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Myth Results: Survival

posted: 10/21/15
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Accidents

You can survive after being buried alive. BUSTED (as seen in Buried Alive)

A high fall over water can be survived by throwing a hammer in first to break the surface tension. BUSTED (as seen in Buried Alive)

It's possible to get injured if the pulley you're using to lift a 500-pound barrel of bricks goes awry, lifting you up and then dropping you when the barrel below you breaks. BUSTED (as seen in Barrel of Bricks)

If an elevator suddenly falls, you can survive by jumping up just as it crashes. BUSTED (as seen in Elevator of Death, Levitation Machine)

Holding a large sheet of plywood will slow a fall from a building enough to make it survivable. BUSTED (as seen in Beat the Radar Detector)

A regular house fan can cause decapitation. BUSTED (as seen in Ming Dynasty Astronaut)

A falling icicle can kill a person. CONFIRMED (as seen in Viewers-Choice/Christmas Special)

A raft or escape slide will save you from a fall out of an airplane by acting as a parachute. BUSTED (as seen in Escape Slide Parachute)

A person who falls from a great enough height into water will sustain the same injuries as if he had landed on pavement. BUSTED (as seen in Dodge a Bullet)

Standing in a doorway yields the best chance of survival when an earthquake hitsBUSTED (as seen in Down and Dirty/Earthquake Survival)

A rock kicked up by a lawnmower can deliver the same energy and force as a bullet fired from a .357 Magnum revolver. CONFIRMED (as seen in Glass Guillotine)

Explosions

By diving on a live grenade you reduce the blast enough to save your surrounding friends. CONFIRMED (as seen in Grenades and Guts)

By throwing a grenade into a bucket of water you slow down the blast enough to save the surrounding people. CONFIRMED (as seen in Grenades and Guts)

A person can survive a large underwater explosion at a distance of 50 feet. BUSTED (as seen in Phone Book Friction)

If a live grenade lands near a person, he can avoid shrapnel injuries by lying flat on the ground. BUSTED (as seen in Wheel of Mythfortune)

A person can increase his chances of surviving an underwater explosion by floating on his back at the surface. CONFIRMED (as seen in Paper Armor)

It is possible to survive a bomb explosion by placing the device in a filing cabinet before it goes off. BUSTED (as seen in Fire in the Hole)

It is possible to survive a bomb explosion by placing the device in a bed under the mattress before it goes off. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fire in the Hole)

It is possible to survive a bomb explosion by placing the device in an aquarium full of water before it goes off. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fire in the Hole)

It is possible to survive a bomb explosion by placing the device in a garbage truck before it goes off. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fire in the Hole)

Underwater Car

You can escape a car that has fallen into the water as soon as water covers the car window from the outside. BUSTED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by using a manual window crank. BUSTED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by opening power windows. BUSTED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by attempting to break the window using a set of keys. BUSTED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by attempting to break the window using a cell phone. BUSTED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by attempting to break the window using steel-toed boots. BUSTED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can breathe the air from an underwater tire to stay alive. BUSTED (as seen in Myth Revolution)

If a car falls into the water and becomes submerged, you cannot open the door until the interior is flooded. CONFIRMED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can escape a car that has fallen into the water immediately after hitting the water. CONFIRMED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can escape a car that has fallen into the water as soon as the water inside the car is up to your waist. CONFIRMED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by attempting to break the window using a window-breaking hammer. CONFIRMED (as seen in Underwater Car)

You can open a window in a submerged car by attempting to break the window using a spring-loaded center punch. CONFIRMED (as seen in Underwater Car)

Weather

Metal body piercings increase one's chances of being hit by lightning. BUSTED (as seen in Lightning Strikes/Tongue Piercings)

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