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12th Oct '17 9:09:23 PM PaulA
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* Creator/LarryNiven [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] in his ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series. Two of his earlier ''Known Space'' stories, "Eye of the Octopus" and "How the Heroes Die" detail the early manned exploration of Mars, and include the characters collecting seemingly trivial data about the planet that isn't useful at the time. In the novel ''Protector'', set a hundred years later, the trivia about Mars is finally put to use. When asked how the Terrans knew such useless knowledge would one day be useful, Lucas Garner says, "No knowledge is really useless... you'll always find some use for it sooner or later."

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* Creator/LarryNiven [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] in his ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series. Two of his earlier ''Known Space'' stories, "Eye of the Octopus" and "How the Heroes Die" detail the early manned exploration of Mars, and include the characters collecting seemingly trivial data about the planet that isn't useful at the time. In the novel ''Protector'', ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', set a hundred years later, the trivia about Mars is finally put to use. When asked how the Terrans knew such useless knowledge would one day be useful, Lucas Garner says, "No knowledge is really useless... you'll always find some use for it sooner or later."
21st Sep '17 11:21:46 PM PaulA
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* This is Invoked by Music/TomLehrer on the live album version of his performance of ''The Elements''[[note]]A song which lists the chemical elements (at least, those known at the time) "set to a possibly recognizable tune"[/note].
-->'''Tom Lehrer:''' This may prove useful to somebody some day, perhaps, in a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances...

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* This is Invoked by Music/TomLehrer on the live album version of his performance of ''The Elements''[[note]]A ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', when introducing "The Elements", a song which lists the chemical elements (at least, those known at the time) "set to a possibly recognizable tune"[/note].
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-->'''Tom Lehrer:''' This may prove useful to somebody some of you some day, perhaps, in a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances...
30th Apr '17 10:38:33 AM nombretomado
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* This is Invoked by Creator/TomLehrer on the live album version of his performance of ''The Elements''[[note]]A song which lists the chemical elements (at least, those known at the time) "set to a possibly recognizable tune"[/note].

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* This is Invoked by Creator/TomLehrer Music/TomLehrer on the live album version of his performance of ''The Elements''[[note]]A song which lists the chemical elements (at least, those known at the time) "set to a possibly recognizable tune"[/note].
6th Jan '17 4:17:26 PM MiddleEighth
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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Nangre the librarian advises George and Paul to collect the sayings, poem lines, and other bits of graffiti and trivia found just about everywhere. She says that these strange things are the feeble attempts of the gods to communicate with the outworlders, and have meanings that might not become evident for a long time. George dubs them "Gods Chat" and keeps a list of sayings.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Nangre the librarian advises George and Paul to collect the sayings, poem lines, and other bits of graffiti and trivia found just about everywhere. She says that these strange things are the feeble attempts of the gods to communicate with the outworlders, and have meanings that might not become evident for a long time. George dubs them "Gods Chat" and keeps a list of sayings.list.
6th Jan '17 4:16:59 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Nangre the librarian advises George and Paul to collect the sayings, poem lines, and other bits of graffiti and trivia found just about everywhere. She says that these strange things are the feeble attempts of the gods to communicate with the outworlders, and have meanings that might not become evident for a long time. George dubs them "Gods Chat" and keeps a list of sayings.
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30th Apr '16 10:17:02 PM Kaizen
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* Back in volume 4 of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Sirzechs asks Ise as to what happens if the latter uses [[StatusBuff Gift]] on Rias' breasts, then tells him not to worry about it. Seven volumes later, [[spoiler:the spirits of the past Boosted Gear users bring it up again and sure enough, Ise uses said skill(with permission from Rias, who readily accepts), and the end result? Rias becomes a ''battery'' for Ise at the cost of her breasts ''shrinking'']].

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* Back in volume 4 of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Sirzechs asks Ise Issei as to what happens if the latter uses [[StatusBuff Gift]] on Rias' breasts, then tells him not to worry about it. Seven volumes later, [[spoiler:the spirits of the past Boosted Gear users bring it up again and sure enough, Ise Issei uses said skill(with permission from Rias, who readily accepts), and the end result? Rias becomes a ''battery'' for Ise Issei at the cost of her breasts ''shrinking'']].
7th Jan '16 11:26:58 PM FordPrefect
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** The sequel does something similar as well. When Wayne and Garth arrive outside of a studio, a number of men are doing things such as moving a window back and forth across the street, stacking fruit, and so on. When asked why, the workers reply that it's just their job. Later on Wayne crashes through them all in his car in a stereotypical "action sequence", causing the workers to state in satisfied fashion that their job is done. Of course, the "handiness" of this is almost entirely under the RuleofCool.

