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Myth Results: Movies

posted: 10/21/15
Look out, James Bond. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage see whether a super spy really can emerge from water, strip off his diving suit and slip into a party — dressed in a suit, no less — without anyone batting an eye.
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Cars

A person can hold on to the roof of a car with the windows down while the car is zig-zagging. CONFIRMED (as seen in Prison Escape)

A person can hold on to the hood of a car when it makes a sudden stop. CONFIRMED (as seen in Prison Escape)

You can hold on to the roof of a car with the windows up while the car crashes through a wall of cardboard boxes. CONFIRMED (as seen in Myth Evolution)

You can hold on to the hood of a car with the windows up while the car crashes through a wall of cardboard boxes. CONFIRMED (as seen in Myth Evolution)

A car teetering on the edge of a cliff can topple over if a bird perches on the front end. BUSTED (as seen in Newton's Crane Cradle)

A limousine teetering on the edge of a cliff can topple over if a bird perches on the front end. BUSTED (as seen in Revenge of the Myth)

If a bullet-riddled car drives halfway into an elevator that begins to ascend, the car will be cut in half when the elevator reaches ceiling level. BUSTED (as seen in Green Hornet Special)

A strong enough punch, directed down onto the hood of a moving SUV, can cause it to somersault into the air, as seen in Hellboy. BUSTED (as seen in President's Challenge)

Crimes

A lock can be broken by shooting it with shotgun slugs or high-powered rifle ammunition, as seen often in movies. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

A person can blow cosmetic powder across infrared beams to identify their position. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can use night vision goggles to identify the position of infrared beams. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can use both cosmetic powder and night vision goggles to identify the position of infrared beams. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can use a glass cutter and suction cup to silently breach a glass door without setting off sonar alarm. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can use thermal shock (extreme hot then freezing cold) to fracture the glass along a circular groove. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can tap a hole in the glass quietly enough to not set off the sonar alarm. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can drill a hole in the glass quietly enough to not set off the sonar alarm. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can crack a safe using a stethoscope. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A fingerprint lock can be fooled using a copy of an authorized fingerprint etched in latex. CONFIRMED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 2)

A fingerprint lock can be fooled using a copy of an authorized fingerprint made using ballistics gel. CONFIRMED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 2)

A fingerprint lock can be fooled by using a photocopy of an authorized fingerprint. CONFIRMED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 2)

A person can use a suction cup system to scale a skyscraper. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A shallow grave can be dug in 20 minutes. BUSTED (as seen in Fright Night)

A person can hold a pressure sensor that is under a glass case in its original position by squeezing a knife between the glass and sensor and using duct tape to hold the sensor. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can fool a pressure sensor by overloading the sensor. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can crack a safe by drilling a hole and visually forcing the tumblers into place. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

It is easy to carry a dead body. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fright Night)

A person can surreptitiously scale an air duct by using magnets, as seen in the film Firetrap. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can surreptitiously scale an air duct by using suction cups, as seen in the film Firetrap. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can blow cosmetic powder across laser beams to identify their position, as seen in the film Entrapment. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can use night vision goggles to identify the position of laser beams, as seen in the film Entrapment. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can point another laser at the photodetector to trick the security system, as seen in the film Entrapment. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

A person can hold a pressure sensor under a glass case in its original position by squeezing a knife between the glass and sensor and using gum to hold the sensor, as seen in the movie Entrapment. BUSTED (as seen in Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1)

You can scale a building with a super lightweight grappling gun. BUSTED (as seen in Superhero Hour)

A person who jumps from the roof of a building into a full dumpster can survive and run away. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Dumpster Diving)

A padlock soaked in liquid nitrogen is easier to break. CONFIRMED (as seen in Myth Evolution)

Driving

A blind person can drive a car safely by following instructions given by a passenger, as seen in Scent of a Woman. CONFIRMED (as seen in Blind Driving)

You can join two cars nose-to-nose and still go around a 90-degree turn, as seen in Date Night. BUSTED (as seen in Square Wheels)

You can join two cars nose-to-nose and still drive in a straight line, as seen in Date Night. CONFIRMED (as seen in Square Wheels)

You can join two cars nose-to-nose and still complete a 180-degree spin, as seen in Date Night. CONFIRMED (as seen in Square Wheels)

A person seated between overweight policemen in the backseat of a car can survive the impact of a T-bone collision from a truck driving at highway speed, as seen in Headhunters. BUSTED (as seen in Hypermiling/Crash Cushions)

If a car crashes through a sheet of glass being carried by two men, it can destroy the glass without injuring the men. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Car Crash Cliches)

