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Build team leaves MythBusters, having tested only half the Yerkes-Dodson curve. "Plane Boarding") ended with original MythBusters Adam and Jamie has something of a curvilinear (upside-down U shaped) relationship. I truly thought that's the way Mythbusters would end. . it's probably safe to say that continuing our onscreen relationship in front of the camera. Mythbusters has discredited many a legend over the years, but one of the the greatest of friends, with their relationship limited to the TV screen. The show's end hasn't made them closer either; Savage says they have only.
Some of these myths are retested if the viewers are dissatisfied with the results, and are declared "Re-Busted" if the results of this second attempt results in the same conclusion as the original attempt.
On rare occasions, re-tested myths result in a different conclusion than the first attempt, usually going from "Busted" the first time, to "Plausible" or even "Confirmed" on the re-test. Plausible Plausible is given under a few 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 of 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 have had to be 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 pirates wore eye patches in order to keep their night visionor an untrained pilot being talked through landing an airplane.
If the myth's results are achieved using the method described, but the underlying reason is different from the one described in the myth such as in the myth of throwing a fire extinguisher into a fire to make it explode and extinguish the fire.
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If it requires a highly improbable set of circumstances, yet is shown to be possible under similar yet artificial circumstances. For example, in the myth of "Can two colliding bullets fuse together? The results can be created in a similar laboratory setting, but the chances of the myth actually happening as described are remote. If the results stated in the myth are attainable, but in such a way as to make the process either highly dangerous or less efficient than more common methods of achieving the same result.
For example, in " Car vs. Rain ", the MythBusters declared the myth "Plausible but not recommended ", due to the danger in driving a car at high speeds on a wet road even though the myth was completely true.
For example, in " Holiday Special ", two ballistics gel replicas of pet dogs were used to test the myth that a falling frozen turkey would crush a household pet; both replicas sustained serious injuries, as determined by a veterinarian, and the myth was dubbed "Plausible", as the Build Team was unwilling to test the myth on actual pets.
Occasionally, a myth will be labelled plausible if the described scenario produces a result similar to, but of less intensity than, the one described in the myth.
Confirmed The term "True" was used instead of "Confirmed" in the first season. 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. If the myth lacks any specific scenarios, the MythBusters will test every reasonable scenario, and just one scenario is enough for them to confirm the myth.
For example, when testing to see whether shooting fish in a barrel was in fact very easy, in most tests, they could not hit the fish with a bullet, but the energy transfer to the water by the bullet was lethal to the fish; therefore, the myth was confirmed. If there are no documented instances of the event occurring in real life, but the myth was taken from a specific scene or character in a specific movie, the myth will also be confirmed if they are able to replicate it with the same circumstances.
For example, the Build Team gave a verdict of "confirmed" for a scene in Point Break where two skydivers—one without a parachute—jumped off the plane at different times, and yet, the second jumper was able to catch up to the first jumper. Even though there were no documented cases of this ever being attempted in real life, it was confirmed nonetheless, since it only came from a single scene in a specific movie.
The same applied to the myth about the Knight Rider driving his car at highway speeds into a big rig via ramp, without any trouble; even though Adam and Jamie found no real-life occurrences of the stunt, it came from a specific TV show, and thus was confirmed.
In rare circumstances, a myth is considered "confirmed" when the testing process is consciously stopped, but news reports or other documentation are available that confirm it has happened at least once; in testing the Jet Taxi myth in which a taxicab is flipped by the engine of a jet aircraftboth Adam and Jamie agreed that the myth couldn't be replicated accurately for insurance reasons, but news footage verified that such an event is possible.
In this case, three years later, they were allowed to return to the subject and confirm the myth using a Boeing Warnings and self-censorship Many of the myths tested involve purported household scenarios, so all episodes begin with a disclaimer against attempting the experiments seen on the series; most episodes also feature a second warning halfway through the running time.
Often, they are presented with an element of humor, such as Savage wearing a padded suit as Hyneman hits him in the chest with a baseball bat, or Hyneman explaining that he and Savage are professionals before Savage slides into view and crashes into a barrier while saying, "Don't try this at home! The series employs various degrees of safety or courtesy-related censorship. Vulgar language is censored, as the show is considered family-friendly and most such language occurs spontaneously when the team is surprised or overexcited; at other times there is a deliberate effort to keep the scripted material clean.
In addition to the standard bleepthe show often uses a relevant or humorous sound effect. Euphemisms and scientific terminology are used for potentially offensive terms. The names of ingredients used in the production of hazardous materials and some explosives are usually censored to prevent amateurs from recreating potentially dangerous substances.
For example, in the " Hindenburg " special, Savage ignited thermite with a hypergolic mixture of "blur" a syrupy, pale blue liquid and "blur" a dark powder. In a Civil War -themed episode, the ingredients for making a form of homemade black powder were censored in similar fashion. In one extreme instance of self-censorship, the team explored an urban legend stating that a widely available material could be used to create an explosive.
To their surprise, the seemingly unlikely legend proved true, but the material was so easy to obtain, and the resulting explosion so powerful, that the production team decided it would be irresponsible to allow such information to reach the general public, instead electing to destroy all footage of the experiment and agreeing never to speak of the incident.
