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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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TopTenz (3 months ago)
Hello everyone! We've been experimenting with a bit of a podcast for our Biographics channel (a few people were asking for audio versions so they can get Biographics while doing other things)! Fair warning: none of these are new biographies, but rather me having a bit more of a free form chat around the script. I'd love to know what you think, if these are useful, wanted etc :). Thanks, Simon. Links: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/biographics-history-one-life-at-a-time/id1450405839?mt=2 Sitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/biographics-history-one-life-at-a-time Website: http://biographics.blubrry.net/ RSS: http://biographics.blubrry.net/feed/podcast/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6N9PS4QXF1D0OWPk0Sxtb4 Trolled people: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JzjzwJcRqFZ3BcACtahh8?si=MG5HSm1oT0GTNm_r8_HQcg
love it
Emory desu (6 days ago)
So that ridiculous scene in Superman where Lex escapes from prison via helicopter was possible based on a true story?
M James (7 days ago)
They _should have_ put a bunch of sparkles, Christmas lights and paintings of cats on the ships. I'm not sure of the efficacy of this level of "bedazzle", but moral would most likely skyrocketed. Oh, or they maybe should have painted the ships like giant snakes or sharks or spiders or something... That would have been _sooooooooooooooo_ spooky.
robert clark (7 days ago)
In № 10 How much did the vacuums the gang used cost them or did they steal those as well ?
Christopher Thompson (8 days ago)
4 - OF COURSE they had an inflation problem. The country was supporting like a Brazillion people! Overpopulation! J/K
Behr Willsonn (9 days ago)
What's with these Twilight Zone commercials. I saw two episodes and I just feel all of them are just clever ways to blame whitey for Jordan Peele's frustrations. Does anyone agree?
Renata Gross (13 days ago)
Dearest Simon, you always have the best & most important videos. 👏🏾 🏆
Mackenzie Fines (15 days ago)
If they were really Canadian it would have been caesers !
jo strange (19 days ago)
@toptenz We are trying to place your accent. Can you help us solve a marital argument. I say Canadian and he says trans Atlantic accent. Please help, this could cause a divorce!
james mack (23 days ago)
Houston we`ve had a problem? 12:03 lol
ES676709 NEW GAMER (25 days ago)
If u are Swedish and have seen Jönson ligan u know the first one
Sixth Lord (26 days ago)
I appreciate you saying, "subscribe if you want to", rather than the usual, "don't forget to subscribe". As if the possibility I may not enjoy the video, and not wish to see any more of said person's content, does not exist. Overall, you do have some of the most consistently interesting and well made videos I've seen. Thanks, keep it up.
Eric Larrivee (27 days ago)
Apollo 13 what a fish story .😀😅😂🤣
Karen Mullen (27 days ago)
Wow... blown away
Karen Mullen (27 days ago)
Don't you mean "cartwheelers"? Flipping from one to another of various info sources, nearly simultaneously, looking for critical information. It is a term used in law research by attorneys and paralegals, law secretaries & students researching and cross referencing back when flipping through books was the way to get la briefs, theory, dissertations, procedure and protocol, citations, or essays done well. I can't find "carpet wheeling" in the Almighty O. E. D. OR the internet at large, therefore it must not exist, even in slang.
Mark Forster (28 days ago)
I didn't hear a single crazy plan in this video!
Seona Elizabeth Coster (28 days ago)
What?!? No 'Operation Mincemeat'?
ericmarseille2 (28 days ago)
You forgot the craziest of all : England has almost totally invaded us, Sire, this is the end of France...But there's a 16-years old peasant girl here who wants to lead the army. - DEAL!
maskedavenger777 (1 month ago)
Every country boy with a broken down pickup truck knows the wonders of duct tape.
GEOindustries0 (1 month ago)
No Trojan Horse?
Bianca Durante (1 month ago)
My parents always tell me stories from the time of the super inflation... Those were hard times... And the first real bills were not the ones you showed on the video. Those are more recent, created to imitate the Euro bills (Brazilians and our thing about thinking that anything that comes from another country is better than what we make here... 🙄)
Prester Fred (1 month ago)
Juan Pujol Garcia, who became a double agent in World War Two _on his own initiative._ He won the Nazis' trust and they gave him as wad of cash and sent him to England to set up a spy network. Instead, he moved to Portugal and started sending bogus reports. When the British found out about him, they were so impressed that they hired him to keep it up. After the war, one of his proudest possessions was the medal the Nazis awarded him just before the end: the Iron Cross for distinguished service.
