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=== Mobile Army Surgical Hospital ===
 
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{{stufffact|When Tompkins feeds his virtual pet, the text "m.a.s.h." may be a reference to [[Wikipedia:M*A*S*H|M*A*S*H]].}}
 
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{{stuffdata|[[Teen Girl Squad Issue 13]]|05:38, 25 June 2007 (UTC)}}
 
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#There are no other likely explanations for the periods after the letters in "m.a.s.h."
 
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#M*A*S*H has been referenced before (in a small way) in [[12:00]]
 
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#Re: arg against #3: Just because it's "unusual" to refer to two references at once doesn't mean it's not possible. The concept of "mashing" something is an ''inside'' reference, which is only a reference because we started noting when the word shows up. There have been several instances where something was both an inside reference and a real-world reference (the [[Let us give TANKS!#Real-World References|Lil' Steiny piano]], for example).
 
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#It is an obvious reference which makes perfect sense considering the positions of the periods.
 
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#t.a.p.s. is also used and the movie ''Taps'' used the spelling T*A*P*S in promotional material, such as the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083169 DVD cover].
 
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#The TV show has asterisks, not periods, between the letters. (note that asterisks were used when the show was referenced in [[12:00]])
 
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#The TV show doesn't have anything after the last letter.
 
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#"m.a.s.h." is already a reference to [[mashing]]; it's unusual for things to be two references at once.
 
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*See also the [[Talk:Teen Girl Squad Issue 13#M.A.S.H.E.D.'.D|previous discussion]].
 
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*It ''is'' strange that there are periods between the letters, but I think it's just randomness.
 
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*Assuming the periods make it an acronym, why wouldn't it stand for the most famous one, "[[Wikipedia:Mobile Army Surgical Hospital|Mobile Army Surgical Hospital]]"? Perhaps the item could be reworded to eliminate the issue about the asterisks (which would have looked out of place in the toon, in my opinion, and thus the fact that they used periods doesn't make this false for me).
 
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**The "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital"(MASH) acronym does not use periods.
 
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***That's because it's in all capital letters. A lowercase version would have to use periods or it wouldn't look like an acronym.
 
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****Also, its uppercase counterpart uses asterisks.
 
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*When The Ugly One presses buttons on the remote control, the text "t.a.p.s." appears. What, if anything, is that referring to?
 
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**<s>That's just a callback to the "m.a.s.h." joke</s>.
 
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***No, see the argfor reagrding the movie '''Taps'''.
 
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****If this is accepted, then we should consider including the following as part of this fact or as a separate one right below it: 'Similarly, "t.a.p.s." likely refers to the movie ''[[Wikipedia:Taps (film)|Taps]]'', which used the spelling "T*A*P*S" (or "T.A.P.S") in promotional material, such as the [[IMDb:tt0083169|DVD cover]], and the UK title.'
 
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*****Definitely &mdash; here's a way we can add the two together (assuming this fact is accepted):
 
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When Tompkins feeds his virtual pet, the text "m.a.s.h." is a reference to [[Wikipedia:M*A*S*H|M*A*S*H]], and "t.a.p.s." is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Taps (film)|Taps]] whose title was spelled "T*A*P*S" on the [[imdb:tt0083169|DVD release]].
 
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