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Mission: Possible

If its impossible then why make a movie about it?
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And why is it that it is impossible yet they always do it anyway? Does anyone detect a logical flaw there?
sqeaketh the wheel, Feb 23 2013

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       // why is it that it is impossible yet they always do it anyway? //   

       In whitewater paddling, rapids are classified from 1-7, 1 being a few riffles and 7 being completely unrunable. The most difficult rapids are rated Class 5, with Class 6 reserved for 7s that some talented idiot in a tricked-out kayak somehow managed to survive. Point being that nothing is impossible if you can do it.   

       I think it's something like that.
Alterother, Feb 23 2013
  

       Is this an idea for a stand-up comedy routine?   

       Why not mission improbable or implausible? Impossible means it can't be done at all.
rcarty, Feb 23 2013
  

       Until it can be, at which point it no longer is.
Alterother, Feb 23 2013
  

       ... and then the message explodes.   

       [rcarty] yes - should be "Mission: Improbable"
hippo, Feb 23 2013
  

       “Impossible doesn't mean very difficult. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun.”   

       (I was going to add that this is about as obscure as quotations get, but nothing is obscure anymore with Google.)
ytk, Feb 23 2013
  

       It's semantic inflation, from Hollywood's lexicographical answer to bond-buying programs.
pertinax, Feb 23 2013
  

       How about "Undertaking: Exceedingly difficult"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 23 2013
  

       Alternatively it could be "Mission: deemed impossible by conventional approaches"
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 23 2013
  

       [hippo], my preference would be Mission: Implausible, for it sounds nearly the same if spoken in the right way, and like most action movies the goings-on are implausible over improbable.
rcarty, Feb 23 2013
  

       [marked-for-deletion] Petty rant.
Kansan101, Feb 23 2013
  

       //Petty rant//
Is that like a Pretty ant?
sqeaketh the wheel, Feb 23 2013
  

       No, it's when Tom Petty is upset.
normzone, Feb 23 2013
  

       Missing: Possible Idea
xenzag, Feb 24 2013
  

       Do I have to spell it out? The idea is for a movie titled "Mission: Possible." It would be similar in style to the better-known movie, but would have a more accurate title.
sqeaketh the wheel, Feb 24 2013
  

       I worry that "Mission: Possible" might not grip audiences in the same way that the "Mission: Impossible" franchise has ("Ethan Hunt! - I was going to sit down and have a nice cup of tea, but someone's pinched my milk from the fridge. Your mission is to go out and buy me a pint of milk").
hippo, Feb 25 2013
  

       Was King Kong the king of anything?
xandram, Feb 25 2013
  

       Howabout 'Mission: Recursion'   

       It's the story about how a movie producer decides to make a movie about the production of a movie, from start to finish. For the climax, we laugh at the gullible audience who shells out a small fortune to see it.
RayfordSteele, Feb 25 2013
  

       I suppose 'The Producers' kinda fits that bill as well.   

       I should sell tickets to a 'Instantaneously Up-To-Date Show,' advertise it as 'never the same show twice' and such. The curtain opens up to reveal a giant mirror.
RayfordSteele, Feb 25 2013
  

       Bake it [Rayford] - that is cool!
xandram, Feb 25 2013
  

       They meant POSSIBLY impossible. But it turned out to be IMPOSSIBLY possible. So there's no logical flaw here, its a flaw built into reality.   

       The logical flaw is in the "other:metaphysics". If its metaphysics its already other. But if its OTHER then its past the metaphysics.   

       There once was a magical seagull
that dived low, all the way to the sea floor
When asked to remain
it came up again
and claimed it could stay there no more.
  

       The moral of the limeric is: Never ask any ONE seagull if the seas have a magical floor.   

       ... and another question for alter-other: Why would one urinate in class 7?
pashute, Feb 26 2013
  

       Sorry, whitewater lingo.   

       Runable: a rapid or falls that is within the ability of whitewater paddlers to navigate in a kayak or canoe (usually in subjective terms, i.e. judged to be within the skill level of those present).   

       Unrunable: a rapid or falls that is impossible or suicidally unwise to attempt.
Alterother, Feb 26 2013
  

       "Mission: Suicidally Unwise"
sqeaketh the wheel, Feb 26 2013
  

       This idea made me realise that "Mission: Impossible" is a very American movie title. The same movie translated into British English might be "Mission: Not all that easy, old chap" or "Mission: Yeeesss, tricky..."
hippo, Feb 28 2013
  

       "Mission: Impossible?"
rcarty, Feb 28 2013
  

       "Mission: INCONCEIVABLE!"
RayfordSteele, Feb 28 2013
  

       I don't think that word means what you think it means.
Alterother, Feb 28 2013
  
      
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