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3rd Feb '17 10:58:33 PM Doug86
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* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka’s plan to deal with a flying Angel shot light beams was… getting a giant mirror to reflect its light beams back towards it. Since they had no giant mirrors Asuka thought of using two solar panels.

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* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka’s Asuka's plan to deal with a flying Angel shot light beams was… getting a giant mirror to reflect its light beams back towards it. Since they had no giant mirrors Asuka thought of using two solar panels.



--> '''[=McCoy=]''': So you're saying you want to go backwards in time, find some of these whales, bring them forward in time, drop'em off and hope to hell that they tell this probe what to go do with itself?!

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--> '''[=McCoy=]''': So you're saying you want to go backwards in time, find some of these whales, bring them forward in time, drop'em drop 'em off and hope to hell that they tell this probe what to go do with itself?!



* In Harrison Ford's Film/AirForceOne, when the generals are scrambling to get the President out of Air Force One before it eventually crashes into the sea, one does come up with a plan that even he thinks it's crazy: Basically, have an Air Force aircraft set up a zip line between the plane and Air Force One all the while in mid-air. And this is while the latter plane is losing altitude.

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* In Harrison Ford's Film/AirForceOne, ''Film/AirForceOne'', when the generals are scrambling to get the President out of Air Force One before it eventually crashes into the sea, one does come up with a plan that even he thinks it's crazy: Basically, have an Air Force aircraft set up a zip line between the plane and Air Force One all the while in mid-air. And this is while the latter plane is losing altitude.



-->'''Tyler''': If it’s crazy but it works...

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-->'''Tyler''': If it’s it's crazy but it works...



* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''s ''Martin the Warrior'', Feldoh says this after hearing the Rambling Rosehip Players's plan.

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* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''s ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'''s ''Martin the Warrior'', Feldoh says this after hearing the Rambling Rosehip Players's plan.



** You want examples? Of course you do! Take, for instance, his role in the defense of the Elinarch. Due to a lot of things going wrong at once, he ended up in command of a single, inexperienced legion (about 7,000 soldiers) who had to [[YouShallNotPass hold a bridge]] against an army of more than 50,000 Canim: centuries-old, enormous, and incredibly dangerous [[{{Wolfman}} wolfmen]]. First, to stop them from crossing the river anywhere else, he had all the butchers in the camp and the towns at either end of the Elinarch throw buckets of blood into the river to attract [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]]. Any Canim trying to swim across quickly learned the error of their ways. He also went out to try to negotiate with the leaders. By himself. He proceeded to use his knowledge of their culture to laugh in the face of an EvilSorcerer and exploit a division in their leadership. Then he sat for an hour and [[SmartPeoplePlayChess played chess]] with [[TheStrategist Nasaug]] during a truce to let them remove their dead from the field[[note]]Tavi won[[/note]], in order to buy time for his men to set up his next tactic: sawdust and fire furies planted in every building on the Canim side of the bridge, which he then had his only [[PlayingWithFire Knight Ignus]] [[StuffBlowingUp blow up]] while the Canim were trying to move through them. He'd made sure they were all ''in'' the buildings by having everyone in the legion hold tiny firecraftings over the main square so the stones were superheated and anyone trying to step on them would get fried. And the battle ended when he had his [[BlowYouAway Knights Aeris]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome bend the air to form a quarter-mile-wide magnifying glass, concentrating the sunlight into a]] DeathRay. The general consensus among the characters seems to be that Tavi is [[CrazyAwesome completely insane]].

