improvised tools

A $50 million heist with improvised tools

The master tools of real-life breaking and entering are typically just everyday objects, reimagined and transformed for criminal purposes. Consider the shockingly successful Antwerp diamond heist back in February 2003, when more than $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen from a high-security vault in the center of that city’s well-protected jewelry district. To a great extent, the extraordinary ease with which that crime was carried out came down to simple objects bought from the local hardware store. A broomstick, a brick of polystyrene, some black electrical tape, a can of hair spray: these were enough to subvert and neutralize more than a million dollars’ worth of high-tech security sensors, as if a rewards shopper at Home Depot had somehow managed to rob Fort Knox.

Think, for a second, about how frustrating this would be: you install some futuristic motion detector in your underground supervault and a bunch of anonymous strangers get around it by sticking a piece of Styrofoam on the end of a broomstick; stand that up in front of a motion detector while the lights are still off and it won’t see anything move for weeks. It’s embarrassing. You could try to catch the bad guys using your state-of-the-art thermal  camera—something space-age and intimidating—but they’ve got a can of hair spray. They uncap it and coat your fine-tuned electronics with a sticky film of aerosolized beauty products and render it useless. So you turn to your light sensor, something so sensitive it can pick up even the glow of an uncovered wristwatch—but your ingenious adversaries have arrived with a roll of electrical tape. They rip off a few inches, wrap it around your sensor, and all that gear is now totally obsolete. The vault is theirs to ransack. They have spent less than fifty bucks at a hardware store, yet they’ve caught your million-dollar setup with its pants down.

~ Geoff Manaugh, A Burglar’s Guide to the City

Pictures from Wired: The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist, a detailed account of the Antwerp heist.

phantasmorgasmic  asked:

I recently watched an anime called Drifters, and a scene in E3 interested me. The protagonist pinned an enemy captain down and continuously rammed the tip of his nodachi scabbard into the captain's face; ignoring all the other unrealistic fight scenes for that show, is this type of tactic plausible? The protag did it to simply hurt the captain and keep him stationary for a few minutes for something else, but if your scabbard was solid enough, could you use it as a last resort weapon?

Not really, “as a weapon,” but it is possible to use a ridged scabbard somewhat creatively in combat. Mostly I’m thinking of using one as an improvised parrying tool. Though there are some other potential applications. For example: Blocking an incoming strike with the scabbard and then striking their swordarm with the blade.

Poking someone with the scabbard is technically possible, but there isn’t much point. Nothing prevents them from grabbing the scabbard in retaliation, and it’s not going to be doing any appreciable damage. But, if you really want your character to aggressively annoy someone, then it is one of many options.


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cliquey teen witches

goth witches who pay more attention to style than color because a quick spell can turn anything black, who have darkly colored familiars that hide amongst their dirty clothes, who like to creep people out with bogus rituals and subtly steer their non-magic friends away from dangerous spells, who spread misinformation about dangerously romanticized creatures like vampires and werewolves to keep non-magic people from actually getting tangled up with such things

jock witches who have a really hard time figuring out how to balance school and sports and social life and magic, who look up spells and potions that can help them learn things faster or remember things better so they can keep their grades up and still help their team ace the next play, who drink potions instead of protein shakes, who don’t see the harm in using their magic to cheat just a little bit, who don’t see why they shouldn’t use their magic to get back at the other team for cheating

geeky witches who enchant their televisions to record all of their favorite shows instead of using a dvr, who argue with their gm/dm all the time about how magic should work in their table top and try to figure out real world equivalents to the magic in their video games, who cast holding spells on their shelves so they don’t have to stop buying books, who use organizational spells on their comic book collections and enchant posters into alternating school and fandom cheat sheets

preppy witches who only buy the finest ingredients for their potions and always have the most expensive magical tools, who were taught magic from an early age by tutors from around the world, who pay other people to perform the rituals they find menial or just plain boring, who enchant their wardrobes to keep up with the latest fashion trends for them, who use magic to make certain that they always throw the best parties, who use spells to keep themselves looking immaculate

slacker witches who use magic to do all of their chores, who don’t see the point in performing a ritual if a spell has approximately the same effect, who don’t see the point in learning a spell if they don’t feel like they’ll ever use it, who find magical ways to keep up with schoolwork just enough to not flunk out, who cast tracking spells on their magical tools because otherwise they’d never find them when they actually needed them, who cast odor blocking spells instead of doing laundry

