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21st May '17 9:53:08 PM RecentIdiocy
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*** One viewer saw that episode and later successfully used #2 to save their own life. The viewer contacted ''[=MythBusters=]'' to thank them and the [=MythBusters=] featured it at the end of episode. Everyone in the car waiting calmly doesn't happen often, but it's not unrealistic.

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*** Several people learned of #2 and used it to save themselves and loved ones. One viewer saw that such incident was featured on an episode and later successfully used #2 to save their own life. The viewer contacted of ''[=MythBusters=]'' in which a mother was able to thank them save herself and her child from drowning after the [=MythBusters=] featured it at vehicle the end mother was driving slid into a body of episode. Everyone in the car waiting calmly doesn't happen often, but it's not unrealistic.water on a snowy day.
16th May '17 6:42:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{MacGyver}}'':

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* ''Series/{{MacGyver}}'':''Series/MacGyver1985'':
28th Apr '17 1:02:49 AM fdsa1234567890
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* GunsAreWorthless: In addition to the the "Busted" rating of NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight, they confirmed that in a ZombieApocalypse or other situation where you are facing a large number of foes at short range, a melee weapon such as an ax is ''significantly'' more effective, even for an untrained user trying not to actually hurt anyone with the wooden handle of their foam ax.[[note]]On the other hand, the test as performed involved standing in a marked-off circle and attacking targets only when they crossed into the circle, when one of the greatest advantages of a firearm is the ability to attack from range and make use of cover.[[/note]]

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* GunsAreWorthless: In addition to the the "Busted" rating of NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight, they confirmed that in a ZombieApocalypse or other situation where you are facing a large number of foes at short range, a melee weapon such as an ax is ''significantly'' more effective, even for an untrained user trying not to actually hurt anyone with the wooden handle of their foam ax.[[note]]On the other hand, the test as performed involved standing in a marked-off circle and attacking targets only when they crossed into the circle, when one of the greatest advantages of a firearm is the ability to attack from range and make use of cover.cover, which doesn't help much against zombies.[[/note]]
4th Apr '17 6:39:14 PM Bootlebat
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* LiteralCliffhanger: Even a strong person with a good grip couldn't hold on for more than about a minute before losing their grip.
23rd Mar '17 4:01:08 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': Breaking a lock by shooting it with a handgun - Busted. Two guns (a 9-mm pistol and a .357 Magnum) and two locks (a padlock and a deadbolt) were tested; no combination was successful.

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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': [[ShootOutTheLock Breaking a lock by shooting it with a handgun handgun]] - Busted. Two guns (a 9-mm pistol and a .357 Magnum) and two locks (a padlock and a deadbolt) were tested; no combination was successful.successful.
* ''Film/BodyOfLies'': A squad of cars circle their target to kick up dust and hide their activities from a spy drone - Busted. While you kick up enough dust to obscure vision at ground level, it doesn't really help regarding the overhead view. And even if it did, most drones are equipped with thermal cameras.
5th Feb '17 10:52:56 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series:
** ''2 Fast 2 Furious'': One of the heroes uses an EjectionSeat that launches the victim ''horizontally'' out the passenger door - Plausible. One of the teams made a sideways-firing seat that not only worked but managed to look inconspicuous as well.

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* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series:
''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'':
** ''2 Fast 2 Furious'': One of the heroes uses an EjectionSeat that launches the victim ''horizontally'' out the passenger door - Plausible. One On ''The Search'', one of the teams made a sideways-firing seat that not only worked but managed to look inconspicuous as well.
5th Feb '17 10:44:16 PM DragonRanger
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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: The ''Search'' contestants were given bicycles engineered to have reverse steering.[[note]]Technically, they were given bike ''kits'' that they had to assemble themselves, but that's beside the point.[[/note]] All of them were so used to normal steering that they failed to ride the required 12-foot distance.



* EjectionSeat: A couple of myths have dealt with these. You could make a ejector seat that's reasonably inconspicuous, but you'll need to use pneumatic power to launch it since rocket propellant would cook the car interior.



* "Finding a needle in a haystack" (a near-impossible task): Confirmed. Even with modern technology and all the ingenuity of the [=MythBusters=], this is still hard and time-consuming.

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* "Finding a needle in a haystack" (a near-impossible task): Confirmed. Even with modern technology and all the ingenuity of the [=MythBusters=], this is still hard and time-consuming. This was revisited as part of ''The Search'', but the results were much the same.



*** ''The Search'' used a similar challenge based on a different ''A-Team'' episode, to build something that fires cabbages from junkyard scrap. Even though one team skirted the rules with a technically-legal computerized component unlikely to be found in a junkyard, both teams made workable rigs, ruling the concept Plausible.



* ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]]'': The common action-movie trope where an SUV is hit with an RPG and flips over in a ball of flame - Busted. [=RPGs=] are designed to pierce vehicle armor and mess stuff up inside, which is exactly what they do. No flip, not much flame.

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* ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series:
** ''2
Fast Five]]'': 2 Furious'': One of the heroes uses an EjectionSeat that launches the victim ''horizontally'' out the passenger door - Plausible. One of the teams made a sideways-firing seat that not only worked but managed to look inconspicuous as well.
** ''Fast Five'':
The common action-movie trope where an SUV is hit with an RPG and flips over in a ball of flame - Busted. [=RPGs=] are designed to pierce vehicle armor and mess stuff up inside, which is exactly what they do. No flip, not much flame.



*** Placing a subtle ejector seat in a car - Plausible: Although the seat fooled those who saw it, Adam and Jamie noted that it's poorly suited for the sports cars used in such films.

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*** Placing a subtle ejector seat EjectionSeat in a car - Plausible: Although the seat fooled those who saw it, Adam and Jamie noted that it's poorly suited for the sports cars used in such films.



** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond rights his flipped car by firing the EjectorSeat - Busted. The seat's thrust as shown in the movie wouldn't have enough force to flip the car, and its exhaust has the potential to set the interior on fire.

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** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond rights his flipped car by firing the EjectorSeat EjectionSeat - Busted. The seat's thrust as shown in the movie wouldn't have enough force to flip the car, and its exhaust has the potential to set the interior on fire.
5th Feb '17 6:20:31 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. "Bio" bullets (made from tooth or bone) were potentially lethal in certain cases, but ruled busted because they failed on the myth's criteria of being able to fool a forensic pathologist. Coins, on the other hand, could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").

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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. "Bio" bullets (made from tooth or bone) were potentially lethal in certain cases, but ruled busted because they failed on the myth's criteria of being able to fool a forensic pathologist. Coins, on the other hand, could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").
4th Feb '17 8:43:19 PM TexasKelly
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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. Coins on the other hand could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").

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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. Coins "Bio" bullets (made from tooth or bone) were potentially lethal in certain cases, but ruled busted because they failed on the myth's criteria of being able to fool a forensic pathologist. Coins, on the other hand hand, could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").
1st Feb '17 3:49:44 PM DragonRanger
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* HardToLightFire: While not itself a myth that's been tested, this trope is the bane of any myth involving flame. There have been several cases where the team has ''tried'' to light something on fire as part of a test, but had trouble doing so.
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