List of MythBusters special episodes
|MythBusters (special episodes)|
|Country of origin||Australia
|No. of episodes||14 specials|
|Original channel||Discovery Channel|
|Original run||March 24, 2004– October 27, 2010|
|List of MythBusters episodes|
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The cast of the television series MythBusters perform experiments to verify or debunk urban legends, old wives' tales, and the like. This is a list of the various myths tested on the show as well as the results of the experiments (the myth is Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed).
Special episodes listed here were aired separately to the normal season episodes and special episodes. Also included are "mini myths", videos available from the Discovery Channel website.
- 1 Buster's Cut
- 2 Episode overview
- 3 Episode SP11 – "Young Scientist Special"
- 4 Mini Myths
- 5 BBC Two re-edited shows
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
During 2010, Discovery Channel aired a series of episodes that were titled "Buster's Cut". According to the episode introductions, these were edited reruns of earlier episodes featuring never before seen footage and behind the scenes information.
|No. in series||No. in season||Title||Original air date|
|BO1||Special 1||"Best Animals Myths"||March 24, 2004|
|This was a recut of previously tested animal-related myths from different episodes. The myths are:
Chicken Gun from the episode "Chicken Gun", which originally aired January 18, 2004
Goldfish Memory from the episode "Sinking Titanic", which originally aired February 22, 2004
Does a Duck's Quack Echo? from the episode "Alcatraz Escape", which originally aired December 12, 2003
|BO2||Special 2||"Best Electric Myths"||May 6, 2004|
|This was a recut of previously tested electricity-related myths from different episodes. The myths are:
Peeing on the Third Rail from the episode "Barrel of Bricks", which originally aired October 10, 2003
Lightning Strikes Tongue Piercing from the episode "Lightning Strikes/Tongue Piercings", which originally aired November 11, 2003
Microwave Madness from the episode "Penny Drop", which originally aired October 17, 2003
|BO3||Special 3||"Best Explosions"||May 9, 2004|
|This was a recut of previously tested explosion-related myths from different episodes. The myths are:
Cell Phone Destruction from the episode "Cell Phone Destroys Gas Station", which originally aired October 3, 2003
Raccoon Rocket from the episode "Stinky Car", which originally aired December 5, 2003
Tree Cannon from the episode "Lightning Strikes/Tongue Piercings", which originally aired November 11, 2003
Exploding Toilet from the episode "Exploding Toilet", which originally aired September 23, 2003
|SP11||Special 4||"Young Scientist Special"||April 26, 2008|
|Discovery Channel's young scientist contenders help the MythBusters tackle the following environmental myths:
Are electric cars slower than gas-powered ones?
Do greenhouse gases increase the amount of heat absorbed by air?
Do cows hurt the environment?
Can cow manure be used to help the environment?
Note: This episode aired on the Science Channel. Former MythBuster Scottie Chapman reappeared in this episode to assist in the testing.
|SP12||Special 5||"Car Conundrum"||June 23, 2010|
|This was a recut of previously tested car-related myths from different episodes. The myths are:
Underwater Car from the episode "Underwater Car", which originally aired January 24, 2007
Hollywood Crash Test from the episode "Demolition Derby Special, which originally aired April 8, 2009
Car Remote Capers from the episode "Viewers' Special", which originally aired August 15, 2007
|BC1||Special 6||"Alcohol Myths"||June 30, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Alcohol Myths", which originally aired October 22, 2008.|
|BC2||Special 7||"Duct Tape Hour 2"||July 7, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Duct Tape Hour 2", which originally aired May 12, 2010.|
|BC3||Special 8||"Knock Your Socks Off"||July 14, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Knock Your Socks Off", which originally aired October 7, 2009.|
|BC4||Special 9||"Viewer Special Threequel"||July 21, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Viewer Special Threequel", which originally aired November 19, 2008.|
|BC5||Special 10||"Bottle Bash"||July 28, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Bottle Bash", which originally aired April 14, 2010.|
|BC6||Special 11||"Unarmed and Unharmed"||October 6, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Unarmed and Unharmed", which originally aired December 9, 2009.|
|BC7||Special 12||"Phone Book Friction"||October 13, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Phone Book Friction", which originally aired September 10, 2008.|
|BC8||Special 13||"Duct Tape Hour"||October 20, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Duct Tape Hour", which originally aired October 14, 2009.|
|BC9||Special 14||"Curving Bullets"||October 27, 2010|
|This is a "Buster's Cut" of the episode "Curving Bullets", which originally aired June 10, 2009.|
Episode SP11 – "Young Scientist Special"
- Original air date: April 26, 2008
This episode aired first on Science Channel, as opposed to the show's regular home of Discovery Channel. A team of winners in Discovery's "Young Scientist Challenge" competitions tested environmental myths with the team. Former MythBuster Scottie Chapman returned to assist with a myth.
