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6th Dec '17 5:22:01 PM nombretomado
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* A group of DarwinAwards almost-winners were stationed in Russia when they discovered a barrel of white powder in storage, [[http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2004-16.html which turned out to be thallium, one of the most toxic of all elements]].

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* A group of DarwinAwards Website/DarwinAwards almost-winners were stationed in Russia when they discovered a barrel of white powder in storage, [[http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2004-16.html which turned out to be thallium, one of the most toxic of all elements]].
8th Oct '17 5:34:55 PM manepony101
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** In "D'oh-in In the Wind" when all of Springfield went on a hallucinogenic trip from drinking the organic vegetable juice that Homer remade after ruining the original batch. When Officer Lou is hallucinating from his drink, Chief Wiggum tastes it.

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** In "D'oh-in In the Wind" when all of Springfield went on a hallucinogenic trip from drinking the hippie organic vegetable juice that Homer remade after ruining the original batch. When Officer Lou is hallucinating from his drink, Chief Wiggum tastes it.
8th Oct '17 5:33:56 PM manepony101
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-->'''Wiggum:'' My God, it's nothing but carrots and peyote!

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-->'''Wiggum:'' -->'''Wiggum:''' My God, it's nothing but carrots and peyote!
8th Oct '17 5:32:55 PM manepony101
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** In "D'oh-in In the Wind" when all of Springfield went on a hallucinogenic trip from drinking the organic vegetable juice that Homer remade after ruining the original batch. When Officer Lou is hallucinating from his drink, Chief Wiggum tastes it.
-->'''Wiggum:'' My God, it's nothing but carrots and peyote!
3rd Aug '17 9:58:59 PM FF32
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* In ''Thanksgiving'', one of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie spoof trailers]] featured in ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'', features two detectives crouching near a decapitated body. One dips his fingers into the pool of red liquid near it, licks his fingers, and declares it to be blood.
26th Jul '17 1:21:22 PM Kartoonkid95
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* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve's high school principal is shockingly good at this.
-->'''Principal Lewis:''' ''(does the fingertip taste test)'' Pure Peruvian marching powder. Grown on the Andes, north slope. I'd say it's about 80% baby laxative. Yeap, this junk means only one thing: Esteban Mortilla is back in business!

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve's high school principal is shockingly good at this.
this, as shown when Francine frames Steve for possessing cocaine.
-->'''Principal Lewis:''' ''(does the fingertip taste test)'' Pure Peruvian marching powder. Grown on the Andes, north slope. I'd say it's about 80% baby laxative. Yeap, Yep, this junk means only one thing: Esteban Mortilla is back in business!


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** In "The Yellow Badge of Cowardage", Homer, with help from fireworks manager Giuseppe Granfinali, tries to buy explosives from Cletus; Granfinali tastes the gun powder and finds out it's actually crystal meth.
-->'''Cletus:''' Crystal meth? Then what the heck did I sell to them Colombian drug lords?!
-->''(a large explosion occurs in the background)''
-->'''Cletus:''' Brandine, we're feudin' with the Escobars again!
3rd May '17 2:58:39 PM maxwellsilver
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* In ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974'', the gang steal a Cadillac Eldorado that turns out to be filled with packets of white powder. Atlee pokes a hole in one bag and tastes it, then declares it to be heroin.



** The same thing happens to Sgt. Detritus later in the book. Ironic especially since Detritus was the one who relayed the fate of Sergeant Flint [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough and stated how dumb it was]].
-->''Detritus blinked at his finger, which was still white with the dust, and sidled over to Carrot. "Did I just lick dis?" he said.\\

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** *** The same thing happens to Sgt. Detritus later in the book. Ironic especially since Detritus was the one who relayed the fate of Sergeant Flint [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough and stated how dumb it was]].
-->''Detritus ---->''Detritus blinked at his finger, which was still white with the dust, and sidled over to Carrot. "Did I just lick dis?" he said.\\



** Earlier, Vimes found a mysterious bag of white powder in his desk but explicitly refused to taste it, instead asking the on-staff alchemist to see if it was arsenic. Shortly afterwards Carrot did use this method. On a mysterious bag of white powder he'd just seen Vimes stuff a handful from into his mouth. It turned out to be sugar, Vimes having swapped out the bag for one from the canteen.

