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21st Aug '16 12:10:22 PM nombretomado
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* In one ''ECComics'' story, a bigamist has a wife who bowls competitively, and another who golfs on a tournament level. He sends each of them a pair of shoes for their sport, but he puts them in the wrong boxes, so the bowling wife gets the golfing shoes and vice versa. He might have been able to laugh this off, if they [[ContrivedCoincidence hadn't been sharing a hotel room due to both reservations being made under his name]].

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* In one ''ECComics'' ''Creator/ECComics'' story, a bigamist has a wife who bowls competitively, and another who golfs on a tournament level. He sends each of them a pair of shoes for their sport, but he puts them in the wrong boxes, so the bowling wife gets the golfing shoes and vice versa. He might have been able to laugh this off, if they [[ContrivedCoincidence hadn't been sharing a hotel room due to both reservations being made under his name]].
8th Aug '16 3:28:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', Brain had [[MirrorsReflectEverything a pair of mirror glasses that he planned to use to hypnotize]] SigmundFreud. Unfortunately, they were stored in the same bag as Pinkie's gag items, including a pair of Google Glasses. No need to guess what happens.

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* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', Brain had [[MirrorsReflectEverything a pair of mirror glasses that he planned to use to hypnotize]] SigmundFreud.UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud. Unfortunately, they were stored in the same bag as Pinkie's gag items, including a pair of Google Glasses. No need to guess what happens.
12th May '16 12:37:54 AM Eddy1215
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had Doug and Skeeter, Patti and Mr. Bone go to the same amateur recording studio to record their own music videos. They get their videos, and Doug is the first to realize that he got the wrong tape (he got Patti's) and goes to get his back... only to learn that Patti had Mr. Bone's. He never finds out that Mr. Bone had his.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had Doug and Skeeter, Patti and Mr. Bone go to the same amateur recording studio to record their own music videos. They videos (Doug's being a mess because in addition to singing a song he wrote about Patti, he had the hiccups from being nervous). After they get their videos, and Doug is the first to realize that he got the wrong tape (he got Patti's) and goes to get his back... only to learn that Patti had Mr. Bone's. He never finds out Despite knowing that Mr. Bone had his.his video, he didn't do anything to get it


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* In one episode ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', Brain had [[MirrorsReflectEverything a pair of mirror glasses that he planned to use to hypnotize]] SigmundFreud. Unfortunately, they were stored in the same bag as Pinkie's gag items, including a pair of Google Glasses. No need to guess what happens.
8th May '16 7:21:18 PM lcmortensen
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* In 2003, a labelling mix-up occurred in New Zealand with several cans of store-brand hair spray. They actually contained highly-corrosive oven cleaner.
21st Feb '16 12:23:24 AM Knight20
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17th Nov '15 9:44:41 PM Gamermaster
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* After hiking with her friends, Komori from ''Manga/KomorisanWaKotowarenai'' gave some of her pictures to her crush Ootani. The picture in question was [[{{Fanservice}} her wearing a bikini.]] She immediately [[OhCrap realized her mistake]] and grabbed it back.
-->'''Ootani:''' Hey, this is...\\
'''Komori:''' '''WRONG ONE!!'''
18th Jul '15 3:47:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', Johnny intends to [[EngineeredPublicConfession play a DVD]] on which the villain explains his EvilPlan in detail to a crowd of royalty, politicians, and other [=VIPs=]. But this trope happens, and a surveillance clip of Johnny dancing half-naked in front of his bathroom mirror comes up instead... Live... To the ''whole'' world.


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* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', Johnny intends to [[EngineeredPublicConfession play a DVD]] on which the villain explains his EvilPlan in detail to a crowd of royalty, politicians, and other [=VIPs=]. But this trope happens, and a surveillance clip of Johnny dancing half-naked in front of his bathroom mirror comes up instead... Live... To the ''whole'' world.


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18th Jul '15 3:46:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MonstersVsAliens'', the BigRedButton that launches all the nuclear missiles is identical to, and right next to, the button for the coffee dispenser. President Hardaway [[SubvertedTrope is warned in time]]. [[spoiler:In TheStinger, he's not so lucky.]]

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* In ''MonstersVsAliens'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', the BigRedButton that launches all the nuclear missiles is identical to, and right next to, the button for the coffee dispenser. President Hardaway [[SubvertedTrope is warned in time]]. [[spoiler:In TheStinger, he's not so lucky.]]



* ''The Return of ThePinkPanther'': Chief Inspector Dreyfus has both a real gun and a lighter that looks identical to the gun. After getting angry at Clouseau he tries to shoot him with the gun (yes, in his office in broad daylight) but it turns out to be the lighter. Later he tries to light a cigarette and ends up shooting his nose off with the gun.
* The entire plot of ''RoadTrip'' is built on this. The protagonist inadvertently sends a sex tape (of him cheating) to his long-distance girlfriend, instead of a tape on which he sings a romantic song for her. Cue epic quest to get it back before she gets to watch it.

