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20th Apr '17 6:36:07 PM Jake
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* In the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Luminous Fish Effect", Sheldon's mother reveals that at the age of thirteen Sheldon built a nuclear reactor in a shed. Unfortunately for Sheldon, his efforts to obtain enriched uranium were discovered by the authorities, who put an end to the project.

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* In the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Luminous Fish Effect", Sheldon's mother reveals that at the age of thirteen Sheldon built a nuclear reactor in a shed. Unfortunately for Sheldon, his efforts to obtain enriched uranium were discovered by the authorities, who put an end to the project.[[note]]This is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory; see the RealLife section below, except Sheldon probably made less of a mess.[[/note]]



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn One individual teenage Boy Scout]] managed to strap together a nuclear breeder reactor in his mother's garden shed.
*** It's somewhat of a subversion, though, in that the lack of safeguards and solid engineering in the reactor could have very easily gotten him killed, and that the intervention of the authorities probably prevented small-scale disaster.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn One individual teenage Boy Scout]] managed to strap together a nuclear breeder reactor in his mother's garden shed.
*** It's somewhat of a subversion, though, in that the lack of safeguards and solid engineering in the reactor could have
shed. It didn't work very easily gotten him killed, well, and that the intervention he caused a serious hazmat issue and was very lucky to avoid jail time and/or cancer of the authorities probably prevented small-scale disaster.damn near everything, but it's still an impressive achievement of a sort.



*** While this is irrelevant, two things bear noting: One, Mr. Hahn's reactor design was self-propagating; given enough fuel, it would continue to produce energy, and, actually, would produce more fuel, being a breeder reactor. Two, the fusor mentioned above is definitely not a break-even design; it runs off of household power, and is primarily useful as a conversation piece and as a neutron source.

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*** ** While this is irrelevant, two things bear noting: One, Mr. Hahn's reactor design was self-propagating; given enough fuel, it would continue to produce energy, and, actually, would produce more fuel, being a breeder reactor. Two, the fusor mentioned above is definitely not a break-even design; it runs off of household power, and is primarily useful as a conversation piece and as a neutron source.
20th Mar '17 8:31:59 AM hszmv1
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* The Wizard of Menlo Park himself, Thomas Edison, was self educated and set up a chemical lab in a box car of the train he worked in (until he was fired for... um... a fire that resulted from the lab). Many of his early inventions were made in his barn and a barn also served as his first research lab.
15th Mar '17 2:44:52 PM AthenaBlue
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* Quinn Mallory, hero of the show ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', built a cross-dimensional portal in his mother's basement.

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\n* Quinn Mallory, hero of ''Series/TheATeam'' lived and breathed this trope.
* In
the show ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Luminous Fish Effect", Sheldon's mother reveals that at the age of thirteen Sheldon built a cross-dimensional portal nuclear reactor in a shed. Unfortunately for Sheldon, his efforts to obtain enriched uranium were discovered by the authorities, who put an end to the project.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]]: When the Doctor and Martha find themselves in 1960s Britain without the TARDIS, the Doctor builds a device to detect other inadvertent time travellers out of what looks like an old fashioned tape recorder, a telephone handset, a postcard, and other... stuff. It works quite well for what he needs, but not without some unintended side effects:
--> "Tracked you down with this. This is my timey-wimey detector. It goes ding when there's stuff. Also, it can boil an egg at 30 paces, whether you want it to or not, actually, so I've learned to stay away from hens. It's not pretty when they blow."
** Depending on the incarnation, the Doctor has taken this to an art form, most notably the Third, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors. Turned UpToEleven with the Ninth/Tenth Doctor's and the Eleventh Doctor's first console rooms.
* The Scifi Channel's series ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' is about a whole ''town'' full of genius inventors, all busily cooking up amazing stuff (and amazing trouble) in their garages. One of the main characters even works out of an auto shop.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'', of course. As has often been remarked, the Professor can make a radio out of baling wire and coconuts but can't fix a two-foot hole in a boat.
* Alton Brown of ''Series/GoodEats'' can apparently build a time machine just as well as he can [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] useful kitchen devices. He uses it to get blueberries in season.
* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Billy often built inventions
in his mother's basement.garage.



* The title character of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' devoted an entire segment of each episode (and later multiple segments of each episode) to homemade inventions that could be built with a pile of junk and some duct tape. A choice example is Red's showing the audience how to make their own backhoe using a luxury car, a Thighmaster, a folding ladder, a trash can, some clothesline pulleys, and a lot of duct tape.



