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This is when odd conditions prompt someone to say something utterly crazy-sounding, and someone else (usually the local Deadpan Snarker) comments that "I doubt that's ever been said before" or "Now there's a sentence that doesn't get used much", or similar. Essentially a Stock Phrase, but hard to name as such since it can be formulated in a ton of different ways.

Usually involves It Makes Sense in Context or Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.

Compare Word Salad, Can't Believe I Said That and I Can't Believe I'm Saying This. Contrast I Would Say If I Could Say, when an ordinary expression is factually inapplicable; and I Need to Go Iron My Dog, in which a flimsy, improvised excuse results in a bizarre sequence of words, but everyone just accepts it.

See also My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels, in which mistranslation between languages can lead to this trope.

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    Comedy 
  • One of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck" jokes involves the rare nonoffensive use of the words "nipple" and "beaver" in the same sentence. note 
  • George Carlin had a list of "things nobody would ever say."
    • They included "Hand me that piano," which actually was used in an episode of The Goon Show. One of his books features a paragraph-long sentence entitled, "No One Ever Wrote This Sentence Before." It starts off: "On the feast of St. Stephen, I was driving my hearse to the wholesale liverwurst outlet when suddenly a hermaphrodite in a piano truck backed out of a crackhouse driveway..."
    • He had another bit that utilized this. It started off talking about things you never see, then transitioned into things you never hear. At that point he declared that he would say a sentence that no one before him had ever said. Ever. The sentence? "As soon as I put this red hot poker in my ass, I'm going to go chop my dick off!" He then moved on to yet more rare sentences, like "Honey, let's sell the children, move to Zanzibar, and begin taking opium rectally," and "Honey, it's the police. They have a search warrant, and the 300 kilos of cocaine are still sitting out in the living room."
    • From Carlin's above-mentioned book: "THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR: 'Please stop sucking my dick or I'll call the police.'"
  • From Lewis Black: "If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." The bit is about how crazy he went trying to figure out what specific circumstances would make that sentence make sense. And then you realize that someone who went to an institution of higher learning apparently said something that nonsensical and your eyes close and they find you dead of an aneurysm in your bathroom.
  • Ray Romano has a routine in which he mentions that when he is driving at night and needs to stay awake, he tries to think up sentences that no one has ever said (followed by a situation in which they would be). Examples include "Give me back my fudge suitcase" and "If hernias were rainbows, I'd be Raymond Burr".
  • Brian Regan has a bit about how parents get to say things that people without kids would never get to say. "Buddy, don't try and balance your fruit juice between your chest and the table". Cue hypothetical exchange between two grown adults with the same sentence. "You know, it does seem rather precarious. You know, when I set that on the table, that does seem more solid underneath. Thanks for your help." "You're welcome. Continue with your proposal."
  • Jeff Dunham admits that it's weird to introduce Achmed as "the world's most beloved terrorist".

    Comic Books 
  • One issue of Daredevil has a superhero team up against Doctor Octopus that includes this line:
    Spider-Man: White Tiger, Daredevil. Daredevil, White Tiger. And I have to be the first person on the planet who has ever said that out loud.
  • Another issue has Daredevil fighting Doctor Octopus as Spider-Man and wishing he'd get a break.
    Daredevil: It's at this point, I say five words I am certain have never been said together in history. Thank God for Stilt Man.
  • Demon Knights #10:
    Vandal Savage: Look! It's a pirate sea serpent! That is something I have never shouted before!
  • Atomic Robo: The Ghost of Station X:
    Tucker: This is such an honor. I wanted to be a robot when I grew up! You were my hero! Hell, you're the reason why I'm a trucker.
    Robo: That's a sentence I've never heard before.
    • Jack Tarot, while writing a letter to Atomic Robo, stops to comment about how ridiculous the preceding sentence was. Twice.
    I had no idea I would spend the better part of a year living with and training a very obnoxious robot. What a ridiculous sentence.
    P.S. Enclosed is the bill for the hat Edison's robot destroyed. What a ridiculous sentence.
  • In Batgirl (2009) #14, Kara Zor-El — alias Supergirl — and Stephanie Brown — alias Batgirl — are about to fight a sobbing Dracula (long story).
    Batgirl: Nothing sadder than a crying Dracula.
    Supergirl: If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that...
    Batgirl: You'd have a nickel?
    Supergirl: I'd have a nickel.
  • Batman Eternal #29:
    Batwing: What hit me? Did we... Did we stop Blackfire from resurrecting himself outta hell? Cripes. That's a sentence I never thought I'd say out loud.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three #5:
    Klarion: You want me and my cat to go in there and help the magician, the butler, and the psychopathic clown to save the talking detective monkey?
    John Constantine: Yes. Do you have a problem with that?
    Klarion: No. I just wanted to say that sentence out loud. Come on, Teekl.
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers: Dark Cybertron has a conversation between two members of the very quirky Lost Light crew and one understandably confused Kup.
      Brainstorm: How'd you guys manage to open a portal in my chest? Did you harness the power of bickering?
      Rodimus: We heard a drinking song coming from Nova Prime's corpse.
      Kup: Just when ya think there are no new sentences...
  • The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye gives us this when Chromedome goes to visit Brainstorm:
    Chromedome: Hey, Brainstorm, it's— Why is there a giant, naked human in your workshop? And who'd have thought I'd have to ask you that question twice in one lifetime?
    • There's a variation later when Swerve tries to coin a new adage.
      Swerve: I guess it's rue what they say, Ratchet: "Nothing stops a standoff like a stowaway."
      Ratchet: Who says that? Who has ever said that?
  • Lampshaded by Captain Britain in a classic Alan Moore/Alan Davis sequence. "What do you take me for? Of course I know what I'm getting into. I'm in a parallel universe fighting an alternate version of myself alongside a group of parahuman mercenaries who want me to help the wrongly accused Majestrix of... [Beat] Do you ever get halfway through a sentence and find yourself unable to believe that you're actually saying it?"
  • Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam:
    Mary Marvel: Hey! They're not attacking! They're not the only ones that think you're a cow!
    Captain Marvel: Didn't think I'd hear that twice in one day.
  • SuperSons:
    Alfred: (to Superboy) I cannot believe my life has come to a place where I have to say this... Please step out of the dinosaur's buttocks.
  • Vote Loki:
    News Reader: I never thought I'd say this, but thank god Loki was there to stop them!
  • Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6:
    Harvey Quinn: One of Power Girl's robot boobs saved your life. Well, that's a sentence I never thought I was gonna to say.
  • In a more depressing example, any time Batman outright admits he either made a mistake or is at fault for something. Amanda Waller is so surprised at witnessing this at the end of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, that she allows the League to leave unmolested with Killer Frost.
  • Issue 8 of the Invader Zim (Oni) comics has this from Dib, after being attacked by the Space Pants:
    Dib: The last thing I remember, I was attacked by pants. I can't believe I'd ever say those words. But here I am saying them.
  • In an issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Ganke Lee questions his friend's choice of words when Miles swings off saying, "I've got a date with a rhino."Context 
  • The DCeased side story A Good Day to Die has this exchange as Mister Miracle and Big Barda are holding off a horde of undead so that Booster Gold can get to his time machine and try to Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    Mister Miracle: We have to buy time for Booster Gold to save the world!
    Barda: What a ridiculous sentence.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield:
    Jon: [munching on a salad] Hmm, interesting lettuce.
    [beat]
    Garfield: There's a phrase you don't hear every day.
  • In his commentary on a Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin bluntly asks "Don't you hate when your boogers freeze?", Watterson expressed his hope that he was the first person to use "booger" in a comic strip.
  • In a Halloween arc in Big Nate:
    Nate: "Well, she may have arrived with Frankenstein, but she's leaving with Quasimodo!"
    Francis: (thinking) "There's a line you don't hear every day..."
  • Baby Blues: The 10/12/17 strip has this:
    Wanda: "We're saved! Her kazoo is drowning out her dancing!"
    Darryl: "There's a sentence you rarely hear."
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    Fan Works 
  • From Ashes of the Past:
    • Chapter 82, Johto 24, when Misty decides to catch a Chinchou, she lists off her Pokémon to a curious school. One of them inquires what a Kabutops is, and she sends him out.
      Kabutops: Hello. I am a reanimated fossil.
      One of the Chinchou: That's something you don't hear every day...
    • Chapter 119, Hoenn 3, when Lucario subdues the Rockets' Seviper:
      Brock: I've never seen someone do an overhand knot with a snake before... And that really shouldn't ever need to be said.
    • Chapter 216, Battle Frontier 8, when Team Rocket's Moltres mentions having to convince someone that she wasn't being mind-controlled or held against her will:
      Moltres: Besides, what self-respecting mind control artist would implant a memory of himself in a Moltres wingsuit?
      Dustox: ...that is a sentence I did not realize I was going to hear.
    • Chapter 258, Dawn's first order in a Team Galactic battle:
      Dawn: Quilava, handle that Leafeon robot! (Beat) Sometimes I can't believe the things I say...
  • From Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    Earl: Thanks, Earth Potentate! [beat] Boy, there's three words I never though I'd say in a row.
  • In Five Score, Divided by Four, a farmer panics violently when it's pointed out that "he's" having transformation issues...
    "Jack, it's not a spider, it's a vagina!" My brain confirming that yes, yes that was the strangest sentence I had ever said.
  • Gensokyo's Heart has Remilia point out the strange thing she just said to Abathur.
    Remilia: I'm not accusing you of anything. You just ate her hair and used it to turn that strange monster of yours into a girl.

