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28th Oct '17 3:05:16 AM darkemyst
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' the "[[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum powdered dragon claw]]" that Harold Dingle was selling was actually toxic dried doxy droppings.
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22nd Oct '17 7:39:55 PM Arachnos
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* ''VideoGame/{{Evony}}'' popularized the very sleazy tactic of marketing browser games using pictures of [[SexSells scantily clad women]] who [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame typically are nowhere to be found in the actual game]] and trying very hard to convince the viewer that the game is pornographic even when it's anything but.
5th Oct '17 3:18:59 PM ChilledXSocks
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** Similarly, a [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS Nintendo]] [[UsefulNotes/WiiU eShop]] [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch card]] may have $20 on it, but remember, unless you live in a region that lacks sales tax, you now have to pay for tax on your purchases too (so it's fortunate that [[AndNinetyNineCents the prices in the eShop end with or cost 99¢]]). And depending on which state you live in, you'll still have a pocket change amount of money left in your account that you can't use.

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** Similarly, a [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS Nintendo]] [[UsefulNotes/WiiU eShop]] [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch card]] may have $20 on it, but remember, unless you live in a region like Delaware that lacks sales tax, you now have to pay for tax on your purchases too (so it's fortunate that [[AndNinetyNineCents the prices in the eShop end with or cost 99¢]]). And depending on which state you live in, you'll still have a pocket change amount of money left in your account that you can't use. Fortunately, you can top up your eShop balance to the exact amount you need for a purchase if you have a credit or debit card, but then why bother purchasing the eShop card?
22nd Sep '17 3:45:56 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Roblox}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EHHnkhdYKo 2011 TV commercial]] was widely criticized because of this. Most of the places shown and one user, [=TimmyMcPwnage=], do not exist. Some of the gimmicks displayed, such as the mad veichle chase and the rave party, weren't possible to program at that time. Finally, "IT'S FREEEEEE!" [[LargeHam is shouted]], yet Builder's Club and the Robux mumbo jumbo weren't mentioned at all. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmkoGdNEs5A Here's a nice video which analyzes the commercial and points out the lies.]]
9th Sep '17 5:02:54 AM Andyroid
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* In Cartoon Network's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' "Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!", the toon opens on a picture of a marble-columned chicken coop from a deed that O'Possum purchased. He lowers the deed and the actual property includes a run-down wood shacky chicken coop with holes with weird things going on...

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* In Cartoon Network's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' "Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!", short "Podunk Possum: One Step Beyond", the toon opens on a picture of a marble-columned chicken coop from a deed that O'Possum Podunk purchased. He lowers the deed and the actual property includes a run-down wood shacky chicken coop with holes with holes, and weird things going on...
8th Aug '17 3:52:14 PM RedScharlach
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* ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', quoted above. To the hotel's credit, though, the people living in the hotel are indeed happy... Although this says more about the muppets than the the hotel. They cheerfully admit this:

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* ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', quoted above. To the hotel's credit, though, the people living in the hotel are indeed happy... Although this says more about the muppets Muppets than the the hotel. They cheerfully admit this:



* In ''Film/CarryOnAbroad'' the gang is off for a packaged holiday in Els Bells. However,the hotel they stay at is not even completed, and eventually is completely destroyed by a big rain storm.

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* In ''Film/CarryOnAbroad'' the gang is off for a packaged holiday in Els Bells. However,the However, the hotel they stay at is not even completed, and eventually is completely destroyed by a big rain storm.



** One episode had Rocko buying a new vacuum cleaner he saw on tv, when he gets it, the vacuum cleaner delivered to him looks nothing like what was shown in the commercial, which is huge as a truck and has a mind of its own.

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** One episode had Rocko buying a new vacuum cleaner he saw on tv, when TV. When he gets it, the vacuum cleaner delivered to him looks nothing like what was shown in the commercial, which is huge as a truck and has a mind of its own.



** Anyone much familiar with computers may feel like this when it comes to advertised storage space on a hard drive or flash drive. See, computers measure things in increments of 1024 - a kilobyte is 1024 bytes, a megabyte is 1024 kilobytes, and so on. This is because computers work in binary. But they are always advertised and sold counting increments of 1000 - so if the advertising says 100 kilobytes, they actually mean 100,000 bytes which comes out to ~97.7 ''real'' kilobytes. Not that big a loss at smaller numbers, but now that hard drives are getting up into hundreds of gigabytes to whole terabytes, you may be out dozens of gigs between advertising and reality. Again, not unbearable but to some people it really rankles, especially if you need a lot of storage space or are doing emergency backups, where that "missing" 20-some gigabytes could be ''really'' useful.

