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22nd Apr '16 8:28:24 PM KingLyger
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* SheetOfGlass: Specifically, can the people carrying the glass walk away unscathed? For regular plate glass, probably not; though one of the dummies managed to avoid getting hit with glass shards. For laminated glass designed to hold together, it's very possible, but the glass breaks apart in a fashion not generally seen in Hollywood. But for tempered glass that shatters into a million little pieces, the answer is NO.

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* SheetOfGlass: Specifically, can the people carrying the glass walk away unscathed? For regular plate glass, probably not; though one of the dummies managed to avoid getting hit with glass shards. shards, it was more random chance than anything. For laminated glass designed to hold together, it's very possible, but the glass breaks apart in a fashion not generally seen in Hollywood. But for tempered glass, absolutely not; the glass that shatters into a million ton of little pieces, the answer is NO.pieces that would coat whoever was holding it in a rain of sharp glass shards.
21st Apr '16 12:23:41 PM KingLyger
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* BedsheetLadder: While actually climbing it is not that easy, they're strong enough to work. Oddly enough, they also tested whether toilet paper or [[RapunzelHair human hair]] could be used instead, and both of those proved plausible (albeit requiring impractically large quantities of the materials).

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* BedsheetLadder: While actually climbing it is not that easy, they're a makeshift ladder of standard prison bedsheets is strong enough to work. Oddly enough, they also tested whether toilet paper or [[RapunzelHair human hair]] could be used instead, and both of those proved plausible (albeit requiring impractically large quantities of the materials).



* ChainsawGood: In the revisit of the Gun vs. Axe ZombieApocalypse scenario, Adam decided to throw a chainsaw into the mix to see how it compared. After rigging up a replica that wouldn't hurt the volunteers, they found that it performed far better than either the axe or gun and was the only weapon that allowed its user to survive the zombie horde.

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* ChainsawGood: In the revisit of the Gun vs. Axe ZombieApocalypse scenario, Adam decided to throw a chainsaw into the mix to see how it compared. After rigging up a replica that wouldn't hurt the volunteers, they found that it performed far better than either the axe or gun gun, and was the only weapon that allowed its user to survive the zombie horde.


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** They later tried this again with a literal RedHerring, and it distracted a bloodhound enough to throw it off a trail. Albeit, it was a temporary delay, since a handler put the dog right back on the trail moments later.
19th Apr '16 11:59:32 PM erforce
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* ImprovisedParachute: A large piece of plywood would be torn from the grip of anyone trying to use it as a parachute. A [[Film/TempleOfDoom life raft]] would be too unstable unless you inflated it and rigged it up as a parachute ''before'' falling. Likewise an inflatable airplane escape slide would only work if you strapped yourself to it beforehand. (Not that it matters since you wouldn't be able to get it out of the plane's escape door in that instance, and even if, ''par impossible'', you could, you could only ''technically'' survive--''if'' the raft didn't flip over like a coin in mid-air, which is very likely to happen, and did in fact happen during the test.)

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* ImprovisedParachute: A large piece of plywood would be torn from the grip of anyone trying to use it as a parachute. A [[Film/TempleOfDoom [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom life raft]] would be too unstable unless you inflated it and rigged it up as a parachute ''before'' falling. Likewise an inflatable airplane escape slide would only work if you strapped yourself to it beforehand. (Not that it matters since you wouldn't be able to get it out of the plane's escape door in that instance, and even if, ''par impossible'', you could, you could only ''technically'' survive--''if'' the raft didn't flip over like a coin in mid-air, which is very likely to happen, and did in fact happen during the test.)
17th Apr '16 11:36:54 AM KingLyger
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* OutrunTheFireball: They have proven that it's impossible to.

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* OutrunTheFireball: They have proven that it's impossible to.No matter what's caused the fireball, the fire would always be moving too fast for a human being to escape from, even running at full speed. Also, you couldn't hide in a crevice or other protrusion to avoid it, either; the flames and heat would still catch you, and you'd be roasted.
17th Apr '16 10:09:14 AM KingLyger
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* HollywoodSilencer: A silencer does reduce the noise of a gunshot but does not produce the classic "thwip" movie sound.

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* HollywoodSilencer: A silencer does reduce the noise of a gunshot gunshot, but does not produce the classic "thwip" movie sound.sound. The average silencer only reduces the noise of a gunshot by about twenty decibels, but that still leaves the noise around 120-130 decibels. The real purpose of a silencer is to mask the noise of a gunshot, making it harder to know where it's coming from, and/or to make anyone who hears it think the noise is something else, like a door being slammed shut.
16th Apr '16 8:57:43 PM Nutster
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* WeaponizedExhaust: A jumbo jet's engines overturned a taxi, a school bus, and a small plane. At one point they also managed to set their own shop on fire by testing a rocket engine indoors. Not to mention that they were even tested against [[Series/StormChasers the TIV and Dominator.]]

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* WeaponizedExhaust: A jumbo jet's engines overturned a taxi, a school bus, and a small plane. At one point they also managed to set their own shop on fire by testing a rocket engine indoors. Not to mention that they were even tested against [[Series/StormChasers the TIV and Dominator.]]]] At one point they also managed to set their own shop on fire by testing a rocket engine indoors.
16th Apr '16 4:39:24 AM Nutster
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** Something the expert failed to mention (or the footage was cut) is that the airplane ''and'' the airport have to be equipped for an autopilot landing. (Though older airports or older aircraft might not be equipped with that technology.)

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** Something The expert explained that many modern aircraft can essentially land themselves, but the expert failed to mention (or the footage was cut) is that the airplane ''and'' the airport have to be properly equipped for an autopilot landing. (Though Many older airports or and older aircraft might may not be equipped with that technology.)
28th Mar '16 9:05:07 AM dlchen145
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* ''Film/TheScore'': The method used by RobertDeNiro's character Nick to open the safe (cut open a hole on the roof of the safe with a thermal cutter, flood the safe with water, and use a small explosive charge and water expansion to blow the door open) was tried by them. The results: the torch would probably ''incinerate everything within the safe'' and the safe would leak profusely (forcing the thief to patch up the door seams, something even the [=MythBusters=] couldn't do from the outside), and the explosion would send the door flying away hard enough to become a potentially lethal hazard... but the safe ''would'' open as it appears on the film.

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* ''Film/TheScore'': The method used by RobertDeNiro's character Nick to open the safe (cut open a hole on the roof of the safe with a thermal cutter, flood the safe with water, and use a small explosive charge and water expansion to blow the door open) was tried by them. The results: the torch thermal cutter took longer to cut into the safe than was practical - and would probably ''incinerate everything within the safe'' - and the safe would leak profusely (forcing the thief to patch up the door seams, something even the [=MythBusters=] couldn't do from the outside), and the explosion would send the door flying away hard enough to become a potentially lethal hazard... but the safe ''would'' open as it appears on the film.
21st Mar '16 12:02:42 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': Severing a sword's blade with another sword - Busted. Although several blades were seriously damaged, none were truly severed.
21st Mar '16 12:00:08 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'': Surviving a fall through several awnings - Plausible. Despite Buster being severely damaged, shock sensors indicated that he would've survived (albeit with serious injuries) if he was alive.



* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Holding a boat upside-down above your head underwater to create an air bubble - Busted. The boat is far too buoyant to hold it underwater without weighing it down.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Holding a boat upside-down above your head underwater to create an air bubble - Busted. The boat is far too buoyant to hold it underwater without weighing it down.


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* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': Escaping through the floor by shooting the area immediately surrounding you - Busted. Aside from the inherent risk of shooting such a close target, the floor's support beams are far too strong to allow such an escape.
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