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->''"This is my timey-wimey detector. It goes '''ding''' when there's stuff."''
-->-- '''The Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]]

There's [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness "hard" science fiction]], which adheres only to what is currently known or theorized. And then there's [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness "soft" science fiction]], which usually either offers little to no explanation beyond "it's a time machine!/ray gun!/clone!, etc", or makes use of TechnoBabble, which is when the writer gives a reason that sounds science-ish and trusts the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to take care of the rest. But there is some science fiction, usually on the "softest" end of the scale, that deliberately uses what is obviously nonsensical science, with no illusions about the audience ever taking it as anything but a joke. It may explain the scientific principles on which the [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] works, but the principles are so outlandish that the audience has to shrug and say, "[[RuleOfFunny it's comedy]]".

Oftentimes, NoodleImplements are needed to harness nonsensoleum. Other times, AchievementsInIgnorance are the catalyst that allow nonsensoleum to work, and it will [[CentipedesDilemma stop working once the characters realize that it shouldn't be possible]]. If they can still do it despite recognizing that what they're doing should be impossible then it's BeyondTheImpossible.

Can be seen as an acknowledgement of the RuleOfFunny. Compare InsaneTrollLogic, which is logic that is not supposed to make sense. If the explanation is used to cover a plothole and creates an even bigger plothole, it becomes a VoodooShark.

Sometimes justified by TheSparkOfGenius or PsychicPowers.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Nearly everything that [[IdiotHero America]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' invents depends on this trope - although, more often than not, nobody even tries to explain how a giant robot is going to go about stopping global warming, or how a ray gun makes people fall in love with each other.
* In ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', "sushi-eyebrow" Amarao's explanation as to how and why robots are sprouting from main character Naota's forehead, apparently involving the thought processes of certain people's brains (particularly Naota's) creating hyperspace teleportation portals called "N.O. channels" when subjected to a good old smash from space officer Haruko's Rickenbacker bass guitar.
** Ironically, that's the closest thing to a honest explanation Naoto is ever given in the series about anything.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** Firstly, the author Eiichiro Oda often gives joke reason for things in his question-and-answer column, like how Zoro can [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk]] even when he [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth has a sword in his mouth]] because [[{{Determinator}} his heart allows him to speak]]...
** This is best illustrated by the explanation for Sanji's Diable Jambe move, which involves setting his leg on fire with friction. According to Oda, his leg isn't hurt because ''[[HotBlooded his heart is burning hotter]]''. [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower What an awesome power heart is, huh?]]
** And Nami's [[ArmorPiercingSlap Armor-piercing slaps]] [[AmusingInjuries bruise]] [[RubberMan Luffy]] because "She hurts his spirit." Of course anyone with the ability to use haki would also be able to nullify Luffy's [[BuffySpeak rubberness]], but by the time this power was introduced, Nami had been slapping around Luffy for years.
*** When he was introduced (much later but still a good while before Haki), Luffy's grandfather Garp also displayed the ability to hurt Luffy, claiming he was able to because of ThePowerOfLove.
** Sanji appears to be picking up the explicit ability to ''kick people pretty''. Literally. As in, during his fight with uber-{{Gonk}} Wanze, he kicks him in the face, turning him temporarily into a Bishounen, and later, does the same (seemingly permanent and much appreciated) to [[spoiler:Duval]]. This means that if this pirate/cook thing doesn't work out for Sanji, he could always become a plastic surgeon. Y'know, without the scalpels and stuff.
** The reason Brook kept his FunnyAfro even after being reduced to a skeleton is that he had "strong roots". He also claims that milk has healing properties for him because "Milk strengthens the bones"; Usopp calls him out on this one.
** All of Franky's robot powers run on carbonation from Cola. As do the special abilities of the Thousand Sunny, the Straw Hats' current ship. Everything from its air-burst speed-boost to a ''WaveMotionGun'' runs on cola.
** Pappagg, the talking starfish? He can talk because - hear, hear - in Japanese "hito desu" is "I'm a human" and "hitode" is starfish. So, '''because of a pun''', he spent his early years convinced he was a human; subsequently he learned to talk and walk around. Then he finally realized he was a starfish; but, oh well, it was too late.
** The Marine Captains' {{Coat Cape}}s, despite simply hanging on their shoulders are held in place by Justice. And justice will never fall!
** It even shows in anime fillers. Twin villains Canpachino and Brindo have the ability to [[SelectiveMagnetism magnetically attract and repel each other]]. They specifically state that this power doesn't come from a Devil Fruit, but from their [[WonderTwinPowers brotherly]] [[ThePowerOfLove love.]]
** Mr. 4 has a shapeshifting gun-dog that came from a gun eating a Devil Fruit (you heard that right.) There's also a Sword-elephant with the same explanation. A gun might be excused by shoving the fruit down its muzzle, but where do you put the fruit for ''a sword''? Do you cut it and say it's bit into the fruit?
** Anything that makes no sense in One Piece is often due to a very simple explanation. [[AWizardDidIt The supergenius (you can probably count on one hand the number of times his name ISN'T prefaced by that) Dr. Vegapunk did it.]]
* The ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' dub gives us a great short example, with Simon wondering how Gurren Lagann's leg gets patched up and Kamina shouting "FIGHTING SPIRIT!" at the top of his lungs as a presumed explanation. He's right. They were repaired by Spiral Power, which comes from fighting spirit. In this case, Nonsensoleum is ''[[AwesomenessIsVolatile the most powerful force in the universe]]''.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' nonsensical explanations are given out for how certain abilities work. You might think this is accidental and that the series is being serious. It is, in a way, but it's later lampshaded when the seventh Level 5 gives an explanation for how he does what he does. It sounds just like every other explanation for how abilities work, but then someone who knows what he's talking about pipes up and says that that makes no sense at all and it can't possibly work. It turns out the Level 5 has no idea how it works either. It's later explained that espers are basically {{Reality Warper}}s that unconsciously reject just enough of reality to give them superpowers, so their powers don't even ''have'' to make sense.
* ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'' and ''Caterpillar'' have characters [[AnimalMotifs themed after]] all sorts of arthropods. Some of them have really unusual abilities for what appeared to be a mundane setting. Whenever one of the assassins does something, the narration goes on wild life documentary-esque tangents about how the characters' skills relate to the bugs they represent. This more often than not doesn't explain a thing about how, for example, Oki Megumi has cockroach superpowers or how Kabutomushi is immune to nerve gas and has her heart covered by steel armor.
* Several ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, particularly anime series[[note]]''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' being especially bad[[/note]] have characters gaining NewPowersAsThePlotDemands or some form of SuperMode or upgrade through [[HotBlooded A Burning Heart of JUSTICE]]. Basically, if a robot soldier gets enough righteous fury or [[{{Determinator}} sheer bloody-mindedness]], they'll spontaneously get a new paint job, vehicle mode, or weapon. The dub of ''Cybertron'' at least has the characters address the situation, where the original Japanese script had the cast simply continue as if nothing unusual had happened.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Even by comic book standards, the source of Marvel's Golden Age superhero The Whizzer's powers was pretty ludicrous: an injection of mongoose blood gave him the power to go really fast just like a mongoose does when it's killing a cobra.
* The {{Fanservice}}-laden furry comic ''ComicBook/TankVixens'' achieved FasterThanLightTravel through the "Credulity Drive". The drive worked by playing a "hyperspace" light show followed by an image of the destination on all of a spaceship's screens, and the sheer gullibility of the crew would cause the ship to arrive. As long as nobody on board knew how the drive worked. This becomes important when the BigBad enters the coordinates for ''Gone with the Wind''...
