Talk:the cake is a lie

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"Used to tell someone that they are chasing after an empty, unattainable goal." --Yair rand (talk) 04:44, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

This is taken from the end sequence of Portal (video game) (in which a malicious self-aware computer had lured the player on with promises of cake). It's popularly quoted but I don't think that gives it any specific dictionary meaning. Equinox 18:39, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
That's not a good definition. I'd gloss it as "The reward you have been promised is fictional." Ex. "If a die a martyr, I get 72 virgins in heaven." "Don't do it, the cake is a lie." — Robin 16:09, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
I think that the definition either way fits great into the idiom; the problem is just whether or not its used well enough for verification, I believe. TeleComNasSprVen 00:02, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

I've found some usage [1] [2] [3] but not sure if they're correct. But I do find it interesting that wiktionary allows for other internet memes such as this one. TeleComNasSprVen 04:35, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Please read WT:CFI, which describes what kind of attestation we need (generally not Web sites). Equinox 22:52, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

RFV failed, entry deleted. —RuakhTALK 03:00, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

The promise of a reward has been greatly exaggerated. I google up 7.7 million hits with quotation marks.. [4] Maybe if we can get Barack Obama to say it in Arabic () But Gamespot seems to get a lot of detail into it [5] RTG (talk) 18:11, 11 October 2012 (UTC)