nerd witches who use magic to help them prepare for tests and complete their research, who complain that they never have enough time to properly finish both their school work and their magical studies, who are fascinated with the idea of combining magic with science, who are always trying to update and improve ancient magic, who are always overthinking and often use more complex spells and rituals than is strictly necessary because they forget that the simpler ones exist

arty witches who have to hunt through sketchbooks for spells and spell books for sketches, who use magic to finish written homework while they practice their instrument, who enchant pens to translate their thoughts into words and images, who occasionally bungle a simple potion because they got paint in the mix, who enchant their sheet music to play itself because they can’t read it or just learn better by ear, who are excellent at improvising spells and substituting tools and ingredients

witches who fit themselves right into high school cliques and stereotypes because they’re really just normal kids when you take away their wands and cauldrons


Escaping Handcuffs

Professional grade handcuffs are opened within seconds, using a humble office paperclip.

Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance ,mystery yet to be solved?

Amelia Earhart’s disappearance is still one of the most famous mysteries. In an attempt to fly around the world, the American pilot and her co-pilot vanished near Howland Island,24 hours after leaving Lae, New Guinea in the central Pacific Ocean in 1937.

The Mystery of Aemelia Earhart has captured the imagination of young and old, amateur and professional, since she disappeared on July 2, 1937 on her flight over the Pacific which would complete her around-the-world flight - the longest (following the equatorial route) and the first by a woman.
Despite a $4m search which covered 250,000 square miles of ocean, no trace of the pair was ever found. Most researchers believe that the plane ran out of fuel and ditched into the sea.

Theories about disappearance

There are three main hypotheses – that is, educated guesses that can be tested through research and exploration:

Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. What happened to them?

1. They crashed at sea;

2. They were captured by the Japanese military and died; or

3. They landed on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited coral atoll in what is now the Republic of Kiribati, survived for awhile but finally died.

Despite massive search efforts by the U.S. Navy, Earhart and her plane wreckage were never found. The longtime mystery has led to creative conspiracy theories. Among the most popular are that she was a spy and that she landed and was executed by the Japanese. Another one claimed that she survived, moved to New Jersey and assumed a new identity.

For a long time, the most likely explanation was that the plane ran out of fuel and the flyers ditched or crashed and then died at sea. More recently, another theory has gained some traction. It holds that the flyers landed on uninhabited Nikumaroro Island, formerly called Gardner Island.

According to the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), Earhart and Noonan survived on the island for several weeks. They caught fish, seabirds and turtles and collected rainwater. Earhart died at a campsite on the island’s southeast end. Noonan’s fate is unknown.

This theory is based on on-site investigations that have revealed improvised tools, bits of clothing, plexiglass and an aluminum panel. In May 2012, investigators found a jar of freckle cream that some believe could have belonged to Earhart. Additionally, reports of lost distress calls have been reported.

Also, in 1940, a British Colonial Service officer found a partial skeleton on the island, as well as a campfire, animal bones, a sextant box and remnants of a man’s shoe and a woman’s shoe. The officer thought he may have discovered Earhart’s remains, but a doctor believed the skeleton to be male, and American authorities were not notified. The bones were later lost. Recent computerized analysis of the skeleton’s measurements suggests that the skeleton was probably that of a white, northern European female.

TIGHAR has led several expeditions to the island and found artifacts that suggest they were left by an American woman of the 1930s. The organization plans more expeditions in the next few years.


Finally got around to assembling my damn trunk kit! Now I can stop for roadkill whenever I see it without having to improvise tools. It includes:

▲ Cooler
▲ Knife Set
▲ Trash Bags
▲ Gloves
▲ Skewer
▲ Bucket

Don’t ask about the skewer it just comes in handy sometimes, I swear. The cooler can be filled with wet or dry ice if I’m a good distance from the house coz I love my Prizm and don’t want anyone rotting in the trunk. I also keep a first aide kit in the glovebox with some other general tools, otherwise I’d carry some manner of disinfectant in the kit. Might anyway!

Tactical Leadership – Ruby's Tools, Jaune's Improvisations

Ruby is an engineer. She solves practical problems by making tools, whether those be machines or plans. Given time to see what Weiss and Blake could do and what wasn’t working against the Giant Nevermore, Ruby devised a plan that combined the elements available to her into a powerful tool. But she needed her allies to cover her until she could explain to them (off-screen) what she needed them to do. After they became a proper team, Ruby devised a number of specially code-named and pre-practiced maneuvers as ready-made tools she could call upon to respond to future challenges without needing time to explain.

