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10th Feb '17 8:15:43 PM karstovich2
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* When playing a normal game of baseball, it is impossible to steal first base since it is illegal to run the bases backwards "for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game" (thanks to Germany Schaefer, who was infamous for trying to do just that in the 1910's). The saying "You can't steal first (base)" is used as criticism for a player who is good at baserunning and base-stealing but has trouble getting on base in the first place (i.e., can't hit or draw walks). However, there was that one time (June 26, 2001) that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd [=McClendon=], having been ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, was so furious he physically ripped first base out of the dirt and walked off the field with it and causing a game delay while a replacement base was installed

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* When playing a normal game of baseball, it is impossible to steal first base since you can't advance to first from home without either hitting the ball or drawing a walk, and it is illegal to run the bases backwards "for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game" (thanks to Germany Schaefer, who was infamous for trying to do just that in the 1910's). The saying "You can't steal first (base)" is used as criticism for a player who is good at baserunning and base-stealing but has trouble getting on base in the first place (i.e., can't hit or draw walks). However, there was that one time (June 26, 2001) that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd [=McClendon=], having been ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, was so furious he physically ripped first base out of the dirt and walked off the field with it and causing a game delay while a replacement base was installed
9th Feb '17 6:49:03 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' episode "Go Away, Ghost Ship", the gang sails through a bank of ominous fog, and Shaggy remarks "The fog's so thick, you could cut it with a knife!" Scooby tries it, and much to his surprise it turns out to be true.
6th Feb '17 7:59:42 AM AhBengI
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* When playing a normal game of baseball, it is impossible to steal first base since it is illegal to run the bases backwards "for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game" (thanks to Germany Schaefer, who was infamous for trying to do just that in the 1910's). The saying "You can't steal first (base)" is used as criticism for a player who is good at baserunning and base-stealing but has trouble getting on base in the first place (i.e., can't hit or draw walks). However, there was that one time (June 26, 2001) that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd [=McClendon=], having been ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, was so furious he physically ripped first base out of the dirt and walked off the field with it and causing a game delay while a replacement base was installed.

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* When playing a normal game of baseball, it is impossible to steal first base since it is illegal to run the bases backwards "for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game" (thanks to Germany Schaefer, who was infamous for trying to do just that in the 1910's). The saying "You can't steal first (base)" is used as criticism for a player who is good at baserunning and base-stealing but has trouble getting on base in the first place (i.e., can't hit or draw walks). However, there was that one time (June 26, 2001) that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd [=McClendon=], having been ejected from the game for arguing with the umpire, was so furious he physically ripped first base out of the dirt and walked off the field with it and causing a game delay while a replacement base was installed. installed
* [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] [[NeverLiveItDown now infamous]] "[[TemptingFate This does not]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[TemptingFate slip now!"]] RousingSpeech after a win over fellow title contenders Manchester City, sending Liverpool top of the 2013/14 Premier League table. Two weeks later, he literally slipped in a match against Chelsea to ultimately gift City the league title.
3rd Feb '17 8:45:28 PM merotoker
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* From ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2016/06/03 this one]] takes the term "hung jury" a little too far...
* In an early ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield wakes up, and steps out of bed, not realizing it's at the edge of the table, which he falls off of. Jon frantically asks what happens, and Garfield replies, "I got up on the wrong side of bed."

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* From ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2016/06/03 this one]] takes the term "hung jury" a little too far...
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
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In an early ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield wakes up, and steps out of bed, not realizing it's at the edge of the table, which he falls off of. Jon frantically asks what happens, and Garfield replies, "I got up on the wrong side of bed."



-->'''[[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]]:''' He can't just walk out on us like this!\\

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-->'''[[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]]:''' -->'''Music/{{Paul|McCartney}}:''' He can't just walk out on us like this!\\



* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' had EskimoWordsForSnow gag running into this, which doubles as a BrickJoke to a moment when Dirk's secretary rips a handful of pages out of a dictionary in order to make it fit in a desk drawer:

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* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' had EskimoWordsForSnow a LanguageEqualsThought gag running into this, which doubles as a BrickJoke to a moment when Dirk's secretary rips a handful of pages out of a dictionary in order to make it fit in a desk drawer:



* ''Series/TheSketchShow'': Several sketches rely on this type of gag, including one where a famous "sex symbol" is interviewed (the male one), and one of a "sports extremists club" (members include muslim terrorists, nazis, and klansmen).

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* ''Series/TheSketchShow'': Several sketches rely on this type of gag, including one where a famous "sex symbol" is interviewed (the male one), and one of a "sports extremists club" (members include muslim Muslim terrorists, nazis, Nazis, and klansmen).Klansmen).



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Video Revue", the Warner siblings are in a video store, fleeing from a ''T. rex'' that came out of a ''Jurassic Park'' video -- so they decide to [[https://youtu.be/IgcRnCZQlSE?t=7m58s drop some "bombs"]] on it, including ''Film/HeavensGate'', ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'', and ''Film/HowardTheDuck''.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Video Revue", the Warner siblings are in a video store, fleeing from a ''T. rex'' that came out of a ''Jurassic Park'' video -- so they decide to [[https://youtu.be/IgcRnCZQlSE?t=7m58s drop some "bombs"]] "bombs" on it, including ''Film/HeavensGate'', ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'', and ''Film/HowardTheDuck''.


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** In "Insane Clown Poppy" Homer gives advice to Krusty about being a father. Krusty asks for more help after he alienates his daughter by losing her violin in a poker game. Homer asks Marge if he can play Devil's Advocate. After playing the pinball game with that name, Homer decides to talk to Krusty.
1st Feb '17 5:46:28 PM Prfnoff
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': "Aaron is sweating bullets. Literally."
1st Feb '17 5:43:43 PM Prfnoff
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* Something similar happens in ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', with Glottis complaining that being fired is like they reached into his chest, tore out his heart, and tossed it into the woods, while '''doing exactly that''' to himself. This is rather too serious for Manny to bother questioning the odd choice of metaphor or why he's bothering to act it out literally at the same time.

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* Something similar happens in In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', with Glottis complaining complains that being fired is like they reached into his chest, tore out his heart, and tossed it into the woods, while '''doing exactly that''' to himself. This is rather too serious for Manny to bother questioning the odd choice of metaphor or why he's bothering to act it out literally at the same time.
25th Jan '17 6:27:50 AM E1craZ4life
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A common way to lampshade the trope is "I've heard of [X], but this is ridiculous!".
23rd Jan '17 5:08:35 PM ErichoTOME
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* The main characters in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' live in the middle of Nowhere. It's an actual place called Nowhere which is located in Kansas, the actual middle of the country.
20th Jan '17 8:13:38 PM Glenn62
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': In the episode "Legacy", Oliver Queen has been captured to be used as bait to trap the Green Arrow, by someone unaware that Oliver Queen and the Arrow are one and the same. Oliver, tied to a chair, tells his kidnapper that the Arrow isn't coming, saying "I have it on pretty good authority that he's tied up right now."
16th Jan '17 1:37:06 PM ErebusElysium
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'', Claire reads the letter Jim leaves him when he thought we would die from his battle with Draal and thinks that the "monsters" and "world-ending" he mentions was all just elaborate metaphors. He goes along with it not to sound crazy. She eventually realizes that he meant it ''literally''.
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