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22nd Oct '15 8:13:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Michael Crichton's ''{{Sphere}}'', a physicist character explains gravity and black holes to some of the other characters using fruit on a table.

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* In Michael Crichton's ''{{Sphere}}'', ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'', a physicist character explains gravity and black holes to some of the other characters using fruit on a table.
17th Oct '15 4:33:06 PM eroock
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With as much AppliedPhlebotinum flying around, there's just as much TechnoBabble around to explain it. However, when even TechnoBabble piles on too much, it too needs to be explained away. Thus, we have the PhlebotinumAnalogy. It consists of using a simple simile to explain away something that is seemingly complex to the audience. Really, the only reason that it would be confusing to us is because nine-tenths of the time, whatever the character is explaining has been completely made up, anyway.

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With as much AppliedPhlebotinum flying around, there's just as much TechnoBabble around to explain it. However, when even TechnoBabble piles on too much, it too needs to be explained away. Thus, we have the PhlebotinumAnalogy.Phlebotinum Analogy. It consists of using a simple simile to explain away something that is seemingly complex to the audience. Really, the only reason that it would be confusing to us is because nine-tenths of the time, whatever the character is explaining has been completely made up, anyway.
17th Jun '15 9:00:24 AM Prfnoff
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-->'''Drecker''': We gave the ball of death a giant cavity and now it's past the enamel! There! Fine! Okay?
-->[[BeatPanel (pause)]]
-->'''Drecker''': Oh, like I'm the only one who took a correspondence course in apt metaphors. Sheesh.
* An explanation of Deep Time's [[http://starslip.com/2008/10/31/starslip-number-904/ plan for ending the time war]] in StarslipCrisis:

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-->'''Drecker''': We gave the ball of death a giant cavity and now it's past the enamel! There! Fine! Okay?
-->[[BeatPanel (pause)]]
-->'''Drecker''':
Okay?\\
[[BeatPanel (pause)]]\\
'''Drecker''':
Oh, like I'm the only one who took a correspondence course in apt metaphors. Sheesh.
* An explanation of Deep Time's [[http://starslip.com/2008/10/31/starslip-number-904/ plan for ending the time war]] in StarslipCrisis:''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'':
1st Jun '15 10:25:27 AM TVRulezAgain
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* ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':

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* ToBoldlyFlee WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
16th Apr '15 3:16:36 PM MechWarrior
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** Also in ''Stargate Atlantis'', a scientist back at SGC explains his intent to relay a transmission with an analogy to ''101 Dalmatians'' (specifically the "twilight bark" scene), as his kids love that movie. The audience completely fails to understand, so he falls back to the GondorCallsForAid sequence of ''LordOfTheRings'' instead.

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** Also in ''Stargate Atlantis'', a scientist back at SGC explains his intent to relay a transmission with an analogy to ''101 Dalmatians'' (specifically the "twilight bark" scene), as his kids love that movie. The audience completely fails to understand, so he falls back to the GondorCallsForAid sequence of ''LordOfTheRings'' ''TheLordOfTheRings'' instead.
30th Mar '15 9:53:42 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Eureka}}'', the geniuses often use this to explain the Problem of the Week to Carter. The standard format is that one of the regulars gives a TechnoBabble explanation of what's happening, and then use the analogy when Carter admits he's no idea what they're talking about. Carter then proposes a solution based on the metaphor, which Henry or Alison translates ''back'' into TechnoBabble to provide the ''actual'' solution.

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* In ''{{Eureka}}'', ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', the geniuses often use this to explain the Problem of the Week to Carter. The standard format is that one of the regulars gives a TechnoBabble explanation of what's happening, and then use the analogy when Carter admits he's no idea what they're talking about. Carter then proposes a solution based on the metaphor, which Henry or Alison translates ''back'' into TechnoBabble to provide the ''actual'' solution.
25th Mar '15 7:22:31 PM nombretomado
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* Happens a lot in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'s due to its FunctionalMagic. Much more expanded upon in FateStayNight due to the protagonist being an amateur magus himself.

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* Happens a lot in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'s due to its FunctionalMagic. Much more expanded upon in FateStayNight ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' due to the protagonist being an amateur magus himself.
23rd Dec '14 10:05:22 AM nombretomado
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* ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy form {{Ghostbusters}}:

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* ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy form {{Ghostbusters}}:from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
1st Mar '14 6:20:18 PM Aiguille
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* There was such an analogy in ''{{Apollo 13}}'', spoken in Mission Control. In this case what it referred to wasn't totally made up. (That part of the script was written by John Sayles, to raise money for his own projects.)

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* There was such an analogy in ''{{Apollo ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', spoken in Mission Control. In this case what it referred to wasn't totally made up. (That part of the script was written by John Sayles, to raise money for his own projects.)
18th Feb '14 5:46:00 PM johnnye
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* Despite being pretty realistic in terms of medical jargon, ''Series/{{House}}'' uses this about OnceAnEpisode; apparently it's part of House's process.

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* Despite being pretty realistic in terms of medical jargon, ''Series/{{House}}'' uses plays with the trope; all the other doctors are generally happy to speak to one another in the proper jargon [[AsYouKnow they all understand]], but House himself ''likes'' talking this about OnceAnEpisode; apparently it's part of House's process.way: sometimes to [[TheGadfly wind his colleagues up]] or freak patients out, sometimes to stimulate lateral thinking, sometimes purely, as they say, for the lulz. He's been known on occasion to insist that the others speak in analogies, too.
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