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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.
26th Jan '17 4:09:10 AM BoukenDutch
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* SeesawCatapult: The team tested a variant about a skydiver who crashed onto a playground seesaw after his parachute failed, launching a child who miraculously landed on a high rise and survived. After some very bizarre experiments, they concluded that A) the impact would cause any seesaw to instantly buckle that wasn't made from industrial materials (which, the Mythbusters being overdoers by principle, theirs was), and B) there's no way in hell that either the kid or skydiver would survive.
31st Dec '16 11:05:40 PM DragonRanger
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* GunsAreWorthless: in addition to the the "Plausible" rating of NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight, 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 In addition to the the "Plausible" "Busted" rating of NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight, 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]]



* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: They found that charging from a distance of 16 feet or less, you could stab someone shooting at you without getting hit.

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* %%* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: They found that charging from a distance of 16 feet or less, you could stab someone shooting at you without getting hit.



* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: In a quick-draw shootout, the gun does have a clear advantage, as knives are slower to throw and easier to dodge. But in a free-for-all at close range (Jamie and Adam estimated 18 feet or less), a guy with a knife can run in and stab a gunman before the latter can bring their weapon to bear.



* ''Series/BurnNotice'': When in a car chase, Michael advises to ricochet a bullet underneath the car where it's less-guarded instead of shooting it head-on - Busted. There's still too much stuff for a bullet to go through underneath. Aim for the tires instead.

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* ''Series/BurnNotice'': ''Series/BurnNotice'':
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When in a car chase, chase and you want to disable the trailing car without killing the driver, Michael advises to ricochet a bullet underneath the car where it's less-guarded instead of shooting it head-on - Busted. There's still too much stuff for a bullet to go reliably get through underneath. Aim for the tires instead.instead.
** You can survive a three-story drop into shallow water by throwing a mattress in first and jumping on that - Busted. Hitting the water might kill you, but hitting a mattress floating on water would be an even ''worse'' impact.



** Bond's typical insistence on "shaken, not stirred"--and the accompanying implication that he can tell the difference - Confirmed. A taste test (accompanied by an expert wine taster) resulted in the whole team getting it right. One is more diluted.
*** As to ''why'' he would be so insistent, despite claims (see ''Series/TheWestWing'''s TakeThat to Bond) that stirred is "better": "Shaken" is believed to contain antioxidants.

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** Bond's typical insistence on "shaken, not stirred"--and the accompanying implication that he can tell the difference - Confirmed. A taste test (accompanied by an expert wine taster) resulted in the whole team getting it right. One is more diluted.
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diluted. As to ''why'' he would be so insistent, despite claims that stirred is "better" (see ''Series/TheWestWing'''s TakeThat to Bond) that stirred is "better": Bond): "Shaken" is believed to contain antioxidants.



** ''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.



** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': An Ewok trap crushes an AT-ST's head between two logs - Plausible. Using an armored car in place of a ChickenWalker, the replica trap did just as much damage as the movie one did. That said, Tory remained skeptical of the fact that the Ewoks were apparently able to predict the height and location of the walker in order to set up the trap accurately. (It turns out they didn't; it was a pre-built trap actually meant for a giant species called a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gorax Gorax]].)
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Was Jack's death preventable? - Plausible. First, they showed that having to stay in the water is what caused Jack to succumb to hypothermia. So they attempted to see if both Jack and Rose could use the board Rose was on to stay out of the water. Early attempts showed the board would sink under their combined weight, but they could both float on it if they strapped their life jackets to the board for extra bouyancy. Creator/JamesCameron's response was that the error was that they made the board too big, not that Jack could have lived.

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** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': An Ewok trap crushes an AT-ST's head between two logs - Plausible. Using an armored car in place of a ChickenWalker, the replica trap did just as much damage as the movie one did. That said, Tory remained skeptical of the fact that the Ewoks were apparently able to predict the height and location of the walker in order to set up the trap accurately. (It turns out they didn't; it was a pre-built (According to pre-Disney ExpandedUniverse lore, the trap actually meant had originally been built for a native giant species called a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gorax Gorax]].Endorian species.)
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Was Jack's death preventable? - Plausible. First, they showed that having to stay in the water is what caused Jack to succumb to hypothermia. So they attempted to see if both Jack and Rose could use the board Rose was on to stay out of the water. Early attempts showed the board would sink under their combined weight, but they could both float on it if they strapped their life jackets to the board for extra bouyancy. Creator/JamesCameron's response was that to appeal to the error was that they RuleOfDrama - the story called for Jack to die. Maybe the movie goofed and made the board too big, not that but Jack could not have lived.
30th Dec '16 10:30:48 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (and by proxy many other RobinHood works): SplittingTheArrow - Busted. This doesn't work for multiple reasons, such as the fact that arrows wobble in flight instead of flying truly straight, or that (wooden) arrows split along the grain which rarely if ever reaches the entire length.

