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** Stewie goes to a ''StarTrek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He finds a Q&A session where all the questions are completely unrelated to the show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.

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** Stewie goes to a ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He finds a Q&A session where all the questions are completely unrelated to the show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4942221/27/Broken-Wings Broken Wings]]'' Harry asks this while teaching a first-year Gryffindor/Slytherin Potions class as Snape's apprentice and receives questions from the Gryffindors about Quidditch, his Animagus form and whether Snape has retired.


* One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip had the PointyHairedBoss end a meeting with questions, reminding his employees that there are no stupid questions. One of the generic guys asks "If you crossed the International Date Line on your birthday, would you still get presents?"; the boss thinks to himself "Great, there '''are''' stupid questions and I don't know the answers to them."

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* One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip had the PointyHairedBoss end a meeting with questions, by opening the floor, reminding his employees that there are no stupid questions. One of the generic guys asks "If you crossed the International Date Line on your birthday, would you still get presents?"; the boss thinks to himself "Great, there '''are''' stupid questions and I don't know the answers to them."

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* One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip had the PointyHairedBoss end a meeting with questions, reminding his employees that there are no stupid questions. One of the generic guys asks "If you crossed the International Date Line on your birthday, would you still get presents?"; the boss thinks to himself "Great, there '''are''' stupid questions and I don't know the answers to them."
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: 2'' when Skipper was organizing the newly recruited (by [[ThoseTwoGuys Phil & Mason]]) monkeys to repair their plane.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: 2'' ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'' when Skipper was organizing the newly recruited (by [[ThoseTwoGuys Phil & Mason]]) monkeys to repair their plane.


* At the start of ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', Alan Grant has just finished giving a talk to an audience, and asks if anyone has any questions. Hands go up all over the room. Grant adds that he means any questions that aren't about ''Jurassic Park'', and most of the hands go down. When he further specifies that he doesn't want questions about the events of ''Jurassic Park II'' either, there are hardly any hands left.

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* At the start of ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', Alan Grant has just finished giving a talk about prehistoric Raptors to an audience, and asks if anyone has any questions. Hands go up all over the room. Grant adds that he means any questions that aren't about ''Jurassic Park'', and most of the hands go down. When he further specifies that he doesn't want questions about the events of ''Jurassic Park II'' either, there are hardly any hands left.

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** When [=NASA=] announced that either Homer or Barney will be sent to space, different members of the press keep asking the pertinent but unhelpful question "is this joke?" After having enough of this, the [=NASA=] rep says "and no more questions as to whether this is a joke or not!" Everyone lowers their hand.


* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}:'' A [[http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1239:_Social_Media press conference]] about an asteroid heading towards Earth gets sidetracked by reporters asking about what role Social Media has played.

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}:'' ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'':
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A [[http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1239:_Social_Media press conference]] about an asteroid heading towards Earth gets sidetracked by reporters asking about what role Social Media has played.played.
** Reused in [[http://xkcd.com/1583/ "NASA Press Conference"]]. Beret Guy asks how data about [[http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4720 liquid water on Mars]] compares to data from other fields, such as sports.

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** Another episode uses the "rephrase the question" version. Sheldon is in the dining car of a train, and the waiter asks "Any questions?" Sheldon, being a train enthusiast, asks a very detailed and technical question about the car itself. When the waiter clarifies that he meant questions about the food, Sheldon responds "Is this food being served on a car which..." and repeats his previous question.

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* Much earlier, Hillary Clinton's husband Bill was famously asked "boxers or briefs?" at a town hall meeting sponsored by MTV. (For the record: "usually briefs.")


* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': The Foundry mission [[Recap/StarTrekOnlineFoundryBaitAndSwitch "Bait and Switch"]] has a mission briefing scene. The admiral finishes her briefing and asks for questions. One of the dialogue options has the PlayerCharacter ask where they got the name [[OperationBlank "Operation Blue Friday"]] for the mission. (See also the mission's novelization ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'', in Fan Works.)

