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Unclear on the Concept…

source: swooshthenail

As discovered by an Illinois man, it is not advisable to vandalize police property while in custody and under video surveillance in a precinct.

Michael Coe was arrested by DeKalb cops on March 10 for allegedly passing fraudulent checks. As the 24-year-old waited for detectives in an interview room, he allegedly sought to leave his mark for posterity’s sake.

According to investigators, Coe was seen using an earring to etch the words “Mike was here” into the room’s wooden door. So, in addition to two counts of forgery, he now faces a charge of criminal damage to government property.

Coe is currently being held in the county jail. Mike will be there until he posts $10,000 bond.

Via The Smoking Gun.

As we sharpen our cell block etiquette, we might recall that it was on this date in 1963 that Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay transferred its last prisoners and closed down as a penal institution. At it’s peak in the 1950s, “The Rock, or “America’s Devil Island”– famed for its harsh conditions and inescapability– housed over 200 maximum-security inmates.”



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March 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

Turning an absolute impediment into a mild inconvenience…


Readers who are cyclists will recall the kerfluffle over Kryptonite’s well-known and widely-used “U-Locks”; turns out that they could be opened with any standard Bic pen

Now, the folks at Thrillist have worked the same kind of “open sesame” magic on the combination padlock; it’s not quite so simple, but quite effective:

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From America’s global moral authority to Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger’s love for one another, some things just can’t be broken. Padlocks, however, are no longer among them, thanks to the Padlock Hack Sheet.

Desecrating the sanctity of locker rooms and hilariously-oversized luggage trunks the world over, Hack’s a terrifyingly simple step-by-step guide to cracking the code for any combination-based padlock, bringing you within trembling twists of that sweet, sweet bounty of French III textbooks. Verified by a crack team of scientists (well, interns), follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Starting at 0, gently pull down as though opening the lock, then slowly spin the dial counter-clockwise until it sticks. If the number is a whole number (i.e. not resting in between two numbers) record it, continuing the process until you reach 0 again. At this point you should have 5 whole numbers.

Step 2: Four of the five numbers will end in the same digit — the one that doesn’t is the last number in your lock’s three-number combo. Since certain numbers on a padlock are inextricably linked, this number narrows down the possible combinations to 100 — aka one season on Melrose Place.

Step 3: Trial-and-error out the combination grid linked below, and pull the lock open.

Step 4: Swim through bounty Scrooge McDuck-style.


But lest we think that crime might pay, we should recall that it was on this date, Friday the 13th, in 1939 that Arthur “Doc” Barker–  son (and gang partner) of Ma Barker– was killed by prison guards as he tried to escape from Alcatraz.




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