    Remilia: ...That sounds strange when you explain it aloud.
  • From Kyon: Big Damn Hero, even if the comment on the sentence's strangeness isn't voiced:
    Ichiro raised a hand to his face and sighed. "My apologies for their behavior", he said, bowing his head. "Good help is hard to keep from being thrown away in a pointless attack on your ... fiance." What a strange thing to say!
  • In Turnabout Storm, the weirdness of Equestria brings some weird sentences snarkingly commented on by Phoenix.
    Judge: [to Apple Bloom] Maybe you're a... OH! A cutie mark crusader witness testifier!
    Phoenix: (Your Honor, how much shame do you have left after saying something like that?)

    Trixie: The zebra told us she was making herbal ointments and medicines. Nothing out of the ordinary.
    Phoenix: (I've heard it all... a zebra brewing potions is "nothing out of the ordinary"...)
  • The Twilight Child: "Oh, that's just mom. She wants to destroy time so it won't be Tuesday." Said by a magical unicorn to a time-lord presently in the form of a pony. The "she" in this sentence is a younger alternate version of the aforementioned unicorn's mother, currently in the grips of temporary Sanity Slippage. Tellingly, there's an awkward pause immediately after that statement.
  • In the third book of the Broken Bow series:
  • From the Buffy the Vampire Slayer story Halloween Aftermath:
    Xander: I never thought I'd be saying this, but Buffy...
    Buffy: Yeah?
    Xander: You have to sit with your legs further apart or you'll crush your balls.
  • In Lighting Candles, a crossover between Big Hero 6 and Rise of the Guardians, Tadashi comes back as a fire spirit and meets some of the Guardians, hoping to get answers as to his condition, and the following exchange occurs:
    Tadashi: Look, I'm a ghost and I'm talking to the Tooth Fairy. None of my prior knowledge applies, so all I can do at this point is just sort of... go with it.
    Toothiana: Oh, I think you'll do just fine with that attitude.
    Tadashi: Really? That's not what the Easter Bunny said... God, I can't believe I just said that.
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic Rebuilt, we get two rare sentences for the price of one.
    Harry: We shall obliterate you with our newfound knowledge of spoons!
    Rosier: Aye, fear the spoons!
  • In the Pacific Rim fanfic Domovoi, Hermann gets one soon after it's found Cherno Alpha is coming to life:
    Hermann: No, none of us like the thought of putting a Jaeger down — a phrase I never thought I would have to say...
  • The Silmarillion fanfic Three Ainur on a Mountain (To Say Nothing of the Dragon) gives us this line.
    Melkor: Mairon, my dear, have we lost a dragon recently?
  • Universe Falls:
    • Near the end of "Space Race", Greg tells Steven "Maybe now you'll listen to me about going on crazy space missions... You know, I feel like that's something very few other fathers ever have to say."
    • In "Evergreen Inn", Greg does it again after saying "Looks like we better go save Mr. Pines before he gets eaten by that evil spider lady."
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim has this from Norlock in Episode 13, after he accidentally shatters the Meekrob crystal:
    Norlock: Don't blame me! This wouldn't have happened if your moose hadn't electrocuted me! [beat] Wow, that's a sentence even I've never had a reason to say before.
  • In It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, everyone pauses when Natasha asks why there is a turkey in the elevator.
  • In The Silmarillion fanfic The Very Wine of Blessedness, Sam gives us this line.
    Sam: Are you telling me that Eru Iluvatar is worse than spiders?
    Frodo had no reply to this, and indeed was not entirely comfortable with the existence of that sentence at all.
  • Oversaturated World: As said in Two Pink Girls Yelling at Each Other, by Masterweaver - Group Precipitation:
    "OH YEAH, [LYRA]'S THE GIRL THAT'S SECRETLY A UNICORN RIGHT?!"
    "ABSOLUTELY! AND THAT IS A RARE SENTENCE!"
  • The Great Shrimp Hunt offers this gem:
    Barry: We weren't expecting to have to do anything to the landscape, although we might have if we'd gone alone because we underestimated the spear-wielding rainbow shrimp... I cannot believe I just said that.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: After turning into a human, Vix-Lei thinks to herself at one point that she's not supposed to be able to see her kneecaps, then adds that she never would have imagined anytaur ever thinking that before.
  • Muggle Fairy Tales Are Mad has Hermione trying to reassure Ron about hearing The Ugly Little Duckling.
    Hermione: Without any form of mental reservation, I can promise you this story does not involve waterfowl hallucinating a reanimated Christmas dinner composed of avian Inferi. (Beat) That may be the oddest sentence I have ever uttered.
  • In the final book of the Princess of the Blacks series, Jen ponders her murder of Professor Binn years prior.
    Did killing someone who was already dead count as murder? And where did she go wrong in life that that question actually made sense?
  • From Equestria Girls the Empowered World, courtesy of Pinkie Pie:
    She, and an alternate universe version of Sunset Shimmer who looked like Principal Celestia, were surrounded by armed Sasquatch. (Beat) That was an odd sentence.
  • In Life is a Roller Coaster, the staff at Skyhold Academy decide on a somewhat unorthodox way to celebrate the fact that one of their colleagues is going to become a parent.
    "It's a premiere night to celebrate the announcement of Baby Tethras." Blackwall shook his head. "On the list of 'sentences I never thought would come out of my mouth,' that ranks pretty high."
  • From the Zootopia fanfic A New Dawn.
    Dawn: So unless you happen to have a cartful of blueberries on you, I'd say we're totally screwed.
    Nick: No. And also, that is a really weird thing to say out of context.
  • XCOM: RWBY Within has Blake comment on how weird her life has been during her time as an operative.
    Blake: I just asked my best friend to make sure she’s storing her limbs in a safe place while she joyrides in a giant robot. I’ve lost control of my life, Ruby.
  • In A Monster's Marriage, Glynda wants to be godmother of Jaune's children but he unfortunately can't promise that.
    Jaune: I'm sorry! I traded that away for a favor to an assassin! Wow, that sounds awkward when I say it out loud.
  • Multiversal Constant forces Lois Lane to witness just how weird familial situations can get when superheroes are involved:
    Lois: Seriously? You're Superman and you left a superpowered teenager to fend for himself.
    Superman: Batman -
    Lois: Does not have superpowers! Not to mention he shouldn't have to take care of your kid... your clone... who is a kid. And the fact that I'm saying that sentence with a straight face shows just how weird my life has gotten in the last twenty-four hours!
  • The Great Toad Sage Of Brockton Bay take a moment to remind us how marvelous the Internet truly is:
    Tin-Mother: Drop Bear please keep all further speculations on bear capes and bear armies and their theoretical superiority to toads to the Power Fantasy thread. You're verging on derail. Let's keep on topic people, the focus for this thread is about the Hero cape Jiraiya.

