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17th Nov '17 7:18:23 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* To see more of them, all you really have to do is check out the [[http://greenyphatom.wikia.com/wiki/Greeny_Phatom_Wiki Greeny Phatom Wiki]].

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* ** To see more of them, all you really have to do is check out the [[http://greenyphatom.wikia.com/wiki/Greeny_Phatom_Wiki Greeny Phatom Wiki]].
17th Nov '17 7:16:36 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* To see more of them, all you really have to do is check out the [[http://greenyphatom.wikia.com/wiki/Greeny_Phatom_Wiki Greeny Phatom Wiki]].
17th Nov '17 7:14:35 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* ''WebAnimation/GreenyPhatom'' is filled to the brim with examples of this made by Robert Stainton, the creator of the show:
** For starters, Robert Stainton claims that ''Greeny Phatom'' is a TV show. It never aired on TV; it appeared on the Internet post-2009. It's unlikely that TV stations would ever air a show that's literally made in MS Paint anyway.
** He claims that it's made by the companies Sony Wonder, Cinar, and Children's Television Workshop, which is an unlikely combination of companies working on the same show together...[[note]]A TV show ''made'' by Sony Wonder is actually impossible, since they're a distribution company. They did distribute a few shows, however, most of which were produced by Creator/SunbowEntertainment, which Sony Wonder owned from 1998 to 2000.[[/note]] and that's not even mentioning that the end credits of the Greeny Phatom [[TheMovie movie]] state that Creator/KlaskyCsupo and Creator/{{Paramount}} produced it with them. The end credits also state that Creator/{{Disney}} distributes the film's soundtrack. Good luck finding any actual works that are co-produced by all six of those companies.
12th Nov '17 10:05:10 PM Carnildo
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* Hiding the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(nuclear_test) Trinity nuclear-bomb test]] was clearly going to be a bit tricky; as an Army security officer put it, "you might as well try to hide the Mississippi River". Nevertheless, they tried:
--> Several inquiries have been received concerning a heavy explosion which occurred on the Alamogordo Air Base reservation this morning. A remotely located ammunition magazine containing a considerable amount of high explosives and pyrotechnics exploded. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone, and the property damage outside of the explosives magazine was negligible.
8th Nov '17 10:59:20 AM lillolillo
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** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'': Kara tells Superman that her parents chained her to a rocket and banished her to Earth because she asked her mother politely and respectfully if she could pass the salt. His disapproving frown and folded arms indicated clearly that he wasn't buying it.

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** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'': ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': Kara tells Superman that her parents chained her to a rocket and banished her to Earth because she asked her mother politely and respectfully if she could pass the salt. His disapproving frown and folded arms indicated clearly that he wasn't buying it.
25th Oct '17 9:38:30 AM Serac
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* Creator/StevenSeagal is infamous for this. He's claimed to be [[MilesGloriosus a former CIA Black Ops operative]], some kind of [[PhysicalGod reborn Buhddist diety]], a coach for several elite [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA fighters,]] a Cop, a student of Morihei Ueshiba and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an Italian.]] Despite these macho-man credentials, Steven for some reason can't be bothered to say in shape and nowadays he has to be the flabbiest star in the Action genre. [[https://theflyingguillotine.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-ridiculousness-of-steven-seagal-part-1/ This link does a good job of exposing Seagals bullshit.]]

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* Creator/StevenSeagal is infamous for this. He's claimed to be [[MilesGloriosus a former CIA Black Ops operative]], some kind of [[PhysicalGod reborn Buhddist diety]], Buddhist deity]], a coach for several elite [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA fighters,]] a Cop, cop, a student of Morihei Ueshiba and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking an Italian.]] Despite these macho-man credentials, Steven for some reason can't be bothered to say in shape and nowadays he has to be the flabbiest star in the Action genre. [[https://theflyingguillotine.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-ridiculousness-of-steven-seagal-part-1/ This link does a good job of exposing Seagals Seagal's bullshit.]]
24th Oct '17 5:40:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* When [=NBCUniversal=] pulled out of their partnership with Nelvana over the [=KidsCo=] network in Asia and Europe, they claimed the reason was "growing challenges in the international children's television industry", which is an outright blatant lie, as western animation does still have a very strong market in Asia and Europe. The real reason was buried in the next sentence of their press release - they have also just bought the Sprout network from PBS and intend to focus on that network, which only caters to the United States, Bow Wow, whose three sports cars had "Prestige" printed on the windows. That's a Miami-based luxury rental car agency.

