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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 the various myths tested on the show as well as the results of the experiments (the myth is Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed). Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. ... MythBusters is an American popular science television program on the Discovery Channel starring special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors and urban legends in popular culture. ... An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... An old wives tale is a wisdom much like an urban legend, supposedly passed down by old wives to a younger generation. ...


The myths the show has tested for accuracy in Season 3 include:

Contents

Episode 25 — "Brown Note, Water Torture"

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Blown Away

Someone who is shot and thrown backward a significant distance is a staple Hollywood visual effect.

  • Revisited in MythBusters Revisited, Season 3, episode 38
Myth statement Status Notes
A person will be propelled violently backwards if hit by a bullet. Busted A bullet fired by a gun cannot hold enough momentum. According to Newton's third law, if the bullet were to knock the target 20 feet (6 metres) back, an equal amount of force would be applied in the direction of the gun -- effectively knocking the shooter back about the same distance.

This article is about momentum in physics. ... Sir Isaac Newton FRS (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727) [ OS: 25 December 1642 – 20 March 1727][1] was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and alchemist. ... Newtons First and Second laws, in Latin, from the original 1687 edition of the Principia Mathematica. ...

Brown Note

Myth statement Status Notes
The infrasonic brown note can cause a human to lose control of their bowels. Busted Even after testing a wide range of sub-audible and near-sub-audible noises on him, not once did Adam lose control of his bowels. Some discomfort was reported however, due to the effects of low-frequency sound on the lungs.

Infrasound is sound with a frequency too low to be detected by the human ear. ... This article is about the urban legend. ...

Chinese Water Torture

Myth statement Status Notes
Chinese water torture can cause one to become insane. Confirmed The required torture equipment (and involuntary movement restrictions) is highly effective even without adding the discomfort of the water drip. The water drip itself, without the equipment, is almost negligible.

Chinese water torture is the popular name for a method of water torture in which water is slowly dripped onto a persons forehead, driving the victim insane. ...

Episode 26 — "Salsa Escape, Cement Removal"

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Salsa Escape

Myth statement Status Notes
Salsa was used by a Mexican prisoner to corrode the window bars of his cell and escape. Plausible Given several years, it would be possible, due to the corrosive elements of the salsa. The use of electrolysis via a direct current source (a radio power supply) in conjunction with the salsa greatly accelerated the effect, as it drew the electrons out of the bars and into the wires. Adam's alternating current setup had no success whatsoever, since the electrolysis worked to both add and subtract metal from the bars, and caused a good deal of the "cooked" salsa to cake onto the bars.
A urine-soaked silk shirt is strong enough to bend the bars of a prison cell when wrapped around them and twisted, as depicted in the film Shanghai Noon. Busted Adam tested this myth after he gave up on his salsa/alternating current escape plan. The bars proved too strong for the wet silk, tearing the fabric apart instead of bending the bars.

Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... In chemistry and manufacturing, electrolysis is a method of separating chemically bonded elements and compounds by passing an electric current through them. ... Direct current (DC or continuous current) is the continuous flow of electricity through a conductor such as a wire from high to low potential. ... For other uses, see Electron (disambiguation). ... City lights viewed in a motion blurred exposure. ... This article is about the urine of animals generally. ... For other uses of this word, see Silk (disambiguation). ... Shanghai Noon is a 2000 movie starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson as Chans western sidekick. ...

Cement Removal

Myth statement Status Notes
A stick of dynamite can clean the leftover scraps of concrete from the inside of a cement truck. Plausible A powder charge equivalent to 1½ sticks of dynamite worked well and loosened or dislodged a lot of the dried excess concrete without noticeably damaging the barrel.
A stick of dynamite can remove a slab of concrete from the inside of a cement truck. Busted A solid slab of concrete is too hard to remove practically, and is tougher than the barrel itself. The MythBusters enlisted the aid of FBI explosive experts to load the truck and barrel with 850 pounds of commercial blasting agent. The resulting explosion reduced the truck to numerous very small fragments, and a few larger pieces; the observers had to stand a mile away from the explosion. Billed as the biggest-ever explosion on the show, Jamie admitted that "This has got nothing to do with the myth; it's just a big boom". In the "Shop Till You Drop" special, a large chunk of the barrel containing most of the concrete slab was shown in a junkyard.

Dynamite is an explosive based on the explosive potential of nitroglycerin, initially using diatomaceous earth (kieselguhr) as an adsorbent. ... This article is about the construction material. ... This portable concrete/mortar mixer has wheels so it can be moved around by hand, and its rotation is powered by mains electricity. ... F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ...