* ''"It runs on pure madness!"'' is a principle used quite often in ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan''. Things like Angel Catchers and Time Machines are built from unlikely whirlwinds of parts, arranged in implausible configurations, and powered by Shade's insane faith that they would work. For a time, even Shade's own body was formed and held together with madness.
* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim,'' being a '''vegan''' apparently gives you PsychicPowers. The explanation of why this works -- humans only use 10% of their brains since [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain the other 90% is full of curds and whey]] -- makes no sense, and all the characters know it.
* A [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] story where Scrooge went to the center of the Earth to look for the key to time had his vehicle being powered by the power of the market put in a pressure chamber. At one point, he ran out of fuel because the market had been tamed, but his fighting with Donald charged up the pressure chamber again.\\
At the center of the Earth, there was a miniature space with another, small Earth. There was so little gravity down there that the ducks were able to walk on thin air because of that, but also able to walk on the ground. Of course, the author may have thought this actually made sense.\\
This is to say nothing of the magical time thingies the characters gained from the center of the Earth. They somehow used them to make money, but the explanations given as to how were so vague it barely even gets up to this trope.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* How does the FLDSMDFR (food creating machine) in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' work? By mutating water molecules. That's ridiculous, you say? [[MST3KMantra Well, it's just a show. You should really just relax.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', Oh turns a slushee machine into the fuel source for Tip's flying car.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT'', [[Creator/DrSeuss Bart Collins]] creates a ''sound-absorbing device'' using all the items in his pockets combined with liquid odor-eater and a hearing aid, on the theory that if odor-eater removes odors, then combining it with a hearing aid (and marbles, and string, matches, a frog, etc.) will remove all sound from a room. [[DeusExNukina Then it turns out to be Atomic and blows up]]. [[spoiler:It ''is'' AllJustADream, after all.]]
* ''Film/TheCore'':
** This movie, which is scientifically ridiculous from beginning to end, acknowledges this at one point when a character shamefacedly admits that he refers to his secret miracle substance, which not only gets stronger the harder you squeeze it and/or the more you heat it, but generates vast amounts of electricity while doing so, as "{{Unobtainium}}." This is based on an old engineer joke wherein an otherwise perfectly good design turns out to require some material whose tensile strength, melting point, or whatever is higher than that of any known substance, and the spec therefore calls for "Unobtainium."
** It provides a detailed explanation of why it is impossible to travel to the Earth's core (heat, pressure, etc). This is followed by the line, "Yes, but... what if we ''could''?" Yes, the movie says, ''in character-appropriate dialog,'' that the entire rest of the movie is scientific nonsense. It's a sign saying, "[[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Suspend your disbelief here.]]"
** John Rogers, one of the film's writers, is a physics major. The writers were entirely aware that what they were proposing was ludicrously incorrect, but deliberately patterned ''The Core'' in the style of a 60's Science Hero movie; it's not realism that's important, it's verisimilitude. It's also worth mentioning that the craft was originally written to have a windshield, and that there were ''dinosaurs'' in one of the earlier scripts[[note]]A ShoutOut to ''Journey To The Center Of the Earth'', which posited that there was a prehistoric landscape inside the Earth's center.[[/note]]
* Pick a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movie, ANY Godzilla movie.
** [[Film/GodzillaVsMegalon Jet Jaguar]].
---> "He reprogrammed himself to grow larger!"

* The ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novel ''Lost in a Good Book'' features Nextian Geometry, which (for example) uses the "principle" that cylindrical objects such as cakes and scones look rectangular from the side, as the basis for a design of cookie cutter which doesn't leave those irregular bits of leftover dough. But only if the cutter is used with Nextian dough, which tastes like library paste.
** ''First Among Sequels'' later reveals that the Chrono Guard can time-travel because of the reasoning that, in all the entire history of the universe, someone must have invented time machines. However, when they finally trace the future history of the universe to the end and find out that no one ever did, [[PuffOfLogic all their time machines vanish]].
*** The method by which they hope time travel will be invented: A recipe for ''unscrambled eggs''.[[note]]That is to say, eggs that ''were'' scrambled but now aren't.[[/note]]
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' runs on a combination of this and InsaneTrollLogic.
** The Infinite Improbability Drive, which, in a nutshell, [[ShapedLikeItself works against all probability precisely because someone went through the trouble of calculating precisely how improbable it is for it to work]].
** And the Infinite Improbability Drive's invention also used Nonsensoleum. They already had a Finite Improbability Generator, but needed an Infinite one to take in the whole universe for use as a drive, and frustrated scientists declared this "virtually impossible" - it took one of the lab cleaners to figure out that a "virtual impossibility" is also a "finite improbability", so he could use the Finite Improbability Generator to create the Infinite Improbability Drive [[spoiler:or, in fact, teleport its core component, the Heart of Gold/Golden Bail, there from where it had been hidden from the Krikketers]]. Furthermore, the Finite Improbability Generator is powered by a "fresh cup of really hot tea", as it runs on the unpredictability of the Brownian motion of the water molecules. [[note]]The cleaner who did this was given the Galactic Institute's Prize For Extreme Cleverness, and then was promptly murdered by a rampaging mob of respectable scientists who finally decided the one thing they couldn't stand was a smart-ass.[[/note]]
** In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', a new form of travel is devised based on "Bistromathics", the unnatural manner in which numbers behave when calculated on Italian restaurant bills.
** ''Life'' also introduces the "[[WeirdnessCensor Somebody Else's Problem Field]]", a cloaking device that takes advantage of people's natural tendency to [[WeirdnessCensor ignore things they can't comprehend or don't want to deal with]], and proposes that the secret to unassisted human flight is to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Which, while a gross over-simplification, is [[GeniusBonus sort of how things maintain orbits...]] so it's not entirely false. [[spoiler:It works, too.]]
** There's also the drive that functions on the principle that bad news always reaches places before anything else. Too bad nobody would allow it to dock.
** If you've done [[Literature/AliceInWonderland six impossible things this morning]], why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways - Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
** ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' also has an ''accidental'' application of nonsensoleum, when a rock band using cutting-edge high-tech amplifiers achieves such loud volumes that the ''tectonic plate'' on which the concert is taking place flips like a flapjack, converting a former blasted wasteland into a fertile field of volcanic soil which becomes the garden spot of that world in just a few short years. It also somehow cured the natives of their unwanted psychic powers, which were forced on the populace by the rest of the galaxy for being quiet and happy while the everyone else was miserable from the small talk they were forced into by social convention. The concert was to distract them from the constant buzz of other people's thoughts.
---> "It was a good gig," a spokesman for the band commented.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' dabbles in this from time to time. For example, in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', it's explained that the dried frog pills the Bursar takes to keep him apparently sane are actually hallucinogens, the idea being that a proper dose will cause him to hallucinate that he's sane (just like most people).
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', when Hex (a non-electronic computer composed primarily of ants marching through glass tubes) becomes unstable, its rationality is restored by ''typing the words'' "dried frog pills" into it. (This may have been inspired by the [[http://www.multicians.org/cookie.html Cookie Monster virus]], one of the first computer viruses.)
** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'' introduces the concept of L-Space, where large collections of books warp time and space based on the principle that knowledge is power, power is energy, energy is matter, matter has mass, and mass warps space-time. Thus, the reason why owners of independent book stores tend to be so eccentric is that they're from an alternate dimension.