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* When [=NBCUniversal=] pulled out of their partnership with Nelvana over the [=KidsCo=] network in Asia and Europe, they claimed the reason was "growing challenges in the international children's television industry", which is an outright blatant lie, as western animation does still have a very strong market in Asia and Europe. The real reason was buried in the next sentence of their press release - they have also just bought the Sprout network from PBS and intend to focus on that network, which only caters to the United States, ''MTV Cribs'' has Bow Wow, whose three sports cars had "Prestige" printed on the windows. That's a Miami-based luxury rental car agency.
24th Oct '17 5:36:49 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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24th Oct '17 5:34:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* This kind of lie has never actually worked in RealLife. Therefore, what follows are all aversions and subversions.
* In Las Vegas, independent stage producer David Saxe's ''Vegas! The Show'', used these, with the website calling it "...the biggest stage production on the Strip in almost 20 years." It opened in 2010. Apparently a show with a cast of 40 and 11 musicians was performing on an AlternateUniverse Strip where Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's many shows don't exist (the first, ''Mystere'', opened Christmas 1993)...much less various Broadway imports. And then there was a [[http://thestrippodcast.blogspot.com/2010/06/does-david-saxe-just-make-stuff-up.html message to journalists]] that the first week's worth of shows were already sold out when the week in question was ''before the show opened''. Oddly, once it was up and running it got fine reviews, so he was polishing a turd that wasn't.



* The [[Creator/TheBBC British Broadcasting Corporation]] (for about forty or fifty years) has been telling people they have detector vans that can roll down a street and pick out houses where an unlicensed TV is in use. Oddly enough nobody has ever ''seen'' one of these vans, BBC logo or otherwise. The actual method is a combination of random checks on households with no licence and a reporting system with every TV seller in the country, even used. Licence shirkers who tell a seller their real address and then are surprised when the Beeb sends them a letter apparently exist in droves.
** The Serbian national broadcaster attempted the same thing in the early '90s. Instead of using a van, they came up with a ''Swedish TV detector'', which was merely an antenna glued to a Betamax video recorder.



* The entirety of the soviet trials against traitors, assasins, counter-revolutionaries, terrorists and whatnot during Stalin's era revolved around this. Basically Stalin started using the secret police to force opponents (real and, most often than not, potential or imaginary) or just people he didn't like or had fulfilled their purpose, to confess to outlandish crimes, and accuse someone else or some vague, ominous force, of being part of a conspiracy to destroy the Soviet Union. Then he would use that confession to accuse more people, who would then be forced to confess, and then THOSE confessions would be used against others. It reached a point where Stalin ordered a stop to the whole process because 1) they had almost completely vanquished any and all capable leaders and highly skilled officers, executives and workers, and 2) they realised that continuing on this exponential rate required more manpower than the one they had to carry on the interrogations and sentences. So he promptly accused the head of the NKVD (Nikolai Yezhov, otherwise known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Bloody Dwarf"]] because he was even shorter than Stalin and had even fewer qualms about mass-murder than The Boss did) tasked with all this endless massacre of plotting to assasinate him and destroy the Soviet Union BY ELIMINATING ALL CAPABLE MEMBERS OF THE PARTY AND CREATING A BRUTAL SECRET POLICE FORCE ACCOUNTABLE TO NO-ONE (and also of being a pervert, having a massive PornStash and being gay, which was a recurring theme in all accusations, though with Yezhov [[AccidentalTruth the homosexual allegations actually turned out to be true]]), had him interrogated and killed. At the end of these proceedings Stalin preseted himself as not knowing the full scope of these atrocities and blamed all of his subordinates for misinterpreting his words. Then praised the marvellous result of erradicating all those people.
** The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_Soviet_Union Constitution of the Soviet Union]], also redacted by order of Stalin, was this taken to eleven. It was made partly to appease those horrified of Stalin's brutality, so they would let their guard down while Stalin prepared the next batch of executions.
* A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII air ace, Lt-Commander Charles Lamb of the Royal Navy, was new, raw, and dumb enough to sign for a consignment of RAF flying jackets in 1939 which were way better than anything the Fleet Air Arm issued to Navy pilots. Over the next two years, as the original Navy pilots were transferred to all four corners of the globe taking the flying jackets with them, Lamb was plagued with demands to account for them, return them to store, or pay for all of them from his own pocket. Finally, in 1941, older and wiser, when his aircraft carrier was bombed into a blazing hulk in Malta's Grand Harbour, he was able to claim they had gone down with the ship. This accounted for thirty-odd Irving jackets to the satisfaction of the Naval bureaucracy.
* In ''Literature/MailedFist'', after first contact with the Germans in 1944, practically every officer in a British tank regiment claimed their issue watches (the very best kit available and each costing a month's pay) had been destroyed in action with the Germans. The CO commiserated for the loss, but begged his officers to show ''some'' restraint in their looting.



* The trope of team management publicly announcing their confidence in the head coach/manager during a less-than-stellar season, soon followed by said individual being shown the door, is so common that a management announcement of support of a coach in such a situation is almost invariably called the "dreaded vote of confidence" on both sides of the Atlantic. And probably the Pacific as well.
* Military issued watches are very popular among watch collectors, and so are frequently reported as "lost" by servicemen. Particularly the extremely high quality aviator watches.
* In 2014, during the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, an anti-occupy central activist brought a Schweizer Messer to sewer the blockage, and his [[SarcasmMode response]] to reporters was 'he loves eating fruits like durian blah blah blah[[note]]The original Chinese version is "榴槤乜乜乜," which is more like "durian and so forth"[[/note]],' and the phrase [[MemeticMutation "durian blah blah blah"]] ended up being viral. See [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjDIHuUyc5U this]]:
--> '''Anti-gathering resident''': I bring my knife everywhere. I love eating fruits. I eat them in every country. Like durian blah blah blah.



