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28th May '16 10:36:09 AM Omeganian
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* In ''Fanfic/MassEffectEndOfDays'', during the first contact with Citadel races, the first thing the Alliance does upon emerging from the Relay is isolate the present Council ships just in case. All the Council receives is a barely discernible image of a 5 km ship outside the windows.
6th May '16 1:58:55 AM foxley
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* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Deliberately invoked by Peter in one strip. He phones his mother and asks "Would it be alright if I...saved for college?" with a suspiciously long pause in the middle. After his mother agrees, he is shown with a Playstation and explaining to his friend Steve that he'll claim he actually asked "Would it be alright if I buy a Playstation with the money I saved for college?" but the signal on his crappy phone dropped out partway through. That way, his mother will also buy him a new cellphone.
30th Apr '16 1:11:41 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' loves this trope.

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* ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' loves this trope.
17th Apr '16 10:32:59 AM Prfnoff
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** "Noel ''glub'' C ''blub'' all... I ''glub'' new...." Said by a drowning man, and the main characters spend the rest of the book trying to figure out what it means.

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** "Noel ''glub'' C ''blub'' all... I ''glub'' new...." Said by a drowning man, man (who survives but then vanishes), and the main characters spend the rest of the book trying to figure out what it means.
8th Apr '16 7:07:02 PM Goldfritha
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* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00079.html he is told he must take the assassin alive, but not why.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00079.html com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0079/ he is told he must take the assassin alive, but not why.]]
28th Mar '16 5:29:20 PM rjd1922
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* Also from the Orange Box, in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2'', when Alyx (with you alongside her) tries to transmit a warning about an approaching Combine armada to her Dr. Magnusson from the radio tower, transmission interference cuts her off before she's able to convey it properly.

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* Also from the Orange Box, in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2'', Two'', when Alyx (with you alongside her) tries to transmit a warning about an approaching Combine armada to her Dr. Magnusson from the radio tower, transmission interference cuts her off before she's able to convey it properly.



* One more from the Orange Box, Valve's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=han3AfjH210 "Meet the Demoman"]] segment for VideoGame/TeamFortress2:
--> '''Demoman:''' "I got a manky eye. I'm a black, Scottish cyclops. They've got more f-[long beep]-than they've got the likes of me."
* Happens in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', in the level where you finally meet the black ops ninjas ("Apprehension").
--> '''Barney:''' "Freeman, right? I've got a message for you. Make sure you..." <bang!> "Aaggghh!"
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'' there's an item called "Nat Pagel's Guide to Extreme Anglin'" that's missing every page but the last. What does it say? "... and so that's where you'll find the legendary sword of the Scarlet Highlord, [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ashbringer]]. Ain't it amazin' what you run into in an ordinary day of fishin'?"

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* One more from the Orange Box, Valve's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=han3AfjH210 "Meet the Demoman"]] segment for VideoGame/TeamFortress2:
--> '''Demoman:''' "I got a manky eye. I'm a black, Scottish cyclops. They've got more f-[long beep]-than they've got the likes of me."
* Happens in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', in the level where you finally meet the black ops ninjas Black Ops Assassins ("Apprehension").
--> '''Barney:''' "Freeman, right? I've got a message for you. Make sure you..." [[KilledMidSentence <bang!> "Aaggghh!"
"Aaggghh!"]]
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there's an item called "Nat Pagel's Guide to Extreme Anglin'" that's missing every page but the last. What does it say? "... and so that's where you'll find the legendary sword of the Scarlet Highlord, [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ashbringer]]. Ain't it amazin' what you run into in an ordinary day of fishin'?"
28th Mar '16 5:24:08 PM rjd1922
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* BillCosby mentions something similar in one of his routines; during a conversation with an old wino, the wino mentions that he's the guy who announces the bus schedule.
* Neil Armstrong's first words from the surface of the Moon were "That's one small step for ''a'' man, one giant leap for mankind." The "a" somehow got lost in transmission.

