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* In ''Albert the Muffin-Maker'', a book from a children's educational picture book series called ''Mouse Math'', Albert is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin making muffins.]] However, he quickly finds that he doesn't have the ingredients he needs, so he borrows pretty much ''everything'' from neighbors because he's been told that "it's nice to share," his bemused sister Wanda forcing him to stop borrowing from one particular neighbor, Mrs. Nibble, after he borrows no less than four different ingredients from her. Once the muffins are done, she has him take a muffin to each of the ten individuals he borrowed stuff from, leaving them with two to each have one.
20th Dec '16 3:54:38 PM StFan
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* Before he was Giles from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Creator/AnthonyHead was best recognized from a series of Nestle Gold Blend (in the UK) / Nescafe Tasters Choice (in the US) commercials about a couple flirting while borrowing coffee from each other.
** Immaculately parodied on Comic Relief one year, where the guy kept trying to direct her to a nearby shop and turned the eventual request down. "Nafcafé Gold Bland. If you like it that much, get your own bloody jar!"

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* Before he was Giles from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Creator/AnthonyHead was best recognized from a series of Nestle Gold Blend (in the UK) / Nescafe Tasters Choice (in the US) commercials about a couple flirting while borrowing coffee from each other.
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other. Immaculately parodied on Comic Relief one year, where the guy kept trying to direct her to a nearby shop and turned the eventual request down. "Nafcafé Gold Bland. If you like it that much, get your own bloody jar!"






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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', after being cut in half by his own attack, Freeza asks Goku if he can borrow "a cup of energy".
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* ''The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs'', a retelling of the classic fairy tail features this. The wolf was only trying to borrow sugar from the three pigs but as he had a bad cold and the pigs had poorly constructed houses he kept sneezing the houses down - and the dead pigs? He's still a wolf, waste not want not.

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* ''The True Story Of The of the Three Little Pigs'', a retelling of the classic fairy tail features this. The wolf was only trying to borrow sugar from the three pigs but as he had a bad cold and the pigs had poorly constructed houses he kept sneezing the houses down - and the dead pigs? He's still a wolf, waste not want not.



* Almost the same thing happens in [[Literature/ArabianNights the story of Ali Baba]], when his wife borrows a scale, also for coins.

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* ''Literature/ArabianNights'': Almost the same thing happens in [[Literature/ArabianNights the story of Ali Baba]], Baba, when his wife borrows a scale, also for coins.
coins.



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-->'''Dr. Julian Bashir:''' I need to borrow... a cup... of goo.
-->'''Odo:''' Excuse me?
-->'''Dr. Julian Bashir:''' Please? I'll give it back.
* ''Series/{{Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future}}'' episode "The Intruder"

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-->'''Dr. Julian Bashir:''' I need to borrow... a cup... of goo.
-->'''Odo:'''
goo.\\
'''Odo:'''
Excuse me?
-->'''Dr.
me?\\
'''Dr.
Julian Bashir:''' Please? I'll give it back.
* ''Series/{{Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future}}'' ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' episode "The Intruder"






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* ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', like many {{sitcom}}s, had a RunningGag of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist borrowing things from his long-suffering neighbor (in this case, RonaldColman) and not returning them. In the March 19, 1948 broadcast, Jack borrows Colman's [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] award; when Colman's wife asks why he let Jack borrow it, he snaps, "It might as well be with the rest of my things!" As Jack walks home, the Oscar is stolen by a mugger in [[ImThinkingItOver probably the most famous bit in the program's history]].
* In a "News From Lake Wobegon" segment from ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' Garrison Keillor tells a fictional account of how his mother got addicted to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Parade Tournament of Roses Parade]]. At the time they didn't have a television set, but she had gone to a neighbor's house for a cup of flour. The neighbors were watching the Parade on television, and she was so mesmerized that she watched the whole thing standing with the cup of flour in her hand.

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* ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', like many {{sitcom}}s, had a RunningGag of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist borrowing things from his long-suffering neighbor (in this case, RonaldColman) Creator/RonaldColman) and not returning them. In the March 19, 1948 broadcast, Jack borrows Colman's [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] award; when Colman's wife asks why he let Jack borrow it, he snaps, "It might as well be with the rest of my things!" As Jack walks home, the Oscar is stolen by a mugger in [[ImThinkingItOver probably the most famous bit in the program's history]].
* In a "News From Lake Wobegon" segment from ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' Garrison Keillor tells a fictional account of how his mother got addicted to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Parade Tournament of Roses Parade]]. At the time they didn't have a television set, but she had gone to a neighbor's house for a cup of flour. The neighbors were watching the Parade on television, and she was so mesmerized that she watched the whole thing standing with the cup of flour in her hand.
hand.



