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The MythBusters

Could a penny dropped form the Empire State Building kill you? MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are with us.

Jamie Hyneman, left, "Buster" the crash-test dummy and Adam Savage, right, during a segment of the Discovery Channel's show "Mythbusters." (AP)

Jamie Hyneman, left, "Buster" the crash-test dummy and Adam Savage, right, during a segment of the Discovery Channel's show "MythBusters." (AP)

We’re loaded with stories we’ve heard since childhood about the way the world works.  A penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building could kill you.  A shark can sink a boat.  A hot water heater can explode up through your kitchen floor like a rocket.  Call them stories.  Call them myths.  Who really knows?

The MythBusters do.  Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage have been applying street science to urban legends for years now.  It’s made them famous.  It’s turned a lot of kids on to science.

This hour, On Point:  Your questions please for the MythBusters.

-Tom Ashbrook

 

Guests

Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters. He and Jamie are currently on tour with a stage version of the show “Behind the Myths.” You can find the tour dates here.

Jamie Hyneman, co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

From Tom’s Reading List

C-Net“For “MythBusters,” one of the network’s top-rated shows, that meant the chance to put together an episode touting its five hosts’ top 25 favorite moments. Since its debut, there have been 191 “MythBusters” episodes featuring 2,326 experiments, so it couldn’t have been easy to pick just 25 to call out.”

CBS News “After appearing with the president at the White House Science Fair, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman stopped by the set of Washington Unplugged for an exclusive interview.”

San Francisco Chronicle “One of the zany experiments staged by the “MythBusters” television show nearly turned into a suburban tragedy Tuesday afternoon in Dublin when the crew fired a homemade cannon toward huge containers of water at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb disposal range.”

Video: Can Someone Walk On Water?

In 2007, the MythBusters tried to walk on water. Is the myth confirmed or busted?

Video: Diet Coke And Mentos

Adam and Jamie investigate famous internet videos, including this gem about soda and mints.

Video: Phonebook Friction

Check out this MythBusters classic.

 

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