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18th Sep '16 9:44:10 PM MarsJenkar
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* ImpressivePyrotechnics: Not so much a single myth but numerous examples of real-life high explosive explosions being less impressive than Hollywood balls of flame. The best example would be where they blew up a car Hollywood-style (complete with Adam diving in slow motion away from the ball of fire) then stuffing the remains with C4 and obliterating the entire vehicle in a split second.

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* ImpressivePyrotechnics: Not so much a single myth but numerous examples of real-life high explosive explosions being less impressive than Hollywood balls of flame. The best example would be where they blew up a car Hollywood-style (complete with Adam diving in slow motion away from the ball of fire) then stuffing the remains with C4 and obliterating the entire vehicle in a split second. (Then again, the here-one-moment-gone-the-next aspect of the real explosion was impressive in its own way; it just wasn't impressive in a Hollywood manner.)
6th Sep '16 11:13:36 AM JoieDeCombat
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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.

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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 However, the delay was a temporary delay, since a only temporary; the dog's handler put the dog right brought him quickly back on task and they were able to pick up the trail moments later.again.
6th Sep '16 11:11:09 AM JoieDeCombat
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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'': Punching someone and [[ZorroMark leaving only an imprint of the ring you're wearing]] - Busted. Punching hard enough to do that would cause major injury. (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. Punching hard enough 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 do that would cause major injury.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.)
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.
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