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30th Nov '17 12:36:42 PM MCanter89
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The RealLife justification is, of course, that handwriting is identifiable. A largely DiscreditedTrope in modern fiction given the prevalence of computers, telephones and other more convenient forms of covert communication. A modern criminal is more likely to simply type up a message and print it. The modern crook has little use for taking the time to create a note that can accumulate fingerprints, not to mention result in a suspicious pile of hacked up magazines.

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The RealLife justification is, of course, that handwriting is identifiable. A largely DiscreditedTrope in modern fiction fiction, given the prevalence of computers, telephones and other more convenient forms of covert communication. A modern criminal is more likely to simply type up a message and print it. The modern crook has little use for taking the time to create a note that can accumulate fingerprints, not to mention result in a suspicious pile of hacked up hacked-up magazines.



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* In ''Film/InspectorGadget 2'', Dr. Claw sends Gadget such a letter to lead him into a trap, signed A Concerned Citizen. Gadget concludes that [[TooDumbToLive the citizen must have terrible handwriting.]]

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* In ''Film/InspectorGadget 2'', Dr. Claw sends Gadget such a letter to lead him into a trap, signed A Concerned Citizen. Gadget concludes that [[TooDumbToLive the citizen must have terrible handwriting.]]handwriting]].



-->'''Harry Crumb''': “You gonna have your lab inspect this note as much as you want but they may never discover what I already know.”
-->'''Detective Casey''': “And what is that, Mr Crumb?”
-->'''Harry Crumb''': “You find that crazy Typewriter and you’ll have your Kidnappers."

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-->'''Harry Crumb''': “You Crumb:''' You gonna have your lab inspect this note as much as you want want, but they may never discover what I already know.”
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-->'''Detective Casey''': “And Casey:''' And what is that, Mr Crumb?”
Crumb?
-->'''Harry Crumb''': “You Crumb:''' You find that crazy Typewriter typewriter, and you’ll have your Kidnappers."kidnappers.



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* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Wilson is seen "clipping coupons." When House's beloved guitar is "kidnapped" and the Cut And Paste Note shows up demanding ransom, it's not exactly a mystery as to who did it. Not that Wilson's actually trying to hide his involvement or anything... House later comes across Wilson nonchalantly reading a newspaper with big holes cut out of it.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service", Monk, while undercover as Paul Buchanan's butler, solves the murders of Paul's parents thanks to a charred letter in the fireplace. Then he flips through the magazines belonging to his predecessor Edward Stilson and he notices the gaps in the pages.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Wilson is seen "clipping coupons." When House's beloved guitar is "kidnapped" and the Cut And Paste Note cut-and-paste note shows up demanding ransom, it's not exactly a mystery as to who did it. Not that Wilson's actually trying to hide his involvement or anything... House later comes across Wilson nonchalantly reading a newspaper with big holes cut out of it.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Is At Your Service", Monk, while Monk (while undercover as Paul Buchanan's butler, butler) solves the murders of Paul's parents thanks to a charred letter in the fireplace. Then he flips through the magazines belonging to his predecessor Edward Stilson and he notices the gaps in the pages.



* ''Series/{{Utopia}}'': [[spoiler: Geoff]] attempts to {{Blackmail}} [[TheConspiracy The Network]] with a note made from the newspaper headlines calling for him to step down. It does not fool them for a second.

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* ''Series/{{Utopia}}'': [[spoiler: Geoff]] [[spoiler:Geoff]] attempts to {{Blackmail}} {{blackmail}} [[TheConspiracy The Network]] with a note made from the newspaper headlines calling for him to step down. It does not fool them for a second.



* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', several years before making [[ListOfTransgressions The List]], Earl and the gang stole a box of silverware from the library. Said silverware was very old and (somewhat) valuable, and everyone in the group wanted it for themselves. Earl excuses himself to the bathroom, and takes magazines to make one of these, saying that he has the silverware, and unless the librarian gives him ransom money at a particular time and place, he's going to [[ExactWords kill the silverware.]] [[IdiotHero (Earl never was the brightest crayon in the box...)]]

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', several years before making [[ListOfTransgressions The List]], Earl and the gang stole a box of silverware from the library. Said silverware was very old and (somewhat) valuable, and everyone in the group wanted it for themselves. Earl excuses himself to the bathroom, bathroom and takes magazines to make one of these, saying that he has the silverware, and unless the librarian gives him ransom money at a particular time and place, he's going to [[ExactWords kill the silverware.]] [[IdiotHero (Earl silverware]]. ([[IdiotHero Earl never was the brightest crayon in the box...)]] ]])



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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1020 SCP-1020,]] an indestructible, self-replenishing kit for making {{Cut And Paste Note}}s which periodically becomes animated and makes its ''own'' ransom notes. If the person the note is addressed to opens the envelope the victims named in the note will disappear into the thin air, and will then reappear out of thin air once the ransom demands are met. The ransom demands are often strange, and don't seem to to do anything to benefit the entity making the demands.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1020 SCP-1020,]] an indestructible, self-replenishing kit for making {{Cut And Paste Note}}s cut-and-paste notes which periodically becomes animated and makes its ''own'' ransom notes. If the person the note is addressed to opens the envelope the victims named in the note will disappear into the thin air, and will then reappear out of thin air once the ransom demands are met. The ransom demands are often strange, and don't seem to to do anything to benefit the entity making the demands.



