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6th Feb '16 10:50:54 PM nombretomado
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* In Sabrina the Teenage Witch Season 2 episode 16 Zelda pulls a periscope down from the ceiling, to which Sabrina reasonably asks "Since when do we have a periscope in the kitchen?" Hilda replies with "You've lived here two years and you've never noticed it? Teenagers."
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* In Sabrina the Teenage Witch ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' Season 2 episode 16 Zelda pulls a periscope down from the ceiling, to which Sabrina reasonably asks "Since when do we have a periscope in the kitchen?" Hilda replies with "You've lived here two years and you've never noticed it? Teenagers."
6th Feb '16 10:50:43 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Frasier Crane mentions that his father is dead, and was a research scientist. Fast forward to the SpinOff ''{{Frasier}}'', and Martin Crane is an ex-cop and very much alive. The writers explain this away when Sam Malone visits Frasier and points this out, by having Frasier admit he was actually lying, as he'd just had a fight with Martin offscreen when he said that. Marty, on the other hand, is just insulted he made him a [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ''research scientist'']], as he feels it shows Frasier's snootines toward his working-class job.
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* In ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Frasier Crane mentions that his father is dead, and was a research scientist. Fast forward to the SpinOff ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', and Martin Crane is an ex-cop and very much alive. The writers explain this away when Sam Malone visits Frasier and points this out, by having Frasier admit he was actually lying, as he'd just had a fight with Martin offscreen when he said that. Marty, on the other hand, is just insulted he made him a [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ''research scientist'']], as he feels it shows Frasier's snootines toward his working-class job.

* Parodied in the "Cycling Tour" episode of Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus. Gulliver and Pither are about to be bayonetted by a group of Russian soldiers. Just as the soldiers charge, a "Scene Missing" slide appears on the screen. Immediately after that, they cut to Gulliver and Pither on a road in Cornwall, with Pither saying, "Phew! What an amazing escape!"
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* Parodied in the "Cycling Tour" episode of Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus.''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. Gulliver and Pither are about to be bayonetted by a group of Russian soldiers. Just as the soldiers charge, a "Scene Missing" slide appears on the screen. Immediately after that, they cut to Gulliver and Pither on a road in Cornwall, with Pither saying, "Phew! What an amazing escape!"
16th Jan '16 6:51:42 PM MyFinalEdits
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** This one is nicely ironic, as pure-oxygen environments in space had been discarded since [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace 1967 and Apollo 1]], and the real-world solution was simply introducing a second, inert gas. Basically, the HandWave being contemplated is completely unnecessary and needlessly complicated, yet still half-assed and clueless, which speaks to the mentality of the characters involved.
12th Jan '16 5:23:58 AM SpinAttaxx
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' introduce Mega Evolution, which was first enabled/discovered some 3,000 years ago. Despite this, [[PrehistoricMonster Aerodactyl]] has a Mega Evolution despite being long extinct by the time such an event occured. [[http://www.pokemonxy.com/en-us/pokemon/mega_pokemon/#Aerodactyl The official website]] gets around this by claiming that some InUniverse researchers believe Mega Aerodactyl is the creature's original appearance before being fossilized.
11th Jan '16 10:11:40 AM dangerdan97
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**This one is nicely ironic, as pure-oxygen environments in space had been discarded since [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace 1967 and Apollo 1]], and the real-world solution was simply introducing a second, inert gas. Basically, the HandWave being contemplated is completely unnecessary and needlessly complicated, yet still half-assed and clueless, which speaks to the mentality of the characters involved.
12th Dec '15 1:08:26 PM Discar
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* A famous cartoon by Sidney Harris shows two scientists at a blackboard, on which is written --> [''complicated expression'']\\ [[AC:then a miracle occurs...]]\\ [''complicated expression''] :: with the caption, "I think you should be more explicit here in step 2."[[http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/gallery/math/index.php#]]

