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President Obama On Mythbusters Tonight

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the buster-for-president dept.

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elrous0 writes "As was previously reported, President Obama mentioned back in October that he would be appearing on an upcoming episode of the popular Discovery Channel series Mythbusters. Well, the episode is finally airing tonight. In the episode, the President helps Jamie and Adam test the 'Archimedes Death Ray' myth for a 3rd time (the myth having been 'busted' the first time, and that bust surviving a challenge from MIT students the second time out). Though the President only appears in a couple of brief scripted segments, the actual test (using 500 schoolkids doubling as mirror-bearing soldiers) is purportedly pretty interesting."

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Flamethrowers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34491946)

Unless those mirrors have flamethrowers attached, it still won't work.

Re:Flamethrowers (2)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492226)

Why not frikkin' lasers?

get off my iLawn! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492298)

Archimedes Deathray?!

goldurn'd boob-tube never gets it right when dealing with the inter-tubes.

It's Archimedes Plutonium , you dolts!

Re:get off my iLawn! (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492388)

Now you've fucking done it. Don't you know that he's got a cluster of Crays grepping every newsgroup for mention of his name?

Now he's going to troll this froup from here to next week.

--
BMO

Re:Flamethrowers (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492614)

Because the ancient Greeks didn't have lasers, but they did have mirrors and sunlight.

Besides, where's the fun in lasers without sharks?

Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34491960)

but maybe now I'll skip it.

Re:Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this. (5, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492212)

I find it odd that The Discovery Channel would get access to the President and use their huge publicity opportunity to... rehash a myth they've already debunked twice. What?

The only possible reason to use this particular myth is so you can get 500 kids involved, each holding a mirror, and maybe involving the kids directly in the science, plus a little time with a few celebrities, will help associate science with coolness. I mean, it's an easy and pretty safe myth from the kids' perspectives. Hold a mirror, aim reflection at ship a safe distance away, hope for it to start smoking and burst into flames.

I dunno, though, it just seems like they could have done something new (at least new to the show) that would be just as engaging. Like debunking the professor's use of coconuts to power a radio on Gilligan's Island or something.

Adam: "So, as you can see, stirring the solution in 5 coconuts didn't work. Busted."
Jamie: "Agreed. Busted. So what are we testing next?"
Barak: [walks on stage]"Wait a minute. We can't stop here, can we? Don't we need to scale it up?"
Jamie: "Sure, normally, but how do we scale this one up?"
Adam: "It'll take the output of 500 coconuts! Where are we going to find enough people to build and operate hundreds of coconut batteries? It's impossible!"
Barak: "Fortunately, I brought a few friends along to help out. C'mon out, kids!"
[cue 500 schoolkids]
Barak, Jamie, and Adam: "SCIENCE!"

Re:Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this. (4, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492270)

So that's what kids' science education is boiling down to? Standing still and holding a mirror?

Would have been much more awesome, and effective in encouraging science interest, in my opinion, if the kids had a hand in making something go boom.

Unless they have a major reversal of the busting of the myth, a kid would interpret this as "This is stupid. Science doesn't work. Let's go play Xbox."

Re:Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this. (4, Insightful)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492490)

Perhaps the "science" that is being taught is that, despite the fact that your research has reached the same conclusion on 2 separate occasions, you need to keep yourself open to the possibility that you might just have been wrong twice. When other people provide evidence you are wrong (I don't recall where it was, but I saw a tv show or webpage in the last few months that demonstrated the death ray does work), you need to examine that evidence, revisit your study, and see if you reach a new conclusion. That's a quality that a lot of people lack these days (they will insist they are correct even when showing them clear and concise evidence they are wrong).

Re:Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this. (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492568)

I honestly think the best parts of my education involved things blowing up, or combustion. Potassium bars being dropped into water. Baking soda and vinegar. Seeing pretty colors when you burn different chemicals. Welding in shop. Hell, even blasting ants with magnifying glasses during recess. Hopefully they do learn something at least... burning stuff is fun and educational!

