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29th Jun '16 2:37:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* On another Creator/DouglasAdams project, in his book ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', Urban Chronotis, the Regius Professor of Chronology, [[spoiler:is immortal and has a functioning time machine. He uses it to watch TV, since he doesn't understand VCR recorders.]] This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the following quote.

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* On another Creator/DouglasAdams project, in his book ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', Urban Chronotis, the Regius Professor of Chronology, [[spoiler:is immortal and has a functioning time machine. He uses it to watch TV, since he doesn't understand VCR recorders.]] This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the following quote.
24th Jun '16 8:35:27 PM chopshop
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/MegaManMegamix''. The 5th generation Wilybots end up getting a job at an amusement park and most of their powers make them perfectly suited to the job (Wave Man uses his waterguns to help clean, Stone Man's strength helps repair rides, etc.). However Napalm Man, as his name suggests, was built as a specialist in weapons and is built like a walking tank, something completely useless to an amusement park. So what job is he given? Working the cash register and taking tickets. Note that Napalm Man has missile launchers in place of hands, making him doing a task that requires such dexterity not only impractical but actively dangerous.
17th Jun '16 5:43:22 PM WillBGood
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* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'', a superhero parody comic toys with the idea by having a mind-switch between the powerful ditz Illuma and her sidekick [[http://sidekickgirl.net/body-switch-vii/ here]]. Once switched she practices and applies Illuma's powers in a much more intelligent way. Developing flight, stun blasts, and other useful applications that Illuma could never figure out herself.

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* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'', a superhero parody comic comic, toys with the idea by having a mind-switch between the powerful ditz Illuma and her sidekick [[http://sidekickgirl.net/body-switch-vii/ here]]. Once switched she practices and applies Illuma's powers in a much more intelligent way. Developing flight, stun blasts, and other useful applications that Illuma could never figure out herself.
17th Jun '16 5:38:52 PM WillBGood
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** And then there's the stuff that was apparently ''never released at all'': solar powered HardLight bridges, tractor beams capable of sending things forward or backward, BrainUploading, enough technology to create a facility literally capable of surviving the Apocalypse, repair and literally ''[[ChaosArchitecture rearrange itself at will]]'', sentient AIs capable of running with voltage sources capable of outputs as low as ''1.1 volts'', selective disintegration... all this used for no other purpose than testing.

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** And then there's the stuff that was apparently ''never released at all'': solar powered HardLight bridges, tractor beams capable of sending things forward or backward, BrainUploading, enough technology to create a facility literally capable of surviving the Apocalypse, repair and literally ''[[ChaosArchitecture rearrange itself at will]]'', sentient AIs capable of running with voltage sources capable of outputs as low as ''1.1 volts'', selective disintegration... all this used for no other purpose than testing.
17th Jun '16 5:22:44 PM WillBGood
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*** Marvin's not joking, either. At one point a military fully capable of operating on a galactic scale moved it's control program for trillions of normal robots to his head, and it still used so little of his processing power that he resorted to writing little poems just to keep himself occupied. He was designed as a menial robot.

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*** Marvin's not joking, either. At one point a military fully capable of operating on a galactic scale moved it's its control program for trillions of normal robots to his head, and it still used so little of his processing power that he resorted to writing little poems just to keep himself occupied. He was designed as a menial robot.
17th Jun '16 5:19:16 PM WillBGood
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* In the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'''s last 2 books, the protagonist and narrator, Raul Endymion, is trapped in a deathtrap modelled after Schrondinger's Cat because nobody wants to kill him. So, with his connection to the Void Which Binds, he starts writing, and uses the connection to look back in time to ensure his story is accurate. He actually peers into minds all over the known universe. He also knows that the Void Which Bind, which he's connected to, was used in the past as a teleporter, and Aenea, his girlfriend/the messiah can use it. Never mind. It doesn't occur to him throughout the books that he can break out and continue writing without the threat of death by cyanide poisoning.

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* In the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'''s last 2 books, the protagonist and narrator, Raul Endymion, is trapped in a deathtrap modelled after Schrondinger's Cat SchrodingersCat because nobody wants to kill him. So, with his connection to the Void Which Binds, he starts writing, and uses the connection to look back in time to ensure his story is accurate. He actually peers into minds all over the known universe. He also knows that the Void Which Bind, which he's connected to, was used in the past as a teleporter, and Aenea, his girlfriend/the messiah can use it. Never mind. It doesn't occur to him throughout the books that he can break out and continue writing without the threat of death by cyanide poisoning.
12th Jun '16 2:06:30 PM NNinja
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** And how about the Resurrection Stone? Yes, bringing back loved ones is dangerous, and trying to do it permanently is wrong, but imagine the possibilities of contacting the dead! Solving a murder crime by asking the victim, getting the wisdom from the greatest minds in History directly from them, etc.



* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' the Enchanach Drive, if activated/deactivated too close to a star, can accidentally cause a [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun supernova]]. A small error in emergence in our Solar System is also used to explain why the orbit of Pluto is a bit odd. (Well, it's using black holes - there's bound to be SOME gravitational side-effects!) [[spoiler: In fact, they make use of the supernova-riffic side effects to give an entire enemy fleet a billion-degree plasma bath.]]
1st Jun '16 10:41:15 AM FGHIK
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** If the technology works by destroying and reconstructing, there are a number of possible uses that are rarely used, like bodily restoration after injury or death, copying/mass-production of reconstructible objects, copying/mass-production of ''people'', etc. It also raises the question of whether the person who comes out is the same person as the one who went in, or just a clone with the now-dead original's memories.

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** If the technology works by destroying and reconstructing, there are a number of possible uses that are rarely used, like bodily restoration after injury or death, copying/mass-production of reconstructible objects, copying/mass-production of ''people'', etc. [[FridgeHorror It also raises the question question]] of whether the person who comes out is the same person as the one who went in, [[TwinMaker or just a clone with the now-dead original's memories.memories]].
1st Jun '16 6:38:43 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveWorksOfAsterix'' has Iris, an Egyptina hypnotizer. He can hypnotize people into being anything. The thing is, when he has hypnotized someone into believing he is a bird, he ''really starts to fly''. Just imagine the potential if he hypnotized the Roman army into "believing" they're as strong as the Gauls, for instance. But no, Cesar only has him try to hypnotize Asterix into being a wild boar.
21st May '16 12:41:32 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' had compact reactors long before the ''Iron Man'' movie. The ray guns were dangerous (if the rays collide, they divide the ''entire universe'' by zero) but the power supplies themselves were quite safe. They could have beat Stark to the clean affordable energy business, even more so since they went out of the ghost business after the first movie.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' had compact reactors long before the ''Iron Man'' ''Film/IronMan1'' movie. The ray guns were dangerous (if the rays collide, they divide the ''entire universe'' by zero) but the power supplies themselves were quite safe. They could have beat Stark to the clean affordable energy business, even more so since they went out of the ghost business after the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie.movie]].
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