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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Sworn to the Sword", Steven reads a book titled, "How to Talk to People" with only two steps. Step 1: Think of what you want to say. Step 2: Say it.
** Another example from "Log Date 7 15 2" sees [[spoiler: Peridot]] reading a book entitled "JOKES! How to Make People Laugh Around You Instead of Feel Bad".

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Sworn to the Sword", Steven reads a book titled, "How to Talk to People" [[AmusinglyShortList with only two steps.steps]]. Step 1: Think of what you want to say. Step 2: Say it.
** Another example from "Log Date 7 15 2" sees [[spoiler: Peridot]] reading a book entitled "JOKES! How to Make People Laugh Around You Instead of Feel Bad".


Compare {{Mockumentary}}, LittleKnownFacts, TropesForDummies, FauxtivationalPoster, FauxDocumentary, {{Sabotutor}}, AntiAdvice.

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Compare {{Mockumentary}}, LittleKnownFacts, TropesForDummies, ParodiesForDummies, FauxtivationalPoster, FauxDocumentary, {{Sabotutor}}, AntiAdvice.


* In ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', "the process" pokes fun at the occasionally-formulaic nature of [=SBEmails=] as Strong Bad shows the viewers how to "answer emails like a true Strong Bad".

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* In ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': The WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[Recap/StrongBadEmailE79TheProcess "the process" process"]] pokes fun at the occasionally-formulaic nature of [=SBEmails=] as Strong Bad shows the viewers how to "answer emails like a true Strong Bad".


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* One Creator/GeorgeCarlin comedy routine consisted of a list of nonsensical "how-to" books, including "How to Annoy Everyone" and "How to Kill a Rat With an Oboe".
* Creator/BrianRegan has a bit making fun of how the pop-tart microwave and toasting instructions start out by telling the person to open the packet. He even pokes fun at the fact that the microwave instructions for pop-tarts is to cook it on High for ''three seconds''.
-->'''Regan:''' If you have ''that'' little time in the morning, [[SkewedPriorities you need to rethink your life]].
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-->'''Guide:''' Cut the blue wire.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' ''*Cuts wire.*''
-->'''Guide:''' [[CueCardPause But first]] [[OhCrap remove the fuse.]]

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-->'''Guide:''' Cut the blue wire.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' ''*Cuts
wire.*''
-->'''Guide:'''
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'''Hawkeye:''' ''[cuts wire]''\\
'''Guide:'''
[[CueCardPause But first]] [[OhCrap remove the fuse.]]



-->'''Crow:''' (reading from bomb instruction manual) "Cut the blue wire."
-->Joel cuts the wire, and gets silly-stringed in the face.
-->'''Crow:''' "But first, cut the red wire. Got you, scrawny man." (gets a glare from Joel) But that's what it said!
** Other instructions included "Most very kindly, find the Lookie Switch which is nice and sitting there with green label which leaves you singing" and "Carefully disregard and do not do the very wrong thing or much confusion will result...with sparks, flowers and loud report on some models."

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-->'''Crow:''' (reading ''[reading from bomb instruction manual) "Cut manual]'' Cut the blue wire."
-->Joel
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''[Joel
cuts the wire, and gets silly-stringed in the face.
-->'''Crow:'''
face]''\\
'''Crow:'''
"But first, cut the red wire. Got you, scrawny man." (gets ''[gets a glare from Joel) Joel]'' But that's what it said!
** Other instructions included "Most very kindly, find the Lookie Switch which is nice and sitting there with green label which leaves you singing" and "Carefully disregard and do not do the very wrong thing or much confusion will result... with sparks, flowers and loud report on some models."



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[[folder:Stand Up]]
* One Creator/GeorgeCarlin comedy routine consisted of a list of nonsensical "how-to" books, including "How to Annoy Everyone" and "How to Kill a Rat With an Oboe".
* Creator/BrianRegan has a bit making fun of how the pop-tart microwave & toasting instructions start out by telling the person to open the packet.
** He even pokes fun at the fact that the microwave instructions for pop-tarts is to cook it on High for ''three seconds''.
-->'''Regan''': If you have ''that'' little time in the morning, [[SkewedPriorities you need to rethink your life]].
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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: ''The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer''. A tactical manual so chock-full of propaganda, misinformation, misunderstandings and outright lies, no-one in-'verse thinks of it as anything other than a glorified roll of toilet paper.

