Only in the movies, or, Cut the red wire, NO, the BLACK WIRE, BOOM!!!

Nostalgia Central came up with a great list of 40 things you only see in the movies.

I could have come up with a few of the items on this list, such as:

Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.

But, my favorite is a variation of their 7th item:

7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode

Here’s my variation. Someone who does not have any idea how to defuse a bomb will be the only person who can get to the bomb in time to defuse it. They will be able to reach someone on the phone who knows how to defuse the bomb. Inevitably the instructions will be straight forward until they get to the final 3 wires: a red one, a black one, and a white one. For some reason the expert will not be sure which one needs to be clipped for the bomb to be defused. Inevitably our hero will select the correct wire..whewwww. My movie dream is that the amateur de-fuser picks the wrong over.



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4 responses to “Only in the movies, or, Cut the red wire, NO, the BLACK WIRE, BOOM!!!

  1. I started an entry on this a while back and abandoned it for lack of motivation. Glad someone in the Nashville blogosphere picked it up. 🙂

  2. jag

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  3. jag

    I love this. After the Bondathon at our house this weekend, I could probably write up ’40 Things That Only Happen In 007 Movies’ including:

    Bond will always have a gadget that will aide him in his current predicament, even though he had no idea what that predicament would be when he packed (like the knee and hand suction cups in You Only Live Twice)

    Girls can jump in and out of the water (ocean, pool, etc) and their makeup will not run, nor will their hair dry naturally into any other style than the style they were sporting before getting wet.

    (sorry, that last deleted comment was me too)

  4. questionentertainment

    There was a TV show called Sledge Hammer. That happened at end of the last episode of the season. Right before he went to guess which wire to cut, the show ended and said
    “To Be continued Next Season… To Ensure that there will be a Next Season.”
    Then the first episode of the next Season had the recap of the last show and brought us to the tense moment. He cut the wire and the bomb went off. Then they put up on the screen
    “Now we bring you “Sledge Hammer the Early Years.”

    It was awesom.
    There was no difference in the early years from the rest of the show.

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