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** You want examples? Of course you do! Take, for instance, his role in the defense of the Elinarch. Due to a lot of things going wrong at once, he ended up in command of a single, inexperienced legion (about 7,000 soldiers) who had to [[YouShallNotPass hold a bridge]] against an army of more than 50,000 Canim: centuries-old, enormous, and incredibly dangerous [[{{Wolfman}} wolfmen]]. First, to stop them from crossing the river anywhere else, he had all the butchers in the camp and the towns at either end of the Elinarch throw buckets of blood into the river to attract [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]]. Any Canim trying to swim across quickly learned the error of their ways. He also went out to try to negotiate with the leaders. By himself. He proceeded to use his knowledge of their culture to laugh in the face of an EvilSorcerer and exploit a division in their leadership. Then he sat for an hour and [[SmartPeoplePlayChess played chess]] with [[TheStrategist Nasaug]] during a truce to let them remove their dead from the field[[note]]Tavi won[[/note]], in order to buy time for his men to set up his next tactic: sawdust and fire furies planted in every building on the Canim side of the bridge, which he then had his only [[PlayingWithFire Knight Ignus]] [[StuffBlowingUp blow up]] while the Canim were trying to move through them. He'd made sure they were all ''in'' the buildings by having everyone in the legion hold tiny firecraftings over the main square so the stones were superheated and anyone trying to step on them would get fried. And the battle ended when he had his [[BlowYouAway Knights Aeris]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome bend the air to form a quarter-mile-wide magnifying glass, concentrating the sunlight into a]] DeathRay. The general consensus among the characters seems to be that Tavi is [[CrazyAwesome completely insane]].



** This is deconstructed in the season one finale. Thackery once again performs a revolutionary new procedure on a patient but this time he kills the patient. He drew incorrect conclusions from his research and he was too stuborn and paranoid to consult with other experts in the field. In addition, the patient's life was in no immediate danger so there were no extenuating circumstances to justify him performing such a risky experiment on a patient without her consent.

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** This is deconstructed in the season one finale. Thackery once again performs a revolutionary new procedure on a patient but this time he kills the patient. He drew incorrect conclusions from his research and he was too stuborn stubborn and paranoid to consult with other experts in the field. In addition, the patient's life was in no immediate danger so there were no extenuating circumstances to justify him performing such a risky experiment on a patient without her consent.



* A rare serious version occurs in the season 3 premiere of ''FallingSkies'':

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* A rare serious version occurs in the season 3 premiere of ''FallingSkies'':''Series/FallingSkies'':



* In ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', the party needs to escape from the [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} expoding Balrog ship]]. A [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny dragon powered lens]] piloted by [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfValkyrie Zuhl]] is nearby but he can't get in closer because of the interference from the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Psychopower]]. Hiryu's suggestion? Get to the dragon ''using the catapult and toss themselves towards the dragon''. This stunt is repeated in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2: Brave New World'' where Hiryu suggests the same thing again with the newcomers utterly baffled at the idea while the ones who already did it before just gave up arguing about it and just did it with Chun-Li remarking that this one's easier because the other side of the ship can pull in the characters.

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* In ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', the party needs to escape from the [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} expoding exploding Balrog ship]]. A [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny dragon powered lens]] piloted by [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfValkyrie Zuhl]] is nearby but he can't get in closer because of the interference from the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Psychopower]]. Hiryu's suggestion? Get to the dragon ''using the catapult and toss themselves towards the dragon''. This stunt is repeated in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2: Brave New World'' where Hiryu suggests the same thing again with the newcomers utterly baffled at the idea while the ones who already did it before just gave up arguing about it and just did it with Chun-Li remarking that this one's easier because the other side of the ship can pull in the characters.



* ''Webcomic/{{Annyseed}}'' uses a love potion in order to deter someone from her, rather than attract someone to her. Winston, you’re a genius! Mmwa! Page 61.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Annyseed}}'' uses a love potion in order to deter someone from her, rather than attract someone to her. Winston, you’re you're a genius! Mmwa! Page 61.



* Trust ''Webcomics/{{Wonderella}}'' to [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/01/22/pie-a-la-murder/ come up with one of these]] to stop an OmnicidalManiac bent on destroying the whole universe.

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* Trust ''Webcomics/{{Wonderella}}'' ''[[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]]'' to [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/01/22/pie-a-la-murder/ come up with one of these]] to stop an OmnicidalManiac bent on destroying the whole universe.



* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Tyre_(332_BC) Siege of Tyre]]. The city was impregnable from land and sea. It was a goddamn island. So what did Alex do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Turned it into a peninsula]]. You can just hear the Tyrian general's FlatWhat as he saw it going on. The Tyrians reacted quickly to the situation and managed to hold off Alexander for a while by employing their sea advantage to hold up Alexander's initial attempt at a causeway. Only when Alexander tried again, this time with ships helping in the work, were the Tyrians defeated.

