How to Make the Great Escape

Shawn and Kyle are bunk mates in prison and are desperate to escape. There is an unbarred window high above them, but the walls are smooth and it’s too high for them to reach even when standing on each other’s shoulders. Their cell has no furnishings other than a toilet and even when standing on the toilet and each other’s shoulders, they can’t reach the window.

They’ve tried digging through the dirt floor but the wall extends 50 feet below. How could escape through the window?

Smurf imprisoned

They could dig down with their hands, but it would take too long to dig 50 feet down. Instead, they could pile the dirt they dig up to give them enough height to reach the window. If they put the toilet seat down, they could pile the dirt on top, then get on each other’s shoulders to reach the window. That would mean only one of them would be able to get out. The remaining prisoner could either continue piling dirt to account for the missing guy or the escaped prisoner could come back with a rope to help his mate escape.

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8 Comments on "How to Make the Great Escape"

Quantum Raven says
April 5, 2015 @ 09:50

Use the piled dirt as an escape pillar similar to nerd poling

Justin says
May 5, 2015 @ 19:14

If they are bunk mates why not move their bunk bed?

Dan says
May 6, 2015 @ 10:34

That’s a good idea actually, but alas they have no actual bunks. No furnishings other than a toilet. Bunk mates was metaphorical :)

arlene says
August 20, 2015 @ 21:54

overflow the toilet and paddle to the window

GraceyCakes says
November 22, 2016 @ 19:23

@arlene I <3 your suggestion!!! :3

jacob says
January 30, 2017 @ 15:24

make it harder

Jess says
March 17, 2017 @ 20:52

Great, the Eiffel Tower is three hundred metres tall.

Michaelson2008 says
May 6, 2017 @ 23:03

While digging they make a pile of dirt and escape

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