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* This is the entire plot of the conspiracy thriller ''Operation Avalanche.'' A group of CIA agents are sent to NASA during the Apollo missions to investigate a potential Russian mole. They end up discovering that NASA doesn't have the capability to actually land astronauts on the Moon - so the protagonist sells the CIA director on the idea of filming a fake landing and having NASA broadcast it instead.

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* This is the entire plot of the conspiracy thriller ''Operation Avalanche.'' Avalanche''. A group of CIA agents are sent to NASA during the Apollo missions to investigate a potential Russian mole. They end up discovering that NASA doesn't have the capability to actually land astronauts on the Moon - so the protagonist sells the CIA director on the idea of filming a fake landing and having NASA broadcast it instead.



* NASA ''did'' fake the Moon landings...but they hired Creator/StanleyKubrick to do it, and he ''[[GoneHorriblyRight insisted]]'' that the fake lunar landings [[EnforcedMethodActing be filmed on the actual Lunar surface!]]

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* NASA ''did'' fake the Moon landings... but they hired Creator/StanleyKubrick to do it, and he ''[[GoneHorriblyRight insisted]]'' that the fake lunar landings [[EnforcedMethodActing be filmed on the actual Lunar surface!]]


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* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'', a billionaire wants to use his rocket to claim the Moon and its resources, so he states the Moon landing was a hoax while secretly planning to destroy all proof of the Apollo landings.


* Interestingly, considering how much a ConspiracyTheorist he is, Gus of ''WebComic/RoosterTeethComics'' actually ''does'' believe the US landed on the moon. [[spoiler:He believes the Vikings got there first, though.]]

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* Interestingly, considering how much a ConspiracyTheorist he is, Gus of from ''WebComic/RoosterTeethComics'' is a ConspiracyTheorist who actually ''does'' believe the US landed on the moon. [[spoiler:He believes the Vikings got there first, though.]]though]].

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* Interestingly, considering how much a ConspiracyTheorist he is, Gus of ''WebComic/RoosterTeethComics'' actually ''does'' believe the US landed on the moon. [[spoiler:He believes the Vikings got there first, though.]]

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* The December 8, 2019 ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' strip had Peter deliver the following speech:
-->''I declare that one day man will travel to the moon! And this achievement will instill great reverence in the collective accomplishment of our species and lead to a technological revolution that will eventually culminate in a social network so connected, so influential to our daily lives that it will seed an idea that the entire thing was a hoax to begin with.''


-->'''President Truman:''' Take this to {{Area 51}}.
-->'''Soldier:''' But sir, that's where we're building the fake moon landing set.
-->'''President Truman:''' Then we'll have to really land on the Moon! Invent UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} and tell them to get off their fannies!

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-->'''President --->'''President Truman:''' Take this to {{Area 51}}.
-->'''Soldier:'''
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'''Soldier:'''
But sir, that's where we're building the fake moon landing set.
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'''President
Truman:''' Then we'll have to really land on the Moon! Invent UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} and tell them to get off their fannies!



-->'''Nixon''': The one secret they never suspected was that I really did stage the moon landing... [[VoodooShark on]] UsefulNotes/{{Venus}}! Aroo! Muahahaha!

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-->'''Nixon''': --->'''Nixon''': The one secret they never suspected was that I really did stage the moon landing... [[VoodooShark [[ComplexityAddiction on]] UsefulNotes/{{Venus}}! Aroo! Muahahaha!


* The 2002 French {{mockumentary}} ''Dark Side of the Moon'' (in French ''Opération Lune'') pretends that the footage of the Moon landing was faked and filmed by Creator/StanleyKubrick.

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* The 2002 French {{mockumentary}} ''Dark Side of the Moon'' ''Film/DarkSideOfTheMoon'' (in French ''Opération Lune'') pretends that the footage of the Moon landing was faked and filmed by Creator/StanleyKubrick.


* ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'' covers this topic in "Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories". As is standard for his series, actual experts are brought in to explain the subject at hand. The expert explains that it was ''technologically impossible'' to stage the moon landing, using the fact that all the shadows in official pictures are completely parallel to each other, as there was only one single light source located 68 million miles away. Shadows produced by lighting in a sound stage would be conical from one point of origin, and the only way to replicate the same effect as the sun would be to use millions of lasers that could only be produced individually through huge bulky machines, and they could only be red lasers back in the 1960s. They also point out the fact that they would've had to prevent 400,000 NASA employees from talking about it, and that the broadcast was picked up in numerous countries across the planet, including the Soviet Union, who would've done anything in their power to prove it was faked just to stop from being one-upped by their Cold War enemies.

