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1[[quoteright:250:]]˛[[caption-width-right:250:Ideas Worth Spreading]]˛˛TED is, in effect, a convention of speakers from various walks of life, generally predisposed towards science, arts, and humanities. Run by a small non-profit group, it attracts many of the biggest names in three industries: [[FunWithAcronyms Technology, Entertainment, and Design.]] Biyearly conferences occur in various locales, including Oxford, Tanzania, and Mysore, attracting presenters from all over the world - though the central, annual convention is still held in Long Beach, California. Each 'talk' runs a variable amount of time, from five minutes to almost an hour, and the most well-received presentations are provided for free viewing online, under the Creative Commons license.˛˛Talks generally range from the arts to the social sciences, from new methods of interactive design to discourse on education systems. The tone of the presentations oftentimes ranges towards the irreverent, humor and jokes interspersed throughout.˛˛The organization also hosts a charity, the "TED Prize", a $100,000 USD grant and assistance provided yearly to three individuals who wish 'to change the world' in a tangible, worthwhile manner. Every year, after months of preparation, these three individuals release their idea publicly, at the central talks in Long Beach.˛˛TED's website can be found [[ here]], but be warned: while worth watching, the videos contained can quickly lead to an ArchiveBinge.˛˛Not to be confused with the [[Film/{{Ted}} 2012 film]].˛----˛!!This website provides examples of:˛* CrashIntoHello: On their TED Ed youtube channel, the [[ How to Speed Up Chemical Reactions (And Get a Date)]] video invokes this trope to illustrate chemical collisions (with parallels between particular orientation and amount of energy in the collisions).˛* DisproportionateRetribution: The manager in the prisoner boxes riddle is angry that the band members keep misplacing their instruments... so he kidnaps them and forces them to solve a riddle under threat to drop the contract if they fail.˛* EdutainmentShow: The talks themselves are definitely meant to educate the audience on whatever topic they cover. That doesn't stop some speakers from injecting humor into their talks.˛* TheEmperor: The counterfeit coin riddle features an emperor who jails the protagonist just for speaking out against his taxation policies.˛* LaResistance: The protagonists of the passcode riddle are a trio of resistance fighters in a dystopian future.˛* NoHonorAmongThieves: In the pirate riddle, each of the five pirates wants all the gold to themselves and is willing to force the others to walk the plank to get it. The captain has to outline his distribution plan and put it to a vote to stop them from just fighting over it. Even then he is concerned with getting the most treasure.˛* StockPuzzle: The ''Ted-Ed'' riddles series uses several of these as the basis of its riddles.˛** FoxChickenGrainPuzzle: The 4 persons crossing a bridge variant is used in one riddle, where you and your three coworkers must escape a remote lab before zombies get you.˛** GameOfNim: You play a variant of this game against the rogue AI Nim, where you start on top of 25 meters of electrified water, Nim starts at the bottom, both players must lower the water level to exactly 0 on their turn, and can only lower the water levels by 1, 3, or 4 levels.˛** KnightsAndKnaves: The Three Gods puzzle appears, with the player a crashed astronaut who must figure out the identities of three alien overlords, one of whom is always truthful, another is always false, and a third whose answers are random, using three yes-or-no questions. And to make matters worse, they don't know which of the words Ozo or Ulu means yes, and which means no.˛** TwelveCoinsPuzzle: Shows up with the protagonist having to determine which coin amongst twelve is counterfeit- but, because the ruler is not at all patient, can only use the set of scales three times.˛* ToServeMan: The aliens in the prisoner hat riddle kidnap the humans specifically to eat them (though for some reason they avoid eating logical thinkers).


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