Very often historical films actually exclude certain details because, though they may have actually occurred, they seem too exaggerated to be true.

I learned today that there is actually a name for this in film production: the Tiffany Problem. It comes from the idea that naming a character Tiffany in, say, the 14th Century, feels out of place. But the truth is that the name Tiffany has origins in 12th Century Greece. So it's entirely likely to be true.


@gekko No wikipedia article about this. Surprising.

@gekko I recently found out that the word "escalate" as in to escalate a situation, was only coined in the 50s and was derived from the escalator. I feel like these are opposite ends of the same spectrum.

Cool fact about the Tiffany problem, thanks for posting about it.

@sexybenfranklin I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.

Producer: "What does it mean to 'escalate'?"

Writer: "Escalate. Like an escalator. The situation is escalating."

Producer: "It's rising in height at a steady rate because it requires less effort?"

Writer: *Finger guns* "Exactly."

@gekko That's why Ridley Scott had to take scenes of the gladiators in Gladiator getting sponsorships out of the film. Even though that was kind of a thing back then. It'd just be a local fish merchant instead of Nike.

@arkle What did Romans have to advertise? Wine? Sandals? Did literally anyone hear the gladiator from the top rows, or did he just scream something and then get eaten by a lion?

I have so many questions.

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