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5th Sep '17 5:16:52 AM KrspaceT
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''Fanfic/TheDeathGodAlliance'' had the problem of Nico di Angelo going missing after an attack by Magicians. Hades becomes quite angry and prepares to destroy the magicians of the House of Life, which would end badly. However Nico can't simply pop in and say he's fine because he got part of Anubis's soul stuck in him and Hades would react badly to that. His solution: Make it seem like he had simply been playing Mythomagic for a week with Anubis and hadn't noticed anything amiss. This worked, despite even Percy Jackson thinking the plan was complete ludicrous.
4th Sep '17 12:53:23 PM marcoasalazarm
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** As mentioned above, James T. Kirk is the patron saint of Crazy Enough To Work. From corbomite to fizzbin, most of his plans are completely insane when viewed from a distance.

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** As mentioned above, James T. Kirk is the patron saint of Crazy Enough To Work. From corbomite to fizzbin, most of his plans are completely insane when viewed from a distance. distance (and pretty often he's so damn lucky that they work for him and ''only'' for him--the infamous BambooTechnology cannon from "Arena", for example, has exploded in the face of everybody else who has tried to create it and use it in a similar way on training exercises afterwards (they have gotten a bit luckier using it as a pipe bomb)).
22nd Aug '17 9:22:16 AM GrammarNavi
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** And there was an even more CrazyAwesome example in [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the USSR]] in '63, when a TU-124 (Tupolev Construction Bureau 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').

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** And there was an even more CrazyAwesome example in [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the USSR]] in '63, when a TU-124 (Tupolev Construction Bureau 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').
10th Aug '17 1:52:35 AM bombadil211
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* Operation ''Chariot'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, also known as "The Greatest Raid Of All". The town of St. Nazaire in France had the only drydock capable of holding the massive Nazi battleship ''Tirpitz'' and thus the only port from which the battleship could attack Allied convoys supplying Britain with food. So, it was decided the drydock had to be destroyed. Unfortunately, a naval operation would be too dangerous and an air-raid too inaccurate. So, the British Commandos - the forerunners of [[TheModernDayRambo the SAS]] - decided on a new plan: they would embark 265 of their best men onboard a flotilla of Motor Launches, tiny wooden ships with practically no armor and minimal armament. They would be accompanied by the ancient HMS ''Campbeltown'', a WWI-era destroyer that began her career as the USS ''Buchanan'', which would be packed with large amounts of high explosive and disguised as a German destroyer. The destroyer would ram the dock gate and then explode, taking the drydock out of commission. Meanwhile, the Commandos would run around breaking things before embarking on the Motor Launches for the return to Britain. It was Crazy enough to half-work - the gate was rammed, the Commandos destroyed things... and then found that most of their tickets home had been sunk. Most of the survivors surrendered after being surrounded and running out of ammunition, with 5 escaping overland to Spain. The ''Campbeltown'', embedded in the dock gate, waited until the following day to explode, by which point it was crawling with enemy troops. The explosion totally wrecked the dock gate, and scattered bits of German so far and so high that human remains were still being found in ''1968''. The drydock was disabled for the rest of the war.

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* Operation ''Chariot'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, also known as "The Greatest Raid Of All". The town of St. Nazaire in France had the only drydock capable of holding the massive Nazi battleship ''Tirpitz'' and thus the only port from which the battleship could attack Allied convoys supplying Britain with food. So, it was decided the drydock had to be destroyed. Unfortunately, a naval operation would be too dangerous and an air-raid too inaccurate. So, the British Commandos - the forerunners of [[TheModernDayRambo the SAS]] - decided on a new plan: they would embark 265 of their best men onboard a flotilla of Motor Launches, tiny wooden ships with practically no armor and minimal armament. They would be accompanied by the ancient HMS ''Campbeltown'', a WWI-era destroyer that began her career as the USS ''Buchanan'', which would be packed with large amounts of high explosive and disguised as a German destroyer. The destroyer would ram the dock gate and then explode, taking the drydock out of commission. Meanwhile, the Commandos would run around breaking things before embarking on the Motor Launches for the return to Britain. It was Crazy enough to half-work - the gate was rammed, the Commandos destroyed things... and then found that most of their tickets home had been sunk. Most of the survivors surrendered after being surrounded and running out of ammunition, with 5 escaping overland to Spain. The ''Campbeltown'', embedded in the dock gate, waited until the following day to explode, by which point it was crawling with enemy troops. The explosion totally wrecked the dock gate, and scattered bits of German so far and so high that human remains were still being found in ''1968''. The drydock was disabled for the rest of the war. The entire operation was so ballsy that the Germans sent messages to the British recommending that the raiding party be decorated for their gallantry and the British handed out medals based on those recommendations.
6th Aug '17 3:04:51 PM Bissek
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* Lara's plan to escape Yamatai involves [[spoiler:incinerating the corpse of the last Sun Queen so that her spirit can finally pass on and stop causing the bad weather that keeps trashing all ships that try to leave]]. She admits that it sounds crazy. Reyes agrees that the plan ''is'' crazy, but then concedes that they'd run out of sane plans, so they might as well give it a shot.
3rd Aug '17 5:20:02 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9517967/3/Hawk-Eyed-Charlie Hawk-Eyed Charlie]]'' Charlus Potter decides that Neville's parents are suffering from a magical version of PTSD and he and his mostly-Muggle fellow veterans should kidnap them from St. Mungo's so they can recover among friends.
-->'''Old Harry:''' It's so crazy it just might work! Hell, it helped Danny boy when he came back from 'Nam when his own kids wanted to ship him off to a nursing home!
2nd Jul '17 4:15:07 PM LtFedora
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* 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.

