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You've probably heard your mother say this once or twice. This StockPhrase turns up whenever clumsiness or stupidity once again wrecks something, especially something monetarily valuable or precious. It can also be applied to plans, historically significant things, or emotionally significant things. It's not limited to tangible objects, however.

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You've probably heard your mother say this once or twice. This StockPhrase {{Stock Phrase|s}} turns up whenever clumsiness or stupidity once again wrecks something, especially something monetarily valuable or precious. It can also be applied to plans, historically significant things, or emotionally significant things. It's not limited to tangible objects, however.



* During his introduction episodes, [[Manga/SoulEater Death the Kid]] ended up destroying an entire pyramid by accident. It was symmetrical, but the pharaoh living there, on the other hand...

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'': During his introduction episodes, [[Manga/SoulEater Death the Kid]] Kid ended up destroying an entire pyramid by accident. It was symmetrical, but the pharaoh living there, on the other hand...



* In the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series, the Crimson Knights used to regulate PlayerKilling by hunting down infamous [=PKer=]s and punishing them, sometimes working with CC Corp to punish [=PKers=] that killed players by cheating. When the Crimson Knights fell apart, [=PKing=] got so ridiculously out of hand that CC Corp was forced to remove the mechanic entirely (paving the way for a lack of [=PKers=] in the first video game quadrilogy), making it an odd in-universe example of WhyTheFandomCantHaveNiceThings.

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* In the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series, the Crimson Knights used to regulate PlayerKilling by hunting down infamous [=PKer=]s and punishing them, sometimes working with CC Corp to punish [=PKers=] that killed players by cheating. When the Crimson Knights fell apart, [=PKing=] got so ridiculously out of hand that CC Corp was forced to remove the mechanic entirely (paving the way for a lack of [=PKers=] in the first video game quadrilogy), making it an odd in-universe example of WhyTheFandomCantHaveNiceThings.WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings.



-->'''Zhan''': Damned cats wanted to pick a fight, sir. One of ours had a bit too much to drink - a young whelp, Azure. They thought they'd beat up one of my men, [[FatherToHisMen I wasn't havin' it]]. Stinking cats want to [[CatchPhrase mess with the wolf, they'll get the fangs]]!

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-->'''Zhan''': Damned cats wanted to pick a fight, sir. One of ours had a bit too much to drink - a young whelp, Azure. They thought they'd beat up one of my men, [[FatherToHisMen [[AFatherToHisMen I wasn't havin' it]]. Stinking cats want to [[CatchPhrase mess with the wolf, they'll get the fangs]]!



* ''Jane Austen's Mafia'' features the TropeNamer a second before the Trope Namer to GetOut [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZzB1-NIVtA here]].

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* ''Jane Austen's Mafia'' features the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} a second before the Trope Namer to GetOut [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZzB1-NIVtA here]].



* Inverted in ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'', where the heroes escape from the Louvre by holding a priceless painting hostage.
** In the screen sequel ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', Langdon and Vetra are out of time, and rip out a page of the priceless Diagramma to take along with them.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks!'' has the aliens destroying Earth's landmarks for giggles.

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* Inverted in ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'', where the heroes escape from the Louvre by holding a priceless painting hostage.
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hostage. In the screen sequel ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'', Langdon and Vetra are out of time, and rip out a page of the priceless Diagramma to take along with them.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks!'' ''Film/MarsAttacks'' has the aliens destroying Earth's landmarks for giggles.






* In ''Red Phoenix'', the AcePilot and his civilian LoveInterest are sightseeing in Korea, and they visit a centuries-old fortress, which is marked with damage from being used as a defensive position in the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. The woman laments that such a historic place had to be damaged in such a way, and the pilot points out that was pretty much the fortress's designed purpose.

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* In ''Red Phoenix'', the AcePilot and his civilian LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} are sightseeing in Korea, and they visit a centuries-old fortress, which is marked with damage from being used as a defensive position in the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. The woman laments that such a historic place had to be damaged in such a way, and the pilot points out that was pretty much the fortress's designed purpose.



