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MythBusters is the amazing popular culture series that took the world by storm! An offbeat series investigating the bizarre claims of urban legends and modern misconceptions, this series doesn’t just re-tell the stories…it puts them to the test!

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MythBusters is the amazing popular culture series that took the world by storm! An offbeat series investigating the bizarre claims of urban legends and modern misconceptions, this series doesn’t just re-tell the stories…it puts them to the test!

    • Episode 1

    Penny Drop / Microwave Madness / Radio Tooth

    The Myth that a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building will be embedded in the concrete or asphalt below. If it strikes a poor pedestrian, it will shatter their skull and kill them. Jamie and Adam build a gun that can fire a penny at terminal velocity. They then shoot pennies into blocks of asphalt and concrete, and at a dummy head made from ballistics gel. Microwave ovens have attracted a large number of urban legends. Jamie and Adam put a handful to the test. Comedy legend Lucille Ball claimed that she could pick up radio through her tooth fillings. Not only that, she also claimed that her fillings once tapped into a morse-code message, and that, as a result, a Japanese spy ring was uncovered operating in Los Angeles!

    • 49 Minutes

    The Myth that a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building will be embedded in the concrete or asphalt below. If it strikes a poor pedestrian, it will shatter their skull and kill them. Jamie and Adam build a gun that can fire a penny at terminal velocity. They then shoot pennies into blocks of asphalt and concrete, and at a dummy head made from ballistics gel. Microwave ovens have attracted a large number of urban legends. Jamie and Adam put a handful to the test. Comedy legend Lucille Ball claimed that she could pick up radio through her tooth fillings. Not only that, she also claimed that her fillings once tapped into a morse-code message, and that, as a result, a Japanese spy ring was uncovered operating in Los Angeles!

    • 49 Minutes
    • Episode 2

    Buried Alive / Bridge Jump / Cola

    Throughout history stories have been told of exhumed bodies and coffins that showed apparent signs of life after burial - like scratch marks on faces and inside coffin lids as the interred desperately tried to escape. To prove or bust this Myth, Jamie allows Adam to bury him alive to see how long he might be able to survive six feet under. In Bridge Jump, the story is told about a bridge worker who survived a fall from 200 feet by using a hammer to break the surface of the water. With a crash test dummy and huge shipyard crane to simulate the height of the fall, Jamie and Adam set about proving if survival from such a height is possible. In Cola, we find out the many uses of Cola in addition to just drinking it! How well does Cola stand up as a cleaning fluid? We test it on a battery terminal, car paint, chrome and bloodstains. We discover if it has anti-corrosion properties – can it dissolve a nail, a penny or tooth enamel?

    • 50 Minutes

    Throughout history stories have been told of exhumed bodies and coffins that showed apparent signs of life after burial - like scratch marks on faces and inside coffin lids as the interred desperately tried to escape. To prove or bust this Myth, Jamie allows Adam to bury him alive to see how long he might be able to survive six feet under. In Bridge Jump, the story is told about a bridge worker who survived a fall from 200 feet by using a hammer to break the surface of the water. With a crash test dummy and huge shipyard crane to simulate the height of the fall, Jamie and Adam set about proving if survival from such a height is possible. In Cola, we find out the many uses of Cola in addition to just drinking it! How well does Cola stand up as a cleaning fluid? We test it on a battery terminal, car paint, chrome and bloodstains. We discover if it has anti-corrosion properties – can it dissolve a nail, a penny or tooth enamel?

    • 50 Minutes
    • Episode 3

    The Jet Assisted Take Off Chevy / Pop Rocks and Coke

    The story goes that the Arizona Highway Patrol stumbled across a blackened crater on the side of a mountain at the end of a long stretch of desert road. The Highway Patrol investigated the wreckage and eventually pieced together the following story. An Air force Sergeant from a nearby base managed to get his hands on surplus JATO or Rocket Assisted
    Takeoff unit. He attached it to the roof of his 1967 Chevy Impala. He made sure he had a long straight road and there was nothing around. He got up to about 80 miles per hour and fired the thing off. Within seconds the car was travelling at 350 miles per hour. He came to a curve in the road so he applies the brakes and of course the brakes burn out. He left about a mile of skid marks before becoming airborne and crashing into the side of the mountain a 100 or so feet up in the air. Pop Rocks and Coke concerns a character called little Mikey who was in a US commercial for Life Cereals. Little Mikey wouldn’t eat anything…he hated everything his parents put in front of him…But of course little Mikey loves Life Cereal. Some years
    later little Mikey was challenged by his friends to eat six packs of Pop Rocks Candy and six cans of soda. The carbon dioxide that makes the candy
    pop combined with the carbon dioxide in the soda, created so much pressure his stomach exploded and he died.

