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Who are the Mythbusters? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are the hosts of a unique and popular television show on the Discovery cable channel. Working from a background in the special effects industry and shooting on location at effects warehouse M5 Industries, Jamie and Adam attempt to shed light on hearsay, rumour, and myth. Along the way they usually run across a little bit of science, too. Today, you have a chance to put questions to them. We'll take the 15 best questions and pass them on to the gentlemen to be answered sometime soon after the Thanksgiving holiday. One question per comment, please, and keep things topical. We'll post their responses as soon as we get them back, so ask away.
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  • Favorites (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MikesOnFire (324035) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:31AM (#14090541)
    Lets start simple -
    What is your favorite Busted Myth and your favorite Confirmed one?
    • by sgant (178166) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:51AM (#14090876) Homepage Journal
      Is it true that Athena really came out of Zeus' head? I find that really hard to believe because we all...oh, what's that? Not that type of myth?

      Never mind then...oh, and great show!
    • Re:Favorites (Score:5, Interesting)

      by kpwoodr (306527) <kenneth...p...woodruff@@@gmail...com> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:05PM (#14091060) Homepage Journal
      The title of your show is "Myth Busters". That said it would seem to your benefit to have more bustable myths than not. Your reputation seems to be at stake with the need to stay above .500. Otherwise you might have to change the name of your show to something like "Myth Guys" or "Guys who sometimes bust myths, but only easy ones".

      Are there any myths that the network won't let you have a crack at?
    • Re:Favorites (Score:5, Insightful)

      by bataras (169548) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @02:18PM (#14092543)
      It is impossible to prove a negative. When you do something like failing to flip a taxi with a jet engine and claim that busts the myth that a taxi can be flipped with a jet engine, do you feel you're misleading the public as to how science and logic work?
    • by pisces22 (819606) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @04:09PM (#14093820)
      How much pressure do you feel to test more and more dangerous myths in the pursuit of ratings and have your safety standards changed at all for the sake of "good TV"?
  • Have you ever been completely blown away by what you've found? Has there been an experiment where you two just sit back and say "Huh...who woulda thought?" Most of the myths are pretty easy to debunk, but I'm just curious as to whether or not there was actually one that you guys did that totally shocked you in being true.
    • by neile (139369) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:47AM (#14090812)
      In last week's episode Adam was specifically saying how the myth they were testing (tailgate up or down for better fuel economy) was one of the experiments where the result totally surprised them.

      The same episode also had them surprised that a finger in the barrel of a gun, even though it couldn't stop the bullet, would actually cause enough pressure buildup to deform the gun barrel at the tip.

      Neil
      • by TubeSteak (669689) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @01:19PM (#14091986) Journal
        Well since you don't say what they concluded about the truck tailgate myth, I'll step in with what I've heard.

        My understanding is that when you keep the tailgate up it creates a high pressure bubble that forces the air over the bed of your truck. When the gate is down, the air swirls behind the cab and the resulting turbulence creates drag. The drag caused by the tailgate itself is less than the drag you'd have with no tailgate at all.

        Anywho, did they test the effects of having a hard/soft cover for the bed?
        Example picture [trucktrend.com] with the tailgate up.

        In the end, this is mostly mental a mental exercise for the /. crowd. I doubt even 1% of us drive a truck, much less anything with more than 500lbs towing capacity.
    • Blows Me Away (Score:5, Interesting)

      by TubeSteak (669689) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:49AM (#14090844) Journal
      Have you ever been completely blown away by what you've found

      Well, there was that one show where they had they FBI hook them up with several TONS of high powered explosives.

      Then they used it to make a cement mixer truck dissappear.
      Here's the video [nyud.net] (CoralCDN to the rescue)

      That pretty much blew me away.
  • by richdun (672214) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:32AM (#14090570)
    With an unlimited budget, what "myth" would you most like to test? How about using 1960s technology to try and land on the moon?
  • by skywalker107 (220077) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:34AM (#14090589)
    What Myths have you tested that have never made it on the show? What about them made you and the producers decide they didn't qualify to go on the air?
    • by Pollux (102520) <speter&tedata,net,eg> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @01:07PM (#14091878) Journal
      I remember the episode where you were trying to make the Intrepid taxi tip over using a jet engine, but were unable to use a commercial 737 jet due to "safety concerns" with your insurance company.