** Then there's the time in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' the characters travel across the sea in a magic lantern. This works because one of them is holding the lantern, and they're all inside the lantern. The trick is to complete the journey before the universe catches on... oops, too late.
** In a footnote in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', there's a passage regarding the philosopher Ly Tin Weedle's theory of kingons (or queons), the elemental particle of monarchy, that he believed traveled faster than light; there could only be one king at a time and there couldn't be a gap between kings, so monarchy must travel faster than anything else in the universe. His plans to use this discovery to send messages by carefully torturing a small king to modulate the signal never came to fruition because at that moment the bar closed.
** In the fiction portion of ''The Science of Discworld'', the thinking engine Hex increases his own processing abilities by reasoning that, ''in the future'', he'll have already done so, then pulling the needed components out of probability phase space where they must therefore exist ''in potentia''. It's Lampshaded that, while this train of thought is, for the most part, garbage, it isn't ''complete'' garbage.
*** This is closely related to the idea behind Invisible Writings, which is based on the fact that, because the books that currently exist influence the books that will be written in the future, it should be possible to deduce what the contents of as-yet unwritten books will be from a detailed study of existing books. This is mostly just a harmless way of occupying Wizards, but occasionally it works.
** The Pork Futures Warehouse, which allows people to trade in pork that doesn't exist yet. So they built a warehouse to store it until it ''does''. If you go inside you'll find semi-transparent pig carcasses hanging around, waiting to become real.
* The novel ''TheHolyLand'' claims that extraterrestrials are taller because of relativity. They've been flying in spaceships for generations, and since everything in the universe is shrinking (the ''real'' reason for the redshift), the time dilation means that they've shrunken less.
** James Blaylock used the same premise in ''Land Of Dreams'', mostly as an excuse to include time travelers' giant shoes and spectacles in his novel alongside little men disguised as mice.
* This was the WordOfGod explanation (and heavily implied in the stories -- although so much of history was lost to the characters that ''they'' never figured it out, there are clues for the reader that this is what is going on) for why TimeTravel took the main character to a fantastic version of the past in Creator/LarryNiven's Svetz short stories -- which would eventually lead to ''Literature/RainbowMars''. They had managed to invent Time Travel... but since Time Travel was impossible and could only work in fiction, it took them to a fictionalized version of the past. Hence Svetz bringing back Moby Dick -- complete with a dead Ahab -- when he was sent to find a whale, after a close brush with the Leviathan.
* In one Myth/PaulBunyan story, he builds a sawmill that, simply by being set in reverse, can convert sawdust back into whole logs.
* Although it's half-TechnoBabble, half-MagiBabble, there has to be space here for Creator/RobertRankin's ''Raiders of the Lost Car Park''. The explanation for where TheFairFolk are hiding, which would boggle [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Ford Prefect]]: if you've ever tried to glue a rectangular map onto a globe of the same scale, you'll find it doesn't fit properly. The bits of the map that don't fit onto the globe are the regions in which they hide out. These are only accessible to humans by playing certain notes on an ocarina that has been reinvented with a power drill. And that's the part that, comparatively speaking, ''makes sense''.
** ''Knees Up Mother Earth'' features a motor vehicle fuelled by the ''rage' of its driver. Via a helmet built from Meccano.
* In ''Literature/TallTaleAmerica'' the chapter on Jim Bridger and FeboldFeboldson ("Western Scientists") is all about this. Petrified forests having petrified gravity, feeding fish iron rich food so you could harvest them with a magnet, literally cutting fog with a knife and burying it under ground; they've got it all.
** The second chapter about Myth/PaulBunyan, the one where he's a "scientific industrialist," has got some whoppers, too. He invents refrigerator cars when he packs some cows in with a bunch of popcorn; the cows think the popcorn's snow and freeze solid on the spot. Then there's how he finds oil wells by following dinosaur footprints, or how he carves one large hole into pieces to sell as small, individual holes for fence posts.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's tongue-in-cheek novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' features, among other things, a dimensional transference drive that works by gyroscopic precession. Specifically, precession applied to a gyroscope in such a way as to make it do something geometrically impossible. Instead, it takes itself and anything touching it into in another universe.
* Creator/StanislawLem has sci-fi stories set after the Discovery of the Energetic Potential of Lemon Juice.
* The universe of ''Dr Dimension'' heavily relies upon Heinz products for propulsion and energy generation, so much so that the number 57 is considered to be holy by a number of religions.
* In the ''Literature/{{Wildcards}}'' books, some Aces are super inventors, but other scientists/engineers can't operate or maintain their devices because it's their own psychic power that makes them work.
* All of the inventions at the Academy on Balbinarbi in ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' are this, ranging from a diarrhea cure that somehow [[BodyHorror turned the user inside out]] and a contraption used to extract sun beams from cucumber slices [[note]] sadly TruthInTelevision, hence Swift's satire [[/note]].
* ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' has a cart with no visible means of propulsion that starts moving when all the passengers are quiet, because "[[{{Pun}} it goes without saying]]."
* ''Literature/TheLongEarth'': Travel to parallel dimensions is achieved with a device that consists of a metal case, a few wires, and a potato.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', TechnoBabble is perhaps the only trope used more often than MonsterOfTheWeek, so of course there are numerous instances of this trope, for example the Doctor's [[TimeyWimeyBall timey-wimey]] detector (it goes 'ding' when there's stuff).
** Mocked in a fictional Doctor Who scene in ''{{Series/Extras}}'':
---> ''[[LargeHam David Tennant]]: He's hyper-podulating! He's using his moluscian glang-valves to internally vibrolate our DNA!''
*** In fact, averting the above is precisely the reason why it's done the way it is. Creator/RussellTDavies wanted to avoid ''Franchise/StarTrek''-ish TechnoBabble, where shows that take themselves more seriously would have the nonsensoleum described in great detail at great length in a dead-serious manner, as if you were a student and the writers were putting a lecture on the effects of neutrino flux on the phase-matrix of warp inducers in story form. As such, the Doctor will instead say "Think of X" and then tell you "[[{{Dissimile}} It's nothing like X]], but [[LiesToChildren if it makes you feel better]], think of it as an X," or come up with things like time being "great big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey... stuff." In-universe, this is given as or implied to be the Doctor basically being ''so'' much more advanced than humans that he's only capable of sharing so much of his knowledge - slowing his thought process down to explain things is hard for him, and sometimes there is simply no way to ''ever'' make a {{Muggle}} truly understand how something like a Weeping Angel works, and really, all you ''need'' to know is "Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck."[[note]]But don't look them in the eyes.[[/note]]
** Even the Classic series, which usually played technobabble straight, sometimes had the Doctor give intentionally nonsensical explanations of things, usually for characterisation reasons. In "An Unearthly Child", the First Doctor's explanation to Ian about how the TARDIS is BiggerOnTheInside is some absolute nonsense about how a television allows you to fit an entire building inside your living room, which displays the Doctor's total contempt for Ian's human intellect. When the Fourth Doctor attempts to explain it to Leela in "The Robots of Death", he gives her a lecture involving a [[DepthDeception pair of black cubes of different sizes and putting them so that the smaller one is much closer to her, saying that it makes it bigger]] - but it's apparent from his expressions that he's really just challenging her to call him out on his explanation being nonsense as a kind of SecretTest of her intelligence (she does).
* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'', being a superhero satire, obviously runs on Grade-A Nonsensoleum to make [[IdiotHero the titular hero]] paralyze people with a bicycle horn, shrink to about 4 inches tall, and show up at Venus, ancient Japan or Nazi Germany.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** [[MadScientist Dr. Forrester]]'s explanation for some of his more implausible inventions? "It would take a scientist to explain it, and I'm just too mad".
** There are also the 'special parts' mentioned in the theme song, used to create the Bots (thus including, among other things, a bowling pin and a gumball machine), which in turn somehow explains why Joel/Mike can't just turn the damn movies off. Later, of course, the same theme tosses an iconic [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] over this entire trope: [[MST3KMantra "If you're wondering how he eats and breathes/and other science facts/Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show/I should really just relax'..."]]
** It was explained that Joel/Mike and the bots would be punished if they refused to watch the movies (including shutting off the oxygen supply and administering electric shocks.)
** When Crow's voice actor was changed at the beginning of Season 8, it was lampshaded by the crew. His explanation? "I got a new bowling pin".
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has such gleefully unscientific phenomena as a mutated flu virus that makes the sufferer's hallucinations "solid" (When Lister objects that this doesn't make sense, Rimmer's second attempt at explaining it fails to be significantly different from the first) and a similarly affected photo developing fluid that not only brings photos to life but allows time travel through them when projected onto a screen.
** Also creatures like the shape-shifting Genetic Mutant that gains sustenance and strength by sucking 'mental energy' - strong emotions/personality features - right out of the crew's heads (via some kind of sucking proboscis applied to the forehead, as I recall...)
* One episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' was about a sideshow man at a carnival who'd attained the power to be killed and resurrected from a mad doctor transferring a cat's nine lives over to him using some crazy machine. As part of this mad logic, he keeps count of how many times he's been killed to ensure he still has one extra life to spare. [[spoiler: Then he realizes his count is short and the life he's about to lose really is the last one...]]
* The Chronoskimmers from ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'' run on "fact fuel" generated by crew members answering history questions.
* In ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', the Akibarangers are powered by delusions and their henshin call is ''Jūmōsō!'' (''"Grand Delusion!"''), thus their abilities ''literally'' run on nonsense!
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe, the tech, no matter how far-fetched, is ''supposed'' to be taken seriously within the context of the story. But once in a while it gets, in a self-aware fashion, pretty close to the edge of Nonsensoleum. A good example is the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E14OneLittleShip One Little Ship]]," in which a runabout and its crew are [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrunk to a tiny size]] by a NegativeSpaceWedgie and then zoom around the interior of the ''Defiant'' fighting off a hostile boarding party. It's obviously meant as a completely goofy premise, with only the most perfunctory attempt at an AppliedPhlebotinum justification, for the sheer fun of telling the story, and the key is that even the characters in universe [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] how enjoyably silly it is.
---> '''Nog:''' The miniaturization process won't begin until the runabout reaches the edge of the accretion disc.
---> '''Kira:''' I see. And, uh, then they'll begin to shrink?
---> '''Nog:''' Yes, sir. (Kira stifles a giggle)
---> '''Sisko:''' (deadpan) Major, are you laughing at our investigation of this subspace anomaly?
---> '''Kira:''' (innocently) No, sir.
---> '''Worf:''' The data collected here could provide Starfleet with the key to creating transwarp corridors through space. It could give us a substantial tactical advantage over the Dominion.
---> '''Kira:''' Oh, it's ''very'' important research. ...What? I'm ''not laughing!'' No, just because we are shrinking three people to the size of coffee cups...! (finally loses it)


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' invents devices that run on nonsensoleum, especially a cardboard box capable of traveling through time, transforming Calvin into an animal, or duplicating him. These are all the same box, the only changes being what direction the box's opening is facing and what's scribbled on its side[[note]]apparently the box is just a casing, since the transmogrifier device is small enough to be housed inside a toy squirt gun as well[[/note]]. Hobbes {{lampshade|Hanging}}s these inventions by saying, "It's amazing what they can do with corrugated cardboard these days."
** Calvin himself took advantage of this at one point: after creating several duplicates of himself (whom he couldn't stand), he got rid of them by getting them to stand under the duplicator box, crossing out the label "Duplicator," and writing in the new label "Transmogrifier" so he could change them into worms.
** When the transmogrifier was introduced, it was able to select between 4 forms: eel, baboon, bug, or dinosaur. When Hobbes asked what if he wanted to turn into something else, Calvin simply replies he left space to write more stuff on the dial.
* ''{{ComicStrip/Foxtrot}}'': One strip has Paige intently watching a pot on the range. Peter asks her what she's doing, and she says she's watching the pot to ensure it doesn't boil, so whatever foul concoction their CordonBleugh of a mother put in won't end up as dinner. Peter laughs, then learns there's twice the usual amount, and joins her.
--> ''Paige:''' Try not to blink when I do.

* There is no better description for ''Radio/TheGoonShow''. Well, except one: "Ying tong iddle i po."
** [[CatchphraseSpoutingDuo GOOD!]]
* One part of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' radio series that was never adapted in other versions has a fifteen mile high statue of Arthur Dent Throwing the Nutrimatic Cup. The mile-long marble cup floats in mid-air "because it's artistically right."
* Nebulous' inventions and scientific discoveries in ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'' include things like 'the discovery of a sense between smell and touch called "smouch"' and Factor 1000000 sunblock ("if you wear it for more than an hour, you get rickets").

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Orky "teknologie" runs, quite literally, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve because the Orks believe it should work that way]].
** This is typified in their most common upgrade to any vehicles' speed: they paint them red, because "[[LawOfChromaticSuperiority da red wuns go fasta]]!" So while the real reason is that Orks have tremendous PsychicPowers, their explanations fit this trope perfectly.
** This is used to hilarious effect when a group of Imperial engineers try to determine what it is that makes Orky weaponry so deadly. They dismantle it, put it back together, try everything they can to even get the gun to fire but nothing. This is because the gun is ''missing several vital components''. When they put it in the hands of an ork, it fires with deadly power.
** Ork spaceships have been reported to navigate through space for months despite having run completely out of fuel, just because the crew thought they should or simply didn't notice.
** Ork stealth technology consists of painting things purple, [[InsaneTrollLogic because nobody's ever seen a purple army]].
** It should be noted that this varies wildly DependingOnTheWriter. For example, in one of the Gaunt's Ghosts novels, the eponymous commissar has no problems commandeering an Ork buggy beyond the fact that it was designed for a significantly stronger being and as such lacks power steering. Another example is that of a unit of Ork-hunter Imperial Guard who will often loot Ork guns and use them, again with no problems. The general idea is that Ork technology works, and the Orks' psychic power simply makes it work ''better''. This interpretation is supported by the rules for TabletopGame/RogueTrader, which presents stats for an Ork gun that is exceedingly unreliable and prone to jams, but runs far more smoothly than it ought to in the hands of an Ork.
* One of the main problems with the mad science of ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' -- it runs entirely on the inventor's madness (sorry, Inspiration). Any attempt to pin down the underlying scientific principles involved (''especially'' by a mundane observer) will fail, and any attempt by a mundane observer to closely examine or tinker usually results in the thing [[MadeOfExplodium blowing up]]... [[GoneHorriblyWrong or worse]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The AdventureGame ''[[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]: Bright Side of the Moon'' has the characters drive off in their quite ordinary [=DeSoto=] with a screech of the tires, fades out, then fades back in on the moon just as they're getting out. Whether this is better or worse than the comic book "Bad Day On the Moon", with its offhand explanation of stuffing the muffler full of thousands upon thousands of match heads, is debatable. [[MST3KMantra Best not to delve too deeply into it]]. In the cartoon, we get to see how it's done. They ''[[RocketJump grenade jump]] there while inside the [=DeSoto=]''.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging Lamphaded]] in a later Sam and Max game, Chariots of the Dogs, in which Sam from the past asks present Sam "Max and I need to get to the Moon. How do we get there?" One of the conversation options is "Why don't you just drive there?" to which his past self replies "You can't just drive to the moon, bonehead." Past Max adds "Sheesh, Sam... our future selves have no respect for plausibility."
