History Main / MedalOfDishonor

6th May '17 5:55:13 PM eroock
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4th May '17 9:37:05 AM TheHeroHartmut
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** Randy won a place in the Guinness World Records for The Biggest Piece of Shit Taken, to Sharon's disgust and shame. PlayedWith because Randy and his friends, however, thought this was awesome--as did [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]], the previous record holder, who was desperate to maintain his title.

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** Randy once won a place in the Guinness World Records for The Biggest Piece of Shit Taken, to Sharon's disgust and shame. PlayedWith because Randy and his friends, however, thought this was awesome--as did awesome; even his son Stan, usually the StraightMan for ludicrous plots like this, seemed to approve. As well as this, [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]], the previous record holder, who holder [[spoiler:(or, perhaps more accurately, the previous ''[[TalkingPoo record]]'')]], was desperate to maintain his title. title.



** Abe Simpson earned the Iron Cross - whilst serving in the US Army during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, because of his incompetence at searching for mines.

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** Abe Simpson earned the Iron Cross - whilst serving in the US Army during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, because of his incompetence at searching for mines.



** The episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E7LisaGetsAnA Lisa Gets An "A"]]'' is an example of the accidental kind, with Lisa getting a prize for academic excellence that she (ironically) obtained by cheating on a test (which got [[FMinusMinus an]] [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale "A-Triple-Plus"]]). The whole plot revolves about the fact that Springfield Elementary ''needs'' the award (or more specifically the extra funding money that comes with it, and that they have already used some of to buy stuff) and Skinner and Chalmers try to convince Lisa to see this, while Lisa [[HonorBeforeReason sees the truth (and having a clean conscience) as more important, even if it means tossing the school to the wolves]].

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** The episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E7LisaGetsAnA Lisa Gets An "A"]]'' is an example of the accidental kind, with Lisa getting a prize for academic excellence that she (ironically) obtained by cheating on a test (which got [[FMinusMinus an]] [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale "A-Triple-Plus"]]). The whole plot revolves about the fact that Springfield Elementary ''needs'' the award (or more specifically the extra funding money that comes with it, and that some of which they have already used some of to buy stuff) and Skinner and Chalmers try to convince Lisa to see this, while Lisa [[HonorBeforeReason sees the truth (and having a clean conscience) as more important, even if it means tossing the school to the wolves]].



** Tom Green went there for ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', [[InsultBackfire considering it an honor]] (even bringing a red carpet).

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** Tom Green went there for ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', [[InsultBackfire considering it an honor]] (even honor]]; even bringing a red carpet).carpet.



** Creator/SandraBullock handed out a free copy of the offending movie (''Film/AllAboutSteve'') to everyone in the audience. Then she won an Oscar ''the very next day'' (for ''Film/TheBlindSide'').

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** Creator/SandraBullock handed out a free copy of [[Film/AllAboutSteve the offending movie (''Film/AllAboutSteve'') movie]] to everyone in the audience. Then she won an Oscar ''the very next day'' (for ''Film/TheBlindSide'').



* The Ig Nobel awards are normally not this -- they are given out to research that sounds silly, but is actually very useful (for example, new insights on structural failure gleaned from research into how a piece of dry spaghetti snaps). However, they are also sometimes given as a criticism, such as the Medicine award that was given to several tobacco company executives who testified under oath that they believed that nicotine was not addictive; the Mathematics award given to Enron, [=WorldCom=] et al "for adapting the mathematical concept of imaginary numbers for use in the business world"; Volkswagen's award in chemistry for "solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested"; and the Literature award given to the editors of ''Social Text'' due to their part in the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair Sokal Affair]]. (Most winners who are actual researchers do, in fact, collect their awards at the annual ceremony. The TakeThat targets don't.)

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* The Ig Nobel awards are normally not this -- they are given out to research that sounds silly, but is actually very useful (for example, new insights on structural failure gleaned from research into how a piece of dry spaghetti snaps). However, they are also sometimes given as a criticism, such as the Medicine award that was given to several tobacco company executives who testified under oath that they believed that nicotine was not addictive; the Mathematics award given to Enron, [=WorldCom=] et al "for adapting the mathematical concept of imaginary numbers for use in the business world"; Volkswagen's award in chemistry for "solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested"; and the Literature award given to the editors of ''Social Text'' due to their part in the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair Sokal Affair]]. (Most Most winners who are actual researchers do, in fact, collect their awards at the annual ceremony. The TakeThat targets don't.)



* In Great Britain patriots and feminists would shame men into joining the army by awarding them a white feather as a symbol of cowardice. Although the practice dates back to the 18th century, this was mostly prevalent during World War I when the Order of the White Feather was formed to have women present men not in uniform with feathers. The campaign wasn't popular among soldiers due to public servants, veterans, and men on leave often being handed feathers by mistake. A few men were even DrivenToSuicide by the shame.

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* In Great Britain Britain, patriots and feminists would shame men into joining the army by awarding them a white feather as a symbol of cowardice. Although the practice dates back to the 18th century, this was mostly prevalent during World War I when the Order of the White Feather was formed to have women present men not in uniform with feathers. The campaign wasn't popular among soldiers due to public servants, veterans, and men on leave often being handed feathers by mistake. A few men were even DrivenToSuicide by the shame.



* When the names on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon%27s_Enemies_List Nixon's Enemies List]] was revealed, UsefulNotes/PaulNewman and UsefulNotes/DanielSchorr stated (separately) that inclusion on the list was their greatest accomplishment. (Ironically, Schorr announced the revelation live on television as part of his news report, not realizing that he was on the list until he came to his own name.)

