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Can you create some variations on the phrase "when pigs fly"?

Asked by erichw1504 (26329 points ) June 1st, 2011

The phrase when pigs fly is an adynaton – a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility. The implication of such a phrase is that the circumstances in question (the adynaton, and the circumstances to which the adynaton are being applied) will never occur.

Have you heard of a different phrase to describe an impossibility? If not, create your own!

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erichw1504's avatar

When fish ride bicycles.

erichw1504's avatar

When jellyfish do the tango.

Seelix's avatar

When monkeys fly out of my butt! Wayne’s World FTW.

thorninmud's avatar

When @gailcalled adds me to her fluther.

erichw1504's avatar

When Fluther is bought by Facebook, Google, or Microsoft.

tranquilsea's avatar

When hell freezes over (that’s an old one).

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The next month that has six Tuesdays.

When the river flows upstream.

When the Sun sets in the East.

marinelife's avatar

When dead people breathe

erichw1504's avatar

When Stevie Wonder watches Star Wars.

Blueroses's avatar

When all Americans have healthcare.

WasCy's avatar

When the Republican Mayor of San Francisco says so.

WasCy's avatar

When the Red Sox win Cubs play in the World Series.

blueberry_kid's avatar

When infomercials stop annoying people.

blueberry_kid's avatar

Or or!!!:

When the world makes sense.

ucme's avatar

“Hey look Timmy, it’s a police helicopter!”

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

When the devil sells snowcones!

WasCy's avatar

When the Vatican offers workable family planning advice.

Blueroses's avatar

When Jesus, Buddha and Allah actually walk into a bar…

zenvelo's avatar

When Whole Foods has a Taco Bell.

WasCy's avatar

God knows.

No, wait, that’s my answer!

reijinni's avatar

When Pork Chops are kosher.

Sunny2's avatar

When the cow jumps over the moon. Wait, that’s possible now.
When women become priests. That’s becoming possible too. hmmm.
When there is one day when no one says an unkind word to another. Human nature will take care of that never happening.

laineybug's avatar

When I go goth.

Seelix's avatar

@laineybug – I’d like to see photos of you and your mom in goth gear ;)

aprilsimnel's avatar

When Dane Cook makes me laugh.

Symbeline's avatar

When Symbeline stops swearing.

One I actually heard though, when hell freezes over. I guess it’s a bit different…I mean, whether hell can or cannot freeze over, as an atheist, I don’t believe Hell exists, so whether it can freeze or not doesn’t matter, haha.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

When I give up chocolate.

When I quit eating Chinese food.

Only138's avatar

When Monkeys Shit…

filmfann's avatar

When Sarah Palin tosses my salad.

Only138's avatar

@filmfann Good one. LOL

downtide's avatar

When Sunderland wins the Premiership.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

When Hitler reincarnates as a bunny.

erichw1504's avatar

When @WillWorkForChocolate gets sick of chocolate.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Hey! I already used that one, you cheater! :P

erichw1504's avatar

When @WillWorkForChocolate gives up chocolate.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

lmfao you goose

erichw1504's avatar

When @WillWorkForChocolate changes her name to WillWorkForBroccoli.

reijinni's avatar

When Kurdistan becomes a country.

Blueroses's avatar

@erichw1504 In the known history of the world, there has not been one documented case of broccoli-inspired labor.
Not one.

erichw1504's avatar

When @WillWorkForChocolate changes her name to WillWorkForWhiteChocolate.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

HAHA! Ummm…. no.

john65pennington's avatar

Remember WKRP Cincinnati? The tv show?

One Thanksgiving they had a Thanksgiving contest involving real, live turkeys.

They flew over a shopping center parking lot, in a helicopter, and released the live turkeys.

Turkeys hit the pavement, hit cars, hit people.

Only one statement was heard…............................

AS GOD AS MY WITNESS, I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY !!!

Symbeline's avatar

@john65pennington Man, what kind of psychos drop a bunch of poor turkeys all over pavement and cars?

john65pennington's avatar

Symbeline, this was an actual show that laughed us right out of our chairs.

Symbeline's avatar

But they actually dropped turkeys on people? From how high? I mean some of the birds must have been hurt or died. O_o

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

When my grandmother starts acting her age!

downtide's avatar

@Symbeline probably all of them…

blueberry_kid's avatar

When Hot Topic stops enforcing the use of weed.

reijinni's avatar

When an Asian becomes pope.

SpatzieLover's avatar

When @erichw1504 becomes serious.

blueberry_kid's avatar

When Snooki goes to church.

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