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The Mismatched 'MythBusters' 473

biohack writes "Most fans of the MythBusters would agree that the two hosts of the show, Adam and Jamie, are 'diametrically opposed in every aspect of their lives'. The Christian Science Monitor story about the MythBusters explores the connection between the backgrounds of the hosts (who knew that Jamie had a degree in Russian literature?) and their creative differences on and off camera." From the article: "It took Hyneman a of couple years to feel comfortable talking in front of a camera, let alone to strangers on the street. 'You have to remember that I'm a guy who is happiest in a dark room just thinking,' he says. 'I'm not a sociable person. I don't like to talk.' Savage, on the other hand, is outgoing. They're clearly the Oscar and Felix of myth busting ... 'Jamie is all about total, complete, and utter control. Thinking first and then acting. Adam is about acting first and then thinking.'"
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  • I thought they were brothers. Must have been the matching red hair.

    To my surprise, they're not.
  • What about... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ericdano ( 113424 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:30PM (#16110724) Homepage
    What about Keri. I want to know about my favorite Redhead......
  • by tinrobot ( 314936 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:31PM (#16110727)
    If they were both the same, the show would get pretty boring.

    Perhaps their opposite personalities are one reason they got gig.
  • by Freaky Spook ( 811861 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:33PM (#16110738)
    Adam usually does things the long difficult way and it usually ends up in failure. Jamie's plans always seem to work and they are well constructed.

    Adam makes the show watchable because his idea's and his personality make it interesting TV, while you have Jamie at the same time showing you the right way to do things.

    This combination is what makes good viewing and evenly balanaced between entertainment/humor and education.

    I would hate to watch the show with someone who couldn't stand up to Jamie, Adam does this well and thats why the show works so well. If Jamie was allowed complete control everytime, it would be boring.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by TrevorB ( 57780 )
      Jamie's said on previous episodes that one thing Adam does very well is work very fast on large builds. The bridge building/army boots collapse episode is a good example of this.

      If it's a large amount of work, and a relatively simple build (an uncomplex design that doesn't involve going back to the drawing board) Adam's the one to do it.
      • by Sycraft-fu ( 314770 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @03:58AM (#16111634)
        Adam is a props man. If you look at his credits, that's primarily what he's done. For example a number of the devices in Bicentennial man are his designs and constructions. He's not really "special effects" as most people think of it. He's done that too, but his main thing is design work. Hence, build jobs are his thing. Jamie is the gadget guy, that's what M5 is known for. Their 7-up attack machine being my favourite. When someone needs a new functional device made that hasn't existed before, Jamie is the kind of guy they seek out.

        That's one of the reasons that Adam seems to be 2nd place to Jamie for a lot of the things they do is it's not his specialty. Heck, that's why they shoot the show at M5. This is the kind of stuff they do anyhow. A company approaches them and says "We want something that can do this," for example a vending machine that can attack people. They then set about scavenging that together and making it work. Mythbusters is just about applying those skills to a myth, and doing it on a more limited budget.

        I personally think it's not a bad combo both personality wise and skill wise. Jamie on his own would probably make for a real boring show (he apparently had them get Adam on board for that reason) but you need someone who's got applied problem solving skills like that to make it happen. Also in addition to making the show more fun, Adam does do really well when they need some kind of setup designed and constructed.
    • by mcrbids ( 148650 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:47AM (#16111058) Journal
      I would hate to watch the show with someone who couldn't stand up to Jamie, Adam does this well and thats why the show works so well. If Jamie was allowed complete control everytime, it would be boring.

      I agree. Jamie is a great engineer with an intelligent and accepting, if dour personna, while Adam makes the great engineering more tasteful by interjecting lots of humor.

      But I love the show! As a homeschool father, I heavily restrict TV and video games for the fall and winter seasons, but for a few shows. Mythbusters is among my favorite - such a spirit of experimentation and discovery!

      It's reality TV that doesn't suck.
    • A few months ago I saw an interview with Jamie, in which he said that he had been approached to do Mythbusters as a solo gig.

      He said, "I started to think about it, and realized, 'Hey, I'm pretty boring.'"

      So he said he'd do it of Adam was his co-host.

      However well they do or do not get along on the set, they KNOW they make a great on air pairing.
  • by digitalderbs ( 718388 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:35PM (#16110747)
    I guess this busts the myth that they're the same person.

    slow news day.
  • Their "science" may be predictably flawed time and time again... but they're interesting.

    I like it when stuff explodes for the sake of seeing something explode.
  • Something else... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JoeLinux ( 20366 ) <> on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:42PM (#16110773) Homepage
    A friend of mine was a PA assistant on the show at one point, and says that they actually do NOT get along very well...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Xzzy ( 111297 )
      It creeps into the show every once in a while too.. usually exactly what the article says, Adam messing up Jamie's tools. There was one involving grease in the bathroom, too.. Jamie appeared genuinely mad about that one.

      Then when the show reaches the finale and something blows up, they both cackle like little kids and seem like best buddies.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      He was a production assistant assistant? Very cool.

