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MacGruber? Nah, we like MacGyver. Here's MacGyver's top 5 stunts

In honor of MacGyver, here's a listing of his top five coolest and most random stunts.

By Remy / May 21, 2010

Is there anything cooler than MacGyver? Yes. MacGyver's hair.



"MacGruber," which will bring the "Saturday Night Live" sketch featuring Will Forte and Kristen Wiig to movie screens this month, is a parody of the TV series "MacGyver" that ran during the 1980s and '90s.

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The show has such an avid cult following that the word "macgyverize" is included in the Merriam-Webster's open dictionary and is defined as, "to apply scientific or engineering knowledge in the inventive use of common items." "MacGyver," which ran for seven seasons, inspired the phrase "What would MacGyver do?" And fans can even buy an exact replica of MacGyver's trusty Swiss Army pocket knife. The utility knife has 16 functions, including a "laser" light and wood and rope saw.

In honor of MacGyver, the secret agent and gun control advocate who can hotwire a car with a paper clip, create a radar jamming device out of kitchen appliances and unblock nuclear reactor cooling systems using only a dismantled revolver as a wrench, we've put together his top five coolest and most random stunts.

1. MacGyver saves the day with chocolate

In the series' pilot, after MacGyver uses a paper clip to short-circuit a highly advanced timing device on anuclear warhead and diffuse the bomb at the very last second, our hero comes back to save the day with chocolate. While using the sweet treat to plug up a sulfuric acid leak, he explains that, when mixed with acid, the sugars in chocolate form elemental carbon in a thick, gummy residue. In a segment called "Can Chocolate Stop Acid?" the "Mythbusters" crew used Hershey's chocolate bars to successfully recreate MacGyver's feat.

2. He rescues baby eagles

MacGyver bravely hang glides over the hills of Utah to protect a family of adorable eaglets from evil hunters who have killed the mother eagle, in the "Eagles" episode. He then brings the rescued chicks to the safety of his house, where he builds them an incubator using just the padding from a chair and vegetable oil. Soaking the padding's fibers with the oil creates a chemical reaction that generates heat, according to MacGyver, which keeps the baby chicks cozy. Yay!