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Mythbusters Accidentally Bust Windows In Nearby Town

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the good-thing-it-wasn't-mirrors dept.

Television 500

Thelasko writes "In an effort to knock Buster's socks off, the Mythbusters accidentally created an explosion so large it shattered windows in a small town over a mile from the blast site. The Mythbusters had the broken windows replaced the very same day. The Esparto, California fire chief says that several firefighters were on hand for the blast, but he didn't notify residents because, 'Mythbusters is supposed to be a really popular show. Everybody would have been out there. We would have had to cancel it because it would have been too dangerous.'"

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Kaboom (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27341681)

Kaboom sayeth the first post!

And finally... (5, Funny)

Slashidiot (1179447) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341695)

... Jamie got big boom.

Re:And finally... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342175)

boom goes the dynamite?

Myth... (5, Funny)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342225)

What's the verdict on the myth that the Mythbusters can continue to do huge explosions without any collateral damage?

Definitely busted.

Re:Myth... (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342291)

I want them to test the myth that a big enough explosion will knock Earth off orbit. ;)

Re:And finally... (5, Funny)

mhall119 (1035984) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342289)

Boom! di ada...

wow (4, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341703)

The Myth Busters truly are gods among geeks.

Re:wow (3, Insightful)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341741)

So now if some TV show is filming a dangerous experiment near my house, I shouldn't be notified that my windows may explode unexpectedly? This public official needs to be fired. I'm all for the TV show, but public safety comes first... or at least it used to back in the day... now get off my grass!

Re:wow (5, Insightful)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341823)

The keyword in the summary was "accidentally". This was not an intended result and was not anticipated. Especially not a mile away.

Re:wow (5, Funny)

Slashidiot (1179447) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342019)

Yeah, they accidentally the whole town...

Re:wow (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342107)

Not the whole thing!

OT (0, Offtopic)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342155)

"Tis women makes us love, Tis Love that makes us sad, Tis sadness makes us drink, And drinking makes us fall in love with the boootiful lady at the end of the bar."

Ah, the vicious, wonderful cycle. =D

Not anticipated?? Hardly. (5, Interesting)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342077)

The keyword in the summary was "accidentally". This was not an intended result and was not anticipated. Especially not a mile away.

They were igniting 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate. What, did EVERYONE (including Fire Marshall Bill) forget to bring their handy dandy bomb-squad approved $10 calculator with them that day?

NASA problem (3, Interesting)

cdwdwkr (742274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342241)

It was a NASA Mars Mission problem. The Mythbusters were loading 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate while the safety guys thought they meant 500 grams.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27341909)

Also, there are no indications that the glass "exploded" as you put it. It most likely just cracked.

Re:wow (5, Insightful)

Scootin159 (557129) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341921)

Public safety was taken into consideration - and in this case it was determined 'safer' to NOT tell the public, as the expected crowed that would produce would make matters WORSE.

Re:wow (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342311)

But how are we supposed to support the hospitals if we don't have people show up to get their eardrums broken instead of their windows?

Re:wow (5, Informative)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341937)

Depends on what you consider 'near'.

If normal precautions and notices take place, then all laws have been followed.

Accidents do happen, you need to calm down.

Re:wow (2, Insightful)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341969)

It was a mile away.

Seriously, do you have anything better to do than whinge? It doesn't appear like it.

Re:wow (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342027)

So now if some TV show is filming a dangerous experiment near my house, I shouldn't be notified that my windows may explode unexpectedly? This public official needs to be fired. I'm all for the TV show, but public safety comes first... or at least it used to back in the day... now get off my grass!

They didn't expect it either. They did not think there was a safety issue, thus they did not warn about the safety issue they did not think existed. If they had thought there was a safety issue warranting warnings, they would have issued safety issue warnings. They had firemen on hand for the safety issues they did expect. They did not have firemen on hand for the issues they did not expect.

What I'm saying is that it was unexpected.

Re:wow (5, Funny)

Andor666 (659649) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342127)

Because nobody expects the Spanish In...

Oh no...

