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29th Sep '16 5:12:48 AM Trueman001
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* The Creator/DanBrown novels are full of this. Two examples from ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'': the BigBad makes his mobile phone untraceable by "splayed[[note]]spread out[[/note]] ferreting[[note]]hunting using ferrets[[/note]]", and a battery charger has all manner of ridiculous components including "servo coils"[[note]]the part of a hard drive which moves the heads[[/note]]. Perhaps because the latter is a "magic" charger which only works in the location for which it was built.
22nd Sep '16 11:46:54 PM Koveras
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*** [[http://www.break.com/index/understanding-the-turbo-encabulator.html Here's another one.]]

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** ''WebVideo/SciShow'' took on it, as well: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwmdf5m9khg The Retro-Proto-Turbo-Encabulator]]". Seeing how Creator/HankGreen is an expert at ''actual'' technical jargon, the video sounds eerily like his usual ones.
18th Sep '16 12:33:49 PM FPSCanarussia
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*** Maybe they meant anti-tachyon, as in an antimatter tachyon. That could function as a sensor (interstellar FTL radar, if you just measured the tachyon's age and momemtum somehow), and anything involving antimatter could easily be an unstoppable death-thing.
8th Sep '16 4:22:34 PM CountDorku
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* DoubleSubversion in ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''. Dr Dinosaur is prone to talking at length about "timevolution" and the unlimited power of crystals. In a lot of comics, this would be business as usual, but here Robo usually yells at him about how what he's saying is complete pseudoscientific gibberish and will either do nothing or kill everyone present. ''Then it works anyway.'' This usually makes Robo a very sad robot indeed.
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29th Aug '16 1:09:07 AM DrFraud
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2857962/22/Browncoat-Green-Eyes Browncoat, Green Eyes]]'':
-->'''Antonio:''' The tachyon accelerators rely on a delicate balance of fusion and fission-\\
'''Harry:''' Antonio! ''Please''. Speak English around me. Not science, and definitely not Chinese.
27th Aug '16 3:43:36 PM DrFraud
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21st Aug '16 6:37:30 AM Sonofstranger
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* [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]] has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. His doctoral thesis is titled ''Observation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPR_paradox Einstein-Podolvsky-Rosen]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement Entanglement]] on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonlinear_system Nonlinear]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transuranium_element Transuranic]] Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength ([=ELW=]) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array''. Basically, shooting low-frequency electromagnetic waves through heavy element crystals to make things teleport.
20th Jul '16 7:17:27 PM skidoo23
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*** Also:Also, an example that is crossbred with BuffySpeak:


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** The Twelfth Doctor continues Steven Moffat's general aversion to techno babble, such as in "Flatline" when he invents a gadget for dealing with a group of two-dimensional aliens that he names the "Two-dis" (a pun on TARDIS).
*** In "The Girl Who Died," he confirms a long-held fan suspicion by confirming that the phrase "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow" is indeed meaningless.
20th Jul '16 7:32:36 AM Gosicrystal
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* Subverted completely with ''VisualNove/NineHoursNinePersonsNieDoors'' and the sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''. The abilities of espers and those who throw their consciousnesses through time could have easily been handwaved with vague explanations about telepathy and mental time travel. Instead, everything is explained in complete length, pulling from real world scientific theories and phenomena, such as morphegenetic field theory, Minkowski space, the many-worlds interpretation, and schrodinger's cat, to name a few. In the end, everything is series seems to have gone out of it's way to purposefully avoid using techno-babble at pretty much any point, despite it being a highly sci-fi in nature.


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* Subverted completely with ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' and the sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''. The abilities of espers and those who throw their consciousnesses through time could have easily been handwaved with vague explanations about telepathy and mental time travel. Instead, everything is explained in complete length, pulling from real world scientific theories and phenomena, such as morphegenetic field theory, Minkowski space, the many-worlds interpretation, and schrodinger's cat, to name a few. In the end, everything in the series seems to have gone out of its way to purposefully avoid using technobabble at pretty much any point, despite it being very sci-fi-like in nature.
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20th Jul '16 3:15:47 AM SurroundedByPerverts
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* The infamous "flux capacitor" from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. A capacitor is a circuit component that maintains a voltage through a charge differential: most simply, two plates of metal separated at a small distance by an electrical insulator. Flux is the integral of a vector field over a surface. Unless the doctor is making up terms and the name itself means nothing, no amount of FanWank could possibly reconcile the two concepts

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* The infamous "flux capacitor" from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. A capacitor is a circuit component that maintains a voltage through a charge differential: most simply, two plates of metal separated at a small distance by an electrical insulator. Flux is the integral of a vector field over a surface. Unless the doctor is making up terms and the name itself means nothing, no amount of FanWank could possibly reconcile the two concepts concepts.[[note]]This could actually count as a GeniusBonus, as the ''Back to the Future'' movies often make use of oxymorons (e.g. the title of the films themselves and the name of the setting, Hill Valley), and the conjunctive use of contradictory terms like "flux" and "capacitor" in the name of this device would be an example.[[/note]]
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