History Main / DrawingStraws

15th Feb '17 1:45:43 PM Aggron9988
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* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': This is what the ursarer guard that has to drop Will off with his aunt, and break the news that her sister and brother in-law are dead at the start of the short story "''Will's induction''" is mulling over.
-->'''Ursarer''':(''Thinking'') Of course I drew the short piece of straw.
29th Nov '16 7:28:32 PM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', when the babies believe that Nanny is getting rid of one of them (really giving an old chair to a furniture repair shop), Piggy decides they'll choose by drawing from a bag of marbles, saying that whoever gets the black marble will be the one to go. She has Gonzo go first and Gonzo ends up getting the black marble. Just when Piggy is shoving Gonzo out of the nursery, Skeeter looks in the bag to see that ''all'' the marbles are black.
12th Nov '16 8:09:19 PM Discar
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->'''Ax:''' < ''The human scientific method.'' >
-->-- ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''

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->'''Ax:''' -> < ''The human scientific method.'' >
-->-- '''Ax''', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
7th Oct '16 1:11:34 AM jamespolk
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales1955 Speedy Gonzales]]'', the mice do this to decide who will try and get past Sylvester and into the cheese factory. A mouse named Manuel draws the short straw and gets eaten by Sylvester. After this, the mice recruit Speedy Gonzales to help them.
6th Oct '16 4:51:14 PM StFan
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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip, Dilbert and his co-workers are drawing straws to decide who has to murder an annoying co-worker. Dilbert gets a long straw, but is told they weren't drawing for short, they were drawing for the differently colored straw (which he, of course, had).
* A unique take in a 1930's story of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy.'' Discovering their beloved mayor was murdered and replaced by a criminal imposter, the outraged people of Chinatown decide to settle things their way. They draw from a jar of white marbles, one holding a black one but not saying who that is. The group go to the police station to confront the imposter, holding kerchiefs before their faces with one blowing a poison-tipped blowdart to kill the criminal. They're all arrested but only the guilty party knows who the killer was so the police are forced to let them all go.
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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip, Dilbert and his co-workers are drawing straws to decide who has to murder an annoying co-worker. Dilbert gets a long straw, but is told they weren't drawing for short, they were drawing for the differently colored straw (which he, of course, had).
* A unique take in a 1930's story of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy.'' Discovering their beloved mayor was murdered and replaced by a criminal imposter, the outraged people of Chinatown decide to settle things their way. They draw from a jar of white marbles, one holding a black one but not saying who that is. The group go to the police station to confront the imposter, holding kerchiefs before their faces with one blowing a poison-tipped blowdart to kill the criminal. They're all arrested but only the guilty party knows who the killer was so the police are forced to let them all go.
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* In the 2013 ''WesternAnimation/{{Mickey Mouse}}'' short, "WesternAnimation/NoService", Mickey suggests this to decide who gets to wear each other's clothes and buy food from Goofy's Snack Shack, due to its [[Main/DressCode No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service]] policy. Donald's feathers take the place of straws and Donald picks the longest one, forcing Mickey to surrender his clothes to him and [[Main/NakedPeopleTrappedOutside stay outside naked]] while he orders the food.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s "Nobody in Particular," they draw straws using string beans. Shortest string bean had to be the volunteer to try out Jeremie's prototype program. Ulrich draws the shortest bean. DramaEnsues.

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* In the 2013 ''WesternAnimation/{{Mickey Mouse}}'' short, "WesternAnimation/NoService", Mouse|2013}}'' short "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS1E1NoService No Service]]", Mickey suggests this to decide who gets to wear each other's clothes and buy food from Goofy's Snack Shack, due to its [[Main/DressCode [[DressCode No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service]] policy. Donald's feathers take the place of straws and Donald picks the longest one, forcing Mickey to surrender his clothes to him and [[Main/NakedPeopleTrappedOutside [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside stay outside naked]] while he orders the food.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s "Nobody in Particular," they draw straws using string beans. Shortest string bean had to be the volunteer to try out Jeremie's Jérémie's prototype program. Ulrich draws the shortest bean. DramaEnsues.
2nd Oct '16 10:53:40 AM nombretomado
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* In EdgarAllanPoe's ''Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket'', the main characters are stranded on a becalmed ship in the middle of the ocean, and they draw straws to decide [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty who will be eaten]].