|Electric cars are more sluggish than gasoline-powered cars.||Busted||They first had Jamie drive Brandon (a Young Scientist Challenge winner) in both a gas and electric consumer grade car, and blindfolded Brandon and covered Jamie's ears to see if they could tell the difference. Brandon couldn't tell, but being an experienced driver, Jamie was able to immediately tell based on the electric car's acceleration. Then Adam, Jamie, and Brandon built an electric go-kart using lithium iron phosphate batteries and tested it against a gas go-kart. Despite weighing twice as much as the gas go-kart, the electric go-kart performed about the same. Then they went to a professional track and watched the KillaCycle, an electric drag motorcycle race against a stock gas motorcycle. The gas motorcycle won by a slight margin. Then they had the X1 electric sports car race against a Ferrari F430, and while the Ferrari's top speed was faster, the electric car accelerated faster and beat it in a drag race. Finally, they had the electric car race against an FJR50 Formula 3 race car. While the Formula 3 car easily beat the electric car, the electric car is considered a "street car," not a race car, and it did well enough that they proclaimed electric cars to be anything but slow.|
The Great Ice Debate
|Greenhouse gases increase the amount of heat absorbed by air.||Confirmed||Airtight containers with carbon dioxide or methane added got one degree Celsius (2 °F) hotter than regular when heated by a hot lamp.|
|Cows hurt the environment.||Confirmed||Cows emit methane—though not mostly from flatulence, but from belching — and their feces emit even more methane once they begin rotting. Since there are so many cows, the methane contributes significantly to global warming.|
|Cow manure can be used to help the environment.||Confirmed||Cow manure can be used to power things. The Young Scientists helped collect cow manure and extracted methane gas from it. Grant hooked up the methane gas and used it to power a hand lawnmower. They then saw that the farm where they had collected cow manure from received 90% of its electricity from its own manure-powered generator.|
Mini myths are myths that are too small to be part of an episode, or cannot be included in an episode due to time constraints or being inappropriate for younger viewers. There are numerous mini myths, with some of them available on the Discovery Channel website, as well as during the commercials in between MythBusters episodes. Others were screened during live appearances by the MythBusters. Some eventually aired in other clip-show episodes and/or were included on a DVD. Examples include Facts About Flatulence and the Breakstep Bridge revisit. Others were aired in other countries, but not the US. This includes The MythBusters Teeth Challenge and Dog Bowl Ignition. The following mini myths never aired anywhere in the world or never were shown in later clip-show episodes, and cannot be associated with a specific episode.
The Egg-uinox myth was perhaps too short to air in any episode, as it was easily and conclusively busted.
|An egg can be balanced on its ends only during the spring and fall equinox.||Busted||This is a Chinese folk belief, sometimes called Li Chun egg balancing after the first day of spring in the Chinese calendar. There is nothing special about the spring and fall equinoxes that allows an egg to balance on end. A person with enough dexterity can do it on any day of the year. Hard boiled eggs balance better than raw eggs, however.|
"Mini Shark Myths"
The mini shark myths, while related to Discovery Channel's Shark Week, are not related to the movie Jaws in particular.
Sharks Prefer Yellow?
