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16th Sep '17 5:20:48 PM nombretomado
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* Admiral Hyman G. Rickover [[YanksWithTanks USN]], "Father of the Nuclear Navy," once went out to lunch with a prospective Naval Reactors officer. When the meal arrived, the prospect started adding salt to the food, at which point Rickover told him to leave. Why? Because anyone who would put salt on his food ''without checking that it needed salt'' was clearly not someone with the attention to detail necessary to work with nuclear reactors--particularly not naval reactors, and most particularly not US Naval Reactors (which is so anal about procedure that it has the lowest accident rate of any nuclear operator in the world: Zero). [[note]] The obvious flaws, of course, are that the prospect could have eaten the dish at the restaurant before, and the level of care demonstrated with one's lunch is not necessarily the same as the level of care one demonstrates on the job.[[/note]]

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* Admiral Hyman G. Rickover [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks USN]], "Father of the Nuclear Navy," once went out to lunch with a prospective Naval Reactors officer. When the meal arrived, the prospect started adding salt to the food, at which point Rickover told him to leave. Why? Because anyone who would put salt on his food ''without checking that it needed salt'' was clearly not someone with the attention to detail necessary to work with nuclear reactors--particularly not naval reactors, and most particularly not US Naval Reactors (which is so anal about procedure that it has the lowest accident rate of any nuclear operator in the world: Zero). [[note]] The obvious flaws, of course, are that the prospect could have eaten the dish at the restaurant before, and the level of care demonstrated with one's lunch is not necessarily the same as the level of care one demonstrates on the job.[[/note]]
26th Aug '17 8:38:54 AM TedlyAnderson
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* The story has it that when Creator/MattDamon and Creator/BenAffleck were shopping around their script for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', they used a secret test to see which producers had actually read the script instead of just skimming it: on page 60 of the script, the two main characters, Will and Chuckie, have a completely out-of-nowhere sex scene. None of the producers they spoke with mentioned the scene, until they met Harvey Weinstein said, "I only have one really big note on the script. About page sixty, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?" Needless to say, they chose Weinstein as their producer, and the rest is history.

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* The story has it that when Creator/MattDamon and Creator/BenAffleck were shopping around their script for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', they used a secret test to see which producers had actually read the script instead of just skimming it: on page 60 of the script, the two main characters, Will and Chuckie, have a completely out-of-nowhere sex scene. None of the producers they spoke with mentioned the scene, until they met Harvey Weinstein Weinstein, who said, "I only have one really big note on the script. About page sixty, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?" Needless to say, they chose Weinstein as their producer, and the rest is history.
26th Aug '17 8:38:30 AM TedlyAnderson
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* The story has it that when Creator/MattDamon and Creator/BenAffleck were shopping around their script for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', they used a secret test to see which producers had actually read the script instead of just skimming it: on page 60 of the script, the two main characters, Will and Chuckie, have a completely out-of-nowhere sex scene. None of the producers they spoke with mentioned the scene, until they met Harvey Weinstein said, "I only have one really big note on the script. About page sixty, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?" Needless to say, they chose Weinstein as their producer, and the rest is history.
29th Jun '17 12:01:00 PM Medinoc
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* Baron Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' enjoys using these on his son, the first one we see involving an analysis of an apparently important but ultimately non-working invention of his to see if Gil was sure enough of his own skills as a [[MadScientist Spark]] to point out that his overlord father made a mistake. He gives these often enough that Gil tends to asks his father with an annoyed tone if an unexpected occurrence was actually one of his little tests for him.

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Baron Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' enjoys using these on his son, the first one we see involving an analysis of an apparently important but ultimately non-working invention of his to see if Gil was sure enough of his own skills as a [[MadScientist Spark]] to point out that his overlord father made a mistake. He gives these often enough that Gil tends to asks his father with an annoyed tone if an unexpected occurrence was actually one of his little tests for him.him.
** When Agatha first meets Othar Tryggvassen, GentlemanAdventurer, she asks him incredulously about some of his past accomplishments. He mentions the last one doesn't ring a bell to him, to which Agatha answers that she made it up.
21st Jun '17 4:18:23 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/WarGames''. At the beginning of the film, a U.S. ICBM base receives orders to launch its missiles. One of the officers refuses to participate in the launch, preventing it from occurring. It's later revealed that the situation was a nationwide test of the officers' willingness to launch on command. 22% of the bases failed to launch their missiles, causing serious dismay in the political and military leadership.
5th Jun '17 8:40:19 PM PaulA
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** In the novella "Gulf", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.

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** In the novella "Gulf", "Literature/{{Gulf}}", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.
1st Jun '17 1:25:22 AM PaulA
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* Exactly the same thing happens to the hero of John Scalzi's ''Old Man's War'' as he "waits" for his military enlistment psych exam. There the purpose is actually to gather his emotional states in preparation for the body-swap process. (The test administrator is trained in unarmed combat in case of emergency.)

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* Exactly the same thing happens to the hero of John Scalzi's ''Old Man's War'' ''Literature/OldMansWar'' as he "waits" for his military enlistment psych exam. There the purpose is actually to gather his emotional states in preparation for the body-swap process. (The test administrator is trained in unarmed combat in case of emergency.)
2nd Apr '17 11:49:32 AM nombretomado
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* OlderThanFeudalism. At the end of the Hindu epic ''{{Mahabharata}}'', Yudhisthira arrives at the gates of heaven, accompanied by a dog. He is told that he can enter, but the dog must be left behind. During the journey to said gates, all of Yudhisthira's siblings had perished, presumably for being not worthy to enter heaven, except the dog. After all that they'd been through together, Yudhisthira refuses to abandon the dog, and turns away from heaven, then the fact that it was a Secret Test is revealed.\\

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* OlderThanFeudalism. At the end of the Hindu epic ''{{Mahabharata}}'', ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', Yudhisthira arrives at the gates of heaven, accompanied by a dog. He is told that he can enter, but the dog must be left behind. During the journey to said gates, all of Yudhisthira's siblings had perished, presumably for being not worthy to enter heaven, except the dog. After all that they'd been through together, Yudhisthira refuses to abandon the dog, and turns away from heaven, then the fact that it was a Secret Test is revealed.\\
30th Mar '17 7:44:01 AM PlasmaTalon
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** Ichigo gets one when he [[spoiler:need his zanpakuto reforged. Being rejected by the sword smith and sent back to the world of the living. After conversing with his father its revealed to be a test, and he's taken back to regain his sword.]]
9th Mar '17 12:13:45 AM Lanes17B
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the episode "Treats." When Garry's favorite snail treat is discontinued he hounds Spongebob to scour the world to find the treats. When there are none to be found anywhere, Spongebob takes Patrick's advice to tell Garry "no." Garry then goes to bed happy to know Spogebob can finally say "no."
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