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17th Aug '16 3:40:13 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* "Better to end with a bang" (a bigger ending is a better ending): To test this, Jamie and Adam each set something up to end the episode with; Adam took the "bang" by blowing up a moped while Jamie opted for a slow burn by having thermite cut an SUV in half. Adam preferred the bang but Jamie preferred the burn, so they left it up to the audience and set up a viewer poll on the website; TheOtherWiki reports that the results were about three to two in favor of the bang, making it Confirmed.

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* "Better to end with a bang" (a bigger ending is a better ending): ending; not related to our OutWithABang trope): To test this, Jamie and Adam each set something up to end the episode with; Adam took the "bang" by blowing up a moped while Jamie opted for a slow burn by having thermite cut an SUV in half. Adam preferred the bang but Jamie preferred the burn, so they left it up to the audience and set up a viewer poll on the website; TheOtherWiki reports that the results were about three to two in favor of the bang, making it Confirmed.
16th Aug '16 10:02:05 PM Chariset
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* "A rolling stone gathers no moss" (keep moving and don't grow stagnant): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. (Although it can collect some from rolling down a hill, that's not really the spirit of the expression.)

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* "A rolling stone gathers no moss" (keep moving and don't grow stagnant): and you won't stagnate): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. (Although it can collect some from rolling down a hill, that's not really the spirit of the expression.)



* "Floats like a lead balloon" (i.e. not well at all): Busted. It is possible to make a balloon out of lead, fill it with helium, and have it become buoyant. You just need to use really thin foil, and the care and patience of a saint. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And they actually made it happen]]. No speculation on [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page's reaction.]]

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* "Floats "Go over like a lead balloon" (i.e. not well at all): Busted. It is possible to make a balloon out of lead, fill it with helium, and have it become buoyant. You just need to use really thin foil, and the care and patience of a saint. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And they actually made it happen]]. No speculation on [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page's reaction.]]



* "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" (older persons are too set in their ways to adapt): Busted. Old dogs could be taught new tricks, albeit with some difficulty.

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* "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" (older persons are too (too set in their ways to adapt): Busted. Old dogs could be taught new tricks, albeit with some difficulty.



* "Like trying to catch a greased pig" (very difficult): Busted, one of the standard methods for grabbing runaway pigs (by the hind legs and then dragging them) turned out to be very simple and the grease was completely irrelevant. That said, grabbing a greased pig by its actual body is much more difficult but far from impossible.
* "Trying to fit ten pounds of poop in a five-pound bag" (impossible): Confirmed. Sure, they took ten pounds of manure, compressed it, and it fit in a five-pound bag - but the compression squeezed out two-and-a-half-pounds of liquid. Since the final weight was less than ten pounds, it doesn't count as a success.

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* "Like trying to catch a greased pig" (very difficult): (difficult): Busted, one of the standard methods for grabbing runaway pigs (by the hind legs and then dragging them) turned out to be very simple and the grease was completely irrelevant. That said, grabbing a greased pig by its actual body is much more difficult but far from impossible.
* "Trying to fit ten pounds of poop in a five-pound bag" (impossible): Confirmed. Sure, they took ten pounds of manure, compressed it, and it fit in a five-pound bag - -- but the compression squeezed out two-and-a-half-pounds of liquid. Since the final weight was less than ten pounds, it doesn't count as a success.
16th Aug '16 7:47:42 AM JoieDeCombat
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* ''Film/{{Headhunters}}'': Roger survives having a truck smash into the car he's in, knocking it off a cliff, because the two overweight cops in the car with him act as living (at the start) crash cushions - Busted. When Adam smashed a truck into their test car, the [=SynDaver=] took ''more'' damage -- including decapitation -- than the one from the control crash, with no one sharing the back seat.

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* ''Film/{{Headhunters}}'': Roger survives having a truck smash into the car he's in, knocking it off a cliff, because the two overweight cops in the car with him act as living (at the start) crash cushions - Busted. When Adam smashed a truck into their test car, the [=SynDaver=] took ''more'' damage -- including decapitation -- than the one from the control crash, with no one sharing the back seat. The crash would be lethal either way, but the human body (represented in this test by foam dummies filled with water) isn't compressible enough to serve as a cushion.
16th Aug '16 6:57:31 AM JoieDeCombat
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* HyperspaceArsenal: An ordinary person would be significantly hindered by being forced to carry such a large amount of equipment, but a particularly strong and athletic person (as most FPS heroes are) might be able to handle the extra equipment without being significantly encumbered (as proven when a [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC]] fighter ran their ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''-themed obstacle course).

