Talk:List of MythBusters special episodes

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Baseball Special[edit]

I think that last episode, last week was a special, "Baseball Special" I think was the title, so it should be listed here.

Biscuit Bazooka[edit]

What was the exact result? According to the details here, the biscuit tin exploded at 60º Celcius. Wouldn't that be near lethal for someone in the car?--Drat (Talk) 10:44, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Nutritional value of cereal boxes[edit]

On their recent tour, Adam and Jamie showed footage of them attempting to investigate the myth that the boxes that kids breakfast cereal is packeged in is more nutritional then the actual product. It was decided not to be broadcast due to the results being judged too disturbing by the production staff (but it makes for wonderfully black humor). Think it should be covered? --Paul Soth 06:34, 30 April 2006 (UTC)

Christmas special[edit]

"The area near the burning fire was around 1½ °C (33 °F) colder than the rest of the room." This is incorrect. 1½ °C may equal 33 °F (roughly), but this only holds for an absolute value. The above is relative.--Drat (Talk) 09:29, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Duck's quack[edit]

I think it was the Outtakes, but not sure. Anyway, one of these special episodes showed extra footage of the "Duck's quack doesn't echo" myth, and how much trouble they had testing it. Every time the narrator or the Mythbusters said "quack", the closed captioning read "psychiatrist" (at least during the initial airing). I dunno how this could be confirmed, as I'm sure it's been fixed since, but if someone could find which episode it was it might be interesting to mention.

Vodka myths[edit]

Should the Vodka myths be in their own section?Yugioh73036 22:14, 14 August 2006 (UTC)Yugioh73036

BBC's edited shows.[edit]

I'm not watching them any more. If anyone else wants to take over the filling-in-the-table duty, please do so. --Billpg 23:08, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Been doing so. Kelvingreen 08:30, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

They seem to have stopped showing them. Kelvingreen 16:58, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Shark Myths - Jaws[edit]

While the exploding air tank was busted, I disagree that the test showed the tank "simply" decompressed. It rocketed all over the inside of the shipping container. While that is not as dramatic as the movie's explosion, it should have been sufficient to kill the shark. [[Wat Tyler 18:08, 3 September 2006 (UTC)]]

Presuming the tank doesn't just fly away. Besides, the myth wasn't if it could kill a shark, but if it would explode when shot. --Paul Soth 20:52, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Movie Myths: Falling through Awnings[edit]

Didn't Jackie Chan do this in one of his earlier films? He did it three times didn't he? And he survived, even though he landed on his head for one of them. Joe042293 13:46, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

Possible Re-Visit on the Pop Rocks/Soda Myth[edit]

Hello, I was watching the Mythbusters episode where they debunked the pops rocks/soda myth in which eating pop rocks and drinking soda at the same time will kill you however I recently saw one of those mentos/soda eruptions on the internet and it made me wonder. Is it possible that the mentos/soda reaction could be interpreted as a mondern day version of the pop rocks/soda myth, that consuming soda and eating mentos could potenially result in a fatal reaction thus proving the myth? I believe that this idea is worthy of a possible re-visit of the myth in question, please let me know what you think. - RVDDP2501 15:09, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Although disgusting, I feel compelled to mention that someone found it necessary to film this very thing (and naturally, post it on the internet). Suffice to say, he didn't die, but the expected reaction occurred and the pressure was sufficient to cause involuntary emesis. I'll let you look that one up. --Snicker|¥°| 21:24, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Remove tables?[edit]

I think the tables should be replaced with some sorts of lists, for example:

  • Myth: An obese person can get stuck on an airline vacuum toilet.
  • Status: Busted
  • Notes: It is impossible to get a perfect seal on a modern airplane toilet, and even if it is possible a properly working toilet provides suction for only a few seconds. Even then, the suction (3 psi) is not beyond human ability to overcome.

The table columns are of uneven width, and it's hard to read them.

