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21st Aug '17 4:44:13 AM WolfWalrus
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* A recurring sketch in ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' features an uninterested man at a jumble sale (Webb) selling such items as [[TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe a wardrobe which functions as a gateway to Narnia]] and the Holy Grail.
25th Apr '17 12:47:43 PM PrimeEvil
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* ''Series{{Millennium}}'' did this with a chunk of the cross which once held Christ. A rival faction called [[ThoseWackyNazis Odessa]] had the priceless artifact in a beautiful glass case on a velvet cushion, with a Nazi flag behind it. When the Millennium Group proper gets ahold of it, the [[BigGood Old Man]] uses it as the other half of a bookends. It's practically a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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* ''Series{{Millennium}}'' ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' did this with a chunk of the cross which once held Christ. A rival faction called [[ThoseWackyNazis Odessa]] had the priceless artifact in a beautiful glass case on a velvet cushion, with a Nazi flag behind it. When the Millennium Group proper gets ahold of it, the [[BigGood Old Man]] uses it as the other half of a bookends. It's practically a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
25th Apr '17 12:46:10 PM PrimeEvil
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* ''GhostbustersTheVideoGame'': One of the Cursed Artifacts is a clock that can tell the time at which its present owner will die. The flavor-text notes that the clock's hands spin out of control at GBHQ, because it's near the ghosts in the Containment Unit. "Peter uses it as a desk fan."
25th Apr '17 12:42:43 PM PrimeEvil
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* ''Series{{Millennium}}'' did this with a chunk of the cross which once held Christ. A rival faction called [[ThoseWackyNazis Odessa]] had the priceless artifact in a beautiful glass case on a velvet cushion, with a Nazi flag behind it. When the Millennium Group proper gets ahold of it, the [[BigGood Old Man]] uses it as the other half of a bookends. It's practically a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
23rd Apr '17 10:55:03 PM BillyMT
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** Speaking of Skyrim, decoration is usually the destiny of many an artifact. The core of a Dwemer Centurion? A daedric Sigil Stone? [[http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=7375 The Space Core]] from ''VideoGame/Portal2''? All awesome mantelpiece mainstays for the player's house!
*** For the stated examples, they're items with either no other usage than VendorTrash, or are key items with usage so immediate that they quick overstay their welcome on the player's carry capacity, or were downloaded for WeirdCrossover value. Though it certainly doesn't help that unlike many other artifacts, they're not static objects. They're constantly animated, emit light, and in the Space Core's case, even speaks randomly like a bonafide NPC. It certainly feels like the devs made them with such a detail in order to be gorgeous decorations from the get-go.
22nd Apr '17 8:46:16 AM StFan
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* In ''FinalFantasyXV'', Luna uses the [[ForgedByTheGods Oracle's trident]] to heal fatal injuries, scorch an attacking Astral...and prop herself up on slippery ground.

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* In ''FinalFantasyXV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', Luna uses the [[ForgedByTheGods Oracle's trident]] to heal fatal injuries, scorch an attacking Astral...and prop herself up on slippery ground.



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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Grif gets hold of a [[GrenadeLauncher Brute Shot]], an incredibly powerful piece of alien weaponry that belonged to [[TheBrute the Meta]] prior to the end of Season 8. He uses it as a wall decoration and occasional snack platter.
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* In ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', Eastwood swiped an object from Inquisition storage and used it as a bookend. It turns out to be an ancient SoulJar sought after by Morth and his patron god.
** And after all's done and solved he ''still'' wants his [[JustForPun godsforsaken]] bookend, because the sickly-green light of all the ancient souls trapped within, is simply ''perfect'' for his shelves' ambience.

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* In ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', Eastwood swiped an object from Inquisition storage and used uses it as a bookend. It turns out to be an ancient SoulJar sought after by Morth and his patron god.
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god. And after all's done and solved he ''still'' wants his [[JustForPun godsforsaken]] bookend, because the sickly-green light of all the ancient souls trapped within, within is simply ''perfect'' for his shelves' ambience.ambiance.



* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Grif gets hold of a [[GrenadeLauncher Brute Shot]], an incredibly powerful piece of alien weaponry that belonged to [[TheBrute the Meta]] prior to the end of Season 8. He uses it as a wall decoration and occasional snack platter.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' [[MilesGloriosus Trixie]] accidentally teleports the Friendship Table - one of the most powerful magical items in Equestria - to an unknown location. When she and Starlight find it, [[spoiler: it's being used as a massage table at the Ponyville Spa.]]