** In the Jean-Luc Goddard film 'Alphaville,' which is definitely not comedy, the protagonist travels to a distant planet by driving a sedan on the freeways of Paris.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', during an incredibly meta [[strike:codec]] radio conversation between Sigint and Snake discussing the Patriot gun:
-->'''Sigint''': And it [[BottomlessMagazines never runs out of ammo]]?
-->'''Snake''': Never.
-->'''Sigint''': Why's that?
-->'''Snake''': Because the internal feed mechanism is shaped like an infinity symbol.
-->'''Sigint''': Ah, I get it. Yep, that'll give you unlimited ammo.
** Snake can also eat a bioluminescent mushroom to recharge his batteries. Para-Medic and Sigint agree to themselves that it must've just been a placebo effect.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' did something similar towards the end, when Raiden asks Snake if he has enough ammo to lend him, and Snake replies, "Infinite ammo." while pointing to his bandana (a [[ContinuityNod reference]] to the bandanna from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', which did indeed give Snake infinite ammo for the weapon he was holding).
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', the helmet that lets Mario [[BreathingInSpace breathe in outer space]] is a goldfish bowl; the only thing he has to do to change it into a space helmet is to let the fish out.
* In ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders'', the eponymous protagonist makes a space suit out of a wetsuit, a fish bowl (leaving his fish in the kitchen) and [[DuctTapeForEverything copious amounts of duct tape]]. However, you also need an air tank or you will suffocate.
** Which isn't as implausable as it sounds. Main problem with outer space for a human is, in order, air, atmospheric pressure, solar radiation, and then temperture. Now the fact that he somehow managed to not fog up the bowl and not overheat is a different matter all together.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series explicitly works based not on actual science, but Science! of the 1950s. Nuclear powered cars and radiation causing giant bugs to pop up is just how things are supposed to work.
** The giant bugs and other oddly modified creatures could also have been a result of the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus), a failed [[SuperSerum Super Soldier Serum]] which created the super mutants. It got out and into the remaining animal life after the bombs dropped, making them larger and more aggressive. The nuclear cars still don't make sense.
*** FEV would be the inversion of Nonsensoleum, as a non-jokey though still vaguely enough defined {{Phlebotinum}}. The beginning of each game {{Hand Wave}}s a lot to "Radiation did it!", but as each game progresses from comedic to a dramatic climax, more of the setting's backstory is filled in with FEV's involvement.
*** In fact, FEV is hardly a failed project. It works exactly as advertised, as super mutants are immortal, super-strong and resistant to radiation. While most of them act like troglodytes, some (who got education after exposure) are shown to be at least as smart as normal humans. There's just [[SterilityPlague one problem]]...
** Nuclear cars could work, but be too dangerous[[note]]And indeed, in-game, they'll explode in a small mushroom cloud, usually killing you out of nowhere until you learn to stop taking cover behind the nuclear reactor, if they take enough damage.[[/note]] and expensive in real life. It's possible that cars switched to nuclear power due to the shortage of oil which triggered the resource wars. In Fallout universe no one really cared about danger from radiation and apparently there are more radioactive elements (both in number of kinds and amount) than we know about.
* In ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'' ''[[PowerUpFood bacon]]'' raises a character's attributes past their maximum limit until the end of their current life. The explanation? "[[HandWave Bacon makes you better at everything]], [[InsaneTrollLogic just like in real life]]".
* The whirligigs of ''VideoGame/{{Netstorm}}'': "This device is lofted on its own impossibility and so it destroys by the power of negation." [[http://netstorm.wikia.com/wiki/Whirligig Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.]] Oddly enough, they need to refuel every so often, which implies that they must be loaded with impossibility before each flight. Does impossibility have a physical form? One would assume not, but then why is their impossibility supply finite? More importantly, how do you power an object with impossibility in the first place, let alone destroy things with it? It seems that the Whirligig is something of a philosophical quandary, though it must be acknowledged that attempting to use logic on an example of this trope is futile.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsBartVsTheSpaceMutants'', the aliens have a machine that's somehow powered by purple objects. Making this even more ridiculous, the aliens change the power source of the machine each stage.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Gray-aligned robots are powered by... ''money''.
** According to an early version of "Meet the Medic", the Medigun pack is apparently powered by an unknown red liquid, pain pills, blood, sandviches, and piss.
* ''VideoGame/MerryGearSolid'' offers a bunch of nonsensical reasons for why things work the way they do, usually powered by puns and synonyms. For instance, a moldy jam sandwich can be used to counteract radar jamming, because the mold in it absorbs [[IncrediblyLamePun jam.]]
** The second game has Snake acquire a Nikita rocket launcher that fires "Kissiles": missiles with lips that only knock their target unconscious by [[ThePowerOfLove overwhelming them with love.]] Though Snake calls this out as ridiculous, he's a lot more receptive to the idea when Otacon reminds him that [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the alternative is that he's blowing up children.]]
* The official reason why ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' RecurringBoss Allen O'Neal [[{{Determinator}} is able to come back from the dead in every game]], even when he's EatenAlive by an orca and his bones spat out? [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes He has a family he has to return to.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', being set in "The Land of the Dead" and thus primarily inhabited by skeletons, frequently runs into this. For example, in keeping with the FilmNoir tone, several characters smoke cigarettes or cigars despite lacking the respiratory system and circulatory system necessary to enjoy it; they even lack a tongue to taste it with, meaning it's an entirely trivial habit performed entirely because [[SmokingIsCool it's awesome.]]
-->'''Surly Clown''': (twisting balloons) My carpal tunnel syndrome is really acting up.\\
'''Manny''': But... [[LampshadeHanging you don't have any tendons.]]\\
'''Surly Clown''': (annoyed) Yeah, well you don't have a tongue, but that doesn't seem to shut you up, now, does it?
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s ''Silent Sinner in Blue'', this is the only possible explanation as to how on Earth Patchouli's rocket, which is more of a vaguely rocket-shaped three-tier cottage with very nice windows, and cobbled from random bits of trivia from the Apollo rocket, is perfectly capable of reaching the True Moon.
* ''{{Awesomenauts}}'' being a homage to wacky 80s' sci-fi cartoons, revels in this trope, above all when it comes to some of the Nauts' backstories. The silliest example so far is probably Commander Rocket, who somehow survived getting his head blown away and replaced by a head prosthesis. Don't ask...

* ''[[Webcomic/ScaryGoRound Scary-Go-Round]]'''s Tim Jones built a time machine that was a self-heating teapot with a clock on the side and an electronic eye in the lid. To use it, one simply had to set the clock to your desired time, then turn on the teapot; using the principle that "a watched pot never boils", the water would heat up but never boil. In the process, time would get confused, and reset itself to the nearest timepiece.
* ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'''s Superlinear drive works on the principle that the fastest path between two points is a straight line. The superlinear drive finds the straight line, then it finds an even straighter one to travel, thus allowing FasterThanLightTravel.