Episode 27 — "Exploding Port-a-Potty, Car Pole-Vault"

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Exploding Port-a-Potty

Myth statement Status Notes
Lighting a cigarette in a port-a-potty filled with methane gas will cause an explosion. Busted Not enough gas is produced by the decomposing waste in the port-a-potty for it to possibly be flammable. A person would need to be in a tightly sealed port-a-potty filled with thick methane gas in order for it to be flammable. By the time the gas was thick enough in the air to become flammable the person would have long-since passed out from asphyxiation. Larger amounts of decomposing waste can produce more gas, and sewer gas explosions are a known safety hazard.

A line of portable toilets. ... Methane is a chemical compound with the molecular formula CH4. ... Sewer gas is gases produced in sewers by decomposing sewage and other decomposing organic matter. ...

Driveshaft Pole Vault

Myth statement Status Notes
A broken driveshaft dragging on the ground can cause a car to pole vault end-over-end if it strikes a pothole. Plausible A car cannot be made to go end-over-end by striking a pothole with the driveshaft. The back end of the car can be lifted, but the likelihood of an event like this happening is extremely improbable. More likely is that the driveshaft would be forced into the trunk.

This article is about the mechanical device. ... Pole vaulting is an athletic event where a person uses a long, flexible pole (usually made either of fiberglass or carbon fiber) as an aid to leap over a bar. ...

Episode 28 — "Is Yawning Contagious?"

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Toy Car Race

Myth statement Status Notes
Over a ¼ mile long down-hill course, a toy car can beat a full-sized Dodge Viper powered only by gravity. Partly Busted The toy car was able to beat the Viper over 100 feet (30 metres) but over the full length of the course the Viper won by an extremely wide margin.

Hot Wheels Car — Dodge viper Hot Wheels is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

Is Yawning Contagious?

Myth statement Status Notes
A person can be subconsciously influenced into yawning if another nearby person yawns. Inconclusive- evidence towards confirmation In a test pool of 50 people those who were influenced into yawning by the MythBusters yawned 29% of the time. However, those who were not influenced yawned only 25% of the time. It seems that the Mythbusters also found the average time to yawn for those who did yawn was 9 minutes for those who had been influenced and 9.6 minutes for those who had not, but the only token of this information is a written note in their calculation results and there was no verbal discussion regarding it during the show. Despite this supportive evidence, the 4% difference between the experimental and control groups was not large enough to constitute a statistically significant difference (at alpha = 0.05), and therefore no definitive conclusion could be reached based on these results.

For other uses, see Yawn (disambiguation). ... One may be faced with the problem of making a definite decision with respect to an uncertain hypothesis which is known only through its observable consequences. ...

Toast - Butter Side Up or Down?

Myth statement Status Notes
Toast is more likely to land buttered side-down when dropped. Busted In an extensive and highly objective test the toast showed no statistical preference for landing buttered side-down or up when dropped. It was an even 50-50 split when the final results were compared. However, when pushed off the side of a table, toast showed a tendency to flip once and land buttered side down, which is likely the source of the myth.

This article is about the food. ...

Episode 29 — "Cooling a Six pack"

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Cooling a Six pack

Myth statement Status Notes
A six pack of beer can be rapidly cooled by burying it in sand, pouring gasoline on top of it, and lighting the gasoline. Busted The fire did not significantly alter the temperature of the beer; in fact, the fire actually raised the temperature slightly (not to mention that burying the beer made the cans sandy, and the gasoline is harmful to the environment.)
  • With this myth quickly busted, Adam and Jamie each tried to build devices which could rapidly cool a six pack, but neither device was effective enough. A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, however, was able to cool a six pack to a satisfactory temperature in approximately three minutes. In terms of practicality, though, one's best bet is to use icy salt water, which cooled the beer to an ideal temperature in 5 minutes. Barring that, normal ice water was next fastest at 15 minutes. The other methods tested (the freezer, ice only, and the refrigerator) did not cool the beer rapidly enough to warrant their use in a spur-of-the-moment event.
Initial measurements:
Ice Ice + water Ice + water + salt
33°F 24°F
Results (after 5 minutes):
Ice Ice + water Ice + water + salt Freezer Fridge
57°F 44°F 35.9°F 55°F 60°F
Final results:
Ice + water + salt Ice + water Freezer Ice Fridge
5 minutes 15 minutes 25 minutes 30 minutes 40+ minutes

Reference:[1] Six-pack has more than one meaning: Six-pack refers to a set of six canned or bottled drinks sold together: aluminum cans are held together by a yoke, and bottles are stored in cardboard carriers with three on either side of a handle in the middle. ... Fire extinguisher A fire extinguisher is a device used to put out a fire, often in an emergency situation. ...

