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16th Jan '16 10:35:40 PM nombretomado
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So, we all know that [[TheFarSide every time you show dinosaurs and cave-people together]] in the same era [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology a palaeontologist cries]]. Probably not literally, of course. You'd have to be fairly unstable to be brought to tears just because some TV show took some artistic liberties. After all, [[MST3KMantra it's just a show]]...

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So, we all know that [[TheFarSide [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide every time you show dinosaurs and cave-people together]] in the same era [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology a palaeontologist cries]]. Probably not literally, of course. You'd have to be fairly unstable to be brought to tears just because some TV show took some artistic liberties. After all, [[MST3KMantra it's just a show]]...
30th Dec '15 2:45:47 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Fanfic/ChallengeOfTheSuperFriendsTheEnd'', SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor repeatedly underestimates [[EldritchAbomination The Benefactor's]] claims of ruling an entire universe, reasoning that the distances would be just too great. Apparently such claims are true.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChallengeOfTheSuperFriendsTheEnd'', SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor repeatedly underestimates [[EldritchAbomination The Benefactor's]] claims of ruling an entire universe, reasoning that the distances would be just too great. Apparently such claims are true.
11th Nov '15 5:15:29 AM unokkun
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* ''{{Webcomic/xkcd}}'' [[https://xkcd.com/298/ 298]] shows a scientist understandably shocked when Black Hat shoots lightning from his hands and hovers in the air, all while explaining that science doesn't actually work.
-->'''AltText:''' For scientists, [[AllJustADream this can be the hardest thing about dreams.]]
13th Sep '15 1:58:10 PM eroock
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--->'''Hawking''': [[SarcasmMode Oh great]]. Another fainter.

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--->'''Hawking''': -->'''Hawking''': [[SarcasmMode Oh great]]. Another fainter.
27th May '15 9:43:23 PM Zennistrad
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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry took the revelation of the existence of magic in stride, because once he realised that [[MagicAIsMagicA magic follows certain rules]] he realised he could [[SufficientlyAnalysedMagic apply the scientific method to reconcile it with the known laws of physics.]] But when he sees Professor [=McGonagall=] turn into a housecat, which starts by breaking the Law of Conservation of Mass and just goes on from there, he tends to struggle a bit. (Presumably he's never read the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, which did eventually get around to addressing the issue.)

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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry took the revelation of the existence of magic in stride, because once he realised that [[MagicAIsMagicA magic follows certain rules]] he realised he could [[SufficientlyAnalysedMagic [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic apply the scientific method to reconcile it with the known laws of physics.]] But when he sees Professor [=McGonagall=] turn into a housecat, which starts by breaking the Law of Conservation of Mass and just goes on from there, he tends to struggle a bit. (Presumably he's never read the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, which did eventually get around to addressing the issue.)
25th Mar '15 5:40:38 PM Generality
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* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', Ponder Stibbons has some difficulty adjusting to the idea that the deserted island he and the rest of Unseen University's senior faculty are trapped on is actively supplying them with the means to live.

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* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', Ponder Stibbons has some difficulty adjusting to the idea that the deserted island he and the rest of Unseen University's senior faculty are trapped on is actively supplying them with the means to live. Further, he's pretty disillusioned to learn that evolution not a wonderfully elegant self-driving force, but is driven by an inept god like everything else on the Disc.
5th Mar '15 11:31:18 AM TheUnsquished
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** There's also a high school physics teacher [[ShoutOut named]] "[[{{Nukees}} Mr. Bleuel]]" who gets rather peeved when he spots one of his students floating down the hallway out of habit.

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** There's also a high school physics teacher [[ShoutOut named]] "[[{{Nukees}} "[[Webcomic/{{Nukees}} Mr. Bleuel]]" who gets rather peeved when he spots one of his students floating down the hallway out of habit.



* [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-790/ Luckily for Dr. Lee in]] SkinHorse, the ancient, mystic order of notaries has a special couch just for scientists.

