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18th Feb '18 11:34:35 AM nombretomado
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* Author [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} K.]] [[Literature/{{Everworld}} A.]] [[{{Remnants}} Applegate]] got very annoyed answers from the military because of questions she asked about the build of tanks, airplanes, and an aircraft carrier.

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* Author [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} K.]] [[Literature/{{Everworld}} A.]] [[{{Remnants}} [[Literature/{{Remnants}} Applegate]] got very annoyed answers from the military because of questions she asked about the build of tanks, airplanes, and an aircraft carrier.
16th Jan '18 1:35:09 AM Cryoclaste
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* In an OlderThanSteam case of TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, this trope shows up in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Cymbeline}}''. The ObviouslyEvil [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] asks the court physician, Cornelius, to brew for her an extremely deadly and painful poison. When he questions why she would want something like that, she offers the excuse that she plans to test it on animals and create an antidote based on treating its effects. Since Cornelius is not an idiot, he doesn't actually create the requested poison but instead gives her a compound that will cause the victim to have initial discomfort and fall into a death-like sleep but wake up healthy.

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* In an OlderThanSteam case of TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, this trope shows up in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Cymbeline}}''. The ObviouslyEvil [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] asks the court physician, Cornelius, to brew for her an extremely deadly and painful poison. When he questions why she would want something like that, she offers the excuse that she plans to test it on animals and create an antidote based on treating its effects. Since Cornelius is not an idiot, he doesn't actually create the requested poison but instead gives her a compound that will cause the victim to have initial discomfort and fall into a death-like sleep but wake up healthy.
12th Jan '18 10:10:14 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/22/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Harry needs information on certain Muggle items and manages to convince one over-suspicious PR employee that he's writing a book on the history of the item in question.
7th Jan '18 3:16:35 AM jormis29
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* In ''Film/{{Militia}}'', a MadeForTV movie starring DeanCain, a radical racist group plans to launch a nuclear missile at a city where the President is going to be giving a speech. To this end, they send a few men to a nearby silo, watched over by an old soldier, to scout out the defenses. When questioned, they claim to be filming a movie about a military base and want to use realistic props.

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* In ''Film/{{Militia}}'', a MadeForTV movie starring DeanCain, Creator/DeanCain, a radical racist group plans to launch a nuclear missile at a city where the President is going to be giving a speech. To this end, they send a few men to a nearby silo, watched over by an old soldier, to scout out the defenses. When questioned, they claim to be filming a movie about a military base and want to use realistic props.
25th Dec '17 9:04:41 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': After suffering through intense ClothingDamage throughout the adventure, Sam is forced to have his Assassin's Guild uniform mended by a tailor. When the conspicuously villainous outfit naturally attracts questions, he claims it's a costume for a play (specifically this world's version of Hamlet).
8th Dec '17 6:21:55 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* PlayedForDrama in the second Literature/DresdenFiles book, ''Fool Moon''. One of Harry's friends, a low-level practitioner, comes to him with a few idle questions about a ritual that he knows is designed to contain creatures that are both mortal ''and'' spirit -- in other words, extremely dangerous beings that [[EvilIsNotAToy she has no business trafficking in]]. Naturally, he doesn't answer and tries to deflect her away from the question. However, [[spoiler: she needs the ritual to help contain one of the villains of the book, a powerful werewolf. When she tries to use the ritual anyway, it doesn't work and she ends up dead.]]

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* PlayedForDrama in the second Literature/DresdenFiles book, ''Fool Moon''.''Literature/FoolMoon''. One of Harry's friends, a low-level practitioner, comes to him with a few idle questions about a ritual that he knows is designed to contain creatures that are both mortal ''and'' spirit -- in other words, extremely dangerous beings that [[EvilIsNotAToy she has no business trafficking in]]. Naturally, he doesn't answer and tries to deflect her away from the question. However, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she needs the ritual to help contain one of the villains of the book, a powerful werewolf. When she tries to use the ritual anyway, it doesn't work and she ends up dead.]]
10th Nov '17 3:57:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Similarly, Pete Townshend of The Who claimed that he was doing research for a book after being caught accessing a site which provided links to child pornography (although he apparently didn't download any ''actual'' pornography). The main problem was that it was a pay site, and he'd used his credit card to access it. The officials basically said "It's not a question of whether he was doing this for a book or not, so much that he gave these people money."

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* Similarly, Pete Townshend of The Who Music/TheWho claimed that he was doing research for a book after being caught accessing a site which provided links to child pornography (although he apparently didn't download cancelled his access immediately afterwards, and thus never downloaded any ''actual'' pornography).actual porn). The main problem was that it was a pay site, and he'd used his credit card to access it. The officials basically said "It's not a question of whether he was doing this for a book or not, so much that he gave these people money."
6th Nov '17 6:05:32 PM Jeduthun
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A subtrope of the BavarianFireDrill, compare IHaveThisFriend. Comes up a lot because MostWritersAreWriters. See also FilmFelons. Compare to WildCardExcuse. Compare IShouldWriteABookAboutThis, when the unusual experience comes first and gives someone the idea for a book.

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A subtrope of the BavarianFireDrill, compare IHaveThisFriend. Comes up a lot because MostWritersAreWriters. See also FilmFelons. Compare to WildCardExcuse. Compare IShouldWriteABookAboutThis, when the unusual experience comes first and gives someone the idea for a book. When the research shows up clearly in the finished book, that's ShownTheirWork.
23rd Aug '17 8:03:18 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Milhouse of Sand and Fog", Homer has painted a face on his belly and shoves a pizza slice into the "mouth". When Homer notices Bart witnessing this, he claims "I'm doing this for work."
24th Jul '17 12:31:56 AM Piterpicher
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* In his book ''Shark Life'', PeterBenchley notes he once asked his father which end of a shark would float were it cut in half.

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* In his book ''Shark Life'', PeterBenchley Creator/PeterBenchley notes he once asked his father which end of a shark would float were it cut in half.
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