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Defusing Movie Bombs

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by D from BC, Sep 6, 2007.

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  1. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    "Cut the green wire.."
    "No! Cut the red wire.."


    I have a movie idea..perhaps for a new Austin Powers movie..

    Austin has to defuse a bomb..
    He gets instructions to cut the red wire..

    He carefully opens the bomb cover.
    Suddenly... a huge ball of 4000 tangled multicolored wires spill out
    onto the floor.

    D from BC
  2. I like it!

    A classic version of that is Harrison Ford in Air Force One when he
    was given 5 options (Yellow, Green, Red, White & Blue) and had to cut
    two wires. Of course, in a groan worthy Yank Wank scene he chose to
    keep good'ol Red, White & Blue.

    I loved the bomb disarm sequence in Executive Decision, even better
    when an engineer geek saves the day!

    I implemented something like this once, in a fake "exploding device" I
    made for a Geocaching game. The player had to "disarm" the device
    while the LCD clock counted down. There was a disarm keypad (that
    didn't actually do anything), so some people tried to think up numbers
    and failed. Those smart enough to figure it out had to disassemble the
    box and find the hidden disarm switch inside. One player figured it
    out quickly, but in true movie style waited until the final few
    seconds to hit the disarm switch.

  3. MooseFET

    MooseFET Guest

    The wires should mostly be various orange and yellow colors and they
    should have little tags on them that say "blue" and "green".
  4. Guest

    It's cheaper to have just orange wires, and no tags.
  5. You'd better forward this to the Air Force. They might need this bit of
    knowledge sooner than you think.
  6. I liked the scene in 'The Abyss' where a diver has to go down and cut a
    wire (I think it was, 'cut the blue one, not the green one').
    Unfortunately, the colors underwater were indistinguishable.
  7. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    IIRC...there was no light except green light from a chemical light
    D from BC
  8. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Nah. He gets instructions to cut the red wire, opens the panel,
    and there are 4000 neatly arranged wires in a harness, in 4000
    different shades of red. >:->

  9. We are in the process of redoing the lighting where I work. Sticking
    out of what looks like will be a switch box on the wall are 4 wires,
    all brown, with labels 2, 3, 4, 5 stuck to them.
  10. In silly movie Sky High, they sent in a girl who became a hamster to
    disable the gizmo, and she had two problems. The wires were all red,
    and hamsters are color blind... :cool:

  11. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I've been dodging that movie ever since it came out.

    Well...what are the odds....
    I was hoping for one the writers of the Austin Powers movies to
    contact me and send me a cheque for my idea :(

    D from BC
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