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22nd May '16 11:52:12 AM Kadorhal
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** Similarly, one The Truth ad did a similar jab in their mockumercial for a pimple remover.
---> "Guys, this burns."\\
"That's how you know it's working."\\
"No, I mean, it '''really''' burns," as the girl catches on fire.

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** Similarly, one The Truth ad did a similar jab in their mockumercial for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzYGrn9srQQ a pimple remover.
---> "Guys, this burns."\\
"That's how you know
remover]].
--->'''Girl #1:''' It burns a little.\\
'''Girl #2:''' It's just doing its job.\\
'''Girl #1:''' Guys,
it's working."\\
"No, I mean, it '''really''' burns," as the girl
''really'' burning! ''(falls over, promptly catches on fire.fire as the other two flee the room)''



* Played with in Creator/MontyPython's [[http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/finalripoff.htm#String string]] sketch, in which the product is string, precut into 3-inch-long segments: ""THE NOW STRING! READY CUT, EASY TO HANDLE, SIMPSON'S INDIVIDUAL EMPEROR STRINGETTES - JUST THE RIGHT LENGTH!"

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* Played with in Creator/MontyPython's [[http://www.ibras.dk/montypython/finalripoff.htm#String string]] sketch, in which the product is string, precut into 3-inch-long segments: ""THE "THE NOW STRING! READY CUT, EASY TO HANDLE, SIMPSON'S INDIVIDUAL EMPEROR STRINGETTES - JUST THE RIGHT LENGTH!"



* After the Internet and news media exploded over a bad case of research failure on Creator/{{FOX}}'s quiz show ''Series/MillionDollarMoneyDrop'', FOX promoted the show saying "the airwaves and Internet were on fire" and that it was "the most talked-about show of the season." They intentionally neglected to point out that most of that talk was either "How did your writers come up with the wrong answer to a question when it takes 60 seconds to look up the answer online?" or "Why are you stalling with 5 minutes of {{Padding}} to drag out TheReveal to a question when it takes 60 seconds to look up the answer online?"

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* After the Internet and news media exploded over a bad case of research failure on Creator/{{FOX}}'s quiz show ''Series/MillionDollarMoneyDrop'', FOX promoted the show saying "the airwaves and Internet were on fire" and that it was "the most talked-about show of the season." They intentionally neglected to point out that most of that talk was either "How did your writers come up with the wrong answer to a question when it takes 60 seconds to look up the answer online?" or "Why are you stalling with 5 minutes of {{Padding}} {{padding}} to drag out TheReveal to a question when it takes 60 seconds one minute to look up the answer online?"
11th May '16 4:10:39 PM Derleth
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* Programming language semi-example: one of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisp_%28programming_language%29 Lisp's]] biggest selling points is its macro system, which allows coders to "extend the language" by essentially writing code that rewrites itself into a more complicated form. When users of other languages ask what it's useful for that couldn't be done just as easily (or generally ''even more easily'') in any programming language with support for functions, the [[FanDumb stock answer]] is that macros can be used to construct logic operators such as "if" or "and", which functions can't do (except in [[MindScrew lazily evaluated]] languages). What this pitch doesn't say is that other languages don't need to support something like this because "if" and "and" are ''fundamental concepts that are built in to just about every other language in existence already.'' The ''real'' reason macros are useful is that you can use them to implement syntax you've just invented (as long as you express it with [[FunWithAcronyms Lots of Intrusive and Silly Parentheses]]). Unfortunately, because "if" and "and" are convenient examples of ''how to use'' macros, FanDumb treats the fact that they are implemented that way as an advantage, when (however philosophically satisfying some people find it) it is in practice an unimportant detail.
11th May '16 9:39:41 AM Mike
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* Fictional example: A couple wand makers in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5511855/1/Delenda-Est Delenda Est]]'' tell [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry]] that they sell their wands on the basis that people change over time and are no longer compatible with their old wand. They also claim that most of their customers buy new wands every couple years with some replacing theirs every few months. This is because their wands are mass-produced crap that is liable to stop working within months. Compare Ollivander's wands which are expected to (and usually do) last a lifetime.

