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5th Nov '16 1:31:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* On stage, food props are almost always real food of some kind (if not the food they're supposed to be) because actors have to eat it onstage. It usually is intentionally made to taste awful so the actors wont eat too much and it can be re-used multiple nights. Alcohol, however, is almost invariably fake because of the hazards of the actors getting drunk in the course of performing the show (usually, dark liquors like whiskey will often be iced tea, lighter drinks like beer are apple juice, and wine is, of course, non-alcoholic grape juice. Obviously these can be subbed out for something more to the actor's tastes, all the way to simply water with food coloring.)
** Which is ''very'' conducive to the classical practical joke of replacing your victim's prop drink with some GargleBlaster. And theatre people ''love'' practical jokes.
* In some productions of ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'' applesauce stands in for the gruel eaten by the workhouse orphans in the opening scene. It's easy to "set up" (no cooking required), easy to clean off of prop bowls and spoons, is readily gobbled by a group of 8-14-year-old kids, and looks "truly disgusting" from the audience.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Krusty the Klown is often seen to be disgusted with what he actually has to eat during commercials for his restaurant chain, and spits it out when the camera is off. This may have been a reference to George Foreman, in which leaked footage showed him spitting out food cooked by his signature grill (which is actually what they do when people eat for a shot, since after 30 takes he would have been throwing up with all he ate otherwise). Even better, it's shown that despite being Jewish Krusty [[MoneyDearBoy has no problem]] putting his name on pork based products and eating them himself.
* During ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', one of the challenges was to find a key Chris had hidden amongst a pile of styrofoam prop food. Owen eats his way through the pile, not realizing it's fake, and ends by burping up the key.

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* On stage, food props are almost always real food of some kind (if not the food they're supposed to be) because actors have to eat it onstage. It usually is intentionally made to taste awful so the actors wont eat too much and it can be re-used multiple nights. Alcohol, however, is almost invariably fake because of the hazards of the actors getting drunk in the course of performing the show (usually, dark liquors like whiskey will often be iced tea, lighter drinks like beer are apple juice, and wine is, of course, non-alcoholic grape juice. Obviously these can be subbed out for something more to the actor's tastes, all the way to simply water with food coloring.)
** Which is ''very'' conducive to the classical practical joke of replacing your victim's prop drink with some GargleBlaster. And theatre people ''love'' practical jokes.
* In some productions of ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'' applesauce stands in for the gruel eaten by the workhouse orphans in the opening scene. It's easy to "set up" (no cooking required), easy to clean off of prop bowls and spoons, is readily gobbled by a group of 8-14-year-old kids, and looks "truly disgusting" from the audience.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Krusty the Klown is often seen to be disgusted with what he actually has to eat during commercials for his restaurant chain, and spits it out when the camera is off. This may have been a reference to George Foreman, in which leaked footage showed him spitting out food cooked by his signature grill (which is actually what they do when people eat for a shot, since after 30 takes he would have been throwing up with all he ate otherwise). Even better, it's shown that despite being Jewish Krusty [[MoneyDearBoy has no problem]] putting his name on pork based products and eating them himself.
* During ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', one of the challenges was to find a key Chris had hidden amongst a pile of styrofoam prop food. Owen eats his way through the pile, not realizing it's fake, and ends by burping up the key.

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5th Nov '16 1:29:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* This backfired in one of the films of "TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe"; the prop guys asked the director if he wanted the fake Turkish Delight for filming. The director said fake, meaning this trope. The prop guys handed Skander an ''inedible wire and fiberglass piece of candy''.
* Subverted in the MarvelCinematicUniverse for Tony Stark by a unique aspect. WordOfGod is that all the nibbles he kept eating and offering to the other people were unscripted, it was just RobertDowneyJr kept eating on set, so it was more a case of ThrowItIn.

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* This backfired in one of the films of "TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe"; ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''; the prop guys asked the director if he wanted the fake Turkish Delight for filming. The director said fake, meaning this trope. The prop guys handed Skander an ''inedible wire and fiberglass piece of candy''.
* Subverted in the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse for Tony Stark by a unique aspect. WordOfGod is that all the nibbles he kept eating and offering to the other people were unscripted, it was just RobertDowneyJr kept eating on set, so it was more a case of ThrowItIn.



