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MythBusters
Format Scientific method - Documentary film
Created by Peter Rees
Starring Jamie Hyneman
Adam Savage
Tory Belleci
Kari Byron
Grant Imahara
Buster
Additional cast
Narrated by Robert Lee (USA)
Robin Banks (Discovery UK)
Rufus Hound (BBC Two)
Eduardo Robiera (Latin American)
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 117 (as of April 23, 2008)
Production
Running time 43 minutes (Discovery Channel)
30 minutes (BBC Two)
(Both times are not including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel
Discovery HD
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 23, 2003 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

MythBusters is an American popular science television program on the Discovery Channel starring American special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors, urban legends and news stories in popular culture. Image File history File links Mythbusters_title_screen. ... Scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... James Earl Hyneman (born September 25, 1956), known as Jamie Hyneman, is an American visual effects expert, best known for being the co-host of the television series MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ... Adam John Savage (born July 15, 1967) is an American television co-host on the program MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ... Salvatore Belleci, better known as Tory Belleci, (born October 30, 1973), in Monterey, California, is a film maker and model maker. ... Kari Elizabeth Byron (born December 18, 1974) is a San Francisco-based artist and television personality, best known for her featured role on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters. ... Grant Imahara (born October 23, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a Japanese-American electronics and radio control expert who is well-known for his work as a Build Team member on the American television show MythBusters. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... Robin Banks is a television presenter and radio DJ originally from Kilkenny, Ireland. ... Rufus Hound is a British comedian and television presenter. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is an episode list of the popular science television series MythBusters on The Discovery Channel. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... Discovery HD is the international name of the high-definition television channels from Discovery Communications. ... ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is not about the magazine, Popular Science Popular science is interpretation of science intended for a general audience, rather than for other scientists or students. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... Adam John Savage (born July 15, 1967) is an American television co-host on the program MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ... James Earl Hyneman (born September 25, 1956), known as Jamie Hyneman, is an American visual effects expert, best known for being the co-host of the television series MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ... Scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. ... A Debunker is an individual who strongly believes that certain claims are false, exaggerated, unscientific or pretentious and therefore discredits and exposes them. ... Look up rumour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... Popular culture (or pop culture) is the widespread cultural elements in any given society that are perpetuated through that societys vernacular language or lingua franca. ...

Contents

History

The show was created for the Discovery Channel under the title Tall Tales or True[1] by producer Peter Rees from Beyond Television Productions in 2002. Discovery then commissioned three pilot specials. Jamie Hyneman came to the show through Rees, who had previously interviewed him for his appearance on BattleBots. Adam Savage, who had worked with Hyneman in commercials and on BattleBots, was approached by Hyneman to help co-host the show because (according to Savage) Hyneman felt himself too uninteresting to host the show on his own.[2][3] Peter Rees, Baron Rees PC QC (b December 9, 1926) was Conservative MP for Dover and Deal from 1970-1983 and MP for Dover from 1983-1987. ... Beyond Television Productions is a subsidiary of the Austrailian company Beyond International. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... BattleBots (also BattleBots, Inc. ...


In July 2006, an edited thirty-minute version (as opposed to the usual 60 minutes including advertising or 43mins without) of MythBusters began airing on BBC Two in the UK. The episodes shown in the European Discovery Channel sometimes include extra scenes not shown in the US version (some of these scenes eventually make their way into "specials", such as "MythBusters Outtakes"). For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ...


Format

Each MythBusters episode typically focuses on several unrelated urban legends, popular beliefs, Internet rumors, or other myths. The Discovery Channel hosts MythBusters message board forums on the Internet, where fans discuss previous episodes and post suggestions to Adam and Jamie for future myths to test.[4] Occasionally episodes are produced in which some or all of the myths are related by theme. To date, three myths have required such extensive preparation and testing that they had entire episodes devoted solely to them,[5] and four specials have been double length.[6] Urban Legend is also the name of a 1998 movie. ... For other uses, see Myth (disambiguation). ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ...


