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Top 10 Myths About The Mythbusters

Did you know that there is a large audience of conspiracy theorists that think aspects of Mythbusters are mythical? The Internet is rampant with rumors concerning the integrity of the show and of its cast. As to why anyone would doubt the honestness of a show about science and disproving myths and misconceptions is beyond me but Mythbusters producer, Dan Tapster gets a kick out of it. He can’t believe how passionate some people are with their claims of falsification. Dan has practically heard every rumor that the Internet has spread and has a list of favorite’s. Recently, on Facebook he compiled a top ten list of his all time favorite myths about Mythbusters. He actually made a little game of it. He asks that you read each myth and then decide whether it’s busted, plausible or confirmed. (answers at the end)

THE MYTHS

10. Great Gas Conspiracy Myth
As this myth about MythBusters goes, Adam and Jamie were paid the strangely specific amount of $32,780 by a leading gas company on the agreement that their hydrogen-producing electrolysis system failed. So worried was this company by the might of the MythBusters that they bribed them to make sure that the electrolysis was so weak that only tiny bubbles of hydrogen were released. Without such bribery, Adam and Jamie would have easily produced enough H2 to power a car. So they didn’t stick it to the man; they worked with him!

9. Area 51 Myth
Ever since Day 1, the MythBusters have been trying to get access to Area 51 so that they could do a story on it. Finally, after four years worth of negotiation and security clearances, we got the thumbs up. So the team headed down to a classified location and filmed some truly extraordinary things. Mind-blowing things. Things that would have shocked America. But just as the show was being edited, the CIA turned up and confiscated all the footage and threatened the team with imprisonment if this information was ever revealed. I cannot divulge any more.

8. Underwater Car Myth
You can picture the scene because you’ve seen it; Adam takes a deep breath and the car sinks to the bottom of the pool. He desperately tries to get out, pummelling the door with his shoulder. Just as he’s about to black out, Jamie leans round from the backseat and gives him air. So Adam lives to bust another myth. Only apparently, that’s not what happened. According to this myth, Adam wasn’t allowed to be in the front seat because of insurance issues, so it is in fact a stunt double.

7. Beat the Speed Camera / Beat the Breathalyzer Myth
The team tested mythical ways to get one over on the cops by beating the Breathalyzer and the speed camera. But you know what? The MythBusters apparently fixed their results! The police would not let them show a technique that did work, so Adam and Jamie made sure that they manipulated the data so that everything failed. In actual fact, putting batteries in your mouth and a glitter-plate over your number plate will let you get off!

6. Airplane Hour Myth
According to this myth about MythBusters, when Adam and Jamie tried to land a simulator, the experiment was cheated. Why? Because it turns out that Adam had been practicing for three months, and Jamie has a pilot’s licence. So the idea that they had “no concept of how to fly” was totally bogus.

5. Homemade Cruise Missile Myth
Kari, Tory and Grant had just done a story about whether it’s possible to make a homemade cruise missile out of some fireworks and a SatNav. Their results were explosive but immediately after their incredible result in the Mojave Desert, the military came along and destroyed the footage and put an injunction on the team.

4. Splitting an Arrow Myth
You CAN split an arrow. There’s a video of some Korean dude doing it on YouTube. The whole team joined forces to test this one — even going so far as getting period correct materials and one of the country’s best archers. But they got it wrong because it’s plain to see on YouTube, the Korean dude splits an arrow. Right?

3. Planes on a Conveyer Belt Myth
After apparently getting their first experiment wrong, Adam and Jamie revisited this. They returned to the same airstrip, with the same conveyer belt and same plane. And after tinkering around with the experiment design, they got a totally different result! This time around the plane didn’t take off. Instead it just sat stationary — the conveyer belt went backwards at 25 mph, the plane forward at 25 mph, and so the plane didn’t move … at least that’s what this MythBusters myth says. And what’s more, because this made their first test completely invalid, and consequently made them look like amateurs, Adam and Jamie decided never to air this footage!

2. Breaking Glass Myth
As this myth goes, if you look closely at the footage when Jaime Vendera breaks a wine glass with only his voice, you can see that what looks like a boom microphone comes into the top of the shot. But be warned, this isn’t actually a boom microphone. Instead, it’s a tremendously powerful sonic gun. It’s aimed directly at the glass and it’s this that causes the shatter, the singer is not making any noise at all.

1. Jamie Hyneman Myth
There’s a rumor going around that Jamie is a human being. This is plain wrong. The show admits this one itself. Several episodes refer to the fact that Jamie is a robot — I mean, how else can he keep his shirts so well-cleaned and his moustache so well-trimmed? But believe it or not, there are people out there who are convinced that Jamie is in fact a human — Homo sapiens, just like you and me. This one is surely busted.

THE RESULTS

10. Great Gas Conspiracy Myth
Busted. We were totally independent, and all our results we stand by! We tried all sorts of other techniques that didn’t make the final show and none of them worked.

9. Area 51 Myth
Never happened! But if anyone does have a key to Area 51, can I borrow it?

8. Underwater Car Myth
It’s Adam, for sure.

7. Beat the Speed Camera/Beat the Breathalyzer Myth
If we’d found a technique that worked, we would have showed it. Definitely! Then the cops would have adjusted their technology so that the technique no longer worked, but we would never have not shown something for being successful. But nothing did work!

6. Airplane Hour Myth
They were total novices, as illustrated by their first tests!

5. Homemade Cruise Missile Myth
Never happened! And no, we won’t be doing this story.

4. Splitting an Arrow Myth
Wrong! The Korean dude shoots into a hollow tube — just like our grand finale bamboo test.

3. Planes on a Conveyer Belt Myth
Busted. We won’t ever revisit this story because we were right!

2. Breaking Glass Myth
Wrong. It is the boom microphone that drifts into shot. There’s no such thing as a sonic gun that can break a wine glass!

1. Jamie Hyneman Myth
I’ll let you decide on this one.

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