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23rd Sep '17 11:39:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the {{Xanth}} novel ''Ogre, Ogre'', Smash goes through several of these with the Night Horse (ruler of the Night Mares). He dies or seems to fail in all of them, but the real point of the tests is whether or not he gives up, despite how hopeless they are.

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* In the {{Xanth}} Literature/{{Xanth}} novel ''Ogre, Ogre'', Smash goes through several of these with the Night Horse (ruler of the Night Mares). He dies or seems to fail in all of them, but the real point of the tests is whether or not he gives up, despite how hopeless they are.
9th Sep '17 4:06:28 PM Malady
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->'''Zed:''' May I ask why you felt little Tiffany deserved to die?
->'''Jay:''' Well, she was the only one that actually seemed dangerous at the time, sir.
->'''Zed:''' How'd you come to that conclusion?
->'''Jay:''' Well, first I was gonna pop this guy hangin' from the streetlight, and then I realized, you know, he's just working out. How would I feel if somebody come runnin' in the gym, bust me in my ass while I'm on the treadmill? Then I saw this, uh, snarling beast guy. Then I noticed he had a tissue in his hand, and I realized, you know, he's not snarling; he's ''sneezing''. You know, ain't no real threat there. Then I saw little Tiffany. I'm thinkin', you know, eight-year-old, white girl, middle of the ghetto, bunch of monsters, this time of night, with quantum physics books? She 'bout to start some shit, Zed. She's about eight years old; those books are ''way'' too advanced for her! If you ask me, I say she's up to something.

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->'''Zed:''' May I ask why you felt little Tiffany deserved to die?
->'''Jay:'''
die?\\
'''Jay:'''
Well, she was the only one that actually seemed dangerous at the time, sir.
->'''Zed:'''
sir.\\
'''Zed:'''
How'd you come to that conclusion?
->'''Jay:'''
conclusion?\\
'''Jay:'''
Well, first I was gonna pop this guy hangin' from the streetlight, and then I realized, you know, he's just working out. How would I feel if somebody come runnin' in the gym, bust me in my ass while I'm on the treadmill? Then I saw this, uh, snarling beast guy. Then I noticed he had a tissue in his hand, and I realized, you know, he's not snarling; he's ''sneezing''. You know, ain't no real threat there. Then I saw little Tiffany. I'm thinkin', you know, eight-year-old, white girl, middle of the ghetto, bunch of monsters, this time of night, with quantum physics books? She 'bout to start some shit, Zed. She's about eight years old; those books are ''way'' too advanced for her! If you ask me, I say she's up to something.



* There was an ''{{Andromeda}}'' fanfic where Ione (an Avatar like Trance) and Harper argue over who should marry Trance. It is stated that the matter should be decided in a battle. Naturally, Ione beats up Harper badly... after which it is announced that ''Harper'' is the winner, since he was more honorable (Ione refused to fight as an equal) and more determined (by refusing to surrender). There could never be any doubt about who's stronger.

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* There was an ''{{Andromeda}}'' ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' fanfic where Ione (an Avatar like Trance) and Harper argue over who should marry Trance. It is stated that the matter should be decided in a battle. Naturally, Ione beats up Harper badly... after which it is announced that ''Harper'' is the winner, since he was more honorable (Ione refused to fight as an equal) and more determined (by refusing to surrender). There could never be any doubt about who's stronger.
8th Aug '17 2:50:23 AM infernape612
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** There is a real life version of this test, which the score being the time taken to perform a variety of tasks such as saying specific words aloud, or scratching your nose with your pencil's eraser. Again, the instructions are to read all the tasks before performing any of them. [[spoiler: the last instruction directs the test subject to ignore everything written above. Turn the test over, and put your arms on the test, and put your head on your arms without saying or doing anything else.]] Invariably, many subjects begin carrying out the instructions without reading them all first.

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** There is a real life version of this test, which the score being the time taken to perform a variety of tasks such as saying specific words aloud, or scratching your nose with your pencil's eraser. Again, the instructions are to read all the tasks before performing any of them. [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The last instruction directs the test subject to ignore everything written above. Turn the test over, and put your arms on the test, and put your head on your arms without saying or doing anything else.]] Invariably, many subjects begin carrying out the instructions without reading them all first.
31st May '17 8:05:36 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheWheelOfTime'' novel The Gathering Storm, Aviendha is training to become a Wise One. The other Wise Ones keep commenting that she is "learning too slowly" and assign her a variety of ridiculously pointless punishments, such as carrying heavy rocks from one side of a field to the other and back again. She obediently carries out her "punishments" but can't figure out what lesson she's supposed to be learning. When she finally stands up to the Wise Ones and refuses to accept her punishment, they accept her as one of their own.