MythBusters isn't the safest show (4, Informative)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342213)

Remember, they built the bulletproof shelter for explosions then in a much later episode discovered that the material wasn't bulletproof.

Re:wow (1, Flamebait)

neophytepwner (992971) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342275)

I think the problem was that the Mythbusters didn't realize that explosions of that amplitude cause significant shock waves. A poor miscalculation on their part, then again if they were real scientists they would have done an estimate before hand that accounted for such an event. Although it may have been a rare event, Mythbusters seem so often trying to prove things can't happen when in all probability they are possible.

Re:wow (5, Funny)

MagicM (85041) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342067)

I shouldn't be notified that my windows may explode unexpectedly?

You want to be notified of everything that may happen unexpectedly? Seriously? Because then we're going to be here a while...

Re:wow (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342117)

having been a pyrotechnician for 15 years, I can say that many of the "broken" window claims probably were for windows cracked long ago. But hey, there's a boom, so I can get free window replacement!

Re:wow (5, Insightful)

MagicM (85041) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342121)

I shouldn't be notified that my windows may explode unexpectedly?

People can't notify you of unexpected things. That's why they're called unexpected.

(Yes, I replied twice and contradicted myself. Big whoop.)

Re:wow (5, Insightful)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342235)

Why is it everytime someone makes a mistake there is some moron who has a knee jerk reaction of "fire the person". Give me a break. The fire chief made a call. They didn't notify the town because they didn't want a crowd at the film site - which would be dangerous in and of itself. So if they cancelled the show they transported explosive chemicals to the site and would have to transfer it off the site, then transfer it to another site...all that transport = danger.

not to forget - they didn't realize the explosion was going to be so big as to break a hand-ful of windows a MILE away.
Unfortunate yes, unexpected yes, handled properly yes, fire someone no.

it had to happen sooner or later..... (3, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341751)

.... can't wait to see this one air. I wonder what odds Adam gave of shattering windows a mile away from the blast site?

Re:it had to happen sooner or later..... (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341813)

.... can't wait to see this one air.

Ah, I see our viral marketing campaign is working... Jamie, go "accidentally" blow up a gas station or something, we'll issue a press rele^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hletter of apology next week.

Re:it had to happen sooner or later..... (2, Funny)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342265)

So they're the ones that blew up the propane station last year here in Toronto...

Re:it had to happen sooner or later..... (1)

Magreger_V (1441121) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342073)

lol

That's odd... (1)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341755)

With the amount of experience these guys have causing explosions, I'm curious why they were unable to predict the size of this one in particular ...

Re:That's odd... (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341805)

500 pounds of ammonium nitrate according to TFA. I wonder how many watch lists you wind up on when you buy that much at one time? ;)

Re:That's odd... (1)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341971)

Well, it's a fertilizer, it wouldn't surprise me if many farmers have 500+ pounds lying around.

Re:That's odd... (0)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342091)

Who will watch the farmers?

Re:That's odd... (1)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342293)

Just one - the Warrant list.

Re:That's odd... (1)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342309)

All of them... just like if you purchase a transportation ticket, or an over-the-counter medicine, or if you borrow a book.

Re:That's odd... (4, Informative)

RattFink (93631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341911)

Experience? They are special effects guys, they have done all of maybe 2 or 3 really large explosions and all of them were oversaw by professionals because most of the stuff they deal with is not generally available. They aren't exactly blasting/munitions experts.

Re:That's odd... (4, Interesting)

berend botje (1401731) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342011)

Remember the one where they tried to muck out that cement truck? Man, that was unreal! One second there's a truck, and the next second it's completely gone. No Hollywood fireball, just Bang! and no-more-truck.

Cool. That's what it is.

Re:That's odd... (2, Interesting)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342053)

Yeah, for the really big explosions, like the cement truck [youtube.com] for example, they call in external help from professionals who are supposed to know what they're doing.

Re:That's odd... (1)

cheesewire (876598) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342083)

They are special effects guys, they have done all of maybe 2 or 3 really large explosions and all of them were oversaw by professionals because most of the stuff they deal with is not generally available.

