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15th Feb '17 6:52:17 AM Chabal2
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** One joke goes like this, after the victim repeatedly telling the salesman he has no use for a vacuum: "If this vacuum can't clean up this pile of garbage, I'll eat it!" *click* *click* *click* "They cut the power a week ago... you want some salt and pepper?"
5th Feb '17 1:25:36 PM SteveMB
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** In the pilot, the "Lexo-Skel Suit 5000" is stolen by Kaznian mercenaries during its demonstration. Turns out, however, [[EvilPlan that this disaster was planned by Lex Luthor]] to get the military to buy even more powerful and expensive versions from him since there wasn't anything wrong with the machine itself.

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** In the pilot, the "Lexo-Skel Suit 5000" is stolen by Kaznian mercenaries during its demonstration. Turns out, however, [[EvilPlan that this disaster was planned by Lex Luthor]] to get the military to buy even more powerful and expensive versions from him since there wasn't anything wrong with the machine itself. [[spoiler:Also, the "theft" was a sham; in fact, Luthor had illegally sold the suit to the Kaznians.]]
5th Feb '17 7:31:51 AM Doug86
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* In ''[[HoneyIShrunkTheKids Honey We Shrunk Ourselves]]'', Wayne's less-than-impressive presentation is implied to have lost a major deal, with the investors leaving looking dissatisfied.

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* In ''[[HoneyIShrunkTheKids ''[[Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids Honey We Shrunk Ourselves]]'', Wayne's less-than-impressive presentation is implied to have lost a major deal, with the investors leaving looking dissatisfied.



* One episode of ''HoneyIShrunkTheKids'''s TV spinoff featured an alternative-energy car (powered primarily by burping) that Szelinksi felt might revolutionize the industry ... however a traveler from the future warned them that something had gone wrong during its planned production, resulting in a Bad Future, and they had to find a way to stop it. It was ultimately the foul-smelling exhaust that turned investors off.

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* One episode of ''HoneyIShrunkTheKids'''s ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'''s TV spinoff featured an alternative-energy car (powered primarily by burping) that Szelinksi felt might revolutionize the industry ... however a traveler from the future warned them that something had gone wrong during its planned production, resulting in a Bad Future, and they had to find a way to stop it. It was ultimately the foul-smelling exhaust that turned investors off.
29th Jan '17 4:47:48 PM ladyofthelibrary
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** This also happened to Lewis with his earlier prototypes, as seen in the page image. He manages to cope well until this happens with his final model at a science fair [[spoiler: really a case of SabotageToDiscredit by the Bowler Hat Guy]] [[TheFinalStraw at which point he snaps and tries to give up on inventing entirely]].

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** This also happened to Lewis with his earlier prototypes, as seen in the page image. He manages to cope well until this happens with his final model at a science fair [[spoiler: really a case of SabotageToDiscredit by the Bowler Hat Guy]] [[TheFinalStraw [[TheLastStraw at which point he snaps and tries to give up on inventing entirely]].
28th Jan '17 8:28:51 AM ladyofthelibrary
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** This also happened to Lewis with his earlier prototypes, as seen in the page image.

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** This also happened to Lewis with his earlier prototypes, as seen in the page image. He manages to cope well until this happens with his final model at a science fair [[spoiler: really a case of SabotageToDiscredit by the Bowler Hat Guy]] [[TheFinalStraw at which point he snaps and tries to give up on inventing entirely]].
16th Jan '17 4:15:40 PM Amahn
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** An even better example occurs in the "4th Season" special. Moss has developed his own personal Pepper Spray, and the IT Team decide to market it as a Pepper Spray for women. [[spoiler: Que bad packaging/marketing causing it to be mistaken for perfume at their product unveiling.]]
8th Jan '17 7:05:04 AM Prinzenick
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* A famous New Yorker magazine cartoon by Peter Arno, which shows the disastrous aftermath of a test plane flight, is actually what popularized the phrase "Back to the (old) drawing board." with its caption.
2nd Jan '17 12:37:01 AM Lightning4119
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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.]]
2nd Nov '16 12:53:38 PM Sharlee
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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype.

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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype.
FlawedPrototype. If a competitor flagrantly stages one of these with an otherwise-safe product to make their own gadget look better in contrast, see TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket.
18th Sep '16 6:12:32 AM JackG
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* In {{Joy}}, the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.

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* In {{Joy}}, ''{{Joy}}'', the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.poorly.
* ''Those Fantastic Flying Fools'' (aka ''Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon''). [[MadScientist Professor Von Bulow]]'s wacky inventions include a Prussian Helmet Cannon that nearly kills the Kaiser, and a bridge that collapses during the RibbonCuttingCeremony.
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