Methods for testing myths are usually planned and executed in a manner to produce visually dramatic results, which generally involves explosions, fires, and/or vehicle crashes. When a myth is potentially dangerous to an individual, the MythBusters use various stand-ins for humans in their tests. Resident crash test dummy, "Buster", or ballistics gel have long been used, along with other more recent analogues, such as dead pigs and Simulaids. When a myth is low-risk, the cast sometimes performs experiments on themselves, though injuries and mishaps are quite frequent. Crash test dummies have saved many thousands of lives. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... Ballistic gelatin is a solution of gelatin powder in water. ...


The cast usually use their expertise to construct complex, sometimes Rube Goldberg-like mechanical devices with which to perform experiments. Tests are sometimes confined to the workshop, but often require unique conditions which require them to be performed at other locations in San Francisco and other places around the Bay Area. A Rube Goldberg machine performs a simple task in a complex way. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Bay Area redirects here. ...


Common filming locations around the Bay Area include decommissioned (closed) military facilities (such as Naval Air Station Alameda, Naval Station Treasure Island, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and Hamilton Air Force Base), and the Alameda County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and Firearm range.[citation needed] Other filming locations include the Mojave Spaceport in the Mojave Desert, California, and the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada.[citation needed] However, the program sometimes travels to other more exotic cities and countries to test myths, usually for special episodes.[citation needed] Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the US Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense and Congress to close excess military installations and realign the total asset inventory in order to save... Naval Air Station Alameda (NAS Alameda) was a United States Navy Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, on San Francisco Bay. ... The San Francisco Naval Shipyard was a United States Navy shipyard in San Francisco, California, located on 638 acres (2. ... The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS) was the first United States Navy shipyard established on the Pacific Coast. ... Hamilton Army Airfield, CA - 1937 Hamilton Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force Base located along the northern shore of San Francisco Bay California. ... Official website: http://www. ... The Mojave Spaceport (IATA: MHV, ICAO: KMHV) , also known as the Mojave Airport and Civilian Aerospace Test Center, is located in Mojave, California, at an elevation of 2,791 feet. ... For the indigenous American tribe, see Mohave. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Black Rock Desert is a dry lake bed in northwestern Nevada in the United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ...


The tests usually follow a two-step process. Dubbed "replicate the circumstances, then duplicate the results" by Savage, the MythBusters first attempt to recreate the myth to determine if the circumstances as described achieve the alleged outcome. If that fails, they attempt to expand the parameters as much as necessary — often to absurd lengths and/or involving increasing amounts of explosives — until the desired results are duplicated. When the exact details of a myth are unclear, the MythBusters will often hold a competition amongst each other to find and implement the best solution. At this segment, the show's narrator often utters the motto "Anything that's worth doing, is worth over-doing.", especially when destructive force is involved.


The thoroughness to which the MythBusters test myths is often unclear due to the time constraints of the episodes. Adam and Jamie have alluded to this many times on the show, and during the Outtakes Special, they specifically stated that while they in fact are very thorough in testing myths and repeat experiments many times in many different configurations, it is simply impossible to display all of it on the show. Beginning in Season 5 they have prompted viewers to visit the show's website[1] to see less edited versions of experiments, additional scientific explanations, or unaired myths or experiments related to aired ones for each episode. Also, in response to criticism over testing myths incorrectly, the team has produced several "Myths Revisited" episodes, in which they retest myths to see if viewers' complaints have merit. These episodes have resulted in overturning results of several myths, as well as upholding results for different reasons than originally concluded. Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ...


