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-->Mr. O'Toole recalls walking into a room at age 3 or 4. His parents, obviously in their cups, are trying to put up the family Christmas tree. "Is Father Christmas coming?" he demands. Gales of laughter. Marching up to his father, he repeats: "Is Father Christmas coming?" Whereupon his father picks up a brown paper bag and leaves the room. There's a bang. The door opens, and Pat O'Toole returns. "He stands above me," Mr. O'Toole writes, "and looks solemnly down at me before pronouncing very clearly: 'Father Christmas has [[DrivenToSuicide just shot himself.]]' "

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-->Mr. O'Toole recalls walking into a room at age 3 or 4. His parents, obviously in their cups, are trying to put up the family Christmas tree. "Is Father Christmas coming?" he demands. Gales of laughter. Marching up to his father, he repeats: "Is Father Christmas coming?" Whereupon his father picks up a brown paper bag and leaves the room. There's a bang. The door opens, and Pat O'Toole returns. "He stands above me," Mr. O'Toole writes, "and looks solemnly down at me before pronouncing very clearly: 'Father Christmas has [[DrivenToSuicide just shot himself.]]' "]]'"
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* Creator/PeterOToole told a [[TwistedChristmas hilariously awful]] story of his childhood that involved this.
-->Mr. O'Toole recalls walking into a room at age 3 or 4. His parents, obviously in their cups, are trying to put up the family Christmas tree. "Is Father Christmas coming?" he demands. Gales of laughter. Marching up to his father, he repeats: "Is Father Christmas coming?" Whereupon his father picks up a brown paper bag and leaves the room. There's a bang. The door opens, and Pat O'Toole returns. "He stands above me," Mr. O'Toole writes, "and looks solemnly down at me before pronouncing very clearly: 'Father Christmas has [[DrivenToSuicide just shot himself.]]' "


** Bogus does this to Ratty and Mole with a balloon in the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E5BadLuckBogus Bad Luck Bogus]]", while they were preparing a potion to use on him. The ensuing popping of the balloon surprises Ratty and Mole, culminating in a SurpriseJump from Mole who then lands in the potion. HilarityEnsues afterwards when the effects of the potion cause Mole to have a spastic reaction and also causes him to rocket all around the attic.

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** Bogus does this to Ratty and Mole with a balloon in the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E5BadLuckBogus Bad Luck Bogus]]", while they were preparing a potion to use on him. The ensuing popping of the balloon surprises Ratty and Mole, culminating in a SurpriseJump from Mole who then lands in the potion. HilarityEnsues afterwards when the effects of the potion cause Mole to have a spastic convulsive reaction and also causes him to rocket all around the attic.


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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': A comic has a rocket scientist carefully hammering rivets into a missile while another scientist behind him is about to pop a paper bag.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': A ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' did this to her husband, Dagwood, to get him to wake up for work. It was usually [[RuleOfFunny played for comedy]]. She did it quite a few times in the comic has a rocket scientist carefully hammering rivets into a missile while another scientist behind him is about to pop a paper bag.strip and at least once in an animated TV special.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' did this to her husband, Dagwood, to get him to wake up for work. It was usually [[RuleOfFunny played for comedy]]. She did it quite a few times in the comic strip and at least once in an animated TV special.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' did this to her husband, Dagwood, to get him to wake up for work. It was usually [[RuleOfFunny played for comedy]]. She did it quite a few times in the ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': A comic strip and at least once in an animated TV special.has a rocket scientist carefully hammering rivets into a missile while another scientist behind him is about to pop a paper bag.



* Series/MrBean once tries to cheer up a kid on a plane by blowing up an airsickness bag and popping it to wake a sleeping passenger. While he tries in vain to blow up the bag, the kid gets sick and throws up in his bag. Bean sees the full bag, thinks the kid blew it up for him, and pops it. [[VomitDiscretionShot Fortunately the episode ends before we see the results.]] The gag was reused on ''Film/{{Bean}}'', only this time we see Bean's reaction as the bag pops offscreen, along with some of the vomit as it splashes out.



* ''Series/ICarly'': In the episode "iBeat The Heat", Sam does this to get everyone's attention when Carly is giving a speech that no-one will listen to at first.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': In the episode "iBeat The the Heat", Sam does this to get everyone's attention when Carly is giving a speech that no-one will listen to at first.first.
* Series/MrBean once tries to cheer up a kid on a plane by blowing up an airsickness bag and popping it to wake a sleeping passenger. While he tries in vain to blow up the bag, the kid gets sick and throws up in his bag. Bean sees the full bag, thinks the kid blew it up for him, and pops it. [[VomitDiscretionShot Fortunately the episode ends before we see the results.]] The gag was reused on ''Film/{{Bean}}'', only this time we see Bean's reaction as the bag pops offscreen, along with some of the vomit as it splashes out.



* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon ''Dragon Around'', Donald tries to blow up Chip and Dale's tree with dynamite, but they put the sticks out and trick Donald by popping a bag to simulate an explosion.



* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon ''Dragon Around'', Donald tries to blow up Chip and Dale's tree with dynamite, but they put the sticks out and trick Donald by popping a bag to simulate an explosion.


* There was an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story where Archie is being hounded by Mr. Weatherbee, because of the former's sleeping in class, prompting the latter to send him to his office to wait for him. When Mr. Weatherbee gets to his office, he finds Archie sleeping at his desk, which prompts him to blow up a paper bag while stating that everyone has a weakness, then pops it, which surprises Archie so much. At the end, Mr. Weatherbee then says, "[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold That's my only weakness, I'm too softhearted.]]"

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* There was an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' story where Archie is being hounded by Mr. Weatherbee, because of the former's sleeping in class, prompting the latter to send him to his office to wait for him. When Mr. Weatherbee gets to his office, he finds Archie sleeping at his desk, which prompts him to blow up a paper bag while stating that everyone has a weakness, then pops it, which surprises Archie so much. At the end, Mr. Weatherbee then says, "[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold That's my only weakness, I'm too softhearted.]]"


* The balloon version is used in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. When Kuzco finds himself surrounded by sleeping jaguars, Bucky the squirrel, as payback for how Kuzco treated him earlier, blows up a balloon, bends it in the form of a llama, and pops it. The pop doesn't wake up the jaguars... but Kuzco laughing at Bucky does.

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* The balloon version is used in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. When Kuzco finds himself surrounded by sleeping jaguars, Bucky the squirrel, as payback for how Kuzco treated him earlier, blows up a balloon, bends it in the form of a llama, and pops it. The pop doesn't wake up the jaguars... but Kuzco laughing at Bucky does.

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'': In the comedic "Batsman: Swarming Scourge of the Underworld", Batsman sneaks up behind Commissioner Gordon and pops a paper bag, in a spoof of Batman's traditional StealthHiBye.


** Calvin pops a paper bag while his dad is reading a newspaper. Having startled his dad, Calvin says "Pay attention to me." This comic is also the current page image for AttentionWhore.

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** Calvin pops a paper bag while his dad is reading a newspaper. Having startled his dad, Calvin says "Pay attention to me." This comic is also the current page image for AttentionWhore. "


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* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', when Artie finally figures out how to [[spoiler:stay in either human or gerbil form]] with zen meditation, Mell [[http://narbonic.com/comic/august-15-20-2005/ tests him in this way.]]


* In Episode 4 of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime, Tubby does this after eating the peanuts that were in the paper bag that he was given. One of the examples that does not involve waking up someone.

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* In Episode 4 of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime, Tubby does this after eating the peanuts that were in the paper bag that he was given. One of the examples that does do not involve waking up someone.



* Oddball webtoon ''Krentz and the Hand of Shame'' has an instance of this. In this case it doesn't work -- largely because the target is in a coma rather than merely being asleep.

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* Oddball webtoon ''Krentz and the Hand of Shame'' has an instance of this. In this case case, it doesn't work -- largely because the target is in a coma rather than merely being asleep.



** Bogus does this to Ratty and Mole with a balloon in the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E5BadLuckBogus Bad Luck Bogus]]", while they were preparing a potion to use on him. The ensuing popping of the balloon surprises Ratty and Mole, culiminating in a SurpriseJump from Mole who then lands in the potion. HilarityEnsues afterwards when the effects of the potion causes Mole to have a spastic reaction and also causes him to rocket all around the attic.

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** Bogus does this to Ratty and Mole with a balloon in the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E5BadLuckBogus Bad Luck Bogus]]", while they were preparing a potion to use on him. The ensuing popping of the balloon surprises Ratty and Mole, culiminating culminating in a SurpriseJump from Mole who then lands in the potion. HilarityEnsues afterwards when the effects of the potion causes cause Mole to have a spastic reaction and also causes him to rocket all around the attic.


* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': A flashback panel shows that a young Maxima discovered her power to shoot blasts of energy with her hand when her brother woke her up by popping a paper bag as a joke, resulting in a large, burning hole in the wall of their house.

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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': [[https://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/comic/grrl-power-122-if-only-all-behavioral-therapy-was-this-easy/ A flashback panel shows shows]] that a young younger Maxima discovered her power to shoot blasts of energy with her hand when her brother woke her up by popping a paper bag as a joke, resulting in a large, burning hole in the wall of their house.

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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': A flashback panel shows that a young Maxima discovered her power to shoot blasts of energy with her hand when her brother woke her up by popping a paper bag as a joke, resulting in a large, burning hole in the wall of their house.
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* In ''Series/{{Icarly}}'' in the episode "iBeat The Heat" Sam does this to get everyone's attention when Carly is giving a speech that no one will listen to at first.

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* ''Series/ICarly'': In ''Series/{{Icarly}}'' in the episode "iBeat The Heat" Heat", Sam does this to get everyone's attention when Carly is giving a speech that no one no-one will listen to at first.

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