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25th Apr '16 8:01:05 AM BKelly95
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* U.S. president AndrewJackson hated paper money and tried to abolish it. Today, he appears on the twenty-dollar bill.

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* U.S. president AndrewJackson hated paper money and tried to abolish it. Today, he appears He later appeared on the twenty-dollar bill.bill until 2016 when he was replaced by Harriet Tubman.



* In 2013, Greenheart Games released Game Dev Tycoon, a game development sim. They released both a normal version (which they sold commercially) and a cracked version (which they allowed to be pirated.) The interesting difference between the two is that in the cracked version, reaching a certain point of the game causes the player's company to fall victim to game pirates and go bankrupt. And wouldn't you know it? [[http://www.greenheartgames.com/2013/04/29/what-happens-when-pirates-play-a-game-development-simulator-and-then-go-bankrupt-because-of-piracy/ Players who pirated the game ended up complaining about piracy making the game unwinnable.]]

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* In 2013, Greenheart Games released Game Dev Tycoon, ''VideoGame/GameDevTycoon'', a game development sim. They released both a normal version (which they sold commercially) and a cracked version (which they allowed to be pirated.) The interesting difference between the two is that in the cracked version, reaching a certain point of the game causes the player's company to fall victim to game pirates and go bankrupt. And wouldn't you know it? [[http://www.greenheartgames.com/2013/04/29/what-happens-when-pirates-play-a-game-development-simulator-and-then-go-bankrupt-because-of-piracy/ Players who pirated the game ended up complaining about piracy making the game unwinnable.]]



* Creator/MelanieLynskey said that her first audition went very badly with the casting director criticizing everything about her. Among his complaints was his uncertainty of her ability to speak with an American accent. Today, Miss Lynskey has played numerous American characters and can perform an American accent so convincingly, many people are surprised to discover she's from New Zealand.

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* Creator/MelanieLynskey said that her first American audition went very badly with the casting director criticizing everything about her. Among his complaints was his uncertainty of her ability to speak with an American accent. Today, Miss Lynskey has played numerous American characters and can perform an American accent so convincingly, many people are surprised to discover she's from New Zealand.


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* Tesco was once the subject of a book criticizing their policies. The book was sold at several places, including Tesco themselves who made a tidy profit from selling it. WeSellEverything, indeed.
24th Apr '16 5:26:11 AM AnotherGuy
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* Enron's slogan was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Ask why]]"; one of the biggest reasons for its fall was no one questioned where it was getting its money from (mark-to-marketing fraud). When confronted by it by an investor over the phone, Jeffrey Skilling called him an "asshole". That lead to the MemeticMutation: "[[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-31w1AO-BOtQ/UJtcOrualwI/AAAAAAABIMs/Baq5IQ6rI-Y/s506/enron.jpg Ask Why, Asshole]]." [[invoked]]

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* Enron's slogan was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Ask why]]"; Why]]"; one of the biggest reasons for its fall was no one questioned where it was getting its money from (mark-to-marketing fraud). When confronted by it by an investor over the phone, Jeffrey Skilling called him an "asshole". That lead to the MemeticMutation: "[[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-31w1AO-BOtQ/UJtcOrualwI/AAAAAAABIMs/Baq5IQ6rI-Y/s506/enron.jpg Ask Why, Asshole]]." [[invoked]][[invoked]]
-->'''[[http://www.cinemablend.com/dvds/Enron-The-Smartest-Guys-In-The-Room-1371.html Cinemablend]]:''' People weren’t asking questions when Enron was earning Americans billions of dollars, helping to drive the stock market to new heights. Pointing out the irony of Enron’s slogan “ask why”, the movie indicates things might have played out much differently if more people in the general public had posed that very question during the company’s rise to glory.
24th Apr '16 5:24:02 AM AnotherGuy
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* Enron's slogan was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Ask why]]"; one of the biggest reasons for its fall was no one questioned where it was getting its money from (mark-to-marketing fraud). When confronted by it by an investor over the phone, Jeffrey Skilling called him an "asshole". That lead to the MemeticMutation: "[[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-31w1AO-BOtQ/UJtcOrualwI/AAAAAAABIMs/Baq5IQ6rI-Y/s506/enron.jpg Ask Why, Asshole]]." [[invoked]]
23rd Apr '16 11:39:20 AM johnnye
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In a nutshell, this is the use of constant questioning in order to reveal the truth of any position. You know how [[ConstantlyCurious kids like to ask "Why?" no matter the answer]]? This is the more sophisticated version. You keep [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigning ignorance]] of the topic, in order to force the other person to [[ExplainExplainOhCrap it further]]. The irony lies in the fact that you are treating the other person as one possessing coveted knowledge and/or wisdom far above your "lowly" station, the whole point in doing so is to expose the fact that they are, in fact, ''not''. Creator/JonStewart favors this method, as do many professors (particularly law professors).