Baghdad Battery

The Build Team created several copies of the Baghdad Battery, an archaeological find which seems to suggest that ancient Babylonians were the first to use batteries. [1] Drawing of the 3 pieces. ... For other uses, see Babylon (disambiguation). ...


The ancient people of Babylon created a crude battery for use in… Symbols representing a single Cell (top) and Battery (bottom), used in circuit diagrams. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
electroplating. Plausible An overnight plating of zinc over copper seemed to work very well.
acupuncture therapy. Plausible The electricity from the batteries was felt through the acupuncture needles, though the needles eventually grew hot, causing the Build Team to theorize this technique also being used as a form of torture.
…testing spiritual resolve. Plausible While the ancient batteries were not used on the recreation Ark of the Covenant due to their weak charge (approximately a third of a volt each, or almost 4 volts for a set of ten), Adam theorized that, if any charge was felt with the batteries, the ancient people would believe it to be of divine origin due to their lack of knowledge about electricity. Instead of the batteries, the Build Team wired the ark to the electric source used in the Peeing on the Electric Fence myth, surprising Adam with a nasty shock (They later apologized to him, seeing how painful and potentially dangerous it was).

Electroplating is the process of using Davd lloyd current to coat an electrically conductive object with a relatively thin layer of metal. ... General Name, symbol, number zinc, Zn, 30 Chemical series transition metals Group, period, block 12, 4, d Appearance bluish pale gray Standard atomic weight 65. ... Copper has played a significant part in the history of mankind, which has used the easily accessible uncompounded metal for nearly 10,000 years. ... Acupuncture chart from Hua Shou (fl. ... In religious experience, or sacred experience, the believer comes in contact with transcendental reality. ... The Ark of the Covenant (ארון הברית in Hebrew: aron habrit) is described in the Hebrew Bible as a sacred container, wherein rested the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments as well as other sacred Israelite objects. ... 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. ...

Episode 30 — "Son of a Gun"

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Son of a Gun

Myth statement Status Notes
A bullet that struck the groin of a soldier in the American Civil War led to the impregnation of a woman who was struck by the same bullet after it exited the soldier's body. Busted A Civil War era bullet was fired through a pouch containing spermatozoa and into ballistic gel representing the woman's abdomen; no living spermatozoa was subsequently found in the gel. In addition, it was well documented that anyone suffering an abdominal gunshot wound was unlikely to survive.

Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Schematic diagram of a sperm cell, showing the (1) acrosome, (2) cell membrane, (3) nucleus, (4) mitochondria, and (5) flagellum (tail) A sperm cell, or spermatozoon ( spermatozoa) (in Greek: sperm = semen and zoon = alive), is the haploid cell that is the male gamete. ... Ballistic gelatin is a solution of gelatin powder in water. ...

Phone in a Thunderstorm

Myth statement Status Notes
A person can be electrocuted by talking on the phone during a lightning storm. Confirmed Adam and Jamie placed a ballistic gel dummy on a chair and put a telephone receiver on its ear. They activated a machine that was able to shoot 200,000 volts of electricity towards a mock-up hut. The electricity shot from the mouthpiece of the phone into the mouth of the dummy, and it set off the gunpowder charge that Jamie taped to the phone receiver as a signal. A voltmeter wired up to the test rig blew a fuse.
A person can be electrocuted by using the shower during a lightning storm. Plausible The dummy was not hit. A small fire did occur, however, and the voltmeter again blew a fuse. During both experiments, small electromagnetic pulses interfered with the camera.

Ballistic gelatin is a solution of gelatin powder in water. ... International safety symbol Caution, risk of electric shock (ISO 3864), colloquially known as high voltage symbol. ... The term electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the following meanings: electromagnetic radiation from an explosion (especially a nuclear explosion) or an intensely fluctuating magnetic field caused by Compton-recoil electrons and photoelectrons from photons scattered in the materials of the electronic or explosive device or in a surrounding medium. ...

Trailer Troubles

Myth statement Status Notes
A boat can be driven with its trailer still attached. Confirmed The boat can still be driven, but there is a great loss in maximum speed. A trailer shop owner said on the show that he once had to deliver a boat and trailer to a customer in such a manner, as the only access to the customer's boat ramp was from the water.

Episode 31 — "Breaking Glass"

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Breaking Glass

Adam and Jamie investigate whether a human voice could shatter glass, as perpetuated in stories of opera singers and demonstrated by Ella Fitzgerald in a commercial for Memorex. Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella and the First Lady of Song, is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. ... Established in 1961 in Silicon Valley, Memorex is today a consumer electronics brand of Imation specializing in recordable media (CD & DVD Drives), travel drives, flash storage, computer accessories and other electronics. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
A wine glass shatters if a person sings at the right tone. Confirmed Using lead crystal glasses, Adam proved the Memorex part of the myth by breaking a glass with his amplified voice. Rock singer Jaime Vendera was then able to break a glass using his unaided voice, confirming the entire myth.