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* ''The Return of ThePinkPanther'': ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'': Chief Inspector Dreyfus has both a real gun and a lighter that looks identical to the gun. After getting angry at Clouseau he tries to shoot him with the gun (yes, in his office in broad daylight) but it turns out to be the lighter. Later he tries to light a cigarette and ends up shooting his nose off with the gun.
* The entire plot of ''RoadTrip'' ''Film/RoadTrip'' is built on this. The protagonist inadvertently sends a sex tape (of him cheating) to his long-distance girlfriend, instead of a tape on which he sings a romantic song for her. Cue epic quest to get it back before she gets to watch it.



* In ''Blame It On The Bellboy'', three envelopes intended for three guests at a hotel get mixed up by the aforementioned bellboy (played by Bronson Pinchot).

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* In ''Blame It On The Bellboy'', ''Film/BlameItOnTheBellboy'', three envelopes intended for three guests at a hotel get mixed up by the aforementioned bellboy (played by Bronson Pinchot).



* In the french movie ''Subway'', the two halves of the plot are each kickstarted when two identical recordings - a bootleg opera performance, and two criminals' confession - are mixed up.
* In ''The Comedy Of Terrors'' Waldo Turmbull (VincentPrice) has a bottle of poison he taunts his father-in-law with, and also a flask. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity eventually ensues.]]
* In ''The Captain's Paradise'' Creator/AlecGuinness' character, who has a wife in two different ports, accidentally swaps the presents he intends to send them. Fortunately for him, the homebody wife interprets the swimsuit she receives as a sign that he finds her sexually desirable, while the party-going wife interprets the apron she receives as acknowledgement of her domestic side.

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* In the french movie ''Subway'', ''Film/{{Subway}}'', the two halves of the plot are each kickstarted when two identical recordings - a bootleg opera performance, and two criminals' confession - are mixed up.
* In ''The Comedy Of Terrors'' ''Film/TheComedyOfTerrors'' Waldo Turmbull (VincentPrice) has a bottle of poison he taunts his father-in-law with, and also a flask. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity eventually ensues.]]
* In ''The Captain's Paradise'' ''Film/TheCaptainsParadise'' Creator/AlecGuinness' character, who has a wife in two different ports, accidentally swaps the presents he intends to send them. Fortunately for him, the homebody wife interprets the swimsuit she receives as a sign that he finds her sexually desirable, while the party-going wife interprets the apron she receives as acknowledgement of her domestic side.
18th Jul '15 9:46:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In {{Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress}}, the old miller puts down 2 identical calabash gourds: one filled with liquor, the other with lamp oil. On their last toast, Luo pours out the lamp oil for everyone to drink instead of the liquor.

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* In {{Balzac Literature/{{Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress}}, the old miller puts down 2 identical calabash gourds: one filled with liquor, the other with lamp oil. On their last toast, Luo pours out the lamp oil for everyone to drink instead of the liquor.



* In the ''DresdenFiles'' novel ''Storm Front'', Harry makes an Escape Potion because he might need one and a LovePotion because Bob insists on teaching him how. Unfortunately, he doesn't label them and has Susan take the wrong one in an emergency.
* The plot of ''TheSharingKnife'' gets started when the hero tosses his two knives, one charged and capable of killing the monster they're currently fighting and the other uncharged, and she stabs the monster with the wrong one.

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* In the ''DresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Storm Front'', Harry makes an Escape Potion because he might need one and a LovePotion because Bob insists on teaching him how. Unfortunately, he doesn't label them and has Susan take the wrong one in an emergency.
* The plot of ''TheSharingKnife'' ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' gets started when the hero tosses his two knives, one charged and capable of killing the monster they're currently fighting and the other uncharged, and she stabs the monster with the wrong one.



* ''AndThenThereWereNone'' has the general find out about his wife's affair with a subordinate when she mixed up her letters to her lover and her husband.

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* ''AndThenThereWereNone'' ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' has the general find out about his wife's affair with a subordinate when she mixed up her letters to her lover and her husband.
5th Jul '15 3:47:14 PM passengerpigeon
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* This trope causes many household poisonings per year in Real Life, usually due to beverage containers being refilled with chemicals, or due to misleading packaging that causes customers to confuse cleaning products with drinks. The [[http://ipcblog.org/2014/03/18/the-case-of-the-wrong-container/ Illinois Poison Control Centre Blog]] lists several examples of this.
** In one incident, a young man wanted to store some windshield cleaning fluid in his Jeep. However, the large jug that the fluid came in would take up too much space in the back seat. So, the man decided to pour some of the fluid into a blue Gatorade bottle. Unfortunately, one of his friends came back from playing basketball and took a few swigs of the cleaner thinking it was actually Gatorade. Luckily, the man was rushed to hospital before he died of wood alcohol poisoning, and suffered no lasting effects.



* The [[http://ipcblog.org/2014/03/18/the-case-of-the-wrong-container/ Illinois Poison Control Centre Blog]] lists several examples of this.
** In one case, a young man wanted to store some windshield cleaning fluid in his Jeep. However, the large jug that the fluid came in would take up too much space in the back seat. So, the man decided to pour some of the fluid into a blue Gatorade bottle. Unfortunately, one of his friends came back from playing basketball and took a few swigs of the cleaner thinking it was actually Gatorade. Luckily, the man was rushed to hospital before he died of wood alcohol poisoning, and suffered no lasting effects.
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