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11th Oct '17 1:28:42 PM Twiddler
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* Anyone who's ever owned Toys/{{Lego}} sets and kept all the loose pieces in a big box or plastic tub can tell you how hard it is digging around for the one piece you're looking for, never mind if you need a piece of a specific color.

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* Anyone who's ever owned Toys/{{Lego}} Franchise/{{Lego}} sets and kept all the loose pieces in a big box or plastic tub can tell you how hard it is digging around for the one piece you're looking for, never mind if you need a piece of a specific color.
11th Oct '17 1:27:23 PM Twiddler
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* Anyone who's ever owned {{Lego}} sets and kept all the loose pieces in a big box or plastic tub can tell you how hard it is digging around for the one piece you're looking for, never mind if you need a piece of a specific color.

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* Anyone who's ever owned {{Lego}} Toys/{{Lego}} sets and kept all the loose pieces in a big box or plastic tub can tell you how hard it is digging around for the one piece you're looking for, never mind if you need a piece of a specific color.
30th Sep '17 6:24:59 PM nombretomado
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* One ''EncyclopediaBrown'' movie had a plot mainly revolving around a missing derby boxcar. Other cases are picked up by Brown and Sally, including one where one of their friends accidentally took a bully's bike, mistaking for his own. Encyclopedia then imagines being in a court, acting as a lawyer for the friend and eventually asserting that among a bunch of other bikes (though each were different), the bike in question could be mistaken for another. This became his EurekaMoment as to how the boxcar could have been stolen.

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* One ''EncyclopediaBrown'' ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' movie had a plot mainly revolving around a missing derby boxcar. Other cases are picked up by Brown and Sally, including one where one of their friends accidentally took a bully's bike, mistaking for his own. Encyclopedia then imagines being in a court, acting as a lawyer for the friend and eventually asserting that among a bunch of other bikes (though each were different), the bike in question could be mistaken for another. This became his EurekaMoment as to how the boxcar could have been stolen.
19th Sep '17 10:02:53 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', Velma is trapped in a dead-end corridor with a pair of swinging axes gradually advancing towards her. There's a bookcase at the end of the corridor, so she [[GenreSavvy quickly realizes that one of them]] [[BookcasePassage must trigger a secret passageway]], but with no way to figure out which, she's forced to just keep flinging books off the shelf until she finds the right one. By the time the axes are stopped, there's only one book left on the shelf; turns out that's the right one.

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* In ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', Velma is trapped in a dead-end corridor with a pair of swinging axes gradually advancing towards her. There's a bookcase at the end of the corridor, so she [[GenreSavvy quickly realizes that one of them]] them [[BookcasePassage must trigger a secret passageway]], but with no way to figure out which, she's forced to just keep flinging books off the shelf until she finds the right one. By the time the axes are stopped, there's only one book left on the shelf; turns out that's the right one.



** In the beginning of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterandtheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', the Order has to transport Harry safely from the Dursleys' to the Burrow. They have six Order members take Polyjuice Potion, turning them into exact replicas of Harry, so that when the Death Eaters attack they'll be unable to tell which is the real Harry. The Death Eaters discover him fairly easily; all they had to do was [[spoiler:focus their attack on a random replica; they [[GenreSavvy knew from repeated experience]] that the professionals who volunteered for the scheme are dedicated to the ruse, but the ''real'' Harry would [[DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp Stop to Help]].]]

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** In the beginning of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterandtheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', the Order has to transport Harry safely from the Dursleys' to the Burrow. They have six Order members take Polyjuice Potion, turning them into exact replicas of Harry, so that when the Death Eaters attack they'll be unable to tell which is the real Harry. The Death Eaters discover him fairly easily; all they had to do was [[spoiler:focus their attack on a random replica; they [[GenreSavvy knew from repeated experience]] experience that the professionals who volunteered for the scheme are dedicated to the ruse, but the ''real'' Harry would [[DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp Stop to Help]].]]
11th Sep '17 2:14:21 PM DarthWalrus
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** Hell, Anyone who brings check-in luggage at an airport regularly does this, especially if they have a relatively common brand of luggage. Sticking a ribbon or such on it makes it possible to tell it apart from others of the same brand.
7th Aug '17 6:24:34 PM NineballCirno
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* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'': Gizmo hides from Stripe in a toystore aisle... next to an ET doll.

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* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'': Gizmo hides from Stripe in a toystore toy store aisle... next to an ET doll.



* One ''EncyclopediaBrown'' movie had a plot mainly revolving around a missing derby boxcar. Other cases are picked up by Brown and Sally, including one where one of their friends accidentally took a bully's bike, mistaking for his own. Encyclopedia then imagines being in a court, acting as a lawyer for the friend and eventually assering that among a bunch of other bikes (though each were different), the bike in question could be mistaken for another. This became his EurekaMoment as to how the boxcar could have been stolen.

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* One ''EncyclopediaBrown'' movie had a plot mainly revolving around a missing derby boxcar. Other cases are picked up by Brown and Sally, including one where one of their friends accidentally took a bully's bike, mistaking for his own. Encyclopedia then imagines being in a court, acting as a lawyer for the friend and eventually assering asserting that among a bunch of other bikes (though each were different), the bike in question could be mistaken for another. This became his EurekaMoment as to how the boxcar could have been stolen.