    ...I can't believe I just had to write that.
  • Izuku in A Belly Full of Fire, jots down questions for his father including "Can full blooded dragons have quirks?" and "If yes, are dragons with quirks bigger/enhanced/different?" then wondered when questions like that became relevant in his life.
  • In The Institute Saga, Superman delivers this gem after bumping into Squirrel Girl:
    I've decided.I was unsure whether to wait until I could revive all of them or just do them on an as and when basis, but with beings like her around, I'm going to need some Kryptonian backup. When we get back, I'm reviving Kara. After I re-design my outfit and everyone else's to make them squirrel-proof.
    There was a long silence.
    I can't believe I just said that.
  • In The War Is Far from Over Now:
    • Tony Stark has to explain Vision's origins in an email to the former members of SHIELD who've joined Stark Industries.
      Tony: Basically, JARVIS entered a body that'd been created by Ultron, except what came out of Dr. Cho's Cradle was someone entirely. Vision sounds like him, and he's red, and he can fly.
      Beat
      Reading that makes me regret all life choices that led to this.
    • Another example shows up in an email between a couple members of Stark Industries.
      The world domination memes are only starting to go out—and I still can't believe that's a legitimate sentence that I just typed.
  • Interventions sees Faith utter what, from her perspective, is an impossible sentence while she’s being tortured by a demon;
    “Just realised I’m gonna say somethin' I would’ve sworn blind would never pass my lips… My boyfriend is so gonna kick your ass.”
  • Told That Devil To Take You Back: When Dean joins a group of female hunters in confronting the Thule Society as the aforementioned group plan to resurrect Hitler, the hunters make various comments that they explicitly acknowledge are sentences they never thought they’d say, including “What did your dad do to Hitler?”, “The watch holds Hitler’s soul”, and “Yay, commies”.
  • A few are cited in Infinity Crisis, but this example is specifically noted in Powers and Marvels:
    She-Hulk: And this week's entry in 'sentences I never thought I'd hear myself say'... please step out of the giant robot frog with your hands up.
    • Another explicit one is invoked in Tomorrow's Guardians; when Snart says "The tree agrees with me!" (referring to Groot), Charlie comments that the sentence is weird even for this ship.
  • The Wicked fanfic The Land of What Might-Have-Been features this line in Chapter 52;
    Elphaba: [Dorothy] ended up having to save me from the personification of my father's rampaging anger issues!
    Mentor: And here I was, thinking I'd already found the weirdest sentence ever spoken in recent memory.
  • Earth's Alien History has this bit from the spinoff Andromeda Dreams, as the Romulans and Klingons are investigating some Krell ruins.
    Drax: These walkways over huge chasms filled with lightning seem to go on forever.
    Takara: That…is not a sentence I thought I’d ever heard said.
  • Movie Night: The Batlash has this:
    Bruce Wayne: Jason. Don't encourage your brother to get kidnapped. Damian, don't encourage your brother to steal. I can't believe I just had to say that.
    Alfred Pennyworth: I'd imagine it's the same kind of incredulity as when your charge decides to dress up as a giant bat, sir.
  • Magical Girl Escalation Taylor:
    Alexandria: For all my fame and power, I am still just the head of the L.A. branch. Legend and Costa-Brown lead the Protectorate and PRT. They would be the better people to initiate diplomatic relations with an alien parahuman navy. (Beat) And those are words I never thought I'd string together.
  • Once Every Chapter in Atlas Shrugged: The Cobra Commander Dialogues. As an excerpt:
    “I’m really looking forward to being demoted from owner of my own company to menial laborer!”
    “This machine is evil! It was designed without the slightest bit of corporate influence!”
    “So, your argument is that socialism is bad, because socialists like soy beans but don’t know how to grow them.”
    “You can’t save them! You have to let all of them die! You monster! How dare you try and save the world!”
    “Your ultimate plan is to use a handful of middle aged white people as your crack military force to conquer the planet.”
  • In The Spider MCU Spider-man ends up in the same dimension as May-Day Parker, where her Peter Parker insists he go to school until he can return to his own dimension.
    May: Can you imagine what will happen to my social life when my sixteen year old dad joins up?! ...My life makes no sense.
  • Child of the Storm gives us a few of these gems, including, "I need to speak to your fellow student and his talking ravens," "Congratulations, Thor. I think you just threw a garden gnome into space," and "HULK SMASH PUNY VAMPIRE!"
  • Fishing Isn't Fair to the Fish has the Defenders trying to find a way to clean Matt from demonic taint without killing him, but Danny can only propose very horrific exorcisms.
    "Okay, we're not torturing the blind guy" interrupted Jessica, "is a sentence I never thought I would have to say."
  • I Woke Up As a Dungeon, Now What?: "If they were going to use my magical fertilizer powers, then I was at least allowed to steal a few chickens."
    And that line went straight into the list of "things I'd never expected to say, ever".
  • In Beyond Heroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium, Bethany notes that "Grand Enchanter Fiona actually indentured the rebel mages to Tevinter" is not something she ever expected to say.
  • In There is Always Enough Blame to go Around, a Marvel Cinematic Universe story about Tony and Steve each attending therapy, Steve's therapist grows frustrated with Steve's difficulty in understanding why exactly he had to apologize to Tony. Eventually, he spells out that hiding that the Starks were murdered only helped the ones who ordered their deaths.
    Dr. Bortich: We generally expect our friends to not help or protect people who kill our family and that…is not something I ever thought I would have to point out to someone.
  • In Rapunzel Goes Home, Hook-hand stands accused from helping the thief Flynn Rider to escape hanging. His defense: a horse wanted him to do so. Even he realizes how completely insane it sounds right after saying the words.
  • This Bites! has so many of these that it has its own page for them.
  • If Wishes Were Ponies: In chapter 94, Castor Searle and family have just arived in Equestria and have been assigned a pegasus to assist them.
    Lightning Streak stepped closer. “Before we do anything else, seeing as you are new to having wings . . . .” He stopped and shook his head frowning, “Never thought I’d ever say that,” he said as an aside.

    Film — Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night: In "Mirror Magic", after Starlight Glimmer suggests to Sunset Shimmer that she visits the human world with her...
    Sunset Shimmer: Well, I haven't ever seen you in that world. So... chances are you aren't gonna run into yourself.
    Starlight Glimmer: ... is something you don't hear every day.
  • During the climax of Batman vs. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Batman actually says "Cowabunga" as a code word to get the turtles to help take down the Shredder.
  • The Prince of Egypt has this exchange between Tzipporah and her little sisters:
    Tzipporah: What are you girls doing?
    Girl: We're trying to get the funny man out of the well!
    Tzipporah: Trying to get the funny man out of the well... well, that's one I haven't heard before.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Shaun of the Dead, a reporter reminisces on the advice he gave earlier in the film on how to handle the unfolding Zombie Apocalypse note :
    Reporter: It's just not something you ever expect to have to say on air: "Remove the head or destroy the brain."
  • In Teen Beach Movie, the lead characters utter this exchange:
    Brady: I'm looking to see if Les Camembert is building his diabolical weather machine!
    Mac: How often do you hear that sentence?
    Brady: Remember, I told you about the maniacal real estate developer?
    Mac: Or that one!
  • When Inigo first meets Westley in The Princess Bride (before he relates his past, where he explains he has an excellent reason for asking this):
    Inigo: I do not mean to pry... but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?
    Westley: Do you always begin conversations this way?
  • The Monuments Men: When the Monuments Men learn that the Germans are going to destroy the looted artwork in the event of Hitler's death, they realize the urgency of their mission while Jean-Claude remarks that Hitler better not die. He acknowledges that he didn't think he'd ever hear himself utter that sentence.
  • White House Down has this exchange.
    Reporter: It's the president! He has a rocket launcher!
    [everyone in the CIA now has a Flat "What" look on their face]
    Ralphelson: Well, that's not something you see every day.
  • In the movie Get Smart Again!, after a conversation with Max over his Shoe Phone is disconnected, the government official he was talking to orders "Dial his other shoe! (Beat) I can't believe I just said that." The phone number for Max's other shoe turned out to be unlisted.
  • In the film Iron Sky, when Vivian Wagner has to tell the president who is invading America, she sounds like she can barely believe it herself.
    Vivian: They're Nazis... from the moon...
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes:
    Waverley: A brass unicorn has been catapulted across a London street and impaled an eminent surgeon. Words fail me, gentlemen.
  • The Shaggy Dog (the 1959 original version):
    Police Chief: Would you kindly have my car sent round? That is unless it's been stolen by a purple kangaroo wearing a checkered vest!
  • The Ladykillers (1955): "Give the parrot his medicine!" Even Louis can't believe what he just said.
  • When Tony fills Peter (Parker) in on the happenings of the first twenty minutes of Avengers: Infinity War, he sounds like he's fully aware of the ridiculousness of the situation.
    Tony Stark: He's from space, he came here to steal a necklace from a wizard.

