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* There was once an issue of ''Disney Magazine'' that had this happen to DonaldDuck. He finds a bricked-up doorway in his cellar, behind which is a chest of valuable antique coins. He sells them, and goes on a spending spree, only to have his neighbour come by with a map proving that anything behind the bricked-up door is actually on ''his'' property. All of Donald's fancy new furniture is repossessed, and immediately re-purchased by the neighbour, so Donald has to make do with some old chairs found in the main part of the cellar. [[spoiler: Turns out the chairs are even more valuable than the coins were.]]

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* There was once an issue of ''Disney Magazine'' that had this happen to DonaldDuck.WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. He finds a bricked-up doorway in his cellar, behind which is a chest of valuable antique coins. He sells them, and goes on a spending spree, only to have his neighbour come by with a map proving that anything behind the bricked-up door is actually on ''his'' property. All of Donald's fancy new furniture is repossessed, and immediately re-purchased by the neighbour, so Donald has to make do with some old chairs found in the main part of the cellar. [[spoiler: Turns out the chairs are even more valuable than the coins were.]]


* In the classic Polish comedy ''Sami Swoji'' two families end up in a FeudingFamilies situation because a Kargul plowed '3-fingers-width' deep into land claimed by the Pawlaks. The eldest Pawlak son retaliates by hitting the Kargul with a scythe and then flees to America. Decades later the two families need to cooperate to survive the aftermath of World War 2 but the patriarchs still occasionally break the peace when they get into silly property disputes over things like who owns the cat that hunts the rats in their sheds.

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* In the classic Polish comedy ''Sami Swoji'' ''Film/SamiSwoji'' two families end up in a FeudingFamilies situation because a Kargul plowed '3-fingers-width' deep into land claimed by the Pawlaks. The eldest Pawlak son retaliates by hitting the Kargul with a scythe and then flees to America. Decades later the two families need to cooperate to survive the aftermath of World War 2 but the patriarchs still occasionally break the peace when they get into silly property disputes over things like who owns the cat that hunts the rats in their sheds.



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* The episode involving LawsuitFever in ''Series/DoctorQuinnMedicineWoman'' involves Dorothy, who owns and operates the local newspaper, finding out that her property actually extends into the area where Grace has set up her cafe. This sets up a rift between the two friends, and they soon find themselves going to court over it. Since the original judge ends up not being able to get into town, Dr. Mike has to be the judge. She ends up ruling that since the commonly accepted property boundary has been assumed for so long--even when the newspaper office was purchased--the area belongs to Grace.



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* ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'': Sam Vimes alludes to this trope while musing on the difference between what the police ''can'' do and what people ''think'' they can do:
--> "Keep the peace. That was the thing. People often failed to understand what that meant. You’d go to some life-threatening disturbance, like a couple of neighbors scrapping in the street over who owned the hedge between their properties, and they’d both be bursting with aggrieved self-righteousness, both yelling, their wives would either be having a private scrap on the side or would have adjourned to a kitchen for a shared pot of tea and a chat, and they all expected you to Sort It Out.
--> "And they could never understand that it wasn’t your job. Sorting it out was a job for a good surveyor and a couple of lawyers, maybe. Your job was to quell the impulse to bang their stupid fat heads together, to ignore the affronted speeches of dodgy self-justification, to get them to stop shouting, and to get them off the street. Once that had been achieved, you job was over. You weren’t some walking god, dispensing finely tuned natural justice. Your job was simply to bring back peace.
--> "Of course, if your few strict words didn't work and Mr Smith subsequently clambered over the disputed hedge and stabbed Mr Jones to death with a pair of gardening shears, then you had a different job, sorting out the notorious Hedge Argument Murder. But at least it was one you were trained to do."


* Music/TheBonzoDogBand's song ''My Pink Half Of the Drainpipe'' explores this concept in song.

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* Music/TheBonzoDogBand's song ''My "My Pink Half Of the Drainpipe'' Drainpipe" explores this concept in song.


* The Music/BonzoDogBand's song ''My Pink Half Of the Drainpipe'' explores this concept in song.

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* The Music/BonzoDogBand's Music/TheBonzoDogBand's song ''My Pink Half Of the Drainpipe'' explores this concept in song.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Jetsons}}'': This was the central plot point of the episode "Private Property"; Mr. Spacely had George examine the blueprints, where he believed that Cogswell's new building was 6 inches over Spacely's property line, until Cogswell re-examines the blueprints and finds that his property is the bigger one and Spacely's building was 6 inches over. Cogswell manages to talk Spacely into buying Cogswell's building, which George discovers is 6 inches too tall and has to be dismantled, only to find out that Spacely got stuck buying Cogswell's building which has to be torn down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Jetsons}}'': ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': This was the central plot point of the episode "Private Property"; Mr. Spacely had George examine the blueprints, where he believed that Cogswell's new building was 6 inches over Spacely's property line, until Cogswell re-examines the blueprints and finds that his property is the bigger one and Spacely's building was 6 inches over. Cogswell manages to talk Spacely into buying Cogswell's building, which George discovers is 6 inches too tall and has to be dismantled, only to find out that Spacely got stuck buying Cogswell's building which has to be torn down.


