History Literature / EncyclopediaBrown

12th Jul '17 10:01:48 PM Arctimon
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: '''Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake'' had only seven cases instead of the standard ten, and each case was followed with an additional chapter and a recipe in the theme of that particular case.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: '''Encyclopedia ''Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake'' had only seven cases instead of the standard ten, and each case was followed with an additional chapter and a recipe in the theme of that particular case.
21st Apr '17 8:27:58 PM MaxWest2
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* DependingOnTheArtist: Illustrations of the characters do vary.
** Encyclopedia himself is usually depicted as an ordinary looking boy in the original book illustrations. When the individual stories got reprinted in textbooks or magazines, Encyclopedia was illustrated wearing glasses and/or a ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
** Illustrations of Bugs Meany in both the original books and in the aforementioned reprints showed him as being [[LeanAndMean tall and lanky]]. This is contrast to the live-action TV show where Bugs was much fatter.
17th Mar '17 6:27:59 PM Bissek
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* HollywoodLaw: The story that introduces Sally, when she presents a mystery to test Encyclopedia's skill, has one glaring flaw that falsifies the solution: when the grandniece states that Merko is not Fred Gibson's grandfather, the court takes her claim seriously, because Merko, revealed in the solution to be a woman, is the man's grandmother. However, in real life, the probate judge is well aware of the decedent's gender (it's on the death certificate, after all, and this hearing took place decades after Merko's death), and such a statement would have been dismissed out of hand as frivolous. Even if the judge didn't know (Merko had posed as a man her entire life, and there was either no medical examination or the coroner had been suborned to falsify the record), the question of Merko's gender was legally irrelevant in any case. The only way the grandniece could have been taken seriously would have been if Merko had been a man, and the allegation was that Fred Gibson had simply been lying. It's obvious, in-universe, that Sally is trying to test not only Encyclopedia's intelligence, but whether or not he is sexist; however, she could have devised a better story. This is fixed in the HBO version, where Sally doesn't explicitly state that the judge didn't take the claim validly but rather [[ExactWords "both the man and the woman were right,"]] that is both are telling the truth.

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* HollywoodLaw: HollywoodLaw:
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The story that introduces Sally, when she presents a mystery to test Encyclopedia's skill, has one glaring flaw that falsifies the solution: when the grandniece states that Merko is not Fred Gibson's grandfather, the court takes her claim seriously, because Merko, revealed in the solution to be a woman, is the man's grandmother. However, in real life, the probate judge is well aware of the decedent's gender (it's on the death certificate, after all, and this hearing took place decades after Merko's death), and such a statement would have been dismissed out of hand as frivolous. Even if the judge didn't know (Merko had posed as a man her entire life, and there was either no medical examination or the coroner had been suborned to falsify the record), the question of Merko's gender was legally irrelevant in any case. The only way the grandniece could have been taken seriously would have been if Merko had been a man, and the allegation was that Fred Gibson had simply been lying. It's obvious, in-universe, that Sally is trying to test not only Encyclopedia's intelligence, but whether or not he is sexist; however, she could have devised a better story. This is fixed in the HBO version, where Sally doesn't explicitly state that the judge didn't take the claim validly but rather [[ExactWords "both the man and the woman were right,"]] that is both are telling the truth.truth.
** Knowingly making a fraudulent criminal complaint is a crime in and of itself in most jurisdictions, so Bugs Meany's repeated attempts to frame Encyclopedia for crimes that never happened should have gotten him locked up and sent to juvie hall.



** Justified when Encyclopaedia drops the hint about Percy's glasses. Despite the fact that until then she's almost swooning in adoration, she realises at once what he's trying to tell her and acts appropriately [[spoiler:to the point where feigning unconsciousness is the only way for Percy to make her stop hitting him.]]

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** Justified when Encyclopaedia drops the hint about Percy's glasses. Despite the fact that until then she's almost swooning in adoration, she realises realizes at once what he's trying to tell her and acts appropriately [[spoiler:to the point where feigning unconsciousness is the only way for Percy to make her stop hitting him.]]
8th Mar '17 7:27:31 AM MarkLungo
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* KidDetective

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* KidDetectiveKidDetective: One of the most famous examples.
28th Feb '17 10:57:48 AM ultimomant
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** Wilford Wiggins claims he's discovered caveman drawings and tries to get everyone to invest in what will surely become a new tourist attraction. Encyclopedia foils the scam by noticing a drawing of a caveman fighting a dinosaur. Of course, dinosaurs went extinct long before man emerged.
28th Jan '17 8:29:33 PM Kalaong
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** Played straight in the TV series, where Encyclopedia's father is an [[PluckyComicRelief good-natured buffoon]] who often agrees with his son that no-one could imagine they're related.

