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9 Mind-Melting Ways You Didn't Realize Game Of Thrones Has Invaded The Real World

Updated September 8, 2017 668 votes 127 voters 9.7k views9 items

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Game of Thrones has grown to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime shows that actually changes the world that we live in. The statistics say it all: there are thousands of people naming babies after Game of Thrones characters, and economies of major countries have been forever changed by the HBO crossover hit. Truly, it's mind-blowing when you realize the shocking ways Game of Thrones has impacted the real world.

Whether a person watches Game of Thrones or not, it’s impossible to escape the show’s vast reach. GoT merchandise is everywhere, and at this point it's a statement if you don't watch the show, and it's impacting all areas of our culture. Want to learn a new language in college? There’s a chance that Dothraki is being offered at a school near you.

The final season of Game of Thrones may not air until 2019, and between now and then, expect the influence of Game of Thrones on our world to be felt by everyone. Don’t watch the show? It’s never too late to see what all the hype is about. It'll make it much easier to understand why everyone suddenly wants to go to Dubrovnik. 

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    They Actually Teach Dothraki At A College Level

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    Sure, a student can still take boring ol' Spanish or French, but diehard college-age fans of Game of Thrones in Berkeley can also earn credit for learning Dothraki. David J. Peterson was hired by GoT execs as a language creator for the Dotraki, a race of nomadic horse-mounted warriors. Fans may recall that Daenerys learned Dothraki, the language of her husband, in Season 1 order to connect with him.

    A few years back, Peterson released a one-hour CD and a 128-page official guide to the Dothraki language. He describes Dothraki as a mix of Arabic and Spanish. Peterson's old college professor Andrew Garrett then suggested that the linguist should teach a course at Berkeley. Peterson loved the idea, and now the scholar has plans to teach a three-unit course called, "The Linguistics of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention."

    In the course, students are not just learning about the linguistics of the show. They are also learning how to design a language. "In this case, students are going to be learning how to create a naturalistic language. These are languages that attempt as nearly as possible to replicate the quirks and idiosyncrasies of natural languages, those that have evolved naturally on Earth,” Peterson said. “It’s not going to focus on the creation of alien languages, or auxiliary languages, or parody languages, etcetera.”

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    It Started The Trend Of Television Shows Airing In IMAX Theaters

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    There's nothing like kicking back at home, on a comfy couch with snacks, watching your favorite TV show. But what if your favorite television program is a grand scale epic that deserves to be screened on IMAX? On January 23, 2015, Games of Thrones became the very first television show to air episodes in IMAX theaters.

    The week-long event provided fans the opportunity to screen two Season 4 episodes, which were digitally re-mastered in the IMAX format. “The cinematic brilliance and grand scope of the series is perfect for the IMAX format,” said HBO’s chief marketing officer Pamela Levine. “We are always looking to provide fans with new and exciting ways to experience the show and viewing two key episodes, along with the new trailer, on such an impressive platform makes for a great event.”

    Games of Thrones wound up making $1.5 million from 205 playdates, for a per-theater total of $7,323. Warner Bros. distribution EVP Jeff Goldstein said of event, “We see this as a future, and not just with HBO.”

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    A Metric Ton Of Babies Are Named After Game Of Thrones Characters

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    Like in any fantasy story, many characters on Game of Thrones have names that you've never heard before. And while that may make it hard to remember who everyone is, it also deepens the world and inspires fans to do obsessive things, like name their kids after their favorite characters. Recent data collected from the Social Security Administration revealed that in 2013, 241 babies were named Khaleesi (meaning wife of the khal) after Emilia Clarke's heroine Daenerys Targaryen, the Khaleesi of all Dothraki.

    Other popular characters have lent their names to babies around the world as well. Arya, the Starks' youngest daughter, inspired the names of 1,135 babies born in the United States in 2013, up from 757 in 2012 and 387 in 2011. Tryion, the Lannister who now serves as Hand to the Queen (Queen Daenerys, that is), inspired 43 baby names in 2013, up from 11 in 2010 and 20 in 2012. There were even 15 Theons in 2012, named after the controversial Theon Greyjoy, up from just 4 the previous year.

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    People Are Adopting (And Later Abandoning) Huskies Because They Look Like Direwolves

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    During the premiere episode of Game of Thrones, each of the five Stark children are given their own direwolf pup. Unfortunately, some of those pups have died on the show, but at least two are left, and will certainly play a pivotal role during the show's final season. Due to the extreme popularity of Game of Thrones, huskies, which look like direwolves, are being purchased and adopted in increasing numbers. However, the downside is many of those dogs are then abandoned by their unprepared owners.

    One British animal charity reported a 700 percent rise in abandoned huskies in 2014. Additionally, two Bay Area husky rescues reported a similar rise in the breed's abandonment. “These people, they watch these shows and think how cool these dogs are,” said Angelique Miller, president of NorSled rescue. “People can’t even tell the difference between a husky and a wolf because they’re always asking us at adoption fairs if these dogs are wolves—and it’s clearly a husky. They’re just following the trend of what they think is cute.”

    While it's hard to come up with an exact explanation about why these particular breeds are being abandoned more than other breeds, their lush coats could have something to do with it. Huskies have thick coats, and they require regular maintenance. The dogs also need intensive exercise, and do not always do well with small animals. It could also be that fans of the show fall in love with the direwolves on TV, but they're not necessarily interested in all the work it actually takes to own a dog, especially such a high-maintenance breed. 

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