My dad and I were chatting last night and he told us what he and his friend did when his friend was in England studying. xD Whole bunch of geniuses!
Oh and by the way, when you read this entry, I'm at home, going back to school at 3.40pm for Chinese.
Genius Plot Number One: Parcels and Stamps When they sent parcels that were unregistered, they had to use this stamp that costed about $20-$30. And they had so much to send each other, they couldn't afford the stamps. What do they do? First, they stick the stamp onto the parcel, then they apply one layer of glue over the stamp. Then apply another layer. And maybe another. When ou go to the counter where they will chop your stamp, okay they chop down on the stamp. When my dad receives the parcel, he cuts out the stamp from the box, puts it in water a while so that the stamp comes out, and reuses it. What about the chop on the stamp right? Well you can just peel off the top layer of the glue and the chop sign comes off. xD There was once his friend applied the glue until it was too thick, and the counter lady was puzzled as to why her chop wouldn't stamp onto the stamp! Then they reused until the colour was so faded it was quite suspicious. And finally one day when my dad's friend received one of the tens of parcels they sent with the same stamp, they found the stamp gone. Guess the postman decided to be smart finally!
Genius Plot Number Two: Photocopying Machine Well this one didn't work but it's funny all the same. In England, you had to put in some pounds to photocopy just one sheet of paper, and it was expensive. So you know, the coin has to go through a certain point in the machine before they consider your money accepted right? My dad's friend tied the coin to a piece of string, planned to slot it in then quickly bring it up. There was a "door" in the slot macine that will close after the coin goes through. Unfortunately, my dad's friend was too slow, and the "doors" closed, and when he tugged the string up, the machine got jammed and spoilt! To avoid getting caught my dad's friend ran away quickly after that! xD
Genius Plot Number Three: Library books In the past, books used to have behind the cover a piece of paper with a table of when one should return the book right? The thing is, look for a book that has that due date table filled up. The library will paste a new piece of paper over that book. Never mind if you don't want that book. Borrow it. Later, go look for the book you want, take out that piece of paper with the due date and paste it in that book. Walk out the library. The beeper sounds. The librarian comes. You can tell the librarian, "But I borrowed this book! See, there's the due date here..." And you show them the table pasted in the new book. They let you go. Then the book is yours. Just paste the new piece of paper back into the original book and return that book. xD My dad's friend actually managed to collect a whole carton of these library books and shipped them back home to Singapore!
Genius Plot Number Four: Telephone Booth My dad has no idea how, but his friend managed to get the numbers of several public phone booths in England. And you know how expensive it is to call between England and Singapore. So, they have a few numbers listed as 'number 1', 'number 2', 'number 3', etc. My dad's friend just calls my dad and quickly says, "Call number 1!" And puts down and my dad will call the operator. He will request to call that public phone number. The opeator doesn't know that is a public phone. My dad will request that the other person at the end of the line will pay. You have to keep reminding the operator that the recipient of the call will pay. Then they will connect the call. Well, since it's a public phone, the recipient don't need to pay. xDDD So my dad and his friend chat for hours lol! They have to keep rotating numbers too, because there was once,the operator actually told my dad's friend who was calling my dad's friend in England, "Hey this is a public phone number you know." My dad's friend was so scared he quickly put down the phone! Then when my dad picks up the phone, the first thing he will ask is, "Hey did you tell that you will pay huh??" In dialect, in case the operator takes some time to put down the phone and realises they are cheating.