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* Parodied in the tiny German college town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BCbingen Tübingen]]. [[Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe Goethe]] once stayed there to visit his publisher, and later wrote that he found the town to be horribly dirty, smelly, and generally unpleasant. Just under a second-story window in the middle of the town is a plaque reading "[[VomitIndiscretionShot Goethe puked here]]"

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* Parodied in the tiny German college town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BCbingen org/wiki/Tübingen Tübingen]]. [[Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe Goethe]] once stayed there to visit his publisher, and later wrote that he found the town to be horribly dirty, smelly, and generally unpleasant. Just under a second-story window in the middle of the town is a plaque reading "[[VomitIndiscretionShot Goethe puked here]]"


* In ''Film/HomeAlone 2'', Cedric the bellboy tries to impress Kevin with the history of the hotel by telling him UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover once slept there. In fact, Kevin doesn't know who Herbert Hoover was and assumes from the name that he was the inventor of the vaccum cleaner but he still seems pretty impressed by that.

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* In ''Film/HomeAlone 2'', ''Film/HomeAlone2LostInNewYork'', Cedric the bellboy tries to impress Kevin with the history of the hotel by telling him UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover once slept there. In fact, Kevin doesn't know who Herbert Hoover was and assumes from the name that he was the inventor of the vaccum cleaner but he still seems pretty impressed by that.



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* Two episodes of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' are based around attempts to prove this: "Joshua Peabody Died Here ... Possibly", about the founder of Cabet Cove, and "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here".


** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as it turns out that it was actually [[spoiler:Benedict Arnold]] who slept there.

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as it turns out the local historical society has determined that it was actually [[spoiler:Benedict Arnold]] who slept there. Then [[DoubleSubversion subverted again]] when they find evidence that Washington really had been there.

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as it turns out that it was actually [[spoiler:Benedict Arnold]] who slept there.


This is when an old inn, manor or other tourist attraction was once used by someone famous and -usually- dead. Whether or not this is actually ''true'' is generally only addressed if it somehow becomes relevant to the plot, ie if the celebrity in question might have hidden a PlotCoupon or MacGuffin there. Could also be anything from an outhouse to a gas station.

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This is when an old inn, manor or other tourist attraction was once used by someone famous and -usually- usually dead. Whether or not this is actually ''true'' is generally only addressed if it somehow becomes relevant to the plot, ie if the celebrity in question might have hidden a PlotCoupon or MacGuffin there. Could also be anything from an outhouse to a gas station.


* A "sort of history of the United States" by Creator/DaveBarry is titled ''DaveBarrySleptHere''.

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* A "sort of history of the United States" by Creator/DaveBarry is titled ''DaveBarrySleptHere''.''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere''.


* In Film/HomeAlone 2, Cedric the bellboy tries to impress Kevin with the history of the hotel by telling him UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover once slept there. In fact, Kevin doesn't know who Herbert Hoover was and assumes from the name that he was the inventor of the vaccum cleaner but he still seems pretty impressed by that.

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* In Film/HomeAlone 2, ''Film/HomeAlone 2'', Cedric the bellboy tries to impress Kevin with the history of the hotel by telling him UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover once slept there. In fact, Kevin doesn't know who Herbert Hoover was and assumes from the name that he was the inventor of the vaccum cleaner but he still seems pretty impressed by that.


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* A "sort of history of the United States" by Creator/DaveBarry is titled ''DaveBarrySleptHere''.


* A closely related phenomenon is the "By Royal Appointment" emblem that British companies are entitled to use if the Royal Household purchases its products. This is an impressive boast if one sold them wine or bespoke furniture or something; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_(brand) Fairy Liquid]], which used to have said emblem printed on every bottle, somewhat less so.

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* A closely related phenomenon is the "By Royal Appointment" emblem that British companies are entitled to use if the Royal Household purchases its products. This is an impressive boast if one sold them wine or bespoke furniture or something; something: Selling the Royal Household ''dish soap'' is rather less impressive, not that it stopped Procter and Gamble printing the emblem on bottles of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_(brand) Fairy Liquid]], which used to have said emblem printed on every bottle, somewhat less so.
Liquid]] for many years.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[TheSimpsonsDidIt did it]] with Jebediah Springfield, on more than one occasion.
** Also parodied in an episode in which a recording studio engineer tells Homer "This studio has a lot of history. Buddy Holly once stood on this exact spot and said 'There is no way in Hell I'm performing in this dump!'"

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[TheSimpsonsDidIt did it]] with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Numerous things in Springfield are considered historical landmarks simply because
Jebediah Springfield, on more than one occasion.
Springfield did something there.
** Also parodied Parodied in an episode in which a recording studio engineer tells Homer "This studio has a lot of history. Buddy Holly once stood on this exact spot [[BaitAndSwitchComment and said 'There is no way in Hell I'm performing in this dump!'"dump!']]"



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* In Film/HomeAlone 2, Cedric the bellboy tries to impress Kevin with the history of the hotel by telling him UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover once slept there. In fact, Kevin doesn't know who Herbert Hoover was and assumes from the name that he was the inventor of the vaccum cleaner but he still seems pretty impressed by that.

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-->''She was nuts on public-houses, was England’s Virgin Queen. There’s scarcely a pub of any attractions within ten miles of London that she does not seem to have looked in at, or stopped at, or slept at, some time or other. I wonder now, supposing Harris, say, turned over a new leaf, and became a great and good man, and got to be Prime Minister, and died, if they would put up signs over the public-houses that he had patronised: “Harris had a glass of bitter in this house;” “Harris had two of Scotch cold here in the summer of ’88;” “Harris was chucked from here in December, 1886.”\\
No, there would be too many of them! It would be the houses that he had never entered that would become famous. “Only house in South London that Harris never had a drink in!” The people would flock to it to see what could have been the matter with it.''



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* In ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat'' the trope is discussed by the narrator - in connection with surprisingly high number of pubs allegedly visited by UsefulNotes/ElizabethI and contrasted with surprisingly low number of pubs his fellow traveller Harris had ''not'' visited.

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** Also parodied in an episode in which a recording studio engineer tells Homer "This studio has a lot of history. Buddy Holly once stood on this exact spot and said 'There is no way in Hell I'm performing in this dump!'"


* In one episode of ''Series/{{Wings}}'', the house that Joe and Brian grew up in is condemned for demolition after a storm erodes the cliff its on threatening to drop it into the ocean. The cast set out to find a way to save it, and after failing decide to instead let out some childhood angst and wreck parts of it themselves. Queue Fey coming in at the end to announce that the Nantucket Historical Society had found evidence that Creator/HermanMelville had once [[OhCrap rented a room in that house and would therefore preserve it.]]

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* In one the ''Series/{{Wings}}'' episode of ''Series/{{Wings}}'', "This Old House", the house that Joe and Brian grew up in is condemned for demolition after a storm erodes the cliff its on it's on, threatening to drop it into the ocean. The cast set out to find a way to save it, and after failing failing, decide to instead let out some childhood angst and wreck parts of it themselves. Queue Fey Cue Fay coming in at the end to announce that the Nantucket Historical Society had found evidence that Creator/HermanMelville had once [[OhCrap rented a room in that house and would therefore preserve it.]]

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