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9th Mar '16 9:31:44 AM Hossmeister
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* And in an episode of ''AmericanDad,'' Roger sells a Senator's daughter to a drug lord and can't remember who he is or where to find him because he's always high when they interact. Sure enough, taking a hit (I think it was cocaine) enables him to give perfectly lucid directions.

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* And in an episode of ''AmericanDad,'' ''WesternAnimation/Ameri,'' Roger sells a Senator's daughter to a drug lord and can't remember who he is or where to find him because he's always high when they interact. Sure enough, taking a hit (I think it was cocaine) enables him to give perfectly lucid directions.
2nd Feb '16 5:47:09 AM ChronoLegion
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* Used almost by name (Fink calls it his "theory of Drunken Recall") in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''. Jan Wolfhouse has to get utterly plastered to recall how to get to the secret underground beer-drinking contest.

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* Used almost by name (Fink calls it his "theory of Drunken Recall") in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''. Jan Wolfhouse has to get utterly plastered to recall how to get to the secret underground beer-drinking contest. He still can't yodel, though.
22nd Jan '16 9:29:58 AM TheUnknownUploader
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11th Nov '14 9:06:24 AM Duffan
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* Brought up in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Tony is interviewing a pair of witnesses who had been drinking wine while a getaway was happening. They don't get drunk, but he does encourage them to sniff the wine, and its fragrance helps them recall more details.


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* And in an episode of ''AmericanDad,'' Roger sells a Senator's daughter to a drug lord and can't remember who he is or where to find him because he's always high when they interact. Sure enough, taking a hit (I think it was cocaine) enables him to give perfectly lucid directions.
22nd Sep '14 12:05:35 AM HiddenWindshield
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* Most men, when teaching how to tie a tie, must stand behind the person they're helping, because [[DamnYouMuscleMemory that's the only way they can remember how the knot goes.]]

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* Most men, when teaching how to tie a tie, must stand behind the person they're helping, because [[DamnYouMuscleMemory that's the only way they can remember how the knot goes.]]]] The opposite can true for women: because they're more likely to learn by tying someone else's tie, if they have to wear a tie themselves[[note]]for instance, some restaurant uniforms call for ties for both waiters and waitresses[[/note]], they [[DamnYouMuscleMemory essentially have to re-learn how to do it]].
17th Jun '14 9:40:49 AM hbi2k
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* Most men, when teaching how to tie a tie must stand behind that person, because that's the only way they can remember how the knot goes.

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* Most men, when teaching how to tie a tie tie, must stand behind that person, the person they're helping, because [[DamnYouMuscleMemory that's the only way they can remember how the knot goes.]]
* Many basketball players have a short ritual before shooting a free throw-- usually bouncing the ball a certain way-- in order to trigger their muscle memory.
2nd Feb '14 8:30:24 AM StFan
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* Tatewaki Kunô and his watermelon training in ''RanmaOneHalf''.
* In book 9 of the ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' manga, LethalChef Kirie is taught how to cook properly by Fukuyama. Problem, since he's a LovableSexManiac, he forces her to do so while wearing a HadakaApron. In the end, Kirie can only cook edible stuff while nude under her apron.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Tatewaki Kunô Kunō once learns an absolutely devastating TornadoMove that can beat even Ranma Saotome after some TrainingFromHell. Problem is, it is intended purely as a [[SmashingWatermelons watermelon-cutting move]], and his watermelon training in ''RanmaOneHalf''.
Tatewaki is only able to use it if there are watermelons around to target.
* In book 9 of the ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' manga, LethalChef Kirie is taught how to cook properly by Fukuyama. Problem, since he's a LovableSexManiac, he forces her to do so while wearing a HadakaApron.NakedApron. In the end, Kirie can only cook edible stuff while nude under her apron.