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** Played straight in the TV HBO series, where Encyclopedia's father is an [[PluckyComicRelief good-natured buffoon]] who often agrees with his son points out that no-one could imagine they're related.
28th Jan '17 8:26:34 PM Kalaong
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* SolidGoldPoop: LiteralMetaphor, much? Smelly Nellie finds ''$4,000'' in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris ambergris]](whale '
''[[{{Squick}} fecal stones]]!'') while searching for clams. However, she couldn't carry the fifty-pound lump of concentrated air pollution on her own, and asks for some help from some skin divers - who turn out to be Bugs Meany and his gang, who promptly chase her off. Luckily, they're knocked senseless by the stench when it dries out in the sun, and are still there when Encyclopedia shows up with some adults. They then try to claim ownership of it, only for Encyclopedia to ask where they found it exactly. When the adults press the issue, Bugs says they found it on the ocean floor and rolled it to shore - and Encyclopedia points out that ambergris '''floats.'''

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* SolidGoldPoop: LiteralMetaphor, much? Smelly Nellie finds ''$4,000'' in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris ambergris]](whale '
''[[{{Squick}} fecal stones]]!'') while searching for clams. However, she couldn't carry the fifty-pound lump of concentrated air pollution on her own, and asks for some help from some skin divers - who turn out to be Bugs Meany and his gang, who promptly chase her off. Luckily, they're knocked senseless by the stench when it dries out in the sun, and are still there when Encyclopedia shows up with some adults. They then try to claim ownership of it, only for Encyclopedia to ask where they found it exactly. When the adults press the issue, Bugs says they found it on the ocean floor and rolled it to shore - and Encyclopedia points out that ambergris '''floats.'''
28th Jan '17 8:26:09 PM Kalaong
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* SolidGoldPoop: Smelly Nellie is on the hunt for ambergis - whale vomit - in order to sell it to perfumers.

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* SolidGoldPoop: LiteralMetaphor, much? Smelly Nellie is finds ''$4,000'' in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris ambergris]](whale '
''[[{{Squick}} fecal stones]]!'') while searching for clams. However, she couldn't carry the fifty-pound lump of concentrated air pollution on her own, and asks for some help from some skin divers - who turn out to be Bugs Meany and his gang, who promptly chase her off. Luckily, they're knocked senseless by the stench when it dries out in the sun, and are still there when Encyclopedia shows up with some adults. They then try to claim ownership of it, only for Encyclopedia to ask where they found it exactly. When the adults press the issue, Bugs says they found it
on the hunt for ambergis - whale vomit - in order to sell ocean floor and rolled it to perfumers.shore - and Encyclopedia points out that ambergris '''floats.'''
28th Jan '17 8:14:18 PM Kalaong
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** Encyclopedia when he accepts a piece of chocolate from a hitchhiker while helping his father chase down a gang in a police care, notes that it snaps in two, and [[spoiler: realizes that it contradicts the hitchhiker's story that he was out in the sun for an hour, since the chocolate would have melted. This means he's in the backseat of a police car with a criminal.]]

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** Encyclopedia when he accepts a piece of chocolate from a hitchhiker while helping his father chase down a gang in a police care, notes that it snaps in two, and [[spoiler: realizes that it contradicts the hitchhiker's story that he was out in the sun for an hour, since the chocolate would have melted. This means he's in the backseat of a police car with a criminal.]] He keeps his cool, however, asking for another piece and writing a warning to his father on the wrapper]].
28th Jan '17 8:08:18 PM Kalaong
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* AdultsAreUseless: Every book starts with Encyclopedia helping his police officer father solve a crime over dinner. (These tend to be 'real' cases, e.g. armed robbery. The other chapters are cases brought to him by fellow schoolmates and are the sorts of misdeeds carried out by local bullies.)

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* AdultsAreUseless: PlayedWith. Every book starts with Encyclopedia helping his police officer father solve a crime over dinner. (These tend to be 'real' cases, e.g. armed robbery. The other chapters are dinner - complicated ones his father can't ''quite'' figure out. He's not incompetent, however; a number of cases throughout the series are solved by him, and the reader is invited to follow his investigative process. Most of the cases are brought to him by fellow schoolmates and are the sorts of misdeeds carried out by local bullies.)bullies - misdemeanors not quite worth the police's trouble.
** Played straight in the TV series, where Encyclopedia's father is an [[PluckyComicRelief good-natured buffoon]] who often agrees with his son that no-one could imagine they're related.
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