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17th Aug '17 4:26:53 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': In "White Gold", two crooks kill a young pizza chef because they think he is transporting a fortune in cocaine. However, what they assumed were bricks of cocaine were actually bricks of mozzarella cheese.
14th Aug '17 5:40:00 PM LinTaylor
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** Spoofed in "Bart to the Future". Marge and Homer go out to hunt for Lincoln's Gold. They eventually find a chest and inside it is a sheet of paper saying "my gold is in the heart of every American". Marge thinks it's sweet. Homer thinks it's a con.

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** Spoofed in "Bart to the Future". Marge and Homer go out to hunt for Abraham Lincoln's Gold. They eventually find a chest and inside it is a sheet of paper saying "my gold is in the heart of every American". Marge thinks it's sweet. Homer thinks it's a con.angrily curses out "That lousy! Rail-splitting! Freak!".



** When Homer and Mr. Burns are in the cabin buried by an avalanche, Carl suggests that maybe "the cabin" they were supposed to find was that special place in their hearts that they go to when they work together. Lenny points out that Burns had promised there would be sandwiches there though...

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** When Homer and Mr. Burns are in the cabin buried by an avalanche, Carl suggests that maybe "the cabin" they were supposed to find was that special place in their hearts that they go to when they work together. Lenny points out that accepts it, but then gets disappointed because Burns had promised said there would be sandwiches there though...in the cabin.
14th Aug '17 9:24:34 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': It happens to Miss Brooks ''twice'':
** In "Indian Burial Ground", Miss Brooks and Walter Denton believe they've discovered a missing Arapaho Indian burial ground on Mr. Conklin's vacant lot. It turned out Harriet Conklin used the area to bury broken toys donated to Mrs. Davis' charity drive.
** In "Rare Black Orchid" Walter Denton enlists Miss Brooks to borrow the school Geiger counter. Walter discovered his shoe was radioactive from uranium. Walter's uranium hunt ends when he discovers he had stepped in the school's uranium sample. He tries to make Miss Brooks split with him the $10 cost of replacing it.
3rd Aug '17 3:27:37 PM RedScharlach
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* Played straight in Literature/TheBoxcarChildren book ''The Mystery of Pirate's Map''. The children find the last piece of a famous treasure map and try to get to the treasure before a greedy millioniare, who's spent his whole life trying to find it and stepped on a lot of people in the process. As they're digging for the treasure, they tell him that he can have whatever they find. The treasure chest contains a single coin, and a note from the pirate about "real treasure."

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* Played straight in Literature/TheBoxcarChildren book ''The Mystery of Pirate's Map''. The children find the last piece of a famous treasure map and try to get to the treasure before a greedy millioniare, millionaire, who's spent his whole life trying to find it and stepped on a lot of people in the process. As they're digging for the treasure, they tell him that he can have whatever they find. The treasure chest contains a single coin, and a note from the pirate about "real treasure."



* Played with in an episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' where the twist is that there ''was'' a treasure. An ocean explorer finds the location of a wrecked ship with research indicating nothing of value on board. He then comes up with a scheme where [[SpringtimeForHitler he oversells investors]] up to 1500% more than the cost of an expedition to look for gold on the wreck. As nothing is on board, he can tell the investors it was for nothing while pocketing $14 million. However, just as he's getting ready to go, a researcher shows him a pirate's log indicating there ''is'' gold on board the ship, meaning he'd have to pay out ten times whatever treasure he finds. It forces him to kill the researcher then arrange for another explorer to get to the wreck first and clean out the gold so he has an excuse why he couldn't find anything.

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* Played with in an episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' where the twist is that there ''was'' a treasure. An ocean explorer finds the location of a wrecked ship with research indicating nothing of value on board. He then comes up with a scheme where [[SpringtimeForHitler he oversells investors]] up to 1500% more than the cost of an expedition to look for gold on the wreck. As nothing is on board, he can tell the investors it was for nothing while pocketing $14 million. However, just as he's getting ready to go, a researcher shows him a pirate's log indicating there ''is'' gold on board the ship, meaning he'd have to pay out ten times whatever treasure he finds. It forces him to kill the researcher then arrange for another explorer to get to the wreck first and clean out the gold so he has an excuse to explain why he couldn't find anything.



* Subverted on ''Series/TopGear'': When a challenge ends with something other than success, the presenters try to claim the 'experience' of participating was worth more than actually winning it. Considering Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are two of the most competitive men..... ''in the world''.... you can imagine tongue is firmly in cheek when they say this.

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* Subverted on ''Series/TopGear'': When a challenge ends with something other than success, the presenters try to claim the 'experience' "experience" of participating was worth more than actually winning it. Considering Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are two of the most competitive men..... ''in the world''.... you can imagine tongue is firmly in cheek when they say this.



* A particularly stupid variant occurs in the finale of ''Series/Bonekickers''. Putting aside the many other flaws of the series, Magwilde has been hunting for the ancient sword Excaliber, and the final episode reveals that a secret organization has been hunting it as well, led by a mysterious individual heavily implied to be a ghost. The team finds the sword, the villain picks it up...and then they declare that it's 'just a sword', never mind that it survived for centuries and is tied to multiple world-changing events and it's CLEARLY GLOWING when they find it. The sword then breaks, the villain vanishes like a ghost, and the team toss the broken sword back where they found it. [[SarcasmMode What an epic finale.]]

