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12th Nov '17 12:33:37 PM KingLyger
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->''"It isn't that hard to make nitroglycerin. The hard part is getting rid of it quietly."''
-->--'''Jim [=McCarthy=]''', ''[[Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr A Day For Damnation]]''
29th Oct '17 9:12:32 PM JM1982
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* In 1970s {{UsefulNotes/Quebec}}, the Parti Quebecois passed Bill 101, a law that restricted the use of English and promoted French as the primary language in Quebec. The Parti Quebecois' intent was to use Bill 101 as part of their efforts to separate Quebec from Canada, but Bill 101 addressed many Franco-Quebecois's concerns about language issues. As a result, support for separatism actually decreased. In the end, Quebec's language laws actually ''strengthened'' Canadian unity, something even the original architect of Bill 101 lamented.
25th Oct '17 6:01:12 AM Kalaong
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->''"It isn't that hard to make nitroglycerin. The hard part is getting rid of it quietly."''
-->--'''Jim [=McCarthy=]''', ''[[Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr A Day For Damnation]]''
23rd Oct '17 8:33:36 PM Kalaong
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* Jim [=McCarthy=], the protagonist of David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'', is one of the smartest men in the world. However, that just means he gets into trouble that no-one ''including him'' has any idea how to get out of. He's been doing it his whole life, too; when he was fourteen, his mother caught him making nitroglycerine in the bathtub. Ouch.
-->It isn't that hard to make nitroglycerin. The hard part is getting rid of it quietly.
8th Oct '17 6:51:31 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', Lex Luthor's plan to [[spoiler:create and control a clone of Superman]] are all sound in theory, but fail in practice because of how badly he overestimates the intelligence gap in his own favor. [[spoiler:Ignoring his practice of locking the two of them in a red sun-lamp room and beating the crap out of the clone with a pair of Kryptonite-lined gauntlets, he does at least go to the extent of [[ExplosiveLeash putting a lead capsule full of Kryptonite in the clone's brain as a lethal take-down]]. Except the clone gets suspicious of Luthor, and promptly uses a combination of a mirror, his XRayVision to check his brain, and then heat vision to perform some impromptu brain surgery on himself. Likewise, when cornered by the angry clone, Luthor's best plan is to try and lure him into the room where he used to torture the clone... which fails because the clone doesn't bite; instead he locks Luthor in the chamber, and then [[DungeonBypass rips the whole vault out of the building before dropping it to the street]], a fall that Luthor is lucky to survive.]]
4th Oct '17 11:54:41 AM MikeW
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* On ''Series/{{Bull}}'', a rich wife shoots her husband, then stabs herself a few times to claim he attacked her and she acted in self-defense. She then actually sues the family for his billion-dollar estate. But Bull is able to see through her ruse and at the trial, makes sure the opposing attorney gets the info to destroy the woman on the stand. After bringing up how she took anatomy in college, the lawyer dryly states how amazing it is that her "enraged" husband managed to stab her in ''exactly'' the right places that would be non-fatal. He then brings up how the knife only has her husband's prints despite her testimony on how she grabbed it during the struggle. He also adds the gun only had ''her'' prints on it despite it being owned by her husband. In other words, her wiping both weapons down only ended up proving her guilt.
26th Sep '17 1:15:27 PM 64SuperNintendo
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18th Sep '17 4:56:03 PM JM1982
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-->'''Wile E. Coyote''': ''(at the start of the cartoon)'' Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, "genius".
-->'''Wile E. Coyote''': ''(at the end of the cartoon)'' Allow me to introduce myself. My name is "mud".
-->'''Bugs Bunny''': ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall to the audience]]'' And remember, "mud" spelled backwards is "dum".
28th Aug '17 12:30:31 PM MikeW
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** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a master ManipulativeBastard, with a firm understanding of {{Realpolitik}} and a true knack for turning people against each other. However, being a man who always relies on others to do the dirty work, he occasionally comes to find that he has much less "real" power than he'd like. When he antagonizes Cersei Lannister, she and her guards demonstrate quite clearly that, being the queen, she could have his throat cut on a whim. Much later, in the seventh season, he's so engrossed in his scheme to turn Sansa and Arya Stark against each other that [[spoiler:he fails to realize that Sansa, his protege, has seen through his plans and is lulling him into a sense of false security. This time, his KarmaHoudiniWarranty expires for good, and Arya executes him.]]

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** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a master ManipulativeBastard, with a firm understanding of {{Realpolitik}} and a true knack for turning people against each other. However, being a man who always relies on others to do the dirty work, he occasionally comes to find that he has much less "real" power than he'd like. When he antagonizes Cersei Lannister, she and her guards demonstrate quite clearly that, being the queen, she could have his throat cut on a whim. Much later, in the seventh season, he's so engrossed in his scheme to turn Sansa and Arya Stark against each other that [[spoiler:he fails to realize that Sansa, his protege, has seen through his plans and is lulling him into a sense of false security. He also fails to realize he has almost no allies in the North and even those of the Vale see Sansa, not him, as their true leader. This time, his KarmaHoudiniWarranty expires for good, and Arya executes him.]]
28th Aug '17 3:24:25 AM Dracis
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** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a master ManipulativeBastard, with a firm understanding of {{Realpolitik}} and a true knack for turning people against each other. However, being a man who always relies on others to do the dirty work, he occasionally comes to find that he has much less "real" power than he'd like. When he antagonizes Cersei Lannister, she and her guards demonstrate quite clearly that, being the queen, she could have his throat cut on a whim. Much later, in the seventh season, he's so engrossed in his scheme to turn Sansa and Arya Stark against each other that [[spoiler:he fails to realize that Sansa, his protege, has seen through his plans and is lulling him into a sense of false security. This time, his KarmaHoudiniWarranty expires for good, and Arya executes him.]]
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