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How do I read through a sealed envelope? Tricks?

Asked by zina (1653points) November 29th, 2006
It's three pages folded in three, so it's pretty thick. But there MUST be a way, right?
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occ's avatar
maybe you can steam open the envelope
andrew's avatar
Second the steaming. I think the classic way is to put some water and the envelope in the microwave? But don't quote me on that
andrew's avatar
Also noting that tampering with other people's mail is against the law, yadda yadda
bob's avatar
Wow, sorry I missed this one. What was in the envelope?
samkusnetz's avatar
i think the actual "classic" way probably doesn't involve a microwave... try ironing the letter with a lot of steam. but of course *opening* a sealed envelope is very easy. reclosing it once you've opened it is the real trick. consider the attentiveness of your audience. will the person whose mail you're reading notice if you open really carefully and then re-seal with a glue stick? probably no...
chaosrob's avatar

If it’s not a heavy or security-print envelope, throw it on a backlit scanner (any flatbed scanner with a nice, bright transparency lamp should work) and get a 24-bit color scan. Open the scan in Photoshop and manipulate the gamma correction or color correction curves to maximize the contrast between the envelope and the text inside. Rotate as necessary. You can usually get something and you don’t even have to break the seal. This, of course, is unlawful and unethical, and should never actually be done.

ragingloli's avatar

use a Standard Issue Federation Tricorder. Some helpful Starship commander might even let you use his sensor array.

aneo9988's avatar

Put it under a light- lets you see everything :D

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