Darryl's particular escape was only possible because there was a metal grate right above his bunk bed. That grate was covered with Plexiglas and further reinforced with metal bars. So how in the hell did Darryl get through something like that without power tools or even a pocket knife?
"I sawed the bars off with the metal teeth from some barber clippers. I spun a bunch of thread from sheets I dismantled and made a thicker line -- like kite string. I used that to saw through the Plexiglas. The action from the friction creates heat, so it's just like a saw. I made a homemade candle (with baby oil, hair grease, etc.) to burn holes through the glass -- well, get it hot enough so I could punch something through."
The media, always eager to jump on the next fad diet, attributed Darryl's escape to the hot new Prison Cleanse:
"And you can still eat all the spoiled, vaguely meatish slop you want!"
Darryl's girlfriend, Christee, set the record straight:
"Each of the members in his tank were questioned, each came up with a different story as to how he did it, and in the end people just ran with the one that sounded the most interesting. Darryl has always been a slender guy -- 6 foot, about 160 pounds. He worked out constantly before the escape in order to have the muscular strength and fortitude he was sure it would require. There were no crash diets involved."
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Further proof that exercise is terrible for society.