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This is all over The Handmaid's Tale, and it's really annoying. Baddie does something terrible, then tells the hero that it's their fault: "YOU did this!" No they bloody didn't, you, the villain did it, if it was up to the hero it wouldn't have happened at all! Stop it!
 

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In a film involving aliens, one of the humans will shoot the crap out of the door in the hovel they are being holed up in when someone knocks on the door.
It's always the Sheriff or his deputy who gets killed. I shot the sheriff but I didn't kill the deputy
 

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A chase almost always leads to a confrontation on the rooftop of a very tall building.
One of the protagonists jumps off the building backwards. Always backwards.
 

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Anyone finding blood unexpectedly must dip his fingers in it and rub it contemplatively between his thumb and first two fingers while looking up to see whether he is being observed.

How this aids confirmation, I have no idea.
 

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New born babies right after birth look at least about 1 year old and are impeccably clean.
Except in certain horror or sci-fi shows, where they're commonly enveloped in a glob of sticky goo with a consistency and volume suggestive of something blown out of King Kong's runny nose.
 

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If the credibility of pearls are brought into question, (ie: are they genuine or not?) someone will step up and do the tooth test, that is rubbing them gently against their teeth to determine whether they are real or otherwise.
This is also the actual way to determine the difference between natural, cultured and artificial pearls as they do feel different.
 

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Anyone finding blood unexpectedly must dip his fingers in it and rub it contemplatively between his thumb and first two fingers while looking up to see whether he is being observed.

How this aids confirmation, I have no idea.
Spilled unclotted blood is fresh. The victim or attacker is still close by.
 

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If the credibility of pearls are brought into question, (ie: are they genuine or not?) someone will step up and do the tooth test, that is rubbing them gently against their teeth to determine whether they are real or otherwise.
This is also the actual way to determine the difference between natural, cultured and artificial pearls as they do feel different.
There used to be a belief that a real diamond will scratch glass, unlike an imitation.
People would try this and the process would loosen the stone so it later fell out.
 

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At some point a mechanic is working underneath a car. We only see the bottom half but when the mechanic slides out on the creeper….
OMG! It’s a woman!

See also mysterious figure dressed all in black on a huge motorbike.
Once they remove their black-visored helmet, the long blonde curls and substantial cleavage of a statuesque woman only then become obvious.
 

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At some point a mechanic is working underneath a car. We only see the bottom half but when the mechanic slides out on the creeper….
OMG! It’s a woman!
Mechanics under cars are notoriously uncooperative when it comes to answering questions. The best way to get them to talk is to start lowering the car onto them - the speed of the lowering depends on how badass the questioner is.
 

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This is all over The Handmaid's Tale, and it's really annoying. Baddie does something terrible, then tells the hero that it's their fault: "YOU did this!" No they bloody didn't, you, the villain did it, if it was up to the hero it wouldn't have happened at all! Stop it!
This is sadly a common trope in life too especially in domestic violence cases. :(
 

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At some point a mechanic is working underneath a car. We only see the bottom half but when the mechanic slides out on the creeper….
OMG! It’s a woman!
And, she's not ugly!

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Mechanics under cars are notoriously uncooperative when it comes to answering questions. The best way to get them to talk is to start lowering the car onto them - the speed of the lowering depends on how badass the questioner is.
Did I see that done by Regan in The Sweeney?

(A Coronation Street character, Harry Hewitt, died by accident when a makeshift jack (some bricks) failed and the vehicle fell on him.
I saw this at the time in September 1967 when I was 9. Gave me a healthy lifelong respect for using the correct appliance.)
 

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A yarn goes round now and then about a woman who sees her husband's legs poking out from under their car on a hot day, in his shorts.

She mischievously reaches up his shorts leg to deliver a cheeky tickle.

There is a bang and some swearing as the poor bloke hits his head on the underside of the car, and her husband walks up with a cup of tea for the AA man.
 
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