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8th Jun '18 9:40:55 AM StFan
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##He only becomes competent once he reads ''[[TropesForDummies Chopping For]] [[SelfDeprecation Actors]]'' ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!").
##Now that he's read up how to properly operate an axe, he goes on a tree cutting spree with his small axe. This works out well....on small trees at least, and some trees that take no more than three or four swings. But when he gets to a very big tree at least five feet in diameter, his option is to swing repeatedly at the tree despite being fully aware that it won't fall with one swing. Cut to several hours later, and the tree is just balancing precariously on a small amount of bark like someone just took a giant bite out of it. That's when Kirk hears a scream from the cottage at the bottom of the hill he's standing on. As he's going down to investigate the noise, the tree gives way. A person wanting to take down a redwood tree that large would likely drill explosive charges into the sides and detonate them.
** Something also says that he didn't have any permit to do tree clearing.

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##He only becomes competent once he reads ''[[TropesForDummies Chopping For]] for]] [[SelfDeprecation Actors]]'' ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!").
##Now that he's read up how to properly operate an axe, he goes on a tree cutting spree with his small axe. This works out well....well... on small trees at least, and some trees that take no more than three or four swings. But when he gets to a very big tree at least five feet in diameter, his option is to swing repeatedly at the tree despite being fully aware that it won't fall with one swing. Cut to several hours later, and the tree is just balancing precariously on a small amount of bark like someone just took a giant bite out of it. That's when Kirk hears a scream from the cottage at the bottom of the hill he's standing on. As he's going down to investigate the noise, the tree gives way. A person wanting to take down a redwood tree that large would likely drill explosive charges into the sides and detonate them.
** ## Something also says that he didn't have any permit to do tree clearing.



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* The acting career of the main character in ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}'' is mostly limited to performing these roles in commercials.

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* The acting career of the main character in ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}'' ''Film/Hamlet2'' is mostly limited to performing these roles in commercials.






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* {{Buzzfeed}} features [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/julianbrand/40-gifs-of-stupid-infomercial-people-6eof 38 GIFs Of Stupid Infomercial People.]]

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* {{Buzzfeed}} Website/{{BuzzFeed}} features [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/julianbrand/40-gifs-of-stupid-infomercial-people-6eof 38 GIFs Of of Stupid Infomercial People.]]



* ''WebVideo/{{Jacksfilms}}'' parodies the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huo7h53G0IM Trope Namer]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBL0RUJx7-I this clip]].
-->'''Narrator:''' If you don't know how to operate a blanket... chances are you're a few chromosomes shorts of human.