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* Fictional example: A couple wand makers in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5511855/1/Delenda-Est Delenda Est]]'' ''FanFic/DelendaEst'' tell [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry]] that they sell their wands on the basis that people change over time and are no longer compatible with their old wand. They also claim that most of their customers buy new wands every couple years with some replacing theirs every few months. This is because their wands are mass-produced crap that is liable to stop working within months. Compare Ollivander's wands which are expected to (and usually do) last a lifetime.
2nd Apr '16 12:07:29 AM Kid
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* The Pasta Pro, a big pasta pot with a lid that doubles as a colander, proudly advertises that the lid locks on tight so you won't scald yourself when the lid falls off. Sounds like a great idea--one less dish to wash -- but some reviewers have reported that the lid isn't "locking on" so much as it's ''warping''. It sticks so badly that it won't come off when the pot is hot. Other manufacturers have [[FollowTheLeader improved upon]] the idea with better results.

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* The Pasta Pro, a big pasta pot with a lid that doubles as a colander, proudly advertises that the lid locks on tight so you won't scald yourself when the lid falls off. Sounds like a great idea--one idea -- one less dish to wash -- but some reviewers have reported that the lid isn't "locking on" so much as it's ''warping''. It sticks so badly that it won't come off when the pot is hot. Other manufacturers have [[FollowTheLeader improved upon]] the idea with better results.
21st Mar '16 5:46:17 PM MrUnderhill
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* Used cars have had owners and car lot salesman come up with so many excuses to sugar coat various issues, that it's become a joke to genre savvy buyers and the cynical and sarcastic among us. Examples: "This car is hot!"[[note]] Hot as in, it's been on fire, or the radiator doesn't work and the engine may overheat[[/note]], "Minor water damage"[[note]] It's been in a major flood, not had some bottled water spill in it[[/note]], "Project Car"[[note]]The owner has been trying to modify his car with aftermarket parts, and either ran out of money to keep working on it, or installed things poorly or that would actually damage or lower the value of the car, meaning that you'll be stuck picking up the pieces where they left off to fix it, complete it, or revert it back to its "stock" parts as intended by the factory that produced it.[[/note]], and "One of a kind!" [[note]]This car is made of two halves of different model cars welded together in the middle.[[/note]] Some of these and more have been used (and illustrated) in Carfax commercials to highlight ''their'' service--which is to help provide ''actual'' vehicle histories to reveal which ads are cases of this trope (or other deceptions), and which really are good deals.

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* Used cars have had owners and car lot salesman come up with so many excuses to sugar coat various issues, that it's become a joke to genre savvy buyers and the cynical and sarcastic among us. Examples: "This car is hot!"[[note]] Hot hot!" [[note]]Hot as in, it's been on fire, or the radiator doesn't work and the engine may overheat[[/note]], overheat. Alternately, it may be "hot" in the black market sense: that is, recently stolen.[[/note]], "Minor water damage"[[note]] It's been in a major flood, not had some bottled water spill in it[[/note]], "Project Car"[[note]]The owner has been trying to modify his car with aftermarket parts, and either ran out of money to keep working on it, or installed things poorly or that would actually damage or lower the value of the car, meaning that you'll be stuck picking up the pieces where they left off to fix it, complete it, or revert it back to its "stock" parts as intended by the factory that produced it.[[/note]], and "One of a kind!" [[note]]This car is made of two halves of different model cars welded together in the middle.[[/note]] Some of these and more have been used (and illustrated) in Carfax commercials to highlight ''their'' service--which is to help provide ''actual'' vehicle histories to reveal which ads are cases of this trope (or other deceptions), and which really are good deals.
5th Mar '16 8:17:15 AM Kalmbach
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* When first issued to troops in Vietnam, the M16 was described as a 'self-cleaning' weapon (this only applied to the gas system) which led to its notorious unreliability, until the military issued cleaning kits, trained the soldiers how to maintain the weapon like they should have done in the first place, and made modifications to the powder used in the cartridges (to help prevent undue fouling) and the rifle itself (to actually facilitate cleaning and maintenance; the earliest version could only fix issues via near-complete disassembly).

