Happy New Year: This year's midnight double-feature was Sleepers, followed by 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In grad school, we used to talk about submarine chemistry -- experimental work that you might try on the off-chance it might work. We'd say, "If it doesn't work, it'll never surface." Submarine chemistry avoids having to justify experiments you don't really expect to work. You never know...
I've got a submarine hypertext system running on my laptop.