AH Cultural Descriptions

A Steel Snail is Humble but Aggressive
Title of a collection of children stories by Eric Carle, the German author, designer and illustrator. Published in 1969 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Soviet-German Friendship Pact, each story is a mini-fable extolling the virtues of a model citizen. While critics agree that it wasn't the most well-written Carle collection, he received much praise for the illustrations with each snail evoking the look of a particular German or Soviet tank and it no surprise that Carle won the President's Prize for Graphic Arts in 1970.

The Very Very Hangry Caterpillar
 
The Very Very Hangry Caterpillar
Aviation parlance designating a pilot who made his third parachute escape from a crashing aircraft... Aka a triple member of the silk moth caterpillar society. Famous 'very very hangry' caterpillars' were Charles Lindbergh, Roald Dahl and Antoine de Saint-Exupery while Howard Hughes has the dubious honor of being the world's first quadruple caterpilar silkworm technically a Very Very Very Hangry Caterpillar

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the Diet of Worms
 
Aviation parlance designating a pilot who made his third parachute escape from a crashing aircraft... Aka a triple member of the silk moth caterpillar society. Famous 'very very hangry' caterpillars' were Charles Lindbergh, Roald Dahl and Antoine de Saint-Exupery while Howard Hughes has the dubious honor of being the world's first quadruple caterpilar silkworm technically a Very Very Very Hangry Caterpillar

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the Diet of Worms
We had that earlier. I know, I answered it.
A faux-scholarly work in the vein of The Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were, documenting the habits, natures and vulnerabilities of the various sorts of corporeal undead in world mythology as if they were actual creatures.
 
A-poke-alypse
The name of an RPG video game that was released in 2021 by Bethesda, using pokemon and pokemon battling, but setting it in the context of a harsh, post-apocalyptic setting. The nature of the apocalypse was kept vague, but implied to be the work of a dozen legendary pokemon (among many others) being used in a brutal battle between the forces of Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua, Team Plasma and Team Galactic fifty six years before the game took place. Decades later, and the pokemon world is still unrecognizeable. Unlike most Pokemon games, this one was rated M for mature, more for the very complicated themes rather than anything graphic onscreen.

Play still centers around pokemon battles, but rather than gym badges and elite four, it's got a narrative story and various sidequests as your character tries to unravel a mystery about the killer of their family, tracking them down and grasping the bigger story at play.

The game as highly controversial in the fanbase, but it has it's supporters, especially for the breadth of the game - every pokemon region can be visited, and each town has vastly more nuance and detail, the game being a truly massive one. But with it's radical departure from conventional pokemon, and it's non-canon status (the liscence was only granted as a result of a very complicated lawsuit involving something else between Nintendo and Bethesda), it was despised by much of the mainstream playerbase of pokemon games.

The Puns of Navaronne
 
The name of an RPG video game that was released in 2021 by Bethesda, using pokemon and pokemon battling, but setting it in the context of a harsh, post-apocalyptic setting. The nature of the apocalypse was kept vague, but implied to be the work of a dozen legendary pokemon (among many others) being used in a brutal battle between the forces of Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua, Team Plasma and Team Galactic fifty six years before the game took place. Decades later, and the pokemon world is still unrecognizeable. Unlike most Pokemon games, this one was rated M for mature, more for the very complicated themes rather than anything graphic onscreen.

Play still centers around pokemon battles, but rather than gym badges and elite four, it's got a narrative story and various sidequests as your character tries to unravel a mystery about the killer of their family, tracking them down and grasping the bigger story at play.

The game as highly controversial in the fanbase, but it has it's supporters, especially for the breadth of the game - every pokemon region can be visited, and each town has vastly more nuance and detail, the game being a truly massive one. But with it's radical departure from conventional pokemon, and it's non-canon status (the liscence was only granted as a result of a very complicated lawsuit involving something else between Nintendo and Bethesda), it was despised by much of the mainstream playerbase of pokemon games.

The Puns of Navaronne
Response of critics to Alistair MacLean’s epic poem of the history of his fictional island of Navarone. Covering the island from the Bronze Age to WW II, it was a work of breathtaking ambition, certainly, but at points his aim fell short of the mark.

Why Aren’t There Any Bagpipes in Scotland?
 
Response of critics to Alistair MacLean’s epic poem of the history of his fictional island of Navarone. Covering the island from the Bronze Age to WW II, it was a work of breathtaking ambition, certainly, but at points his aim fell short of the mark.

Why Aren’t There Any Bagpipes in Scotland?
A quote by an American model and socialite Kimberley Jackson, amazed after arriving in Edinburgh thst nobody carries a bagpipe

The Rebirth of the Soviet Union: How a Declining Power Reinvented Itself and Reclaimed Eurasia
 
A quote by an American model and socialite Kimberley Jackson, amazed after arriving in Edinburgh thst nobody carries a bagpipe

The Rebirth of the Soviet Union: How a Declining Power Reinvented Itself and Reclaimed Eurasia
A book on the soviet reconquest of central asia. In 1991 as the soviets power grow weakened many central asian (with the exception of kazakhstan) and caucasus states decide to broke off and be independent meanwhile the central goverment in moscow which had undergone a massive reform under gorbachev (who even goes as far to rebrand the ussr into union of soviet sovereign republics) decide that to reclaim it lost territory first they need to weaken them economically and isolate them in which they succeed in doing and by 2025 many opted to rejoin with the exception of afganistan and chechyna which will bring the new soviet union into a conflict that scarred them for the rest of their existance (with some say that it mirrored the us experience in vietnam)

Oh Darling Im Loving These Pho: How Ray Kroc Mcdonald's Dominated Post War Vietnam Fast Food Industry
 
Oh Darling Im Loving These Pho: How Ray Kroc Mcdonald's Dominated Post War Vietnam Fast Food Industry
An article by Ocean News on the successful proliferation of McDonalds restaurants across the Republic of Vietnam following the success of its first venue, opened in Saigon in 1976.

