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March 9, 2016 11:36 AM   Subscribe

15 seasons.
282 Episodes.
13 years.
Thousands of experiments and explosions.
White House visits, including a failed solar death ray.
And at least one Metafilter debate answered on air.
Goodbye, Mythbusters.

Background
* The Moon Landing Hoax episode mentioned by President Obama can be seen here.
* Mental Floss: Adam Savage Talks the Last Episode of 'MythBusters' and His Favorite Builds
* PopSci: Goodbye Mythbusters. 'After filming their final episode, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage reflect on the series that redefined science.'
* The Times-Picayune: On eve of final 'Mythbusters' season, host Adam Savage reflects on show's legacy
* Cinema Blend: The insane stunt Discovery Channel wouldn't let them do
* Cinema Blend: The Accident The Mythbusters Hosts Were Always Worried Would Happen
* Cinema Blend: How A Mythbusters Experiment Saved A Mother And Child From Drowning
* Cinema Blend: 3 Big Stunts The Mythbusters Never Got The Chance To Do
* E!: It's Mythbusters' Last Day of Filming & Adam Savage's Pics Are Making Us Emotional
* US News & World Report: Curiosity Is Common Force Behind 'Mythbusters,' STEM and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
* Paste Magazine: On Mythbusters, and the Unexpected Virtue of Failure

The Show
The Mythbusters Official Channel on DailyMotion currently has 147 videos, including full episodes. They are:

Full Episodes
* Alaska Special
* Antacid Jail Break
* Blind Driving
* Blow Your Own Boat Sail
* Blue Ice
* Boomerang Bullet
* Bottle Bash
* Bouncing Bullet
* Breaking Bad Special
* Bubble Trouble
* Cliffhanger Bridge Boom / Hail Hijinx
* Deadliest Catch Special
* Dive to Survive
* Do Try This At Home Special
* Duct Tape Island
* Duct Tape Plane
* Dumpster Diving
* Exploding Steak
* Fire vs. Ice
* Flying Guillotine
* Hidden Nasties
* Hindenburg Mystery
* Let There be Light
* Mini Myth Mayhem
* Moon Landing Hoax
* Mythssion Control
* Newton's Crane Cradle
* Ninja Special 2
* No Pain, No Gain
* Now Boarding / Bite the Bullet
* Phone Book Friction
* Revenge of the Myth
* Soda Cup Killer
* Spy Car Escape
* Square Wheels
* Unarmed and Unharmed
* Viral Videos
* Walk a Straight Line
* Water Stun Gun

Segments
* 35 Miles to Bust (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* 360º Ricochet
* Antacid Jail Break
* Avoiding Grenade Shrapnel
* Ballistic Barrel
* Bike Vs. Car
* Bird Balance
* Black Powder Shark
* Blind Driving
* Blow Your Own Boat Sail
* Bond Car Flip
* Bottle Smashed on Head
* Brain Drain
* Bubble Trouble
* Bumper Cars
* Cabin Fever
* Car Skip on Water
* Conifer Tree Catapult
* Cooking With C4 Explosive
* Crash Force
* Date Night Car
* Depth Charge Disaster
* Dirtier than a Toilet Seat
* Dive to Survive Explosion
* Diving Helmet Squeeze
* Dodge a Bullet
* Drain Disaster
* Driving Angry - More Fuel?
* Driving Dangerously
* Driving in the Dark
* Duel Dilemmas
* Dumpster Diving from a Building
* Dust Devil
* Dynamite Arrow
* Dynamite Axe (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Dynamite Dog / Alaska Special
* Ear Wax Candle
* Excavator Exuberance
* Excavator Viral Challenge
* Exploding Moonshine Still
* Exploding Steak
* Exploding Wine Machine Gun
* Fall Guys
* Fire Extinguisher in Fire
* Firehose Flying Car
* Firewalking
* Fireworks Man 2
* Flaming Reel
* Flat Tire and Starting Fluid
* Flock V-Formation
* Flying Guillotine
* Frankenfish and Robotic Chicken (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Giant Balls (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Golf Lightning
* Golf Tree Myth
* Gopher Golf Ball / Caddyshack Myth
* Grenade Shoot
* Hail Hijinx
* Hammer and Tong
* Handgun Firing Stances
* Having a Blast (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Herding Cats
* High Speed Highlights (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Invisible Water / Tin Foil Boat
* Knock Your Socks Off, Revisited
* Leather Cannon
* Lock 'n Load (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Mail A Coconut
* Men Get Dumb Around Women
* Molten Lead Plunge
* Money Talks
* Monty Hall Problem
* Moon Landing Hoax: Flag Myth
* Moon Landing Hoax: Fake Photos
* Moon Landing Hoax: Laser Reflectors
* Moon Landing Hoax: Slowed Film
* Moose Mayhem
* Ninja Special 2: Bruce Lee Punch
* Now Boarding
* Packing the Car
* Paper vs. Steel Armor (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Phonebook Freedom
* Phonebook Friction
* Pirate Swing
* Rat Pee Soda
* Reading Emotions
* Remote Control Madness (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Revenge of the Water Cannon
* Sawdust Cannon
* Seconds from Disaster
* Soda Cup vs. Car
* Speed Bus Jump
* Spinning Ice Bullets
* Spinning Ice Bullet (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Spy Car Escape Tricks
* Square Wheels
* Star Treck Bamboo Cannon
* Ten Pounds of Poop
* Toaster vs. Methane (Season 7 Bonus Material)
* Top Heavy Haulage
* Torpedo-Tastic
* Vector Vengeance
* Walking Straight Blindfolded
* Water Stun Gun
* Unarmed and Unharmed
* Underwater Ninja Blowdart