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** Anyone much familiar with computers may feel like this when it comes to advertised storage space on a hard drive or flash drive. See, computers measure things in increments of 1024 - a kilobyte is 1024 bytes, a megabyte is 1024 kilobytes, and so on. This is because computers work in binary. But they are always advertised and sold counting increments of 1000 - so if the advertising says 100 kilobytes, they actually mean 100,000 bytes which comes out to ~97.7 ''real'' kilobytes. Not that big a loss at smaller numbers, but now that hard drives are getting up into hundreds of gigabytes to whole terabytes, you may be out dozens of gigs between advertising and reality. Again, not unbearable but to some people it really rankles, especially if you need a lot of storage space or are doing emergency backups, where that "missing" 20-some 20-something gigabytes could be ''really'' useful.



* This is Precisely what Erik the Red did to convince people to come populate his new settlement. "It's called UsefulNotes/{{Greenland}}! It's very green. Oh yes, there's lots of green in Greenland, yes."

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* This is Precisely reputedly what Erik the Red did to convince people to come populate his new settlement. "It's called UsefulNotes/{{Greenland}}! It's very green. Oh yes, there's lots of green in Greenland, yes."
2nd Jul '17 10:37:27 PM Luc
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** Advertising laws require any food being sold be something that's actually in the package. The solution? Get a couple truckloads of the food product, find the best bits from thousands of packages, and doctor them: additives are a big no-no, but using a charcoal lighter to burn grill marks is fine.

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** Advertising laws require any food being sold be something that's actually in the package. The solution? Get a couple truckloads of the food product, find the best bits from thousands of packages, and doctor them: additives are a big no-no, but using a charcoal lighter to burn grill marks is fine. (It should be added that one of the reasons this is legal is because some degree of it actually ''has'' to be done in order to get good quality photographs, because these shoots can easily take ''hours'' to get right; for example, under studio lighting, milk can curdle by the time everything is arranged, so any photos involving "milk" usually usually use glue (or some other similar substitute) instead.)
18th May '17 12:35:34 PM Feslmogh
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* In Cartoon Network's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' "Sledgehammer O'Possum: What's Goin' on Back There?!", the toon opens on a picture of a marble-columned chicken coop from a deed that O'Possum purchased. He lowers the deed and the actual property includes a run-down wood shacky chicken coop with holes with weird things going on...
19th Mar '17 5:40:57 PM tmantookie
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** Similarly, a [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS Nintendo]] [[UsefulNotes/WiiU eShop]] card may have $20 on it, but remember, unless you live in a region that lacks sales tax, you now have to pay for tax on your purchases too (so it's fortunate that [[AndNinetyNineCents the prices in the eShop end with or cost 99¢]]). And depending on which state you live in, you'll still have a pocket change amount of money left in your account that you can't use.

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** Similarly, a [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS Nintendo]] [[UsefulNotes/WiiU eShop]] card [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch card]] may have $20 on it, but remember, unless you live in a region that lacks sales tax, you now have to pay for tax on your purchases too (so it's fortunate that [[AndNinetyNineCents the prices in the eShop end with or cost 99¢]]). And depending on which state you live in, you'll still have a pocket change amount of money left in your account that you can't use.
5th Mar '17 5:29:11 PM nombretomado
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* One episode from ''ILoveLucy'' 's Hollywood story arc places the Ricardos and the Mertzes in rural Ohio; after making a pitstop at a rundown roadside diner where the lone proprietor only serves stale cheese sandwiches, they leave. Afterwards, Lucy drives down the road, while Ricky, Fred, and Ethel sleep, finding a billboard, promising good accommodations and wonderful food if you turn left onto the next road - Lucy does so, only to take everyone right back to the same rundown diner, where the proprietor admits he was waiting for them, saying that he put up that billboard himself to make everyone travel in circles. Not surprisingly, his only cabin is bare-bones, the full bed's mattress dips down to the floor, and passing trains shake the entire cabin violently.

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* One episode from ''ILoveLucy'' 's ''Series/ILoveLucy'''s Hollywood story arc places the Ricardos and the Mertzes in rural Ohio; after making a pitstop at a rundown roadside diner where the lone proprietor only serves stale cheese sandwiches, they leave. Afterwards, Lucy drives down the road, while Ricky, Fred, and Ethel sleep, finding a billboard, promising good accommodations and wonderful food if you turn left onto the next road - Lucy does so, only to take everyone right back to the same rundown diner, where the proprietor admits he was waiting for them, saying that he put up that billboard himself to make everyone travel in circles. Not surprisingly, his only cabin is bare-bones, the full bed's mattress dips down to the floor, and passing trains shake the entire cabin violently.
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