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10th Jun '17 7:46:27 PM DrFraud
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Sometimes characters will refer to an object, person, event or plan in an extremely ambiguous way, mostly just to [[MindScrew screw with the audience]]. Maybe it's a RunningGag, which will never be revealed, because to do so would ruin a perfectly good joke. Maybe you're seeing events from a [[PointOfView particular character's perspective]], and because it is integral to the plot that this character [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't know what this 'thing' is]], other people with refer to it in [[VaguenessIsComing vague terms]] so as to heighten the suspense and [[DidntSeeThatComing not give away the ending]]. Maybe it's the [[IwasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] for a [[ForgottenBirthday surprise birthday party]]. Maybe it's a priceless artifact another character is [[RightUnderTheirNoses planning to steal]]. Either way, you won't know what [[TitleDrop that mysterious 'thing']] ''really'' is until the most [[RuleOfDrama dramatic moment possible]].

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Sometimes characters will refer to an object, person, event or plan in an extremely ambiguous way, mostly just to [[MindScrew screw with the audience]]. Maybe it's a RunningGag, which will never be revealed, because to do so would ruin a perfectly good joke. Maybe you're seeing events from a [[PointOfView particular character's perspective]], and because it is integral to the plot that this character [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't know what this 'thing' is]], other people with will refer to it in [[VaguenessIsComing vague terms]] so as to heighten the suspense and [[DidntSeeThatComing not give away the ending]]. Maybe it's the [[IwasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] for a [[ForgottenBirthday surprise birthday party]]. Maybe it's a priceless artifact another character is [[RightUnderTheirNoses planning to steal]]. Either way, you won't know what [[TitleDrop that mysterious 'thing']] ''really'' is until the most [[RuleOfDrama dramatic moment possible]].
14th May '17 10:08:45 AM Sandman87
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* In Robyn Hitchcock's "How Do You Work This Thing?" the function of the device is never defined, although it appears to deflate when used, has a spigot that is easily kinked, does loop-the-loops, and is difficult to turn off.
28th Dec '16 9:01:34 PM themisterfree
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* From ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 'That thing' that Potamus always sends people.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 'That thing' that Potamus always sends people. See the quote above.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' had the "Secret Thing"- some sort of small object housed in an orange, candlestick-esque holder. We never found out what it was, all we knew was that it rattled around inside the holder, and that it was very important that T.H.E.M. not get their hands on it. It would frequently show up in random locations as a FreezeFrameBonus.



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24th Dec '16 11:19:27 AM Xtifr
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcj16EGYYrs "The Thing"]] written by Charles Randolph Grean, with the most popular version sung by [[ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow Phil Harris]]. The song is called "The Thing" but the word Thing doesn't actually appear in the song - it's just ''BOOM BA-BOOM''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcj16EGYYrs "The Thing"]] written by Charles Randolph Grean, with the most popular version sung by [[ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow [[Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow Phil Harris]]. The song is called "The Thing" but the word Thing doesn't actually appear in the song - it's just ''BOOM BA-BOOM''.
20th Nov '16 12:46:06 PM epoxy
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* ''WebAnimation/BamanPiderman'' occasionally draws attention to "that thing ober there" only for Baman to say he doesn't know what it is.
6th Feb '16 11:56:20 PM MetaFour
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* Deliberately exploited in one ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon, where Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and the Cheat all stand around "Looking at a thing in a bag," and talk about how fascinating it is. There isn't actually anything in the bag--they're just pretending so they can manipulate Homestar into buying stuff for them.
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25th Jan '16 6:20:34 PM FF32
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* The Infocom text adventure based on the Franchise/HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy features an item in the player's inventory called "thing your aunt gave you that you don't know what it is". When examined, it turns out to carry the informative label "Made in Ibiza". Any attempt to be rid of it fails; it immediately reappears in the player's inventory.

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* The Infocom text adventure based on the Franchise/HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy features an item in the player's inventory called "thing your aunt gave you that you don't know what it is". When examined, it turns out to carry the informative label "Made in Ibiza". Any attempt to be rid of it fails; it immediately reappears in the player's inventory.
25th Jan '16 6:19:38 PM FF32
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* The Infocom text adventure based on the Franchise/Hitchhiker'sGuideToTheGalaxy features an item in the player's inventory called "thing your aunt gave you that you don't know what it is". When examined, it turns out to carry the informative label "Made in Ibiza". Any attempt to be rid of it fails; it immediately reappears in the player's inventory.

