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23rd Apr '17 5:33:48 PM Argon2
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* In ''Film/TempleGrandin'' we see the autistic Temple's interpretation of idioms (Temple's Aunt: "We wake up with the chickens around here!" Temple: (after imagining her relatives perched on a fence in their [=PJs=]) *laughing* "That's ridiculous!"). This gets her in a bit of trouble when she builds a hugbox and a psychiatrist asks her if she gets a release from it and she says yes (because if there wasn't a release lever she couldn't get out). Unfortunately she doesn't clarify that part and her hugbox gets taken away.

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* In ''Film/TempleGrandin'' we see the autistic Temple's interpretation of idioms (Temple's Aunt: "We wake up with the chickens around here!" Temple: (after imagining her relatives perched on a fence in their [=PJs=]) *laughing* ''*laughing*'' "That's ridiculous!"). This gets her in a bit of trouble when she builds a hugbox and a psychiatrist asks her if she gets a release from it and she says yes (because if there wasn't a release lever she couldn't get out). Unfortunately she doesn't clarify that part and her hugbox gets taken away.
26th Mar '17 10:31:12 AM Vir
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* Tetsuma Joe from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' always follows directions. Exactly. When his coach warned him not to overeat before a game, he didn't eat for three days. And at one point, The Kid tells Joe "wake me up in about three hours". Exactly three hours later, and despite the fact that Kid is nowhere nearby, Joe ''[[SuperWindowJump leaps out the window]] of a moving bus'' just to go find Kid and wake him up. On another occasion, Kid asks Tetsuma to get him up at eight AM. So Tetsuma actually counts down the seconds until 8 AM IN HIS SLEEP.

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* Tetsuma Joe from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' always follows directions. Exactly. When his coach warned him not to overeat before a game, he didn't eat for three days. And at one point, The Kid tells Joe "wake me up in about three hours". Exactly three hours later, and despite the fact that Kid is nowhere nearby, Joe ''[[SuperWindowJump leaps out the window]] of a moving bus'' just to go find Kid and wake him up. On another occasion, Kid asks Tetsuma to get him up at eight AM. So Tetsuma actually counts down the seconds until 8 AM IN HIS SLEEP.



** In "Match Maker", Marco tells Star to "dance around the issue" while asking her mother for help, and Star eagerly responds "I'm a ''great'' dancer!"

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** In "Match Maker", "Matchmaker", Marco tells Star to "dance around the issue" while asking her mother for help, and Star eagerly responds "I'm a ''great'' dancer!"


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* Dr. Doofenshmirtz on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' engages in this a few times; in one episode he tries to get a green thumb by dumping green paint on himself and paints everything but his thumbs due to the way he was holding the can. In another, he's repeatedly told the saying "don't make a mountain out of a molehill", which he takes as a challenge and invents a device that can quite literally transform a molehill into a mountain.
18th Mar '17 6:22:57 AM Rodrigokun
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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?!

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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 got a really cute nickname: Torso Boy! So what's ''he'' complaining about?!
15th Mar '17 7:57:23 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Jasnah says that Cryptics should be called "Liespren" but [[InsistentTerminology they don't like the term.]] Pattern, Shallan's Cryptic, considers anything spoken that's not literal truth (exaggeration, euphemisms and figures of speech, humor, sarcasm, etc) to be "a lie," and is fascinated by how many different kinds of lies humans have come up with.
8th Mar '17 10:19:18 PM jormis29
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* The Creator/TexAvery cartoon ''Symphony in Slang'' is about a recently deceased man at the Pearly Gates, explaining his life story with incomprehensible slang terms. The angels interpret the whole thing literally, turning it into a {{Hurricane of|Puns}} {{Visual Pun}}s.

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* The Creator/TexAvery cartoon ''Symphony in Slang'' ''WesternAnimation/SymphonyInSlang'' is about a recently deceased man at the Pearly Gates, explaining his life story with incomprehensible slang terms. The angels interpret the whole thing literally, turning it into a {{Hurricane of|Puns}} {{Visual Pun}}s.
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!
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