20 Quick Thinkers Who Solved Huge Problems With Literal Junk

Everyone knows that in order to accomplish something great, you need to do the hard work. The thing is, sometimes people accomplish amazing things by slapping together a brilliant solution using whatever they've got lying around. It's like a gigantic middle finger to the rest of us.

Still, you can't help but admire these real-life MacGyvers:

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A test pilot fixed a malfunctioning bomber with a paperclip. It was a test flight of the XB-70, and the plane's nose gear wouldn't go down, which meanSource: FAQ Archives

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In WWII, the Allies used a corpse to trick Hitler into moving his forces to Greece SO they could take Sicily. Dssurus Page hiv odf oglso los Pare NevySource: History.com

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Astronauts on the International Space Station created makeshift snorkels to keep them from drowning in their space suits. An Italian astronaut nearly Source: Space.com

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A professor used Shrinky-Dinks to study microfluidics. Shrinky Dinks 3D BUTTERFLY JEWELRY BIJOUX PAPILLON 3D BAOLus FOEMA aLA color Rake A SArindt fesSource: The 5 Most Amazing Real Life MacGyver Moments

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A team from MIT built a wireless network in Afghanistan from trash. EH Members of MIT's Bits and Atoms lab helped locals build a high-speed wireless nSource: Inhabit.com

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Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh uses a LADOY power drill to perform brain surgery. He visits Ukraine twice a year to de-tumor its residents by any means neceSource: BBC News

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In the 190 BC, Hannibal won a naval victory over King Eumenes II of Pergamon by firing pots full of venomous snakes onto Eumenes' ship. Getty Photos: Source: 5 Real MacGyvers Who Won Battles With Improvised Weapons

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A stewardess improvised a diaper by sticking a maxi pad in an airline pillow cover. She didn't mention whether it had wings. Source: Yahoo News

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Students in Tanzania built medical equipment out of motorcycle lights and a shower curtain. They strung up blue LED lights on a welded rectangular fraSource: EWH News

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Mongol attackers seized Caffa by catapulting dead bodies at the defending army The Golden Horde of Mongols, led by Khan Jani Beg, attacked Caffa, a BlSource: CDC.gov

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Allied soldiers rigged rifles with bits of string and old ration tins to hide their movements from the enemy. The soldiers used dripping water or candSource: Australian War Memorial

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A French mechanic built a motorcycle from his car that broke down in the desert. His name is Emile Leray, and the motorcycle he built out of a busted Source: 6 Things You Won't Believe Were Built by a Single Person

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A good Samaritan slowed down a carjacker by clocking him with a frozen turkey. A North Carolina man who had just robbed cener a gas station was tryingSource: CBS News

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During World War I, the British Imperial Army defeated Ottoman soldiers by airdropping opium-laced cigarettes. The Ottomans were used to planes droppiSource: 5 Real MacGyvers Who Won Battles With Improvised Weapons

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A 1-year-old Michigan boy used an ipad to stop vandals. When Ryan McKillop spotted vandals in action, he downloaded a siren app to his iPad and blasteSource: Alpena News

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A doctor built a dialysis machine in his garage to save a baby. The little girl was too small for conventional machines, SO Dr. Malcolm Coulthard kludSource: BBC News

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British POWs made copies of a map of their prison with lemon gelatin. British pilots were held in a castle during WWil. By smearing gelatin on the guaSource: The 5 Most Amazing Real Life MacGyver Moments

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A nurse in Nicaragua 600 made an IV alarm out of a oor and plastic ally SAOS ibility e AK47 from the Expry toy store. The toy gun is rigged with a cloSource: Rendia

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A Malawi man built a working windmill from junkyard scraps. William Kamkwamba's windmill works SO well that his neighbors think it must run on witchcrSource: Living On Earth

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A doctor was able to perform surgery while on a plane using a clothes hanger (and some other stuff. evian A passenger was suffering from a collapsed lSource: Newsweek

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