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This video shows just how deadly the traps from 'Home Alone' actually are
Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 19, 2016.
There's no way the “wet bandits" from Home Alone would survive Kevin McCallister's booby traps.
The YouTube humor channel Vsauce3, which creates content around gaming, popular culture, science and education, made a video to show us what would actually happen to the holiday classic's unlucky robbers, Harry and Marv.
The Vsauce3 team analyzes just three of the traps set by Macaulay Culkin's character, Kevin McCallister, a boy who defends his home with the kind of tactical expertise you expect from a Green Beret, not an 8-year-old kid.
It starts with the red-hot doorknob, which as it turns out wouldn't actually scorch the robber's hand, but would certainly burn the door down and probably the house, too.
Then there's the paint cannister to the face, which is utterly devastating.
When pushed, the one-gallon can, which weighs 13-pounds, swings at a speed of 20 miles per hour. The impact is the equivalent of getting punched in the face by Mike Tyson, twice. The blow would be sure to knock the bandits unconscious, and would probably crack their skulls.
Then there's the coup de grâce.
Assuming Harry and Marv somehow survived the paint cans to the face, inside what is likely a burning house thanks to the red-hot doorknob, Harry would have left in a body bag after Marv bludgeoned him with the crowbar.
The blow would have resulted in seven broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a punctured heart. In short, if Home Alone were real the robbers would be dead. Kevin McCallister, the movie's budding psychopath, would be a cold-blooded killer.
Check out the full video and see just how screwed Harry and Marv would have been if this were real.
Investigation clears former Naval War College president, who offered free hugs and games of Twister, of misconduct
NEWPORT -- The Office of Naval Inspector General has cleared former Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley of most of the allegations of misconduct claimed to have occurred after he took command of the 136-year-old school in July 2016, The Providence Journal has learned.
Harley, in one of a series of interviews with the The Journal, called the findings "deeply gratifying." He said many of the most sensational allegations -- "offers of 'free hugs' and games of Twister in his office" -- reflected a misunderstanding of his sense of humor, which he describes as "quirky," but which he says was intended to ease tensions in what can be a stressful environment.
The allegations, reported last year by the Associated Press, prompted a national controversy that led to Harley leaving the college presidency after almost three years in office.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
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