History Main / HomemadeInventions

21st May '16 4:23:04 PM erforce
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* Some of the equipment in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' is supposed to have this feel. The boys certainly didn't have much of an operating budget.

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* Some of the equipment in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is supposed to have this feel. The boys certainly didn't have much of an operating budget.
13th Mar '16 2:48:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* Quinn Mallory, hero of the show ''{{Sliders}}'', built a cross-dimensional portal in his mother's basement.

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* Quinn Mallory, hero of the show ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', built a cross-dimensional portal in his mother's basement.



* ''Gilligan's Island,'' 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 ''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.

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* ''Gilligan's Island,'' ''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 ''Eureka'' ''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.



* When Kirk and Spock are stuck in the 1930s without computer equipment because the Enterprise was erased from history, Spock builds a "mnemonic memory circuit" using "stone knives and bearskins". Naturally it works just long enough for them to determine what changed the timeline before exploding spectacularly.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': When Kirk and Spock are stuck in the 1930s without computer equipment because the Enterprise was erased from history, Spock builds a "mnemonic memory circuit" using "stone knives and bearskins". Naturally it works just long enough for them to determine what changed the timeline before exploding spectacularly.



* These were Joe's stock in trade on ''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.
* Most of the modifications done to the cars on ''TopGear'' are done in a standard garage by the presenters (with a little help). Top marks have to be awarded when they attempted to create their own space-shuttle Reliant Robin, even if the task of assembling the rocket motors themselves had to be outsourced... to a tiny engineering firm that was only a small step up from HalfADozenGuysInABasement, and thus probably count as a straight example themselves.

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* These were Joe's stock in trade on ''NewsRadio''.''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.
* Most of the modifications done to the cars on ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' are done in a standard garage by the presenters (with a little help). Top marks have to be awarded when they attempted to create their own space-shuttle Reliant Robin, even if the task of assembling the rocket motors themselves had to be outsourced... to a tiny engineering firm that was only a small step up from HalfADozenGuysInABasement, and thus probably count as a straight example themselves.
31st Dec '15 3:21:54 PM MyTimingIsOff
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* In ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'', VideoGame/{{Wario}} invents a device in his back room that lets him [[IntrepidFictioneer warp into his TV]] so he can appear on a ShowWithinAShow and become a PhantomThief.
15th Sep '15 11:55:14 AM Azaram
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* MadScientist Tigerlily Jones of ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' once built a wormhole out of springs lying around in Tip's apartment. She also built a six-foot-wide sentient spider-shaped robot out of an old Buick.

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* MadScientist Tigerlily Jones of ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' once built a spring-powered wormhole generator out of springs wire coathangers lying around in Tip's apartment. She also built a six-foot-wide sentient spider-shaped robot out of an old Buick.Cadillac.
13th Sep '15 4:56:17 PM WillBGood
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* The title character of ''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.

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* The title character of ''TheRedGreenShow'' ''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.
30th Jun '15 10:23:37 AM Willbyr
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* Isaac Asimov's short story "Robot AL-76 Goes Astray" is about a robot who accidentally arrives at a junkyard and builds a powerful mining tool from the junk, powered by 2 D-cell batteries. No one could figure out how it did it and it didn't know, because when the robot demonstrated his new tool, the top 2/3rds of a nearby mountain were atomized, causing the junkyard owner to panic and [[ThreeLawsCompliant tell it to "forget what happened."]]

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* Isaac Asimov's Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Robot AL-76 Goes Astray" is about a robot who accidentally arrives at a junkyard and builds a powerful mining tool from the junk, powered by 2 D-cell batteries. No one could figure out how it did it and it didn't know, because when the robot demonstrated his new tool, the top 2/3rds of a nearby mountain were atomized, causing the junkyard owner to panic and [[ThreeLawsCompliant tell it to "forget what happened."]]



* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheTommyknockers'', after being exposed to the effect of an alien spacecraft, the people in the small town of Haven build all kinds of futuristic devices made out of household appliances and largely powered by batteries, occasionally supplemented by [[spoiler: [[LivingBattery the odd]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Forsaken Child.]]]]

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheTommyknockers'', ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', after being exposed to the effect of an alien spacecraft, the people in the small town of Haven build all kinds of futuristic devices made out of household appliances and largely powered by batteries, occasionally supplemented by [[spoiler: [[LivingBattery the odd]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Forsaken Child.]]]]
17th Jun '15 2:17:25 PM StFan
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* Niea from ''NieaUnder7'' tries to build [=UFOs=] from scrap parts. [[spoiler:In the end she makes one that actually works. Almost, anyway]].

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* Niea from ''NieaUnder7'' ''Anime/NieaUnder7'' tries to build [=UFOs=] from scrap parts. [[spoiler:In the end she makes one that actually works. Almost, anyway]].
anyway]].



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14th Jun '15 3:28:47 AM Morgenthaler
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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.
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': The Memory Scanner, while the TimeMachine is just a jury-rigged family car.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'':
** In the very first film, Wallace constructed a ''working spaceship'' out of, presumably, equipment you can pick up at the hardware store. It gets crazier from there.
** In a particularly bizarre inversion (especially given the above fact), Wallace's Techno Trousers were apparently made by NASA.
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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.










* The Memory Scanner from ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''.
** Also the TimeMachine is just a jury-rigged family car.
*** Which one?



* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'': In the very first film, Wallace constructed a ''working spaceship'' out of, presumably, equipment you can pick up at the hardware store. It gets crazier from there.
** In a particularly bizarre inversion (especially given the above fact), Wallace's Techno Trousers were apparently made by NASA.
13th Jun '15 5:45:00 PM Morgenthaler
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* The spaceship from ''Explorers'', which was built from a Tilt-a-Whirl and an Apple IIc.

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* The spaceship from ''Explorers'', ''Film/{{Explorers}}'', which was built from a Tilt-a-Whirl and an Apple IIc.[=IIc=].
6th Jun '15 11:10:36 AM erforce
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* The ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy, of course. In addition to the functional [=DeLorean=] time machine. In fact in the DVDCommentary, Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis pointed out this Trope's role in history and decided that having Doc build it in his garage was the best way to go. If the government built one it wouldn't work, and if a corporation built one, that would be too scary. Doc Brown's other inventions are also obviously made in his house.
** While perhaps not technically an invention, the ice maker he 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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* The ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy, of course. In addition to the functional [=DeLorean=] time machine. In fact in the DVDCommentary, Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis pointed out this Trope's role in history and decided that having Doc build it in his garage was the best way to go. If the government built one it wouldn't work, and if a corporation built one, that would be too scary. Doc Brown's other inventions are also obviously made in his house.
** While perhaps not technically an invention, the ice maker he 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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