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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': The Foundry mission [[Recap/StarTrekOnlineFoundryBaitAndSwitch "Bait and Switch"]] has a mission briefing scene. The admiral finishes her briefing and asks for questions. One of the dialogue options options, even labeled [[LampshadeHanging "Ask a silly question,"]] has the PlayerCharacter ask where they got the name [[OperationBlank "Operation Blue Friday"]] for the mission. (See also the mission's novelization ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'', in Fan Works.)


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* Chapter nine of ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' has Admiral Amnell Kree finish a mission briefing and ask if there are any questions. Viewpoint character Eleya snidely wonders aloud where they got an operational {{codename}} like [[OperationBlank "Blue Friday"]].
--> '''Kree:''' [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Random number generator.]] Any ''pertinent'' questions?
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Animation]]



--> '''Skipper:''' ''(addressing the Monkeys)'' Stop Lollygagging, and let's get to work. We'll divide into three groups. Group Alpha, you're in charge of sheet metal fabrication. Group Bronson, you'll handle assembly. Group George Peppard, you'll handle craft services. Any questions?''
-->''(beat)''
--> '''[[TranslatorBuddy Mason]]:''' ''(about to say something)''
--> '''[[{{Jerkass}} Skipper]]:''' ''(interrupts him)'' Good! Now let's get to work!

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* At the start of ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', Alan Grant has just finished giving a talk to an audience, and asks if anyone has any questions. Hands go up all over the room. Grant adds that he means any questions that aren't about ''Jurassic Park'', and most of the hands go down. When he further specifies that he doesn't want questions about the events of ''Jurassic Park II'' either, there are hardly any hands left.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', after a meeting about the lifeforms that were spotted on the planet surface before they go in for a rescue mission. Lieutenant Gorman asks if there are any questions and Private Hudson asks "How do I get out of this chicken shit outfit?"

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': When Ross started to teach at the university, he was nervous about making a good impression and spoke in an English accent. He later tried to phase in out during one or two sentences. When Ross asked for questions, everybody raised their arm. One guy bluntly asked about the accent. Ross tried to be cool, but said what happened. When he asked for more questions, more people raised their arm. When he specified he meant about palaeontology and the stuff he taught, all put it down. This presumably happens again when moments later, Rachel stormed into the class and berated him for lying to her about having annulled their drunken marriage from Vegas.
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon opens up to audience questions as a way of getting everyone back on topic after the group's panel on the ethical use of science in the 21st century turned into everyone squabbling as the panel consists entirely of friends and couples. Unfortunately, the person in that audience to respond was their friend Penny, who only wanted to add additional commentary to the squabbling. It was probably his fault for not prefacing it with "questions that actually have something to do with ethics, and not our personal problems".
* In ''Series/{{Parks and Recreation}}'', whenever holding a public forum or announcing an event on television were the floor opens to the community to ask questions, they may ask these types of questions. This happens to Ron once when he is announcing, on television, information about an upcoming event and people phone in with questions completely off topic (e.g. woodworking or tips on cooking meat).

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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': The Foundry mission "Bait and Switch" has a mission briefing scene. The admiral finishes her briefing and asks for questions. One of the dialogue options has the PlayerCharacter ask where they got the name [[OperationBlank "Operation Blue Friday"]] for the mission.

[[AC:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation parody of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' featured this trope when Wesker asked for questions.
-->'''Wesker:''' Any questions?
-->'''Chris Redfield:''' Why are you always wearing glasses?
-->'''Wesker:''' Any ''smart'' questions?

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/xkcd}}:'' A [[http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1239:_Social_Media press conference]] about an asteroid heading towards Earth gets sidetracked by reporters asking about what role Social Media has played.

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--> '''Skipper:''' ''(addressing the Monkeys)'' Stop Lollygagging, and let's get to work. We'll divide into three groups. Group Alpha, you're in charge of sheet metal fabrication. Group Bronson, you'll handle assembly. Group George Peppard, you'll handle craft services. Any questions?''
-->''(beat)''
-->
questions?\\
''(beat)''\\
'''[[TranslatorBuddy Mason]]:''' ''(about to say something)''
-->
something)''\\
'''[[{{Jerkass}} Skipper]]:''' ''(interrupts him)'' Good! Now let's get to work!

