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25th Apr '18 9:35:18 PM jormis29
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* In ''My Sister Eileen'' and its musical adaptation ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Chic Clark, Eileen's reporter friend, tells her that the city editor of his paper may have a job lined up for her sister Ruth, who is desperately hunting for a writing job. When Ruth gets the call and hears that the city editor wants her to cover a boatload of coffee millionaires from Brazil who have just landed on a Brooklyn pier, she rushes off in great excitement after a few hurried preparations. Soon after, Chic pays an unexpected visit to Eileen, but she remains concerned about her sister and tells him she has to change for a dinner date she has lined up. He objects: "Excuse ya? After I went and fixed it to get ya alone without that eagle-eyed sister of yours around!" Eileen then realizes that Chic, not his editor, called Ruth to lead her on a wild-goose chase and turns on him angrily. As it turns out, Ruth does find a bunch of Brazilian admirals in Brooklyn, but they speak no English and follow her all the way back to her apartment.

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* In ''My Sister Eileen'' ''Theatre/MySisterEileen'' and its musical adaptation ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Chic Clark, Eileen's reporter friend, tells her that the city editor of his paper may have a job lined up for her sister Ruth, who is desperately hunting for a writing job. When Ruth gets the call and hears that the city editor wants her to cover a boatload of coffee millionaires from Brazil who have just landed on a Brooklyn pier, she rushes off in great excitement after a few hurried preparations. Soon after, Chic pays an unexpected visit to Eileen, but she remains concerned about her sister and tells him she has to change for a dinner date she has lined up. He objects: "Excuse ya? After I went and fixed it to get ya alone without that eagle-eyed sister of yours around!" Eileen then realizes that Chic, not his editor, called Ruth to lead her on a wild-goose chase and turns on him angrily. As it turns out, Ruth does find a bunch of Brazilian admirals in Brooklyn, but they speak no English and follow her all the way back to her apartment.
8th Apr '18 5:48:00 PM Ninamarie124
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1st Apr '18 7:16:01 PM Kid
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** Other examples include a bucket of deviation" (in communication units), "a jar of clitoral oil" or "you're called by Rimma Pudendi" (for medics), "a glass of decibels" or "a bucket of mercury" (for physics students), and "keys from lava" (in mining).



* Russian varieties include (but are not limited to) "a bucket of compression" (in aviation), "a bucket of deviation" (in communication units), "a jar of clitoral oil" or "you're called by Rimma Pudendi" (for medics), "a glass of decibels" or "a bucket of mercury" (for physics students), and "keys from lava" (in mining).
21st Mar '18 9:00:38 AM 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.

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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, and, 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.
20th Mar '18 10:52:15 AM Dawnwing
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* In the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book, Graypaw hopes that Sandpaw and Dustpaw will be sent on one, commenting that he hopes their mentors will set them the task of hunting blue squirrels all day. Firepaw doesn't get the joke, confused because there ''are'' no blue squirrels.
15th Feb '18 11:07:38 AM MBI
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* The firemen in ''Series/RescueMe'' send new probie Damian on a search for a "universal hose coupler." Damian is smart enough to know that he's probably being messed with, but powerless to do anything about it.
14th Feb '18 3:28:08 PM HeroicJay
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the Ruby squad comes to Earth searching for Jasper. By the time they get there, Jasper is not exactly in a state where Steven wants her to be found, so he tells them that Jasper went to Neptune. As these Rubies are SuperGullible, they immediately head off to Neptune. However, it only works temporarily: they return later in the season, as they somehow conduct what they feel to be a thorough search of not only Neptune, but ''every planet in the solar system save Earth'', without finding Jasper.
14th Feb '18 3:11:33 PM HeroicJay
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' features a [[TropeNamer literal example]]. Carl sends Russell away on one to get him to stop annoying him. Eventually, he actually finds one, although it's a bit bigger than he expected. Alpha sent Dug away on a literal Snipe Hunt as well, due to the fact that Dug's foolishness was viewed a burden on the pack. True to this trope, he finds the bird. The bird becomes a principal character of the film! What makes it even funnier is that, Carl truly believed that it was impossible because he didn't know that there is such a bird as a snipe, and also that the villain has been searching for this same bird for the past century.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' features a [[TropeNamer [[LiteralMetaphor literal example]]. Carl sends Russell away on one to get him to stop annoying him. Eventually, he actually finds one, although it's a bit bigger than he expected. Alpha sent Dug away on a literal Snipe Hunt as well, due to the fact that Dug's foolishness was viewed a burden on the pack. True to this trope, he finds the bird. The bird becomes a principal character of the film! What makes it even funnier is that, Carl truly believed that it was impossible because he didn't know that there is such a bird as a snipe, and also that the villain has been searching for this same bird for the past century.
5th Feb '18 1:07:40 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The first episode of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' had Vorenus and Pullo on a mission to search for the missing Caesar's eagle that could have been anywhere at that point. In reality, Caesar himself was pretty much banking on the eagle being stolen and missing and the mission existed only because it would be strange if nothing was done about the missing eagle. Vorenus himself was GenreSavvy enough about this that he decided to bring Pullo with him, knowing that they will fail and be disgraced, since Pullo is already disgraced.