Lead crystal beads Lead crystal, (also called crystal), is lead glass that has been hand or machine cut with facets. ... Jaime Vendera is a rock singer and voice coach. ...

Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

The Build Team takes on another old adage, and sees if it remains relevant in modern use. This became the longest MythBusters experiment on record—over six months long.

Myth statement Status Notes
A rolling stone can truly gather no moss. Confirmed While a rolling stone can pick up moss when rolled down a hill, that moss cannot grow onto the rock while it is rolling.

Jet Engine Vacuum

Myth statement Status Notes
A shop vacuum can act similar to a jet engine if it is used to suck up gasoline. Busted Newer model vacuums have the air flow isolated from the engine; even if this were not the case, the only results would be a small fire.

Regular canister vacuum cleaner for home use. ... Petrol redirects here. ...

Episode 32 — "Jet Pack"

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Jet Pack

Myth statement Status Notes
A Jet pack can be built from plans purchased off the Internet and limited funds. Busted The jetpack produced by the Mythbusters was not powerful enough even to lift itself off the ground, and they had to cheat by going beyond their assigned budget, in order to create it. The sum of its parts cost too much to allow the average person to build it on a budget and the plans did not have enough details to give builders a clear example of what to build.

For the game, see Jetpack (computer game). ...

Pyramid Power

Myth statement Status Notes
Pyramid power can be harnessed for a variety of purposes around the home. Busted The build team constructed a series of pyramid frames using the precise measurements and dimensions required to "harness" pyramid power. Four tests were performed: keeping razor blades sharp, preventing food from spoiling (one test for milk, another for an apple), and preventing the decay of a flower. The apple test at first seemed to be working, however it was later discovered that a contaminated saw blade (used to halve the apple) may have given one half a higher microbial load than the other. A repeated test using sterile equipment yielded approximately the same decay rate for each half. Strangely, a similar test with 'cube power' showed the fruit rotting at a faster rate than the other two tests. Following the verdict, Adam requested "No more oogie boogie myths," despite this, Mythbusters later featured the myth that plants have feelings in season 4.

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. ...

Episode 33 — "Killer Brace Position"

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Killer Brace Position

The MythBusters take on an airline conspiracy theory. Notable for the introduction of the simulaide family.

Myth statement Status Notes
The brace position was actually designed by the airline industry to kill people, rather than save them, during an airplane crash (in order to save money by paying off wrongful death suits rather than continuous injury compensations). Busted The brace position protected the test subject (Buster) from serious and possibly fatal injuries. When the test subject was not braced he received far more serious injuries. At the end of the test the MythBusters-team risked their lives; everyone survived the drop. There is a greater chance of dying due to smoke inhalation or immolation from burning debris — due to being immobilized by injury or being pinned down by debris. There is a grain of truth to this myth: it was learned through research that the amount of money paid by airlines in wrongful death suits is lower than the amount of money paid for injury compensation.

Brace position on an in-flight safety demonstration video. ...

Cell Phones vs. Drunk Driving

Adam and Kari take on a contemporary issue in driving, one that has given conflicting scientific data. To do so, Adam and Kari perform a general-purpose road safety test three times (initially sober without a cellphone, then while talking to Jamie on a cell phone, and finally while slightly intoxicated but under the legal blood-alcohol content limit of 0.08%) and compare the three results.

Myth statement Status Notes
Driving while talking on a cell phone is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Confirmed Both Adam and Kari failed a general-purpose road safety test both while talking on a cell phone and while driving after drinking alcoholic beverages (though with a blood-alcohol content just below 0.08% and not legally drunk). Cell phone driving failed by a wider margin. Adam commented that one can put away a cell phone if necessary, but not simply become sober as needed.

The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini Drunkenness is the state of being intoxicated by consumption of alcohol to a degree that mental and physical facilities are noticeably impaired. ...

Episode 34 — "Bulletproof Water"

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Bulletproof Water

The MythBusters take on a Hollywood action staple, where a hero dives into water to avoid being hit by bullets.

Myth statement Status Notes
Hiding underwater can stop a person from being hit by bullets. Partly Confirmed All supersonic bullets (up to .50-caliber) disintegrated in less than 3 feet (90 cm) of water, but slower velocity bullets, like pistol rounds, need up to 8 feet (2.4 metres) of water to slow to non-lethal speeds. Shotgun slugs require even more depth (the exact depth couldn't be determined because one of their tests broke the rig). However, as most water-bound shots are fired from an angle, less actual depth is needed to create the necessary separation.

