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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
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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.
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'
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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