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** Parley or parlay is invoked many times in the series, freezing the pirates in their tracks. Subverted when the smarter pirates decide to consider it less of a rule and more of a guideline.


** This also why [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_of_illegal_income_in_the_United_States tax forms in the US have a box to report "other income"]][[note]]Line 21 on a 1040 return. "Other income" also encompasses legal sources of income that isn't covered by any of the previous lines, like jury duty pay[[/note]]. If you've profited through any crime and don't report it, the government only has to prove that you have unaccounted-for income, so they can book you on tax evasion (and possibly filling out a falsified form) if nothing else. The presence of this box prevents any criminal from claiming that their illegal profits were unreported because they didn't fit any of the categories present.

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** This also why [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_of_illegal_income_in_the_United_States tax forms in the US have a box to report "other income"]][[note]]Line 21 on a 1040 return. "Other income" also encompasses legal sources of income that isn't covered by any of the previous lines, like jury duty pay[[/note]]. If you've profited through any crime and don't report it, the government only has to prove that you have unaccounted-for income, so they can book you on tax evasion (and possibly filling out a falsified form) if nothing else. The presence of this box prevents any criminal from claiming that their illegal profits were unreported because they didn't fit any of the categories present.present - because it does not ask what form this income took, it was upheld as not violating the Fifth Amendment, which prevents self-incrimination.


* In one Jewish tale, a bunch of rabbis are contradicted by God about the correct way to perform a certain ritual; He appears and His voice comes booming out of the sky telling them they're wrong. The rabbis confer with each other for a moment, and then turn back to God and tell Him that the decision falls under rabbinical jurisdiction and that according to the rules, it's their ruling that counts, not His. God concedes the point and [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu backs down]].

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* In one Jewish tale, a bunch of rabbis are contradicted by God about the correct way to perform a certain ritual; He appears and His voice comes booming out of the sky telling them they're wrong. The rabbis confer with each other for a moment, and then turn back to God and tell Him that the decision falls under rabbinical jurisdiction and that according to the rules, it's their ruling that counts, not His. God concedes the point and [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu backs down]]. ([[PoesLaw And no,]] this is not intended to be a joke about how JewsLoveToArgue.)


-->'''Pharisees:''' Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or not?\\

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-->'''Pharisees:''' Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay them or not?\\not? [[note]][[MortonsFork If Jesus had answered no to this question, then the romans would've crucified him for preaching sedition ahead of schedule, wheras answering yes would result in the Jewish rebels killing him.]][[/note]]\\



'''Jesus:''' Give to Caesar what is due Caesar, and to God what due God.

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'''Jesus:''' [[TakeAThirdOption Give to Caesar what is due Caesar, and to God what due God.God]].


* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' "Utterly Dwarfed" arc, Hel and her vampiric High Priest seek to usher TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by manipulating a vote held by the Dwarven Clan Heads, using copious amounts of LoopholeAbuse to their advantage. The plan is ultimately foiled by Durkon who renders the entire vote invalid by exploiting a minor regulation- namely, he breaks the table the meeting is held at, and the laws ''strictly'' state that the Clan Heads ''must'' meet around a single table, not two halves of one.

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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' "Utterly Dwarfed" arc, Hel and her vampiric High Priest seek to usher TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by manipulating a vote held by the Dwarven Clan Heads, using copious amounts of LoopholeAbuse to their advantage. The plan is ultimately foiled by Durkon who renders the entire vote invalid by exploiting a minor regulation- regulation -- namely, he breaks the table the meeting is held at, and the laws ''strictly'' state that the Clan Heads ''must'' meet around a single table, not two halves of one.


* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' "Utterly Dwarfed" arc, Hel and her vampiric High Priest seek to usher TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by manipulating a vote held by the Dwarven Clan Heads, using copious amounts of LoopholeAbuse to their advantage. The plan is ultimately foiled by Durkon who renders the entire vote invalid by exploiting an minor regulation- namely, he breaks the table the meeting is held at, and the laws ''strictly'' state that the Clan Heads ''must'' meet around a single table, not two halves of one.

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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' "Utterly Dwarfed" arc, Hel and her vampiric High Priest seek to usher TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by manipulating a vote held by the Dwarven Clan Heads, using copious amounts of LoopholeAbuse to their advantage. The plan is ultimately foiled by Durkon who renders the entire vote invalid by exploiting an a minor regulation- namely, he breaks the table the meeting is held at, and the laws ''strictly'' state that the Clan Heads ''must'' meet around a single table, not two halves of one.


