* The Meatman is pretty disturbing in itself, but the test it's used for-- showing that a person could be crushed in a closed-dress diving suit by deep water pressure-- will haunt you for a good while. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEY3fN4N3D8 Watch...]] if you dare.
** The standout was the Bamboo Torture Myth.
** The Chinese Water Torture myth is this as well. Seeing Kari break down like that was brutal. Made worse because we all knew she was with friends who would get her out of there the moment she made the slightest noise. [[ColdBloodedTorture Imagine if it were real, and the people surrounding her didn't give a withered crap about her?]]
*** Possibly even more disturbing is the reaction of [[CloudCuckoolander Tory]]. Seeing such a [[OOCISseriousBusiness normally goofy and fun-loving guy so deadly serious and obviously concerned]] really drives home how unpleasant the situation must have been. When poor Kari started crying, Tory IMMEDIATELY gave the order for her to be released.
*** Of course it also quickly becomes an understated MomentOfAwesome for Kari, because she ''stops him.'' She takes a moment to calm herself down, then continues with the experiment until the attending EMT pulls rank. Kari Byron, [[MadeOfIron Woman Of Iron]].
* The high-speed camera also counts, particularly when showing anything biological.
* There are two words guaranteed to make long-time fans cringe: "Chicken Hand".
* Also ''smashing quick-frozen heads'' to see if they would shatter like glass (as shown in ''Film/JasonX''). They brought out their trusty ballistics gel again, used a similar substance for brains...and used ''actual human skulls''. Then for even more added realism, they used ''pigs' heads''.
** They even said in the show that they couldn't show the original clip just because it was so disturbing, and had to substitute with a cheesy cartoon re-enactment.
* In a behind the scenes special, Jamie said that the image of Adam going underwater in an upside-down car in the "Turn Turtle Escape" myth [[HypocriticalHeartwarming actually did give him nightmares the next day.]]
** Adam later stated in a web video that this was the most dangerous stunt he'd ever done, as they try not to put themselves in situations where not panicking can make the difference between life and death.
* Likewise, Jamie's time being buried alive...and the coffin started buckling.
* Jamie turns out to be this for Adam in the NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight tests. As it turns out, Jamie Hyneman brandishing a (fake) knife, and charging at you while inexplicably ''[[ScreamingWarrior roaring at the top of his lungs]]'' is a little bit scary.
* As stated in the "A-Z of Explosions" special, [[NothingIsScarier nothing]]. As in, when they try to blow something up [[WheresTheKaboom and nothing happens]], because this means someone has to go over and find out what went wrong and fix it, putting themselves in the potential blast radius of armed explosives.
* Though it was never actually aired, during filming of the Build Team's test of decapitating heads (using goats' heads as stand-ins), Tory mentioned he found how easy decapitation is particularly disturbing.