    • 50 Minutes

    The story goes that the Arizona Highway Patrol stumbled across a blackened crater on the side of a mountain at the end of a long stretch of desert road. The Highway Patrol investigated the wreckage and eventually pieced together the following story. An Air force Sergeant from a nearby base managed to get his hands on surplus JATO or Rocket Assisted
    Takeoff unit. He attached it to the roof of his 1967 Chevy Impala. He made sure he had a long straight road and there was nothing around. He got up to about 80 miles per hour and fired the thing off. Within seconds the car was travelling at 350 miles per hour. He came to a curve in the road so he applies the brakes and of course the brakes burn out. He left about a mile of skid marks before becoming airborne and crashing into the side of the mountain a 100 or so feet up in the air. Pop Rocks and Coke concerns a character called little Mikey who was in a US commercial for Life Cereals. Little Mikey wouldn’t eat anything…he hated everything his parents put in front of him…But of course little Mikey loves Life Cereal. Some years
    later little Mikey was challenged by his friends to eat six packs of Pop Rocks Candy and six cans of soda. The carbon dioxide that makes the candy
    pop combined with the carbon dioxide in the soda, created so much pressure his stomach exploded and he died.

    • 50 Minutes
    • Episode 4

    Lightning Tongue Stud / Tree Cannon / You Can't Beat the Breath Test

    Adam and Jamie investigate a widely propagated myth that wearing a tongue stud can increase your chances of being hit by lightning. Could it be true? We see shocking home video of a young man in Colorado, who has his stud blown right out by lightning. Tempting fate, Adam promptly heads off to the piercing parlour to have his own tongue stud fitted but thinks better of going off storm chasing, just in case. Instead, to test the myth, the MythBusters access a generator capable of discharging one million volts in a single zap. They construct two busts ofAdam’s head, fit one with a stylish lip stud and stand back. Will the lightning choose the head with the stud or the one without? Just how safe are today’s trend-setters? From the modern to the ancient, Jamie and Adam turn their attention to the tale of the medieval tree cannon. Hungarian villagers are said to have built such a weapon, only to have it explode and kill most of their townsfolk. The MythBusters set out to build their own cannon as far as possible using medieval techniques. The challenge then is first to make it fire and if that works, to blow the tree up, just like the myth. In doing so, the guys discover that sometimes they can be too successful for their own good. According to the Highway Patrol, the first and last refuge of the drunk driver seems to be a hasty grab for breath mints. The blurred logic seems to be if the officer can’t smell the alcohol, the breathalyser might miss it too. With an unusually high level of enthusiasm, Adam and Jamie set out to bust the myth that by putting various products in your mouth prior to a breath test, you can fool it into giving a low reading.

    • 49 Minutes

    Adam and Jamie investigate a widely propagated myth that wearing a tongue stud can increase your chances of being hit by lightning. Could it be true? We see shocking home video of a young man in Colorado, who has his stud blown right out by lightning. Tempting fate, Adam promptly heads off to the piercing parlour to have his own tongue stud fitted but thinks better of going off storm chasing, just in case. Instead, to test the myth, the MythBusters access a generator capable of discharging one million volts in a single zap. They construct two busts ofAdam’s head, fit one with a stylish lip stud and stand back. Will the lightning choose the head with the stud or the one without? Just how safe are today’s trend-setters? From the modern to the ancient, Jamie and Adam turn their attention to the tale of the medieval tree cannon. Hungarian villagers are said to have built such a weapon, only to have it explode and kill most of their townsfolk. The MythBusters set out to build their own cannon as far as possible using medieval techniques. The challenge then is first to make it fire and if that works, to blow the tree up, just like the myth. In doing so, the guys discover that sometimes they can be too successful for their own good. According to the Highway Patrol, the first and last refuge of the drunk driver seems to be a hasty grab for breath mints. The blurred logic seems to be if the officer can’t smell the alcohol, the breathalyser might miss it too. With an unusually high level of enthusiasm, Adam and Jamie set out to bust the myth that by putting various products in your mouth prior to a breath test, you can fool it into giving a low reading.