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* The first episode of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' had Vorenus and Pullo on a mission to search for the missing Caesar's eagle that could have been anywhere at that point. In reality, Caesar himself was pretty much banking on the eagle being stolen and missing and the mission existed only because it would be strange if nothing was done about the missing eagle. Vorenus himself was GenreSavvy enough about this that he decided to bring Pullo with him, knowing that they will fail and be disgraced, since Pullo is already disgraced.



* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', [[GenreSavvy Tagger Beaver]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00086.html gets rid of the protesters by sending them off to interfere with the snipe hunt]].

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* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', [[GenreSavvy Tagger Beaver]] Beaver [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00086.html gets rid of the protesters by sending them off to interfere with the snipe hunt]].



** A similar anecdote tells of a GenreSavvy new hire sent for checkered paint. The newbie constructed a cardboard grid, inserted it into an empty paint can, filled the squares alternately, and then removed the cardboard. It wouldn't stay that way for too long, but it worked long enough.

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** A similar anecdote tells of a GenreSavvy new hire sent for checkered paint. The newbie constructed a cardboard grid, inserted it into an empty paint can, filled the squares alternately, and then removed the cardboard. It wouldn't stay that way for too long, but it worked long enough.



* On occasion, a creative, GenreSavvy sort might use this as an opportunity to prank his tormentors. One new soldier, sent by a Corporal to get some chem light batteries, went to the PX, bought a case of chem lights, went to his barracks, cut each one open and removed the glass bulb inside, and then returned to work (after spending several hours sitting around his barracks doing nothing, of course). Be cautious of doing this towards a superior who turns out not to have as much of a sense of humor as he thinks he does.

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* On occasion, a creative, GenreSavvy creative sort might use this as an opportunity to prank his tormentors. One new soldier, sent by a Corporal to get some chem light batteries, went to the PX, bought a case of chem lights, went to his barracks, cut each one open and removed the glass bulb inside, and then returned to work (after spending several hours sitting around his barracks doing nothing, of course). Be cautious of doing this towards a superior who turns out not to have as much of a sense of humor as he thinks he does.
21st Jan '18 11:23:04 AM nombretomado
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* The VictimOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{NCIS}} episode "16 Years" is found by two kids brought onto a snipe hunt by their fathers. Had they not found the body, it seems this prank would've later crossed over with the old "burning bag of poop" gag.
* ''LostTapes'': the main plot of "Southern Sasquatch" begins when two men send their future brother-in-law on a snipe hunt during a hunting trip. Everything just goes FromBadToWorse when [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti the Fouke Monster]] shows up.

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* The VictimOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{NCIS}} ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "16 Years" is found by two kids brought onto a snipe hunt by their fathers. Had they not found the body, it seems this prank would've later crossed over with the old "burning bag of poop" gag.
* ''LostTapes'': ''Series/LostTapes'': the main plot of "Southern Sasquatch" begins when two men send their future brother-in-law on a snipe hunt during a hunting trip. Everything just goes FromBadToWorse when [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti the Fouke Monster]] shows up.
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