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* A particularly stupid variant occurs in the finale of ''Series/Bonekickers''. ''Series/{{Bonekickers}}''. Putting aside the many other flaws of the series, Magwilde has been hunting for the ancient sword Excaliber, Excalibur, and the final episode reveals that a secret organization has been hunting it as well, led by a mysterious individual heavily implied to be a ghost. The team finds the sword, the villain picks it up...and then they declare that it's 'just "just a sword', sword", never mind that it survived for centuries and centuries, is tied linked to multiple world-changing events events, and it's is CLEARLY GLOWING when they find it. The sword then breaks, the villain vanishes like a ghost, and the team toss the broken sword back where they found it. [[SarcasmMode What an epic finale.]]
23rd Jul '17 3:57:43 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the Literature/McAuslan stories, a British army unit in post-WW2 Libya catch the local villagers sneaking into their fort to dig up a trunkful of Italian money, apparently unaware it's now worthless after the defeat of Fascist Italy. When the locals steal it back, no-one bothers to do anything about it.

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* In one of the Literature/McAuslan stories, a British army unit in post-WW2 post-[=WW2=] Libya catch the local villagers sneaking into their fort to dig up a trunkful of Italian money, apparently unaware it's now worthless after the defeat of Fascist Italy. When the locals steal it back, no-one bothers to do anything about it.
12th Jul '17 9:04:15 AM MotiveFan
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* A particularly stupid variant occurs in the finale of ''Series/Bonekickers''. Putting aside the many other flaws of the series, Magwilde has been hunting for the ancient sword Excaliber, and the final episode reveals that a secret organization has been hunting it as well, led by a mysterious individual heavily implied to be a ghost. The team finds the sword, the villain picks it up...and then they declare that it's 'just a sword', never mind that it survived for centuries and is tied to multiple world-changing events and it's CLEARLY GLOWING when they find it. The sword then breaks, the villain vanishes like a ghost, and the team toss the broken sword back where they found it. [[SarcasmMode What an epic finale.]]
7th Jul '17 8:26:31 AM SwampAdder
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** Another Carl Barks story revolves around Scrooge buying up all the 1910-issued U.S dimes, then dumping all except one in the Mariana Trench so his sole remaining coin would become incredibly valuable. After his coin is accidentally destroyed, he goes diving for a new one, only to discover that the area he dumped the coins in is the hiding place of {{Atlantis}}, hidden away from the rest of the world by the almost insurmountable depth. After a long adventure, Scrooge and his nephews manages to escape with a few coins, only for Scrooge to find out back on land that the coins he have are now so rare that the only person that can afford to buy them is ''himself'', making the treasure both incredibly valuable AND effectively worthless.

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** Another Carl Barks story revolves around Scrooge buying up all the 1910-issued 1916-issued U.S dimes, quarters, then dumping all except one in the Mariana Trench so his sole remaining coin would become incredibly valuable. After his coin is accidentally destroyed, he goes diving for a new one, only to discover that the area he dumped the coins in is the hiding place of {{Atlantis}}, hidden away from the rest of the world by the almost insurmountable depth. After a long adventure, Scrooge and his nephews manages to escape with a few coins, only for Scrooge to find out back on land that the coins he have are now so rare that the only person that can afford to buy them is ''himself'', making the treasure both incredibly valuable AND effectively worthless.
4th Jul '17 7:17:44 AM Sharlee
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* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Deadly Quicksilver Lies]]'', Garrett gets caught up in a GambitPileup between several factions, all of which are seeking clues to find the buried treasure of an historical BarbarianHero. Although Garrett does manage to find all the books containing the clues, he returns them to the library from which they were stolen rather than look for the treasure himself ... which turns out to be the sensible option, as the Dead Man reveals that the clifftop where the hero's wealth was buried had crumbled into the sea generations ago.



* In Japanese detective series ''Aibou'', one of the detectives buy a supposedly haunted house. Turns out the "ghosts" are actually the daughters of the original house owner, trying to scare people away so they can look for their deceased (formerly rich) father's greatest treasure--it is, of course, keepsakes of the girls themselves.

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* In Japanese detective series ''Aibou'', one of the detectives buy a supposedly haunted house. Turns out the "ghosts" are actually the daughters of the original house owner, trying to scare people away so they can look for their deceased (formerly rich) father's greatest greatestDeaa treasure--it is, of course, keepsakes of the girls themselves.
4th Jul '17 7:07:52 AM Sharlee
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* The protagonists of ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' spend much of the novel tracking down a set of ornate chairs in which an aristocrat had hidden her jewelry from the Bolsheviks. Tracking down the now-dispersed chairs takes them across much of 1927 Russia and brings them all to grief, which proves needless when they discover the last chair is empty: the jewels had been found by pure accident years ago.
28th May '17 7:53:13 PM Sabrewing
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* Paul Luther of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' has traveled to Oublie Cathedral to see a holy relic, the Hand of Jude. However, circumstances inside suggest, and a book later confirms, that it and other similar relics are fabrications meant to lure unsuspecting believers to the cathedral to be slaughtered by a cult operating inside.
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