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19th Oct '17 6:24:19 AM CosmicFerret
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* A variation of this appears near the end of the third ''BrokenSword'' game; a murderer, a witness to his crime, and the brother of the murder victim must all cross the river to reach the murder trial. The victim's brother is analogous to the fox, the murderer is analogous to the chicken, and the witness is analogous to the grain.

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* A variation of this appears near the end of the third ''BrokenSword'' game; ''VideoGame/BrokenSwordTheSleepingDragon''; a murderer, a witness to his crime, and the brother of the murder victim must all cross the river to reach the murder trial. The victim's brother is analogous to the fox, the murderer is analogous to the chicken, and the witness is analogous to the grain.
20th Aug '17 1:32:31 PM WillKeaton
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** Showed up in the 20th season episode "Gone Maggie Gone". Homer is trying to get across a river with Maggie[[note]]chicken[[/note]], Santa's Little Helper [[note]]fox[[/note]] (who is trying to tear up Maggie's doll), and a jar of candy-coated rat poison [[note]]grain[[/note]]. Then this trope is {{subverted}} when Homer brings Maggie first and she just crawls off, setting off the plot for the rest of the episode.

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** Showed up in the 20th season episode "Gone Maggie Gone". Homer is trying to get across a river with Maggie[[note]]chicken[[/note]], Maggie,[[note]]chicken[[/note]] Santa's Little Helper [[note]]fox[[/note]] Helper[[note]]fox[[/note]] (who is trying to tear up Maggie's doll), and a jar of candy-coated rat poison [[note]]grain[[/note]]. poison. [[note]]grain[[/note]] Then this trope is {{subverted}} when Homer brings Maggie first and she just crawls off, setting off the plot for the rest of the episode.
20th Aug '17 1:31:10 PM WillKeaton
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'''Zorak:''' You mean, Clarence Clemmons?\\

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'''Zorak:''' You mean, Clarence Clemmons?\\Clemons?\\
20th Aug '17 1:30:05 PM WillKeaton
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** Referenced in [[http://xkcd.com/589/ "Designated Drivers"]].

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** Referenced in [[http://xkcd.com/589/ "Designated Drivers"]].Drivers."]]
20th Aug '17 1:29:47 PM WillKeaton
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* Parodied by animated short film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-ROdRgRRsY "Rubicon" by Gil Alkabetz.]]. As one viewer once commented: That wasn't a cabbage, that was a [[WhatDoYouMeanitwasntmadeondrugs peyote!]]

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* Parodied by animated short film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-ROdRgRRsY "Rubicon" by Gil Alkabetz.]]. ]] As one viewer once commented: That wasn't a cabbage, that was a [[WhatDoYouMeanitwasntmadeondrugs peyote!]]
25th Mar '17 11:24:47 AM nombretomado
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* The obscure dating game ''Sprung'' on the NintendoDS had a variation to this on Brett's story. At one point Brett will be asked to go to Sanctuary with Becky, where he will bring his buds Lucas and Danny while she brings Alex and Erica. The catch, however, is that Becky wants a calmer night, so she doesn't want any funny business ([[FridgeLogic nevermind that Sanctuary is a raving night club where the nameless other people not mentioned in the game are probably doing just that]]). The puzzle comes where Brett meets everyone but Becky at the front of the club and he has to get all of them inside one by one. However, if Lucas and Alex or Danny and Erica are left alone and Brett comes back to them later, he will catch them making out, leading to Becky to see this, her announcing the night was ''ruined'' and you getting slapped with a game over. The puzzle is extended further because it's not only a matter of getting everyone inside, but also a matter of keeping everyone happy which means a lot of shuffling out people whom are already fine inside (such as dragging Danny out because he gets panicked over the sight of too many people, or dragging Lucas out for pep talk). Further rules are also added as time marches on, including how the aforementioned couples ''can'' later be left alone without problems after an event happens where Brett talks them down, or how new pairings are made that ''can't'' be left alone without you interfering with them (such as how, at one point, Danny and Lucas will fight if left alone).

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* The obscure dating game ''Sprung'' on the NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS had a variation to this on Brett's story. At one point Brett will be asked to go to Sanctuary with Becky, where he will bring his buds Lucas and Danny while she brings Alex and Erica. The catch, however, is that Becky wants a calmer night, so she doesn't want any funny business ([[FridgeLogic nevermind that Sanctuary is a raving night club where the nameless other people not mentioned in the game are probably doing just that]]). The puzzle comes where Brett meets everyone but Becky at the front of the club and he has to get all of them inside one by one. However, if Lucas and Alex or Danny and Erica are left alone and Brett comes back to them later, he will catch them making out, leading to Becky to see this, her announcing the night was ''ruined'' and you getting slapped with a game over. The puzzle is extended further because it's not only a matter of getting everyone inside, but also a matter of keeping everyone happy which means a lot of shuffling out people whom are already fine inside (such as dragging Danny out because he gets panicked over the sight of too many people, or dragging Lucas out for pep talk). Further rules are also added as time marches on, including how the aforementioned couples ''can'' later be left alone without problems after an event happens where Brett talks them down, or how new pairings are made that ''can't'' be left alone without you interfering with them (such as how, at one point, Danny and Lucas will fight if left alone).
25th Mar '17 6:59:16 AM TonyG
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** And to top it off, [[spoiler:at the end the farmer [[ShaggyDogStory realizes that his farm was on the ''other'' side all along.]]

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** And to top it off, [[spoiler:at the end the farmer [[ShaggyDogStory realizes that his farm was on the ''other'' side all along.along]].]]
25th Mar '17 6:58:40 AM TonyG
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' episode "Splitsville", Bubbles has to help a farmer get his goose, fox and bag of seeds across the river. It starts out normal, then gets ridiculously complicated with the addition of nosy tourists, a [[DastardlyWhiplash Robber Baron]], the starting lineup of the Townsville girls basketball team, SherlockHolmes and the Raptor King.
-->'''Bubbles:''' Why do you even need all these things in your farm?\\
'''Farmer:''' Listen, do you know of a better way to grow radishes?
** And to top it off, [[spoiler:at the end the farmer [[ShaggyDogStory realizes that his farm was on the ''other'' side all along.]]
26th Feb '17 10:59:12 AM Dwoem
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Prisoner of Benda", the characters have to figure out how to return everything to normal after rampant body-swapping, the main complication being that no two people can swap with each other more than once. The solution actually proves a mathematical theorem developed by the episode's writer Ken Keeler, which states that you only need two extra people to swap everyone to their original bodies. The theorem is explained [[http://theinfosphere.org/Futurama_theorem here]].
7th Feb '17 1:53:04 AM C105
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* The puzzle appears in J.H. Brennan's (author of the Literature/GrailQuest books) ''Dracula's Castle'', where you have to travel with a cat, a dog, and a mouse in a lift. However the twist is that the cat can't bear to take the lift more than twice, meaning the correct answer is that there is no solution to the puzzle.
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