Only several years later, when DARPA solicited advice from the public regarding potentially unknown bomb risks, did Savage contact them about their discovery. One of these techniques involved creating a fake 3D fingerprint from a 2D image of the authorized print. After some trial and error, the team successfully cast a viable ballistics gel reproduction using a copper-coated circuit boarda picture of the fingerprint printed on acetateand a photochemical acid etching process.
After the reproduction was shown to defeat both fingerprint scanners, and although the chemicals used during the etching process are never identified, the narrator still hints at an important step having been edited out and discourages viewers from trying it themselves.
None of the other techniques that successfully defeated the fingerprint scanners or the other security devices tested in the episode were censored or obfuscated, perhaps because the rest were all fairly simple and straightforward methods, such as holding up a bedsheet or moving extremely slowly to hide from ultrasonic motion detectors or holding up a pane of glass to defeat thermal motion detectors.
Brand names and logos are regularly blurred or covered with tape or a MythBusters sticker. Brand names are shown when integral to a myth, such as in the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment or Pop Rocks in the very first pilot episode of MythBusters.
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The Diet Coke and Mentos experiment is also an outlier with respect to their safety warnings, as Savage and Hyneman stated on air that this myth was perfectly safe for viewers to replicate on their own. Another example of this is the " Phone Book Friction " episode, in which they investigated the difficulty of pulling two telephone books apart after their pages had been interleaved together.
Accidents Due to the nature of the experiments performed on the show, many have not gone as expected. Sometimes, these mishaps have rendered the test equipment unusable, such as when the rocket in the "Rocket Car Revisit" exploded on ignition.
Others have even resulted in minor injuries to the personnel involved with the show, such as when Tory banged his knee falling off a fire tower; the fall was expected and prepared for using a safety harness, but him injuring his knee was not foreseen.
The most common injuries come from moving safety equipment which has led to stitches and at least four broken fingers. He said he made the decision not to notify anyone in town for safety's sake. Everybody would have been out there. We would have had to cancel it because it would have been too dangerous. Cannonball accident On December 6,while conducting the " Cannonball Chemistry " experiment, the MythBusters crew accidentally sent a cannonball through the side of a house and into a minivan in a Dublin, Californianeighborhood.
No one was hurt by the rogue cannonball. The sold-out event attracted an audience of over 1, The testing resumed several months later, at a rock quarry in a much more remote area. Name lawsuit In Januarychildren's author and adventurer Andrew Knight aka "Bowvayne" commenced legal proceedings in Australia against Beyond Productionsthe producer of MythBusters, alleging passing off in relation to the use of the name "MythBusters". Knight authored a series of self-published children's books under the banner "MythBusters" in, and These claims were also dismissed.
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The Build Team members have sometimes made appearances in similar capacity. They hold lectures in both collegiate and corporate settings, though the technical colleges tend to be the most enthusiastic. Twenty-three-year-old Theresa Booth of St. Martin, Minnesotacredits a MythBusters episode for her and her infant child's survival. On April 3,she skidded off the road into a drainage ditch which had filled with flood water from the Sauk River. Unable to open the door, Booth recalled the Underwater Car myth and waited until the pressure equalized to open the door.
He pulled back as the train passed, citing that the "Train Suction" episode affected his response. They did this by creating an image of the Mona Lisa with a giant parallel processing paintball gun, setting a world record for largest paintball gun in the process. Comment Email Copy Link Copied MythBusters will forever be remembered as one of the greatest, most entertaining science shows of all time.
Over 14 seasons, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, along with the help of their Build Team of Grant Imahara, Kari Byron, and Tory Belleci, tested the truth and plausibility behind everything from legends and tall tales, to internet videos and famous sayings, to big budget film and television franchises.
It was a true scientific endeavor, one that fortunately for viewers required blowing up a lot of stuff. The results of those failures led to extremely dangerous, life-threatening situations. And while they were all trained professionals with years of experience, their paths to the show weren't always smooth ones. Nor were all of their personal relationships on set. There were also times when fans of the show tried to get out of trouble by blaming the series for their own mistakes.
Adam and Jamie even faced pressure from their own network, as well as angry advertisers, about what they could and couldn't do and say on the show. Because behind all the fun, and the informative and thrilling investigations they undertook, not everything was always as simple as blowing up a truck full of concrete.
Whatever it was that Kari, Grant, and Tory were investigating was so problematic that the show destroyed all of the footage of the myth. On top of that, everyone who was involved with the project promised to never talk about it.
They didn't stop there, because they also alerted the government about what they had found. The explosion was much bigger than anyone anticipated, which rocked the homes of the nearby residents in the town of Esparto.
The local authorities, who were involved with the filming to make sure everything went off safely and smoothly, had elected not to tell residents about the show's presence. They were worried too many people would try to come out and get a closeup look. Unfortunately that's why those in Esparto thought something terrible like a plane crash or house explosion had taken place when their own homes shook and windows broke.
There were no reports of anyone's socks being blown off though. But even with all of their precautions one miscalculation during a episode led to a test going horribly wrong, which resulted in a cannonball being shot through someone's home.
While testing a myth about cannonballs at the Dublin range in Alameda County, they missed their target.