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* ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'' covers this topic in "Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories". As is standard for his series, actual experts are brought in to explain the subject at hand. The expert explains that it was ''technologically impossible'' to stage the moon landing, using the fact that all the shadows in official pictures are completely parallel to each other, as there was only one single light source located 68 93 million miles away. Shadows produced by lighting in a sound stage would be conical from one point of origin, and the only way to replicate the same effect as the sun would be to use millions of lasers that could only be produced individually through huge bulky machines, and they could only be red lasers back in the 1960s. They also point out the fact that they would've had to prevent 400,000 NASA employees from talking about it, and that the broadcast was picked up in numerous countries across the planet, including the Soviet Union, who would've done anything in their power to prove it was faked just to stop from being one-upped by their Cold War enemies.


The [[ConspiracyTheories/OToZ Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969]] is one historical event that conspiracy theorists ''love'' to... theorize about. The idea of space travel seems so farfetched to some that they would rather believe that it was easier to film in a sound stage, because they have no actual means to go to the moon and see for themselves that it happened. As such, the conspiracy itself has been ripe for parody in the media.

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The [[ConspiracyTheories/OToZ Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969]] is one historical event that conspiracy theorists ''love'' to... theorize about. The idea of space travel seems so farfetched to some that they would rather believe that it was easier to film in a sound stage, stage because they have no actual means to go to the moon and see for themselves that it happened. As such, the conspiracy itself has been ripe for parody in the media.



* Played with in ''Manga/BillyBat'': The moon landings [[spoiler: are real, but a fake film had to be broadcast to cover up what they really found on the surface - a [[ArcSymbol rather familiar looking doodle]]...]]

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* Played with in ''Manga/BillyBat'': The moon landings [[spoiler: are real, but a fake film had to be broadcast to cover up what they really found on the surface - a [[ArcSymbol rather familiar looking familiar-looking doodle]]...]]



* Referenced in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga story ''[[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Silent Sinner in Blue]]'': Reference materials about the Apollo program are surprisingly easy to find in Gensokyo. According to shopkeeper Rinnosuke, this is because of all the conspiracy theorists who think the lunar landing was faked, which caused the idea to pass into the realm of fantasy -- which is what Gensokyo literally is. In ''Legacy Of Lunatic Kingdom'' it's inverted: the reason Clownpiece wears Americann flag clothes is because it reminds the Lunarians of the time humans landed on the Moon, which acts as a living BrownNote to them (humans being mortal and therefore impure).

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* Referenced in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga story ''[[Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Silent Sinner in Blue]]'': Reference materials about the Apollo program are surprisingly easy to find in Gensokyo. According to shopkeeper Rinnosuke, this is because of all the conspiracy theorists who think the lunar landing was faked, which caused the idea to pass into the realm of fantasy -- which is what Gensokyo literally is. In ''Legacy Of Lunatic Kingdom'' Kingdom'', it's inverted: the reason Clownpiece wears Americann American flag clothes is because that it reminds the Lunarians of the time humans landed on the Moon, which acts as a living BrownNote to them (humans being mortal and therefore impure).



* In 1971's Franchise/JamesBond film ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', there is a brief [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment unexplained]] scene during one of Bond's excursions into a (terrestrial) SupervillainLair where he stumbles onto a soundstage where a moon landing is being filmed. As the sequence goes by without any elaboration or plot-relevance, it's never really made clear ''why'' this is being done, though there are no-doubt sinister motives. It's the potential UrExample of the trope (America was still launching moon landings in real life when the movie was released), and in some circles the scene is considered to be the primary popular inspiration for the conspiracy theory.
** During the Apollo era, NASA contractors had mockups of space hardware at their factories for purposes of testing of equipment and procedures and for training of astronauts. U.S. TV networks regularly featured these activities in their coverage of the program.