TecDax (1 month ago)
How can you tell that Asswang story with a straight face?
Josh F (1 month ago)
15:45 some simple graphics would be of GREAT help here...
KyleCorbeau (1 month ago)
16:08 It's late, but it's there. The initial version of donation is top left, the version he describes at 15:45 is top right, the computer generator domino is on bottom.
clicking on rocks (1 month ago)
Nothing is scarier than an Asswang.
Renzo van den Brand (1 month ago)
How is 2 a crazy idea im confused i think it was a briliant idea
Tait Jones (1 month ago)
When I read the title of this video in my feed, my first thought was : 911?
ro shif1974 (1 month ago)
You've got to be kidding me..."asswang"??? Really?😂
Simon Olsson (1 month ago)
about the last one. the donor change sounds a lot like going from a natural economy to a monetary economy. I sell a car and want carrots but the one who wants my car has eggs. I can then sell my car for money to the egg farmer and use them to buy carrots. It may sound like a crazy idea, but we have done that in Sweden since before the Viking Age
no way (1 month ago)
those ops your talking about were alot darker then you know
anne welch (1 month ago)
The city of Venice turned to the Netherlands for help in keeping the water at bay (sorry about the pun.) Of course they helped Venice.
Ray Ceeya (1 month ago)
What, no mention of Operation Mincemeat? That's a hell of a story.
rosiegary (1 month ago)
it was not a shuttle it was an Apollo Spacecraft.
Hula Girl (1 month ago)
I was in Hawaii when Apollo 13 safely landed! I have autographs of the astronauts.
Token Handicap (1 month ago)
#1 restores my faith in humanity a little more.
Inori Fay (1 month ago)
"if it's stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid!" - Homer Simpson
Ekim Yazici (2 months ago)
İ liked this video because of your secret chuckle about the rescue mission.
Jess Korte (2 months ago)
There's something wrong with the captions on this video.
dajzilla (2 months ago)
i think this guy is faking his accent. seriously.
PHILIP WATSON 5 (2 months ago)
Escaping from prison in Mexico is NOT a crime lmfao
Amir Abudubai (2 months ago)
It isn't in most countries. It is meant to prevent escapees from getting desperate and committing more crimes to avoid being recaught.
Alida Green (2 months ago)
Oh Walmarts an easy grocery target. I worked there as a cashier for 5 years in my younger days. One day I had 70 hundred dollar bills in my drawer and the 20s stacked so high they wouldn't fit. Over 10k easy. I alerted management that I had too much money but they were too lazy to come and get it. If someone tried to rob you they tell you in the training to "pretend to faint". No thanks people who pay me 6 dollars an hour. I'm not busting my head to make a faint look real. The robber can have the money gift wrapped with my blessing.
RWBimbie (2 months ago)
I have a kidney I'm not really using, and I would totally SELL MY KIDNEY TO SAVE A LIFE.. _~if the law allowed that~_ ...but the law DONT allow me to sell my kidney, so I guess folks needing it are just gonna die from 'burdensome fed regulations'
MrMianning (2 months ago)
Another one that could've been on the list: Some guy escaped from the GDR to West Berlin by abducting a plane using a toy pistol.
Patrick Howie (2 months ago)
Asswang vampires feed on a different body fluid (;
1earflapping (2 months ago)
I don't think the kidney transplant scheme should be labeled 'crazy'. It was ingenious, yes, but based on a larger view of the problem rather than being a quick fix, as with most of the other cases.
talon55130 (2 months ago)
#4 You forgot to mention a movie was made based on the helicopter escape. "Break Out" with Charles Bronson as the pilot.
Will Engle (2 months ago)
9:23 damn near spit my drink out. What's that called again?!?!?!
GandalFarCough (3 months ago)
Dickbutt’s not so famous brother Asswang...
EvilJ069 (3 months ago)
I'm blood type O-, meaning universal donor. Anyone needing my contact information can pay me $50K. But the kidney will be free ;-)
mike acton (3 months ago)
trump being elected president, a totally crazy plan that sadly worked.
To Toptenz Needing a kidney section (kidney failure), check out Heinerman's Encylopedia of Nuts, Berries and Seeds, page 288. Dr. John Heinerman is a medical anthropologist.
The Shag (3 months ago)
Apollo 13 wasn't a shuttle! Why believe ANYTHING you say if you make such SLOPPY mistakes?!?
Guy VanArsdall (3 months ago)
I'm terrified of the idea of something called the aswang!