There are some myths and urban legends the MythBusters refuse to test. Paranormal concepts, such as aliens or ghosts, are not addressed because they cannot be tested by scientific methods, although one exception, pyramid power, prompted Adam to comment, "No more 'oogie-boogie' myths, please." The program generally avoids experiments harmful to animals and people that cannot be tested safely, though in one episode they bombarded cockroaches and other laboratory insects with lethal doses of radiation and the cast addressed this, saying that the insects were specifically bred for experiments and would have likely died anyway. In another episode, Kari Byron intentionally allowed herself to be stung by a jellyfish, though it was revealed beforehand by an expert at the aquarium where the jellyfish was obtained that the experiment they had planned would not be a serious threat to Kari's safety. The book MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time (ISBN 1-4169-0929-X) also gives a list of a dozen urban legends that are unlikely to be explored (although three were eventually tested). Paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena. ... Extraterrestrial life refers to forms of life that may exist and originate outside of the planet Earth. ... This article is about the paranormal. ... Scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. ... The term pyramid power was coined by Gillis Patrick Flanagan in 1973, to describe alleged supernatural properties of the ancient Egyptian Great Pyramid and scale models thereof. ... For other uses, see Cockroaches. ...


Conclusions of the experiments

By the end of each episode, each myth is rated Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed.


Busted

The myth's results cannot be replicated via either the described parameters nor reasonably exaggerated ones. Often, when a myth is declared Busted, the team will try to see what would be required to replicate the result of the myth, regardless of the facts within the myth itself. This is commonly referred to in the show as "the MythBusters way".

* some of these myths are revisited if the viewers are unsatisfied with the result.


Plausible

Plausible is given under two circumstances:
  • The myth's results can only be replicated by expanding some parameters of the myth by a realistic and reasonable margin. This may have been due to facts within the myth having been altered slightly over time by it being told and re-told by the time it was tested by the Mythbusters. Also, certain materials may had to have been substituted for others in some cases as a matter of necessity during the course of the myth being tested, but the new materials are almost always very similar to the materials specified and usually are readily available, so as to prevent it from being prohibitively costly or impractical.
  • If there is no documentation of the myth occurring, yet the MythBusters were still able to duplicate it very closely to how the myth was described (such as the myth that states that pirates wore eye patches for enhanced night vision).
The Plausible rating seems to have fallen out of favor somewhat in later seasons, especially in cases where the team could replicate the results within the parameters even if there are no documented incidents replicating the myth, such as "Exploding Tire of Death" in Season 5, and "Barrel of Bricks", in which case the myth was from a 1918 jokebook but still proven to be possible.

Confirmed // Original Airdate: January 10, 2007 Original Airdate: January 17, 2007 Original Airdate: January 24, 2007 According to the American Automobile Association, an estimated 11,000 vehicles crashed into bodies of water in one year. ... // Original Airdate: January 10, 2007 Original Airdate: January 17, 2007 Original Airdate: January 24, 2007 According to the American Automobile Association, an estimated 11,000 vehicles crashed into bodies of water in one year. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast/crew of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ...

The MythBusters are able to recreate or closely recreate the myth's purported outcome with the described circumstances. A Confirmed myth is usually corroborated with documented evidence of actual occurrences. The term "True" was used in the first season.

Other

Occasionally, the MythBusters give more than one designation to separate aspects of a single myth. In "Bullets Fired Up", they tested whether a bullet fired straight up can fall and kill the shooter or innocent bystanders. They gave the myth all three designations: "Busted", "Plausible", and "Confirmed," based on different circumstances and technicalities they encountered. Other alternate determinations have been used on occasion where results have defied any of the three existing classifications, such as the Supersize Rocket Car, which received a rating of "Appropriately Supersized."

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Materials and equipment

Dramatic explosions have become a MythBusters tradition. Note the use of a containing barrier.

While a wide range of myths are tested, the MythBusters regularly use certain items as part of their experiments due to their versatility, property simulation ability, or usefulness in evaluations. These items include: Image File history File links Mythbusters_explode. ... Image File history File links Mythbusters_explode. ... For other uses, see Tradition (disambiguation). ... From Latin ex- + -periri (akin to periculum attempt). ...

