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Ask The Mythbusters

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the she-blinded-me-with-science dept.

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Who are the Mythbusters? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are the hosts of a unique and popular television show on the Discovery cable channel. Working from a background in the special effects industry and shooting on location at effects warehouse M5 Industries, Jamie and Adam attempt to shed light on hearsay, rumour, and myth. Along the way they usually run across a little bit of science, too. Today, you have a chance to put questions to them. We'll take the 15 best questions and pass them on to the gentlemen to be answered sometime soon after the Thanksgiving holiday. One question per comment, please, and keep things topical. We'll post their responses as soon as we get them back, so ask away.

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Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090537)

Is it true that in Soviet Russia, myths bust you?

Re:Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090572)

... or that a "FIRST POST!!!!!!!1one" will get me modded down?

Favorites (5, Interesting)

MikesOnFire (324035) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090541)

Lets start simple -
What is your favorite Busted Myth and your favorite Confirmed one?

Re:Favorites (1)

Ryan Amos (16972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090687)

Dunno about the busted one, but my personal favorite was the episode they did on rapid beer chilling. It seems that just by adding a good bit of salt to your ice chest is the most efficient (well, efficient and possible on a budget that will still allow you to afford more beer.) Mmmmm... Beer....

Re:Favorites (2, Informative)

stevey (64018) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090750)

I've only seen a few shows, but I like the way they look like they're always having fun and getting paid to goof off.

By far the best episode I ever saw was the one where they showed a wine glass being shattered by the sound of somebodies voice; allegedly this was the first confirmed case of this being captured on camera, rather than being repeated as hearsay.

(From memory they had to use an amplifier)

Vegie (1, Funny)

markyland (929334) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090549)

If you were a vegetable, which one would you be and why?

Your show is great fun to watch and all, but... (5, Interesting)

bobertfishbone (897122) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090551)

Have you ever been completely blown away by what you've found? Has there been an experiment where you two just sit back and say "Huh...who woulda thought?" Most of the myths are pretty easy to debunk, but I'm just curious as to whether or not there was actually one that you guys did that totally shocked you in being true.

Re:Your show is great fun to watch and all, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090624)

I second this question. Has there been a myth that you thought would be completely false, only to have to look at the results of your experiments with shocked and puzzled looks on your faces?

Re:Your show is great fun to watch and all, but... (1)

wikiwa (599074) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090697)

The episode last week with the Tail-Gate up or down myth puzzled them and gave bewildering results. Turns out you get better mileage while driving with the tailgate up in a pickup truck as opposed to down.

corporate question (-1, Offtopic)

yakumo.unr (833476) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090558)

Q: so how exactly does DRM benefit THE CONSUMER? :)

My question for the Mythbusters (0, Offtopic)

arothstein (233805) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090563)

do these pants make my ass look big?

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Re:My question for the Mythbusters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090740)

Is the insertion of a small furry rodent, such as a gerbil, into one's rectum safe?
Is it even possible?
If so, is it an effective means of stimulus?

When are you going to investigate... (-1, Offtopic)

TheOtherChimeraTwin (697085) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090565)

... which is better: vi or emacs?

Houston, we have a busted/confirmed myth (5, Interesting)

richdun (672214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090570)

With an unlimited budget, what "myth" would you most like to test? How about using 1960s technology to try and land on the moon?

Re:Houston, we have a busted/confirmed myth (1)

broggyr (924379) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090755)

I like this one. Even though the 'evidence' shown by doubters (it's now fasionable to doubt the moon landing) has been falsified, it's still a rampant rumor.
Too bad those people who still think it happened will be labeled 'sheep' by the doubters.
I, for one, think it truly happened (I was born 3 months before the last landing). It would take too much effort and cash to simply fake it realistically enough...

Limited supply? (1, Interesting)

CvD (94050) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090584)

Do you think you'll ever run out of myths to test?

BTW love the show, keep up the good work!

Favorite myth types (1)

Sinryc (834433) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090587)

Ever since your episode whjere you see if peoples voice can break glass with just their voices, do yall ever just do that for fun?

Myths that didn't make it. (5, Interesting)

skywalker107 (220077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090589)

What Myths have you tested that have never made it on the show? What about them made you and the producers decide they didn't qualify to go on the air?

Most Challenging Myth (5, Interesting)

Winterblink (575267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090591)

What has been your most challenging myth to bust? And is there a particular myth you feel would be a challenging one to try taking on?

Injuries (5, Interesting)

jacksonai (604950) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090592)

What is the worst injury anyone sustained while trying to bust a myth?

I can answer this one... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090744)

That guy Buster has been pretty messed up a couple of times. I think he's had just about every part replaced.

Build Team (3, Interesting)

I_Strahd (791299) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090597)

Can you please get rid of the build team segments? These segments are annoying and I fast forward throught them anyway. I would really enjoy more actual show. Thanks!

busting myths mistakenly (4, Interesting)

selil (774924) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090599)

Have you all figured out yet that a Robin Hood (two arrows impacting the same spot) is actually possible? disgruntled archer.

Re:busting myths mistakenly (1)

dafz1 (604262) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090731)

They did try this myth(at least the build team did).

First they had real archers fire a large number of arrows at the same target, none of which "split" the target arrow(nor even hit it). Then they tried more controlled conditions(read: indoors), where they ended up putting a broadhead right at the nock(sp?) of another arrow, which led to partial splitting of the arrow(about 4 -6 inches long). The high-speed camera showed there is too much flex in the arrow shaft to get a clean split. Then they bundled a bunch togther, hoping the rigidity of the bundle would keep the target arrow stiff enough, which it didn't.

Myth: Busted

ultimate myth? (5, Interesting)

Antonymous Flower (848759) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090602)

What myth would the Mythbusters most like to investigate but lack the means to do so?

Re:ultimate myth? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090726)

Is there a god?

This isn't a question but... (0, Troll)

timmy_otoole (516019) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090603)

I think you guys are more than just "friends" with Buster.

Cool (5, Funny)

JWW (79176) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090604)

Mythbusters is a great show! Oh, yeah I should ask a question.

I understand completely why you guys warn us to "not try this at home". But who warns you guys?

Ok all joking aside. You guys do some really dangerous stuff on the show. What has been the scariest/ most hair raising moment on the show so far, a time when you might have thought "this is really going to hurt"?

Re:Cool (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090708)

I understand completely why you guys warn us to "not try this at home". But who warns you guys?

They aren't the ones risking their lives! It's the poor dummy Mortimer! Any dummy that's easy enough to coerce to hop out of a plane using only an inflatable life raft as a "floatation" device to drift to the ground isn't very smart.

I hope that Mortimer has a great life insurance policy!

upside down car (5, Interesting)

Marqis (197235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090605)


I heard that an F1 racing car has enough downdraft to drive upside down at speed. True or false?

Re:upside down car (1)

GoatMonkey2112 (875417) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090758)

It has to be true if they can corner or brake at greater than 1g, more like 3g to 4g. 1g being the force of gravity, which is enough to keep them on the ground normally. I don't believe that the tires are sticky enough that they hold you down that well.

Fact vs Fun (5, Interesting)

elrick_the_brave (160509) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090609)

When I watch your show, it's obvious that there is a lot of fun going on. Who wouldn't like blowing up, breaking down, stinking up, falling down, and all-around destroying everything?

For those of us not of TV-land.. how long does it take for you guys to produce an average episode.. how much of it is fun vs time spent working on getting it right?

Would you consider a contest to have a guest helper? (Not that I am plugging this potential guest helper at all.. no!).

Own myths? (3, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090612)

Was there ever a myth you guys created be it intentional or by accident. As such, have others had to debunk this myth?

Is it true? (4, Interesting)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090614)

Similar to a stunt in a famous James Bond film, can a person really be shot out of a submarine torpedo tube?

Oh this is an easy one... (5, Funny)

tgd (2822) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090619)

What is Kari's phone number, and whats her favorite restaurant?

Re:Oh this is an easy one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090713)

Damn, beat me to it. :o)

Re:Oh this is an easy one... (5, Interesting)

Heliologue (883808) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090721)

I agree. Actually, I'm surprised this thread hasn't been overwhelmed with drooling over this very subject. In a related but more serious note: I've noticed that Kari seems to get more and more screen time; disproportionately so. Is there a concerted effort to boost her involvement (and no one is questioning her skill or usefulness) as a way to appeal to fans who, well, want to know her (in the Biblical sense)?

a hard one.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090743)

A myth for her to test;
Is it really possible to "squirt"?

Re:Oh this is an easy one... (1)

jpummil (933094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090765)

I'd second that! Kari is absolutely gorgeous and has a positively intoxicating personality. Kari, drop me an e-mail...we'll have dinner.

Re:Oh this is an easy one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090767)

Kari being strapped to chinese torture device
best. television. ever.

By the way... (1)

zanderredux (564003) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090784)

If you could get the phone number and favorite restaurant for Scottie as well, I'd appreciate. Thanks!

Idea behind MythBusters. (5, Interesting)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090626)

Did you guys come up with the idea for the show or was it presented to you? If you came up with it yourself, how?

Budget (5, Interesting)

wobedraggled (549225) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090627)

What is the most you can spend on one myth? What is the most spent so far on one myth? Thanks, and awesome show

q: (5, Interesting)

TheBeardIsRed (695409) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090628)

What was the pitch process like for the show and what myths did you propose to sell the TV execs on it?

Suggestion... (1)

j0nkatz (315168) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090632)

Could you do a show to bust the Myth that Unix is supperior to Windows?

When... (-1)

daniil (775990) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090635)

When will you finally bust the Moon as a Liberal myth?

Impact on the World (4, Interesting)

verbatim_verbose (411803) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090636)

Of all of the myths you have busted, has any one in particular stood out as changing the way much of the public thinks?

Gilligan's Island (5, Interesting)

netglen (253539) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090637)

QUESTION: Is it possible to create batteries out of coconuts like in all those episodes of Gilligan's Island?

Computer myths? (5, Interesting)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090638)

Could you take on some computer myths? Like whether or not it was ever possible for a virus to destroy old monitors? It was rumored that if a virus could change the refresh rates to a too low or too high setting, you could fry some of the internal circuitry.

Myth or not? (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090641)

Can small objects dropped from high buildings or low flying aircraft seriously injure or kill people? I.E. Pennies from the CN Tower, or saletd peanuts from a crop duster?

Re:Myth or not? (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090693)

It might help to actually watch the show, or at least search the previous show listings. They already did this one.

Re:Myth or not? (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090741)

So, I guess that it would be a softball question then?

So, what's the answer? I don't have the internet to look it up.

Re:Myth or not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090724)

You ever consider, you know, watching the show before commenting?

Logic (2, Insightful)

duckpoopy (585203) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090642)

Do you realize that being unable to reproduce some event does not make that event impossible?

Re:Logic (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090734)

Kind of like your birth. Your parents were trying to make an intelligent human being but got you instead.

Critique (5, Interesting)

CrazySailor (20688) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090643)

How would you address the critique that you excessively extrapolate from a single data point to a generality?

In particular I refer to a show where you were examining fuel mileage on SUVs with windows open vs. air conditioning. As an engineer, I believe that you failed to conduct adequate experimentation to demonstrate anything other than results at a single data point and you didn't make that clear to your viewers.

question (1)

luchobucho (830569) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090653)

does semen have a really high protein content -- in that it would be healthy for a women to consume regularly?

Re:question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090699)

in that it would be healthy for a women to consume regularly?

Probably not, but it should be ok for you to continue though.