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Chain-Straight 360

Myth statement Status Notes
It is possible to do a chain-straight 360° loop on a swingset. Busted Under one's own power it is impossible to do a chain-straight 360° loop on a school yard swingset. With help of other pushers, it is possible, although highly difficult, to do a full circle without the chain being straight. A person would need a rocket strapped to himself to do it. A dummy was set up in such a manner; the rocket was able to propel it in a chain-straight 360° loop, but the setup would be too dangerous with a real person.
It is possible to do a 360° loop on a rigid-arm swingset. Partly Confirmed A seventh generation circus performer confirmed the myth by doing a 360° loop while Tory, Kari and Grant observed. The others were not able to do the loop, as it consumes a lot of energy (and can cause nausea to some).

Episode 35 — "Border Slingshot"

This was the first episode in which the entire hour was devoted to testing a single myth. is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
Illegal immigrants are being launched over the United States border by the means of a giant slingshot. Busted In addition to being unable to achieve the distance and accuracy reported, the device could not be constructed in such a way as to allow the quick assembly and disassembly required for the myth. In addition, the person being thrown would likely be killed on impact.

Episode 36 — "Killer Tissue Box"

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Killer Tissue Box

Myth statement Status Notes
A simple tissue box stored on the backboard of a car can move with sufficient force to kill a person during a crash. Busted Sharp objects or those with masses over 3 lb. (1.2 kg), like a bowling ball, can be deadly if they fly forward during a crash. Lighter objects like tissue boxes may cause injury but cannot kill.
A tissue box can stay intact during a crash. Confirmed This was revealed when they crashed the real car and Adam pointed out that the box was intact.

Splitting an Arrow

The Build Team take on a myth stemming from the film The Adventures of Robin Hood, where the most famous stunt is one where an arrow was split in half, from nock to tip. The Build Team explores whether this was at all possible, and also challenges fans at a medieval fair to duplicate this feat. The Adventures of Robin Hood is an American film released in 1938 and directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
It is possible to split an arrow perfectly down the middle with a second arrow like in the film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Partly Busted While it is certainly possible to rear-end an arrow with another, only a fiberglass arrow can be split down the middle (known as telescoping in archery circles). With a wooden arrow, even under the most ideal conditions, the best one can do is a partial split along the grain of the wood, and even that is improbable. They clearly showed that the film's circumstances can be recreated using a hollow shaft, such as bamboo.

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Episode 37 — "Escape Slide Parachute"

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Escape Slide Parachute

Myth statement Status Notes
It is possible to jump from an airplane and use an inflatable life raft to safely return to earth (as in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) Busted Any attempt to use the raft failed due to the instability of the raft in freefall. It was possible to rig the raft as a parachute and land with minimal injuries, but this would not be possible to perform while jumping from a disabled aircraft.
…Using an escape slide instead of the raft. Busted While it was shown that the slide could safely land Buster with no injuries, he had to be strapped in and there is no possible way to perform this from a disabled aircraft.
A person strapped into the rear flight attendant seat could survive the destruction of the aircraft in flight by having the surviving tail section slow her fall and absorb impact. Plausible While Adam and Jamie's attempt to recreate the incident resulted in Buster once again being heavily damaged, this event actually happened in real life. The flight attendant was severely injured in the incident, but did survive. It was agreed that it was very improbable, but could happen if circumstances were just right.

For the 1944 movie, see Lifeboat (movie). ... Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is an 1984 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. ... JAT Airways Flight 364, registration YU-AHT, was a McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 aircraft which exploded over Hermsdorf, East Germany while en route from Copenhagen to Zagreb and Belgrade on January 26, 1972. ...

Exploding Hair Cream

Myth statement Status Notes
A number of Canadian Air Force pilots were explosively decapitated when their hair gel exploded in the oxygen-rich environment of the cockpit. Busted After recreating the environment in an F-104 Starfighter cockpit, it took some effort to ignite the hair product. Even with extreme amounts of product, the best result was a fire and/or small explosion, which came nowhere near decapitating the test head. It was confirmed that there have been a number of incidents in which small fires have occurred, but there are no recorded fatal injuries. It was noted that a fire in a pure oxygen environment killed the astronauts of Apollo 1.

Hair gel Hair gel is a hairstyling product that is used to stiffen hair into a particular hairstyle. ... The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, high-performance, supersonic interceptor aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1958 until 1967 and continued in service with the Air National Guard until it was phased out in 1975. ... Apollo 1 is the official name given to the never-flown Apollo/Saturn 204 (AS-204) mission. ...

Episode 38 — "MythBusters Revisited"

This episode is the second episode where the MythBusters team focus on retesting earlier myths, based on fan reaction (the first is Myths Revisited). is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ...


