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3rd Feb '16 2:03:56 AM tiiger
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* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Happy Anniversary", Cordelia finds a client whose family is rich because "they invented chairs or something".
15th Dec '15 2:49:43 AM mangamanic
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* Mr Minotaur's ancestor in ''WesternAnimation/DudeThatsMyGhost'' invented the receipt.
28th Nov '15 1:47:44 PM thatother1dude
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-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' You realize that by giving him the formula you're altering the future.
-->'''Scotty:''' Why? How do we know he didn't invent the thing?

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-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' You realize that by giving him the formula you're altering the future.
-->'''Scotty:'''
future.\\
'''Scotty:'''
Why? How do we know he didn't [[StableTimeLoop invent the thing? thing]]?
5th Nov '15 1:50:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode [[JoeMillionaire "Ron Millionaire"]] featured Ron Stoppable receiving 99 million dollars for inventing the Naco. Whatever he didn't spend during the episode was stolen by Dr. Drakken in the end.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode [[JoeMillionaire "Ron Millionaire"]] Millionaire" featured Ron Stoppable receiving 99 million dollars for inventing the Naco. Whatever he didn't spend during the episode was stolen by Dr. Drakken in the end.
30th Oct '15 5:20:00 PM VampireBuddha
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* An episode of ''Westernanimation/{{The Tick}}'' involved a villain abducting geniuses from various points in time, including the cavewoman who invented the wheel. Said cavewoman didn't get sent back to her own time, and the final shot of the episode shows she became a billionaire on back royalties.
22nd Oct '15 1:16:10 PM nielas
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** Subverted with Charlie Harper. He is a very successful advertising jingle writer and he makes a lot of money in royalties. Most people could have comfortably retired on that income but Charlie spends all his money on booze, drugs, gambling and hookers so he regularly has to go back to work and write new jingles. When that is not enough to support his lifestyle, he branches out into writing children's songs and makes even more money in royalties.
9th Sep '15 10:52:37 AM HighCrate
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* Invoked in ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion''. The girls ''claim'' to have invented Post-It Notes, but it's a lie to impress their old high school peers. They deliberately tried to think of something everyone has heard of, but no-one's ever thought about who invented it (unaware that one of their classmates was a business school graduate where they taught about that invention in their classes.) PlayedStraight with said classmate, who invented a fast-smoking cigarette.

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* Invoked {{Invoked}} in ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion''. The girls ''claim'' to have invented Post-It Notes, but it's a lie to impress their old high school peers. They deliberately tried to think of something everyone has heard of, but no-one's ever thought about who invented it (unaware that one of their classmates was a business school graduate where they taught about that invention in their classes.) PlayedStraight with said classmate, who invented a fast-smoking cigarette.



* Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) in ''Film/{{Envy}}'' becomes rich after inventing a product that vaporises dog poo.

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* Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) in ''Film/{{Envy}}'' becomes rich after inventing a product that vaporises vaporizes dog poo.



* One Creator/DanielPinkwater book featured a protagonist taking a summer job working for his uncle, who had invented the things they put on the end of shoelaces (they're carefully never given their actual name-- aglets-- in the novel, which plays into [[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet a whole trope in itself]]).

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* Creator/DanielPinkwater:
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One Creator/DanielPinkwater book featured features a protagonist taking a summer job working for his uncle, who had invented the things they put on the end of shoelaces (they're carefully never given their actual name-- aglets-- in the novel, which plays into [[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet a whole trope in itself]]).itself]]).
** Another refers to the man who invented the little plastic clip that holds bread bags closed. His company still manufactures them, and he licenses them to other companies who pay him a few cents per clip, which adds up to a small fortune for him and is still cheaper for them than twist-ties or other contrivances.



* In ''TheWestingGame'', James Hoo has a grudge against Westing for stealing his idea for the disposable paper diaper. He later invents a paper shoe liner, Hoo's Little Foot-Eez, that sells well enough that he retires a wealthy man.

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* In ''TheWestingGame'', ''Literature/TheWestingGame'', James Hoo has a grudge against Westing for stealing his idea for the disposable paper diaper. He later invents a paper shoe liner, Hoo's Little Foot-Eez, that sells well enough that he retires a wealthy man.
9th Sep '15 10:48:49 AM HighCrate
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* From Creator/AkiraToriyama's ''Manga/DragonBall'', Dr. Briefs invented capsules: nifty little things that defy the laws of conservation of mass in order that whatever vehicle, housing, or devices one could possibly need can be shrunk down to the size of a pill. Due to his rule as one of the series' {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es, he fills that role a bit more than this (but the capsules are ''very'' mundane in that world).



* Patrick Dempsey was portrayed as one in the movie ''Film/MadeOfHonor''. He invented that cardboard thing that goes around the coffee cup that keeps your hand from getting burned--named in the movie as the "Coffee Collar." Patrick Dempsey got 10 cents whenever one was used.

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* Patrick Dempsey was is portrayed as one in the movie ''Film/MadeOfHonor''. He invented that cardboard thing that goes around the coffee cup that keeps your hand from getting burned--named in the movie as the "Coffee Collar." Patrick Dempsey got 10 cents whenever one was used.
20th Aug '15 8:02:20 PM Nentuaby
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* One Creator/DanielPinkwater book featured a protagonist taking a summer job working for his uncle, who had invented the things they put on the end of shoelaces ("aglets", according to TheOtherWiki, but carefully not given a name in the novel).

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* One Creator/DanielPinkwater book featured a protagonist taking a summer job working for his uncle, who had invented the things they put on the end of shoelaces ("aglets", according to TheOtherWiki, but (they're carefully not never given a name their actual name-- aglets-- in the novel).novel, which plays into [[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet a whole trope in itself]]).
21st Jun '15 7:11:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Invoked in ''RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion''. The girls ''claim'' to have invented Post-It Notes, but it's a lie to impress their old high school peers. They deliberately tried to think of something everyone has heard of, but no-one's ever thought about who invented it (unaware that one of their classmates was a business school graduate where they taught about that invention in their classes.) PlayedStraight with said classmate, who invented a fast-smoking cigarette.

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* Invoked in ''RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion''.''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion''. The girls ''claim'' to have invented Post-It Notes, but it's a lie to impress their old high school peers. They deliberately tried to think of something everyone has heard of, but no-one's ever thought about who invented it (unaware that one of their classmates was a business school graduate where they taught about that invention in their classes.) PlayedStraight with said classmate, who invented a fast-smoking cigarette.



* In ''AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'' during a group therapy session Dr. Evil mentions that his father claimed to have invented the question mark (among many other, equally strange declarations).

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* In ''AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'' ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'' during a group therapy session Dr. Evil mentions that his father claimed to have invented the question mark (among many other, equally strange declarations).
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