History Series / Mythbusters

24th Jul '16 1:20:35 PM treehugger0369
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* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: A few cases with children, such as the "Taking Candy from a Baby" myth (turns out crying is one of the baby's greatest defenses) and plenty with animals, such as the goats they couldn't get to faint (though one did [[GroinAttack punch Tory in the balls]]), the skunks they couldn't get to spray them, and the crocodiles they couldn't get to chase them. Their experience with uncooperative ducks while trying to see if a duck's quack really has no echo is also an example, resulting in a recurring clip of Jamie holding a duck in a threatening manner.
--> "Quack, damn you!"
24th Jul '16 1:07:16 PM treehugger0369
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* ExactWords: For the series finale, they advertised their biggest explosion ever on the show. [[spoiler: It was bigger than the show's previous record-holder by a single pound. They didn't say how much bigger!]]
15th Jul '16 5:59:52 AM erforce
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* RockBeatsLaser: The testing for some myths show that sometimes simpler solutions can beat or outperform their more advanced rivals. Case in point, the tests to see what could defeat a state-of-the-art motion sensor. Every convoluted plot the Build Team tried failed utterly. They then found (to their surprise) that a ''bedsheet'' held in front of the movement source could fool the motion sensor.[[note]]The motion sensor works by emitting ultrasonic pulses and measuring the time it takes for them to return; a time that's shorter than that produced when the room is empty will trigger the alarm. The bedsheet absorbed the pulses rather than reflecting them, thus the sensor didn't hear anything unusual.[[/note]] An infra-red detector was also defeated, not by wearing heavy clothing, carbon-dioxide fire extinguishers or [[{{Predator}} covering one's body in mud]], but by placing a piece of glass in front of the detector, blocking the infra-red rays.

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* RockBeatsLaser: The testing for some myths show that sometimes simpler solutions can beat or outperform their more advanced rivals. Case in point, the tests to see what could defeat a state-of-the-art motion sensor. Every convoluted plot the Build Team tried failed utterly. They then found (to their surprise) that a ''bedsheet'' held in front of the movement source could fool the motion sensor.[[note]]The motion sensor works by emitting ultrasonic pulses and measuring the time it takes for them to return; a time that's shorter than that produced when the room is empty will trigger the alarm. The bedsheet absorbed the pulses rather than reflecting them, thus the sensor didn't hear anything unusual.[[/note]] An infra-red detector was also defeated, not by wearing heavy clothing, carbon-dioxide fire extinguishers or [[{{Predator}} [[Film/{{Predator}} covering one's body in mud]], but by placing a piece of glass in front of the detector, blocking the infra-red rays.
10th Jul '16 11:11:20 PM TheBigBopper
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Not every myth is busted, though -- they are happy (although frequently surprised) when they prove that a story, however wild, is at the very least plausible. In "Big Rig Myths", they managed to confirm all three myths, and in their first episode devoted to viral videos, the myths that made it to air went four-for-four in confirmation. And so far, nearly every myth has some kernel of truth, whether or not it may or may not be applicable to whether the myth is plausible.

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Not every myth is busted, though -- they are happy (although frequently surprised) when they prove that a story, however wild, is at the very least plausible. In "Big Rig Myths", they managed to confirm all three myths, and in their first episode devoted to viral videos, the myths that made it to air went four-for-four in confirmation. And so far, nearly every myth has some kernel of truth, whether or not it may or may not be applicable even if that truth doesn't directly relate to whether the myth is plausible.
8th Jul '16 11:40:41 AM Dallenson
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* {{Mondegreen}}: During the myth of being talked into landing and the first attempt of Adam and Jamie attempting to land by themselves while the GPWS was shouting what they thought was "Don't Think" until they realize it was "Don't Sink" which refers to altitude loss after take-off or with a high N1 setting (as in, deliberately pointing the nose downward to descend while the throttle is full or near-full).

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* {{Mondegreen}}: During the myth of being talked into landing and the first attempt of Adam and Jamie attempting to land by themselves while the GPWS was shouting what they thought was "Don't Think" until they realize it was "Don't Sink" which refers to altitude loss after take-off or with a high N1 setting (as setting, as in, deliberately pointing the nose downward to descend while the throttle is full or near-full).near-full, which is not recommended. Jet airliners make their descent at a low or near idle N1 setting so avoid going past 250 knots (unless the call sign includes Heavy) or their maximum structural speed.
** Short version, these guys had the throttle full blast and were pointing the nose downward.
6th Jul '16 5:02:17 PM Dallenson
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* FauxHorrific: Some gags when they're examining sites and/or supplies to test myths commonly involve references to horror movies or HorrorTropes. For example during the testing of [[PianoDrop a piano dropping through the roof of a house into a basement]], The Build Team was looking through a house already slated for demolition and Kari closes the [[MirrorScare bathroom's medicine cabinet]] to reveal Tory holding an axe behind her, cue her releasing an over-the-top scream.
27th Jun '16 5:54:46 PM TexasKelly
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* CardboardPal: In one Blueprint Room piece-to-camera, Adam discusses the next step in the testing of the myth (which involved whether Christmas trees could auto-ignite from the heat of the lights) with a full-size cardboard cutout of Jamie (with Jamie dubbing his lines in). It's out of nowhere, unexplained, and a [[MoodDissonance little off-putting]], especially when the real Jamie reappears in the very last shot of the sequence.
26th Jun '16 10:18:18 PM Willbyr
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* NoExceptYes: While testing methods of stopping a runaway car, the Build Team decide to come up with their own devices. Tory's is a hood-mounted hook used to drag the other vehicle to a halt. Kari says, "Your idea of a safe stop is to ''shank me''?" Tory replies, "More like harpooning."

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* NoExceptYes: While testing methods of stopping a runaway car, the Build Team decide to come up with their own devices. Tory's is a hood-mounted hook used to drag the other vehicle to a halt. Kari says, "Your halt.
'''Kari''': Your
idea of a safe stop is to ''shank me''?" Tory replies, "More me''?\\
'''Tory''': More
like harpooning."
26th Jun '16 6:34:23 PM Jay2K
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* NoExceptYes: While testing methods of stopping a runaway car, the Build Team decide to come up with their own devices. Tory's is a hood-mounted hook used to drag the other vehicle to a halt. Kari says, "Your idea of a safe stop is to ''shank me''?" Tory replies, "More like harpooning."
24th Jun '16 12:21:23 AM Rosuav
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* CowTools: M-5 certainly qualifies, with one wall that spans almost the length of the main building (at least 75 feet) with shelves and cubbies to hold all sorts of things. Apparently Jamie doesn't like to throw anything away and the random trinkets do come in handy. Even lampshaded with lots of them having some strange labels, like the one labeled "RAW MEAT." Lampshaded in one episode, where Adam did some math to determine that Buster would have to have more mass in order to accurately portray the myth:

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* CowTools: M-5 certainly qualifies, with one wall that spans almost the length of the main building (at least 75 feet) with shelves and cubbies to hold all sorts of things. Apparently Jamie doesn't like to throw anything away and the random trinkets do come in handy. Even lampshaded with lots of them having some strange labels, like the one labeled "RAW MEAT." Lampshaded in one episode, where Adam did some math[[note]]which he actually got wrong - once the math was redone correctly, a more reasonable mass figure was obtained[[/note]] to determine that Buster would have to have more mass in order to accurately portray the myth:
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