Additional Videos
* Adam Savage: What's the Scariest Experience You've Had on Mythbusters
(Part of their YouTube Tested series.)
* What's Adam Savage's Favorite Episode? Lead Balloon
* 10 Years of Mythbusters
* Mythbusters 2.0
* A fun fan homage. (Vimeo video)
posted by zarq (68 comments total) 79 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by Joey Michaels at 11:40 AM on March 9, 2016


After all this time, I think they ran out of myths to bust.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:40 AM on March 9, 2016 [3 favorites]


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posted by Pendragon at 11:47 AM on March 9, 2016


After all this time, I think they ran out of myths to bust.

I thought that happened around season 3. Or whenever they went to "Hollywood Stunts" and then "An excuse to blow stuff up real good!"
posted by Mr. Big Business at 11:47 AM on March 9, 2016 [5 favorites]


One last link. It didn't belong in the main post:
AskMe: When I grow up I want to be Adam Savage. With an answer from Mefi's Own.
posted by zarq at 11:48 AM on March 9, 2016 [16 favorites]


this is an amazing post!! thank you for putting it together, zarq.
posted by nadawi at 11:49 AM on March 9, 2016 [3 favorites]


There is also a Fanfare post.
posted by Wretch729 at 11:51 AM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thanks, nadawi! Enjoy!
posted by zarq at 11:53 AM on March 9, 2016


Don't forget asavage solicited ideas from Metafilter at least once.

One last link. It didn't belong in the main post:

Man, that question makes me cringe now. It had some great answers but it was such a vague, wide-open request. It turned out very well though, and I've built up a pretty good shop and some skills since. I even had my bench featured in a magazine, with a picture of yours truly sitting at a computer with that very thread up on my screen as a sort of Mefi Easter egg. .
posted by bondcliff at 11:54 AM on March 9, 2016 [18 favorites]


*blows up everything*
posted by loquacious at 11:56 AM on March 9, 2016 [3 favorites]


There is also a Fanfare post.

Oh man. My numbers were wrong!

Busted.
posted by zarq at 11:58 AM on March 9, 2016


I thought that happened around season 3. Or whenever they went to "Hollywood Stunts" and then "An excuse to blow stuff up real good!"

And yet it still managed to stay pretty darn watchable, as opposed to all the "blow stuff up real good" imitators (some on the same network) that followed in its wake, which is a testament to integrity of the show's mission, as well as the off-beat chemistry between its two stars.
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:59 AM on March 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


This was a fun show, except for them ballooning about 8 minutes of content into a whole show.

I saw their live tour last year with my kids. They were good, but you could definitely tell a) Jamie was done with all this, and b) Jamie regarded Adam strictly as a coworker.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:59 AM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hats off to Mythbusters as a cultural force. I hope the whole team gets to go do more fun stuff now.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:01 PM on March 9, 2016




Wonderful post...
*cries
posted by clavdivs at 12:07 PM on March 9, 2016


Jamie regarded Adam strictly as a coworker.

this is something they've both always been open about and have credited their professional but not friend relationship as a reason the show was so good for so long. if they had become chummy it would have ruined the chemistry the show needed.
posted by nadawi at 12:07 PM on March 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


Yeah, it was a realty show on basic cable, so it was far from perfect, but it was a really, really great show. Adam and Jamie were great co-hosts, and Tory, Grant and Kari really added a lot as well. They encouraged adults and kids alike to experiment to find answers, they built amazing things inside a dream workshop, they got to the point where they could get whatever help and access they needed (hell, Adam got to fly in a U2 plane!) and did it all while still seeming like very down-to-earth people.

