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20th Jun '16 5:07:56 PM DragonRanger
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* SilverBullet: Although lead bullets are cheaper and more effective, silver bullets work. However, their efficiency in neutralizing werewolves remains unproven.
** They may work, but good luck actually hitting your target from anything but close range - all of their test shots using a M1 rifle veered ''way'' off course due to unavoidable deformities that occur during manufacturing (since silver shrinks as it cools). There's a reason the actual verdict when this was tested was Busted.
6th Jun '16 5:24:27 PM StarSword
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* WaterTorture: The team tested the Chinese water torture on Kari while leaving Adam unrestrained as a control subject. After an hour or so, poor Kari was so rattled the team called a halt early; they declared it plausible and decided it was too dangerous to go for full confirmation.
6th May '16 10:14:29 AM KingLyger
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* "Can't punch your way out of a paper bag": Confirmed, more specifically, that it's easy to punch your way out of a paper bag. With boxing gloves on, Adam took more than a minute, since his punch force was being distributed over a large area. With bare knuckles, however, it took just two seconds, since the force was distributed over the smaller area of his knuckles.

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* "Can't punch your way out of a paper bag": Confirmed, more specifically, that it's easy to punch your way out of a paper bag. Confirmed. With boxing gloves on, Adam took more than a minute, since his minute to punch force was being distributed over his way out of a large area. paper bag. With his bare knuckles, hands, however, it took just two seconds, since seconds. This is because with boxing gloves on, the force was distributed over a much larger area, as opposed to the smaller area of his knuckles.small point on Adam's knuckles.
1st May '16 11:16:00 PM pocketpc_
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* ShootOutTheLock: It's possible, but not with any handgun rounds. The 12-gauge slug and 30-'06 round from an M1 Garand worked pretty well. Also, the lock used was a Master model made of stacked plates. A cheaper, solid metal lock probably would have been easier to shoot out. The team were also notably protected from ricochets. (SWAT teams use shotguns to 'open' doors all the time, but they shoot the ''hinges'' and they use [[http://www.cqbsupply.com/doorbreaching.html custom ammo]] optimized for the purpose.)

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* ShootOutTheLock: It's possible, but not with any handgun rounds. The 12-gauge slug and 30-'06 round from an M1 Garand worked pretty well. Also, the lock used was a Master model made of stacked plates. A cheaper, solid metal lock probably would have been easier to shoot out. The team were also notably protected from ricochets. (SWAT teams use shotguns to 'open' doors all the time, but they shoot the ''hinges'' and they use [[http://www.cqbsupply.com/doorbreaching.html custom ammo]] ammo optimized for the purpose.)
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.
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