Blown Away

Myth statement Status Notes
A body struck by a bullet will be propelled violently backwards. (From Blown Away) Re-Busted Even a .50 Caliber bullet does not have the momentum to knock a person backwards. If it were possible, the shooter would be knocked backwards as well - as per Newton's Third Law.

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. ... “Calibre” redirects here. ... This article is about momentum in physics. ... Newtons laws of motion are the three scientific laws which Isaac Newton discovered concerning the behaviour of moving bodies. ...

Explosive Decompression

Myth statement Status Notes
Explosive decompression can occur when a bullet is fired through the fuselage of a pressurized airplane (From Explosive Decompression) Re-Busted The Build Team tested the effect of air rushing past an open bullet hole, and surmised that the extra internal pressure caused by this would still not be enough to cause an explosive decompression.

Explosive decompression (ED) is a sudden drop in pressure that occurs in 0. ... The fuselage can be short, and seemingly unaerodynamic, as in this Christen Eagle 2 The fuselage (from the French fuselé spindle-shaped) is an aircrafts main body section that holds crew and passengers or cargo. ... Airplane and Aeroplane redirect here. ... 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. ... Bernoullis Principle states that for an ideal fluid (low speed air is a good approximation), with no work being performed on the fluid, an increase in velocity occurs simultaneously with decrease in pressure or a change in the fluids gravitational potential energy. ...

Who Gets Wetter?

Myth statement Status Notes
A person will end up drier running in the rain than walking. (From Who Gets Wetter?) Confirmed When retrying the test in actual rain it was conclusively proven that the running test subject got less wet than the walking test subject. The use of artificial rain in the original test led to a false negative.

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Plywood Builder

Myth statement Status Notes
Holding a large sheet of plywood will slow a fall from a building enough to make it survivable. (From Plywood Builder) Re-Busted After testing the speed of updrafts with a special rig on Tory's truck it was proven that you could not hold on to the piece of plywood if you were in free fall. A mere 45mph gust knocked it out of Tory's hands; updrafts from skyscrapers reach upwards of 90mph.

Towers of Hanoi constructed from plywood. ... 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. ... An Updraft or Downdraft is refers to the vertical movement of air as a weather related phenomenom. ...

Biscuit Bazooka Spinoff

Myth statement Status Notes
A black car heats up faster than an identical white car. (Spinoff of Biscuit Bazooka) Confirmed A fan wrote in and asked a follow up question: "Does the color of a car affect the way it heats up?". The MythBusters used two identical cars, one black the other white and left them both out in the summer heat with thermometers in both. By mid-afternoon the black car had heated up to a temperature of 135°F (55.5°C) while the white car topped off at 126°F (52.2°C), a full 9°F (3.3°C) cooler.

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AC vs. Windows Down

Myth statement Status Notes
Running a car with air conditioning on is more fuel efficient than running with the windows down. (From AC vs. Windows Down) Partly Re-Busted/Partly Confirmed The fundamental flaw in the MythBusters' test was that the point where the drag becomes powerful enough to inhibit a car's performance with windows down was inside their 45–55mph margin at 50mph. Going less than 50mph it is more efficient to leave your windows down, but going greater than 50mph it is more efficient to use your A/C. Since then, this particular bit of knowledge has been used frequently on Car Talk.[citation needed]

Note: in the broadest sense, air conditioning can refer to any form of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. ... 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. ... Car Talk is a radio talk show broadcast weekly on National Public Radio stations throughout the United States and elsewhere. ...

Car Capers - Exploding Gas Tank

Myth statement Status Notes
A gas tank will explode when shot by a bullet. (From Car Capers - Shooting Cars) Partly Confirmed It has already been proven that when shot by a normal bullet a gasoline tank will not explode. However, if a gasoline tank is shot by a tracer round from a great enough distance so that the round can ignite with air friction, it will cause the gasoline to catch fire. By the time this happened the tank was so riddled with bullets (from previous tracers that were fired too close to ignite) that there was no contained pressure, but the MythBusters surmised that had the tank been properly enclosed, it may have exploded.

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. ... Petrol redirects here. ... Tracers from M16 rifles on U.S. Army firing range Tracer ammunition (tracers) use special bullets that are modified to accept a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. ...

Episode 39 — "Chinese Invasion Alarm"

is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Chinese Invasion Alarm

Myth statement Status Notes
The ancient Chinese were able to detect an invading army tunneling beneath the ground by using a drum submerged in a shaft. Plausible Kari was able to hear Jamie and Tory's digging in an underground mine shaft in two of the three tests. She actually detected them better by listening to the drum compared to Grant's use of modern geophone equipment.

