Fridge / MythBusters

Fridge Horror

  • The fact that Jamie ran away from home at a young age and his usual flat affect (although he may be playing it up for the cameras) seems to indicate he had a really traumatic childhood.
  • In the episode where they're testing ways to fool a breathalyzer, every myth they test on-screen is Busted. Of course, there are dozens of alleged techniques to this out there, and they couldn't possibly show them all. Maybe they found one that works, and didn't want to show it on screen, for fear of drunk drivers actually using it...
    • They showed that you can beat a motion detector with a bedsheet. If this is true, wouldn't that have been cut out as well?
    • It was probably deemed to impractical to actually be dangerous to use — it fools the motion detector, sure, but it looks ridiculous and will get the attention of anyone with eyes.
  • After doing the "ramping up" of the Thermite vs Ice myth, you could see all the thermite which the explosion threw into the air pouring down like 2500 °C rain. Now Adam and Jaime was of course safe in a bunker when this happened, but this myth originated from a viral video. What if the people who did that also decided to "ramp it up" without the same level of protection?

Fridge Logic

  • Adam & Jamie declared the "peeing on the third rail" myth busted after their tests showed that it is highly unlikely for a man to electrocute himself in this fashion. But their final test also showed that it is certainly possible for woman to do so...a possibility they completely failed to acknowledge in their closing summation for some reason.
  • During the myth that RFID/mind control tags are inserted when you donate blood, a Red Cross doctor points out some Fridge Logic during the episode: If the Red Cross did insert mind control tags, there wouldn't be a blood shortage, since the Red Cross would use the mind control tags to get donors to donate more.
  • In the test of The Bridge US and a woman holding a grenade for two hours, Adam didn't find it as difficult as shown in the episode. However, most men have larger and stronger hands than most women, so this test would probably have been more accurate using a female tester.
    • However, he also notes that he could tie down the grenade, and it wasn't difficult to hold it with one hand. The woman would've been able to switch hands or call for help. Or, she could've thrown the grenade away herself rather that wait for someone to do it for her. Does anyone know if there was something preventing her from doing that?

Fridge Brilliance

  • The "myth" where Adam and Jamie manage to fool the biometric fingerprint scanner. In the summation, they noted that the more "advanced" biometric scanner actually seemed easier to fool than the basic fingerprint scanner. Then I realized that it only seemed that way because, in figuring out how to fool the basic scanner, they'd already done most of the work in figuring out how to fool the more advanced one. Strictly speaking, the biometric scanner probably *was* harder to fool (after all, they did need to lick the latex and paper, a step they didn't need to take with the basic scanner), but not by very much.
  • The narrator was always fairly present in MythBusters but he became extremely prominent in later seasons. The show also became more prone to repeating itself and recapping events that already happened, much to fan frustration. Why? In early seasons they covered myths a lot of people had heard of, widely-known tropes, or general concepts most people were already familiar with - These things required little explanation because the audience already knew them. As time went on the myths, tales, and concepts they tested got increasingly obscure and further outside the sphere of cultural awareness, requiring more narration and more recap for a late-comer to know what's going on since they were less likely to recognize it without help.