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16th Jul '17 12:03:46 PM nombretomado
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* WW2 Uboat codebooks were printed on paper that would dissolve in water. Not only did this make the codebook easy to destroy, even if the crew were killed before they could do so, an attack on the sub would be very likely to cause the codebooks' destruction anyway. That didn't stop the Allies from seizing ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome half a dozen]]'' of them.

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* WW2 [=WW2=] Uboat codebooks were printed on paper that would dissolve in water. Not only did this make the codebook easy to destroy, even if the crew were killed before they could do so, an attack on the sub would be very likely to cause the codebooks' destruction anyway. That didn't stop the Allies from seizing ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome half a dozen]]'' of them.
29th May '17 12:15:39 PM nombretomado
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* The pilot episode for the show ''WhiteCollar'' features this in the beginning. Peter and his team are attempting to crack open a safe that has a counterfeiter's information in it. If they can get into the safe, they'll have enough evidence to arrest the counterfeiter. Unfortunately, as soon as they crack the safe, an explosive charge destroys everything inside, showing Peter and his men with confetti.

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* The pilot episode for the show ''WhiteCollar'' ''Series/WhiteCollar'' features this in the beginning. Peter and his team are attempting to crack open a safe that has a counterfeiter's information in it. If they can get into the safe, they'll have enough evidence to arrest the counterfeiter. Unfortunately, as soon as they crack the safe, an explosive charge destroys everything inside, showing Peter and his men with confetti.
5th May '17 3:50:38 PM FordPrefect
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* Modern ATMs have devices designed to contaminate the entire monetary content with a permanent dye rendering the money unusable if anyone breaks into one. The machine's owners can exchange the money at the country's central bank, but anyone trying to pass dyed notes in everyday life will attract law enforcement attention in no time.

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* Modern ATMs [=ATMs=] have devices designed to contaminate the entire monetary content with a permanent dye rendering the money unusable if anyone breaks into one. The machine's owners can exchange the money at the country's central bank, but anyone trying to pass dyed notes in everyday life will attract law enforcement attention in no time.
8th Mar '17 9:49:13 AM nombretomado
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* The MatthewReilly short story ''Altitude Rush'' ([[http://www.matthewreilly.com/resources Available in pdf on his website]]) has documents protected by a self destructing case that will release hydrofloric acid on the papers unless properly accessed. The case also has an altitude sensor that will trigger the self-destruct if it goes above 1000 feet or below 10 feet, necessitating the thieves to execute a frantic escape across the NY skyline.

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* The MatthewReilly Creator/MatthewReilly short story ''Altitude Rush'' ([[http://www.matthewreilly.com/resources Available in pdf on his website]]) has documents protected by a self destructing case that will release hydrofloric acid on the papers unless properly accessed. The case also has an altitude sensor that will trigger the self-destruct if it goes above 1000 feet or below 10 feet, necessitating the thieves to execute a frantic escape across the NY skyline.
19th Jan '17 3:47:52 PM dlchen145
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', Desert Temples contain a room with four treasure chests, each containing rare and valuable loot. At the center of the room, however, is a pressure plate linked to nine blocks of TNT hidden beneath the floor. One must tread carefully, because if exploded, the TNT will destroy the chests and everything inside, and probably kill the player as well.
23rd Dec '16 2:56:55 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light goes to great lengths to protect the Death Note. Not only is it hidden in his locked bedroom in a secret panel of his desk drawer, but opening the panel without first deactivating the failsafe will incinerate the notebook before it can be found. After all, if someone else takes it he's unlikely to get it back, and it links him to hundreds of murders.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light goes to great lengths to protect the Death Note. Not only is it hidden in his locked bedroom in a secret panel of his desk drawer, but opening the panel without first deactivating the failsafe will incinerate the notebook before it can be found. After all, if someone else takes it he's unlikely to get it back, and it links him to hundreds of murders. If it's incinerated, all he has to deal with is a house fire, which someone as smart as Light could come up with explanations for, and it would remove any and all proof linking him to the murders.
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.
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