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* [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-790/ Luckily for Dr. Lee in]] SkinHorse, ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', the ancient, mystic order of notaries has a special couch just for scientists.
2nd Feb '15 9:18:07 AM crazysamaritan
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* Harry goes through this a couple times in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality. He took the revelation of the existence of magic in stride, because once he realised that [[MagicAIsMagicA magic follows certain rules]] he realised he could [[SufficientlyAnalysedMagic apply the scientific method to reconcile it with the known laws of physics.]] But when he sees Professor McGonagall turn into a housecat, which starts by breaking the Law of Conservation of Mass and just goes on from there, he tends to struggle a bit. (Presumably he's never read the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, which did eventually get around to addressing the issue.)

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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry goes through this a couple times in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality. He took the revelation of the existence of magic in stride, because once he realised that [[MagicAIsMagicA magic follows certain rules]] he realised he could [[SufficientlyAnalysedMagic apply the scientific method to reconcile it with the known laws of physics.]] But when he sees Professor McGonagall [=McGonagall=] turn into a housecat, which starts by breaking the Law of Conservation of Mass and just goes on from there, he tends to struggle a bit. (Presumably he's never read the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, which did eventually get around to addressing the issue.)



* In Discworld/TheLastContinent, Ponder Stibbons has some difficulty adjusting to the idea that the deserted island he and the rest of Unseen University's senior faculty are trapped on is actively supplying them with the means to live.
* In Ted Chiang's story [[http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/division/ Division by Zero]] a mathematician tries to commit suicide after she [[spoiler:proves that arithmetic is inconsistent and that through formal mathematics, one can make any two numbers equal each other.]]

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* In Discworld/TheLastContinent, ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', Ponder Stibbons has some difficulty adjusting to the idea that the deserted island he and the rest of Unseen University's senior faculty are trapped on is actively supplying them with the means to live.
* In Ted Chiang's story [[http://www.story, ''[[http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/division/ Division by Zero]] Zero]]'', a mathematician tries to commit suicide after she [[spoiler:proves that arithmetic is inconsistent and that through formal mathematics, one can make any two numbers equal each other.]]



* JulesVerne's ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' pits CrazyAwesome geologist Otto Lidenbrock (who clings to a hollow earth theory) against our narrator, Otto's nephew Axel (who knows that [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Has Marched On]] and that the Earth is heated from the inside, and thus that the journey makes absolutely no sense and will inevitably end in heat suffocation). HilarityEnsues when Axel is forced to change his mind.

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* JulesVerne's ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' pits CrazyAwesome geologist Otto Lidenbrock (who clings to a hollow earth theory) against our narrator, Otto's nephew Axel (who knows that [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Has Marched On]] and that the Earth is heated from the inside, and thus that the journey makes absolutely no sense and will inevitably end in heat suffocation). HilarityEnsues when Axel is forced to change his mind.



* Physics grad student Chris Parsons in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Shada" does a lot of this.
* This is actually a plot point quite often on ''{{Fringe}}''. In a season 3 episode, Walter was confused and upset when the heaviest element was used by another scientist (who stumbled upon it and has no idea why it's doing this either) to make people float in the sky. Yes, it makes no sense. As it turns out, this lapse in the laws of physics is a sign that our universe is about to collide with another one and destroy them both.
* StephenHawking did this rather hilariously to Sheldon Cooper in an episode of TheBigBangTheory, pointing out a mistake that Sheldon had overlooked. Upon noticing it, Cooper passes out.
--->'''Hawking''': [[DeadpanSnarker Oh great]]. Another fainter.

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* Physics grad student Chris Parsons in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Shada" does a lot of this.
* This is actually a plot point quite often on ''{{Fringe}}''.''{{Series/Fringe}}''. In a season 3 episode, Walter was confused and upset when the heaviest element was used by another scientist (who stumbled upon it and has no idea why it's doing this either) to make people float in the sky. Yes, it makes no sense. As it turns out, this lapse in the laws of physics is a sign that our universe is about to collide with another one and destroy them both.
* StephenHawking did this rather hilariously to Sheldon Cooper in During an episode of TheBigBangTheory, pointing ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Creator/StephenHawking pointed out a mistake that Sheldon had overlooked. Upon noticing it, Cooper passes out.
--->'''Hawking''': [[DeadpanSnarker [[SarcasmMode Oh great]]. Another fainter.



