History Main / BotheringByTheBook

30th Dec '17 6:44:58 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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The bad thing about computers is that they do '''''[[ExactWords exactly]]''''' what you tell them to.

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The bad thing about computers is that they do '''''[[ExactWords exactly]]''''' [[LiteralGenie what you tell them to.to]].



* During the "Separate but Equal" era of American Segregation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund realized that it did not have the support required to strike down segregation as defined by ''Plessy v. Ferguson''. So instead, the lawyers would sue institutions for failing to follow ''Plessy v. Ferguson'' to the letter: namely that a company must provide exactly '''equal''' services to their black patrons as their white patrons. The NAACP's most famous case being ''Sweatt v. Painter'' which ruled that the University of Texas was breaking the law as its law school for black students was grossly inferior compared to the one for white students. This court case had the effect of desegregating higher education almost overnight as schools realized that none of them can afford to run two separate universities of equal quality. [[JustAsPlanned Just as the NAACP planned.]]

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* During the "Separate but Equal" era of American Segregation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund realized that it did not have the support required to strike down segregation as defined by ''Plessy v. Ferguson''. So instead, the lawyers would sue institutions for failing to follow the "equal" part ''Plessy v. Ferguson'' Ferguson'', and failing to the letter: namely that a company must provide exactly '''equal''' services to their make black patrons facilities just as their white patrons.good as the ones for whites (which was extremely common, because racism). The NAACP's most famous case being ''Sweatt v. Painter'' which ruled that the University of Texas was breaking the law as its law school for black students was grossly inferior compared to the one for white students. This court case had the effect of desegregating higher education almost overnight as schools realized that none of them can could afford to run two separate universities of equal quality. [[JustAsPlanned Just as the NAACP planned.]]
27th Nov '17 10:44:35 PM Gravidef
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* Invoked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' by Sam. Sam was recently recruited into the Safety Patrol of his school and overheard bully Lars and his crew planning to have a hockey game in the teachers parking lot which prohibits students from engaging in activities there. However when the bust is actually made he realizes too late that his friends were the opposing team. When the principal demands Sam throw the book at them Sam instead tells him that no violation has occurred. He explains that the rule only bans ''specific'' athletic activities in the teacher's parking lot and that street hockey is not on the list.

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* Invoked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' by Sam. After being caught covering for one of Otto and Twister's rule-breaking schemes, Sam was recently recruited into is forced to join the Safety Patrol. At first, the other kids are happy, as they figure that having their friend on the Patrol of his school will allow them to break all the rules they want and overheard bully Lars and his crew planning not get punished, but when they [[BewareTheNiceOnes push Sam too far]], he begins using the exact wording of the school's safety code to have get them in all kinds of trouble. They try to reach a compromise, but Sam's already told the principal about an upcoming street hockey game in the teachers teachers' parking lot which prohibits students from engaging in activities there. However when lot. When the bust is actually made he realizes too late that game begins, Sam seems stuck between ratting his friends were out or violating his own Safety Patrol code...and he decides to TakeAThirdOption by turning this trope ''against'' the opposing team. When the principal demands Sam throw the book at them Sam instead tells him principal. It turns out that no violation has occurred. He explains that the rule only bans ''specific'' athletic while various activities are forbidden in the teacher's parking lot and that rule book, street hockey is not ''isn't.''
** In another episode, the Rockets' obnoxious neighbor Merv Stimpleton ends up slightly injured (though he hugely exaggerates the extent of the damage) because of the kids' skating
on the list.local boardwalk, and whips up other senior citizens into a frenzy to ban all forms of extreme sports from that area. The main four, along with all the other local skaters and rollerbladers, are at a loss...until [[CoolOldLady Merv's wife Violet]], who's firmly aware of what a JerkAss her husband is being, points out that all the kids need to do is find a place to skate that's "safe and friendly." This inspires Reggie, Otto, Twister, and Sam to create a miniature skate park in the Rockets' driveway, forcing Merv to deal with the noise and commotion every waking minute. A chastised Merv then moves toward a peaceful solution: working with the city to build an ''actual'' skate park for the local children.
11th Nov '17 5:08:19 AM bificommander
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* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' the dean asks his adjunct Vanessa to dress nicer to work, suggesting she should dress up like for a wedding. During her own wedding, she was dressed in her favourite {{Kajiu}}-costume, so...