Re:Well, I *was* looking forward to watching this. (1)

eggstasy (458692) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492586)

What I don't get is why people expect to raise the temperature all the way up to 300C so the ship will burst into flames, when 50C is enough to scald human skin and would likely get an invading army yelling and jumping into the water. Not to mention the brightness of the light would be enough to temporarily blind and disorient them.

The first person to write about this alleged incident was Lucian who merely mentioned *fire* (and since he wrote about it 3-4 hundred years after the fact, it's already not a credible source of information) while the second one, who came another 2-3 hundred years later (Anthemius) was someone who investigated "burning glasses" (lenses) and so he just MIGHT have had a bit of an agenda there.

All hail the king! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34491964)

Does anyone find it odd that in a so-called democracy (or yes, even a democratic republic), our president is treated like a king? Why do we call him "Mr. President," when we then go adoring him like our beloved benefactor and glorious ruler? Who cares if he appears on TV? He's just a bureaucrat, isn't he?

Still waiting for the slashdot community to figure out that they have the power to make real, workable democracy [metagovernment.org] without devolving into mob rule.

Re:All hail the king! (2)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492096)

Most of humanity appears to thoroughly enjoy the pastime of hero worship. This seems to be widespread enough that we might want to investigate whether there is some evolutionary advantage to it. Maybe kissing ass provides some sort of inoculation against disease.

Re:All hail the king! (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492228)

Actually, I think it provided a larger share of food and women (as being a buddy of the "king" getting the first pick of scraps was never a bad place to be)

Re:All hail the king! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492468)

But why do the peasants flock to the street to adore their king? They don't get any scraps from that, but that's exactly what is going on when people get excited about, say, the President appearing on a TV show.

Re:All hail the king! (1, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492176)

The president will tend to be loved or hated by most, without much middle room, in our culture. It's party of the ability to have a say in the choice - you become "attached". Imagine how much more people would support for their favorite football team (or condemn the opponents) if they could affect the outcome of the game?

There aren't just people who *love* Obama, there are plenty who despise him. Likewise there are many who loved, and many who despised Bush, Clinton, Elder Bush, Reagan, etc.

Also, as far as individuals go, he is the one who holds the most power in the country, and thus is the easiest to talk about. People like things that are simple - it's a lot easier to talk about, blame, criticize, support and extol one person (such as the president), than a group of non-uniform people (such as congress)

Re:All hail the king! (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492302)

Imagine how much more people would support for their favorite football team (or condemn the opponents) if they could affect the outcome of the game?

Many already think they do. Aside from the delusional, on a very small scale, via purchases of tickets and tee shirts, they do influence the winners, since the wealthiest team usually wins.

Totally off-topic! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492206)

This article is about how wonderful it will be to see the glorious president appear on a television show.

It is completely off-topic for you to comment on the silliness of worshiping the president by, say, dedicating an entire article to the fact that the glorious president is appearing on a television show.

Re:All hail the king! (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492510)

In this case, it's a use of the President as a figurehead to promote science in education in the US media. To geeks, it's not so much that El Prez himself is appearing on one of our favorite TV shows, it's that he's using the bully pulpit rather than Executive Order to try and promote the importance of science in our educational system.

The President as spokescritter instead of dictator, this is the kind of government program that might possibly do some good.

First Post? (5, Funny)

Karna99 (784157) | more than 3 years ago | (#34491966)

So do they test it on him ?

Re:First Post? (0, Troll)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#34491986)

No. It's Obama's attempt to prove he can read without a teleprompter however.

Re:First Post? (1)

246o1 (914193) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492032)

No. It's Obama's attempt to prove he can read without a teleprompter however.

Read what?

Re:First Post? (0)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492042)

He has attempted this in the past, with varying results

Re:First Post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492610)

uhh the uhh last time uh i uh tried reading uh without my teleprompter thing, uhh, i, uh pulled a biden uhh or something like that. uhh can i go uhh play some uhh golf now or something?