* A famous cartoon by Sidney Harris shows two scientists at a blackboard, on which is written --> [''complicated expression'']\\ [[AC:then a miracle occurs...]]\\ [''complicated expression''] :: with the caption, "I think you should be more explicit here in step 2."[[http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/gallery/math/index.php#]]
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* A famous cartoon by Sidney Harris ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ** The setting takes place on a giant disc, with a WaterfallIntoTheAbyss around the entire planet. How are the oceans not completely drained away? "Arrangements are made." ** Whenever time travel of any stripe shows two scientists at a blackboard, on which is written --> [''complicated expression'']\\ [[AC:then a miracle occurs...]]\\ [''complicated expression''] :: with up, expect to hear the caption, "I think you should be more explicit here in step 2."[[http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/gallery/math/index.php#]]phrase "because quantum" a lot. Not quantum harmonics or singularities or anything so specific. Just... quantum.
12th Dec '15 1:00:56 PM Discar
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* One of the stranger things to come from ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' is the dummy balloon, which can somehow fool enemy targeting computers despite being, well, a balloon. The official explanation is that when a [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]]'s computers scan something that matches the shape of an MS in its database, it substitutes a CG-rendered version for the pilot's convenience; thus, a balloon vaguely shaped like a Zaku II will trick the computer, which will unintentionally trick the pilot. ** [[FunnyMoments Beautifully]] done in a ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' {{hentai}} doujin. --> '''Sayla:''' [[spoiler:Ryu]]... Weren't you dead!? --> [[spoiler:'''Ryu:''']] The doctor just gave the wrong diagnosis, don't sweat the details! [[note]]Said character died in a fiery explosion amidst his {{heroic sacrifice}}.[[/note]]
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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'': One of the stranger things to come from ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' is the dummy balloon, which can somehow fool enemy targeting computers despite being, well, a balloon. The official explanation is that when a [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]]'s computers scan something that matches the shape of an MS in its database, it substitutes a CG-rendered version for the pilot's convenience; thus, a balloon vaguely shaped like a Zaku II will trick the computer, which will unintentionally trick the pilot. ** [[FunnyMoments Beautifully]] done in a ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' {{hentai}} doujin. --> '''Sayla:''' [[spoiler:Ryu]]... Weren't you dead!? --> [[spoiler:'''Ryu:''']] The doctor just gave the wrong diagnosis, don't sweat the details! [[note]]Said character died in a fiery explosion amidst his {{heroic sacrifice}}.[[/note]]pilot.

--> '''Nick:''' But wouldn't they blow up in an all-oxygen environment?'''''\\ Jeff:''' Probably. But that's an easy fix. One line of dialogue. "[[AsYouKnow Thank God we invented]] the, you know, [[{{Phlebotinum}} whatever device.]]"\\
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--> '''Nick:''' But wouldn't they blow up in an all-oxygen environment?'''''\\ Jeff:''' environment?\\ '''Jeff:''' Probably. But that's an easy fix. One line of dialogue. "[[AsYouKnow Thank God we invented]] the, you know, [[{{Phlebotinum}} whatever device.]]"\\

'''Dumbledore:''' Well...being me has its privileges. * In the film ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's Thirteen]]'', to explain the absence of series regulars Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) repeats the phrase "It's not their fight!" numerous times within the first ten minutes of the film.
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'''Dumbledore:''' Well... being me has its privileges. * In the film ''[[OceansEleven ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Thirteen]]'', to explain the absence of series regulars Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) repeats the phrase "It's not their fight!" numerous times within the first ten minutes of the film.

** In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', when Billy suggests Grim use his scythe to warp reality and make Mandy beautiful, Grim just says "I'm not a miracle worker!" *** And then there's:
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': ** In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', when When Billy suggests Grim use his scythe to warp reality and make Mandy beautiful, Grim just says "I'm not a miracle worker!" *** ** And then there's:
12th Dec '15 12:56:34 PM Discar
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-> '''Nick:''' ''But wouldn't [cigarettes] blow up in an all-oxygen environment?''\\ '''Jeff:''' ''Probably. But that's an easy fix. One line of dialogue. "Thank God we invented the, you know, whatever device."''
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-> '''Nick:''' ''But But wouldn't [cigarettes] blow up in an all-oxygen environment?''\\ environment?\\ '''Jeff:''' ''Probably.Probably. But that's an easy fix. One line of dialogue. "Thank God we invented the, you know, whatever device."''"
9th Dec '15 3:15:17 PM Steven
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series takes place in Japan, but the localized versions moves the location to California, [[CaliforniaDoubling despite the fact that there's clearly Japanese culture and references]]. A localizer for the series attempts to explain this anomaly by saying that the localized versions of the games take place in an alternate timeline where the United States during World War II never enacted anti-Japanese laws, which would allow Japanese citizens to move to the United Sates and live peacefully.
28th Nov '15 7:23:11 PM MisterBeeg
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* One episode of ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show'']] had a sequence where Linus was carrying around a ''green'' blanket rather than his usual blue one, with Lucy saying off-screen that "Linus has a stupid new green blanket!". It's really obvious that the coloring was an error, and that they simply threw in Lucy's dialogue just to hand wave it, since it was dubbed in so poorly.
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* One episode of ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show'']] Show]]'' had a sequence where Linus was carrying around a ''green'' blanket rather than his usual blue one, with Lucy saying off-screen that "Linus has a stupid new green blanket!". It's really obvious that the coloring was an error, and that they simply threw in Lucy's dialogue just to hand wave it, since it was dubbed in so poorly.
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