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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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Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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