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* HyperspaceArsenal: An ordinary person would be significantly hindered by being forced to carry such a large amount of equipment, but a particularly strong and athletic person (as most FPS heroes are) might be able to handle the extra equipment without being significantly encumbered (as proven when a [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC]] fighter ran their ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''-themed obstacle course).course and clocked a better time while carrying the 80-pound arsenal of gear than Adam and Jamie managed unencumbered).
15th Aug '16 1:58:01 PM dotchan
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* "Can't punch his way out of a paper bag" (a weak or ineffectual fighter): Confirmed. With boxing gloves on, Adam took more than a minute to punch his way out of a large paper bag. With his bare hands, however, it took just two seconds. This is because the boxing gloves distributed the force of the punch over a much larger area, while bare hands focused it on the point of Adam's knuckles.

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* "Can't punch his way out of a paper bag" (a weak or ineffectual fighter): fighter)[[note]]Keep in mind, however, that the aphorism is sometimes rendered as "can't punch his way out of a ''wet'' paper bag".[[/note]]: Confirmed. With boxing gloves on, Adam took more than a minute to punch his way out of a large paper bag. With his bare hands, however, it took just two seconds. This is because the boxing gloves distributed the force of the punch over a much larger area, while bare hands focused it on the point of Adam's knuckles.
15th Aug '16 12:10:47 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ReedSnorkel: It was determined that they could breathe while underwater using this method (with a little practice) in the "Ninjas 2" episode and even use it as a blowpipe. However, they could not go very deep, making not very useful for hiding.

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* ReedSnorkel: It was determined that they could breathe while underwater using this method (with a little practice) in the "Ninjas 2" episode and even use it as a blowpipe. However, they could not go very deep, making not very useful for hiding.
15th Aug '16 11:24:54 AM JoieDeCombat
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** Axe Vs. Gun: Axe wins, but not by much. The reload time on the shotgun was too significant compared to the swing of an axe, but it's irrelevant anyway because if you're surrounded on all sides, you're going down regardless. They later revisited it with adjustments made to both the axe (to make sure it was swung with the proper weight and force needed) and the gun (a semiautomatic was used, as opposed to a pump-action in the original test); while the gap between the two was smaller thanks to more effort needed to strike a proper blow with the axe, it still performed better than the gun. The revisit also added a third weapon, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], which handily outperformed both.

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** Axe Vs. Gun: Axe wins, but not by much. The reload time on the shotgun was too significant compared to the swing of an axe, but it's irrelevant anyway because if you're surrounded on all sides, you're going down regardless. They later revisited it with adjustments made to both the axe (to make sure it was swung with the proper weight and force needed) and the gun (a semiautomatic was used, as opposed to a pump-action in the original test); while the gap between the two was smaller thanks to more effort needed to strike a proper blow with the axe, it still performed better than the gun. [[note]]At least when caught out in the open with limited range and no cover.[[/note]] The revisit also added a third weapon, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], which handily outperformed both.



** Distracting a horde: Distractions work, be it through a mechanical noise-making machine or [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a victim duct-taped to a chair]]. Outright booking it also works if you're nimble enough to avoid any infectious scratchings, and if the horde of zombies is not too thick. Disguising yourself as a zombie is by far the riskiest strategy- see PretendWereDead

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** Distracting a horde: Distractions work, be it through a mechanical noise-making machine or [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a victim duct-taped to a chair]]. Outright booking it also works if you're nimble enough to avoid any infectious scratchings, and if the horde of zombies is not too thick. [[note]]All scenarios assume a safe zone within sprinting distance, focusing on the feasibility of getting to it through an increasingly dense concentration of zombies in the area.[[/note]] Disguising yourself as a zombie is by far the riskiest strategy- strategy - see PretendWereDeadPretendWereDead.
4th Aug '16 11:34:08 AM Seraph
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** The locksmith they visit also pointed out that it would potentially be far more effective to shoot the bolt rather than the lock itself, but they didn't try this.
1st Aug '16 2:59:43 PM Chariset
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* "A rolling stone gathers no moss": Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. (Although it can collect some from rolling down a hill, that's not really the spirit of the expression.)
* "Bull in a china shop": Busted. The bulls actively avoided the china, to the [=MythBusters=]' surprise, and it turned out they're agile enough to ''trot'' through a china shop.
* "Finding a needle in a haystack": Confirmed. Even with modern technology and all the ingenuity of the [=MythBusters=], this is still hard and time-consuming.
* "Like a lead balloon": Busted. It is possible to make a balloon out of lead, fill it with helium, and have it become buoyant. You just need to use really thin foil, and the care and patience of a saint. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And they actually made it happen]]. No speculation on [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page's reaction.]]
* "Like shooting fish in a barrel": Confirmed. Even if the bullet touches none of the fish, the shockwave it creates passing through would severely injure or kill every fish in there. Going after it with a [[MoreDakka gatling gun]] was just for RuleOfCool. Possibly moot, since the proverbial barrels would have been packed with fish which were ''already'' dead and pickled anyway.
* "You can't teach an old dog new tricks": Busted. Old dogs could be taught new tricks, albeit with some difficulty.
* [[PolishTheTurd "You can't polish a turd"]]: Busted, at least if the idea is making the turd shiny, though the point of the adage is more that it won't stop being a turd. You can do it (at least with some species' droppings) solely with water, patience, and hopefully a lot of hand soap afterwards.
* "Hit the ground running": Busted. If you're being dropped on the ground, actively trying to run in the air to get a head start will ''slow you down''. They also tried to hit the ground running with a bicycle and a car. The rig to drop the bike worked just fine, but the friction of the tire when it hit the ground and Tory's weight caused the bike to ''stop'' when the wheel touched the ground. Likewise, when they dropped the front end of a car to the ground, the impact caused the car to bounce just enough that it caused a delay in the movement of the vehicle.

