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11th Jun '17 2:02:30 PM nombretomado
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* Though sport programs like {{WWE}} and {{UFC}} have told the audience [[DontTryThisAtHome never to try the stunts at home]] due to the dangers and the people behind are trained, this rule does get discarded which can end in [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing disaster]]. On a more practical side, a number of the moves, particularly the submission holds, are based off of real-life wrestling maneuvers, and therefore can be used practically in a self-defense scenario.

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* Though sport programs like {{WWE}} Wrestling/{{WWE}} and {{UFC}} have told the audience [[DontTryThisAtHome never to try the stunts at home]] due to the dangers and the people behind are trained, this rule does get discarded which can end in [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing disaster]]. On a more practical side, a number of the moves, particularly the submission holds, are based off of real-life wrestling maneuvers, and therefore can be used practically in a self-defense scenario.



* On an episode of {{FoodNetwork}}'s ''Cooks vs. Cons'', the premise is that two professional cooks and two amateur cooks ("cons") go head to head in a cooking competition, with none of the hosts knowing which is which. One of the "cons" (a radiologist) beat the other amateur cook and the pro chefs, ''and'' completely fooled the celebrity chefs into thinking he was a professional. When they asked where he learned all those advanced cooking techniques? He shrugged and said "Food Network."

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* On an episode of {{FoodNetwork}}'s Creator/FoodNetwork's ''Cooks vs. Cons'', the premise is that two professional cooks and two amateur cooks ("cons") go head to head in a cooking competition, with none of the hosts knowing which is which. One of the "cons" (a radiologist) beat the other amateur cook and the pro chefs, ''and'' completely fooled the celebrity chefs into thinking he was a professional. When they asked where he learned all those advanced cooking techniques? He shrugged and said "Food Network."
4th Jun '17 1:51:53 PM nombretomado
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* Perhaps a more literal example: Jim Carrey's character in ''Film/TheCableGuy'' is a man whose mother was a prostitute who was never around to teach him anything, and as a result he learned everything he ever knew from television in general (and sitcoms in particular). The plot revolves his brutally extreme measures to keep his life working exactly as he ''thinks'' it should be, following literal TVTropes, even at the expense of others' safety and privacy.

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* Perhaps a more literal example: Jim Carrey's character in ''Film/TheCableGuy'' is a man whose mother was a prostitute who was never around to teach him anything, and as a result he learned everything he ever knew from television in general (and sitcoms in particular). The plot revolves his brutally extreme measures to keep his life working exactly as he ''thinks'' it should be, following literal TVTropes, Wiki/TVTropes, even at the expense of others' safety and privacy.
26th May '17 10:55:17 AM CorporalPie
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* In ''Film/Marmoulak'', Reza learns how to pretend to be a mullah from watching TV preachers, who range from TheFundamentalist to discussing the theology of the filmography of Creator/QuentinTarantino.
23rd Apr '17 2:32:05 PM nombretomado
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* Ken Jennings, who won 75 games of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 2004, admitted on ''TelevisionWithoutPity'' that he'd correctly answered a question about the Olmecs thanks to an episode of ''TheSimpsons''.

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* Ken Jennings, who won 75 games of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 2004, admitted on ''TelevisionWithoutPity'' ''Website/TelevisionWithoutPity'' that he'd correctly answered a question about the Olmecs thanks to an episode of ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
4th Feb '17 1:34:54 AM erforce
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** Bart hides from a Shelbyville gang in the tiger-handler area of the zoo (ItMakesSenseInContext) and finds a note that the only way out (i.e. without any tigers) is door number 7, only the doors are labeled with roman numerals, which Bart doesn't know. Until he remembers the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' sequels and pieces it together just in time. The real joke there, though, was that they ''had'' studied roman numerals in his class, ''that same day'' (a.k.a. earlier in the episode), but he didn't pay attention.

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** Bart hides from a Shelbyville gang in the tiger-handler area of the zoo (ItMakesSenseInContext) and finds a note that the only way out (i.e. without any tigers) is door number 7, only the doors are labeled with roman numerals, which Bart doesn't know. Until he remembers the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' sequels and pieces it together just in time. The real joke there, though, was that they ''had'' studied roman numerals in his class, ''that same day'' (a.k.a. earlier in the episode), but he didn't pay attention.
3rd Feb '17 4:57:42 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', Apocalypse learns through touching a television set, learning English in a few seconds.
3rd Dec '16 1:47:59 PM Milarqui
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* Luna in ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast'', during one of their martial arts training routines, manages to surprise Harry a couple of times with DrunkenMaster moves. When Harry asks her later about them, she replies she learned from watching the neighbors' TV.
20th Oct '16 4:46:17 PM Jeduthun
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Naturally, this is TruthInTelevision, in more ways than one.

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Naturally, this is TruthInTelevision, in more ways than one.
one. (Note, though, that there are many cases where TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs, so when in doubt, DontTryThisAtHome.)
18th Oct '16 4:42:26 PM nombretomado
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* Gordon Freeman in ''FreemansMind'' admits that his knowledge of guns stems from watching ''Film/DieHard'' [[SawStarWars27Times fifty times]]. Surprisingly, he's actually a very good shot.

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* Gordon Freeman in ''FreemansMind'' ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' admits that his knowledge of guns stems from watching ''Film/DieHard'' [[SawStarWars27Times fifty times]]. Surprisingly, he's actually a very good shot.
18th Oct '16 4:11:50 PM Jeduthun
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Compare SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat, IKnowMortalKombat, SomeDayThisWillComeInHandy.

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Compare SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat, IKnowMortalKombat, SomeDayThisWillComeInHandy. See also OrSoIHeard, when this doubles as a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.
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