History RefugeInAudacity / RealLife

30th Nov '16 9:17:29 PM bwburke94
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** To a lesser extent, Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side as well.
9th Nov '16 3:33:24 AM NotThisThing
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* Creator/DonaldTrump's presidential campaign for the 2016 election was the living embodiment of this trope. Let's just say the man broke every cardinal rule of American politics and not only did it not hurt him, it ''increased'' his support. You could make a drinking game out of how many the media breathlessly exclaimed his campaign was "doomed" only for his numbers to bump up even higher. [[http://www.theonion.com/article/will-be-end-trumps-campaign-says-increasingly-nerv-52002 This Onion article]] isn't too far off the mark.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump's presidential campaign for the 2016 election was the living embodiment of this trope. Let's just say the man broke every cardinal rule of American politics and not only did it not hurt him, it ''increased'' his support.support, all the way to ''winning the election''. You could make a drinking game out of how many the media breathlessly exclaimed his campaign was "doomed" only for his numbers to bump up even higher. [[http://www.theonion.com/article/will-be-end-trumps-campaign-says-increasingly-nerv-52002 This Onion article]] isn't too far off the mark.
9th Nov '16 12:02:56 AM Hugpocalypse
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* Creator/DonaldTrump's presidential campaign for the 2016 election is the living embodiment of this trope. Let's just say the man has broken every cardinal rule of American politics and not only has it not hurt him, it ''increases'' his support. You could make a drinking game out of how many the media has breathlessly exclaimed his campaign is "doomed" only for his numbers to bump up even higher. [[http://www.theonion.com/article/will-be-end-trumps-campaign-says-increasingly-nerv-52002 This Onion article]] isn't too far off the mark.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump's presidential campaign for the 2016 election is was the living embodiment of this trope. Let's just say the man has broken broke every cardinal rule of American politics and not only has did it not hurt him, it ''increases'' ''increased'' his support. You could make a drinking game out of how many the media has breathlessly exclaimed his campaign is was "doomed" only for his numbers to bump up even higher. [[http://www.theonion.com/article/will-be-end-trumps-campaign-says-increasingly-nerv-52002 This Onion article]] isn't too far off the mark.
16th Oct '16 4:39:40 AM Psychopompos007
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* French SerialKiller [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Petiot Marcel Petiot]] postured as a figure of an escape network and killed dozen of persons before burning their corpses in furnaces in his Parisian basement during World War Two; most of his victims were Jewish fugitives, but he also killed some fugitive criminals who wanted to flee the area (the motive was to steal the goods carried by the fugitives). During his trial, his defence was basically: "of course I killed people, I was part of the [[LaResistance French Resistance]]! But I only killed Germans and French collaborators. Those corpses in my own basements? I don't know who they are, those aren't my victims". It didn't work.
20th Sep '16 8:36:58 AM Morgenthaler
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** Hitler was probably also counting on the "once bitten, twice shy" reaction that the world had had to the mostly false reports of German atrocities on the Western Front during WorldWarI (stories such as Belgian nuns having their breasts cut off by the Hun, for instance) and probably assumed that they would not so easily believe another series of reports, even if these turned out to be all too true.

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** Hitler was probably also counting on the "once bitten, twice shy" reaction that the world had had to the mostly false reports of German atrocities on the Western Front during WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (stories such as Belgian nuns having their breasts cut off by the Hun, for instance) and probably assumed that they would not so easily believe another series of reports, even if these turned out to be all too true.



* Some of the escape attempts from various POW camps in WorldWarII were utterly ludicrous yet (on occasion) successful. At Colditz alone, one man almost escaped by crossdressing (being foiled alas by a fellow-POW's politeness), others nearly made it out via a tunnel exiting in a high-ranking German's office, and one man simply vaulted the wire acrobatically and legged it. And the glider built by a group on inmates including Douglas Bader (a man worthy of many a trope himself) near the end of the war.