** Basically {{lampshaded}} during their first Jaws special, where they get hold of three of the actual yellow barrel props used in the original movie to test some shark strength myths. They are told point-blank by the owner that "the only thing we can't do is burn them, blow them up, or lose them." The predictable response is "Has he ''seen'' the show?"

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** Basically {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d during their first Jaws special, where they get hold of three of the actual yellow barrel props used in the original movie to test some shark strength myths. They are told point-blank by the owner that "the only thing we can't do is burn them, blow them up, or lose them." The predictable response is "Has he ''seen'' the show?"



* For [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]], [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-15-2010/the-more-pedophiles-know Barbie dolls potentially being used by pedophiles]].

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* For [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]], [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-15-2010/the-more-pedophiles-know cc.com/video-clips/an0bic/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-the-more-pedophiles-know Barbie dolls potentially being used by pedophiles]].



* For the first five seasons of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'', the creators received hundreds of letters from fans ''begging'' the show to stop destroying classic cars in the weekly trials. For the sixth season they destroyed a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Cue the tears of a nation of car lovers.
** They drove the point across even further by introducing the car at the beginning of every weekly challenge with zoom-ins and beauty shots of the progressively worse shape of the car, torn-off bumpers and all.

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* For the first five seasons of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'', the creators received hundreds of letters from fans ''begging'' the show to stop destroying classic cars in the weekly trials. For the sixth season they destroyed a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Cue the tears of a nation of car lovers.
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lovers. They drove the point across even further by introducing the car at the beginning of every weekly challenge with zoom-ins and beauty shots of the progressively worse shape of the car, torn-off bumpers and all.



* The characters in the musical ''OnTheTown'' (and its somewhat different film version) take a trip to the Museum of Natural History, which ends with them demolishing a dinosaur skeleton.

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* The characters in the musical ''OnTheTown'' ''Theatre/OnTheTown'' (and its somewhat different film version) take a trip to the Museum of Natural History, which ends with them demolishing a dinosaur skeleton.



* The final shootout in ''[[VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven Mafia]]'' happens in an art gallery (the whole level is actually called "[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Death of Art]]"), and a cop whom the protagonist later tells about this actually goes ballistic about how many art pieces were destroyed in it.

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* The final shootout in ''[[VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven Mafia]]'' happens in an art gallery (the whole level is actually called "[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic "[[FauxSymbolism Death of Art]]"), and a cop whom the protagonist later tells about this actually goes ballistic about how many art pieces were destroyed in it.



* The Chicago History Museum mission in Creator/JohnWoo's ''{{Stranglehold}}'' is all ''over'' this trope. Everything from dinosaurs to terracotta statues to lost pieces of architecture gets blown to hell by gunfire as Tequila fights to save Billie [[spoiler:but she is [[OffingTheOffspring killed on her father's orders]] by [[FaceHeelTurn Tequila's former partner, Jerry]].]]

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* The Chicago History Museum mission in Creator/JohnWoo's ''{{Stranglehold}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}'' is all ''over'' this trope. Everything from dinosaurs to terracotta statues to lost pieces of architecture gets blown to hell by gunfire as Tequila fights to save Billie [[spoiler:but she is [[OffingTheOffspring killed on her father's orders]] by [[FaceHeelTurn Tequila's former partner, Jerry]].]]Jerry]]]].



* In the first ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' game one of your missions takes place in an old salt mine where the nazis have stashed art and scultptures they've looted. Have fun wrecking them, the very thing you're supposed to be preventing the Nazis from doing.

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* In the first ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' game one of your missions takes place in an old salt mine where the nazis have stashed art and scultptures sculptures they've looted. Have fun wrecking them, the very thing you're supposed to be preventing the Nazis from doing.



* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series should be called "WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: The Franchise." Many groups of people, in mythology and history, forever lose privilege because of the actions of one or a few knuckleheads, and many wonders are also forever ruined for the same reason.

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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series should be called "WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: "Why We Can't Have Nice Things: The Franchise." Many groups of people, in mythology and history, forever lose privilege because of the actions of one or a few knuckleheads, and many wonders are also forever ruined for the same reason.



