History Series / MythBusters

12th Jan '18 9:03:01 PM treehugger0369
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** One example notable for its sheer improbability: the Build Team's attempts to test vodka as a cure for poison oak. In theory, it's a simple test: expose a person to poison oak, then use a commercial balm on one part of the affected area, vodka on another section, and leave a third area clear as a control. First they used [[ButtMonkey Tory]] as a guinea pig. No rash. Then they tried Adam. Again, no rash. So they tried it on Grant. Yet again, no rash. As a result, they drafted three members of their production crew. Only one of the three (researcher [[MauveShirt John Hunt]]) actually got a rash. ''Five of six'' human guinea pigs did not respond to being exposed to poison oak (90% of the population being vulnerable). On top of that, Tory and Grant ''were previously known to be allergic'', and yet failed to get a rash.

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** One example notable for its sheer improbability: the Build Team's attempts to test vodka as a cure for poison oak. In theory, it's a simple test: expose a person to poison oak, then use a commercial balm on one part of the affected area, vodka on another section, and leave a third area clear as a control. First they used [[ButtMonkey Tory]] as a guinea pig. No rash. Then they tried Adam. Again, no rash. So they tried it on Grant. Yet again, no rash. As a result, they drafted three members of their production crew. Only one of the three (researcher [[MauveShirt John Hunt]]) actually got a rash. ''Five of six'' human guinea pigs did not respond to being exposed to poison oak (90% of the population being vulnerable). On top of that, Tory and Grant ''were previously known to be allergic'', and yet failed to get a rash.[[note]]If you're wondering why they didn't try Kari, her childhood reaction to poison oak was so severe that they deemed it not worth the risk.[[/note]]
12th Jan '18 8:57:29 PM treehugger0369
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** A similar example came from the myth of a propane tank turning into a rocket in a garage fire. The first test ended with the failsafe valve triggering and safely venting the propane. For subsequent tests, the build team had to craft a unique tool to disable the failsafe, and they considered that equivalent to an old tank with a rusted safety valve.
6th Jan '18 10:30:53 AM Willbyr
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--> '''Adam''': ''"How would you like us to be remembered?"''
--> '''Jamie''': ''"How about for the promotion of critical thought?"''
--> '''Adam''': ''"And how do you think we ''will'' be remembered?"''
--> '''Jamie''': ''"For blowing crap up."''

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--> '''Adam''': ''"How How would you like us to be remembered?"''
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remembered?\\
'''Jamie''': ''"How How about for the promotion of critical thought?"''
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thought?\\
'''Adam''': ''"And And how do you think we ''will'' be remembered?"''
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remembered?\\
'''Jamie''': ''"For For blowing crap up."''
6th Jan '18 8:05:37 AM BobTheBard
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* {{Flanderization}}: Explosions (and to a lesser extent high-speed camera shots) were always a part of the show, but as seasons progressed they eventually became the [[OncePerEpisode core]] the rest of the show was built around. This would be [[LampshadeHanging repeatedly lampshaded]] by the hosts in later seasons, but most notably by Jamie at the beginning of the ''Explosion Special.''
--> '''Adam''': ''"How would you like us to be remembered?"''
--> '''Jamie''': ''"How about for the promotion of critical thought?"''
--> '''Adam''': ''"And how do you think we ''will'' be remembered?"''
--> '''Jamie''': ''"For blowing crap up."''
3rd Jan '18 6:18:09 AM LadyJafaria
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* LiteralMetaphor: In the spirit of this trope, they like testing idioms to see if there's any literal truth in them. Turns out, ''nothing'' can literally knock your socks off, but you ''can'' literally [[PolishTheTurd polish a turd]], as well as teach an old dog new tricks.
31st Dec '17 7:12:11 PM hullflyer
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** For an example for a retested myth that remained busted, the myth of Archimedes' solar "DeathRay" was retested after massive InternetBackdraft with the [=MythBusters=] actually telling the complainers to put their money where their mouth was and come on the show to prove it was possible. They couldn't. And at the end, a team composed of the [=MythBusters=], MIT, and one viewer set up an array of bronze mirrors (only things available at that time period) and attempted to set fire to an accurately made Roman ship that was actually in the water. Even after hours of coordinated efforts nothing happened other then some smoke. In the end, they set fire to the ship by tossing a jar of burning fuel at it. This myth even got ''another'' re-test, with none other than ''UsefulNotes/BarackObama'' himself requesting it. It's still busted, though Jamie did comment that all of the mirrors on shore were blinding him (he was on the boat in a fire-resistant suit). He cited that as the "kernel of truth" from whence the myth came.

