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20th Mar '17 10:53:03 PM JoeMerl
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "The Teachings of Don Jake" had Jake tell a story about a boy who hears weird splashing noises in his sleep and wakes to find his father gone. [[spoiler: Turns out it's yet another HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood story about Jake's father getting drunk during a father-son camping trip]]:
-->'''Jake''': Then, lying there in the darkness, the boy heard a tiny splashing sound. ''Psh''! ''Psh''! Like waves on a faraway shore. ''Except''...the nearest ocean was a hundred miles away. The boy reached out for his sleeping father...but he was gone. Shaking with fear, the boy stumbled out of the rickety lean-to, and that's when he saw it: his father, sitting alone at the campfire. ''ALONE''!...with a whole case of beer! Psh! Psh! ''(pantomimes drinking)'': The selfish old bastard was WASTED AGAIN!
** And then there's Quinn's ghost story:

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "The Teachings of Don Jake" had Jake [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Jake]] tell a story about a boy who hears weird splashing noises in his sleep and wakes to find his father gone. [[spoiler: Turns out it's yet another HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood story about Jake's father getting drunk during a father-son camping trip]]:
gone.
-->'''Jake''': Then, lying there in the darkness, the boy heard a tiny splashing sound. ''Psh''! ''Psh''! Like waves on a faraway shore. ''Except''...the nearest ocean was a hundred miles away. The boy reached out for his sleeping father...but he was gone. Shaking with fear, the boy stumbled out of the rickety lean-to, and that's when he saw it: his father, sitting alone at the campfire. ''ALONE''!...with a whole case of beer! Psh! Psh! ''(pantomimes drinking)'': drinking)'' The selfish old bastard was WASTED AGAIN!
** And then there's Quinn's [[TheFashionista Quinn]]'s ghost story:
7th Mar '17 2:08:54 PM BunnyStar
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Someone tells a GhostStory in classic fashion, probably around a campfire or with a flashlight aimed up under the face, only the ghost story is about something that is not really scary in the traditional nightmare sense, but is more like [[AdultFear Adult Fears]]: being stuck in a loveless marriage, living an unfulfilling life, sexual inadequacy, and so on. This is usually played for laughs, avoiding anything involving physical pain or death, dealing with [[FauxHorrific something sillier]] like having to wear a stupid outfit to school, having a bad haircut, or eating something terrible.

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Someone tells a GhostStory in classic fashion, probably around a campfire or with a flashlight aimed up under the face, only the ghost story is about something that is not really scary in the traditional nightmare sense, but is more like [[AdultFear Adult Fears]]: being stuck in a loveless marriage, living an unfulfilling life, sexual inadequacy, and so on. This is usually played for laughs, avoiding anything involving physical pain or death, dealing with [[FauxHorrific something sillier]] like having to wear a stupid outfit to school, having a bad haircut, or eating something that tastes terrible.
4th Feb '17 7:23:08 PM CJCroen1393
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* Some {{Creepypasta}}s deal with this. Sometimes, they're played for laughs. Other times...[[NightmareFuel not so much...]]
4th Dec '16 9:39:34 PM SantosLHalper
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Someone tells a GhostStory in classic fashion, probably around a campfire or with a flashlight aimed up under the face, only the ghost story is about something that is not really scary in the traditional nightmare sense, but is more like [[AdultFear Adult Fears]]: being stuck in a loveless marriage, dying alone, bigotry, living an unfulfilling life, being homeless after losing your job, sexual inadequacy, or the death of offspring. However, this is usually played for laughs, avoiding anything involving physical pain or death, dealing with [[FauxHorrific something sillier]] like having to wear a stupid outfit to school, having a bad haircut, or eating something terrible.

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Someone tells a GhostStory in classic fashion, probably around a campfire or with a flashlight aimed up under the face, only the ghost story is about something that is not really scary in the traditional nightmare sense, but is more like [[AdultFear Adult Fears]]: being stuck in a loveless marriage, dying alone, bigotry, living an unfulfilling life, being homeless after losing your job, sexual inadequacy, or the death of offspring. However, this and so on. This is usually played for laughs, avoiding anything involving physical pain or death, dealing with [[FauxHorrific something sillier]] like having to wear a stupid outfit to school, having a bad haircut, or eating something terrible.
27th Oct '16 8:59:57 PM jormis29
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* ''LiveActionTV/SaturdayNightLive'' had a skit where Stuart Smalley tells a "scary story" that starts out like the urban legend about the babysitter getting calls from inside the house. Instead of vague threats the person on the phone just incoherently rambles for a few minutes, and as it turns out [[spoiler: it's the girl's drunk father. Stuart says they stage an intervention for him.]]