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** *** Earlier, Vimes found a mysterious bag of white powder in his desk but explicitly refused to taste it, instead asking the on-staff alchemist to see if it was arsenic. Shortly afterwards Carrot did use this method. On a mysterious bag of white powder he'd just seen Vimes stuff a handful from into his mouth. It turned out to be sugar, Vimes having swapped out the bag for one from the canteen.
23rd Apr '17 5:49:23 PM Luigifan
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* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': In a late chapter, Shutaro Mendo is trying to show his classmates why they should think that his pool -located next to the beach- is so impressive, and he shows them two cups filled with water (one of them picked from the pool). Ryuunosuke's father dips his forefinger in them, tastes each one and determines one cup is filled with Japan Sea water and the second is filled with Pacific Ocean water (hence, they are swimming in Japan Sea water as watching the Pacific Ocean, something that Shutaro thinks it is utterly and unspeakably awesome. His classmates disagree...)
* Luffy of ''Manga/OnePiece'' does it once with a strange green powder he found near a hut in the desert. Not so much to identify it than to see if it can be eaten (it doesn't; it's an alchemical powder used to cause rain). This is because Luffy is perpetually hungry, his first approach to anything new is "IsItSomethingYouEat", and he's a moron.

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* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': In a late chapter, Shutaro Mendo is trying to show his classmates why they should think that his pool -located -- located next to the beach- beach -- is so impressive, and he shows them two cups filled with water (one of them picked from the pool). Ryuunosuke's father dips his forefinger in them, tastes each one one, and determines one cup is filled with Japan Sea water and the second is filled with Pacific Ocean water (hence, they are swimming in Japan Sea water as watching the Pacific Ocean, something that Shutaro thinks it is utterly and unspeakably awesome. His classmates disagree...)
* Luffy of ''Manga/OnePiece'' does it once with a strange green powder he found near a hut in the desert. Not so much to identify it than to see if it can be eaten (it doesn't; can't; it's an alchemical powder used to cause rain). This is because Luffy is perpetually hungry, his first approach to anything new is "IsItSomethingYouEat", and he's a moron.



* Spoofed in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. The Man in Black kills Vizzini with the "odorless, tasteless" deadly poison iocaine. Later, Prince Humperdinck finds the vial which originally held it, sniffs it... and immediately identifies it as iocaine. Though in the book he identified it as iocaine ''because'' of the lack of any odor and the fact that a man obviously was killed by a fast-acting poison beside it. He says "Iocaine, I bet my life on it." meaning he couldn't decidedly identify it, but given the circumstances and evidence, made an educated guess.

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* Spoofed in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. The Man in Black kills Vizzini with the "odorless, tasteless" deadly poison iocaine. Later, Prince Humperdinck finds the vial which originally held it, sniffs it... and immediately identifies it as iocaine. Though in the book book, he identified it as iocaine ''because'' of the lack of any odor and the fact that a man obviously was killed by a fast-acting poison beside it. He says "Iocaine, I bet my life on it." ", meaning he couldn't decidedly identify it, but given the circumstances and evidence, made an educated guess.



* Frank Oz's police officer identifies the drugs planted on Louis Winthorpe in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' as PCP using this method. Which is insane considering what even a tiny amount of PCP can do. However, [[DirtyCop since it]] ''[[DirtyCop was]]'' [[DirtyCop a scam and they]] ''[[DirtyCop knew]]'' [[DirtyCop it was fake]], it's likely that it was all for show.