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* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' the dean asks his adjunct Vanessa to dress nicer to work, suggesting she should dress up like for a wedding. During her own wedding, she was dressed in her favourite {{Kajiu}}-costume, {{Kaiju}} costume, so...
11th Nov '17 5:07:26 AM bificommander
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* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' the dean asks his adjunct Vanessa to dress nicer to work, suggesting she should dress up like for a wedding. During her own wedding, she was dressed in her favourite {{Kajiu}}-costume, so...
-->'''Vanessa:''' So, ignore the syllabus. Today we're going over the philosophy of following instructions in the most petty way possible.
2nd Nov '17 1:42:31 PM DavidDelony
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* An outtake of the 1981 BBC TV Version of ''Series/TheHitchikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' shows the actors struggling to complete a scene before the crew turns the lights off.
11th Oct '17 10:01:28 AM GM_3826
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* Of course, no loyal citizen would ''ever'' try this in a game of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''.

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* [[SarcasmMode Of course, course]], no loyal citizen would ''ever'' try this in a game of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''.
9th Oct '17 2:04:59 PM TheCuza
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* One episode of ''Series/CornerGas'' has Davis and Karen using "Work to rule" as a form of protest. When they tell the mayor they're working "By the book", the mayor actually gives them a copy of the rule book, which is an encyclopedia-sized tome. They decide to go back to work normally.

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* One episode of ''Series/CornerGas'' has Davis and Karen using "Work to rule" as a form of protest. When they tell the mayor they're working "By the book", the mayor actually happily gives them a copy of the rule book, which is an encyclopedia-sized tome. They decide to go back to Since they normally [[PoliceAreUseless do barely any work normally.at all]], this only ends up vastly increasing their workload.
25th Sep '17 7:33:03 PM marcoasalazarm
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* In ''Film/{{Brazil}},'' Sam keeps the Central Services workers out of his apartment (for a while, at least) by asking to see their form 27B/6, claiming he's "a bit of a stickler for paperwork." From their reactions, it's pretty clear it's a bureaucratic formality they usually gloss over.

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* In ''Film/{{Brazil}},'' Sam keeps the Central Services workers out of his apartment (for a while, at least) by asking to see their form 27B/6, claiming he's "a bit of a stickler for paperwork." From their reactions, it's pretty clear it's a bureaucratic formality they usually gloss over. Later shot back in Lowry's face when the same workers not only arrive with the proper paperwork made, but with extra forms that allow them to kick Lowry out of his apartment and completely demolish it for "emergency repairs" that they have no desire of ever finishing in revenge.
18th Sep '17 6:17:23 PM gemmabeta2
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* During the "Separate but Equal" era of American Segregation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund realized that it did not have the support required to strike down segregation as defined by ''Plessy v. Ferguson''. So instead, the lawyers would sue institutions for failing to follow ''Plessy v. Ferguson'' to the letter: namely that a company must provide exactly '''equal''' services to their black patrons as their white patrons. The NAACP's most famous case being ''Sweatt v. Painter'' which showed that the University of Texas's law school for black students was grossly inferior compared to the one for white students. This court case had the effect of desegregating higher education almost overnight as schools realized that none of them can afford to run two separate universities of equal quality. [[JustAsPlanned Just as the NAACP planned.]]

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* During the "Separate but Equal" era of American Segregation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund realized that it did not have the support required to strike down segregation as defined by ''Plessy v. Ferguson''. So instead, the lawyers would sue institutions for failing to follow ''Plessy v. Ferguson'' to the letter: namely that a company must provide exactly '''equal''' services to their black patrons as their white patrons. The NAACP's most famous case being ''Sweatt v. Painter'' which showed ruled that the University of Texas's Texas was breaking the law as its law school for black students was grossly inferior compared to the one for white students. This court case had the effect of desegregating higher education almost overnight as schools realized that none of them can afford to run two separate universities of equal quality. [[JustAsPlanned Just as the NAACP planned.]]
18th Sep '17 6:16:27 PM gemmabeta2
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* During the "Separate but Equal" era of American Segregation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund realized that it did not have the support required to strike down segregation as defined by ''Plessy v. Ferguson''. So instead, the lawyers would sue institutions for failing to follow ''Plessy v. Ferguson'' to the letter: namely that a company must provide exactly '''equal''' services to their black patrons as their white patrons. The NAACP's most famous case being ''Sweatt v. Painter'' which showed that the University of Texas's law school for black students was grossly inferior compared to the one for white students. This court case had the effect of desegregating higher education almost overnight as schools realized that none of them can afford to run two separate universities of equal quality. [[JustAsPlanned Just as the NAACP planned.]]
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