I drove two kids up and back to Lowell, MA during full-on blizzard to see their stage show. It was entertaining, though more for kids than adults, I think. I'd go again if they changed it up, though I wouldn't drive through another blizzard if I thought it was going to be as bad as the other one.

I look forward to seeing what any of the five of them do next.
posted by bondcliff at 12:09 PM on March 9, 2016




Their feline counterparts also wish them well.
posted by delfin at 12:12 PM on March 9, 2016


Jamie regarded Adam strictly as a coworker.

this is something they've both always been open about and have credited their professional but not friend relationship as a reason the show was so good for so long.


True of Penn + Teller as well. Sometimes a partnership is just a job.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:19 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, not disagreeing. It was just interesting how obvious it was.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:20 PM on March 9, 2016


i actually really love that they never lied about it or pretended it was something else. i would bet it's a pretty common thing, but the honesty is refreshing, especially in media saturated with squads and the like.
posted by nadawi at 12:24 PM on March 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


Those of you who saw the reunion show will know what I'm talking about - the post-credit teaser tribute made me laugh out loud for a solid 20 seconds.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:35 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


True of Penn + Teller as well. Sometimes a partnership is just a job.

Oh, I hope this is true, as I cannot stand Penn but am a big fan of Teller.
posted by maxsparber at 12:35 PM on March 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


the thing about penn and teller seemed to be true at one point, but the impression i have now is that they're closer friends.
posted by nadawi at 12:40 PM on March 9, 2016


I've heard that Ernie and Bert don't even talk on or off set when the cameras aren't rolling.
posted by bondcliff at 12:41 PM on March 9, 2016 [36 favorites]


After all this time, I think they ran out of myths to bust.

Actually, I submitted something to the fan tip line once that never got picked up, about this scene from the movie Fandango - where a character has the idea that a moving train can tow a car if the car is in neutral.

I mean, it didn't work in the movie, but I wanted to see if it would work at all.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:43 PM on March 9, 2016


Ugh, looking more into Teller, he has a closer relationship with the Cato Institute than I wanted to know. I wonder if I just like him because he manages to keep his mouth shut once in a while, unlike Penn.
posted by maxsparber at 12:48 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Having seen more than a few extraction videos where a bumper gets pulled off (and the trucks aren't going any where near the speed of the train) that's pretty much what happens. Except only the bumper not the complete front clip most of which isn't attached to the bumper on a 59 Caddy.
posted by Mitheral at 12:49 PM on March 9, 2016


Have I ever told you all about the time Tory, Grant, and Kari did a panel at Dragon*Con, and when it was my turn to ask them a question, I just rambled on for twenty seconds about how attractive Tory was? Because I did. It was embarrassing and he was very nice about my idiocy.
posted by Kitteh at 12:55 PM on March 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


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posted by Splunge at 12:58 PM on March 9, 2016


I drove two kids up and back to Lowell, MA during full-on blizzard to see their stage show.

I was at that show! Unless somehow this happened to their tour twice. Good times.

For me, the show ending is kinda the end of an era. I've watched since the beginning, and I still watch the old episodes regularly. Not every episode is amazing (some of the early ones are rough, looking back -- god, so low budget, so much weird producer interference!), but damned if they don't generally still entertain the hell out of me, even after seeing them at least a half dozen times each.

I would argue that they didn't so much run out of myths as they probably just ran into the need to keep ratings up, year over year. They still managed to sneak in some real science-y episodes each season, they just kinda also had to go with some excuse-for-an-explosion episodes too.

Anyways. Super sad it's over, but I suppose better like this (with warning, with a chance to see it through) versus slow ratings death and sudden disappearance.
posted by tocts at 1:01 PM on March 9, 2016 [3 favorites]


Ugh, looking more into Teller, he has a closer relationship with the Cato Institute than I wanted to know.

I have a feeling if you took a survey of professional and amateur magicians, you'd find a much higher percentage of libertarians than you would among any other group of performing artists.

