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14th Feb '17 4:29:31 AM Andyroid
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** In "Mathmagic", Star bursts out laughing in math class when Janna tells her the ChickenJoke. [[SternTeacher Miss Skullnick]] demands to know "What's so funny?!", and Star [[DontExplainTheJoke tries to explain what makes the Chicken Joke "classic anti-humor"]].
6th Feb '17 8:32:11 PM Doug86
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* Rose on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is very much this way -- it seems to be common to people from [[Cloudcuckooland St. Olaf]].

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* Rose on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' is very much this way -- it seems to be common to people from [[Cloudcuckooland [[CloudCuckooland St. Olaf]].



* This trope is exploited in Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete. Young Pete and his two friends are called into the Principal's office for being troublemakers and is about to give them detention before another issue takes his attention. Before he leaves, the Principal tells the trio to not leave his office but forgets about them and goes home, leaving Pete and his friends in school for the whole night. After having an adventure in School during the night, the trio returns to the Principal's office before he arrives in the morning. When the Principal asks them what they are doing in his office, the trio reply he told not to leave his office so they did. Shocked that they did what he told them and unintentionally locked the kids at school, the Principal decides to not give them detention and allows them to take the day off.

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* This trope is exploited in Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete.''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''. Young Pete and his two friends are called into the Principal's office for being troublemakers and is about to give them detention before another issue takes his attention. Before he leaves, the Principal tells the trio to not leave his office but forgets about them and goes home, leaving Pete and his friends in school for the whole night. After having an adventure in School during the night, the trio returns to the Principal's office before he arrives in the morning. When the Principal asks them what they are doing in his office, the trio reply he told not to leave his office so they did. Shocked that they did what he told them and unintentionally locked the kids at school, the Principal decides to not give them detention and allows them to take the day off.
24th Jan '17 7:34:31 AM SuperEquality07
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* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld''. Granted, he's like 3 years old.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld''. Granted, he's like 3 5 years old.
15th Jan '17 1:06:04 PM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'': In "Rafeefleas," T.C. wants to know why benny is late for a meeting, and Choo Choo explains it's because Benny was at the museum:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'': In "Rafeefleas," T.C. wants to know why benny Benny is late for a meeting, and Choo Choo explains it's because Benny was at the museum:
15th Jan '17 7:49:08 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'': In "Rafeefleas," T.C. wants to know why benny is late for a meeting, and Choo Choo explains it's because Benny was at the museum:
-->'''Choo Choo:''' He was standing in front of a display with a big sign that said "Watch This Space."\\
'''T.C.:''' So?\\
'''Choo Choo:''' So, Benny was just standing there, (''T.C. joins in'') watching the space!
11th Jan '17 4:49:07 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} '': [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-06-11 Believing that "You can't know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes", Jon's Uncle Forrest had three hundred pairs when they caught him.]] Garfield said, "That's about a seven on the creepy scale."

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} '': '':
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[[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-06-11 Believing that "You can't know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes", Jon's Uncle Forrest had three hundred pairs when they caught him.]] Garfield said, "That's about a seven on the creepy scale.""
** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2010/10/04 When Jon asks Irma what's new on the menu]], she describes the new stains on it.
23rd Dec '16 8:40:13 PM Derleth
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In right-wing perceptions of communist/totalitarian economies, minimizing one's workload is often the only functional incentive, and Work-to-rule can be a way of achieving it. PJ O'Rourke's humorous example involving a Soviet shoe factory: "If they tell you to make 5,000 shoes, you make 5,000 left-footed baby shoes. If they tell you to produce 2,000 pounds of shoes, you make one giant concrete overshoe." It should be noted that work-to-rule action is more commonly used to cripple capitalist enterprises by highlighting their inherent exploitative inefficiencies.

