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Macgyver
List of problems solved by MacGyver only on Wikipedia of course via Kottke.

MacGyver is in a room trying to get out, but sees the key in the other side of the locked door. He takes out a map, unfurls it and sticks it under the door. He then pushes the key out of the lock using his Swiss Army knife, which lands on the map. He then drags the map back under the door, thereby getting the key to unlock him from the room.

In order to disguise himself, MacGyver rolls up the same map and uses it as a peashooter to distract a woman who was washing some clothes.

To get away from a guard with a gun aimed at him, he wraps the same map around an iron bar to disguise the bar from the guard. He first bats away the gun and then slugs guard in the chest with it.

MacGyver uses the same map again as a makeshift sled to slide down sand dunes to get away from the guards chasing him.

While escaping the guards, one of them shoots a bullet through the side of the balloon he is escaping in. He uses the same map and some duct tape to patch a hole over the balloon fabric and escape.

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Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Ken Denmead says:

    Just a name-drop: we all went up to Vancouver last weekend for the Stargate convention Gatecon, and got to meet and listen to RDA. He was really, really funny, and very nice. Got some pix up on the blog:

    http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2008/08/geekdad-goes-to.html

  2. Frank Y says:

    That episode was from one of the first seasons too. It was a good one.
    Good Ole MacGyver!!
    MacGyver rocks and inspires people to keep an open mind and think outside the box to solve problems, that is why my son’s name is Jamison Macgyver!!!

  3. mike says:

    MacGyver Makes Bomb out of a Wheelchair to Escape from an Elevator

  4. Jerry Lewis says:

    MacGyver breaks a padlock with magnesium alloy fragments, an iron pipe, some cloth, and a match. First he rolls up the cloth to fit snugly into the pipe, and pushes it down a few inches to make a stop. He gets the magnesium from the spokes of a wheelchair’s lower wheel and stuffs it on top of the cloth, and then covers that with another cloth. He wedges the pipe into the end of the padlock and lights the cloth on fire, causing the iron to heat up and expand. As it expands, it weakens and finally breaks the lock.

  5. Bishop says:

    Using a chocolate bar to neutralize the acid coming under the door.

  6. bondo says:

    MacGyver is trapped in a mine and Murdock has blocked off the entrance (or maybe he was trying to get in? Either way) with a bunch of trip wire that will explode the whole place! MacGyver takes the shotgun he has and takes one of the shells apart and pulls the gunpowder and pellets out of it, hammers the pellets flat. He then cracks the shotgun in half (like you would to load it) and sets it on the ground up against the lowest tripwire and uses the gunpowder and flattened pellets to ‘solder’ the tripwire to the barrel of the shotgun so he can clip the wire and crawl under the shotgun.

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