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13th Feb '16 11:52:29 AM Lirodon
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** Then you have the Brady version, which averts this altogether as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless. This practice now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign). It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as a "mobile phone" (an RC car shaped like a telephone) or "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels)]], but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants.
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** Then you have the Brady version, which averts this altogether as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless. This practice now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign). It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as a "mobile phone" (an RC car shaped like a telephone) or "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels)]], peels]]) and a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants.
2nd Feb '16 7:16:05 PM jormis29
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* Subverted in [[http://xkcd.com/1282/ this]] {{xkcd}} strip, where [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Beret Guy]] welcomes his goat prize.
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* Subverted in [[http://xkcd.com/1282/ this]] {{xkcd}} ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' strip, where [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Beret Guy]] welcomes his goat prize.
7th Jan '16 5:25:02 PM IncoG5nito
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Shop 'Til You Drop
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* The first season of ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'' had gag gifts in the titular BonusRound that only added a few dollars to a team's total. These were removed after the goal to reach was raised from $1,000 to $2,500 worth of merchandise.
26th Dec '15 4:54:41 PM IncoG5nito
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* The old Japanese game show ''Series/TransAmericaUltraQuiz'' did this with the ''grand'' prize awarded to the champion of the season, which was inevitably something impressive-sounding but worthless like an acre of land in the middle of the desert, or a private island in the Caribbean that's only an island during low tide. The ''actual'' prize for the show was that each of the later rounds were played in a different exotic locale, thus the finalists all got an all expenses paid international tour that lasted as long as they remained in the game.
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* The old Japanese game show ''Series/TransAmericaUltraQuiz'' ''Trans America Ultra Quiz'' did this with the ''grand'' prize awarded to the champion of the season, which was inevitably something impressive-sounding but worthless like an acre of land in the middle of the desert, or a private island in the Caribbean that's only an island during low tide. The ''actual'' prize for the show was that each of the later rounds were played in a different exotic locale, thus the finalists all got an all expenses paid international tour that lasted as long as they remained in the game.
26th Dec '15 4:53:34 PM IncoG5nito
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** Averted for the Brady version, as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless. This now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign). It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as a "mobile phone" (an RC car shaped like a telephone) or "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels)]], but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants.

** Averted for Then you have the Brady version, which averts this altogether as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless. This practice now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign). It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as a "mobile phone" (an RC car shaped like a telephone) or "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels)]], but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants.

* In the current version, the "Zonk" logo is also used in some games (particularly ones that involve a [[LuckBasedMission luck-based challenge]], such as "Movin' On Up") in situations where they function more like a {{Whammy}} rather than a joke prize.
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* In Also in the current Brady version, the "Zonk" logo is also used in some games (particularly ones that involve a [[LuckBasedMission luck-based challenge]], such as "Movin' On Up") in situations where they function more like a {{Whammy}} rather than a joke prize.
26th Dec '15 4:51:59 PM IncoG5nito
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*** The "Zonk" logo is also currently used in some games (particularly ones that involve a luck-based challenge, such as "Movin' On Up") in situations where they function more like a {{Whammy}} rather than a joke prize.

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*** The * In the current version, the "Zonk" logo is also currently used in some games (particularly ones that involve a [[LuckBasedMission luck-based challenge, challenge]], such as "Movin' On Up") in situations where they function more like a {{Whammy}} rather than a joke prize.
26th Dec '15 4:50:26 PM IncoG5nito
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** Some Zonks would actually contain more "legit" prizes within them. A week's supply of garbage cans, for instance (labeled for each day of the week), would sometimes have a perfect-condition fur coat in one. The food-based Zonks were also 100% legit, if you wanted them. ** Averted for the Brady version, as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything given away as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless; this now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and old-style [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign).
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** Some Zonks would actually contain more "legit" legitimate prizes within them. A week's supply of garbage cans, for instance (labeled for each day of the week), would sometimes have a perfect-condition fur coat in one. The food-based Zonks were also 100% legit, if you wanted them. ** Averted for the Brady version, as the Zonks are never actually meant to be prizes. Almost anything given away shown as a Zonk during the first season, even the large amounts of food, was usually spray-painted, smashed, or otherwise defaced to render it worthless; this worthless. This now seems to be abandoned for the most part, to the point where certain Zonks contain things like DJ mixers and old-style tube [=TV=]s that appear to be in perfect condition and often even ''shown to be working''... but they're still not actually prizes. Instead, the contestant gets a small sum between about $100-$300, depending on how much effort it took to put the Zonk together (and, hence, why the Brady-era Zonks have a large "ZONK!" sign). It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as a "mobile phone" (an RC car shaped like a telephone) or "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels)]], but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. *** The "Zonk" logo is also currently used in some games (particularly ones that involve a luck-based challenge, such as "Movin' On Up") in situations where they function more like a {{Whammy}} rather than a joke prize.

* On the Wayne Brady version, the Zonk logo is used in some games (particularly ones that involve a luck-based challenge, such as "Movin' On Up") in situations where they function more like a {{Whammy}} rather than a joke prize. The Brady-era are also often completely ridiculous (which makes them funny), such as a "mobile phone" (an RC car shaped like a telephone) or "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels)]], but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants.
26th Dec '15 4:45:26 PM IncoG5nito
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Removed red "While You Were Out" link; added tabletop game folder
* The host of ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'' typically asks the relative of the person whose house is secretly being remodeled a few questions in between the remodeling scenes to test just how well they know that person. Answering correctly nets them a nice-looking decorating item for the room; answering incorrectly nets them a gag prize instead (ex: a tiny toy chest instead of a mahogany chest, plastic scrambled eggs instead of an elegant breakfast tray, a bag of coffee beans instead of a new coffee machine...).
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* The host of ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'' ''While You Were Out'' typically asks the relative of the person whose house is secretly being remodeled a few questions in between the remodeling scenes to test just how well they know that person. Answering correctly nets them a nice-looking decorating item for the room; answering incorrectly nets them a gag prize instead (ex: a tiny toy chest instead of a mahogany chest, plastic scrambled eggs instead of an elegant breakfast tray, a bag of coffee beans instead of a new coffee machine...).

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]] * The host of ''Series/WhileYouWereOut'' typically asks the relative Two of the person whose house is secretly being remodeled a few questions spaces in between the remodeling scenes to test just how well they know that person. Answering correctly nets them original version of ''[[TabletopGame/GameOfLife The Game of Life]]'' read "[[CrazyCatLady Aunt Leaves You 50 Cats]]" and "Uncle Leaves You a nice-looking decorating item for Skunk Farm". In the room; answering incorrectly nets them a gag prize instead (ex: a tiny toy chest instead of a mahogany chest, plastic scrambled eggs instead of an elegant breakfast tray, a bag of coffee beans instead of a new coffee machine...).game's last dollar value adjustment before the 1991 overhaul, both spaces cost the player $20,000 if hit. [[/folder]]
16th Dec '15 2:24:05 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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[[folder:Instant-Win Promotions]] * The British potato crisp company Golden Wonder once ran an instant-win promotion where every pack won a prize. Some of the prizes were genuinely good, including CD players and even a car. The majority of packs, however, won their owners something deliberately pathetic, like a bit of sponge, half a postcard, or a paperclip. [[/folder]]
10th Dec '15 11:44:34 AM FF32
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* Parodied on a ''Series/KidsInTheHall'' sketch: The winner of the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign apparently]] Dutch game show ''Feelyat!'' happily goes home with a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.
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* Parodied on a ''Series/KidsInTheHall'' ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch: The winner of the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign apparently]] Dutch game show ''Feelyat!'' happily goes home with a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.
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