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Myth Results: History

posted: 10/21/15
Moon Landing (2008)
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Moon Landing

One of the NASA photos is fake because the shadows of the rocks and lunar lander are not parallel. BUSTED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

One of the NASA photos is fake because Buzz Aldrin can be clearly seen while in the shadow of the lunar lander. BUSTED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

Footage of the American flag planted on the moon shows it flapping, and a flag cannot flap in a vacuum. BUSTED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

A clear footprint cannot be made in vacuum because there is no moisture to hold its shape. BUSTED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

The film of the astronauts moonwalking is actually film of the astronauts skipping in front of a high frame-rate camer. BUSTED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

In a vacuum, a feather and a hammer will drop at the same rate and hit the ground at the same time. CONFIRMED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

The Apollo astronauts left special equipment on the moon, like reflectors off which Earth-bound scientists can bounce lasers. CONFIRMED (as seen in NASA Moon Landing)

Rockets

A 15th century astrologer from China made it into space on a throne powered by 47 bamboo rockets. BUSTED (as seen in Ming Dynasty Astronaut)

During the American Civil War, the Confederacy built the world's first long range missile. BUSTED (as seen in Confederate Rocket)

An ancient rocket launcher in Korea (called a Hwacha) can fire 200 arrows at once at a range of 500 yards and the arrows will explode on impact. CONFIRMED (as seen in Alcohol Myths)

In 1633, an Ottoman Turk named Lagari Hassan launched himself 1,000 feet into the air using a rocket, flew down to Earth with a wing-like device, and survived. BUSTED (as seen in Crash and Burn)

A primitive two-stage missile called the "Fire Dragon", which could discharge a salvo of rocket-propelled arrows, existed in 14th-century China. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Duel Dilemmas)

War

Using mirrors, Archimedes constructed a death ray by reflecting sunlight onto Roman vessels, igniting them. BUSTED (as seen in Ancient Death Ray)

The ancient Chinese were able to detect an invading army tunneling beneath the ground by using a drum submerged in a shaft. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Chinese Invasion Alarm)

It's possible that an airman in WW2 fell 22,000 feet and lived thanks to a huge explosion which cushioned his fall. BUSTED (as seen in 22,000-Foot Fall)

It's possible to use bamboo as a form of torture because it will pierce human skin and then grow through the body. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Viewer Special Threequel)

Operation Valkyrie, a World War II plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb, failed only because Hitler's meeting was moved from an underground bunker to an aboveground conference room with windows. BUSTED (as seen in Operation Valkyrie)

A medieval army laying siege to a castle could have used nearby trees as an improvised catapult to hurl diseased corpses over the wall. BUSTED (as seen in Boomerang Bullet)

13th-century Syrians designed a torpedo-like weapon that could skim over the surface of a body of water and explode on impact. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Torpedo Tastic)

Ancient Chinese armies used armor made from paper that could give the same protection as steel armor. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Paper Armor)

It is possible to reduce the impact of an explosive shock wave by digging trenches that bend at sharp right angles, as seen during World War I. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Trench Torpedo)

Weapons

You can build a "medieval tree canon" overnight using only the technology available at the time. BUSTED (as seen in Lightning Strikes/Tongue Piercings)

Archimedes was able to build a powerful steam cannon, using technology available at the time. BUSTED (as seen in Steam Cannon)

An Old West gunslinger could drop a coin and fire his pistol five times before it hits the ground. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Lighter)

An Old West gunslinger could shoot a hole through a silver dollar. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Lighter)

An Old West gunslinger could save a man from being hanged by shooting the rope. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Lighter)

During the Civil War, two soldiers' bullets collided in midair and fused. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Firearms Folklore)

The Confederate army successfully built a steam-powered machine gun that could fire bullets using centrifugal force. BUSTED (as seen in Confederate Steam Gun)

Hungarian archers doubled their lethal force of their arrows by shooting their bow from a galloping horse. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Bumper)

Davy Crockett could fire a shot from his musket and split the bullet on the blade of an ax stuck in a tree 40 yards away. CONFIRMED (as seen in Swimming in Syrup)

The ancient Greeks built a weapon that was capable of fully automatic fire using arrows, like a machine gun. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Arrow Machine Gun:)

The 18th-century Chinese designed a throwing weapon that could decapitate an opponent and carry the head back to the thrower. (movies)PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Flying Guillotine)

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Misc.

In 1962 inmates Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin and John Anglin successfully escaped Alcatraz prison using an inflatable raft made from rain ponchos. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Alcatraz Escape)

A sinking ship creates enough suction to pull people in the water around it under, as was rumored to occur when the RMS Titanic sank. BUSTED (as seen in Sinking Titanic)

Jimmy Hoffa is buried under Giants's Stadium. BUSTED (as seen in Buried in Concrete)

Chinese water torture can drive a victim to insanity. CONFIRMED (as seen in Brown Note)

The ancient Babylonians were able to build a basic form of battery. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Cooling a Six-Pack)

Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. BUSTED (as seen in Franklin's Kite)

Nikola Tesla invented a small steam-powered machine that, when attached to an object or building and tuned to vibrate at a certain frequency, can cause an earthquake-like effect on the object to which it is attached. BUSTED (as seen in Earthquake Machine)

Under the right conditions, farm chemicals can cause a pair of trousers to spontaneously combust, as rumored happened to farmers in the 1930s in New Zealand. CONFIRMED (as seen in Exploding Pants)

The Hindenburg was destroyed by the flammable compound used to paint the bladder not by the hydrogen gas within. BUSTED (as seen in Hindenberg Mystery)

A particular Chinese pressure vessel can be used to cook popcorn faster than any other known method. BUSTED (as seen in Food Fables)

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