      What is going on behind the scenes that we don't see on camera to keep all your stunts and myth busting as safe as possible? Also, after seeing you turn a hydrolic lift into a catapult (hoisted up on empty shipping cargo crates, no less), how can a commercial 737 jet be considered unsafe?
  • by Winterblink (575267) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:34AM (#14090591) Homepage
    What has been your most challenging myth to bust? And is there a particular myth you feel would be a challenging one to try taking on?
  • Injuries (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jacksonai (604950) <taladon@gmail.com> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:34AM (#14090592)
    What is the worst injury anyone sustained while trying to bust a myth?
    • Re:Injuries (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Ubergrendle (531719) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @01:01PM (#14091821) Journal
      On a related note...

      Are there any myths that you would like to attempt to prove/disprove, but the risk involved is too great? Specifically, are there any scenarios that you can build sufficient saftey measures around that would allow you to test?

      (Love your show, keep up the good work. One of the few things worth watching on Discovery anymore...)
  • Build Team (Score:3, Interesting)

    by I_Strahd (791299) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:34AM (#14090597)
    Can you please get rid of the build team segments? These segments are annoying and I fast forward throught them anyway. I would really enjoy more actual show. Thanks!
  • by selil (774924) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:35AM (#14090599)
    Have you all figured out yet that a Robin Hood (two arrows impacting the same spot) is actually possible? disgruntled archer.
    • by SatanicPuppy (611928) <SatanicpuppyNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:33PM (#14091464) Journal
      I've broken the nock off more than a few arrows in my time, which, in this time of aluminum arrows, is about as close to "splitting" an arrow as you can get. If you're a good shot, and you're shooting at a small target it's not unlikely that you could hit an arrow that's already there. Basic probability distribution says that.

      You'd have to be more uber than me to be able to do it repeatedly, or to hit the arrow on purpose, but I've known people who could hit their own arrow, given a few shots.

      If I'd seen them prove that one "busted", I would have been peeved as well. In the era that they're referring to, in England, archery was the only allowed sport...I bet there were some damn ferocious archers, who could do things that modern sport hunters would not be capable of. They bow hunted for birds for christs sake.
      • by phoenix_rizzen (256998) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @08:24PM (#14096617)
        The myth is not that you can hit another arrow (every archer's done that at one point or another), or the same spot twice. The myth is that Robin Hood split the arrow *from nock to tip*. In other words, the entire shaft of the arrow is split down the middle.

        While there may be that 1 in a bazillion chance that it would work, all the tests they did showed that it is impossible. The blade of the arrow tip follows the grain in the wood, and unless you have a perfectly straight grain that never hits the edge of the shaft, the arrow will always pop out before it hits the target.
  • ultimate myth? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Antonymous Flower (848759) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:35AM (#14090602) Homepage
    What myth would the Mythbusters most like to investigate but lack the means to do so?
  • Cool (Score:5, Funny)

    by JWW (79176) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:35AM (#14090604)
    Mythbusters is a great show! Oh, yeah I should ask a question.

    I understand completely why you guys warn us to "not try this at home". But who warns you guys?

    Ok all joking aside. You guys do some really dangerous stuff on the show. What has been the scariest/ most hair raising moment on the show so far, a time when you might have thought "this is really going to hurt"?
  • upside down car (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Marqis (197235) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:35AM (#14090605) Homepage

    I heard that an F1 racing car has enough downdraft to drive upside down at speed. True or false?
    • Re:upside down car (Score:3, Informative)

      by DigiShaman (671371)
      The answer is "true" according to the official F1 site.

      http://www.formula1.com/insight/technicalinfo/11/4 68.html [formula1.com]
    • Re:upside down car (Score:4, Informative)

      by hackstraw (262471) * on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:31PM (#14091433)
      I heard that an F1 racing car has enough downdraft to drive upside down at speed. True or false?

      AFAIK, that is completely true. Or at least I saw it on some HD show and they said so. It seems completely possible. I just found here http://www.formula1.com/insight/technicalinfo/11/4 68.html [formula1.com]:

      A modern Formula One car is capable of developing 3.5 g lateral cornering force (three and a half times its own weight) thanks to aerodynamic downforce. That means that, theoretically, at high speeds they could drive upside down.