It is also referred to as "Seeing Red."
|Sharks tend to be attracted to brighter colors like yellow.||Plausible||When all the results were calculated, the sharks tested preferred to go for the "yum-yum yellow" bait bag before the other ones (red, blue, black, white, silver). Though they did also go for the silver and black ones.|
Drop in the Ocean
It is also referred to as "Bloody Taste Test."
|Sharks can detect a single drop of blood dropped into a pool of water.||Busted||The sharks detected fish blood, however they either did not detect human blood or did not care about it. Also, like any scent, the sharks weren't able to detect the blood until their noses came into contact with the blood particles, and the smell grew weaker as the blood got diluted by the water, meaning that a single drop of blood in a particular area of the pool would not be detectable by any shark that was not in that area, and was not swimming right into the blood. However, the MythBusters only used lemon sharks. Great whites or bull sharks might have gotten different results.|
Shark Skin = Sandpaper?
It is also referred to as "True Grit?"
|A shark's skin is rough enough to be used as sandpaper.||Confirmed||When compared to various grains of sandpaper, the sharkskin that Adam and Jamie acquired was comparable to very high-grain (400 to 600) sandpaper, and can be used as such, even on a rotary sander.|
"It was THIS BIG! I swear."
It is also referred to as "Rule of ... Fin."
|There is a rule of thumb a casual observer can use to adequately estimate the size of a shark.||Busted||Out of all the measurements taken of sharks of various species, only one (from nose tip to dorsal fin tip) could consistently be used to estimate the shark's size, and that requires knowledge of the specific shark species and an up-close measurement that would be too difficult and dangerous to be done by a casual observer.|
|A shark can see prey that are above the ocean's surface.||Confirmed||Kari and Tory threw fish into the water to attract sharks while Grant watched them from underwater for the control. Then Kari held a fish on a pole one foot above the water. Within minutes sharks began to notice and and tried to bite it.|
BBC Two re-edited shows
|July 27, 2006||Penny Drop, Who Gets Wetter?, Exploding Toilet|
|August 3, 2006||CD-ROM Shattering, Silicone Breasts, Cell Phone Destruction|
|September 7, 2006||Lightning Strikes Tongue Piercing, Cola Myths,[N 1] Hammer Bridge Drop|
|September 14, 2006||JATO Car, Pop Rocks and Soda[N 2]|
|September 21, 2006||Buried Alive, Beat the Breath Test|
|September 28, 2006||Explosive Decompression, Rear Axle, Frog Giggin'|
|October 5, 2006||Mad Trombonist, Goldfish Memory, Down with the Titanic|
|October 12, 2006||Escape from Alcatraz, Mind Control Chips, Does a Duck's Quack Echo?|
|October 19, 2006||Row Skiing, Surprise Toothbrush, Breakstep Bridge|
|October 31, 2006||The Hunt for Hoffa, Daddy Long-Legs, Jet Taxi|
|November 7, 2006||Lawn Chair Balloon, Poppy Seed Drug Test, Goldfinger|
|November 14, 2006||Chicken Gun (frozen or thawed?), Killer Laundry!|
|February 19, 2007||Vacuum Toilet, Exploding Shopping|
- Partial; cleaning blood, pennies and chrome, dissolving teeth and steaks
- Called "Space Dust" in the British narration, as it is the more common name for Pop Rocks in the UK.
- "Best Animals Myths". MythBusters: Episode Info. MSN TV. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- "Best Electric Myths". MythBusters: Episode Info. MSN TV. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- "Best Explosions". MythBusters: Episode Info. MSN TV. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- "Young Scientist Special". MythBusters: Episode Info. IMDb. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
- "Car Conundrum". MythBusters Episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
- "Discovery Channel :: TV Listings :: Mythbusters: Car Conundrum". Discovery Channel. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Alcohol Myths". MythBusters Episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- "Duct Tape Hour 2". MythBusters Episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- "Knock Your Socks Off". MythBusters Episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- "Viewers Specials Threequel". MythBusters Episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- "Bottle Bash". MythBusters Episodes. TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- "Unarmed and Unharmed". MythBusters Episodes. Discovery Channel. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
- "Phone Book Friction". Mythbusters Episodes. Discovery Channel. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
- "Duct Tape 1". Mythbusters Episodes. Discovery Channel. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
- "Curving Bullets". Mythbusters Episodes. Discovery Channel. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
- "The Egg-uinox". Mythbusters: Web Exclusive Video. Discovery Channel. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
- "Shark Mini-Myths". Mythbusters: Web Exclusive Video. Discovery Channel. Retrieved October 25, 2009.