Do we get less intelligent in the presence of the opposite sex? According to a quick test put together, it seems the opposite may actually be true. Busted. Are men more attracted to blondes? In a speed-dating test, the same women came through with different wigs, and were rated on a numerical scale. The blondes did no better than any other color. Busted. Do pheremone sprays actually work? A turntable was built with 10 chambers of pheremones and/or sweat, while 50 women came through through and rated each one. The winner? The pheremone and sweat of Adam. Busted.

Continue reading "Laws of Attraction" »

Permalink August 9, 2014 @ 21:00 :: Mythbusters

Cliff Top Push Off. This myth tested the difficulty of pushing a driver off the road, first with cars of equal size, then with cars of varying size. As it turns out, it is not particularly difficult to get another car off the road, especially if you are able to use PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuvers. Busted.

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Permalink August 2, 2014 @ 21:00 :: Mythbusters

Apple Bobbing Bungee. What could be better than bobbing for apples? Bobbing for apples while bungee jumping, of course. The myth was tested from a 100 foot jump - first safely reaching the barrel without hitting the bottom, being able to accurately reach the barrel, and finally being able to bite (and hold) the apple.

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Permalink July 26, 2014 @ 21:00 :: Mythbusters

Sunscreen Sunburn. Do certain types of sunscreen make you more likely to catch fire? (Yes, catch fire!) The old-style cream sunscreen was tested, and it wasn't flammable at all, but those new-fangled spray-on sunscreens definitely do burn up when exposed to fire. The next step is to try them on a mannequin. Next to a grill. While spraying it, an arm did briefly catch fire. Now on to the pig for a longer test.

Continue reading "Household Disasters" »

Permalink July 19, 2014 @ 21:00 :: Mythbusters

Grenade Shoot. Can you shoot a grenade in mid-air, rendering it effectively useless? While probably not the best skeet shooting target in general, as it turns out, you can certainly shoot at grenades, just as if they are anything else moving through the air. And after a bit of practice on clay pigeons, Adam and Jamie were able to regularly hit their targets as expected, so they switched to paintball pistols and steel dummy grenades, demonstrating that it is certainly possible to hit the grenade - even to people without much practice. Time to kick it up a notch!

Continue reading "Fire in the Hole" »

Permalink July 12, 2014 @ 21:00 :: Mythbusters

Killer Ping Pong Ball. Those little white ping pong balls are just plastic - but what if one was fired fast enough - could it really do some damage? To test, Adam and Jamie hit them, and get them up to about 75 mph. Adam builds a compressed air launcher and achieves 140 mph, but Jamie suggests that a longer barrel would give them more speed, so they ratchet up the PSI and add a longer barrel and get 453 mph. Definitely an improvement! It goes through the target and leaves a mark on the backstop as well!

Continue reading "Supersonic Ping Pong, Ice Cannon" »

Permalink March 1, 2014 @ 21:00 :: Mythbusters
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