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30th Apr '18 7:28:05 AM Discar
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* The inhabitants of [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Midworld]] use rifle-like blowguns called "snufflers", carved of literally-green wood and powered by a type of seed pod that ruptures with a blast of air when pierced.

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* ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'': The inhabitants of [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Midworld]] Midworld use rifle-like blowguns called "snufflers", carved of literally-green wood and powered by a type of seed pod that ruptures with a blast of air when pierced.



* The gnomes in Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway build a bridge by roping logs together.

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* %%* The gnomes in Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway build a bridge by roping logs together.together.
* ''Literature/ZeusIsDead'': Thalia, Muse of Science Fiction, tries to convince her companions to build a tachyon field generator out of random rocks and sticks. It's unclear if this would have worked, because the others find a different solution.
14th Apr '18 4:58:17 PM ReconditePanine
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* The gnomes in Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway build a bridge by roping logs together.
28th Feb '18 8:14:32 PM ElSquibbonator
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* This was the whole idea of Pykrete, a building material conceived to make ships during the Second World War in case metal was unavailable. Simply put, it was a mixture of ice and wood pulp, which was extremely strong and resistant to explosives. The intent was to use it to build an enormous aircraft carrier, the largest in the world, in order to provide air cover to Allied ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The giant Pykrete ship was never built, but it was deemed plausible on Series/{{Mythbusters}}.
14th Feb '18 7:53:58 PM JackTheHammer
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* Two Chinese scientists at the University of Maryland have been working on a strain of wood that is [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stronger-than-steel-able-to-stop-a-speeding-bullet-mdash-it-rsquo-s-super-wood/ twelve times as strong as regular wood]], to the point that it can be used as bulletproof armor, and may have wide potential to be used as a building material in lieu of heavy metals like steel and titanium. The technical article is [[https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25476.epdf?referrer_access_token=ECLg-PpulfW2mcyvPQ8TWtRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PCy5i9Q4zwaBEuUCd3sS81gNj7sytsS8Bu8YTTSgzFE6fiPZjQsmPHqJsPgBBwrXU60QcTZr6W8mr1PYVQ2TnlQxknhMmdYOVTZ99DBpi99SIPc3UZpI0XB-a3hYjPCoEIbl1rRy7oAwo3G5AZhh2b here]].
8th Feb '18 6:42:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' comics: the Jedi Vs Sith miniseries/TPB has SchizoTech, including lightsabers being used alongside ''bows and arrows'', but the example fans tend to find most {{egregious}} is the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Fairwind sailing ship-shaped starship]] used by one of the Jedi, which is made entirely of wood.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' comics: the Jedi Vs Sith miniseries/TPB has SchizoTech, including lightsabers being used alongside ''bows and arrows'', but the example fans tend to find most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} is the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Fairwind sailing ship-shaped starship]] used by one of the Jedi, which is made entirely of wood.
28th Jan '18 12:05:18 AM CaptEquinox
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* This has also been TruthInTelevision on the island of Bali for centuries:
--> Life in Bali would have developed along different lines had bamboo not existed on the island. Out of bamboo they make the great majority of their artifacts; houses, beds, bridges, water-pipes, musical instruments, altars, and so forth. It is woven into light movable screens for walls, sun-hats, and baskets of every conceivable purpose. - Miguel Covarrubias
26th Jan '18 12:54:50 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'': the plot revolves on the hero saving the day by fabricating something ridiculously clever from a piece of gum, a toothpick and a hairdryer (or whatever). One memorable sequence (perhaps the definitive one) from the opening of "Legend of the Holy Rose Part 1" involves bamboo technology. The title character, with only a few hours, manages to design and build a whole gyroplane out of bamboo, tarps, and an old airplane engine. He and the prisoner he was rescuing then proceed to fly out of the base through heavy gunfire and have the plane work perfectly without any apparent flaws in spite of both the lack of rigidity of the materials used in it and the fact that it had to have taken at least some hits. Not exactly WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief's finest hour. Also lampshaded by his copilot saying "It really flies!" and Mac replying "Of course it does!".
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested out [=MacGyver=]'s bamboo glider. It didn't work, primarily because the motor (which in the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode actually came from a ''cement mixer'', not an aircraft) wasn't strong enough. It also took them a lot longer to build. This is why [=MacGyver=] is frequently called the "Patron Saint of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''".