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* Some of the escape attempts from various POW camps in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII were utterly ludicrous yet (on occasion) successful. At Colditz alone, one man almost escaped by crossdressing (being foiled alas by a fellow-POW's politeness), others nearly made it out via a tunnel exiting in a high-ranking German's office, and one man simply vaulted the wire acrobatically and legged it. And the glider built by a group on inmates including Douglas Bader (a man worthy of many a trope himself) near the end of the war.



* The "Siluro a Lenta Corsa" (Italian for "Slow-Moving Torpedo"), or ''Maiale'' (pig), is a manned [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin torpedo fired from a submarine that moves very slowly]] but has longer range and a removable limpet mine in place of the warhead. The Royal Navy had turned down the idea as insane during WorldWarI. In WorldWarII, six Italian frogmen with three ''maiali'' penetrated Alexandria's harbour and ''sank two battleships and damaged a tanker and a destroyer'' (the latter was collateral: she was too near the tanker when the mine blew up). After that, the British [[ProperlyParanoid became even more paranoid, as it doesn't do any good to catch the frogmen after they've already placed the mines]].

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* The "Siluro a Lenta Corsa" (Italian for "Slow-Moving Torpedo"), or ''Maiale'' (pig), is a manned [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin torpedo fired from a submarine that moves very slowly]] but has longer range and a removable limpet mine in place of the warhead. The Royal Navy had turned down the idea as insane during WorldWarI. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. In WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, six Italian frogmen with three ''maiali'' penetrated Alexandria's harbour and ''sank two battleships and damaged a tanker and a destroyer'' (the latter was collateral: she was too near the tanker when the mine blew up). After that, the British [[ProperlyParanoid became even more paranoid, as it doesn't do any good to catch the frogmen after they've already placed the mines]].



* During WorldWarI, the German light cruiser ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Emden_%281908%29 Emden]]'' needed the keel cleaned and the machinery overhauled. Seeing he was near the British base of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Garcia Diego Garcia]] -- an atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean -- and that the locals didn't know about the war yet, captain [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Muller Karl von Müller]] claimed there was a war game and had the British personnel clean ''Emden'''s keel, overhaul the machinery, supply him with coal and food, and ''touch up the paintjob''. [[OfficerAndAGentleman He paid in cash]] before leaving.

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* During WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the German light cruiser ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Emden_%281908%29 Emden]]'' needed the keel cleaned and the machinery overhauled. Seeing he was near the British base of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Garcia Diego Garcia]] -- an atoll located south of the equator in the central Indian Ocean -- and that the locals didn't know about the war yet, captain [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Muller Karl von Müller]] claimed there was a war game and had the British personnel clean ''Emden'''s keel, overhaul the machinery, supply him with coal and food, and ''touch up the paintjob''. [[OfficerAndAGentleman He paid in cash]] before leaving.



* Italian WarriorPoet (in the sense he was a poet that had joined the army) Gabriele D'Annunzio pulled a few of these in WorldWarI, including: charging at an Austrian trenchline with a gun in each hand, a knife in his mouth, and a BadassCape; entering an enemy harbor with three torpedo boats, firing torpedoes, and leaving messages in which he dared the enemy fleet to come out and fight (he didn't hit any ship due the Austro-Hungarian having extensive torpedo nets to counter this exact kind of raid, but him entering the harbour and getting away with it was still a morale blow); flying over Vienna and dropping leaflets in which he praised the Italians for not bombing the city into rubble when they could and suggested the citizens to overthrow the government and sue for peace.
** The Italian navy ''loved'' this. There was a shortage of patrol ships? They strapped torpedoes on small motorboats and used those to patrol and torpedo anything they encountered. The reason the Austro-Hungarians had extensive torpedo nets when D'Annunzio attacked? The Italians had already used their torpedo boats to sink a pre-dreadnought battleship in harbour. Two of those torpedo boats encounter an enemy fleet of two battleships, one destroyer and six normal-sized torpedo boats? They fired torpedoes and ''sunk the Austro-Hungarian flagship'' (after this, the Austro-Hungarian fleet didn't dare to leave the harbours anymore). The Austrian harbours are too well guarded for the torpedo boats? They sent in men in diving suits and no breathers and using a device the Royal Navy had refused to implement because it was hopelessly insane (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_torpedo human torpedo]]) and sunk a battleship and a freighter with mines (made even worse by the fact harbour and ships had been given by Austria-Hungary to one of the states born by the collapse just a few hours earlier, right after the attackers left their base). In WorldWarII, the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] is superior to the Italians and can easily counter the torpedo boats? They sent men with human torpedoes (an improved model. Also, this time they had breathers) into Alexandria's harbour to sink two battleships (''including the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet!!'') and damage a tanker (they had three mines, but there were just two battleships and no carrier) and a destroyer (by accident). Needless to say, both the Austro-Hungarian Navy and the Royal Navy started [[ProperlyParanoid expecting anything]]...