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* The Infocom text adventure based on the Franchise/Hitchhiker'sGuideToTheGalaxy Franchise/HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy features an item in the player's inventory called "thing your aunt gave you that you don't know what it is". When examined, it turns out to carry the informative label "Made in Ibiza". Any attempt to be rid of it fails; it immediately reappears in the player's inventory.
19th Jan '16 6:11:22 AM Piando
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* "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do ''That'')" by MeatLoaf is often falsely quoted as an example. If fact, each verse has Meatloaf stating two things that he'll do, and one that he ''will not''. The line "I won't do that" simply reiterates that he won't do the thing he has just said he won't do.

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* "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do ''That'')" by MeatLoaf Music/MeatLoaf is often falsely quoted as an example. If fact, each verse has Meatloaf stating two things that he'll do, and one that he ''will not''. The line "I won't do that" simply reiterates that he won't do the thing he has just said he won't do.



* "One Thing" by FingerEleven. Apparently he'd trade it all for that one thing, whatever it is.

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* "One Thing" by FingerEleven.Music/FingerEleven. Apparently he'd trade it all for that one thing, whatever it is.




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* One of the files in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' remake has John Toleman promising the Groundskeeper "a certain item he had always wanted to get hold on" in exchange for hiding the [[MacGuffin imitation of a key]]. The file hints how to find said key, but you never find out what this item is or if the Groundskeeper ever got to enjoy it before turning into a zombie.

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* One of the files in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' remake has John Toleman promising the Groundskeeper "a certain item he had always wanted to get hold on" in exchange for hiding the [[MacGuffin imitation of a key]]. The file hints how to find said key, but you never find out what this item is or if the Groundskeeper ever got to enjoy it before turning into a zombie.



* The Infocom text adventure based on the Hitchhiker'sGuideToTheGalaxy features an item in the player's inventory called "thing your aunt gave you that you don't know what it is". When examined, it turns out to carry the informative label "Made in Ibiza". Any attempt to be rid of it fails; it immediately reappears in the player's inventory.

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* The Infocom text adventure based on the Hitchhiker'sGuideToTheGalaxy Franchise/Hitchhiker'sGuideToTheGalaxy features an item in the player's inventory called "thing your aunt gave you that you don't know what it is". When examined, it turns out to carry the informative label "Made in Ibiza". Any attempt to be rid of it fails; it immediately reappears in the player's inventory.

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* From ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 'That thing' that Potamus always sends people.

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* In RealLife the Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb. Most people in the Project had no idea what it was making. But for the few who did, they often referred to the bomb as "the gadget" for security reasons. Even when the first two bombs were completed, the messages sent to President Truman referred to them only as "special bombs".

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* From ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 'That thing' that Potamus always sends people.

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* In RealLife the Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb. Most people in the Project had no idea what it was making. But for the few who did, they often referred to the bomb as "the gadget" for security reasons. Even when the first two bombs were completed, the messages sent to [[UsefulNotes/HarryTruman President Truman Truman]] referred to them only as "special bombs".
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31st Aug '15 4:03:55 PM Dirtyblue929
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* During the HotSpringsEpisode about halfway through VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}, the boys accidentally([[CovertPervert Ish]]) stay in the hot springs during the girls' time. When the girls of the group show up, a terrified Akihiko exclaims that [[IceQueen Mitsuru]] is going to "execute" them. He doesn't go into detail of what this execution is, but it's apparently something to fear. Should they get caught in the subsequent stealth mini-game, an enraged Mitsuru immediately sentences them to "execution". Cut to about half-an-hour later and the boys are sitting on a bench with their heads low, apparently scarred for life, vowing to [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never speak of it again]]. The prevailing theory is that it involves Mitsuru's ice powers, but nothing's certain.

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* During the HotSpringsEpisode about halfway through VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}, the boys accidentally([[CovertPervert Ish]]) accidentally stay in the hot springs during the girls' time. When the girls of the group show up, a terrified Akihiko exclaims that [[IceQueen Mitsuru]] is going to "execute" them. them if they're caught. He doesn't go into detail of refuses to explain what this execution is, "execution" ''is'', but it's apparently something to fear. Should they get caught in caught, the subsequent stealth mini-game, an enraged Mitsuru immediately sentences them to "execution". Cut game cuts to about half-an-hour later and with the boys are sitting on a bench with their heads low, apparently scarred for life, vowing to [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never speak of it again]]. The prevailing theory is that it involves Mitsuru's ice powers, but nothing's certain.again]].
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