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23rd Jul '17 3:12:48 PM nombretomado
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* People whose work is secret may face this. Charles Fraser Smith, who worked for the British Ministry of Supply in WW2 procuring secret items, once had an invoice from one of his suppliers, marked simply "razor blades", rejected as too expensive, more or less in the terms "There's a war on, this is no time for fancy razor blades." The blades were magnetized, and when floated on a leaf functioned as a compass. After taking an official from the obstructing department in to his confidence, a complete audit showed that the supplier had in fact not taken the full allowed percentage of profit. Smith tore up the invoice on the spot and insisted it be re-submitted with the full margin of profit.

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* People whose work is secret may face this. Charles Fraser Smith, who worked for the British Ministry of Supply in WW2 [=WW2=] procuring secret items, once had an invoice from one of his suppliers, marked simply "razor blades", rejected as too expensive, more or less in the terms "There's a war on, this is no time for fancy razor blades." The blades were magnetized, and when floated on a leaf functioned as a compass. After taking an official from the obstructing department in to his confidence, a complete audit showed that the supplier had in fact not taken the full allowed percentage of profit. Smith tore up the invoice on the spot and insisted it be re-submitted with the full margin of profit.
1st Jul '17 5:44:04 PM Kartoonkid95
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-->'''Marge:''' [[NotNowKiddo Maggie, not now!]] ''(Maggie keeps pointing)'' We'll play later!

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-->'''Marge:''' [[NotNowKiddo Maggie, not now!]] ''(Maggie keeps pointing)'' We'll play later!later!\\
1st Jul '17 5:43:48 PM Kartoonkid95
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-->'''Marge:''' [[NotNowKiddo Maggie, not now!]] *''Maggie keeps pointing''* We'll play later. *''{{Facepalm}}''*\\
''*Maggie then jumps into the sandbox and appears on the other side of the dome where the mob can't see her.''*\\
'''Marge''': The sinkhole! *''They all jump after her into safety.''*

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-->'''Marge:''' [[NotNowKiddo Maggie, not now!]] *''Maggie ''(Maggie keeps pointing''* pointing)'' We'll play later. *''{{Facepalm}}''*\\
''*Maggie
later!
''(Maggie [[{{Facepalm}} facepalms]],
then jumps into the sandbox and appears on the other side of the dome where the mob can't see her.''*\\
her)''\\
'''Marge''': The sinkhole! *''They Follow me, kids! ''(they all jump after her into safety.''*safety)''
5th Jun '17 3:26:30 PM BobTanaka
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* Hilariously parodied in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short ''Film/AYoungMansFancy''

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* Hilariously parodied in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short ''Film/AYoungMansFancy''''Film/YoungMansFancy''
5th Jun '17 3:26:14 PM BobTanaka
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* Hilariously parodied in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short ''Film/AYoungMansFancy''
-->'''Judy:''' "How can you think of food at a time like this?"
-->'''Crow:''' "You mean lunchtime?"
15th May '17 10:29:56 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': When Harry Dresden first encounters the eldest queens of Faerie, Mother Winter is quietly knitting a small gray square despite the fact that the rest of their kind are marching to war. This turns out to be a powerful form of AntiMagic that, once unraveled, will take any spell it touches with it, [[spoiler: including the one that turned Lily to stone]].
* In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Sybil discovers [[spoiler:a secret door]] while measuring some rooms for carpets. She later explains her discovery to Vimes:

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': When Harry Dresden first encounters the eldest queens of Faerie, Mother Winter is quietly knitting a small gray square despite the fact that the rest of their kind are marching to war. This turns out to be a powerful form of AntiMagic that, once unraveled, will take any spell it touches with it, [[spoiler: including the one that turned Lily to stone]].
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''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Sybil discovers [[spoiler:a secret door]] while measuring some rooms for carpets. She later explains her discovery to Vimes:



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In ''Literature/SummerKnight'', when Harry Dresden first encounters the eldest queens of Faerie, Mother Winter is quietly knitting a small gray square despite the fact that the rest of their kind are marching to war. This turns out to be a powerful form of AntiMagic that, once unraveled, will take any spell it touches with it, [[spoiler:including the one that turned Lily to stone]].