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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Tyre_(332_BC) Siege of Tyre]]. The city was impregnable from land and sea. It was a goddamn island. So what did Alex do? [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Turned it into a peninsula]]. You can just hear the Tyrian general's FlatWhat as he saw it going on. The Tyrians reacted quickly to the situation and managed to hold off Alexander for a while by employing their sea advantage to hold up Alexander's initial attempt at a causeway. Only when Alexander tried again, this time with ships helping in the work, were the Tyrians defeated.



* In the Eastern Theater of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the Confederates put this trope to work early and often. The Union always had more men, so the only way for the Confederates to win battles was to innovate- often to the point of weirdness. It sometimes meant luring the Union generals into making fruitless attacks, and sometimes meant making their own unorthodox attacks at vulnerable spots. Robert E. Lee was a fan of the trope, and Thomas Jackson was the master gamesman of it. Ultimately, the trope was subverted. Jackson, the best practicioner of it, met an untimely death, hurting the Confederate's ability to deliver these types of battle plans. Meanwhile, Union generals slowly learned to simply expect the unexpected from the Confederates, and to retain the initiative in spite of Confederate tricks.
* In WW2, like the French, the Belgians figured that an attack from the Germans was coming sooner or later, and they built a fortress to cover the most likely avenues of approach. The Germans responded by coming at it from what at the time must have seemed like the most ''un''likely avenue -- [[ItsRainingMen the top]].

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* In the Eastern Theater of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the Confederates put this trope to work early and often. The Union always had more men, so the only way for the Confederates to win battles was to innovate- often to the point of weirdness. It sometimes meant luring the Union generals into making fruitless attacks, and sometimes meant making their own unorthodox attacks at vulnerable spots. Robert E. Lee was a fan of the trope, and Thomas Jackson was the master gamesman of it. Ultimately, the trope was subverted. Jackson, the best practicioner practitioner of it, met an untimely death, hurting the Confederate's ability to deliver these types of battle plans. Meanwhile, Union generals slowly learned to simply expect the unexpected from the Confederates, and to retain the initiative in spite of Confederate tricks.
* In WW2, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, like the French, the Belgians figured that an attack from the Germans was coming sooner or later, and they built a fortress to cover the most likely avenues of approach. The Germans responded by coming at it from what at the time must have seemed like the most ''un''likely avenue -- [[ItsRainingMen the top]].



* The fate of Apollo 13. So your CoolShip has an explosion ''literally'' halfway to the moon. Here's the plan: 1) Use a machine designed strictly for landing and taking off as a lifeboat, even though it will have to support three people for four days when it was designed to support only two people for only two days; 2) Shut down all electricity, subjecting your crew to near-freezing temperatures (not to mention the havoc the frost is sure to wreak with the electronics when you have to turn them back on); 3) Kitbash a working carbon dioxide filter out of whatever you have lying around because the ones in the lifeboat can't handle the workload; 4) Carry out course corrections with an engine unsuited for such fine maneuvering, using such high tech navigational methods as "placing your thumb over the Earth and lining it up with your window frame"; and 5) Literally invent a new procedure to restart all your electronics so as to not blow every fuse in the craft, thus stranding yourself in space. The [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]] of this is, in the hands of ordinary people, yes, it would be '''''Crazy Enough to Work'''''. In the hands of NASA's highly trained corps of [[FanNickname Steely Eyed Missile Men]], it came off as almost...commonplace. The reality is somewhere in between; they weren't CrazyPrepared for this type of situation, but they ''were'' trained enough not to panic even when MurphysLaw struck (note the tone of the now-famous line, "Houston, we have a problem."—concerned but not freaked out), trained enough to coordinate with mission control, work out a solution, and ''get home alive''! Apollo 13 was a technological disaster but a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome human triumph]].