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* Frank Oz's police officer identifies the drugs planted on Louis Winthorpe in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' as PCP using this method. Which is insane insane, considering what even a tiny amount of PCP can do. However, [[DirtyCop since it]] ''[[DirtyCop was]]'' [[DirtyCop a scam and they]] ''[[DirtyCop knew]]'' [[DirtyCop it was fake]], it's likely that it was all for show.



* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-X analyzes blood samples this way. Unlike a human cop she's highly unlikely to be poisoned as a result of tasting something nasty. Of course, this was mostly used as an excuse to have the actress [[EroticEating suck on her finger]], given that it's Kristanna Loken and all.

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* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-X analyzes blood samples this way. Unlike a human cop cop, she's highly unlikely to be poisoned as a result of tasting something nasty. Of course, this was mostly used as an excuse to have the actress [[EroticEating suck on her finger]], given that it's Kristanna Loken and all.



* Bletch the Walrus does this in ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'' with a substance that is said to be cocaine. [[spoiler: Turns out it's borax. He then proceeds to force-feed the borax to the dealer who sold it to him, killing the dealer.]]

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* Bletch the Walrus does this in ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'' with a substance that is said to be cocaine. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out it's borax. He then proceeds to force-feed the borax to the dealer who sold it to him, killing the dealer.]]



** Spoofed in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where Constable Flint (a troll serving in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch) tastes a mysterious white powder he suspects to be Slab, a troll hallucinogen, and says, "Yes, this is definitely Slab wurble wurble sclup," and has to spend three days tied to his bed until the spiders go away.

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** Spoofed in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where Constable Flint (a troll serving in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch) tastes a mysterious white powder he suspects to be Slab, a troll hallucinogen, and says, "Yes, this is definitely Slab wurble wurble sclup," and [[MushroomSamba has to spend three days tied to his bed until the spiders go away.away]].



"T'ank goodness for dat," said Detritus, blinking furiously. "'D hate to believe dis room was ''really'' full of giant hairy spide... weeble weeble sclup ..."''

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"T'ank goodness for dat," said Detritus, blinking furiously. "'D hate to believe dis room was ''really'' full of giant hairy spide... weeble weeble sclup ...sclup..."''



** In ''The Course of Honour'' by the same author, a teenaged Vespasian tries it with the drink that just killed his friend Britannicus. It nearly kills him too.
* In the Literature/AbleTeam novel "Army of Devils" a cop does this with the "[[SyntheticPlague crazy dust]]" and has to be restrained from attacking his colleagues in BerserkerRage.

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** In ''The Course of Honour'' by the same author, a teenaged Vespasian tries it with the drink that just killed his friend Britannicus. It nearly kills him him, too.
* In the Literature/AbleTeam novel "Army of Devils" Devils", a cop does this with the "[[SyntheticPlague crazy dust]]" and has to be restrained from attacking his colleagues in BerserkerRage.



* In the TV show ''Sisters'', one of the sisters, Teddy, and her boyfriend come across some some drugs hidden in a shipment of clothes from her clothing line. The boyfriend open one of packages and tastes the drug. Teddy asks if it's heroin and he replies he doesn't know, that's just what they do on TV.

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* In the TV show ''Sisters'', one of the sisters, Teddy, and her boyfriend come across some some drugs hidden in a shipment of clothes from her clothing line. The boyfriend open opens one of the packages and tastes the drug. Teddy asks if it's heroin heroin, and he replies he doesn't know, that's just what they do on TV.



* Spoofed in ''Series/JustShootMe'': Jack is about to take a bite of what he thinks is a diet pastry when Nina stops him, tastes the substance on top and declares it to be "Sugar, pure cane."

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* Spoofed in ''Series/JustShootMe'': Jack is about to take a bite of what he thinks is a diet pastry when Nina stops him, tastes the substance on top top, and declares it to be "Sugar, pure cane."



