The Quick 10: 10 Problems Solved By MacGyver

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Ever since creating the MacGyver quiz a few weeks ago, I've had the urge to write an article about all of the clever ways MacGyver was able to get himself and others out of potentially life-threatening situations. There's no way I could ever cover all of them, though, so I'll just go with 10 I thought were particularly"¦ interesting.

10 Problems Solved by MacGyver

1. You know those MIT students who used their genius to make lots of money in Vegas? They've got nothing on MacGyver. He makes a pair of trick dice by rounding some of the edges, but my favorite part is how he gets them on to the craps table. He ties some string to a paper clip, attaches the clip to the dress of a woman walking by and then steps on the string, pulling the woman's dress down. When everyone is staring at her, he swaps the dice out.

2. Mac attaches a piece of wire to a blood pressure machine and runs it to an alarm clock. He says that when the man sweats, the alarm goes off. Questionable.

3. I like this one because I envision a bunch of hammered guys sitting around a bar trying to duplicate this. To repair a soda gun (the kind that bartenders use to put tonic in your vodka tonic or Coke in your Jack and Coke), MacGyver sticks one of those little plastic pirate swords that usually impale cherries or olives in it. Using the sword, he opens the CO2 valve, fills a pipe with acetylene and sticks another chunk of pipe in to use as a missle, thus allowing him to escape from some bad guys.

4. Don't let anyone tell you Mac doesn't love the environment. To incubate some eagle eggs, he uses chair padding and some vegetable oil, claiming that the oil plus the padding fibers generates heat.

5. If you go into cardiac arrest with no medical supplies nearby, hopefully someone around you has seen the MacGyver episode where he uses a couple of candlestick holders, a power cord and a floor mat to make a defibrillator.

6. MacGyver in a strip club? Say it ain't so! But don't worry "“ he's too busy figuring out how he can hack cosmetics into weapons to be bothered with a lap dance. He crams make-up powder into a confetti cannon and fires it at his pursuers, blinding them while he escapes.

7. Hot air balloons don't have to be expensive. Just follow Mac's lead and build one out of super glue, clothes, a parachute, condoms, a refrigerator and an old metal box.

8. I'd like to see them try this one on Cold Case Files: when MacGyver finds a human skull, he identifies the person by recreating the face with pencil tips, modeling clay, glass eyeballs and some wool.

9. Proof that MacGyver is daddy material: He built a swinging playpen from a net and hockey sticks and, of course, fastened a diaper with duct tape.

10. This suggestion was actually sent in to the show's writers by an avid fan. MacGyver fixes a Jeep's leaky radiator with some egg whites. First he pours in some water and lets it heat up and then dumps in egg whites, which quickly get cooked by the hot water. The cooked egg whites then seal up the holes in the radiator.

Do you have a favorite MacGyverism I didn't mention? Feel free to share it in the comments.

May 28, 2008 - 10:38am
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