OK, so:

With the amount of experience their [professional experts overseeing the experiment] have causing explosions, I'm curious why they were unable to predict the size of this one in particular ...

Re:That's odd... (2, Interesting)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342337)

Many reasons: Irregular sized object (it's not like they are trying it on the same object each time), terrain not blocking the sound/vibrations enough, climate/temperature hampering the chem composition of the explosive, improperly mixed explosive or contaminents. Last but not least - accidents happen. In all the years they have been doing explosives this is their first noteworthy accident. As for "this one in particular"...don't people always say that "why this one in particular...why me....why at that time...etc" -- eventually it had to happen somewhere - this is the spot.

Re:That's odd... (2, Insightful)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342251)

Experience? They are special effects guys, they have done all of maybe 2 or 3 really large explosions and all of them were oversaw by professionals because most of the stuff they deal with is not generally available. They aren't exactly blasting/munitions experts.

Presumably, this explosion was no different. That should imply that the fault doesn't lie with the Mythbusters crew, but with the professionals that were overseeing this demonstration.

Re:That's odd... (2, Interesting)

conureman (748753) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341963)

I presume they were using oil with that ammonium nitrate. IIRC this is the preferred recipe for lifting stumps &c. as it pushes more volume/pressure than TNT or what-have-you. A little calculation might have suggested the advisability of doing it a little further from town. This may be a bit bigger @ 500# than their previous endeavors. Sounds like fun was had.

Re:That's odd... (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342005)

Did you see the episode where they were clearing cured cement from a cement truck? They had no idea what the explosion would do but stood back curiously far when it exploded. Turns out it was a good thing. 500lbs of explosion just has one predictor model: fucking big boom... and subsequent mess. Explosions like the OKC bomb didn't rip things up a mile away. It seems likely that the pressure of the blast may have been affected by weather or something to keep it traveling fast at ground level, which would have been unpredictable by all but the most learned of explosive experts.

Re:That's odd... (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342167)

Heck, they did it in CA, maybe they hit a fault line for all we know.

Re:That's odd... (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342299)

It seems likely that the pressure of the blast may have been affected by weather or something to keep it traveling fast at ground level, which would have been unpredictable by all but the most learned of explosive experts.

That was my thought, too. I'm not an explosives expert by any means, but I would guess that something like the exact layout of buildings or topography could deflect or focus the shock waves enough to affect windows a few hundred feet farther away than what they predicted.

Re:That's odd... (5, Insightful)

macshome (818789) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342147)

Well, I think that stuff like this can take anyone by surprise. Castle Bravo turned out to be 2.5 times bigger than expected, and those guys were Atomic Scientists!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Bravo [wikipedia.org]

Pardon the expression (0)

Erie Ed (1254426) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341757)

but i guess they really blew their load

Only the Mythbusters... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27341769)

...could get the go-ahead on tripping 500 lbs of ammonium nitrate in order to "knock the socks off" of a mannequin.

Appropriately named Fire Chief... (5, Funny)

Wulfstan (180404) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341777)

"Chief Barry Burns, of Esparto Fire Department" :-)

Re:Appropriately named Fire Chief... (2, Informative)

McGruber (1417641) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342135)

"Mythbusters went to Yolo County and ended up with a bigger bang than expected."

Yolo == You Only Live Once

Nominative determinism in action (1)

chiark (36404) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342259)

A well known phoenomenon [wikipedia.org]

Bleeped (4, Insightful)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341793)

And their big 'bleep' was located 'bleep' but don't 'bleep' anywhere near 'bleep' CUE BIG FIREBALL BOOM!

Sorry about that, it is just a pet peeve of mine that Mythbusters is seemingly censoring mundane details about what they are doing. What is the point about censoring the location where you are firing off a minigun? It's obviously restricted, and it isn't as if people are going to wander onto some military base and pick up a minigun.

If the people who watch the show were so stupid as to try and use some of the chemicals that are used in the show (and harm themselves or someone else) I'd wager that they are probably too stupid to even know where to order them.

You never saw Mr. Wizard bleeping out the chemical names on his demonstrations.