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* ''Series/MacGyver'': ''Series/MacGyver1985'': the plot revolves on the hero saving the day by fabricating something ridiculously clever from a piece of gum, a toothpick and a hairdryer (or whatever). One memorable sequence (perhaps the definitive one) from the opening of "Legend of the Holy Rose Part 1" involves bamboo technology. The title character, with only a few hours, manages to design and build a whole gyroplane out of bamboo, tarps, and an old airplane engine. He and the prisoner he was rescuing then proceed to fly out of the base through heavy gunfire and have the plane work perfectly without any apparent flaws in spite of both the lack of rigidity of the materials used in it and the fact that it had to have taken at least some hits. Not exactly WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief's finest hour. Also lampshaded by his copilot saying "It really flies!" and Mac replying "Of course it does!".
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested out [=MacGyver=]'s bamboo glider. It didn't work, primarily because the motor (which in the ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode actually came from a ''cement mixer'', not an aircraft) wasn't strong enough. It also took them a lot longer to build. This is why [=MacGyver=] is frequently called the "Patron Saint of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''".
8th Oct '17 4:56:54 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. "Arena" has the Metrons forcing Kirk to fight his ([[TheReptilians]]Reptiloid) ''Gorn'' counterpart on a desert planet for which they will use their god-like powers to allow control over that region of the galaxy to the winner's species. Having discovered that dropping an almighty rock from a great height onto the Gorn has no effect, Kirk makes a hand-cannon out of coal, sulphur, saltpetre and bamboo to shoot him/her/it with the local fist-sized diamonds. They bounce off but not without knocking the Gorn captain down, whom Kirk honourably allows to retire in defeat, for which the Metrons (our demi-gods) award the human race extra Brownie points. [[note]]''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested this one. Based on their results, Kirk might have been better off using it as a bomb rather than a cannon in the real world. Still, it's an AcceptableBreakFromReality nonetheless. An ExpandedUniverse novel stated that Starfleet Academy made that episode into a holodeck training scenario. Nine out of ten cadets who tried Kirk's solutions blew themselves up. The tenth generally missed.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. "Arena" has the Metrons forcing Kirk to fight his ([[TheReptilians]]Reptiloid) [[TheReptilians Reptiloid]] ''Gorn'' counterpart on a desert planet for which they will use their god-like powers to allow control over that region of the galaxy to the winner's species. Having discovered that dropping an almighty rock from a great height onto the Gorn has no effect, Kirk makes a hand-cannon out of coal, sulphur, saltpetre and bamboo to shoot him/her/it with the local fist-sized diamonds. They bounce off but not without knocking the Gorn captain down, whom Kirk honourably allows to retire in defeat, for which the Metrons (our demi-gods) award the human race extra Brownie points. [[note]]''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested this one. Based on their results, Kirk might have been better off using it as a bomb rather than a cannon in the real world. Still, it's an AcceptableBreakFromReality nonetheless. An ExpandedUniverse novel stated that Starfleet Academy made that episode into a holodeck training scenario. Nine out of ten cadets who tried Kirk's solutions blew themselves up. The tenth generally missed.[[/note]]
24th Aug '17 1:09:33 AM M84
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' "Pickle Rick", Pickle Rick manages to jury-rig an assembly line made of random junk and vermin parts that installs his pickle body into an exoskeleton made of rat limbs powered by a freshly killed rat's brain.
20th May '17 10:15:31 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Worlds of Franchise/{{Ultima}}: The Savage Empire'', most tribes in the valley have Stone Age tech - the natives most advanced (contemporary) weapon is an 'obsidian-edged sword' similar to a macuahuitl. One of your party members, Professor Rafkin, can build crude rifles and grenades out of bamboo, clay, and stray bits of hardware for you. For the most part, they outperform native weapons handily, although only 'modern' characters can figure out how to use them.

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* In ''Worlds of Franchise/{{Ultima}}: The Savage Empire'', ''VideoGame/WorldsOfUltimaTheSavageEmpire'', most tribes in the valley have Stone Age tech - the natives most advanced (contemporary) weapon is an 'obsidian-edged sword' similar to a macuahuitl. One of your party members, Professor Rafkin, can build crude rifles and grenades out of bamboo, clay, and stray bits of hardware for you. For the most part, they outperform native weapons handily, although only 'modern' characters can figure out how to use them.
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