Re:First Post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492314)

When are they going to test your ability to differentiate between the words read and speak?

Re:First Post? (1, Troll)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492136)

If they test it on him, it might actually work. Darker colours absorb more heat.

--
BMO - Disaffected progressive

BRB - SOME BLOKES ON THE LANDING SAYING THEY ARE SECRET SERVICE AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ME.

I hope he brings his brith certificate... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34491984)

Then again, Tea Party Republitards are too racist and dumb to ever accept that Barrack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Burn, maybe not... (1)

The Living Fractal (162153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492000)

Granted it is probably a long shot to get the "death ray" to kill anyone. It might be good enough to light sails on fire, though. And at the very least, I suspect it could blind the shit out of someone approaching, and that's not a bad way to gain the upper hand, not a bad way at all.

If it could work at all... (0)

Livius (318358) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492240)

I've always thought that the only way the "Archimedes death ray" would be even remotely plausible would be to shine enough light in the eyes of the crew that someone knocks over an open flame. Or maybe disorient them enough that the flaming oil catapult could get a good shot in.

But the fact that the story only appeared over a thousand years after the lifetime of Archimedes or any possible eyewitness pretty much tells us everything we need to know.

Re:If it could work at all... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492504)

The *idea* is sound. The question is could you get the focal point right using say 500 people. What they have shown over and over though is getting a large group to focus their point of light is hard.

http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/light/solar_hotdog_cooker.html [sci-toys.com]

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=solar+power+mirrors&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=Cu__TPjCIZL2swOr8ZmwCw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CDgQsAQwAQ&biw=1271&bih=746 [google.com]

If you made say a 30-40 ft mirror and bent it into a parabola then put anything in that point it would probably instantly catch fire/melt. With bunch of disconnected mirrors separately moving mirrors (which they even showed once). Not so much as they can not get the focal point right or hot enough.

Re:Burn, maybe not... (0)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492254)

Mythbusters is the biggest load of absolute horse shit ever, though. They make one or two failed attempts and rather than saying, "Well, maybe we're incompetent," they declare something proven impossible. Once they did a gunpowder engine... with a hopper hooked to a piston, tied to a bow and arrow. It didn't work. The hopper jammed. MYTH: BUSTED. .... uh, how about fixing your fucking stupid hopper design? I did in 30 seconds.

As for their current "busted" myth, it's well known you can take a 1 foot wide parabolic reflector (curved mirror) and point it at shit and set fire to it in about 4 seconds when you have a clear view of the sun. Less well known, but obvious, some guy had a site about his "SOLAR DEATHRAY!!!!!!!" that he used to melt lots of shit... 127 flat 1cm square mirrors set up on a curved surface to make ... well... a rough approximation of a parabolic reflector.

Get 500 mirrors set up right, reflecting the sun from a huge area to one point, even if they're a meter across, and you'll concentrate ... okay, a meter? 1,334 kW x 500. That's over half a megawatt of power, kid, though in a 1 square meter area; obviously more smaller mirrors will put the same amount of power in a smaller area. A parabolic reflector doesn't need to be so large because it'll focus all that energy smoothly on one tiny point... so instead of half a megawatt, you have half a kilowatt on something the size of a pinhead instead of 1000 times more on something ten million times bigger. BOOM, FIRE!

Re:Burn, maybe not... (4, Insightful)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492434)

If you're gonna rag on them, rag on the fact that the fucking narrator spends a minute explaining what happen, another minute on what they're going to do, another on what could go wrong, replete with puns, three minutes of actually showing Adam and Jamie or Kari, Grant, and Tori doing stuff, then, just as things are progressing, they switch to the other team and their myth and start all over, and THEN follows it up with two minutes of what's going to happen after the commercial break.

Drives me nuts (and away from the TV).

Re:Burn, maybe not... (3, Informative)

Stele (9443) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492590)

That used to annoy the hell out of me too, until I realized my remote had a fast forward button. Now, it's actually a feature. I can watch a whole show in 20 minutes. Great while having breakfast.