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* When the names on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon%27s_Enemies_List Nixon's Enemies List]] was revealed, UsefulNotes/PaulNewman and UsefulNotes/DanielSchorr stated (separately) that inclusion on the list was their greatest accomplishment. (Ironically, Ironically, Schorr announced the revelation live on television as part of his news report, not realizing that he was on the list until he came to his own name.)
23rd Apr '17 5:54:37 PM nombretomado
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* The TourDeFrance awards the Red Lantern (La Lanterne Rouge) to the rider who came in last. The award is named after the red light that used to shine on the rearmost car of a train. Cyclists who fell hopelessly behind on the race would actually compete with each other for this award, as "winning" would at least get your name in the papers, and get you invited criteriums, which could be rather lucrative. Not to mention that winning the Red Lantern means at least the cyclist ''finished'' the race, which given the overall distance of 3500 kilometers many participants fail to do.

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* The TourDeFrance UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance awards the Red Lantern (La Lanterne Rouge) to the rider who came in last. The award is named after the red light that used to shine on the rearmost car of a train. Cyclists who fell hopelessly behind on the race would actually compete with each other for this award, as "winning" would at least get your name in the papers, and get you invited criteriums, which could be rather lucrative. Not to mention that winning the Red Lantern means at least the cyclist ''finished'' the race, which given the overall distance of 3500 kilometers many participants fail to do.
16th Mar '17 8:34:09 PM SoapheadChurch
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* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', Robert Langdon notes that in the month prior to the book's beginning, Boston Magazine had named him one of their "Top 10 Intriguing People," complete with a flowery description of his "scholarly allure." It had clearly been meant as a compliment, but the result was constant teasing by Langdon's colleagues and an inability of his lecture audiences to take him seriously.
13th Mar '17 1:33:03 PM StarTropes
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* Part of Michael Bluth's {{backstory}} on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is that in high school, he was voted "Most Likely to Succeed"--[[SkewedPriorities which is treated as this trope in comparisons to such other honors as "Best Hair."]]
8th Mar '17 7:35:33 AM Andyroid
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the achievement "Touchdown!" is earned by being killed by [[ActionBomb a Super Mutant Suicider]].
6th Mar '17 2:00:56 PM MegaMarioMan
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* If you end a multiplayer game with the most deaths in ''Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris'', you receive an achievement/trophy titled "At Least You're the Best at Something".
6th Mar '17 12:21:48 PM MegaMarioMan
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** In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_state communist]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-party_state single-party nation-states]] the BlingOfWar often overlaps with MedalOfDishonor. While every society can fall victim to political awards, non-democratic nations are more likely to give medals and orders that promote loyalty to the state. Compare the amount and type of military and civilian medals between nations here: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Orders,_decorations,_and_medals]].

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** In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_state communist]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-party_state single-party nation-states]] the BlingOfWar often overlaps with MedalOfDishonor.this. While every society can fall victim to political awards, non-democratic nations are more likely to give medals and orders that promote loyalty to the state. Compare the amount and type of military and civilian medals between nations here: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Orders,_decorations,_and_medals]].
27th Feb '17 3:32:39 AM erforce
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** Some dubious achievements are gained on holidays. The "Disturbing the Peace" achievement is gained during [[{{Oktoberfest}} Brewfest]] by getting completely drunk and dancing in the middle of Dalaran. During Children's Week, you get the "Home Alone" for using your Hearthstone while with your charge, and the "Bad Example" by scarfing down candy in front of him. "Out With It" is gained by eating candy during [[{{Halloween}} All Hallows Eve]] until you puke.

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** Some dubious achievements are gained on holidays. The "Disturbing the Peace" achievement is gained during [[{{Oktoberfest}} Brewfest]] by getting completely drunk and dancing in the middle of Dalaran. During Children's Week, you get the "Home Alone" for using your Hearthstone while with your charge, and the "Bad Example" by scarfing down candy in front of him. "Out With It" is gained by eating candy during [[{{Halloween}} All Hallows Eve]] AllHallowsEve until you puke.
26th Feb '17 10:57:29 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'': A rather bizarre twist on this. A document notes that Alex's father received a Good Conduct medal, a Purple Heart, and a Silver Star during his time in the Army. A puzzle shortly thereafter requires Alex to pin the medals on a uniform. However, the actual puzzle exists in the nightmarish "Otherworld", and the awards are turned is dark spin on normal American military honors. They contrast [[spoiler:Adam]]'s excellent military service record with [[spoiler:the lousy way he treated his family (particularly Alex)]] as well as [[spoiler:Alex]] and his actions:

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* ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'': A rather bizarre twist on this. A document notes that Alex's father received a Good Conduct medal, a Purple Heart, and a Silver Star during his time in the Army. A puzzle shortly thereafter requires Alex to pin the medals on a uniform. However, the actual puzzle exists in the nightmarish "Otherworld", and the awards are turned is into a dark spin on normal American military honors. They contrast [[spoiler:Adam]]'s excellent military service record with [[spoiler:the lousy way he treated his family (particularly Alex)]] as well as [[spoiler:Alex]] and his actions:



** Fallen Star (Silver Star) is for [[GeneralFailure "dereliction in the line of duty"]] is for [[spoiler:failing to sacrifice Alex]] and [[spoiler:Alex not fulfilling his role as the sacrifice]].

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** Fallen Star (Silver Star) is for [[GeneralFailure "dereliction in the line of duty"]] is for [[spoiler:failing to sacrifice Alex]] Alex]] and [[spoiler:Alex not fulfilling his role as the sacrifice]].
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