Jaune clearly sees the benefits in this approach, but it seems to have not occurred him to try it until after seeing Ruby use it in the match before his. Or, if he had the idea earlier, he didn’t realize how much practice it would take to make his plans stick in his teammate’s minds and left them to forget it.

Fortunately, Jaune is a dancer. The thing about performance art is that the show must go on, no matter what mistakes are made or what improvisations are required. No two performances are ever quite the same, and Jaune has learned how to read the movement of many different pieces of his environment to see the immediate, simple solution that knocks all of the pieces back into place. He directs a teammate’s attention to where it needs to be, and trusts them to figure it out.

It will be interesting to see if they learn from each other, as members of the same unofficial team.

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bingogona  asked:

Kirigiri cuts off her arm off using one of Izayoi's blades between the escape room and reuniting with Naegi, but keeps her NG code private to keep him from blaming himself.

A/N You guys have no idea how much I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me a prompt like this BECAUSE I WAS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO DO THIS IN THE ANIME. Thank you for this opportunity.

Hands Off - cheating the NG code

Kirigiri’s time  was almost up.

In less than an hour, she’ll fall asleep and won’t ever wake up after. Such was her fate when she was given such an unfair NG code. How petty and cruel of the mastermind to target Naegi personally like this. And how moronic of them to think that this was enough to fill him with despair. Even if she didn’t survive this, he will and along him with him, hope will live on. She’ll stay by his side even in death.

However, maybe she didn’t have to die.

She thought hopefully as she stared at the blade in her hand, her right hand specifically. She’s thought about this before and carefully considered this in every angle. She planned on severing her hand along with her bracelet off. She’s technically not breaking any rules with this although she’ll most likely die from bleeding.

That’s where this blade comes in.

This was blade was no ordinary blade. This was special. It was built not only to cut but to cut with such intense heat. Its temperature was so hot that it could easily slice and melt metal– and also cauterize wounds.

In short, she had found a loophole.

She calmly stared at her left hand as a whirlpool of emotions swirled inside of her. She had only made it this far because someone had reached out for this hand and saved her. Her hand clenched into a fist at the memory. Her fingers dug deep onto her palm as if this was her way of memorizing this physical feeling she was about to give up on.

She’ll miss having a left hand but if she gets to live without it then it was just a small price to pay.

With her decision made and her resolve absolute, she braced herself for the act. Her teeth clenched a handkerchief to muffle her screams and beside her were improvised first aid tools. With her right hand, she pressed a button on the blade’s handle and activated the searing function on it.

And in one fell swoop, she had cut off her bracelet along with her hand.

She had cheated her way out of her NG code and secured herself more time if only just a little bit more.


Mob Arena Release Party

Happy MariMarch, everyone! This Saturday we will be unveiling our first Mob Arena, Rabbit Arena, an arena loosely based on Alice in Wonderland! We will be having a party at 8pm EST (5pm PST) Saturday to celebrate the grand opening, and we will be giving away cool and unique prizes for everyone who plays the arena! Come and play with us! Click the read more below for extra info about the plugin and what you can find in the Arena. Thank you for playing MarimoCraft!

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The above hero to leg-humping yap-rats everywhere is a man named Michael Hammons, a PTSD-diagnosed Desert Storm veteran who observed a tragedy-in-the-making taking place in May in a Georgia shopping center. As three marginally concerned citizens puttered around, deciding what to do about the Yorkshire terrier that he felt was in distress inside an unattended Ford Mustang in the parking lot, Hammons seized the initiative by tearing an armrest from his wife’s wheelchair, then deploying the improvised bludgeoning tool to shatter a window and free the imperiled pup.

When the owner of both dog and vehicle returned, however, she didn’t look quite so kindly upon Hammons’ commitment to canine welfare. After calling the police, she furiously demanded he be arrested for giving her car the Elin Nordegren treatment. And since Georgia has a law that allows for one to break into a car to rescue a human, but no such provision for pets, the police had no choice but to place Hammons in a pair of cuffs.

5 Good Deeds That Were Punished With Excessive Cruelty

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So often when you are homesteading, especially on a new homestead, you may not have everything necessary to do the job you are doing. It is sometimes - ok, more than just sometimes - necessary to improvise. We don’t have any carpenter nail bags to hold nails while we build the free house. It is about 30 miles one way to the nearest store where we might buy cheap nail bags, but then we also have to come up with the money for the nail bag. Carpentry and construction tools can be expensive! So what to do? Improvise! Watch the video to see our solution :)