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* "A rolling stone gathers no moss": moss" (keep moving and don't grow stagnant): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. (Although it can collect some from rolling down a hill, that's not really the spirit of the expression.)
* "Bull in a china shop": shop" (mindless destruction): Busted. The bulls actively avoided the china, to the [=MythBusters=]' surprise, and it turned out they're agile enough to ''trot'' through a china shop.
* "Finding a needle in a haystack": haystack" (a near-impossible task): Confirmed. Even with modern technology and all the ingenuity of the [=MythBusters=], this is still hard and time-consuming.
* "Like "Floats like a lead balloon": balloon" (i.e. not well at all): Busted. It is possible to make a balloon out of lead, fill it with helium, and have it become buoyant. You just need to use really thin foil, and the care and patience of a saint. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And they actually made it happen]]. No speculation on [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page's reaction.]]
* "Like shooting fish in a barrel": barrel" (really easy): Confirmed. Even if the bullet touches none of the fish, the shockwave it creates passing through would severely injure or kill every fish in there. Going after it with a [[MoreDakka gatling gun]] was just for RuleOfCool. Possibly moot, since the proverbial barrels would have been packed with fish which were ''already'' dead and pickled anyway.
* "You can't teach an old dog new tricks": tricks" (older persons are too set in their ways to adapt): Busted. Old dogs could be taught new tricks, albeit with some difficulty.
* [[PolishTheTurd "You can't polish a turd"]]: turd"]] (you can't make an unpleasant thing appealing): Busted, at least if the idea is making the turd shiny, though the point of the adage is more that it won't stop being a turd. You can do it (at least with some species' droppings) solely with water, patience, and hopefully a lot of hand soap afterwards.
* "Hit the ground running": running" (start a task with speed and energy): Busted. If you're being dropped on the ground, actively trying to run in the air to get a head start will ''slow you down''. They also tried to hit the ground running with a bicycle and a car. The rig to drop the bike worked just fine, but the friction of the tire when it hit the ground and Tory's weight caused the bike to ''stop'' when the wheel touched the ground. Likewise, when they dropped the front end of a car to the ground, the impact caused the car to bounce just enough that it caused a delay in the movement of the vehicle.



* "Better to end with a bang" (no relation to our OutWithABang trope): To test this, Jamie and Adam each set something up to end the episode with; Adam took the "bang" by blowing up a moped while Jamie opted for a slow burn by having thermite cut an SUV in half. Adam preferred the bang but Jamie preferred the burn, so they left it up to the audience and set up a viewer poll on the website; TheOtherWiki reports that the results were about three to two in favor of the bang, making it Confirmed.
* [[SmolderingShoes "Knock your socks off"]]: Busted, at least the traditional depiction. The kinetic energy from a ''battering ram'', let alone a punch, could not knock the socks off of Buster by pure force alone. The team WAS able to remove socks off of dummy legs with a shockwave generated by high explosives, but the explosion would be fatal even at the maximum distance required for them to be blown off.

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* "Better to end with a bang" (no relation to our OutWithABang trope): (a bigger ending is a better ending): To test this, Jamie and Adam each set something up to end the episode with; Adam took the "bang" by blowing up a moped while Jamie opted for a slow burn by having thermite cut an SUV in half. Adam preferred the bang but Jamie preferred the burn, so they left it up to the audience and set up a viewer poll on the website; TheOtherWiki reports that the results were about three to two in favor of the bang, making it Confirmed.
* [[SmolderingShoes "Knock your their socks off"]]: off"]] (awe and overwhelm, like a blow that physically hoists you out of your shoes): Busted, at least the traditional depiction. The kinetic energy from a ''battering ram'', let alone a punch, could not knock the socks off of Buster by pure force alone. The team WAS able to remove socks off of dummy legs with a shockwave generated by high explosives, but the explosion would be fatal even at the maximum distance required for them to be blown off.



