History Headscratchers / MythBusters

2nd May '18 9:29:45 AM Inertial_mass
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** It's "Plausible" insomuch as its "possible but unlikely". While I agree a trained doctor/nurse would (almost) never do such a thing, someone untrained/less-trained and, for example, using an emergency first aid defibrillator might make this mistake, especially if they're panicking.
28th Dec '17 2:11:48 AM BobTheBard
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They tested to see if a (specific) man could take off using a chair using fireworks as his propelling agent. They discovered that he likely blew himself up. Ok. This is the believable result. Now lets assume this man had a protective shielding of some sort and a way to make sure he propelled himself upward and not just hit a series of backflips. Could it happen? We don't know. Why didn't they go to unbelievable lengths then?


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* They tested to see if a (specific) man could take off using a chair using fireworks as his propelling agent. They discovered that he likely blew himself up. Ok. This is the believable result. Now lets assume this man had a protective shielding of some sort and a way to make sure he propelled himself upward and not just hit a series of backflips. Could it happen? We don't know. Why didn't they go to unbelievable lengths then?
** I assume this is about the Chinese Astronaut myth? A few reasons here. One, this was in the very early seasons of the show before they typically went to extreme measures. Two, adding blast shielding would have increased the weight of the rig significantly, requiring more rockets to lift off (and requiring more shielding). Three, a man sitting on a chair is extremely lacking in aerodynamics and making it aerodynamic would require giving it an aerodynamic shape, like a rocket. Combine all three and you'd just be launching a rocket, not a man in a chair.


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** My issue with this one is that it didn't fit with the spirit of MacGyvering. Film developing is something you can't really kludge or bash together since it requires a specific series of tasks that must be done in an exact way without error. Compared to the other tasks (opening a lock, orienteering, signalling a helicopter) there's only one way to do it. You either know how to do it or you don't.
23rd Oct '17 1:00:37 PM jimi13
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* Does anyone know why the narrator kept referring to Grant as an 'battle-bot champion', despite the fact he never won anything? (His best was coming second in the first season, but there was only 3 rounds in that competition, and his victories was against an thwack-bot and an walker so i wouldn't call that particularly impressive)
13th Oct '17 9:38:22 AM qpeedore
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*** Nitpicking but both silicosis and black lung disease have nothing to do with metal. Silicosis is from inhaling silicon, black lung is from carbon. But the general underlying lung disease is the same, called pulmonary fibrosis.

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*** Nitpicking but both silicosis and black lung disease have nothing to do with metal. Silicosis is from inhaling silicon, black lung is from carbon. But the general underlying lung disease is the same, called pulmonary fibrosis. You can develop it by inhaling metallic particles also, however.
13th Oct '17 9:35:45 AM qpeedore
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***Nitpicking but both silicosis and black lung disease have nothing to do with metal. Silicosis is from inhaling silicon, black lung is from carbon. But the general underlying lung disease is the same, called pulmonary fibrosis.
24th Sep '17 10:22:52 AM Xlsfd
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* The second defibrillator myth. As they themselves said, in a hospital setting, a bra or piercings would very likely be removed before the defibrillator would be used. Additionally, their improvised defibrillator paddles were placed extremely close to the bra's wire/the piercings, which a trained nurse/doctor would never do. So why was this myth ruled "Plausible" instead of "Busted"?
10th Sep '17 1:38:22 PM nombretomado
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** Back then we called it BillNyeTheScienceGuy and didn't need quite so many explosions.

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** Back then we called it BillNyeTheScienceGuy ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' and didn't need quite so many explosions.
16th Jul '17 11:01:45 AM MarkLungo
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* This is a matter of consistancy, in "exploding pants" Adam and Jamie call myth confirmed when they get a really fast combustion saying anyone who saw it would describe it as an explosion. The build team call the second part of "sword cutting a sword" based on combat in [=WW2=] busted when the high speed shows the sword bending to the point of snapping when they initially thought it had been cut while watching at full speed.

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* This is a matter of consistancy, in "exploding pants" consistency. In "Exploding Pants" Adam and Jamie call myth confirmed when they get a really fast combustion saying anyone who saw it would describe it as an explosion. The build team call the second part of "sword cutting "Sword Cutting a sword" Sword" based on combat in [=WW2=] UsefulNotes/WorldWarII busted when the high speed shows the sword bending to the point of snapping when they initially thought it had been cut while watching at full speed.
16th Jul '17 10:56:27 AM nombretomado
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* This is a matter of consistancy, in "exploding pants" Adam and Jamie call myth confirmed when they get a really fast combustion saying anyone who saw it would describe it as an explosion. The build team call the second part of "sword cutting a sword" based on combat in WW2 busted when the high speed shows the sword bending to the point of snapping when they initially thought it had been cut while watching at full speed.

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* This is a matter of consistancy, in "exploding pants" Adam and Jamie call myth confirmed when they get a really fast combustion saying anyone who saw it would describe it as an explosion. The build team call the second part of "sword cutting a sword" based on combat in WW2 [=WW2=] busted when the high speed shows the sword bending to the point of snapping when they initially thought it had been cut while watching at full speed.
2nd Jul '17 12:28:34 PM nombretomado
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*** Yeah, it really does. The dictionary definition of [[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/consensus?s=t consensus]], and TheOtherWiki article on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_consensus Scientific consensus]].

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*** Yeah, it really does. The dictionary definition of [[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/consensus?s=t consensus]], and TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki article on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_consensus Scientific consensus]].



*** According to TheOtherWiki, the criteria for "busted" is "when the myth's results cannot be replicated via either the described parameters, nor reasonably exaggerated ones". So in this case, because they couldn't replicate the 100ft range the myth was busted by their definition. But I agree that this probably should have been labeled plausible. The newspaper article could have easily exaggerated or misquoted the distance the corks flew, and the Mythbusters have made allowances like that in the past. Like in Exploding Pants where they declared the myth confirmed even though the pants didn't technically explode, just burned rapidly.

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*** According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the criteria for "busted" is "when the myth's results cannot be replicated via either the described parameters, nor reasonably exaggerated ones". So in this case, because they couldn't replicate the 100ft range the myth was busted by their definition. But I agree that this probably should have been labeled plausible. The newspaper article could have easily exaggerated or misquoted the distance the corks flew, and the Mythbusters have made allowances like that in the past. Like in Exploding Pants where they declared the myth confirmed even though the pants didn't technically explode, just burned rapidly.



** I'm pretty sure that much of his prior careers are noted on Main/TheOtherWiki, and are verified true.

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** I'm pretty sure that much of his prior careers are noted on Main/TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, and are verified true.
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