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21st Apr '17 11:54:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Seven Psychopaths'', this is the in-story rationale for recruiting a RagtagBunchOfMisfits to assassinate Hitler--all the sane people in the military have long since dismissed the notion of assassinating Hitler as impossible, so the only ones who stand a chance of succeeding are those who are [[CrazyEnoughToWork too crazy to realize it's impossible]].

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* In ''Seven Psychopaths'', ''ComicBook/SevenPsychopaths'', this is the in-story rationale for recruiting a RagtagBunchOfMisfits to assassinate Hitler--all the sane people in the military have long since dismissed the notion of assassinating Hitler as impossible, so the only ones who stand a chance of succeeding are those who are [[CrazyEnoughToWork too crazy to realize it's impossible]].
14th Apr '17 2:09:49 PM WillKeaton
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** Bergholt Stuttley "Bloody Stupid" Johnson is such an incompetent architect and inventor that he ends up creating buildings that are BiggerOnTheInside, and circles with the value of pi equal to exactly 3. Three of the national projects that he undertook can fit in a normal pocket. The full list is [[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Bergholt_Stuttley_Johnson here]].

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** Bergholt Stuttley "Bloody Stupid" Johnson is such an incompetent architect and inventor that he ends up creating buildings that are BiggerOnTheInside, and circles with the value of pi equal to exactly 3. Three of the national projects that he undertook can fit in a normal pocket. The full list is [[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Bergholt_Stuttley_Johnson here]].The full list is here.]]
14th Apr '17 2:09:11 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/435654 The Joke]]'', [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve]] thinks nothing of moving Thor's hammer Mjolnir, unaware that only people that are considered worthy are supposed to be able to do so.

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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/435654 The Joke]]'', Joke,]]'' [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve]] thinks nothing of moving Thor's hammer Mjolnir, unaware that only people that are considered worthy are supposed to be able to do so.
4th Apr '17 5:54:45 PM HotelCalifornia
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* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos:''
** This is the explicit reason why Eric is able to make machines that would put Tails and Eggman to shame (time travel and FTL drives being the most ''[[MundaneUtility mundane]]'') - he actually has no idea how they work, they simply come naturally to him [[spoiler:because Maledict created him with extensive instinctual knowledge of machinery]].
** The rewrite plays it for laughs; Tails took several months to create the Blue Typhoon's Warpspace drive, while Eric did it by accident in ''two days''. [[DeconstructedTrope However]], it also makes the Dreadnought difficult to maintain and repair simply due to its arcane design.
3rd Apr '17 6:15:57 AM Doug86
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* In an ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' story, the [[TheKlutz klutzy]] Archie [[EasyAmnesia loses his memory]] following an athletic mishap. Reggie toys with him by telling him he's the school's champion athlete, expecting that Archie will humiliate himself, only to be astonished when Archie proceeds to accomplish incredible athletic feats, such as a record-breaking pole vault ''without using a pole.'' When Archie throws a javelin beyond school property, accidentally puncturing a guy's tire, he gets a [[InjuryBookend memory-restoring punch in the head]] and [[StatusQuoIsGod reverts to his usual clumsiness]].

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* In an ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story, the [[TheKlutz klutzy]] Archie [[EasyAmnesia loses his memory]] following an athletic mishap. Reggie toys with him by telling him he's the school's champion athlete, expecting that Archie will humiliate himself, only to be astonished when Archie proceeds to accomplish incredible athletic feats, such as a record-breaking pole vault ''without using a pole.'' When Archie throws a javelin beyond school property, accidentally puncturing a guy's tire, he gets a [[InjuryBookend memory-restoring punch in the head]] and [[StatusQuoIsGod reverts to his usual clumsiness]].
20th Mar '17 8:51:26 AM Siempie
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* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'', it's revealed that the man behind Aperture Science, Cave Johnson, was not only insane with mercury poisoning, but didn't know anything about how science actually works. It's because he didn't know the limitations of technology that his corporation created physics-breaking inventions like the Portal Gun. Considering the invention of portals was for "possible shower curtain applications", and that he said they were going to "throw science at the wall and see what sticks", this is actually quite likely. It helped that the man didn't think his science should "stand on the shoulders of giants" and instead did everything from the ground up. Problem is, this also meant his test subjects suffered a variety of known hazards.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'', 2}}''
** In Chapters 6 and 7,
it's revealed that the man behind Aperture Science, Cave Johnson, was not only insane with mercury poisoning, but didn't know anything about how science actually works. It's because he didn't know the limitations of technology that his corporation created physics-breaking inventions like the Portal Gun. Considering the invention of portals was for "possible shower curtain applications", and that he said they were going to "throw science at the wall and see what sticks", this is actually quite likely. It helped that the man didn't think his science should "stand on the shoulders of giants" and instead did everything from the ground up. Problem is, this also meant his test subjects suffered a variety of known hazards.hazards.
** [[spoiler: The Intelligence Dampening Sphere, better known as Wheatley]] is an AI built with the express purpose of being stupid. However, when [[spoiler: he is put in charge of Aperture Science, his lack of knowledge on how the facility works and COMPLETE disregard of property damage makes the test chambers even more lethal than [=GLaDOS=]'s tests could ever dream of being]].
19th Mar '17 5:07:37 PM Bissek
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** [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death]] gives this explanation for how he can move through walls and otherwise tell [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick the laws of physics to sit down and shut the hell up]]. His advice to Mort in his stint as his apprentice is not to think about it too hard and forget that you know that you can't move through walls. Mort is able to do this when [[CentipedesDilemma he isn't actively thinking about it]] as he escapes a group of thugs by backing through a wall.

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** [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death]] gives this explanation for how he can move through walls and otherwise tell [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick the laws of physics to sit down and shut the hell up]]. His advice to Mort in his stint as his apprentice is not to think about it too hard and forget that you know that you can't move through walls. Mort is able to do this when [[CentipedesDilemma he isn't actively thinking about it]] as he escapes a group of thugs by backing through a wall. Later books implied that this is because of Death's nature as being outside time - even if the wall is there ''now'', there was or will be a time when the wall will not be or wasn't there, so Death instinctively travels through the space the wall occupies at a moment when there wasn't a wall, then reverts to the moment he needed to be in. When time gets imprisoned in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', both he and Susan temporarily lose the ability to do this, as the world is frozen in a moment and there is no past or future to travel through.
14th Mar '17 8:53:31 PM Wanderer
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** Later, when Illya's mind is implanted in a plush doll, she is able to make the doll move and speak by intentionally invoking this reasoning.
13th Mar '17 1:20:04 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':

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** The move Amnesia, which boosts Special Defense, seems to work this way. Explicitly stated in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', where Lorelei says it works by allowing a Pokemon to ignore damage by ''forgetting that it took damage''. She implies, however, that this is a temporary thing, and eventually all this "forgotten" damage will catch up and overwhelm the Pokemon, which is a facet of the move that doesn't exist in the games.

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** The move Amnesia, which boosts Special Defense, seems to work this way. Explicitly stated in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', where Lorelei says it works by allowing a Pokemon Pokémon to ignore damage by ''forgetting that it took damage''. She implies, however, that this is a temporary thing, and eventually all this "forgotten" damage will catch up and overwhelm the Pokemon, Pokémon, which is a facet of the move that doesn't exist in the games.
4th Mar '17 10:28:16 AM nombretomado
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* In MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', there is this:

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* In MarkTwain's Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', there is this:
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