Nightmare Fuel: MythBusters

  • 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. Watch... if you dare.
  • Torture:
  • The high-speed camera also counts, particularly when showing anything biological. Unless it's Adam being slapped in the face, that's just plain hilarious.
  • 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 Jason X). 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 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 Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight tests. As it turns out, Jamie Hyneman brandishing a (fake) knife, and charging at you while inexplicably roaring at the top of his lungs is a little bit scary.
  • As stated in the "A-Z of Explosions" special, nothing. As in, when they try to blow something up 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.
  • The explosive decompression myth was proven "Busted" but as a measuring stick, they did explosively decompress an airplane and blew a huge hole out of the top of it. It gave Jamie a rude reminder of how bad something like that could be if the plane was in mid-flight.
  • When testing that a human voice could shatter glass, they were first doing tests with speakers and Jamie attempted to mimic the tone that the glass made to shatter it and it came out as this frightening, metallic noise. Adam said he had a nightmare with this kind of noise in it once.
  • The "bomb baby" DIY bomb robot that Jamie built for the "Fire in the Hole" myth. I mean, look at the thing!