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General information regarding music, TV, sports and movies. While the majority of pop culture has developed as one would expect in any modern society, the presence of meta-humans has, of course, contributed significantly to the popular consciousness and lexicon. Since the 1960's, various superheroes have adorned lunch pails and bedroom posters alongside TV shows and music icons, from Kid Meteor / Captain Meteor and The Burning Man of the Protectors, to Red Beret and his sidekick Scout in the late 80's and 1990's, to Beacon in the new millennium. Most recently, Sentry has captured the hearts and wallets of America, with various bobble-heads, action figures, licensed apparel and other merchandise as available as one would find for any major sports team.

With so many real superheroes about, there hasn't been as much demand for fictional heroes - thus, comic books and superhero movies as we know them haven't reached any significant level of popularity and fame. Stories of fictional superheroes exist as pulp novels, similar to the stories of Tarzan or Dick Tracy - characters that almost could exist in the world we know. The void left by the absence of comic books has been instead filled by primarily two things:

The first - semi-biographical tales of real heroes, whether they be the young-adult targeted magazine 'Hero Beat', or fanciful re-creations of actual hero and villain battles, are prevalent in mainstream media. Multiple documentaries have been made on various supergroups and individual heroes - and villains - and there have also been plenty of properties such as 'The Lost Adventures of Kid Meteor' that are available to sate the public's appetite for heroic endeavors.

The second media sensation that has been a mainstay in popular culture since even before the 1960's has been that of science fiction and, specifically, aliens and alien civilizations. Star Wars and Star Trek remain perennial powerhouses but properties such as John Carter and Flash Gordon are just as big, with as many spin offs and relaunches. Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers and Stargate vie for attention along with properties such as Space Rangers, Martian Sands, Aliens Among Us and Galaxy's Edge. While meta-humans do make appearances in these shows and stories, they are not the focus of them - just as any other single profession or concept (lawyers, pro athletes, etc) may be seen from time to time.

Within the last year, popular culture has seen a new entry - that of Anomalies and those that have arrived through them, the so-called Strays. A number of television shows are reported to be in the pipeline regarding both of these - the most notable, perhaps, being the heavily rumoured "The Strays are OK" sitcom starring Neil Patrick Harris and Rose McIver and the hour long "Law & Order: Anomaly Investigations" featuring Claire Danes and Don Cheadle. There is also talk of a movie that features a government agent who is transported into an Anomaly to another world, despite the fact that there has yet to be any reports of native residents being transported in such a manner.

The concepts of Strays and Anomalies have also started to enter into the popular dialect. For example, when someone is particularly confused, one might say, 'Why are you being such a stray?'. Similarly, if a given situation changes dramatically - i.e., the skies are clear but a rainstorm comes out of nowhere - one might remark, 'I was walking down the street and then everything went all anomaly!' World News Files