** The previous mode of locomotion, the Starslip Drive, worked by inputting the destination and flipping you into an alternate universe where you were already there. [[spoiler: This causes some CerebusSyndrome moments when the Main character wind up in an alternate universe where another main character never existed.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'' has a TransformingMecha with a traditional air brake, the kind that turns a fall into a pleasant hover two feet above the ground. When its button is pressed, it works by triggering a small explosive charge that propels a massive tungsten bolt. Into what, you ask? Into Isaac Newton's memorial at Westminster Abbey.
* The comic ''Absurd Notions'' has at its core, the testing of tabletop games (and general geekiness) as its plot device. One of the settings they test is the requisite outer space cliche-ridden junk. While the DM tries to set the stage for the players, he mentions how the space craft make interstellar travel through 'IJD' technology. One of the players replies, "I...DJ? Inter-dimensional jump?" where the DM responds, "Nope, IJD, It Just Does."
* Sparky in ''Webcomic/BooksDontWorkHere'' dosn't have enough education in ''MadScientist'' to give a logical explanation so he just wings it.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', almost everything runs on plot. Especially Riff's devices. And more especially, Schlock's devices. And MORE MORE especially, the devices they make together or with each other's technology.(Riff uses Schlock's inflatable technology to make inflatable guns that somehow shoot lasers without destroying themselves.) Even better is that Schlock creates a balloon version of himself that inflates WHEN YOU PIERCE IT.
** "Do we have the technology to do that?" "Technically no, but we need to do a lame ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' parody, so we'll ignore that."
** The rare times there's an explanation for how something works, it's usually played as a joke -- though time travel and dimensional travel often have a logic, whether based on magic or impossible technology, that's thought out in detail.
*** Anyhow, an example of the outrageous explanations: genetically engineered earwigs make people smarter but nerdier by eating the "social" part of the brain and turning it into the "theoretical" part. Other parts of the brain include "nougat" and "creamy center".
*** Another example: Evolutionary psychology of the "duck face": it evolved on ducks that used it to avoid being eaten by photograph-taking predators and was somehow "inherited" by humans as an instinct.
* While not SciFi, ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is openly plot-based. The characters are [[GenreSavvy aware]] and use it for everything from fastforwarding in time to realizing what's about to happen.
-->'''Julio''': I can get you there in ten days. Eight, if the fate of the world's at risk.\\
'''Roy''': You have reserve power you can use?\\
'''Julio''': No, I mean this ship ''literally'' flies faster the more is at stake. Darndest thing, really.\\
'''Roy''': Huh... could we shave off a day if there might be ''two'' worlds on the line?\\
'''Julio''': Worth a shot, but I've been doing this for 30 years and I've never arrived anywhere earlier than the nick of time.
* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'', in order to support the fetish appeal.
* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' has a car that [[http://mountaincomics.com/2009/10/07/ex-lion-tamer/ runs on hollandaise and emits shampoo]], and another one that [[http://mountaincomics.com/2009/08/05/five-part-special-part-8/ travels through dimensions]] when Billy Joel music plays on its tape deck.
* Professor Zweistein of ''Webcomic/TheFan'' attempts a rather [[http://www.shastrix.com/thefan/index.php?comic=48 nonsensical explanation]] regarding people turning into anime characters due to lengthy exposure to anime. This turns out to be a subversion as he later admits that he made it up on the spot.
* In ''Webcomic/TobiasAndJube'', the titular duo have a spaceship drive that allows it to cross vast distances really quickly. The way it works is: the crew suggests a place to go and decide to go there. The ship then arrives there solely because it would have to arrive there eventually.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlsInSpace'' the girls travel space in a VW Camper Van. This was converted into a spaceship when the Universal Upgrader (a prototype made by an intergalactic electronics company) was fired at it.
* Explanations like these pop up all the time in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', usually regarding Fighter and Black Belt's AchievementsInIgnorance. For instance, how does Fighter use his Chainsaw Swords technique? By not realizing he can't do it!
** Fighter also survives a freefall by using his Paladin abilities to block the ground. Fighter's "explanation" is that since he can block all sorts of [[ElementalPowers elemental attacks]], it's natural that he'd be able to block [[IncrediblyLamePun Earth]].
** As far as Red Mage is concerned, the less sense a plan makes, the greater its chance of success! He took this UpToEleven when devising a plan that he claimed to be infallible. Why? It made no sense, therefore it couldn't be stopped. His reasoning for that run thusly: the more complex the plan, the more things can go wrong. Ergo, if the plan is completely insane and unworkable from the outset, there's no way for it to fall apart, [[InsaneTrollLogic so it's guaranteed to succeed!]] ([[StraightMan Black Mage]] became so irritated by this explanation that he temporarily went blind.)
* Most of Kim's inventions in ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' involve some form of nonsensoleum.
** The ''Dark Science'' in particular arc is premium unleaded nonsensoleum: Kim hires a director friend to produce horrendous adaptations of literary classics, in order to convert "posthumous indignity" (i.e., the authors spinning in their graves) into clean energy. It would've worked, too, if anyone had gone to see the films.
-->'''Kim:''' If sufficiently disgusted, an author's spinning corpse can produce over 400 megajoules per grievance.
* ''Webcomic/DragonTails'' with [[http://dragon-tails.com/comics/archive.php?date=010911 Bluey's Science Explained]].
* ''Webcomic/TheLifeOfNobTMouse'' is built on this trope. Characters are not born, they just appear. There's a city built on a giant wodge of putty plugging a hole in the universe where the Big Bang happened. Waving a jelly on a stick with pink-icing buns stuck on it will summon a letterbox that lets you ''post yourself to another universe''. The list goes on and on.
* A whole lot of stuff in ''Webcomic/RegularGuy''.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', being a comic about mad scientists lives and breathes this trope. A Spark in the "Madness Place" can build practically anything.
** Special mention must be given to Othar Tryggvasen ('''GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!''') and his "special trousers" which allow him to NoSell an irate SuperSoldier landing on him and snapping his spine in half. Othar is on his feet two panels later and no explanation beyond "Special trousers. Very heroic." is ever given.
* In ''Webcomic/BlackAdventures'', quantum physics cause MagicalGirl {{Transformation Sequence}}s and the Nimbasa subway is powered with Ingo and Emmett's "[[{{Twincest}} Bruderliebe]]".
* ''Webcomic/{{Goats}}'' has a singularity that turns kittens into pop tarts, or vice versa. It turns out to be both a RunningGag and, eventually, a bit of AppliedPhlebotinum.
* The CoolShip in ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' runs on '''inebriation'''! No, not alcohol. Inebriation. The crew must be [[TheDrunkenSailor drunk to drive]]. Why yes, this is a comic about pirates.
* In ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' A publishing house operates out of an underwater techno-volcano powered by a baby fueled furnace. Not to mention the tendency of explosions be at least partially comprised of live, unperturbed by being in explosions, cats.
* Post-Scratch Bro Strider [[spoiler: that is to say, Dave,]] in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' invented a way of making JPEG artifacts in real life that obviously runs on this trope. Its quite profitable despite nobody wanting the products, because they ''have a negative cost to manufacture''.