  • Ballistics gel is used by various agencies to test performance of firearms ammunition, as it approximates some of the physical properties of human muscle tissue. The MythBusters also use special mixtures of it to simulate certain properties of flesh, such as conductivity or blunt impact resistance. The Mythbusters also use blood mediums and even animal (usually pig) body parts such as spines (in the "beheading tyre rubber" myth) or hearts (in the "killer cigarette butts myth"), added to the ballistics gel to simulate what would happen to different body parts when conducting their experiments. Different types of ballistics gel have also been used to better observe what has happened to internal parts that were solidified within the gel. A clear ballistics gel was used to observe what impact the butts of cigarettes would have on the human heart when shot out of a shotgun and into the body.
  • Cars and other vehicles are often obtained from a scrapheap but are sometimes donated by a fan or purchased in running condition.
  • Crash test dummies, such as Buster, are used to depict the effects of certain — usually hazardous — myths on the human body.
  • Firearms and explosives are used to test myths involving these devices.
  • High speed cameras are often used to record moving objects during a test and – with the help of a scale ruler – measure the objects' speeds.
  • Pig carcasses are used as test dummies in place of Buster the dummy and ballistics gel to more accurately simulate responses of human flesh and bone to certain types of trauma, for example, decomposition, spall or shrapnel damage, and potential dismemberment. On the show, they are referred to as "human analogs."
  • Pneumatic actuators and servos are used to help remotely control vehicles and other potentially dangerous machines during testing.
  • Polycarbonate sheets are used extensively as barriers for potentially explosive or dangerous experiments. The integrity of the sheets themselves was the subject of one experiment.
  • Shackles or quick-releases are used frequently in experiments involving falls or mechanisms under tension. Theater shackles designed for quick release are often used.
  • Shock sensors and digital accelerometers are used to measure sudden impacts.

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Cast

See also: List of additional MythBusters cast members

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman were the original MythBusters, and explored all the myths on the show using their common background in visual effects. The two work at Hyneman's effects workshop, M5 Industries, and make use of his staff. One of the show's gimmicks is the interaction between Savage and Hyneman, which is similar to a double act, wherein Hyneman plays the straight man and Savage is the comic foil/relief. The show is narrated by Robert Lee, though in some regions his voice is replaced by a local narrator. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... Adam John Savage (born July 15, 1967) is an American television co-host on the program MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ... James Earl Hyneman (born September 25, 1956), known as Jamie Hyneman, is an American visual effects expert, best known for being the co-host of the television series MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. ... Visual effects (or VFX for short) is the term given in which images or film frames are created and manipulated for film and video. ... M5 Industries is a visual effects company located in San Francisco, California whose primary focus is special effects props for commercials and film, stop motion animation, and animatronic puppets, they also extend into prototype development and various display projects. ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ...


As the series progressed, assistants were introduced and ultimately formed into a second team, called the "Build Team", which has its own workshop, called M7[7], and now splits each episode with the original pair. Each team typically investigates different myths in an episode. The first member of the Build Team introduced was one of Hyneman's artists, Kari Byron, who was needed as a model for an early myth. M5 builder Tory Belleci is typically portrayed as doing much of the construction for the Build Team's myths (formerly assisting the original pair). Grant Imahara, a colleague of Hyneman, was brought in to round out the team with his electrical and robotics experience. Kari Elizabeth Byron (born December 18, 1974) is a San Francisco-based artist and television personality, best known for her featured role on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ... Salvatore Belleci, better known as Tory Belleci, (born October 30, 1973), in Monterey, California, is a film maker and model maker. ... Grant Imahara (born October 23, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a Japanese-American electronics and radio control expert who is well-known for his work as a Build Team member on the American television show MythBusters. ... The article on electrical energy is located elsewhere. ... The Shadow robot hand system holding a lightbulb. ...