** The ''Trespasser'' DLC reveals that [[spoiler:all ancient elves were beautiful, immortal, and magical. Then a handful of war-leaders turned kings turned gods became insufferable tyrants, which culminated in them murdering their queen (Mythal) for trying to stop their power-hungry schemes. Then Fen'Harel created the Veil to imprison them, which cut elves off from the magic of the Fade, which caused them to lose their magic, immortality, and magic-fueled wonders. This is why elves can't have nice things.]]

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** The ''Trespasser'' DLC reveals that [[spoiler:all ancient elves were beautiful, immortal, and magical. Then a handful of war-leaders turned kings turned gods became insufferable tyrants, which culminated in them murdering their queen (Mythal) for trying to stop their power-hungry schemes. Then Fen'Harel created the Veil to imprison them, which cut elves off from the magic of the Fade, which caused them to lose their magic, immortality, and magic-fueled wonders. This is why elves can't have nice things.]]things]].



* ThisVeryWiki has a few examples. For one, the ability to have strike-through text is disabled outside the forums because some editors would be tempted to abuse it for editorially-inappropriate snark.
* Youtube creator Simone Giertz used to do live-stream videos of opening gift packaged that fans have send to her. Then somebody send her a vibrator. She invoked this trope as to why those videos are pre-edited now.

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* ThisVeryWiki [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]] has a few examples. For one, the ability to have strike-through text is disabled outside the forums because some editors would be tempted to abuse it for editorially-inappropriate snark.
* Youtube Website/YouTube creator Simone Giertz used to do live-stream videos of opening gift packaged that fans have send to her. Then somebody send her a vibrator. She invoked this trope as to why those videos are pre-edited now.



---> '''Jade''': [[DeadpanSnarker See? This is why we can't buy you nice things.]]

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---> --> '''Jade''': [[DeadpanSnarker See? This is why we can't buy you nice things.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' "Oh No Yono": When Monkeyfist breaks into a museum, he has his monkey ninja throw and attempt to drop valuable artifacts so that our heroes will have to catch them and he can get away.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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"Oh No Yono": When Monkeyfist breaks into a museum, he has his monkey ninja throw and attempt to drop valuable artifacts so that our heroes will have to catch them and he can get away.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa uses the exact phrase when Homer decides the grammar robot she built for her science fair would like some beer.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Lisa uses the exact phrase when shows Homer decides the grammar robot she built for her science fair would fair. When the robot corrects Homer's statement "Me like some beer.beer" with I like beer", he pours beer into its mouth. Lisa then uses this exact phrase while taking it to be fixed.



* Lampshaded by Mikey himself in WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012

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* Lampshaded by Mikey himself in WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'':



* Needless to say, if something goes wrong in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and it doesn't involve a BigBad or [[TricksterGod Discord]] and it causes something to get ruined, it's probably Pinkie Pie's fault.
** Not that she ever has to [[KarmaHoudini make amends or admit fault.]]

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* Needless to say, if something goes wrong in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and it doesn't involve a BigBad or [[TricksterGod Discord]] and it causes something to get ruined, it's probably Pinkie Pie's fault.
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fault. Not that she ever has to [[KarmaHoudini make amends or admit fault.]]



* Part of the reason why photos of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden's corpse will not be released to the public is because of fears that it will be used as GarbagePostKid bait.
** The more internet savvy or just internet-''visible'' have long been struggling to keep both good and bad material related to themselves off the internet due to {{GIFT}}. Sometimes it works, usually it doesn't, and sometimes it has [[StreisandEffect the opposite effect]].

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* Part of the reason why photos of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden's corpse will not be released to the public is because of fears that it will be used as GarbagePostKid bait. \n** The more internet Internet savvy or just internet-''visible'' Internet-''visible'' have long been struggling to keep both good and bad material related to themselves off the internet Internet due to {{GIFT}}. {{GIFT}} Sometimes it works, usually it doesn't, and sometimes it has [[StreisandEffect the opposite effect]].



* Ordering food on the internet (whether it's take out or groceries) is extremely convenient, but some people have abused online ordering by ordering only one item, like a stick of gum or one serving of french fries. In order to save on money being spent for gas, many establishments now impose a minimum delivery total to ensure that people order at least a few items so that time and gas isn't wasted.

