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18th Oct '17 5:53:20 PM eldiablo555
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* In ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse'', Charlene is saved by Peter's titanium-cased phone in her bra when her ex-boyfriend Widow is revealed as TheBigBad and shoots her. The impact is still bad enough to have briefly knocked her out and she wakes up groaning loudly about how much it hurt.
14th Oct '17 8:09:58 AM Sylderon
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** In an episode regarding myths from the American Civil War, they showed it was plausible for a silver dollar of the time to stop a bullet. A pocket Bible, not so much.
14th Oct '17 8:02:11 AM Sylderon
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** London's Imperial War Museum has a pile of dummies showing off different nationalities' uniforms during the two world wars. The UsefulNotes/WorldWarI soldier showcases a pocket Bible ... with the bottom right quarter blown off and the rest drowned in blood...

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** London's Imperial War Museum has a pile of dummies showing off different nationalities' uniforms during the two world wars. The UsefulNotes/WorldWarI soldier showcases a pocket Bible ... [[AvertedTrope with the bottom right quarter blown off off]] [[DownerEnding and the rest drowned in blood...]]



* [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James Doohan]] was hit by a burst of friendly fire during World War II. One of the bullets took off a finger. Another one struck him in the chest, where it was stopped by his silver cigarette case.

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* [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James Doohan]] Creator/JamesDoohan was hit by a burst of friendly fire during World War II. One of the bullets took off a finger. Another one struck him in the chest, where it was stopped by his silver cigarette case.



* Composer George Frederic Handel was once challenged to a sword duel. His opponent thrust, but the tip of the blade hit a large brass button on Handel's coat and snapped off.

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* Composer George Frederic Handel GeorgeFredericHandel was once challenged to a sword duel. His opponent thrust, but the tip of the blade hit a large brass button on Handel's coat and snapped off.
9th Oct '17 12:56:52 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Spoofed in the Australian series ''TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley''. Col hits Frank in the chest with an arrow. Frank screams and staggers backwards, but then discovers his autumn leaf album was in his pocket and stopped the arrow. His ''massive'' autumn leaf album.

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* Spoofed in the Australian series ''TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley''.''Series/TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley''. Col hits Frank in the chest with an arrow. Frank screams and staggers backwards, but then discovers his autumn leaf album was in his pocket and stopped the arrow. His ''massive'' autumn leaf album.
19th Sep '17 10:46:05 AM EDP
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* Spoofed in ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'': when our hero was mistaken to have killed ComicBook/ThePunisher's aunt, Castle eventually shot him, but a Bible stopped the bullet to the heart... And given Castle emptied a Colt 1911's magazine into him, a Quran stopped the one to the spleen, ''[[Creator/KarlMarx Das Kapital]]'' the one to the stomach, a copy of ''Literature/TheBetrothed'' another, [[OverlyLongGag and so on]].
18th Sep '17 10:30:02 PM isolato
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* Averted in ''Once There Was a War'' by Creator/{{JohnSteinbeck}}, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII non-fiction book.:

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* Averted in ''Once There Was a War'' by Creator/{{JohnSteinbeck}}, Creator/JohnSteinbeck, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII non-fiction book.:
9th Sep '17 3:39:14 AM foxley
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* ''Series/NewTricks'': Ted Case's lucky charm is a cigarette case that stopped a bullet and saved his life (or so he claims - Sasha keeps pointing out that the bullet [[AvertedTrope went straight through the case]] and he spent months in hospital, while Ted maintains that if the case hadn't slowed the round down, he's have died). He goes into a mild panic when he loses it in "Life Expectancy".

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* ''Series/NewTricks'': Ted Case's lucky charm is a cigarette case that stopped a bullet and saved his life (or so he claims - Sasha keeps pointing out that the bullet [[AvertedTrope went straight through the case]] and he spent months in hospital, while Ted maintains that if the case hadn't slowed the round down, he's he'd have died). He goes into a mild panic when he loses it in "Life Expectancy".


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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Penitent Man", Flambeau is saved from a warder's bullet by the gold medallion he is wearing around his neck.
22nd Aug '17 9:34:14 PM SSJMagus
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While it may have worked in the days when guns were extremely underpowered (relatively speaking), these days the life-saved-by-[[MementoMacGuffin sentimental-object]] trope is [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]]; it's rare to find a 21st century example that plays it straight. It's important to note that most real-world examples involve ricochets, spent bullets, shrapnel or other low-velocity projectiles. It's a very lucky break when the round is moving slow enough to be stopped by anything so small and thin as what you can fit in a pocket.