I swear that if the lawyers had their way, they would bleep 'gasoline'.

Re:Bleeped (2, Funny)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341895)

You never saw Mr. Wizard bleeping out the chemical names on his demonstrations.

True, but when did Mr. Wizard use [bleep]ing Thermite?

Re:Bleeped (4, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342049)

Thermite is a perfect example. It's easy to make, the ingredients are dirt cheap and unregulated, and it takes no special knowledge to put it together.

Why bleep out the words "Aluminum" and "Iron Oxide"? If someone wants to learn how to make thermite, they can do that without any special help.

The nastiest stuff they use on mythbusters is all commercial. The stuff they make themselves is mostly kitchen sink stuff that anyone could make.

Re:Bleeped (5, Insightful)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342129)

Why bleep out the words "Aluminum" and "Iron Oxide"?

Defense Lawyer: And where did you learn to make Thermite?
Defendent: From watching Mythbusters.
Discovery Channel: Uh-oh.

Re:Bleeped (4, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341989)

You never saw Mr. Wizard bleeping out the chemical names on his demonstrations.

Note the past tense. Is Mr. Wizard even allowed to be shown now? Have the networks been 'encouraged' to drop programming like that?

Now please excuse me while I test whether an explosion can literally knock my tinfoil hat off.

Re:Bleeped (5, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342059)

I swear that if the lawyers had their way, they would bleep 'bleep'.

I don't get it.

Re:Bleeped (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342119)

They're probably censoring it so that you will want to watch the episode so you can see where it was...

They usually say during the show where they are doing the experiments.

Re:Bleeped (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342171)

Yeah, really. All of the information you could ever possibly want or need to make both low-order and high-order explosives can be found in any one of thousands of chemistry textbooks available at just about any collegiate or public library.

Some of it is available online, but I definitely wouldn't follow any directions found on some random Website without fully grokking the reactions involved, solid laboratory experience. proper equipment and taking proper precautions. Bleeping chemical names from the show really isn't that helpful: if someone is stupid enough to attempt this crap at home, they can get the information very easily. And should they decide to do that, they deserve to get their hands or face blown off. Darwin, baby. Survival of the fittest.

Re:Bleeped (4, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342253)

What is the point about censoring the location where you are firing off a minigun?

I always assumed that they censored that particular nugget because they film in the People's Republic of^W^W^W California, which isn't exactly a pro-firearms state. I know they had to get special permission when they were playing around with the .50 rifle during the bullets fired at water episode. I also seem to recall the neighbors of M5 whining when they were doing some other gun myths.

I do agree though that some of the stuff they censor is just plain stupid. I would guess that the lawyers make them do it.

Re:Bleeped (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342277)

Yeah, but Mr Wizard rarely, (and to my fast fading memory, never,) preceeded an experiment with "Don't try this at home, kids"

Problem is, nuts watch Mythbusters and even with that warning, they'd still try to do it.

Re:Bleeped (1)

Demonantis (1340557) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342323)

Your willing to complain online that they censor the chemical names, but too lazy to look the combinations up ONLINE. Are you serious?

Oops. Oh well. (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341801)

Nothing new here, It happens all the time when filming shows and movies 'on location'. People get compensated for damages. Life goes on.

Tho i'm curious what they were setting off this time, considering the time they blew up that cement truck was huge and no reports of personal damage on that one. ( 1000 pounds of high explosive in that one )

Personal nuke? :)

Re:Oops. Oh well. (3, Interesting)

guruevi (827432) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341887)

RTFA: They were trying to literally "knock the socks off" Buster by igniting 500 pounds of NH4NO3

Re:Oops. Oh well. (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342123)

Not curious enough to click on a link, apparently. Would have taken less effort than you spent writing that.

Re:Oops. Oh well. (1)

rengav (456846) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342219)

Tho i'm curious what they were setting off this time, considering the time they blew up that cement truck was huge and no reports of personal damage on that one. ( 1000 pounds of high explosive in that one )

I seem to remember that they set that one off in a quarry, a deep quarry and they were at least a mile away for safety. I want to say that the shockwave made the guys' clothes flutter.

