YOU’RE KIDDING, RIGHT?

Circuitous Paths – A stranger knocks on your door, asking for directions from your home to the closest gas station (or café, or library. Your pick!). Instead of the fastest and shortest route, give him/her the one involving the most fun detours.


I guess this is someone’s idea of funny. I think it’s cruel and mean-spirited. What in the world is funny about sending a stranger all over the place when he or she is lost? Isn’t being lost bad enough?

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  1. Perfect response and accompanying photograph!

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    • That’s the way to “hospital city” in Boston. At least once a month, we have to brave that mess. I hate it. Garry hates it more because he is driving. And I bet they will NEVER finish the construction.

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  2. I didn’t like the idea of bad directions but still had a little fun with the prompt in a short story. I agree the idea of misdirecting a stranger is pretty messed up though.

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    • I could have played around with it, but it left me with a sour feeling. I think I’ve been lost so often … and been helped by strangers so many times … the idea of making fun of that didn’t work for me. But I’m glad other people could make something out of it, even if I couldn’t.

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  3. A vulnerable, distressed person asking for help, then misguiding her is funny? On what planet? Oh I get it! The M. de Sade name on the mailbox was a clue, and it was the lost person’s fault for not being more observant. Yeah, that was a real knee slapper!

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  4. Some people have a good sense of direction while others have absolutely none at all. I fall into the former group, while most wife definitely falls into the latter.

    We did an 8-day cruise a few years back, and even by the end of the cruise, she had no idea where any facility was if it wasn’t directly off the Atrium which extended through nine decks of the ship. Our stateroom opened directly onto the atrium as did most dining areas and many other facilities. She had no problem remembering which deck things were on, in fact she learnt those faster than I did, but there was always a 50% chance that she’d head in the wrong direction when we reached the appropriate deck. Even on the last day, she had no idea where the “front” of the ship was.

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  5. Do they pay people to think up this stuff?

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  6. It is almost impossible to get lost in Switzerland. One of the main preoccupations is making road signs because they are always changing the roads, so they have to keep the people informed. One of the reasons I prefer to go my bus or train At least they know the way to go. If I have an emergency I call and the ambulance arrives.

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    • In New England, they had to pass a LAW requiring road signs. Before that, the general attitude was “If you don’t know where you are, what are you doing here?” Even today, although you’ll find signs at cross roads … you will find nothing that tells you what road you are ON. It’s terrible for people like us who have no sense of direction! We should definitely visit Switzerland 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on LIFE IS FUNNY.

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  8. You took it the way I did. I wasn’t going to post but it kept niggling at me. For the reason you and others mentioned and also it is hilarious because I live East of Nowhere. So I posted. I even worked in a Monty Python link if you look closely enough. Oh, sheez, this is sounding like a gratuitous self-plug. It isn’t! Really! I’m just agreeing with you. At least we didn’t have to spend all day toiling over a thoughtful post on a weekend. 🙂

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    • Bwahahahaha. I couldn’t resist. I did a flash fiction piece. Who’d have thunk this clunky prompt would get two posts out of me.

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  9. Do you really think that was something they would do for real? It calls for a little creativity. It might not be for you but that’s what makes the world go round.

    I’m not mean either. I don’t even kill spiders, I put them outside. But I thought this prompt was hilarious, very Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone-esque.

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    • I guess it all depends on what you think is funny. I tend to imagine myself in that position, trying to get directions when I am (again) lost … and finding someone who thinks it’s hilarious to send me all over the place, intentionally misdirecting me. For me, that’s not even a little funny. So I guess it depends on what YOU think is funny.

      I don’t think my creativity is really the issue here, do you?

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      • I guess I mean to say, I find the scenerio amusing in fiction that is also absurd, but if it happened for real it wouldn’t be funny at all. I would never be like that. But I find this amusing.

        Like I said, it’s a beautiful world, room for all views. I will say I don’t under stand fully, but I do see a lot of people who agree with you. Cheers 🙂

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  10. They’re really hitting the bottom of the barrel with this prompt. First of all, why would someone knock on my door to ask directions? In all my years on this planet, no stranger has ever knocked on my door asking me how to get to the nearest gas station, cafe, or library. Seriously! Second, why, knowing that the person I’m giving directions to knows where I live, would I ever give him or her directions that would be the most circuitous route or be full of “fun” detours? They know where I live, for crissake!

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    • Stupid and mean, too. I don’t think I’ve ever had to knock on the door of a private house, but I think Garry has while covering stories. Sometimes, that’s all there is and I’m glad at least those people didn’t think sending a TV crew all over the place was an exercise in “humor.” Who is running this prompt, a 12-year old?

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  11. Right! This is one sure way to confuse me! Wow!

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    • And why do it? If you don’t know, you can always say “I’m no good at directions,” which for me is true. I don’t get it at all.

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      • Well certainly not at that corner. I would probably go straight and totally miss my destination! But hey stop and take some photos! I like that! (m❤‿❤m)

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        • I have spent most of my life lost. On the positive side, it’s how I’ve found most of the beautiful places I’ve photographed over the years, so although I get lost … I always carry a camera 🙂

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          • OH yes I know what you are talking about it takes me forever to get home if I take the back roads! 😀

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            • It’s not a problem when you aren’t on a schedule … like trying to find the office you are going to or an interview … If you are looking for things to take pictures of, that’s okay. It’s when you have to be somewhere and you are completely turned around. Oh the jobs I didn’t get because I couldn’t find where I was supposed to be …

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  12. Go down to where the old school house used to be….

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  13. … my sentiments exactly. Someone at head office has been watching too many episodes of “Punk’d” or something. Cruelty = fun at someone else’s expense.

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    • Maybe it’s because we are lost so often … and so often have had to ask for directions from strangers. People have been very kind and I don’t think anyone ever intentionally sent us in the wrong direction. I might not be able to answer — I am navigationally-challenged — but I would never misdirect someone on purpose.

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