    • 49 Minutes
    • Episode 5

    Escape from Alcatraz / Duck's Quacks Don't Echo / Mind Control Chips

    Jamie and Adam test out a world famous San Francisco myth,
    the escape from Alcatraz. It’s known three bank robbers, Frank Morris, brothers Clarence and John Anglin tunnelled out the back of their tiny cells. For months, they’d leave dummies in their beds, sneak out, and work on a raft they were making from raincoats. What isn’t known is their fate after they eventually escaped the island on that raft. Did they drown or did they make it to freedom? To find out what could have happened, the MythBusters build their own raft, believed to be very similar to the one used in the escape. Based on interviews with historians and scientific modelling, Jamie and Adam also devise a radical new route, different to the one proposed by the FBI. Then they take to the cold, dangerous water. They have to paddle in the dark across a rushing outgoing tide as their raincoat raft steadily deflates around them. In Duck's Quacks Don't Echo, the team enlist the aid of a scientifically trained acoustics expert and two bewildered ducks. The aim is to record the sound of a duck quacking in different environments and in doing so, also record the echo if it exists. Sounds easy but the MythBuster’s path is rarely without a speed bump. In this case, it takes the form of two headstrong ducks who won’t give up their secret without a squabble. A myth dragged from the depths of the bizarre end of the internet pool claims the government is controlling our minds, by injecting microchips when we give blood. There’s only one way to test this for sure; Adam and Jamie have to go deep under cover and make a donation. To protect themselves, they first become experts in the art of using stud finders to find microchips under skin. Then, having given blood, they search for signs of covert influence. No chips are found. Their minds are just as uncontrolled as when they went in.

    • 49 Minutes

    Jamie and Adam test out a world famous San Francisco myth,
    the escape from Alcatraz. It’s known three bank robbers, Frank Morris, brothers Clarence and John Anglin tunnelled out the back of their tiny cells. For months, they’d leave dummies in their beds, sneak out, and work on a raft they were making from raincoats. What isn’t known is their fate after they eventually escaped the island on that raft. Did they drown or did they make it to freedom? To find out what could have happened, the MythBusters build their own raft, believed to be very similar to the one used in the escape. Based on interviews with historians and scientific modelling, Jamie and Adam also devise a radical new route, different to the one proposed by the FBI. Then they take to the cold, dangerous water. They have to paddle in the dark across a rushing outgoing tide as their raincoat raft steadily deflates around them. In Duck's Quacks Don't Echo, the team enlist the aid of a scientifically trained acoustics expert and two bewildered ducks. The aim is to record the sound of a duck quacking in different environments and in doing so, also record the echo if it exists. Sounds easy but the MythBuster’s path is rarely without a speed bump. In this case, it takes the form of two headstrong ducks who won’t give up their secret without a squabble. A myth dragged from the depths of the bizarre end of the internet pool claims the government is controlling our minds, by injecting microchips when we give blood. There’s only one way to test this for sure; Adam and Jamie have to go deep under cover and make a donation. To protect themselves, they first become experts in the art of using stud finders to find microchips under skin. Then, having given blood, they search for signs of covert influence. No chips are found. Their minds are just as uncontrolled as when they went in.

    • 49 Minutes
    • Episode 6

    Chicken Gun / Octopus Pregnancy / Killer Laundry

    The story goes that the British used a NASA designed Chicken Gun to test the windscreens of their high speed trains. The gun is used to build better protection for trains and aircraft against bird strikes. Bird carcasses are fired to see if the windscreens can endure explosive impact. Apparently the British asked NASA why the chickens were smashing the train windscreens easily, NASA replied, “Thaw the chickens.” The MythBusters set out to explore the truth. First they built a powerful air compression gun and fire chickens, frozen and thawed at aircraft windshields. The results were devastating. In Octopus Pregnancy, the tale is told of a young woman who inadvertently swallowed octopus eggs. Nine months later after complaining of cramps she gave birth to a baby octopus. Replicating conditions in the human stomach the MythBusters set out to prove or disprove the story. Their experiment takes them from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to a meeting with a top expert who specializes in parasites that live happily inside humans. Could a man be fatally assaulted and killed by his dirty laundry and washing machine? One urban legend said it happened in America. The man in question overloaded the machine, jumped on the clothing to pack it in, knocked the on-switch, spun around furiously then spilled a bottle of bleach which blinded him. Then to cap it all off, his dog peed on some baking soda, which caused an explosion and the man died. Totally fanciful or wholly true the MythBusters set out to form their own opinion with a revved-up washing machine and more than enough dirty laundry.