    Literature 
  • Charlie Brooker, in his "Screen Burn" column: "Downright heartwarming. That's a phrase I don't use very often. I don't have a heart." Also comes up after a description of something absurdly weird on TV "... which is a sentence I never thought I'd write."
  • One of the Top 10 Lists in David Letterman's first book of them has rarely used adjectives, including "owl-flavored" and "Hitleriffic".
  • Alcatraz Series: Alcatraz Smedry notes at one point that his life "involves some of the strangest lines of dialogue you'll ever read," and uses the following for example:
    Grandpa Smedry: Fine. You fetch your evil Librarian mother from the jail. I'll go warm up the giant penguin.
  • In one of the Animorphs books, the group travels back in time to various eras, one of which is the night George Washington crossed the Delaware River. They immediately come to the (correct) conclusion that the time-traveler they're following is going to try to assassinate the Father of the United States.
    Jake: <Rachel? Find Washington. He must be the target. Stay on him. Whatever you do: Protect George Washington.>
    Marco: There's three words you never thought you'd say.
  • Discworld: In Making Money, Moist von Lipwig tries to prevent Lord Vetinari from being publicly humiliated by a clown gone mad, and does a mental double-take on hearing himself use the phrase "Look out! He's got a daisy!"
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: The Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Trading Futures features the following exchange;
    Fitz Kriener: Hey, I just saved the Earth from a race of invincible would-be time-travelling space rhinos.
    Eighth Doctor: In all of the history of the English language, I doubt that sentence has ever been spoken before. Well done. For the last few minutes, it's been nothing but "Doctor, help!", "Doctor, look out!", "Doctor, they've got us pinned down", "We're not going to make it". I'd begun to think I would never hear an original sentiment expressed again.
  • The Dresden Files: Played with in White Night, as Dresden is explaining how he managed to get Thomas into the Deeps on Raith Manor, in a Call-Back to Blood Rites.
    Harry: He's a vampire, and they have the ability to cross into the Nevernever at certain places. [...] In Thomas's case, he was nearly sacrificed by a cult of porn-star sorceresses in those caves a few years a—
    Molly: I'm sorry, but it sounded like you said "cult of porn-star sorceresses."
    Harry: Yeah.
    Molly: Oh. [skeptical look] Sorry, then. Keep going.
  • Christopher Moore's Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings contains this gem:
    "Shoes off inside the whale! And don't try and make a break for the anus." Two things that, if asked about an hour earlier, Nate might have said with conviction he'd never hear in a lifetime of conversation.
  • Gentleman Bastard: In The Lies of Locke Lamora, Calo says, "Rejoice! The Sanza brothers are returned!", and Jean uses this as an insult, wondering "if that particular combination of words has ever been uttered by anyone, before now."
  • Jenny Lawson's memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, has this gem (the "baby" in question is a falling-apart Betsy Wetsy doll):
    Then one night we used the baby's head as a bong. (I'm pretty sure that's the only time this sentence has ever been used in a memoir. One would hope.)
    • Her follow-up book Furiously Happy has this exchange between Jenny and her long-suffering husband Victor:
      Victor: FINE. WE'RE NOT FIGHTING.
      Jenny: THEN WHY AM I APOLOGIZING?
      Victor: I have no idea. Everything after George Washington's dildo was a blur.
      Jenny: You can say that again.
      Victor: No, actually. I never want to have to say that again.
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard has the main character internally bemoaning the fact he can say he got to discuss with a goat in Jotunheim.
  • Marty Pants: Marty makes four in "Do Not Open!"
    • I'm not putting lipstick on rats!
    • I AM putting lipstick on rats.
    • Let's all smell monkey butts.
    • My sister is a ray of sunshine.
  • The Stephen King memoir/writing guide On Writing notes that any noun and any verb, put together, make a legitimate sentence. This includes even the strangest ones, his example being "Plums deify" (which becomes a Running Gag).
  • The Power of Babel has the statement, which Makes Sense In Context, "Languages are chock-full of Charlie Brown heads", and lampshades it with a footnote: "Never again will that sequence of words be used in the English language."note 
  • Rivers of London: In Foxglove Summer, Dominic, a village policeman who's just discovered the reality of the supernatural, comments that he can't believe he's saying things like, "Do we actually have an operational plan for dealing with the unicorns?"
  • In Through the Motions, when Deanna visits her doctor to examine her injured hand, he makes an observation that makes no sense to her, especially because he says it completely straight-faced:
    Dr. Keller: Did you notice any strange markings on your hand after you touched that doorknob?
    Deanna: (narrating) That was one of many questions I never expected to hear in my lifetime.
  • In the first Troy Rising book, "They can take our maple syrup when they pry it from our cold, dead hands." It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Zomboy: Calvin says this near the beginning of chapter 16.
    Calvin: I am not a piano.
  • John Dies at the End has the protagonists Dave and John investigating events related to an interdimensional biomechanical horror, one of which is a killer dog that suddenly exploded, upon finding its owner, John interrogates her with this gem "Ma'am, if your dog was dabbling in the occult while you had her it's best you tell us now. We're experts."
  • From Brotherhood In Death:
Eve: I expect the lab to confirm the elephant this morning.
Roarke: That's not a phrase you hear often.
Eve: Heavy object used to whack Mr. Mira. Fancy elephant statue.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie:
  • Blindspot has this from the episode "Ohana", as the team is chasing a scientist who's attempting to sell some bees that have been genetically modified to carry a deadly toxin:
    Reade: We need to find Nick and those poisonous bees before they change hands. (beat) Wow, that is a crazy sentence.
  • Conan has a recurring bit called "Things That Have Never Ever Been Said".
  • Coupling:
    • After deciding to flash the rest of the cast to show them how low, pathetic and desperate they've all become...
      Susan: But I want you to remember, I intend this breast satirically!
      Patrick: Now there's a sentence that can't come up too often.
    • In another episode, following an offscreen incident at a pregnancy seminar where Steve compared a fetus to a jelly baby, which he then ate.
      Steve: I don't bite the heads off live fetuses!
      Susan: Words never before uttered at a pregnancy seminar.
    • Another gem, this time from Jane:
      Jane: I prefer it when firemen go on strike. That's the cutest. You've got a whole protest march of lovely little firemen and you can just pick one off.
      Sally: How romantic.
      Jane: It's like a buffet. Or a herd of gazelles.
      Sally: You know, little fireman-wise, I doubt that comparison's ever come up before.
  • CSI: In "You've Got Male", Grissom discovers that the killer had taken water from a farmer's irrigation tank, leading to this exchange:
    Grissom: Can I fingerprint your spigot?
    Farmer: No-one's ever asked me that before.
  • During Crisis on Infinite Earths, as the Clark and Lois of Earth-38 and Iris of Earth-1 promise to protect the Superman of Earth-96 from Lex Luthor, who is out killing Supermen, Lex drops in and groans "I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm tired of killing Superman." This is mostly because of the humiliating defeat by the Clark Kent of Earth-138.
  • Given the unique nature of the people and situations that Mike Rowe often encounters on Dirty Jobs, improbable sentences occur fairly regularly, and Mike never hesitates to point them out. During the "Exotic Nanny" episode, he tells his current host that he tries to make sure that every episode includes at least one sentence "never before uttered in the history of human time." (In this particular case it involved kangaroo milk and whack-a-mole.)
  • Doctor Who:
    • Subverted in "The Rebel Flesh":
      The Doctor: I have to get to that cockerel before all hell breaks loose! [beat] I never thought I'd get to say that again.
    • "The Power of Three":
      Rory: There are soldiers all over my house and I'm in my pants!
      Amy: All my life I've wanted to say that and I miss it by being someone else.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond:
    Frank: I'm sorry the check got stuck to the chubby hubby.
    Marie: Oh, Frank. You've never said that to me before.
    Robert: No one's ever said that before.
  • Friends:
    • "The One with the Holiday Armadillo":
      Monica: Okay, Ben, why don't you come open some more presents? And Santa, the armadillo and I will have a little talk in the kitchen. There's a sentence I never thought I'd say.
    • "The One with the Cake":
      Ross: Ask them if it would be faster if we cut the baby's face off the penis so we can put it on the bunny... That was a weird sentence.
  • The Gruen Transfer: While discussing superannuation advertising, Wil says:
    Wil : But my favourite super ad — Honestly, not something I ever thought I'd say...
  • Have I Got News for You:
    Paul Merton: You come along here with your bowl of fruit and you think you're Isaac Newton!... And how many times has that sentence been uttered in anger?
  • How I Met Your Mother, regarding metaphorical "mermaids" (unattractive women who spontaneously seem extremely attractive thanks to a dearth of sex and their proximity in the workplace or social circle, as with sailors seeing mermaids on long voyages) and "manatees" (what the literal mermaids actually are, and the metaphorical mermaids are otherwise considered to be):
    Marshall: Once a mermaid gets pregnant, she becomes a manatee again. [beat] Never thought I'd say that sentence.
  • iCarly: From "iGive Away a Car", when they're about to play a game called Cupcake Slam, in which the contenders throw cupcakes at a door or wall, and the first one to fall loses. This game's bet: loser drinks pickle juice.
    Carly: Ew, I don't wanna drink pickle juice.
    Freddie: Well then, you better throw that cupcake hard and hope it's sticky.
    Carly: ...That's not something you hear every day.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
    • In the segment on the NCAA:
      John: I never thought I'd say this, but Alabama, stop showing off your ostentatious wealth.
    • The sentence, "We did it perfectly at the end of The Vietnam War", regarding resettling refugees who helped the US during the war, which he comments, "There is a sentence you don’t often get to say out loud."
    • "Scorpions, what is wrong with you? Stop hiding in bananas in Pittsburg area Walmarts, get your shit together, and fight terrorism like snakes and bees! What a sentence!"
