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14th Mar '16 6:56:49 AM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/RaoulWalsh's ''The Bowery'' has George Raft playing a low-life thug decide to get the attention of the LoveInterest by boasting that he will jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. Plan A was to fake the jump by strategic feints, tricks and doubles and escape hatches. His romantic rival, played by Wallace Beery catches up to his plan and naturally sabotages his plan to humiliate his rival, but eventually Raft, with his reputation on the line, decides at the last minute to jump off the bridge for real...and he survives, and gets the girl anyway!
12th Mar '16 5:29:18 PM Ezclee4050
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* In 1969 Greil Marcus, a critic for ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, penned a spoof "review" of a pending release from the Masked Marauders, a purported supergroup consisting of [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney]], [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]], and BobDylan. So many readers bought into the hoax, inundating the magazine as well as the various artists and their managers with requests for information on how to get the album, that Marcus decided to take things a step further by recruiting a London-based skiffle group to record an album in the guise of the fictional Marauders. Even after the hoax was revealed, said album actually made it onto the lower reaches of the ''Billboard'' charts.

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* In 1969 Greil Marcus, a critic for ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, penned a spoof "review" of a pending release from the Masked Marauders, a purported supergroup consisting of [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney]], [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]], and BobDylan. So many readers bought into the hoax, inundating the magazine as well as the various artists and their managers with requests for information on how to get the album, that Marcus decided to take things a step further by recruiting a London-based skiffle group The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band (a San Francisco Bay Area cult favorite) to record an album in the guise of the fictional Marauders. Even after the hoax was revealed, said album actually made it onto the lower reaches of the ''Billboard'' charts.charts (the album itself revealed the hoax in its final track, in which a disgruntled customer angrily complains about wasting his money on the album).
3rd Feb '16 6:46:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ThisIsSpinalTap'' seems to have resonated so well with the actuality of the music world that the fictional band has released actual albums and done multiple "reunion" performances and appearances. Whether fans of the band are in it for the tongue-in-cheek charm of the {{mockumentary}} or legitimately appreciate the band's unoriginal-original music sort of blurs the line between fiction and reality.
** Christopher Guest, Michael [=McKean=], and Harry Shearer did this ''again'' with folk group The Folksmen in the movie ''AMightyWind''. As part of the parody, the Folksmen "opened" for Spinal Tap in some of those "reunion" concerts. Enough fans in New York didn't get the joke that Guest and company became possibly the only people in history to be ''booed off stage'' so that they could ''come back on''.

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* ''ThisIsSpinalTap'' ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' seems to have resonated so well with the actuality of the music world that the fictional band has released actual albums and done multiple "reunion" performances and appearances. Whether fans of the band are in it for the tongue-in-cheek charm of the {{mockumentary}} or legitimately appreciate the band's unoriginal-original music sort of blurs the line between fiction and reality.
** * Christopher Guest, Michael [=McKean=], and Harry Shearer did this ''again'' with folk group The Folksmen in the movie ''AMightyWind''.''Film/AMightyWind''. As part of the parody, the Folksmen "opened" for Spinal Tap in some of those "reunion" concerts. Enough fans in New York didn't get the joke that Guest and company became possibly the only people in history to be ''booed off stage'' so that they could ''come back on''.
24th Jan '16 6:20:13 PM nombretomado
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* In the comics miniseries ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne, now elderly and retired as Franchise/{{Batman}}, confronts Ra's al-Ghul one last time. He wins the duel, is rejuvenated by the Lazarus Pit, and takes Ra's' place. Bit by bit, he dismantles the criminal empire while developing the facades of its front organizations into full-fledged legitimate and socially beneficial enterprises.]]

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* In the comics miniseries ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne, now elderly and retired as Franchise/{{Batman}}, confronts Ra's al-Ghul one last time. He wins the duel, is rejuvenated by the Lazarus Pit, and takes Ra's' place. Bit by bit, he dismantles the criminal empire while developing the facades of its front organizations into full-fledged legitimate and socially beneficial enterprises.]]
16th Jan '16 4:40:26 PM nombretomado
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* {{Subverted}} In MarvelComics, in {{Retcon}}, the person who pointed out a problem in continuity and at the same time provided a plausible explanation was awarded a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20091022001346/http://geocities.com/mh_prime/8607.html Genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize]] by editor StanLee, a tradition that was kept alive by other editors after he became publisher. This was initially created because fans wanted prizes for finding errors and Stan Lee decided to give (for finding specific things)these no-prize awards (in print) without actually giving anything. However, eventually fans started demanding no-prizes, looking and writing to Marvel just so they could receive one. Some complained that they never received their no-prize, so Marvel began sending out empty envelopes with no-prize on them. Some fans complained their envelope was empty. Writers and artists are sometimes annoyed by receiving some letters just pointing out errors for no-prizes.