* A few examples from ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the episode "Tooth and Claw", the Doctor asks Rose to help him with a giant telescope as they're being chased by a werewolf. Rose comments that it's hardly the time for stargazing. The Doctor replies, "Yes it is!" and uses the telescope to defeat the werewolf.
** In the episode "Robot" (the first Creator/TomBaker episode), the Brigadier, Harry Sullivan and the Doctor are investigating the scene of a robbery, only to have the Doctor play a seemingly inordinate amount of attention to a squashed flower on the lawn. However, the Doctor explains that he is investigating an important clue, considering that flower was near pulverized by being stepped on by something that apparently weighed a quarter ton, a piece of information that the officers definitely find interesting.
** The Doctor pulls this on ''himself'' in the finale of season 2. While encountering the Cybermen and Daleks, he repeatedly dons a pair of 3D glasses to look at them. Eventually he demands to know why no one has asked what is up with the glasses yet - they allow him to see the "void stuff" surrounding the invaders, which provide the key to sending them back where they came from.

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* A few examples from ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the episode "Tooth and Claw", the Doctor asks Rose to help him with a giant telescope as they're being chased by a werewolf. Rose comments that it's hardly the time for stargazing. The Doctor replies, "Yes it is!" and uses the telescope to defeat the werewolf.
** In the episode "Robot"
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot "Robot"]] (the first Creator/TomBaker episode), the Brigadier, Harry Sullivan and the Doctor are investigating the scene of a robbery, only to have the Doctor play a seemingly inordinate amount of attention to a squashed flower on the lawn. However, the Doctor explains that he is investigating an important clue, considering that flower was near pulverized by being stepped on by something that apparently weighed a quarter ton, a piece of information that the officers definitely find interesting.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw"]], the Doctor asks Rose to help him with a giant telescope as they're being chased by a werewolf. Rose comments that it's hardly the time for stargazing. The Doctor replies, "Yes it is!" and uses the telescope to defeat the werewolf.
** The Doctor pulls this on ''himself'' in the finale [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of season 2. Ghosts"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]]. While encountering fighting the Cybermen and Daleks, he repeatedly dons a pair of 3D glasses to look at them. Eventually he demands to know why no one has asked what is up with the glasses yet - -- they allow him to see the "void stuff" surrounding the invaders, which provide the key to sending them back where they came from.from.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]]: The Doctor keeps asking VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Oswin, who's been stuck in the Asylum for a year after the spaceship she was on crashed, where she gets the milk and eggs for the soufflés she likes to make. [[spoiler:It's a clue that Oswin couldn't have actually been making those soufflés, as milk and eggs are perishable ingredients -- she was actually forcibly converted into a Dalek and is in (understandable) denial about it.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', the eponymous character has trouble concentrating on a project he has to complete in 3 days, and has a bet going on with Moze on whether or not he'll actually finish it. She catches him goofing off time and time again with such activities as constructing popsicle-stick ninjas, practicing origami and selling sushi from a stall. It turns out [[spoiler:the subject he chose for the project was on Japanese culture]], and (surprise, surprise), he wins the bet.



* In an episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', the eponymous character has trouble concentrating on a project he has to complete in 3 days, and has a bet going on with Moze on whether or not he'll actually finish it. She catches him goofing off time and time again with such activites as constructing popsicle-stick ninjas, practicing origami and selling sushi from a stall. It turns out [[spoiler:the subject he chose for the project was on Japanese culture]], and (surprise, surprise), he wins the bet.



-->'''Penelope Chase:''' Why is your Ghoul friend picking their pockets? This is no time for sticky fingers, Daring!
-->'''Herbert 'Daring' Dashwood:''' It's not what he's taking out, my dear, but rather what he's putting in! DUCK AND COVER!
-->'''*BOOM* '''

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-->'''Penelope Chase:''' Why is your Ghoul friend picking their pockets? This is no time for sticky fingers, Daring!
-->'''Herbert
Daring!\\
'''Herbert
'Daring' Dashwood:''' It's not what he's taking out, my dear, but rather what he's putting in! DUCK AND COVER!
-->'''*BOOM*
COVER!\\
'''*BOOM*
'''



* This was a brick joke in ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany''. [[BadassInDistress Tiren]] is kidnapped by TheMole. After getting the tech needed to find her, [[GadgeteerGenius Walter]] goes on a drinking binge, much to [[LeeroyJenkins Leeroy's]] chagrin. Several strips later, Walter reveals to the QuirkyMiniBossSquad that the engine [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum runs on drunkenness]]. So Walter needed to be sufficiently plastered to work with it.