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[MilesGloriosus Trixie]] accidentally teleports the Friendship Table - -- one of the most powerful magical items in Equestria - -- to an unknown location. When she and Starlight find it, [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's being used as a massage table at the Ponyville Spa.]]



* Mummies were once a lot more common in Egypt, since mummification had previously been a very popular form of burial. Before the world fully appreciated the scientific and historical significance of mummies, many of them were used to make medicine (not something they're good for). There are also stories of them being used as fuel for locomotives, but the jury's still out on the truth of that. They were also ground up and used as pigment, apropriately called "Mummy Brown."

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* Mummies were once a lot more common in Egypt, since mummification had previously been a very popular form of burial. Before the world fully appreciated the scientific and historical significance of mummies, many of them were used to make medicine (not something they're good for). There are also stories of them being used as fuel for locomotives, but the jury's still out on the truth of that. They were also ground up and used as pigment, apropriately appropriately called "Mummy Brown."



* How (one of the) oldest examples of Chinese writing was found: a man bought some bones from a Chinese medicine peddler for an illness and noticed some odd markings on them. He then realized he almost ate priceless archeological artifacts.

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* How (one of the) oldest examples of Chinese writing was found: a man bought some bones from a Chinese medicine peddler for an illness and noticed some odd markings on them. He then realized he almost ate priceless archeological archaeological artifacts.



* This is how the only surviving example of the Fat-Man atomic bomb (the same type used on Nagasaki) was found. For years a second Fat Man casing just sat in the basement of various storage facilities under the false assumption it was a pumpkin bomb, a type of conventional bomb designed to train pilots to use the Fat Man a-bombs. It wasn't until the Nimitz museum acquired the piece that anyone noticed it was the real deal. It is one of only a dozen displays of authentic (obviously demilitarized) nuclear weapons in the world on display.

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* This is how the only surviving example of the Fat-Man atomic bomb (the same type used on Nagasaki) was found. For years a second Fat Man casing just sat in the basement of various storage facilities under the false assumption it was a pumpkin bomb, a type of conventional bomb designed to train pilots to use the Fat Man a-bombs. It wasn't until the Nimitz museum acquired the piece that anyone noticed it was the real deal. It is one of only a dozen displays of authentic (obviously demilitarized) nuclear weapons in the world on display.



21st Apr '17 2:06:04 PM BobTanaka
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' [[MilesGloriosus Trixie]] accidentally teleports the Friendship Table - a magical map that can sense trouble anywhere in Equestria - to an unknown location. When she and Starlight find it, [[spoiler: it's being used as a massage table at the Ponyville Spa.]]

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' [[MilesGloriosus Trixie]] accidentally teleports the Friendship Table - a one of the most powerful magical map that can sense trouble anywhere items in Equestria - to an unknown location. When she and Starlight find it, [[spoiler: it's being used as a massage table at the Ponyville Spa.]]
21st Apr '17 2:05:36 PM BobTanaka
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' [[MilesGloriosus Trixie]] accidentally teleports the Friendship Table - a magical map that can sense trouble anywhere in Equestria - to an unknown location. When she and Starlight find it, [[spoiler: it's being used as a massage table at the Ponyville Spa.]]
20th Apr '17 11:14:31 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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So there's this MacGuffin right--perhaps one that TheHero and company [[GottaCatchEmAll must find]] in order to stop the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, or maybe [[AllThereInTheManual something that explains all they need to know]] to solve some problem at hand. Somebody goes searching for it, looking under every rock, solving every puzzle, and maybe even [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique going all apeshit on someone who might know where the MacGuffin is]]. But eventually they find the MacGuffin, and discover that this priceless, important, amazing artifact/object/spear/war-souvenir/whatever is being used...as a paperweight.

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So there's this MacGuffin right--perhaps one that TheHero and company [[GottaCatchEmAll must find]] in order to stop the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, or maybe [[AllThereInTheManual something that explains all they need to know]] know to solve some problem at hand. Somebody goes searching for it, looking under every rock, solving every puzzle, and maybe even [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique going all apeshit on someone who might know where the MacGuffin is]]. But eventually they find the MacGuffin, and discover that this priceless, important, amazing artifact/object/spear/war-souvenir/whatever is being used...as a paperweight.
22nd Mar '17 8:32:56 AM TheCuza
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* A collectible in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' is a very fancy Locust ceremonial hammer found in the Savage Locust trenches that has been reduced to being used as a regular old mundane hammer, since the world is going to shit for both the COG and Locust at this point.
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