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* Italian WarriorPoet (in the sense he was a poet that had joined the army) Gabriele D'Annunzio pulled a few of these in WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, including: charging at an Austrian trenchline with a gun in each hand, a knife in his mouth, and a BadassCape; entering an enemy harbor with three torpedo boats, firing torpedoes, and leaving messages in which he dared the enemy fleet to come out and fight (he didn't hit any ship due the Austro-Hungarian having extensive torpedo nets to counter this exact kind of raid, but him entering the harbour and getting away with it was still a morale blow); flying over Vienna and dropping leaflets in which he praised the Italians for not bombing the city into rubble when they could and suggested the citizens to overthrow the government and sue for peace.
** The Italian navy ''loved'' this. There was a shortage of patrol ships? They strapped torpedoes on small motorboats and used those to patrol and torpedo anything they encountered. The reason the Austro-Hungarians had extensive torpedo nets when D'Annunzio attacked? The Italians had already used their torpedo boats to sink a pre-dreadnought battleship in harbour. Two of those torpedo boats encounter an enemy fleet of two battleships, one destroyer and six normal-sized torpedo boats? They fired torpedoes and ''sunk the Austro-Hungarian flagship'' (after this, the Austro-Hungarian fleet didn't dare to leave the harbours anymore). The Austrian harbours are too well guarded for the torpedo boats? They sent in men in diving suits and no breathers and using a device the Royal Navy had refused to implement because it was hopelessly insane (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_torpedo human torpedo]]) and sunk a battleship and a freighter with mines (made even worse by the fact harbour and ships had been given by Austria-Hungary to one of the states born by the collapse just a few hours earlier, right after the attackers left their base). In WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] is superior to the Italians and can easily counter the torpedo boats? They sent men with human torpedoes (an improved model. Also, this time they had breathers) into Alexandria's harbour to sink two battleships (''including the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet!!'') and damage a tanker (they had three mines, but there were just two battleships and no carrier) and a destroyer (by accident). Needless to say, both the Austro-Hungarian Navy and the Royal Navy started [[ProperlyParanoid expecting anything]]...
11th Sep '16 10:57:15 PM onyhow
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** This battle also was the only time a carrier sunk a warship. Not the planes, but the White Plains' single [[CherryTapping three inch gun]] hit the Chokai's [[MadeOfExplodium torpedo rack]] and the explosion disabled the heavy cruiser, which had to be scuttled by the Japanese during retreat.

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** This battle also was the only time a carrier sunk a warship. Not the planes, but the White Plains' single [[CherryTapping three five inch gun]] hit the Chokai's [[MadeOfExplodium torpedo rack]] and the explosion disabled the heavy cruiser, which had to be scuttled by the Japanese during retreat.
6th Sep '16 1:39:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Krak des Chevaliers'', a Crusader castle in Syria, was taken from TheKnightsHospitallers by the Mamluk sultan Baibars with the help of a false order of surrender from their Grand Master.