* In one Jewish tale, a bunch of Rabbis are contradicted by God about the correct way to perform a certain ritual; He appears and His voice comes booming out of the sky telling them they're wrong. The Rabbis confer with each other for a moment, and then turn back to God and tell Him that the decision falls under Rabbinical jurisdiction and that according to the rules, it's their ruling that counts, not His. God concedes the point and [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu backs down]].
** To give a bit more detail (and accuracy), the debate was between two Rabbis: Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Eliezer. Rabbi Eliezer lost the initial vote and asked God to prove him correct. First he asked that the river flow backward, that a tree be suddenly, uprooted, then that the walls of the synagogue collapse in, and, finally, that God himself speak. God’s voice is heard saying, ‘this and all laws are in accordance with Rabbi Eliezer.’ Rabbi Yehoshua immediately responds with, ‘the Torah is not in Heaven!’ with the law on Earth being that majority rules, and God, naturally, is One. (Note that God had made this law; a previous debate between rival schools had been decided when God stated that the majority is determined by NUMBER, not smarts.) God’s response? To laugh, while proudly proclaiming, ‘my children have defeated me; my children have defeated me!’ This story is actually very telling of the time, which occurred immediately after the Holy Temple’s destruction. Prior to this Halachik debate could be settled by asking the Urim v’Tumim (ie. asking God); from that point until today, halachik matters have been determined by Rabbinical council.

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* In one Jewish tale, a bunch of Rabbis rabbis are contradicted by God about the correct way to perform a certain ritual; He appears and His voice comes booming out of the sky telling them they're wrong. The Rabbis rabbis confer with each other for a moment, and then turn back to God and tell Him that the decision falls under Rabbinical rabbinical jurisdiction and that according to the rules, it's their ruling that counts, not His. God concedes the point and [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu backs down]].
** To give a bit more detail (and accuracy), the debate was between two Rabbis: rabbis: Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Eliezer. Rabbi Eliezer lost the initial vote and asked God to prove him correct. First he asked that the river flow backward, that a tree be suddenly, suddenly uprooted, then that the walls of the synagogue collapse in, and, finally, that God himself speak. God’s voice is heard saying, ‘this ‘This and all laws are in accordance with Rabbi Eliezer.’ Rabbi Yehoshua immediately responds with, ‘the ‘The Torah is not in Heaven!’ with the law on Earth being that majority rules, and God, naturally, is One. (Note that God had made this law; a law. A previous debate between rival schools had been decided when God stated that the majority is determined by NUMBER, not smarts.) God’s response? To laugh, while proudly proclaiming, ‘my children have defeated me; me, my children have defeated me!’ This story is actually very telling of the time, which occurred immediately after the Holy Temple’s destruction. Prior to this this, Halachik debate could be settled by asking the Urim v’Tumim (ie. (i.e. asking God); from God). From that point until today, halachik matters have been determined by Rabbinical rabbinical council.


* [[http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/cakesale.asp Urban legend:]] A modern student at Oxford or Cambridge points to a four-hundred year-old rule stating that the university must provide "cakes and ale" to him as he takes his exam. The university complies (with the modern equivalent, a burger and a Pepsi), and then promptly fines him for not wearing his sword to the examination.

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* [[http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/cakesale.asp Urban legend:]] A modern student at Oxford or Cambridge points to a four-hundred year-old rule stating that the university must provide "cakes and ale" to him as he takes his exam. The university complies (with the modern equivalent, a burger and a Pepsi), and then promptly fines him for not wearing his sword to the examination.examination[[note]]Which is ''why'' this is an urban legend. The school no doubt had a 'no weapons' policy. If he wore a weapon, he would be fined. If he didn't wear a weapon, he would be fined. In other words, it was a Catch-22.[[/note]].



** Another urban legend tells of a man who insured his cigars, and then claimed the insurance under the grounds that they were destroyed in a series of small fires (he smoked them). The insurance company paid... but then had him arrested for arson, since he deliberately set them on fire.

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** Another urban legend tells of a man who insured his cigars, and then claimed the insurance under the grounds that they were destroyed in a series of small fires (he smoked them). The insurance company paid... but then had him arrested for arson, since he deliberately set them on fire.



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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'' the scribblings of a madwoman mentions that [[spoiler:the Yama Kings]] are all liars and deceivers, but liars and deceivers who have to follow certain rules when making bargains. These rules, however, only apply if both parties are aware of said rules' existence, which means that the only person who could ever trust [[spoiler:a Yama King would be another Yama King]].


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* In ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'' the scribblings of a madwoman mentions that [[spoiler:the Yama Kings]] are all liars and deceivers, but liars and deceivers who have to follow certain rules when making bargains. These rules, however, only apply if both parties are aware of said rules' existence, which means that the only person who could ever trust [[spoiler:a Yama King would be another Yama King]].
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* In one version of the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' example above, the other player got their opponent disqualified by reporting him for having too few cards in his deck.
* In 5th edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the books include a rule to specifically prevent this kind of behavior by simply stating that when in doubt, the DM is considered to be in the right.


* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderofthePhoenix,'' [[HeroWithBadPublicity Harry]] is put in front of a KangarooCourt determined to make him look bad. The charge they use is that he used magic in front of a Muggle, which goes against upholding TheMasquerade. [[BigGood Dumbledore]] points out that a) said Muggle is ''already familiar with magic'' and b) that there's a self-defense clause in that law, and that Harry was clearly acting in self-defense. Fudge refers to Harry blowing up his aunt, but Dumbledore points out that that happened two years ago, and that since Fudge didn't press charges then, he can hardly do so now. He then tries to argue that Harry has been up to all kinds of nonsense at school...but as Dumbledore points out, what happens at school is not legally the Ministry's business. Fudge has no choice but to concede.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderofthePhoenix,'' ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix,'' [[HeroWithBadPublicity Harry]] is put in front of a KangarooCourt determined to make him look bad. The charge they use is that he used magic in front of a Muggle, which goes against upholding TheMasquerade. [[BigGood Dumbledore]] points out that a) said Muggle is ''already familiar with magic'' and b) that there's a self-defense clause in that law, and that Harry was clearly acting in self-defense. Fudge refers to Harry blowing up his aunt, but Dumbledore points out that that happened two years ago, and that since Fudge didn't press charges then, he can hardly do so now. He then tries to argue that Harry has been up to all kinds of nonsense at school...but as Dumbledore points out, what happens at school is not legally the Ministry's business. Fudge has no choice but to concede.


** This is sometimes the end result when someone attempts to justify their religious beliefs in this way. For example, someone might take a line saying "Don't be adulterous" and claim that anything less than total chastity is wrong, disregarding any other lines talking about true and honest love or that it also says to [[BestialityIsDepraved love all wildlife.]]

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** This is sometimes the end result when someone attempts to justify their religious beliefs in this way. For example, someone might take a line saying "Don't be adulterous" and [[SexIsEvil claim that anything less than total chastity is wrong, wrong]], disregarding any other lines talking about true and honest love or that it also says to [[BestialityIsDepraved love all wildlife.]]


* The gaming community of Muncie is made of this trope, but especially [[RulesLawyer Brian Vanhoose]] who never met a rule he couldn't exploit. For example, a frustrated [[GameMaster B.A.]] invoked [[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules obscure "overbearing" rules]] in his game (a target is automatically overbeared by an angry mob, consisting of at least ten people) over Brian's objections and delivered a HumiliationConga to his group. Brian responded by having each party member hire 10 beggars to act as a mob and started mercilessly overbearing monsters.

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* ** The gaming community of Muncie is made of this trope, but especially [[RulesLawyer Brian Vanhoose]] who never met a rule he couldn't exploit. For example, a frustrated [[GameMaster B.A.]] invoked [[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules obscure "overbearing" rules]] in his game (a target is automatically overbeared by an angry mob, consisting of at least ten people) over Brian's objections and delivered a HumiliationConga to his group. Brian responded by having each party member hire 10 beggars to act as a mob and started mercilessly overbearing monsters.


* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' the gaming community of Muncie is made of this trope, but especially [[RulesLawyer Brian Vanhoose]] who never met a rule he couldn't exploit. For example, a frustrated [[GameMaster B.A.]] invoked [[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules obscure "overbearing" rules]] in his game (a target is automatically overbeared by an angry mob, consisting of at least ten people) over Brian's objections and delivered a HumiliationConga to his group. Brian responded by having each party member hire 10 beggars to act as a mob and started mercilessly overbearing monsters.

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* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' the ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'':
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gaming community of Muncie is made of this trope, but especially [[RulesLawyer Brian Vanhoose]] who never met a rule he couldn't exploit. For example, a frustrated [[GameMaster B.A.]] invoked [[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules obscure "overbearing" rules]] in his game (a target is automatically overbeared by an angry mob, consisting of at least ten people) over Brian's objections and delivered a HumiliationConga to his group. Brian responded by having each party member hire 10 beggars to act as a mob and started mercilessly overbearing monsters.


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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' "Utterly Dwarfed" arc, Hel and her vampiric High Priest seek to usher TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by manipulating a vote held by the Dwarven Clan Heads, using copious amounts of LoopholeAbuse to their advantage. The plan is ultimately foiled by Durkon who renders the entire vote invalid by exploiting an minor regulation- namely, he breaks the table the meeting is held at, and the law ''strictly'' state that the Clan Heads ''must'' meet around a single table, not two halves of one.

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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' "Utterly Dwarfed" arc, Hel and her vampiric High Priest seek to usher TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by manipulating a vote held by the Dwarven Clan Heads, using copious amounts of LoopholeAbuse to their advantage. The plan is ultimately foiled by Durkon who renders the entire vote invalid by exploiting an minor regulation- namely, he breaks the table the meeting is held at, and the law laws ''strictly'' state that the Clan Heads ''must'' meet around a single table, not two halves of one.

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