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29th Apr '17 4:10:15 PM Nulono
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* This was the premise behind their UnchainedReaction miniseries.
23rd Apr '17 9:15:38 AM Gosicrystal
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* In the Interactive Fiction game ''{{Rematch}}'' the protagonist is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop where he and his two friends are killed when an SUV crashes through the front window of the pool hall. Each cycle allows you one move before disaster strikes: undoing resets the world to just before the accident, but with some things slightly rearranged. So while the given solution will not work on every cycle, eventually you learn that [[spoiler: Ines will do anything Nick dares her to do, that she can hit the loudmouth with a page from her Far Side calendar if it's wrapped around the cueball, that the loudmouth will yell out pretty much anything that has a number in it, that the distracted girl behind the counter will repeat the number the loudmouth yells when she calls time on one of the tables, that one particular table has an irate player who nearly strikes the ceiling fan control switch with his cuestick before someone tells him that it's not their table being called. Accomplishing this will in turn cause a ceiling fan to fall, meaning everyone's attention is on the front window when the SUV crashes through and react in time to avoid it.]]

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* In the Interactive Fiction game ''{{Rematch}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Rematch}}'' the protagonist is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop where he and his two friends are killed when an SUV crashes through the front window of the pool hall. Each cycle allows you one move before disaster strikes: undoing resets the world to just before the accident, but with some things slightly rearranged. So while the given solution will not work on every cycle, eventually you learn that [[spoiler: Ines will do anything Nick dares her to do, that she can hit the loudmouth with a page from her Far Side calendar if it's wrapped around the cueball, that the loudmouth will yell out pretty much anything that has a number in it, that the distracted girl behind the counter will repeat the number the loudmouth yells when she calls time on one of the tables, that one particular table has an irate player who nearly strikes the ceiling fan control switch with his cuestick before someone tells him that it's not their table being called. Accomplishing this will in turn cause a ceiling fan to fall, meaning everyone's attention is on the front window when the SUV crashes through and react in time to avoid it.]]
10th Apr '17 10:01:57 AM nombretomado
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* {{SCOOBY DOO}}!!! It doesn't matter what version it is, it is a GUARANTEE a Robinson Goldberg Contraption is going to show up at LEAST once an episode, and quite a few times in each movie. Unfortunately, they seldom work as planned. For example, in [[ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated one incarnation]], Fred's overly complicated plan successfully traps himself and the gang, leaving the monster standing there.

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* {{SCOOBY DOO}}!!! It doesn't matter what version it is, it is a GUARANTEE a Robinson Goldberg Contraption is going to show up at LEAST once an episode, and quite a few times in each movie. Unfortunately, they seldom work as planned. For example, in [[ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated one incarnation]], Fred's overly complicated plan successfully traps himself and the gang, leaving the monster standing there.
9th Apr '17 9:10:41 AM nombretomado
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* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' does this occasionally.

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* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' does this occasionally.
2nd Apr '17 11:18:00 AM nombretomado
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** That was a parody of the breakfast machine from ''PeeWeesBigAdventure'', complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong.

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** That was a parody of the breakfast machine from ''PeeWeesBigAdventure'', ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'', complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong.
22nd Mar '17 11:59:28 AM AG1995
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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'': The first murder is committed using one of these. [[spoiler:Saihara's motion sensor and camera set-up in the library is altered so that one camera flashes, luring the victim towards the bookcase, while a shot put - thrown into a vent from the floor above by the culprit - rolls down a staircase of books on top of the bookcases and falls on their head]]. Shirogane even name-drops the trope when the set-up is exposed to everybody.
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11th Mar '17 9:31:23 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Fillmore}}'' had a criminal use one of these as a full-size version of the Start the Symphony game (a parody of the aforementioned ''Mouse Trap'' game).

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* ''{{Fillmore}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' had a criminal use one of these as a full-size version of the Start the Symphony game (a parody of the aforementioned ''Mouse Trap'' game).
1st Mar '17 8:55:09 PM nombretomado
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* GarrysMod users are fond of constructing these, usually relying on little more than Source's physics engine, spawned props, and some ropes. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And]] [[StuffBlowingUp high explosives]].

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* GarrysMod VideoGame/GarrysMod users are fond of constructing these, usually relying on little more than Source's physics engine, spawned props, and some ropes. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And]] [[StuffBlowingUp high explosives]].
27th Dec '16 3:54:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''NotTheNineOClockNews'', the sequence starts with Rowan Atkinson as a bored policeman turning a handle. The camera follows the linkage from the handle, until it ends up at the rotating "New Scotland Yard" sign.
* ''UnchainedReaction'' has Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from ''Series/MythBusters'' hosting teams that compete to build these.
* In an episode of the 80s revival ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ("The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon") an old man has built an incredibly complicated device made of dangling interwoven parts made out of junk, claiming it needs to be maintained carefully or disasters will happen. A man sent to investigate him realizes that because the old man failed to add a part requested of him by an unseen and unheard guide, a small Pacific island was swallowed whole by a tidal wave, just as the old man said it would. [[spoiler: It turns out that he was fated all along to take the old man's place, rushing to a dumpster at the invisible guide's request to look for a broken doll and a tambourine, wondering how he'll find those before next Thursday...]]

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* In ''NotTheNineOClockNews'', ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'', the sequence starts with Rowan Atkinson as a bored policeman turning a handle. The camera follows the linkage from the handle, until it ends up at the rotating "New Scotland Yard" sign.
* ''UnchainedReaction'' ''Series/UnchainedReaction'' has Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from ''Series/MythBusters'' hosting teams that compete to build these.
* In an episode of the 80s revival ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' ("The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon") an old man has built an incredibly complicated device made of dangling interwoven parts made out of junk, claiming it needs to be maintained carefully or disasters will happen. A man sent to investigate him realizes that because the old man failed to add a part requested of him by an unseen and unheard guide, a small Pacific island was swallowed whole by a tidal wave, just as the old man said it would. [[spoiler: It turns out that he was fated all along to take the old man's place, rushing to a dumpster at the invisible guide's request to look for a broken doll and a tambourine, wondering how he'll find those before next Thursday...]]
15th Dec '16 5:21:42 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Human Nature", the Doctor saves [[ItMakesSenseInContext a baby from a falling piano]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0kDw-WUmyg improvising]] such a contraption in a few seconds.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho':
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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Human Nature", the John Smith (the Doctor in human form) saves [[ItMakesSenseInContext a baby from a falling piano]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0kDw-WUmyg improvising]] such a contraption in a few seconds. It's a pretty good sign the Time Lord is still in there somewhere.
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