      That is pretty intense, but I don't see how 3.5 g of lateral force translates necessarily to downward force. Lets click on the second google hit. http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/moments/s282081.h tm [abc.net.au]

      A Formula 1 car uses aerodynamics to generate, at full speed, a downforce of 2-and-a-half times its own weight, so that it'll stick to the road really well. At 160 km per hour, they're generating their own weight in downforce - so they could theoretically drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel.

      OK, 2.5 downward gs is enough.

      I need a more fun job. By those specs, these things are basically a better handling fighter jet that can't go quite as fast, but pretty damn fast.
  • Fact vs Fun (Score:5, Interesting)

    by elrick_the_brave (160509) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:35AM (#14090609)
    When I watch your show, it's obvious that there is a lot of fun going on. Who wouldn't like blowing up, breaking down, stinking up, falling down, and all-around destroying everything?

    For those of us not of TV-land.. how long does it take for you guys to produce an average episode.. how much of it is fun vs time spent working on getting it right?

    Would you consider a contest to have a guest helper? (Not that I am plugging this potential guest helper at all.. no!).
  • Own myths? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DigiShaman (671371) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:35AM (#14090612) Homepage
    Was there ever a myth you guys created be it intentional or by accident. As such, have others had to debunk this myth?
  • Is it true? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by robyannetta (820243) * on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:36AM (#14090614) Homepage
    Similar to a stunt in a famous James Bond film, can a person really be shot out of a submarine torpedo tube?
  • by tgd (2822) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:36AM (#14090619)
    What is Kari's phone number, and whats her favorite restaurant?
  • by hal2814 (725639) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:36AM (#14090626)
    Did you guys come up with the idea for the show or was it presented to you? If you came up with it yourself, how?
  • Budget (Score:5, Interesting)

    by wobedraggled (549225) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:36AM (#14090627) Homepage
    What is the most you can spend on one myth? What is the most spent so far on one myth? Thanks, and awesome show
  • q: (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheBeardIsRed (695409) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:36AM (#14090628)
    What was the pitch process like for the show and what myths did you propose to sell the TV execs on it?
  • Impact on the World (Score:5, Interesting)

    by verbatim_verbose (411803) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:37AM (#14090636)
    Of all of the myths you have busted, has any one in particular stood out as changing the way much of the public thinks?
  • Gilligan's Island (Score:5, Interesting)

    by netglen (253539) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:37AM (#14090637)
    QUESTION: Is it possible to create batteries out of coconuts like in all those episodes of Gilligan's Island?
  • Computer myths? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Short Circuit (52384) * <mikemol@gmail.com> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:37AM (#14090638) Homepage Journal
    Could you take on some computer myths? Like whether or not it was ever possible for a virus to destroy old monitors? It was rumored that if a virus could change the refresh rates to a too low or too high setting, you could fry some of the internal circuitry.
    • by harlows_monkeys (106428) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:10PM (#14091114) Homepage
      We accidently destroyed the monitor on a "Battlezone" arcade game by putting it in some kind of out-of-spec mode. We were trying out a bug that we'd heard could crash the game (with the permission of the owner, who was curious and watching). Basically, you get down to your last tank, and then keep dodging shots until the game sends a missile. You time it right so that when the game takes away the enemy tank and replaces it with the missile, there is a last shot from the enemy tank still in progress, and you run into that shot and die.

      What happens then is the game goes into demo mode. However, that missile is still there, and it kills the demo tank. The game then crashes, as the demo mode code did not expect the demo tank to die.

      What happened in our case was the monitor then went freaky, and that distinct smell and smoke that you get when a monitor fries appeared.

      We wanted to try this again after it was fixed to see if it was reproduceable, but the owner was against it as none of us could afford to cover the damages if it happened again (we were all poor college students).

    • by zonix (592337) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @02:28PM (#14092627) Homepage Journal

      Could you take on some computer myths?

      Oooh, how about Van Eck Phreaking [wikipedia.org]? Not exactly a myth, but wouldn't it be cool?

      Would it be allowed even?

      z
  • Critique (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CrazySailor (20688) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:37AM (#14090643) Homepage Journal
    How would you address the critique that you excessively extrapolate from a single data point to a generality?

