Mythbusters Bust Myths with Explosions and Apple Mac Laptops

Thursday, August 20, 2009
By OP Editor

Apple Mac users and Myth Busters special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman puts folklore, urban legends, hollywood, and internet myths to the test.

Mythbusters trying to cause an Avalanche with mp5 machine gun

Mythbusters trying to cause an Avalanche with mp5 machine gun

Using scientific methods, logic, and reasoning, Mythbusters experiments with conditions of popular myths to see how likely those myths can be true.

Mythbusters in Spacesuits, tests NASA Moon Landing Hoax Myth

Mythbusters in Spacesuits, tests NASA Moon Landing Hoax Myth

Mythbusters will be on the cover of Popular Mechanics September 2009 issue.

Mythbusters Popular Mehcanics Cover, September 2009

Mythbusters Popular Mehcanics Cover, September 2009

Their investigations find truth in some myths and dispel false unscientific beliefs in others.

From the practical: Is it better to leave a light bulb on or would it cost more to warm up the bulb? To the absurd – conspiracy theories on whether the Moon Landing is a hoax perpetrated by NASA.

They also touch on topics such as ancient death ray, lawn chair balloon flight, ninjas, pirates, quicksands, rockets, and stunt driving. Now that looks like a fun job.

Adam Savage from Mythbusters with his Apple Mac laptop, checking out some high speed footage of an experiment

Adam Savage from Mythbusters with his Apple Mac laptop, checking out some high speed footage of an experiment

Mythbusters try to replicate conditions of different myths to see whether it’s likely to happen. If a myth is unlikely to happen under normal circumstances, they would then try to attempt replicating the results. (Usually involving building something and blowing something up, but with safety in mind).

Mythbusters Explosion, on Discovery

Mythbusters Explosion

Apple laptops are found in all corners of the Mythbusters shop.

Mythbusters Kari Byron with Mac testing self hypnosis myths

Mythbusters Kari Byron with Mac testing self hypnosis myths

Mythbusters more apple mac laptops in the office of research

Mythbusters more apple mac laptops in the office of research

Some of their investigations are referenced in popular culture. For example, the Ming Dynasty Astronaut experiment was parodied in the movie Kung Fu Panda.

Mythbusters Ming Dynasty Astronaut Experiment. Chair + lots of Fireworks + Astronaut = Rocket Ship?

Mythbusters Ming Dynasty Astronaut Experiment. Chair + lots of Fireworks + Astronaut = Rocket Ship?

Kung Fu Panda Mythbusters Reference

Kung Fu Panda Mythbusters Reference

Mythbusters Household Tips

The Mythbusters show is more than scientific entertainment. Some experiment results are quite useful:

Q: Is it better to leave a light bulb on or does turning light bulbs on and off lights consume more energy from “warming up”?

Mythbusters solution: After testing for energy usage and light bulb longevity, it’s better to turn light bulbs off unless you will come back in seconds for most bulbs (or half a minute for florescent bulbs).

Q: What’s a fast way to cool beer, or other beverages for parties?

Mythbusters solution: ice + salt + water mixed together, then add warm beverage. Beverage is cooled faster than putting in the freezer section of the fridge.

You can check out short clips, out takes, extra content from the show on Discovery Channel. Mythbusters episodes can be bought from Apple iTunes Store.

Mythbusters on iTunes

Season 1 [itunes link] $4.99
Season 2 [itunes link] $22.99 (Exploding Toilet, Deadly Penny, Alcatraz Escape, and more)

Mythbuster Moon Hoax Trailer:

Mythbusters Paints Mona Lisa with paint ball guns, Nvidia Promo

Mythbusters Official Site [Discovery Channel]
Preview of Mythbusters on Popular Mechanics [Discovery]

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