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* BillCosby Creator/BillCosby mentions something similar in one of his routines; during a conversation with an old wino, the wino mentions that he's the guy who announces the bus schedule.
* Neil Armstrong's first words from the surface of the Moon were "That's one small step for ''a'' man, one giant leap for mankind." The "a" somehow got lost in transmission.
schedule.
26th Mar '16 11:56:06 AM Somariel
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* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus wakes up from a nap and turns on the TV only to learn that he's just missed a report on three things that have been determined to cause sudden, fatal nose warts in penguins. Opus screams at the TV, begging for the news anchor to go back and repeat the story, but the news anchor cheerfully signs off. Then as Opus stands there, [[BreakingTheFourthWall staring at us aghast]], the anchor adds, [[TheTelevisionTalksBack "Shouldn't have been napping."]]
* In this ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-08-09/ strip]], the PointyHairedBoss calls Dilbert and says "Go through my desk and look up the billing codes". Due to poor cell phone reception in the Boss's area, what Dilbert hears is "Go throw my desk off the building." Due to the fact that nobody likes the boss, Dilbert and Alice do just that [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-08-10/ the next strip]].
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* Older example: Douglas Hofstadter's book ''Gödel, Escher, Bach'' comments on the sentence "This sentence no verb." His later ''Scientific American'' columns on self-referential sentences take the idea further, and includes the contribution from David Stork that "It goes without saying that..."



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* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus wakes up from a nap and turns on the TV only to learn that he's just missed a report on three things that have been determined to cause sudden, fatal nose warts in penguins. Opus screams at the TV, begging for the news anchor to go back and repeat the story, but the news anchor cheerfully signs off. Then as Opus stands there, [[BreakingTheFourthWall staring at us aghast]], the anchor adds, [[TheTelevisionTalksBack "Shouldn't have been napping."]]
* In this ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-08-09/ strip]], the PointyHairedBoss calls Dilbert and says "Go through my desk and look up the billing codes". Due to poor cell phone reception in the Boss's area, what Dilbert hears is "Go throw my desk off the building." Due to the fact that nobody likes the boss, Dilbert and Alice do just that [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-08-10/ the next strip]].

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* One episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' featured an experimental "stereo" broadcast. Listeners with ordinary radios (i.e., everybody) only got to hear half of what was being said.
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus wakes up from Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy, a nap Grebulon ship (which is on an exceptionally long-haul flight across the galaxy and turns on the TV only to learn that he's just missed a report on three things that have been determined to cause sudden, fatal nose warts whose crewmembers are in penguins. Opus screams at the TV, begging for the news anchor to go back and repeat the story, but the news anchor cheerfully signs off. Then as Opus stands there, [[BreakingTheFourthWall staring at us aghast]], the anchor adds, [[TheTelevisionTalksBack "Shouldn't have been napping."]]
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stasis) suffers this ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-08-09/ strip]], the PointyHairedBoss calls Dilbert and says "Go with their orders after an asteroid ripped through my desk their ship which destroyed the system which held their identites and look their mission plan. The only instructions they end up with are to land a safe distance from something and monitor it.
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the billing codes". Due to poor cell phone reception ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' ''Companion Chronicles'' audio drama "Tales from the Vaut", a century old phonograph record in the Boss's area, U.N.I.T. vault contains a warning from the Doctor's companion Steven Taylor. Unfortunately, it deteriorates before it can explain exactly what Dilbert hears is "Go throw my desk off the building." Due to the fact that nobody likes the boss, Dilbert and Alice do just that [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2004-08-10/ the next strip]].it's a warning about.