* When [=NBCUniversal=] pulled out of their partnership with Nelvana over the [=KidsCo=] network in Asia and Europe, they claimed the reason was "growing challenges in the international children's television industry", which is an outright blatant lie, as western animation does still have a very strong market in Asia and Europe. The real reason was buried in the next sentence of their press release - they have also just bought the Sprout network from PBS and intend to focus on that network, which only caters to the United States, instead.
* The show ''MTV Cribs'', which featured the homes of celebrities, was often guilty of this. Many of the mansions and sports cars featured [[http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lied-about-their-homes-on-mtv-s-cribs/mariel-loveland?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&pgid=144361577286&utm_campaign=celebrities-who-lied-about-their-homes did not actually belong to the celebrity in question]], and were often borrowed for the day just to build up the celeb's image. Some of the most notorious examples include:
** Bow Wow, whose three sports cars had "Prestige" printed on the windows. That's a Miami-based luxury rental car agency.
** The Yin-Yang Twins, whose house had a lot of nautical-themed decorations that didn't seem like something they'd choose for themselves, making you wonder if they had even seen the house before passing it off as their own.
** Famously averted by Music/{{Redman}}, who showed his actual house on the show: a modest two-story in Staten Island, complete with a broken doorbell, his cousin sleeping on the couch, and clutter strewn about ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0n1zbtju5o the film crew arrived earlier than expected]]). MTV actually ''wanted'' him to pass off a more glamorous home as his own but he refused, since it annoyed him how so many of his rapper friends were showing off houses that he knew weren't theirs.

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* When [=NBCUniversal=] pulled out of their partnership with Nelvana over the [=KidsCo=] network in Asia and Europe, they claimed the reason was "growing challenges in the international children's television industry", which is an outright blatant lie, as western animation does still have a very strong market in Asia and Europe. The real reason was buried in the next sentence of their press release - they have also just bought the Sprout network from PBS and intend to focus on that network, which only caters to the United States, instead.
* The show ''MTV Cribs'', which featured the homes of celebrities, was often guilty of this. Many of the mansions and sports cars featured [[http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lied-about-their-homes-on-mtv-s-cribs/mariel-loveland?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&pgid=144361577286&utm_campaign=celebrities-who-lied-about-their-homes did not actually belong to the celebrity in question]], and were often borrowed for the day just to build up the celeb's image. Some of the most notorious examples include:
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Bow Wow, whose three sports cars had "Prestige" printed on the windows. That's a Miami-based luxury rental car agency.
** The Yin-Yang Twins, whose house had a lot of nautical-themed decorations that didn't seem like something they'd choose for themselves, making you wonder if they had even seen the house before passing it off as their own.
** Famously averted by Music/{{Redman}}, who showed his actual house on the show: a modest two-story in Staten Island, complete with a broken doorbell, his cousin sleeping on the couch, and clutter strewn about ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0n1zbtju5o the film crew arrived earlier than expected]]). MTV actually ''wanted'' him to pass off a more glamorous home as his own but he refused, since it annoyed him how so many of his rapper friends were showing off houses that he knew weren't theirs.
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24th Oct '17 7:00:52 AM WaterBlap
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* In Sweden, those who own a television must pay a yearly fee. Sometimes, controllers visit people who have not paid, to check if they own one. What follows is a paraphrased urban legend of one such visit.
--> A controller is standing in the doorway of an apartment. A TV is turned on and clearly visible in the living room.
--> '''Controller''': I see you have a TV there.
--> '''Resident''': No, that's a washing machine.
--> '''Controller''': Look, I can clearly see it's a TV.
--> '''Resident''': I'm telling you, it's a washing machine.
--> '''Controller''': Ugh, fine.
--> Knowing he'd need a witness to argue the case in court, the controller returns the next day with a colleague.
--> In the living room stands... an actual washing machine.



* In Sweden, those who own a television must pay a yearly fee. Sometimes, controllers visit people who have not paid, to check if they own one. What follows is a paraphrased urban legend of one such visit.
--> A controller is standing in the doorway of an apartment. A TV is turned on and clearly visible in the living room.
--> '''Controller''': I see you have a TV there.
--> '''Resident''': No, that's a washing machine.
--> '''Controller''': Look, I can clearly see it's a TV.
--> '''Resident''': I'm telling you, it's a washing machine.
--> '''Controller''': Ugh, fine.
--> Knowing he'd need a witness to argue the case in court, the controller returns the next day with a colleague.
--> In the living room stands... an actual washing machine.
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