->'''CIA Superior:''' What did we learn, Palmer?\\
'''Palmer:''' I don't know, sir.\\
'''CIA Superior:''' I don't fuckin' know either. I guess we learned not to do it again.\\
'''Palmer:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''CIA Superior:''' I'm fucked if I know what we did.

->'''Questioner #1:''' Did you ever find out what it means?\\
'''Jerry:''' No, I didn't.\\
'''Questioner #2:''' What did you find out about him, Jerry?\\
'''Jerry:''' Not much really.

->We can't bust heads like we used to, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment but we have our ways.]] One trick is to [[InvokedTrope tell them stories that don't go anywhere]]. Like the time I took the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe so I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them. Give me five bees for a quarter you'd say. Now where were we, oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, [[SoGoodWeMentionedItTwice which was the style at the time]]. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
-->-- '''Grandpa Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

->Once there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The End.
--> -- '''Patrick''' telling the story of ''Literature/TheUglyBarnacle'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''

->I paused to take a long drink of water. I could feel my small audience leaning toward me. "Then the high king carefully turned the golden screw. Once: Nothing. Twice: Nothing. Then he turned it the third time, and the boy’s ass fell off."
-->-- '''Kvothe''', ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicles''

->In the annals of stupid, screwed-up, pointless missions that was the stupidest, most pointless of all.
-->-- '''Marco''', ''{{Literature/Animorphs}} #28: The Experiment''

->I just don't understand why. What was the point of this? Of [[spoiler:being lied to? Of thinking someone loved me and having them actually not, of just using me]]? What's the point of that? Was it a lesson? Was I supposed to learn something?
-->-- '''Spike''', in the last line of dialogue of [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/191621/not-the-same "Not The Same"]]

->You know, when you're telling these little stories, here's a good idea: have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!
-->-- '''Neal''', ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles''