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Check out our New Biography Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/biographics It’s a staple of cheesy action movies and TV shows—a harebrained solution that is so outlandish the protagonists just might pull it off. “It’s just crazy enough to work,” they always say. However, plans that seem wildly implausible, but somehow manage to succeed, don’t only exist in the world of fiction. Below are 10 real-life crazy schemes, plans, and ideas that really were just wacky enough to work… →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Weapons of the Near Future https://youtu.be/v1cn03erkiE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnL-cPEY5RatLLt_FtJKFkNC Top 10 Amazing Vehicles of the Future https://youtu.be/4llHST2NQQs?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnL-cPEY5RatLLt_FtJKFkNC Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-crazy-plans-actually-worked.php Coming up: 10. Sweeping up the cash 9. Disguising embassy personnel as a film crew to sneak them out of hostile territory 8. Figuring out how to beat Press Your Luck 7. Dazzling the enemy 6. Using a nonexistent currency to bring inflation under control in Brazil 5. Pretending to be mythical vampires to quell rebellion 4. Escaping from prison… in a helicopter 3. Using lunar gravity, duct tape, and a sock to get astronauts back to Earth alive 2. Holding back the sea 1. Facilitating kidney swaps Source/Further reading: https://youtu.be/C1KNi3vVW-8 http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/09/24/french-thieves-use-vacuum-to-clean-out-supermarkets/ https://youtu.be/w918Eh3fij0 http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/10/12/argo_true_story_the_facts_and_fiction_behind_the_ben_affleck_movie.html https://youtu.be/V7jE5mdq6mM https://priceonomics.com/the-man-who-got-no-whammies/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28112213 https://books.google.com/books?id=TQ3BBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT41&lpg=PT41&dq=aswang+philippines+lansdale&source=bl&ots=CxE3nwBIl3&sig=K7ujodq1AoXvk8Ked57TZkDl2P4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5652W6N7UAhUHiFQKHev1B0gQ6AEITDAJ#v=onepage&q=aswang%20philippines%20lansdale&f=false http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2017/06/kaplan-mysterious-gringo-that-escaped.html https://youtu.be/xcRCBvOOMyc https://www.nasa.gov/content/members-of-apollo-13-team-reflect-on-nasas-finest-hour https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floods_in_the_Netherlands https://youtu.be/TlWqNX6iJ64 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidney_Paired_Donation#cite_note-11 https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/01/30/21/48/burglar-2022159_960_720.png https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5810/22560011264_caa452552b_b.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/Argo_%282012_film%29_premiere_in_Paris_Ben_Affleck_%288092905270%29.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Iran_hostage_crisis_-_Iraninan_students_comes_up_U.S._embassy_in_Tehran.jpg https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JTIuwm7GDAY/VwVgZdzrQFI/AAAAAAAAdPs/WPVt-hQ-g8Uht_mBXeMKAjd0MtoWqwAwQ/s1600/wash-connect-shreds-1.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/Carter.gif https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7jE5mdq6mM https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/70/Michael_Larson_PYL_board.jpg/640px-Michael_Larson_PYL_board.jpg https://i.ytimg.com/vi/OyWAJt0M4A8/hqdefault.jpg https://i.ytimg.com/vi/nzNMCXWCZzQ/hqdefault.jpg
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dixievfd55 (8 hours ago)
Escaping from prison is not a crime in Mexico? Gonna need some citation for that.
Zurt (20 hours ago)
im surprised the story of the chinese general who broke a siege by opening the doors and drinking tea wasnt on this list :P
Mike Brown (4 days ago)
It was Jim Lovell in the movie, but not in reality - it was the Command Module pilot Jack Swigert who first said "Houston, we've had a problem"
OmegaMan (5 days ago)
I didn’t know there were so many dikes in Rotterdam.
Nacho Pop's (6 days ago)
Vsauce is lit
John Beckman (7 days ago)
The WWII raid by British commandos on the Nazi Naval base at St. Nazaire, France utilized an old American warship disguised as a German vessel. They sailed up a seven-mile estuary past numerous Nazi gun emplacements before finally meeting intense resistance when approaching the German facility. The old ship weathered the withering gunfire to ram it's target, the gate of a giant dry-dock. Commandos disembarked and stormed the base, causing extensive damage. Explosives on board the abandoned ship detonated, destroying the dock and the German's ability to readily repair their most formidable battleship, should it become damaged. A minority of the commandos and sailors made it back to England that night on wooden launches that had waited in the harbor. Most were killed or captured. The plan worked because it was correctly surmised that German soldiers would not believe that the Brits would just sail up the waterway in front of them to raid a base several miles inland. To this day, those in military circles refer to the St. Nazaire operation at "The Greatest Raid."
Clara Velky (8 days ago)
He’s British vsauce
JP Labs (9 days ago)
Not just a reference, but a full entry about us? Is this happening? And yes, it is indeed a way of life.