** On ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' Sisko once gave Gul'Dukat back a bottle of poisoned wine. Weyoun took a swig and declared it "quite toxic". He then explained that Vorta are immune to most poisons.

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** On ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' Nine]]'', Sisko once gave Gul'Dukat back a bottle of poisoned wine. Weyoun took a swig and declared it "quite toxic". He then explained that Vorta are immune to most poisons.



* Jasper Carrott and Robert Powell taste some white powder in crime-drama spoof ''The Detectives''. Then they taste it again to make sure. Cut to the pair driving down the motorway at approximately 5mph, screaming "Slow down! Slow down!"

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* Jasper Carrott and Robert Powell taste some white powder in crime-drama spoof ''The Detectives''. Then they taste it again to make sure. Cut [[SmashCut Cut]] to the pair driving down the motorway at approximately 5mph, screaming "Slow down! Slow down!"



** In "The Brotherhood", Captain Overton identifies a stash of drugs this way (specifically, he knows it's Crank (crystal meth) rather than Crack (cocaine). Harm [[LampshadeHanging snarks at him, asking how he could know]], and Overton explains that he was in a street gang before cleaning up and joining the Marines.

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** In "The Brotherhood", Captain Overton identifies a stash of drugs this way (specifically, he knows it's Crank (crystal meth) rather than Crack (cocaine). (cocaine)). Harm [[LampshadeHanging snarks at him, asking how he could know]], and Overton explains that he was in a street gang before cleaning up his act and joining the Marines.



* Gill Grissom gets called out on this ''twice'' in ''Series/{{CSI}}'': early in the show, while trying to understand a woman's disappearance in a supermarket, he finds a yellow smudge on the floor and performs the fingertip dip taste test. Captain Brass, who was hovering nearby, winces in disgust and goes "Oh, ''that's'' sanitary." Luckily for Grissom, it was just mustard. But the second time he does it, much later in the series, it's Catherine who warns him that one of these days he'll really regret doing that.

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* Gill Grissom gets called out on this ''twice'' in ''Series/{{CSI}}'': early in the show, while trying to understand a woman's disappearance in a supermarket, he finds a yellow smudge on the floor and performs the fingertip dip taste test. Captain Brass, who was hovering nearby, winces in disgust and goes "Oh, ''that's'' "[[DeadpanSnarker Oh,]] ''[[SarcasmMode that's]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker sanitary." ]]" Luckily for Grissom, it was just mustard. But the second time he does it, much later in the series, it's Catherine who warns him that one of these days he'll really regret doing that.



* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Although usually portrayed as the smart one, Detective Murdoch does it once with a white powder found at a crime scene. Constable Crabtree gets agitated and warn him that it could be poisonous, but Murdoch tells him it's just plaster.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Although usually portrayed as the smart one, Detective Murdoch does it once with a white powder found at a crime scene. Constable Crabtree gets agitated and warn warns him that it could be poisonous, but Murdoch tells him it's just plaster.



* Often done in ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episodes that involve drug dealers, usually by purchasers checking the quality of the drugs (And thus would not care if they got high doing so). At the end of Jim Phelp's introductory episode, this test revealed that the team had swapped a drug wholesaler's entire supply of heroin with powdered milk, causing the wholesaler to be killed by the smaller scale dealers he was trying to do business with for 'cheating' them.

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* Often done in ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episodes that involve drug dealers, usually by purchasers checking the quality of the drugs (And (and thus would not care if they got high doing so). At the end of Jim Phelp's introductory episode, this test revealed that the team had swapped a drug wholesaler's entire supply of heroin with powdered milk, [[LaserGuidedKarma causing the wholesaler to be killed by the smaller scale smaller-scale dealers he was trying to do business with for 'cheating' them.them]].



* ''Webcomic/BiterComics'': A senior detective shows his rookie partner how it's done- [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/gut-instinct/ by tasting everything.]]

