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General Chat => Off Topic => : Proudhuff 19 December, 2017, 11:24:46 AM

: Does that work in real life?
: Proudhuff 19 December, 2017, 11:24:46 AM
ooookay, there is a load of these and somewhere on the Tinernet it will be addressed, but I thought this is the place for this.

In movies there is stuff that happens that in real life I suspect would get you hurt, or looking like a twat.

The classic is jumping from something and grabbing on with your finger tips... really! I bet some poor bastard has believe that and came a cropper.

But there are things that I do wonder, would that work?

First off: shooting a lock?
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: Pyroxian 19 December, 2017, 11:29:01 AM
First off: shooting a lock?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsgR4azef6w
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: Proudhuff 19 December, 2017, 11:35:15 AM
I'm sorry but I can't watch that kind of TV... so many annoying people in one room!

WTF is that stupid hat and beard combo about, what is he trying to distract from hmm?
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: Jim_Campbell 19 December, 2017, 11:40:19 AM
I must apologise to whichever forum member explained this, and whose name I've forgotten, but the whole "running towards a large area of glass whilst emptying a firearm" will not dramatically shatter the glass, due the layers of plastic laminate.

Instead, you'll create a lovely pattern of spiderweb shattering and, when you hit the glass, the laminate will flex and then flex back, cutting your skin to ribbons.
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: JOE SOAP 19 December, 2017, 11:43:54 AM


Using a credit card between the doorframe to open a door-lock
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: Proudhuff 19 December, 2017, 11:45:16 AM
I must apologise to whichever forum member explained this, and whose name I've forgotten, but the whole "running towards a large area of glass whilst emptying a firearm" will not dramatically shatter the glass, due the layers of plastic laminate.

Instead, you'll create a lovely pattern of spiderweb shattering and, when you hit the glass, the laminate will flex and then flex back, cutting your skin to ribbons.

There goes my party piece!
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: Proudhuff 19 December, 2017, 11:48:31 AM


Using a credit card between the doorframe to open a door-lock

hey I use that all the time to get into a friends stairwell, works on a simple lock but importantly, there's no door jamb.
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: JamesC 19 December, 2017, 12:26:06 PM
Is this just for things that happen in films or can we ask about stuff that friends tell us down the pub?

Like the thing with half a tennis ball that opens car doors? Apparently you could use half a tennis ball on older car doors, place it over the lock, give it a good whack and the air pressure would open the lock.

I was also told that on older ATMs, they would only count the money going out, not the money being sucked back in if the customer forgot to collect it. So if you ordered £60, you could split the top and bottom note and take the middle note out - as long as you didn’t move the little wheels that move the money back and forth it would then take the top and bottom notes back into the machine without knowing the middle not had been removed. This way you could get yourself a free (illegal) £20. I’ve always wanted to try it but never have. Sounds too good to be true.
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: Fungus 19 December, 2017, 12:28:56 PM
Things work out in the end.
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: Pyroxian 19 December, 2017, 12:29:37 PM
I'm sorry but I can't watch that kind of TV... so many annoying people in one room!

WTF is that stupid hat and beard combo about, what is he trying to distract from hmm?

:( I love Mythbusters...

Anyways - they managed to do it with a Shotgun and an M1 Garand, but handguns didn't work.
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: Dandontdare 19 December, 2017, 04:15:55 PM
igniting a puddle of petrol with a tossed cigarette is the one that bugs me. Wouldn't recommend it as it may occasionally work, but most of the time - nah
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: Daveycandlish 19 December, 2017, 05:18:28 PM
Is this just for things that happen in films or can we ask about stuff that friends tell us down the pub?

I was also told that on older ATMs, they would only count the money going out, not the money being sucked back in if the customer forgot to collect it. So if you ordered £60, you could split the top and bottom note and take the middle note out - as long as you didn’t move the little wheels that move the money back and forth it would then take the top and bottom notes back into the machine without knowing the middle not had been removed. This way you could get yourself a free (illegal) £20. I’ve always wanted to try it but never have. Sounds too good to be true.

Don't ask how I know but yeah, that used to be possible.
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: Proudhuff 20 December, 2017, 11:28:57 AM
I'm sorry but I can't watch that kind of TV... so many annoying people in one room!

WTF is that stupid hat and beard combo about, what is he trying to distract from hmm?

:( I love Mythbusters...

Anyways - they managed to do it with a Shotgun and an M1 Garand, but handguns didn't work.