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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short ''Shishkabugs''.
-->'''Yosemite Sam:''' [interrupted by a knock on the door] Ooh, what do you want?
-->'''Bugs Bunny:''' Good afternoon. Let me introduce myself as one of the woodland creatures residing in the King's forest, and being that there is such a close relationship, I assume it would not be too improper to borrow a cup of diced carrots, huh? [he holds an empty cup]
** In ''Duck, Rabbit, Duck!'', Daffy asks Bugs for a cup of blackstrap molasses as an excuse for Bugs to come out and get shot by Elmer. The shot punctures the cup instead, and Bugs comments that "I didn't think molasses would flow in January."
* On one ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon, Donalds new neighbor Pete asks to borrow some ice cubes... and while he's at it, he also borrows a cube of butter, some cucumbers, and on and on until he empties Don's fridge.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson tends to borrow or outright ''steal'' things from Ned Flanders.
* And in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Mort has borrowed so many things from the Griffins without returning them that Peter once put an Adolf Hitler scarecrow in the yard.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', [=SpongeBob=] wants Squidward to come visit, but Squidward doesn't want to. So [=SpongeBob=] borrows his vacuum to give Squidward an excuse to go over to [=SpongeBob=]'s house.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode Day of the Fish, Jim decides to visit the nearest planet to get a cup of sugar for the Galactic Hero League's coffee. Unfortunately, the nearest planet is ruled by Bob the Killer Goldfish.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short ''Shishkabugs''.
-->'''Yosemite Sam:''' [interrupted by a knock on
''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' - Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Five
-->'''Marzipan:''' Hi, Strong Bad. This is your next-door neighbor
the door] Ooh, what do you want?
-->'''Bugs Bunny:''' Good afternoon. Let me introduce myself as one of the woodland creatures residing in the King's forest, and being that there is such a close relationship,
crocodile. Can I assume it would not be too improper to borrow a cup of diced carrots, huh? [he holds an empty cup]
** In ''Duck, Rabbit, Duck!'', Daffy asks Bugs for a cup of blackstrap molasses as an excuse for Bugs
sugar? I'm going to come out and get shot by Elmer. The shot punctures the cup instead, and Bugs comments that "I didn't think molasses would flow in January."
* On one ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon, Donalds new neighbor Pete asks to borrow
make some ice cubes... and while he's at it, he also borrows a cube of butter, some cucumbers, and on and on until he empties Don's fridge.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson tends to borrow or outright ''steal'' things from Ned Flanders.
* And in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Mort has borrowed so many things from the Griffins without returning them that Peter once put an Adolf Hitler scarecrow in the yard.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', [=SpongeBob=] wants Squidward to come visit, but Squidward doesn't want to. So [=SpongeBob=] borrows his vacuum to give Squidward an excuse to go over to [=SpongeBob=]'s house.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode Day of the Fish, Jim decides to visit the nearest planet to get a cup of sugar for the Galactic Hero League's coffee. Unfortunately, the nearest planet is ruled by Bob the Killer Goldfish.
puppy-dough cookies tonight...



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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' - Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Five
-->'''Marzipan:''' Hi, Strong Bad. This is your next-door neighbor the crocodile. Can I borrow a cup of sugar? I'm going to make some puppy-dough cookies tonight...

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' - Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Five
-->'''Marzipan:''' Hi, Strong Bad. This is your next-door neighbor
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** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Shishkabugs".
--->'''Yosemite Sam:''' [interrupted by a knock on
the crocodile. Can door] Ooh, what do you want?\\
'''Bugs Bunny:''' Good afternoon. Let me introduce myself as one of the woodland creatures residing in the King's forest, and being that there is such a close relationship,
I assume it would not be too improper to borrow a cup of sugar? I'm going diced carrots, huh? [he holds an empty cup]
** In ''Duck, Rabbit, Duck!'', Daffy asks Bugs for a cup of blackstrap molasses as an excuse for Bugs
to make come out and get shot by Elmer. The shot punctures the cup instead, and Bugs comments that "I didn't think molasses would flow in January."
* On one ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon, Donalds new neighbor Pete asks to borrow
some puppy-dough cookies tonight...
ice cubes... and while he's at it, he also borrows a cube of butter, some cucumbers, and on and on until he empties Don's fridge.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson tends to borrow or outright ''steal'' things from Ned Flanders.
* And in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Mort has borrowed so many things from the Griffins without returning them that Peter once put an Adolf Hitler scarecrow in the yard.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', [=SpongeBob=] wants Squidward to come visit, but Squidward doesn't want to. So [=SpongeBob=] borrows his vacuum to give Squidward an excuse to go over to [=SpongeBob=]'s house.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode Day of the Fish, Jim decides to visit the nearest planet to get a cup of sugar for the Galactic Hero League's coffee. Unfortunately, the nearest planet is ruled by Bob the Killer Goldfish.




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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', after being cut in half by his own attack, Freeza asks Goku if he can borrow "a cup of energy".