    • "The protest worked," a sentence he immediately compares to "Great one-man show," "Guy Fieri, that was delicious," or "I met my wife at Dave & Buster's."
    • In the segment on dialysis:
      John: Yes, that's right! Taco Bell is owed an apology and that sentence has never before made sense in the English language.
    • In the segment about the 2017 French presidential election, John plays a clip of National Front candidate Marine Le Pen making a racist comment on refugees by comparing it to inviting people into your home only for them to steal your wallet, brutalize your wife, and rip off the wallpaper. He uses this to express his disgust back at her:
      John: I never thought I'd say this to someone, because it doesn't really make sense, but I hope someone steals your wallpaper! I don't know why they would Marine, but I hope they do.
    • When discussing Lord Buckethead, a joke candidate in the UK's 2017 snap election who's made public denouncements about both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's lack of preparation for the upcoming Brexit talks:
      John: I never thought I'd say this, but that intergalactic space lord is right!
    • A Running Gag in Season 4 is that every time he starts a story talking about President Donald Trump, he notes that it's a set of words that just never sound right together.
    • In a segment discussing Chiitan, an unofficial mascot terrorizing a town in Japan:
    John: Chiitan is a giant otter wearing a turtle as a hat, which is incidentally already my favorite sentence of all time, right next to "Welcome to the John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward."
    • On Equifax: "That angry business-casual farm animal on Fox Business is talking sense."
    • On NRA TV: "I didn't think this was possible, but I think that guy just slut-shamed marijuana."
    • In the story about COVID-19 conspiracy theories (and conspiracy theories in general), John plays a clip of Rush Limbaugh, of all people, calling out Trump on how he spreads conspiracy theories in such a way that he never says he actually believes them, as a way of deflecting backlash.
    John: Rush Limbaugh gets it, which is a sentence I thought I'd only ever say about toilet-based chlamydia.
  • In an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the unit is investigating a case where a man was attacked and had his genitals cut off and stolen. Cragen makes a remark about a "penis-ectomy" and follows that up immediately with "a term I don't get to use every day."
  • Little Lunch: In "The Top of the Fireman's Pole", Debra Jo is explaining Rory's plan to get Mrs Gonsha down from the top of the pole:
    "Rory was a genius, and that's a sentence I thought I'd never say."
  • Lucifer (2016): In Season 2, Chloe and Lucifer find themselves at the scene of a murder where the victim has been burned at the stake. Everyone's taken aback when Ella's assessment concludes that the victim died after his crotch was set on fire, leaving them briefly mesmerised by the region in question. When Lucifer tentatively reaches out towards the body, Chloe is forced to intervene.
    Chloe: Do not touch the charred crotch...(beat) ...is a sentence I never thought I'd say out loud.
  • In The Magicians Quentin just determined that thanks to some students trying (and failing) to kill Hitler, there's a portal to World-War-II-era Great Britain.
    Quentin: I never thought I'd say this, but thank god for Hitler.
    Julia: Yeah, no, that still sounds bad.
  • Mock the Week built a whole round out of this trope with "Scenes we'd like to see", or "bad things/missing lines/things you wouldn't find a X". Where they take turns on coming up with odd phrases never before spoken at places/events. It's easily the funniest part of the show.
  • Monk:
    • In "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies", Adrian suspects that Pat van Ranken, who murdered his wife, is looking for an incriminating shell casing from her murder that he believes landed in one of the cherry pies she baked for a town festival:
    Stottlemeyer: [to the suspect] Sir, do we have permission to search your pie?
    Pat Van Ranken: What?
    Stottlemeyer: Please don't make me say that again.
    • In the novel Mr Monk Goes To The Firehouse, Stottlemeyer's reaction to Monk using clam chowder bowls as a means to blind Lucas Breen as he's attempting to make a getaway.
  • Motive: This exchange from "Oblivion":
    Betty: The toothbrush proved interesting.
    Angie: First time anyone's said that.
  • Mr. Young: "Here's a sentence I never thought I'd say: that clown is HOT!"
  • In an episode of Murphy Brown, the FYI crew is forced to work in a cheesy dating show. At one point, Murphy complains about having to say the word "Smooch-o-meter" which "is third in the list of things I would never say, right after 'How much for that Neil Diamond CD?' and 'I, Murphy, take you, Newt.'"
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians:
    Voldar: No one on Earth will ever know that Santa Claus was kidnapped by Martians!
    Joel: Do you realize what you just said?
  • MythBusters:
    • This gem:
      Kari: Now, go on—go back to whatever you're doing—I have an incredibly busy afternoon of stuffing dead birds into sexy lingerie ahead of me.
      The Narrator: Now there's a sentence you don't hear very often...
    • In another episode, the narrator remarks on Jamie and Adam's "sausage-based evidence" and follows it up by saying "clearly, a sentence never before used."
  • From The Nanny.
    Maxwell: C.C.! I will not pass off Duraflame residue as the mother of my children!
  • Season 2 of Once Upon a Time gives us "Rumplestiltskin and Captain Hook got in a fight and someone got hurt, and Dr. Frankenstein is trying to fix him." The way Emma says it makes it clear she's still confused and annoyed that her life has just turned into a Fairy Tale Free-for-All.
  • Only Connect:
    Victoria: It's a gecko; a nocturnal lizard with adhesive feet. That sounds rather cool. I'd like to have adhesive feet. (beat) That might be the oddest thing I've said on this show, and that's saying a beakful.
  • Pretty Little Liars has Hanna and Spencer discussing whether a mask-maker will notice that they've taken one of his masks:
    Hanna: Please, that guy has so many heads, he'll never notice just one is missing.
    Spencer: I may have to write that sentence down.
  • QI:
    • In the "Health and Safety" episode (The answer, in case you're wondering, is to cure hiccups.):
      Stephen Fry: Speaking as a health and safety officer, why would I stick my finger up your bottom if you couldn't name seven bald men apart from Yul Brynner? That is one of the oddest questions I've ever asked in my life.
    • One correction ends up being like this.
      Stephen Fry: The language of the Flower Pot Men is actually called Oddle-poddle. "Flobbadob" means "flowerpot" in Oddle-poddle. I cannot believe I just said that.
    • Such an eclectic show is prone to such statements, but Phill Jupitus seems to take more pleasure than other guests in pointing them out, usually by bursting out in laughter rather than uttering the trope phrase. Examples include:
      Stephen Fry: Though slightly put off by the idea of a child buffing...
      Stephen Fry: That's the miracle of kangaroo suckling.
      Alan Davies: The gravy boat's fallen off!
  • Red Dwarf: "Back To Reality":
    Lister: Why would a haddock kill itself? [beat] Why am I even asking that question?
  • Russell Howard's Good News: In Series 10, Episode 1:
    Russell: Not that it is the maddest bread story in the news, and you don't get to say that often.
  • On Scorpion, Paige gives us one in "Once Bitten, Twice Die". Toby naturally points it out.
    Paige: I slipped on taco grease getting out of the van, and when I fell, the ferret with the venom got away.
    Toby: That's the first time anyone has ever said that.
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators: In "Exit, Pursued by a Bear", Luella suggests that the crime could be the work of "aggressive Shakespeare traditionalists, which isn't something you say very often".
  • From Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell:
    Shaun: Actually speaking of zombies, and that's not a line you often hear in a news program.
    [cut to clip from ABC News 24]
    Juanita Phillips: Actually, speaking of zombies...
    [cut back to Shaun]
    Shaun: My mistake.
  • Sherlock: This exchange from "The Empty Hearse":
    Sherlock Holmes: No, I prefer my doctors clean-shaven.
    Dr. John Watson: That's not a sentence you hear every day.
  • From an episode of Spicks and Specks:
    Alan: Can I just say something that I thought I'd never get to say in my life? So, you're about to have sex with Tom Jones, and then what happened?
  • Stargate SG-1, "Moebius":
    General Hammond: Now, this mission is recon only. You are being allowed the use of this ship because of the obvious tactical advantages it provides. Under no circumstances is it to be used to travel through time. [beat] Never in my life did I imagine giving that order.
  • On occasion, Sam and Dean of Supernatural have to say things that baffle even them.
  • From Tonightly With Tom Ballard:
    Tom: That's a good question, which not something I ever thought I'd say after showing a clip from Fox News.
  • Top Gear:
    • For starter:
      Clarkson: Guys, problem! I've shoved my anarchy flag through my water lilo!
      Hammond: Nobody's ever said that before.
    • Similarly:
      Hammond: You've just pulled the wobbly head off the former president of Nissan USA!
      Clarkson: Nobody's ever said that before.
      Hammond: No, I don't suppose they have.
    • From the African Special:
      Clarkson: Look. Do you want to go out there with a hippopotamus or do you want to stay in here with a horse's head?
      Hammond: That's not a question that's ever been asked.
    • And:
      Clarkson: This is enough to shake the skulls from your bonnet. And no one in the whole of human history has ever said that before.
  • From Wings, after the gang has learned that Cloudcuckoolander Lowell's family possesses a huge family trust from which all Mathers get a huge payout upon turning 31 1/2 years old:
    Antonio: God, if only I'd been born a Mather!
    Joe: Now there's something you don't hear every day.
  • One clip on World's Dumbest... features a man in a Elmo costume swearing and shouting about how he works for crime boss John Gotti, prompting someone to ask, "Hey, Elmo, what's your problem?"
    Mike Britt: Now that's something you thought you'd never hear.
  • From Would I Lie to You?:
    Marcus Brigstocke: I'd quite like to see some of MC Hammer's curlies in a Regals packet.
    Lee Mack: No one has ever said that before in the history of the world.
    • David Mitchell once asked Kate Humble, "Where do you go in London to distribute your clippings?" When Lee Mack called him on this, he admitted it was not something he had ever asked before, but it was germane to the topic.
    • Emma Bunton once claimed that, when she first adopted the identity of Baby Spice, she mostly ate only baby food. It was true, by the way. This prompted this question from Shaun Williamson and response from David Mitchell (who were on the same team):
      Shaun: What were your stools like?
      David: I don't think that question's ever been asked before.