    In particular I refer to a show where you were examining fuel mileage on SUVs with windows open vs. air conditioning. As an engineer, I believe that you failed to conduct adequate experimentation to demonstrate anything other than results at a single data point and you didn't make that clear to your viewers.
  • Source Material (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DigitalSorceress (156609) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:38AM (#14090657)
    I've been a fan since your first season, and in that time, you've covered quite a few of the big, classic myths and legends. Are you ever concerned that you'll "use up" all the best source material, sort of running out of steam as it were? or is the internet such a fertile ground for kooks and bad jokes that you figure you can go on indefinitely (or at least until you accidentally cause the spontaneous destruction of the universe while trying to prove a theory about the second gunman in the Grassy Knoll)
  • by dslauson (914147) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:38AM (#14090662) Journal
    Dear Mythbusters-
    It seems like it must be tempting to definitively call a myth "busted", even though the reality is that you just couldn't duplicate the results. Whether something is fact or fiction, scientifically a myth probably shouldn't be considered "busted" unless you have empirically show it to be implausable.

    You guys generally do a good job of this, though on occasion I've seen an episode where you seemed a little premature. What can you say about where you draw the line, and do you feel like you generally do a good job of following the scientific method to get your results?

    Also, can you get me that redhead's phone number?
  • by GigsVT (208848) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:38AM (#14090663) Journal
    Are Kari and Grant a couple? I noticed Grant let Kari use his TI-30Xa calculator. I can't imagine such a sacrifice would be made lightly.
  • by s20451 (410424) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:38AM (#14090666) Journal
    Let me firstly say that I like your show as entertainment. However, I do not like it as a form of true skepticism or as science. What you do is fun and interesting, but it is not rigorous. I'm thinking particularly of the time you tried to flip a taxi with a jet engine, which failed on your show, but which actually happened in real life. So it's not obvious that a failure on your show means anything.

    My question is this: are you taking yourselves too seriously as "myth busters"? (And a suggestion: why not let a physics prof supervise some of your stunts?)
    • I'll second this! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by raygundan (16760) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:56AM (#14090947) Homepage
      I love the show, and maybe this would ruin the show's mainstream appeal, but I'd LOVE to have a couple of resident Physicists and Engineers advising them to get more rigorous results. Things get waaaaay too oversimplified.

      To add to your jet engine example, my biggest gripe was always their "windows down vs. AC" gas-mileage test. All their test could possibly show was that at the one tested speed in the one tested vehicle, that's what happened. Even their retraction and correction later was oversimplified-- they explained that at some point, the speed of a vehicle becomes great enough that the AC wins over the windows-- but they acted like that number is the same for all cars regardless of all the other variables. (engine size, AC design, window size and position, and overall aerodynamic shape, to name a few)
  • Blasting Zone Myth (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fatboy (6851) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:39AM (#14090673)
    Hey guys, love the show. I was wondering why you have not tackled the "Blasting Zone" myth. You know, were you are asked to turn off 2-way radio equipment and Cell Phones when passing through a "Blasting Zone". I ask this because several years ago there was an accidental blast in my home town and many speculated on the radio that it was caused by RF from a cellphone. Several of us amateur radio operators kind of laughed at that because there are few guys that supposedly tried to set off a blasting cap with radios, just to see if it could be done. They went so far as to even wire the blasting cap into a 100 watt VHF (low band ~50Mhz) radio's antenna jack. Nope it didn't go off. Using inverse square law, it seems very unlikely that a cellphone or 2-way radio could set off a blasting cap at any distance.
  • Myth Creation (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mrthoughtful (466814) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:39AM (#14090676) Journal
    Have you attempted to create any myths of your own?

    There is a myth that myths/new words can be created and propagated very easily, such as the famous myth relating to the Dublin origins of the word "Quiz" - similar to memes such as "All your Base" -though you tend to prefer big explosion myths (and I know why!)

    So - why not see if you can create a myth (that involves explosions, and bust your own myth, and then confirm the myth of being able to create myths?!
  • Budget restrictions? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Mr Bill (21249) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:39AM (#14090677)

    What sort of budget limits do you guys have for your show these days? I remember seeing some earlier episodes where money really seemed to be an issue (spending an extra $700 on helium for the weather baloon lawn chair seemed to cause some concern). Whereas these days you guys seem to have no problem blowing up cement trucks or catapulting a boom lift.

