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MythBusters is an American science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees . Three such members, artist Kari Byron, builder Tory Belleci and metal-worker Scottie Chapman, were .. Beyond Productions, the producer of MythBusters, alleging passing off in relation to the use of the name "MythBusters". If you are the regular viewer of the television program MythBusters, then you know Tory Belleci and her beautiful co-host partner, Kari Byron. MythBusters shocks fans by axing daredevil co-hosts Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara after 10 years on hit Discovery show.
Before a myth gets introduced by the hosts, a myth-related drawing is made on a blueprint. After the hosts introduce the myth, a comical video explaining the myth is usually shown. Experiment approach[ edit ] The MythBusters typically test myths in a two-step process. In early episodes, the steps were described as "replicate the circumstances, then duplicate the results" by Savage. Occasionally the team usually Savage and Hyneman will hold a friendly competition between themselves to see which of them can devise a more successful solution to recreating the results.
This is most common with myths involving building an object that can accomplish a goal for example, rapidly cooling a beeror finding a needle in a haystack. While there is not any specific formula the team obeys in terms of physical procedure, most myths involve construction of various objects to help test the myth. They use their functional workshops to create whatever is needed, often including mechanical devices and sets to simulate the circumstances of the myth.
Human actions are often simulated by mechanical means in order to increase safety, and to achieve consistency in repeated actions. Thus, myths or tests involving explosivesfirearms and vehicle collisions are relatively common. Tests are sometimes confined to the workshop, but often require the teams to be outside.
Much of the outdoor testing during early seasons took place in the parking lot of M5, and occasionally M6 and M7. A cargo container in the M7 parking lot commonly serves as an isolation room for dangerous myths, with the experiment being triggered from outside. However, budget increases have permitted more frequent travel to other locations in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.
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Occasionally, mainly for special episodes, production is out of state, or even out of the country. Results are measured in a manner scientifically appropriate for the given experiment. Sometimes results can be measured by simple numerical measurement using standard tools, such as multimeters for electrical measurements, or various types of thermometers to measure temperature.
To gauge results that do not yield numerical quantities, the teams commonly make use of several types of equipment which can provide other forms of observable effects. When testing physical consequences to a human body which would be too dangerous to test on a living person, the MythBusters commonly use analogues. Initially, they mainly used crash test dummies most notably one they named Buster for observing blunt trauma injury, and ballistic gelatin for testing penetrating trauma.
They have since progressed to using pig carcasses when an experiment requires a more accurate simulation of human flesh, bone, and organs.
They have also occasionally molded real or simulated bones within ballistics gel for simulations of specific body parts. They have also used synthetic cadavers or SynDavers such as in the Car Cushion myth.
Both for the purposes of visual observation to determine a result and simply as a unique visual for the program, high speed cameras are used during experiments and have become a trademark of the series. Very fast footage of moving objects in front of a measured scale is commonly utilized to determine the speed of the object.
Testing is often edited due to time constraints of a televised episode. It can often seem as if the teams draw results from fewer repetitions and a smaller data set than they actually have. During the Outtakes Specialthey specifically stated that while they are, in fact, very thorough in testing myths and repeat experiments many times in many different configurations, it is simply impossible to display the entire process during a program.
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Beginning in the fifth seasonepisodes typically contain a prompt for the viewer to visit the show's homepage to view outtake footage of either additional testing or other facets of the myths being tested. However, Savage himself has acknowledged that they do not purport always to achieve a satisfactorily large enough set of results to overcome definitively all bias.
These episodes have sometimes resulted in overturning results of several myths as well as upholding some results for reasons different from the original. Occasionally the MythBusters will take the opportunity to test "mini myths" during the course of one of the episode's main myths, usually in the name of satisfying personal curiosity. These can either be planned in advance in order to take advantage of the testing location—for instance, in the "Peeing on the Third Rail" myth Adam got permission to find out if placing coins on a train track was sufficient to derail a train he found that the test locomotive was not affected at all —or can simply take place on the spur of the moment.
There are some myths the MythBusters refuse to test. Paranormal concepts, such as aliens or ghostsare not addressed because they cannot be tested by scientific methodsalthough one exception, pyramid powerprompted Adam to comment, "No more 'oogie-boogie' myths, please" and state at a tour show in Indianapolis in that it was a mistake.
Another myth related to the paranormal was the Haunted Hum mythwhich involved testing if a particular, inaudible sound frequency can lead people to believe that an area is haunted. The program generally avoids experiments harmful to live animals, though in one episode they bombarded cockroaches and other laboratory insects with lethal doses of radiation and the cast addressed this, saying that the insects were specifically bred for experiments and would have likely died anyway.
However animal carcasses including those of pigs and chickens are often used, but the MythBusters have repeatedly emphasized that the animals have died of natural causes. Savage has commented that it is difficult to test myths that require them to disprove general claims because of the inherent difficulty in disproving a negative.
As a result, when they do pursue such myths, they typically go about disproving specific methods that claim to achieve results. Outcomes of the experiments[ edit ] By the end of each episode, the myths are rated "busted", "plausible", or "confirmed. Often, when a myth is declared Busted, the team will attempt to see what would be required to replicate the result of the myth through scientific means, discarding the original parameters of the myth itself.
Going to absolute limits of what's physically possible to replicate the results is the origin of what is unofficially titled the Mythbusters motto, "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. For example, when trying to see if diamonds can be made with a microwave, and the myth is busted, the team will arrange with an expert to have diamonds created with a large quantity of explosives.
