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24th Mar '18 7:45:39 PM DelShiftB
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons: The Book of Wondrous Inventions'' shows such a demonstration on the cover. This book is filled with various devices that are also hazardous in one way or another.
10th Mar '18 11:55:43 AM intastiel
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* Invoked in ''Series/{{Dracula}}'' when Dracula's large-scale public demonstration of his wireless electricity device causes a deadly explosion, due to being sabotaged by [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Jonathan Harker]]]] on the AncientConspiracy's orders.

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* Invoked in ''Series/{{Dracula}}'' when Dracula's large-scale public demonstration of his wireless electricity device causes a deadly explosion, due to being sabotaged by [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Jonathan Harker]]]] on the AncientConspiracy's orders. It's intended to destroy Dracula's public persona and power base as a wealthy, visionary industrialist, but the series was CutShort at that episode.
10th Mar '18 11:53:01 AM intastiel
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* Invoked in ''Series/{{Dracula}}'' when Dracula's large-scale public demonstration of his wireless electricity device causes a deadly explosion, due to being sabotaged by [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Jonathan Harker]]]] on the AncientConspiracy's orders.
29th Dec '17 3:37:45 AM jto5334t
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** Nor was it the most cringeworthy demonstration in the entire series, as the team demonstrating a risotto recipe kit (Series 13) found out.
30th Nov '17 12:15:32 PM Occidensill
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* Similarly to the Lockheed XP-38 Lightning, Boeing had a crash with one of their prototypes, the Model 299, being developed to compete for a new Army requirement for a long-range heavy bomber. The prototype crashed on takeoff on 30 October, 1935, resulting in the deaths of two of the crew. A crash investigation revealed that a safety pin had not been removed from one of the control surfaces, resulting in the plane being uncontrollable. One long-term result of this is the modern aviation practice of using checklists to ensure no minor or major detail is overlooked. Like the Lockheed Lightning, the Boeing 299 was still able to enter service, the B-17 Flying Fortress.

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* Similarly to the Lockheed XP-38 Lightning, Boeing had a crash with one of their prototypes, the Model 299, being developed to compete for a new Army requirement for a long-range heavy bomber. The prototype crashed on takeoff on 30 October, 1935, resulting in the deaths of two of the crew. A crash investigation revealed that a safety pin had not been removed from one of the control surfaces, resulting in the plane being uncontrollable. One long-term result of this is the modern aviation practice of using checklists to ensure no minor or major detail is overlooked. Like the Lockheed Lightning, the Boeing 299 was still able to enter service, service as the B-17 Flying Fortress.Fortress, one of the most successful bombers of the war.
30th Nov '17 11:14:14 AM Occidensill
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* Happens in the backstory of ''Disney/BigHero6'' - [[spoiler: the BigBad's daughter was lost during a demonstration of a prototype PortalNetwork. Apparently a demonstration without a living pilot wouldn't have been impressive enough.]]

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* Happens in the backstory of ''Disney/BigHero6'' - [[spoiler: the BigBad's daughter daughter]] was lost during a demonstration of a prototype PortalNetwork. Apparently a demonstration without a living pilot wouldn't have been impressive enough.]]PortalNetwork.
10th Nov '17 10:24:04 AM treehugger0369
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* In the original ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', during the golden ticket hunt, a machine is showcased that is supposed to be able to grab at anything with gold inside of it, allowing the owner to find the golden ticket without unwrapping the chocolate bars. Instead, it immediately went for someone's [[TheToothHurts gold filling]] and was promptly destroyed by the outraged crowd.
10th Oct '17 9:36:56 AM AFP
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-->'''General''': This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator!
-->'''Senator''' ''(about ready to run for his life)'': Why is that, General?
-->'''General''': [[InterServiceRivalry Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters!]]



* ''Deal of the Century'' plays this for laughs, while an AttackDrone goes berserk in front of a terrified audience:
-->'''General''': This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator!
-->'''Senator''' ''(about ready to run for his life)'': Why is that, General?
-->'''General''': [[InterServiceRivalry Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters!]]
10th Oct '17 9:35:37 AM AFP
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* ''Deal of the Century'' plays this for laughs, while an AttackDrone goes berserk in front of a terrified audience:
-->'''General''': This is a great day for the Air Force, Senator!
-->'''Senator''' ''(about ready to run for his life)'': Why is that, General?
-->'''General''': [[InterServiceRivalry Because the Navy ordered twenty of those disasters!]]
10th Oct '17 9:25:28 AM AFP
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* In the late 1930s, Lockheed was developing a new interceptor, the twin-boomed XP-38 Lightning. The Army was so impressed with the secret project, that they made it public and arranged for Lockheed to perform a transcontinental speed run to demonstrate the new aircraft's performance. Unfortunately, the pilot undershot the runway and crash-landed, totaling the plane. In a {{subversion}} of the trope, the Army was still delighted with the aircraft, and ordered a development run of thirteen more YP-38s with various changes and improvements. The P-38 Lightning would go on to be one of the most successful American fighters of the war.
* Similarly to the Lockheed XP-38 Lightning, Boeing had a crash with one of their prototypes, the Model 299, being developed to compete for a new Army requirement for a long-range heavy bomber. The prototype crashed on takeoff on 30 October, 1935, resulting in the deaths of two of the crew. A crash investigation revealed that a safety pin had not been removed from one of the control surfaces, resulting in the plane being uncontrollable. One long-term result of this is the modern aviation practice of using checklists to ensure no minor or major detail is overlooked. Like the Lockheed Lightning, the Boeing 299 was still able to enter service, the B-17 Flying Fortress.
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