* "When the shit hits the fan, everything gets covered": Plausible under certain circumstances. When they tested it with small fans, there was only partial coverage, but with a large fan and softer stools, they got it to work. Even [[BulletproofFashionPlate Jamie's white shirt]] was not spared.
* "Getting cold feet": Plausible. Fear can cause a person to literally experience a drop in temperature in their feet, but they still called Plausible rather than Confirmed because Tory's results were inconclusive.
* "Like taking candy from a baby": Busted. It takes a surprising amount of force to take candy from a baby and the baby will ''cry'', making you feel horribly guilty [[KickTheDog just making the attempt.]]
* "Know it like the back of my hand": Confirmed. A sample of volunteers did surprisingly well picking out the back of their hands from a lineup, significantly better than the palms of their hands, and also marginally better than their teeth.
* "Like herding cats": Confirmed, Cats are so lazy, obstinate, and quick to lose interest that try as they might Adam and Jamie couldn't get more than three of them into a pen, even using catnip-covered mouse toys and a sheepdog.
* "Like catching a greased pig": Busted, one of the standard methods for grabbing runaway pigs (by the hind legs and then dragging them) turned out to be very simple and the grease was completely irrelevant. That said, grabbing a greased pig by its actual body is much more difficult but far from impossible.
* "You can't fit ten pounds of poop in a five-pound bag": Confirmed. Sure, they took ten pounds of manure, compressed it, and it fit in a five-pound bag - but the compression squeezed out two-and-a-half-pounds of liquid. Since the final weight was less than ten pounds, it doesn't count as a success.
* "Blown out of the water": Busted. While a charge at the right depth could hoist a toy boat, the full-sized boat was simply destroyed. They ruled this busted because the spirit of the expression was for the boat to be blown out of the water intact, not just 'blown up.'
* "Can't punch your way out of a paper bag": Confirmed. With boxing gloves on, Adam took more than a minute to punch his way out of a large paper bag. With his bare hands, however, it took just two seconds. This is because with boxing gloves on, the force was distributed over a much larger area, as opposed to the small point on Adam's knuckles.

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* "When the shit hits the fan, everything gets covered": covered" (a bad event affects everyone indiscriminately): Plausible under certain circumstances. When they tested it with small fans, there was only partial coverage, but with a large fan and softer stools, they got it to work. Even [[BulletproofFashionPlate Jamie's white shirt]] was not spared.
* "Getting cold feet": feet" (getting nervous): Plausible. Fear can cause a person to literally experience a drop in temperature in their feet, but they still called Plausible rather than Confirmed because Tory's results were inconclusive.
* "Like taking candy from a baby": baby" (easy): Busted. It takes a surprising amount of force to take candy from a baby and the baby will ''cry'', making you feel horribly guilty [[KickTheDog just making the attempt.]]
* "Know it like the back of my hand": hand" (know it well): Confirmed. A sample of volunteers did surprisingly well picking out the back of their hands from a lineup, significantly better than the palms of their hands, and also marginally better than their teeth.
* "Like herding cats": Confirmed, cats" (not easy): Confirmed. Cats are aren't herd animals, so lazy, obstinate, and quick trying to lose interest that try get a group of cats who didn't know or like each other to gather in one place is pretty difficult. Try as they might Adam and Jamie couldn't get more than three of them into a pen, even using catnip-covered mouse toys toys, umbrellas, and a sheepdog.
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* "Like catching trying to catch a greased pig": pig" (very difficult): Busted, one of the standard methods for grabbing runaway pigs (by the hind legs and then dragging them) turned out to be very simple and the grease was completely irrelevant. That said, grabbing a greased pig by its actual body is much more difficult but far from impossible.
* "You can't "Trying to fit ten pounds of poop in a five-pound bag": bag" (impossible): Confirmed. Sure, they took ten pounds of manure, compressed it, and it fit in a five-pound bag - but the compression squeezed out two-and-a-half-pounds of liquid. Since the final weight was less than ten pounds, it doesn't count as a success.
* "Blown out of the water": water" (awed and amazed): Busted. While a charge at the right depth could hoist a toy boat, the full-sized boat was simply destroyed. They ruled this busted because the spirit of the expression was for the boat to be blown out of the water intact, not just 'blown up.'
* "Can't punch your his way out of a paper bag": bag" (a weak or ineffectual fighter): Confirmed. With boxing gloves on, Adam took more than a minute to punch his way out of a large paper bag. With his bare hands, however, it took just two seconds. This is because with the boxing gloves on, the force was distributed the force of the punch over a much larger area, as opposed to while bare hands focused it on the small point on of Adam's knuckles.
31st Jul '16 9:27:33 PM Willbyr
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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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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':** ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
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''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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