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** The sequel does something similar as well. When Wayne and Garth arrive outside of a studio, a number of men are doing things such as moving a window back and forth across the street, stacking fruit, and so on. When asked why, the workers reply that it's just their job. Later on Wayne crashes through them all in his car in a stereotypical "action sequence", causing the workers to state in satisfied fashion that their job is done. Of course, the "handiness" of this is almost entirely under the RuleofCool.RuleOfCool.
7th Jan '16 11:26:39 PM FordPrefect
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* The "The $99,000 Answer" episode of ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Music-guru Ralph learns he is to be a contestant on a music trivia game show and Norton helps him practice for the show by playing snippets of various songs on the piano. To Ralph's ever-increasing annoyance, Norton always warms up by playing the first two lines of "Old Folks at Home" ("Way down upon the Suwanee River, far far away"). When Ralph confidently appears on the game show, the first musical clue he hears is the same two lines that Norton always warmed up with. Ralph is dumbstruck, can't come up with the answer, and is eliminated from the game on the very first question. For the record, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he guessed that Norton composed it]].

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* The ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', episode "The $99,000 Answer" episode of ''Series/TheHoneymooners''.Answer". Music-guru Ralph learns he is to be a contestant on a music trivia game show and Norton helps him practice for the show by playing snippets of various songs on the piano. To Ralph's ever-increasing annoyance, Norton always warms up by playing the first two lines of "Old Folks at Home" ("Way down upon the Suwanee River, far far away"). When Ralph confidently appears on the game show, the first musical clue he hears is the same two lines that Norton always warmed up with. Ralph is dumbstruck, can't come up with the answer, and is eliminated from the game on the very first question. For the record, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he guessed that Norton composed it]].
29th Nov '15 6:48:16 AM Avitus
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** "Termites of Endearment" Dave refuses to practice sword fighting because he's busy making decorative knick-knacks for sale, although nobody wants to buy them. His sister Fang badgers him to practice fighting, and Dave says "one day my love of decorative knick-knacks will one day save us all." He keeps saying this throughout the episode, usually directly to the audience. Then the MonsterOfTheWeek attacks, defeats everyone easily, and is about to kill them all--when it notices one of Dave's things and says, "did I ever tell you how much I love decorative knick-knacks?" Cut to Dave selling thousands of knick-knacks to the monster. Fang looks at him and says, deadpan, "I so hate you right now."

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** "Termites of Endearment" Dave refuses to practice sword fighting because he's busy making decorative knick-knacks for sale, although nobody wants to buy them. sale. His sister Fang badgers him to practice fighting, and Dave says "one day my love of decorative knick-knacks will one day save us all." all!" He keeps saying this throughout the episode, usually directly to the audience. Then the MonsterOfTheWeek attacks, defeats everyone easily, and is about to kill them all--when it Dave notices one of Dave's things the monster's bracelet. The monster and says, "did I ever tell you how much I love decorative knick-knacks?" Cut to Dave selling thousands of agree to knick-knacks to the monster. Fang looks at him and says, deadpan, "I so hate you right now."together.
29th Nov '15 6:38:57 AM Avitus
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** This trope title comes from the episode "Termites of Endearment". Dave refuses to practice sword fighting because he's busy making decorative knick-knacks for sale, although nobody wants to buy them. His sister Fang badgers him to practice fighting, and Dave says "trust me, someday my love of decorative knick-knacks will come in handy!" He keeps saying this throughout the episode, usually directly to the audience. Then the MonsterOfTheWeek attacks, defeats everyone easily, and is about to kill them all--when it notices one of Dave's things and says, "did I ever tell you how much I love decorative knick-knacks?" Cut to Dave selling thousands of knick-knacks to the monster. Fang looks at him and says, deadpan, "I so hate you right now."

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** This trope title comes from the episode "Termites of Endearment". Endearment" Dave refuses to practice sword fighting because he's busy making decorative knick-knacks for sale, although nobody wants to buy them. His sister Fang badgers him to practice fighting, and Dave says "trust me, someday "one day my love of decorative knick-knacks will come in handy!" one day save us all." He keeps saying this throughout the episode, usually directly to the audience. Then the MonsterOfTheWeek attacks, defeats everyone easily, and is about to kill them all--when it notices one of Dave's things and says, "did I ever tell you how much I love decorative knick-knacks?" Cut to Dave selling thousands of knick-knacks to the monster. Fang looks at him and says, deadpan, "I so hate you right now."
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