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* The fate of Apollo 13. So your CoolShip has an explosion ''literally'' halfway to the moon. Here's the plan: 1) Use a machine designed strictly for landing and taking off as a lifeboat, even though it will have to support three people for four days when it was designed to support only two people for only two days; 2) Shut down all electricity, subjecting your crew to near-freezing temperatures (not to mention the havoc the frost is sure to wreak with the electronics when you have to turn them back on); 3) Kitbash a working carbon dioxide filter out of whatever you have lying around because the ones in the lifeboat can't handle the workload; 4) Carry out course corrections with an engine unsuited for such fine maneuvering, using such high tech navigational methods as "placing your thumb over the Earth and lining it up with your window frame"; and 5) Literally invent a new procedure to restart all your electronics so as to not blow every fuse in the craft, thus stranding yourself in space. The [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]] of this is, in the hands of ordinary people, yes, it would be '''''Crazy Enough to Work'''''. In the hands of NASA's highly trained corps of [[FanNickname Steely Eyed Missile Men]], it came off as almost...commonplace. The reality is somewhere in between; they weren't CrazyPrepared for this type of situation, but they ''were'' trained enough not to panic even when MurphysLaw struck (note the tone of the now-famous line, "Houston, we have a problem."—concerned but not freaked out), trained enough to coordinate with mission control, work out a solution, and ''get home alive''! Apollo 13 was a technological disaster but a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome human triumph]].



** In the end, the Romans won by ''outcrazying Hannibal''. Invade Africa and attack Carthage directly (either getting Hannibal's leaders to surrender or forcing Hannibal to return home to defend them)? Costly, but doable. Invade Africa with only infantry and raise cavalry among Carthage's allies? A bit crazy, but Carthage's allies were more favorable to Rome and with a few legions in support they could finally rebel. Invade Africa with an infantry army composed of fresh recruits and the ''survivors of Hannibal's greatest victory''? Crazy. Yet, Scipio destroyed Carthage's home troops and forced an armistice before a frantic Hannibal could return, and when Carthage broke the armistice and sent him Hannibal he ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome defeated him too in spite of being outnumbered]]''.\\\
Notably, when Hannibal's army had just annihilated their best legions and was actually at the gates of Rome, leaving only a skeleton crew to defend the city itself, they sent an expeditionary force off to reinforce one of their overseas colonies. (Probably done solely to psych Hannibal out, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome but even so...]])\\\ This was done because the Romans knew Hannibal's one weakness: he lacked the numbers to sustain either a siege or an attrition campaign. Hannibal could deal with the attrition campaign by outrunning the Romans, but he could ''never'' conquer a Roman stronghold (as shown by the strongholds of Placentia and Cremona, placed in Hannibal-friendly territory. The first resisted to the Gauls' siege for ''years'', and the second resisted the entire war), much less Rome itself and the Roman-friendly populations around her. In the above mentioned situation the Romans didn't just send an expeditionary force to reinforce their overseas colonies (cutting off Hannibal's possible reinforcements in the process) precisely because they knew this, but ''auctioned the land he was camping on'' to drive the point home (the land was sold at the price of free land).

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** In the end, the Romans won by ''outcrazying Hannibal''. Invade Africa and attack Carthage directly (either getting Hannibal's leaders to surrender or forcing Hannibal to return home to defend them)? Costly, but doable. Invade Africa with only infantry and raise cavalry among Carthage's allies? A bit crazy, but Carthage's allies were more favorable to Rome and with a few legions in support they could finally rebel. Invade Africa with an infantry army composed of fresh recruits and the ''survivors of Hannibal's greatest victory''? Crazy. Yet, Scipio destroyed Carthage's home troops and forced an armistice before a frantic Hannibal could return, and when Carthage broke the armistice and sent him Hannibal he ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome defeated him too in spite of being outnumbered]]''.\\\
Notably, when Hannibal's army had just annihilated their best legions and was actually at the gates of Rome, leaving only a skeleton crew to defend the city itself, they sent an expeditionary force off to reinforce one of their overseas colonies. (Probably done solely to psych Hannibal out, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome but even so...]])\\\ ]])\\\
This was done because the Romans knew Hannibal's one weakness: he lacked the numbers to sustain either a siege or an attrition campaign. Hannibal could deal with the attrition campaign by outrunning the Romans, but he could ''never'' conquer a Roman stronghold (as shown by the strongholds of Placentia and Cremona, placed in Hannibal-friendly territory. The first resisted to the Gauls' siege for ''years'', and the second resisted the entire war), much less Rome itself and the Roman-friendly populations around her. In the above mentioned situation the Romans didn't just send an expeditionary force to reinforce their overseas colonies (cutting off Hannibal's possible reinforcements in the process) precisely because they knew this, but ''auctioned the land he was camping on'' to drive the point home (the land was sold at the price of free land).