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work!
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[[folder:Film --
Live Action]]
* At the start of ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', Alan Grant has just finished giving a talk to an audience, and asks if anyone has any questions. Hands go up all over the room. Grant adds that he means any questions that aren't about ''Jurassic Park'', and most of the hands go down. When he further specifies that he doesn't want questions about the events of ''Jurassic Park II'' either, there are hardly any hands left.
left.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', after a meeting about the lifeforms that were spotted on the planet surface before they go in for a rescue mission. Lieutenant Gorman asks if there are any questions and Private Hudson asks "How do I get out of this chicken shit outfit?"

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outfit?"
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[[folder:Live-Action
TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': When Ross started to teach at the university, he was nervous about making a good impression and spoke in an English accent. He later tried to phase in out during one or two sentences. When Ross asked for questions, everybody raised their arm. One guy bluntly asked about the accent. Ross tried to be cool, but said what happened. When he asked for more questions, more people raised their arm. When he specified he meant about palaeontology and the stuff he taught, all put it down. This presumably happens again when moments later, Rachel stormed into the class and berated him for lying to her about having annulled their drunken marriage from Vegas.
Vegas.
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon opens up to audience questions as a way of getting everyone back on topic after the group's panel on the ethical use of science in the 21st century turned into everyone squabbling as the panel consists entirely of friends and couples. Unfortunately, the person in that audience to respond was their friend Penny, who only wanted to add additional commentary to the squabbling. It was probably his fault for not prefacing it with "questions that actually have something to do with ethics, and not our personal problems".
problems".
* In ''Series/{{Parks and Recreation}}'', ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', whenever holding a public forum or announcing an event on television were the floor opens to the community to ask questions, they may ask these types of questions. This happens to Ron once when he is announcing, on television, information about an upcoming event and people phone in with questions completely off topic (e.g. woodworking or tips on cooking meat).

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meat).
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[[folder:Video
Games]]
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': The Foundry mission [[Recap/StarTrekOnlineFoundryBaitAndSwitch "Bait and Switch" Switch"]] has a mission briefing scene. The admiral finishes her briefing and asks for questions. One of the dialogue options has the PlayerCharacter ask where they got the name [[OperationBlank "Operation Blue Friday"]] for the mission. \n\n[[AC:Web (See also the mission's novelization ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'', in Fan Works.)
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[[folder:Web
Animation]]
* A WebAnimation parody of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' featured this trope when Wesker asked for questions.
-->'''Wesker:''' Any questions?
-->'''Chris
questions?\\
'''Chris
Redfield:''' Why are you always wearing glasses?
-->'''Wesker:'''
glasses?\\
'''Wesker:'''
Any ''smart'' questions?

[[AC:Web
questions?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web
Comics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/xkcd}}:'' ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}:'' A [[http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1239:_Social_Media press conference]] about an asteroid heading towards Earth gets sidetracked by reporters asking about what role Social Media has played.

[[AC:Western
played.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western
Animation]]



--->'''Lyle Lanley:''' Now, I'm here to answer any questions you children may have about the monorail.
--->'''Kid:''' Can it outrun The Flash?
--->'''Lyle Lanley:''' You bet.
--->'''Kid:''' Can Superman outrun The Flash?
--->'''Lyle Lanley:''' Eh, sure, why not.

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--->'''Lyle Lanley:''' Now, I'm here to answer any questions you children may have about the monorail. \n--->'''Kid:''' \\
'''Kid:'''
Can it outrun The Flash?
--->'''Lyle
Flash?\\
'''Lyle
Lanley:''' You bet.
--->'''Kid:'''
bet.\\
'''Kid:'''
Can Superman outrun The Flash?
--->'''Lyle
Flash?\\
'''Lyle
Lanley:''' Eh, sure, why not. not.



