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Random claims from fantasy stories and movies

We've had a couple of questions recently that source their "notability" from appearance in fiction.

The current FAQ question doesn't really cover this.

So, should we allow questions whose notability derives from an appearance in fiction?


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No, we shouldn't allow questions that derive their notability from fiction.

The set of possible claims is immense, and many are nonsensical. If a claim were believable enough, and enough people mistook it for reality, then there would be notable reproductions of it outside the work of fiction itself.

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    Agreed: however, it's also worth noting that many notable claims also appear in fiction; therefore, the mere appearance in movies of fiction should not be taken as evidence of the lack of notability.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 7:53
  • For instance, the elephants get drunk question is a "fact" I personally heard from people who lived in South Africa. They were disappointed when I corrected them based on this site, but also felt enlightened. Commented Oct 13, 2012 at 3:02

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