A large truck driving at high speed can plow through two lanes of stopped cars and continue forward without stopping. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Car Crash Cliches)

One car can use another as a jump ramp, and both cars can drive away without any issues, as seen in Wanted. BUSTED (as seen in Road Rage)

A car that goes over the side of a cliff will always explode in a fireball, just like in the movies. BUSTED (as seen in Crash and Burn)

An anchored cable will pull the rear axle off a car when the car drives off, as seen in American Graffiti. BUSTED (as seen in Explosive Decompression)

While a bus is turning at 50 miles per hour, all the passengers need to move to the inside of the turn if the bus is to stay upright, as seen in Speed. BUSTED (as seen in Demolition Derby)

A car would be able to successfully drive through a fruit stand. BUSTED (as seen in Demolition Derby)

A car would be able to successfully drive through a camper trailer. BUSTED (as seen in Demolition Derby)

A car driving at 142 miles per hour can beat an identical car falling at terminal velocity in a race at a distance of 4,000 feet, as seen in a car commercial. BUSTED (as seen in Demolition Derby)

A bus can jump over a 50-foot gap in a roadway, land safely on the other side, and drive away, as seen in Speed. BUSTED (as seen in Unarmed and Unharmed)

It is possible to skip a car across the surface of a pond like a stone by driving it off a ramp at 50 miles per hour, as seen in Cannonball Run 3. BUSTED (as seen in Hidden Nasties)

A car would be able to successfully drive through a locked chain link gate. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Demolition Derby)

If a car with a surfboard on its roof gets into a 40 mph collision and stops dead, the board will be thrown ahead with enough force to punch through another car's windshield and kill the driver, as seen in Lethal Weapon 2. BUSTED (as seen in Reverse Engineering)

By driving in circles on a dusty road, a group of cars can kick up enough dust to blind a surveillance drone flying overhead, as seen in Body of Lies. BUSTED (as seen in Fire vs. Ice)

A driver being chased by another car can ricochet a bullet off the road and up through the pursuer's car to distract or injure him, as seen in Burn Notice. BUSTED (as seen in Bouncing Bullet)

An untrained driver can tip a car sideways onto two wheels and maintain balance with ease without crashing or falling back down. BUSTED (as seen in Road Rage)

A person with no flying experience can successfully land an airplane if ground control talks them through it, as seen in Airplane. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Airplane Hour)

Explosions

In a room filled with flammable gas, firing a pistol through a full carton of milk will prevent its muzzle flash from setting off a gas explosion, as seen in Kiss the Girls. BUSTED (as seen in Inverted Underwater Car)

A room filled with flammable gas can be made to explode by placing a magazine in a kitchen toaster and turning it on, as seen in The Bourne Supremacy. BUSTED (as seen in Blue Ice)

If a handgun bullet is fired at an airborne rocket-propelled grenade, the RPG will explode in midair and kill its shooter, leaving the handgun shooter unharmed, as seen in Red. BUSTED (as seen in Bikes and Bazookas)

A bathtub can protect you from a pressure-switch triggered explosion, provided you can leap into it and cover yourself with a bomb blanket fast enough, as seen in Lethal Weapon 2. CONFIRMED (as seen in Toilet Bomb)

If a wooden spear with a shotgun shell attached to its tip is used to strike an attacking wolf, the shell will detonate and injure the animal, as seen in The Grey. BUSTED (as seen in Bullet Baloney)

A small room can be quickly painted by detonating a stick of dynamite in a bucket of paint, as seen in Mr. Bean. BUSTED (as seen in Mind Control)

A bomb made from a block of C-4 can be detonated by placing it in a microwave oven and heating it for one minute, as seen in Grosse Pointe Blank. BUSTED (as seen in Greased Lightning)

An explosion inside a sewer can propel a manhole cover up into a pursuing car, launching it into the air and disabling it without injuring the people inside or any bystanders. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in A-Team Special)

If a dog retrieves a stick of dynamite thrown onto a frozen lake and gets underneath an SUV, the dynamite will blow a hole in the ice that will cause the SUV to sink, as seen in the Darwin Awards film. BUSTED (as seen in Alaska Special)

Gunpowder can be set off by a car battery by using seawater to conduct the spark, as seen in Deep Blue Sea. BUSTED (as seen in Phone Book Friction)

An SUV hit by a rocket-propelled grenade will flip over instead of exploding where it stands, as seen in the movies. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Car Crash Cliches)

Indiana Jones

A person can fall through layers of awnings and survive, as seen in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

It is possible to disarm or neutralize a pistol-wielding opponent using a whip, as seen in Raiders of the Lost Ark. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Indiana Jones Special)

