Wife: Hey, my Love? I have a problem with my _______________ [fill in the blank with any number of common annoyances; possible options include: internet connection, sore shoulder, check engine light, garbage disposal, mother-in-law, yard work, laptop, hangnail]. Can you please help me?
Husband: Ugh…I’m kind of busy playing this very important video game right now. Can it wait? For three to seven months or possibly forever?
Husband: Great, thanks.
Wife: Okay. Never mind.
Husband [Continues playing video game]: …
Wife: It’s probably too hard, anyway. I tried everything I could think of anyway and I couldn’t figure it out, so I don’t think you could’ve gotten it.
Husband, still oblivious: …
Wife: I mean, it’s impossible to fix.
Ten minutes later after accomplishing such-and-such video game quest or mission…
Husband: Wait, what? What did you say?
Wife: Hmmm? Oh, I just said I already tried everything there was to try and nothing worked, so it’s impossible to fix.
Husband: What is?
Wife: That thing I was telling you about. The one I’m having trouble with? The online bank statement/diarrhea/leaky faucet? It’s hopeless. Can’t be done.
Husband: Did you try rebooting it?
Husband: Did you try ____________?
Wife: Yes, yes, I tried that. I told you: I tried everything. Don’t worry, it can’t be fixed. It’s okay. I’m over it.
Husband [powers down video game console]: We’ll just see about that!
Some call it manipulation.
I call it magic.
Sheer, wonderful marital magic.