Re:question (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090745)

I read in the newspaper (dutch one) a long time ago that semen was very good for women who want to get pregnant since the body will get used to your dna. Or something like that.

My gf of the time disagreed :(

Kari Byron (0)

ThePolkapunk (826529) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090654)

Is that Kari Byron as hot in person as she is on tv?

Question (1)

cloudkiller (877302) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090656)

Can you really go blind from self pleasure?

Source Material (5, Interesting)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090657)

I've been a fan since your first season, and in that time, you've covered quite a few of the big, classic myths and legends. Are you ever concerned that you'll "use up" all the best source material, sort of running out of steam as it were? or is the internet such a fertile ground for kooks and bad jokes that you figure you can go on indefinitely (or at least until you accidentally cause the spontaneous destruction of the universe while trying to prove a theory about the second gunman in the Grassy Knoll)

Do what now? (1)

asveepay (323579) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090658)

What is the ratio of myths that you actually get to test vs myths that are untestable or at least not practical to test? The show takes a lot of unorthodox approaches to testing but there must be a number of myths that can't be tested without a huge budget or some difficult-to-acquire-or-build technology.

I've always wondered about the myth... (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090659)

Is it true that there is a lip behind that mustache?

To the Mythbusters whom it may concern- (5, Informative)

dslauson (914147) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090662)

Dear Mythbusters-
It seems like it must be tempting to definitively call a myth "busted", even though the reality is that you just couldn't duplicate the results. Whether something is fact or fiction, scientifically a myth probably shouldn't be considered "busted" unless you have empirically show it to be implausable.

You guys generally do a good job of this, though on occasion I've seen an episode where you seemed a little premature. What can you say about where you draw the line, and do you feel like you generally do a good job of following the scientific method to get your results?

Also, can you get me that redhead's phone number?

Kari and Grant (5, Funny)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090663)

Are Kari and Grant a couple? I noticed Grant let Kari use his TI-30Xa calculator. I can't imagine such a sacrifice would be made lightly.

Sound Of The John (1)

JohnPerkins (243021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090664)

I watched the episode where you guys tested the bit about certain low-frequency sounds causing a person's bowels to loosen, making them soil themselves. On the show you had a guy in diapers stand between several speakers and you exposed him to several low-range frequencies. But you only exposed him to integer frequencies- 4hz, 5hz, whatever. If you exposed him to such a small set of possible frequencies, even over the range you chose, that would seem to make it highly unlikely that, if the myth were true, you would have found the exact frequency to make your guinea pig soil himself. On the show the myth was declared busted. Because you did not test the continous band of frequencies, instead stepping from one selected frequency to the next, I ask you this: Did you, in fact, not bust the myth in that case?

Strictly speaking ... (5, Interesting)

s20451 (410424) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090666)

Let me firstly say that I like your show as entertainment. However, I do not like it as a form of true skepticism or as science. What you do is fun and interesting, but it is not rigorous. I'm thinking particularly of the time you tried to flip a taxi with a jet engine, which failed on your show, but which actually happened in real life. So it's not obvious that a failure on your show means anything.

My question is this: are you taking yourselves too seriously as "myth busters"? (And a suggestion: why not let a physics prof supervise some of your stunts?)

Hacking a computer through the power cord? (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090668)

Is it possible with today's electrical grid that you can hack into a person's computer and extract data through the computer's power cord?

PS your show where you built a super-fast playing card thrower was great, especially when you drew blood on Adam's arm. Mythbusters is an excellent show!!

Blasting Zone Myth (5, Interesting)

fatboy (6851) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090673)

Hey guys, love the show. I was wondering why you have not tackled the "Blasting Zone" myth. You know, were you are asked to turn off 2-way radio equipment and Cell Phones when passing through a "Blasting Zone". I ask this because several years ago there was an accidental blast in my home town and many speculated on the radio that it was caused by RF from a cellphone. Several of us amateur radio operators kind of laughed at that because there are few guys that supposedly tried to set off a blasting cap with radios, just to see if it could be done. They went so far as to even wire the blasting cap into a 100 watt VHF (low band ~50Mhz) radio's antenna jack. Nope it didn't go off. Using inverse square law, it seems very unlikely that a cellphone or 2-way radio could set off a blasting cap at any distance.

