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Fans Test Prison Escape Plan from Popular TV Drama
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A man is trying to break through a wall in a real-life experiment on Monday in Beijing's Huilongguan community.

On Monday, a group of self-called "senior fans" of American popular TV series "Prison Break" showed their craze for the drama through a real-life experiment.

The experiment was held in a construction site in northern Beijing's Huilongguan community. The organizer says the goal of this experiment is to test the Hooke's law, which Michael Scofield, the lead character of the drama, used to help his brother and some of the inmates to break out of prison.

The Jinghua Times reports the story.

In the TV story, Michael Scofield, a former structural engineer, drilled several small holes on the wall, which helped him to break through the wall of the cell in which they stayed. It was based on the famous Hooke Law, according to him.

To test the viability of the plot, the participants, who got to know each other through the Internet, made a 15-centimeter thick wall. They tagged the locations of 12 holes on it, which they said had been calculated according to the famous law.

To save time, they used electric drill instead of the egg beater Michael Scofield used to drill the holes. And after finishing 12 holes on the wall, they found that it was indeed easier to break through.

It's not the first time the group of fans re-act plots from the play. Their previous experiments included how to turn a toothbrush into a key. "I just want to do it all over again by myself", "Prison Break 250", organizer of the activity explained why they did it.

( August 30, 2007)

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