October 10th, 2009

green leaves

The implausible real world

In a discussion of Zenna Henderson's People stories, a reader mentions that the psychic powers were believable, but not the silver dimes. The production of silver dimes ended in 1964.

I thought the poppy field in the Wizard of Oz that put Dorothy to sleep was bad art-- it didn't fit with the other sorts of fantasy in the book or movie. As it happens, opium poppies produce low-lying fumes that make the fields too dangerous for children.

Anything else you can think of in fantasy which you didn't believe but which turned out to be true?