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* Older example: Douglas Hofstadter's book ''Gödel, Escher, Bach'' comments on the sentence "This sentence no verb." His later ''Scientific American'' columns on self-referential sentences take the idea further, and includes the contribution from David Stork that "It goes without saying that..."
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* One episode of ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' featured an experimental "stereo" broadcast. Listeners with ordinary radios (i.e., everybody) only got to hear half of what was being said.
* In Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy, a Grebulon ship (which is on an exceptionally long-haul flight across the galaxy and whose crewmembers are in stasis) suffers this with their orders after an asteroid ripped through their ship which destroyed the system which held their identites and their mission plan. The only instructions they end up with are to land a safe distance from something and monitor it.
* In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' ''Companion Chronicles'' audio drama "Tales from the Vaut", a century old phonograph record in the U.N.I.T. vault contains a warning from the Doctor's companion Steven Taylor. Unfortunately, it deteriorates before it can explain exactly what it's a warning about.
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16th Mar '16 5:44:39 PM StFan
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* Used by Rowan Atkinson in a comedy routine:
-->'''Atkinson:''' I am Zoltan from the Planet Bonk. I come to you to warn you of the means you must take to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Schlaketizzyonnymazzim''. Pardon me, my translator module seems to be malfuncfuncfunc''kukdfowegyfgsdyioyuefh'' ... Duracell ...''fhrhfjkdgvfhfiouhwdcklsdjfhsdlfsdf''... ack to the shop. I have very little time. Here are the three warnings you must heed to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Sackittomeg. fhweruifhkwwyerguiphiwe, fhwuiefrhuiowe.'' Secondly, Doctor David Owen''dfweuqif, rhuioghfa, sfgyfasdfgasdklh2djio''large bucket of manure. And thirdly, beware the one who calls himself Princess Diana. Farewell, and may your lives be ''weruif3rhfuibklvqbnefipuqrefhwjklasdjklsdjkl''ucking '''hell!'''
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* Older example: Douglas Hofstadter's book ''Gödel, Escher, Bach'' comments on the sentence "This sentence no verb." His later ''Scientific American'' columns on self-referential sentences take the idea further, and includes the contribution from David Stork that "It goes without saying that..."
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* In [[VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII Ultima VII Part 2 Serpent Isle]], the Avatar is warned by a ghost during a seance that many angry spirits (who have been, ahem, helped along by the Avatar) are waiting for him in the next world, and that he must always remember. . . .

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* In [[VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII Ultima VII Part 2 Serpent Isle]], the Avatar is warned by a ghost during a seance that many angry spirits (who have been, ahem, helped along by the Avatar) are waiting for him in the next world, and that he must always remember. . . .remember...




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\n[[AC:{{Western Anim|ation}}]]* This trope accidentally a MemeticMutation. To explain -- the meme comes from a discussion thread about ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', asking about Hanyuu's horns and specifically why none of the characters ever seem to notice them [[spoiler:in the timeline she is brought into the world as an otherwise normal human girl as a ploy by Rika to finally get out of her GroundhogDayLoop]] -- they remain visible at least to viewers. One poster had written "Why doesn't anyone her horns?", presumably omitting the word "see" by accident, and the board took off with it; the most (in)famous iteration of this was "I'd her horns" (this being the Internet, the reader is left to decide what word is missing). Even the mods got in on it: "Guys, you can't just verbs out of your sentences."
* A [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-accidentally similar meme]] briefly arose after an imageboard user posted a message stating "I accidentally 93 MB of .rar files" and asking if it was a bad thing.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/XI2kp.jpg This]] image.
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* If you've ever seen copies of those documents concerning the military's UFO research, you'd wonder if someone didn't just block out 80% of the text just to screw with you. It's in weird places too. Half a paragraph will be blocked, only to pick up on stuff like "...to which, the witness responded, 'I don't know WHAT they would want with my cattle, that's why I called you.'"
** The Wiki/SCPFoundation's use of oddly placed [DATA EXPUNGED] probably owes something to these.

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* If you've ever seen copies of those documents concerning the military's UFO research, you'd wonder if someone didn't just block out 80% of the text just to screw with you. It's in weird places too. Half a paragraph will be blocked, only to pick up on stuff like "...to which, the witness responded, 'I don't know WHAT they would want with my cattle, that's why I called you.'"
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'" The Wiki/SCPFoundation's use of oddly placed [DATA EXPUNGED] probably owes something to these.