This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Five-second Rule

Myth statement Status Notes
The "Five-second rule" is valid when it comes to food dropped on the floor. Busted This myth yielded a varied number of results, but in the definitive test where the only variable was time the myth was definitively busted. There was no real difference in the number of bacteria collected from 2 seconds exposure as there was from 6 seconds exposure.
The toilet seat is the cleanest place in the house. Confirmed Adam tested this myth just out of curiosity. When the results were compared to the bacteria samples from the "Five Second Rule" tests, the toilet seat actually proved cleaner than all other surfaces tested.
A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. Plausible The sample collected from Adam's mouth had much more bacterial growth than the sample collected from Lulu the dog. Jamie suggested, however, that the bacteria from the dog may be more potent.

The five-second rule is a popular old wives tale, and common rule among many people today, regarding the eating of food that has been dropped on the ground. ...

Episode 40 — "Confederate Rocket"

This was the second episode in which the entire hour was devoted to testing a single myth. Because the myth dealt with the making of explosive or dangerous materials, the ingredients used to make nitrous oxide and gun cotton were censored by substituting animal sounds for the actual chemicals. is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Nitrous oxide (disambiguation). ... Nitrocellulose (Cellulose nitrate, guncotton) is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose (e. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
During the American Civil War, the Confederacy built and launched a two stage rocket 120 miles from Richmond, Virginia to Washington D.C. Busted While the MythBusters were able to construct and launch a hybrid rocket in under two days using only properties available to Civil War-era engineers, the rocket was not two stage, as per the myth and only travelled an estimated 500 yards. Adam and Jamie agreed that the myth would be impossible with the technology available during the Civil War.

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. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...

Episode 41 — "Compact Compact, Vodka Myths"

is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Compact Compact

Myth statement Status Notes
Two semi trucks that collided head-on welded together due to the accident. After being towed as a whole to the junkyard, workers were shocked to discover that the semis trapped a European compact car and its doomed driver between each other. Busted After obtaining two free semi trucks, their trailers, and a sports car (a Fiat X1/9) from a fan, the Mythbusters rigged up the two semis to crash. After several mishaps and numerous technical problems, they failed to crash both semis and car because one tow line connected to a semi broke, so only the other semi crashed into the car, sending the car ricocheting to the side. The crash never fused together, instead resulting in a horrific mess of glass, metal, and fiberglass.

The FIAT X1/9 is a two-seater mid-engined sports car designed by Bertone and built by FIAT.[1] Production lasted from 1972 to 1989 with the first official right-hand drive variant arriving in 1976. ...

Vodka Myths I

Vodka…

Myth statement Status Notes
…can clean the odor off feet. Confirmed Comparison of a commercial foot powder wash vs. a Vodka wash showed that the odor was eliminated on both feet.
…can kill bad breath. Confirmed After a mixture of 1 cup Vodka and 9 tbsp of cinnamon powder was left to sit for two weeks in a sealed flask and then strained, it managed to eliminate most odors on par with an over-the-counter mouthwash. The only bad breath smell not eliminated (by either the vodka or mouthwash) was from smoking cigarettes.

Binomial name J.Presl Cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is also commonly called (and sometimes sold as) cinnamon. ... A cigarette will burn to ash on one end. ...

Episode 42 — "Steel Toe-Cap Amputation, Bottle Rocket Blast-off"

is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Steel Toe-Cap Amputation

Myth statement Status Notes
Steel-toe boots are more dangerous to one's toes than normal boots when a heavy weight is dropped on them. Whereas a normal boot would just crush the toes, a steel toe would curl and crumple in, cutting off the toes. Busted Using similar tests to those used to test steel-toe boot certification, Adam and Jamie determine that one's toes are much safer with steel toe boots than without. There was no toe-cutting curling of the steel toe, and even using a blade attachment didn't work, only glancing off the steel toe to cut right above where it ended.

A pair of well-worn steel-toe boots. ...

Bottle Rocket Blast-Off

The Build team attempt to recreate this Water Bottle Jetpack from a Japanese Game Show.

Myth statement Status Notes
According to a Japanese trivia game show, it is possible to use fifteen 3-liter sized water bottle rockets to launch a human 40 meters. Busted While bottle rockets, on their own, could launch 1/15 of Kari's weight a fair distance, their combination into one super-rocket system did not have enough thrust to give the crash test dummy the trajectory or distance stated by the television show, and was considered too dangerous by paramedics to feasibly launch a human being. More bottle rockets proved only to add to the difficulty and complications. The Build Team also found that water cooler jugs, while able to launch higher at the standard air/water ratio for water bottle rockets, were weaker than standard soda bottles (which are designed to hold carbonated liquids), failing at around 60 psi (413 kPa) less than the soda bottles (90psi (600kPa) as opposed to 150psi (1000kPa)).

