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16th Jul '17 2:17:26 PM Mareon
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* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]''' has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins's ''The God Delusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of his calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spending two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater could be a bad thing, where cheese where manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?

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* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]''' has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins's ''The God Delusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of his calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spending spent two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater could be a bad thing, where cheese where manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?
16th Jul '17 2:13:36 PM Mareon
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16th Jul '17 2:13:34 PM Mareon
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* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread Creator/RichardDawking's ''Literature/TheGodDelusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of him calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spending two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater is a bad thing, where cheese where manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?

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* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] Jillette]]''' has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread Creator/RichardDawking's ''Literature/TheGodDelusion'' UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins's ''The God Delusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of him his calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spending two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater is could be a bad thing, where cheese where manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?
16th Jul '17 2:09:52 PM Mareon
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* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread Creator/RichardDawking's ''Literature/TheGodDelusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of him calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spending two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater is a bad thing, where cheese where manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?
-->''Richard!'' '''''RATS LIKE CHEEESE!''''' / ''Love, Penn.''
8th Jul '17 1:08:02 AM bfunc
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* A joke is told about a driver who gets a flat tire just outside the fence of a mental asylum. Nervous about being stopped in such a place, he quickly starts to change the tire, putting the nuts in the hubcap while he wrestles the spare on. He then accidentally kicks the hubcap and the nuts fly out, disappearing into the tall grass beside the road. Suddenly, he hears a voice: an inmate watching him from just inside the fence tells him to take one nut from each of the other three wheels and use those, and that should serve to hold the spare in place long enough for him to get to a garage and replace them. He says "That's a great idea! What's somebody like you doing in a mental asylum?" The inmate's reply is "I'm in here because I'm crazy, not because I'm ''stupid''."
25th Jun '17 5:11:35 PM TheSinful
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* A Villain of the Week in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' is a former model who lost her leg in a photoshoot with a lion. She decides to take over the fashion industry using a machine to swap body parts between women (such as Clover's legs and Sam's teeth) and create an army of perfect models. Sam asks why she didn't just use the machine to get herself a new leg instead.
22nd Jun '17 1:02:38 PM FGHIK
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* In the ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' spinoff "Saki Biyori", this happens twice in Shindouji's second chapter, in which, as a result of one thing leading to another, the "round robin journal" used to chronicle the club's activities ends up getting a comic strip that everyone contributes to. When ClubPresident Mairu is unable to continue, her best friend Himeko asks her whether they need one, causing Mairu to issue a ban. Popular demand forces them to bring the comic strip back, though, but Himeko has another plan in mind- giving the comic an ending.

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* In the ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' spinoff SpinOff "Saki Biyori", this happens twice in Shindouji's second chapter, in which, as a result of one thing leading to another, the "round robin journal" used to chronicle the club's activities ends up getting a comic strip that everyone contributes to. When ClubPresident Mairu is unable to continue, her best friend Himeko asks her whether they need one, causing Mairu to issue a ban. Popular demand forces them to bring the comic strip back, though, but Himeko has another plan in mind- giving the comic an ending.



* In ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', Private Jones implores Corporal Mitchell to shoot Sergeant Farrell rather than stab him with the bayonet. Mitchell's refusal to do so ultimately leads to Jim's escape, as it panicks Jones into triggering his gun.

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* In ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', Private Jones implores Corporal Mitchell to shoot Sergeant Farrell rather than stab him with the bayonet. Mitchell's refusal to do so ultimately leads to Jim's escape, as it panicks panics Jones into triggering his gun.



* Used in ''Film/LastActionHero''. After [[TheMole Practice]] handcuffs Jack and Danny, he goes into a long speech about why he's working for Vivaldi. Meanwhile, Danny frees himself with [[ChekhovsGun a handcuff key he happened to have]], pulls a gun on Practice, and rants at length about how dumb movie villains always explain everything when all they have to do to win is shoot. At which point ''Vivaldi'' shows up and pulls a gun on him midspeech. "You're not so smart yourself, kid."

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* Used in ''Film/LastActionHero''. After [[TheMole Practice]] handcuffs Jack and Danny, he goes into a long speech about why he's working for Vivaldi. Meanwhile, Danny frees himself with [[ChekhovsGun a handcuff key he happened to have]], pulls a gun on Practice, and rants at length about how dumb movie villains always explain everything when all they have to do to win is shoot. At which point ''Vivaldi'' shows up and pulls a gun on him midspeech.mid speech. "You're not so smart yourself, kid."



* In the binding of Fenrir of Myth/NorseMythology, Loki asks the other Gods why they don't just kill him while he's bound, especially since it's foretold Fenrir kills Odin come [[ApocalypseHow Ragnorok]]. The other Gods ''don't'' kill him because Fenrir was bound in a holy place, which would have become tainted with both the violence and the blood.

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* In the binding of Fenrir of Myth/NorseMythology, Loki asks the other Gods why they don't just kill him while he's bound, especially since it's foretold Fenrir kills Odin come [[ApocalypseHow Ragnorok]].Ragnarok]]. The other Gods ''don't'' kill him because Fenrir was bound in a holy place, which would have become tainted with both the violence and the blood.



* Oddly enough, Arcueid in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' asks Nero this -- technically, she points out he's been messing around too much by making Shiki suffer, which just triggered his Nanaya side -- after Nero decides he's going to have fun and slowly eat Shiki instead of killing him outright. After Shiki starts kicking his ass, he realizes maaaybe it would have been a better idea not to play with his food.

