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17th Mar '17 11:43:31 AM FordPrefect
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There's also a version where a character is in danger of being raped, and she deceives the rapist into thinking she has an STD, so that, if the ruse is successful, the rapist loses interest. In a less dramatic version, A woman could turn down a man's pick-up lines by claiming to have the disease.

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There's also a version where a character is in danger of being raped, and she deceives the rapist into thinking she has an STD, so that, that if the ruse is successful, the rapist loses interest. In a less dramatic version, A a woman could turn down a man's pick-up lines by claiming to have the a disease.
3rd Mar '17 7:42:56 PM WillBGood
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* In the Creator/MichaelCrichton novel ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery,'' Agar the safe-cracker is smuggled onto the train in a coffin. The coffin has an alarm (these were the days when PrematureBurial was a serious fear among many), and the alarm is deliberately triggered so that the coffin will be opened-- showing Agar looking (and smelling) quite dead. However, to prevent a closer examination, fellow-conspirator Miriam, playing Agar's bereaved sister, insists that if the alarm went off he couldn't ''possibly'' have died of cholera! The platform is rather quickly cleared...

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* In the Creator/MichaelCrichton novel ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery,'' Agar the safe-cracker is smuggled onto the train in a coffin. The coffin has an alarm (these were the days when PrematureBurial was a serious fear among many), and the alarm is deliberately triggered so that the coffin will be opened-- showing Agar looking (and smelling) quite dead. However, to prevent a closer examination, fellow-conspirator Miriam, playing Agar's bereaved sister, insists that if the alarm went off he couldn't ''possibly'' have died of cholera! The platform is rather quickly cleared...cleared and Agar's coffin closed and loaded posthaste...
3rd Mar '17 7:42:04 PM WillBGood
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* In the Creator/MichaelCrichton novel ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' (loosely based on a true story), conspirator Miss Miriam is disguised as a prostitute, in order to blend in with a crowd. She soon finds a bystander is interested in availing himself of her services. Rather than make a scene and break character, she returns his advances...while scratching furiously. He accuses her of having smallpox, and swiftly loses interest.

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* In the Creator/MichaelCrichton novel ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' (loosely based on a true story), conspirator Miss Miriam ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery,'' Agar the safe-cracker is disguised as a prostitute, smuggled onto the train in order to blend in with a crowd. She soon finds coffin. The coffin has an alarm (these were the days when PrematureBurial was a bystander is interested in availing himself of her services. Rather than make a scene serious fear among many), and break character, she returns his advances...while scratching furiously. He accuses her the alarm is deliberately triggered so that the coffin will be opened-- showing Agar looking (and smelling) quite dead. However, to prevent a closer examination, fellow-conspirator Miriam, playing Agar's bereaved sister, insists that if the alarm went off he couldn't ''possibly'' have died of having smallpox, and swiftly loses interest.cholera! The platform is rather quickly cleared...



* In the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode in which Trapper John left, Hawkeye and Radar used this to avoid a checkpoint.

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* In the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode in which Trapper John left, Hawkeye and Radar used this to avoid a checkpoint.
19th Dec '16 4:21:59 PM MarsJenkar
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* In "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", Literature/SherlockHolmes pulls this on Dr. Watson, in order to lure the person who tried (but failed) to infect him with a lethal virus into a trap. Watson, [[BadLiar not being a particularly good liar]], [[WeWouldHaveToldYouBut wouldn't have been convincing enough if he knew what was really going on]], so Holmes has to keep him from getting close enough to discover that he's only feigning illness.