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* When first issued to troops in Vietnam, the M16 was described as a 'self-cleaning' weapon (this only applied to the gas system) which led to its notorious unreliability, until the military issued cleaning kits, trained the soldiers how to maintain the weapon like they should have done in the first place, and made modifications to the powder used in the cartridges (to help prevent undue fouling) and the rifle itself (to actually facilitate cleaning and maintenance; the earliest version could only fix issues via near-complete disassembly). It didn't help that the chrome-plated bore on the prototype weapons was eliminated [[ExecutiveMeddling to reduce cost]].
5th Mar '16 4:51:47 AM Kalmbach
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* Ceramic kitchen knives also fall under this category. Depending on the quality of the ceramic used, they can very easily shatter, especially when attempting to flatten something using the blade turned sideways (garlic cloves are often prepared this way). It's not that they never need sharpening, but that ''they can't be sharpened'', at least not without a diamond-impregnated grinding wheel that's difficult to find outside of a machine shop.

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* Ceramic kitchen knives also fall under this category. Depending on the quality of the ceramic used, they can very easily shatter, especially when attempting to flatten something using the blade turned sideways (garlic cloves are often prepared this way). The cutting edge can also be easily chipped and nicked. It's not that they never need sharpening, but that ''they can't be sharpened'', at least not without a diamond-impregnated grinding wheel that's difficult to find outside of a machine shop.



* My Lil Reminder, a small voice recorder, says it's "inobtrusive" and "won't bother the people sitting around you" - likely because the volume on the product is so low that you probably won't hear it either.

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* My Lil Reminder, a small voice recorder, says it's "inobtrusive" "unobtrusive" and "won't bother the people sitting around you" - likely because the volume on the product is so low that you probably won't hear it either.
5th Mar '16 4:46:21 AM Kalmbach
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* Ceramic kitchen knives also fall under this category. Depending on the quality of the ceramic used, they can very easily shatter, especially when attempting to flatten something using the blade turned sideways (garlic cloves are often prepared this way). It's not that they never need sharpening, but that ''they can't be sharpened'', at least not without a diamond-impregnated grinding wheel that's difficult to find outside of a machine shop.
9th Feb '16 6:02:00 AM DaibhidC
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* The Highland Titles website assures potential buyers of a "souvenir plot" in the Scottish Highlands that their purchase does not need to be registered. It doesn't say that this is because the Scottish Land Registry does not consider this to be a genuine sale of land, and that legally, the plot remains with Highland Titles.
30th Jan '16 10:20:40 PM Kadorhal
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** Open-world games that advertise how big their sandbox is also usually fall under this. The implication they ''want'' you to take away is something like "we had so many ideas to put in the game that the map can't possibly be any smaller than this". What actually happens is that the size of the map was seemingly set in stone in the first meeting, simply to one-up whatever game from last year had the previously-largest playable area, ''before'' actually thinking up anything to fill it with - ending up with an impressively-massive game world that's a chore to navigate and, outside of the city you begin in, is almost entirely boring and lifeless.

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** [[WideOpenSandbox Open-world games games]] that advertise make a big deal in advertising about how big their sandbox is also usually fall under this. The implication they ''want'' you to take away is something like "we had so many ideas to put in the game that the map can't possibly be any smaller than this". What actually happens more often seems to be the case is that the size of the map was seemingly set in stone in the first meeting, simply to one-up whatever game from last year had the previously-largest playable area, ''before'' actually thinking up anything to fill it with - ending up with an impressively-massive game world that's a chore to navigate and, outside of the city you begin in, is almost entirely boring and lifeless.



* When first issued to troops in Vietnam, the M16 was described as a 'self-cleaning' weapon (this only applied to the gas system) which led to its notorious unreliability, until the military issued cleaning kits and trained the soldiers in GunStripping like they should have done in the first place, made modifications to the powder used in the cartridges and the rifle itself.

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* When first issued to troops in Vietnam, the M16 was described as a 'self-cleaning' weapon (this only applied to the gas system) which led to its notorious unreliability, until the military issued cleaning kits and kits, trained the soldiers in GunStripping how to maintain the weapon like they should have done in the first place, and made modifications to the powder used in the cartridges (to help prevent undue fouling) and the rifle itself.itself (to actually facilitate cleaning and maintenance; the earliest version could only fix issues via near-complete disassembly).
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