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* In 1971's Franchise/JamesBond film ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', there is a brief [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment unexplained]] scene during one of Bond's excursions into a (terrestrial) SupervillainLair where he stumbles onto a soundstage where a moon landing is being filmed. As the sequence goes by without any elaboration or plot-relevance, it's never really made clear ''why'' this is being done, though there are no-doubt sinister motives. It's the potential UrExample of the trope (America was still launching moon landings in real life when the movie was released), and in some circles circles, the scene is considered to be the primary popular inspiration for the conspiracy theory.
** During the Apollo era, NASA contractors had mockups of space hardware at their factories for purposes of testing of equipment and procedures and for training of astronauts. U.S. TV networks regularly featured these activities in their coverage of the program.



** On the June 7, 2006 edition, Colbert said "Tonight's guest is a pioneer in Mars exploration. Hopefully tonight he'll explain how they faked a space landing there too."
** On the July 27, 2006 episode, Colbert said "And here's the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museum, where you can see the original rocks from the soundstage where they faked the Moon landing. It's a part of Hollywood history."
** On the August 1, 2007 edition, Colbert said, "Unless you've been on the moon this week, you know I broke my wrist. And if you have been on the moon, congratulations, you are the first!"
* ''Series/ColdCase'': One of the suspects in "One Small Step" believes that the moon landings were faked. The murder they are investigating occurred on the day of the first moon landing, and the events of that day may have fueled his later delusion.
* ''{{Series/Friends}}'': While at a thanksgiving meal in the "The One With Rachel's Other Sister" episode, Joey realises he was meant to be on a parade float with his fellow ''Days of Our Lives'' stars and has difficultly trying to come up with a good excuse as to why he is not there.

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** On the June 7, 2006 2006, edition, Colbert said "Tonight's guest is a pioneer in Mars exploration. Hopefully tonight he'll explain how they faked a space landing there too."
** On the July 27, 2006 2006, episode, Colbert said "And here's the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museum, where you can see the original rocks from the soundstage where they faked the Moon landing. It's a part of Hollywood history."
** On the August 1, 2007 2007, edition, Colbert said, "Unless you've been on the moon this week, you know I broke my wrist. And if you have been on the moon, congratulations, you are the first!"
* ''Series/ColdCase'': One of the suspects in "One Small Step" believes that the moon landings were faked. The murder they are investigating occurred on the day of the first moon landing, landing and the events of that day may have fueled his later delusion.
* ''{{Series/Friends}}'': While at a thanksgiving meal in the "The One With Rachel's Other Sister" episode, Joey realises he was meant to be on a parade float with his fellow ''Days of Our Lives'' stars and has difficultly difficulty trying to come up with a good excuse as to why he is not there.



* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Ray-Ray calls up Joy (who is surrogating a baby for him and his wife Liberty), and tells her to switch to Creator/{{PBS}}, where they're showing a documentary about the moon-landing, and to stand in front of the TV speakers so the fetus can hear it. Darnell kneels down towards Joy's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot bump]], and talks to the fetus, telling [[spoiler: her]] that the moon-landing is a hoax, and that he [[spoiler: as Harry Munroe]] knows the ''real'' story. Joy comments that the fetus has turned away (in apparent disinterest), and that Darnell is therefore talking to [[spoiler: her]] butt.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Ray-Ray calls up Joy (who is surrogating a baby for him and his wife Liberty), Liberty) and tells her to switch to Creator/{{PBS}}, where they're showing a documentary about the moon-landing, moon landing, and to stand in front of the TV speakers so the fetus can hear it. Darnell kneels down towards Joy's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot bump]], and talks to the fetus, telling [[spoiler: her]] that the moon-landing moon landing is a hoax, and that he [[spoiler: as Harry Munroe]] knows the ''real'' story. Joy comments that the fetus has turned away (in apparent disinterest), disinterest) and that Darnell is therefore talking to [[spoiler: her]] butt.



