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  • Any time this exchange takes place:

Person A: "Turn on the TV!"
Person B: "Sure, what channel?"
Person A: "Any channel!"

Fred Thompson: "Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president? [1]

Swigert (CMP): "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here."
CAPCOM Jack Lousma (CC): "This is Houston. Say again, please."
Lovell (CDR): "Uh, Houston, we've had a problem."

Kent Shocknek: "This shuttle mission will launch-" (the shuttle blows up) "My God, there's been an explosion..."

Tim McCarver: "...and he fails to get Dave Parker at second base, so the A's take-"
*static*
Al Michaels: "I tell you what, we're having an earth-"

"We have to say it. Remember, this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the west side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of The Beatles. Shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital. Dead. On. Arrival."

Bradass87: "Hypothetical question: if you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time... say, 8-9 months... and you saw incredible things, awful things... things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC... what would you do?"

"Mr. Menendez, did you know that Big 5 stopped carrying handguns in March of 1986?"

Joseph Welch: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

"No, no. This is tragic. You don’t understand. Gower Champion died this morning."

"Tonight, I'd planned on sharing my testimony, but it's kinda been altered. Today, I lost a great friend. Philadelphia lost a great player. Jerome Brown died today."

  • Several of these occur at various points in one's personal life.
    • "Marry me."
    • "I'm pregnant."
    • "We lost the baby."
    • "I'm gay."
    • "I want a divorce."

Notes

  1. Thompson already knew the answer would be in the affirmative, as Butterfield had told the committee staff that already. But the viewing public didn't know, and the question seemed out of left field
  2. While well-known, actually a more accessible paraphrase. The real line was more like "Let w be the predicate: to be a predicate that cannot be predicated of itself. Can w be predicated of itself? From each answer its opposite follows. Therefore we must conclude that w is not a predicate."
  3. Basically, it's an encoded form of "This statement is not provable in such-and-such theory". You can add that to the theory's axioms and create a new theory, but then there's an encoded form of "This statement is not provable in the new theory", and so on ad infinitum.
  4. East and West Germany, respectively
  5. The reader already knows this, but the shepherds didn't
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