Good to know!

They do loads of stuff I'd be interested in judging by the titles of the youtube clips, I just CBA with the fast cut/constant review update style... bring back HOW?  :lol:
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: Theblazeuk 20 December, 2017, 05:16:46 PM
That was a must-watch for me, but it'd be forever king of TV if they'd had firearms and explosives on HOW
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: Eric Plumrose 20 December, 2017, 06:49:02 PM
Back in the day (early '90s), an old five pence superglued to a penny could trick a train station ticket machine you'd entered a quid.
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: Dandontdare 20 December, 2017, 07:01:07 PM
and if you filed the corners off a 50p you could use it in machines as a 10p ... err... wait  :-\
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: Eric Plumrose 20 December, 2017, 07:27:27 PM
More on topic (kinda):

That sound downstairs you hear during the night in all likelihood isn't a serial killer. Which is why you check, assuming you can be arsed. So next time some would-be film critic declares a movie character "stupid" for doing exactly that, break into said critic's house at, say, 0300 hours and gut them if they slope on down.
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: Colin YNWA 20 December, 2017, 07:44:44 PM
igniting a puddle of petrol with a tossed cigarette is the one that bugs me. Wouldn't recommend it as it may occasionally work, but most of the time - nah

I don't even what to know how you know that... last time I saw you I'm sure you had all your eye brows!
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: SuperSurfer 21 December, 2017, 03:03:07 PM
I used to think that the convenient knockout punch that would put someone to sleep in a film or tv fight was nonsense.

After years of experience (of watching WorldstarHipHop YouTube videos) I see that really does happen. All too often.
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: Heath C Ackley 22 December, 2017, 11:01:52 PM
Here's another one:

Despite every 80's action flick and GTA, cars don't explode if you shoot them with normal rounds. They do if incendiary rounds are used but not standard bullets. I've read that the same goes for flamethrowers. In Battleground you take them out by blasting the fuel tanks on their backs. Nope. Hit the compressed air supply and it'll go boom-boom but a shot to the fuel tank will only leave a hole.

Please note that I have no experience of the above subjects! It all comes from wacky Wikipedia and other online sources for an art project. Do not try this at home!
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: Jim_Campbell 22 December, 2017, 11:28:25 PM
On the other hand, I can confirm that stepping on a rake has exactly the results depicted in every Tex Avery/Chuck Jones cartoon.
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: Trout 22 December, 2017, 11:28:54 PM
Hacking a computer system by typing furiously for several seconds.
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: Tjm86 23 December, 2017, 07:43:21 AM
I've been trying for years to get kids to try Douglas Adams' theory of unpowered flight.  They always seemed a bit sceptical about the idea and struggled with the timing to distract themselves.  Did have a class convinced in the Flat Earth theory though.
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: WhizzBang 23 December, 2017, 10:36:16 AM
First off: shooting a lock?
I once saw a documentary about an Allied raid on Norway using ground troops in WWII. During it, an old soldier related a story of how he and his unit were stuck inside some building/farm/place and they needed to get through a locked door. He recalled the cowboy films he had watched where shooting a lock always seemed to do the trick but when he did it the bullet ricocheted around the room and they were extremely lucky no-one was hurt or killled. The door did not unlock.
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: SuperSurfer 23 December, 2017, 02:21:09 PM
On the other hand, I can confirm that stepping on a rake has exactly the results depicted in every Tex Avery/Chuck Jones cartoon.
Same goes for slipping on a banana skin – something that I thought occurred only in cartoons and comic strips. I once saw it happen for real and probably will never will see it happen again. Boy, does it make for a spectacular fall.
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: von Boom 23 December, 2017, 03:32:58 PM
Hacking a computer system by typing furiously for several seconds.

That totally works. Open your terminal and type:

telnet 127.0.0.1

U R Hacked!

Totally L33t.
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: Tiplodocus 23 December, 2017, 04:33:19 PM
On the other hand, I can confirm that stepping on a rake has exactly the results depicted in every Tex Avery/Chuck Jones cartoon.
Same goes for slipping on a banana skin – something that I thought occurred only in cartoons and comic strips. I once saw it happen for real and probably will never will see it happen again. Boy, does it make for a spectacular fall.

I recall an episode of QI that explained how banana skinswere actually an analogue for horse shit. Streets were awash and people kept stepping in it and slipping on it but horse shit isn't the sort of thing editors wanted to see in their cartoons. So they replaced with banana peel.