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27th Nov '16 5:58:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', the cryptex protects its contents with a combination lock. Attempting to force the cryptex open will break the vial of vinegar inside, which would dissolve the papyrus along with its message before it could be read. As a result, only the right password will grant access to the message.

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* In ''TheDaVinciCode'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', the cryptex protects its contents with a combination lock. Attempting to force the cryptex open will break the vial of vinegar inside, which would dissolve the papyrus along with its message before it could be read. As a result, only the right password will grant access to the message.
12th Nov '16 5:40:52 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) have an option to erase all content on the device after ten failed passcode attempts.
20th Sep '16 6:50:36 PM nombretomado
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* Mentioned in the ''ArtemisFowl'' series. After pulling off a heist for a painting, Artemis checks for pyrophoric/explosive chemicals in the storage tube, in case the person he's stealing from is particularly spiteful.

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* Mentioned in the ''ArtemisFowl'' ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series. After pulling off a heist for a painting, Artemis checks for pyrophoric/explosive chemicals in the storage tube, in case the person he's stealing from is particularly spiteful.
23rd May '16 6:10:54 PM Generality
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** This is demonstrably a case of ArtisticLicenseChemistry, though; vinegar isn't a powerful enough solvent to dissolve papyrus, which is fairly sturdy stuff.

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** This is demonstrably possibly a case of ArtisticLicenseChemistry, though; ArtisticLicenseChemistry; vinegar isn't a powerful enough solvent to dissolve papyrus, which is fairly sturdy stuff.stuff. However, it might be able to dissolve the ink, especially if it's very dilute, rendering the message illegible.
25th Mar '16 3:40:30 PM Saber15
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* In the finale to the third book to the ''Saga of the Grey Death Legion'' trilogy (part of the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse), the planet Helm was the site of a secret Star League weapons depot 300 years ago. The GDL manages to open the vault using a ceremonial data slate given to the planetary governor, while the pursuing House Marik company are forced to breach it using explosives, causing the facility to enter a self-destruct mode. A buried fusion reactor heats up underwater lakes, causing them to boil off and explode through the surface, returning the mysteriously vanished sea to Helm's surface and destroying the facility in the process. Luckily, the GDL managed to save a copy of the Star League library in the facility and its cache of LostTechnology specifications.
31st Jan '16 9:21:02 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SystemShock 2'', if you [[CriticalFailure trigger an ICE node]] when hacking open a security crate, it sets off a built-in explosive charge, destroying the crate and its contents (and on any difficulty higher than Easy, probably kills you in the process).

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* In ''SystemShock 2'', ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'', if you [[CriticalFailure trigger an ICE node]] when hacking open a security crate, it sets off a built-in explosive charge, destroying the crate and its contents (and on any difficulty higher than Easy, probably kills you in the process).
30th Dec '15 7:38:39 PM jormis29
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the stolen [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]] is kept like this, with a remote to deactivate the security. In this case it's a precaution against the seller being subjected to YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after handing it over.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the stolen [[PublicDomainArtifact Shroud of Turin]] ShroudOfTurin is kept like this, with a remote to deactivate the security. In this case it's a precaution against the seller being subjected to YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after handing it over.
3rd Nov '15 7:25:21 PM __Vano
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See also BoobyTrap, which the intent is to destroy the thief more than the loot. When this technique is used by a person to kill themselves to avoid torture/giving up secrets, that's CyanidePill. If said person is wired to kill themselves involuntarily before they divulge important data, it's InvoluntarySuicideMechanism instead.

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See also BoobyTrap, which the whose intent is to destroy the thief more rather than the loot. When this technique is used by a person to kill themselves to avoid torture/giving up secrets, that's CyanidePill. If said person is wired to kill themselves involuntarily before they divulge important data, it's InvoluntarySuicideMechanism instead.
1st Nov '15 10:10:09 PM direguy
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* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' the planet itself has self-destruct booby trap that will activate should anyone finds Captain Flint's treasure hoard.
10th Oct '15 2:00:50 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has this on his [[CoolCar Batmobile]]. He has a number of deterrents to prevent crooks from jacking the Batmobile, up to five levels. The fifth level being detonating the Batmobile. Batman nearly became a victim of this in the final part of the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, ''[=KnightsEnd=]'' when he attempts to use the Batmobile to hunt down the rogue "Az-Bats" Jean-Paul Valley and it ends up blowing up on him. The incident causes {{Nightwing}} ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Jean-Paul, but Robin later finds out Bats is safe. Turns out he realized that Valley did the same thing he would have - just not that deadly.
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