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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' played this once when a pervert starts dropping cut and paste notes every time he... uh... does something ''[[BlackComedyRape really nasty]]'' to the hens in town. These hints are all bleeding obvious... but since Barbrady is 100% illiterate, he just sees a bunch of signs and letters all scrambled all over the sheet. [[spoiler: It's ThePlan to get Barbrady to learn to read.]] [[spoiler:And then it fails spectacularly when Barbrady reads ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and decides reading sucks.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Blackjack" had the character the episode is named after send Spongebob notes in this style, in the form of making it sound like Blackjack was out to get Spongebob. [[spoiler: Of course, this was all misconstrued for figurative when it was all literal, and the episode's ending just makes it all the more laughable.]]
* Played almost straight on an episode of the [[TheEighties 80s]] version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}.'' The Turtles manage to get their hands on the MacGuffin, a set of cuff links, but the villains capture April. They send the Turtles a CutAndPasteNote demanding an exchange, [[HostageForMacGuffin April for the "buff links".]] The last part confuses Michaelangelo before Donatello suggests that they must have run out of c's.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' played this once when a pervert starts dropping cut and paste cut-and-paste notes every time he... uh... does something ''[[BlackComedyRape really nasty]]'' to the hens in town. These hints are all bleeding obvious... but since Barbrady is 100% illiterate, he just sees a bunch of signs and letters all scrambled all over the sheet. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's ThePlan to get Barbrady to learn to read.]] [[spoiler:And then it fails spectacularly when Barbrady reads ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and decides reading sucks.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Blackjack" had the character the episode is named after send Spongebob notes in this style, in the form of making it sound like Blackjack was out to get Spongebob. [[spoiler: Of [[spoiler:Of course, this was all misconstrued for figurative when it was all literal, and the episode's ending just makes it all the more laughable.]]
* Played almost straight on an episode of the [[TheEighties 80s]] '80s]] version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}.'' The Turtles manage to get their hands on the MacGuffin, a set of cuff links, but the villains capture April. They send the Turtles a CutAndPasteNote demanding an exchange, [[HostageForMacGuffin April for the "buff links".]] links"]]. The last part confuses Michaelangelo before Donatello suggests that they must have run out of c's.



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* The FBI keeps databases of paper, glue, and newspapers to help identify notes like that. For more modern notes, they also keep information on photocopiers, computer printers, toner and ink.

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* The FBI keeps databases of paper, glue, and newspapers to help identify notes like that. For more modern notes, they also keep information on photocopiers, computer printers, toner toner, and ink.



* Even seemingly identical [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typefaces]]--Times New Roman and Nimbus Roman, for example--can be distinguished under a powerful enough magnifying glass. Back in the early days of home computing when there were multiple competing word-processor packages for several competing system architectures, this could go a long way to narrowing down the list of people who could have printed a particular document.
* One of the funniest real life uses of the CutAndPasteNote is probably [[http://gawker.com/5980342/thief-who-stole-iconic-golden-cookie-releases-amazing-ransom-note-demanding-cookies-for-all-the-sick-kids-in-town the one made by the thief of a giant golden cookie in Germany.]] With a photo of them dressed as [[Characters/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]. Gotta pity the people who had to read the news on this [[{{Corpsing}} with a straight face]].

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* Even seemingly identical [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typefaces]]--Times New Roman and Nimbus Roman, for example--can be distinguished under a powerful enough magnifying glass. Back in the early days of home computing computing, when there were multiple competing word-processor packages for several competing system architectures, this could go a long way to narrowing down the list of people who could have printed a particular document.
* One of the funniest real life real-life uses of the CutAndPasteNote cut-and-paste note is probably [[http://gawker.com/5980342/thief-who-stole-iconic-golden-cookie-releases-amazing-ransom-note-demanding-cookies-for-all-the-sick-kids-in-town the one made by the thief of a giant golden cookie in Germany.]] With a photo of them dressed as [[Characters/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]. Gotta pity the people who had to read the news on this [[{{Corpsing}} with a straight face]].



16th Sep '17 8:12:58 PM Byzarru
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* Who’s Harry Crumb: The title character is investigating in a kidnapping and the ransom note is this kind of letter.

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* Who’s Harry Crumb: ''Film/WhosHarryCrumb'': The title character is investigating in a kidnapping and the ransom note is this kind of letter.
17th Aug '17 12:32:51 AM Twiddler
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* In Medaka Box, episode/chapter 02, a moment similar to the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' example below, played up to eleven with Medaka remembering every single newspaper and their different editions.

