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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.
26th Apr '16 6:52:37 PM MyFinalEdits
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->''"All right, we're here! [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Let us never speak of the shortcut again]]."''

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->''"All right, we're here! [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Let us never speak of the shortcut again]].again."''
26th Apr '16 2:52:27 PM margdean56
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->''"Alright, we're here! [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Let us never speak of the shortcut again]]."''

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->''"Alright, ->''"All right, we're here! [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Let us never speak of the shortcut again]]."''



** Their short cut was longer than it needed to be in order to avoid going past a nearby village inn. Pippin is heard reminiscing about the quality of their beer, and Frodo is immediately convinced: "That settles it. Short cuts make for long delays, but ''inns'' make longer ones."

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** Their short cut was longer than it needed to be in order to avoid going past a nearby village inn. Pippin is heard reminiscing about the quality of their beer, and Frodo is immediately convinced: "That settles it. Short cuts may make for long delays, but ''inns'' make longer ones."



* Not so much a " long delay" as "getting involved in a secret AlienInvasion and 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" rescends the offer before Jake can take it.
** This trope also comes into play, albeit unintentionally, in ''The Unexpected'', one of [[ExtrudedBookProduct the latter ghostwritten books]]. Stowing aboard an airplane bound for Sydney to escape the Yeerks, hijinks ensue and Cassie finds herself in the outback. The only problem is, Sydney's on the ''east coast'' of Australia, meaning that plane departing from California had no business being over the outback. Explanations of this anomaly offered after the fact are curious and unsatisfying.

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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" rescends rescinds the offer before Jake can take it.
** This trope also comes into play, albeit unintentionally, in ''The Unexpected'', one of [[ExtrudedBookProduct the latter later ghostwritten books]]. Stowing aboard an airplane bound for Sydney to escape the Yeerks, hijinks ensue and Cassie finds herself in the outback. The only problem is, Sydney's on the ''east coast'' of Australia, meaning that plane departing from California had no business being over the outback. Explanations of this anomaly offered after the fact are curious and unsatisfying.



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20th Feb '16 2:50:13 AM Doug86
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* The ''VideoGame/OregonTrail'' series features lots of these, many taken directly from real life.

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* The ''VideoGame/OregonTrail'' ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail'' series features lots of these, many taken directly from real life.
20th Feb '16 2:48:53 AM Doug86
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* The ''[[VideoGame/Oregon Trail]]'' series features lots of these, many taken directly from real life.

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* The ''[[VideoGame/Oregon Trail]]'' ''VideoGame/OregonTrail'' series features lots of these, many taken directly from real life.
18th Feb '16 7:39:31 PM Scalfin
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* Storrow Drive is the major parkway through Boston, making it the fastest and most direct route to most pasts of the city, which makes it attractive for students driving moving trucks into the city each year and delivery drivers the rest of the year. To quote Wikipedia: "There are an abundance of signs giving road clearance height. Despite the signs, a truck or other large vehicle will periodically get wedged under a bridge, which causes traffic to back up for several miles. In one incident a truck full of scissors became stuck and spilled its cargo, causing over 30 cars to get flat tires. There is a 10-foot height limit for the entire parkway. Local media has taken to referring to these kinds of accidents as a truck being 'Storrowed.'"
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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* 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?
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