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18th Mar '17 7:31:41 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[Recap/TheATeamS2E18ItsADesertOutThere It's a Desert Out There]]". Lila tells the victims about a "shortcut" that will take an hour off their travel time, and then calls the Scorpions to tell them that somebody's coming. Long story short, the passengers end up delayed, frightened, and minus any cash or other valuables they were carrying.

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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[Recap/TheATeamS2E18ItsADesertOutThere "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E18ItsADesertOutThere It's a Desert Out There]]". Lila tells the victims about a "shortcut" that will take an hour off their travel time, and then calls the Scorpions to tell them that somebody's coming. Long story short, the passengers end up delayed, frightened, and minus any cash or other valuables they were carrying.
18th Mar '17 7:29:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[Franchise/{{Neopets}} Neo Quest II]]'', one NPC in Act II remarks: "You know the saying: the shortest distance between two points is a straight line? Well, the longest distance between two points is a shortcut." Luckily for you, the player characters are not required to take such shortcuts.

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* In ''[[Franchise/{{Neopets}} Neo Quest II]]'', ''VideoGame/NeoQuest II'', one NPC in Act II remarks: "You know the saying: the shortest distance between two points is a straight line? Well, the longest distance between two points is a shortcut." Luckily for you, the player characters are not required to take such shortcuts.
12th Jan '17 9:10:02 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Not so much a " long delay" as "getting involved in a secret AlienInvasion and being given powers by a dying alien," the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' begin their adventure by taking a shortcut through a construction site one night. In one book Jake makes a DealWithTheDevil (or an alien who works for a devil-esque SufficientlyAdvancedAlien) to ''avoid'' taking the shortcut and [[spoiler: they still get involved in the invasion, only without their morphing powers and most them are killed but Earth is saved in the end]]. This is restored to the main timeline with a ResetButton where the "devil" rescinds the offer before Jake can take it.

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* Not so much a " long "long delay" as "getting involved in a secret AlienInvasion and being given powers by a dying alien," the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' begin their adventure by taking a shortcut through a construction site one night. In one book Jake makes a DealWithTheDevil (or an alien who works for a devil-esque SufficientlyAdvancedAlien) to ''avoid'' taking the shortcut and [[spoiler: they still get involved in the invasion, only without their morphing powers and most them are killed but Earth is saved in the end]]. This is restored to the main timeline with a ResetButton where the "devil" rescinds the offer before Jake can take it.
5th Dec '16 10:39:37 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/Titanfall2'': Early in the campaign, BT finds what it believes to be a shortcut through tricky terrain. Naturally, this ends with BT getting captured and Cooper having to fight his way through a massive IMC facility against hundreds of soldiers and powerful autonomous mecha to get BT back. Near the end, BT's readout includes the phrase: "Re-evaluate definition of 'shortcut'", and later the Titan snarks that "I will avoid all shortcuts" when told not to get lost.
25th Nov '16 10:37:12 PM __Vano
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If they're lucky, HilarityEnsues. If they aren't, HilarityEnsues: all manner of deadly serious horrors beset them as soon as they leave the beaten path. They get lost. The car breaks down. The shortcut takes them to the TownWithADarkSecret or the WackyWaysideTribe.

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If they're lucky, HilarityEnsues. If they aren't, HilarityEnsues: [[MortonsFork Hilarity Ensues]]: all manner of deadly serious horrors beset them as soon as they leave the beaten path. They get lost. The car breaks down. The shortcut takes them to the TownWithADarkSecret or the WackyWaysideTribe.
10th Nov '16 7:35:54 AM Blazer
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* In an early ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'', Geoff designed a massive water-based racetrack and installed a number of shortcuts to it. When he finally got to try it out, he found out it took ''way'' too long.
12th Oct '16 11:33:01 AM dmcreif
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** After Red manages to escape from them, Wolf and Twitchy contemplate their moves and decide they need to get to Granny's before Red gets there. Just by chance, Boingo appears, and tells them that [[YouCantMissIt he knows of a shortcut]] that involves going "over the woods and through the river", then realizes how stupid this is, saying "No....you don't want to go through the river, you'll get all wet." The scene cuts to the Wolf and Twitchy treading their way through a flooded cave that happens to be populated with bats.
--->'''Wolf:''' We are in a pickle, I blame myself. That bunny's directions were worthless, not to mention he wrote them on an ''easter egg'', which is very hard to read...
** Likewise, Red Puckett is put onto a longer land route to get to Granny's not because of a decision to take a shortcut, but because she was pushed out of a cable car cabin and fell several hundred feet.

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** After Red Puckett manages to escape from them, the Wolf and Twitchy contemplate their moves and decide they need to get to Granny's before Red gets there. Just by chance, Boingo appears, and tells them that having heard where they're going, says [[YouCantMissIt he knows of a shortcut]] that involves going "over the woods and through the river", then realizes how stupid this is, saying "No....you don't want to go through the river, you'll get all wet." The scene cuts to the Wolf and Twitchy treading their way through a flooded cave that happens to be populated with bats.
--->'''Wolf:''' --->'''The Wolf:''' We are in a pickle, I blame myself. That bunny's directions were bunny was worthless, not to mention he wrote them the directions on an ''easter ''Easter egg'', which is very hard to read...
** Likewise, Red Puckett is put onto a longer land route to get to Granny's not because of a decision to take a shortcut, but because she was pushed out of a cable car cabin and fell several hundred feet.
7th Sep '16 7:34:03 PM Phys101
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* Advice given to computer programmers: "When in doubt, use brute force." The advantage of devious tactics is often more than negated by the proliferation of bugs.
7th Sep '16 7:26:53 PM Phys101
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If they're lucky, HilarityEnsues. If they aren't, all manner of deadly serious horrors beset them as soon as they leave the beaten path. They get lost. The car breaks down. The shortcut takes them to the TownWithADarkSecret or the WackyWaysideTribe.

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If they're lucky, HilarityEnsues. If they aren't, HilarityEnsues: all manner of deadly serious horrors beset them as soon as they leave the beaten path. They get lost. The car breaks down. The shortcut takes them to the TownWithADarkSecret or the WackyWaysideTribe.
24th Jul '16 7:24:49 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[Recap/TheATeamS2E18ItsADesertOutThere It's a Desert Out There]]". Lila tells the victims about a "shortcut" that will take an hour off their travel time, and then calls the Scorpions to tell them that somebody's coming. Long story short, the passengers end up delayed, frightened, and minus any cash or other valuables they were carrying.
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