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28th Apr '17 1:02:49 AM fdsa1234567890
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* GunsAreWorthless: In addition to the the "Busted" rating of NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight, 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]]

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* GunsAreWorthless: In addition to the the "Busted" rating of NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight, 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.cover, which doesn't help much against zombies.[[/note]]
4th Apr '17 6:39:14 PM Bootlebat
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* LiteralCliffhanger: Even a strong person with a good grip couldn't hold on for more than about a minute before losing their grip.
23rd Mar '17 4:01:08 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': Breaking a lock by shooting it with a handgun - Busted. Two guns (a 9-mm pistol and a .357 Magnum) and two locks (a padlock and a deadbolt) were tested; no combination was successful.

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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': [[ShootOutTheLock Breaking a lock by shooting it with a handgun handgun]] - Busted. Two guns (a 9-mm pistol and a .357 Magnum) and two locks (a padlock and a deadbolt) were tested; no combination was successful.successful.
* ''Film/BodyOfLies'': A squad of cars circle their target to kick up dust and hide their activities from a spy drone - Busted. While you kick up enough dust to obscure vision at ground level, it doesn't really help regarding the overhead view. And even if it did, most drones are equipped with thermal cameras.
5th Feb '17 10:52:56 PM DragonRanger
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* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series:
** ''2 Fast 2 Furious'': One of the heroes uses an EjectionSeat that launches the victim ''horizontally'' out the passenger door - Plausible. One of the teams made a sideways-firing seat that not only worked but managed to look inconspicuous as well.

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* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series:
''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'':
** ''2 Fast 2 Furious'': One of the heroes uses an EjectionSeat that launches the victim ''horizontally'' out the passenger door - Plausible. One On ''The Search'', one of the teams made a sideways-firing seat that not only worked but managed to look inconspicuous as well.
5th Feb '17 10:44:16 PM DragonRanger
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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: The ''Search'' contestants were given bicycles engineered to have reverse steering.[[note]]Technically, they were given bike ''kits'' that they had to assemble themselves, but that's beside the point.[[/note]] All of them were so used to normal steering that they failed to ride the required 12-foot distance.



* EjectionSeat: A couple of myths have dealt with these. You could make a ejector seat that's reasonably inconspicuous, but you'll need to use pneumatic power to launch it since rocket propellant would cook the car interior.



* "Finding a needle in a haystack" (a near-impossible task): Confirmed. Even with modern technology and all the ingenuity of the [=MythBusters=], this is still hard and time-consuming.

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* "Finding a needle in a haystack" (a near-impossible task): Confirmed. Even with modern technology and all the ingenuity of the [=MythBusters=], this is still hard and time-consuming. This was revisited as part of ''The Search'', but the results were much the same.



*** ''The Search'' used a similar challenge based on a different ''A-Team'' episode, to build something that fires cabbages from junkyard scrap. Even though one team skirted the rules with a technically-legal computerized component unlikely to be found in a junkyard, both teams made workable rigs, ruling the concept Plausible.



* ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]]'': The common action-movie trope where an SUV is hit with an RPG and flips over in a ball of flame - Busted. [=RPGs=] are designed to pierce vehicle armor and mess stuff up inside, which is exactly what they do. No flip, not much flame.

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* ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series:
** ''2
Fast Five]]'': 2 Furious'': One of the heroes uses an EjectionSeat that launches the victim ''horizontally'' out the passenger door - Plausible. One of the teams made a sideways-firing seat that not only worked but managed to look inconspicuous as well.
** ''Fast Five'':
The common action-movie trope where an SUV is hit with an RPG and flips over in a ball of flame - Busted. [=RPGs=] are designed to pierce vehicle armor and mess stuff up inside, which is exactly what they do. No flip, not much flame.



*** Placing a subtle ejector seat in a car - Plausible: Although the seat fooled those who saw it, Adam and Jamie noted that it's poorly suited for the sports cars used in such films.

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*** Placing a subtle ejector seat EjectionSeat in a car - Plausible: Although the seat fooled those who saw it, Adam and Jamie noted that it's poorly suited for the sports cars used in such films.



** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond rights his flipped car by firing the EjectorSeat - Busted. The seat's thrust as shown in the movie wouldn't have enough force to flip the car, and its exhaust has the potential to set the interior on fire.

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** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond rights his flipped car by firing the EjectorSeat EjectionSeat - Busted. The seat's thrust as shown in the movie wouldn't have enough force to flip the car, and its exhaust has the potential to set the interior on fire.
5th Feb '17 6:20:31 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. "Bio" bullets (made from tooth or bone) were potentially lethal in certain cases, but ruled busted because they failed on the myth's criteria of being able to fool a forensic pathologist. Coins, on the other hand, could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").

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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. "Bio" bullets (made from tooth or bone) were potentially lethal in certain cases, but ruled busted because they failed on the myth's criteria of being able to fool a forensic pathologist. Coins, on the other hand, could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").
4th Feb '17 8:43:19 PM TexasKelly
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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. Coins on the other hand could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").

