(Technically, I never left. I just entered a long period of sluggish inactivity and ebbed creativity. To read more about me doing nothing ... err, I mean what I have been up to since the end of the summer check out my forum post.)
In celebration of my unholy resurrection I have decided to do a few things. Other than putting up that long forum post, I ditched the "In loving memory" from the giant match video because I'm no longer in your memories - I'm in your face (Oh snap!). Apart from that, I have also decided to post this Instructable on getting over barbed wire fences. What better way to emphasize my reunion with Instructables than by metaphorically and physically (and also metaphysically, check out my strong chi in step 2) breaking into their headquarters.
But enough with this pointless digression, on with the show!
Barbed wire fences are everywhere. They are used to keep people (and animals) both in and out of certain areas. Barbed wire has a long and interesting history, but instead of describing it here I will take the lazy man approach and direct you to the Wikipedia article.
Besides, I am more interested in barbed wire as a symbolic oppressive force on society than as something to keep cows in place (insert comparison between society and mindless cows here). Oppressive barbed wire is found mostly in bad neighborhoods, around prisons, and surrounding "official" off-limit government areas.