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2nd Oct '16 3:07:19 PM Gouken20xx
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* Subverted in the MarvelCinematicUniverse for Tony Stark by a unique aspect. WordOfGod is that all the nibbles he kept eating and offering to the other people were unscripted, it was just RobertDowneyJr kept eating on set, so it was more a case of ThrowItIn.
21st Aug '16 3:05:37 AM Morgenthaler
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12th Aug '16 8:22:36 PM nombretomado
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* In one notable scene in ''AnimalHouse'', Creator/JohnBelushi's character downs an entire bottle of whiskey; reportedly, the bottle was actually filled with tea.

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* In one notable scene in ''AnimalHouse'', ''Film/AnimalHouse'', Creator/JohnBelushi's character downs an entire bottle of whiskey; reportedly, the bottle was actually filled with tea.
30th Jul '16 5:40:19 PM nombretomado
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** In DaveBarry Does Japan, he mentions finding a store that sells these. He turns to his wife to express his amusement... and she's already buying some.

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** In DaveBarry ''Creator/DaveBarry Does Japan, Japan'', he mentions finding a store that sells these. He turns to his wife to express his amusement... and she's already buying some.
30th May '16 7:17:11 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', cyborgs who do not need to eat can still eat food that looks real but isn't. It's still edible and nutritious, but tastes awful, at least to normal humans and to the Major, who finds the fake sandwiches (made from gluten and amino-acid-based micromachines) disgusting, while Batou chomps them down several at a time. It's mentioned earlier in the series that, because of their Cyber-Brains, full-prosthetic cyborgs can alter their brains' perception of how the "fake food" tastes, allowing it to register in their augmented brain as having the same taste as the real thing, which is presumably what Batou is doing. He also mentions in ''2nd Gig'' that cyborgs sometimes miss the real thing, and that's why they make novelty food specifically for people who are cyberized.

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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', cyborgs who do not need to eat can still eat food that looks real but isn't. It's still edible and nutritious, but tastes awful, at least to normal humans and to the Major, who finds the fake sandwiches (made from gluten and amino-acid-based micromachines) disgusting, while Batou chomps them down several at a time. It's mentioned earlier in the series that, because of their Cyber-Brains, full-prosthetic cyborgs can alter their brains' perception of how the "fake food" tastes, allowing it to register in their augmented brain as having the same taste as the real thing, which is presumably what Batou is doing. He also mentions in ''2nd Gig'' that cyborgs sometimes miss the real thing, experience of eating, and that's why they make novelty food specifically for people who are cyberized.
8th May '16 6:01:33 AM PDL
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* Japan, as mentioned in a few examples above, has an entire industry dedicated to producing realistic wax models of a restaurant's menu items permanently display in the restaurant itself.

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* Japan, as mentioned in a few examples above, has an entire industry dedicated to producing realistic wax models of a restaurant's menu items permanently display in the restaurant itself.itself. They were originally made using wax, but many nowadays are made with plastics (as wax models would melt and need to be replaced).


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** Historically, the reason that Japanese restaurants display food samples started with the consumers initially being unfamiliar with many of the dishes being served. They used to have real food on display but these would attract flies, go bad after a day and need to be replaced, which is huge waste of money. Then someone had the brilliant idea of making food models out of wax after observing that wax takes on an imprint while it cools into a solid.
8th May '16 5:31:57 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Ditto bakeries that have display cakes, which generaly consists of frosted Styrofoam. For example, if you watch ''AceOfCakes'' on the Food Network, you'll see them cutting foam for display-only cakes sometimes (but most of their creations are actual cake).

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** Ditto bakeries that have display cakes, which generaly consists of frosted Styrofoam. For example, if you watch ''AceOfCakes'' ''Series/AceOfCakes'' on the Food Network, you'll see them cutting foam for display-only cakes sometimes (but most of their creations are actual cake).
7th May '16 8:37:00 PM nombretomado
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* When he hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Creator/RonHoward talked about drinking fake beer while filming ''HappyDays'' in his opening monologue. He then pulled out a can, declaring it to be the real thing, then chugging it.

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* When he hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Creator/RonHoward talked about drinking fake beer while filming ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' in his opening monologue. He then pulled out a can, declaring it to be the real thing, then chugging it.
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