ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

Art imitating life, or life imitating art? Which way does this relationship of influence flow? Judging from this list, you might be convinced that movies have an incredibly powerful influence over our often bizarre actions.

Despite the fact that these films all have pretty wacky plots, each one has since been mimicked in real life. From reanimating dead corpses, to flying cross-country using only balloons, these are the five most outlandish movie plots that miraculously came true!

1. Weekend at Bernie's

The iconic '80s comedy, in which two men try to pass off a dead body as a living, breathing person seems outlandish even for a movie, but two numbskulls attempted to replicate the narrative in real-life.

When Virgilio Cintron, 66, died at his apartment, his roommate and a friend saw an opportunity to steal the cash from his $355 Social Security check. The only problem? Cintron had to pick it up in person, which was a bit of a problem considering his deceased state.

Undeterred, the two men placed Mr. Cintron’s corpse in a chair and wheeled it to a nearby check cashing business down the road. It didn't take long for them to draw attention to themselves, as people started stopping to see if the limp man was all right. Shortly after an ambulance was called and the two men were taken into custody.

2. The Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne's prison escape, achieved by chipping away at a tunnel for years on end, would seem to require an almost superhuman level of persistence.

However, on December 15, 2007, the cells of Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa were opened at New Jersey's Union County Jail and were discovered to be empty. Behind two posters of 'bikini clad women' was a hole leading beyond the prison walls. The inmates had also spent years chiseling away at a tunnel hidden behind the pin up posters, just like in the movie. Andy hides his hole behind Rita Hayworth, though it's not clear which models Blunt and Espinosa used to hide their dirty secret.

3. Up

Canadian Daniel Boria decided to recreate Pixar's high flying movie in real-life, though instead of a house, he used a lawn chair. Attaching 110 helium balloons to the chair (which he'd bought for $20), Boria quickly took to the skies:

"At one point I was looking up at the balloons, they were popping, the chair was shaking and I was looking down at my feet dangling through the clouds at a 747 flight taking off and a few landing,"

Climbing dangerously high, Boria abandoned his floating garden furniture and parachuted to safety, before being arrested by police on the ground.

Turns out, it was all a publicity stunt for his cleaning company. I would have just rented a billboard.

4. Snakes on a Plane

Samuel Jackson may have had it with those motherf*ing snakes on that motherf*ing plane, but what would you do if you found yourself trapped on a flight with 247 species of exotic snakes?!

Argentinian airport workers were shocked to find hundreds of poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles packed into a Czech man's luggage.

The slithery cargo contained boa constrictors, poisonous pit vipers and coral snakes, lizards and spiders, or, in other words, a big load of NOPE.

5. Slumdog Millionaire

It turns out that Danny Boyle's uplifting tale about the most unlikely of millionaires wasn't too good to be true.

Sushil Kumar, who was so poor that his family couldn't afford a TV, became the first person on the Indian show to win the top prize: A check for 50 million rupees. Watch the moment he won below:

Though it turned his life upside down, Kumar didn't go on a spending spree. Years later, the only two luxury items he has bought are a small tablet computer, and a power generator.


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