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27th Apr '16 8:10:24 PM VutherA
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* The Canadian 85th Highlanders of Nova Scotia battalion in the [[WorldWarI Battle of Vimy Ridge]] captured a vital linchpin in the Germans' defence, Hill 145. In the snowy battle, preceding attacks on Hill 145's artillery fire failed to suppress the defenders, who shredded the unfortunate infantry attacking their position, and with few men available, the 85th Highlanders were called up to take the position. Unbeknownst to the 85th, their preliminary artillery barrage was canceled due to the close proximity of their jumping-off trenches to the enemy lines, so the zero hour of their attack was met with silence...and nonetheless a battle cry rang out among them and they charged forward, largely surprising the Germans defending Hill 145 who knew that significant artillery barrages meant an attack was happening and figured no one in their right mind would attack without them. It probably helped that [[AchievementsInIgnorance the unit was up until this point, totally green and used only for work parties]].
19th Apr '16 9:07:17 AM erforce
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* Franchise/IndianaJones cutting the rope bridge in ''Film/TempleOfDoom'', and many other [[IndyPloy Indy Ploys]] fall under this category.

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* Franchise/IndianaJones cutting the rope bridge in ''Film/TempleOfDoom'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', and many other [[IndyPloy Indy Ploys]] fall under this category.
9th Apr '16 9:24:46 PM PantaroP
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* Subverted in a ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic where two scientists are [[OutrunningTheFireball running away from an explosion]], one scientist remarking "I guess it wasn't crazy enough to work after all."
29th Mar '16 12:35:59 AM Tron80
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* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': In chapter 6, the main characters are trying to come up with a way to prevent the [[BigBad Marder]]'s army from attacking [[HomeBase White Valley]]. Hilmuka suggests that they raid Marder's weapons factories to draw the enemy's attention to them. What is the catch? She wants to assault a vast, heavily guarded fortress with two adult soldiers, two teenagers and a HumongousMecha. Windu protested that her plan was crazy, but [[TheHero Jordy]] decided to try Hilmuka's idea anyway.
9th Mar '16 4:14:45 PM Doug86
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* 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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* AlexanderTheGreat's 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.
6th Mar '16 10:03:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Major Bunny Colvin comes up with a pretty interesting plan in season 3 of ''TheWire''. Faced with the drug trade sprawling over more and more of his streets, as well as an increasing pressure to get crime rates down, what plan does he come up with? [[spoiler:Legalize drugs.]] More specifically, he sets up [[spoiler:three "safe zones" in his district and makes a deal with the dealers: if they move all their trade there, the police won't touch them.]] And it works. Dangerous street corners are cleared for ordinary people and his men can focus on fighting crime more concretely, as opposed to making endless futile drug raids. Crime goes down 14%. But in the end, ''The Wire'' is too naturalistic for such a ZanyScheme to be workable: [[spoiler:once his superiors find out about the whole thing, "Hamsterdam" is shut down, Colvin is disgraced and the streets return to normal.]] Major Rawls even comments that his plan was brilliant - insane and illegal, but brilliant.

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* Major Bunny Colvin comes up with a pretty interesting plan in season 3 of ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. Faced with the drug trade sprawling over more and more of his streets, as well as an increasing pressure to get crime rates down, what plan does he come up with? [[spoiler:Legalize drugs.]] More specifically, he sets up [[spoiler:three "safe zones" in his district and makes a deal with the dealers: if they move all their trade there, the police won't touch them.]] And it works. Dangerous street corners are cleared for ordinary people and his men can focus on fighting crime more concretely, as opposed to making endless futile drug raids. Crime goes down 14%. But in the end, ''The Wire'' is too naturalistic for such a ZanyScheme to be workable: [[spoiler:once his superiors find out about the whole thing, "Hamsterdam" is shut down, Colvin is disgraced and the streets return to normal.]] Major Rawls even comments that his plan was brilliant - insane and illegal, but brilliant.



* One ''{{Zits}}'' storyline started off with Jeremy volunteering to work as a receptionist at his Dad's office for a bit. Walt says it's just crazy enough to work while Connie only agreed with the first three words of that line. It did ultimately work out.

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* One ''{{Zits}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' storyline started off with Jeremy volunteering to work as a receptionist at his Dad's office for a bit. Walt says it's just crazy enough to work while Connie only agreed with the first three words of that line. It did ultimately work out.
3rd Mar '16 3:49:54 AM catmuto
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* ''LetsPlay/AestheticGamer'' sometimes comes up with rather strange ideas to proceed in videogames. In his playthrough of VideoGame/{{Scratches}}, his immediate idea to gain access to the bricked up room is [[spoiler: to use the acquired rope to dangle it from the roof and climb into the room through the window]]. And he absolutely correct.

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* ''LetsPlay/AestheticGamer'' sometimes comes up with rather strange ideas to proceed in videogames. In his playthrough of VideoGame/{{Scratches}}, his immediate idea to gain access to the bricked up room is [[spoiler: to use the acquired rope to dangle it from the roof and climb into the room through the window]]. And he was absolutely correct.
3rd Mar '16 3:49:27 AM catmuto
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* ''LetsPlay/AestheticGamer'' sometimes comes up with rather strange ideas to proceed in videogames. In his playthrough of VideoGame/{{Scratches}}, his immediate idea to gain access to the bricked up room is [[spoiler: to use the acquired rope to dangle it from the roof and climb into the room through the window]]. And he absolutely correct.
19th Feb '16 11:42:08 PM GrammarNavi
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* From ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': BigBad Ronan The Accuser is about to use the most powerful weapon in the galaxy to destroy a planet. So what does Star-Lord do? Challenge him to a dance-off, completely bemusing Ronan and [[spoiler: distracting him for long enough for Rocket to MacGyver a gun, knocking said weapon (a infinity stone) away.]]

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* From ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': BigBad Ronan The Accuser is about to use the most powerful weapon in the galaxy to destroy a planet. So what does Star-Lord do? Challenge him to a dance-off, completely bemusing Ronan and [[spoiler: distracting him for long enough for Rocket to MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} a gun, knocking said weapon (a infinity stone) away.]]
22nd Jan '16 2:43:53 PM Milarqui
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* In chapter 25 of ''FanFic/SonOfTheSevenKingdoms'', William Baratheon uses the [[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Storm Call Shout]] on the Iron Fleet, knowing that he is risking the destruction of his own fleet, or even King's Landing. Fortunately, it pays off.
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