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25th Jun '16 10:25:32 AM LadyNorbert
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* PlayedForDrama in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/index.html "The Six Swans"]]--it is indeed literally a time for knitting, since that is the only way the heroine can break her brothers free of their BalefulPolymorph, but because one of the provisos of the CurseEscapeClause is that she cannot speak until her work is done, she can't explain why her activity is the solution to the problem...which leads to her almost being burned as a witch for her strange behavior.

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* PlayedForDrama in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/index.html "The Six Swans"]]--it Swans,"]] by Creator/HansChristianAndersen - it is indeed literally a time for knitting, since that is the only way the heroine can break her brothers free of their BalefulPolymorph, but because one of the provisos of the CurseEscapeClause is that she cannot speak until her work is done, she can't explain why her activity is the solution to the problem...which leads to her almost being burned as a witch for her strange behavior. She continues knitting till just before they light the flames, then tosses the shirts over the swans' heads, [[BigDamnHeroes and her brothers save her]]. The shirt of the youngest brother, however, isn't quite finished - she still needed to finish the sleeve, but had no time left to do so. For the rest of his life, he had a wing where that arm should've been. Some versions say that the shirt didn't have sleeves at all, so people thought he was an angel when he turned back.



* Appears literally in an [[Creator/HansChristianAndersen Andersen's]] fairytale. Seven brothers have been turned into swans; they inform their sister that they can only be restored to human form if she knits them shirts with thread made from nettles, and [[CuteMute doesn't speak a word to anyone]] till she's done. Her odd behavior results in her nearly being burned at the stake, since people thought she was a witch; she continues knitting till just before they light the flames, then tosses the shirts over the swans' heads, [[BigDamnHeroes and her brothers save her]]. The shirt of the youngest brother, however, wasn't quite finished - she still needed to finish the sleeve, but had no time left to do so. For the rest of his life, he had a wing where that arm should've been. Some versions say that the shirt didn't have sleeves at all, so people thought he was an angel when he turned back.



* ''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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the DVD character commentary of "The Chronicles of Meap", 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 episode "Flood Warning" ([[CaptainObvious In which there is an impending flood]]), Nigel begins working his "cabalito" even when Marianne informs him of what's happening, including the lives of their children being in danger. However, Nigel revealed that he had known about it, and a "cabalito" was actually a [[spoiler: boat]].
* 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 to go back to auditions! Fang snaps at him for this, but he really meant auditions for a new narrator.

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** In the episode "Flood Warning" ([[CaptainObvious In in which there is an impending flood]]), Nigel begins working on his "cabalito" even when Marianne informs him of what's happening, including the fact that their children's lives of their children being are in danger. However, Nigel revealed reveals that he had known about it, and a "cabalito" was is actually a [[spoiler: boat]].
* 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 to they go back to auditions! Fang snaps at him for this, but he really meant means auditions for a new narrator.



* 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 turned out to be sentient, and is so enthralled by the bird calls that it cease its rampage.]]

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* 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 turned turns out to be sentient, and is so enthralled by the bird calls that it cease ceases its rampage.]]



* 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 full 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 full 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.
15th May '16 3:41:54 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Swarm of the Century": Pinkie Pie spends most of the episode gathering musical instruments while Twilight and the rest of her friends are trying to get rid of the parasprites. Just after Twilight's last desperate attempt to get the parasprites to stop eating all the food [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires spectacularly]] and she gives up in despair, Pinkie saves the day by leading the parasprites away from town with a one-pony band.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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"Swarm of the Century": Pinkie Pie spends most of the episode gathering musical instruments while Twilight and the rest of her friends are trying to get rid of the parasprites. Just after Twilight's last desperate attempt to get the parasprites to stop eating all the food [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires spectacularly]] and she gives up in despair, Pinkie saves the day by leading the parasprites away from town with a one-pony band.
13th May '16 8:26:24 PM NegiSpongie
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** In "Rarity Investigates" after Rainbow Dash is framed for misleading Spitfire from the Wonderbolts, Rarity goes and investigates, but seems repeatedly distracted by the most trivial clothing and decor details, greatly annoying Rainbow Dash. However in doing so, Rarity is actually finding the clues she needs to solve the case.
6th May '16 6:55:37 PM nombretomado
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* During the Halloween 2k7 storyline on ''GaiaOnline'', Liam demonstrates the correct method of dealing with hostile vampires... [[TheCasanova lame come-ons]].

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* During the Halloween 2k7 storyline on ''GaiaOnline'', ''Website/GaiaOnline'', Liam demonstrates the correct method of dealing with hostile vampires... [[TheCasanova lame come-ons]].
6th May '16 7:40:19 AM aye_amber
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%%* [[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 ''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.

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%%* [[AlvinAndTheChipmunks [[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''.
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* In ''AtomicBetty'' ''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.
11th Apr '16 12:16:32 PM MegaMarioMan
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* In an episode of ''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.

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* In an episode of ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'', ''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.



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* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', when the titular duo use a time portal to travel back in time 10 years to the Battle of Gimlick Valley, Ratchet and Clank need to get on top of the dam to take down the Argorian ship that's trying to destroy it. Ratchet then realizes that he'll need some vine seeds, while Clank is confused ("How will vine seeds help us defeat the Argorians?"). After planting the seeds, the fully grown vines from 10 years later grow through the time portal, allowing Ratchet to grind on them and get onto the dam.
27th Mar '16 10:59:35 AM TonyG
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* 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 turned out to be sentient, and is so enthralled by the bird calls that it cease its rampage.]]
19th Mar '16 6:56:50 AM Hossmeister
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10th Mar '16 3:25:38 PM margdean56
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* In the ''{{Tintin}}'' book ''Prisoners of the Sun'', Tintin and his companions are captured by the Incas and were thrown into prison. Haddock was looking for a way to escape while Tintin was just sitting down reading a newspaper. Haddock called him out but it turns out he was reading about a coming eclipse that he used to fool the Incas letting Tintin and co. go.

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* In the ''{{Tintin}}'' book ''Prisoners of the Sun'', Tintin and his companions are were captured by the Incas and were thrown into prison. Haddock was looking for a way to escape while Tintin was just sitting down reading a newspaper. Haddock called him out but it turns turned out he was reading about a coming eclipse that he used to fool the Incas into letting Tintin and co. go.
7th Mar '16 9:42:07 PM war877
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Swarm of the Century": Pinkie Pie spends most of the episode gathering musical instruments while Twilight and the rest of her friends are trying to get rid of the parasprites. Just after Twilight's last desperate attempt to get the parasprites to stop eating all the food [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires spectacularly]] and she gives up in despair, Pinkie saves the day by leading the parasprites away from town with a one-pony band. Deconstructed slightly because Pinky was the one member of the Mane Six that knew how to deal with the parasprites effectively and her running around looking for instruments without explaining why comes across to the rest of the girls (until the end) like Pinky's typical CloudCuckoolander behavior.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Swarm of the Century": Pinkie Pie spends most of the episode gathering musical instruments while Twilight and the rest of her friends are trying to get rid of the parasprites. Just after Twilight's last desperate attempt to get the parasprites to stop eating all the food [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires spectacularly]] and she gives up in despair, Pinkie saves the day by leading the parasprites away from town with a one-pony band. Deconstructed slightly because Pinky was the one member of the Mane Six that knew how to deal with the parasprites effectively and her running around looking for instruments without explaining why comes across to the rest of the girls (until the end) like Pinky's typical CloudCuckoolander behavior.
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