Mythbusters first aired on our screens in 2003 and since then, they have entertained us with mythbusting facts and scientific methods. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are the main presenters on the show and have 3 co-presenters named Kari Byron, Tori Belleci and Grant Imahara.
They are special effects gurus and scientists who set out to prove whether common myths can be busted, confirmed or deemed plausible. Myths like 'Can you escape from Alcatraz prison with the equipment the escapees had?'
For this myth, they confirmed that although you could build a raft with the equipment, the water's current would have made a successful escape implausible.
The Mythbusters have taught the audience many,many new facts, such as how it is possible and safe to do a fire walk as long as you keep moving or that the shot in Saving Private Ryan (where the sniper shots the other sniper through the rifle's scope) is possible. They also taught us that Fruit Ninja, the classic game of slashing fruit on screen with a Katana, is not as easy in real life.
Mythbusters have also tackled many myths that were condensed into special episodes. For example, the video game special where they set out to see if a real person in a real situation could carry the medical packs, ammo and guns that you are given in games and remain mobile. The answer was yes, it is pluasible - just not easy!
They even did a James Bond special where they tested whether you could swim with a scuba suit over a tuxedo and arrive at your destination in acceptable condition. Surprisingly, you can!
Then there was the pirate special testing out whether you get better night vision by wearing an eye patch? This was confirmed! By covering one eye, it is easier to navigate using the stars than if you had not covered one eye.
As many viewers of the Mythbusters show already know , they try to use modern society for inspiration into other myths they can test. When AMC's classic Breaking Bad was aired, the Mythbusters went to work. They set out to test myths from this show including an infamous scene in Breaking Bad. Jesse Pinkman, a character in the show, dissolves a body in a rough amount in acid( roughly 2 gallons) and it dissolves not only the body but the bathroom underneath and the flooring too. The Mythbusters set out to recreate that situation and test whether the amount of acid is correct. The type of acid correct and so was the time taken for it to happen! Unfortunately this myth was busted. There wasn't enough acid and the acid wasn't strong enough in concentration to create that sort of damage.
Here are some of the best clips of classic Mythbuster Moments:
Rocket sled: Could a rocket propelled car cut another in half?
Watch the video to find out!
Another myth from the Breaking Bad special
Does Mercury Fulminate cause as much damage as depicted in the show? Watch the video to find out!
A compilation of results from classic Mythbusters
A compilation of results from the Indiana Jones episode, the video game special and so on.
Another classic feature of the show was Buster. A crash test dummy who was used in the show for many trials before the presenters were willing to do it. As a result, Buster has taken quite a lot of damage over the years. He has been dropped from heights, set on fire and even blown up! Buster is an integral part of the Mythbusters family. However, as a result, he has found a way into our hearts as part of the Mythbusters crew.
The Mythbusters have become such iconic features of TV that they have been immortalized in The Simpsons! A true honour for anyone, and a great way of understanding how important they are in American Culture.
Mythbusters has been on for so long that it would be impossible for me to list every episode. However, if you have not seen them before then please watch. It is an informative, entertaining and thought-provoking show that has deemed itself worthy of the admiration of its fans.
We will always love Mythbusters for their great scientific methods and fact finding solutions, but also for their great phrases. These include Adam Savage saying "Am I missing an eyebrow?" after putting a jawbreaker into a microwave and it exploding. Or, again, Adam Savage saying "I reject your reality, and substitute my own".
Do you love the Mythbusters? What is your favourite myth that they did? What was your favourite 'special' episode that they did? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time folks-Ciao!