Myth Creation (3, Interesting)

mrthoughtful (466814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090676)

Have you attempted to create any myths of your own?

There is a myth that myths/new words can be created and propagated very easily, such as the famous myth relating to the Dublin origins of the word "Quiz" - similar to memes such as "All your Base" -though you tend to prefer big explosion myths (and I know why!)

So - why not see if you can create a myth (that involves explosions, and bust your own myth, and then confirm the myth of being able to create myths?!

Budget restrictions? (5, Interesting)

Mr Bill (21249) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090677)

What sort of budget limits do you guys have for your show these days? I remember seeing some earlier episodes where money really seemed to be an issue (spending an extra $700 on helium for the weather baloon lawn chair seemed to cause some concern). Whereas these days you guys seem to have no problem blowing up cement trucks or catapulting a boom lift.

As a corollary: Which experiment(s) ran rediculously over budget, and which one was surpirisingly cheap to pull off?

Flu Season myth (1)

jeoin (668566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090678)

So Adam or Jamie can you catch the flu from the flu bug vaccine?

Geek myth (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090680)

When are you going to test the "myth" that Geeks can't get laid. Bonus points if the "testing" involves Kari.

From the Front vs. From Behind (5, Interesting)

unipus (731704) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090681)

Hey guys, great show! Just wondering, what's are the best and worst aspects of moving from behind the scenes to in front of the lens?

Question (5, Interesting)

lunchlady55 (471982) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090684)

What is the most tedious part of busting myths? I'm sure alot of the fun and games gets on camera, but what are we not seeing and why is it still important?

is it true?!!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090691)

is windows really better then linux?

The Da Vinci Code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090694)

Who would win in a fight, Mythbusters or Dan Brown?

Did the Idea for this show come up.... (0)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090696)

after you guys weren't casted for The Lone Gunmen series?

Myths you cannot do? (5, Interesting)

jessejay356 (625312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090702)

Have there been any myths that were either too expensive or dangerous that you just would not do?

Here's mine (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090710)

Why is your show such a god damned piece of shit?

Actually, I have a burning question. (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090716)

Will a cat with peanut butter spread across its back REALLY hover due to the laws governing that a cat will always land on its feet and peanut butter will always hit the floor?

How marketable would flying cats be?

Re:Actually, I have a burning question. (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090779)

they already did the buttered toast falls butter side down myth, and it was busted, therefore the cat part would also be busted

Are you Scientists or Special Effects Builders? (5, Interesting)

arnie_apesacrappin (200185) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090729)

When watching the show, the introduction emphasizes your experience in the special effects industry but I think I recall you referring to yourselves as scientists on occasion. The reason I ask for clarification is that you routinely ignore good scientific methods. The best example I can think of off the top of my head was the windows down vs. air conditioning myth. I know you revisited the myth, but your initial tests were poor science at best. Couldn't you have some sort of science advisor to at least make sure that there is some sort of logical sense to your experiments?

Even with my harsh comments, I'm not disrespecting your show. I have it setup to record on my DVR every week. I mostly enjoy the shows but occasionally your lack of scientific method is maddening. I realize you are probably cutting a lot out for the sake of TV, but could you at least point out that there are some possibilities you aren't testing?

Who's Who? (1)

PlainBlack (594355) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090730)

Of the people on the show, who was already working at M5 prior to MythBusters, and who was brought in just for the show?