Needle drop[edit]

Hey guys. I'm probably the only one who noticed this but during the needle drop-fest, Kari made 10 needle-catchers, two more than the 8 conditions shown. In fact, there was another tube sample shown on the episode saying "diagonal cut" proving this. I say we include diagonal cut. Starhood` 19:41, 3 January 2007 (UTC) what are you stating??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Goldfinger - covering the body with paint[edit]

Any substantial area of paint on the human skin is a threat to life - the coverage does not have to be 100 per cent. The latex paint used in the Mythbusters TV show first prevented the escape of heat from the body, the rise in skin temperature causing the sweat glands to pump out sweat. But the paint was blocking the ends of the sweat ducts. The pressure of the sweat in the blocked ducts was then rupturing the sweat ducts and the redundant sweat spreading through the skin, destroying skin blood capillaries in the process. The only connection between arteries and veins is the capillaries, and the skin capillaries hold more blood than any other organ of the body. As these capillaries were gradually being destroyed the blood pressure was rising due to loss of capacity in the circulation system. Fortunately the latex paint was peeled off intact fairly quickly before the sudden rise in blood pressure reached a level high enough to cause a heart attack. Once the paint was removed the capillaries would have quickly regenerated in a process known as angiogenesis, with blood pressure returning to normal. If any other type of paint had been used which could not be quickly removed intact, leaving paint particles blocking the ends of the 3-4 million sweat ducts, the result may have been quite different.Warrenward 18:21, 17 January 2007 (UTC)


Amusingly for this legend, the paint they used for the episode is actually sold in fetish shops around the world, specifically for painting large areas of the human body, and it can safely be worn for many hours at a stretch without the supposed rupture of sweat ducts. If you exercise vigorously (dancing at a rave, energetic S&M activities, etc.) while covered with latex paint, the paint stops the sweat from evaporating, but doesn't cause ruptured ducts or a huge rise in blood pressure. The temperature rise is the only real concern. See http://www.liquidlatex.net/ for more. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.183.120.6 (talk) 05:39, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

Swords cutting swords[edit]

Under Special 9 — "Mega Movie Myths 2 Hour Special", an anon added that a diamond sword may be able to cut other swords. Is this mentioned in the show? Or is it just more stinking original research?--Drat (Talk) 06:34, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Special 11 — "Pirate Special"[edit]

I thought the cannon they used wasn't stated as Civil War spec, but from the Mexican–American War??--293.xx.xxx.xx 08:53, 7 March 2007 (UTC)


Special 12? - "Dog Special"[edit]

I'm currently watching the Mythbusters episode, where all the Myths are centered around dogs. Does this count as a special?

Other specials[edit]

I would just like to point out that the episodes "Myth Evolution, Baseball Myths, and Superhero Special" Are not included here, and they are specials. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.247.244.94 (talk) 02:51, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Season subdivision, reference[edit]

Why aren't there any source references to the season subdivisions? Where do you get the information on when each season begins? There seem to bee different information on different websites. And the official MythBusters site doesn't list seasons at all. Wouldn't it be better to just arrange the episodes under year and skip the season subdivisions if there are no secure sources?! / Dreamingtree (talk) 15:45, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Rewrite Possibly Needed[edit]

The entire section on "Ultimate Mythbuster" seems to be an exact copy of this page[1]. I don't know if the other sections are like this or not.--72.11.17.118 (talk) 00:39, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Repetition/Overflow on Specials[edit]

Recent edits have brought to my attention a potential problem with this article. All episodes aired after 2006 are counted among the "regular" episodes. Yet several more have been added that duplicate entries in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. I am removing all of the entries after Special 10, except for the MythBusters Young Scientists Special (which has a legitimate reason to be here). I'm also changing the "Season 6 and Beyond" section to "2007 Season and Beyond", for extra clarity. I'm willing to discuss alternatives, but for now, I feel this article needs a bit of cleanup in this regard. —MarsJenkar (talk | contribs) 14:17, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

But I don`t feel the reason of including "Young Scientists Special" is legitimate, so I also moved it from this article to MythBusters (2008 season) for matching total number of episodes and special episodes in destination article and List of MythBusters episodes.UU (talk) 12:44, 12 April 2010 (UTC)
Inclusion of the Young Scientist Special here is entirley valid. The episode was a MythBusters episode but it wasn't aired as part of the 2008 season. It wasn't even aired on the same channel. It was a special episode aired on the Science channel. --12:59, 12 April 2010 (UTC)