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Basic Trope: Someone assumes they know a "strange, but true" fact that's completely false.

  • Straight: Joel assumes that the word "murder" was actually derived from "Mordor", and J. R. R. Tolkien just happened to know a dictionary publisher.
  • Exaggerated: Joel assumes that the word "murder" was named after Mark Murder, somebody he claims out of thin air to have been the first person to kill another.
  • Downplayed: ???
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  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Joel quotes facts that sound unlikely and that no one believes, but are actually true.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The evidence that corroborates Joel's claims is wrong.
    • The facts Joel quotes were true, but Time Marches On and they are no longer true by the time he brings them up.
  • Parodied: Joel claims that everything in the universe is just an illusion, since the words "everything" and "illusion" both consist of letters!
  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Joel doesn't claim anything so hard to believe, or if he does, he doesn't present it as "secret knowledge."
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: As soon as Joel finishes talking, a subtitle or narrator immediately corrects him for the benefit of the viewer.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bill wants to sabotage Bunsen in an upcoming test at school, so he suggests Bunsen ask Joel for tutoring.
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  • Defied: Bob stops Joel from saying anything unbelievable.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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