The walls of the quarry shielded any nearby communities. Why they didn't use this same location for this explosion I find curious.

Hey, Big Jim... (1)

Jay Maynard (54798) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341807)

That blowed up real good!

downhill since Smash Lab (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341835)

Ever since these other "lets blow stuff up on high speed film" shows came out, MythBusters has had to blow more and more stuff up, kind of getting anti-intellectual nowadays. Plus Kari needs a bigger rack.

Re:downhill since Smash Lab (2, Informative)

thhamm (764787) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341953)

Plus Kari needs a bigger rack.
br/me want scottie back.

Re:downhill since Smash Lab (5, Informative)

berend botje (1401731) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342103)

Kari's rack is just fine as is, thank you very much.

Though I much prefer that cool blond girl they had on the show.

the explosion was alot bigger (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341843)

than they expected??

does anyone on the team have a degree in anything? heres a suggestion:
before you blow up 500 pounds of explosive chemical, do the god damned math. sure no one cares if your sorry ass is blown to shreds but im certain a whole town might get noticed.

Re:the explosion was alot bigger (1)

Magreger_V (1441121) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342157)

It's well known that they have members of FBI on site to monitor explosions.

Re:the explosion was alot bigger (1)

rengav (456846) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342249)

than they expected??

does anyone on the team have a degree in anything?

They usually have a retired FBI agent who is a specialist in explosives handle the big booms for them. I wonder if they had him along this time too?

Re:the explosion was alot bigger (1)

Cathoderoytube (1088737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342327)

They bring in ballistics experts when they do explosions. They also do them on closed bomb ranges.

That answers your stupid question.

I love MythBusters... (1)

wandazulu (265281) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341863)

...but am I the only one who thinks that they've been shifting the focus more to things that result in a good explosion, to the detriment of everything else?

I understand that the big boom Jamie wants makes for good TV, but the reason why I watch the show is because of their resourcefulness and inventiveness to try to prove/disprove any myth, regardless of whether it requires the assistance of Frank Doyle.

I just hope that it doesn't turn into the "All-Explosions!!!!!(tm) MythBusters" show.

Re:I love MythBusters... (1)

gone.fishing (213219) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342151)

I like a good bang; it is a good way to end the show. There is plenty of other stuff that happens throughout the show, a minute or two at the end is all the big explosion takes. If Adam and Jamie are reading this (and I think they are geeks enough to know about Slashdot) keep up the good works and keep the big bangs in!

Speaking of good bangs, is Kari really pregnant?

Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (0)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341899)

So, let me get this straight, the county professional in charge of public safety chose NOT to inform anyone in the nearby area because of the shows popularity and they would have had to cancel said big boom because it would have been too dangerous?

Mental note: Do not place a Nuclear power plant anywhere near this "safety" crew.

Re:Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342029)

They didn't inform people because if they knew, tons of people would've flocked to try to view it, and with that number of people trying to approach the area it would've had to be canceled.

Lots of normal people + big boom = bad idea.

small team of trained professionals + big boom = good.

Re:Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (4, Informative)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342037)

You have the order wrong.

The shows popularity would have made people come too close so it wouldn't be possible to perform the explosion. They judged it safer for everyone if people didn't know about it.

Re:Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342161)

Safer still not to make things go boom-boom just to make money, surely?

Re:Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (2)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342203)

I agree. The guy made the right decision. Mythbusters draws a huge crowd anytime they're doing anything. If people had found out they were doing something that involved an explosion those people would have definitely shown up... and then gotten blown up. Yes, it was startling for the towns people... but I think they'll survive.

Re:Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342101)

He chose not to inform anyone in the nearby area because they would have flocked from an area that was *expected* to be safe to the site of the show's taping, which was definitely NOT safe. Sometimes things don't happen as predicted; you can't plan for every eventuality. And Mythbusters did at least take responsibility for the results and made restitution by replacing the windows the same day. And for it to have been that quickly, you KNOW there were no lawyers taking "not our responsibility" stands.

