Being locked out of your car is just as much a universal language as music, love and drunkenness. That's why this video from what appears to be Russia, featuring a Lada, can be immediately understood even though no one in it speaks a lick of English. The protagonist in the clip, showing off a skillset that would make MacGuyver say "Dayum," opens a locked car door with nothing more than a piece of string.

Yes, you'll note that in order for this to work you'll need to have a car with truly crappy door seals and locks that are at least 20 years old, or a Lada; or as one commenter quipped, "I'll have to remember this trick if I ever go back to the 80's." If you ever plan on going back in time, or Russia, there's a handy tip on old-school ingenuity in the video below.

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      • 11 Months Ago
      Wow. With door seals like that why bother with locks?
      • 11 Months Ago
      That car must have no weather stripping at all.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Another slow day at Autoblog, requiring to pad the front page with random fluff? This video is very old (regardless of the re-upload date at LiveLeak) and so is the car...
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 11 Months Ago
      This just works in old cars, new cars have their windows pretty tight up.
      • 11 Months Ago
      1:14 not well spent...
      • 11 Months Ago
      wow that was pretty cool
      • 11 Months Ago
      Even if my seals were shot, that wouldn't work. Like many, I've an overlap that would prevent such a thing. Not to mention that the lock "button" is down too far to hook with a string anyway.
      • 11 Months Ago
      That's pretty sweet, except that my 1991 RX7 has electric/mechanical locks that don't have a button you can press with a stick, nor a knob you can pull with a string. So it requires a call to AAA or the police, both of which I've had to do before. Unfortunately, Mazda wasn't smart enough to keep the car from locking itself when the keys are in the ignition. Basically any trick that works on any Japanese car doesn't work on this RX7.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Smartest man in Russia.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Old Russian Cars.
      • 11 Months Ago
      might as well just say remember to remove all weather stripping before locking the keys in it or roll down the window before you lock your keys in it.....???