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': ''The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer''. A tactical manual so chock-full of propaganda, misinformation, misunderstandings and outright lies, no-one in-'verse thinks of it as anything other than a glorified roll of toilet paper.



-->'''Player:''' (forlornly, as her character surveys a bewildering array of buttons) What clearance are the instructions for the Handy-Dandy Traitor Disintegrator, Friend Computer?\\
'''GM:''' (as Friend Computer) Good news, citizen! Instructions have been located for the Handy-Dandy Traitor Disintegrator. [-[[SideEffectsInclude Some material in the instructions may have been redacted by order of Internal Security.]] [[OfferVoidInNebraska Offer may be void in Sector FKU.]]-] (Hands the player a piece of paper)\\

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-->'''Player:''' (forlornly, ''[forlornly, as her character surveys a bewildering array of buttons) buttons]'' What clearance are the instructions for the Handy-Dandy Traitor Disintegrator, Friend Computer?\\
'''GM:''' '''GM (as Friend Computer) Computer):''' Good news, citizen! Instructions have been located for the Handy-Dandy Traitor Disintegrator. [-[[SideEffectsInclude Some material in the instructions may have been redacted by order of Internal Security.]] [[OfferVoidInNebraska Offer may be void in Sector FKU.]]-] (Hands ''[hands the player a piece of paper)\\paper]''\\



* It's possible to make one of these in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. When working with Moira, you can give her "evil" answers when she asks how your exploits went. Popular answers include heavy radiation poisoning actually feels quite good, and is healthy for you, and that disarming a mine is surprisingly easy if you just step on it. Needless to say, the resulting survival guide ends up being a how-to guide for killing yourself.

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* It's possible to make one of these in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.''VideoGame/Fallout3''. When working with Moira, you can give her "evil" answers when she asks how your exploits went. Popular answers include heavy radiation poisoning actually feels quite good, and is healthy for you, and that disarming a mine is surprisingly easy if you just step on it. Needless to say, the resulting survival guide ends up being a how-to guide for killing yourself.




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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' did a few PSA's like this, the most notable being the Fire Saftey PSA. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Don't take their advice if you want to live]].
--> [[MemeticMutation "What am the sky? How does eat food?"]]
* In ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', "the process" pokes fun at the occasionally-formulaic nature of [=SBEmails=] as Strong Bad shows the viewers how to "answer emails like a true Strong Bad".
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** As does ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.

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** * As does ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.



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* ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'': "Hello, Maria Theresa here, with your new rule for writing a Period Anime."

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* ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'': ''WebVideo/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'': "Hello, Maria Theresa here, with your new rule for writing a Period Anime."



* ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_14782_so-youve-been-pushed-naked-out-plane.html So You've Been Pushed Naked Out of a Plane]]''.
* [[http://u63r.deviantart.com/art/how-to-be-a-furry-31135582 How To Be a Furry]] ([[http://www.vivisector.org/archive/tutorial/ mirror]])
* Destructoid's [[http://www.destructoid.com/ten-golden-rules-of-online-gaming-64474.phtml Ten Golden Rules of Online Gaming]] teaches you how to be the stereotypical JerkAss portrayal of the average person playing an online shooter. Accurate, but not something you should aspire to.
** Encyclopedia Dramatica's "tips" on playing ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' follow a similar route, explaining exactly what ''not'' to do.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ2_avaK_W4 A Beginner's Guide To Faking Your Death On The Internet]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMFDs-NmeHM A Beginner's Guide To Commuting]] are satirical instructional videos for, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What They Say On The Tin]].

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* ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_14782_so-youve-been-pushed-naked-out-plane.html So You've Been Pushed Naked Out of a Plane]]''.
* [[http://u63r.deviantart.com/art/how-to-be-a-furry-31135582 How To Be a Furry]] ([[http://www.vivisector.org/archive/tutorial/ mirror]])
* Destructoid's [[http://www.destructoid.com/ten-golden-rules-of-online-gaming-64474.phtml Ten Golden Rules of Online Gaming]] teaches you how to be the stereotypical JerkAss portrayal of the average person playing an online shooter. Accurate, but not something you should aspire to.
** Encyclopedia Dramatica's "tips" on playing ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' follow a similar route, explaining exactly what ''not'' to do.
* [[https://www.
''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ2_avaK_W4 A Beginner's Guide To to Faking Your Death On The Internet]] on the Internet]]'' and [[https://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMFDs-NmeHM A Beginner's Guide To Commuting]] to Commuting]]'' are satirical instructional videos for, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What They Say On The Tin]].



