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9th Sep '16 2:09:05 PM Moonstreak
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When the MadScientist or GadgeteerGenius creates a machine of diabolical nature, some function gets thrown into the mix that wasn't quite planned, doesn't really serve any practical purpose, and may even be an AchillesHeel- a lever for flooding the cockpit of the HumongousMecha with its fuel reserves, for instance.

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When the MadScientist or GadgeteerGenius creates a machine of diabolical nature, some function gets thrown into the mix that wasn't quite planned, doesn't really serve any practical purpose, and may even be an AchillesHeel- AchillesHeel - a lever for flooding the cockpit of the HumongousMecha with its fuel reserves, for instance.
3rd Sep '16 8:34:30 AM treehugger0369
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* Car speedometers often go higher than is safe to travel in the car in question, or is designed to read velocities that the car isn't even capable of reaching. In both cases it's fully justified. For the former, driving a vehicle at it's maximum speed for any length of time (redlining) will drastically shorten the lifespan of the car and can burn out the engine, so they are designed with much higher speeds than what would be practical to prevent this. For the latter, often there is one type of speedometer which has to cover a whole range of cars.

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* Car speedometers often go higher than is safe to travel in the car in question, or is designed to read velocities that the car isn't even capable of reaching. In both cases it's fully justified. For the former, driving a vehicle at it's maximum speed for any length of time (redlining) will drastically shorten the lifespan of the car and can burn out the engine, so they are designed with much higher speeds than what would be practical to prevent this. For the latter, often there is one type of speedometer which has to cover a whole range of cars. There's also the fact that it's ideal to have the most common max speed(like 50 or 60 mph) near the top of the speedometer, which makes it relatively easy to see without taking your eyes off of the road for too long.
3rd Sep '16 8:31:27 AM treehugger0369
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* If you frequently use any chat where Enter=submit message, odds are you'll end up submitting an incomplete message at least once because you hit Enter when you meant to hit the apostrophe.
29th Aug '16 3:27:25 AM darrenr
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** The episode "42" has a sequence where Martha is trapped in an escape pod falling into a sun. The recall button for said pod is located on the ''outside'' of the spacecraft.
23rd Aug '16 8:23:16 PM TheGreenHerring
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* PlayedForLaughs at the end of the video for Music/{{Genesis}}' "Land of Confusion", featuring puppets by the crew of ''Series/SpittingImage''. After a bad dream and in need of water, the puppet UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan tries to call for a nurse from his bed, and reaches for two buttons right next to each other labeled "Nurse" and "Nuke". Guess which one he presses instead.
--> "Man, that's one heck of a nurse!"
20th Aug '16 5:19:17 PM nombretomado
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* The gnomes of {{Dragonlance}}. Their inventions seem to start with an idea, then modify as they go to fix perceived problems in ways that seem reasonable until you look at the whole. Some examples:

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* The gnomes of {{Dragonlance}}.''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}''. Their inventions seem to start with an idea, then modify as they go to fix perceived problems in ways that seem reasonable until you look at the whole. Some examples:
16th Aug '16 3:42:36 PM Eddy1215
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-->'''Commander Nebula''': Well, {{it seemed a good idea at the time}}!

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-->'''Commander Nebula''': Well, {{it seemed like a good idea at the time}}!
16th Aug '16 3:41:37 PM Eddy1215
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* He-Man and She-Ra's [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] shows Orko lauching a rocket thats manipulated by one easily breakable lever.

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* He-Man and She-Ra's [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] shows Orko lauching launching a rocket thats that's manipulated by one easily breakable lever.


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-->'''Commander Nebula''': Well, {{it seemed a good idea at the time}}!
16th Aug '16 1:52:45 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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** During the "Slimey to the Moon" arc one episode involves a crisis aboard the spaceship where the worms cannot get along after weeks of confinement. An incident leads to a button inside the ship being pressed that is specifically designed to put the ship off course if pressed. A bit of research reveals that there is a button to reverse the effect of the first button, but it is on the tip top of the ship's exterior--so that it cannot be pressed by accident!
26th May '16 8:53:20 AM Psyclone
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* In the original ''Film/{{Cube}}'', somebody speculates that the only reason they were put into the cube was because it had been built, and not using it would be to admit it was pointless.

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* In the original ''Film/{{Cube}}'', somebody speculates that the only reason they were put into the cube was because it had been built, built as some government pork barrel project, and not using it would be to admit it was pointless.
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