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* Oddly enough, Arcueid in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' asks Nero this -- technically, she points out he's been messing around too much by making Shiki suffer, which just triggered his Nanaya side -- after Nero decides he's going to have fun and slowly eat Shiki instead of killing him outright. After Shiki starts kicking his ass, he realizes maaaybe maybe it would have been a better idea not to play with his food.



* The bread and butter WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded- stating the far simpler and/or funnier way to solve the problem of the story than what the characters in the movie did. Examples include the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' park containing the Indomitus Rex by such simple measures as not putting in a dinosaur-sized exit to the habitat and building a moat inside it (something real life zoos very often do), [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Bucky]] avoiding his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy conditioning]] being activated by plugging his ears, and [[Film/SuicideSquad June]] preventing the whole plot of the film by making sure that the statue the Enchantress was trapped in is never damaged or broken, like a good archeologist.

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* The bread and butter WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded- stating the far simpler and/or funnier way to solve the problem of the story than what the characters in the movie did. Examples include the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' park containing the Indomitus Indominus Rex by such simple measures as not putting in a dinosaur-sized exit to the habitat and building a moat inside it (something real life zoos very often do), [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Bucky]] avoiding his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy conditioning]] being activated by plugging his ears, and [[Film/SuicideSquad June]] preventing the whole plot of the film by making sure that the statue the Enchantress was trapped in is never damaged or broken, like a good archeologist.



* In one ''Roleplay/{{Global Guardians|PBEMUniverse}}'' story, the heroes chase the villain into an underground vault, and the badguy hides behind a truly massive door. While Achilles and Guardsman argue about how best to release the magnetic lock, Stone and Ultra-Man simply rip the entire door assembly out of the surrounding rock.

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* In one ''Roleplay/{{Global Guardians|PBEMUniverse}}'' story, the heroes chase the villain into an underground vault, and the badguy bad guy hides behind a truly massive door. While Achilles and Guardsman argue about how best to release the magnetic lock, Stone and Ultra-Man simply rip the entire door assembly out of the surrounding rock.



** As silly as "Arching" is, it is the only thing stopping the Guild full of powerful, mentally unstable and highly dangerous people from doing real crimes rather than acts of carttonish super villainy.

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** As silly as "Arching" is, it is the only thing stopping the Guild full of powerful, mentally unstable and highly dangerous people from doing real crimes rather than acts of carttonish cartoonish super villainy.



** Related to this is the manner in which computers which have to really be secure are protected from hackers: not by ridiculously sophisticated protection software, but simply airgapping them and not having a wireless capability.

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** Related to this is the manner in which computers which have to really be secure are protected from hackers: not by ridiculously sophisticated protection software, but simply airgapping air gapping them and not having a wireless capability.
20th Jun '17 10:34:37 AM LentilSandEater
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** A comic-based episode had Joker poring over a variety of odd tortures to inflict on Batman; he flies into a rage after Harley Quinn matter-of-factly offers to just shoot him. Irony bites Harley in the ass after her own dramatic death trap nearly succeeds ''until Mr. J becomes angry at her for upstaging him'' and busts in to stop her. Even more ironically, the Joker then goes to shoot the restrained Batman anyway after he gets Harley out of the picture, as it's just too rare an opportunity to turn down. By this point, of course, Batman has freed himself. The Joker is probably the canonical example of a BigBad who will accept nothing less than a DeathTrap ending for the hero, no matter how many times it's been tried and failed. In his case, however, it is arguably {{justified|Trope}}, since the Joker is explicitly ''insane''. His actions and choices should not necessarily be expected to be rational. To add insult to injury Batman outright states that Harley's trap ''would'' have been successful, and would have managed to finish him off where Joker never could. The plan, of course, being one Joker rejected.

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** A comic-based episode had Joker poring over a variety of odd tortures to inflict on Batman; he flies into a rage after Harley Quinn matter-of-factly offers to just shoot him. Irony bites Harley in the ass after her own dramatic death trap nearly succeeds ''until Mr. J becomes angry at her for upstaging him'' and busts in to stop her. Even more ironically, the Joker then goes to shoot the restrained Batman anyway after he gets Harley out of the picture, as it's just too rare an opportunity to turn down. By this point, of course, Batman has freed himself. The Joker is probably the canonical example of a BigBad who will accept nothing less than a DeathTrap ending for the hero, no matter how many times it's been tried and failed. In his case, however, it is arguably {{justified|Trope}}, since the Joker is explicitly ''insane''. His actions and choices should not necessarily be expected to be rational. To add insult to injury Batman outright states that Harley's trap ''would'' have been successful, and would have managed to finish him off where Joker never could. The plan, of course, being one Joker rejected.
8th Jun '17 6:45:38 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', [[DumbassHasAPoint Br'er Bear points out that Br'er Fox's plans to catch Br'er Rabbit never work]] and suggests that they just "knock his head clean off."

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* In ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', [[DumbassHasAPoint Br'er Bear points out that Br'er Fox's plans to catch Br'er Rabbit never work]] and suggests that they just "knock his head clean off."
6th Jun '17 12:05:57 AM MHarrington
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There is a problem. A [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]], [[ComplexityAddiction elaborate]], and dangerous (and sometimes, pretty darn cool) solution is proposed to solve it. ItsTheOnlyWay! Then some other jerk points out that a much simpler MundaneSolution exists.

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There is a problem. A [[RuleOfDrama dramatic]], [[ComplexityAddiction elaborate]], and dangerous (and sometimes, pretty darn cool) solution is proposed to solve it. ItsTheOnlyWay! Then some other jerk points out that a much simpler MundaneSolution exists.
exists that would probably be more effective.
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