Re:Burn, maybe not... (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492502)

Was your mirror made of crude polished copper, a couple of hundred feet away, aimed at a moving ship on the water?

Re:Burn, maybe not... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492560)

The distance doesn't matter: make it a segment of a larger sphere (i.e. a smaller arc angle) and the focal point moves further away.

Have you ever shined a light on a block of polished copper? Lap that stuff well enough ....

Moving targets are hard, but with enough energy this isn't an issue. Sails ignite quite quick.

Real myth busted (0, Troll)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492062)

The real myth that should be tested is that President Obama is actually a progressive or a liberal kind of a politician.

I am a libertarian and I can't stand any other approach - socially liberal and completely free market fiscally, but to me it is obvious that Obama is actually not very socially liberal and definitely not free market oriented at all (*I think he has no clue about economics, period), but so many people believe that he is actually a liberal and yet so many believe that he is the Devil, etc. that there seems to be a good bunch of myths that could be busted about this guy, while some may just be confirmed. Maybe he is a Muslim/atheist/communist/fascist/Maoist/devil worshiper born in Kenya, I kind of hope he is all of those things at once, at least that would be interesting.

Re:Real myth busted (1)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492114)

The real myth that should be tested is that President Obama is actually a progressive or a liberal kind of a politician.

I am a libertarian and I can't stand any other approach - socially liberal and completely free market fiscally, but to me it is obvious that Obama is actually not very socially liberal and definitely not free market oriented at all (*I think he has no clue about economics, period), but so many people believe that he is actually a liberal and yet so many believe that he is the Devil, etc. that there seems to be a good bunch of myths that could be busted about this guy, while some may just be confirmed. Maybe he is a Muslim/atheist/communist/fascist/Maoist/devil worshiper born in Kenya, I kind of hope he is all of those things at once, at least that would be interesting.

That sounds like it's all just arguing over the definition of words and political opinions. I think you have the wrong show.

Re:Real myth busted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492142)

Are you a troll or just an idiot? So hard to tell these days.

Re:Real myth busted (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492156)

No, Obama is a moderate - both fiscally and socially. Of course, to Sarah Palin, anything other than a full-on Nazi industrialist seems "too liberal." On the other hand - Libertarianism? Really? Libertarianism is what ignorant, selfish people who know nothing about economics or politics like to call themselves because "ignorant and selfish" sounds so crass. Oh, you don't believe me? Re-read your posting.

Re:Real myth busted (5, Funny)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492168)

Q: How can you tell someone's a libertarian without asking?

A: They'll tell you.

Re:Real myth busted (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492188)

And welcome to the start of the one sided argument. I am your host. The first person said within the second sentence that they can't stand anything other than their own views. Sure, this person can argue their own views, but yet when they stay so closed minded, it will lead to an amazing;y awful discussion that I will enjoy watching. Let's bring out our first contestant

Re:Real myth busted (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492244)

I am a libertarian and I can't stand any other approach... definitely not free market oriented at all

Well, you're a Libertarian. No one is free-market-oriented enough for you.

Obama is actually not very socially liberal

"We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."

In what way is that not socially liberal? I guess the conservatives haven't set the bar very high, but he has explicitly acknowledged atheists repeatedly, while everyone else, even democrats, do everything they can to distance themselves from even the rumor that they might maybe have met with some of them once to see what they had to say.

Maybe he is a Muslim/atheist/communist/fascist/Maoist/devil worshiper

You realize at least three of those are contradictory, right? There's no "maybe" about it -- he cannot possibly be all of those things.

born in Kenya,

He was born in Hawaii.

Not that it matters. What, exactly, does that change? Is there some mystical essence of American-ism that children are endowed with in their first ten seconds of life outside of mommy? The fact that this was an issue at all is beyond absurd.

I kind of hope he is all of those things at once, at least that would be interesting.

