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How to Get Out of Handcuffs

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Nothing’s more interesting than an escape from seemingly unbeatable restraints, which may explain why magicians do surprisingly well with the ladies. While you may not be ready to worm your way out of a straitjacket just yet, you can still astonish a crowd by slipping out of a set of handcuffs.

1. Consider the Situation

Before you break free of your handcuffs, make sure your daring escape is a good idea. If law enforcement put the cuffs on you in the first place, keep them on – breaking free will only make your situation worse. Only use this maneuver in recreational settings.

2. Pin it Down

Every spy movie you’ve ever seen was right; bobby pins are incredibly handy for slipping out of cuffs. Have a friend cuff your hands in front of you, then figure out how to retrieve a bobby pin you’ve hidden somewhere on your body. Pull the little rubber tips off the end.

3. Round the Bends

Your bobby pin isn’t going to be ready right away. Prepare it by unbending the pin so its two halves form a right angle. Using pliers or the keyhole of the cuffs themselves, bend the tip of the straight portion of the bobby pin so that it ends with what looks like a small capital “L.”

4. Get in the Hole

Unlike the deadbolt on your front door, the lock on handcuffs isn’t particularly complicated. To pop it open, slip the angled end of your bobby pin into the thin part of the keyhole. While pressing down, rotate the pick in the slot. It may take a few tries, but the lock should pop open.

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This Crafty Bicycle Can Knit a Scarf in 5 Minutes
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Knitting can be a time-consuming, meticulous task, but it doesn’t need to be. At least not if you’re George Barratt-Jones. As The Morning News spotted, the Dutch designer recently created a human-powered automated knitting machine that can make a scarf while you wait for your train to arrive.

The Cyclo-Knitter is essentially a bicycle-powered loom. As you pedal a stationary bike, the spinning front wheel powers a knitting machine placed on top of a wooden tower. The freshly knitted fabric descends from the top of the tower as the machine works, lowering your brand-new scarf.

Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones from George Barratt-Jones on Vimeo.

“Imagine it’s the midst of winter,” Barratt-Jones, who founded an online skill-sharing platform called Kraftz, writes of the product on Imgur. “You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait, and in the end, you are left with a free scarf!”

Seems like a pretty good use of your commute down-time, right?

If you're a fan of more traditional knitting methods, check out these knitting projects that can put your needles to work, no bicycle required.

[h/t The Morning News]

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Move Over, MoviePass: AMC Is Launching a $20 Per Month Subscription
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Attention serial movie-watchers: There's a new subscription service vying for your attention. Nearly a year after MoviePass brought its fee down to less than $10 a month to see one movie a day, AMC Theatres is rolling out its own monthly plan as an alternative. As Variety reports, you can now see three movies per week at any AMC cinema if you pay $19.95 a month.

The new program, called AMC Stubs A-List, has some clear disadvantages compared to MoviePass. AMC's monthly fee is nearly twice as high and it's good for less than half the amount of movie tickets. And while AMC Stubs A-List only works at AMC locations, MoviePass can be used at pretty much any movie theater that accepts Mastercard.

But once you look at the fine print of both deals, AMC's selling points start to emerge. A subscription through AMC gets you access to films shown in 3D, IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and RealD—none of which are covered by MoviePass. And unlike MoviePass subscribers, people with AMC can watch multiple movies in a single day, watch the same movie more than once, and book tickets in advance online. (That means actually getting to see a big movie on opening weekend before it's been spoiled for you).

There's another reason MoviePass users may have to jump ship: Its critics say its business model is unsustainable. For every movie ticket that's purchased with MoviePass, the company has to pay the full price. That means MoviePass actually loses money as more people sign up.

This has led some people to speculate the service is on its way to collapse, but MoviePass insists it has a strategy to stay afloat. Instead of relying on money from subscriptions, it wants to use the consumer data it has collected from its millions of customers to turn a profit. It's also investing in movies through its MoviePass Ventures arm (the company helped fund the new movie Gotti, which is currently making headlines for its zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating). But if those plans aren't enough to quiet the hesitations you have about the company, you'll have the chance to make the switch to AMC on June 26.

[h/t Variety]

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