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Rincewind: Exactly how long have you been a barbarian hero?
Nijel the Destroyer: Er. What year is this?
Rincewind: Out on the road, then? Lost track of time? I know how it is. This is the year of the Hyena.
Nijel: Oh, in that case about... about three days.

Alice asks Bob how long something has been going on. Bob asks Alice what time/day it is, and Alice tells him.

Bob's response then reveals that whatever information Alice gave him is irrelevant. Either he requested information implying a very long time, and returned with a very short one, or vice versa.


Not to be confused with Ludicrous Precision.


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  • The Little Rascals movie:
    Butch: When's the last time we beat you up?
    Alfalfa: Well, let's see... today's the 10th... 30 days hath September, April, June and November... it's not a leap year... yesterday.
  • There's a spaceship in Power Rangers (2017) that's been buried for a long time. How long?
    Alpha Five: What's today, Tuesday? Hmm, Sixty-five million years.
  • Scrooged: "Listen, I know I haven't talked to you in... *checks watch* ...about 10 or 15 years, but..."
  • In Woody Allen's Love and Death:
    Countess Alexandrovna: How long has it been since you've made love to a woman?
    Boris: What's today? Monday, Tuesday... two years.
  • From Zookeeper
    Griffin: How long have you been able to talk??
    Monkey: Let's see, today's Tuesday, so, ummm... always.


  • Terry Pratchett uses this trope regularly.
    • In addition to the quote from Sourcery...
    • In Interesting Times, Rincewind asks Cohen the Barbarian how old he is. What century is it? Ninety to 95 years.
    • In Night Watch, Vimes asks when Dibbler Enterprises, Est. was established. What year is it? Tuesday.

     Live-Action TV  

  • Two and a Half Men
    Alan: How about this: When was the last time you called her just to see how she was doing?
    Charlie: Uh, whoo. What's today, Sunday? Then never.
  • Friends, "The One With The Thumb":
    Joey: So when do we get to meet the guy?
    Monica: Let's see, today's Monday... never.



  • Red vs. Blue:
    Washington: How long have you been here?
    Church: How long? Um... What day is today?
    Washington: Today is Tuesday.
    Church: I've been here 14 months.


  • Adventures in Odyssey "Aloha Oy!"
    Donna: How many years have you lived in Hawaii Mr. Iowa?
    Don Iowa: Oh the islands we don't measure time in years but in full moons.
    Donna: Okay, how many full moons have you lived here?
    Don Iowa: Hm, about three years worth.

     Web Animation  

  • Llamas with Hats
    • While not technically time-based, this conversation rings of it:
    Paul: ...Where are all the other lifeboats, Carl?
    Carl: Well, judging by the trajectory of the moon and the stars, I'd say... somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. I bit lots of holes in them.

     Western Animation  

  • Frisky Dingo, Second season:
    Interviewer: Well, it's been a year now-
    Xander: A Year?! It's really been a whole year? What's today?
    Interviewer: Thursday.
    Xander: Oh my God, it has been a year.