* This was a brick joke in ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany''. [[BadassInDistress Tiren]] is kidnapped by TheMole. After getting the tech needed to find her, [[GadgeteerGenius Walter]] goes on a drinking binge, much to [[LeeroyJenkins Leeroy's]] chagrin. Several strips later, Walter reveals to the QuirkyMiniBossSquad that the engine [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum runs on drunkenness]]. So Walter needed to be sufficiently plastered to work with it.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Bad Jubies", Finn, BMO and LSP are busy building a shelter for a huge storm, but Jake is seemingly just sitting there, listening to birds sing. LSP in particular is angry at Jake not helping them out, but when the storm hits and the others are inside the shelter despairing, Jake reveals that he was memorizing bird calls to calm their nerves while cooped up inside. [[spoiler:Jake's singing also stops the storm, which turns out to be sentient, and is so enthralled by the bird calls that it ceases its rampage.]]
%%* [[WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks An Alvin and the Chipmunks Halloween Special]] has Simon listing off things they need to save Alvin, BuffySpeak style. Theodore goes to the snack table to ''get the items Simon was asking for.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' episode "Galactic Guardians No More", Betty announces that it is time to start baking while they're under fire from numerous enemy ships in their own ship -- which had been previously decommissioned as a military vessel and turned into a traveling pie shop. Of course, Sparky and X-5 question her timing. This is part of her plan to save the day, of course -- she uses the dough as improvised ammunition for the ship's torpedo launcher, then lures the enemies close to the sun to bake the dough into a debilitating mass.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: D.I.A.P.E.R.", when the babies Sector V "rescued from the hospital [[spoiler:rebel against the team and capture Numbuhs 2-4 and remove theirs and Numbuh 5's teeth ]](its a long story), Numbuh 5 and Numbuh 1 run around the treehouse while she turns on numerous vibrating appliances, including milkshake mixers, prompting him to "Is this really the time for milkshakes?"
* This happens to WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian quite a lot. For instance, in one episode, he's been holding auditions for a local play. Then the narrator is captured by Chuckles, forced to do his bidding, until he gets laryngitis. At this point, the action stops entirely (no narrator means no story), so Dave suggests they go back to auditions! Fang snaps at him for this, but he really means auditions for a new narrator.



%%* [[WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks An Alvin and the Chipmunks Halloween Special]] has Simon listing off things they need to save Alvin, BuffySpeak style. Theodore goes to the snack table to ''get the items Simon was asking for.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' episode "Galactic Guardians No More", Betty announces that it is time to start baking while they're under fire from numerous enemy ships in their own ship -- which had been previously decommissioned as a military vessel and turned into a traveling pie shop. Of course, Sparky and X-5 question her timing. This is part of her plan to save the day, of course -- she uses the dough as improvised ammunition for the ship's torpedo launcher, then lures the enemies close to the sun to bake the dough into a debilitating mass.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the DVD character commentary of "The Chronicles of Meap," Doofenshmirtz is shocked that Candace would play baseball in a life-or-death situation. Monogram, quite rightly, predicts that she's saving the day.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the DVD character commentary of "The Chronicles of Meap", Doofenshmirtz is shocked that Candace would play baseball in a life-or-death situation. Monogram, quite rightly, predicts that she's saving the day.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Troll", a troll attacks the city of Baaaa-halla to steal their sack of food. While everyone goes out to fight it, Wander just stays inside and takes a nap. Even when Sylvia calls for his help, he continues to lay there and she just assumes he's being lazy. But when the troll comes inside and starts throwing insults about Wander's appearance, Wander just continues resting and ignores him, revealing that the troll grows when someone reacts to his insults and ignoring him makes him shrink. This prompts Sylvia and the rest of the warriors to do the same.



