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Just a reminder – I’ve gotten a bunch of neat suggestions to give to Jamie and Adam. The show is this Saturday; still time to send me your ideas to pass on!

Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters will be doing 2 shows in Seattle on October 4th.

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with a hilarious and entertaining Inside The Scientist’s Studio style presentation. They will bring stories of myths gone wrong and outtakes of segments never seen on air. They will answer questions about their unique personal chemistry and the mad science behind making one of the most popular shows on television. You give Jamie and Adam your suggestions for myths they should bust on future programs. “Behind The Scenes At Mythbusters” does not include experiments or explosions.

I’ll get a chance to talk to them while they’re here – I’d love to pass on myth suggestions from Make readers! Send them to me at patti@makezine.com; I’ll put them together and pass them on. Make sure you include your contact info.

84 thoughts on “Mythbusters reminder – send me your suggestions!

  1. I live in Oklahoma and during the summer time you see lots of ziplock bags filled half way full of water with a few pennies in it. I’ve been told that this scares away flies. The theories include, fear of drowning, disorientation, and it looks like wasps to them.

  2. How about “Can a ninja slice a bullet in half and have those two halves fly to ether side of him, leaving the ninja unharmed?”

  3. This isn’t a myth, but I would love to see an episode on improvised weapons such as modified paint ball guns, or improvised explosives.

  4. I tried emailing but it got rejected saying my hosting company box was a known spammer!

    One myth I was always interested in from years ago was that the early celluloid based billiard balls (developed to replace ivory ones) were known to explode it they were hit together hard enough. I think they also used to paint them with nitrocellulose based paints which probably didn’t help.

    I haven’t found any actual news reports or anything other than just stories that this ever actually happened though.

    Seems like the kind of thing right up their alley to test!

  5. Would like to see a revisit of the ‘sawdust cannon’ non-dairy creamer cannon using higher pressure (300-500 psi) and a longer ‘barrel’ for better distribution..

  6. is soylent green really made from people?

    will goldfish continue to grow larger and larger in larger tanks?

    perpetual motion with water driven wheels?

    does cat food really make your cats breath smell like cat food? likewise cheeseburgers?

    will this financial bailout plan work?

    can a person fly around the world in a balloon in eighty days?

  7. I watched a movie called little monsters an in the movie they were able to generate electricity from the medal part of the eraser and through the led to make light. They held the pencils tips close together as the electricity came through.

  8. I got a kick back from a table saw once and it damaged the machene behind me. It also knocked my teachers finger nail right off. It would me so cool if Adam and jamie did this myth.

  9. It’s a simple thing you can draw it a 2×2 grid which you can your 4 rooms each room has doors you draw 3 doors on the outside of each room and one on each wall in the center the object is to go through each door only once and without crossing lines. IS THIS POSSIBLE ?

  10. the myth about the glasses filled to different levels and the finger is used to play them.. the hype was the sound they make would make people go insane.. thus it was discontinued.. check it out

  11. my dad told my a story about his dads friends who worked at a welding shop and the foreman noticed that the amount of oxygen acedalene bottles started decreasing then he started to look into it and after a wile he found out that the workers were putting it in a tube at aproxametly 45 degrees with the valve down like a rocket then they would knock the valve off with a sledge hammer. then launching it a little over a mile over the mississippi river.

  12. A friend told me years ago that someone said he could put out a match or lit cirgrett in gasoline.I dont know but it seems like a hair tourching experience.I guess its all in how quick you are.

  13. Me and my friends have discussed this and wondered if you guys could test it.

    If you relax your body before you are hit with something or say impact the ground are you going to take less damage (either or both internal and external damage) then if you tensed up before the impact.

    Because if you hold your arm striaght and tense toward the ground before you hit it would it not snap the bones in the arm and wrist, where as if you relax it, your arm would ‘fold’ and you would get alot of bruises all over your body and maybe a broken wrist.

  14. can u make both the weapons and vehicles that work.
    and try them out any way you want.
    and plz send me a warthog plz plz plz plz plz plz and assult rifle.

  15. Can ya try to make solar powered guns.
    that work and send them to the moon with a bang!!!!!!
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. ok i saw on one movie i believe it was one of the three ninja movies i could be wrong any way that. is it possible to make a makeshift torpeado out of an huge o2 canister by simply droping a heavy dumb bell on the valve?