    • 49 Minutes

    The story goes that the British used a NASA designed Chicken Gun to test the windscreens of their high speed trains. The gun is used to build better protection for trains and aircraft against bird strikes. Bird carcasses are fired to see if the windscreens can endure explosive impact. Apparently the British asked NASA why the chickens were smashing the train windscreens easily, NASA replied, “Thaw the chickens.” The MythBusters set out to explore the truth. First they built a powerful air compression gun and fire chickens, frozen and thawed at aircraft windshields. The results were devastating. In Octopus Pregnancy, the tale is told of a young woman who inadvertently swallowed octopus eggs. Nine months later after complaining of cramps she gave birth to a baby octopus. Replicating conditions in the human stomach the MythBusters set out to prove or disprove the story. Their experiment takes them from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to a meeting with a top expert who specializes in parasites that live happily inside humans. Could a man be fatally assaulted and killed by his dirty laundry and washing machine? One urban legend said it happened in America. The man in question overloaded the machine, jumped on the clothing to pack it in, knocked the on-switch, spun around furiously then spilled a bottle of bleach which blinded him. Then to cap it all off, his dog peed on some baking soda, which caused an explosion and the man died. Totally fanciful or wholly true the MythBusters set out to form their own opinion with a revved-up washing machine and more than enough dirty laundry.

    • 49 Minutes
    • Episode 7

    Explosive Decompression / Frog Giggin / Rear Axle

    We've all seen the Hollywood movies when a bad guy shoots a hole in a passenger jet and everyone gets sucked out the hole into the sky. Would it really happen? And what happens if whole windows blows out of a plane at 35,000 feet? The MythBusters get their hands on a 115 seat DC9 jet and put these myths to the test - with amazing results! For the edification of city folk, "Frog Giggin" means "hunting frogs" and it’s on the way home from a frog hunt that this bizarre tale takes place. A blown fuse replaced by a bullet sets the scene for an embarrassed hunter with an unusual groin injury. Too strange to be true? Or is it? The MythBusters go hunting for truth and their experiment shoots out some surprising answers! In classic film American Graffiti, Richard Dreyfuss played a character who tied a cable to the rear axle of a police car. He taunts the cops, they go to chase him and as they take off the cable tears the rear axle from under their car. Could it happen in real life?

    • 49 Minutes

    We've all seen the Hollywood movies when a bad guy shoots a hole in a passenger jet and everyone gets sucked out the hole into the sky. Would it really happen? And what happens if whole windows blows out of a plane at 35,000 feet? The MythBusters get their hands on a 115 seat DC9 jet and put these myths to the test - with amazing results! For the edification of city folk, "Frog Giggin" means "hunting frogs" and it’s on the way home from a frog hunt that this bizarre tale takes place. A blown fuse replaced by a bullet sets the scene for an embarrassed hunter with an unusual groin injury. Too strange to be true? Or is it? The MythBusters go hunting for truth and their experiment shoots out some surprising answers! In classic film American Graffiti, Richard Dreyfuss played a character who tied a cable to the rear axle of a police car. He taunts the cops, they go to chase him and as they take off the cable tears the rear axle from under their car. Could it happen in real life?

    • 49 Minutes
    • Episode 8

    Titanic / Trombone / Goldfish

    Would a sinking ship exert a deadly pull on people in the water? Survivors of the Titanic said they were rowed away from the doomed vessel because of the vortex caused by the ship’s action. Other sailors have reported the same experience - but is it true? The MythBusters set out to examine the theory by sinking a 9-ton tug in the cold dark waters of San Francisco Bay with Jamie & Adam on board. There is a story of an adventurous trombone player who thought he would liven up a performance of the 1812 overture. Apparently he placed an explosive inside his trombone. The plan was to aim high at the ultimate moment and fire above the conductor’s head. The result was disastrous. His shot went low, struck the conductor and threw him back into the audience. This is classic MythBuster’s territory involving plenty of explosive material and a long-suffering crash test dummy called Buster. Do goldfish have a memory longer than 3 seconds? It is theorised that fish in a bowl complete lap after lap with no recollection of the previous circuit. The team set out to challenge the theory and themselves by attempting to train goldfish to remember.

    • 49 Minutes

    Would a sinking ship exert a deadly pull on people in the water? Survivors of the Titanic said they were rowed away from the doomed vessel because of the vortex caused by the ship’s action. Other sailors have reported the same experience - but is it true? The MythBusters set out to examine the theory by sinking a 9-ton tug in the cold dark waters of San Francisco Bay with Jamie & Adam on board. There is a story of an adventurous trombone player who thought he would liven up a performance of the 1812 overture. Apparently he placed an explosive inside his trombone. The plan was to aim high at the ultimate moment and fire above the conductor’s head. The result was disastrous. His shot went low, struck the conductor and threw him back into the audience. This is classic MythBuster’s territory involving plenty of explosive material and a long-suffering crash test dummy called Buster. Do goldfish have a memory longer than 3 seconds? It is theorised that fish in a bowl complete lap after lap with no recollection of the previous circuit. The team set out to challenge the theory and themselves by attempting to train goldfish to remember.

    • 49 Minutes
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