* These were Joe's stock in trade on ''Series/NewsRadio''. The gag with Joe was that he would build absolutely ''everything'' himself, even gadgets that could be easily and cheaply obtained from a store.
* The title character of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' devoted an entire segment of each episode (and later multiple segments of each episode) to homemade inventions that could be built with a pile of junk and some duct tape. A choice example is Red's showing the audience how to make their own backhoe using a luxury car, a Thighmaster, a folding ladder, a trash can, some clothesline pulleys, and a lot of duct tape.
* Quinn Mallory, hero of the show ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', built a cross-dimensional portal in his mother's basement.



* ''Series/GilligansIsland,'' of course. As has often been remarked, the Professor can make a radio out of baling wire and coconuts but can't fix a two-foot hole in a boat.
* The Scifi Channel's series ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' is about a whole ''town'' full of genius inventors, all busily cooking up amazing stuff (and amazing trouble) in their garages. One of the main characters even works out of an auto shop.
* Alton Brown of ''Series/GoodEats'' can apparently build a time machine just as well as he can [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] useful kitchen devices. He uses it to get blueberries in season.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when The Doctor and Martha find themselves in 1960s Britain without the TARDIS, the Doctor builds a device to detect other inadvertent time travelers out of what looks like an old fashioned tape recorder, a telephone handset, a postcard, and other... stuff. It works quite well for what he needs, but not without some unintended side effects:
--> "Tracked you down with this. This is my timey-wimey detector. It goes ding when there's stuff. Also, it can boil an egg at 30 paces, whether you want it to or not, actually, so I've learned to stay away from hens. It's not pretty when they blow."
** Depending on the incarnation, the Doctor has taken this to an art form, most notably the Third, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors. Turned UpToEleven with the Ninth/Tenth Doctor's and the Eleventh Doctor's first console rooms.
* These were Joe's stock in trade on ''Series/NewsRadio''. The gag with Joe was that he would build absolutely ''everything'' himself, even gadgets that could be easily and cheaply obtained from a store.



* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Billy often built inventions in his garage.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' lived and breathed this trope.



* In the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Luminous Fish Effect", Sheldon's mother reveals that at the age of thirteen Sheldon built a nuclear reactor in a shed. Unfortunately for Sheldon, his efforts to obtain enriched uranium were discovered by the authorities, who put an end to the project.









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* Kat's anti-gravity device in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', which she somehow made out of a thermos and coat hangers.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Dave tries to fix a friend's microwave and ends up creating an interdimensional portal that causes his gaming group to be attacked by angels. (Guess what was wrong with the microwave? It was unplugged.)
** This ability also shows up when most [[MadScientist mad scientists]] first manifest. Helen Narbon created life - horrible, tentacled, man-eating lifeforms - from the food in an Italian restaurant's kitchen, plus some chemicals from their women's restroom.



* Tony in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' is known to do this with alarming frequency. And half of them are about 50% ''bubblegum''. And old modems.

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* Tony Tedd in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' is known to do this with alarming frequency. And half ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' built [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-23 a belt]] that could transform the wearer into a cat-person, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=72 tweaked a Wii Fit balance board]] so it could measure the weight distribution of them are about 50% ''bubblegum''. And old modems.someone as they transformed and built a series of devices that can [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-23 transform]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-20 the]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-10-23 wearer]] under certain conditions out of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-23 toy gadget watches]].
* Kat's anti-gravity device in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', which she somehow made out of a thermos and coat hangers.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Dave tries to fix a friend's microwave and ends up creating an interdimensional portal that causes his gaming group to be attacked by angels. (Guess what was wrong with the microwave? It was unplugged.)
** This ability also shows up when most [[MadScientist mad scientists]] first manifest. Helen Narbon created life - horrible, tentacled, man-eating lifeforms - from the food in an Italian restaurant's kitchen, plus some chemicals from their women's restroom.
* Tony in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' is known to do this with alarming frequency. And half of them are about 50% ''bubblegum''. And old modems.
* MadScientist Tigerlily Jones of ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' once built a spring-powered wormhole generator out of wire coathangers lying around in Tip's apartment. She also built a six-foot-wide sentient spider-shaped robot out of an old Cadillac.
* Riff's inventions in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' sometimes invoke this trope.