Sandra Johansson (9 days ago)
the first one is so blody simple and great I cant belive no one was thinking liek that before...got to love computers
Rick Deckard (9 days ago)
Argo= or how the c.i.a. Took credit for someone else’s idea.
Justin Akers (10 days ago)
I like your shirt. I have one like it.
Necrodead (12 days ago)
"Houston, we've had a problem" is about the most british way that could be said. Unless followed by "quite alright though, quite alright"
GUILLERMO CISBANI (12 days ago)
Did you say Apollo XIII shuttle? That's wrong
Ryan Coulter (12 days ago)
Bloody Marys? Not Bloody Caesars? They were pretending to be Canadian after all?
javierortiz82 (13 days ago)
Fun fact, URVs still exist in Colombia, using the same name as well (Unidades de Valor Real or UVR), being a commonly accepted sort of currency or monetary unit in mortages, however they're paid in COP colombian pesos. The financial crisis of 1999 bloated their value making the credits monthly quotas to ammount as much as three times as the houses themselves, leading to many families losing their houses after having already payed them many times their original price.
Best Lee Sin NA (13 days ago)
Also, how many times did you laugh off-camera saying "Aswang"?
Best Lee Sin NA (13 days ago)
the vacuum gang has been done in two shows and a movie...before and after the vacuum gang.
Sean Foltz (13 days ago)
Actually the idea of dazzling the ships was so that when there was a number of them sailing together it made it more difficult to pick out an individual ship from the fleet, thus making it more difficult to identify and target an important one as the various ships all blended together thanks to the random shapes and lines.
Henrik Carlsen (14 days ago)
Number 10 was used in the Danish "Olsenbanden" movie (of the early 70'ies), to empty parking meters. Guess they came first.
mark vega (14 days ago)
Bobby Fischer told the truth.
winglessang31 (15 days ago)
Take it to those bastards. They’re thieving us all daily anyway lol.
ICantThinkOfAUsername (15 days ago)
I disliked just because you called it a shuttle
"By Artist" Okay that make sense. He just wanted to display his "art"
Imagine waiting for Argo and getting The USA instead.
sifridbassoon (18 days ago)
in 1453 during the siege of Constantinople, the Ottomans transported their fighting ships overland and down into a previously inaccessible harbor. This resulted in the Byzantines having to divide their defensive forces into three groups (instead of the previous two groups) as well as defend the least defensible section of the city's circumference.
Jay Barker (18 days ago)
The Helicopter escape is the basis for the Charlie Bronson / Robert Duval movie "The Escape"...
Cynthia K. (22 days ago)
I love you
T Evans (22 days ago)
F L E X T A P E ! ! !
George Cullen (22 days ago)
Not a SHUTTLE. The capsule had the explosion. Watch the Tom Hanks movie please if you can not research what was flown.
Hiram Bodon (23 days ago)
Fear the ASSWANG!
Jon Finnell (26 days ago)
Great videos!
TheJoebuddha (27 days ago)
Number 10 was in movie too
SilverStar Heggisist (28 days ago)
Now just imagine the kidney issue if it were legal to sell your own kidney. waiting lists would be a thing of the past.
LadyRedHawk (29 days ago)
The only issue with any organ donated is the chances of rejection; more often than not the recipient of said organ will have to take medication or they might die due to the organ not working. And even with the organ they might still have to have medical support from a machine.
Master of Disguise, much?
Donovaan (30 days ago)
5:51 It wasn't a glitch, it was lazy or rather dumb programming. A glitch is triggered by an actual mistake in a software. The "Press Your Luck" software was intended to be like it was.
P7 2017 (1 month ago)
Minor point of interest: the Apollo program predated the space shuttle by decades. Carry on.
Matt Dodd (1 month ago)
Almost certain you are pronouncing Aswang incorrectly, and should be pronounced as oswong, could be wrong, but that is how i have always heard it said
Lex Alford (1 month ago)
Sounds like the urv is the first version of bitcoin
MrShanester117 (1 month ago)
#1 better be blowing up the Death Star...
TheloniusMage (1 month ago)
Or, as in the case of the #1 pick, a plan so painfully obvious it's crazy it wasn't how things actually worked before
freeman account (1 month ago)
That's numberwang! I mean... asswang...
sandramorrison99 (1 month ago)
Gr8 vid!
Becky Einolf (1 month ago)
About the Henrrietta Lacks segment: It's Johns Hopkins, with an "s" at the end of Johns. Johns was his mother's maiden name.
Whyteferret (1 month ago)
It’s true: duct tape can fix anything!
Brandon Thailand (1 month ago)
Apollo 13 was not a shuttle
m1t2a1 (1 month ago)
The CIA aided by the Canadian government. LOL You're either wrong or a liar.
