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30th Jul '16 6:07:13 PM nombretomado
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* In ''DaveBarry Hits Below The Beltway'', Dave Barry wonders how lawyers become "people who refuse to make a simple, understandable statement about ''anything''," and imagines a scene in law school, with a law professor holding up a spoon, and [[ElectricTorture turns on the electrodes attached to his students]] each time they say that it looks like a spoon. This is apparently the kind of response the professor wants to hear:

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* In ''DaveBarry ''Creator/DaveBarry Hits Below The Beltway'', Dave Barry wonders how lawyers become "people who refuse to make a simple, understandable statement about ''anything''," and imagines a scene in law school, with a law professor holding up a spoon, and [[ElectricTorture turns on the electrodes attached to his students]] each time they say that it looks like a spoon. This is apparently the kind of response the professor wants to hear:
22nd Jul '16 8:56:12 PM igordebraga
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* In a reference to the TropeNamer, Music/PinkFloyd had the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Immersion box set]] of ''Wish You Were Here'' [[http://img.cdandlp.com/2013/02/imgL/115844604.jpg featuring the subtitle]] "Ceci n'est pas une boite" (this is not a box).
20th Jul '16 5:17:00 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''TheGoonShow'', in which photographs of something ''are'' the same as the real thing.

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* Parodied in ''TheGoonShow'', ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', in which photographs of something ''are'' the same as the real thing.



* In ''TheBurkissWay'' there's a sketch where a man is in a travel agency trying to decide on his holiday destination:

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* In ''TheBurkissWay'' ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' there's a sketch where a man is in a travel agency trying to decide on his holiday destination:
5th Jul '16 8:12:20 PM jormis29
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* This comes up in a less philosophical way in ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' of the ''[[Literature/Animorphs Animorphs]]'' series: Dak Hamee, a Hork-Bajir seer (a very intelligent member of a species which is otherwise biologically incapable of higher mental capacities) makes a drawing of a friend and essentially says, "Look! It's you!" The other Hork-Bajir doesn't really understand the abstract concept and replies, "No, that's not me, it's a ''picture'' of me."

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* This comes up in a less philosophical way in ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' of the ''[[Literature/Animorphs Animorphs]]'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series: Dak Hamee, a Hork-Bajir seer (a very intelligent member of a species which is otherwise biologically incapable of higher mental capacities) makes a drawing of a friend and essentially says, "Look! It's you!" The other Hork-Bajir doesn't really understand the abstract concept and replies, "No, that's not me, it's a ''picture'' of me."
5th Jul '16 12:03:09 AM Emperor_Oshron
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* This comes up in a less philosophical way in ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' of the ''[[Literature/Animorphs Animorphs]]'' series: Dak Hamee, a Hork-Bajir seer (a very intelligent member of a species which is otherwise biologically incapable of higher mental capacities) makes a drawing of a friend and essentially says, "Look! It's you!" The other Hork-Bajir doesn't really understand the abstract concept and replies, "No, that's not me, it's a ''picture'' of me."
28th Jun '16 10:10:17 PM isaacandalfie
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** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3204 SMBC offers a different explanation]]
5th Jun '16 5:48:44 PM Odacon_Spy
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** Modern descriptions often depict Zenon as a crackpot philosopher who believed everything was just an illusion, but if one goes to the source (a secondary source, since we only know of him from Aristotle's refutation of his work) then a perfectly valid interpretation is that he was merely trying to point out that contemporary theories about the nature of space had logical flaws (much like Russell's paradox did for naive set theory). Concretely, Zenon gives ''four'' paradoxes, of which two are aimed at a discrete model of space and two are aimed at a continuous model. (It was probably because the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism Pythagoreans]] believed in discrete space that the discovery of irrational numbers was so shocking to them, although Zenon's argument is not about that.)

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** Modern descriptions often depict Zenon Zeno as a crackpot philosopher who believed everything was just an illusion, but if one goes to the source (a secondary source, since we only know of him from Aristotle's refutation of his work) then a perfectly valid interpretation is that he was merely trying to point out that contemporary theories about the nature of space had logical flaws (much like Russell's paradox did for naive set theory). Concretely, Zenon Zeno gives ''four'' paradoxes, of which two are aimed at a discrete model of space and two are aimed at a continuous model. (It was probably because the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism Pythagoreans]] believed in discrete space that the discovery of irrational numbers was so shocking to them, although Zenon's Zeno's argument is not about that.)
5th Jun '16 5:46:12 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' scene, Peter bids on what he believes is a boat. It turns out he bid on a picture of a boat. Then the next item for sale is revealed to be an actual boat.

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' scene, Peter bids on what he believes is a boat. It turns out he bid on a picture of a boat. Then The actual boat is revealed to be the next item for sale is revealed to be an actual boat.sale.
29th May '16 5:31:19 PM R1ck
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* UrbanLegend tells of a philosophy professor who, for the final exam, placed a chair at the front of the room and challenged the students to prove it did not exist. One student scored 100% simply by writing "What chair?"
25th Apr '16 11:26:08 AM Quanyails
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* ''Website/TheOnion''[='s=] parody atlas ''Literature/OurDumbWorld'' claims that René Magritte made a ''second'' painting entitled "Now This -- '''This''' Is a Pipe."

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* ''Website/TheOnion''[='s=] parody atlas ''Literature/OurDumbWorld'' claims that René Magritte made a ''second'' painting entitled [[Film/CrocodileDundee "Now This -- '''This''' --]] '''[[Film/CrocodileDundee This]]''' [[Film/CrocodileDundee Is a Pipe.""]]
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