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* In [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball]], 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.


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* And speaking of Germany, or more specifically, East Germany, many of the escape attempts to get out of the country were these, from tunnels to zip lines to being smuggled in the trunk of a car. But the absolute biggest example has to go to the 1979 ''Ballonflucht'', in which two families escaped in a hot-air balloon they had assembled in their attic with a burner and basket they had built entirely from scratch. Their flight lasted 28 minutes, but it was enough to get them into the West.
3rd Jun '17 10:03:17 AM nombretomado
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* About half of Generator's plans in the WhateleyUniverse. Of particular note is her plan to defeat the killer simulation they were given at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]. Three words: Radioactive Condor Girl. Not only was it crazy, but it worked so well the simulation staff banned the technique. Her Hello Kitty makeup compact that is also a flying attack weapon might count too, along with her stuffed cabbit. Which she weaponized.

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* About half of Generator's plans in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Of particular note is her plan to defeat the killer simulation they were given at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]. Three words: Radioactive Condor Girl. Not only was it crazy, but it worked so well the simulation staff banned the technique. Her Hello Kitty makeup compact that is also a flying attack weapon might count too, along with her stuffed cabbit. Which she weaponized.
2nd May '17 3:26:15 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', Kayto Shields holds this opinion of the plan Ava proposes to finally take down the Pact flagship Legion. Since their target is too heavily armored and shielded to take down conventionally, the plan entails firing a point-blank shot from the Sunriderís [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] straight down the barrel of the Legionís own WaveMotionGun. This will start up a chain reaction within the Legionís power generator and destroy the ship from the inside out. The planís success depends on whether or not Kayto [[spoiler:lets Ava go down to a compromised section of the ship in order to manually fire the Vanguard Cannon after a direct hit from the Legionís laser batteries knocks out the bridge firing controls]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', Kayto Shields holds this opinion of the plan Ava proposes to finally take down the Pact flagship Legion. Since their target is too heavily armored and shielded to take down conventionally, the plan entails firing a point-blank shot from the Sunriderís [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] straight down the barrel of the Legionís own WaveMotionGun. This will start up a chain reaction within the Legionís power generator and destroy the ship from the inside out. The planís success depends on whether or not Kayto [[spoiler:lets Ava go down to a compromised section of the ship in order to manually fire the Vanguard Cannon manually after a direct hit from the Legionís laser batteries knocks out the bridge firing controls]].



1st May '17 7:22:04 PM SullenFrog
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', Kayto Shields holds this opinion of the plan Ava proposes to finally take down the Pact flagship Legion. Since their target is too heavily armored and shielded to take down conventionally, the plan entails firing a point-blank shot from the Sunriderís [[WaveMotionGun Vanguard Cannon]] straight down the barrel of the Legionís own WaveMotionGun. This will start up a chain reaction within the Legionís power generator and destroy the ship from the inside out. The planís success depends on whether or not Kayto [[spoiler:lets Ava go down to a compromised section of the ship in order to manually fire the Vanguard Cannon after a direct hit from the Legionís laser batteries knocks out the bridge firing controls]].
-->'''Kayto:''' So in other words, the only way to kill that thing is to fly right in front of its primary weapon and shove a Vanguard down its maw, huh. Absolutely insane. I approve of this plan.
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