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17th Sep '17 1:03:06 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Amusing Ourselves to Death'', Neil Postman gives examples of [[TropesAreFlexible Useful Television]]: a TV set being used as a light to read by, as a way to display teletext, and as a bookshelf:

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* In ''Amusing Ourselves to Death'', Neil Postman gives examples of [[TropesAreFlexible [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Useful Television]]: a TV set being used as a light to read by, as a way to display teletext, and as a bookshelf:
24th Jun '17 3:41:29 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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>'''Cohen:''' Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper.

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>'''Cohen:''' '''Cohen:''' Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper.
20th Jan '17 11:19:25 AM REV6Pilot
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* To ThrowTheBookAtThem.

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* To ThrowTheBookAtThem.[[ThrowTheBookAtThem use as a projectile]].
19th Dec '16 11:08:31 PM MsChibi
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* Old phone books and other thick books have been used as makeshift booster seats for small children.
16th Aug '16 6:54:54 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Starsitting", Buff-Frog enlists Marco and Star in looking after his dozen baby tadpoles, and gives them a large scrapbook containing info such as his kids' schedules and sleeping habits. HilarityEnsues, especially when the kids' legs come in (something ''not'' covered in the book, to the horror of by-the-book babysitter Marco) and they run around the house causing a ruckus. Star and Marco eventually find another use for the book... for setting off a field of bear-traps standing between them and the youngest, Katrina, when it's almost time for Buff-Frog to pick the kids up.
12th Jul '16 6:46:04 AM LentilSandEater
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* Lampshaded by one book reviewer:[[http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/64755274]]

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* Lampshaded DiscussedTrope by one book reviewer:[[http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/64755274]]
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.)
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