* This happens to DaveTheBarbarian quite a lot. For instance, in one episode, he's been holding auditions for a local play. Then the narrator is captured by Chuckles, forced to do his bidding, until he gets laryngitis. At this point, the action stops entirely (no narrator means no story), so Dave suggests they go back to auditions! Fang snaps at him for this, but he really means auditions for a new narrator.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Troll", a troll attacks the city of Baaaa-halla to steal their sack of food. While everyone goes out to fight it, Wander just stays inside and takes a nap. Even when Sylvia calls for his help, he continues to lay there and she just assumes he's being lazy. But when the troll comes inside and starts throwing insults about Wander's appearance, Wander just continues resting and ignores him, revealing that the troll grows when someone reacts to his insults and ignoring him makes him shrink. This prompts Sylvia and the rest of the warriors to do the same.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Bad Jubies", Finn, BMO and LSP are busy building a shelter for a huge storm, but Jake is seemingly just sitting there, listening to birds sing. LSP in particular is angry at Jake not helping them out, but when the storm hits and the others are inside the shelter despairing, Jake reveals that he was memorizing bird calls to calm their nerves while cooped up inside. [[spoiler:Jake's singing also stops the storm, which turns out to be sentient, and is so enthralled by the bird calls that it ceases its rampage.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: D.I.A.P.E.R.", when the babies Sector V "rescued from the hospital [[spoiler:rebel against the team and capture Numbuhs 2-4 and remove theirs and Numbuh 5's teeth ]](its a long story), Numbuh 5 and Numbuh 1 run around the treehouse while she turns on numerous vibrating appliances, including milkshake mixers, prompting him to "Is this really the time for milkshakes?"



* People whose work is secret may face this. Charles Fraser Smith, who worked for the British Ministry of Supply in WW2 procuring secret items, once had an invoice from one of his suppliers, marked simply "razor blades," rejected as too expensive, more or less in the terms "There's a war on, this is no time for fancy razor blades." The blades were magnetized, and when floated on a leaf functioned as a compass. After taking an official from the obstructing department in to his confidence, a complete audit showed that the supplier had in fact not taken the full allowed percentage of profit. Smith tore up the invoice on the spot and insisted it be re-submitted with the full margin of profit.

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* People whose work is secret may face this. Charles Fraser Smith, who worked for the British Ministry of Supply in WW2 procuring secret items, once had an invoice from one of his suppliers, marked simply "razor blades," blades", rejected as too expensive, more or less in the terms "There's a war on, this is no time for fancy razor blades." The blades were magnetized, and when floated on a leaf functioned as a compass. After taking an official from the obstructing department in to his confidence, a complete audit showed that the supplier had in fact not taken the full allowed percentage of profit. Smith tore up the invoice on the spot and insisted it be re-submitted with the full margin of profit.


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7th Apr '17 11:00:04 AM LudicrousRaven
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: D.I.A.P.E.R."...

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: D.I.A.P.E.R."...", when the babies Sector V "rescued from the hospital [[spoiler:rebel against the team and capture Numbuhs 2-4 and remove theirs and Numbuh 5's teeth ]](its a long story), Numbuh 5 and Numbuh 1 run around the treehouse while she turns on numerous vibrating appliances, including milkshake mixers, prompting him to "Is this really the time for milkshakes?"
7th Apr '17 10:53:45 AM LudicrousRaven
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: D.I.A.P.E.R."...
14th Mar '17 12:55:30 PM SteveMB
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-->'''Marge:''' Maggie, not now! *''Maggie keeps pointing''* We'll play later. *''{{Facepalm}}''*\\

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-->'''Marge:''' [[NotNowKiddo Maggie, not now! now!]] *''Maggie keeps pointing''* We'll play later. *''{{Facepalm}}''*\\
8th Jan '17 10:02:36 AM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''JohnnyTest'', Johnny -- confronted by some giant moon-men -- hastily made paper planes and threw them to poke the giants in the eyes, but not before Johnny's talking dog scolded him for making paper planes.

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* In an episode of ''JohnnyTest'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny -- confronted by some giant moon-men -- hastily made paper planes and threw them to poke the giants in the eyes, but not before Johnny's talking dog scolded him for making paper planes.
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