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The Pen Is Blue
When a simple task turns out to be harder then it should be or plain impossible.

(permanent link) added: 2011-09-12 23:41:31 sponsor: AsianDoll (last reply: 2011-09-17 06:08:39)

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In Liar Liar, Jim Carrey attempts to declare that a blue pen is red. He can't say it, and he can't even write it. His efforts become more frantic, until his secretary discovers him whimpering 'The pen is blue' like a madman.

This trope is for those days when you just can't get rid of a bomb.

  • In "The Ticket Master" episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle can't get a decent lunch for her friends trying to do her favors in an attempt to win her over and get the other ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala.
  • "A Spell For Chamelon", the first novel of the Xanth series, features the apparently powerless Bink trying to find out if he does have a power. Good Magician Humphrey should be able to tell him, but increasingly improbable circumstances keep interrupting or drowning him out.

Needs More Examples."
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