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22nd Oct '16 12:16:23 PM Morgenthaler
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** Immaculately parodied on Comic Relief one year, where the guy kept trying to direct her to a nearby shop and turned the eventual request down. "Nafcafé Gold Bland. If you like it that much, get your own bloody jar!"
* There's an ad for Just For Men hair color where a hot new neighbor chick knocks on our hero's door to borrow a cup of milk and the man says "just a minute," jumps out of his second story window, runs to the store and buys... some Just For Men hair color so he can look young and handsome when he opens the door. He almost forgets to also buy some milk so she can borrow it.

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** Immaculately parodied on Comic Relief one year, where the guy kept trying to direct her to a nearby shop and turned the eventual request down. "Nafcafé Gold Bland. If you like it that much, get your own bloody jar!"
* There's an ad for Just For Men hair color where a hot new neighbor chick knocks on our hero's door to borrow a cup of milk and the man says "just a minute," jumps out of his second story window, runs to the store and buys... some Just For Men hair color so he can look young and handsome when he opens the door. He almost forgets to also buy some milk so she can borrow it.



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31st Aug '16 3:21:42 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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A character comes over to borrow a cup of sugar, or something else like flour, a hedge trimmer, or whatever from their neighbour and this is used to set up a plot thread of some sort:

* As a MeetCute
* When something is happening really needs keeping secret and neighbor honestly needs to borrow something but has epically bad timing
* Similar to the above, but an excuse to barge in their neighbor's business because they suspect something odd is going on and they are a NosyNeighbor
* The borrower has just stumbled onto the home of a serial killer and this is the last we'll see of them alive
* To set up the plot in some other way

Please note this is not just a list of instances of neighbours borrowing things in fiction [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs as this has no meaning in itself]]; it has to at least set up a plot thread or joke of some sort.

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A character comes over to borrow a cup of sugar, or something else like flour, a hedge trimmer, or whatever from their neighbour neighbor and this is used to set up a plot thread of some sort:

* As a MeetCute
MeetCute;
* When something is happening that really needs keeping to be kept secret and the neighbor honestly needs to borrow something but has epically bad timing
timing;
* Similar to Like the above, but an excuse to barge in with the neighbor intentionally barging into their neighbor's business because they suspect something odd is going on and they are a NosyNeighbor
NosyNeighbor;
* The borrower neighbor has just stumbled onto the home of a serial killer and this is the last we'll see of them alive
alive;
* To set up the plot in some other way

way.

Please note this is not just a list of instances of neighbours neighbors borrowing things in fiction [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs as this has no meaning in itself]]; it has to at least set up a plot thread or joke of some sort.
13th Jan '16 3:50:46 PM NateTheGreat
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* In a "News From Lake Wobegon" segment from ''APrairieHomeCompanion'' Garrison Keillor tells a fictional account of how his mother got addicted to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Parade Tournament of Roses Parade]]. At the time they didn't have a television set, but she had gone to a neighbor's house for a cup of flour. The neighbors were watching the Parade on television, and she was so mesmerized that she watched the whole thing standing with the cup of flour in her hand.
8th Jan '16 12:09:52 PM ElBuenCuate
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* The Loquitos Sketch in ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'' had a neighbor of Lucas and Chaparron who was constantly asking them for a cup of sugar.

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* The Loquitos Chifladitos Sketch in ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'' had a neighbor of Lucas and Chaparron who was constantly asking them for a cup of sugar.
20th May '15 4:15:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', like many {{sitcom}}s, had a RunningGag of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist borrowing things from his long-suffering neighbor (in this case, RonaldColman) and not returning them. In the March 19, 1948 broadcast, Jack borrows Colman's [[AcademyAward Oscar]] award; when Colman's wife asks why he let Jack borrow it, he snaps, "It might as well be with the rest of my things!" As Jack walks home, the Oscar is stolen by a mugger in [[ImThinkingItOver probably the most famous bit in the program's history]].

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* ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', like many {{sitcom}}s, had a RunningGag of the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist borrowing things from his long-suffering neighbor (in this case, RonaldColman) and not returning them. In the March 19, 1948 broadcast, Jack borrows Colman's [[AcademyAward [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] award; when Colman's wife asks why he let Jack borrow it, he snaps, "It might as well be with the rest of my things!" As Jack walks home, the Oscar is stolen by a mugger in [[ImThinkingItOver probably the most famous bit in the program's history]].
26th Apr '15 5:16:31 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/PaperTowns'' by Creator/JohnGreen, Margo says she asked a neighbor to borrow a cup of sugar so she could find out more about a man who committed suicide.

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* In ''Literature/PaperTowns'' by Creator/JohnGreen, ''Literature/PaperTowns'', Margo says she asked a neighbor to borrow a cup of sugar so she could find out more about a man who committed suicide.
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