"The Homer" (also known as "The Car Built for Homer") was an infamous concept car that yielded disastrous financial results for the company that produced it, Powell Motors.
The thrills of 2012’s Argo are borne out of the real-life rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis (the so-called “Canadian Caper”). At its core is a carefully constructed story about false film production, clandestine location scouting, and a science-fiction future that would never be realized.
If you eat a meal at Sisko’s Creole Kitchen, do you pay? It seems almost definite that you don’t pay. If you paid, with anything, including Federation Credits, that would be money. You could barter, but it seems if the entire economy was a barter economy, we’d hear it. No, it seems almost certain that you go to eat at Sisko’s, you don’t pay, and Joseph Sisko doesn’t pay for his supplies, and his suppliers probably don’t pay for theirs.
Spiderman’s preferred form of locomotion is one of the truly great logistical fictions—we simply want to believe it is possible. If other superheroes fly (or can run and jump with enough force to approximate it), the idea of sticky spiderweb as means of transportive connection seems (in contrast) a realistically (super)natural alternative. But while Times Square is a somewhat believable scene for the Web Crawler, there are far fewer parts of the city than one might imagine that are “web accessible.” While organic production has its own materiality, prior formulations leave questions about exactly how the scientific mind of Peter Parker was able to come up with a web-shooting device that works as long (or as reliably) as it did—failing only at the most (in)convenient of moments.
A video of Captain America doing things that (statistically speaking) America isn’t so great at, data courtesy of the CIA World Factbook.
When he reached the new world Cortez burned his ships. As a result, his men were well motivated.
The factory in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971, adapted from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is not very much like a factory at all. Or rather, removed from all of the jagged edges that comprise our biting accounts of industrialization, it appears as the dream of a factory in place of its reality.