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* ''ArchieComics''

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* ''ArchieComics''''Franchise/ArchieComics''



** In the same vein, Jughead was once scouted for the opera thanks to his bombastic singing voice -- unfortunately, he only sang well in enclosed spaces because he did most of his singing in the bath tub.
* One of ''[[MonicasGang Tina's Pals]]'' could only study while listening to music. The louder the better. When it was time to take the test, the teacher wouldn't allow any noise and he forgot everything.

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** In the same vein, Jughead was once scouted for the opera thanks to his bombastic singing voice -- unfortunately, he only sang well in enclosed spaces because he did most of his singing in the bath tub.
bathtub.
* One of ''[[MonicasGang ''[[ComicBook/MonicasGang Tina's Pals]]'' could only study while listening to music. The louder the better. When it was time to take the test, the teacher wouldn't allow any noise and he forgot everything.



* In ''AkeelahAndTheBee'', Akeelah practices spelling while jumping rope. During the spelling bee, she has to jump to remember a particularly difficult word.
* In "City Lights," a millionaire regards Charlie Chaplin as his best buddy when drunk, vagrant stranger when sober.

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* In ''AkeelahAndTheBee'', ''Film/AkeelahAndTheBee'', Akeelah practices spelling while jumping rope. During the spelling bee, she has to jump to remember a particularly difficult word.
* In "City Lights," ''Film/CityLights'', a millionaire regards Charlie Chaplin as his best buddy when drunk, but as a vagrant stranger when sober.



* Cam Jansen, a girl detective from a series of kids' books, says "Click!" when hunting for clues, then later repeats it to help herself remember the details of what she saw. This is explained as her having a "photographic memory," but is closer to this trope in practice.
** [[DontExplainTheJoke Because "Cam" is short for "Camera", see?]]

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* Cam Jansen, a girl detective from a series of kids' books, says "Click!" when hunting for clues, then later repeats it to help herself remember the details of what she saw. This is explained as her having a "photographic memory," but is closer to this trope in practice.
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practice. [[DontExplainTheJoke Because "Cam" is short for "Camera", see?]]



* In ''{{Friends}}'', Joey practices for a commercial by repeating, "Mmmm, soup," while eating tomato soup. When auditioning for the commercial, they use a bowl of noodle soup and he is unable to get the simple "Mmmm, soup" line right.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''

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* In ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey practices for a commercial by repeating, "Mmmm, soup," while eating tomato soup. When auditioning for the commercial, they use a bowl of noodle soup and he is unable to get the simple "Mmmm, soup" line right.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':



* In the "Get Down, Study-udy-udy" episode of ''HannahMontana'', Miley creates a song and dance to help her remember all 206 bones in the human body. On the day of the test, she can't remember them because she can't dance and sing.

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* In the "Get Down, Study-udy-udy" episode of ''HannahMontana'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', Miley creates a song and dance to help her remember all 206 bones in the human body. On the day of the test, she can't remember them because she can't dance and sing.



* In the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode where Father Mulcahy is volunteered to race the 8063's chaplain for charity, Mulcahy's training sequence includes jump rope. It wouldn't be odd if he didn't have to do it to a schoolyard rhyme.

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* In the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode where Father Mulcahy is volunteered to race the 8063's chaplain for charity, Mulcahy's training sequence includes jump rope. It wouldn't be odd if he didn't have to do it to a schoolyard rhyme.



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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Donut tries to recount to Grif the things he did during the day that led to him losing an important part for Simmons' cyborg operation. Among these steps was him asking himself where he could hang out with no pants on.
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* In ''Funny Farm'', Ront's brother Pom keeps failing tests due to being DistractedByTheSexy. Ront creates a revision technique where he associates what he needs to learn with the female anatomy. This works fine, except ''after'' the test Pom finds it also works backwards and he can't stop thinking about his schoolwork when admiring a woman.

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* In ''Funny Farm'', ''Webcomic/FunnyFarm'', Ront's brother Pom keeps failing tests due to being DistractedByTheSexy. Ront creates a revision technique where he associates what he needs to learn with the female anatomy. This works fine, except ''after'' the test Pom finds it also works backwards and he can't stop thinking about his schoolwork when admiring a woman.