      With such a high-paying gig like that, I'd love to watch over his shoulder when he enters his PIN number at the ATM machine.
    • Adam actually used to work for Jamie (nothing like a control freak for a boss...) way before the concept of the show was, uhh, conceived. To Jamie's credit, apparently the show's producers approached Jamie first and he recommended Adam. But there have been several episodes where Jamie lords his status as 'da boss' over Adam and a couple of others.

      Lots more info on the crew and their history can be found here [].

  • When I first started watching the show, I got the impression that they were childhood friends or something... they seemed to get along quite well, and when they had a disagreement, they managed to work it out. I was surprised to discover that this was, in fact, NOT true. (Their relationship is basically professional, only.)

    Still, I think it's a *great* show, and I enjoy it a lot. Some of the humor they've added is great. I think they have the right combination of supporting staff, now, and I hope they don't
    • The narrator for Mythbusters is an Australian guy named Robert Lee []. He uses a mostly American sounding accent for what he does for the show, but he pronounces most words the Australian instead of American way when there's a difference.

      While I've known some Australians to pronounce it "meth-ane", I've also known some to say "mee-thane" like he did there.

    • Because the narrator's actually Australian, and (as I understand) actually does his work from Australia.
  • by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:49PM (#16110789)

    And not just the entertainment side, mind you. The science side also benefits from the mix of personalities.

    Some problems require finesse and fine planning. Others require repeated blows with a hammer. I think that's why the producers occasionally pit Adam vs. Jamie on some myth-type task. To see which works best for a given situation: The Thinker, or the X-Factor.

    It's a damn good show on a lot of levels, really.

    • I was going to post along the same lines but you beat me to it.

      I believe that the reason they are able to pull off most of the stunts they do is by bouncing ideas off each other. Their conflicting styles allow for different points of view. Alone, I doubt either would be nearly as successful in such a tight time frame.

      I'm sure given unlimited time and money, either might be successful on their own, but they have a finite budget and a shooting schedule. They usually have to revise their initial design and
  • Moo (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Chacham ( 981 ) * on Thursday September 14, 2006 @11:49PM (#16110790) Homepage Journal
    Introvert and extravert are the most common matches. Just like Guardian/Artisan (SJ/SP). This is basic Jung (and MBTI and Keirsey...)

    Seriously, this is news?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Jungian typology and its bastard offspring the MBTI are pseudo-science. That might be news to you, though that's pretty depressing.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by bunions ( 970377 )
      Also, one is a Leo and the other is a Capricorn, so you know there'll be some friction, but overall when the two signs get together, they are very powerful.
  • by TheRealStyro ( 233246 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:15AM (#16110919) Homepage
    I was looking for the 'obvious' tag, but then I remembered this is not fark. Oh, well, time to engage the brain.

    Anybody who has watched the show should be able to figure out that Jamie is an introverted control freak with a passion for safety and thinking things through. Savage is an extroverted exhibitionist who baresly remembers safety or forethought. Together they make a great odd-couple/buddy-buddy duo. I think part of the reason to watch the show is observe the interactions between the two hosts.

    The addition of Grant (the geek), Tory & Kari (Joe & Jane public?) have been positive for the show. Having the two groups intermix on different projects almost lets you see the dynamics of group interaction.
  • by myth_of_sisyphus ( 818378 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:18AM (#16110931)
    I was at a San Francisco restaurant at lunchtime waiting for a friend to arrive near the Metreon off of Market St. I needed a cigarette so I stood in the alley off of 4th St. I was just kind of lazily pacing back and forth puffing on my delicious cigarette and I turned around. Adam Savage walked by on 4th street and happened to look down the alley at me. I just said "Hey Mythbuster!" and stared at him like a stunned monkey. (It was just an odd place to see someone I had seen on TV the night before.)

    He replied "How's it goin'?" And I didn't say anything. I just stood there.

    I think he was referring to me in that article. People who say "Hey" and nothing else.

    Not an exciting story but what the hell...
  • by Mr. Freeman ( 933986 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:25AM (#16110962)
    "Who knew that Jamie had a degree in Russian literature?" During the vodka tasting episode, the announcer says that Jamie has a degree in Russian literature. (This is the myth that running cheap vodka through a filter will increase its quality to that of a high quality vodka)
  • by Alicat1194 ( 970019 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:31AM (#16110991)
    Is it just me, or do these guys have the coolest jobs on the planet? Spending your time designing experiments, building stuff, and then if all else fails, blowing it up! Does it get any better than that?
  • M5 Industries (Score:4, Informative)

    by AugustZephyr ( 989775 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:35AM (#16111007)
    For your information here is a link to M5 Industries (Jamie Hyneman's) special effects shop: []
    And in case you were wondering they do not give tours or accept job applications. :(
    Adam also has his own personal website: []

    Can anyone see these two hanging out after work? I don't think they get along very well. Adam is constantly making fun of the moustache, and Jamie obviously gets frustrated with Adam's antics.
  • bust nothing (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gnaac ( 705946 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:45AM (#16111052)
    Is it just me or is the "scientific method" these guys employ full of it.

