History Main / ReallySeventeenYearsOld

9th Jul '17 8:44:40 AM nombretomado
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** Parodied: Grampa Simpson says that he fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne -- "of course, I had to lie about my age to get in". In the ensuing {{Flashback}}, he's five.

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** Parodied: Grampa Simpson says that he fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI -- "of course, I had to lie about my age to get in". In the ensuing {{Flashback}}, he's five.



* A common tactic employed by young men eager to join the army, especially in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and WorldWarTwo. It was also reversed; Men older than the 40 year old cutoff age often claimed to be in their late 30s so that they could serve. Allegedly, some boys would put a scrap of paper with the correct number (16 or 17) written on it in their boot, so they could say they were [[ExactWords "over 17"]] without it technically being a lie (which may have helped them keep their story straight, if nothing else). Other versions of such stories imply that the recruiters encouraged this so they had plausible deniability, or even giving advice like "walk twice around the building and come back in; then you'll be 17".

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* A common tactic employed by young men eager to join the army, especially in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It was also reversed; Men older than the 40 year old cutoff age often claimed to be in their late 30s so that they could serve. Allegedly, some boys would put a scrap of paper with the correct number (16 or 17) written on it in their boot, so they could say they were [[ExactWords "over 17"]] without it technically being a lie (which may have helped them keep their story straight, if nothing else). Other versions of such stories imply that the recruiters encouraged this so they had plausible deniability, or even giving advice like "walk twice around the building and come back in; then you'll be 17".
8th Jul '17 11:39:56 AM Jisu
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* Implied with Megumi in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''. She's officially 17, but lives independently and it isn't treated as [[MinorLivingAlone odd]], is treated as an equal in a LoveTriangle over a 20-year-old, and is a voice actress, a profession known for lying about your age in Japan.
8th Jul '17 9:33:05 AM nombretomado
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* The [[ScandalGate Rubygate scandal]] has this ''in spades''. Browse TheOtherWiki for details.

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* The [[ScandalGate Rubygate scandal]] has this ''in spades''. Browse TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for details.
2nd May '17 9:18:09 PM smalltime
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Quagmire's Mom", Quagmire has sex with a 15-year-old girl who claimed she was 23 and is arrested for statuatory rape. As a minor, [[KarmaHoudini the girl faces no legal ramifications herself]].
24th Apr '17 7:56:08 PM Arcorann
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* In ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'' the hero Emilia is seventeen, but the ID papers she obtains after arriving on Earth claim she's over twenty.
7th Apr '17 9:57:21 PM FordPrefect
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* Creator/AudieMurphy, in a literal example. He was seventeen when he joined the US Army after his sister altered his birth certificate. His tombstone in Arlington National Cemetary states his false date of birth, however.

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* Creator/AudieMurphy, in a literal example. He was seventeen when he joined the US Army after his sister altered his birth certificate. His tombstone in Arlington National Cemetary Cemetery states his false date of birth, however.
12th Mar '17 1:54:39 PM Bisected8
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* A common tactic employed by young men eager to join the army, especially in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and WorldWarTwo...
* Also reversed. Men older than the 40 year old cutoff age often claimed to be in their late 30s so that they could serve.
* Allegedly, some boys would put a scrap of paper with the correct number (16 or 17) written on it in their boot, so they could say they were [[ExactWords "over 17"]] without it technically being a lie. This trick may have helped some of the boys who tried it. When you're lying, especially when it's on the spot, you tend to hesitate when you're speaking because it takes longer to think up a lie than it does to just think of the true information. When you lie, you're speaking faster than you can think. As well, there are also some body language cues that a well-trained person can use to infer that the person is lying. It being technically true that they were over a certain number may have helped these boys not give themselves away through these cues, [[YoungerThanTheyLook especially if they looked the part as well]].
* Creator/LaurenceFishburne lied to the producers of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' to get a role in the movie. He said he was 18 when he was really 14. Coincidentally, his character was seventeen years old. [[TroubledProduction And the film took so long to complete]] that by the end of the shooting he actually was 17.

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* A common tactic employed by young men eager to join the army, especially in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and WorldWarTwo...
* Also reversed.
WorldWarTwo. It was also reversed; Men older than the 40 year old cutoff age often claimed to be in their late 30s so that they could serve.
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serve. Allegedly, some boys would put a scrap of paper with the correct number (16 or 17) written on it in their boot, so they could say they were [[ExactWords "over 17"]] without it technically being a lie. This trick lie (which may have helped some them keep their story straight, if nothing else). Other versions of the boys who tried it. When you're lying, especially when it's on the spot, you tend to hesitate when you're speaking because it takes longer to think up a lie than it does to just think of the true information. When you lie, you're speaking faster than you can think. As well, there are also some body language cues that a well-trained person can use to infer such stories imply that the person is lying. It being technically true that recruiters encouraged this so they were over a certain number may have helped these boys not give themselves away through these cues, [[YoungerThanTheyLook especially if they looked had plausible deniability, or even giving advice like "walk twice around the part as well]].
building and come back in; then you'll be 17".
* Creator/LaurenceFishburne lied to the producers of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' to get a role in the movie. He said he was 18 when he was really 14. Coincidentally, his character was seventeen years old. [[TroubledProduction And the film took so long to complete]] that by the end of the shooting he actually was 17.
25th Jan '17 9:42:12 AM dangerdan97
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:::Thing is, if he was only 15 in 1917, then at most he would have been 51 during the Korean War.

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:::Thing is, if he was only 15 in 1917, then at most he would have been 51 during the Korean War. [[DawsonCasting That's about a decade younger than Harry Morgan was during the show]].
23rd Jan '17 8:18:36 AM Oecchi
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Nana Abe from ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster Cinderella Girls''; she claims to be "eternally seventeen", but it's heavily implied that she's actually much older than that.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Nana Abe from ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster Cinderella Girls''; ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls''; she claims to be "eternally seventeen", but it's heavily implied that she's actually much older than that.
26th Nov '16 10:00:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': Helen (a crossover character from ''PennyAndAggie'') tries to get a job at Nerdrotica despite being underage. Nancy catches her out because of her crappy fake ID.

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* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': Helen (a crossover character from ''PennyAndAggie'') ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'') tries to get a job at Nerdrotica despite being underage. Nancy catches her out because of her crappy fake ID.
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