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* Ordering food on the internet Internet (whether it's take out or groceries) is extremely convenient, but some people have abused online ordering by ordering only one item, like a stick of gum or one serving of french fries. In order to save on money being spent for gas, many establishments now impose a minimum delivery total to ensure that people order at least a few items so that time and gas isn't wasted.



* Multiple news have appeared in 2015 that fit squarely into this trope. Among others, [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/05/us/west-point-pillow-fight/ the West Point Pillow Fight, meant as a time of amusement and harmless fun for cadets]], which turned bloody due to a number of "participants" putting helmets in their pillow cases, causing numerous injuries.
* In the US, [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics gun control]] is very divisive, because too many gun owners come off as this.
** The response among the 3D printing community and the pro gun community to the invention of the liberator pistol can be described as less "that'll show em" and more "you're gonna make em take away our rights". The liberator is the first gun made almost entirely out of 3D printed components [[note]]The only two parts that aren't 3D printed are the firing pin (a hobby store nail) and a block of metal that simply prevents the gun from being completely illegal to test by making it metal detector compliant[[/note]], and essentially functions as a single shot close range gun. Gun fans and 3D printers were worried that this development would cause the governments of the world to crack down on both industries, fears that weren't at all alleviated when a group of reports manged to get an (unloaded) liberator within throwing distance of the prime minster of Israel.
* In Spring 2016, Magazine/{{Playboy}}'s magazines will no longer have nude photos due to the rampant upswing of Internet pornography making nudes passe.

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* Multiple news have stories appeared in 2015 that fit squarely into this trope. Among others, [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/05/us/west-point-pillow-fight/ the West Point Pillow Fight, meant as a time of amusement and harmless fun for cadets]], which turned bloody due to a number of "participants" putting helmets in their pillow cases, causing numerous injuries.
* In the US, [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics gun control]] is very divisive, because too many gun owners come off as this.
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this. The response among the 3D printing community and the pro gun community to the invention of the liberator pistol can be described as less "that'll show em" and more "you're gonna make em take away our rights". The liberator is the first gun made almost entirely out of 3D printed components [[note]]The only two parts that aren't 3D printed are the firing pin (a hobby store nail) and a block of metal that simply prevents the gun from being completely illegal to test by making it metal detector compliant[[/note]], and essentially functions as a single shot close range gun. Gun fans and 3D printers were worried that this development would cause the governments of the world to crack down on both industries, fears that weren't at all alleviated when a group of reports manged to get an (unloaded) liberator within throwing distance of the prime minster of Israel.
* In Spring 2016, Magazine/{{Playboy}}'s magazines will no longer have stopped featuring nude photos due to the rampant upswing of Internet pornography making nudes passe.



* In September 2016, the Alphabet-funded linknyc internet kiosks set up in public Manhattan sidewalks and other popular metro areas in the state were stripped of their internet browser capabilities when too many pedestrians used it for porn.

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* In September 2016, the Alphabet-funded linknyc internet Internet kiosks set up in public Manhattan sidewalks and other popular metro areas in the state were stripped of their internet browser capabilities when too many pedestrians used it for porn.



* Go to the NoRealLifeExamplesPlease section [[Wiki/TVTropes on this very wiki]] and you will see a lot of examples of why we can't have nice real life examples, especially because of some people just couldn't resist FlameBait. Locked pages often also qualify.

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* Go to the NoRealLifeExamplesPlease section [[Wiki/TVTropes on this very wiki]] This Very Wiki]] and you will see a lot of examples of why we can't have nice real life examples, especially because of some people just couldn't resist FlameBait. Locked pages often also qualify.



* Depending on your definition of what a "nice thing" entails, the U.S. State Department has decided to ban all Americans to [[BileFascination travel as tourists]] to NorthKorea following the death of [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/19/otto-warmbier-dies-days-after-release-from-north-korean-detainment/ Otto Warbier in june of 2017.]] Warbier had been traveling with a tourist group, when he decided to take down a propaganda poster in his hotel room, [[FelonyMisdemeanor a crime that earned him a 15 year hard labor sentence in early 2016.]]

