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11th Jan '17 6:39:26 PM Idek618
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Whenever an investigative character looks up information in a telephone directory and find the one piece of information they've been looking for, they'll rip out the entire page from the phone book. A lot of the time, the directory was one of those found next to a public telephone, which mean that our Sam Spade or Intrepid Reporter has just ruined the chances of anybody else looking up anybody who's name begins with B. Perhaps it helps to [[RuleOfDrama show how rushed and straight to the point]] they are but you'd think people in those professions would have gotten used to carrying around a pen and notepad.

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Whenever an investigative character looks up information in a telephone directory and find the one piece of information they've been looking for, they'll rip out the entire page from the phone book. A lot of the time, the directory was one of those found next to a public telephone, which mean that our Sam Spade or Intrepid Reporter has just ruined the chances of anybody else looking up anybody who's whose name begins with B. Perhaps it helps to [[RuleOfDrama show how rushed and straight to the point]] they are but you'd think people in those professions would have gotten used to carrying around a pen and notepad.
13th Nov '16 5:26:42 PM Discar
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* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', a scheming and ambitious wizard discovers the one piece of information that makes sense of a major crisis threatening the existence of the Disc itself. Rather than share the vital knowledge, and in order to discredit his rivals and boost his claim to the Arch-Chancellory, he bribes the Librarian with bananas [[note]]A magical accident has just transformed the human Librarian into the form of an orang-utan[[/note]] to locate all the copies of this particular Book, plus cross-references to it in other books, and check them all out on his ticket - so that nobody else can find them.

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* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', a scheming and ambitious wizard discovers the one piece of information that makes sense of a major crisis threatening the existence of the Disc itself. Rather than share the vital knowledge, and in order to discredit his rivals and boost his claim to the Arch-Chancellory, he bribes the Librarian with bananas [[note]]A magical accident has just transformed the human Librarian into the form of an orang-utan[[/note]] to locate all the copies of this particular Book, plus cross-references to it in other books, and check them all out on his ticket - so that nobody else can find them.

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5th Nov '16 9:40:55 AM AgProv
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* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', a scheming and ambitious wizard discovers the one piece of information that makes sense of a major crisis threatening the existence of the Disc itself. Rather than share the vital knowledge, and in order to discredit his rivals and boost his claim to the Arch-Chancellory, he bribes the Librarian with bananas [[note]]A magical accident has just transformed the human Librarian into the form of an orang-utan[[/note]] to locate all the copies of this particular Book, plus cross-references to it in other books, and check them all out on his ticket - so that nobody else can find them.
29th May '16 5:17:34 PM eroock
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* In ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of the Fathers'', Gabriel holds on to a page from a phonebook that Grace retrieved for him. Lampshaded when he notes: Somewhere there's a New Orleans phone book missing one of its "C" pages.
1st May '16 5:30:04 PM eroock
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* Downplayed in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''. In the last scene when Clem tracks down Joel at his apartment, we see her in the car holding a ripped out telephone page with Joel's address marked up.
1st May '16 5:43:03 AM erforce
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender does this in ''Bender's Big Score'' when he is searching for Fry in the past. This was a take-off on the aforementioned example from ''Film/The Terminator''. Bender was a robot going into the past to kill Fry, and there were *many* different joking Terminator allusions in that sequence. Only problem is that in the aforementioned example the robot ''didn't'' rip it out. Ah, well.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender does this in ''Bender's Big Score'' when he is searching for Fry in the past. This was a take-off on the aforementioned example from ''Film/The Terminator''.''Film/TheTerminator''. Bender was a robot going into the past to kill Fry, and there were *many* different joking Terminator allusions in that sequence. Only problem is that in the aforementioned example the robot ''didn't'' rip it out. Ah, well.
1st Mar '16 8:17:07 PM MasoTey
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See also JustTakeThePoster.
23rd Aug '15 8:22:19 PM R1ck
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*** "You can vandalize my property as long as you buy stuff!"
1st Aug '15 12:04:57 AM Odon
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* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Kyle Reese does this with the page containing the listing for "Sarah Connor". Averted by the Terminator himself later in the film, since its flawless memory allows it to instantly memorize the listings.

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* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Kyle Reese does this with the page containing the listing for "Sarah Connor". A DeletedScene has Sarah doing it when she finds Cyberdyne Systems in a rather tattered phone book. Averted by the Terminator himself later in the film, himself, since its the cyborg's flawless memory allows it to instantly memorize the listings.
3rd May '15 7:37:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Unknown}}'', the hero rips a page from the phone book in a public phone booth.

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* In ''Film/{{Unknown}}'', ''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'', the hero rips a page from the phone book in a public phone booth.
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