** The events of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [S] Cascade]] are also noteworthy. To summarize: [[spoiler:the heroes have triggered a CosmicRetcon that will cause them to become RetGone if they don't escape the universes (yes, [[TheMultiverse ''universes'']] they are residing in.]] While the method of travel chosen by the remaining trolls, as well as Dave and Rose, is pretty tame by Homestuck standards (that is, [[spoiler: traveling on a meteor psionically propelled through [[EldritchLocation the Furthest Ring]] ]]), the way Jade and John leave is positively insane. To sum it up: [[RealityWarper Jade]] hijacks a spaceship and [[spoiler: ''literally drives it through the fourth wall to end up in [[Creator/AndrewHussie Andrew Hussie's]] house,'' after which they take a three-year-long trip to ''another'' fourth wall leading to the new universe.]] Yes, this actually happens.
** Spades Slick is unable to open a door because the barcode he needed was on the hand ripped off by Snowman. He gets out of it by flipping his 2-D sprite, so left hand becomes right and vice-versa.
** Roxy can create objects by imagining them and then removing nothingness.
** Gamzee can't die, because clowns don't die. It's literally the only explanation we got. Even [[ShrugOfGod the author himself admits that he doesn't know how this works.]]
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'': time travel is achieved through binge-drinking. Neither why nor how is ever coherently explained. [[FridgeBrilliance Because everyone's too drunk to give a coherent explanation.]]
** Subverted later: [[spoiler: Riku is a dysfunctional [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lord]] and booze is his version of the TARDIS.]] Axel immediately points out that this is [[WMG/TimeLord exactly like something he'd read on TV Tropes]].
* ''Webcomic/MacHall'': [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2003-04-21 Ian manages to turn applied theology into a jelly donut]]. The very best one ever.
* ''Beeserker'' is all about a pair of Sciencemen who build a robot powered by bees. Even the author says he has no idea how that works.
* In ''Webcomic/AllenTheAlien'', apparently, [[AliensSpeakingEnglish the English the aliens speak]] is translated Czech. It's entirely played for laughs.
* In a NoFourthWall strip of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', Merlin, criticizing the literal use of {{Unobtanium}} in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' claims his time machine is powered by Runsoutatcriticalmomentsium.
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' does this in quite a few strips, like [[http://xkcd.com/704/ abusing the principle of explosion]] to get "YourMom's phone number".
** One strip has a guy say he felt a sharp pang the moment his brother died. A physicist wonders if this was instantaneous or if there was a light speed transmission delay. He then goes on to wonder if they could use this to send a message faster than light and break causality, and asks how many other siblings the guy has.
* In ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' Time Travel, according to Commander Badass, runs on bullshit. And if you think about it too hard, [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/this-is-probably-the-fastest-ive-cranked-out-this-many-panels things happen]].
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' combines this with an inverted example of TooDumbToLive. Mega Man is able to survive incredible amounts of damage because he has the "extraordinary ability to not recognize life-threatening injuries." In other words, he's too stupid to die.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Devisors from the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' run on this trope, although they sometimes get devices that are ''close'' to reasonable. This is annoying to those with both [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer]] and Devisor traits, since they don't know if what they built either obeys the rules of science or ignores the rules of science, in which case they can't patent and mass-manufacture it. The only test is if someone else can build it.
* The [[http://trollscience.com troll]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/troll-sciencetroll-physics science]] meme has lots of this, along with an amount of InsaneTrollLogic.
* The Freeeze Ray (it freezes time!) from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' runs on 'Wonderflonium'.
** "Do Not Bounce"
%%* Oh man, ''TheMysterySphere''.
* In one of the more glorious cases of OffTheRails ever, a certain CrazyAwesome player [[http://irolledazero.blogspot.com/2013/10/suethulu-basically-end.html builds a spaceship that runs on stupidity]], and thus takes advantage of his GM's utterly vile and inane world to acquire unlimited power.
* This is the premise of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': The Foundation collects strange objects, creatures and people, lists the ways they contradict the known laws of the universe, and try to find out why and how these things still function.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' hardly has any other kind of technology. For example, there's the completely fictional notion of all matter consisting of "trons", particles that come in good and evil flavours.
* Much of Professor Farnsworth's science in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is based on total nonsense. For instance, his theory of "reverse fossilisation" -- that if fossilization turns organic matter to minerals, then one simply had to reverse the process to turn household appliances into animals. He also built a spaceship which moved by staying perfectly still by shifting the rest of the universe, whose engine's afterburners worked at two hundred percent efficiency. Ships can cross the universe in days even though you can't travel faster than the speed of light because the speed of light was increased six hundred years ago.
** Lampshaded at least once:
--->'''Cubert:''' That's impossible!
--->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Not at all! It's really quite simple.
--->'''Cubert:''' Then explain it.
--->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Now ''that's'' impossible!
** Lampshaded later in the same episode, but with love and idealism:
--->'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Nothing is impossible if you can imagine it! That's what being a scientist is all about!
--->'''Cubert:''' No, that's what being a ''magical elf'' is all about!
** Inverted in "When Aliens Attack", with the Professor explaining, using perfectly sound science, how aliens could know about a show that hadn't aired in a thousand years:
--->'''Professor:''' Well, Omicron Persei 8 is about a thousand light years away. So the electro-magnetic waves would just recently have gotten there. You see--
--->'''Fry:''' Magic. Got it.
** In "Mars University", the characters meet Gunter, Professor Farnsworth's talking monkey. Fry asks if Gunter can talk because he was genetically engineered, but the Professor laughs and tells him that genetic engineering [[WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue is a bunch of science fiction mumbo jumbo]]. He then explains that Gunter's intelligence and ability to talk come from "his electronium hat, which harnesses the power of sunspots to produce [[{{Foreshadowing}} cognitive radiation.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', this show is '''made''' of nonsenseoleum. The very first episode has them escaping earth's gravity, in a rollercoaster, because the Eiffel Tower ''flung'' them there like a slingshot.
** Though interestingly, sometimes things ''will'' have a scientific basis, such as their plan to experience forty hours of sunlight by flying around the world in "Summer Belongs to You." Amusingly, ''this'' was the one time one of their friends decided to exhibit ArbitrarySkepticism--he may not understand their usual insane take on science, but he ''knows'' a day isn't that long![[note]]Although it's very strongly implied that he was just pretending not to believe them to be a {{Jerkass}} and/or goad them into going through with it..[[/note]]
** In one episode, [[MadScientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally teleports a house full of people into his pants.]] Confused as to why his teleporter had that option, he realizes he mixed its wheel's setting up with his dry-cleaning wheel... which raises the question of why he has a dry-cleaning wheel.
-->'''Doofenshmirtz''' (talking for the wheel): I am a dry-cleaning wheel. Why do I exist?
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' uses nonsense technobabble from time to time. But the show's favorite science to use in this manner is sociology: almost all of the Brain's schemes are satirical shots at trends in American culture, and treat human behavior with the same dignity that this trope usually treats science.
** One example was during an episode where Brain was planning to sue a major company:
--->'''Brain:''' In the office kitchen, I will simply stage an accident utilizing the microwave oven and the non-dairy powdered creamer. For no one really knows how a microwave works.\\
'''Pinky:''' But, why the powdered creamer, Brain?\\
'''Brain:''' No one really knows how ''that'' works, either.
*** The gag doesn't stop there. When it went to trial, [[spoiler:the prosecutor is able to explain how the microwave oven works, but he's at a complete loss on the creamer.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity''
** One episode had a robot called "the {{plot device}}", leading to conversations like:
--->'''Woman''': How did you get here so fast?
--->'''Major Minor''': I used a plot device!
--->'''Plot Device''':(sticks head into view) Hello.