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* In ''RedVsBlue'', Donut tries to recount to Grif the things he did during the day that led to him losing an important part for Simmons' cyborg operation. Among these steps was him asking himself where he could hang out with no pants on.
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* ''SpongebobSquarepants:'' "Be the crane!"

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* ''SpongebobSquarepants:'' "Be the crane!"''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur practices for a spelling bee by singing the word "aardvark". Then, when the time comes to spell the word for the bee, he does the same little song.
** Possibly TruthInTelevision for anyone who has ever tried to remember the order of the alphabet, and sung the Alphabet Song. Or who find themselves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNb9AoY5XXE singing the Preamble to the US Constitution.]] (Note: the song ''does'' omit part of one line to scan better...)
* In ''FamilyGuy'', Peter could play the piano only when plastered. However, it wasn't a straight example of this trope. They didn't suggest this idiosyncrasy was because he learned to play the piano while drunk. Instead, apparently without learning to play or practicing beforehand, he just inexplicably developed a talent for playing the piano that required him to be drunk.
* On ''HeyArnold'', Grandpa learned to play golf by watching a video presented in rhyme. He could then only hit the ball correctly if he first recited one of the rhymes. When he came to a particularly daunting hole that the video didn't cover, he made up his own rhyme, and was still successful.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur practices for a spelling bee by singing the word "aardvark". Then, when the time comes to spell the word for the bee, he does the same little song.
** Possibly
song.[[note]]Possibly TruthInTelevision for anyone who has ever tried to remember the order of the alphabet, and sung the Alphabet Song. Or who find themselves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNb9AoY5XXE singing the Preamble to the US Constitution.]] (Note: the song ''does'' omit part of one line to scan better...)
)[[/note]]
* In ''FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter could play the piano only when plastered. However, it wasn't a straight example of this trope. They didn't suggest this idiosyncrasy was because he learned to play the piano while drunk. Instead, apparently without learning to play or practicing beforehand, he just inexplicably developed a talent for playing the piano that required him to be drunk.
* On ''HeyArnold'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Grandpa learned to play golf by watching a video presented in rhyme. He could then only hit the ball correctly if he first recited one of the rhymes. When he came to a particularly daunting hole that the video didn't cover, he made up his own rhyme, and was still successful.



* Played straight in an episode of ''TheFlintstones'', in which Fred took ballet lessons to improve his bowling skills, and then find that he can only bowl perfectly to ballet music.

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* Played straight in an episode of ''TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', in which Fred took ballet lessons to improve his bowling skills, and then find that he can only bowl perfectly to ballet music.



** The above two are actually examples of procedural memory, or, colloquially, "muscle memory." It's what happens when you perform a specific action the same way so many times that the brain eventually just gives that particular action its own subroutine, so you don't have to consciously think about doing it anymore.
* Have you ever tried to remember why you went to a particular room by going back to a room where you knew?
** Often justified or subverted in that the objects or situation that made you go to the other room in the first place may still be there.
** Actually subverted by the way your brain classifies short term memory. It classifies memory by location and doors triggers in your mind a change of location, so you forget almost everything from the other room unless you go back.

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** * The above two are actually examples of procedural memory, or, colloquially, "muscle memory." It's what happens when you perform a specific action the same way so many times that the brain eventually just gives that particular action its own subroutine, so you don't have to consciously think about doing it anymore.
* Have you ever tried to remember why you went to a particular room by going back to a room where you knew?
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knew? Often justified or subverted in that the objects or situation that made you go to the other room in the first place may still be there.
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there. Also subverted by the way your brain classifies short term memory. It short-term memory: it classifies memory by location and doors triggers in your mind a change of location, so you forget almost everything from the other room unless you go back.



