• WordNet 3.6
    • adj foolproof not liable to failure "a foolproof identification system","the unfailing sign of an amateur","an unfailing test"
    • v foolproof proof against human misuse or error "foolproof this appliance"
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  • Gene Brown
    Gene Brown
    “Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.”
  • Douglas Adams
    “A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”


In literature:

But you want foolproof.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
Someone would probably have to keep them wound from now on, unless they could devise a foolproof motor.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
I'm not saying the idea is foolproof.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
It probably wasn't foolproof.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Fastest lens, foolproof operation, guaranteed for the life of the owner, and retailing for exactly twenty-five dollars.
"Revolution" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The upshot was a lovely thing, almost foolproof and practically cop-proof.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
No matter how foolproof you think your setup is, if you start smuggling you're bound to get caught.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Five hours to devise one more completely foolproof method of bringing about the eventual ruin of the association.
"Gone Fishing" by James H. Schmitz
The system was foolproof.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
This time he wasn't afraid of meeting a Bandersnatch or anything else, for he had a method of escape that was foolproof.
"Insidekick" by Jesse Franklin Bone

In news:

The perpetrators of such heinous crimes are getting smarter and there is a need for foolproof identity systems.
Ina Garten s latest cookbook offers home chefs foolproof recipes.
Ina Garten Offers Foolproof Recipes in her New Cookbook.
Kent Houston is the creator of Patch, a locally designed and manufactured indoor planter system that's pretty much foolproof.
Also, try this foolproof recipe for an unshrinkable sweet tart shell.
Thankfully, Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Collection has come up with a foolproof style for your next getaway or day at the beach.
(CBS News) Nearly everyone gets hiccups, but there's no foolproof way to get rid of them.
Lidia Bastianich shares some foolproof Italian recipes.
A Dutch wildlife smuggler thought he invented a foolproof way to import his fine-feathered friends and elude authorities -- line the inside of his pants with the little peckers.
Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make foolproof Spaghetti and Meatballs.
"It's not foolproof," said John Moses, a practicing pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at.
Here are some foolproof steps for getting to that sweet meat.
Just try our foolproof methods.
Native plants help make this garden nearly foolproof.
Your Guide to a Foolproof Thanksgiving.

In science:

For example, I have given explicitly a foolproof method of calculating spin-symmetry relations using the Wigner-Eckart theorem by means of a trace formula, akin to that used in HQET.
A Modern Introduction to Quarkonium Theory
While such an extrapolation is perfectly reasonable, it is not foolproof, and we should be open to the possibility of dramatically different scenarios.
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology: Cosmic Laboratories for New Physics (Summary of the Snowmass 2001 P4 Working Group)
Real choice and optimization of parameters should be the sub ject of detail subsequent studies. (cid:4) The idea to work with sub–critical nuclear reactor, initiated by proton or electron beam, for foolproof production of energy and/or cleaning of nuclear pollution is well known (see e. g. ).
Subcritical Fission Reactor Based on Linear Collider
Schmeja & Kimeswenger (2003) argue that JHK color-color diagrams can distinguish symbiotic binaries from CSPN binaries, but this is also not foolproof (e.g., the central binary of PN NGC 2346 appears in the symbiotic region of such diagrams).
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
It is not easy to invent a foolproof source of random numbers.
Logistic Map: A Possible Random Number Generator