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** The Grinch himself arrives during what appears to be a "key-party."


** One famous sort-of-series during the 1950s involved a drunken stork, who would either be invited to drink with the new parents, or leave for his job directly from a roaring party. Since the stork would frequently be so smashed on the job, he'd deliver a baby (and at least once, a full-grown WesternAnimation/BugsBunny) to the wrong parents, [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious consequences]].

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** One famous sort-of-series during the 1950s involved a drunken stork, who would either be invited to drink with the new parents, or leave for his job directly from a roaring party.party at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stork_Club Stork Club]]. Since the stork would frequently be so smashed on the job, he'd deliver a baby (and at least once, a full-grown WesternAnimation/BugsBunny) to the wrong parents, [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious consequences]].


* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1742/ here]], and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1035/ here]]. Later parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvqihFzPAU short]] about a hunter deliberately hunting them down who has accrued a multi-ethnic family of children. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zClca05WJ48 In another short]] the factory where babies are made has problems with pelicans pretending to be storks to steal and eat the babies. TheStinger also shows an [[PaperThinDisguise crocodile wearing a fake beak]] trying to sneak away after it sees a pelican getting caught.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1742/ here]], here]] (where the delivery stork intends to feed the baby to its own young), and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1035/ here]].here]] (where two storks are horrified to find themselves parents to a human baby). Later parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvqihFzPAU short]] about a hunter deliberately hunting them down who has accrued a multi-ethnic family of children. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zClca05WJ48 In another short]] the factory where babies are made has problems with pelicans pretending to be storks to steal and eat the babies. TheStinger also shows an [[PaperThinDisguise crocodile wearing a fake beak]] trying to sneak away after it sees a pelican getting caught.

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* The opening narration of the Mushroom Forest in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' gives "sprouting from the Mushroom Forest" as the setting's fairy-tale story of how children come into the world:
-->When I was a child, I once asked my mother, "Where did I come from?" She replied, "Why, we all sprouted in the Mushroom Forest, of course." Nightmares soon haunted my sleep. I dreamt I was lost among the toadstools. I awoke in tears, but felt the warmth of my mother's embrace as she comforted me. It is something I still remember to this day.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' short "Raiding of the Raiders" plays with this. A stork shows up to deliver a sack to a bunny couple, but at the same time an owl doctor shows up to assist in extracting the baby bunnies from the sack, which is played like [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a birthing scene]].


* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=264 Toyed]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=850#comic with]] in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.

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* [[http://www.''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' toyed with the concept in two strips.
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smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=264 Toyed]] [[http://www.com/comic/2014-06-06 this one]], the mother who tells her daughter that babies come from the stork ends up getting lost in a rant on fighting the storks to learn the secret of reproduction from them. When the girl asks her mother about the "naked wrestling" her parents do every Thursday night, the mother answers that it's how they prepare for that war.
** [[https://www.
smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=850#comic with]] in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.com/comic/2014-07-18 This one]] has a boy being told that babies are born when a stork is injected with the parents' parasitic larvae.


The rival story that new babies were found under a gooseberry bush seems to have died out, though some guy named Xavier did make a small fortune with the mythology of [[Franchise/CabbagePatchKids babies being grown from cabbages...]]

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The rival story that new babies were found under a gooseberry bush seems to have died out, though some guy named Xavier did make a small fortune with the mythology of [[Franchise/CabbagePatchKids [[Toys/CabbagePatchKids babies being grown from cabbages...]]



* Animated ''Franchise/CabbagePatchKids'' adaptations gave them a stork caretaker named Colonel Casey.

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* Animated ''Franchise/CabbagePatchKids'' ''Toys/CabbagePatchKids'' adaptations gave them a stork caretaker named Colonel Casey.

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* One is featured in one of the plays from ''WesternAnimation/TheBigBadFoxAndOtherTales''. In it, he [[spoiler:fakes his injury to laze around, leaving other animals to find the baby a home]]. The [[AnimatedActors actor]] that plays him seems to be a similar JerkAss, brushing off his co-worker's concern and raving about an avant-guard play he'll be featured in.

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* As explained in the opening sequence of ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'', Skunk first arrived at the valley when a stork accidentally dropped him as a baby and he landed in Panda's arms who was praying to God to help defeat Dragon.


* ''WesternAnimation/Dilbert'' - Discussed. One episode has Dilbert listing this trope among the lies his mother told him when he was a child.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Dilbert'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' - Discussed. One episode has Dilbert listing this trope among the lies his mother told him when he was a child.


The rival story that new babies were found under a gooseberry bush seems to have died out, though some guy named Xavier ([[Franchise/XMen not that one]]) did make a small fortune with the mythology of [[Franchise/CabbagePatchKids babies being grown from cabbages...]]

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The rival story that new babies were found under a gooseberry bush seems to have died out, though some guy named Xavier ([[Franchise/XMen not that one]]) did make a small fortune with the mythology of [[Franchise/CabbagePatchKids babies being grown from cabbages...]]
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For those wondering exactly how storks became associated with pregnancy: The tradition apparently started in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain. The White Stork was considered a symbol of happiness, fertility, and prosperity. Storks were known to nest on chimney tops in England, so the mythology of storks dropping baby humans down the chimney was made quite quickly. (It must also be mentioned that the surgical masks worn by early gynecologists gave them a vaguely storklike face. Best [[{{Squick}} not to think about that too hard]]...)

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For those wondering exactly how storks became associated with pregnancy: The tradition apparently started in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain. The White Stork was considered a symbol of happiness, fertility, and prosperity. Storks were known to nest on chimney tops in England, so the mythology of storks dropping baby humans down the chimney was made quite quickly. (It must also be mentioned that the surgical masks worn by early gynecologists gave them a vaguely storklike face. Best [[{{Squick}} not to think about that too hard]]...)\n

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* ''WesternAnimation/Dilbert'' - Discussed. One episode has Dilbert listing this trope among the lies his mother told him when he was a child.
-->'''Dilmom''': He knows about the stork?
-->'''Dogbert''': My fault. I let him watch the nature channel, he put two and two together.


* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1742/ here]], and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1035/ here]]. Later parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvqihFzPAU short]] about a hunter deliberately hunting them down who has accrued a multi-ethnic family of children. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zClca05WJ48 In another short]] the factory where babies are made has problems with pelicans pretending to be storks to steal and eat the babies. TheStinger also shows an [[PaperThinDisguise alligator wearing a stork beak]] trying to sneak away after it sees a pelican getting caught.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1742/ here]], and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1035/ here]]. Later parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvqihFzPAU short]] about a hunter deliberately hunting them down who has accrued a multi-ethnic family of children. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zClca05WJ48 In another short]] the factory where babies are made has problems with pelicans pretending to be storks to steal and eat the babies. TheStinger also shows an [[PaperThinDisguise alligator crocodile wearing a stork fake beak]] trying to sneak away after it sees a pelican getting caught.


* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1742/ here]], and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1035/ here]]. Later parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvqihFzPAU short]] about a hunter deliberately hunting them down who has accrued a multi-ethnic family of children.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1742/ here]], and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1035/ here]]. Later parodied in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfvqihFzPAU short]] about a hunter deliberately hunting them down who has accrued a multi-ethnic family of children. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zClca05WJ48 In another short]] the factory where babies are made has problems with pelicans pretending to be storks to steal and eat the babies. TheStinger also shows an [[PaperThinDisguise alligator wearing a stork beak]] trying to sneak away after it sees a pelican getting caught.

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