Funny Funker (1 month ago)
An asswang does sound terrifying.
Cisco Rodz (2 months ago)
"Houston, we've had a problem here"; not Houston we have a problem.
Donald MacLeay (2 months ago)
Leave it to the doctors to come up with a plan that makes them richer. Take a potassium supplement and reduce your sodium intake to avoid kidney problems in the first place.
Chrstphre Campbell (2 months ago)
the kidney daisy chain sound exceptionally crazy, as i would expect a certain fraction of the intermediate donor/recipients to die from a wide variety of 'complications' !!!
James Braithwaite (2 months ago)
Method in madness is a wonderful thing.
Stephen Herbertson (2 months ago)
"Aswang" sounds WAY more funny than scary lol
Keith Walker (2 months ago)
You talk too much!
Frank Kovacs (2 months ago)
Talk WAY too much.
Thomas Busse (2 months ago)
Maybe the US should just identify some third world region for its empire and extract a Kidney tax protection - might as well get some freebies instead of just dropping bombs on them, and we're going to kill them all anyway in the name of Freedom.
Kalle Klæp (2 months ago)
Here are a few more to be mentioned. A family living in the former GDR escaped over the heavily guarded border with a homemade hot air balloon. Three brothers built and homemade hang-glider with an engine on the back. They flew it over the border from GDR to West Germany. The underside of it was decorated with red stars making the border soldiers hesitate to shoot it down. One of them was left behind (can't remember the reason), but the two others had the balls to fly back with that thing and get him out of there some time after this incident. Talking about crazy plans that worked out well...!
Ben Stahr (2 months ago)
The first idea wasn't even new. In 1981 someone diverted the pneumatic tube between the Berlin Casino and it's vault. They dind't intercept every batch to avoid raising suspicion. They started around midnight and then the theft was discovered at 6 a.m. they were long gone and scored 526,000 DM (considering inflation around €600.000 in todays mony)
travis miller (2 months ago)
i came up with that first scheme on my own. Home Depot uses just such a p-tube system
Tom Mayrand (3 months ago)
I love it when a plan comes together
Trinical (3 months ago)
fortnite grabbing adult's attentions and making them play it
TheCaptainLulz (3 months ago)
WRONGY MC WRONGENSTEIN!!!! They celebrated the success of the plans with CAESARS!! what even is this bloody mary you speak of? A BM is vodka and tomato juice, a caesar is, vodka, CLAMATO juice (tomato cocktail and clam juice), Worcestershire sauce, pepper, Tabasco, and if you really need it on a cold day, a heaping spoonful of horseradish. Its like a cold soup with booze, perfect when its just above absolute zero, as is frightfully common here.
Anthony Kurtz (3 months ago)
Vsauce?
Robert Mills (3 months ago)
Really enjoy these lists and educational as well. I also must admit, with what's happening in the US right now, I find an British accent soothing.
ScarlaPhi (3 months ago)
OMG #1 is such a sappy thing I started to cry >.> #1 is an AWESOME idea and I'm glad it's continued to be implemented.
Saveurital (3 months ago)
I watched the movie of the American fugitives from Iran. It was a great movie with full of suspense!
Gerard Kean (3 months ago)
Argo was full of lies
Ken Swain (3 months ago)
The white Lone Ranger is the biggest lie. He was a black man and was the greatest Texas Ranger ever and the greatest woman Texas Ranger was a Black Woman. As your white brothers won't say .. Don't take my word for it, LOOK IT UP.
Future President (3 months ago)
Money is an abstraction that entirely depends on the trust of the populace. When that trust is gone, the currency is doomed.
Kaiser KAWG, cxvii (3 months ago)
You know, slavery worked, but we still dont do it
Coleman Adamson (3 months ago)
The astronaut story is BS. We never went to the moon. NASA lies (about everything).
Steven Van Hulle (3 months ago)
Now you've spoiled the ending of "Apollo 13"!
Steven Van Hulle (3 months ago)
Escaping from prison isn't a crime in Belgium either, but most criminals who do commit one or more crimes in doing so, either out of stupidity or necessity. So when they get caught again most will see their stay in prison prolonged.
Jim Ellison (3 months ago)
GREAT VIDEO...............
Eric Page (3 months ago)
I heard the story about Brasil years ago on an episode of the radio show produced by PRI (Public Radio International) called This American Life. The episode was called The Invention of Money, and had some really interesting stories besides going into much more detail about how these guys, who were basically drinking buddies in collage, saved the Brasilien economy, and became national heros in the process. Great story.
strgazerlilly (3 months ago)
"The 3 man crew aboard the Shuttle " uhh wrong space vehicle 🤔🤔🤔
Pat Stokes (3 months ago)
This one was really interesting. Thanks.