** With the help of the US Coast Guard a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_6 similar feat was pulled 52 years earlier]] in the '''middle of the Pacific Ocean'''. And like the above, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome all survived]] (except forty-something unlucky canaries in the cargo hold).
** And there was an even more CrazyAwesome example in [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the USSR]] in '63, when a TU-124 (Tupolev Construction Bureau Mk124) jet plane [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963_Aeroflot_Tupolev_Tu-124_Neva_river_ditching landed on the Neva river in St. Peters... sorry, Leningrad at that time]], ''right between the two bridges on it'' (distanced about one mile apart!) '''''and having passed just 4 m (13 ft!) above one of them'''''. Originally they were to land in Pulkovo airport after burning out the fuel left in their reservoirs, but when their engines stopped suddenly, they had no other choice but the river... And here's the crowner: the name of the plane captain in question? [[MeaningfulName Viktor]] [[PunnyName Mostovoy]] (surname derives from 'most' (мост), Russian for 'bridge').

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** With the help of the US Coast Guard a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_6 similar feat was pulled 52 years earlier]] in the '''middle of the Pacific Ocean'''. And like the above, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome all survived]] (except forty-something unlucky canaries in the cargo hold).
** And there was an even more CrazyAwesome example in [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the USSR]] in '63, when a TU-124 (Tupolev Construction Bureau Mk124) Mk 124) jet plane [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963_Aeroflot_Tupolev_Tu-124_Neva_river_ditching landed on the Neva river in St. Peters... sorry, Leningrad at that time]], ''right between the two bridges on it'' (distanced about one mile apart!) '''''and having passed just 4 m (13 ft!) above one of them'''''. Originally they were to land in Pulkovo airport after burning out the fuel left in their reservoirs, but when their engines stopped suddenly, they had no other choice but the river... And here's the crowner: the name of the plane captain in question? [[MeaningfulName Viktor]] [[PunnyName Mostovoy]] (surname derives from 'most' (мост), Russian for 'bridge').



* In UsefulNotes/WW2, the British were seriously thinking about making aircraft carriers out of ICE. The idea was that they would mix sawdust with the ice (see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete Pykrete]] in the Other Wiki), which would hold off the ships from melting long enough, and be strong enough to double as armor. The main reason they were going forward with it was because it would require far less steel, which the blockaded Britian had very little of. However, it was subverted when they figured out it would take more steel to make refrigeration units needed to construct them than it would take to an aircraft carrier. Ultimately averted before any serious work began. By this time America with its unfettered industrial might was chipping in, and improved Allied air power was steadily one-upping the Wolfpacks. The situation no longer required such desperation.\\\

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* In UsefulNotes/WW2, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the British were seriously thinking about making aircraft carriers out of ICE. The idea was that they would mix sawdust with the ice (see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete Pykrete]] in the Other Wiki), which would hold off the ships from melting long enough, and be strong enough to double as armor. The main reason they were going forward with it was because it would require far less steel, which the blockaded Britian had very little of. However, it was subverted when they figured out it would take more steel to make refrigeration units needed to construct them than it would take to an aircraft carrier. Ultimately averted before any serious work began. By this time America with its unfettered industrial might was chipping in, and improved Allied air power was steadily one-upping the Wolfpacks. The situation no longer required such desperation.\\\



* UsefulNotes/NorwegianConstituentAssembly: The greater powers had handed Norway over to Sweden in January 1814, while the Danish Governor/Prince Inherent Christian Frederick has a gambit going on to prevent this, and secure Norway for Denmark. So, while every major power in Europe sided with Sweden, pushing Denmark pretty far because of her "international obligations", the Norwegian officials plotted on independence, with support from the Danish governor/regent, making him king of an independent Norway. This triggered more than one BerserkButton, and might as easily have devastated Norway in a destructive war, had Sweden gotten her way. Thus, the plan of drafting a democratic constitution to secure the power base of a Danish prince that was already planning a coup d`etat was pretty crazy to begin with - especially when every major power in Europe worked against Norway. ''It almost worked'', considering than internal independence was preserved, and that the union with Sweden became more loose than originally intended.