The show has featured other cast members who have since left the series. Scottie Chapman was a metal worker and welder in the shop before being Imahara's predecessor in the Build Team, though she returned in later episodes. The show has had two interns, dubbed "Mythterns": Discovery Channel contest winner Christine Chamberlain and Jess Nelson, who were discovered during a MythBusters viewer building contest. The program originally featured segments with folklorist Heather Joseph-Witham (who explained the origins of certain urban legends) and people with first-hand experience with the myths, but those elements were phased out early in the series. To focus more on the process of debunking the myths, MythBusters continues to feature a variety of guests and semi-regular experts with whom the cast consults. These experts include firearms expert Sgt. Al Normandy of the South San Francisco Police Department and retired FBI explosives expert Frank Doyle. Doyle is a particularly common guest expert, given the producers' predilection for his area of expertise. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast/crew of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ... Folkloristics is the formal academic study of folklore such as fairy tales and folk mythology in oral or non-literary traditions. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ...


The show also features several inanimate "cast members". The first and most commonly used is Buster — a crash test dummy used to test more dangerous myth tests. He has been extensively damaged and rebuilt over the course of the series and has had an entire special devoted to his redesign and rebuilding as "Buster 2.0." In 2008, the original Buster frame was finally retired, and an entirely new dummy was pressed into service. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ... Crash test dummies have saved many thousands of lives. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ...


Buster has been supplemented with additional dummies manufactured by Simulaid, which were named "Jane", "Simulaide Suzy", and "Rescue Randy". They were introduced in the "Killer Brace Position" myth. Sometimes, when it is likely the subject will be completely destroyed, full-body ballistics gel dummies have been used. The first of these used was nicknamed Ted (for bus'ted). Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast/crew of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ... This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. ...


Warnings and self-censorship

MythBusters places a strong emphasis on viewer safety due to the nature of the myths tested, often dealing with purported household scenarios. All episodes begin with Adam and Jamie giving a disclaimer against attempting the experiments seen on the show; most episodes also feature a second warning halfway through the running time. These disclaimers are not aired with the broadcasts on Discovery UK or Australian channel SBS.


The show employs various degrees of safety- or courtesy-related censorship. Instead of the standard bleeping, vulgar language or the names of ingredients used in the production of hazardous materials are usually covered over with sound effects which are humorous or relevant to the myth. Other potentially offensive subject matter is glossed over with euphemisms, addressed in a strictly scientific sense.[8] As with audio, visible chemical labels used to produce dangerous materials are blurred out. In one such episode where dangerous chemicals were used, Adam described how to make a compound by "mixing blur with blur", comically recognizing the censorship of the chemicals. In certain scenarios (such as building a bomb), they also admit that even professionals such as themselves are required to seek special permission/assistance from the government or prohibited from engaging in a certain activity and take the opportunity to reinforce the disclaimer. A bleep censor is used to filter out inappropriate audio content during a live United States the Federal Communications Commission has the constitutional right to regulate indecent broadcasts. ... A hazardous material is any solid, liquid, or gas that can cause harm to humans and other living organisms due to being flammable or explosive, irritating or damaging the skin or lungs, interfering with oxygen intake and apsorption (asphyxiants), or causing allergic reactions (allergens). ... A euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener;[1] or in the case of doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... For other uses, see Bomb (disambiguation). ...


Many brand names of items used in the show are also edited out, usually by blurring or covering up the branding with a MythBusters sticker.


Name lawsuit

In January 2005, children's author and adventurer Andrew Knight (aka "Bowvayne") commenced legal proceedings in Australia against Beyond Productions (the producer of MythBusters), alleging passing off in relation to the use of the name "Mythbusters".[9] Knight asserted that he had previously put together a team of "Mythbusters" and had used the name continuously since 1988 in relation to pursuing myths, ghosts, monsters, goblins and other such mysteries in an offbeat manner all around the world. Knight authored a series of self-published children's books under the banner "Mythbusters" in 1991, 1993, and 1996.[10] [11] In February 2007, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed Knight's claims against Beyond (Knight v Beyond Properties Pty Ltd [2007] FCA 70).


