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2nd Sep '17 4:31:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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'''Bagheera:''' Oh? That shouldn't take long.

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'''Bagheera:''' Oh? [[StealthInsult That shouldn't take long.long]].
16th May '17 6:31:18 AM TooBah
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* from ''TheSimpsons'':

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* Another inversion, from ''TheSimpsons'':
15th May '17 7:56:23 AM RecklessMoronNetwork
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* Another inversion, from ''TheSimpsons'':

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* Another inversion, from ''TheSimpsons'':
13th May '17 1:27:13 PM nombretomado
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* Referenced in ''Series/FawltyTowers'' with the character Johnson in "The Psychiatrist," who says the guidebook about [[SmallTownBoredom interesting things in Torquay]] must be "one of the world's shortest books," like "The Wit of MargaretThatcher" or "Great English Lovers."

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* Referenced in ''Series/FawltyTowers'' with the character Johnson in "The Psychiatrist," who says the guidebook about [[SmallTownBoredom interesting things in Torquay]] must be "one of the world's shortest books," like "The Wit of MargaretThatcher" UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher" or "Great English Lovers."
21st Aug '16 11:34:08 AM JamesAustin
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->"'George's secrets'. There's the shortest book ever written!"

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->"'George's ->''"'George's secrets'. There's the shortest book ever written!"written!"''
1st Oct '15 8:50:33 PM Willbyr
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* In one ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip, Rat writes a book about what men want. There is one single page with the word "{{SEX}}" in all caps.

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* In one ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip, Rat writes a book about what men want. There is one single page with the word "{{SEX}}" "{{SEX|Tropes}}" in all caps.
23rd Aug '15 1:34:21 PM BattleMaster
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* In the fourth ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novel, ''Paths of the Perambulator'', a [[ItMakesSenseInContext cage of insults]] tries to taunt Mudge with "tell me everything you know, it won't take very long." However, Mudge just fires back "I'll tell you everything we both know. It won't take any longer."
22nd Jun '15 9:59:57 PM Micah
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* Played with in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''; Laurie goes to a library to check out the book ''The West Indies: A Nation of Cricketers'', and discovers that it reads only "The West Indies aren't much good at cricket." But it's not because they really aren't; it's because the book has been vandalized by nationalistic librarians who refuse to admit that England is capable of losing at cricket.
30th Nov '14 10:22:19 PM Statzkeen
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* PlayedWith in RealLife by the book ''What Men Know About Women''. [[spoiler:It's completely blank.]]

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* PlayedWith in RealLife by the book ''What ''Everything Men Know About Women''.Women'' by Dr. Alan Francis & Cindy Cashman. [[spoiler:It's completely blank.]]
30th May '14 9:25:25 PM mlsmithca
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A type of insult, this is a shorthand way of saying what a character is [=NOT=] capable of. [[DontExplainTheJoke The implication is that, if a certain person were to write this book, it would have little or no content because they can't do what the title says.]] These are typically cruel to the purported "author", which is why we're limiting this to appearances in works of fiction.

Sometimes the title says it all ("The Amish Phone Directory"), and sometimes the author of the book is the key ("What I Wouldn't Do for Money" by Dennis Rodman). Occasionally inverted where what someone ''doesn't'' know is said to be a ''large'' book. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint (Which, in ]]RealLife [[CompletelyMissingThePoint would be the case for everyone because there is an incredible amount of information in the universe that you would need to have an astonishingly huge mental capacity to retain it)]].

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A type of insult, this is a shorthand way of saying what a character is [=NOT=] NOT capable of. [[DontExplainTheJoke The implication is that, if a certain person were to write this book, it would have little or no content because they can't do what the title says.]] says. These are typically cruel to the purported "author", which is why we're limiting this to appearances in works of fiction.

Sometimes the title says it all ("The Amish Phone Directory"), and sometimes the author of the book is the key ("What I Wouldn't Do for Money" by Dennis Rodman). Occasionally inverted where what someone ''doesn't'' know is said to be a ''large'' book. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint (Which, in ]]RealLife [[CompletelyMissingThePoint RealLife would be the case for everyone because there is an incredible amount of information in the universe that you would need to have an astonishingly huge mental capacity to retain it)]].
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