It is possible to survive a chamber full of wall-mounted poison dart launchers by running past them, as seen in Raiders of the Lost Ark. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Indiana Jones Special)

It is possible to snag an overhead log with a whip and swing safely across a chasm, as seen in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Indiana Jones Special)

Jamming a wooden pole into the spokes of a moving motorbike's front wheel will cause it to flip, as seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. BUSTED (as seen in Motorcycle Flip)

James Bond

There is a difference between shaken and stirred martinis. CONFIRMED (as seen in James Bond, Part 2)

A speedboat jumping off a ramp and flying through the air can survive the landing and continue driving, as seen in Live and Let Die. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in James Bond, Part 1)

A scuba diver can wear a tuxedo underneath his drysuit, go underwater, resurface, strip off his scuba gear, and be able to present the tuxedo perfectly at a party, as seen in Goldfinger. CONFIRMED (as seen in MiniMyth Madness)

If a car equipped with a rocket-powered ejector seat is flipped upside down, it can right itself by firing the seat into the ground, as seen in Die Another Day. BUSTED (as seen in Bubble Pack Plunge)

Painting someone entirely in gold can cause them to die through skin asphyxiation, as seen in the James Bond film Goldfinger. BUSTED (as seen in Poppy-Seed Drug Test)

A car can be equipped with a discreet ejector seat, as seen in Austin Powers and Goldfinger. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

An electromagnet hidden in a wristwatch can deflect bullets, as seen in Live and Let Die. BUSTED (as seen in James Bond, Part 1)

A person can shoot a propane tank with a 9 mm pistol and make it explode, as seen in Casino Royale. BUSTED (as seen in James Bond, Part 1)

You could create a bomb small enough to fit into a ballpoint pen, as seen in GoldenEye. BUSTED (as seen in James Bond, Part 2)

A metal brimmed bowler hat can be thrown hard enough to knock the head off of a marble statue, as seen in Goldfinger. BUSTED (as seen in James Bond, Part 2)

A person can use a set of metal teeth to bite through a cable car's cable, as seen in Moonraker. BUSTED (as seen in James Bond, Part 2)

Jaws

A SCUBA tank in a shark's mouth can explode it if shot with a bullet, as seen in the film Jaws. BUSTED (as seen in Jaws Special)

A great white shark can pull a boat backward with great enough speed that waves break over the stern. BUSTED (as seen in Jaws Special)

A great white shark can hold three flotation barrels under water, as seen in Jaws. BUSTED (as seen in Jaws Special)

A great white shark can pull three flotation barrels under water, as seen in Jaws. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Jaws Special)

Misc.

Jack's death at the end of the 1997 film Titanic was preventable. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Titanic Survival)

A person can hang off the landing skid of a moving helicopter and successfully climb into the helicopter. CONFIRMED (as seen in Soda Cup Killer)

With a realistic mask and good impersonation skills, a person can trick other people into believing he is someone else, as seen in Mission ImpossiblePLAUSIBLE (as seen in Mission Impossible Mask)

A system of mirrors can be used to reflect sunlight into a cavern and illuminate it sufficiently to allow safe passage, as seen in The Mummy. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Let There Be Light)

You can be killed by quicksand sucking you in as seen in the movies. BUSTED (as seen in Quicksand)

Explosive decompression can occur if a hole forms (such as by a bullet) in a pressurized airplane, causing the plane to break up as seen in movies. BUSTED (as seen in Explosive Decompression)

A person can escape through a floor by shooting through it in a circular pattern, as seen in Underworld. BUSTED (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

A person can free fall for over 90 seconds from a height of 4,000 feet, as seen in Point Break. BUSTED (as seen in Airplane Hour)

A superhero can change into their costume quickly and effectively in a phonebooth. CONFIRMED (as seen in Superhero Hour)

Yodelling can cause an avalanche. BUSTED (as seen in Snow Special)

Your jeans can catch fire if you're being dragged behind a horse. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Water Heater)

A human head dipped into liquid nitrogen for five seconds can be shattered into pieces, as seen in Jason X. BUSTED (as seen in Hurricane Windows)

A person can hang off the edge of a building or cliff indefinitely. BUSTED (as seen in Soda Cup Killer)

It is possible to jump to safety on a collapsing rope bridge, as seen in Cliffhanger. BUSTED (as seen in Hail Hijinx)

A single banana peel on the ground will cause anyone who steps on it to slip and fall. BUSTED (as seen in Banana Slip/Double-Dip)

A piano dropped onto a house will smash cleanly through the roof. BUSTED (as seen in Household Disasters)