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* UsefulNotes/NorwegianConstituentAssembly: The greater powers had handed Norway over to Sweden in January 1814, while the Danish Governor/Prince Inherent Christian Frederick has a gambit going on to prevent this, and secure Norway for Denmark. So, while every major power in Europe sided with Sweden, pushing Denmark pretty far because of her "international obligations", the Norwegian officials plotted on independence, with support from the Danish governor/regent, making him king of an independent Norway. This triggered more than one BerserkButton, and might as easily have devastated Norway in a destructive war, had Sweden gotten her way. Thus, the plan of drafting a democratic constitution to secure the power base of a Danish prince that was already planning a coup d`etat d'etat was pretty crazy to begin with - especially when every major power in Europe worked against Norway. ''It almost worked'', considering than internal independence was preserved, and that the union with Sweden became more loose than originally intended.
29th Jan '17 11:35:37 AM RacattackForce
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* UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo}}. Full stop. After UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people in were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that only worked with two games) with the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Nintendo is now considered to have single-handedly saved the video game industry in North America, and is one of the richest companies in the world. Fast-forward to 2004. [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS A handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen?]] Was Nintendo seriously following up their successful [[UsefulNotes/GameBoy Game]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor Boy]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance line]] with that? Sony's UsefulNotes/{{PSP}} would kick them out of the handheld gaming market! Turns out touchscreen gaming was a good enough hook for the Nintendo DS to become the ''second best-selling gaming console of all-time.'' Come 2006 and we have a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]]. Seriously? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. The company's willingness to try ''anything'' out-of-the-box, especially after failures like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy and UsefulNotes/WiiU, makes Nintendo an unpredictable wild card with balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo}}. Full stop. After UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people in were wary of buying video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that only worked with two games) with the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Nintendo is now considered to have single-handedly saved the video game industry in North America, and is one of the richest companies in the world. Fast-forward to 2004. [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS A handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen?]] Was Nintendo seriously following up their successful [[UsefulNotes/GameBoy Game]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor Boy]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance line]] with that? Sony's UsefulNotes/{{PSP}} would kick them out of the handheld gaming market! Turns out touchscreen gaming was a good enough hook for the Nintendo DS to become the ''second best-selling gaming console of all-time.'' Come 2006 and we have a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]]. Seriously? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. The company's willingness to try ''anything'' out-of-the-box, especially after failures like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy and UsefulNotes/WiiU, makes Nintendo an unpredictable wild card with balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].
29th Jan '17 11:34:23 AM RacattackForce
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* UsefulNotes/Nintendo. Full stop. After UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people in were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that only worked with two games) with the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Nintendo is now considered to have single-handedly saved the video game industry in North America, and is one of the richest companies in the world. Fast-forward to 2004. [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS A handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen?]] Was Nintendo seriously following up their successful [[UsefulNotes/GameBoy Game]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor Boy]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance line]] with that? Sony's UsefulNotes/{{PSP}} would kick them out of the handheld gaming market! Turns out touchscreen gaming was a good enough hook for the Nintendo DS to become the ''second best-selling gaming console of all-time.'' Come 2006 and we have a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]]. Seriously? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. The company's willingness to try ''anything'' out-of-the-box, especially after failures like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy and UsefulNotes/WiiU, makes Nintendo an unpredictable wild card with balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].

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* UsefulNotes/Nintendo.UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo}}. Full stop. After UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people in were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that only worked with two games) with the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Nintendo is now considered to have single-handedly saved the video game industry in North America, and is one of the richest companies in the world. Fast-forward to 2004. [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS A handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen?]] Was Nintendo seriously following up their successful [[UsefulNotes/GameBoy Game]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor Boy]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance line]] with that? Sony's UsefulNotes/{{PSP}} would kick them out of the handheld gaming market! Turns out touchscreen gaming was a good enough hook for the Nintendo DS to become the ''second best-selling gaming console of all-time.'' Come 2006 and we have a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]]. Seriously? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. The company's willingness to try ''anything'' out-of-the-box, especially after failures like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy and UsefulNotes/WiiU, makes Nintendo an unpredictable wild card with balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].
29th Jan '17 11:33:53 AM RacattackForce
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* After UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that worked with two games) so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Today, Nintendo is one of the richest companies in the world. And then they did it again. A [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]], you say? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. And before that was the Nintendo DS, an absurd handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen. Initially mocked by critics, it became one of Nintendo's best selling products. The fact that they were willing to try ''anything'' this out-of-the-box after the EpicFail that was the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy shows that Nintendo has balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].

