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26th Feb '17 10:48:15 PM gewunomox
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', Ringo presses a button just after he's told not to do so. It is a panic button/ejector seat that puts him in the Sea of Monsters... (RingoStarr himself said children all over the world asked him "why did you push the button?")

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', Ringo presses a button just after he's told not to do so. It is a panic button/ejector seat that puts him in the Sea of Monsters... (RingoStarr (Music/RingoStarr himself said children all over the world asked him "why did you push the button?")
22nd Jan '17 10:16:23 AM Euodiachloris
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When it comes to curiosity, there are generally two main types. The first type is patient enough to wait for an explanation to be given, usually by an expert on a subject and/or its creator. Someone who can [[LaymansTerms break it down into a more simplified language]], to a point where it can be easily understood, what its benefits are, what dangers it may impose, and the like. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny The second type]]...doesn't have that kind of patience. Or insight. Or anything resembling ''restraint''. They're willing to stumble blindly towards a control panel and start randomly pressing buttons. Usually they'll ask the all important question, "WhatDoesThisButtonDo" just before doing so, or just after doing so, if the work emphasizes them being unthinking rather than reckless. "WhatWereYouThinking!" also crops up as a regular post-press reaction in either frustrated hiss or yelling flavours.

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When it comes to curiosity, there are generally two main types. The first type is patient enough to wait for an explanation to be given, usually by an expert on a subject and/or its creator. Someone who can [[LaymansTerms break it down into a more simplified language]], to a point where it can be easily understood, what its benefits are, what dangers it may impose, and the like. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny The second type]]...doesn't have that kind of patience. Or insight. Or anything resembling ''restraint''. They're willing to stumble blindly towards a control panel and start randomly pressing buttons. Usually they'll ask the all important question, "WhatDoesThisButtonDo" just before doing so, or just after doing so, if the work emphasizes them being unthinking rather than reckless. "WhatWereYouThinking!" also crops up as a regular post-press reaction in either frustrated hiss or yelling flavours.
reckless.



A very bad way to [[TemptingFate tempt fate]]. The proper response to anyone who asks this question is, "DontTouchItYouIdiot" Note, however, that {{Big Red Button}}s are usually a ChekhovsGun: even in the event that a curious character is prevented from pushing it, rest assured that you'll eventually find out what the button does.

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A very bad way to [[TemptingFate tempt fate]]. The proper response to anyone who asks this question is, "DontTouchItYouIdiot" "DontTouchItYouIdiot", although "WhatWereYouThinking!" also crops up as a regular post-press reaction in either frustrated hiss or yelling flavours. Note, however, that {{Big Red Button}}s are usually a ChekhovsGun: even in the event that a curious character is prevented from pushing it, rest assured that you'll eventually find out what the button does.
22nd Jan '17 10:13:10 AM Euodiachloris
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When it comes to curiosity, there are generally two main types. The first type is patient enough to wait for an explanation to be given, usually by an expert on a subject and/or its creator. Someone who can [[LaymansTerms break it down into a more simplified language]], to a point where it can be easily understood, what its benefits are, what dangers it may impose, and the like. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny The second type]]...doesn't have that kind of patience. Or insight. Or anything resembling ''restraint''. They're willing to stumble blindly towards a control panel and start randomly pressing buttons. Usually they'll ask the all important question, "WhatDoesThisButtonDo" just before doing so, or just after doing so, if the work emphasizes them being unthinking rather than reckless.

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When it comes to curiosity, there are generally two main types. The first type is patient enough to wait for an explanation to be given, usually by an expert on a subject and/or its creator. Someone who can [[LaymansTerms break it down into a more simplified language]], to a point where it can be easily understood, what its benefits are, what dangers it may impose, and the like. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny The second type]]...doesn't have that kind of patience. Or insight. Or anything resembling ''restraint''. They're willing to stumble blindly towards a control panel and start randomly pressing buttons. Usually they'll ask the all important question, "WhatDoesThisButtonDo" just before doing so, or just after doing so, if the work emphasizes them being unthinking rather than reckless.
reckless. "WhatWereYouThinking!" also crops up as a regular post-press reaction in either frustrated hiss or yelling flavours.
19th Jan '17 6:26:32 PM SteveMB
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[https://xkcd.com/242/ takes it a step further]] -- finding out what the lever does leads to the question "Will it do the same thing if I pull it again?"
19th Jan '17 4:25:21 AM Blazer
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* Burnie Burns of Creator/RoosterTeeth was shocked to find out that there was a "death switch" to the machinima offices in their kitchen - a poor schmoe found the switch and began flipping it, innocently wondering why the kitchen lights weren't turning off. Gus Sorola, Barbara Dunkleman and Creator/GavinFree postulated that, had the switch existed during the early days of the company, Burnie would have flipped and ripped it out ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' style.
15th Jan '17 11:52:25 PM SideshowJazz19
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' has Izzy in the cockpit, pressing random buttons and asking "Ooh, what does this button do, and this button...", eventually landing the plane in a French canal and ejecting herself.

