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How To: Hack a Pepsi Machine

Learn how to con a vending Pepsi machine and access a secret (but benign) debug menu with this hack how-to video. While this hack won't get you any free soda, you might, at the very least, impress your friends with it. For complete instructions for this simple, pushbutton hack, take a look at this instructional video!

How To: Hack a Vending Machine for Change

This video demonstrates a way to hack a vending machine for change. First, you should press the top selection button four times, and then press the very last button three times. Then, hold the fourth button from the top and press the last button once more. If done correctly, the vending machine will return four quarters (one dollar) in change. This video may be helpful for people who want to hack a vending machine or who need some quick change.

How To: Start your scooter without keys

This is a video tutorial that shows you how to start your scooter when you lost your keys. If you're stealing a scooter, then that's your own fault, this is just to show you how to start your little motorcycle without keys, for emergencies. Now, this video is in a different language, but there's text for you to luck at, so follow along.

How To: Pick a luggage lock with a paperclip

Learn how to pick a luggage lock with this lock picking tutorial. You need a baggage lock and a paperclip. Use needlenose pliers to bend the paperclip into a lock pick or a homemade key. Twist your lock pick around until the lock opens. Simple lockpicking tutorial.

How To: Hide your stash in a Ford truck

Did you know there are secret compartment in your Ford truck? This how-to video will reveal the secret compartments in Ford trucks. This is what smugglers don't want you to know! Hide valuables staches from cops, wife, etc., you get the picture...just watch this instructional video already.

How To: Print counterfeit money

Did you know that as a deterrent to counterfeiting Photoshop will NOT print any images that look like money? Here's a way to work around that using Photoshop and Adobe Imageready. Follow along with this con how-to video to learn the a trick to printing counterfeit money.

How To: Pick a Brinks number lock easily and quickly

If you've forgotten your combination, or for some other reason want to get past a Brinks number lock, this tutorial shows you how to do it. All you need is a bobby pin. Slide the bobby pin down towards the lock wheels. Then spin the wheels slowly, from top to bottom. As you spin each wheel to the correct number, the bobby pin will slide down a little more. And once the bobby pin is all the way down, not only have you unlocked the lock, you've figured out the combination!

How To: Unlock a Door with a Credit Card

Uh, oh. You’re at your front door without a key. If you’ve got a credit card, see if you can get it to open the door before you use it to pay for a locksmith. Learn how to unlock a door with a credit card. The lock needs to be the right kind of lock & you need to have patience. Learn how to unlock a door with a credit card next time you are locked out!

How To: Beat a dropping claw arcade machine

Go into an arcade or video game and you'll see one of those tricky claw or crane machine. Have you ever seen anyone win on one of those? Probably not. The video demonstrator owns his own claw machine, so he offers up some tips on playing the game! Watch this video conning tutorial and learn how to beat a dropping claw or crane arcade game machine.

How To: Hack a British Vending Machine Using Tinfoil

Stuck in the middle of London with only 1p in your pocket? If you're hungry, have lost your "A to Z" and need to know how to get free goodies out of a British vending machine, check this out! In this video, you will learn how to take a 1 pence coin, wrap it in tin foil and trick the machine into thinking you've paid full price. This hack most likely works in the USA as well, as long as you get the right sized coin. Good luck!

How To: Pick a combination lock with a bobby pin

In case of emergency, learn how to open a combination lock using a bobby pin by following the steps in this tutorial. Take the bobby pin and shave it down so that it is flat. This can be used on any combination lock. What you will do, is take the bobby pin and insert it through the side of the lock (the part where the lock goes). Keep pressing it down, pushing against the lock inside the hole. You are basically pushing it out of the way and eventually the lock will unlock. You will hear a cli...

How To: Pick a lock using two paperclips

In this video, we learn how to pick a lock using two paperclips. First, take your lock and make sure it's locked. Then, grab two paperclips and open them up using your fingers. Then, take some pliers and bend the end of the paperclip so there is a small angle at the end. Now, stick the bend clip into the top of the lock. Then, take the other paperclip and make a large loop in it. After this, push it into the lock with the other and then twist the clip. Now your lock will become open and you w...

How To: Flaw in Hilton's Rewards Program Allows You to Achieve Instant HHonors Gold Status for Free

Are you constantly traveling? Well, as a Hilton HHonors member, you can enjoy special treatment at all of their hotels and resorts. It's free to register, but the difficulty lies in climbing up their membership level. To reach Gold elite status, Hilton HHonors requires that you have a minimum of 20 stays, 40 nights, or 75,000 base points—all in one year. While this may very will be easily attainable for those with jobs that revolve around traveling, it's almost damn near impossible for the re...

How To: Crack the lock on a safe without destroying it or leaving a trace

Safecracking is something that most of us will only come in contact with in the movies, where strange men and women stick their head against safes and twist dials until the safe magically opens. If your interest in gaining entrance to safes that aren't yours goes beyond that, this video will teach you most of what you need to know. It features a prominent lockpicker giving a 30 minutes presentation on non-destructive safecracking techniques.

How To: Con an Electronic Parking Meter into Unlimited Parking

Need to save a few quarters for laundry? Then skip paying at the parking meter when you're out and about. The video below will show you how to con your way out giving up your hard-earned coins at a city parking meter. With this trick, you'll get unlimited time. It works by simply holding a quarter in the slot for a long, long time. This will create an error in the electronic parking meter system, causing an "out of order" sign to appear, which means... free parking!

How To: Cheat on a math test using a calculator

In this tutorial, we learn how to cheat on a math test using a calculator. The first way to cheat is to go into your calculator where the programming is. After this, you can type in the information that you need to store into the calculator and then save it to look at later. The other way to cheat is to write down the information that you need on a small piece of paper. After this, tape it to the inside of your graphing calculator on the shell. If a teacher comes by, simply put the calculator...

How To: Pick a lock with a safety pin

In this step by step video, you will learn how to pick a lock with a home made tension wrench and a modified safety pin or bobby pin. This lock picking technique is actually pretty simple but may take a bit of practice before you can pick a lock in 30 seconds or less; so if you can't figure it out right away keep practicing and one day you will get it. This method can take a little while with some clever maneuvering, but you should be able to get it if you follow the instructions in the video...

How To: Pick a Master Lock with a paperclip

In this video the viewers are shown how to pick a Master lock. He starts off by telling his viewers what items they need to start. A tension wrench is made from a pen cap and a pick from his sister's bobby pin. He then demonstrates how to successfully pick the lock. He also suggests another tool you can use, a common household item - a paper clip! After that he shows how easily he is able to pick the lock with the paper clip as well. He explains at the end that Master locks are one of the har...

How To: Pick a padlock with a single paperclip

In this tutorial, we learn how to pick a padlock with a single paperclip. First, check your lock to make sure it isn't broken, busted, or damaged. After this, take your paperclip and bend it out. Next, use pliers to bend the paper clip into a loop shape. Once you've done this, stick the loop into the lock in the middle and twist it. Play around with the lock for a few seconds and continue to twist until the lock comes unlocked. If it's not working, create a bigger or smaller loop in the paper...

How To: Pick a door lock with homemade tool

In this tutorial, we learn how to pick a door lock with a homemade tool. This tool is made with a hacksaw blade. First, take a locked door knob and try to open it. If you can't stick a pin in the bottom of the knob, then push the saw into the middle of the lock as you are turning it. Continue to do this in a fast motion, making sure not to slip and cut your hands. Within a few minutes, the door knob will come unlocked and you will be able to open the door and go into the other room!

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