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13th Jul '16 2:44:52 PM Mondoblasto
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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 trap actually meant for a giant species called a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gorax/Canon Gorax]].)

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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 trap actually meant for a giant species called a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gorax/Canon com/wiki/Gorax Gorax]].)
8th Jul '16 11:33:41 AM Dallenson
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* CabinFever: Though the actual stress tests were unusable due to incorrect procedure, Adam showed all the outward symptoms they were looking for, while [[TheStoic Jamie only showed one]]: excessive sleeping.

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* CabinFever: Though the actual stress tests were unusable due to incorrect procedure, procedure (eating/drinking before using the spit based test), Adam showed all the outward symptoms they were looking for, while [[TheStoic Jamie only showed one]]: excessive sleeping.
6th Jul '16 1:23:06 PM Willbyr
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* WomenDrivers: While there was significant overlap between individual drivers, on a police driving course, the men scored a 79 on average, while the women scored an average 71 (on a 100-point scale). To determine if the myth is confirmed, one would need to know the variance in score for the male and female drivers, as averages alone are of little use, however the show regarded the myth as confirmed. (The test was performed "blind", with the sex of the driver hidden from the scorer). In parallel parking it was deemed statistically insignificant between men and women (with ten subjects used for each gender and their parallel parking rated on a 100-point scale, both genders ended up with a bit over 40 points on average and within a 1.1 point difference). Still, there ''were'' significant differences in ''how'' points were lost on ''that'' test (men tended to be more confident and less careful, parking quickly and showing willingness to bump the surrounding cars but rarely making any major mistakes; women, meanwhile, were more cautious and either parked neatly and precisely or else panicked and overcompensated with disastrous results).

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* WomenDrivers: While This was tested both on a police driving course (this test was performed "blind", with the sex of the driver hidden from the scorer) and for parallel parking (ten subjects for each gender), using a 100-point scale for each.
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there was significant overlap between individual drivers, on a police driving course, the men scored a 79 on average, average while the women scored an average a 71 (on a 100-point scale). average. To determine if the myth is confirmed, one would need to know the variance in score for the male and female drivers, as averages alone are of little use, however but the show regarded the myth as confirmed. (The test was performed "blind", with the sex of the driver hidden from the scorer). confirmed.
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In parallel parking it was deemed statistically insignificant between men and women (with ten subjects used for each gender and their parallel parking rated on a 100-point scale, both (both genders ended up with a bit over 40 points on average and within a 1.1 point difference). Still, there ''were'' significant differences in ''how'' points were lost on ''that'' test (men that test, as men tended to be more confident and less careful, parking quickly and showing willingness to bump the surrounding cars but rarely making any major mistakes; women, meanwhile, mistakes, while women were more cautious and either parked neatly and precisely or else panicked and overcompensated with disastrous results).results.
6th Jul '16 12:50:41 PM JoieDeCombat
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* WomenDrivers: While there was significant overlap between individual drivers, on a police driving course, the men scored a 79 on average, while the women scored an average 71 (on a 100-point scale). To determine if the myth is confirmed, one would need to know the variance in score for the male and female drivers, as averages alone are of little use, however the show regarded the myth as confirmed. (The test was performed "blind", with the sex of the driver hidden from the scorer). In parallel parking it was deemed statistically insignificant between men and women (with ten subjects used for each gender and their parallel parking rated on a 100-point scale, both genders ended up with a bit over 40 points on average and within a 1.1 point difference). Still, there ''were'' significant differences in ''how'' points were lost on ''that'' test (most women placed the car easily and precisely, those that couldn't panicked and one or two hit another car; no men panicked or crashed but most had a far less precise personal definition of what was good enough).

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* WomenDrivers: While there was significant overlap between individual drivers, on a police driving course, the men scored a 79 on average, while the women scored an average 71 (on a 100-point scale). To determine if the myth is confirmed, one would need to know the variance in score for the male and female drivers, as averages alone are of little use, however the show regarded the myth as confirmed. (The test was performed "blind", with the sex of the driver hidden from the scorer). In parallel parking it was deemed statistically insignificant between men and women (with ten subjects used for each gender and their parallel parking rated on a 100-point scale, both genders ended up with a bit over 40 points on average and within a 1.1 point difference). Still, there ''were'' significant differences in ''how'' points were lost on ''that'' test (most women placed (men tended to be more confident and less careful, parking quickly and showing willingness to bump the car easily surrounding cars but rarely making any major mistakes; women, meanwhile, were more cautious and precisely, those that couldn't either parked neatly and precisely or else panicked and one or two hit another car; no men panicked or crashed but most had a far less precise personal definition of what was good enough).overcompensated with disastrous results).
6th Jul '16 12:42:17 PM JoieDeCombat
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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.

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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]]
6th Jul '16 12:32:18 PM Dallenson
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** That said, Kari was able to defeat a motion detector by covering herself with a fuzzy blanket. (Though of course if that hallway also had cameras then she would've had to answer some very awkward questions.)

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** That said, Kari was able to defeat a motion detector by covering herself with holding a fuzzy blanket.simple bed sheet in front of her. She even beat it just by moving ''slowly'' enough not to break the threshold of motion needed to set it off. (Though of course if that hallway also had cameras then she would've had to answer some very awkward questions.)
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.)
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