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* Used by Rowan Atkinson in a comedy routine:
-->'''Atkinson:''' I am Zoltan from the Planet Bonk. I come to you to warn you of the means you must take to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Schlaketizzyonnymazzim''. Pardon me, my translator podule seems to be malfuncfuncfunc''kukdfowegyfgsdyioyuefh'' ... Duracell ...''fhrhfjkdgvfhfiouhwdcklsdjfhsdlfsdf''... ack to the shop. I have very little time. Here are the three warnings you must heed to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Sackittomeg. fhweruifhkwwyerguiphiwe, fhwuiefrhuiowe.'' Secondly, Doctor David Owen''dfweuqif, rhuioghfa, sfgyfasdfgasdklh2djio''large bucket of manure. And thirdly, beware the one who calls himself Princess Diana. Farewell, and may your lives be ''weruif3rhfuibklvqbnefipuqrefhwjklasdjklsdjkl''ucking '''hell!'''
* This trope can be invoked if you are about to explain something about the JustForFun/CandleJack trope, like how it's very important to nev
* This trope accidentally a MemeticMutation. To explain - the meme comes from a discussion thread about ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', asking about Hanyuu's horns and specifically why none of the characters ever seem to notice them [[spoiler:in the timeline she is brought into the world as an otherwise normal human girl as a ploy by Rika to finally get out of her GroundhogDayLoop]] - they remain visible at least to viewers. One poster had written "Why doesn't anyone her horns?", presumably omitting the word "see" by accident, and the board took off with it; the most (in)famous iteration of this was "I'd her horns" (this being the Internet, the reader is left to decide what word is missing). Even the mods got in on it: "Guys, you can't just verbs out of your sentences."
** Older than that. Douglas Hofstadter's book ''Gödel, Escher, Bach'' comments on the sentence "This sentence no verb." His later ''Scientific American'' columns on self-referential sentences take the idea further, and includes the contribution from David Stork that "It goes without saying that..."
* A [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-accidentally similar meme]] briefly arose after an imageboard user posted a message stating "I accidentally 93 MB of .rar files" and asking if it was a bad thing.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/XI2kp.jpg This]] image.

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\n[[AC:Oth]]\n* Used by Rowan Atkinson in a comedy routine:\n-->'''Atkinson:''' I am Zoltan from the Planet Bonk. I come to you to warn you of the means you must take to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Schlaketizzyonnymazzim''. Pardon me, my translator podule seems to be malfuncfuncfunc''kukdfowegyfgsdyioyuefh'' ... Duracell ...''fhrhfjkdgvfhfiouhwdcklsdjfhsdlfsdf''... ack to the shop. I have very little time. Here are the three warnings you must heed to avoid the destruction of your civilisation. ''Sackittomeg. fhweruifhkwwyerguiphiwe, fhwuiefrhuiowe.'' Secondly, Doctor David Owen''dfweuqif, rhuioghfa, sfgyfasdfgasdklh2djio''large bucket of manure. And thirdly, beware the one who calls himself Princess Diana. Farewell, and may your lives be ''weruif3rhfuibklvqbnefipuqrefhwjklasdjklsdjkl''ucking '''hell!'''\n* This trope can be invoked if you are about to explain something about the JustForFun/CandleJack trope, like how it's very important to nev\n* This trope accidentally a MemeticMutation. To explain - the meme comes from a discussion thread about ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', asking about Hanyuu's horns and specifically why none of the characters ever seem to notice them [[spoiler:in the timeline she is brought into the world as an otherwise normal human girl as a ploy by Rika to finally get out of her GroundhogDayLoop]] - they remain visible at least to viewers. One poster had written "Why doesn't anyone her horns?", presumably omitting the word "see" by accident, and the board took off with it; the most (in)famous iteration of this was "I'd her horns" (this being the Internet, the reader is left to decide what word is missing). Even the mods got in on it: "Guys, you can't just verbs out of your sentences."\n** Older than that. Douglas Hofstadter's book ''Gödel, Escher, Bach'' comments on the sentence "This sentence no verb." His later ''Scientific American'' columns on self-referential sentences take the idea further, and includes the contribution from David Stork that "It goes without saying that..."\n* A [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-accidentally similar meme]] briefly arose after an imageboard user posted a message stating "I accidentally 93 MB of .rar files" and asking if it was a bad thing.\n* [[http://i.imgur.com/XI2kp.jpg This]] image.\n[[/folder]]
31st Jan '16 9:12:28 AM nombretomado
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* Shows up in some of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s of the first and second ''SystemShock'' games; specifically, the logs about SHODAN and her plans. Occasionally in the first game, SHODAN actively disrupts messages sent to you.

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* Shows up in some of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s of the first and second ''SystemShock'' ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' games; specifically, the logs about SHODAN and her plans. Occasionally in the first game, SHODAN actively disrupts messages sent to you.
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