    As a corollary: Which experiment(s) ran rediculously over budget, and which one was surpirisingly cheap to pull off?

  • by unipus (731704) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:39AM (#14090681) Homepage
    Hey guys, great show! Just wondering, what's are the best and worst aspects of moving from behind the scenes to in front of the lens?
  • Question (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lunchlady55 (471982) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:39AM (#14090684)
    What is the most tedious part of busting myths? I'm sure alot of the fun and games gets on camera, but what are we not seeing and why is it still important?
  • Myths you cannot do? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jessejay356 (625312) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:41AM (#14090702) Homepage
    Have there been any myths that were either too expensive or dangerous that you just would not do?
  • by arnie_apesacrappin (200185) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:42AM (#14090729)
    When watching the show, the introduction emphasizes your experience in the special effects industry but I think I recall you referring to yourselves as scientists on occasion. The reason I ask for clarification is that you routinely ignore good scientific methods. The best example I can think of off the top of my head was the windows down vs. air conditioning myth. I know you revisited the myth, but your initial tests were poor science at best. Couldn't you have some sort of science advisor to at least make sure that there is some sort of logical sense to your experiments?

    Even with my harsh comments, I'm not disrespecting your show. I have it setup to record on my DVR every week. I mostly enjoy the shows but occasionally your lack of scientific method is maddening. I realize you are probably cutting a lot out for the sake of TV, but could you at least point out that there are some possibilities you aren't testing?

  • by Aggrazel (13616) <aggrazel@gmail.com> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:44AM (#14090761) Journal
    I'm a father of a 7 year old who absolutely loves your show. We have it on our tivo and I'm constantly pausing the show to ask him what he thinks will happen in your experiments.

    You start every show with "Don't try this at home" but sometimes there are experiments that you do which you could try this at home. Have you ever considered having a show where you say, "DO Try this at home?" Its fun to see my child get such a love of science in such a fun way.
  • Scientist on staff? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by caveat (26803) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:44AM (#14090766)
    I've noticed you guys have a regard for the scientific method, and make quite an effort to try and keep things controlled with regards to how you run your experiments and derive your conclusions. Have you ever considered bringing a formally trained scientist onto the crew to make sure you're going "by the book", so to speak?
  • Groupies? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Frankie70 (803801) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:45AM (#14090786)
    Do you have any groupies following the MythBusters show?
  • by loftwyr (36717) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:45AM (#14090789)
    Over the past few seasons, you've exploded a lot of myths (please exccuse the pun). However, there can't be that many myths that can be tested using your techniques. Are you looking into new ways of testing different types of myths or do you feel the show has a limited run, once you've finished the list of commonly held beliefs that can be tested through blowing up a crash test dummy or other physical tests?

    Would there be room on your show for phycological behviour myths through the use of a psychologist as example?
  • M5 Industries (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JBMcB (73720) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:46AM (#14090801)
    Are you still doing special effects for commercials and/or movies, or is Mythbusters your full time job now? Have your mythbusting experiments helped out with your special effects work?
  • Love the Mythbusters (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Exp315 (851386) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:49AM (#14090833)
    Best show on television. You guys have my dream job. I disagree with the guy that said the Mythbusters' results aren't meaningful because you aren't thorough enough - it looks like you are as thorough as it's possible to be under the circumstances, and you aren't afraid to revisit a myth if you find out more. I also agree with the guy that said you should do a show on computer-related myths (this is Slashdot, after all). But here's my personal question: How much help do you really get from assistants behind the scenes that we don't get to see on camera? It looks like you give plenty of credit to your on-camera team, but do you have other guys that routinely help you build stuff, or on-staff scientific/engineering advisors etc?
  • by AngryMuppet (876030) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:49AM (#14090834)
    BA Baracus [imdb.com] or Angus MacGyver [imdb.com]?
  • Guests on the show (Score:5, Interesting)

    by LMac (891134) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:51AM (#14090874)
    Have you ever considered having "Guest Busters"? For example if a viewer suggests a good myth to bust and it makes the cut, they get to come on the show and help you guys out.
  • Shown vs. Not Shown (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Craig Maloney (1104) * on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:52AM (#14090886) Homepage
    Hi Guys,