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* In an An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' has Izzy in the cockpit, pressing random buttons and asking "Ooh, what does this button do, and this button...", eventually landing the plane in a French canal and ejecting herself.
15th Jan '17 11:51:20 PM SideshowJazz19
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* Sal from ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'', hence the line (when he was in [[WombLevel Oblina's stomach]]), "One of these has got to be [[GrowlingGut hunger]]. Which one?".

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* Sal from ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'', hence the line (when he was in [[WombLevel Oblina's stomach]]), "One of these has got to be [[GrowlingGut hunger]]. Which one?".one?"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' has Izzy in the cockpit, pressing random buttons and asking "Ooh, what does this button do, and this button...", eventually landing the plane in a French canal and ejecting herself.
13th Jan '17 8:10:09 AM AtticusOmundson
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* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph", as Ralph is trying to figure out how Vanellope's racecar works, Vanellope asks, "What does this joystick do?", pulls it, and reverses, smacking Ralph in the face. She does this two more times.

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* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph", ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', as Ralph is trying to figure out how Vanellope's racecar works, Vanellope asks, "What does this joystick do?", pulls it, and reverses, smacking Ralph in the face. She does this two more times.
26th Nov '16 12:30:35 AM BiggerJ
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* In the 1995 [[UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi Philips CDi]] informercial ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhZdWvnF3do A Day with Sid, Ed & Cd-i]]'', in a scene deriding {=PCs=}, a woman tries and fails to start a game in DOS for her son. While she goes looking for the manual, the boy instantly becomes bored and, having been told not to touch anything, immediately starts pressing random keys. Two keypresses in and a Windows 3.1-style dialog box appears asking if he wants to erase the hard drive. Up to five keypresses later and the screen is literally flashing red. A dramatic press of the enter key (while his mother helplessly tries and fails to run across the room) later and the obvious happens.

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* In the 1995 [[UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi Philips CDi]] informercial ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhZdWvnF3do A Day with Sid, Ed & Cd-i]]'', in a scene deriding {=PCs=}, [=PCs=], a woman tries and fails to start a game in DOS for her son. While she goes looking for the manual, the boy instantly becomes bored and, having been told not to touch anything, immediately starts pressing random keys. Two keypresses in and a Windows 3.1-style dialog box appears asking if he wants to erase the hard drive. Up to five keypresses later and the screen is literally flashing red. A dramatic press of the enter key (while his mother helplessly tries and fails to run across the room) later and the obvious happens.
26th Nov '16 12:29:43 AM BiggerJ
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* In the 1995 [[UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi Philips CDi]] informercial ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhZdWvnF3do A Day with Sid, Ed & Cd-i]]'', in a scene deriding PCs, a woman tries and fails to start a game in DOS for her son. While she goes looking for the manual, the boy instantly becomes bored and, having been told not to touch anything, immediately starts pressing random keys. Two keypresses in and a Windows 3.1-style dialog box appears asking if he wants to erase the hard drive. Up to five keypresses later and the screen is literally flashing red. A dramatic press of the enter key (while his mother helplessly tries and fails to run across the room) later and the obvious happens.

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* In the 1995 [[UsefulNotes/PhilipsCDi Philips CDi]] informercial ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhZdWvnF3do A Day with Sid, Ed & Cd-i]]'', in a scene deriding PCs, {=PCs=}, a woman tries and fails to start a game in DOS for her son. While she goes looking for the manual, the boy instantly becomes bored and, having been told not to touch anything, immediately starts pressing random keys. Two keypresses in and a Windows 3.1-style dialog box appears asking if he wants to erase the hard drive. Up to five keypresses later and the screen is literally flashing red. A dramatic press of the enter key (while his mother helplessly tries and fails to run across the room) later and the obvious happens.
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