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11th Jun '18 12:29:41 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''[[Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull]]'': During Johnny's trip to Vinalhaven Island, Maine, he and his friends stop in the local library to do research, trying to find something that'll lead them to the answers they need so they can find and rescue Professor Childermass. Father Higgins' excuse to the librarian, when he asks her for pamphlets, guidebooks and pencil and paper to take notes with, is that he's writing a book on the Maine seacoast.



* According to legend, in the early 1950s Japanese police arrested two men who were in a restaurant discussing how to destroy Tokyo. They were the director and producer of what would become the original ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Gojira]]'' movie. The commentary track on the ''Gojira'' DVD says that the police showed up when some of the production team were up on top of a building in downtown Tokyo, discussing which of the other buildings in sight they wanted to "destroy". No one actually got arrested.

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* According to legend, in the early 1950s Japanese police arrested two men who were in a restaurant discussing how to destroy Tokyo. They were the director and producer of what would become the original ''[[Film/{{Gojira}} Gojira]]'' movie. The commentary track on the ''Gojira'' DVD says that the police showed up when some of the production team were up on top of a building in downtown Tokyo, discussing which of the other buildings in sight they wanted to "destroy". No "destroy", but no one actually got arrested.arrested (the book ''Japan's Favorite Mon-Star'' cites that they were allowed to go after they showed the police their Toho business cards).
22nd Mar '18 3:43:19 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12857714/3/Adrift-in-a-World Adrift in a World]]'' Harry ends up in an alternate dimension and asks the ''Daily Prophet'' receptionist for back issues, claiming that he's writing a book on the history of Dark wizards.



* Played straight in ''Film/HowToMurderYourWife'', where Jack Lemon's character is accused of killing his missing wife after people who've sold him gadgets for the comic-strip murder go to the police, who then find the photographs he used to create the strip.

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* Played straight in ''Film/HowToMurderYourWife'', where Jack Lemon's Lemmon's character is accused of killing his missing wife after people who've sold him gadgets for the comic-strip murder go to the police, who then find the photographs he used to create the strip.
16th Mar '18 2:07:09 AM PaulA
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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', [=McQueen=] has watched the movie ''Film/{{Ghost|1990}}'' a ''lot'', which he insists was research for professional reasons.
26th Feb '18 1:42:56 PM EspyPsyche
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* J. Eifie Nichols, author of ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn'', sent an email to Northrop-Grumman, the manufacturer of the Nimitz class carrier, inquiring about the diameter of the hangar lift cables for the hangar lifts to the flight deck. The answer from Northrop-Grumman? "That's classified."
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.]]
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