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* In "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", Literature/SherlockHolmes pulls this on Dr. Watson, in order to lure the person who tried (but failed) to infect him with a lethal virus into a trap. Watson, being a skilled doctor [[BadLiar but not being a particularly good liar]], [[WeWouldHaveToldYouBut wouldn't have been convincing enough if he knew what was really going on]], so Holmes has to keep him from getting close enough to discover that he's only feigning illness.
24th Oct '16 9:57:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' used the vaporizing flu [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0387.html in this comic]]. One of the guards asks if it's contagious, and Elan says, "Yes, but oddly enough only if you stand around in places where a previous victim has died and ask questions."
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' - Gabe's ploy of telling his wife he has "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/26/ Fisherman's Mouth]]" fails, since she's already had it once, and is now immune ([[spoiler:or rather, Tycho tipped her off that it was a fake disease]]).
* In ''Webcomic/TrueMagic'', the villagers spot themselves with jam and put up a sign saying, "Visitors Beware: Peasant Pox, Highly Contagious" to keep the nobles away after the heroes leave.
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', a lady asks Adriana, whose PlayerCharacter had just been crowned queen, to kiss her baby. Adriana says she think she's coming down with something, as she's trying to get through the crowd before her dangerous secret is found out.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' used the vaporizing flu [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0387.html in this comic]]. One of the guards asks if it's contagious, and Elan says, "Yes, but oddly enough only if you stand around in places where a previous victim has died and ask questions."
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' - Gabe's ploy of telling his wife he has "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/26/ Fisherman's Mouth]]" fails, since she's already had it once, and is now immune ([[spoiler:or rather, Tycho tipped her off that it was a fake disease]]).
* In ''Webcomic/TrueMagic'', the villagers spot themselves with jam and put up a sign saying, "Visitors Beware: Peasant Pox, Highly Contagious" to keep the nobles away after the heroes leave.
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', a lady asks Adriana, whose PlayerCharacter had just been crowned queen, to kiss her baby. Adriana says she think she's coming down with something, as she's trying to get through the crowd before her dangerous secret is found out.

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24th Oct '16 9:57:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Sharpe}}'', it's used in the ''process'' of infiltrating an enemy fort. The youngest member of the Chosen Men is put on a stretcher and carried in groaning, with the resident French-speaker shouting about cholera...

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* In ''{{Sharpe}}'', ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'', it's used in the ''process'' of infiltrating an enemy fort. The youngest member of the Chosen Men is put on a stretcher and carried in groaning, with the resident French-speaker shouting about cholera...



* In one episode of ''GummiBears'', Cubbi and Gusto ''are'' captured by Toadwart and the Ogres. They get the idea to paint spots all over themselves and tell the Ogres they have "Gummioleosis, and it's highly contagious". After they [[InducedHypochondria convince the Ogres that they've caught it as well]], they give the Ogres a "cure" which involves taking three baths a day (anathema to the Ogres in and of itself) and that they must scrub the spots with "one small Ogre"...of course, the diminutive Toadwart realizes he fits the bill just as he reads these last words, and the Ogres run off chasing him.

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* In one episode of ''GummiBears'', ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'', Cubbi and Gusto ''are'' captured by Toadwart and the Ogres. They get the idea to paint spots all over themselves and tell the Ogres they have "Gummioleosis, and it's highly contagious". After they [[InducedHypochondria convince the Ogres that they've caught it as well]], they give the Ogres a "cure" which involves taking three baths a day (anathema to the Ogres in and of itself) and that they must scrub the spots with "one small Ogre"...of course, the diminutive Toadwart realizes he fits the bill just as he reads these last words, and the Ogres run off chasing him.



* In ''TrueMagic'', the villagers spot themselves with jam and put up a sign saying, "Visitors Beware: Peasant Pox, Highly Contagious" to keep the nobles away after the heroes leave.

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* In ''TrueMagic'', ''Webcomic/TrueMagic'', the villagers spot themselves with jam and put up a sign saying, "Visitors Beware: Peasant Pox, Highly Contagious" to keep the nobles away after the heroes leave.
24th Oct '16 9:56:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' the monsters have gotten the idea that children are extremely hazardous, and panic ensues whenever an exposure is thought to have happened. Anything touched by a child is treated as a hazmat scene. This allows the government to easily intervene when a child is brought into the monster world.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' the monsters have gotten the idea that children are extremely hazardous, and panic ensues whenever an exposure is thought to have happened. Anything touched by a child is treated as a hazmat scene. This allows the government to easily intervene when a child is brought into the monster world.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' the monsters have gotten the idea that children are extremely hazardous, and panic ensues whenever an exposure is thought to have happened. Anything touched by a child is treated as a hazmat scene. This allows the government to easily intervene when a child is brought into the monster world.
24th Oct '16 9:55:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TommyBoy'', the main characters escape ticketing and/or arrest by a similar ploy (claiming they are being swarmed by bees).

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* In ''TommyBoy'', ''Film/TommyBoy'', the main characters escape ticketing and/or arrest by a similar ploy (claiming they are being swarmed by bees).
6th Aug '16 2:27:26 AM Morgenthaler
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30th Jul '16 6:10:26 PM nombretomado
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* DaveBarry suggested faking a contagious and lethal illness as a way to deter insurance salesmen.

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry suggested faking a contagious and lethal illness as a way to deter insurance salesmen.
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