* [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Null Mysteriis]] is an academic organization devoted to [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic the scientific study of supernatural creatures and phenomena]], believing that things like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], and [[FunctionalMagic mages]] all have rational, scientific explanations. Problem is, they live in the [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the GM]], either they're correct, and [[ScienceMarchesOn science simply hasn't advanced to the point where study of the supernatural is possible]], or [[DoingInTheScientist they have it all wrong]], and the supernatural completely defies all attempts at explanation. Understandably, this tends to drive more than a few Null M. scientists insane.

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* [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has Null Mysteriis]] is Mysteriis, an academic organization devoted to [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic the scientific study of supernatural creatures and phenomena]], believing that things like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], and [[FunctionalMagic mages]] all have rational, scientific explanations. Problem is, they live in the [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness ''[[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]].Darkness]]''. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the GM]], either they're correct, and [[ScienceMarchesOn science simply hasn't advanced to the point where study of the supernatural is possible]], or [[DoingInTheScientist they have it all wrong]], and the supernatural completely defies all attempts at explanation. Understandably, this tends to drive more than a few Null M. scientists insane.



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a professor who [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-04 starts crying]] whenever the laws of physics are [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-11 violated]] hard enough. Whether he's actually present or not! The second link provides the alternate trope name (TheProfessorIsCryingAgain).

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
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professor who [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-04 starts crying]] whenever the laws of physics are [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-11 violated]] hard enough. Whether he's actually present or not! The second link provides the alternate trope name (TheProfessorIsCryingAgain).



* The Infinite Summation Honeybee Professor in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' gets upset whenever the characters abuse the properties of [[PortalPicture windows]] in order to generate matter or discharge energy.
** Although that's partly because if it's done badly, it results in infinitely massive or infinitely dense objects and nasty things happen.

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* The Infinite Summation Honeybee Professor in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' gets upset whenever the characters abuse the properties of [[PortalPicture windows]] in order to generate matter or discharge energy.
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energy. Although that's partly because if it's done badly, it results in infinitely massive or infinitely dense objects and nasty things happen.



* An old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon had a professor giving a lecture where he refuted the existence of UFO's and "Little green men". Just as he's laughing at the very idea, a flying saucer with a baby green Martian flies in and hovers before his face for a few moments, causing the laughter to turn into tears.

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* An old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon had a professor giving a lecture where he refuted the existence of UFO's and "Little green men". Just as he's laughing at the very idea, a flying saucer with a baby green Martian flies in and hovers before his face for a few moments, causing the laughter to turn into tears.
31st Jan '15 2:25:21 PM VutherA
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* Used twice in the Simpsons, once with the curator for the Jebediah Springfield museum, who had this reaction upon finding evidence that Jebediah was actually a vicious pirate, and once with science minded Lisa Simpson when she discovered that apparently, rhino's are born from eggs when she sees it happen in Africa.
--> '''Lisa''': Wait, rhinos arent born from eggs!

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* Used twice in the Simpsons, once seriously with the curator for the Jebediah Springfield museum, who had this reaction was so dismayed upon finding evidence that Jebediah was actually a vicious pirate, pirate that he stole and hid the evidence to stop others from knowing the truth, and once more amusingly with science minded science-minded Lisa Simpson when she discovered that apparently, rhino's rhinos are born from eggs when she sees it happen in Africa.
--> '''Lisa''': Wait, rhinos arent aren't born from eggs!
31st Jan '15 2:16:37 PM Jake
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* Harry goes through this a couple times in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality, but mostly when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Professor [=McGonagall=] turns into a cat.]]

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* Harry goes through this a couple times in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality, but mostly HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality. He took the revelation of the existence of magic in stride, because once he realised that [[MagicAIsMagicA magic follows certain rules]] he realised he could [[SufficientlyAnalysedMagic apply the scientific method to reconcile it with the known laws of physics.]] But when [[ItMakesSenseInContext he sees Professor [=McGonagall=] turns McGonagall turn into a cat.]]
housecat, which starts by breaking the Law of Conservation of Mass and just goes on from there, he tends to struggle a bit. (Presumably he's never read the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, which did eventually get around to addressing the issue.)
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