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* In ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'', Bad Ape tries to look through binoculars to spy on the Alpha Omega base, where Caesar and his brethren are being held prisoner. He is worried about how far away it looks looks until an annoyed Maurice flips them over.

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* In ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'', Bad Ape tries to look through binoculars to spy on the Alpha Omega base, where Caesar and his brethren are being held prisoner. He is worried about how far away it looks looks until an annoyed Maurice flips them over.

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* ''Film/ZombielandDoubleTap'': When [[DumbBlonde Madison]] tries looking through binoculars, this happens. She sees Tallahassee and says he looks really small before repeatedly raising and lowering the binoculars while saying "You're tiny, now you're not."

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* The "person turns out to be right in front of me" bit was played with ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': Jack spots Davy Jones from a distance from the correct end of a telescope...yet when he puts the telescope down, Jones is right in front of him, having teleported there in the split-second interim.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "The Junkmen Cometh" Jimmy tells Sheen to keep an eye out with some binoculars for the "Moonie Man" (made up by Brobot who just wanted Jimmy to come to the Moon and play with him) and Sheen sees a dark figure he believes is the Moonie Man. Since he is looking into the binoculars backwards, he appears "tiny and very far away" according to Sheen, because he is looking into the wrong end of the binoculars. Jimmy grabs the binoculars and hands them back to Sheen the correct way and they see that the figure (actually Brobot trying to scare them) is right in their faces.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "The Junkmen Cometh" Jimmy tells Sheen to keep an eye out with some binoculars for the "Moonie Man" (made up by Brobot who just wanted Jimmy to come to the Moon and play with him) and Sheen sees a dark figure he believes is the Moonie Man. Since he is looking into the binoculars backwards, he appears "tiny and very far away" according to Sheen, because he is looking into the wrong end of the binoculars.Sheen. Jimmy grabs the binoculars and hands them back to Sheen the correct way and they see that the figure (actually Brobot trying to scare them) is right in their faces.


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[[caption-width-right:350:Uh...Captain? You might want to adjust those.]]





* Happens in the ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' episode "The Doom Funnel Rescue" to Captain Zidgel, when Fidgel tries warning the rest of the crew about a highly combustible gas tank at the gas station. Zidgel looks through the wrong end of Fidgel's binoculars and thinks that the tank is miles away, until Fidgel turns them around to which Zidgel then starts freaking out about it.

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* Happens in the ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' episode "The Doom Funnel Rescue" to Captain Zidgel, when Fidgel tries warning the rest of the crew about a highly combustible gas tank at the gas station. Zidgel looks through the wrong end of Fidgel's binoculars and thinks that the tank is miles away, until Fidgel turns them around to which Zidgel then starts freaking out about it.


* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' episode "The Doom Funnel Rescue" to Captain Zidgel, when Fidgel tries warning the rest of the crew about a highly combustible gas tank at the gas station. Zidgel looks through the wrong end of Fidgel's binoculars and thinks that the tank is miles away, until Fidgel turns them around to which Zidgel then starts freaking out about it.

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* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' episode "The Doom Funnel Rescue" to Captain Zidgel, when Fidgel tries warning the rest of the crew about a highly combustible gas tank at the gas station. Zidgel looks through the wrong end of Fidgel's binoculars and thinks that the tank is miles away, until Fidgel turns them around to which Zidgel then starts freaking out about it.


* This trope is as old as the telescope itself. Just look at [[http://danforth.tumblr.com/post/24288094269/18th-century-hipsters-looking-down-the-wrong-end this 18th century drawing]], where a man holds one the wrong way for a woman to look into.

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* This trope is as old as the telescope itself. Just look at [[http://danforth.tumblr.com/post/24288094269/18th-century-hipsters-looking-down-the-wrong-end this 18th century drawing]], drawing,]] where a man holds one the wrong way for a woman to look into.



* A related phenomenon is found in the original ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. A drunk character is handed a telephone handset, and holds it backwards (i.e. with the mouthpiece at her ear). Her husband tells her she's holding it backwards. She thanks him, then [[ComicallyMissingThePoint holds it upside down over her OTHER ear]]. See this in action [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiuIGsKaauE here]].

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* A related phenomenon is found in the original ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. A drunk character is handed a telephone handset, and holds it backwards (i.e. with the mouthpiece at her ear). Her husband tells her she's holding it backwards. She thanks him, then [[ComicallyMissingThePoint holds it upside down over her OTHER ear]]. See this in action [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiuIGsKaauE here]].See this in action here.]]


* Done as a JumpScare in ''TheLostCrown'', when Hardacre catches Nigel using his theodolite without permission, and looks through its viewing end to startle him with a sudden extreme close-up of an eye.

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* Done as a JumpScare in ''TheLostCrown'', ''VideoGame/TheLostCrown'', when Hardacre catches Nigel using his theodolite without permission, and looks through its viewing end to startle him with a sudden extreme close-up of an eye.

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-->'''Zidgel:''' Hey, pipe down over there! Guy can't even hear himself think around here. Good grief, that thing is miles away, I don't know why you guys are so-- (Fidgel turns binoculars around) (gasps) SWEET SPAWNING SALMON, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!


* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "The Junkmen Cometh" Jimmy tells Sheen to keep an eye out with some binoculars for the "Moonie Man" (made up by Brobot who just wanted Jimmy to come to the Moon and play with him) and Sheen sees a dark figure he believes is the Moonie Man. Since he is looking into the binoculars backwards He appears "tiny and very far away" according to Sheen, because he is looking into the wrong end of the binoculars. Jimmy grabs the binoculars and hands them back to Sheen the correct way and they see that the figure (actually Brobot trying to scare them) is right in their faces.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "The Junkmen Cometh" Jimmy tells Sheen to keep an eye out with some binoculars for the "Moonie Man" (made up by Brobot who just wanted Jimmy to come to the Moon and play with him) and Sheen sees a dark figure he believes is the Moonie Man. Since he is looking into the binoculars backwards He backwards, he appears "tiny and very far away" according to Sheen, because he is looking into the wrong end of the binoculars. Jimmy grabs the binoculars and hands them back to Sheen the correct way and they see that the figure (actually Brobot trying to scare them) is right in their faces. faces.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Bus", as part of a ham-fisted plan to teach the kids about the dangers of truancy by staging a hijacking, Banana Bob attempts to jump on the school bus and misses because he was looking at it through binoculars that made it look closer than it really was. When he looks through the binoculars again he has them backwards, so he thinks the bus is farther away and ends up getting flattened.


* In ''Film/WarForThePlanetofTheApes'', Bad Ape tries to look through binoculars to spy on the Alpha Omega base, where Caesar and his brethren are being held prisoner. He is worried about how far away it looks looks until an annoyed Maurice flips them over.

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* In ''Film/WarForThePlanetofTheApes'', ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'', Bad Ape tries to look through binoculars to spy on the Alpha Omega base, where Caesar and his brethren are being held prisoner. He is worried about how far away it looks looks until an annoyed Maurice flips them over.

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* In ''Film/WarForThePlanetofTheApes'', Bad Ape tries to look through binoculars to spy on the Alpha Omega base, where Caesar and his brethren are being held prisoner. He is worried about how far away it looks looks until an annoyed Maurice flips them over.

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