Science?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14090732)

I'd hardly call what they do at Mythbusters 'science' - interesting perhaps but hardly good science. Even they are the first to say that they're not scientists. (I'm sure they said it. Someone go check their library of recorded shows and find the episode and timecode where they said it. :)

My Question (2, Interesting)

IvanGirderboot (925273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090735)

How did you find your Interns/assistants, or did they find you? ..Are they hiring?

Great Show Guys!

Testing Confirmed Myths (1)

rhkaloge (208983) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090738)

In the myth that a lighting strike can kill you through a telephone, you went to a lot of trouble testing and confirming they myth, only to mention that lighting kills a number of people each year, some of them talking on the phone. Was the statistical data available before or after you tested the myth, and if it was available before hand, did you just go ahead with the myth because it looked cool? And what would you have done if your results contradicted the statistics?

Pick one (0)

casualsax3 (875131) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090751)

Is it iced tea? What sound does a dog make? Who are the Beatles?

Time and money (1)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090756)

There are some myths out there that cannot be proved without a massive undertaking and amazing funding. Is there any one in particular that you would love to take on if money and time was no object?

Keep up the great work guys, I love your show. My favorite is when you guys were finding the gas-air ratio and had the 'accident'. heh

Just gotta say (1)

GmAz (916505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090757)

Question: Does a watchpot really never boil? No really, does it? Ok, I have no question but, thank you for creating a great show that the whole family can watch. Its hard to find a show that doesn't have sex and cussing everytime you turn around. Not to mention the countless myths that even I thought was true (Espically a more current one about driving your truck with your tailgate down, never again for me).

swallows (0, Redundant)

peculiarmethod (301094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090760)

What IS the easiest way to get a swallow to carry a coconut?

Re:swallows (1)

ledow (319597) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090785)

Gotta be done...

African or European?

Repeatable Experiments (5, Interesting)

Aggrazel (13616) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090761)

I'm a father of a 7 year old who absolutely loves your show. We have it on our tivo and I'm constantly pausing the show to ask him what he thinks will happen in your experiments.

You start every show with "Don't try this at home" but sometimes there are experiments that you do which you could try this at home. Have you ever considered having a show where you say, "DO Try this at home?" Its fun to see my child get such a love of science in such a fun way.

Does God exist? (0)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090762)

If so, what does he or she look like?

err (1)

ericcantona (858624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090763)

Q. which is better: vi or emacs ?. I want to KNOW,
with conclusive and definative proofs. Oh and, err
Q. Is every language accepted by some nondeterministic algorithm in polynomial time also accepted by some deterministic algorithm in polynomial time ? [claymath.org]
sorry, thats two important questions, isn't it

Budget/Most Expensive Myth/Explosions! (2, Interesting)

lividdr (775594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090764)

Love the show - it's spawned some serious fights with my wife over control of the TV at 9PM on Wednesdays (stupid "Lost" ending up in the same slot!). You guys have just about every geek's dream job - everything from mangling crash test dummies to driving a police cruiser by remote.

From watching the show, it looks like you've got a relatively tight budget on a lot of the myths you bust. Lots of the gear is picked up from junkyards, donated, or just lying around the warehouse. What was the most expensive myth to bust? What's the single most expensive piece of equipment you've had to buy while busting a myth?

Then there's the explosions. Things go boom a lot on the show. What's the biggest yield explosion you've ever detonated - I'm thinking of the cement truck that disintegrated in one particular episode, but there was also the critter in the drain pipe, the explosions in the pressurized airliner, the log cannon, the methane in the honey bucket...

Scientist on staff? (4, Interesting)

caveat (26803) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090766)

I've noticed you guys have a regard for the scientific method, and make quite an effort to try and keep things controlled with regards to how you run your experiments and derive your conclusions. Have you ever considered bringing a formally trained scientist onto the crew to make sure you're going "by the book", so to speak?

Who comes up with the Myths? (1)

PlainBlack (594355) | more than 8 years ago | (#14090776)

I've never heard of about half of the myths you do on the show. Who comes up with all the myths you try to bust and will they ever run out of myths to bust?
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