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Yak Shaving

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~141 words, about a 1 min read.

When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to remember that your initial objective was to drain the swamp
ā€” Proverb of unknown providence

Do you remember that episode of Malcom in the Middle where Hal has been asked to change a light bulb but when he goes to do so the draw breaks and then in order to fix the draw something else needs fixing which requires he drives to a store and before long he has the car in pieces trying to fix a check engine light ā€” that's Yak Shaving.

According to the Wiktonary entry for Yak Shaving the phrase was coined by Carlin Vieri in his time at the MIT AI Lab (1993ā€“1998) in reference to a 1991 episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show featuring a segment named "Yak Shaving Day".