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* Depending on your definition of what a "nice thing" entails, the U.S. State Department has decided to ban all Americans to [[BileFascination travel as tourists]] to NorthKorea following the death of [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/19/otto-warmbier-dies-days-after-release-from-north-korean-detainment/ Otto Warbier in june June of 2017.]] Warbier had been traveling with a tourist group, when he decided to take down a propaganda poster in his hotel room, [[FelonyMisdemeanor a crime that earned him a 15 year hard labor sentence in early 2016.]]
18th Oct '17 6:56:27 AM Steven
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* A crisps company in the UK held a promotion where they invited people to upload selfies to be used in a humorous fashion by a sports newscaster and the winner would score some sporting event tickets. Predictably, the internet sent in photos of terrorists, dictators, pedohphiles, and other criminals. The company ended the contest.
30th Aug '17 11:56:39 AM HalcyonDayz
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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl and Randy had discovered that if a certain golfer at a local country club golf course got a hole-in-one, he'd buy everyone at the 19th hole beer. So that they would get more beer (and eventually lunch), they disguised themselves as golfers, and made it seem like he'd gotten holes-in-one every time. The fun was over soon enough, as Randy bragged about their exploits to all the lowlifes at the Crab Shack, who decided to do the same thing, and the country club responded by checking IDs at the door against their guest list.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl and Randy had discovered that if a certain golfer at a local country club golf course got a hole-in-one, he'd buy everyone at the 19th hole beer. So that they would get more beer (and eventually lunch), they disguised themselves as golfers, and made it seem like he'd gotten holes-in-one every time. The fun was over soon enough, as Randy bragged about their exploits to all the lowlifes at the Crab Shack, who decided to do the same thing, and the country club responded by checking IDs [=IDs=] at the door against their guest list.
6th Aug '17 1:26:06 PM StFan
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* Go to the NoRealLifeExamplesPlease section [[TVTropes on this very wiki]] and you will see a lot of examples of why we can't have nice real life examples, especailly because of some people just couldn't resist FlameBait. Locked pages often also qualify.

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* Go to the NoRealLifeExamplesPlease section [[TVTropes [[Wiki/TVTropes on this very wiki]] and you will see a lot of examples of why we can't have nice real life examples, especailly especially because of some people just couldn't resist FlameBait. Locked pages often also qualify.
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** The response among the 3D printing community and the pro gun community to the invention of the liberator pistol can be described as less "that'll show em" and more "you're gonna make em take away our rights". The liberator is the first gun made almost entirely out of 3D printed components [[note]]The only two parts that aren't 3D printed are the firing pin (a hobby store nail) and a block of metal that simply prevents the gun from being completely illegal to test by making it metal detector compliant[[/note]], and essentially functions as a single shot close range gun. Gun fans and 3D printers were worried that this development would cause the governments of the world to crack down on both industries, fears that weren't at all alleviated when a group of reports manged to get an (unloaded) liberator within throwing distance of the prime minster of Israel.
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* Go to the NoRealLifeExamplesPlease section [[TVTropes on this very wiki]] and you will see a lot of examples of why we can't have nice real life examples, especailly because of some people just couldn't resist FlameBait. Locked pages often also qualify.
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* Depending on your definition of what a "nice thing" entails, the U.S. State Department has decided to ban all Americans to [[BileFascination travel as tourists]] to NorthKorea following the death of [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/19/otto-warmbier-dies-days-after-release-from-north-korean-detainment/ Otto Warbier in june of 2017.]] Warbier had been traveling with a tourist group, when he decided to take down a propaganda poster in his hotel room, [[FelonyMisdemeanor a crime that earned him a 15 year hard labor sentence in early 2016.]]
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* Youtube creator Simone Giertz used to do live-stream videos of opening gift packaged that fans have send to her. Then somebody send her a vibrator. She invoked this trope as to why those videos are pre-edited now.
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* Atom's for peace, an Eisenhower administration pet project, gave nuclear reactors to developing countries to start their own nuclear power projects and help boost their economies. Nearly all the recipient countries tried to make nuclear weapons with these reactors and two of them (India and Pakistan) succeeded.
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* ThisVeryWiki has a few examples. For one, the ability to have strike-through text is disabled outside the forums because some editors would be tempted to abuse it for editorially-inappropriate snark.
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