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* UsefulNotes/Nintendo. Full stop. After UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people in were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that only worked with two games) with the UsefulNotes/{{NES}}, so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Today, Nintendo is now considered to have single-handedly saved the video game industry in North America, and is one of the richest companies in the world. And then they did it again. Fast-forward to 2004. [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS A handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen?]] Was Nintendo seriously following up their successful [[UsefulNotes/GameBoy Game]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor Boy]] [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance line]] with that? Sony's UsefulNotes/{{PSP}} would kick them out of the handheld gaming market! Turns out touchscreen gaming was a good enough hook for the Nintendo DS to become the ''second best-selling gaming console of all-time.'' Come 2006 and we have a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]], you say? remote]]. Seriously? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. And before that was the Nintendo DS, an absurd handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen. Initially mocked by critics, it became one of Nintendo's best selling products. The fact that they were willing company's willingness to try ''anything'' this out-of-the-box out-of-the-box, especially after the EpicFail that was failures like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy shows that and UsefulNotes/WiiU, makes Nintendo has an unpredictable wild card with balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].
13th Jan '17 8:19:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' has this come up a lot, usually for [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} John's]] plans. About a third of the way through the book, after the heroes decide to fight a ballroom full of monsters with ThePowerOfRock, he even speaks a variation of the StockPhrase:

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* ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' has this come up a lot, usually for [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} John's]] plans. About a third of the way through the book, after the heroes decide to fight a ballroom full of monsters with ThePowerOfRock, he even speaks a variation of the StockPhrase:



* [[GuileHero Kelsier]] of ''{{Mistborn}}'' pretty much can't go a single chapter without ''someone'' saying he's nuts, usually because of the sheer, ludicrous RefugeInAudacity. His plans usually work for exactly that reason.

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* [[GuileHero Kelsier]] of ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' pretty much can't go a single chapter without ''someone'' saying he's nuts, usually because of the sheer, ludicrous RefugeInAudacity. His plans usually work for exactly that reason.
18th Dec '16 11:23:40 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8186071/45/Harry-Crow Harry Crow]]'' Hermione suggests that they all wear mirrored sunglasses, blind the basilisk with an illumination spell and then cast at its eyes as fast as they can.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8186071/45/Harry-Crow Harry Crow]]'' Hermione suggests that they all wear mirrored sunglasses, blind the basilisk with an illumination spell and then cast at its eyes as fast as they can.



* In chapter 9 of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7289021/9/My-Short-Story-Haven My Short Story Haven]]'' Godric Gryffindor's spirit suggests kicking Dumbledore out of Hogwarts and making baby Harry the new Headmaster (and his guardian Severus Snape interim Headmaster) so that everyone will be distracted, allowing him and the other Founders to improve the school behind the scenes.

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* In chapter 9 of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7289021/9/My-Short-Story-Haven My Short Story Haven]]'' Godric Gryffindor's spirit suggests kicking Dumbledore out of Hogwarts and making baby Harry the new Headmaster (and his guardian Severus Snape interim Headmaster) so that everyone will be distracted, as a distraction, allowing him and the other Founders to improve the school behind the scenes.


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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8878584/18/Beyond-the-Veil-Volume-One-Arrival Beyond the Veil Volume One: Arrival]]'' HarryPotter and Deadpool are up against a feral Wolverine and Sabertooth.
-->'''Deadpool:''' Don't know why I'm doing this, maybe you can magically amplify my bullets to actually break through the healing factor. I know, nutty and off the wall, but...\\
'''Harry:''' It just might work.
22nd Nov '16 3:05:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the early episodes of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' when the title ship is cornered by an attack chopper, the two {{badass}}es and the tech nerd onboard were getting ready to kiss their asses goodbye when the timid loser businessman they had taken hostage comes up with a plan to charge the copter head-on and use a shipwreck as a ramp to launch them high enough that they can hit it with a torpedo. Not only does it work, but it works with flying colors, and the businessman soon joins the crew afterward.

