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4th Jun '18 1:04:28 AM Chabal2
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* One ''ComicBook/TheFarSide'' comic has [[https://www.chemwatch.net/188222/amoebic-dysentery a science lab]] with a bug-eyed guy drinking while another behind him says "What the-!? This is lemonade! Where's my culture of amoebic dysentery!?" Some labs use this cartoon to demonstrate exactly ''why'' you don't eat in labs.
21st Apr '18 11:45:22 AM DarkHunter
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*** Didn't he eventually stop wearing socks altogether?
27th Mar '18 3:28:45 AM CaptEquinox
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* Carlos from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' is typically portrayed as this in fanfic, with not very much canon to back it up. His obsession with science and initial obliviousness to Cecil's affections contribute to a fanon interpretation of Carlos as socially awkward and extremely nerdy.

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* Carlos from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' is typically portrayed as this in fanfic, with not very much canon to back it up. His obsession with science and initial obliviousness to Cecil's affections contribute to a fanon interpretation of Carlos as socially awkward and extremely nerdy. He's also often portrayed as [[ForgetsToEat forgetting to eat]] and Cecil as reminding him or simply bringing him food; also as inclined to OverworkedSleep. There are countless drawings and paintings of Carlos falling asleep at his lab table, often with Cecil covering him with a blanket.
20th Mar '18 12:36:39 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** The victim in "Palimpsest" is one as well. After his death, it's revealed that two of his friends had resorted to taking rare books from his collection and selling them in order to keep the victim's bills paid.

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** The victim in "Palimpsest" is one as well. After his death, it's revealed that two of his friends had resorted to taking rare books from his collection and selling them in order to keep the victim's bills paid.paid, because he had "no head for figures" and was unable to keep track of his own expenses.
20th Mar '18 12:35:54 PM LittleDancerGirl
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' had a few as non-main characters.
** Bobby Goren's mentor Declan Gage is made of this trope. His second and final appearance suggests that some of this is due to long-term brain damage, but based on the way he's described, he's had elements of this for his entire career.
** The victim in "Palimpsest" is one as well. After his death, it's revealed that two of his friends had resorted to taking rare books from his collection and selling them in order to keep the victim's bills paid.
20th Mar '18 12:16:41 PM LittleDancerGirl
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* Both Charlie Eppes and Larry Fleinhardt of ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' are prone to this. Charlie gets better as the series progresses, but Larry is often prone to being so deep in contemplation of either physics, math or philosophy that he forgets what's going on around him.

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* Both Charlie Eppes and Larry Fleinhardt of ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' are prone to this. Charlie gets better as the series progresses, Charlie's absent-minded moments are only occasional and usually a reaction to stress, but Larry is often prone to being so deep in contemplation of either physics, math or philosophy that he forgets what's going on around him.
20th Mar '18 12:14:31 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** He also apparently has so little sense of direction that it's a wonder he ever manages to return to CalSci from anywhere.

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** He also apparently has so little sense of direction that it's a wonder he ever manages to return find his way back to CalSci from anywhere.Los Angeles after he's been away.
20th Mar '18 12:13:37 PM LittleDancerGirl
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* Both Charlie Epps and Larry Fleinhardt of ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' are prone to this. Charlie gets better as the series progresses, but Larry is often prone to being so deep in contemplation of either physics, math or philosophy that he forgets what's going on around him.

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* Both Charlie Epps Eppes and Larry Fleinhardt of ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' are prone to this. Charlie gets better as the series progresses, but Larry is often prone to being so deep in contemplation of either physics, math or philosophy that he forgets what's going on around him.


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** He also apparently has so little sense of direction that it's a wonder he ever manages to return to CalSci from anywhere.
--->'''Amita:''' Oh, by the way, Larry called from his string theory conference. He was confused about something.\\
'''Charlie:''' What, his double special relativity theory?\\
'''Amita:''' No. Whether he was in St. Louis or Cleveland.\\
'''Charlie:''' He's so geographically challenged. Where is his conference?\\
'''Amita:''' Minneapolis. (''Charlie shoots her an oh-my-god look'')
16th Mar '18 10:58:22 AM Lopiny
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* Aldanon from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.

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* Aldanon from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is the arcane version of one, being the only one that can really identify what your PlotCoupon actually is to prove his capabilities (as well as being able to hold to very valuable terrain in the middle of a DecadentCourt of nobles that want it), but ''very'' absentminded, prone to irrelevant tangents in the middle of his speech and getting sidetracked by his own analogies and metaphors, coupled with some minor but visible memory issues. His servants are mostly there to keep him functional.
4th Mar '18 11:57:52 AM Siempie
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** The Fourth Doctor was very prone to this. In one episode it was revealed that much of his education was via subconscious and sleep learning, so he knows a great many things but can't remember why or how he knows them, in addition to all the stuff he's picked up telepathically or just in the course of thousands of centuries of knocking about through the galaxies.
** In one of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, TheMultiverse is in danger and the Doctor is in his lab sorting it out. He leaves for a couple minutes and accidentally smacks one of his companions, Fitz, in the face with a door, giving him a nosebleed, and doesn't seem to notice. Four days later, the Doctor gives him a soiled handkerchief and apologizes, apparently unaware that four days have passed. As Fitz said in a much-earlier book, "Ladies and gentlemen, the mind of a Time Lord."
** When the Tenth Doctor becomes human and goes into hiding, his new personality as "John Smith" is very much this, to the point where he forgets where he's going. This is partly due to his WistfulAmnesia.
** The Eleventh Doctor is very much an absent-minded professor in the body of an energetic twenty-something. Case in point, this exchange from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]]:
--->(''the Doctor puts a glass of water on the floor and stars at it'')\\

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** *** The Fourth Doctor was very ''very'' prone to this. In one episode it was revealed that much of his education was via subconscious and sleep learning, so he knows a great many things but can't remember why or how he knows them, in addition to all the stuff he's picked up telepathically or just in the course of thousands of centuries of knocking about through the galaxies.
** *** In one of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, TheMultiverse is in danger and the Doctor is in his lab sorting it out. He leaves for a couple minutes and accidentally smacks one of his companions, Fitz, in the face with a door, giving him a nosebleed, and doesn't seem to notice. Four days later, the Doctor gives him a soiled handkerchief and apologizes, apparently unaware that four days have passed. As Fitz said in a much-earlier book, "Ladies and gentlemen, the mind of a Time Lord."
** *** When the Tenth Doctor becomes human and goes into hiding, his new personality as "John Smith" is very much this, to the point where he suddenly forgets where he's going. This is partly due to his WistfulAmnesia.
** *** The Eleventh Doctor is very much an absent-minded professor in the body of an energetic twenty-something. Case in point, this exchange from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]]:
--->(''the ---->''(the Doctor puts a glass of water on the floor and stars stares at it'')\\it)''\\



'''The Doctor:''' Don't know. I think a lot. It's hard to keep track.

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'''The Doctor:''' [[IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing Don't know.know]]. I think a lot. It's hard to keep track.track.
** Professor Yana from "Utopia" is this, as he gets distracted a lot and often spaces out when others are talking. However, this stops when [[spoiler: he becomes {{the Master}} again]].
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