    Music 
  • In the album recording out-takes for Emilie Autumn's Opheliac, after singing a couple of lines of "The Art of Suicide" she remarks on how unusual it is for the word "ankles" to be used in a song, and challenges the listener to come up with other examples of its use.
  • A Pitchfork review of a Guided By Voices album noted that many of the band's song titles, such as "Tractor Rape Chain" string together words that nobody had ever said or written in that order before.
  • Discussed in the song "Bobby Fischer" by Lazy Susan: "Reykjavik, nobody ever says Reykjavik in a song".

    Podcasts 
  • Interstitial Actual Play has a few crop up due to its nature as a Weird Crossover.
    • Edith tells Doctor K "I don't agree with you! I don't think you're giving Criss Angel enough credit! He's a good guy, he's doing his best!" Which seems pretty mundane, but do remember that this is Edith trying to convince K that Criss Angel should be the Black Ranger.
    • In episode 14, Riley tells the party that "David Blaine has been kidnapped from Criss Angel's heart and is being held captive in the castle".
  • The Hidden Almanac:
    • Drom: So you mean someone was pretending to be an ornithologist for nefarious purposes of their own?
      Mord: Indeed.
      Drom: I bet that's the first time somebody's ever said that sentence.
    • Drom: As long as I keep licking these horrible inedible fruits, I'll be safe from the mind control. Wow, there's a phrase I didn't expect to have to utter twice in one lifetime.
      Mord: I beg your pardon?
      Drom: College was wild.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Back in the late '90s when Al Snow first came to the WWF, he was in an angle that forced him to defeat Too Much (Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor) in a tag team match. Unfortunately for Al, there was only one viable option for a tag team partner: Head, the mannequin head with the word "HELPME" written backwards on its forehead that he always carried around. Now, in an attempt to pull off a two-fer, we will introduce the Rare Sentence in question with a Rare Sentence of his own: Toward the end of the match, Al Snow made the hot tag to the mannequin head with the word "HELPME" written backwards on its forehead that was sitting on top of the ring post.
    Jim Ross: And now, Head is the legal man. [beat; dejectedly] What the hell am I saying?
  • After Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter took one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds (who was wearing a lemon costume) hostage to force a confrontation between him and Swagger, Rose angrily said 'Nobody touches my lemon!' The commentators were extremely bemused that somebody had actually just said that.

    Radio 
  • Subverted in John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, when he describes encountering thumb-sellers who claim they get their thumbs from a combined bacon slicer and distillery.
    "The owner of that thumb was no alcoholic bacon slicer!" It was a sentence I'd uttered a thousand times before, but rarely with such meaning.
    • Lampshaded in a later episode:
    "Well, since you ask me for a tale containing the sentence 'that robot weasel might just be King Edward the 7th'... I don't have anything like that. I mean seriously, what were the odds? However, I do have one containing the sentence 'that robot weasel might just be Queen Victoria'. Is that any good?"
  • In Cabin Pressure, a plot involving Martin and Caroline attempting to complete their competitive list of the seven dwarves occasions the following exchange between Martin and Douglas respectively:
    "I have to get my last dwarf before Caroline gets hers!"
    "Now there's a phrase you don't hear so much... since the dwarf-hunting ban..."
  • A BBC radio tie-in for Independence Day, which was basically Elsewhere Fic combined with a The War of the Worlds homage, featured the following exchange:
    RAF officer: "Either I'm concussed or I'm watching Patrick Moore fist-fighting with an extra-terrestrial."
    A Radio 1 disk jockey: No, that really is happening."
    "RAF Officer: "Oh. Now there's something you don't see every day."
  • On Conversations with Richard Fidler Richard was interviewing Bill Bailey when he said "You've spent a lot of time with owls... I don't think I've ever said that to a guest before".
  • In The Unbelievable Truth, series 20, episode 5, Ellis James, given the subject of, claims that it is perverted to enjoy dancing. David Mitchell says this is the first time that sentence has been used in mass media since the 17th century.