-->'''Martin''': For the longest time I was obsessed with all those alien conspiracies. {{Crop circles}}, [[AliensStealCattle cow mutilations]], the Apollo cover-up.\\

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-->'''Martin''': For the longest time time, I was obsessed with all those alien conspiracies. {{Crop circles}}, [[AliensStealCattle cow mutilations]], the Apollo cover-up.\\



* In one of a series of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory sketches on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', a shady government office (who also for unspecified reasons are covering up the ''successful'' Mars landings) plans to fake the moon landings. When they realize that no one will be fooled unless they really do build and launch the Saturn V rocket, and that the other costs ("mainly catering") would be cheaper for three astronauts for a mission than an entire film crew for the duration of a shoot, they decide to just pop over to the moon and fake the footage there.
* In series 3 of ''Series/ToastOfLondon'', boozed-up jobbing actor Stephen Toast tells a TV interviewer about how he stumbled onto Stanley Kubrick filming the first Moon landing at Pinewood studios, while Richard Nixon looked on. The CIA sends hit men after Toast, but [[MurderByMistake that actually works out quite well for him.]]

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* In one of a series of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory sketches on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', a shady government office (who also for unspecified reasons are covering up the ''successful'' Mars landings) plans to fake the moon landings. When they realize that no one will be fooled unless they really do build and launch the Saturn V rocket, rocket and that the other costs ("mainly catering") would be cheaper for three astronauts for a mission than an entire film crew for the duration of a shoot, they decide to just pop over to the moon and fake the footage there.
* In series 3 of ''Series/ToastOfLondon'', boozed-up jobbing actor Stephen Toast tells a TV interviewer about how he stumbled onto Stanley Kubrick filming the first Moon landing at Pinewood studios, while Richard Nixon looked on. The CIA sends hit men hitmen after Toast, but [[MurderByMistake that actually works out quite well for him.]]



* The music video for Music/ImagineDragons' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5tWYmIOWGk "On Top Of The World"]] starts off with the band members leaving their perfect families and heading to NASA to be the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission. Halfway into the video, it's revealed that the whole thing is being staged, with Creator/StanleyKubrick directing it and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon watching next to him. After the landing was successfully televised, the sound stage is rushed by screaming fangirls who listen to the band play while still wearing their space suits.

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* The music video for Music/ImagineDragons' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5tWYmIOWGk "On Top Of The World"]] starts off with the band members leaving their perfect families and heading to NASA to be the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission. Halfway into the video, it's revealed that the whole thing is being staged, with Creator/StanleyKubrick directing it and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon watching next to him. After the landing was successfully televised, the sound stage is rushed by screaming fangirls who listen to the band play while still wearing their space suits.spacesuits.



* The first of the ''VideoGame/Area51FPS'' had the main character getting deeper into the eponymous base to stop an AlienInvasion, and at one moment he would pass through a storage room holding a false lunar landscape, an Apollo capsule and some recording equipment. Bonus points for [[DieChairDie allowing you to shoot up the place]].
** If you unlock Dr Cray's third diary entry, he states that man has been to the moon but the Apollo footage was faked to hide what was really happening.

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* The first of the ''VideoGame/Area51FPS'' had the main character getting deeper into the eponymous base to stop an AlienInvasion, and at one moment he would pass through a storage room holding a false lunar landscape, an Apollo capsule capsule, and some recording equipment. Bonus points for [[DieChairDie allowing you to shoot up the place]].
** If you unlock Dr Dr. Cray's third diary entry, he states that man has been to the moon but the Apollo footage was faked to hide what was really happening.



* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', the conspiracy theorist Dooley believes that not only was the moon landing faked, so was the ''moon''. When [=McQueen=] asks him who would do that, he explains that it was the inhabitants of the ''real'' moon, which is hidden behind the fake one. In a later scene, he also claims that Columbus faked the America landings, and that there's no real evidence such a place as America even exists.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', the conspiracy theorist Dooley believes that not only was the moon landing faked, so was the ''moon''. When [=McQueen=] asks him who would do that, he explains that it was the inhabitants of the ''real'' moon, which is hidden behind the fake one. In a later scene, he also claims that Columbus faked the America landings, landings and that there's no real evidence such a place as America even exists.



* There was a website in the early 2000's called moontruth.org which spoofed the Moon landing hoax conspiracy theory. A video on the site purported to be an outtake from the filming of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=960vBSKT-Pw The video can still be viewed here.]]

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* There was a website in the early 2000's 2000s called moontruth.org which spoofed the Moon landing hoax conspiracy theory. A video on the site purported to be an outtake from the filming of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=960vBSKT-Pw The video can still be viewed here.]]



* ''WebSite/SFDebris'' made a crack about this when one of his put-upon characters claims that the moon landing was faked--''on the moon.'' "That's why it looks so real!"