Mellifluous (3 months ago)
12:07 i remember different words x)
Firmicute s (3 months ago)
dreadnought hoax
IshidaNikurasu (3 months ago)
Brazillians planing? HAHAHA!! Havent seen any other culture where planing is lieatrily thrown out the window several times over during a day. Even worse when you're there for 3 months straight.. Coming froma European engaged to a Brazillian.. One of the biggest problems in the relationship early on..
John White (3 months ago)
Operation Mincemeat deserved a mention.
Cosimo Kramarawicz (3 months ago)
Plan 9 from outer space.
Steve Strickland (3 months ago)
wasnt there a movie with bronson about escaping from a mexican prison in a helecoper.... called breakout i thing
Yautja Prime (3 months ago)
I assure you many people who need money would sell a kidney if they would pay enough. If you want my organ, you will pay my bills for life.
Stephen Olan (3 months ago)
Don't you watch your own videos? When you were talking about the nonsense from the movie Argo you showed articles talking about how what you were saying was wrong. It was not an American operation.
Stephen Olan (3 months ago)
Jummy Carter said that Argo was 90% fiction. It was not the CIA that rescued them. It was the Canadian government. AFAIK the only think the CIA did was provide false IDs that ended up having incorrect dates on them that would have gotten everyone caught if they had been used.
Andrew Swift (3 months ago)
Apollo 13 wasn't a shuttle mission. That's why it was called Apollo 13. Thanks for you videos, I really enjoy them.
A Part-time Astronaut (3 months ago)
Since when is escaping jail not a crime in mexico? If so why are there still ppl in prisons then?
Geographus (3 months ago)
Obviously the authorities will stop you if you try and will still pursue you if you escape and put you back into jail if they catch you, but as long as you don't commit any other crimes while escaping (e.g. taking a guard as hostage or injuring them, destroy cell walls or steal a getaway car, simply escaping from prison won't add to your sentence. It's the same in Germany and Austria.
BelacPlayz (4 months ago)
666th's Comment
Rafferty1968 (4 months ago)
The Kaplan escape was made into a movie called Breakout in 1975, with Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland (ofc) and Robert Duvall.
Tyler Stanley (4 months ago)
Using a homemade hot-air balloon to escape over the Berlin Wall?
oblivious93massacre (4 months ago)
666 downvotes... curious... lol
MasterBeiber Everything (4 months ago)
only disliked just to be the 666th dislike this video was great though
dixievfd55 (4 months ago)
Escaping from prison is not a crime in Mexico? Gonna need some citation for that.
Geographus (3 months ago)
I can't speak for Mexico, but it is also not a crime in Germany and in other countries as well. The reasoning behind this is, that the desire for freedom is human nature so every human will try to escape from captivity. As long as you don't commit any other crimes while escaping (e.g. taking a guard as hostage or injuring them, destroy cell walls or steal a getaway car, simply escaping from prison won't add to your sentence. Of course the authorities will still pursue you and will put you back into jail if they catch you, but you won't serve a longer sentence because of escaping.
Zurt (4 months 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 months 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 (4 months ago)
I didn’t know there were so many dikes in Rotterdam.
Nacho Pop's (4 months ago)
Vsauce is lit
John Beckman (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
He’s British vsauce
JP Labs (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Argo= or how the c.i.a. Took credit for someone else’s idea.
Justin Akers (4 months ago)
I like your shirt. I have one like it.
Necrodead (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Did you say Apollo XIII shuttle? That's wrong
Ryan Coulter (4 months ago)
Bloody Marys? Not Bloody Caesars? They were pretending to be Canadian after all?
javierortiz82 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Also, how many times did you laugh off-camera saying "Aswang"?
Best Lee Sin NA (4 months ago)
the vacuum gang has been done in two shows and a movie...before and after the vacuum gang.
Sean Foltz (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Bobby Fischer told the truth.
winglessang31 (4 months ago)
Take it to those bastards. They’re thieving us all daily anyway lol.
ICantThinkOfAUsername (4 months ago)
I disliked just because you called it a shuttle
Slimeustas (4 months ago)
"By Artist" Okay that make sense. He just wanted to display his "art"
Slimeustas (4 months ago)
Imagine waiting for Argo and getting The USA instead.
sifridbassoon (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
The Helicopter escape is the basis for the Charlie Bronson / Robert Duval movie "The Escape"...
Cynthia K. (4 months ago)
I love you
T Evans (4 months ago)
F L E X T A P E ! ! !
George Cullen (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Fear the ASSWANG!
Jon Finnell (5 months ago)
Great videos!

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