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** In other segments, ice bullets, gelatin bullets, and meat bullets were all busted. They either melted, fragmented, or didn't have enough mass to seriously damage the target. Coins "Bio" bullets (made from tooth or bone) were potentially lethal in certain cases, but ruled busted because they failed on the myth's criteria of being able to fool a forensic pathologist. Coins, on the other hand hand, could be potentially lethal. Perhaps the oddest ammo tested? People ("[[CatapultToGlory Human Slingshot]]").
1st Feb '17 3:49:44 PM DragonRanger
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* HardToLightFire: While not itself a myth that's been tested, this trope is the bane of any myth involving flame. There have been several cases where the team has ''tried'' to light something on fire as part of a test, but had trouble doing so.
26th Jan '17 4:09:10 AM BoukenDutch
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* SeesawCatapult: The team tested a variant about a skydiver who crashed onto a playground seesaw after his parachute failed, launching a child who miraculously landed on a high rise and survived. After some very bizarre experiments, they concluded that A) the impact would cause any seesaw to instantly buckle that wasn't made from industrial materials (which, the Mythbusters being overdoers by principle, theirs was), and B) there's no way in hell that either the kid or skydiver would survive.
31st Dec '16 11:05:40 PM DragonRanger
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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]]

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* GunsAreWorthless: in In addition to the the "Plausible" "Busted" rating of NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight, NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight, 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]]



* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: They found that charging from a distance of 16 feet or less, you could stab someone shooting at you without getting hit.

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* %%* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: They found that charging from a distance of 16 feet or less, you could stab someone shooting at you without getting hit.



* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: In a quick-draw shootout, the gun does have a clear advantage, as knives are slower to throw and easier to dodge. But in a free-for-all at close range (Jamie and Adam estimated 18 feet or less), a guy with a knife can run in and stab a gunman before the latter can bring their weapon to bear.



* ''Series/BurnNotice'': When in a car chase, Michael advises to ricochet a bullet underneath the car where it's less-guarded instead of shooting it head-on - Busted. There's still too much stuff for a bullet to go through underneath. Aim for the tires instead.

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* ''Series/BurnNotice'': ''Series/BurnNotice'':
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When in a car chase, chase and you want to disable the trailing car without killing the driver, Michael advises to ricochet a bullet underneath the car where it's less-guarded instead of shooting it head-on - Busted. There's still too much stuff for a bullet to go reliably get through underneath. Aim for the tires instead.instead.
** You can survive a three-story drop into shallow water by throwing a mattress in first and jumping on that - Busted. Hitting the water might kill you, but hitting a mattress floating on water would be an even ''worse'' impact.



** Bond's typical insistence on "shaken, not stirred"--and the accompanying implication that he can tell the difference - Confirmed. A taste test (accompanied by an expert wine taster) resulted in the whole team getting it right. One is more diluted.
*** As to ''why'' he would be so insistent, despite claims (see ''Series/TheWestWing'''s TakeThat to Bond) that stirred is "better": "Shaken" is believed to contain antioxidants.

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** Bond's typical insistence on "shaken, not stirred"--and the accompanying implication that he can tell the difference - Confirmed. A taste test (accompanied by an expert wine taster) resulted in the whole team getting it right. One is more diluted.
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diluted. As to ''why'' he would be so insistent, despite claims that stirred is "better" (see ''Series/TheWestWing'''s TakeThat to Bond) that stirred is "better": Bond): "Shaken" is believed to contain antioxidants.



** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': Bond rights his flipped car by firing the EjectorSeat - Busted. The seat's thrust as shown in the movie wouldn't have enough force to flip the car, and its exhaust has the potential to set the interior on fire.



** ''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 Gorax]].)
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Was Jack's death preventable? - Plausible. First, they showed that having to stay in the water is what caused Jack to succumb to hypothermia. So they attempted to see if both Jack and Rose could use the board Rose was on to stay out of the water. Early attempts showed the board would sink under their combined weight, but they could both float on it if they strapped their life jackets to the board for extra bouyancy. Creator/JamesCameron's response was that the error was that they made the board too big, not that Jack could have lived.

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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 (According to pre-Disney ExpandedUniverse lore, the trap actually meant had originally been built for a native giant species called a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Gorax Gorax]].Endorian species.)
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Was Jack's death preventable? - Plausible. First, they showed that having to stay in the water is what caused Jack to succumb to hypothermia. So they attempted to see if both Jack and Rose could use the board Rose was on to stay out of the water. Early attempts showed the board would sink under their combined weight, but they could both float on it if they strapped their life jackets to the board for extra bouyancy. Creator/JamesCameron's response was that to appeal to the error was that they RuleOfDrama - the story called for Jack to die. Maybe the movie goofed and made the board too big, not that but Jack could not have lived.
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