendancy of the House of Windsor to the British Throne.
#16 By: Gruber_Jesse, November 19th, 2013 10:48
The assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 was just a plot device to move the story of the International Land Grab forward to its logical conclusion.
#17 By: CLamb, November 19th, 2013 13:54
The repeated failure of ether drift experiments led to the discovery that the fundamental nature of the universe is ultimately based on randomness.
#18 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, November 23rd, 2013 09:31
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