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* ''WebVideo/{{Jacksfilms}}'' parodies the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huo7h53G0IM Trope Namer]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBL0RUJx7-I this clip]].
--> '''Narrator''': If you don't know how to operate a blanket... chances are you're a few chromosomes shorts of human.
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18th Mar '18 6:05:28 PM PaulA
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', the 2006 adaptation of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', Kirk Kirkkendall is an actor trying out for a Paul's Bunion Foot Cream commercial. When told over the phone he has received the part and is being summoned back tomorrow to perform in front of their client, the director instructs Kirk to go out to the woods, and cut down a tree. He emphasizes, "Don't ''act'' like a woodsman, ''be'' a woodsman." So Kirk goes off into the woods with an axe and makes several attempts to cut down a short tree for practice, but his attempts are so pathetic that he looks like the world's worst lumberjack:
##First, he tries holding the axe by the axe blade itself, hitting the handle against the side of the tree and pretty much looking like a complete idiot. This is also idiotic in the fact that you could cut your hands easily.
##Then he tries ramming the blade vertically into the side of the tree like he's trying to split the tree down the middle.
##Lastly, he tries uprooting the tree, using the axe and one of his feet as leverage.
##He only becomes competent once he reads ''[[TropesForDummies Chopping For]] [[SelfDeprecation Actors]]'' ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!").
##Now that he's read up how to properly operate an axe, he goes on a tree cutting spree with his small axe. This works out well....on small trees at least, and some trees that take no more than three or four swings. But when he gets to a very big tree at least five feet in diameter, his option is to swing repeatedly at the tree despite being fully aware that it won't fall with one swing. Cut to several hours later, and the tree is just balancing precariously on a small amount of bark like someone just took a giant bite out of it. That's when Kirk hears a scream from the cottage at the bottom of the hill he's standing on. As he's going down to investigate the noise, the tree gives way. A person wanting to take down a redwood tree that large would likely drill explosive charges into the sides and detonate them.
** Something also says that he didn't have any permit to do tree clearing.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', the 2006 adaptation of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', Kirk Kirkkendall is an actor trying out for a Paul's Bunion Foot Cream commercial. When told over the phone he has received the part and is being summoned back tomorrow to perform in front of their client, the director instructs Kirk to go out to the woods, and cut down a tree. He emphasizes, "Don't ''act'' like a woodsman, ''be'' a woodsman." So Kirk goes off into the woods with an axe and makes several attempts to cut down a short tree for practice, but his attempts are so pathetic that he looks like the world's worst lumberjack:
##First, he tries holding the axe by the axe blade itself, hitting the handle against the side of the tree and pretty much looking like a complete idiot. This is also idiotic in the fact that you could cut your hands easily.
##Then he tries ramming the blade vertically into the side of the tree like he's trying to split the tree down the middle.
##Lastly, he tries uprooting the tree, using the axe and one of his feet as leverage.
##He only becomes competent once he reads ''[[TropesForDummies Chopping For]] [[SelfDeprecation Actors]]'' ("Discover Your Inner Woodsman!").
##Now that he's read up how to properly operate an axe, he goes on a tree cutting spree with his small axe. This works out well....on small trees at least, and some trees that take no more than three or four swings. But when he gets to a very big tree at least five feet in diameter, his option is to swing repeatedly at the tree despite being fully aware that it won't fall with one swing. Cut to several hours later, and the tree is just balancing precariously on a small amount of bark like someone just took a giant bite out of it. That's when Kirk hears a scream from the cottage at the bottom of the hill he's standing on. As he's going down to investigate the noise, the tree gives way. A person wanting to take down a redwood tree that large would likely drill explosive charges into the sides and detonate them.
** Something also says that he didn't have any permit to do tree clearing.
18th Mar '18 6:04:05 PM PaulA
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--> [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "SIT DOWN AND STUDY!" WHUMP!]]

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18th Mar '18 6:03:11 PM PaulA
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Send in the Clones", Penfold is watching TV when an ad comes on for "Soup Funnel", a product for people too lazy or unco-ordinated to use a soup spoon. (You stick the funnel in your mouth and pour the soup in. Hard to imagine how that could go wrong.)
7th Mar '18 4:59:41 AM DesertDragon
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You see, for Task [X] (say, cutting paper), performed previously by using The Old Way (a paper-cutter, or, for added angst, scissors), there is someone trying to sell you a new [=PaperSlicerMax=] 3000, capable of doing the same thing. The new product has to be better than the Old Way if you want to convince an audience to throw out their old tools and buy new ones. All too often, the appearance of improvement is provided by showing the audience someone using the previous tool in a way so incompetent that it defies belief. What better way to advertise a new paper cutter than to show someone trying to use scissors and reducing their paper to modern art? Or, say, some idiot who cannot fold a map, to make GPS navigators look so much more efficient?

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You see, for Task [X] (say, cutting paper), performed previously by using The Old Way (a paper-cutter, or, for added angst, scissors), there is someone trying to sell you a new [=PaperSlicerMax=] 3000, capable of doing the same thing. The new product has to be better than the Old Way if you want to convince an audience to throw out their old tools and buy new ones. All too often, the appearance of improvement is provided by showing the audience someone using the previous tool in a way being used by someone so incompetent ridiculously clumsy and uncoordinated that it defies belief. What better way to advertise a new paper cutter than to show someone trying to use scissors and reducing their paper to modern art? Or, say, some idiot who cannot fold a map, to make GPS navigators look so much more efficient?
18th Dec '17 6:02:22 PM nombretomado
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* MikeJ has an entire series of these, dubbed ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF8aArFtKPU&list=PL19DFlTh4hRukKzdaIzJ5Kg9Zw8qAh0CQ Infomercialism]]''. Some items of note:

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* MikeJ WebVideo/MikeJ has an entire series of these, dubbed ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF8aArFtKPU&list=PL19DFlTh4hRukKzdaIzJ5Kg9Zw8qAh0CQ Infomercialism]]''. Some items of note:
4th Dec '17 12:31:03 PM JohnnyLurg
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* Parodied in one of the Troy [=McClure=]/Dr. Nick infomercials from the earlier seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which opens with Troy demonstrating a juicer by first awkwardly squeezing an orange against his forehead for a few seconds before telling his audience that "Until now, this was the only way to get juice from an orange." Immediate cut to Homer who is, of course, in the middle of [[WhatAnIdiot actually making juice this way]].

