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7th Mar '17 5:30:45 PM nombretomado
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* [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] practically started this gag with his magical trenchcoat. While he could often as not pull anything out of it from a swordfish to a lit candle (burning at both ends), there's still the classic moment in ''Film/AnimalCrackers'' when Chico requests "The flash" (light), and gets a flask, flush, fish, and flute. Since it's too dark to properly find anything, Harpo eventually pulls out a flashlight to try and find his flashlight.

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* [[MarxBrothers [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] practically started this gag with his magical trenchcoat. While he could often as not pull anything out of it from a swordfish to a lit candle (burning at both ends), there's still the classic moment in ''Film/AnimalCrackers'' when Chico requests "The flash" (light), and gets a flask, flush, fish, and flute. Since it's too dark to properly find anything, Harpo eventually pulls out a flashlight to try and find his flashlight.
18th Feb '17 9:52:08 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', Karashi spends [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150906195105/http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050512.html two]] [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150906195105/http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050514.html strips]] searching through the inventory for a party-healing item. No Megahealers, alas, but the inventory does contain such items as 27 Useless Things and 67 pieces of Pocket Lint.
15th Jan '17 7:46:01 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'': In "Replacement Egg", Toad does this with a refrigerator in order to find, well, take a guess.
29th Nov '16 12:14:24 PM Kalaong
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Also see GrailInTheGarbage, which is what happens when someone ''doesn't'' rummage in the junk pile for an extended period of time, and instead ultimately decides to throw the whole mess out ''without'' checking to see if there's anything important in it.
24th Nov '16 8:40:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** The Fourth and Tenth Doctors have done this from time to time. One memorable scene from the Fourth Doctor's first appearance ("Robot") has the Doctor searched by a security guard. We are then shown the foot-high pile of items taken from the Doctor's pockets, which completely covers the poor security guard's desk. The new series explains this by revealing that his pockets are bigger on the inside than the outside. It implies that Time Lord technology uses these pocket dimensions everywhere.
** In "The Sontaran Experiment", the Doctor digs through his pockets for something he's been holding on to. "Never throw anything away, Harry." He can't find it. "It's a mistake to clutter one's pockets, Harry."

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** The Fourth and Tenth Doctors have done this from time to time. One memorable scene from the Fourth Doctor's first appearance ("Robot") ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]") has the Doctor searched by a security guard. We are then shown the foot-high pile of items taken from the Doctor's pockets, which completely covers the poor security guard's desk. The new series explains this by revealing that his pockets are bigger on the inside than the outside. It implies that Time Lord technology uses these pocket dimensions everywhere.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment The Sontaran Experiment", Experiment]]", the Doctor digs through his pockets for something he's been holding on to. "Never throw anything away, Harry." He can't find it. "It's a mistake to clutter one's pockets, Harry."



** This also happens to the [[MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]] in "The Lodger", when he's reaching for his Sonic Screwdriver to protect someone from a perceived threat, and instead manages to grab an electric toothbrush.

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** This also happens to the [[MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]] in "The Lodger", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]", when he's reaching for his Sonic Screwdriver to protect someone from a perceived threat, and instead manages to grab an electric toothbrush.
8th Nov '16 7:25:38 AM jazzyamx
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* On ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'', this happened with Ord when he reaches for items in his tummy pouch. Sometimes he will even scarf he things he accidentally pulls out of his pocket (if it's food anyway).

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* On ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'', this happened with Ord when he reaches for items in his tummy pouch. Sometimes he will even scarf he the things he accidentally pulls out of his pocket (if it's food anyway).
14th Sep '16 11:23:57 AM eroock
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5th Sep '16 2:39:55 AM FurtiveGrist
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** In a different scene where a pair of cops are searching Mask!Stanley's pockets, they pull out several gag items, including chattering teeth and a rubber chicken. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that his whole demeanor is based on cartoons.
22nd Aug '16 9:23:27 AM Monolaf317
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* A variant of this happens in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''; in "The Smoking Peanut", when a Zoo Worker tries to pull an egg off of Mr. Krabs, he accidentally pulls off all of his clothes instead, much to the crowd's disgust. The Zoo Worker gets it right the second time.
30th Jul '16 10:04:25 AM darksecret
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** In "The Sontaran Experiment", the Doctor digs through his pockets for something he's been holding on to. "Never throw anything away, Harry." He can't find it. "It's a mistake to clutter one's pockets, Harry."
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