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12th Dec '15 6:07:41 PM tropette
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* The ''[[VideoGame/Oregon Trail]]'' series features lots of these, many taken directly from real life.
17th Sep '15 1:12:12 PM LaurelHS
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' "Are you sure about this shortcut?" "Not as sure as I was an hour ago."
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' "Are ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': -->'''Gearshift:''' Hey, Bender, you sure about this shortcut?" "Not is a shortcut? -->'''Bender:''' Not as sure as I was an hour ago."
19th Aug '15 12:22:32 AM Maniago
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mergde the two entries for The Simpsons
* As the page quote illustrates, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has the family take a shortcut on a trip. They reach their destination ''much'' later than expected with an overall destroyed car sporting a wagon wheel as a spare tire, infested with farm animals, and a US Military Missile embedded into the back.
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* As the page quote illustrates, one episode of Has occurred several times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has (most often at Homer's instigation). In fact, the page quote is from one such episode in which the family take a shortcut on a trip. They reach their destination ''much'' later than expected with an overall destroyed car sporting a wagon wheel as a spare tire, infested with farm animals, and a US Military Missile embedded into the back.

* Has occurred several times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (most often at Homer's instigation).
7th Aug '15 4:42:12 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* If you are a heavy user of public transportation: how many times have you discovered that was what in theory was a short cut becomes the opposite courtesy of MurphysLaw?
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* If you are a heavy user of public transportation: how many times have you discovered experimented that was what in theory was a short cut becomes the opposite courtesy of MurphysLaw?
7th Aug '15 4:40:59 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* One of the more hilarious consequences of GPS navigation for cars. Most drivers will tend to stick to the routes they are familiar with, but when they get a GPS some will decide to take its routing instructions because it's supposedly shorter or faster. MurphysLaw will inevitably kick in and they'll find the shorter route will have construction, recent changes to streets (such as switches to 1-way) that aren't reflected in the GPS database and other comedic impedements. Also the number of delays they will face will be directly proportional to how urgently they have to get to their destination. If your GPS has choice systems, you might have cases where there is one route that is shorter in terms of miles traveled, but the travel time is longer (for instance, in the mountains, going on seasonal roads over mountain passes), while the other route, although longer in miles, turns out to be faster in time (because it uses Interstates and roads that are year-round). Your GPS also may or may not take into account the time of day and week - an Interstate might be faster if it's 3 AM and few people are on but a pratical parking lot during rush hour.
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* One of the more hilarious consequences of GPS navigation for cars. Most drivers will tend to stick to the routes they are familiar with, but when they get a GPS some will decide to take its routing instructions because it's supposedly shorter or faster. MurphysLaw will inevitably kick in and they'll find the shorter route will have construction, recent changes to streets (such as switches to 1-way) that aren't reflected in the GPS database and other comedic impedements. Also the number of delays they will face will be directly proportional to how urgently they have to get to their destination. If your GPS has choice systems, you might have cases where there is one route that is shorter in terms of miles traveled, but the travel time is longer (for instance, in the mountains, going on seasonal roads over mountain passes), while the other route, although longer in miles, turns out to be faster in time (because it uses Interstates and roads that are year-round). Your GPS also may or may not take into account the time of day and week - an Interstate might be faster if it's 3 AM and few people are on but a pratical practical parking lot during rush hour.hour. * If you are a heavy user of public transportation: how many times have you discovered that was what in theory was a short cut becomes the opposite courtesy of MurphysLaw?
18th Jul '15 9:31:45 PM Crinias
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** The arc Steel Ball Run'' gives a very straight (if particularly layered) example in the final stretch of the part, said by [[spoiler:Gyro right before dying at the hands of Valentine (having realized he wouldn't win)]].
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** The arc Steel ''Steel Ball Run'' gives a very straight (if particularly layered) example in the final stretch of the part, said by [[spoiler:Gyro right before dying at the hands of Valentine (having realized he wouldn't win)]].

** Johnny ends up realizing the message's true meaning in a moment of desperation, having [[spoiler:fallen off his horse: that even though the power of the Golden Rectangle was mainly drawn upon by running with the horse naturally, he could also get it by making it kick him by throwing Gyro's remaining steel ball at it, (effectively skipping taking a painful shortcut).]]
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** Johnny ends up realizing the message's true meaning in a moment of desperation, having [[spoiler:fallen off his horse: that even though the power of the Golden Rectangle was mainly drawn upon by running with the horse naturally, he could also get it by making it kick him by throwing Gyro's remaining steel ball at it, it (effectively skipping taking a painful shortcut).]]
18th Jul '15 8:37:10 PM MyFinalEdits
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Please don't pothole a work's name when listing its example. It makes it more difficult to locate. Also, that last entry sounded like speculation
* ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run]]'' gives a very straight (if particularly layered) example in the final stretch of the part, said by [[spoiler:Gyro right before dying at the hands of Valentine (having realized he wouldn't win)]].
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* ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ** The arc Steel Ball Run]]'' Run'' gives a very straight (if particularly layered) example in the final stretch of the part, said by [[spoiler:Gyro right before dying at the hands of Valentine (having realized he wouldn't win)]].