    Has there ever been a segment that you wish had been shown, but didn't make the cut? Conversely, was there a segment that did make the final show that you wish had not been shown?
  • by TheRealMindChild (743925) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:56AM (#14090939) Homepage Journal
    What everyone REALLY wants to know is (several questions, but one answer can nail them all):

    - Would you choose to be a Super Hero duo, or a pair of villains, which would you be?
    - Would they be original characters, or someone/something that already exists?
    - Would you wear tights?
    - WHY?
  • Fans' science (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SilentChris (452960) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @11:57AM (#14090963) Homepage
    How often do fans question your results? Have you had any diehard science/physics freaks tell you you're wrong? Have the "redone mythbustings" occured because of these?

    Great fan of the show, by the way. :) Keep up the good work.
  • Insurance issues (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mattegger (265484) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:00PM (#14090996) Homepage
    Last year I heard an insurance underwriter speak about the challenges of covering reality TV. I don't want to lump your program in the same category of "reality" TV, but he did mention that there were shows or specific stunts that he was not able to cover. Have you ever been unable to debunk a myth because of liability/insurance reasons?
  • Bloopers! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by binaryDigit (557647) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:01PM (#14091019)
    You guys should easily have enough blooper material to fill a show by now, let's have it.

    So, barring, that, my question would be, what are your top 5 "oops" incidents that never made it on to the screen?
  • by DaFallus (805248) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:01PM (#14091022)
    Is it true that if I give $8000 and all my banking information to Sumbawi Katangi at First Nigerian Bank I will inherit Prince Muntu's $8 million fortune?
  • by iotashan (761097) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:03PM (#14091036)
    How do you feel when you've finished exploring a myth in front of the cameras, knowing that your results are being closely scrutinized by geeks worldwide, and, in a lot of cases, by experts in their respective fields?
  • working at M5 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kin_korn_karn (466864) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:07PM (#14091083) Homepage
    How do you recruit talent for M5? What qualifies someone to work there?

  • by rastakid (648791) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:09PM (#14091102) Homepage Journal
    Simple question but I'm curious: do you read Slashdot?
  • by tdischino (398464) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:10PM (#14091113) Homepage Journal
    What's the naughtiest/kinkiest thing you've ever molded with Ballistics Gel?
  • Myths to avoid? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by immel (699491) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:14PM (#14091167)
    I've seen a lot of questions so far about myths you would like to do if you had an unlimited budget, if you were invincible like Superman, or if danger to people, property, or reality in general was no object. But is there a myth that you would NOT do even if you had all those things? Do you believe that there are myths that are better left unsolved or too controvertial (basically flamebait myths)?
  • REJECTED MYTHS? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RUFFyamahaRYDER (887557) <slashdotNO@SPAMkelsdomain.com> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:15PM (#14091179) Homepage
    It seems like you guys are willing to try to bust any myth, but there have got to be some myths out there that you are too afraid to attempt to replicate. So my questions is:

    What are some of the rejected myths that were too dangerous to pull off and why?

    BTW - Thank you for having a great show that is both entertaining and educational.
  • Libility aside.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DarthVain (724186) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:21PM (#14091293)
    What is the stupidest thing either of you have done for the show? or conversly what was the stupidest thing that you almost did, and at last minute were like "Hmmm maybe not such a good idea..."?
  • by Deven (13090) <deven@ties.org> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:25PM (#14091336) Homepage
    Most restaurants seem to believe that ice is free, and therefore tend to overfill the ice to save money on soda. However, the energy required to freeze water to make ice should be considered -- is the real cost of ice actually less than the cost of an equivalent volume of soda?
  • by Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:36PM (#14091494)
    What is the one myth you would like to bust, think you could bust, but the network says "NO!" for whever reason (danger, money, etc)?
  • by Kodack (795456) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:37PM (#14091512)
    San Francisco recently put a ban on hanguns in the city limit. People are not allowed to own, possess, manufacture or sell firearms within the city anymore. Several episodes involve busting firearms myths. How will this new law affect the show? Michael Scott Plano, TX
  • Myth-ing Proof (Score:5, Interesting)

    by caffeinebill (661471) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:39PM (#14091535) Journal
    Are there any myths you would love to test/bust/confirm but it is not possible to prove/disprove it? For example, have you pondered the myth that NASA filmed the landings on the moon in a studio?
  • Worst Fallout (Score:5, Interesting)

    by theonetruekeebler (60888) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:44PM (#14091609) Homepage Journal
    Okay, there are a lot of people and companies who have invested heavily in the credibility of various myths and bogosities. Some of them are scammers, and some are true believers.