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* In EdgarAllanPoe's Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket'', the main characters are stranded on a becalmed ship in the middle of the ocean, and they draw straws to decide [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty who will be eaten]].
23rd Sep '16 12:28:15 AM Diask
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It's not always easy to get people to do what you want them to do. Some people have their own reasons for not completing a task -- too dangerous, too counterproductive, too [[StupidestThingIveEverHeard stupid]], or maybe they just plain [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond don't like you]].

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It's not always easy to get people to do what you want them to do. Some people have their own reasons for not completing a task -- too dangerous, too counterproductive, too [[StupidestThingIveEverHeard stupid]], {{stupid|estThingIveEverHeard}} or maybe they just plain [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond don't like you]].



* The groomsmen in ''HarpersIsland'' use this method to chose who buries the bag of money, alone at night in the middle of unfamiliar woods. It goes to poor [[HollywoodNerd Booth]] of course and he ends up [[spoiler:shooting himself in fright when a friend turns up to help and bleeding to death]]. It's an [[IdiotPlot Idiot Subplot]].

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* The groomsmen in ''HarpersIsland'' ''Series/HarpersIsland'' use this method to chose who buries the bag of money, alone at night in the middle of unfamiliar woods. It goes to poor [[HollywoodNerd Booth]] of course and he ends up [[spoiler:shooting himself in fright when a friend turns up to help and bleeding to death]]. It's an [[IdiotPlot Idiot Subplot]].



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* In ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', you may come across a pirate ship whose crew will demand that you hand over to them someone from your ship. You can have your crew draw straws, losing a randomly selected crewmember. Or you can refuse, resulting in a battle that may end with ''them'' handing over one of their slaves to save their sorry asses.
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* Played with in ''{{Chowder}}'', where the cast [[LiteralMetaphor literally draw straws]].

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* Played with in ''{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', where the cast [[LiteralMetaphor literally draw straws]].
13th Sep '16 2:11:11 AM Menarker
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** This is only in some (often more modern) versions. Hades' realm is not merely the land of the dead, but everything underground, gaining the wealthiest part of the inheritance.

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** This is only in some (often more modern) versions. Hades' realm is not merely the land of the dead, but everything underground, underground including the minerals and ore, gaining the wealthiest part of the inheritance.
10th Aug '16 8:09:40 PM PaulA
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* Near the beginning of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', the local daimyo orders the Dutch sailors to choose one of their number to be executed, and they use this method.

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* Near the beginning of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', the local daimyo orders the Dutch sailors to choose one of their number to be executed, and they use this method.



* ''Samurai Swords'' (originally named ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'') used this as a game mechanic. At the start of each turn, the players drew plastic katanas and the order of play is based on the pips on the individual swords.

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* ''Samurai Swords'' (originally named ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'') ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'') used this as a game mechanic. At the start of each turn, the players drew plastic katanas and the order of play is based on the pips on the individual swords.
29th May '16 7:05:34 AM Generality
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* Episode 5 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' finds the main party in an underground village where, by the creed of its religion ([[spoiler:really a bid by the village's leader to conserve limited resources]]), their population is capped at 50. Anytime this cap is exceeded, the leader has everyone in town draw lots to determine who gets to stay, while the losers are sent to the surface, where they would likely be killed by Beastmen. [[spoiler:When one of the villagers gives birth to twins, the leader rigs this lottery such that {{Street Urchin}}s Darry and Gimmi are sent away, rationalising that, since they have no family besides each other, they would be the easiest for everyone to let go.]]

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* Episode 5 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' finds the main party in an underground village where, by the creed of its religion ([[spoiler:really a bid by the village's leader to conserve limited resources]]), their population is capped at 50. Anytime this cap is exceeded, the leader has everyone in town draw lots to determine who gets to stay, while the losers are sent to the surface, surface and told that it's paradise, while in fact it's a wasteland where they would likely be killed by Beastmen. [[spoiler:When one of the villagers gives birth to twins, the leader rigs this lottery such that {{Street Urchin}}s Darry and Gimmi are sent away, rationalising that, since they have no family besides each other, they would be the easiest for everyone to let go.]]
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