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** For an example for a retested myth that remained busted, the myth of Archimedes' solar "DeathRay" was retested after massive InternetBackdraft with the [=MythBusters=] actually telling the complainers to put their money where their mouth was and come on the show to prove it was possible. They couldn't. And at the end, a team composed of the [=MythBusters=], MIT, and one viewer set up an array of bronze mirrors (only things available at that time period) and attempted to set fire to an accurately made Roman ship that was actually in the water. Even after hours of coordinated efforts nothing happened other then than some smoke. In the end, they set fire to the ship by tossing a jar of burning fuel at it. This myth even got ''another'' re-test, with none other than ''UsefulNotes/BarackObama'' himself requesting it. It's still busted, though Jamie did comment that all of the mirrors on shore were blinding him (he was on the boat in a fire-resistant suit). He cited that as the "kernel of truth" from whence the myth came.
31st Dec '17 6:54:32 PM hullflyer
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** Adam later gave an interview where he revealed it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcMqWLBK8U&feature=channel wasn't the Build Team's idea, the producer made them do it]], and it terrified and pissed him off to such an extent that ''the entire crew was mad for him,'' and when instructed to follow Adam, told the producer where he could shove that idea. In a show where they shamelessly recorded decapitation of dead animals, devices that can kill people, Kari undergoing Chinese Water Torture (she volunteered, but it reportedly bothered her for at least a few days until the bruises on her wrists faded), and Adam vomiting multiple times due to seasickness, even they decided it would be crossing the line to bother him after what went down. That producer is no longer with the show. Make of that what you will.
** Speaking of Kari's water torture, when Kari reaches the point where she says she doesn't want to do it anymore (at which point she's starting to cry), Tory ''immediately'' says they're to get her out.

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** Adam later gave an interview where he revealed it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcMqWLBK8U&feature=channel wasn't the Build Team's idea, the producer made them do it]], it, and it terrified and pissed him off to such an extent that ''the entire crew was mad for him,'' and when instructed to follow Adam, told the producer where he could shove that idea. In a show where they shamelessly recorded decapitation of dead animals, devices that can kill people, Kari undergoing Chinese Water Torture (she volunteered, but it reportedly bothered her for at least a few days until the bruises on her wrists faded), and Adam vomiting multiple times due to seasickness, even they decided it would be crossing the line to bother him after what went down. That producer is no longer with the show. Make of that what you will.
** Speaking of Kari's water torture, when Kari reaches the point where she says she doesn't want to do it anymore (at which point she's starting to cry), Tory (who is usually only a couple of ticks below Adam on the "silliness" scale,) ''immediately'' says they're to get her out.
30th Dec '17 7:07:20 PM hullflyer
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*** Adam has told a story about driving with his wife in fairly icy conditions, and his skill level was so high that he was intentionally letting the car slip and slide a little, easily regaining control, for little reason other than personal amusement - until his wife couldn't restrain herself and started yelling at him to stop before he gave her a heart attack. She knew intellectually that he was fully in control, but it was still so terrifying that she had to make him stop.
30th Dec '17 4:32:15 AM lakingsif
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* ExtraLongEpisode: The "Film/{{Jaws}} Special" (the first time Jamie and Adam hosted "Shark Week") was two hours long. Subsequent repeats on Discovery have either been split into two one-hour segments or edited down to a single hour.
26th Dec '17 5:55:55 AM Rebbil
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** TheBusCameBack: Scottie briefly returned back not just once but twice; first while aiding Jamie and Adam as a 'special guest' fabricator on the (1st) JATO rocket car rebuild for the 2007 "Supersized Myths" episode and again the following year, as a '4th" Build team member for the 2008 "Young Scientists" Special.
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