places/travel Places That Are Surprisingly Easy to Sneak Into  

Richard Rowe
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List Rules Vote up the places you think you could probably sneak into (if you wanted to).

There's a certain bias many people have; let's call it "the illusion of safety." That is, believing things they think should be secure actually are. In some cases, that belief is so strong nobody even bothers to make it illegal to, say, sneak into a very important building, like a King or Queen's palace. It's just kind of assumed that would never happen.

Sure, we'd all like to believe it takes some combination of Danny Ocean and Tom Cruise to get into our most "secure" facilities, like the White House. But many times, a little bit of patience, a lot of bravery, and an axe will do just fine.
If history has taught us anything, it's that there's no such thing as truly "safe" or "secure." One determined person can make mincemeat of the best-laid defenses. It takes an entire forge to make chain mail, but a single arrow to find its weakness. That's how people can sneak into a building like a nuclear power plant. Here is a list of people and groups that broke into places you'd never believe it was possible to gain access to - with minimal effort.
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The United States

The United States is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Places That Are Surprisingly Easy to Sneak Into
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America is a big country and big places aren't usually that difficult to sneak into. There are a wealth of options for sneaking into the US, whether it be sneaking across one of our borders with Canada or Mexico or just hopping on a plane and never returning to your home country. Determination goes a long way.

Buckingham Palace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Places That Are Surprisingly Easy to Sneak Into
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Back in 1982, Queen Elizabeth awoke from a nap to find what appeared to be a drunken homeless man standing by her bedside, dripping blood on the carpet. The fellow's name was Michael Fagan, and he had (for the second time that week) climbed a drainpipe and entered the Palace through an unlocked window. The blood was from an ashtray he'd cut himself on while stealing a $6 bottle of wine from the Queen's stash. Afterward, he meandered into her bedroom and chatted with her for about 10 minutes until a maid found them. Fagan wasn't charged with any crime aside from stealing a bottle of wine, since it had never occurred to anyone to make breaking into Buckingham Palace illegal.

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The Louvre

The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Places That Are Surprisingly Easy to Sneak Into
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What do you think it would take to break into the world's most famous art museum and steal the most famous painting in the world? Apparently, back in 1911... not much. That year, an ordinary Italian carpenter named Vincenzo Peruggia actually managed to steal the Mona Lisa by hiding in a broom closet until the museum closed.

After tucking the painting under his shirt, Peruggia simply walked out the front door past the security guards posted there. The criminal mastermind actually got away with it, and the painting was presumed lost forever. Until, that is, he tried to sell it.
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Red Square (During the Cold War)

Red Square (During the Cold Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Places That Are Surprisingly Easy to Sneak Into
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In 1987, a daring young lad from West Germany had a brilliantly suicidal idea: to end the Cold War by flying his tiny Cessna airplane into Russian airspace, landing right in the middle of Red Square and giving the Russians and NATO something to talk about. And he did it.

Despite flying right through the Iron Curtain, supposedly some of the most heavily defended airspace in the world, and fully expecting to be shot down by a squadron of MiGs, 19-year-old Mathias Rust piloted his small plane right to the Kremlin's front door and landed in Red Square like he owned it. People were fired. And by "fired," we mean "shot." Mathias did succeed in a way, too; at the very least, his infiltration proved that Russia was nowhere near the dominant military power it still played at being, and Gorbachev "tore down that wall" a short time later.