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  • Bakeries
    • Stan Mikita's Donuts
        • Donut shop inspired by the Tim Hortons franchise in Canada. Created for real in 2017 in celebration of Wayne's World's 25th anniversary - one in Aurora, Illinois, and one in Los Angeles as part of the NHL All-Star Game festivities.
        • Donut shop inspired by the Tim Hortons franchise in Canada. Created for real in 2017 in celebration of Wayne's World's 25th anniversary - one in Aurora, Illinois, and one in Los Angeles as part of the NHL All-Star Game festivities. "If we get your order wrong, you don't have to pay"
  • Beverages
  • Beverages-Beer
    • Schraderbräu
        • Hank's home brew. "Home brewed to silky perfection." (Season 2 episode ABQ) Eventually brought out of Hank's garage and into your fridge by Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris and Buellton, CA brewing company Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
  • Beverages-Soft Drinks
    • Pepsi Perfect
        • Vitamin-enriched variety of Pepsi cola sold at the Cafe 80's in 2015. In October 2015, Pepsi released a limited quantity of Pepsi Perfect bottles to attendees of New York Comic Con that were dressed as Marty McFly.
  • Books-Fiction
    • Heat Wave
        • A Nikki Heat novel by Rick Castle, eventually adapted into a real novel by screenwriter Tom Straw.
    • Unholy Storm
        • A Derrick Storm novel by Rick Castle, eventually adapted into a real novel by screenwriter Tom Straw.
  • Candy and Sweets
    • Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
        • Popular candy, similar to Muggle jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable, including vomit, toffee and earwax. Now available for real from Jelly Belly.
  • Candy Bars
    • Reptar Bars
        • Chocolate bar based on Reptar, the Rugrats' favorite dinosaur. (Halloween episode Candy Bar Creep Show) Later, Entertainment store FYE sold real life Rugrats-inspired Reptar Bar. "Reptar bar, Reptar bar, the candy bar supreme! The candy bar that turns your tongue green!"
  • Chips and Crackers
    • Cheesy Poofs
        • Cartman's favorite snack, eventually made into an actual product by Frito-Lay. I love Cheesy Poofs you love Cheesy Poofs if we didn't eat Cheesy Poofs we'd be lame.
    • Eyeholes
        • Snack food product. Rick: "You got to be careful Morty, If that guy catches you with a box of his Eyeholes, he'll come bursting in through a window and just starts kicking the shit out of you. But it's worth the risk. They melt in your mouth." Now available on Amazon.com from FYE in the form of white chocolate truffles with green strawberry filling. (Season 2 episode 8 Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate)
  • Comic Books
    • Bluntman and Chronic
        • Stoner comic based on Jay and Silent Bob. Actual Bluntman and Chronic comic books created by Kevin Smith were published after the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
        • Stoner comic based on Jay and Silent Bob. Actual Bluntman and Chronic comic books created by Kevin Smith were published after the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
        • Stoner comic based on Jay and Silent Bob. Actual Bluntman and Chronic comic books created by Kevin Smith were published after the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  • Drugs-Recreational
    • Pineapple Express
        • The super special and rare strand of marijuana that Saul sells to Dale. Saul: "This is like if that Blue Oyster shit met that Afghan Kush I had - and they had a baby. And then, meanwhile, that crazy Northern Light stuff I had and the Super Red Espresso Snowflake met and had a baby. And by some miracle, those two babies met and fucked - this would the shit that they birthed." Dale: "So this is the product of baby fucking." Also described as smelling like God's vagina. Not a real strain at the time the movie was released, but is now able to be purchased at marijuana dispensaries.
  • Electronics-Audio and Video
    • Talkboy
        • Small electronic device that Kevin used to record everything from his uncle singing in the shower to clips from the movie Angels with Filthy Souls, eventually made into an actual product by Tiger Toys.
  • Fairs, Festivals and Parades
    • Catalina Wine Mixer
        • Annual mixer that didn't exist at the time of the movie, but does now as a result.
    • National Chicken Wing Festival
        • Festival in Buffalo, New York. While the festival did not exist during the filming of the movie, it does now as a result.
  • Holidays
    • Sadie Hawkins Day
        • Fictional holiday that inspired real-world Sadie Hawkins dances, where girls ask out the boys.
  • Magazines-News
    • Spy Magazine
        • Tabloid that served as the basis for Kurt Anderson and Graydon Carter's real world magazine of the same name, which skewered New York society in the 80s and 90s.
  • Makeup and Perfume
    • Sex Panther
        • "Sex Panther by Odeon. It's illegal in nine countries. Yep. It's made with bits of real panther. So you know it's good. They've done studies. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time." Eventually made into a real product that (instead of bits of real panther) combines notes of juniper with cedarwood and sandalwood, and even comes in a box that growls when you open it.