* ''Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}'' has [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Category:HowTo its own series of these]]. Including [[AuthorExistenceFailure how to saw your own head off with a chainsaw]].



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fUi1EYq6Rs How To Boil Water The EASY Way]], a humorous-but-serious account of how autism can affect self-care skills.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fUi1EYq6Rs How To to Boil Water The the EASY Way]], a humorous-but-serious account of how autism can affect self-care skills.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' did a few PSA's like this, the most notable being the Fire Saftey PSA. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Don't take their advice if you want to live]].
--> [[MemeticMutation "What am the sky? How does eat food?"]]
* Video series TheJapaneseTradition usually includes a little bit of fact in each video, but not too much.
* ''Website/{{Everything2}}'' has quite a few, including (but not limited to):
** Detailed [[FauxToGuide instructions]] on how to [[BlackComedy gather]] [[http://everything2.com/title/Pixie+dust#DonJaime pixie dust]].
** [[http://everything2.com/title/How+To+Become+a+Mighty+Pirate How to become a mighty pirate]].
** [[http://everything2.com/title/How+to+Write+Bad+Poetry How to write bad poetry]].
* In ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', "the process" pokes fun at the occasionally-formulaic nature of [=SBEmails=] as Strong Bad shows the viewers how to "answer emails like a true Strong Bad".

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' did a few PSA's like this, the most notable being the Fire Saftey PSA. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Don't take their advice if you want to live]].
--> [[MemeticMutation "What am the sky? How does eat food?"]]
* Video series TheJapaneseTradition ''WebVideo/TheJapaneseTradition'' usually includes a little bit of fact in each video, but not too much.
* ''Website/{{Everything2}}'' has quite a few, including (but not limited to):
** Detailed [[FauxToGuide instructions]] on how to [[BlackComedy gather]] [[http://everything2.com/title/Pixie+dust#DonJaime pixie dust]].
** [[http://everything2.com/title/How+To+Become+a+Mighty+Pirate How to become a mighty pirate]].
** [[http://everything2.com/title/How+to+Write+Bad+Poetry How to write bad poetry]].
* In ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', "the process" pokes fun at the occasionally-formulaic nature of [=SBEmails=] as Strong Bad shows the viewers how to "answer emails like a true Strong Bad".
much.



* ''WebOriginal/HowToHero'' is this for people who want to be superheroes.


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* ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_14782_so-youve-been-pushed-naked-out-plane.html So You've Been Pushed Naked Out of a Plane]]''.
* [[http://u63r.deviantart.com/art/how-to-be-a-furry-31135582 How To Be a Furry]] ([[http://www.vivisector.org/archive/tutorial/ mirror]])
* Destructoid's [[http://www.destructoid.com/ten-golden-rules-of-online-gaming-64474.phtml Ten Golden Rules of Online Gaming]] teaches you how to be the stereotypical JerkAss portrayal of the average person playing an online shooter. Accurate, but not something you should aspire to.
* Encyclopedia Dramatica's "tips" on playing ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' follow a similar route, explaining exactly what ''not'' to do.
* ''Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}'' has [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Category:HowTo its own series of these]]. Including [[AuthorExistenceFailure how to saw your own head off with a chainsaw]].
* ''Website/{{Everything2}}'' has quite a few, including (but not limited to):
** Detailed [[FauxToGuide instructions]] on how to [[BlackComedy gather]] [[http://everything2.com/title/Pixie+dust#DonJaime pixie dust]].
** [[http://everything2.com/title/How+To+Become+a+Mighty+Pirate How to become a mighty pirate]].
** [[http://everything2.com/title/How+to+Write+Bad+Poetry How to write bad poetry]].
* ''WebOriginal/HowToHero'' is this for people who want to be superheroes.
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* If you even ''get'' instructions for using something in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' (more often than not, they're above your clearance), they're likely to be this due to a combination of garbled information, computer malfunction, conspiracy manipulations, overzealous redaction by the censors and just plain incompetence on the part of basically everyone involved. Occasionally, the GM is even encouraged to provide [[ExactWords technically true but somewhat misleading]] descriptions of the results of trial and error, just to make stuff slightly harder to use. And, of course, complaining about any of this is treason.
-->'''Player:''' (forlornly, as her character surveys a bewildering array of buttons) What clearance are the instructions for the Handy-Dandy Traitor Disintegrator, Friend Computer?\\
'''GM:''' (as Friend Computer) Good news, citizen! Instructions have been located for the Handy-Dandy Traitor Disintegrator. [-[[SideEffectsInclude Some material in the instructions may have been redacted by order of Internal Security.]] [[OfferVoidInNebraska Offer may be void in Sector FKU.]]-] (Hands the player a piece of paper)\\
'''Piece of Paper:''' Step 1: [redaction bar] red button [redaction bar]; Step 2: [redaction bar] tea kettle [redaction bar]; Step 3: [redaction bar] Teela O'Malley reruns [redaction bar] vigorous thrusting [redaction bar] giant, radioactive cockroach.\\
'''Player:''' ...Thank you, Friend Computer. [[FalseReassurance It is as wonderfully helpful as I had expected.]]\\
'''Friend Computer:''' It is no trouble, Citizen. Have a pleasant day. TheComputerIsYourFriend.


* Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook -- The information is fairly accurate, but it advises you for situations you'll probably never run into yourself, and it's not a good idea to try any of it yourself.

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* Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook ''Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook'' -- The information is fairly accurate, but it advises you for situations you'll probably never run into yourself, and it's not a good idea to try any of it yourself.

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* ''WebOriginal/HowToHero'' is this for people who want to be superheroes.


* The main schtick of Mark Erickson's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/infinitesolutions Infinite Solutions videos]]. They're all played just straight enough that the occasional Website/YouTube comment will still ask if the Empire State Building really ''does'' offer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvF_nxXJO5s Firearm Fridays]], or correct his assertion that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brdmnUBAS00 electrical tape conducts electricity]].

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* The main schtick of Mark Erickson's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/infinitesolutions Infinite Solutions videos]]. They're all played just straight enough that the occasional Website/YouTube [=YouTube=] comment will still ask if the Empire State Building really ''does'' offer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvF_nxXJO5s Firearm Fridays]], or correct his assertion that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brdmnUBAS00 electrical tape conducts electricity]].



* In the run-up to ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'''s 5th season, they've released a number of these (styled as "Isis Orientation" videos) on YouTube.

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* In the run-up to ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'''s 5th season, they've released a number of these (styled as "Isis Orientation" videos) on YouTube.Website/YouTube.


* ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'': "Hello, Maria Theresa here, with your new rule for writing a Period Anime."]]

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* ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'': "Hello, Maria Theresa here, with your new rule for writing a Period Anime."]]"



* The 100th episode of ''WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}''.

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* The 100th episode of ''WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}''.''WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}'' was how to make cut scenes just as bad as the ones they riff.


* [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "Dan Green]] Presents [[{{Subject101}} Abridging 101]]". Just search for it on Website/YouTube.
* [[WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged "Hello, Maria Theresa here, with your new rule for writing a Period Anime."]]

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* [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Creator/LittleKuriboh did the video "Dan Green]] Green Presents [[{{Subject101}} Abridging 101]]". Just search for it on Website/YouTube.
* [[WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'': "Hello, Maria Theresa here, with your new rule for writing a Period Anime."]]


Compare {{Mockumentary}}, LittleKnownFacts, TropesForDummies, FauxtivationalPoster, FauxDocumentary, {{Sabotutor}}.

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Compare {{Mockumentary}}, LittleKnownFacts, TropesForDummies, FauxtivationalPoster, FauxDocumentary, {{Sabotutor}}.
{{Sabotutor}}, AntiAdvice.

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* Humorist Dan Greenburg wrote several books like that, such as ''How to Make Yourself Miserable'', ''How to Avoid Love and Marriage'' and most notably ''How to Be a JewishMother''.


* ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', though some of the advice seems like it might work.

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* ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', though some of the advice seems like it might work.



* The musical ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' (based on a satirical book of the same name) is built around one of these.

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* The musical ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' (based on a satirical book of the same name) is built around one of these.


* The 100th episode of ''{{Unskippable}}''.

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* The 100th episode of ''{{Unskippable}}''.''WebVideo/{{Unskippable}}''.

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