--->'''Bush''' ...and that's why I will continue to oppose teen alcoholism. Any questions?
---> ''(Everyone in the room raises their hand)''
--->'''Bush:''' Bearing in mind, I already explained about the wig...
---> ''(Everyone lowers their hand)''

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--->'''Bush''' ...and that's why I will continue to oppose teen alcoholism. Any questions?
--->
questions?\\
''(Everyone in the room raises their hand)''
--->'''Bush:'''
hand)''\\
'''Bush:'''
Bearing in mind, I already explained about the wig...
--->
wig...\\
''(Everyone lowers their hand)''



-->'''Steve-Dave:''' Will this administration ever bring the Hamburglar to justice?
-->'''Big Mac:''' No... Yes. Look, does anybody have any questions about the virus that could kill us all?
-->'''Reporter:''' Can the virus kill the Grimace?
-->'''Big Mac:''' Nothing can kill the Grimace. All right, we're done here.

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-->'''Steve-Dave:''' Will this administration ever bring the Hamburglar to justice?
-->'''Big
justice?\\
'''Big
Mac:''' No... Yes. Look, does anybody have any questions about the virus that could kill us all?
-->'''Reporter:'''
all?\\
'''Reporter:'''
Can the virus kill the Grimace?
-->'''Big
Grimace?\\
'''Big
Mac:''' Nothing can kill the Grimace. All right, we're done here.



-->'''President Bush:''' Question?
-->'''Crowd member:''' Are you high, or just incredibly stupid?
-->'''President Bush:''' I assure you. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I am not high]].

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-->'''President Bush:''' Question?
-->'''Crowd
Question?\\
'''Crowd
member:''' Are you high, or just incredibly stupid?
-->'''President
stupid?\\
'''President
Bush:''' I assure you. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I am not high]].



** Stewie goes to a ''StarTrek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He finds a Q&A session where all the questions are completely unrelated to show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''StarTrek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.
--->'''Fan 1:''' Um, often times my household's sponges accumulate an awful amount of build-up. What can I do to prevent this?
--->'''Patrick Stewart:''' That's an excellent question. It's very important to thoroughly wring out your sponges after every usage. This will prevent the accumulation of grime and bacteria. A dry sponge is a happy sponge.
--->'''Stewie:''' That's not a Star Trek question!
--->'''Fan 2:''' I have a question for Jonathan Frakes. I have this itch on the back of my leg. And I can't figure out if it's a bug bite or dry skin?
--->'''Frakes:''' Do you take hot showers?
--->'''Fan 2:''' Yes.
--->'''Frakes:''' Dry skin.
--->'''Fan 2:''' Thanks.
--->'''Stewie:''' These aren't Star Trek questions, what the hell?
--->'''Fan 3:''' I have a question for Gates [=McFadden=]. I've got an artesian well on my property and the water pressure is lousy. Any suggestions?
--->'''[=McFadden=]:''' I would check the point first, before re-priming it. But remember that the summer months take a particular toll on any region's aquafer, depending on the local climate.
--->'''Stewie:''' This is horseshit!
--->'''Moderator:''' And that's the last question.
** Appeared in a CutawayGag to one time when Peter had cow udders. He's making a presentation to a business meeting.
--->'''Peter:''' Any questions?
--->''all hands go up''
--->'''Peter:''' Not about my udders.
--->''all hands go down''
--->'''Peter:''' All right, looks like we have a deal!

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** Stewie goes to a ''StarTrek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He finds a Q&A session where all the questions are completely unrelated to the show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''StarTrek''. ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.
him.
--->'''Fan 1:''' Um, often times my household's sponges accumulate an awful amount of build-up. What can I do to prevent this?
--->'''Patrick
this?\\
'''Patrick
Stewart:''' That's an excellent question. It's very important to thoroughly wring out your sponges after every usage. This will prevent the accumulation of grime and bacteria. A dry sponge is a happy sponge. \n--->'''Stewie:''' \\
'''Stewie:'''
That's not a Star Trek question!
--->'''Fan
''Star Trek'' question!\\
'''Fan
2:''' I have a question for Jonathan Frakes. I have this itch on the back of my leg. And I can't figure out if it's a bug bite or dry skin?
--->'''Frakes:'''
skin?\\
'''Frakes:'''
Do you take hot showers?
--->'''Fan
showers?\\
'''Fan
2:''' Yes.
--->'''Frakes:'''
Yes.\\
'''Frakes:'''
Dry skin.
--->'''Fan
skin.\\
'''Fan
2:''' Thanks.
--->'''Stewie:'''
Thanks.\\
'''Stewie:'''
These aren't Star Trek ''Star Trek'' questions, what the hell?
--->'''Fan
hell?\\
'''Fan
3:''' I have a question for Gates [=McFadden=]. I've got an artesian well on my property and the water pressure is lousy. Any suggestions?
--->'''[=McFadden=]:'''
suggestions?\\
'''[=McFadden=]:'''
I would check the point first, before re-priming it. But remember that the summer months take a particular toll on any region's aquafer, depending on the local climate. \n--->'''Stewie:''' \\
'''Stewie:'''
This is horseshit!
--->'''Moderator:'''
horseshit!\\
'''Moderator:'''
And that's the last question.
** Appeared in a CutawayGag to one time when Peter had cow udders. He's making a presentation to a business meeting.
meeting.
--->'''Peter:''' Any questions?
--->''all
questions?\\
''(all
hands go up''
--->'''Peter:'''
up)''\\
'''Peter:'''
Not about my udders.
--->''all
udders.\\
''(all
hands go down''
--->'''Peter:'''
down)''\\
'''Peter:'''
All right, looks like we have a deal!



