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31st Jan '17 5:33:41 AM kirbman
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* In one episode of ''Series/PawnStars'' the Old Man sent Chumlee out to find such non existing items as a bucket of steam and a left handed coffee cup. Chumlee manages to make this snipe hunt backfire by finding these two items.
23rd Jan '17 5:25:46 AM PixelKnight
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[[caption-width-right:320:[-I found the snipe!-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:[-I found the snipe!-] [[caption-width-right:320:[-Found it.-] ]]
15th Jan '17 3:34:14 PM cybertoy0
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** And how did Donut even ''get'' the Blue Flag? Church and Tucker told their own rookie, Caboose, to watch their base's flag so they wouldn't have to talk to him. They justified their orders by claiming that a general might stop by for an inspection, with the vague description that the general's armor would be different from their's. So, when Donut wanders into Blue Base thinking it's the alleged store he was sent to, Caboose happily gives him the flag, thinking that the general had arrived.
5th Jan '17 8:32:51 PM MeleKalikimaka
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'': Bill and Ben convince Timothy that he needs to find a rainbow-colored truck. He travels a long way before realizing he's been had, but Salty helps him get back at the twins - by giving them a smelly, old, garbage-filled truck splattered with multiple colors of paint.
25th Dec '16 12:59:59 PM Lopiny
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* ''Videogame/SunlessSea'': The Gant Pole is a half-mythical place supposedly in the Unterzee, where old and wounded beasts supposedly go to die, and where, according to the various snipe hunts captains set up for their newest recruits, home to a distressingly large amount of lost pocket watches. As the ''Zubmariner'' expansion reveals, the place exists, and everything said about it is true aside from the part about the pocket watches. Bringing in a port report about it is bound to get you laughed at, though at least they pay well for the laughs.
25th Dec '16 11:08:54 AM MitchellProductions
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Not to be confused with [[SniperDuel trying to find a sniper in a battlefield]].

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Not to be confused with [[SniperDuel trying to find a sniper in a battlefield]].
battlefield]]. See also WindmillCrusader, where the participant fails to complete the search.
1st Dec '16 3:46:53 AM Morgenthaler
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On occasion, someone who sends a new-hire on a Snipe Hunt will have ''dramatically'' underestimated his target's intelligence; one semi-famous example is that of a new Navy recruit being sent to the engine room to get a 'bucket of steam', only to return ten minutes later with a pail full of dry ice! If it was supposed to be a genuinely ImpossibleTask, such an act of WeDoTheImpossible can set a character up as either a genius, a {{badass}}, or at least a master of [[ExactWords lateral thinking]].

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On occasion, someone who sends a new-hire on a Snipe Hunt will have ''dramatically'' underestimated his target's intelligence; one semi-famous example is that of a new Navy recruit being sent to the engine room to get a 'bucket of steam', only to return ten minutes later with a pail full of dry ice! If it was supposed to be a genuinely ImpossibleTask, such an act of WeDoTheImpossible can set a character up as either a genius, a {{badass}}, badass, or at least a master of [[ExactWords lateral thinking]].
19th Nov '16 7:39:05 PM Xtifr
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* In a Creator/WilliamTenn's short story ''Errand Boy'' warehouse workers sent an overeager boy hanging around to fetch polka-dotted paint. He brought some -- wrong colour, but polka-dotted. The boy turned out to be a naive 10-year-old time traveler with romantic ideas about 20th century businessmen, not unlike some modern depictions of [[{{Pirate}} pirates]].

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* In a Creator/WilliamTenn's short story ''Errand Boy'' "Errand Boy" warehouse workers sent an overeager boy hanging around to fetch polka-dotted paint. He brought some -- wrong colour, but polka-dotted. The boy turned out to be a naive 10-year-old time traveler with romantic ideas about 20th century businessmen, not unlike some modern depictions of [[{{Pirate}} pirates]].
5th Nov '16 10:56:01 AM StarSword
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* In carpentry, the new guy might be asked to find a "wood stretcher".
28th Oct '16 1:32:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. Robert Baratheon sent his hapless squires off to Ser Aron Santagar for a (non-existent) "breastplate stretcher" when he discovered he'd gotten [[AdiposeRex too fat to fit in his old armor]]. They hesitate, probably knowing there is no such thing, before scampering off at his insistent roaring. Robert laughs and hopes Ser Santagar will send them on to someone else. "We could keep them going all day."

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* Played with in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Robert Baratheon sent his hapless squires off to Ser Aron Santagar for a (non-existent) "breastplate stretcher" when he discovered he'd gotten [[AdiposeRex too fat to fit in his old armor]]. They hesitate, probably knowing there is no such thing, before scampering off at his insistent roaring. Robert laughs and hopes Ser Santagar will send them on to someone else. "We could keep them going all day."
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