Eric Page (3 months ago)
😊 That's exactly what I thought when he said that. 😁
O. Rothe (3 months ago)
no joke, no clickbait!!
P Schmied (3 months ago)
The idea of having embassy personnel pose as a film crew is a variation on having spies pose as embassy officers, or reporters and using decoys to conceal the actual movement of troops. A closer variation is a thief hiding in a robbed location dressed like a responder such as a fireman or security guard.
Z A (3 months ago)
Once again, I clicked thinking this was the VSauce guy.
Paul Lemke (3 months ago)
The asswang make me so horny.
Bob's Tabletop Sports (3 months ago)
If it's stupid and it works it's not stupid.
Rexthemusketier (3 months ago)
If it LOOKs, stupid and it works. It's not stupid.
Philly Grea (3 months ago)
As long as nobody got hurt in the process I think every robber who managed to pull off a heist in a creative way and get away with it has earned the right to keep their loot. And we all have a funny anecdote to tell for centuries.
MithraMusic (22 days ago)
I'd consider loss of property "hurt"
Henk Van de Goor (4 months ago)
Also, Holland or The Netherlands is nowhere near a ocean. We have the North Sea. The Atlantic is way further out or south (France)...
Henk Van de Goor (4 months ago)
Of course, first one is about Euros so we see dollars in the illustration. Typical...
K Laz (4 months ago)
the subjects are great. the videos...
TheRedArrowExpress (4 months ago)
Donald Trump's campaign for presidency.
Aaron Rosario (4 months ago)
When I was in the Navy I met an old sailor who claimed to have been on one of those dazzled ships. He said not only did it work but it worked really well. But he also said he knew where the lost squadron was located as well so I don't know if he was totally honest.
Toby Towbs (4 months ago)
The Dambusters?! The Rock, starring in movies?! Trump, running for president?!
chris rice (4 months ago)
Building a Fake Alexandria Maskelyne was then asked by Barkas to perform an almost impossible feat to camouflage Alexandria Harbor from air attack. Maskelyne immediately realized that “the harbor is simply too big for us to do anything with it…. We’ve got to move it.” Maskelyne further elaborated his ruse to his Magic Gang. “All we’ve got to do is lay down a network of ground lights and structures at Maryut resembling those at Alex. When we know Jerry’s on the way, we just turn out the harbor lights, turn them on at Maryut Bay, and blow off some explosives we’ve planted. The fires’ll draw them like bees to honey.” To complete the illusion, Maskelyne requisitioned both the searchlights and antiaircraft batteries protecting Alexandria Harbor to be moved up to his decoy harbor at Maryut Bay. The Luftwaffe attacked Alexandria Harbor the next night; however, with Maskelyne’s decoy in place, “the bombers flew, after some initial confusion, to the dummy harbor” and dropped their payloads on Maskelyne’s creation. Bonfires ignited by Maskelyne’s group made an enticing target for the succeeding waves of bombers. To complete the deception for any after-attack Luftwaffe reconnaissance planes, as soon as the bomb run on Maryut Bay was completed, others in Maskelyne’s group tore through Alexandria Harbor removing tarps off piles of phony rubble while also spreading papier-mâché wreckage and creating scarred buildings with painted dropcloths. The ruse continued for eight successive nights. After that, the Luftwaffe suddenly lost interest in Alexandria Harbor.
Corkrebell (4 months ago)
Simon your top tenz are brillant keep up the good stuff
François Jacques (4 months ago)
The vacuum bank job is also a movie now: Logan Lucky!
Davorin Jurišić (4 months ago)
Apollo was not a shuttle!
Bob Johnson (4 months ago)
If the plan worked, it wasn't crazy.
Comrade Koupetorska (4 months ago)
The Helicopter Escape Has Also Happened In Greece
Chris Ashcroft (4 months ago)
"The CIA aided greatly by the Canadian government...." Wrongo. That is how America rewrote history to steal glory. The Argo plan, was a Canadian plan, that they brought the CIA in on, not the other way around. The CIA was very skeptical, and had to be convinced to help. Canada saved those hostages.
CsykKrit (2 days ago)
America doesn't steal glory. They single handedly won WW2 and sorted out Vietnam. I mean, being the oldest civilization on earth will do that. They invented money, gun powder, agriculture and pretty much everything. Just ask them, they are the greatest.
Doug Earnest (20 days ago)
Just to be clear, it wasn't "America" that rewrote the history, it was Hollywood, a far out on the fringe and out of touch with reality entity we don't even claim any more. Just to show how out of touch they are, watch the movie then imagine how much better the real story was.
wesleykop1992 (4 months ago)
Wooooo netherlands :D
Grand Admiral Declann (4 months ago)
12:42 When NASA Engineers failed preschool.
Snowy Heart (4 months ago)
I read a book about the second one haha it was wonderful
adam (4 months ago)
nothing scarier than an asswang...

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