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3rd May '17 1:54:55 PM smalltime
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Lisa's Rival", Lisa plays an anagram game with Allison and her father. Mr. Taylor gives a famous person's name and the anagram has to be a decription of that person. Allison is given Alec Guinness and comes up with "genuine class". Lisa is given Jeremy Irons and, stumped, comes up with "Jeremy's... iron". Subverted, as this was intended to be possible for a genius in-universe. In real life there's no possible answer.
23rd Apr '17 5:53:00 PM nombretomado
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* Winning Giro d'Italia, TourDeFrance and Vuelta a España in one year. Some have tried, nobody has ever succeeded. For the record, completing ''one'' of the three tends to require extreme levels of physical conditioning and leave you pretty much exhausted and needing a lengthy recovery. The pace of all three together doesn't give you that luxury.

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* Winning Giro d'Italia, TourDeFrance UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance and Vuelta a España in one year. Some have tried, nobody has ever succeeded. For the record, completing ''one'' of the three tends to require extreme levels of physical conditioning and leave you pretty much exhausted and needing a lengthy recovery. The pace of all three together doesn't give you that luxury.
17th Apr '17 12:25:21 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', Mages Guild Archmage Trebonius Artorius has developed a reputation as a PointyHairedBoss who assigns nothing but these. Infamously, he asks the PlayerCharacter to solve the [[RiddleForTheAges disappearance of the]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] (and is shocked when the player actually manages to find an answer). Other assignments he has given to other guild members include taking an inventory of all of the silverware on Vvardenfell and digging a tunnel to the mainland. Knowing that he was named as the head of the Vvardenfell branch in a combination of getting KickedUpstairs and being ReassignedToAntarctica probably helps to explain this.
8th Apr '17 10:09:36 AM nombretomado
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* The quest in Year Four of ''TheQuestportChronicles'': to rescue the [[NatureSpirit Lost]] [[TakenForGranite Lady]] from [[EldritchLocation the netherworld]], which requires help from vampires (thankfully, one of the heroes is a vampire) and voluntary DemonicPossession.

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* The quest in Year Four of ''TheQuestportChronicles'': ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'': to rescue the [[NatureSpirit Lost]] [[TakenForGranite Lady]] from [[EldritchLocation the netherworld]], which requires help from vampires (thankfully, one of the heroes is a vampire) and voluntary DemonicPossession.
7th Apr '17 11:31:53 AM Willbyr
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* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''

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* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''



* ''SwordArtOnline'': In the Grand Quest of ALO (Episode 22), the guardians are impossible to kill due to their huge numbers. On top of that, [[spoiler:once Kirito reaches the door beyond the guardians, he discovers it is locked and cannot be opened by normal players.]]

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* ''SwordArtOnline'': ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': In the Grand Quest of ALO (Episode 22), the guardians are impossible to kill due to their huge numbers. On top of that, [[spoiler:once Kirito reaches the door beyond the guardians, he discovers it is locked and cannot be opened by normal players.]]
9th Feb '17 6:24:01 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter]]'', the Moon Princess Kaguya grows tired of being pestered by her five suitors, so she demands they retrieve legendary artifacts. Three try to trick her with fakes, one gives up and goes home, and the fifth dies trying.

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* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter]]'', the Moon Princess Kaguya grows tired of being pestered by her five suitors, suitors but cannot just blow them off, so [[EngagementChallenge she demands they retrieve legendary artifacts. artifacts]] [[PleaseDumpMe in hopes that they'll give up]]. Three try to trick her with fakes, fakes and she denounces them, one gives up and goes home, and the fifth dies trying.



* In 'UsefulNotes/JapaneseMythology, the beautiful Kaguya-hime had many noblemen willing to marry her. She didn't want to marry any of them and couldn't just blow them off, so she decided to TakeAThirdOption and ask each one for this. If any of them cheated, the GenreSavvy Kaguya immediately deduced how did he do it and pointed it out in public, [[HumiliationConga greatly embarrassing him]].
9th Feb '17 6:20:07 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In 'UsefulNotes/JapaneseMythology, the beautiful Kaguya-hime had many noblemen willing to marry her. She didn't want to marry any of them and couldn't just blow them off, so she decided to TakeAThirdOption and ask each one for this. If any of them cheated, the GenreSavvy Kaguya immediately deduced how did he do it and pointed it out in public, [[HumiliationConga greatly embarrassing him]].
6th Feb '17 7:06:34 AM Troperinik
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* In Episode 73 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Mr. Cat dares Kaeloo to [[HulkingOut transform]] without getting angry. [[NegativeContinuity Despite the fact that she has been seen doing this in other episodes]], she claims that she can't and [[ItMakesSenseInContext her consciousness is sent to a dimension for people who can't perform tasks]]. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, Kaeloo gets revenge by giving Mr. Cat an impossible task of his own: going out while coming in.]]
6th Jan '17 12:54:20 AM WhosAsking
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* Winning Giro d'Italia, TourDeFrance and Vuelta a España in one year. Some have tried, nobody has ever succeeded.

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* Winning Giro d'Italia, TourDeFrance and Vuelta a España in one year. Some have tried, nobody has ever succeeded. For the record, completing ''one'' of the three tends to require extreme levels of physical conditioning and leave you pretty much exhausted and needing a lengthy recovery. The pace of all three together doesn't give you that luxury.
6th Jan '17 12:36:33 AM WhosAsking
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labours_of_Hercules The Labors of Hercules.]] All of them were impossible tasks that were supposed to either take forever or kill him. One example is Labor #5: cleaning the Aegean stables in a day. The cows in the stable were divinely healthy and thus produced an ''enormous'' amount of dung, ''and'' there were over a thousand of them, ''and'' the stable hadn't been cleaned in over 30 years. This labor was meant to be doubly impossible. Not only was it physically impossible, but mucking out livestock pens (one of the lowest jobs around in Ancient Greece) would be the ultimate humiliation for a Son of Zeus. Instead, Hercules [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] and used his [[SuperStrength godly might]] to redirect two rivers through the stables, thus washing them out in a single day.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labours_of_Hercules The Labors of Hercules.]] All of them were impossible tasks that were supposed to either take forever or kill him. One example is Labor #5: cleaning the Aegean stables in a day. The cows in the stable were divinely healthy and thus produced an ''enormous'' amount of dung, ''and'' there were over a thousand of them, ''and'' the stable hadn't been cleaned in over 30 years. This labor was meant to be doubly impossible. Not only was it physically impossible, but mucking out livestock pens (one of the lowest jobs around in Ancient Greece) would be the ultimate humiliation for a Son of Zeus. Instead, Hercules [[TakeAThirdOption took a third option]] and used his [[SuperStrength godly might]] to redirect two rivers through the stables, thus washing them out in a single day. However, some tellings of the tale [[NoFairCheating called Hercules out on not doing it by hand]] and penalized him with an extra Labor.
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