The liter (spelled liter in American English and litre in Commonwealth English) is a unit of volume. ... Water Rocket Launch A water rocket is a type of model rocket using water as its reaction mass. ... Crash test dummies have saved many thousands of lives. ... This article is about devices which cool water. ... Carbonated bubbles in a soda float to the surface. ... A pressure gauge reading in PSI (red scale) and kPa (black scale) The pound-force per square inch (symbol: lbf/in²) is a non-SI unit of pressure based on avoirdupois units. ... For other uses, see Pascal. ...

Episode 43 — "Sea-sickness - Kill or Cure?"

Original airdate: November 16, 2005 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Seasickness - Kill or Cure?

Because Adam and Grant are very susceptible to motion sickness, they test non-pharmaceutical remedies for seasickness by… Motion sickness or kinetosis is a condition in which a disagreement exists between visually perceived movement and the vestibular systems sense of movement. ... Alternative medicine has been described as any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain.[1] Alternative medicine practices are often based in belief systems not derived from modern science. ... Seasickness is hazardous for scuba divers Seasickness is the feeling of nausea and, in extreme cases, vertigo experienced after spending time on a craft on water. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
…using a cinnamon-flavored tongue spray. Busted The spray took no effect on Adam or Grant.
…taking a ginger pill. Confirmed Both Adam and Grant endured the spin-chair for twenty to thirty minutes without experiencing any symptoms.
…using magnetized arm bands. Busted The arm bands had no effect on Adam or Grant. Some celebrities like Barry Manilow claim they work, but they nonetheless do not operate on any valid scientific principles.
…using an electro-shock wrist band. Busted The shocks mildly discomforted Adam and Grant, who nonetheless became sick.
…using a placebo, like a vitamin or a sugar pill. Plausible While Adam was not affected by the placebo, Grant was successfully tricked into thinking he had taken a store-bought sea-sickness medication and did not throw up. He had taken vitamin B12 and claimed it was the most effective remedy. By falling for the placebo all his test results had to be thrown out on the grounds of psychosomatic influence.

Binomial name J.Presl Cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is also commonly called (and sometimes sold as) cinnamon. ... For other uses, see Ginger (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Magnet (disambiguation). ... Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter best known for such recordings as I Write the Songs, Mandy, Weekend in New England and Copacabana. ... Electroconvulsive therapy, also known as electroshock or ECT, is a type of psychiatric shock therapy involving the induction of an artificial seizure in a patient by passing electricity through the brain. ... For other uses, see Placebo (disambiguation). ... Retinol (Vitamin A) For the record label, see Vitamin Records A vitamin is an organic compound required in tiny amounts for essential metabolic reactions in a living organism. ... A so-called sugar pill is a pill containing no medical ingredient; this pill is given to half of the subjects of a double-blind drug trial. ... Cyanocobalamin is a compound that is metabolized to a vitamin in the B complex commonly known as vitamin B12 (or B12 for short). ... A psychosomatic illness is one with physical manifestations and supposed psychological cause, often diagnosed when any known or identifiable physical cause was excluded by medical examination. ...

Tailgate Up vs. Tailgate Down

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Myth statement Status Notes
It is more fuel efficient to drive a pick-up truck with its tailgate down, rather than up. Busted Driving with the tailgate down actually increased drag on the pick-up and caused it to consume fuel faster than the identical truck driven with the tailgate up. It was later revealed that the closed tailgate creates a locked vortex flow that created a smoother flow of air over the truck. With the tailgate down, the trapped vortex was dissipated and the drag increased.

Pickup truck with extended cabin and homebuilt lumber rack. ... The tailgate is a door that can be moved up or down on a vehicle, such as a pick-up truck. ...

Finger in a Barrel

The Build Team take on a myth that forms a staple of cartoon physics. This was revisited in Myths Redux. Cartoon physics is a joking reference to the fact that animation allows regular laws of physics to be ignored in humorous ways for dramatic effects. ... // 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. ...

Myth statement Status Notes
A shotgun plugged by a human finger will backfire and explode injuring or killing the shooter instead of the intended victim. Busted Both test hands (composed of ballistics gel of varying firmness) were completely obliterated by the shotgun blast. Neither had the volume or strength needed to plug the barrel to create enough pressure to cause it to explode. Even under ridiculous circumstances like having the barrel clogged with dirt, being sealed off by a 4 inch spike welded into the barrel and by being blocked by a simulated squib load, the gun still didn't explode. The best results seen were minor deformations in the gun barrel.

For other uses, see Shotgun (disambiguation). ... A squib is a small explosive device which has a wide range of uses, such as generating mechanical forces as well as in pyrotechnic use. ...

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