History JustForFun / TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters

5th Aug '17 9:37:48 AM randomguy5850
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* BladeBrake: …or at least the ship sail version. The blade catches on the seams in the sail and bounces out, while a one-piece sail with no seams doesn't provide enough resistance to slow you down or hold your blade in it. They hypothesized, though, that maybe an ideal butter zone between the two could be possible.

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* BladeBrake: …or at least the ship sail version. The blade catches on the seams in the sail and bounces out, while a one-piece sail with no seams doesn't provide enough resistance to slow you down or hold your blade in it. They hypothesized, though, that maybe an ideal butter buffer zone between the two could be possible.
26th Jul '17 9:51:33 AM Antigone3
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** The build team looked into the story of a person being killed when the jeans he (or she) is trying to shrink skin-tight cut off blood circulation. After six hours, Grant was showing no sign of impaired blood flow.
15th Jul '17 8:11:08 AM kundor
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* "A rolling stone gathers no moss" (keep moving and and you won't gain wealth): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. While 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 and you won't gain wealth): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. While it can collect some from rolling down a hill, that's not really the spirit of the expression.
15th Jul '17 8:09:48 AM kundor
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* "A rolling stone gathers no moss" (keep moving and and you won't stagnate): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. While 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 and you won't stagnate): gain wealth): Confirmed. Moss cannot grow on a rolling stone. While it can collect some from rolling down a hill, that's not really the spirit of the expression.
8th Jul '17 4:32:42 PM nombretomado
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* "Better to end with a bang" (a bigger ending is a better 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.

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* "Better to end with a bang" (a bigger ending is a better 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 Wiki/TheOtherWiki reports that the results were about three to two in favor of the bang, making it Confirmed.
27th Jun '17 5:28:35 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SlapYourselfAwake: It even sobers you up a bit.



* SlapYourselfAwake: It even sobers you up a bit.
21st Jun '17 8:10:40 PM DragonRanger
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* BlindDriving: A blind man can drive competently when a navigator is beside him giving directions. It works best when the blind driver has ''always'' been blind and doesn't have to adjust from normal sighted driving. And, of course, the navigator should be sober too. Even so, DontTryThisAtHome.



* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'': A blind man can competently drive a car when a passenger gives him turn-by-turn directions - Confirmed. Jamie and Adam didn't do that great in tests where one drove blindfolded and the other provided directions, but when they directed an actual blind man he did very well; they theorized that someone who had always been blind wouldn't be hampered by preconceptions of how they "should" drive. (That said, they reiterated that having a blind man drive is still dangerous and illegal.) They also tested a scenario where the passenger was drunk, based on a news report, and the result was as bad as if the drunk man was driving himself.

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* ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'': [[BlindDriving A blind man can competently drive a car when a passenger gives him turn-by-turn directions directions]] - Confirmed. Jamie and Adam didn't do that great in tests where one drove blindfolded and the other provided directions, but when they directed an actual blind man he did very well; they theorized that someone who had always been blind wouldn't be hampered by preconceptions of how they "should" drive. (That said, they reiterated that having a blind man drive is still dangerous and illegal.) They also tested a scenario where the passenger was drunk, based on a news report, and the result was as bad as if the drunk man was driving himself.
18th Jun '17 9:23:07 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Film/{{RED}}'': In a standoff where the hero has a pistol and the villain has a rocket launcher, both shoot at once; the hero's bullet hits the villain's RPG and detonates it, killing her - Busted. A bullet can detonate an armed RPG, but [=RPGs=] are armed by inertia and it wouldn't have happened yet at that short distance. Even if it were faulty and armed prematurely, it's much more likely to kill the hero instead of the villain thanks to the rocket directing its blast forward.
8th Jun '17 11:12:21 AM DragonRanger
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* AbnormalAmmo: Yes, they fire a bunch of strange stuff normally, but there ''was'' a segment centered around pirates using AbnormalAmmo. Bottles of rum, silverware, and a peg leg were all busted. Big old nails, however, proved damaging (earning a "Plausible"), as did directionalized steak knives in a sabot (also "Plausible"). But when they fired a chain, the target pig was ''annihilated''. It had nearly been ''torn in half'', and the chain was still completely intact, earning a confirmation. This is {{Truth in Television}}: Chain shot, two small cannonballs connected by a chain, was designed to destroy the sails and rigging of enemy ships at close range.

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* AbnormalAmmo: Yes, they fire a bunch of strange stuff normally, but there ''was'' a segment centered around pirates using AbnormalAmmo. Bottles of rum, silverware, and a peg leg SeadogPegLeg were all busted. Big old nails, however, proved damaging (earning a "Plausible"), as did directionalized steak knives in a sabot (also "Plausible"). But when they fired a chain, the target pig was ''annihilated''. It had nearly been ''torn in half'', and the chain was still completely intact, earning a confirmation. This is {{Truth in Television}}: Chain shot, two small cannonballs connected by a chain, was designed to destroy the sails and rigging of enemy ships at close range.



** ''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/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'':
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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.down.
*** After running out of normal cannonballs, the characters improvise and start firing anything they can spare (while the [=MythBusters=] were testing the real-life practice more than this specific movie, they did use movie footage of shooting silverware to demonstrate) - Busted for the silverware as shown in the movie, which scattered and deformed; bottles of rum and a SeadogPegLeg similarly shattered and blew apart rather than at the target. Steak knives packed into a sabot and nails did decent damage and were ruled Plausible. But a good sturdy length of chain outdid all the others, nearly tearing the target in half.



*** Swinging to the cliff face (here simulated with the side of a building) by Adam and Jamie shifting their weight: Busted. Even with four circus performers in the cage with them and the cable shortened by half, they still couldn't pull it off.
*** Grabbing vines on the cliff's face: Plausible. Rope was used to simulate the vines seen in the film.
*** Climbing the ravine: Plausible. Climbing the twelve feet to the top of the cliff was a relatively simple feat.

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*** Swinging to the cliff face (here simulated with the side of a building) by Adam and Jamie shifting their weight: weight - Busted. Even with four circus performers in the cage with them and the cable shortened by half, they still couldn't pull it off.
*** Grabbing vines on the cliff's face: face - Plausible. Rope was used to simulate the vines seen in the film.
*** Climbing the ravine: ravine - Plausible. Climbing the twelve feet to the top of the cliff was a relatively simple feat.
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.
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