What Would MacGyver Do? Website Chronicles Everything He Created

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If you ever need to escape from a make-do prison of a South American drug lord or to retrieve a poisonous canister from a crash site in the Burmese jungle and, well, feel a little under prepared for the task, do not despair.

Ask MacRecipes, the MacGyver encyclopedic resource on all the tips and tricks that got him out of the hairiest situations.

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The website MacRecipes has cataloged every single trick the father of all DIYers ever concocted. More over, you can see which trick was used in which episode, and list the tricks by the material MacGyver used.

The show was praised to have sparked a renewed interest in practical sciences and engineering, as all the tricks were based on real science. The producers however admitted that many of those would have worked only in particular circumstances. Also, on most of the potentially dangerous “recipes” — involving explosives or potent chemicals — details were left intentionally vague, lest the network that aired the show (ABC, from 1985 to 1992) get sued.

As MacGyver himself puts it — quoted on a blog post announcing the launch of MacRecipes:

“It’s kinda interesting how you can put one thing with another and cook up the right formula for stayin’ out of trouble.” – “For Love or Money” (Season 2, Episode 22)

Using data from the mighty MacGyverOnline and IMDB, the information architects of Fathom created one neat little resource, but we are patiently waiting for detailed recipes to feel truly able to outwit every possible bad guy on earth. (Via Gizmodo)

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