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* ''Webcomic/BiterComics'': A senior detective shows his rookie partner how it's done- done -- [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/gut-instinct/ by tasting everything.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Steve's high school principal is shockingly good at this.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve's high school principal is shockingly good at this.



* A variation appeared in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez''. The kids are investigating the cocooning of various scientists/important people and while on-site, Marc takes the liberty of performing this trope on the yellow substance used on the victim. His siblings are [[{{Squick}} understandably disgusted]] and somewhat baffled but Marc is quick to inform them it's just honey. Now why the SmartGuy of the team in both this and the above example took the liberty of doing this is [[FridgeLogic unclear]].

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* A variation appeared in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez''. The kids are investigating the cocooning of various scientists/important people and while on-site, Marc takes the liberty of performing this trope on the yellow substance used on the victim. His siblings are [[{{Squick}} understandably disgusted]] and somewhat baffled baffled, but Marc is quick to inform them it's just honey. Now Now, why the SmartGuy of the team in both this and the above example took the liberty of doing this is [[FridgeLogic unclear]].



* It's said one of Franchise/SherlockHolmes' real life inspiration pulled a trick using this. The Professor had two vials of urine, one from a diabetic, he dips a finger in and taste it -- remarking that the diabetic is sweeter and forced all the students to repeat it. Then admonishes them for not paying attention. He had actually dipped in his pointer finger, but sucked on his middle finger. TruthInTelevision, even without the admonishment. Prior to the development of chemical assays for glucose in urine, doctors really did detect it in this way. The "mellitus" in "diabetes mellitus" means "honey-flavored."

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* It's said one of Franchise/SherlockHolmes' real life inspiration inspirations pulled a trick using this. of this nature. The Professor had two vials of urine, one from a diabetic, and he dips a finger in and taste tastes it -- remarking that the diabetic is sweeter and forced forcing all the students to repeat it. Then he admonishes them for not paying attention. He had actually dipped in his pointer finger, but sucked on his middle finger. TruthInTelevision, even without the admonishment. Prior to the development of chemical assays for glucose in urine, doctors really did detect it in this way. The "mellitus" in "diabetes mellitus" means "honey-flavored."



* At least one nineteenth century scientist insisted upon tasting every substance he discovered, though it was known, even then, to be very dangerous. He was found dead surrounded by dozens of substances, and with no way of knowing which did him in. Another discovered a compound which was absurdly sweet, incredibly tasty. He threw a party in which all the guests joined him in taking shots of the stuff. They were all dead by morning.
** Lead acetate probably - incredibly tasty, incredibly deadly.

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* At least one nineteenth century nineteenth-century scientist insisted upon tasting every substance he discovered, though it was known, even then, to be very dangerous. He was found dead surrounded by dozens of substances, and with no way of knowing which did him in. Another discovered a compound which was absurdly sweet, sweet and incredibly tasty. He threw a party in which all the guests joined him in taking shots of the stuff. They were all dead by morning.
** Lead acetate probably - -- incredibly tasty, incredibly deadly.



* The psychedelic properties of LSD were first discovered through something similar to this -- though in

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* The psychedelic properties of LSD were first discovered through something similar to this -- though in this.
24th Mar '17 7:42:24 PM HeroGal2347
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* Hannibal does this in an episode of ''Series/TheATeam''.

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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS4E12UncleBuckleUp Uncle Buckle-up]]", the team finds bags of a white powder while investigating the warehouse. Hannibal does this in an episode of ''Series/TheATeam''.tastes a bit and promptly identifies it as heroin.
21st Mar '17 6:43:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Agents of Light and Darkness'', John Taylor performs the fingertip touch-and-taste test on a statue, and confirms it's a human who's been transformed into salt. Only in the {{Nightside}}...

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* In ''Agents of Light and Darkness'', John Taylor performs the fingertip touch-and-taste test on a statue, and confirms it's a human who's been transformed into salt. Only in the {{Nightside}}...{{Literature/Nightside}}...
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