    Video Games 
  • From the quest description of the World of Warcraft quest "A Wolf in Bear's Clothing":
    These Worgen take us for fools! One would think that only an idiot would mistake one of their druids in bear form as a real bear. Unfortunately, there are many idiots here at the Forsaken Front. We've already lost a few battalions to organized worgen bear attacks. Yes, it's even more idiotic than it sounds.
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever's description of the "Tap Trial" minigame:
    Think you've got what it takes to tap-dance with the monkeys? (Has anyone ever written that sentence before?)
  • Borderlands 2 gives us this gem when trying to break into the bank vault of the Sheriff of Lynchwood. He promises that the ingredients mentioned will have a situation that Makes Sense In Context, though it doesn't seem that way at the point stated:
    Brick: Now that you've got the laxative, it's time to find some explosives. That may be my favorite sentence I've ever said.
  • From Bloodbowl: Chaos Edition, Jim Johnson utterly freaks out when he sees the Daemons of Khorne take to the field so an almost equally nervous Bob Bifford tries to reassure him by saying "Now, now don't worry. They're not here to harm us... they're just here to play Bloodbowl, though I have to admit I never thought I would ever be saying that!"
  • Hugh Bliss's reveal at the end of Sam & Max Save the World.
    Hugh Bliss: Hi! I'm Hugh Bliss! And I'm a sentient colony of spacefaring bacteria.
    Sam: ...Was not a phrase I was expecting to hear today.
  • Kingdom of Loathing
    • The description for the effect "Full Bottle in Front of Me" (obtained from an adventure in a zone based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) reads "Your magical ability is amplified because you're visualizing a mysterious bottle from the collection of an extinct alcoholic bird. I defy you to use that sentence on your way home from work today."
    • The wiki has a user-written guide on how to fill up Monster Manuel. One of the preliminary steps tells you to get the Clan VIP Lounge Key donation item "for Fax access, which is required for older monsters and butts. That's a sentence that exists."
  • After an encounter with some evil rodeo clowns in West of Loathing, you get the message "Well, that's one group of demonic clowns that won't be troubling people any more, and boy you did not expect to be thinking that sentence today."
  • Edmund McMillen reacted to the many odd things that could be said during a playthrough of The Binding of Isaac by changing the description of the Cancer trinket (a popular power-up in the game) to "Yay, cancer!" in the Updated Re-release.
  • Youtube channel TheGamer has this to say about the Gal*Gun series:
    It's a Rail Shooter that involves shooting questionably-aged school girls with your love gun. We promise you, that sentence is completely factual.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening features a conversation between the Avatar and the local wyvern rider on the matter of acquiring a mate for her steed.
    Robin: I've assembled an extensive dossier on prospective wyvern mates, Cherche. ...I can't believe I just said that.

    Webcomics 
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • First, we have this:
      Wight #1: Did that halfling just hit me in the face with a pineapple?
      Wight #2: I think he did. Also, I think no one has ever asked that exact question in the history of civilization, so bonus points there.
    • Later, Roy has an example:
      Roy: I don't think Belkar is lying — which, let's be clear, is not a sentence I ever thought I'd say...
  • Dinosaur Comics
    T-Rex: I've allowed my love of gravy to distract from my prescriptivist linguistic crusade!
    God: THAT'S THE FIRST TIME ANYONE HAS EVER SAID THAT
    T-Rex: Seriously? Does that mean I get into heaven FOR FREE??
    God: HONESTLY
    God: IT HELPS
    • Subverted in another one:
      T-Rex: My final wish is for all life to have developed either in or about my earthly remains.
      Utahraptor: Hah! Is that the first time that sentence has ever been said?
      T-Rex: Utahraptor, please! That sentence is BASICALLY my daily affirmation.
  • The writers of Darths & Droids were pleased with using the phrase "Jar Jar, you're a genius!", which got zero hits on Google before the strip went online.
  • Irregular Webcomic!:
    • The comic joked about this in a rant that included the phrase, "Because I only have one radiation suit."
    • Another one: "I bet nobody else in the history of the world has ever had cause to utter the word sequence, 'accidentally had their vital organs removed. Again.'"
  • A comic of Funny Farm featured Ront describing the steps required to reach the town of Bucket, which involved going through the Phukket river and ends up summarizing it as "Going around the Phukket until they climax in Bucket." and, as his brother cracks up, remarks that he can't believe that sentence just came out of his mouth.
  • xkcd has done this a few times, with Google searches rather than spoken sentences (since there's no way to verify the latter).
  • From El Goonish Shive, Grace decides the theme she wants for her birthday party is for most of her friends to use alien technology to temporarily swap their genders, which isn't nearly as crazy as it would be in a more realistic setting but nevertheless takes a lot of people out of their comfort zones:
    Sarah: Part of me just wants to "get a room" with her. But that's just crazy! I don't want to lose my virginity as a guy, and I sure as heck don't want to risk getting Elliot pregnant! Which, by the way, is a sentence I never thought I'd say.
  • Following an edit made to this strip of The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, the author wrote:
    Due to overwhelming reader response, I have added breasts to the space dinosaur cowboy. This was not a statement I was expecting to make today (or ever), but your logic is irrefutable and I am not above admitting my own mistakes.
  • Homestuck:
    • This meta-example from Andrew Hussie's twitter:
      a line i seriously just wrote in reality: "People were less prepared for a double juggalo presidency than they ever imagined."
    • In act 6, during his altercation with Karkat, Dave himself says "i cant believe i seriously just said dude dont touch my cape to somebody and was serious about it"
    • Homestuck is probably the only series on the planet that can make a sentence like the following actually make sense in context.
      Jade: i never wanted to see my grandpa in a sexy pair of underpants!!!
    • The fandom also provides many examples, which sound ridiculous to anyone not familiar with the comic.
      Blogger: Oh how I love you, you evil space goat baby with your little bow tie.
  • Looking for Group:
    Richard: So... I'm going to need to kill that book. That was a weird thing to have to say. Even for me.
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures:
    • Mentioned by the artist in a strip:
      Dan: My wings just tried to make me coffee!
      Comic comment: This is probably the first time that line has been used... ever.
    • An earlier strip notes that it is "The first and last time Dan will probably say Dude."
  • Narbonic: "I hope you enjoy the fish-ships."
  • According to this early Skin Horse strip "Three cheers for the government!" is one.
  • Ozy and Millie: Llewellyn figures that he was the first person ever to say "Look out for that falling emu!"
  • Prequel's "About" page ends with the author's note "Thanks, and I hope you enjoy reading my story about an alcoholic cat who hears internet voices. That is a sentence I never thought I would type."
  • In No Scrying, courtesy of an immortal devil who definitely knows what he's talking about:
    Prince Iskardias: Guardsman Lucian, I have lived for aeons without cause to say this combination of words. Why is a werewolf leading a paladin to a mermaid in your home?
  • From Wilde Life provides the current page image. Previously Oscar, a journalist, had mentioned that his dream was "writing sentences nobody had ever read before."
  • Mario & Luigi: Cleanup Crew: You're getting your counterattack all over everything!
  • In Freefall:
    AI: :-) I also contain predictive algorithms... and may be able to assist you directly.
    Dr. Mer: I'm here with a genetically engineered talking wolf and would like permission to get it off my secret arctic base without a mind wipe.
    AI: :-( There are no predictive algorithms to cover that scenario.
  • Awful Hospital has these in great abundance!
    Fern: He turned into a dolphin and tried to eat the universe. Or something.
    Dr. Man: Mmmmm, yes, sounds rather like the sort of thing the brash lad might get up to.
    Fern: We'd found some… thing… some red thing. I don't remember what they called it, but I think it's what brought my corpses back to life. I can't believe I'm saying this.
  • Phil Likes Tacos, while Doug is missing.
    Phil: I wonder if this is what Kitsune said Mecha-Doug was up to — making evil nerds unstoppable.
    Phil's niece: That sentence was amazing.
  • In Paranatural, when Spender talks to his spirit, Lucifer, in chapter 4.
    Spender: Lucifer, did I... do the right thing tonight? ...Good lord, if my parents could hear me now.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: "The Friend for Life" features a variant, where the Freelance Police track down Lorne and the Mad Thespian to a secret lair hidden in "the bowels of this abandoned fun-house".
    Max: Huh, that's the first time I ever heard the words "bowels" and "fun-house" in the same sentence.
    Sam: Get used to it.
  • Bounty Hamster: "Have you guys ever considered there's more to life than all-seeing chins? Hey! There's a sentence I bet I never say again!"
  • Teen Titans has Raven say, "I know this isn't my style, but we just kicked Slade's butt. Shouldn't we celebrate, or something?" in Apprentice Part 2.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Phineas and Ferb's crazy plans and those of Dr. Doofenshmirtz can easily lead to this:
      Doofenshmirtz: Oh, Vanessa, thank goodness you're here! A platypus has tied me up in my own pants!
      Vanessa: How did my life get to a point where that is not a strange sentence to me?
      Doofenshmirtz: (mockingly) "I am your daughter. I will stop being sarcastic and untie you."
    • In fact, the Clip Show "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!" has an entire montage devoted to odd sentences that have showed up at some point, prompted in turn by the line "Super-suit-generated egg renderings always make me a bit peckish":
      Phineas: Nothing says 'mother's love' like a gigantic robotic platypus butt.
      Candace: Why am I wearing a turtle on my head?
      Buford: I wanna float around! ...like men.
      Candace in Perry's body: Am I sweating milk?!
      Future!Candace: Gotta go, Stacy. Good luck with that llama legislation!
      DJ Stanky Dog: Run for your lives! It's Gnome-a-geddon!
      Isabella: Stickiness is the most underrated of all the -nesses.
      Buford: I knew I should have gotten the down payment on the elephant.
      Linda: It looks a little like a rhesus monkey wearing a powdered wig.
      Stacy: Oh no, you did not just tell me to hench.
      Phineas: What, you think we should have more Bulgarian folk-related elements?
      Linda: I'll be in the dairy section if you want to come yell at some cheese.
      Phineas: Dad, you might want to wipe the Queen off your face.
      Baljeet: I too feel a certain element of kebab-ism.
      Ferb: Definitely the giant floating baby head.
      Buford: I am to metaphor-cheese as metaphor-cheese is to transitive-verb crackers.
      Candace: I just discovered why cows and frogs don't date.
      Phineas: Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Taffeta... make a note of that.
      Candace: I'm calling Mom... and I am not using the banana this time!
    • There's also this exchange from "I Was a Middle-Aged Robot", which sort of plays with the trope:
      Candace: How many times have I told you to keep Perry out of my way while I'm balancing eggs on a spoon?
      Phineas: Um... never?
    • Definitely played with in "One Good Scare Ought to Do It", even though it doesn't follow the mold. This episode is where the last example in the clip show list came from, and this was the response:
      Phineas: [beat] You guys heard that, right? It wasn't just me?
    • From "The Temple of Juatchadoon":
      Phineas: We've got to lead that corn colossus away from those back up singers!
      Isabella: OMG, coolest sentence ever! Somebody write that down.
    • And from "Der Kinderlumper", as Candace is driving a vegetable-shaped go-kart:
      Candace: I've got the fennel pedal to the rutabaga metal! And yes, I know that's a weird sentence.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Haylias," Hayley's Trigger Phrase was explicitly chosen to be something nobody would ever say naturally, so that she wouldn't hear it by accident: "I'm getting fed up with this orgasm!" Oddly, another episode reveals that Steve has one too, but it's just "rhubarb".
  • The Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us" had a gag with a Trigger Phrase again being something that nobody would ever say naturally: "Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet."
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Make Room for Lisa", Marge assures Lisa that having a cell phone tower built into her bedroom is temporary:
      Marge: It's only until we have to pay off your father's desecration of a priceless artifact. (sigh) Never thought I'd ever have to say that again...
    • Lisa: Dad, follow that dinosaur!
      Homer: I've waited my whole life to hear that!
    • And in "Homie the Clown"
      Homer: That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough! I'm going to clown college!!
      Bart: I don't think any of us expected him to say that...
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Splinter says that Michelangelo is wise when he tries to befriend Leatherhead, and then admits that he never expected to say that.
  • Futurama: Used as a Take That! in the episode "All The Presidents' Heads".
    Professor Farnsworth: I'm sure nobody's ever said this before, but I must get to Philadelphia as quickly as possible!
  • Camp Lakebottom: From "Fanboy Freakout":
    Gretchen: Squirt, don't eat our fake poop. There's a sentence I never thought I'd have to say. Again.
  • A variant from Archer:
    Archer: That's good, because I've basically been waiting my entire life to say this... I'm commandeering this airboat!
  • From Total Drama All-Stars:
    Sam: Well, no one else was gonna pee on me. [Beat; chuckles] Huh, that is a weird sentence.
  • From The Fairly OddParents:
    Timmy: You were right, Cosmo!... You were right?

