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17th Mar '17 10:09:45 AM cake99999
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* This exchange in ''Film/DeathProof'' when Pam finds out Stuntman Mike's name:
-->'''Pam:''' Stuntman Mike's your name?
-->'''Stuntman Mike:''' You ask anybody.
-->'''Pam:''' Hey, Warren, who is this guy?
-->'''Warren:''' Stuntman Mike.
-->'''Pam:''' And who the hell is Stuntman Mike?
-->'''Warren:''' [[ShapedLikeItself He's a stuntman.]]
** Another example later on in the movie:
-->'''Abernathy:''' Well, you see, we're making a Hollywood movie in town, and it's a cheerleader movie, and she's one of the cheerleaders.
-->'''Car Salesman:''' What's a cheerleader movie?
-->'''Abernathy:''' A movie about cheerleaders.
14th Mar '17 10:50:49 AM avpfreak15
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*[[spoiler:Rogal Dorn]] from ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' runs on this trope.
--->Emperor: You carry knowledge about the history of your sons, the [[spoiler:Imperial Fists]], yes?
--->[[spoiler:Dorn]]: Yes.
--->Emperor: Can you bring unto me this knowledge?
--->[[spoiler:Dorn]]: Yes.
--->Emperor: ...Can you do it now?
--->[[spoiler:Dorn]]: Yes.
--->Emperor: ...Fucking do it then.
13th Mar '17 10:19:20 AM 6
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** This is common in many young children. They either don't recognise the implied expectation for them to perform the task/provide a more detailed explanation or they simply don't feel like complying with it. Another example is a little girl who liked cold weather wasn't wearing a jacket outside. Her teacher asked if she had a jacket, and she answered yes and went back to playing.
9th Mar '17 3:18:44 PM eldiablo555
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** ''Crack That Whip''
-->'''Phineas:''' (As an announcer) Hello, everyone, and welcome to today's main event. The "anything goes" grudge race of the century between Grandma Betty Jo and Grandma Hildegard. I'm Phineas Flynn, and I'll be your announcer for today's action, along with our color commentator, Grandpa Clyde!
-->'''Clyde:''' Yellow, green, blue!
-->'''Phineas:''' Excellent color, Grandpa.
8th Mar '17 6:23:43 PM 64SuperNintendo
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-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Izzy:]]''' Plant Earth, silly.

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-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Izzy:]]''' Plant Planet Earth, silly.
8th Mar '17 6:05:33 PM 64SuperNintendo
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-->'''Medium''': Yes

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-->'''Medium''': YesYes.



--> '''Adam West''': Box, toaster, aluminum, maple syrup... no I take that one back. I'm gonna hold onto that one.

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--> '''Adam West''': Box, toaster, aluminum, maple syrup... no no, I take that one back. I'm gonna hold onto that one.
27th Feb '17 10:36:29 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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--> '''Mandy''': Why didn't their shoes go too?
--> '''Grim''': Shoes can't fit through the phone, silly, they're way too big!

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--> ---> '''Mandy''': Why didn't their shoes go too?
--> ---> '''Grim''': Shoes can't fit through the phone, silly, they're way too big!
21st Feb '17 6:48:41 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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** In the "Life according to S*P" comic in which [[www.somethingpositive.net/sp03032009.shtml Davan is horrified to realise]] he's been arguing about ''Film/StarTrek'' on the internet and used a LOLCat, Randy's comment at the bottom of the strip is "If you're wondering if the argument or the LOLCat was stupid, the answer is yes."

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** In the "Life according to S*P" comic in which [[www.[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03032009.shtml Davan is horrified to realise]] he's been arguing about ''Film/StarTrek'' on the internet and used a LOLCat, Randy's comment at the bottom of the strip is "If you're wondering if the argument or the LOLCat was stupid, the answer is yes."
21st Feb '17 6:46:16 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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--->'''Didactylos:'' Things just happen. What the hell?

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--->'''Didactylos:'' --->'''Didactylos:''' Things just happen. What the hell?



-->'''Penny''' Uh...my fiancé.

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-->'''Penny''' Uh... my fiancé.



** In one case, Sheridan had asked what was in the random access hatch Kosh had led him to. Kosh's answer was "One moment of perfect beauty." Sheridan {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this: "Well, as answers go, short, to the point, utterly useless and totally consistent with what I've come to expect from a Vorlon." It turns out, this is a completely factual statement, though it makes no sense [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jli3ruqWYlc until you can see the context]]. This gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d again in the same episode when Ivanova asks Sheridan what Kosh showed him. Sheridan responds "Beauty...in the dark." Ivanova remarks that Kosh's lessons must be working, because Sheridan is starting to talk like a Vorlon.

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** In one case, Sheridan had asked what was in the random access hatch Kosh had led him to. Kosh's answer was "One moment of perfect beauty." Sheridan {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this: "Well, as answers go, short, to the point, utterly useless and totally consistent with what I've come to expect from a Vorlon." It turns out, this is a completely factual statement, though it makes no sense [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jli3ruqWYlc until you can see the context]]. This gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d again in the same episode when Ivanova asks Sheridan what Kosh showed him. Sheridan responds "Beauty... in the dark." Ivanova remarks that Kosh's lessons must be working, because Sheridan is starting to talk like a Vorlon.



* On an episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' Jake had a test where he wrote that UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in...pen.

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* On an episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' Jake had a test where he wrote that UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in... pen.



* The third generation ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games will let you answer yes or no...to the question of where your character came from. If you answer "yes," he'll reply that he's never heard of Yes Town. If you say no, he'll say that you have to have come from somewhere.

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* The third generation ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games will let you answer yes or no... to the question of where your character came from. If you answer "yes," he'll reply that he's never heard of Yes Town. If you say no, he'll say that you have to have come from somewhere.
17th Feb '17 5:28:19 PM AuraXtreme
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If you ask someone a question, and he gives you an entirely accurate answer that is of no practical use whatsoever, he has just given you a [[TitleDrop Mathematician's Answer]].

A common form of giving a Mathematician's Answer is to fully evaluate the logic of the question and give a logically correct answer. Such a response may prove confusing for someone who interpreted what they said colloquially.

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"Could you [[DescribeTopicHere describe Mathematician's Answer here?]]"

[[SelfDemonstratingArticle Yes.]]

"...''Would'' you describe it here?"

Yes.

"[[{{Beat}} ...]]"

[[Literature/{{Eragon}} Well, of]] ''[[Literature/{{Eragon}} course]]'' [[Literature/{{Eragon}} I'll describe it to you!]] First you asked me if I ''could'' describe it, then you asked if I ''would'' describe it. But you never actually asked me to describe the trope to you.

"Alright, then. Describe Mathematician's Answer here."

If you ask someone a question, and he gives you an entirely accurate answer that is of no practical use whatsoever, he has just given you a [[TitleDrop Mathematician's Answer]].

Answer. A common form of giving a Mathematician's Answer this trope is to fully evaluate the logic of the question and give a logically correct answer. Such a response may prove confusing for someone who interpreted what they said colloquially.
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