* Subverted in the famous Creator/{{Robert Frost}} poem, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mending_Wall Mending Wall.]] It isn't necessarily about the property line intruding on either person's side of the fence, but rather whether or not a literal stone wall is needed to solidify the property line.

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* Subverted in the famous Creator/{{Robert Frost}} poem, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mending_Wall Mending Wall.]] Wall]], published in his ''Literature/{{Collected Poems|1930}}''. It isn't necessarily about the property line intruding on either person's side of the fence, but rather whether or not a literal stone wall is needed to solidify the property line.
--> "Good fences make good neighbors."



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* ''Film/ASeriousMan'': Larry is in a low-simmering dispute with his neighbor over their property line. The neighbor wants to build a boat shed across what Larry considers their property line. The neighbor begins to mow a strip of Larry's side of the lawn as a passive-aggressive way of asserting his own definition of their property line.


* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' did this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Jetsons}}'': This was the central plot point of the episode "Private Property".

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Jetsons}}'': This was the central plot point of the episode "Private Property".Property"; Mr. Spacely had George examine the blueprints, where he believed that Cogswell's new building was 6 inches over Spacely's property line, until Cogswell re-examines the blueprints and finds that his property is the bigger one and Spacely's building was 6 inches over. Cogswell manages to talk Spacely into buying Cogswell's building, which George discovers is 6 inches too tall and has to be dismantled, only to find out that Spacely got stuck buying Cogswell's building which has to be torn down.


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Note that this is a classic example of HollywoodLaw: in reality this kind of discrepancy would (1) immediately lead to a lawsuit, which (2) would almost always be solved by somehow granting Bob the land he thought was his. (The mechanisms here are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverse_possession adverse possession]] if he or his predecessors in interest[[note]]As a quick lesson, suppose adverse possession takes 20 years in Bob's jurisdiction. If it's 2010 now, and Bob inherited the house from his uncle in 2008, and the uncle bought it from some other fellow in 1996, and that other fellow built the house and the fence that extends across the property line in 1989, then all of that counts towards Bob's 20 years of possession, even though he's only been on the property for two years.[[/note]] used the land consistently enough for long enough, and various kinds of easements and forced sales if he hasn't.)

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Note that this is a classic example of HollywoodLaw: in reality this kind of discrepancy would (1) immediately lead to a lawsuit, which (2) would almost always be solved by somehow granting Bob the land he thought was his. (The mechanisms here are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverse_possession adverse possession]] possession]], which is basically a StatuteOfLimitations as applied to property law, if he or his predecessors in interest[[note]]As a quick lesson, suppose adverse possession takes 20 years in Bob's jurisdiction. If it's 2010 now, and Bob inherited the house from his uncle in 2008, and the uncle bought it from some other fellow in 1996, and that other fellow built the house and the fence that extends across the property line in 1989, then all of that counts towards Bob's 20 years of possession, even though he's only been on the property for two years.[[/note]] used the land consistently enough for long enough, and various kinds of easements and forced sales if he hasn't.)


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%%* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': In one episode, Jefferson D'Arcy takes an apple that fell from the Bundys' tree and Al argues with him over the apple's ownership. It leads the two families into finding out the official boundary between their lands isn't even a straight line. The tree belongs to the D'Arcys. The Bundys further research the map and find out the D'Arcys' barbecue drill is in ''their'' property. The D'Arcys retaliate by setting a toll booth at the Bundys' garage entrance. The Bundys retaliate by reporting an irregular improvement that, since it's done on what turned out to be D'Arcy property, the D'Arcys are fined for it. They eventually decide to make peace but then [[HereWeGoAgain another apple falls off the tree]] and Al and Jefferson fight over it.


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* The Oscar-winning silent 1952 short ''Neighbours'', directed by NormanMclaren for the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, is a dramatic and disturbing instance. A surreal anti-war parable, it depicts an escalating battle between two homeowners over the ownership of a single flower growing right on their property line. Watch it [[http://www.nfb.ca/film/neighbours_voisins here]].

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* The Oscar-winning silent 1952 short ''Neighbours'', ''Film/{{Neighbours}}'', directed by NormanMclaren Creator/NormanMclaren for the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, is a dramatic and disturbing instance. A surreal anti-war parable, it depicts an escalating battle between two homeowners over the ownership of a single flower growing right on their property line. Watch it [[http://www.nfb.ca/film/neighbours_voisins here]].

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