Initially popular with US servicemen, diplomats and expatriates alike, the business soon grew popular with local Vietnamese and multiple successful franchises had spread to Nha Trang, Hue City and even Hanoi by the dawn of the 1980s, paving the way for the company's hegemony in the Vietnamese fast food industry that lasted all the way through to the 2010s.

Not with a bang but a whimper - The Collapse of the Greater Germanic Reich
 
An article by Ocean News on the successful proliferation of McDonalds restaurants across the Republic of Vietnam following the success of its first venue, opened in Saigon in 1976.

Initially popular with US servicemen, diplomats and expatriates alike, the business soon grew popular with local Vietnamese and multiple successful franchises had spread to Nha Trang, Hue City and even Hanoi by the dawn of the 1980s, paving the way for the company's hegemony in the Vietnamese fast food industry that lasted all the way through to the 2010s.

Not with a bang but a whimper - The Collapse of the Greater Germanic Reich
Book describing the last days of Adolf Hitler, taken alive by the Soviets in 1944, after the failure of Barbarossa and the swift Russian counterattack. When Stalin finally met his foe face to face the Fuhrer was literally crying.

A Happy Dirge
 
A Happy Dirge

An Irish folk song also known as “The Death of King Billy” written after William of Orange was killed at the Battle of the Boyne by accidental friendly fire. As such the song is a fake lament for the deceased king who died in 1690 from his wounds. While Ireland would still lose out on a chance for independence, the song “ A happy dirge” was a reminder that Ireland had put up a stout fight against William’s tyranny.

Come on feel the Illinoise!!!!
 
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Come on feel the Illinoise!!!!
A failed single from Rick Dees from 1983. Illinoise is a subenre of electro-pop music originating in the 70's in the the Illinois Republic's south and had its roots during the prosperity era of the 1960's.

The Ballad of Alan Blue Crane, the Skeptic King
 
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An Irish folk song also known as “The Death of King Billy” written after William of Orange was killed at the Battle of the Boyneby accidental friendly fire. As such the song is a fake lament for the deceased king who died in 1690 from his wounds. While Ireland would still lose out on a chance for independence, the song “ A happy dirge” was a reminder that Ireland had put up a stout fight against Williams tyranny.

Come on feel the Illinoise!!!!
The Poster for the 1993 Heavy Metal Fair in Chicago

Girls rock the Boise...

You had to know that would be the next line...
 
The Poster for the 1993 Heavy Metal Fair in Chicago

Girls rock the Boise...

You had to know that would be the next line...
The tagline for an iconic 1999 performance from the Spice Girls, hosted in the capital city of Idaho. It ignited a surprise following among youth and their mothers alike, despite the state's traditionally conservative demographics.

Dead Rising
 
The tagline for an iconic 1999 performance from the Spice Girls, hosted in the capital city of Idaho. It ignited a surprise following among youth and their mothers alike, despite the state's traditionally conservative demographics.

Dead Rising
Reference to several popular uprisings where protestors against the government take the identities of people killed by the government. “Dead Risings” have occurred in Haiti, Myanmar, Liberia, Venezuela, and Azerbaijan, among others

Dance of 1,000 Lands
 
Alan Blue Crane
Has a big brain
But he don’t believe in nuthin
He’s a a scientific skeptic!

Old man’s got more learnin
Than a young man’s got yearnin
He’ll make the liars
Look like fools

Cause Alan Blue Crane
Has a big brain
Drives the hucksters insane
Takes the ignorant to school!

Snake oil salesmen and circus sidemen
Are all a-feared of him
Cause this song is all about how
He proves them wrong

Alan Blue Crane
Has a big brain
Says “I don’t believe in hokum,
Gotta prove that you’re true”

This land’s Diogenes, and Archimedes
And a few more Greeks
Without the irrational fear of beans
You know he means

Business, going straight to the preachers
And breaking their plates
And making them admit to
Any doxological mistakes

Alan Blue Crane!
Friend of Darwin and Newton
And the new kids
Will listen to you just so long as you can prove it!

Dance of 1,000 Lands
 
Dance of 1,000 Lands is a song written and first recorded by Kenny Christopher in 1962. It has gone on to become a bigger hit in versions by Headhunter & the Cannibals and Pickard Wilson.

Sega Giga Drive/Sega Exodus
A successor to the Sega Mega Drive console, the Sega Giga Drive was a video game console produced in the late 1990s. The main reason for the success of the Giga Drive was its high-fidelity graphics. The Sega Exodus, the successor to the Sega Giga Drive, was less successful because the rest of the video game industry caught up to it.

The Voting Dead
 
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