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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 (1 month ago)
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love it
Jess Korte (1 day ago)
There's something wrong with the captions on this video.
dajzilla (7 days ago)
i think this guy is faking his accent. seriously.
PHILIP WATSON 5 (10 days ago)
Escaping from prison in Mexico is NOT a crime lmfao
Amir Abudubai (10 days 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 (11 days 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 (15 days 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 (15 days 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 (16 days ago)
Asswang vampires feed on a different body fluid (;
1earflapping (21 days 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 (21 days ago)
#4 You forgot to mention a movie was made based on the helicopter escape. "Break Out" with Charles Bronson as the pilot.
Muteteli Harvey (22 days ago)
They used dykes to protect them from sea and rivers...mmmk 😜🤣
Will Engle (22 days ago)
9:23 damn near spit my drink out. What's that called again?!?!?!
GandalFarCough (25 days ago)
Dickbutt’s not so famous brother Asswang...
EvilJ069 (26 days 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Apollo 13 wasn't a shuttle! Why believe ANYTHING you say if you make such SLOPPY mistakes?!?
Guy VanArsdall (1 month ago)
I'm terrified of the idea of something called the aswang!
Mellifluous (1 month ago)
12:07 i remember different words x)
Firmicute s (1 month ago)
dreadnought hoax
IshidaNikurasu (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Operation Mincemeat deserved a mention.
Cosimo Kramarawicz (1 month ago)
Plan 9 from outer space.
Steve Strickland (1 month ago)
wasnt there a movie with bronson about escaping from a mexican prison in a helecoper.... called breakout i thing
Yautja Prime (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Since when is escaping jail not a crime in mexico? If so why are there still ppl in prisons then?
Geographus666 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
666th's Comment
Rafferty1968 (1 month ago)
The Kaplan escape was made into a movie called Breakout in 1975, with Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland (ofc) and Robert Duvall.
Tyler Stanley (2 months ago)
Using a homemade hot-air balloon to escape over the Berlin Wall?
oblivious93massacre (2 months ago)
666 downvotes... curious... lol
MasterBeiber Everything (2 months ago)
only disliked just to be the 666th dislike this video was great though
dixievfd55 (2 months ago)
Escaping from prison is not a crime in Mexico? Gonna need some citation for that.
Geographus666 (1 month 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
I didn’t know there were so many dikes in Rotterdam.
Nacho Pop's (2 months ago)
Vsauce is lit
John Beckman (2 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 (2 months ago)
He’s British vsauce
JP Labs (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Argo= or how the c.i.a. Took credit for someone else’s idea.
Justin Akers (2 months ago)
I like your shirt. I have one like it.
Necrodead (2 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 (2 months ago)
Did you say Apollo XIII shuttle? That's wrong
Ryan Coulter (2 months ago)
Bloody Marys? Not Bloody Caesars? They were pretending to be Canadian after all?
javierortiz82 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Also, how many times did you laugh off-camera saying "Aswang"?
Best Lee Sin NA (2 months ago)
the vacuum gang has been done in two shows and a movie...before and after the vacuum gang.
Sean Foltz (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Bobby Fischer told the truth.
winglessang31 (2 months ago)
Take it to those bastards. They’re thieving us all daily anyway lol.
ICantThinkOfAUsername (2 months ago)
I disliked just because you called it a shuttle
Slimeustas (2 months ago)
"By Artist" Okay that make sense. He just wanted to display his "art"
Slimeustas (2 months ago)
Imagine waiting for Argo and getting The USA instead.
sifridbassoon (2 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 (2 months ago)
The Helicopter escape is the basis for the Charlie Bronson / Robert Duval movie "The Escape"...
Cynthia K. (2 months ago)
I love you
T Evans (2 months ago)
F L E X T A P E ! ! !
George Cullen (2 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 (2 months ago)
Fear the ASSWANG!
Jon Finnell (2 months ago)
Great videos!
TheJoebuddha (2 months ago)
Number 10 was in movie too
SilverStar Heggisist (3 months 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 (3 months 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.
Donovaan (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Minor point of interest: the Apollo program predated the space shuttle by decades. Carry on.
Matt Dodd (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Sounds like the urv is the first version of bitcoin
MrShanester117 (3 months ago)
#1 better be blowing up the Death Star...
TheloniusMage (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
That's numberwang! I mean... asswang...
sandramorrison99 (3 months ago)
Gr8 vid!
Becky Einolf (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
It’s true: duct tape can fix anything!
Brandon Thailand (3 months ago)
Apollo 13 was not a shuttle
m1t2a1 (3 months ago)
The CIA aided by the Canadian government. LOL You're either wrong or a liar.
Funny Funker (4 months ago)
An asswang does sound terrifying.
Cisco Rodz (4 months ago)
"Houston, we've had a problem here"; not Houston we have a problem.
Donald MacLeay (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Method in madness is a wonderful thing.
Stephen Herbertson (4 months ago)
"Aswang" sounds WAY more funny than scary lol
Keith Walker (4 months ago)
You talk too much!
Frank Kovacs (4 months ago)
Talk WAY too much.
Thomas Busse (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
i came up with that first scheme on my own. Home Depot uses just such a p-tube system
Tom Mayrand (5 months ago)
I love it when a plan comes together
Trinical (5 months ago)
fortnite grabbing adult's attentions and making them play it
TheCaptainLulz (5 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 (5 months ago)
Vsauce?
Robert Mills (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
I watched the movie of the American fugitives from Iran. It was a great movie with full of suspense!
Gerard Kean (5 months ago)
Argo was full of lies

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