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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…
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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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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