** And then there's the sheep-powered ray gun, for which the Secret Military Organization needs Sheep, despite the fact that the farm from which he escaped was a sheep farm with at least 50 more. We don't know why, but the ray gun only works with one sheep and only if he's alive. There is LampshadeHanging whenever anyone suggests to just make a ray gun with a power source other than sheep, but the idea always gets rejected.
* Lampshaded at least once in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Stewie:''' How can you have a 13-year-old son when you yourself are only 7?
-->'''Brian:''' Well, those are dog years.
-->'''Stewie:''' But that doesn't make any sense.
-->'''Brian:''' Well, if you don't like it, [[TakeThatAudience go on the Internet and complain]].
** Twice, in fact.
-->'''Chris''': Wait, [[ItMakesSenseInContext wasn't Rush Limbaugh just a fictional character invented by Fred Savage?]]\\
'''Lois''': Where did you hear that?\\
'''Chris''': FOX News.\\
'''Lois''': Chris, [[BitingTheHandHumor everything on FOX News is a lie.]]\\
'''Chris''': [[MindScrew But]] ''[[MindScrew you]]'' [[MindScrew were the one to report it.]]\\
'''Lois''': [[BeyondTheImpossible Even true things shown on FOX News become lies.]]
** James Woods is, at one point, seemingly KilledOffForReal but then turns up again later. When asked for an explanation he gives an absurd and laughably insane explanation involving a woman's soul being transferred into his body to sustain him. It [[CloudCuckooLander fits perfectly with the character]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick vs. the Big Nothing'', an alien ship has a device that enables it to travel at the speed of ''lint''. Which is faster than light, because it's one of the first things you find in your pockets after you do your laundry.
-->'''Interpreter:''' And how does it get there?\\
'''Tick:''' Uh, I don't know.\\
'''Interpreter:''' It's ''that fast''!
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', when Buster Bunny asked Calamity Coyote how the machine he created works, all he could say is that it works "[[DoingInTheScientist with magic]]". Buster even comments on "[[SarcasmMode the miracles of modern science]]".
* In Creator/HannaBarbera's version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'', Pete is usually hitched in front of the Rascals' wooden car[[note]]at least in concept art and in the opening of ''The Monchhichis/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show''[[/note]]. But in at least three of the 35 shorts, Pete is a passenger in the car, and it isn't stated how the car is propelled.
* Most of Holden's inventions in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlaminThongs''. He created a wormhole generator by placing a worm and a doughnut in a cement mixer and spinning the mixer at the speed of light, thereby fusing the worm and the doughnut into one entity. This somehow succeeded in creating a wormhole.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Don't Fear the Roofer", near the end. In the story, Homer gets his new friend Ray Magini to fix his roof. However, other people soon begin to postulate that Ray doesn't actually exist, since everyone who was with Homer when he spoke to Ray claimed not to have actually seen him. Thinking that Homer is delusional, his family takes him to the doctor, and after several treatments of painful therapy, Homer thinks he's back to sanity again. But then they find out that Ray was real all along, and that there were logical explanations as to why no one else saw him -- except for one case where Bart couldn't see Ray even though he was in plain sight and should have been able to. Guest star Creator/StephenHawking then shows up and delivers the trope -- a miniature black hole had appeared between Bart and Ray that absorbed the light from Ray so Bart couldn't see him.
** It also helps that Bart's was the only scenario with an obvious explanation in the first place. The building supplies piled in his arms would have obstructed Ray from his view. Of course that would be too easy.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', [[ThoseTwoGuys Flem and Earl]] were seemingly stranded in the middle of an ocean, [[ClipShow reminiscing on memories]] that didn't actually happen. In the end, it turns out they were stuck in their bathtub the entire time, suffering from "[[RuleOfFunny Steam Induced Amnesia]]."
** Which is then lampshaded, as the Red Guy demonstrates it to the audience by intentionally breathing in steam which causes him to lose his memory and suddenly think he's Amelia Earhart.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'', tiny aliens land on Earth to refuel their spaceship, the fuel in question being ''sugar''. (And they're rather sickened to discover humans ''eat'' what is their equivalent of gasoline.)
* ''The Mini-Munsters,'' an entry in ABC's ''Saturday Superstar Movie'' (1972-74) had the macabre family discovering their hearse runs on music instead of gasoline.

* Reportedly, Creator/IsaacAsimov hated everything that Steven Spielberg ever made that used future tech because the explanations for how the tech worked didn't make scientific sense. Conversely, Asimov loved the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series because it didn't end up resorting to this trope.
** The Good Doctor himself is no stranger to nonsensoleum, or as he called it, thiotimoline. This substance was the subject of a series of mock scientific papers which were written as if they were actual chemistry papers, the only giveaway being that they're about a chemical so soluble that it dissolves ''before'' water is added and it only gets sillier from there. To wit:
*** The reason it does this? The molecules are so dense that some of its chemical bonds get crowded out of normal space and into the fourth dimension.
*** It can be used to diagnose dissociative identity disorder because the amount of time before water is added it dissolves is somehow connected to the willpower, or "willosity" of the person adding the water. Therefore if it dissolves unevenly the person must have more than one personality.
*** It has potential applications as a weapon of mass destruction via artificially inducing hurricanes. This is because if a person tries to create a paradox by preventing thiotimoline that has dissolved from ever contacting water by locking it in a container the universe will cause a hurricane to smash it open and preserve causality.
*** It can also make FasterThanLightTravel possible via "hypersteric hindrance" and pilots with high willosity.
* The tongue-in-cheek idea of building an anti-gravity or perpetual motion device by attaching a piece of buttered toast to a cat's back and dropping them from a height. According to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttered_cat_paradox buttered cat paradox]], the cat must land feet first and the toast must land butter side down, but both can't hit the ground at the same time.
** Creator/AlanMoore played with this in ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'', where kid supergenius Jack B. Quick buttered cats to create antigravity devices. His parents quickly reminded him, however, that the cat would eventually lick off the butter and fall, which they did just in time to fall on the [[ShoutOut mutated pigs]] who had had a [[Literature/AnimalFarm Communist revolution]].
** One can elaborate this this idea by using a very expensive oriental rug, on the theory that the chance of the toast landing butter side down is directly proportional [[FinaglesLaw to the expense of the surface it's dropped over]]. Additionally, attaching two cats back to back to a driveshaft that falls freely and dropping the entire assembly should result in it spinning in midair indefinitely. Hooking this up to a generator would make The Bi-feline Dynamo.
* Fantasy artist Robin Wood's "Theory of Cat Gravity": The sun has gravity in spades. Cats lie in the sun to absorb gravity. Cats then lie on their owners, using the stored gravity to pin them in place. This is why it's so hard to bring yourself to get up off the couch when a cat is lying on you.
** In a corollary to this theory, dogs make people laugh so they can collect levity, which is the opposite of gravity. Then they use the stored levity to cancel out cats' gravity, so their owners will get off the couch and play with them.
* There have been cases of people inventing things, such as extremely heat resistant paint, working from "theories" which bear no resemblance at all to actual scientific fact. The inventions work, but the inventor's explanations are pure example of this trope.
** Many theoretical models in Chemistry and Physics that predate the discoveries of quantum mechanics and relativity are this. While many, especially the older, less accurate concepts, are only taught for historical context, certain models, such as Lewis bonding and dot-structures, Arrhenius' Acid-Base definition, and the majority of classical electromechanics and electromagnetics are still taught and used, despite varying degrees of theoretical inaccuracy, as their practical applications remain valid and their predictive power holds true in many common cases.