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01:30:26 AM Jun 27th 2011
Removed from under the example about using emergency vehicles to get through traffic when not on emergency business:

  • Firefighters are all really hot. This mollifies people who can see them. Obviously it doesn't work with cops and medics who are in their vehicles.

Because (1) they're not ALL hot, (2) not ALL people who can see them are women or gay men (no offense intended, but female firefighters generally aren't included in the "they're all hot" stereotype), (3) not all women and gay men are mollified by hotness when confronted with rude behavior, (4) there actually ARE attractive cops and medics too, and most importantly (5) it has nothing to do with the trope, at best a Justifying Edit.
03:24:56 PM May 6th 2011
Some spoilers for "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" are in this. Be warned.

Joseph Curwen used his necromancy for obtaining obscure historical facts, among other things that were more important. As far as I can tell, not all of these historical facts were useful in any of his plans. It seemed as though Joseph Curwen may have had a hobby of obtaining obscure trivia. If the last sentence is accurate, should we had Joseph Curwen as an example?
06:53:27 AM Aug 31st 2010
Moved the Chieftain tank example to Disproportionate Retribution's real life section.
09:42:12 PM Mar 21st 2010
Masami Phoenix: I removed the following, because using your assassin skills to stop assassinations is not a mundane use.

  • Super-competent assassin teams used for crimefighting and bodyguard detail. This is The Open Door. "It takes a thief to know a thief" comes to mind. Assassins are trained to know how to best assassinate people, so they would know best on how to guard against assassinations, simply by knowing what they would do in that situation.
09:02:14 PM Mar 22nd 2010
It probably was included because of the Ankh-Morporkh Assassin's College line. Thing is, the AM Assassin's College is included because you can learn history and philosophy as much as you can how to avoid getting a dagger in the ribs.
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