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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.
17th Jan '17 6:18:46 PM 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 the "Zonk Puppet Musical".

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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 the "Zonk Puppet Musical"."[[Music/{{Psy}} Zonk-nam Style]]" dance lessons.
11th Jan '17 10:55:06 PM 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 a "50-inch TV" (giant letters), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items accompanied by animated sketches, such as tickets to "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" and the "Zonk Puppet Musical".

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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" "Literal Slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and a "50-inch TV" "Laundered Money" (giant letters), 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 accompanied by animated sketches, such as tickets to "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" (complete with an animated prize spiel) and the "Zonk Puppet Musical".
11th Jan '17 10:51:34 PM 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 "key lime pie" (which literally contains keys), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items accompanied by animated sketches, such as tickets to "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" and the "Zonk Puppet Musical".

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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 "key lime pie" (which literally contains keys), a "50-inch TV" (giant letters), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items accompanied by animated sketches, such as tickets to "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" and the "Zonk Puppet Musical".
28th Dec '16 10:24:27 AM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''Videogame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', giving the F.I.N.A.L.G.U.N. to Mark the Gun's Collector earns you a "special rare item", which turns out to be a worthless sticker that he wrote "1/1" on in crayon to make it look more valuable. It's there purely to prank WrongGenreSavvy RPG veterans. The correct choice here is to keep the gun for yourself, since it's Hoopz's InfinityPlusOneSword.
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8th Dec '16 7:46:42 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 "key lime pie" (which literally contains keys), 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 "literal slippers" (shoes shaped like [[BananaPeel banana peels]]), a "compact car" (a car that went through a crusher), and "key lime pie" (which literally contains keys), but they still can't actually be taken home by insistent contestants. A few recurring Zonks are now non-tangible items accompanied by animated sketches, such as tickets to "[[ExactWords The Big Apple]]" and the "Zonk Puppet Musical".
6th Dec '16 8:03:01 PM Gimere
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''Series/LetsMakeADeal'', the TropeNamet, was famous for offering such booby prizes: animals, absurd amounts of food, old and broken motor vehicles, etc. If the Zonk was an animal, it was usually a goat (or goats) or a cow, although the 2009 revival has also offered other farm animals, and even a "[[JustForPun Zonkey]]" (a donkey painted with zebra stripes). The practice was discontinued in the middle of the first season when [=PETA=] (naturally) complained about it.

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''Series/LetsMakeADeal'', the TropeNamet, TropeNamer, was famous for offering such booby prizes: animals, absurd amounts of food, old and broken motor vehicles, etc. If the Zonk was an animal, it was usually a goat (or goats) or a cow, although the 2009 revival has also offered other farm animals, and even a "[[JustForPun Zonkey]]" (a donkey painted with zebra stripes). The practice was discontinued in the middle of the first season when [=PETA=] (naturally) complained about it.
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