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In a nutshell, this is the use of constant questioning in order to reveal the truth of any position. You know how [[ConstantlyCurious kids like to ask "Why?" no matter the answer]]? This is the more sophisticated version. You keep [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigning ignorance]] of the topic, in order to force the other person to [[ExplainExplainOhCrap explain it further]]. The irony lies in the fact that you are treating the other person as one possessing coveted knowledge and/or wisdom far above your "lowly" station, the whole point in doing so is to expose the fact that they are, in fact, ''not''. Creator/JonStewart favors this method, as do many professors (particularly law professors).
21st Apr '16 5:24:34 PM mkmlp
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* In the first chapter/world of ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauWorldsWhereItWouldntWork'', The {{Anime}}/{{Pokemon}}, defeat Equestria through ThePowerOfFriendship.
13th Apr '16 6:44:13 AM SSJMagus
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* Tobi mocks Kakashi's Sharingan as a "borrowed power", while he was himself fighting with ''five'' borrowed powers at the time, namely [[spoiler: Hashirama's cells, Madara's Rinnegan, Madara's chakra rods, six jinchuriki zombies resurrected by Kabuto, and six tailed beasts]]. He had even been using a borrowed ''name'' for a long time.

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* ** Tobi mocks Kakashi's Sharingan as a "borrowed power", while he was himself fighting with ''five'' borrowed powers at the time, namely [[spoiler: Hashirama's cells, Madara's Rinnegan, Madara's chakra rods, six jinchuriki zombies resurrected by Kabuto, and six tailed beasts]]. He had even been using a borrowed ''name'' for a long time.
7th Apr '16 3:30:53 PM BKelly95
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* One suspect on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' was a doctor who tried to cheat a DNA test by inserting a tube of his patient's blood into his own arm. He succeeds in cheating the test, but the patient he got the blood from turns out to have committed some more serious crimes that were never solved. Thus, he gets himself charged with worse crimes than the one he was initially suspected of.
29th Mar '16 2:37:34 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Yona Arc, a [[Anime/GurrenLagann Yoko expy]], has absolutely no idea who Yoko Litner is. This is despite the fact her husband is literally Kamina, she's implied to be Yoko's {{Reincarnation}}, AND half her colleagues and most of her students are familiar with it and have compared her to Yoko to her face.

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** Yona Arc, a [[Anime/GurrenLagann [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Yoko expy]], has absolutely no idea who Yoko Litner is. This is despite the fact her husband is literally Kamina, she's implied to be Yoko's {{Reincarnation}}, AND half her colleagues and most of her students are familiar with it and have compared her to Yoko to her face.
19th Mar '16 6:29:44 AM Eggy0
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* Amethyst and Pearl from **WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse** bicker due to [[Foil personality differences]], However, a closer examination will show that they both had a much similar backstory, also have inferiority issues, grew up mostly friendless, and lost their loved one. It's probably not a coincidence Amethyst was seen comforting Pearl after Garnet's BerserkButton was pushed when it was discovered Pearl lied to her so she can fuse Sardonyx and feel stronger.

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* Amethyst and Pearl from **WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse** ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' bicker due to [[Foil [[{{Foil}} personality differences]], differences]]. However, a closer examination will show that they both had have a much similar backstory, also have backstory and inferiority issues, grew in addition to growing up mostly friendless, friendless and lost losing their loved one. It's probably not a coincidence Amethyst was seen comforting comforted Pearl after Garnet's BerserkButton was pushed when it was discovered Garnet [[BerserkButton got mad at Pearl lied for lying to her her]] so she can they could fuse into Sardonyx and (which Pearl did in order to feel stronger.stronger).
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