Popularity and influence

Hyneman and Savage have appeared on numerous entertainment programs, such as Good Morning America[12] The Late Show with David Letterman [13], NPR's news program All Things Considered,[14] the syndicated radio Bob and Tom Show, and in the movie The Darwin Awards. Skeptic magazine's Daniel Loxton interviewed the duo in an article entitled "Mythbusters Exposed."[15] Hyneman and Savage spoke at the annual convention of the National Science Teachers Association in March 2006, and the California Science Teachers Association named them honorary lifetime members in October 2006.[16] In Australia, they appeared in a segment at the 2006 TV Week Logie Awards,[citation needed] where they attempted to solve the myth of whether or not the atmospheric pressure at the Logies caused guests' breasts to increase in size. This segment used footage from the "Exploding Implants" myth, with a new voice-over, intro, and ending. Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... All Things Considered (ATC) is a news radio program in the United States, broadcast on the National Public Radio network. ... The Bob & Tom Show is a radioshow established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1983. ... The Darwin Awards is a comedy film based on the website of the same name. ... The Skeptics Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting scientific skepticism and resisting the spread of pseudoscience, superstition, and irrational beliefs. ... The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. ... The Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast/crew of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ...


Hyneman and Savage occasionally appear at colleges around the country to talk about what it's like to be a MythBuster; the show consists of an interview and discussion to give the audience the opportunity to ask the MythBusters questions. To date they've done about 30 appearances, both collegiate and corporate, and are always well received, though the technical colleges tend to be the most enthusiastic.[17][18] They've spoken at WPI, RPI, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan University, MIT, The University of Akron, the University Of Maine, the University of Florida, the IBM Almaden Research Center, and many others. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a private university located in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States. ... Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a nonsectarian, coeducational private research university in Troy, New York, a city lying just outside the state capital of Albany. ... Boise State University is a state university located near downtown Boise, the capital city of Idaho. ... The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational research university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, Metz, France, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. ... Michigan Technological University (abbr. ... Northern Michigan University is a four-year public university established in 1899 located in Marquette, in Michigans Upper Peninsula. ... “MIT” redirects here. ... The University of Akron is an institution of higher learning located in Akron, Ohio. ... UMO redirects here, but this abbreviation is also used informally to mean the Mozilla Add-ons website, formerly Mozilla Update Should not be confused with Université du Maine, in Le Mans, France The University of Maine, established in 1865, is the flagship university of the University of Maine System. ... The University of Florida (Florida or UF) is a flagship public land-grant, sea-grant[3] major research university located on a 2,000 acre campus in Gainesville, Florida, United States of America. ... For other uses, see IBM (disambiguation) and Big Blue. ...


Kari Byron was interviewed on The Late Show, on January 16, 2006.[19] In 2006, Kari did a photo-shoot for FHM magazine, in which she demonstrated simple home chemistry experiments (such as the Mentos and Diet-Coke reaction) while wearing a red bra and lab coat. is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... FHM or For Him Magazine is an international monthly lads mag. ...


People involved in survival stories reported in local newscasts have sometimes mentioned previous viewings of MythBusters as an influence to their actions. Twenty-three year old Theresa Booth of St. Martin, Minnesota credits a MythBusters episode for her and her infant child's survival. On April 3, 2007 she skidded off the road into a drainage ditch which had filled with flood water from the Sauk River. In a local newscast, she is described as opening the car door as soon as it entered the water, and credits her watching of the show (specifically, the episode of the Underwater Car myth) for her knowledge of how to survive the accident.[20] On October 19, 2007 in Sydney, Australia, a teenager named Julian Shaw pulled a fainted middle-aged man off the railway tracks near a train station to safety below the platform. He pulled back as the train passed, citing that the "Train Suction" episode affected his response.[21] St. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Sauk river as it passes through St. ... // Original Airdate: January 10, 2007 Original Airdate: January 17, 2007 Original Airdate: January 24, 2007 According to the American Automobile Association, an estimated 11,000 vehicles crashed into bodies of water in one year. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: MythBusters The cast/crew of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives tales, and the like. ...