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* In Medaka Box, ''Manga/MedakaBox'', episode/chapter 02, a moment similar to the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' example below, played up to eleven with Medaka remembering every single newspaper and their different editions.
5th Jul '17 11:20:45 PM JackG
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In "Silent Enemy", Captain Archer discovers an alien spy device on board Enterprise, and uses it to deliver a BadassBoast to the unknown aliens monitoring it. The aliens then broadcast back a [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurviveTakeYourTime demand for Enterprise's surrender]], using an edited version of Archer's words.

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In "Silent Enemy", Captain Archer discovers an alien spy device on board Enterprise, and uses it to deliver a BadassBoast to the unknown aliens monitoring it. The aliens then broadcast back a [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurviveTakeYourTime [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurviveMakeYourTime demand for Enterprise's surrender]], using an edited version of Archer's words.
5th Jul '17 11:20:16 PM JackG
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In "Silent Enemy", Captain Archer discovers an alien spy device on board Enterprise, and uses it to deliver a BadassBoast to the unknown aliens monitoring it. The aliens then broadcast back a [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurviveTakeYourTime demand for Enterprise's surrender]], using an edited version of Archer's words.
31st May '17 6:47:22 PM WillKeaton
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* One of the funniest real life uses of the CutAndPasteNote is probably [[http://gawker.com/5980342/thief-who-stole-iconic-golden-cookie-releases-amazing-ransom-note-demanding-cookies-for-all-the-sick-kids-in-town the one made by the thief of a giant golden cookie in Germany]]. With a photo of them dressed as [[Characters/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]. Gotta pity the people who had to read the news on this [[{{Corpsing}} with a straight face]].

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* One of the funniest real life uses of the CutAndPasteNote is probably [[http://gawker.com/5980342/thief-who-stole-iconic-golden-cookie-releases-amazing-ransom-note-demanding-cookies-for-all-the-sick-kids-in-town the one made by the thief of a giant golden cookie in Germany]]. Germany.]] With a photo of them dressed as [[Characters/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]. Gotta pity the people who had to read the news on this [[{{Corpsing}} with a straight face]].
31st May '17 6:46:33 PM WillKeaton
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* ''ComicStrip/GrandAvenue''. In the [[http://www.gocomics.com/grand-avenue/2013/03/25#mutable_901102 strip for March 25th 2013]], Michael's grandmother sends a note in his lunchbag made with cut out letters. It says "Eat the carrots or kiss your video games goodbye". He thinks "Some kids get notes of encouragement in their lunches."

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* ''ComicStrip/GrandAvenue''. In the [[http://www.gocomics.com/grand-avenue/2013/03/25#mutable_901102 strip for March 25th 2013]], 2013,]] Michael's grandmother sends a note in his lunchbag made with cut out letters. It says "Eat the carrots or kiss your video games goodbye". He thinks "Some kids get notes of encouragement in their lunches."



* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1020 SCP-1020]], an indestructible, self-replenishing kit for making {{Cut And Paste Note}}s which periodically becomes animated and makes its ''own'' ransom notes. If the person the note is addressed to opens the envelope the victims named in the note will disappear into the thin air, and will then reappear out of thin air once the ransom demands are met. The ransom demands are often strange, and don't seem to to do anything to benefit the entity making the demands.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1020 SCP-1020]], SCP-1020,]] an indestructible, self-replenishing kit for making {{Cut And Paste Note}}s which periodically becomes animated and makes its ''own'' ransom notes. If the person the note is addressed to opens the envelope the victims named in the note will disappear into the thin air, and will then reappear out of thin air once the ransom demands are met. The ransom demands are often strange, and don't seem to to do anything to benefit the entity making the demands.
19th May '17 9:10:49 PM Benthelame
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' has a single example in the episode "Beat With a Schtick". Bloo [[PoorCommunicationKills misunderstands something the newest resident says]] and concludes that he wants to beat him up. Consequently, Bloo tries everything he can to leave the house and takes it UpToEleven by settling for expulsion. He confesses everything he'd ever done including putting hot sauce into everyone's food and framing "Jolly Buttons". Mr Herriman is shocked by this and explains that they had Jolly deported. Bloo says "I know. He still sends me postcards" He then holds up a note composed with letters cut from a magazine. It reads [[ImpliedDeathThreat "I Will Get You."]]
20th Mar '17 7:57:19 AM jccw227
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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'', Cruella gets a hold of some of the puppies and decides to send Roger and Anita a ransom note. We see her stitching it together on a sewing machine! Later when Roger is on the phone with the police, he says that he's certain it's Cruella because "who else sends ransom notes that are dry clean only?"
11th Jan '17 6:10:50 PM nombretomado
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* The villain in ''[[LordPeterWimsey Gaudy Night]]'' by Creator/DorothyLSayers does this.

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* The villain in ''[[LordPeterWimsey ''[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Gaudy Night]]'' by Creator/DorothyLSayers does this.
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