This is Reason #27 why you should always avoid magicians at parties.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:04 PM on March 9, 2016 [7 favorites]


Apparently Adam and Jamie got a few scientific papers published, too.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 1:06 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I can't tell you how disappointed I was when the fried shrimp cannon thing from this season turned out not to work. I wanted that to work so badly.
posted by bondcliff at 1:07 PM on March 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


The never tipped a cow.
posted by humanfont at 1:15 PM on March 9, 2016


I love this show. My husband and I went to see the farewell tour when they visited NO in November. They had just finished filming the final episode the day before. The show was fun. Especially great for all the children there who clearly were thrilled to see the MythBusters in person.

I did a work presentation about the MythBusters back in 2007. We had to start each monthly team meeting with a presentation that talked about a person or group who demonstrated Leadership, Accountability, and Teamwork (LAT). Our group hated it. The person who initiated it was not a paragon of any of these three virtues so it was the usual load of corporate wankery.

Everyone else did their "LAT" presentations on people like Admiral Nimitz, Walt Disney and others but they would just drone though their presentations and it was all so very boring. I brought props: pennies, Pop Rocks, Mentos, balloons, salsa, rubber ducks, and dollar store mini-sharks. I started out by asking what did all of these things have in common. No one could guess that they were all part of experiments featured on MythBusters. Then I busted out chips for the salsa as a snack and gave my presentation with pictures of the different myths being tested. I really tried to jazz things up with lots of fun facts about my favorite TV show that also exemplified LAT.

My immediate supervisor thought it was great and everyone else loved the gift bags I handed out with the candy and toys. My supervisor's boss (and the initiator of this LAT presentation tradition) was not as impressed. He told my supervisor that it was too showy and took too long. But I started a trend. After that meeting, the presentations got much more entertaining and creative. Thank you MythBusters for inspiring me and others to improve our meetings back then. (Mr. LAT is now long gone. His lack of LAT finally caught up with him.)
posted by narancia at 1:16 PM on March 9, 2016 [7 favorites]


I have a feeling if you took a survey of professional and amateur magicians, you'd find a much higher percentage of libertarians than you would among any other group of performing artists.

Yes. I worked for a professional magician once upon a time (a friend of Penn and Teller too, now that I think about it), and it was the most awful thing ever. And the various hangers on who gravitated toward his fading fame made me deeply uncomfortable. I quit the job by throwing the keys to his business through his second story window, which seemed like a bigger magic trick than any he had ever done.
posted by maxsparber at 1:18 PM on March 9, 2016 [7 favorites]


Mythbusters has given me a language of verbal shortcuts I can use with my students when trying to explain complicated ideas - be it in history, science, or math. It has shown that adults can be hilariously wrong, and still be kids about it sometimes ("I reject your reality!"). It has shown that sometimes common sense answers are stupidly wrong. It has shown that you can have a lot of fun doing something but still do it in a mostly safe way, yet still explode stuff (always happy they show the safety countdowns and what not, and ear protection etc). I've met a few of the folks in the show over the years, and all have seemed kind and wonderful people (Grant in particularly, because holy heck is it reaffirming as a nerd to hear about his memorization of hand movements on the TOS bridge, and his urge to tinker and fix things on set when they aren't his job).

But most importantly to me, it gave me the corrected version of my own personal definition of science. I always said it was "Poking the universe with a stick until it bites you." I have now been shown it is in fact, "Poking the universe with a stick until it bites you, and then writing something down."

Thank you guys and gals (and gophers).
posted by strixus at 1:31 PM on March 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


I quit the job by throwing the keys to his business through his second story window, which seemed like a bigger magic trick than any he had ever done.

Not sure how that would help. All he'd need to get in is an assistant with a black sheet and maybe a fog machine.
posted by nathan_teske at 1:37 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


This was such a great show. The reason I never got tired of it even when they would do movie myths and such that were not at all in the original spirit of the show was how much genuine fun they (especially Adam) seemed to be having all the time. I listen to the Tested podcast for the same reason. Even if I'm not at all into what they're talking about it's so great to listen to or watch people who are that excited about a thing.

But that plane on a conveyor. I still don't understand why it's shocking that it took off or why it even really had to be tested. I have listened to all the "it won't take off" arguments with an open mind and none make sense to me. There are plenty of people who still insist that it won't work and showing them the video will only result in "well of course it will take off if you do it like that."

