For those of you who are unaware, professional speedrunner Trent Hall discovered a now-banned speedrunning trick in GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64. The trick (called ‘Trent's circuit board strategy’) consisted of plugging a dismantled second controller into the second controller port. Then, when there is a countdown timer, pushing down on the exposed circuit board to freeze the game while the countdown continued. Because the Elite GoldenEye Rankings are ranked in IGT (in-game time) as opposed to RTA (real-time attack), this strategy would save tens of seconds on many levels.
My question is... well, what causes the N64 to behave in this way? This seems like an extremely unlikely result.
A video by former GoldenEye champion Ryan "RWhiteGoose" White on the strategy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6txZdNcc0