On the May 1st, 2008 episode of CSI, "The Theory of Everything", Jamie and Adam appeared in a cameo as lab assistants. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ...


International broadcasts

MythBusters is broadcast in several countries, primarily on each country's edition of the Discovery Channel. In some countries, the English speech is either subtitled in the relevant language and the United States customary units, still used throughout, are converted to metric, or the narrator is dubbed, or the whole show is voice-overed. Excerpts of the show are also shown as part of the Beyond Television-produced Beyond Tomorrow For other uses, see Subtitle. ... U.S. customary units, also known in the United States as English units[1] (but see English unit) or standard units, are units of measurement that are currently used in the USA, in some cases alongside units from SI (the International System of Units — the modern metric system). ... The International System of Units (symbol: SI) (for the French phrase Syst me International dUnit s) is the most widely used system of units. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... Beyond Tomorrow is an Australian television series produced by Beyond Television Productions. ...


See also

Brainiac: Science Abuse is a television programme showing in the UK on Sky One (and repeated on Sky Mix). ... Hollywood Science is a BBC-produced TV show, which determines whether or not scenes in various films are scientifically credible. ... Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website http://www. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ... Jonathan Hare is a British physicist and television presenter. ... Bullshit! (also known as Penn & Teller: Bullshit!) is an American, Emmy-nominated documentary television series, running since 2003 on the premium cable channel Showtime. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Snopes, also known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, is a website dedicated to determining the truth about many urban legends, Internet rumors, email forwards, and other such stories of uncertain or questionable origin. ... This is an episode list of the popular science television series MythBusters on The Discovery Channel. ...

References

  1. ^ Knight v Beyond Properties., [2007] EWHC 1251 (Chancery Division 2007-04-25).
  2. ^ "Transcript of Jamie and Adam's November 10, 2004, Online Chat," pg. 1 Retrieved August 1, 2006.
  3. ^ Interview with Adam Savage on The Sneeze. August 23, 2005. Retrieved August 1, 2006.
  4. ^ McDuffee, Keith (April 18, 2008). MythBusters fans want to bust the E-reader. TV Squad. www.tvsquad.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-18.
  5. ^ 35, 40, and 46
  6. ^ "JAWS Special", "Mega Movie Myths", "Pirate Special" and "Supersized Myths"
  7. ^ "A day with the 'MythBusters' Retrieved February 29, 2008.
  8. ^ For example, when testing myths about flatulence, the crew explained that it was required to call the phenomenon by its scientific designations (e.g. "flatulence" or "flatus").
  9. ^ "Wheel falls off serene machine (Here comes the son)", The Sydney Morning Herald, 2005-06-17. 
  10. ^ Bowvayne, A.E. (1996-03-28). Mythbusters. Puffin Books, 144. ISBN 0140375546. 
  11. ^ Bowvayne, A.E. (1993-10-08). Nut Cases (Mythbusters S). Elfshot Productions, 96. ISBN 1898412006. 
  12. ^ Good Morning America November 8, 2004 episode
  13. ^ http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/show_info/pants/Letterman25.pdf
  14. ^ "'Mythbusters' Have Fun in the Name of Science". National Public Radio (May 18, 2007).
  15. ^ Mythbusters Exposed Skeptic Magazine. By Daniel Loxton. Volume 12, Number 1
  16. ^ John Schwartz (November 21, 2006). "The Best Science Show on Television?". The New York Times (requires registration).
  17. ^ MIT Lecture Series Committee 2006-11-04 MythBusters event page Retrieved January 2, 2007
  18. ^ Wolfman Productions MythBusters Program page Retrieved January 2, 2007
  19. ^ CBS | Late Show with David Letterman :
  20. ^ "Survival Story", KARE, 2007-04-03. Retrieved on 2007-07-05. 
  21. ^ "Schoolboy Julian's lifesaving MythBuster moment", The Sydney Morning Herald, 2007-11-08. Retrieved on 2007-11-09. 

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