Nice post. I'm off to bust the myth that I can't get through all of the links.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 1:39 PM on March 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


And at least one Metafilter debate answered on air.

Damn, that thread got intense.
posted by lucidium at 1:54 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


The never tipped a cow.

As far as they're concerned, the cows are just doing their job.
posted by The World Famous at 3:09 PM on March 9, 2016 [6 favorites]


Jamie regarded Adam strictly as a coworker.

I remember a comment about the Muppet show where an insider observed that the guests that were not highly enamored with the fuzzy folks usually had the most effective appearances. It's showbiz folks, not friendbiz.
posted by sammyo at 3:21 PM on March 9, 2016


Now that he's retired, can we get MeFi's own asavage to make a ballistics gel person shaped like Matt Haughey? And maybe like blow it up with a special Ali-mo video exclusive for sustaining donors?
posted by wenestvedt at 4:37 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Anybody remember when Adam asked a question in ask and somebody said, "hey if you are into that, you should really check out Mythbusters." Then
They realized who asked the question... It was an all time favorite of mine, because - wow... It's neat to think that they would ever be soliciting from here, setting aside the thought that they wouldn't know how to do something. It was an all time favorite of mine. Of course, the person was right, Mythbuters was a great resource for finding out how and whether stuff worked.
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:23 PM on March 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


Nanukthedog: "Anybody remember when Adam asked a question in ask and somebody said, "hey if you are into that, you should really check out Mythbusters." Then

They realized who asked the question...
"

I sure do. I think about it not infrequently, especially the "Oh God, why..." part. Good times.
posted by mhum at 7:09 PM on March 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


First Dirty Jobs, now Mythbusters. What is even on Discovery anymore?
posted by vibratory manner of working at 8:03 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Then they realized who asked the question...

I really, really thought someone was going to tip carmicha off sooner.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:04 PM on March 9, 2016


What is even on Discovery anymore?

Reruns of "Naked and Afraid" and various Alaska-set bushhunting/fishing/gold panning shows.

And Shark Week!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:05 PM on March 9, 2016


Damn, that thread got intense.

THE FUCKING PLANE TAKES THE FUCK OFF WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU YOU FETID RANCID SHARTING TOSSPOTS!

Jesus, was that almost ten years ago? I still have really strong feelings about that thread.
posted by loquacious at 8:41 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am watching Mythbusters for pretty much the first time ever, because all of a sudden I have Hulu and a girlfriend who is braindead after work at night. I'm 50% outraged that I waited this long and 50% delighted that I have the show's entire run available for my delectation. (Also it's why my Jasper cosplay helmet is made out of the much-faster duct tape rather than papier mache.)
posted by restless_nomad at 9:01 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I had a huge ongoing argument with a friend that started in the 80s about what to me was the obvious ability of an airplane to take off from a conveyor belt. That episode of mythbusters was cathartic.
posted by double block and bleed at 9:15 PM on March 9, 2016


Our kid (nearly 12 years old) has grown up with mythbusters, and we probably watch it at least once a week. With an engineer who knows how to blow stuff up for a dad it was inevitable he would be introduced to this stuff eventually, but he has learned so much from this show, most importantly the ideas of critical thinking, testing and scaling.

And some cool catchphrases.
posted by Megami at 10:42 PM on March 9, 2016


I'm enjoying the Tested youtubery more than I thought, but that's mostly because of asavage's insane, smart enthusiasm. I need to mainline that stuff, because if I could tell my stories with that much joy I would be such a happy bunny. Godammit, perhaps I will.

I only see cable when I'm at a friend's, and there really is nothing nothing nothing on any of it that you could pay me to watch. Not much intelligent joyousness there.
posted by Devonian at 3:27 AM on March 10, 2016


I was a bit surprised that both Adam and Jamie got involved in Tested, given how they've described their lack of relationship. I guess maybe they didn't think of it as "the thing after Mythbusters" but rather "a way to make money off of Mythbusters without Discovery taking a cut." Adam produces a bit of content for them but Jamie has done practically nothing.
posted by smackfu at 5:23 AM on March 10, 2016


The worst part of tested.com is the shop envy I've developed after watching so many videos filmed in Adam's shop.
posted by beowulf573 at 5:35 AM on March 10, 2016


Tested is an odd site. I'm not really sure what it's about. I love the shop stuff, and some of the one day builds, but there's this huge emphasis on movie props, drones, and VR as well. I guess it's all about "things nerds might think are cool."

