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6th Sep '17 3:31:47 PM Jake
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* On a related note, back in the 90s British gaming mag ''PC Zone'' once reviewed a piece of software that created crossword puzzles through ProceduralGeneration, providing an endless supply of low-key entertainment without leaving the comfort of your HackerCave. Cool idea, but unfortunately, it turned out to take over half an hour to generate each puzzle[[note]]at least on a mid-range gaming PC from twenty years ago. [[TechnologyMarchesOn In this day and age]] it'd probably take half a ''minute''.[[/note]] By which time, as the reviewer wryly noted, you could have walked to the newsagent's and back to get a book of crossword puzzles and likely finshed a couple of them.
29th Jul '17 6:59:50 AM ironballs16
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* Creator/BillCosby once had this trope as part of a comedy skit. His wife would wake him up, early, pre-dawn, threatening him with a bucket of literally ice-cold water, and order him to make breakfast for the kids before sending them to school. Not being completely awake, nor wanting to be in the kitchen anyway, Bill Cosby serves the kids chocolate cake because cakes are made with milk, eggs and flour, [[InsaneTrollLogic healthy right]]? The kids were noted to be rejoicing at this. "Our daddy is great, he feeds us chocolate cake!" Until the wife showed up, had a "conniption" that sounds like some kind of demonic possession, the kids turned on him "we asked for juice, eggs and bacon, and he made us eat this!" wherein she angrily sends him back to the bedroom, [[{{Unishment}} where he wanted to be in the first place]]!

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* Creator/BillCosby once had this trope as part of a comedy skit. His wife would wake him up, early, pre-dawn, threatening him with a bucket of literally ice-cold water, and order him to make breakfast for the kids before sending them to school. Not being completely awake, nor wanting to be in the kitchen anyway, Bill Cosby serves the kids chocolate cake because cakes are made with milk, eggs and flour, [[InsaneTrollLogic healthy right]]? The kids were noted to be rejoicing at this. "Our daddy is great, he feeds us chocolate cake!" Until the wife showed up, had a "conniption" that sounds like some kind of demonic possession, the kids turned on him "we asked for juice, eggs and bacon, [[BlatantLies and he made us eat this!" this]]!" wherein she angrily sends him back to the bedroom, [[{{Unishment}} where he wanted to be in the first place]]!
13th Jun '17 11:20:06 AM oforiousmic
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* ''LegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' has Malik admonish his older brother Montell about how much effort he puts into being a lazy stoner, such as making a nest of snacks next to the couch before he gets high.

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* ''LegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' ''TheLegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' has Malik admonish his older brother Montell about how much effort he puts into being a lazy stoner, such as making a nest of snacks next to the couch before he gets high.
31st May '17 6:57:44 PM PaulA
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** There was another book from the series pointing out how much work bandits have to do to set up a decent ambush with falling rocks etc. and how much easier it would be to just get a job.

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** There was another book from the series ''Discworld/EqualRites'' has an aside pointing out how much work bandits have to do to set up a decent ambush with falling rocks etc. and how much easier it would be to just get a job.
28th May '17 11:20:35 PM JMQwilleran
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* The unnamed protagonist in "The Tale of The Man Who Was Too Lazy To Fail" in {{Time Enough For Love}} by Creator/RobertAHeinlein's

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* The unnamed protagonist in "The Tale of The Man Who Was Too Lazy To Fail" in {{Time Enough For Love}} by Creator/RobertAHeinlein's
Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
* This is the premise of ''The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes'', a 1950 picture book. The man in the story cooks himself several large meals and doesn't wash his dishes. He ends up going to greater and greater lengths just to find dishes, then substitutes for them once he runs out, and even has trouble getting into his house because of all the dishes piled up. He can't even find the sink, so he gets the idea to wash them in the rain, then exhausts himself so much putting them back that he vows to never allow this to happen again by resolving to wash his dishes after every meal. And he does.
20th Mar '17 8:31:08 PM Getta
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Related to ShortCutsMakeLongDelays. See also DickDastardlyStopsToCheat. May or may not overlap with DuctTapeForEverything.

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Related to ShortCutsMakeLongDelays. See also DickDastardlyStopsToCheat. May or may not overlap with DuctTapeForEverything. A ProfessionalSlacker may end up doing this, or think of a better idea.
27th Feb '17 6:58:00 PM Adept
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* Victor Tugelbend in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' is ''the'' master of this trope ([[LampshadeHanging which the narrator acknowledges]]). Thanks to a trust fund from a relative supporting him while he's in school, he much prefers the life of a WizardingSchool student vs an actual wizard, Victor studies extensively to keep his grade just low enough to not pass, but high enough that he doesn't lose his trust fund to failing grades. He also exercises regularly because being thin means less weight to drag around, and physical activity is less effort if you're in good shape. It's a kind of enlightened laziness.
** Another Discworld example; in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' Moist is told that "a certain kind of man will scheme for two days to earn what he could have made by honest work in one." Subverted by Moist reflecting that honest work may be more efficient, but scheming is more fun.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Victor Tugelbend in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' is ''the'' master of this trope ([[LampshadeHanging which the narrator acknowledges]]). Thanks to a trust fund from a relative supporting him while he's in school, he much prefers the life of a WizardingSchool student vs an actual wizard, Victor studies extensively to keep his grade just low enough to not pass, but high enough that he doesn't lose his trust fund to failing grades. He also exercises regularly because being thin means less weight to drag around, and physical activity is less effort if you're in good shape. It's a kind of enlightened laziness.
** Another Discworld example; in In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' Moist is told that "a certain kind of man will scheme for two days to earn what he could have made by honest work in one." Subverted by Moist reflecting that honest work may be more efficient, but scheming is more fun.
25th Feb '17 1:57:10 AM eroock
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-->--'''Jon Arbuckle''', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''

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-->--'''Jon -->-- '''Jon Arbuckle''', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
22nd Feb '17 5:07:24 AM ApeAccount
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* This is an occupational hazard for many programmers. Quite often for simple tasks they'll end up spending longer writing the code to have the computer do something for them than if they'd just done it manually. Sometimes this ends up being justified later if that code turns out to be reusable/adaptable for something else.
29th Jan '17 8:08:04 AM SilentStranger
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** This is a recurring gag through most of the strips run, Calvin is perfectly willing to work hard ''as long as no one forces him to'', so he'll often end up spending more energy on avoiding something than it'd take to actually do it.



** One episode has Homer lose the remote, and rather than walking across the room to the TV set to change the channel, he starts tearing apart the couch looking for the remote. (It was eaten by the family dog).



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Dexter's father finds the idea of walking over to the TV so horrible he doesn't have the courage to tell Dexter people used to do it before the remote control was invented.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Dexter's father finds the idea of walking over to the TV so horrible he doesn't have the courage to tell Dexter people used to do it before the remote control was invented. (He thought Dexter was screaming because the remote was missing, he was actually screaming because [[FullFrontalAssault he was wearing a pair of x-ray specs and had just watched his father sit spreadlegged in his recliner]]




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* ''LegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' has Malik admonish his older brother Montell about how much effort he puts into being a lazy stoner, such as making a nest of snacks next to the couch before he gets high.
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