History Main / AbsenceOfEvidence

27th Sep '16 7:23:30 PM FordPrefect
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* Political scandals often work this way: Some document or thing is questioned: If the person does not address its contents speculation runs rampant because after all, if it were innocuous the easiest thing would be to release it to the press and get it over with. May lead to an underwhelmed reaction when the real thing finally gets out and does not live up to the speculation.

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* Political scandals often work this way: Some document or thing is questioned: questioned. If the person does not address its contents contents, speculation runs rampant rampant, because after all, if it were innocuous innocuous, the easiest thing would be to release it to the press and get it over with. May lead to an underwhelmed reaction when the real thing finally gets out and does not live up to the speculation.
28th Jul '16 11:56:06 AM res20stupid
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* This is how [[spoiler: Teruteru]] is exposed as a murderer in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. After [[spoiler: the blackout which was when Byakuga]] was murdered, Mikan fell over and landed in a... [[InnocentFanserviceGirl compromising]] position. [[spoiler: Teruteru]], [[LovableSexManiac of all people]], failed to comment on this... [[spoiler: which proved he wasn't in the dining hall as he had pretended but under it, from where he stabbed Byakuga]].
3rd Jul '16 10:17:48 AM billybobfred
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Wald Abraham Wald]] famously applied this trope during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. A research group tasked with improving planes' armor analyzed the bullet holes after successful missions and suggested adding armor to the places they most often appeared. But Wald pointed out that, since all the planes they were looking at had ''survived'' their mission, their damage would appear most often in places that ''didn't'' need armor, and the correct action would be to add armor to places these planes were ''not'' damaged.
2nd Jul '16 7:23:59 PM Discar
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** "The Sontaran Stratagem" - UNIT and the Doctor are investigating ATMOS, a factory they believe is a front for alien activity. While Martha examines the workers and the Doctor sonics the ATMOS, Donna finds something suspicious: an empty file folder for sick days.As Martha manages to determine while doing medical checkups on the ATMOS factory workers, this is because all of them have been hypnotized by the Sontarans (as evidenced by one who says in a never-changing pitch that he works 24 hours a day, and has an abnormally high pulse rate).

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** "The Sontaran Stratagem" - UNIT and the Doctor are investigating ATMOS, a factory they believe is a front for alien activity. While Martha examines the workers and the Doctor sonics the ATMOS, Donna finds something suspicious: an empty file folder for sick days. As Martha manages to determine while doing medical checkups on the ATMOS factory workers, this is because all of them have been hypnotized by the Sontarans (as evidenced by one who says in a never-changing pitch that he works 24 hours a day, and has an abnormally high pulse rate).


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** When [[spoiler:Clara gets erased from the Doctor's memories]], he is able to reconstruct most of what happened by the shape of the absence left behind.
2nd Jul '16 7:22:23 PM Discar
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->“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”\\
“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”\\
“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”\\
“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.
-->-- ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Adventure of Silver Blaze]]''

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->“Is ->'''Lestrade:''' Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”\\
“To
attention?\\
'''Sherlock:''' To
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”\\
“The
\\
'''Lestrade:''' The
dog did nothing in the night-time.”\\
“That
\\
'''Sherlock:''' That
was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.
incident.
-->-- ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', ''The Adventure of Silver Blaze]]''
Blaze''



--->'''Phoenix:''' So... were any fingerprints found on the gun?
--->'''Klavier:''' ...Unfortunately, no. Of course, the defendant is known for wearing gloves. We might say that a lack of fingerprints is, in fact, a "fingerprint" of its own.
*** Later in the same case, the victim's insulin syringe was completely empty, adding weight to Phoenix's claim that the killer put something else in it.

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--->'''Phoenix:''' So... were any fingerprints found on the gun?
--->'''Klavier:''' ...
gun?\\
'''Klavier:''' ...
Unfortunately, no. Of course, the defendant is known for wearing gloves. We might say that a lack of fingerprints is, in fact, a "fingerprint" of its own.
*** ** Later in the same case, the victim's insulin syringe was completely empty, adding weight to Phoenix's claim that the killer put something else in it.



---> '''Judge:''' The emergency buzzer? Is there some kind of clue on it?
---> '''Phoenix:''' Absolutely not.
---> '''Godot:''' Ha! You could at least put some effort into what you say, Trite.
---> '''Phoenix:''' In this case, the absence of a clue is, iself, the clue!