  • Movies
    • Batman vs. Superman
        • Ad for a new film visible on the side of a building, years before the DCEU and the real Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • Machete
        • A fake movie trailer when it was made, Robert Rodriguez eventually made it into a full length feature film. An incredibly awesome full length feature film!
  • Movies-Fake Reboots and Sequels
    • Rocky V
        • The Mr. Rental video tape rental machine contains Rocky movies, including future volumes that had not yet been released, as well as some that still haven't been released.
  • Movies-Horror
    • Phantasm: Ravager
        • DVD visible when David is on his couch watching a commercial for Marconi, the final installment of the Phantasm series, which didn't come out until 2016, 4 years after John Dies at the End.
  • Office Products
    • Dunder Mifflin Copy Paper
        • Primary product sold by Dunder Mifflin, eventually manufactured for real, licensed by Comcast and produced and sold by Quill.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Staples.
    • Swingline Red Stapler
        • Red was not an option at the time, but after the movie came out, Swingline produced a red stapler.

  • Pest Control Services
    • T-Shirt: Rats Off To Ya!
        • Tom comes up with a novelty T-shirt depicting a top-hat doffing rat and the phrase "Rats Off To Ya!", which were actually produced and could be purchased from the show's creators.
  • Restaurants-Other
    • Jack Rabbit Slim's
        • Restaurant where Vincent and Mia eat, talk and dance. Vincent's assessment: "It's like a wax museum with a pulse."
        • The Buddy Holly waiter in Jack Rabbit Slims is played by Steve Buscemi, who as Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, refused to tip waitresses. - Mr. White: "You don't tip?" Mr. Pink: "No, I don't believe in it."
    • Rick's Café Américain
        • Rick's upscale nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca. In real life, a restaurant designed to recreate the bar from the movie called Rick's Café Casablanca opened in 2004 in Casablanca.
  • Restaurants-Seafood
    • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
        • Company Forrest establishes in honor of his friend Bubba. Inspired by the movie, an actual restaurant with the same name opened in 1996.
  • Social Clubs
    • Mystic Knights of the Cobra
        • Also known as Mystic Order of the Cobra Lodge. Vinton's secret society that inspired a real life band called Mystic Knights of Cobra that wrote a song called "Raytown Massacre" about zombies taking over the "Mama's Family" town.
  • Songs
    • Flutter Girl
        • Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam devised a fictitious tracklist for the tape of solo songs that Matt Dillon's character, Cliff Poncier, peddles in the film: Flutter Girl, Missing, Nowhere But You, Seasons and Spoon Man. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden then decided to record actual songs based on the titles.
    • Missing
        • Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam devised a fictitious tracklist for the tape of solo songs that Matt Dillon's character, Cliff Poncier, peddles in the film: Flutter Girl, Missing, Nowhere But You, Seasons and Spoon Man. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden then decided to record actual songs based on the titles.
    • Nowhere But You
        • Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam devised a fictitious tracklist for the tape of solo songs that Matt Dillon's character, Cliff Poncier, peddles in the film: Flutter Girl, Missing, Nowhere But You, Seasons and Spoon Man. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden then decided to record actual songs based on the titles.
    • Seasons
        • Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam devised a fictitious tracklist for the tape of solo songs that Matt Dillon's character, Cliff Poncier, peddles in the film: Flutter Girl, Missing, Nowhere But You, Seasons and Spoon Man. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden then decided to record actual songs based on the titles.
    • Spoon Man
        • Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam devised a fictitious tracklist for the tape of solo songs that Matt Dillon's character, Cliff Poncier, peddles in the film: Flutter Girl, Missing, Nowhere But You, Seasons and Spoon Man. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden then decided to record actual songs based on the titles.
  • Sports
  • TV Shows-Sports
    • ESPN 8: The Ocho
        • Spoof of over-expanding ESPN, covering obscure sports. In 2017, ESPN actually rebranded one of their networks, ESPNU, to "ESPN 8: The Ocho" for one day (August 8) in honor of the movie Dodgeball, changing their programming to include disc golf, trampoline, dodgeball, cornhole, kabaddi, and the Firefighters World Challenge XXV.
  • TV Stations-Theme
    • BBC 4
        • From Austin Powers' song Ming Tea: "Will ya make me tea? Make love to me? Put on the telly? To the BBC! To the BBC, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! BBC 1! BBC 2! BBC 3! BBC 4! BBC 5! BBC 6! BBC 7! BBC heaven!" BBC did eventually launch a real BBC 4 five years later, in 2002.
  • Video Games
    • Billy Graham's Bible Blaster
        • Rod and Todd's religious video game in the Flanders home. Later turned into an actual online game on the official Simpsons website, accessible through Rod's character biography. (Season 11 episode Alone Again, Natura-Diddly)
    • Fallout 4
        • Video game that Joanna gives Marni's younger brother - which didn't actually come out until 2015.
  • Words, Phrases, Slang

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