Saturday and MacGyver

It’s Saturday, I slept in and it’s obviously turning into a silly day.

For instance I was a big fan of the MacGyver series back when it was on tele. The lack of guns and lots of science always appealed and every problem in the world can be solved by a Swiss Army knife some bleach and some chocolate (this may explain my swiss army knife fetish), any way I was on wikipedia and mistyped the search item and look what I found… List of problems solved by MacGyver.

Someone (or lots of someones) is putting together a list of problems that were solved by MacGyver on an episode by episode basis.

Here is an example

The Eraser (2×02)

MacGyver repairs a post mix soda gun by bleeding off some built-up CO2 that has caused a valve to stick. He takes off the button panel of the soda gun, removes the troubled valve spindle (both with his Swiss Army knife) and inserts a miniature pirate’s sword from a plate of olives. Using the sword, he opens the valve to the CO2 line fully, and draws out the sword which lets it close naturally. Unverified. Terminology source. Approximate time: 9:30.

In order to bypass an electronic door lock, MacGyver shorts out the circuitry. He detaches the main circuit board from the door, which is on the back of a metal plate. Using a cut power cable from a nearby lamp, he applies electricity from the wall to two of the main points on the circuit board. These points are apparently wired to a switch on the inside of the door lock which is designed to pass a current through them when the switch is pressed. The resulting short circuit causes the lock to open. Unverified. Approximate time: 15:45.

When he needs to remotely control a car’s door locks, MacGyver connects the car’s mobile phone to its onboard computer’s signal lines for the door locks. Using his knife to open the back of the phone, he identifies the contacts where power is routed when the phone is taken off the hook. He opens a tube of wires and identifies, presumably based on color, the two wires which control the computer’s locking circuitry. He wraps one wire around each contact, reassembles the device, and waits at a nearby phonebooth. When the car’s owner gets in, he calls the phone and pretends to order a pizza. The doors lock when the owner puts the phone down. The doors unlock when MacGyver approaches the car and signals to pick up the phone. Unverified (researchers should know this episode aired Sept 29, 1986). Approximate time: 25:00.

The day continues on in much the same vein

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