Guess what book I’m Reading. I’m probably haven’t interpreted the word “catch” correctly. There is no particular order (I will reorder if you explain why) it’s just the order I thought of them. I don’t expect to have to be creative, especially in the beginning but expect to have to come up with a few ideas by the end of the list.
Catch – 22/near impossible version
- Catch 1: You can’t afford it – and I can get more for it
- Catch 2: You’re too young – when you’re older than me I will consider it
- Catch 3: It belongs to everybody – you need their permission to use it
- Catch 4: It’s Illegal – the crime organizations frown on it
- Catch 5: you can’t expose it to organic material – including you
- Catch 6: You can only if you can add something to improve its efficiency – it’s effective because it’s small and simple
- Catch 7: You have to leave it in better shape than you found it – It’s perishable
- Catch 8: Your hands have to be clean and exposed when you open the door – the doorknob is filthy1
- Catch 9: You have to increase value – all you have to work with is priceless historical artifacts
- Catch 10: You’re too old – time is linear
- Catch 11: You don’t speak the language – having the right pitch is vital to being able to speak the language. This can only be developed through being exposed to native speakers at a (very) young age.
- Catch 12: You need more information – to enter this library (not the most relevant so to access this information database)
- Catch 13: You have to guaranty a result – You’re working in the real world
- Catch 14: It only goes to the worst off – Other people are aware of this fact
- Catch 15: It takes a year to complete the process – The process is updated every half year (any amount of time is viable here as long as it is uncomfortably long)
- Catch 16: You need undeniable proof – anyone can deny it with little consequence
- Catch 17: Only in case of disaster – If you can ask it wasn’t disastrous for you
- Catch 18: Only when everything is going smoothly – If you’re asking it’s not going smoothly
- Catch 19: Only if no one perceives it – Including you
- Catch 20: You have to completely original – As if this isn’t impossible if you take it literally. You’re using language other people used before you.
- Catch 21: It has to have no visible effect – this applies also to its influences.
1Of course, you could get around this if you made a time machine out of your materials. I call this the time machine clause, things possible with a time machine are included in the everyday definition of impossible. As time machines are believed to be impossible generalize this outwards but the time Machine clause is a good name for it.
Probably only relevant to logicians and fiction writers.