--->'''Garfield:''' I should've asked, "Are there any ''intelligent'' questions?"
* This happens OnceAnEpisode on WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain. The Brain explains the plan of the episode, then asks, "Any questions?" This prompts Pinky to ask a completely irrelevant question. It isn't until the end of the episode when the Brain answers the question. For example, when Pinky asked why Fred Flintstone keeps ordering giant ribs every week, the Brain explains the concept of end titles at the end of the episode.

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* "Groucho Marx, who loathed pretension and could not abide the occult, was once coaxed into attending a seance. He sat, quiet and respectful, as the Swami stared into a crystal ball, called up departed souls from the beyond and answered queries from his guests in an eerie monotone. After a long spell of omniscience the sorcerer intoned, 'My medium is growing tired. There is time for one more question.' Groucho asked it. 'What is the capital of North Dakota?'"
* At a Democratic primary debate at UNLV for the 2008 convention, one college student who got in had a whole list of questions. The people running the debate made her pick this one for Hillary Clinton: "Do you like diamonds or pearls?" (She liked them both.)

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--->'''Garfield:''' -->'''Garfield:''' I should've asked, "Are there any ''intelligent'' questions?"
* This happens OnceAnEpisode on WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain. The Brain explains the plan of the episode, then asks, "Any questions?" This prompts Pinky to ask a completely irrelevant question. It isn't until the end of the episode when the Brain answers the question. For example, when Pinky asked why Fred Flintstone keeps ordering giant ribs every week, the Brain explains the concept of end titles at the end of the episode.

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episode.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real
Life]]
* "Groucho Marx, [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], who loathed pretension and could not abide the occult, was once coaxed into attending a seance. He sat, quiet and respectful, as the Swami stared into a crystal ball, called up departed souls from the beyond and answered queries from his guests in an eerie monotone. After a long spell of omniscience the sorcerer intoned, 'My "My medium is growing tired. There is time for one more question.' " Groucho asked it. 'What "What is the capital of North Dakota?'"
Dakota?"
* At a Democratic primary debate at UNLV for the 2008 convention, one college student who got in had a whole list of questions. The people running the debate made her pick this one for Hillary Clinton: "Do you like diamonds or pearls?" (She liked them both.) )
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* ''WesternAnamation/FamilyGuy'':

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* ''WesternAnamation/FamilyGuy'': ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':


** Stewie goes to a ''Star Trek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He finds a Q&A session where all the questions are completely unrelated to show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''Star Trek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.

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** Stewie goes to a ''Star Trek'' ''StarTrek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He finds a Q&A session where all the questions are completely unrelated to show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''Star Trek''.''StarTrek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.


** Stewie goes to a ''Star Trek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. There's a Q&A session. Normally people ask questions about the show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''Star Trek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.

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** Stewie goes to a ''Star Trek'' convention because he wants to see the actors from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. There's He finds a Q&A session. Normally people ask session where all the questions about the are completely unrelated to show. Stewie is annoyed because the questions aren't about ''Star Trek''. Ultimately he decides to use his time machine to kidnap the cast and force them to hang out with him.

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