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* In ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' novel The Gathering Storm, Aviendha is training to become a Wise One. The other Wise Ones keep commenting that she is "learning too slowly" and assign her a variety of ridiculously pointless punishments, such as carrying heavy rocks from one side of a field to the other and back again. She obediently carries out her "punishments" but can't figure out what lesson she's supposed to be learning. When she finally stands up to the Wise Ones and refuses to accept her punishment, they accept her as one of their own.
20th May '17 4:05:10 PM nombretomado
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* VanHalen had a doozy. Back in their heyday, they would sneak a clause into their contracts which in essence let them keep all the money and cancel a show if there wasn't a bowl full of [=M&Ms=] with all the brown ones taken out in their dressing rooms at a venue. This wasn't just pop-star preening - the clause was buried in a massive contract full of safety specifications for the band's legendary flying harnesses, pyrotechnics, and lights. The safety specs were exacting and far beyond what any other band was doing at the time. If a place didn't have the bowl full of [=M&Ms=] in the dressing room; or if the bowl was there, but all the brown ones hadn't been removed, it was the proverbial canary in the coal mine. VanHalen would know they had to send out their own technicians and crew to double-check the safety of the entire rig, and they would almost invariably find oversights. With shows as big and elaborate as Van Halen's, someone could easily be injured or killed. [[http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/vanhalen.asp Snopes has more details]].

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* VanHalen Music/VanHalen had a doozy. Back in their heyday, they would sneak a clause into their contracts which in essence let them keep all the money and cancel a show if there wasn't a bowl full of [=M&Ms=] with all the brown ones taken out in their dressing rooms at a venue. This wasn't just pop-star preening - the clause was buried in a massive contract full of safety specifications for the band's legendary flying harnesses, pyrotechnics, and lights. The safety specs were exacting and far beyond what any other band was doing at the time. If a place didn't have the bowl full of [=M&Ms=] in the dressing room; or if the bowl was there, but all the brown ones hadn't been removed, it was the proverbial canary in the coal mine. VanHalen Van Halen would know they had to send out their own technicians and crew to double-check the safety of the entire rig, and they would almost invariably find oversights. With shows as big and elaborate as Van Halen's, someone could easily be injured or killed. [[http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/vanhalen.asp Snopes has more details]].
16th Mar '17 12:51:53 PM TheCheshireCat
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* Commonly inserted into online academic surveys, as otherwise the researchers would have no idea whether or not the testee had actually read any of the questions asked. A common example would be a question that specifically states to answer a certain way lest your results be thrown out.

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* Commonly inserted into online academic surveys, as otherwise the researchers would have no idea whether or not the testee had actually read any of the questions asked. A common example would be a question that specifically states to answer a certain way lest your results be thrown out. Another might be to ask a question that has already been asked, but phrased in the opposite way (thus someone who says "strongly agree" to both clearly was not reading them).
2nd Feb '17 3:56:03 PM Inediblecake
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* Commonly inserted into online academic surveys, as otherwise the researchers would have no idea whether or not the testee had actually read any of the questions asked. A common example would be a question that specifically states to answer a certain way lest your results be thrown out.
4th Jan '17 1:47:54 AM upupandaway42
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* In Season Two of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Coulson assigns Skye the job of decoding the alien writing that both Garrett and Coulson took to carving after being injected with the GH-325 serum, and that was also carved into the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Obelisk]]. In the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], we learn the true purpose of the assignment - Coulson only started carving the alien writing after seeing what Garrett carved "triggered" something in him, and he's been monitering Skye - who was also previously [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E14TAHITI injected with the GH-325 serum]] - to see if the writing triggered anything in ''her''.
28th Dec '16 5:35:54 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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*** Naruto himself notably passed through some accidental LoopholeAbuse - [[spoiler: it never occurred to him to try cheating his way to completion, so he never tried. However, by never trying to cheat, ''[[ExactWords he was never caught cheating]]'', thus fulfilling the purpose of the exam]].

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*** Both Naruto himself notably passed through some and Sakura managed to pass via accidental LoopholeAbuse - [[spoiler: it never occurred to him to try LoopholeAbuse. Neither of them got caught cheating because they simply didn't cheat in the first place- Sakura was smart enough to answer the questions legitimately, and Naruto [[spoiler:left his page blank. Due to the way to completion, so he never tried. However, by never trying to cheat, ''[[ExactWords he was never caught cheating]]'', thus fulfilling the purpose of Chuunin Exam rules worked (you automatically pass if you make it to the exam]].tenth question and answer that correctly), he passes despite not having done anything]].
16th Nov '16 1:38:18 PM ironballs16
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*** Naruto himself notably passed through some accidental LoopholeAbuse - [[spoiler: it never occurred to him to try cheating his way to completion, so he never tried. However, by never trying to cheat, ''[[ExactWords he was never caught cheating]]'', thus fulfilling the purpose of the exam]].
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