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In right-wing perceptions of communist/totalitarian economies, minimizing one's workload is often the only functional incentive, and Work-to-rule can be a way of achieving it. PJ O'Rourke's humorous example involving a Soviet shoe factory: "If they tell you to make 5,000 shoes, you make 5,000 left-footed baby shoes. If they tell you to produce 2,000 pounds of shoes, you make one giant concrete overshoe." It should be noted that work-to-rule action is more commonly used to cripple capitalist enterprises by highlighting their inherent exploitative inefficiencies."
19th Dec '16 6:12:21 AM Spindriver
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** The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'' book explains this from the dwarves point of view, to help players with dwarf [=PCs=]. Dwarves find the human tendency to speak in metaphor to be both confusing and annoying. You ask a human how long until the explosion, and instead of a useful answer you get a little meditation about the beauty of flames and the fragility of life. The books explain it: precise language is a useful survival trait in as dangerous a profession as mining.
** The tendency for people to take metaphors literally is a common humoristic element in the series. One of the early novels actually justifies it in that the Discworld's de facto instability of reality and a history of high-powered {{Reality Warper}}s duking it out have actually severely bred out the capacity for imagination.

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** The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'' book explains this from the dwarves dwarves' point of view, to help players with dwarf [=PCs=]. Dwarves find the human tendency to speak in metaphor to be both confusing and annoying. You ask a human how long until the explosion, and instead of a useful answer you get a little meditation about the beauty of flames and the fragility of life. The books explain it: precise language is a useful survival trait in as dangerous a profession as mining.
mining. It also provides a "Literal-Minded" disadvantage as an option when creating characters, dwarf or otherwise.
** The tendency for people to take metaphors literally is a common humoristic humorous element in the series. One of the early novels actually justifies it in that the Discworld's de facto ''de facto'' instability of reality and a history of high-powered {{Reality Warper}}s duking it out have actually severely bred out the capacity for imagination.
23rd Nov '16 9:48:54 PM TheCuza
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...[[SarcasmBlind So I did]].
And then he gets all ''indignant'' on me! He's like, "Hey man, I was just being sarcastic!"

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...[[SarcasmBlind So I did]].
did]].\\
And then he gets all ''indignant'' on me! He's like, "Hey man, I was just being sarcastic!"sarcastic!"\\
23rd Nov '16 9:48:32 PM TheCuza
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-->So I see this guy Marty trying to carry this big ol' sofa up the stairs all by himself, and I say "Hey, y'want me t'help you with that?"\\
And Marty, he just ''[[SarcasmMode rolls his eyes]]'' and goes [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "Noooo, I want you to cut off my arms and legs with a chainsaw!"]]\\
[[SarcasmBlind So I did]].

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-->So -->Okay, like, one time I was out in the parking lot trying to remove my excess earwax with a golf pencil, when I see this guy Marty trying to carry this a big ol' sofa up the stairs all by himself, and himself. So I say to him, I say, "Hey, y'want you want me t'help to help you with that?"\\
And Marty, he just ''[[SarcasmMode rolls ''rolls his eyes]]'' eyes'' and goes [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor "Noooo, "''Nnnnoooo'', [[SarcasmMode I want you to cut off my arms and legs with a chainsaw!"]]\\
chainsaw]]!"\\
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[[SarcasmBlind So I did]].did]].
And then he gets all ''indignant'' on me! He's like, "Hey man, I was just being sarcastic!"
Well that's just ''great''. How was ''I'' supposed to know that? I'm not a mind reader for cryin' out loud! Besides, now he's not a really cute nickname: Torso Boy! So what's ''he'' complaining about?!



And he's yelling, and screaming, and bleeding all over, and I'm like "Hey, c'mon! Don't ya get it?"\\
But he just kept rolling around on the sidewalk bleeding and screaming, "AAHHHHH!! AAHHHHH!! AAHHHHH!!", y'know, completely missing the irony of the whole situation.\\
Man, some people just can't take a joke, y'know.

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And he's yelling, and screaming, and bleeding all over, and I'm like "Hey, c'mon! Don't ya get ''get'' it?"\\
But he just kept rolling around on the sidewalk bleeding and screaming, "AAHHHHH!! AAHHHHH!! AAHHHHH!!", y'know, completely missing the irony ''irony'' of the whole situation.\\
Man, some people just can't take a joke, y'know.y'know...
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