Discovery - MythBusters - Season 04
Follow the MythBusters in this 30-episode set as they debunk, decode and demystify some of the most popular urban myths and legends. Using modern-day science, they put each myth to the test – from concrete gliders to anti-gravity devices – separating the real from the really out there.
The American Civil War was fought with bayonets, muskets and cannons. But was that all? Not according to the MythBusters.
Can a pair of trucks in a high-speed, head-on collision be fused together sealing the drivers between them? Also, Kari hosts some urban legends about Russia's national drink, vodka.
Steel Toe-Cap Amputation
Are steel-toed boots more dangerous than the regular variety? Did an Aussie worker's boots really turn into toe cutters after a heavy weight fell on them?
Seasickness — Kill or Cure
From electric shock therapy to homeopathic tongue tinglers, can the MythBusters find a cure to seasickness? Does driving with your pickup's tailgate down save gas and, hence, money?
Is it possible to make a deadly weapon out of nothing more dangerous than newspaper and underwear? Grant, Kari and Tory unscrew the cap on some more vodka myths.
Is the photo of a light plane, with precise, clean tears on the side, genuine? Was it the work of the jilted lover, who took to her ex's plane with a chainsaw and a taste for vengeance?
Archimedes Death Ray
Challenged from fan mailbags to retest the "Archimedes Death Ray," Adam and Jamie accept. In turn, fans and a M.I.T. team were invited to perform this challenge.
This time around, Adam and Jamie test a myth that footballs filled with helium will fly farther and hang longer than ones filled with regulation air. Are teeth strong enough to withstand the force of a
The build team attempts to discover electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. Do innocuous legumes really increase gas? Is it possible to break wind so much that you can suffocate to death?
Cell Phones on Planes
If you fill a normal raft with helium can you fly? Tory and Kari tackle a conspiracy theory familiar to many frequent flyers. Can your cell phone interfere with a plane's instruments?
Bullets Fired Up
Can celebratory gunfire kill when the bullets fall back to Earth? Grant, Tory and Kari quench their thirst with another round of "Vodka Myths."
The team revisits myths explored from Split Arrow, Confederate Rocket, and Bulletproof Water.
Adam and Jamie do a little painting and detonating when they try to blow open a home-improvement myth. Grant, Tory and Kari explore if it is possible to manipulate someone's mind remotely.
Tory, Kari and Grant investigate the spontaneous trouser combustion. Do gas companies and car manufacturers deliberately conspire to make gas-guzzling cars so that they can split the cash?
Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1
Are Hollywood break-ins complete hocus pocus? The team then tries to tiptoe their way around a laser system before facing the mother of all safes.
Did Archimedes build the world's first "supergun," a cannon powered by steam? Adam's mom thinks a typical modern breakfast cereal has less nutritional value than the box it comes in. Is Mom right?
Somewhere on Earth is there a massive whirlpool sucking whole ships and their hapless crews to a watery grave? Can a passing wintery road sweeper displace so much air that it flips an oncoming car?
Mentos and Soda
Adam and Jamie try to figure out the theory behind the chaos when diet cola and Mentos mix. Can posting a postage stamp on the rotor blades send a helicopter into a tailspin?
The guys find out if the bass from a car stereo can destroy an automobile. Also, Grant, Kari and Tory hit the road to take on two tall tales from our mates down under.
Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 2
It's "lights, camera, action!" time again for the MythBusters, as they test more Hollywood heists. This time, our cat burglars Adam and Jamie go cold as they try to beat a heat-detecting alarm sensor.
Adam and Jamie take on one of the greatest scientist/inventor and myth creator legends of all time: Nikolai Tesla and his Earthquake Machine. Tory and Kari investigate a lethal lava lamp.
Can the wind in a tropical hurricane get so strong that it can blow a piece of straw through a palm-tree trunk? Can a hurricane blow the feathers off a chicken?
Killer Cable Snaps
If a cable at high tension snaps, can it slice a person clean in two? Does ancient pottery contain sounds from the past that can be played back and listened to today, just like a record?
Air Cylinder Rocket
Can a ruptured cylinder — carefully aimed — really cause the massive damage some people claim? Meanwhile, Tory, Grant and Kari go back in time to test some prototypes from the past.
More Myths Revisited
"Myths Revisited" offers Jamie and Adam the chance to clear their names. Watch as they repeat past experiments to see if their original answer was genuine or bogus.
Jamie and Adam find out if a small, disposable butane lighter can suddenly ignite with the force of several sticks of dynamite. The "Magnificent Three" try and shoot down some popular gunslinger myths.
Adam and Jamie test the old engineering challenge that you can't make a concrete glider fly. Kari, Grant and Tory find out just how dangerous it is to stand too close to the edge of a train platform.
Could a criminal's bullet have hit and jammed the empty chamber of a policeman's revolver? Could two bullets colliding mid-air could fuse together? Is a hammer more dangerous than you think?
Could leaving Christmas lights on your tree overnight cause it to bursts into flames? Is Anti-gravity science or science fiction? Can vodka cure the pain of a jellyfish sting?
Could a World War II turret gunner fall 22,000 feet, only to be saved by the explosion of a 1,000-pound bomb beneath him that cushions his fall? The team visits a bulb that's been burning for 106 years.
Grade Level: 6 - 12