    What Busting has had the most dramatic fallout for companies and people who've relied on the Myth being true?

    And while we're out it, how many times have you been sued or threatened with lawsuits?

  • Previous interview (Score:5, Informative)

    by dimator (71399) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:45PM (#14091616) Homepage Journal
    It's too bad this chat transcript [discovery.com] was not linked in the story, because it covers a lot of the more common questions.

  • Energy drinks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheGSRGuy (901647) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @12:49PM (#14091670)
    Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, No Fear...there's tons of these so-called "energy drinks" on the market. But do they even have any tangible effects? What's really happening to me for $2.49? Is it just an overpriced can of soda?
  • I noticed that in the more recent episodes instead of just Jamie and Adam in the "Who are the Mythbusters?" section of the opening credits, you also have Grant, Kari and Tory listed. It's still the two of you who get the iconic billing, but why the change? Are they more than just "Mythterns" now? (i.e., permanent cast members)

    Also my Wife noted "boy they don't really make any bones about using Kari for sex appeal" and not that I mind one bit but I did notice that even before changes in billing and the departure of other female Mythterns, Kari was pretty much like the third host of the show. Were I to guess I'd say her increased useage on the show was Discovery's idea (since the audience is probably mostly male) - is there any concern about using her too much?

  • Bittorrent (Score:5, Interesting)

    by boatboy (549643) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @01:07PM (#14091879) Homepage
    First make sure the lawyers aren't around, then answer this one: Your show is available on bittorrent networks to download and watch when/where it's more convenient. Some users, however, could download the show without paying for it via cable service. How do you personally feel about this? (Cheated\Angry\Flattered\What's A Bittorrent?)
  • How many times... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jav1231 (539129) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @01:29PM (#14092082)
    I'm curious as to how many "You busted this myth, but my cousin's best friend's brother actually had that happen to him!" responses you get.
  • by Kickassthegreat (654117) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @01:39PM (#14092190)
    I have heard several times of supposed myths which were 'Busted' on your show, only to be refuted by scientists, educators, government officials, etc.

    A particular incident of this which comes to mind was the 'myth' of 'Urinating on the Third Rail', which had been 'Busted' on the show, but which was later refuted by officials from a large city (I believe it was New York) who stated that several people each year are electrocuted by contact with the third rail in their subways, and felt the show had misportrayed the safety hazards of contact with a third rail.

    What efforts do you take to ensure that the science of the tests you are performing is valid? Do you have any sort of outside independant review (similar to a scientific peer review process), to ensure that you are not accidentally miseducating the public (either about potential real dangers, or simply by teaching bad science)?
  • by TheHawke (237817) <rchapin.pelicancoast@net> on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @02:22PM (#14092573)
    or on the phone for that matter. You guys partially busted that, but I feel that the energy source that you guys used did not have the voltage or amperage that real lightning packs. What about using a Quarter Shrinker to get the genuine results? The gadget pushes over 100K Amps @ 15K Volts @ 6,500 Joules, can reshape any metallic object that you wind in a copper coil. IMHO, that is as close as you can get to the genuine article.

    http://teslamania.delete.org/frames/shrinker.html [delete.org]

    And knowing Adam, he'll be giggling like a kid in a candy store when he hears the shrinker fire the first time at 5K Joules.
  • by hendersj (720767) on Tuesday November 22, 2005 @03:08PM (#14093057)
    While the idea has been "posted to death" on Discovery's message boards, I would like to know why you haven't done a show on cell phone interference. I used to travel a lot, and it always made me laugh when the pilots would put their phones on the center console in the airplane, and then would ask passengers to turn their phones off. I've talked to pilots about the idea of cell phones interfering with aircraft navigation systems, and all they do is laugh; yet the FAA wants the public to believe that a cell phone being left on or operated on a plane will cause the navigation systems to go nuts - or at worst, that a rogue cell phone could bring the plane down.

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