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* ''WebSite/SFDebris'' made a crack about this when one of his put-upon characters claims that the moon landing was faked--''on faked -- ''on the moon.'' "That's why it looks so real!"



* In the CGI movie ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'', an important part of the plot is that many people still believe the original moonlanding was faked.

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* In the CGI movie ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'', an important part of the plot is that many people still believe the original moonlanding moon landing was faked.


* This is the entire plot of the conspiracy thriller ''Operation Avalanche'', where two CIA agents investigate a potential mole only to wind up faking the moon landing when NASA confirms Apollo 11 won't make it to the moon.

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* This is the entire plot of the conspiracy thriller ''Operation Avalanche'', where two Avalanche.'' A group of CIA agents are sent to NASA during the Apollo missions to investigate a potential mole only to wind Russian mole. They end up faking discovering that NASA doesn't have the moon capability to actually land astronauts on the Moon - so the protagonist sells the CIA director on the idea of filming a fake landing when and having NASA confirms Apollo 11 won't make broadcast it to the moon.instead.


[[caption-width-right:350:CUT! It's "one small step for '''a''' man", Neil!]]
->''NASA hired Creator/StanleyKubrick to film the moon landing. Unfortunately for them, he was such a perfectionist he forced them to let him shoot on location.''

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[[caption-width-right:350:CUT! It's "one small step for '''a''' '''A''' man", Neil!]]
->''NASA ->''Did you hear about when NASA hired Creator/StanleyKubrick to film the moon landing. landing? Unfortunately for them, he was such a perfectionist he forced them to let him shoot on location.''


* In one of a series of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory sketches on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', a shady government office (who also for unspecified reasons are covering up the ''successful'' Mars landings) plans to fake the moon landings. When they realise that no one will be fooled unless they really do build a massive rocket, and they'll have the cost of film crews and catering on top of that, they decide that it'll be cheaper just to pop to the moon and fake the footage there.

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* In one of a series of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory sketches on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', a shady government office (who also for unspecified reasons are covering up the ''successful'' Mars landings) plans to fake the moon landings. When they realise realize that no one will be fooled unless they really do build a massive and launch the Saturn V rocket, and they'll have that the cost of other costs ("mainly catering") would be cheaper for three astronauts for a mission than an entire film crews and catering on top crew for the duration of that, a shoot, they decide that it'll be cheaper to just to pop over to the moon and fake the footage there.there.

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* The 2002 French {{mockumentary}} ''Dark Side of the Moon'' (in French ''Opération Lune'') pretends that the footage of the Moon landing was faked and filmed by Creator/StanleyKubrick.


* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Ray-Ray calls up Joy (who is surrogating a baby for him and his wife Liberty), and tells her to switch to {{PBS}}, where they're showing a documentary about the moon-landing, and to stand in front of the TV speakers so the fetus can hear it. Darnell kneels down towards Joy's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot bump]], and talks to the fetus, telling [[spoiler: her]] that the moon-landing is a hoax, and that he [[spoiler: as Harry Munroe]] knows the ''real'' story. Joy comments that the fetus has turned away (in apparent disinterest), and that Darnell is therefore talking to [[spoiler: her]] butt.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Ray-Ray calls up Joy (who is surrogating a baby for him and his wife Liberty), and tells her to switch to {{PBS}}, Creator/{{PBS}}, where they're showing a documentary about the moon-landing, and to stand in front of the TV speakers so the fetus can hear it. Darnell kneels down towards Joy's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot bump]], and talks to the fetus, telling [[spoiler: her]] that the moon-landing is a hoax, and that he [[spoiler: as Harry Munroe]] knows the ''real'' story. Joy comments that the fetus has turned away (in apparent disinterest), and that Darnell is therefore talking to [[spoiler: her]] butt.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Phantom of the Telethon", After the {{CIA}} loses funding for torture equipment, Stan hosts a {{telethon}} to raise money needed to continue. He opens up to the audience with a joke.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Phantom of the Telethon", After the {{CIA}} UsefulNotes/{{CIA}} loses funding for torture equipment, Stan hosts a {{telethon}} to raise money needed to continue. He opens up to the audience with a joke.



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->''NASA hired Creator/StanleyKubrick to film the moon landing. Unfortunately for them, he was such a perfectionist he forced them to let him shoot on location.''
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