If you think he hasn't done anything interesting, you really haven't been paying attention.

I'm guessing you were being sarcastic through at least some of this, but it's hard to tell where. I guess I accept the whoosh if it's coming, but really...

Re:Real myth busted (-1, Offtopic)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492426)

Maybe you should relax a bit, sounds like you are on the edge, analyzing every word in the post.. do you get enough sleep? Are your Zink and vitamin D levels OK?

Re:Real myth busted (1)

Schadrach (1042952) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492618)

The location of birth matters because it's tied to the requirements for the office of President. Interestingly, doesn't McCain fail that one as well by being born in Panama? Note: Specifically not in military base i Panama, because a US military base is considered US soil.

The real question is what defines "natural born"? Is it born on US soil? Born to a US citizen? Born to two US citizens? Both Obama and McCain fail at least one of those. Obama being born to one US citizen and a foreigner in Hawaii and McCain being born on foreign soil (Panama City, I believe it was?) to two US citizens.

That sounds terrible... (3, Insightful)

Manip (656104) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492120)

I like Obama and love Mythbusters (or used to). What a lame duck of a Myth. That Myth wasn't even very exciting the first time they did it, let alone the second, and now a third time?! If they're going to have Obama on it then why can't we see him getting his hands dirty? What better way to get people excited about science by showing a man a lot of people respect excited about it?

Re:That sounds terrible... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492448)

If they're going to have Obama on it then why can't we see him getting his hands dirty?

Because dirt's harder to see on brown hands?

Re:That sounds terrible... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492506)

If they're going to have Obama on it then why can't we see him getting his hands dirty?

What myth wold they test that black men can't swim?

Re:That sounds terrible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492566)

thank you, but we have enough politicians and lawyers fronting like they "know science" already.

MYTHS (0, Troll)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492144)

So what's the myth that he's helping bust?

That America is the land of the free?

That the US government believes in free speech and a free press?

That the US Government never ignores or actively goes against the US constitution and follows the 'rule of law'?

That when politicians talk about democracy, behind closed doors, they don't roll around on the floor in hysterics?

Myth: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492170)

The united states has any respect for human rights.

BUSTED

Re:Myth: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492246)

The United States is by far the best country in the world in which to live and raise a family, on all accounts. In spite of Congress, the President, Liberal left-wing godless nut jobs, religious right-wing nut jobs, any everyone else that bad mouths this country in every which way...

some diversion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492194)

hey you look at this, look here, la la lalala ... there's nothing to see over there, look here I'm gonna make a funny face!

Mythical (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492196)

Do they bust the myth Obama is the Messiah?

Hey! I'm kidding! Calm down. Put down those DDoS scripts!

Seriously, though, do they bust or confirm he's Kenyan? :-D

Hey! Still kidding!

Fox News Headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492198)

President Obama Tests Death-Ray on School Children

Busted? (-1, Troll)

choko (44196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492272)

How about busting the myth that dumping stimulus money into the economy is the best way out of a recession?

they can do that or go for the big boom or firebal (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492450)

they can do that or go for the big boom or fireball and any ways this is mythbusters and not E-com 101

I want this myth (0)

ndogg (158021) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492300)

Now, if only he could bust the myth that he's too weak to stand for his own principles, that would be great.

Transportation Security (3, Insightful)

ari_j (90255) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492306)

I still want to see a MythBusters special on transportation security myths, especially after Adam's recent knife incident. Can someone with an account on their forums post the suggestion (preferably more than one such someone)?

Test if a wooden gun can get past like in the line (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492476)

Test if a wooden gun can get past like in the line and if one can work like in the line of fire.

So disappointing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492336)

I was hoping that the episode would revolve around busting myths about bread and circuses.

Paging Arthur Fonzarelli (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492338)

Time to test the myth of whether Mythbusters has jumped the shark.

I have a bone to pick with Mythbusters (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492342)

When they tested the "myth" about surfboards going thru a windshield, they forgot it was originally a myth about Longboards and Waterskis in the 60s.