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* Parodied in one of the Troy [=McClure=]/Dr. Nick infomercials from the earlier seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which opens with Troy demonstrating a juicer by first awkwardly squeezing an orange against his forehead for a few seconds before telling his audience that "Until now, this was the only way to get juice from an orange." Immediate cut to Homer who is, of course, in the middle of [[WhatAnIdiot actually making making]] [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike juice this way]].
9th Sep '17 2:33:44 PM BKelly95
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* ''Series/PicnicFace'' featured a segment called "Infomercial Plus" - an infomercial actor agency that offers people TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket in real life to make your infomercial even better! Highlights included a literal blanket-operating failure, a man unable to comprehend fruit and another utterly incapable of cracking eggs.

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* ''Series/PicnicFace'' featured a segment called "Infomercial Plus" - an infomercial actor agency that offers people TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket Too Incompetent To Operate A Blanket in real life to make your infomercial even better! Highlights included a literal blanket-operating failure, a man unable to comprehend fruit and another utterly incapable of cracking eggs.
7th Jun '17 3:33:51 PM dmcreif
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** One episode featured a series of ads for products combining mayo and mustard in a single jar, like Hellman's [[http://www.hellmanns.us/products/dijonnaise_mustard.aspx Dijonnaise.]] In the end, a guy is shown missing out on the important moments in his life because the process of spreading mustard then mayonnaise was simply too time consuming.
** An episode features Janeane Garofalo as a woman who simply can't organize the bags in her kitchen, shouting, "Help me!" at the camera. The solution is "bag hutch," a box to put bags in. The writers had to change the name of the product because "bag box" was already the name of a product that did the exact same thing.

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** One episode featured features Mayostard, a series of ads for products combining mayo bottled mayonnaise-and-mustard combo, and mustard in goes to absurd lengths to suggest that getting sandwich spreads from two different bottles is an unbearable waste of time and effort. Then a single jar, like Hellman's [[http://www.hellmanns.us/products/dijonnaise_mustard.aspx Dijonnaise.]] In competing product, Mustardayonnaise, enters the end, a guy is shown missing out on picture. Then the important moments in his life post-credits gag introduces [[SerialEscalation Mustmayostardayonnaise]], because the process of spreading mustard having to apply Mayostard and Mustardayonnaise is such an enormous time sink, it will cause you to miss your daughter growing up, graduating college, and then mayonnaise was simply too time consuming.
[[MindScrew growing older than you and dying.]]
** An episode features Janeane Garofalo as a woman who simply can't organize the bags in her kitchen, shouting, "Help me!" at the camera. The solution is "bag hutch," "Bag Hutch," a box to put bags in. The writers had to change the name of the product because "bag box" was already the name of a product that did the exact same thing.



* WebVideo/AfterHours discusses this trope at length in one episode - the one where they debate which commercial universe is the coolest. Dan O'Brien initially pitches infomercials as the coolest - after all, being able to perform basic tasks in those universes would mark you a deity - but it's quickly pointed out that he'd have to rely on idiots to do everything else.

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* WebVideo/AfterHours discusses this trope at length in one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDjcgiwIiY the episode - the one where they debate which commercial universe is the coolest. coolest]]. Dan O'Brien initially pitches infomercials as the coolest - after coolest. After all, being able to perform basic tasks in those universes would mark you a deity - deity... [[SurroundedByIdiots but it's quickly pointed out that he'd have to rely on idiots to do everything else.]]
4th Jun '17 12:09:23 AM Gimere
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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

Or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had until you saw this advert...

Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is. It doesn't help that with few exceptions imfomercial products are low-quality exmples of their product type being pushed at a markup.

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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

Or
whatsoever (or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had any until you saw this advert...

advert...).

Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is. It doesn't help that with few exceptions imfomercial infomercial products are low-quality exmples of their product type being pushed at a markup.
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