* Riff's inventions in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' sometimes invoke this trope.
* MadScientist Tigerlily Jones of ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' once built a spring-powered wormhole generator out of wire coathangers lying around in Tip's apartment. She also built a six-foot-wide sentient spider-shaped robot out of an old Cadillac.
* Tedd in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' built [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-23 a belt]] that could transform the wearer into a cat-person, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=72 tweaked a Wii Fit balance board]] so it could measure the weight distribution of someone as they transformed and built a series of devices that can [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-23 transform]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-20 the]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-10-23 wearer]] under certain conditions out of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-23 toy gadget watches]].














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6th Mar '17 10:23:37 PM mlsmithca
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* The entire website [[http://www.instructables.com Instructables]] is based around this concept, and features a wide arrange of various homemade gadgets from online DIY posters, engineering of all kinds, as well as numerous arts and crafts projects. One guy even showed how to make his car run...''[[SoCoolItsAwesome on trash]][[http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-your-Honda-Accord-to-run-on-trash/]]!

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* The entire website [[http://www.instructables.com Instructables]] is based around this concept, and features a wide arrange of various homemade gadgets from online DIY posters, engineering of all kinds, as well as numerous arts and crafts projects. One guy even showed how to make his car run...''[[SoCoolItsAwesome on trash]][[http://www. ''[[http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-your-Honda-Accord-to-run-on-trash/]]!com/id/Convert-your-Honda-Accord-to-run-on-trash/ on trash]]''!



* The autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind [[IncrediblyLamePun revolved around]] William Kamkwamba's homemade windmill. This included spectacular failures such as a short setting his home on fire when his roof collapsed. In true MadScientist fashion, he built a breaker box rather than fixing his roof.

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* The autobiography The ''The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind Wind'' [[IncrediblyLamePun revolved around]] William Kamkwamba's homemade windmill. This included spectacular failures such as a short setting his home on fire when his roof collapsed. In true MadScientist fashion, he built a breaker box rather than fixing his roof.
roof.
6th Feb '17 9:02:09 PM naturalironist
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* {{Exaggerated}} and PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'', where the nerdy kids build a device that can somehow both track and adjust the trajectory of a rouge satellite out of mundane household objects including a colander, a stack of ''doughnuts'', and a D20.
24th Dec '16 11:37:55 AM nombretomado
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* That is the way most technology in {{Arcanum}} works. Half of the parts used in making technology items can be found in a garbage bin. Some others must be bought, though. And all of the recipes can be assembled in a complete wilderness without access to any thing like a workshop.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' addon "Ambitions" the new skill and career choice allows Sims to invent a time machine with nothing a single work table and some scrap metal.

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* That is the way most technology in {{Arcanum}} ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' works. Half of the parts used in making technology items can be found in a garbage bin. Some others must be bought, though. And all of the recipes can be assembled in a complete wilderness without access to any thing like a workshop.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' addon add-on "Ambitions" the new skill and career choice allows Sims to invent a time machine with nothing a single work table and some scrap metal.
21st Oct '16 10:22:11 AM Cintari
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru has to resort ot this to build his rocket after he fails to get funding from the Bank of Evil.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru has to resort ot to this to build his rocket after he fails to get funding from the Bank of Evil.
20th Sep '16 12:39:11 PM PrimeEvil
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** Depending on the incarnation, the Doctor has taken this to an art form, most notably the Third, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors. Turned UpToEleven with the Ninth/Tenth Doctor's and the Eleventh Doctor's first console rooms.
24th Aug '16 2:40:54 PM Sharlee
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** In the short story "Word Processor of the Gods", also by King, a man inherits a bodged-together word processor with RealityWarper powers, which his nephew constructed from several mismatched brands of computer components, wires from Radio Shack, the motor from an Erector Set and an old model-train transformer.
13th Aug '16 10:03:27 PM manepony101
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** While perhaps not technically an invention, the ice maker Doc in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' makes while in the WildWest is probably a good example. He presumably already knew how to make such a thing, but it was [[RubeGoldbergDevice far larger and more convoluted than it needed to be]], due to some of the necessary parts not having been invented yet.

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** While perhaps not technically an invention, the ice maker Doc in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' makes while in the WildWest is probably a good example. He presumably already knew how to make such a thing, but it was [[RubeGoldbergDevice far larger and more convoluted than it needed to be]], due to some of the necessary parts not having been invented yet.
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