They used modern cars with curved and hardened glass windshields, not vertical 50s windshields that beach bums had, and didn't use either a 60s heavy longboard (which was a lot heavier and not as curved) or a 50s waterski (which used to have metal trim and were made out of heavier woods).

What reminded me of this was during the 80s I used to downhill ski on some old wood skis with metal trim, with leather boots, and they weren't as light or shaped like modern skis and could easily go thru windshields.

When testing any myth, you need to test the original myth, not the current version. Old cars didn't used to have seatbelts that people would use and were made out of heavier steel, for example.

Re:I have a bone to pick with Mythbusters (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492600)

They were specifically testing the MOVIE myth version of that one (from Lethal Weapon 2) and were attempting only to recreate it exactly as it was shown in that specific movie.

Which myth? (-1, Flamebait)

chill (34294) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492344)

40+ comments so far and *nothing* about his birth certificate? Where are all the right-wing nutjobs? Is it their nap time already?

Wow hardly anyone is addressing the myth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492424)

It's a troll fest against the President. Anyone want Bush back? As to the actual story I have my doubts about proving it for a number of reasons. Part of the problem is gettting a bunch of school kids to line up mirrors on a single fixed point. To ignite a ship they might actually have to hold it for several minutes. The other issue is the quality of the reflective surfaces at the time. There's no doubt enough modern mirrors aimed properly would work so the theory was sound it's the limitations of the soldiers and the materials. Tesla and Da Vinci came up with devices that worked in theory but the materials of the time weren't up to the task.

Myth: Obama is an American (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34492440)

BUSTED! Obama is actually a Kenyan-born Muslim, and therefore a terrorist.

How does an airplane see a signal mirror? (4, Interesting)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492442)

Of all the myths they've 'busted', this is the one I most wanted to see revisited.

Survival kits have signal mirrors with a sighting mechanism and no moving parts that allows the user to shine the sun's reflection directly onto the target (even a distant moving airplane). A mechanism Archimedes could have fashioned onto a shield for instance.

The Mythbusters claim the myth was 'busted' not because enough heat couldn't be generated, but because an individual soldier would be unable to distinguish his particular 'reflected spot', and therefore be unable to focus it onto the target. A simple sighting mechanism like those found on signal mirrors solves this problem, allowing an entire group to focus on one point simultaneously.

One episode I won't be watching (2)

fotbr (855184) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492520)

1) I don't care for career politicians, regardless of the label they wear. Having any political idiot come out and do a talking-head segment adds absolutely nothing to the program.

2) Testing this myth yet again is just f'ing stupid.

I wonder how many people will avoid watching it just because of obama's appearance, and how many will skip this one because of the repeated subject.

Argh! Give up this stupid myth! (4, Insightful)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492538)

One day, some old-timey soldier noticed that he could reflect the sun off his shield if he polished it real good and it made it hard for the enemy to see if he reflected the sun into the eyes of enemy soldiers. Same way we used to reflect the sun off our watches and shine it in people's faces when we were kids. So a few soldiers started doing this when the sun happened to be at the proper angle and, presto, we've got a death ray. 'cause the enemy has to come up with some reason to explain why they got their asses kicked so easily. "It was a death ray, majesty! It burned the eyes of our soldiers and set ships on fire!"

Its a worthwhile Myth (1)

NuKe_MoNgOoSe (1941452) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492596)

They listen to the fans and if the fans find fault with their logic they call them on it. The boys have the moxy to admit they might be wrong and retest it under the new paramters the fans say should be added. I think its great that they want to revisit previously busted myths. Thats just my opinion I could be wrong.

Make me think of Nancy Reagan (2)

pigwiggle (882643) | more than 3 years ago | (#34492616)

appearing on Different Strokes. Painfully lame. Politicians can't make science cool because kids don't think much of politicians. If they do, then I'm afraid you are likely preaching to the choir.

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