** [[spoiler:Johnny ends up realizing the message's true meaning in a moment of desperation, having fallen off his horse: that even though the power of the Golden Rectangle was mainly drawn upon by running with the horse naturally, he could also get it by making it kick him by throwing Gyro's remaining steel ball at it, (effectively skipping taking a painful shortcut).]] ** The more standard interpretation is that it was the struggles of the race that gave the journey meaning, and that without them neither Johnny nor Gyro would have been able to mature and grow (unlike people like Pocoloco, who breezed through any obstacles in their way but do not develop at all).
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** [[spoiler:Johnny Johnny ends up realizing the message's true meaning in a moment of desperation, having fallen [[spoiler:fallen off his horse: that even though the power of the Golden Rectangle was mainly drawn upon by running with the horse naturally, he could also get it by making it kick him by throwing Gyro's remaining steel ball at it, (effectively skipping taking a painful shortcut).]] ** The more standard interpretation is that it was the struggles of the race that gave the journey meaning, and that without them neither Johnny nor Gyro would have been able to mature and grow (unlike people like Pocoloco, who breezed through any obstacles in their way but do not develop at all).]]
18th Jul '15 8:33:16 PM Crinias
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* ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run]]'' gives a very straight (if particularly layered) example in the final stretch of the part, said by [[spoiler:Gyro right before dying at the hands of Valentine (having realized he wouldn't win)]]. --> "I always tried to take the fastest shortcut in this Steel Ball Run, but 'the shortest route was a detour'. 'It was the detour that was our shortest path.'" ** [[spoiler:Johnny ends up realizing the message's true meaning in a moment of desperation, having fallen off his horse: that even though the power of the Golden Rectangle was mainly drawn upon by running with the horse naturally, he could also get it by making it kick him by throwing Gyro's remaining steel ball at it, (effectively skipping taking a painful shortcut).]] ** The more standard interpretation is that it was the struggles of the race that gave the journey meaning, and that without them neither Johnny nor Gyro would have been able to mature and grow (unlike people like Pocoloco, who breezed through any obstacles in their way but do not develop at all).
19th Feb '15 2:31:25 PM WillBGood
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** In an animated adaptation of this tale, ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}!'' does this to the Wolf and Twitchy. After Red manages to escape from them, they 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. The Wolf comments, "[[DoesntTrustThoseGuys Never trust a bunny]] with directions, Twitchy." He's also practically hitting himself for deciding to trust Boingo with directions. Case in point: Boingo scribbled down the (practically useless) map and directions on an EasterEgg. ** 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.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' has Wolf and Twitchy get directions to Granny's house from Boingo the Bunny, who offers to provide a shortcut. Said "Shortcut" takes them through some partially flooded tunnels. -->'''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...
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' has ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'': ** After Red manages to escape from them, Wolf and Twitchy contemplate their moves and decide they need to get directions to Granny's house from before Red gets there. Just by chance, Boingo the Bunny, who offers to provide a shortcut. Said "Shortcut" takes appears, and tells them that [[YouCantMissIt he knows of a shortcut]] that involves going "over the woods and through some partially 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 tunnels. -->'''Wolf:''' 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...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.
23rd Oct '14 10:37:44 AM MyFinalEdits
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* One of the more hilarious consequences of GPS navigation for cars. Most drivers will tend to stick to the routes they are familiar with, but when they get a GPS some will decide to take its routing instructions because it's supposedly shorter or faster. MurphysLaw will inevitably kick in and they'll find the shorter route will have construction, recent changes to streets (such as switches to 1-way) that aren't reflected in the GPS database and other comedic impedements. Also the number of delays they will face will be directly proportional to how urgently they have to get to their destination. If your GPS has choice systems, you might have cases where there is one route that is shorter in terms of miles traveled, but the travel time is longer (for instance, in the mountains, going on seasonal roads over mountain passes), while the other route, although longer in miles, turns out to be faster in time (because it uses Interstates and roads that are year-round). ** Your GPS also may or may not take into account the time of day and week - an Interstate might be faster if it's 3 AM and few people are on but a pratical parking lot during rush hour.
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* One of the more hilarious consequences of GPS navigation for cars. Most drivers will tend to stick to the routes they are familiar with, but when they get a GPS some will decide to take its routing instructions because it's supposedly shorter or faster. MurphysLaw will inevitably kick in and they'll find the shorter route will have construction, recent changes to streets (such as switches to 1-way) that aren't reflected in the GPS database and other comedic impedements. Also the number of delays they will face will be directly proportional to how urgently they have to get to their destination. If your GPS has choice systems, you might have cases where there is one route that is shorter in terms of miles traveled, but the travel time is longer (for instance, in the mountains, going on seasonal roads over mountain passes), while the other route, although longer in miles, turns out to be faster in time (because it uses Interstates and roads that are year-round). ** year-round). Your GPS also may or may not take into account the time of day and week - an Interstate might be faster if it's 3 AM and few people are on but a pratical parking lot during rush hour.
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