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August 9, 2014

Laws of Attraction

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.

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August 2, 2014

Road Rage

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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July 26, 2014

Commercial Myths

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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July 19, 2014

Household Disasters

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.

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July 12, 2014

Fire in the Hole

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!

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March 1, 2014

Supersonic Ping Pong, Ice Cannon

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!

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February 22, 2014

Bullet Baloney

Bent Barrel. A rifle with a bent barrel can still fire lethal projectiles. Using a forge, and bending a rifle barrel saw that the barrels bent to 45, 90, 135 and 180-degree angles all saw the rifle fire successfully, though the muzzle velocity did drop off a good deal from the initial baseline tests (approximately 25% from the first to the last test). Confirmed.

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February 15, 2014

Mythssion Impossible

Herding Cats. It is impossible to herd cats. Adam and Jamie first need to brush up on the finer points of livestock herding, and in so doing, find out that sheep have a tendency to move in groups - something that cats lack. Setting up an indoor Cat Corral utterly failed, even carrying them into the pen didn't work, and using a sheepdog didn't even help. Confirmed.

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February 1, 2014

Do Try This At Home

Microwaved Watering. Does microwaved water kill your plants (or have any effect at all?) Adam built a simple try to test the theory, and try out multiple watering theories: microwave-boiled, stove-boiled, unheated from the tap, and no water at all. After one week, the plants - romaine lettuce - showed that not only will microwaved water not kill the plants, they will actually do better than the others (and not giving them water will kill them). Busted. Do Try This At Home.

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January 18, 2014

Hollywood Car Crash Cliches

Slapstick Shatter. Why is it that cars can break through a sheet of glass being carried by two men, shattering the glass, but the men carrying that glass aren't hurt? Why not try and find out? Adam builds a couple of foam dummies, including putting some "blood" inside of them. Then they drive a car through three types of glass - tempered, laminated, and ordinary plate glass - to see what happens.

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January 11, 2014

Moonshine Myths

Exploding Still. This first myth has to do with an old still exploding with enough force to destroy whatever is around it - presumably a shack or something - which is probably the argument for the government regulating the production of moonshine. Of course we all know it's for the taxes, but that's not why they are going to tell us why they do it. It's for our safety.

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January 4, 2014

Star Wars Special

This episode is dedicated to testing out a handful of myths from the Star Wars films. As some of their better myths tend to come from movies, this might be a good one. If you saw this via DVR, or noticed the lead-in, you might have seen it titled Sithbusters.

Grappling-hook Swing. One of the most iconic images to young boys of a generation was the swing of Luke Skywalker on his escape from the Death Star. Could it actually have happened? There are actually a few elements to test: First, if throwing a grappling hook could land purchase on an overhead fixture. Next, if that purchase could support your weight when swinging and finally the effect of the weight on the swing.

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