History Main / ConvictionByCounterfactualClue

7th Feb '16 12:36:07 PM Madrugada
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** One solution in "Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake" relied on the fact that the culprit had used glycerin tears that fell from the outside corners of her eyes instead of the inside, thus revealing them to be fake, as "If only one tear falls, it will run from the inside corner of the eye, by the nose, and not from the outside corner." Only, none of that is true.
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** One solution in "Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake" relied on the fact that the culprit had used glycerin tears that fell from the outside corners of her eyes instead of the inside, thus revealing them to be fake, as "If only one tear falls, it will run from the inside corner of the eye, by the nose, and not from the outside corner." Only, none of that is true.true; how tears flow from a person's eyes is a function of the physical shape of their eyelids, nose and cheek.
7th Feb '16 12:30:07 PM Madrugada
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As this example is written, ther's nothing that is "factually incorect" mentioned. That's the requirement for this trope., not just "hey, the reason is stupid."
* In an example similar to Literature/EncyclopediaBrown, we have the Belgian comic character Ludo (not related to [[{{Ludo}} that band]]) who was a detective constantly resolving mysteries and crimes by pointing out that the criminal inevitably was the guy with the black socks. It was always about the black socks, even that one time where he pursued a shoplifter in a bathroom to discover that the guy in question was one of ''five identical quintuplets.'' So yeah. [[SpaceWhaleAesop Don't wear black socks or else a Belgian detective will pin a murder charge on you.]]
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* In an example similar to Literature/EncyclopediaBrown, we have the Belgian comic character Ludo (not related to [[{{Ludo}} that band]]) who was a detective constantly resolving mysteries and crimes by pointing out that the criminal inevitably was the guy with the black socks. It was always about the black socks, even that one time where he pursued a shoplifter in a bathroom to discover that the guy in question was one of ''five identical quintuplets.'' So yeah. [[SpaceWhaleAesop Don't wear black socks or else a Belgian detective will pin a murder charge on you.]]
6th Feb '16 9:25:53 AM Shadozcreep
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*** The premise of Criminal Minds is that they operate in an alternate reality where behavioral profiling actually works more accurately than newspaper horoscopes. They're rarely wrong, unlike reality where behavioral analysts are often worse at establishing an accurate profile before the criminal is caught than untrained people making blind guesses.
3rd Feb '16 1:18:59 PM darthcredence
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Dinosaurs and humans did not live at the same time, and no reputable scientists disagree with this.
** In one case, Encyclopedia claimed that the cave paintings Bugs had discovered were fake, because one of them showed a caveman attacking a dinosaur, and according to Encyclopedia, cavemen and dinosaurs didn't live at the same time. Quite a few scientists would disagree.
29th Jan '16 8:57:50 PM ReaderAt2046
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** In one case, Encyclopedia claimed that the cave paintings Bugs had discovered were fake, because one of them showed a caveman attacking a dinosaur, and according to Encyclopedia, cavemen and dinosaurs didn't live at the same time. Quite a few scientists would disagree.
22nd Jan '16 3:04:18 PM Kooshmeister
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven, and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal, the idea (which Reid actually spells out) being women wouldn't be competitive and ego-driven, and only women notice or call attention to small details like colors. He turns out to be completely right on all points as regards the perpetrator, which, of course, ignores the alternate possible explanation that people are individuals and plenty of men are not competitive by nature and notice small things like shoe colors.
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven, and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal, the idea (which Reid actually spells out) being women wouldn't be competitive and ego-driven, and only women notice or call attention to small details like colors. He turns out to be completely right on all points as regards the perpetrator, which, of course, ignores the alternate possible explanation that people are individuals and plenty of men are not competitive by nature and notice small things like shoe colors. The kidnapper having been a shoe salesman might've been an interesting reveal.
22nd Jan '16 2:59:29 PM Kooshmeister
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven, and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal, the idea (which Reid actually spells out) being only woman wouldn't be competitive and ego-drive, and only a woman notices or otherwise calls attention to colors.
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven, and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal, the idea (which Reid actually spells out) being only woman women wouldn't be competitive and ego-drive, ego-driven, and only a woman notices women notice or otherwise calls call attention to small details like colors. He turns out to be completely right on all points as regards the perpetrator, which, of course, ignores the alternate possible explanation that people are individuals and plenty of men are not competitive by nature and notice small things like shoe colors.
22nd Jan '16 2:57:15 PM Kooshmeister
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven (and a man can't ever be anything ''but'' competitive and ego-driven), and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal (and men never pay attention to, or ''call'' attention to, colors).
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven (and a man can't ever be anything ''but'' competitive and ego-driven), ego-driven, and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal (and men never pay teal, the idea (which Reid actually spells out) being only woman wouldn't be competitive and ego-drive, and only a woman notices or otherwise calls attention to, or ''call'' attention to, colors).to colors.
22nd Jan '16 2:55:22 PM Kooshmeister
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** In another episode, Reid insists that a person who kidnapped a child and then makes threatening phone calls to his parents utilizing a voice changer is in fact a woman, because the caller didn't taunt the FBI, therefore the kidnapper isn't competitive and ego-driven (and a man can't ever be anything ''but'' competitive and ego-driven), and because they insisted on describing certain aspects of the child's clothing, such as his shoes being teal (and men never pay attention to, or ''call'' attention to, colors).
16th Jan '16 11:48:19 AM Kid
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** One involving a sword from UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. The guy hawking it claimed it was authentic due to the engraving showing that it was given to Stonewall Jackson by Robert E. Lee after the First Battle of Bull Run. The 'correct' answer was that the sword was fake, because nobody would have called it FIRST Bull Run until there had been a Second Bull Run. However, given how long it can take to commission, make, retrieve, and engrave a sword, it's entirely possible that the second battle a year later either already happened or was soon coming, necessitating the need for specificity. *** Interestingly, another option for proving the sword fake exists in that Confederate forces did not refer to the battle as Bull Run, but as the Battle of Manassas. *** Also, Robert E. Lee wasn't at the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas. The Confederates were led by P.G.T. Beauregard.
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** One involving a sword from UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. The guy hawking it claimed it was authentic due to the engraving showing that it was given to Stonewall Jackson by Robert E. Lee after the First Battle of Bull Run. The 'correct' answer was that the sword was fake, because nobody would have called it FIRST Bull Run until there had been a Second Bull Run. However, given how long it can take to commission, make, retrieve, and engrave a sword, it's entirely possible that the second battle a year later either already happened or was soon coming, necessitating the need for specificity. *** Interestingly, another option for proving specificity. In fact, there are two other problems with the sword fake exists in that story, both of which would have been better pieces of evidence. One, Confederate forces did not refer to the battle as Bull Run, but as the Battle of Manassas. *** Also, Manassas, and two, Robert E. Lee wasn't at the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas. The Confederates were led by P.G.T. Beauregard.
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