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Myth Results: Animals

posted: 10/21/15
Quack Echo (2003)
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Quack Echo (2003)
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Farm Animals

A duck's quack will not echo. BUSTED (as seen in Alcatraz Escape)

Wind alone can blow the feathers off a chicken. BUSTED (as seen in Deadly Straw)

The color red will make a bull go ballistic and charge you. BUSTED (as seen in Red Rag to a Bull)

Cows emit methane -- especially from belching -- which contributes significantly to global warming. CONFIRMED (as seen in Young Scientist Special)

Bug Special (2010)
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Bug Special (2010)
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Insects

A daddy longlegs spider's venom is deadly. BUSTED (as seen in Buried in Concrete)

Bug bombs used incorrectly can make a house explode. CONFIRMED (as seen in Exploding House Yes )

Cockroaches can survive the radiation of a nuclear holocaust and then inherit the Earth. BUSTED (as seen in Airplane on a Conveyor Belt)

Cockroaches could survive a flood much longer than humans. CONFIRMED (as seen in Airplane on a Conveyor Belt)

Bags of water hung from the ceiling can repel flies. BUSTED (as seen in Bug Special)

A person riding a motorcycle at high speed can be killed if he impacts a bug. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Bug Special)

Hair of the Dog (2010)
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Hair of the Dog (2010)
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Pets

You can get around a guard dog by acting aggressive. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can lose a bloodhound by zig-zagging and doubling back. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths Yes )

You can lose a bloodhound by running through water. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can lose a bloodhound by covering oneself with cologne/coffee. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can lose a bloodhound by cleaning old clothes and changing into new ones. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can lose a bloodhound by covering the floor with pepper. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can around a guard dog by acting submissive. BUSTED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can around a guard dog by using the scent of a female dog in heat. CONFIRMED (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can around a guard dog by distracting it with a steak. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Dog Myths)

You can around a guard dog by using the scent of wolf urine. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Dog Myths)

It is possible to evade detection by a bloodhound using canned herring. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a bloodhound a suit treated with cleaning products intended to neutralize odors. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a bloodhound using an escape route that crosses a river. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a bloodhound using a complete full-body cleaning and equipment to mask your scent. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a contraband-detecting hound by masking the scent of the contraband with a much stronger one. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a contraband-detecting hound by using an ultrasonic dog repellent device. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a contraband-detecting hound by distracting the dog with another scent. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

It is possible to evade detection by a contraband-detecting hound by packing the contraband with materials intended to cause a false positive and/or repel the handler. BUSTED (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

If several suspects flee at once, the dog can find a particular one after being given his/her scent. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Hair of the Dog)

A goldfish's memory is no longer than three seconds. BUSTED (as seen in Sinking Titanic)

Bottles filled with water deter cats. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Lion feces deters cats. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Aluminum foil deters cats. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

MythBusters vs. Jaws (2015)
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MythBusters vs. Jaws (2015)
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Sharks

Sharks can be caught using a special piano wire (from a deleted scene in Jaws). BUSTED (as seen in Jaws Special)

Sharks can detect a single drop of blood dropped into a pool of water. BUSTED (as seen in Jaws Special)

Sharks are afraid of seeing their own image. BUSTED (as seen in Jaws Special)

A great white shark can ram a dive cage with enough force to damage or destroy it. CONFIRMED (as seen in Jaws Special)

A great white shark can ram a boat with enough force to punch a hole in it. CONFIRMED (as seen in Jaws Special)

A shark's skin is rough enough to be used as sandpaper. CONFIRMED (as seen in Jaws Special)

Punching a shark in the nose, eyes, or gills will cause it to flee or at least back off briefly. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Jaws Special)

Sharks tend to be attracted to brighter colors like yellow. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Jaws Special)

Sharks can hunt by feeling low-frequency sound waves transmitted through water. BUSTED (as seen in Special Supersized Myths)

The presence of dolphins can deter sharks from attacking their prey. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Special Supersized Myths)

Magnets will be able to repel a shark by messing with its keen electromagnetic senses. BUSTED (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

A shark will attack a dog swimming in the water, as the dog's swimming mimics the vibrations of an injured fish. BUSTED (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

Chili pepper and/or salsa is a good deterrent against sharks. BUSTED (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

In shark-infested waters, "playing dead" can aid a person in avoiding a potential attack. CONFIRMED (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

A person can find and poke the eyes of a shark in the fury of a shark attack. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

During a night dive, a person will attract more sharks with a flashlight than without it. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

The sound of a flapping fish will attract more sharks than if the fish was stationary. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Shark Week Special 2)

Sharks can be driven away from an area by the sound of orcas underwater. BUSTED (as seen in MythBusters vs. Jaws)

The smell of a dead shark will repel a live one. CONFIRMED (as seen in MythBusters vs. Jaws)

Animal Antics (2014)
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Animal Antics (2014)
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Snakes

Cayenne pepper deters snakes. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Hemp rope deters snakes. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Cat litter and mothballs deter snakes. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Animal Antics (2014)
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Animal Antics (2014)
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Wild Animals

Ammonia-soaked rags deters bears. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Cayenne pepper deters bears. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

It is better to run over a moose at high speed than with the brakes. BUSTED (as seen in Alaska Special)

If you are being chased by a crocodile you can escape it by running in a zig-zag pattern. BUSTED (as seen in Hindenberg Mystery)

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