MythBusters (Part 2)

Post Date: 23 February 2014

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Season 5, Episode 7

Mythbusters on StarTalk Radio

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Since they didn’t blow up Neil’s office in Part 1, the MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are back again to finish the job. They’ll discuss testing the myth that Archimedes set fire to an invading fleet of ships using mirrors and why the team never tries to prove negatives, like that the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Chupacabra and the Jackalope don’t exist. You’ll hear how a truck driver, two police officers and other real people have escaped from a sinking car using tips from the show. And you’ll discover why the MythBusters never shot Jamie off the back of a moving train using a slingshot or tested how well teeth whiteners work. The duo also describes the scars they’ve gotten over 15 seasons, and Adam talks about the time he blasted Jamie’s beret with a shotgun. Plus, Neil and co-host Chuck Nice find out what the show uses powdered animal birthing lubricant for, how you can actually “polish a turd” and what was the weirdest urban legend that turned out to be true.

Chuck Nice

Adam Savage, co-host of MythBusters
Jamie Hyneman, co-host of MythBusters

“Burn” – Ellie Goulding
“Prove Me Wrong” – David Pack
“Terminal Velocity” – Saxon
“Something in the Water” – Brooke Fraser
“Under the Water” – The Pretty Reckless
“In Too Deep” – Sum 41
“We Are Mice” – Azure Ray
“Tiptoe” – Imagine Dragons
“The Science” – Murs

  • Elliott

    Wow! Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Mythbusters together!!!

  • David Tedora

    There’s some evidence of compassion in elephants: Good thinking, Chuck!

  • David Tedora

    There’s some evidence about elephants and compassion: Nice one, Chuck!

  • Korrey

    “I was distracted by shiny poo” – Neil Degrasse Tyson

  • Heffalump

    The teapot on my stove is on the earth which orbits the sun

    • Arlen Kundert


  • Cort3z

    Maybe the elephants are afraid of mice because the can crawl up their trunk?

  • startalkradio

    Norwegian, StarTalk Radio is only partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, so our corporate sponsors and advertisers make it possible for us to produce the show.

  • dwhatley

    What about setting fire to the cotton sails?

    • NI Yao

      bright white reflects light way better and it’ll be even harder to coordinate 500 mirrors on a white background instead of a black background.