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2nd May '16 7:17:39 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/TruthOrConsequences'': Virtually every time, a T or C stunt or skit was set up with one of these, a riddle that either is impossible for any reasonable person to answer, or a time limit that elapses so quickly that no one has a chance to even begin the process of answering.


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* LooneyTunes and MerrieMelodies:
** "The Ducksters," a 1950 cartoon starring DaffyDuck and PorkyPig, a parody of the then-popular ''Series/TruthOrConsequences''. The questions are even more ridiculously impossible than the real life show (e.g., ""Who, mind you WHO, was the referee for the New Zealand heavyweight championship fight in 1726"). Although Porky is able to avert the trope several times with unexpected correct answers (for instance, he successfully answers "Arbuckle Dreen" to the New Zealand boxing match question), other times the question is just plain intentionally impossible to answer, resulting in Porky suffering brutal punishment. One example has Daffy asking Porky to identify Mrs. Shush (a parody of a recurring ''T or C'' contest) from only a horribly scratched record (which Daffy claims is Shush "brushing her teeth on Wednesdays"), before taking him to meet "her" (Mame, a gorilla that is a little too affectionate). Eventually, Porky is able to turn the tables on Daffy with a few impossible questions of his own, with Daffy on the receiving end.
13th Apr '16 12:48:34 PM case
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* Likewise, the "Smoke & Mirrors" game in ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' has its own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWlbzdaJJ_s Impossible Mode]], where Music/LouReed appears and kills [[Creator/PennAndTeller the duo]] by shooting lightning from his eyes, then tells the player, "[[ExactWords Impossible doesn't mean very difficult.]] Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."

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* Likewise, the ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'':
** The
"Smoke & Mirrors" game in ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' has its own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWlbzdaJJ_s Impossible Mode]], where Music/LouReed appears and kills [[Creator/PennAndTeller the duo]] by shooting lightning from his eyes, then tells the player, "[[ExactWords Impossible doesn't mean very difficult.]] Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun.""
** Many of the other games in the unreleased collection are pranks set up in favour of player one, making them Unwinnable Joke Games for player two.
29th Mar '16 4:01:45 AM LucaEarlgrey
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->''"This is the Impossible difficulty, boys. Impossible doesn't mean very difficult. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."''

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->''"This is the Impossible difficulty, boys. Impossible 'Impossible' doesn't mean very difficult.'very difficult'. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."''
18th Mar '16 12:37:44 PM radiaki
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* Ithe BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George'', the two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."

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* Ithe In the BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George'', the two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."
18th Mar '16 12:36:56 PM radiaki
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[-[[caption-width-right:250:Nobody has won. Nobody ever will.[[note]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_giTK__WVOw&ab_channel=AlbertC This guy]] does okay.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:250:Nobody has won. Nobody ever will.[[note]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_giTK__WVOw&ab_channel=AlbertC This guy]] does okay.[[/note]]]]-]]]-]



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke_chess_problem#Self-solving_problems this]] self-solving ''TabletopGame/{{Chess}}'' problem as being an un''lose''able joke game. Its goal is to mate the black king in six moves, however all of white's legal moves lead invariably to checkmate after six moves.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] Inverted with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke_chess_problem#Self-solving_problems this]] self-solving ''TabletopGame/{{Chess}}'' problem as being an un''lose''able joke game. Its goal is to mate the black king in six moves, however all of white's legal moves lead invariably to checkmate after six moves.



* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has a hidden difficulty "reallyjoel's Dad". Supposedly, you have two minuets to kill all the enemies and get to the exit or you explode. Not only is killing all the enemies in two minutes completely impossible, but the source code reveals that the laser barrier blocking the exit won't open even if you do. Unless, of course, you're [[MemeticBadass reallyjoel's Dad]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has a hidden difficulty "reallyjoel's Dad". Supposedly, you have two minuets minutes to kill all the enemies and get to the exit or you explode. Not only is killing all the enemies in two minutes completely impossible, but the source code reveals that the laser barrier blocking the exit won't open even if you do. Unless, of course, you're [[MemeticBadass reallyjoel's Dad]].



* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/724/ a strip]] about ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Predictably, someone on the internet [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/banthar/hell-tetris made a game]] like that. And some managed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFPscApObs to score lines in it]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/724/ a strip]] about ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Predictably, someone on the internet [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/banthar/hell-tetris made a game]] like that. And some managed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFPscApObs to score score]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_giTK__WVOw lines in it]].



* An in-universe example appears in the BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George''. The two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."

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* An in-universe example appears in the Ithe BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George''. The George'', the two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."
3rd Mar '16 7:09:39 PM TheGreenHerring
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* Likewise, ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' has its own Impossible Mode, where Lou Reed appears and kills the duo, then tells the player, "[[ExactWords Impossible doesn't mean very difficult.]] Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."

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* Likewise, the "Smoke & Mirrors" game in ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' has its own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWlbzdaJJ_s Impossible Mode, Mode]], where Lou Reed Music/LouReed appears and kills [[Creator/PennAndTeller the duo, duo]] by shooting lightning from his eyes, then tells the player, "[[ExactWords Impossible doesn't mean very difficult.]] Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."
18th Feb '16 1:27:24 PM ConMan1226
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* ''[[http://redcarpetrampage.com/ Red Carpet Rampage]]'' is a flash game where you play as LeonardoDiCaprio trying to win an Oscar. The game is programmed to keep getting harder and harder until you lose, [[AwardSnub making it unwinnable.]] The developers have stated that if DiCaprio himself ever contacts them, they'll give him a cheat code to a special ending.
10th Jan '16 3:17:40 PM Beed28
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* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' ROMHack ''JUMP'' has the level Chains of Atrophy, full of devious puzzles. No matter what you do, however, one puzzle involving a P-Switch near the end is downright impossible to complete.

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* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' ROMHack ''JUMP'' Some {{Creepypasta}} style games are intentionally impossible to beat. ''VideoGame/SonicExe'' for example has the level Chains of Atrophy, full of devious puzzles. No you playing as Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman retrospectively, but no matter what you do, however, one puzzle involving a P-Switch near you'll always end up being killed by Sonic.exe himself at the end is downright impossible to complete.
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10th Jan '16 1:17:49 PM Beed28
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* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' ROMHack ''JUMP'' has the level Chains of Atrophy, full of devious puzzles. No matter what you do, however, one puzzle involving a P-Switch near the end is downright impossible to complete.
4th Jan '16 4:58:52 PM LucaEarlgrey
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->''"This is the [[ExactWords Impossible]] difficulty, boys. Impossible doesn't mean very difficult. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."''
-->--'''Music/LouReed''', ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' on Impossible difficulty

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->''"This is the [[ExactWords Impossible]] Impossible difficulty, boys. Impossible doesn't mean very difficult. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."''
-->--'''Music/LouReed''', ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' on Impossible difficulty
''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors''
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