Some of these myths are retested if the viewers are dissatisfied with the results, and are declared "Re-Busted" if the results of this second attempt results in the same conclusion as the original attempt.Mythbusters Tory Belleci Getting Hurt
On rare occasions, re-tested myths result in a different conclusion than the first attempt, usually going from "Busted" the first time, to "Plausible" or even "Confirmed" on the re-test. Plausible[ edit ] Plausible is given under a few circumstances: The myth's results can only be replicated by expanding some parameters of the myth by a realistic and reasonable margin. This may have been due to facts of the myth having been altered slightly over time by it being told and re-told by the time it was tested by the MythBusters.
Also, certain materials may have had to be substituted for others in some cases as a matter of necessity during the course of the myth being tested, but the new materials are almost always very similar to the materials specified and usually are readily available, so as to prevent it from being prohibitively costly or impractical. If there is no documentation of the myth occurring, yet the MythBusters were still able to duplicate it very closely to how the myth was described such as the myth that pirates wore eye patches in order to keep their night visionor an untrained pilot being talked through landing an airplane.
If the myth's results are achieved using the method described, but the underlying reason is different from the one described in the myth such as in the myth of throwing a fire extinguisher into a fire to make it explode and extinguish the fire.
If it requires a highly improbable set of circumstances, yet is shown to be possible under similar yet artificial circumstances.
For example, in the myth of "Can two colliding bullets fuse together? The results can be created in a similar laboratory setting, but the chances of the myth actually happening as described are remote.
If the results stated in the myth are attainable, but in such a way as to make the process either highly dangerous or less efficient than more common methods of achieving the same result. For example, in " Car vs. Rain ", the MythBusters declared the myth "Plausible but not recommended ", due to the danger in driving a car at high speeds on a wet road even though the myth was completely true.
For example, in " Holiday Special ", two ballistics gel replicas of pet dogs were used to test the myth that a falling frozen turkey would crush a household pet; both replicas sustained serious injuries, as determined by a veterinarian, and the myth was dubbed "Plausible", as the Build Team was unwilling to test the myth on actual pets.
Occasionally, a myth will be labelled plausible if the described scenario produces a result similar to, but of less intensity than, the one described in the myth. Confirmed[ edit ] The term "True" was used instead of "Confirmed" in the first season. The MythBusters are able to recreate or closely recreate the myth's purported outcome with the described circumstances.
A Confirmed myth is usually corroborated with documented evidence of actual occurrences. If the myth lacks any specific scenarios, the MythBusters will test every reasonable scenario, and just one scenario is enough for them to confirm the myth.
For example, when testing to see whether shooting fish in a barrel was in fact very easy, in most tests, they could not hit the fish with a bullet, but the energy transfer to the water by the bullet was lethal to the fish; therefore, the myth was confirmed. If there are no documented instances of the event occurring in real life, but the myth was taken from a specific scene or character in a specific movie, the myth will also be confirmed if they are able to replicate it with the same circumstances.
For example, the Build Team gave a verdict of "confirmed" for a scene in Point Break where two skydivers—one without a parachute—jumped off the plane at different times, and yet, the second jumper was able to catch up to the first jumper. Even though there were no documented cases of this ever being attempted in real life, it was confirmed nonetheless, since it only came from a single scene in a specific movie. The same applied to the myth about the Knight Rider driving his car at highway speeds into a big rig via ramp, without any trouble; even though Adam and Jamie found no real-life occurrences of the stunt, it came from a specific TV show, and thus was confirmed.
And while they were all trained professionals with years of experience, their paths to the show weren't always smooth ones.
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Nor were all of their personal relationships on set. There were also times when fans of the show tried to get out of trouble by blaming the series for their own mistakes.
Adam and Jamie even faced pressure from their own network, as well as angry advertisers, about what they could and couldn't do and say on the show. Because behind all the fun, and the informative and thrilling investigations they undertook, not everything was always as simple as blowing up a truck full of concrete. Whatever it was that Kari, Grant, and Tory were investigating was so problematic that the show destroyed all of the footage of the myth. On top of that, everyone who was involved with the project promised to never talk about it.
They didn't stop there, because they also alerted the government about what they had found. The explosion was much bigger than anyone anticipated, which rocked the homes of the nearby residents in the town of Esparto. The local authorities, who were involved with the filming to make sure everything went off safely and smoothly, had elected not to tell residents about the show's presence. They were worried too many people would try to come out and get a closeup look. Unfortunately that's why those in Esparto thought something terrible like a plane crash or house explosion had taken place when their own homes shook and windows broke.
There were no reports of anyone's socks being blown off though. But even with all of their precautions one miscalculation during a episode led to a test going horribly wrong, which resulted in a cannonball being shot through someone's home. While testing a myth about cannonballs at the Dublin range in Alameda County, they missed their target.
The cannonball then went yards through a nearby neighborhood, traveling as fast as a bullet. It went completely through the home where a couple was sleeping, hit the roof of another house, and smashed into a window of a minivan before coming to a rest. Miraculously no one was hurt, but it did go to show how dangerous busting myths can be. While filming an episode about the legend of a Civil War soldier who was shot in a sensitive area, leading to the bullet impregnating a women, Discovery censored them from directly saying the scientific word for it.