    Timmy: Great idea, Cosmo! Wow, there's three words I never thought I'd say in a row.
  • Strange Hill High: From "The 101% Solution":
    Becky: We can't hold off these concrete-pouring helicopters forever, she said saying something no one has ever said before.
  • Gravity Falls has a few:
    Stan: Sometimes, Wendy, a man has to steal an animatronic badger in order to stay in this crazy game called life.

    Deputy Durland: A bearded witch chasing a talking pig!
    Sheriff Blubs: My horoscope came true.
  • From Kong: King of the Apes:
    Panchi: Those dinosaurs are going to crush Kong! Wow, I can't believe I just said that.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • In "Little Hard Dad", Bob and Gene get home after their crazy adventure, which involved Bob getting Shot in the Ass with an RC helicopter modified to launch sharp, pointy darts.
      Bob: Now, how about we go inside and ice my butt?
      Gene: I wonder how many other dads are saying that to their sons right now. I bet a lot!
    • In "Ex Mach Tina", Tina injures her leg, and the school decides to use her to test a new program so students can attend school even if they're too sick or injured to do so in person. Tina stays home from school, instead sitting in front of a computer that's connected to a remote-controlled robot with a camera and video screen, which she guides around the school and uses to interact with teachers and classmates. She ends up getting closer to Jimmy Junior, who finds she's easier to talk to this way. When he essentially asks her robot avatar out on a date, we get this from her brother:
      Gene: I guess we're going robot dress shopping. I've said that so many times and it's finally true!

    Real Life 
  • Noam Chomsky's sentence "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" — the point was that it had never been written/spoken before and makes no sense, but is still grammatical and therefore comprehensible. This one has been repeated enough that it no longer counts. Linguistics books usually use weird and goofy sentences to make this same point. (These are usually known a Word Salad.)
  • This Language Log post glories in the fact that our linguistic faculties allow us to instantly understand such rare sentences as these, using as its example a sentence it calls out from a real news report: "Last week a former Royal Marine who is the boyfriend of the model Kelly Brooks crashed into a bus stop while driving a van carrying a load of dead badgers."
  • The Daily Telegraph's cartoonist Matt said that if he's not sure about a cartoon he can end up roaming the Telegraph office asking people things like "Does this chicken look worried about monetary union?"
  • This list of unlikely phrases found in real phrasebooks. Useful if you ever need to say "Because I was out buying a pair of wooden shoes" in Vietnamese.note 
    • The Somali section is bloodcurdling:
      Are the snakes here dangerous?
      Masaska halkaan khatar miyaa?

      I must operate on you.
      Waa inaan ku qalaa.

      We must bury her.
      Waa inaan duugnaa isaga.
    • The Tumblr blog WTF, Duolingo similarly covers unusual foreign-language sentences found on the massively-praised language-learning website Duolingo.
  • Leo Rosten once decided to write an essay (reprinted in his book Passions and Prejudices) about modern poetry and computers that wrote poetry. By (he said) writing down various forms of speech on slips of paper and then pulling the slips from various envelopes, he ended up creating odd short poems that would better be described as Word Salad. The crowning poem? Swish green albino dust/Through avatars unborn/And circumcise the circumscribed circumstance:/Juno stabbed the rooster.
  • From this National Catholic Register article:
    As some of you know, I got a little irritated at the news that Michael Voris and the mostly-reliable Fr. Z have chosen to launch a bizarre Lenten retreat Carribean cruise (I believe that's what's known as a "statistically improbable phrase").
  • From this Jewish humor article.
    As an aside, the chances of finding a Jewish runway model are not as slim, but the chances of finding a Jewish runway model who also makes a delicious cholent, speaks fluent Yiddish and has eight children, are infinitesimal. In fact, other than this article, the chances of finding the words cholent, yiddish and runway model in the same sentence are zero. (You can “Google” it all you want.)
  • Jake Solomon, the creative director of XCOM 2, noted that one of these popped up while he was watching the presentation of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle at E3 2017:
    "Just like everyone else, my jaw dropped a little bit when I heard the phrase, 'As you see, Luigi has taken half-cover.' What world am I in right now? I couldn’t believe it."
  • Former FBI director James Comey delivers one in a 2018 ABC interview:
    James Comey: I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current President of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013. It’s possible, but I don’t know.
  • There's a subreddit called Brand New Sentence dedicated to documenting these.
  • A Facebook group called "Previously Unsaid Sentences in Human History" collects these.
  • A Brazilian voice actress said dubbing Kakegurui was fun specially for one said sentence, "I wanna rip out your eye to see it from the other side".

 
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