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19th May '16 10:28:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* There's an UrbanLegend that the reason you're told to adopt the "brace position" or "crash position" in case of a plane crash or emergency landing is to preserve your dental records if you die. This was debunked on ''{{QI}}'', and DavidMitchell commented that he'd never believed it in the first place, because surely they'd just say, "In the unlikely event of the plane crashing, I think we can all agree you'd like to be identified. Bite down hard on your armrest."

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* There's an UrbanLegend that the reason you're told to adopt the "brace position" or "crash position" in case of a plane crash or emergency landing is to preserve your dental records if you die. This was debunked on ''{{QI}}'', ''Series/{{QI}}'', and DavidMitchell commented that he'd never believed it in the first place, because surely they'd just say, "In the unlikely event of the plane crashing, I think we can all agree you'd like to be identified. Bite down hard on your armrest."
3rd Mar '16 11:31:32 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/BratFarrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, and his records were lost in a fire.

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* ''Literature/BratFarrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, died, and his records were lost in a fire.destroyed, during the Blitz.
2nd Mar '16 8:07:39 PM PaulA
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* ''Brat Farrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, and his records were lost in a fire.

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* ''Brat Farrar'' ''Literature/BratFarrar'' by Creator/JosephineTey discusses this but eventually averts it. The protagonist is impersonating a long-lost heir; it turns out that he doesn't have to deal with matching the heir's dental history, as the dentist who could have recognized him died along with the heir's parents, and his records were lost in a fire.
25th Feb '16 2:30:27 PM DaibhidC
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* Referenced in the Creator/KevinSorbo vehicle ''Paradox'', in which a cop from a {{Magitek}} world who hates using magic visits our world and is fascinated by the idea. He's later inspired [[spoiler: to check the teeth of a murder victim, and uses the fact they show evidence of dentistry at all to conclude that the victim came from the science universe.]]

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* Referenced in the Creator/KevinSorbo Kevin Sorbo vehicle ''Paradox'', in which a cop from a {{Magitek}} world who hates using magic visits our world and is fascinated by the idea. He's later inspired [[spoiler: to check the teeth of a murder victim, and uses the fact they show evidence of dentistry at all to conclude that the victim came from the science universe.]]
25th Feb '16 2:30:02 PM DaibhidC
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* Referenced in the Creator/KevinSorbo vehicle ''Paradox'', in which a cop from a {{Magitek}} world who hates using magic visits our world and is fascinated by the idea. He's later inspired [[spoiler: to check the teeth of a murder victim, and uses the fact they show evidence of dentistry at all to conclude that the victim came from the science universe.]]
18th Dec '15 4:38:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dental records are one of the three methods of positive identification of human remains (the others being nuclear DNA and fingerprints). Dental records are used to identify thousands of people every year in the US, including murder and accident victims, suicides, and even living persons such as Alzheimer's victims who have strayed far from home. However, there's no nationwide database of dental records, so in real life they can only be used to confirm the name of an individual whose identity is already suspected; they cannot be used to magically provide the identity of a random corpse. Fiction sometimes forgets this.
18th Dec '15 4:37:06 AM Morgenthaler
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Sometimes the GenreSavvy criminal knows to avert this trope by removing the victim's teeth.

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Sometimes the GenreSavvy smart criminal knows to avert circumvent this trope by removing the victim's teeth.
4th Oct '15 11:12:43 AM nombretomado
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* Examined in ''TheDarkKnightReturns'', where Batman dives after a figure that he believes to be Two-Face, who had seemingly been rehabilitated but now plotted to destroy the Gotham Twin Towers, which he falls from thanks to his disloyal henchmen.

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* Examined in ''TheDarkKnightReturns'', ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', where Batman dives after a figure that he believes to be Two-Face, who had seemingly been rehabilitated but now plotted to destroy the Gotham Twin Towers, which he falls from thanks to his disloyal henchmen.
28th Aug '15 1:33:24 PM Willbyr
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* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': [[spoiler:Takano, who vanishes on the night of Watanagashi, has her burnt body identified thusly when they find it stuffed in a well. However, she's the BigBad who faked the corpse after all.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', [[spoiler: at the end of the first arc, Maria's jawbone is identified this way.]]

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* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': [[spoiler:Takano, who vanishes on the night of Watanagashi, has her burnt body identified thusly when they find it stuffed in a well. However, she's the BigBad who faked the corpse after all.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler: at the end of the first arc, Maria's jawbone is identified this way.]]
21st May '15 4:22:58 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': [[spoiler:Takano, who vanishes on the night of Watanagashi, has her burnt body identified thusly when they find it stuffed in a well. However, she's the BigBad who faked the corpse after all.]]

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* Subverted in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'': [[spoiler:Takano, who vanishes on the night of Watanagashi, has her burnt body identified thusly when they find it stuffed in a well. However, she's the BigBad who faked the corpse after all.]]
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