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29th Apr '16 11:17:59 AM ropertroper
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* Done by the criminals in ''Film/BabysDayOut''.
25th Mar '16 5:44:37 AM Bissek
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* OlderThanTelevision: The original example was from the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where it wasn't a ransom note, but a warning. Holmes was clever enough to identify the newspapers that had been chopped up, by the font, and the type of scissors used to do it.

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* OlderThanTelevision: The original example was from the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'', where it wasn't a ransom note, but a warning. Holmes was clever enough to identify the newspapers that had been chopped up, by the font, and the type of scissors used to do it. One word in the message was hand-written, because the word 'moor' is not likely to be found in the typical London newspaper, and the sender apparently didn't think of cutting out individual letters.
2nd Mar '16 1:41:19 AM alnair20aug93
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* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/expand-dong Expand Dong]] meme more or less uses this.
22nd Feb '16 9:25:34 PM Orome
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Hermione receives a threatening one from an irate and gullible subscriber to ''Witch Weekly'' who believed Rita Skeeter's MaliciousSlander portraying Hermione as TheVamp.
21st Feb '16 1:20:23 AM Knight20
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20th Feb '16 10:43:46 PM Jaro7788
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[[caption-width-right:301:Wouldn't it be easier to actually look for ''words'' rather than separate letters?]]
3rd Dec '15 10:24:54 AM FF32
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* Reginald makes one claiming he has been kidnapped in [[http://nedroid.com/2008/07/1812-askbeartato-ransom/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' in order to test Beartato's friendship.
18th Oct '15 11:56:41 AM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' has the Mayor sent one of these by [[TheVamp Sedusa]] in a ShoutOut to the ''Lebowski'' example above.

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* An episode of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has the Mayor sent one of these by [[TheVamp Sedusa]] in a ShoutOut to the ''Lebowski'' example above.
30th Sep '15 10:46:40 PM eyebones
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** Also a slight subversion, in that one of the words of the message was rare enough that the author had to handwrite it. No explanation is given for why they didn't just cut out the individual letters required instead (Or cut out the word 'room' and then swap the r and m).



* 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.

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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..
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it. Not that Wilson's actually trying to hide his involvement or anything...
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anything... House later comes across Wilson nonchalantly reading a newspaper with big holes cut out of it.



* ''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.]]

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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.
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sheet. [[spoiler: It's ThePlan to get Barbrady to learn to read.]]
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]] [[spoiler:And then it fails spectacularly when Barbrady reads ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' and decides reading sucks.]]



** Even worse, some printers actively stamp their serial number on every page printed. If that doesn't make you paranoid, nothing will.
** 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.

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** Even worse, some *Some printers actively stamp their serial number on every page printed. If that doesn't make you paranoid, nothing will.
** * 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.



* The term "ransom note effect" is used to describe the result of using too many fonts (particularly if they clash with each other and/or are just plain ugly in their own right) in a document.

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* The term "ransom note effect" is used to describe the result of using too many fonts (particularly fonts, particularly if they clash with each other and/or or are just plain ugly in their own right) in a document.
right.
27th Sep '15 3:59:54 PM Jay2K
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* Similar to the ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' example below, the bad guys in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' cut together clips of various U.S. presidents speeches to present their message.
-->'''Casper:''' "That was creepy."
-->'''Trey:''' "I tried to find more Nixon."
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