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19th Apr '17 9:51:47 AM Lirodon
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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically comical furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
8th Apr '17 10:39:14 PM Lirodon
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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), Bedroom" and "Velcro Living Room"), "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "The Big Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
14th Mar '17 10:56:47 AM ZombieAladdin
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* The Special is typically the highest standard award in a pinball machine, earned by either advancing really far or getting really lucky. By default, it's a free game, but it can be set by the operator to be other things, and it falls into this trope if the Special has been set to a low points award or to nothing at all. To add insult to injury, on many machines, you get the Special by [[ViolationOfCommonSense draining the ball down an outlane]], and the game won't tell you what the Special will be until you get it, so if the operator has set it to be worthless, you'll have likely drained your ball for no reason (unless [[GuideDangIt you find out from someone else ahead of time]]).
5th Mar '17 7:22:14 PM Lirodon
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* The Brady version has also had food Zonks that fall into the EatThat category (well, for Wayne Brady), such as chocolate-covered bugs and ''mayonnaise mouthwash.''
5th Mar '17 7:19:55 PM Lirodon
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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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** It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based and/or ExactWords-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), and a "Cardboard Boombox", but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "[[ExactWords The "The Big Apple]]" Apple" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
2nd Mar '17 7:16:16 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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).

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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).
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It is very common now for the Zonks to be completely ridiculous and pun-based (which makes them funny), such as "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre locales such as Zonk Island Island, [=ZonkyLand=], and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but the world's largest apple).
14th Feb '17 7:45:30 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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as trips to bizarre places such as "Zonkville" and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but a giant apple. Both featuring animated skits attached to them), and puppet music videos.

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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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items that result in animated skits, such as trips to bizarre places locales such as "Zonkville" Zonk Island and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but a giant apple. Both featuring animated skits attached to them), and puppet music videos.the world's largest apple).
1st Feb '17 9:58:00 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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as trips to bizarre places such as "Zonkville" and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but a giant apple. Both featuring animated skits attached to them), and puppet music cideos.
* Even the foreign versions played along. The German ''Geh aufs Ganze'' had Zonks known as "Zonks", grey-red, fox-like plush animals. On the Polish version ''Idź Na Całość'', Zonk was a red plush cat in a black bag (the original "pig in a poke" being a cat you couldn't see passed off as a young pig). In Polish slang, "zonk" today means "something unexpected".

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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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), comically small furniture sets (such as the "Teeny Weeny Bedroom"), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as trips to bizarre places such as "Zonkville" and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but a giant apple. Both featuring animated skits attached to them), and puppet music cideos.
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* Even the foreign versions played along. The Zonk on the German ''Geh aufs Ganze'' had Zonks known as "Zonks", was a grey-red, fox-like plush animals.plushie, also called a Zonk. On the Polish version ''Idź Na Całość'', Zonk was a red plush cat in a black bag (the original "pig in a poke" being a cat you couldn't see passed off as a young pig). In Polish slang, "zonk" today means "something unexpected".
1st Feb '17 9:53:38 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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as trips to bizarre places such as "Zonkville" and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but a giant apple) and "[[Music/{{Psy}} Zonk-nam Style]]" dance lessons.

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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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as trips to bizarre places such as "Zonkville" and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (not New York, but a giant apple) apple. Both featuring animated skits attached to them), and "[[Music/{{Psy}} Zonk-nam Style]]" dance lessons.puppet music cideos.
1st Feb '17 9:52:01 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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as tickets to "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (complete with an animated prize spiel) and "[[Music/{{Psy}} Zonk-nam Style]]" dance lessons.

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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 "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and "Laundered Money" (giant fake bills hanging on a clothes line), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items such as tickets trips to bizarre places such as "Zonkville" and "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (complete with an animated prize spiel) (not New York, but a giant apple) and "[[Music/{{Psy}} Zonk-nam Style]]" dance lessons.
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