** Harry is initially concerned that Voldemort has done this with his [[SoulJar Horcruxes]], possibly using an old tin can or a boot and making them nearly impossible to find. Dumbledore points out that Voldemort's narcissism wouldn't allow him to store pieces of his soul in anything other than valuable, unique objects. This logic is applied to Portkeys, objects enchanted to serve as one-way teleporters, specifically using empty tincans and used boots so {{Muggles}} won't pick them up and break TheMasquerade.

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** Harry is initially concerned that Voldemort has done this with his [[SoulJar Horcruxes]], possibly using an old tin can or a boot and making them nearly impossible to find. Dumbledore points out that Voldemort's narcissism wouldn't allow him to store pieces of his soul in anything other than valuable, unique objects. This logic is applied to Portkeys, objects enchanted to serve as one-way teleporters, specifically using empty tincans tin cans and used boots so {{Muggles}} won't pick them up and break TheMasquerade.



** This was later referred to in a ''McGurk'' mystery novel involving ceramic dogs, with the restriction that [=McGurk=] as a Meddling Kid, can't go around smashing the statues, so he has to deduce which one holds the stolen oject without breaking it. [[spoiler:Knowing that the item was hidden recently, he looked for the statue which still had wet clay on its bottom]].

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** This was later referred to in a ''McGurk'' ''[=McGurk=]'' mystery novel involving ceramic dogs, with the restriction that [=McGurk=] as a Meddling Kid, can't go around smashing the statues, so he has to deduce which one holds the stolen oject object without breaking it. [[spoiler:Knowing that the item was hidden recently, he looked for the statue which still had wet clay on its bottom]].



* The tribble bomb in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode [[strike:"The Trouble With Tribbles"]] "Trials and Tribble-ations", hidden in grain storage with all the other hungry (& dead) tribbles.

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* The tribble bomb in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode [[strike:"The Trouble With Tribbles"]] "Trials and Tribble-ations", hidden in grain storage with all the other hungry (& dead) tribbles.Tribbles.



* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the plan to grift [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame Professor of Grifting]] De Salvo involves dozens of identical briefcases filled with fake money and one with real money. Disdainful of their grifting abilities he complains that there's no ''point'' to this element, as the real briefcase was just taken away and isn't hidden among the fakes. On the other hand, it did frustrate him further, and due to his class requiring students to buy two $150 "standard-issue grifting briefcases" they did have a lot of identical briefcases filled with fake money already on hand.

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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the plan to grift [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame grift Professor of Grifting]] Grifting De Salvo Salvo]] involves dozens of identical briefcases filled with fake money and one with real money. Disdainful of their grifting abilities abilities, he complains that there's no ''point'' to this element, as the real briefcase was just taken away and isn't hidden among the fakes. On the other hand, it did frustrate him further, and due to his class requiring students to buy two $150 "standard-issue grifting briefcases" they did have a lot of identical briefcases filled with fake money already on hand.



** And then on Dec. 13, 2014 someone robbed a bank while dressed as Santa during 'SantaCon', a street party with many partiers dressed as Santa.http://cwsanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/12/15/man-dressed-as-st-nick-robs-downtown-san-francisco-bank-during-santacon-sutter-sf-santa/

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** And then on Dec. 13, 2014 someone robbed a bank while dressed as Santa during 'SantaCon', '[=SantaCon=]', a street party with many partiers dressed as Santa.http://cwsanfrancisco.[[http://cwsanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/12/15/man-dressed-as-st-nick-robs-downtown-san-francisco-bank-during-santacon-sutter-sf-santa/com/2014/12/15/man-dressed-as-st-nick-robs-downtown-san-francisco-bank-during-santacon-sutter-sf-santa/ dressed as Santa.]]
4th Aug '17 6:28:48 PM SplineTicker
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', a criminal steals a woman's designer handbag, leaves a bomb in it, and puts it in a shop filled with handbags of the same make. Fortunately for Jonathan and Ed, the shop actually only sells [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct knock-off handbags]], resulting in a puzzle where the player must compare every single handbag in the shop to a genuine designer handbag and discard every one that ''doesn't'' match the real handbag they have.
17th Jul '17 9:57:00 AM HeroGal2347
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' had Scrooge [=McDuck=] mark the entrance to a leprechaun's hidden passageway with a handkerchief tied to a branch and he forbade the leprechaun from messing with it. So the leprechaun marked all of the surrounding trees in the same way, instead.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' had Scrooge [=McDuck=] mark the entrance to a leprechaun's hidden passageway with a handkerchief tied to a branch and he forbade the leprechaun from messing with it. So the leprechaun marked all of the surrounding trees in the same way, instead.
9th Jul '17 9:49:14 AM ngh93
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* At the climax of ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Yzma tries to keep Kuzco and Pacha from finding the right BalefulPolymorph potion by knocking over an entire shelf of them, forcing them to try out every potion they can in order to get it right (time wasn't on their side since Yzma had called the guards on them).
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* At the climax of ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Yzma tries to keep Kuzco and Pacha from finding the right BalefulPolymorph potion by knocking over an entire shelf of them, forcing them to try out every potion they can in order to get it right (time wasn't on their side since Yzma had called the guards on them).
3rd Jul '17 1:58:59 AM ExSlacker
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** Also what became of [[spoiler:one of the Deathly Hallows, the Ressurection Stone.]] Harry drops it in the Forbidden Forest, and, as the only person left who knows what it looks like and what kind of power it holds, he makes it clear that he's not going to go back looking for it.
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