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* {{Subverted}} In MarvelComics, in {{Retcon}}, the person who pointed out a problem in continuity and at the same time provided a plausible explanation was awarded a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20091022001346/http://geocities.com/mh_prime/8607.html Genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize]] by editor StanLee, Creator/StanLee, a tradition that was kept alive by other editors after he became publisher. This was initially created because fans wanted prizes for finding errors and Stan Lee decided to give (for finding specific things)these no-prize awards (in print) without actually giving anything. However, eventually fans started demanding no-prizes, looking and writing to Marvel just so they could receive one. Some complained that they never received their no-prize, so Marvel began sending out empty envelopes with no-prize on them. Some fans complained their envelope was empty. Writers and artists are sometimes annoyed by receiving some letters just pointing out errors for no-prizes.
1st Jun '15 6:08:54 PM foxley
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* Anime/{{Pokemon}}: This happens to the TeamRocket trio multiple times. They'll open a beauty salon or engage in some other form of seemingly legitimate business just so they can steal Ash's Pikachu or some other rare Pokémon/items. While they're biding their time, [[CutLexLuthorACheck their business draws actual customers and money; why don't they just keep the business]] and stop trying to steal every valuable Pokémon or thing they come across?

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* Anime/{{Pokemon}}: ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': This happens to the TeamRocket trio multiple times. They'll open a beauty salon or engage in some other form of seemingly legitimate business just so they can steal Ash's Pikachu or some other rare Pokémon/items. While they're biding their time, [[CutLexLuthorACheck their business draws actual customers and money; why don't they just keep the business]] and stop trying to steal every valuable Pokémon or thing they come across?



* ''ILoveLucy'' had an episode where Lucy and Ethel tried to pay their way to Europe by inventing a charity.
** An episode of RunningWilde had a similar plot.

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* ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' had an episode where Lucy and Ethel tried to pay their way to Europe by inventing a charity.
** An episode of RunningWilde ''Series/RunningWilde'' had a similar plot.



* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} has this as the backstory for one of the [[MegaCorp Triple-A]] corporations: Mitsuhama was a Yakuza front company that, by happenstance, began making more money legitimately than by organized crime.

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* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has this as the backstory for one of the [[MegaCorp Triple-A]] corporations: Mitsuhama was a Yakuza front company that, by happenstance, began making more money legitimately than by organized crime.
5th Apr '15 5:06:07 PM nombretomado
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* This is pretty much the origin of the Dollars in ''{{Durarara}}''. Initially, people got e-mailed to join an online group called the Dollars, which was presented as a secret society of sorts, but had no membership obligations, and it was pretty much a joke. Over time, rumors got started about their power and because they acquired a reputation for violence, people started committed crimes in the name of the group. Eventually, their founder realizes things have gone horribly wrong, and starts spreading counter-rumors about them being a heroic group in order to stop this.

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* This is pretty much the origin of the Dollars in ''{{Durarara}}''.''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}''. Initially, people got e-mailed to join an online group called the Dollars, which was presented as a secret society of sorts, but had no membership obligations, and it was pretty much a joke. Over time, rumors got started about their power and because they acquired a reputation for violence, people started committed crimes in the name of the group. Eventually, their founder realizes things have gone horribly wrong, and starts spreading counter-rumors about them being a heroic group in order to stop this.
24th Mar '15 1:41:40 AM Divra
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* In the wake of the 2010 financial crisis, a group of Icelandic entertainers led by comedian Jón Gnarr formed the "Best Party", and jokingly ran for office on a platform which was basically "leave it to the amateurs to not screw up as bad as the pros!". In the end, Jón Gnarr was elected Mayor of Reykjavik and served his term with distinction.
6th Jan '15 1:17:03 PM nombretomado
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* In PoulAnderson's "The Critique of Impure Reason," Felix Tunny is trying to motivate an improperly imprinted robot to go on a space mission; the robot has become addicted to literature (and literary criticism) dripping with {{Wangst}}. Tunny fakes the revival of SpaceOpera, and the robot is inspired -- [[spoiler: but other people read excerpts from his (plagiarized) story, and like it, and want more....]]

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* In PoulAnderson's Creator/PoulAnderson's "The Critique of Impure Reason," Felix Tunny is trying to motivate an improperly imprinted robot to go on a space mission; the robot has become addicted to literature (and literary criticism) dripping with {{Wangst}}. Tunny fakes the revival of SpaceOpera, and the robot is inspired -- [[spoiler: but other people read excerpts from his (plagiarized) story, and like it, and want more....]]
30th Dec '14 10:43:51 AM nombretomado
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* In HBeamPiper's novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', the protagonist begins organizing a search for a [[DeusEstMachina supercomputer]] left over from a recent war, even though his investigations on Earth indicate that the computer never even existed. The search itself leads to the very economic and morale revival that people had hoped to obtain by finding the supercomputer (just as the protagonist intended). [[spoiler: It turns out that the computer exists after all. TheFederation covered it up because it had predicted that 1)the Federation was [[JustBeforeTheEnd irreversibly decaying]] and 2)the decay would [[SelfFulfillingProphecy snowball if this fact became generally known]].]]

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* In HBeamPiper's Creator/HBeamPiper's novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', the protagonist begins organizing a search for a [[DeusEstMachina supercomputer]] left over from a recent war, even though his investigations on Earth indicate that the computer never even existed. The search itself leads to the very economic and morale revival that people had hoped to obtain by finding the supercomputer (just as the protagonist intended). [[spoiler: It turns out that the computer exists after all. TheFederation covered it up because it had predicted that 1)the Federation was [[JustBeforeTheEnd irreversibly decaying]] and 2)the decay would [[SelfFulfillingProphecy snowball if this fact became generally known]].]]
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