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* ''LiveActionTV/SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a skit where Stuart Smalley tells a "scary story" that starts out like the urban legend about the babysitter getting calls from inside the house. Instead of vague threats the person on the phone just incoherently rambles for a few minutes, and as it turns out [[spoiler: it's the girl's drunk father. Stuart says they stage an intervention for him.]]
27th Oct '16 7:29:17 PM SarcasmKid
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* ''LiveActionTV/SaturdayNightLive'' had a skit where Stuart Smalley tells a "scary story" that starts out like the urban legend about the babysitter getting calls from inside the house. Instead of vague threats the person on the phone just incoherently rambles for a few minutes, and as it turns out [[spoiler: it's the girl's drunk father. Stuart says they stage an intervention for him.]]
6th Mar '16 2:13:16 AM IvanovTroping97
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-->'''Leela:''' Pfft! That's not scary.

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-->'''Leela:''' -->'''Fry:''' Pfft! That's not scary.



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3rd Oct '15 10:03:02 AM nombretomado
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* On ''ParksAndRecreation'', the TwistEnding of Ron's ghost story is a mandatory government inspection of private property. As a libertarian, this is truly horrifying to him.

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* On ''ParksAndRecreation'', ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', the TwistEnding of Ron's ghost story is a mandatory government inspection of private property. As a libertarian, this is truly horrifying to him.
24th Jul '15 9:22:04 PM merotoker
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* Konata's scary story from ''LuckyStar''.
* In the GhostStory episode of the ''Anime/KeroroGunsou'' anime, Dororo's story involves an incident in his childhood when, after he refused to let Keroro play with an expensive toy, ''someone'' mysteriously made a long-distance phone call to another planet. "The phone bill we got was certainly terrifying."

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* %%* Konata's scary story from ''LuckyStar''.
''Manga/LuckyStar''.
* In the GhostStory episode of the ''Anime/KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' anime, Dororo's story involves an incident in his childhood when, after he refused to let Keroro play with an expensive toy, ''someone'' mysteriously made a long-distance phone call to another planet. "The phone bill we got was certainly terrifying."



* There was a particularly disturbing (by its standards) ''FamilyCircus'' Sunday strip with Jeffy asking his dad about monsters, the dad assuring him there were none, and the final frame showing the dad walking out of Jeffy's room with Not Me ghosts marked "taxes", "recession" and "war" floating around him.

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* There was a particularly disturbing (by its standards) ''FamilyCircus'' ''ComicStrip/FamilyCircus'' Sunday strip with Jeffy asking his dad about monsters, the dad assuring him there were none, and the final frame showing the dad walking out of Jeffy's room with Not Me ghosts marked "taxes", "recession" and "war" floating around him.



* An editorial cartoon from... I want to say the 90s... had a father telling his kids a campfire story that ended with "...and we sat on the runway for hours with only peanuts to eat!" (dramatic hand gesture)

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* An editorial cartoon from... I want to say the 90s... had a father telling his kids a campfire story that ended with "...and we sat on the runway for hours with only peanuts to eat!" (dramatic hand gesture)



* ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family Values]]'': Wednesday's ghost story at the Summer Camp.

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* ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily ''[[Film/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family Values]]'': Wednesday's ghost story at the Summer Camp.



* ''{{Cheaper by the Dozen}} 2'' did this. The rich kids were reading about a family that was worrying about how to pay their car payment that month, and then they all shuddered in fear and disgust at the thought of not being super-rich.
* ''RoleModels'' included a scene where Paul Rudd's character told the "true scary story" about the facts of child slavery and abduction around the world.
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'', one camp counselor scares the others with the story of Jason Voorhees, and then follows up with, "I can only think of one thing even more terrifying." That thing is a bus load of rowdy, bratty kids. "I think I'd rather deal with ol' Jason," [[TemptingFate replies]] another camp counselor.
* ''TroopBeverlyHills'', with a story about a trip to the salon.

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* ''{{Cheaper by the Dozen}} ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen 2'' did this. The rich kids were reading about a family that was worrying about how to pay their car payment that month, and then they all shuddered in fear and disgust at the thought of not being super-rich.
* ''RoleModels'' ''Film/RoleModels'' included a scene where Paul Rudd's character told the "true scary story" about the facts of child slavery and abduction around the world.
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'', ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'': one camp counselor scares the others with the story of Jason Voorhees, and then follows up with, "I can only think of one thing even more terrifying." That thing is a bus load of rowdy, bratty kids. "I think I'd rather deal with ol' Jason," [[TemptingFate replies]] another camp counselor.
* ''TroopBeverlyHills'', ''Film/TroopBeverlyHills'', with a story about a trip to the salon.



* In the ''KenanAndKel'' Halloween special "Two Heads Are Better Than None," Kel mishears "ghost stories" as "toast stories." Cue his attempt at a scary campfire story:

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* In the ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' Halloween special "Two Heads Are Better Than None," Kel mishears "ghost stories" as "toast stories." Cue his attempt at a scary campfire story:



* ''{{Seinfeld}}'' had the similar scenario of Frank Costanza's war story of the terrible losses his unit suffered due to his own bad cooking.
** Runs in the family: his son George's life is apparently so tragic that he can use his life story to get more pity than the survivor of a famous shipwreck.