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---> '''Judge:''' The emergency buzzer? Is there some kind of clue on it?
--->
it?\\
'''Phoenix:''' Absolutely not.
--->
not.\\
'''Godot:''' Ha! You could at least put some effort into what you say, Trite.
--->
Trite.\\
'''Phoenix:''' In this case, the absence of a clue is, iself, itself, the clue!
13th Jun '16 2:39:24 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Sontaran Stratagem" - UNIT and the Doctor are investigating ATMOS, a factory they believe is a front for alien activity. While Martha examines the workers and the Doctor sonics the ATMOS, Donna finds something suspicious: an empty file folder for sick days.As Martha manages to determine while doing medical checkups on the ATMOS factory workers, this is because all of them have been hypnotized by the Sontarans (as evidenced by one who says in a never-changing pitch that he works 24 hours a day, and has an abnormally high pulse rate).

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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"The Sontaran Stratagem" - UNIT and the Doctor are investigating ATMOS, a factory they believe is a front for alien activity. While Martha examines the workers and the Doctor sonics the ATMOS, Donna finds something suspicious: an empty file folder for sick days.As Martha manages to determine while doing medical checkups on the ATMOS factory workers, this is because all of them have been hypnotized by the Sontarans (as evidenced by one who says in a never-changing pitch that he works 24 hours a day, and has an abnormally high pulse rate).
10th May '16 8:50:02 AM Jhonny
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* Political scandals often work this way: Some document or thing is questioned: If the person does not address its contents speculation runs rampant because after all, if it were innocuous the easiest thing would be to release it to the press and get it over with. May lead to an underwhelmed reaction when the real thing finally gets out and does not live up to the speculation.
6th May '16 6:05:51 PM MsChibi
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Compare INeverSaidItWasPoison, where someone incriminates themselves by mentioning details which were withheld from the public, and ItsQuietTooQuiet for the audio-exclusive version of this.

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Compare INeverSaidItWasPoison, where someone incriminates themselves by mentioning details which were withheld from the public, and ItsQuietTooQuiet for the audio-exclusive version of this. See also NotProven.
27th Mar '16 1:55:07 PM maxwellsilver
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielefeld_Conspiracy Bielefeld Conspiracy]] [[MemeticMutation meme]] parodies [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]] which run on this. Basically, it posits three questions to the person: Do they know anyone from Bielefeld, have they ever been to Bielefeld, and do they know anyone who has been to Bielefeld. Since most people are expected to answer no[[note]]Bielefeld is a mid-size town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with no particular thing to attract attention to it and no particular dialect that's really distinguishable from Standard German[[/note]] [[AppealToIgnorance it is concluded that Bielefeld doesn't exist]]. People who answer "Yes" to the questions [[WithUsOrAgainstUs are said to be working for the conspiracy]], or to have been deceived by it.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielefeld_Conspiracy Bielefeld Conspiracy]] [[MemeticMutation meme]] {{meme}} parodies [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]] UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories which run on this. Basically, it posits three questions to the person: Do they know anyone from Bielefeld, have they ever been to Bielefeld, and do they know anyone who has been to Bielefeld. Since most people are expected to answer no[[note]]Bielefeld is a mid-size town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with no particular thing to attract attention to it and no particular dialect that's really distinguishable from Standard German[[/note]] [[AppealToIgnorance it is concluded that Bielefeld doesn't exist]]. People who answer "Yes" to the questions [[WithUsOrAgainstUs are said to be working for the conspiracy]], or to have been deceived by it.
18th Mar '16 1:31:50 PM ObsidianFire
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* In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' when the CIA is looking for whoever leaked Blackbriar to the media, their initial response is to check for whoever's cell phone was in the same location as the meeting place. Pamela Landy [[GenreSavvy notes]] that what they should be doing is checking who has their cell phones turned off, as no employee of the CIA would be stupid enough to meet a journalist with their phone on but that it would be odd for a ranking officer to be out of contact for that long.

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* In ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' when the CIA is looking for whoever leaked Blackbriar to the media, their initial response is to check for whoever's cell phone was in the same location as the meeting place. Pamela Landy [[GenreSavvy notes]] notes that what they should be doing is checking who has their cell phones turned off, as no employee of the CIA would be stupid enough to meet a journalist with their phone on but that it would be odd for a ranking officer to be out of contact for that long.
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