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* The ''Krak des Chevaliers'', a Crusader castle in Syria, was taken from TheKnightsHospitallers UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers by the Mamluk sultan Baibars with the help of a false order of surrender from their Grand Master.
5th Sep '16 1:02:50 PM PricklyHarpy
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** Escaping from Gestapo prison in poland by feigning tuberculosis (she bite her tounge untill it start bleeding) and being send to Hungary (from she escaped. Note that nothing prevent Gestapo from simply killing her
** Asking german patrol for help repair a broken car, while smuggling officers through Balkans.
** Making a bargain for lives of her fellow agents when they get captured by Gestapo. She literally walks in and introduces herself as a nice of Bernard Montgomerry (which was a complete lie), then tell the germans that if they execute her husband (another lie) "going medieval" wouldn't even be close to describe what Allies would do to them (well, she was kinda right about that part). To further prove her point, she then shows them (broken and useless) parts of a radio equipment and states that she has "wireless contact" with Allied forces. After staggering three hours of negatiations, germans decided to release the prisoners.

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** Escaping from Gestapo prison in poland Poland by feigning tuberculosis (she bite bit her tounge untill tongue until it start started bleeding) and being send sent to Hungary (from she escaped. Note that nothing prevent prevented the Gestapo from simply killing her
** Asking german German patrol for help repair repairing a broken car, while whilst smuggling officers through the Balkans.
** Making a bargain for lives of her fellow agents when they get got captured by the Gestapo. She literally walks in and introduces herself as a nice niece of Bernard Montgomerry Montgomery (which was a complete lie), then tell told the germans Germans that if they execute her husband (another lie) "going medieval" wouldn't even be close to describe what the Allies would do to them (well, she was kinda right about that part). To further prove her point, she then shows showed them (broken and useless) parts of a radio equipment and states that she has "wireless contact" with the Allied forces. After a staggering three hours of negatiations, germans negotiations, the Germans decided to release the prisoners.
3rd Sep '16 12:19:47 PM Rava
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* The [[UsefulNotes/PrussiansInPickelhauben Schutzetruppe]] of German East Africa in WWI were a RagtagBandOfMisfits that was utterly surrounded by enemies, had no supplies, and was outnumbered roughly thirty to one. The Allies expected them to make a stand somewhere where they could be easily wiped out -- instead, they led the Allies a merry chase, invaded several other colonies and surrendered two weeks ''after'' the Armistice -- in British Rhodesia.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/PrussiansInPickelhauben Schutzetruppe]] Schutztruppe]] of German East Africa in WWI were a RagtagBandOfMisfits that was utterly surrounded by enemies, had no supplies, and was outnumbered roughly thirty to one. The Allies expected them to make a stand somewhere where they could be easily wiped out -- instead, they led the Allies a merry chase, invaded several other colonies and surrendered two weeks ''after'' the Armistice -- in British Rhodesia.
28th Aug '16 1:57:21 PM Ragnar94
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* Polish/British agent Krystyna Skarbek was this in spades - she would always found a way to escape from a tense situation through combination of wit, audacity and personal charm. Notable feats includes:
** Escaping from Gestapo prison in poland by feigning tuberculosis (she bite her tounge untill it start bleeding) and being send to Hungary (from she escaped. Note that nothing prevent Gestapo from simply killing her
** Asking german patrol for help repair a broken car, while smuggling officers through Balkans.
** Making a bargain for lives of her fellow agents when they get captured by Gestapo. She literally walks in and introduces herself as a nice of Bernard Montgomerry (which was a complete lie), then tell the germans that if they execute her husband (another lie) "going medieval" wouldn't even be close to describe what Allies would do to them (well, she was kinda right about that part). To further prove her point, she then shows them (broken and useless) parts of a radio equipment and states that she has "wireless contact" with Allied forces. After staggering three hours of negatiations, germans decided to release the prisoners.
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