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8th Apr '16 5:49:28 PM WillBGood
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* The MGM Barney Bear cartoon "Wee Willie Wildcat" had a similar plot, but tweaks it a bit-- Barney and the wildcat's dad spank Willie with their bare hands, and end up sore because Willie used the book to armor his butt.

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* The MGM Barney Bear cartoon "Wee Willie Wildcat" had a similar plot, but tweaks it with a bit-- twist-- Barney and the wildcat's dad spank Willie with their bare hands, and end up sore because Willie used the book to armor his butt.
14th Feb '16 6:29:26 AM Menshevik
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* In German the noun ''Schmöker'', which entered the general language from North German students' slang, denotes a book that is enjoyable to read but of little or no educational or edificational value, such as a cheap novel you read to pleasantly pass the time. The word is derived from Low German ''smöken'' or ''schmöken'' "to smoke", and one plausible explanation for the coinage is that students would tear pages from such books to use them to light their pipes. (This was before matches became widely available and affordable).
7th Jan '16 11:24:31 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''Film/{{Mirrormask}}'', Books are used as food for sphinxes (as they love to eat the pages, and get distracted by a good book) and to fly on (they return to the library when insulted and thrown with great force). There's also the Really Useful Book, which dispenses good advice but becomes this trope when, [[spoiler: in a HeroicSacrifice, it suggests that Helena tear out its pages to feed a pack of hungry sphinxes closing in on her]].

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* In ''Film/{{Mirrormask}}'', Books books are used as food for sphinxes (as they love to eat the pages, and get distracted by a good book) and to fly on (they return to the library when insulted and thrown with great force). There's also the Really Useful Book, which dispenses good advice but becomes this trope when, [[spoiler: in a HeroicSacrifice, it suggests that Helena tear out its pages to feed a pack of hungry sphinxes closing in on her]].
7th Dec '15 3:00:46 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', PhilCoulson uncovers a partially completed [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica red, white and blue shield with a star in the center]]. Tony exclaims "that's perfect! Just what I need!" and then uses it to prop up the Particle Accelerator he is working on. "Perfectly level," he says, pleased afterward. It should be noted that there are multiple actual books also being used to prop up the particle accelerator. (As well as several of his [[CoolCar cars]], a motorcycle, and pretty much everything else in his lab.)

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', PhilCoulson Phil Coulson uncovers a partially completed [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica red, white and blue shield with a star in the center]]. Tony exclaims "that's perfect! Just what I need!" and then uses it to prop up the Particle Accelerator he is working on. "Perfectly level," he says, pleased afterward. It should be noted that there are multiple actual books also being used to prop up the particle accelerator. (As well as several of his [[CoolCar cars]], a motorcycle, and pretty much everything else in his lab.)
29th Jul '15 6:16:17 PM eroock
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8th May '15 9:18:28 PM nombretomado
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:: And again, with GeorgeWBush's memoir.

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:: And again, with GeorgeWBush's UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's memoir.
23rd Apr '15 4:26:55 PM TonyG
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Mouse Wreckers", Claude Cat is being driven insane by the mice Hubie and Bertie. Looking up a book on mental diseases, he finds "the very page I've been looking for". He tears it off to make a [[NapoleonDelusion Napoleon hat]].
9th Feb '15 9:10:21 AM Ccook1956
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* Averted with HongKongPhooey's Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu. Not very useful at all...at least to him.
9th Feb '15 5:06:26 AM Ccook1956
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* Averted with HongKongPhooey's Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu. Not very useful at all...at least to him.
24th Jan '15 1:38:34 AM eviltwin531
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* In ''Series/TheGoldenGirls,'' Dorothy befriends a local novelist. Sophia mentions a book she wrote and says she goes to bed with it every night. When Blanche asks what it's about, Sophia says she doesn't have a clue, she uses it to keep her bed level.
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