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This may be an artifact of the oral tradition, in which the stock formula of the first, second, and third attempts makes the story easier to remember.Following on from the oral tradition, speech-writers have learnt the 'Rule of Three' — listen to a political speech — the points come in threes, from 'Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer' to Tony Blair declaring 'Education, education, education'.The trope is also incredibly common in fairytales and ghost stories that are part of oral tradition.The reason above is important, as audiences don't have a good idea of how this ghost/gnome/witch would typically behave, and it works well for building tension too. You get three times the story padding for only having to remember one short story and some minor variations.
The first two instances build tension, and the third releases it by incorporating a twist. The third of three brothers succeeds after his older siblings each failed.Another (geeky) variant is the engineer/physicist/mathematician series of jokes, however, these are virtually never considered offensive, largely because the stereotypes are often jokingly accepted by the members of those three groups. The engineer is overly practical, the physicist makes large assumptions, and the mathematician comes up with a correct, but useless answer; these are played up for humorous effect, but have some valid basis.) A more popular variation on the rule is to repeat the same joke or concept three times, but put a twist on the third one that makes it funny again. " (From .) Alternatively, the twist can come during the second iteration (such as Chekhov's Skill) failing the first time it's used only to return to its original form on the third pass; this version tends to accompany Chekhov's tropes.One version of this is The Triple, wherein a character lists three items - the first two logical and serious, and the third applying a twist or joke. The Overly Long Gag could be seen as a subversion of the Rule Of Three, because it fails to deliver the expected twist.There are stories of women making ,000 a year going on dates with men or sugar babies falling in love with their sugar daddies — and then there's the complicated question of whether this is sex work or dating with benefits.Rarely, however, does one get to ask a sugar baby questions about the financial side of these arrangements.