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While it may have worked in the days when guns were extremely underpowered (relatively speaking), these days the life-saved-by-[[MementoMacGuffin sentimental-object]] trope is [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]]; it's rare to find a 21st century example that plays it straight. It's important to note that most real-world examples involve ricochets, spent bullets, shrapnel or other low-velocity projectiles. It's a very lucky break when the round is moving slow enough to be stopped by anything so small and thin as what you can fit in a pocket.
pocket. Also, pretty much any real-life example of a bullet being stopped by a Bible or other book in the victim's pocket will involve the book being stored in a silver or steel box, which obviously provides more resistance than just paper.
8th Aug '17 2:13:44 PM Kadorhal
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* Badges worn by police officers have been proven to be able to stop small arms fire: [[http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/7034990/ Here's a story]] of a cop saved by his badge. Proven true by the Series/MythBusters above, though it depends on the materials used to make the badge. The [=YouTube=] channel TAOFLEDERMAUS [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdl4EKc9jrA also tested this]] and, so long as they actually ''hit'' the thing, were able to get a single badge to consistently stop multiple different types of handgun bullets.

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* Badges worn by police officers have been proven to be able to stop small arms fire: [[http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/7034990/ Here's a story]] of a cop saved by his badge. Proven true by the Series/MythBusters above, though it depends on the materials used to make the badge. The [=YouTube=] channel TAOFLEDERMAUS [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdl4EKc9jrA also tested this]] and, so long as they actually ''hit'' the thing, thing dead-on, were able to get a single badge to consistently stop multiple different types of handgun bullets.bullets with no damage to it that couldn't be undone with ten seconds of hammering it back into shape.
5th Aug '17 5:06:25 PM Kadorhal
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** One bullet was documented to have stopped at the 91st Psalm ("...You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day... though thousands fall about you and ten thousand fall at your right hand, near you it shall not come....")
* Badges worn by police officers have been proven to be able to stop small arms fire: [[http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/7034990/ Here's a story]] of a cop saved by his badge. Proven true by the Series/MythBusters above, though it depends on the materials used to make the badge. The [=YouTube=] channel TAOFLEDERMAUS [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdl4EKc9jrA also tested this]] and were able to get a single badge to consistently stop multiple different types of bullets (at least, when they actually hit the badge dead-on).

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** One bullet was documented to have stopped at the 91st Psalm ("...You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day... though thousands fall about you and ten thousand fall at your right hand, near you it shall not come....")
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* Badges worn by police officers have been proven to be able to stop small arms fire: [[http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/7034990/ Here's a story]] of a cop saved by his badge. Proven true by the Series/MythBusters above, though it depends on the materials used to make the badge. The [=YouTube=] channel TAOFLEDERMAUS [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdl4EKc9jrA also tested this]] and and, so long as they actually ''hit'' the thing, were able to get a single badge to consistently stop multiple different types of bullets (at least, when they actually hit the badge dead-on).handgun bullets.



* Lt. George E. Dixon of the American Civil War submarine ''Hunley'' carried a gold coin that his sweetheart gave to him as a good luck charm, which later deflected a bullet at the battle of Shiloh (didn't save him from drowning later on, though). There were accusations that this was just a romantic story without basis in reality - but then in the year 2000, the wreck of the ''Hunley'' was discovered (136 years after it sank), containing the deteriorated, skeletal remains of her crew. On the remains identified as Dixon, ''they found his bent coin''. Removing any doubt that it was just some other bent coin, Dixon apparently had it engraved after the bullet bent it, and the words were still legible: "Shiloh / April 6, 1862 / My life Preserver / G. E. D."

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* Lt. George E. Dixon of the American Civil War submarine ''Hunley'' ''H. L. Hunley'' carried a gold coin that his sweetheart gave to him as a good luck charm, which later deflected a bullet at the battle Battle of Shiloh (didn't in April 1862 (not much it could do to save him from drowning later on, going down with the ''Hunley'' two years later, though). There were accusations that this was just a romantic story without basis in reality - but then in the year 2000, 136 years after it sank, the wreck of the ''Hunley'' was discovered (136 years after it sank), pulled out, containing the deteriorated, skeletal remains of her crew. On the remains identified as Dixon, ''they found his bent coin''. Removing any doubt that it was just some other bent coin, Dixon apparently had it engraved after the bullet bent it, and the words were still legible: "Shiloh / April 6, 1862 / My life Preserver / G. E. D."
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