* Often invoked as "study aids" for students. This is why, among other things, you're supposed to be sitting at a desk as you study the material -- so you can remember the material when you're sitting at a desk for the test.
** Many teachers also recommend studying in conditions that will exist during the exam. Set a time limit equal to how long you'll have on the exam. Use the exact same pencil. Depending on if the school allows it, you can even go to the classroom and sit in the seat you'll take the exam in and study there.
* On a related note, you're supposed to only use your bed for sleeping[[note]]and sex, of course[[/note]] because if you try studying in bed, you'll find yourself getting sleepy because you've strongly conditioned yourself to associate your bed with sleep.
** This works both ways. Some people have problems with insomnia because they've stopped being conditioned to associate their bed/bedroom with sleep. The remedy for this is to move things like computers, TVS, and exercise equipment out of the bedroom and to minimize non-sleeping time spent there.
** This is also why is not a good idea to stoke yourself up on coffee or energy drinks to cram in your revision, as you won't remember it until you're stoked up on coffee or energy drinks -- probably not a good idea when you're about to go into an exam.

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* Often invoked as "study aids" for students. This is why, among other things, you're supposed to be sitting at a desk as you study the material -- so you can remember the material when you're sitting at a desk for the test.
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test. Many teachers also recommend studying in conditions that will exist during the exam. Set a time limit equal to how long you'll have on the exam. Use the exact same pencil. Depending on if the school allows it, you can even go to the classroom and sit in the seat you'll take the exam in and study there.
* On a related note, you're supposed to only use your bed for sleeping[[note]]and sex, of course[[/note]] because if you try studying in bed, you'll find yourself getting sleepy because you've strongly conditioned yourself to associate your bed with sleep.
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sleep. This works both ways. Some ways: some people have problems with insomnia because they've stopped being conditioned to associate their bed/bedroom with sleep. The remedy for this is to move things like computers, TVS, and exercise equipment out of the bedroom and to minimize non-sleeping time spent there.
** * This is also why is not a good idea to stoke yourself up on coffee or energy drinks to cram in your revision, as you won't remember it until you're stoked up on coffee or energy drinks -- probably not a good idea when you're about to go into an exam.
25th Jan '14 11:04:01 AM nombretomado
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* On ''{{Fringe}}'', [[MadScientist Walter Bishop]] frequently requests different foods while recreating his old experiments; his son Peter explains to Agent Dunham that he's trying to recover his memories. Often these food requests are for commercial food products that are no longer in production, leading to Walter purchasing multiple brands trying to find the one that comes closest.
* One episode of ''DharmaAndGreg'' features Larry, Dharma's post-hippy memory trainwreck father, regaining his memory every time he smells Hai Karate.

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* On ''{{Fringe}}'', ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', [[MadScientist Walter Bishop]] frequently requests different foods while recreating his old experiments; his son Peter explains to Agent Dunham that he's trying to recover his memories. Often these food requests are for commercial food products that are no longer in production, leading to Walter purchasing multiple brands trying to find the one that comes closest.
* One episode of ''DharmaAndGreg'' ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' features Larry, Dharma's post-hippy memory trainwreck father, regaining his memory every time he smells Hai Karate.
8th Dec '13 10:18:57 PM Firestorm17
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* In the ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "Controlling Interest", Neal is [[SlippingAMickey drugged with a substance called "Goodnight, Cinderella"]] by a crooked psychiatrist and apparently interrogated. To remember what happened, Neal lets Mozzie drug him again. It works, but the effects make him impulsive and suggestible. Neal ends up nearly spilling all his secrets to Peter.
20th Jul '13 9:39:59 PM DriftingSkies
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* On a related note, you're supposed to only use your bed for sleeping[[hottip:*:and sex, of course]] because if you try studying in bed, you'll find yourself getting sleepy because you've strongly conditioned yourself to associate your bed with sleep.

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* On a related note, you're supposed to only use your bed for sleeping[[hottip:*:and sleeping[[note]]and sex, of course]] course[[/note]] because if you try studying in bed, you'll find yourself getting sleepy because you've strongly conditioned yourself to associate your bed with sleep.
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