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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had the similar scenario of Frank Costanza's war story of the terrible losses his unit suffered due to his own bad cooking.
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cooking. Runs in the family: his son George's life is apparently so tragic that he can use his life story to get more pity than the survivor of a famous shipwreck.



* The first series of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' had a parody ghost story OnceAnEpisode, with a couple of them falling under this trope.

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* The first series of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' had a parody ghost story OnceAnEpisode, OncePerEpisode, with a couple of them falling under this trope.



* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': While exploring [[BlackoutBasement an unlit part of Aperture]] with Chell, Wheatley relates a story about how a crew of robots were dismembered by an insane robot and in certain parts of the facility you can still hear the screams... of their replacements. He {{lampshade}}s this with his next comment that it's not really supernatural at all. (Though still [[HellIsThatNoise creepy]].)

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': While exploring [[BlackoutBasement an unlit part of Aperture]] with Chell, Wheatley relates a story about how a crew of robots were dismembered by an insane robot and in certain parts of the facility you can still hear the screams... of their replacements. He {{lampshade}}s {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this with his next comment that it's not really supernatural at all. (Though still [[HellIsThatNoise creepy]].)



* In ''UnwindersTallComics'', Unwinder seeks to exploit his friend Barbecue Sauce's greatest fear. Turns out Sauce's greatest fear is DyingAlone; so Unwinder tells him a campfire story about the dreaded Dying Alone Snakes.

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* In ''UnwindersTallComics'', ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'', Unwinder seeks to exploit his friend Barbecue Sauce's greatest fear. Turns out Sauce's greatest fear is DyingAlone; so Unwinder tells him a campfire story about the dreaded Dying Alone Snakes.



* ''PennyArcade'' features [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/10/31/ every gamer's worst fear]].

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* ''PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' features [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/10/31/ every gamer's worst fear]].



* This Youtube video called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttz3Twr_Bus Disney Horror]], about overcrowding at Disney World during Christmas.

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* This Youtube The Website/YouTube video called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttz3Twr_Bus Bus Disney Horror]], Horror, about overcrowding at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney World World]] during Christmas.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The season eight episode "The Springfield Files" (the BizarroEpisode-cum-{{crossover}} episode with ''Series/TheXFiles'' that had Creator/LeonardNimoy narrating it for the first two acts) had Homer and Bart out in the woods in search of the alien. Bart asks Homer if he can have some beer, with Homer telling him that beer is only for "...daddies and [[CallBack kids with fake IDs]] [[note]]Ironic, considering that Bart had a fake ID on a previous episode and ultimately refrained from buying beer with it[[/note]]" then Homer suggests that they tell ghost stories to pass the time. This was Bart's:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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The season eight episode "The Springfield Files" (the BizarroEpisode-cum-{{crossover}} episode with ''Series/TheXFiles'' that had Creator/LeonardNimoy narrating it for the first two acts) had Homer and Bart out in the woods in search of the alien. Bart asks Homer if he can have some beer, with Homer telling him that beer is only for "...daddies and [[CallBack kids with fake IDs]] [[note]]Ironic, considering that Bart had a fake ID on a previous episode and ultimately refrained from buying beer with it[[/note]]" then Homer suggests that they tell ghost stories to pass the time. This was Bart's:



** There is an alternate scene on the season eight DVD set in which the original mundane horror story was about the contents of an Oscar Meyer weiner, with Homer reacting the same way.
** ''The Simpsons'', again, featured a carnival "house of horrors" ride that presents an old woman in a rocking chair who says, "Behold! The ravages of age!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur was the carnival barker at a "house of horrors" that featured the most embarrassing moments of his friends, such as the Brain wearing pajamas to school.

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** There is an alternate scene on the season eight DVD set in which the original mundane horror story was about the contents of an Oscar Meyer weiner, wiener, with Homer reacting the same way.
** ''The Simpsons'', again, featured a A carnival "house of horrors" ride that presents an old woman in a rocking chair who says, "Behold! The ravages of age!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} was the carnival barker at a "house of horrors" that featured the most embarrassing moments of his friends, such as the Brain wearing pajamas to school.



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18th Jul '15 5:29:40 PM jormis29
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': While exploring [[BlackoutBasement an unlit part of Aperture]] with Chell, Wheatley relates a story about how a crew of robots were dismembered by an insane robot and in certain parts of the facility you can still hear the screams... of their replacements. He {{lampshade}}s this with his next comment that it's not really supernatural at all. (Though still [[HellIsThatNoise creepy]].)

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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'': ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': While exploring [[BlackoutBasement an unlit part of Aperture]] with Chell, Wheatley relates a story about how a crew of robots were dismembered by an insane robot and in certain parts of the facility you can still hear the screams... of their replacements. He {{lampshade}}s this with his next comment that it's not really supernatural at all. (Though still [[HellIsThatNoise creepy]].)
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