I check it about once a week and maybe once a month find something interesting. There's more and more emphasis on premium content now though and I haven't yet found enough content to make it worth paying for. We'll see how it goes, now that I expect they'll be spending more time on it.

Watching Mythbusters with my son has become a weekly thing. I held off for years because I didn't like the emphasis on guns and ballistics gel. I frankly found that kind of gruesome, especially given the current climate in the US. When he was old enough though we dove in and of course he can't get enough of the explosions and guns. Good times.

But really we could watch that clip of Tory flipping the bike for an hour and we'd be happy. We'll, he'd be happy, I'd be cringing from the thought of the road rash.
posted by bondcliff at 6:13 AM on March 10, 2016


So I wonder how they faked Obama thanking them for "proving" the moon landing?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:56 AM on March 10, 2016


Tested is an odd site. I'm not really sure what it's about.

I have no idea how these people got Mythbusters wedged into their shops, or why.
posted by maryr at 8:34 AM on March 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


Damn, that thread got intense.

And psychic.
posted by maxsparber at 9:02 AM on March 10, 2016


When our first kid was born we had all sorts of problems getting her into a feeding/sleeping routine. On about her second ever weekend on earth Discovery had a Mythbusters marathon and we spent the entire two days in a cycle of feeding, changing, napping repeat with Adam and Jamie for company. It was ideal TV to have on in that new parent sleep-deprived/scared/amazed frame of mind: interesting and challenging enough for when you could really pay attention, simple enough to keep up with when your brain collapses (all those recaps have their uses). It saved our sanity, and we've loved it ever since. Thanks for all the links, and thanks to Buster and his friends.
posted by YoungStencil at 11:47 AM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Akin to YoungStencil's story - I've told this story before, but I'm telling it again.

A few years ago, one of the years when my parents were still hosting the annual family gatherings on Christmas, my father was having a really bad time with arthritis and wasn't able to do much of the prep help around the house. So the whole ball of wax fell onto Mom. Dad tried to do what he could, and Mom was understanding, but she was still determined to pull off everything without a hitch; and while everything went great, it was still overwhelming, and Mom ended up really burnt out to the point that she had a bit of a crying fit late in the afternoon out of sheer exhaustion. And then felt like she was "ruining everyone's Christmas" so she had another good cry after most of the rest of the family went home.

Dad and I let her calm down some and gave her space; and in the interest of giving her space, and giving her an idea for something fun to do, I gently told Mom at some point that "hey, there's this show called Mythbusters I like a lot and they're having a marathon all day today; I'm gonna go watch it, and you're welcome to join me." And after an hour and a half or so, Mom did wander down to where I was watching TV, saying glumly that maybe she'd watch a little before going to bed early.

Well - it turns out she had arrived just as the Diet Coke and Mentos episode was starting. She'd had no idea that Diet Coke and Mentos fizzed up like that, so that was news in and of itself. But she also was getting super into the science as well, and so in the space of an hour she went from being tired and stressed-out and glum to being on the verge of getting her coat and her car keys and going to try to find an open 7-11 because she wanted to get some Diet Coke and Mentos and try it herself.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:05 PM on March 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


I'll tell you, Mythbusters recipe of Baking Soda + Dawn + Hydrogen Peroxide is the only thing that I have found that actually gets Skunk smell out of dog fur permanently.

... and off the person that has to clean the dog.
posted by Nanukthedog at 12:31 PM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Tested is an odd site. I'm not really sure what it's about.

Yeah, this is the truth. I want to like it more -- and to be clear, I love everything Adam does on it -- but it's kinda hard. So much of what isn't Adam building neat things is instead weirdly pro-conspicuous-consumerism, name-brand-gear-gawking-as-sport kinda stuff that just doesn't interest me. It's like the quadcopter and smartphone version of the kinds of camera forums you find where nobody posts pictures of anything but lens test charts.

I haven't yet been able to convince myself that my love of Adam's work merits the membership.
posted by tocts at 3:40 PM on March 10, 2016


They also busted the myth that you need to be close to your business partner/co-star.
posted by humanfont at 5:12 PM on March 10, 2016


MythBusters Results: "The MythBusters tested over 1,000 distinct myths in 271 hour-long episodes spanning 14 years, resulting in a vast amount of information about common myths and interesting phenomena. The following overview attempts to summarize and categorize the results of the entire MythBusters series as succinctly as possible."
posted by zarq at 9:29 PM on March 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


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