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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (and by proxy many other RobinHood works): SplittingTheArrow - Busted. This doesn't work for multiple reasons, such as the fact that arrows wobble in flight instead of flying truly straight, or that (wooden) arrows split along the grain which rarely if ever reaches the entire length. It could work better with easily-splittable bamboo arrows, but Robin Hood didn't have that available.



*** Indy runs down a temple corridor, outrunning the poison dart traps he sets off on the way - Plausible. When the test traps were on a one-second delay [[note]]matching the film scene[[/note]], Adam outran them handily. When set to fire the instant he stepped on a pressure pad, he only got hit once; so getting out unscathed was judged possible.

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*** Indy runs down a temple corridor, outrunning the poison dart traps he sets off on the way - Plausible. When the test traps were on a one-second delay [[note]]matching as in the film scene[[/note]], film, Adam outran them handily. When set to fire the instant he stepped on a pressure pad, he only got hit once; so getting out unscathed was judged possible.



* ''Film/TheMummy1999'': A tomb is illuminated by a set of mirrors reflecting sunlight - Plausible, "but ridiculous". The principles are sound and reflected sunlight would be enough to see what you're doing, but the sun constantly moves across the sky so the mirrors would continually need readjusting. Adam also brings up that RagnarokProofing wouldn't be in effect, so ancient mirrors wouldn't be likely to be in working order right off the bat.



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30th Dec '16 12:41:39 PM DragonRanger
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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': Punching someone and [[ZorroMark leaving only an imprint of the ring you're wearing]] - Busted. No degree of punch strength will leave a clear imprint of the ring's image; the test punches ranged from making no mark at all to leaving a mild contusion to caving in the dummy skull completely. (As a side note, the comic eventually acknowledged that it wouldn't work and justified his mark as caused by a reaction from some material ''on'' his rings- and this was done decades before the [=MythBusters=] tried it.)

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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': Punching someone and [[ZorroMark leaving only an imprint of the ring you're wearing]] - Busted. No degree of punch strength will leave a clear imprint of the ring's image; the test punches ranged from making no mark at all to leaving a mild contusion to caving in the dummy skull completely. (As a side note, the comic eventually acknowledged that it wouldn't work and justified his mark as caused by a reaction from some material ''on'' his rings- rings -- and this was done decades before the [=MythBusters=] tried it.)



* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': Mr. Smith shooting Mr. Hertz with bullets held between his fingers over a fire - Busted. It took far longer in reality for heat to set the bullets off, and once they ''did'' the lack of a barrel to contain the gunpowder explosion meant any hit would be nonlethal.

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* ''Film/ShootEmUp'': ''Film/ShootEmUp'':
** A merry-go-round is spun by shooting its railings - Busted. A merry-go-round has too much friction to spin so easily.
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Mr. Smith shooting Mr. Hertz with bullets held between his fingers over a fire - Busted. It took far longer in reality for heat to set the bullets off, and once they ''did'' the lack of a barrel to contain the gunpowder explosion meant any hit would be nonlethal.
23rd Dec '16 9:40:55 PM Chariset
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* HighUpIceUp: "Blue Ice" cannot be formed by dumping an airplane's toilet mid-flight, as the wind will scatter the water almost instantly before it can freeze (and airplane toilets are not designed to be dumped in-flight). However, if the water leaks out slowly instead, then it will freeze and build up on the fuselage until a large chunk of ice breaks off.

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* HighUpIceUp: "Blue Ice" can plausibly form if an airline toilet tank develops a slow leak through the fuselage -- the test model built up a significant chunk which eventually broke off under its own weight -- and homeowners have testified to roof damage caused by falling ice. However, it cannot be formed by dumping an airplane's toilet mid-flight, as the wind will scatter the water almost instantly before it can freeze into tiny particles (and airplane toilets are not designed to be dumped in-flight). However, if the water leaks out slowly instead, then it will freeze and build up on the fuselage until a large chunk of ice breaks off.
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