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20th May '17 1:45:50 PM TheBigBopper
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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank in Stockholm harbor a few minutes into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.

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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank in Stockholm harbor a few minutes into Sweden. When tested during construction it turned out to be too top-heavy and unstable, but the king was impatient for the ship to be launched and no one had the courage to tell him it was too dangerous. On 10 August 1628 the ship embarked on its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, from Stockholm in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm local residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.ambassadors. A few minutes after it encountered any wind stronger than a breeze it heeled so far to the side that water got in through the lower gun ports, ruining its ability to right itself and quickly causing the ship to sink. The King was furious and there was a huge BlameGame during the inquest into the cause of the sinking, but ultimately no one was punished for the fiasco.
20th May '17 1:38:55 PM TheBigBopper
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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank as soon as it was launched in Stockholm harbor on 10 August 1628, in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.

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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at great expense at the orders of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank as soon as it was launched in Stockholm harbor a few minutes into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, in full view of hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.
20th May '17 1:19:51 PM TheBigBopper
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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}}'', ''Film/{{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.
20th May '17 1:18:31 PM TheBigBopper
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* Invoked in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with the Jet Alone demonstration. Gendo is worried the competing mecha will be a problem for NERV so he has Ritsuko sabotage the demonstration. Having a combat vehicle go out of control and nearly suffer a nuclear melt down in a populated city was enough to get it scrapped.

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* Invoked in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with the Jet Alone demonstration. Gendo is worried the competing mecha will be a problem for NERV so he has Ritsuko sabotage the demonstration. Having a combat vehicle go out of control and nearly suffer a nuclear melt down meltdown in a populated city was enough to get it scrapped.
20th May '17 1:16:39 PM TheBigBopper
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* The ''Vasa'', built at enormous expense by the Swedish Navy in the 1600s, and at the time one of the largest ships ever built, sank immediately upon launching in full view of assembled royalty and nobility.

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* The ''Vasa'', a huge warship built at enormous great expense by the Swedish Navy in the 1600s, and at the time one orders of the largest ships ever built, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, sank immediately upon launching as soon as it was launched in Stockholm harbor on 10 August 1628, in full view of assembled royalty and nobility.hundreds--if not thousands--of Stockholm residents as well as several foreign ambassadors.
20th May '17 1:06:22 PM TheBigBopper
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* In a RealLife version of the ED 209 incident in ''Film/RoboCop1987'', during a demonstration, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M247_Sergeant_York#DIVAD DIVAD]] automatic anti-aircraft gun aimed its guns [[EpicFail at the VIP's attending]]. Thankfully, the only injuries were the ones the brass got while scrambling for cover.

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* In February 1982, a RealLife version of the ED 209 incident in ''Film/RoboCop1987'', ''Film/RoboCop1987'' occured during a demonstration, demonstration of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M247_Sergeant_York#DIVAD DIVAD]] automatic anti-aircraft gun gun. As soon as the computer was activated it aimed its guns [[EpicFail at the VIP's VIPs attending]]. Thankfully, the only injuries were the ones the brass got while scrambling for cover.
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]].
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