Experiments

Myth Results: Natural World

posted: 10/21/15
Fire-Extinguisher Firepower
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Fire

Fire can be started using a bullet. CONFIRMED (as seen in Shredded Plane)

Fire can be started using ice. CONFIRMED (as seen in Shredded Plane)

Fire can be started using a steel wool and the ends of a battery. CONFIRMED (as seen in Shredded Plane)

If thrown into a fire, a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher with a safety valve will explode and put out the fire. BUSTED (as seen in Water Stun Gun)

If thrown into a fire, a chemical foam fire extinguisher with a safety valve will explode and put out the fire. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Water Stun Gun)

If thrown into a fire, a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher without a safety valve will explode and put out the fire. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Water Stun Gun)

You can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together. CONFIRMED (as seen in Shredded Plane)

It is possible to put out a grease fire with enough water. CONFIRMED (as seen in Greased Lightning)

Sound alone can put out a fire. CONFIRMED (as seen in Voice Flame Extinguisher)

Weather

A piece of straw can penetrate all the way through a palm tree if propelled by hurricane-force winds. BUSTED (as seen in Deadly Straw)

Wearing metal-cleated shoes such as golf shoes make you more susceptible to a lightning strike. BUSTED (as seen in Blind Driving)

Tornado-force winds can propel window glass with enough speed to decapitate a person. CONFIRMED (as seen in Flu Fiction)

It is possible to build a personal tornado protection device. CONFIRMED (as seen in Storm Chasing Myths)

A house will suffer significantly less damage in a major storm if the windows are left open. BUSTED (as seen in Hurricane Windows)

Misc.

A sonic boom will shatter glass. BUSTED (as seen in Curving Bullet)

Polygraph tests plants and bacteria have feelings and emotions. BUSTED (as seen in Deadly Straw)

A tidal whirlpool can sink a person. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Whirlpool/Snowplow)

Trees are 90% air. BUSTED (as seen in Blind Driving)

Greenhouse gases increase the amount of heat absorbed by air. CONFIRMED (as seen in Young Scientist Special)

The methane in cow manure is enough to power things like a hand lawnmower. CONFIRMED (as seen in Young Scientist Special)

Pykrete is stronger than ice. CONFIRMED (as seen in Alaska Special)

Water boiled in a microwave oven will kill plants. BUSTED (as seen in *DO* Try This at Home?)

Water falling in front of a stereo speaker can appear to freeze in place. CONFIRMED (as seen in *DO* Try This at Home?)

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