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* In the early episodes of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' when the title ship is cornered by an attack chopper, the two {{badass}}es badasses and the tech nerd onboard were getting ready to kiss their asses goodbye when the timid loser businessman they had taken hostage comes up with a plan to charge the copter head-on and use a shipwreck as a ramp to launch them high enough that they can hit it with a torpedo. Not only does it work, but it works with flying colors, and the businessman soon joins the crew afterward.
13th Nov '16 2:23:06 AM F1Krazy
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* In robot combat (think ''Series/RobotWars'' and ''Series/BattleBots''), heavy spinning weapons are unquestionably the most dangerous weapon type, with the most powerful ones capable of tearing through metal armour like paper. The accepted tactic for dealing with such heavy spinners? ''Drive headlong into them''. A thick angled wedge or scoop will handily deflect the spinner, slowing or stopping it completely, and also causing the attacking robot to [[CastFromHitPoints take recoil damage from the impact]]. You can then just keep on doing this until the opponent's weapon breaks down, leaving them helpless. British robot Behemoth was famous for this tactic, and ''Robot Wars'' 2016 champion Apollo used this exact tactic to beat deadly spinner Carbide in the Grand Final.
* In [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball]], there's the Panenka penalty, in which, instead of aiming to the left or right, you simply chip the ball straight down the middle, relying on the fact that a) goalkeepers will invariably dive to either the left or right, leaving the middle of the goal wide open, and b) they'll generally have to dive ''before'' you even kick the ball, and by the time they realize what you've done, it's too late for them to change course. It doesn't always work, but when it does, the goalkeeper is left humiliated.
** Free kicks are arguably the most difficult set piece in football to score from, even more so than penalties, due to the presence of a wall of players ten yards in front of you who will try and block your shot. The sensible approach is to try and hit it over or around the wall, with enough spin that it'll curl round and (hopefully) hit the back of the net. The insane approach, as practiced by [[TheAce Lionel Messi]], is to hit the ball ''along the ground'' - the wall will reflexively jump, expecting you to try and hit it over their heads, and the ball will pass right underneath them!
29th Oct '16 11:23:08 AM nombretomado
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* After TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that worked with two games) so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Today, Nintendo is one of the richest companies in the world. And then they did it again. A [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]], you say? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. And before that was the Nintendo DS, an absurd handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen. Initially mocked by critics, it became one of Nintendo's best selling products. The fact that they were willing to try ''anything'' this out-of-the-box after the EpicFail that was the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy shows that Nintendo has balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].

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* After TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, stores refused to sell video game consoles and people were wary of video games. So what did Nintendo do? They packed in the Robotic Operating Buddy (which was a piece of garbage that worked with two games) so they could tell stores it was a toy, and they made it a front-loader so it resembled a VCR more than a gaming console. Today, Nintendo is one of the richest companies in the world. And then they did it again. A [[UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} console controlled by a motion-sensing remote]], you say? And it's not even HD? Ridiculous! Ridiculous enough to sell ''67 million units'' in three years. And before that was the Nintendo DS, an absurd handheld gaming console with a flip-case design and dual screens, the lower one being a touchscreen. Initially mocked by critics, it became one of Nintendo's best selling products. The fact that they were willing to try ''anything'' this out-of-the-box after the EpicFail that was the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy shows that Nintendo has balls of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nintendium Nintendium]].
23rd Oct '16 4:55:48 PM CRBWildcat
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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness:'' While caught in the middle of a fight between [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas]] and [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yuuka Kazami,]] Reimu decides on a risky plan to end the fight without any casualties. She knows there's a strong chance it'll end up killing her (and wiping out Gensokyo by extension), but decides to do it anyway with no other justification than "this entire evening has been stupid enough to begin with". Her plan? [[spoiler: Using ''herself'' as an extra power source for Megas, transferring her ability to fly into its systems and giving it the ability to do meaningful damage to Yuuka.]]
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