    I watched all of three shows, and each of them had incredible experimental flaws in them. If it wasn;t so long ago, I'd recount exactly the flaws I saw, but I forget.

    Is it entertaining, perhaps, are they busting myths, no way.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by king-manic ( 409855 )
      Is it just me or is the "scientific method" these guys employ full of it.

      I watched all of three shows, and each of them had incredible experimental flaws in them. If it wasn;t so long ago, I'd recount exactly the flaws I saw, but I forget.

      Is it entertaining, perhaps, are they busting myths, no way.

      They work under a logical fallacy of "if we can't do it, then group X couldn't possibly have done it. And they often confuse scientific concepts like "heat" vs "temparature" when trying to make a steam canno
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        Yes, exactly - Mythbusters isn't exactly what I'd call "scientific". Take it for what it is - an interesting and highly entertaining TV show. One of the best on television.

        People who say there's nothing good on TV don't watch TV.
  • Kari Byron (Score:5, Informative)

    by highwaytohell ( 621667 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:54AM (#16111093)
    For anyone who is even remotely interested, Kari Byron in FHM []
  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:56AM (#16111098) Journal
    It seems to me that when the show started Jamie and Adam had more freedom to do what they wanted.
    Also it was very clear that Jamie had an introverted personality and is a smart thinking kind of guy.

    Anyhow some of those originals, they spent the WHOLE EPISODE on a single myth and you got to see fascinating detail on what they were trying to do, plus I felt I was learning a little bit - not a lot but a little bit.

    Now, it seems to me that with the Mythterns (Kari etc) and the amount of stuff they put in an episode it's all somewhat slickly edited for the masses.
    Also the narrator, who I liked originally, he FUCKING REPEATS EVERYTHING THEY SAY! etc, there's an interview with Grant he says "Ok so we need to put the flux capacitor in Jamie's whoo hooo in order to see if X will happen" - then the goddam narrator says "Grant has just told us they need to get that flux capacitor in Jamie's whoo hoo, if he gets this right we will see if X happens"
    (He also summarises what happened 5 minutes before the commercial break for another 30 seconds after each break)
    Why do they have to dumb it down for the lowest common denominator??? (sp?)

    The editing makes it so that they break up the myths and split them up across the episode but I find that annoying, I want them put together like the older episodes.
    What happened to us seeing Jamie and Adam in a scrap yard looking for things! Sure it's not important but it was interesting damnit.
    Also, I feel Jamie is being forced to behave in a way which is not normally him, you could clearly see in around mid season 2 he was somewhat agitated at this and uncomfortable, he's coming out of his skin a little bit now.
    Also Adam is NOT as stupid as he's being portrayed, he's a very cluey guy and more outgoing than Jamie but I dunno - he's been turned into the "homer" of the show.

    Ultimately a lot of documentaries on discovery suck now and heck I don't even get the full range of discovery over here in Australia.
    Docu's used to be slow paced, informative and somewhat quiet, mythbusters didn't exactly follow this formula since it's not a docu but it was simpler and more charming originally.
    Now documentaries need to have hardcore music and cgi sections, instead of just showing what is happening or speculating on what might happen from a proffessor no no they have to render something add that boomy music, have the excitable sounding narrator go at it hardcore etc.
    (Don't get me wrong, I do love stuff like megastructures and so on, but still the editing seems so damned dramatic for dopey people)

    Before anyone says it, I'm 28, not 50 and I still recall the good old days of somewhat intelligent television.
    • by CptNerd ( 455084 ) <> on Friday September 15, 2006 @01:10AM (#16111152) Homepage
      Before anyone says it, I'm 28, not 50 and I still recall the good old days of somewhat intelligent television.

      Funny, I'm almost 50 and I don't remember any good old days of somewhat intelligent television...

      I have to admit, as infotainment goes, "Mythbusters" does a pretty good job, not quite but almost as good as the old "Mr. Wizard" or "Bill Nye the Science Guy" shows.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jacquems ( 610184 )
      I also remember when Discovery showed interesting, informative documentaries. Now more than anything, it seems like they're showing (slightly) higher-brow reality shows, shows like American Chopper, Deadliest Catch, and their latest, Oil, Sweat and Rigs. Even a semi-recent episode of Megastructures (the one about building the Turning Torso building in Sweden) was more of a reality show than a documentary: rather than focusing on the challenges of designing and building an innovative building, they followed
  • by geneing ( 756949 ) on Friday September 15, 2006 @03:55AM (#16111623)
    at my local supermarket (Diamond Heights Safeway). He looks exactly like he does on TV (doh...).
  • by yoz ( 3735 ) * on Friday September 15, 2006 @06:36AM (#16112005) Homepage
    "Most fans of the MythBusters would agree that the two hosts of the show, Adam and Jamie, are 'diametrically opposed in every aspect of their lives'.

    One's a clean-cut professional cop who plays it by the rules. The other's a wild rookie who'll use every trick in the book to get to the truth!

Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.