Re:Need-to-know attitude? Uh, no thanks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342185)

So, let me get this straight, the county professional in charge of public safety chose NOT to inform anyone in the nearby area because of the shows popularity and they would have had to cancel said big boom because it would have been too dangerous?

Mental note: Do not place a Nuclear power plant anywhere near this "safety" crew.

You're right. It would have been a LOT better if all the curious people would have been right AT the blast sight instead of miles away in their homes. I'm sure the wooden barricades that they would have used would have protected the fans from any danger caused by the blast!

Mental note: I am not super intelligent, and I don't even understand half the crap that gets put up on slashdot, but even I can see the ignorance in your way of thinking.

Myth Buster FAIL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27341965)

There's a pattern...fail to bust a myth....BOOM!!

A classical music recording already did this (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27341973)

Back in 1978, one of the first digital sound recordings was Telarc's recording of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. It used real cannons in the recording and the rumble from the cannons go down to about 4Hz. The liner notes for the CD said that some windows were blown out 1 mile away while making the recording. I heard from a friend that a vinyl version of the 1812 would actually make the needle pop off of some phonographs (not sure if it was the same recording or not).

Oh, and am I the only one who thought this was about some software from Microsoft?

The verdict (5, Funny)

sxltrex (198448) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341975)

BUSTED!!

Re:The verdict (0, Redundant)

Winchestershire (1495475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342223)

BUSTED!!

The windows certainly are.

Helps to be well liked (1)

Onyma (1018104) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341997)

Also probably the only two on television who could have this happen and not be sued off the planet too :) I stand in awe.

Selective Terrorism? (4, Interesting)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27341999)

"...They were trying to literally 'knock the socks off' a mannequin by igniting 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate."

Uh, I like the show and all, but it's rather ironic that a couple of "celebrities" can get their hands on 500 pounds of this stuff and use it, when Average Joe can't manage to buy 50 pounds of "enriched" manure from Home Depot without tripping the "terrorist" flag at Homeland Security...

Re:Selective Terrorism? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342197)

Except the "couple of 'celebrities'" don't get their hands on it. It's usually a trained professional, like Frank Doyle. Considering he's retired from the FBI I'm sure he knows who to contact to let them know ahead of time if that sort of thing is required.

Re:Selective Terrorism? (5, Informative)

chaidawg (170956) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342257)

They actually hire licensed munitions and demolitions experts for the blowing stuff up - Usually former FBI

Re:Selective Terrorism? (2, Insightful)

james.m.henderson (1491189) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342317)

I don't like to be on this side of the argument, but here goes. The critical difference is that there is a reasonable purpose to the mythbusters having and using the substance. I'm sure they went through all the proper channels/licensing required to do the experiment. If a farmer buys a bunch of "enriched" manure, I doubt that would be a problem either. If some guy buys a bunch of stuff that can be used to create explosives and has no discernible purpose for it, then it is reasonable to be suspicious and investigate (not assume guilt, not jail, not ransack their place, just take a look and see why). The way things work is far from perfect and there are huge problems with the patriot act and the general 'they might be terrorists' rationalization, but in general it makes sense to be more suspicious of activity without explanation than activity with a reasonable explanation.

On behalf of the Bay Area, I would like to say (1)

lelitsch (31136) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342015)

AWESOME!!!!

Busting Windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27342023)

Awww, the headline made me hope that they had accidentally busted the idea that Windows was a good OS.

Myth: Plausible (5, Funny)

cookieinc (975574) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342051)

Myth: Plausible
Windows: Busted

That oughta do it. (5, Funny)

sweetking (1289558) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342069)

Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?

What happens when Myth Busters... (1)

MrKaos (858439) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342245)

...meets Beauty and the Geek.

Jamie challenged the geeks to get rid of 'sockpuppet''s from slashdot using 'Buster', some aluminium nitrate, and some socks.

The boom was the sound of heads exploding trying to comprehend the concept of a 'sockpuppet' from the beauty challenge .

Best. Promo. Evar. (1)

gorbachev (512743) | more than 5 years ago | (#27342269)

It was an accident. Yea, sure.

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