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27th Apr '16 6:44:52 AM Prfnoff
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* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin decides to set up a stand selling drainage ditch water as "Calvin's Curative Ellixir" at a dollar a glass. When Hobbes tells him nobody will pay to drink what is obviously just filthy water, Calvin changes his pitch to "Pitcher of Plague: Calvin's Debilitating Disease Drink! $1.00 not to have any."

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* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin decides to set up a stand selling drainage ditch water as "Calvin's Curative Ellixir" Elixir" at a dollar a glass. When Hobbes tells him nobody will pay to drink what is obviously just filthy water, Calvin changes his pitch to "Pitcher of Plague: Calvin's Debilitating Disease Drink! $1.00 not to have any."
27th Apr '16 6:43:01 AM Prfnoff
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* In one strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin decides to set up a stand selling drainage ditch water as "Calvin's Curative Ellixir" at a dollar a glass. When Hobbes tells him nobody will pay to drink what is obviously just filthy water, Calvin changes his pitch to "Pitcher of Plague: Calvin's Debilitating Disease Drink! $1.00 not to have any."
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19th Apr '16 5:47:49 PM Pseudoname
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[[caption-width-right:350:Just one drop of my medicine will cure all the side effects of my medicine!]]
25th Mar '16 7:09:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. [[MeaningfulName Stringfellow]] in the ''NightGallery'' episode "Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator", who is a rare example of a phony doctor being treated as unsympathetically as deserved.

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* Dr. [[MeaningfulName Stringfellow]] in the ''NightGallery'' ''Series/NightGallery'' episode "Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator", who is a rare example of a phony doctor being treated as unsympathetically as deserved.



* ''TheTwilightZone'' episode "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" concerns a man who cons a town by claiming he can raise the dead. The problem is that all the graves but one in the town cemetery are populated by victims of violence (and that one died of a heart attack...after breaking her husband's arm for the sixth time), and nobody ''wants'' the dead to rise. So they pay the man ''not'' to raise the dead. He leaves town, we learn how his scheme worked... [[spoiler:but it turns out that, without knowing it, the man ''did'' raise the dead, and they're pretty eager to get back to town.]]

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* ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" concerns a man who cons a town by claiming he can raise the dead. The problem is that all the graves but one in the town cemetery are populated by victims of violence (and that one died of a heart attack...after breaking her husband's arm for the sixth time), and nobody ''wants'' the dead to rise. So they pay the man ''not'' to raise the dead. He leaves town, we learn how his scheme worked... [[spoiler:but it turns out that, without knowing it, the man ''did'' raise the dead, and they're pretty eager to get back to town.]]



* Parodied on ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'', with Chas peddling such products as Oil of Snake, Bollocks and Feng Shite. If you believe their audio commentary, the scene was not a case of SelectiveStupidity - everyone they talked to fell for it.
* Invoked for a quick gag in Creator/JimHenson's adaptation of ''EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'', where Emmet's father is said to have been an unsuccessful snake oil salesman: "There just weren't that many people that wanted to oil a snake!"

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* Parodied on ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'', ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', with Chas peddling such products as Oil of Snake, Bollocks and Feng Shite. If you believe their audio commentary, the scene was not a case of SelectiveStupidity - everyone they talked to fell for it.
* Invoked for a quick gag in Creator/JimHenson's adaptation of ''EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'', ''Series/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'', where Emmet's father is said to have been an unsuccessful snake oil salesman: "There just weren't that many people that wanted to oil a snake!"
27th Jan '16 5:54:43 PM Sonofstranger
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** It doesn't really matter if he actually sells anything, though. His little bouts of quackery are mainly used as a distraction so that other members of the Thieves' Guild can do their business.

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** It doesn't really matter if he actually sells anything, though. His little bouts of quackery are mainly used as a distraction so that other members of the Thieves' Guild can do their business.business in the market with everybody handily looking at the person who isn't breaking into their stalls.
27th Jan '16 5:52:25 PM Sonofstranger
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Thieves Guild has fallen on such hard times that their recruiter, Brynjolf, is forced to run a sideline selling "genuine Falmer blood elixir" to the citizens of Riften.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Thieves Guild has fallen on such hard times that their recruiter, Brynjolf, is forced to run a sideline selling miracle products such as "genuine Falmer blood elixir" to the citizens of Riften.Riften. A previous scam of his, "Wisp Essence", turned out to be crushed Nirnroot mixed with water. It doesn't help when you remember that [[FridgeHorror Nirnroot can be used to make a fairly potent poison.]]
** It doesn't really matter if he actually sells anything, though. His little bouts of quackery are mainly used as a distraction so that other members of the Thieves' Guild can do their business.
17th Jan '16 5:18:32 PM nombretomado
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* There's a PlanetOfHats of these in ''StarControl 2''.

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* There's a PlanetOfHats of these in ''StarControl 2''.''VideoGame/StarControlII''.
4th Jan '16 3:39:54 PM ZimFan89
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-->'''Albert''': And "red velvet". Red velvet? There's a shirt in here?

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-->'''Albert''': And "red velvet". flannel". Red velvet? flannel? There's a shirt in here?
4th Jan '16 3:36:52 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'', Albert and Anna meet one at the fair who is cheerfully selling medical tonics and elixers that are clearly a crock of shit, going by the list of ingredients of one bottle.
-->'''Anna''': Cocaine, alcohol, morphine, mercury with chalk? What the hell is "mercury with chalk"?
-->'''Salesman''': [[BlatantLies Science!]]
-->'''Albert''': And "red velvet". Red velvet? There's a shirt in here?
-->'''Salesman''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Pieces of shirt.]]
27th Dec '15 11:08:11 AM dvorak
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