Sound Effectes

The sound of a punch in the movies sounds just like it does in real life. BUSTED (as seen in Blow Your Own Sail)

An explosion in the movies sounds just like it does in real life. BUSTED (as seen in Blow Your Own Sail)

The sound of a reloading gun in the movies sounds just like it does in real life. CONFIRMED (as seen in Blow Your Own Sail)

The sound of a rattlesnake's rattle in the movies sounds just like it does in real life. CONFIRMED (as seen in Blow Your Own Sail)

The sound of a gun fitted with a suppressor firing in the movies sounds just like it does in real life. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Blow Your Own Sail)

Star Wars

It would be possible for Luke Skywalker to swing across the chasm in the Death Star while carrying Princess Leia to escape the pursuing Stormtroopers, as seen in Star Wars. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Star Wars Special)

It would be possible for Han Solo to use a Tauntaun carcass to keep Luke Skywalker warm on the planet Hoth, as seen in the Empire Strikes Back. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Star Wars Special)

It would be possible for the Ewoks to destroy an Imperial AT-ST walker by crushing it between two swinging logs, as seen in Return of the Jedi. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Star Wars Special)

In a one-on-one swordfight, the combatant on the higher ground has a significant advantage, as seen in Episode III Revenge of the Sith. BUSTED (as seen in Star Wars 2)

It would be possible to dive out of the way of a Stormtrooper's laser blaster bullets, as seen in multiple Star Wars films. BUSTED (as seen in Star Wars 2)

Survival

You can survive a bomb blast if you are in a car completely buried underground, as seen in the Green Hornet. BUSTED (as seen in Green Hornet Special)

A person buried in a coffin can successfully punch his or her way out then dig their way to freedom, as seen in Kill Bill. BUSTED (as seen in Coffin Punch)

Weapons

The length of a typical action-movie gunfight is realisticBUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

A MAC-10 machine gun dropped down a flight of stairs can start firing by itself, as seen in True Lies. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

A person firing two pistols simultaneously, rather than alternating left/right hand shots, can hit targets more effectively than a person holding one pistol in a two-handed stance. CONFIRMED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

A sword can cut off the blade of another sword, as seen in the Count of Monte Cristo. BUSTED (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

It is possible to curve a bullet around an obstacle by quickly flicking the gun upon firing, as seen in Wanted. BUSTED (as seen in Curving Bullet)

It is possible to create impromptu gunpowder and use it to effectively fire a cannon made from a bamboo stalk (a Gorn cannon), as seen in Star Trek. BUSTED (as seen in Mini-Myth Mayhem)

You can use a device (called a corner shot) that shoots bullets around right angles, as seen in Wanted. CONFIRMED (as seen in Myth Evolution)

Bullets can retain lethal speed when fired into several feet of water, as seen in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

It is possible for a person to hold bullets between his fingers then put his hand into a fire to discharge them, inflicting lethal wounds on an enemy (as seen in the film Shoot 'Em Up). BUSTED (as seen in Supernatural Shooters)

It is possible to fire a bullet through a wall and hit a moving target on the other side. CONFIRMED (as seen in Supernatural Shooters)

It is possible to change fire and reload a pistol in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment. CONFIRMED (as seen in Unfinished Business)

Firing a bullet into the side of an airplane at altitude can cause a large amount of suction that massively expands the bullet hole and sucks out the passengers. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

A nail gun can inflict wounds as lethal as a firearm. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

Bullets made of silver can be as effective as unmodified ammunition. BUSTED (as seen in Hollywood Gunslingers)

If a cable snaps under tension, it can whip back and cut a person in two, as seen in the movie Ghost Ship. BUSTED (as seen in Killer Cable Snaps)

It is possible to start a playground merry-go-round spinning by shooting it, as seen in Shoot 'Em Up. BUSTED (as seen in Mission Impossible Mask)

It is possible to knock a dropped gun out of reach by hitting it with bullets fired from another one. CONFIRMED (as seen in Mission Impossible Mask)

A neon sign will explode in a shower of sparks if struck by a bullet. BUSTED (as seen in Bullet Baloney)

It is possible to split an arrow perfectly down the middle with a second arrow like in the film The Adventures of Robin Hood. BUSTED (as seen in Killer Tissue Box)

A lock can be broken by shooting it with handguns, as seen in Big Trouble in Little China. BUSTED (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

It is possible to shoot a live grenade in midair and either set it off or redirect it back toward the person who threw it. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fire in the Hole)

It is possible to cut down a tree with a machine gun. CONFIRMED (as seen in Viewers' Special 2)

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