  17. I read this one on wikipedia, is it possible?? William Kogut, an inmate on death row at San Quentin, decided to commit suicide using only the rudimentary tools available to him in his prison cell. He began by tearing up several packs of playing cards, giving particular focus to obtaining pieces with red ink (at the time, the ink in red playing cards contained nitrocellulose, which is flammable and when wet can create an explosive mixture), and stuffed them into a pipe. He then plugged one end of the pipe firmly with a broom handle and poured water into the other end to soak the card pieces. He then placed the pipe on a kerosene heater next to his bed and placed the open end firmly against his head. The heater turned the water into steam and eventually enough pressure built up inside the pipe so that when it burst, the explosion shot out bits of playing cards with enough force to penetrate Kogut’s skull, killing him. In a suicide note, Kogut stated that he and he alone should punish himself for his crimes

  18. The ‘fist-load’ being a object held in the hand while making a fist. Thought to provide more power to a punch when heavy and/or stability to the bones of the hand.

    Question: Does a fist-load result in a more damaging punch? Does a fist-load make it more or less likely that you’ll fracture a hand bone while punching something?

  19. When I was in High School my Auto Shop instructor told us to be careful with the coil springs of any car as they are capable of going completely through a person and the cinder block wall next the the bay. I am a mechanic and have optioned to avoid any major suspension work due to this embedded fear of getting cut in half, lol. I can imagine it could kill or place a dent in a wall but going through it? Maybe Buster could be a mechanic for a quick experiment? I have way more ideas but this is my first time registering here and sharing. Please notify me if you challenge the validity of this story. Thanks!

    Keystone (I love those commercials, welp off to the shooting range.

  20. I watched your program on ‘Polishing the Pooh’ and can tell you that the Zulus of South Africa make floors for their huts out of a mixture of cow dung and ox blood. It makes a hard shiny and clean  surface. Perhaps you would like to investigate and try this method of polishing the pooh without adding waxes or other foreign matter,
    Trevor Herron
    Perth Western Australia ( formely of South Africa 

  21. I got a myth that kinda would not get out of my head.
    Sometimes ( for example in “Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull ) you can see a guy dropping or tossing his weapon and when it hits the ground, it actually fires and hits a dude.
    I was just wondering whether this is possible without even touching the trigger.
    Greeting,
    Tim Rhein.

  22. Patti, your email address bounces with ‘no such user’.  I’ll paste my suggestion here:

    Makers tend to make a lot of stuff by using PVC to hold compressed air. 
    Many don’t realize (or are in denial) how dangerous this can be and that
    PVC is not rated for holding compressed air.  Air at 40+PSI is more
    dangerous than water because of its expansion ratio.

    I accidentally dropped an old PVC project I made for my fishtank (no
    compressed air) and was surprised by the shattering of its PVC
    components.  It had become quite brittle.  I even knew that old PVC does
    this, but was still surprised when I saw it first hand.  That project
    used the same sizes and components used by many hobbyists for holding
    compressed air.

    It would be great if the mythbusters could show what happens to homemade
    PVC air reservoirs at various PSI if they get nicked, dropped, damaged
    while “charged”.   Particularly with old PVC.    They can also try some
    people’s suggestions such as wrapping the PVC in duct tape in order to
    reduce the fragmentation.

    I think this would be important to test and report on because (a) a lot
    of people still build using pvc for compressed air, (b) posts in forums
    about the dangers often seem to be silently ignored (c) a lot of these
    devices (air rockets, etc.) are used in the presence of large groups of
    children.

  23. Patti, your email address bounces with ‘no such user’.  I’ll paste my suggestion here:

    Makers tend to make a lot of stuff by using PVC to hold compressed air. 
    Many don’t realize (or are in denial) how dangerous this can be and that
    PVC is not rated for holding compressed air.  Air at 40+PSI is more
    dangerous than water because of its expansion ratio.

    I accidentally dropped an old PVC project I made for my fishtank (no
    compressed air) and was surprised by the shattering of its PVC
    components.  It had become quite brittle.  I even knew that old PVC does
    this, but was still surprised when I saw it first hand.  That project
    used the same sizes and components used by many hobbyists for holding
    compressed air.

    It would be great if the mythbusters could show what happens to homemade
    PVC air reservoirs at various PSI if they get nicked, dropped, damaged
    while “charged”.   Particularly with old PVC.    They can also try some
    people’s suggestions such as wrapping the PVC in duct tape in order to
    reduce the fragmentation.

    I think this would be important to test and report on because (a) a lot
    of people still build using pvc for compressed air, (b) posts in forums
    about the dangers often seem to be silently ignored (c) a lot of these
    devices (air rockets, etc.) are used in the presence of large groups of
    children.

  24. First id want to say i love there show id just read somthing on the internet that if you push your hands in your eyes for 5to10 secs you could see beter in the dark and you could get the same result if you flashed red light in you eyes you the same amount of time solrdeirs did it in ww2

  25. I would like to see if it really could happen it the sene of leathal weapon #4 when officer rigs road down the hwy on an upside down wood table sliding down the hwy. Thank you.

    ARVEL SKAGGS

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