Experiments

Myth Results: Transportation

posted: 10/21/15
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Aviation

A jet engine can cause a taxi to go flying through the air if the vehicle passes behind the jet as it goes to full throttle. CONFIRMED (as seen in Buried in Concrete)

A jet engine can be built out of vacuum cleaner parts. BUSTED (as seen in Breaking Glass)

You can build a flying machine from parts bought on the Internet. BUSTED (as seen in Jet Pack)

Your cell phone can interfere with an airplane's instruments. BUSTED (as seen in Cell Phones on Planes)

The engines of a Boeing 747 can flip a taxi. CONFIRMED (as seen in Special Supersized Myths)

The engines of a Boeing 747 can flip a school bus. CONFIRMED (as seen in Special Supersized Myths)

The engines of a Boeing 747 can flip a small airplane. CONFIRMED (as seen in Special Supersized Myths)

A plane cannot take off while on a conveyor belt moving at the same speed in the opposite direction. BUSTED (as seen in Airplane on a Conveyor Belt)

If the contents of an airplane toilet are jettisoned mid-flight, they can freeze into a solid mass capable of inflicting severe injury upon hitting the ground. CONFIRMED (as seen in Blue Ice)

Airplanes can save fuel and money by flying in V-formation, similar to a flock of birds. CONFIRMED (as seen in Toilet Bomb)

The standard back-to-front airplane boarding system is really the slowest. CONFIRMED (as seen in Plane Boarding)

The Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance plane is harder to fly and land safely than any other type of aircraft in the world. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Flights of Fantasy)

An unmanned multirotor in flight, like those projected for use in drone deliveries, can inflict a severe injury with its propellers. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Flights of Fantasy)

A stamp placed on the rotor of a helicopter can unbalance the spinning rotors enough to cause it to crash. BUSTED (as seen in Mentos and Soda)

Changes in air pressure that occur while flying in an airplane can cause breast implants to explode. BUSTED (as seen in Cell Phone Destroys Gas Station)

Boats

A strong enough hailstorm can sink a boat. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Hail Hijinx)

You can split a boat in half by driving it into a channel marker. BUSTED (as seen in Birds in a Truck)

A boat is still able to drive with its trailer attached. CONFIRMED (as seen in Son of a Gun)

A working boat can be completely constructed with pykrete. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Alaska Special)

A sailboat stranded in calm water can move forward by using an onboard fan to blow air into the sail. CONFIRMED (as seen in Blow Your Own Sail)

A tidal whirlpool can sink a container ship. BUSTED (as seen in Whirlpool/Snowplow)

A tidal whirlpool can sink a fishing trawler. BUSTED (as seen in Whirlpool/Snowplow)

Cars

A decomposing body left inside a car can leave a smell that will never be removed. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Stinky Car)

On a short slope, a toy car can beat a real one in a race. BUSTED (as seen in Is Yawning Contagious?)

A broken driveshaft dragging on the ground can cause a car to pole vault end-over-end if it strikes a pothole. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Port-a-Potty)

One can design a car stereo such that the bass can quickly shatter all the windows of the automobile. BUSTED (as seen in Shattering Subwoofer)

Throwing an object backward off a moving vehicle at the same speed as the vehicle is traveling forward will cause the object to drop straight to the ground. CONFIRMED (as seen in Spy Car Escape)

Driving

Talking on a cell phone while driving is just as dangerous as being drunk. CONFIRMED (as seen in Killer Brace Position)

A car will achieve a smoother ride on a rough road if it's driven faster. CONFIRMED (as seen in Shattering Subwoofer)

An airbag detonation will blow your thumbs clean off if your hands are in the 10-2 position. BUSTED (as seen in Myth Revolution)

Driving backward on ice is a safer method than driving forward since it gives the car more traction. BUSTED (as seen in Snow Special)

You can stop a runaway car by shifting into reverse. BUSTED (as seen in Viewers' Special)

You can make a 90 degree turn in a car with the help of a grappling hook. BUSTED (as seen in Superhero Hour)

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

A person can hold on to the roof of a car while the car is making a big turn. BUSTED (as seen in Prison Escape)

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

A person can hold on to the hood of a car while the car is zig-zagging. BUSTED (as seen in Prison Escape)

A person can hold on to the hood of a car while the car is making a big turn. BUSTED (as seen in Prison Escape)

A person can shake someone off the roof of a car by going through a car wash. BUSTED (as seen in Prison Escape)

A person can shake someone off the hood of a car by going through a car wash. BUSTED (as seen in Prison Escape)

Driving a convertible with the top down in the rain at a high speed will ensure the driver will stay dry. CONFIRMED (as seen in Car vs. Rain)

Driving while tired is more dangerous than driving while tipsy. CONFIRMED (as seen in Arrow Machine Gun:)

A foam cup filled with soda, tossed from a car moving at highway speed, is capable of piercing another car's windshield and killing the driver. BUSTED (as seen in Soda Cup Killer)

It is possible to safely stop an out-of-control car by pulling in front of it, allowing the bumpers to touch and then slowing down. CONFIRMED (as seen in Let There Be Light)

Certain types of footwear -- such as high heels can negatively affect a person's ability to drive. BUSTED (as seen in Driving in Heels)

Driving with a full bladder is as dangerous as driving over the legal limit for alcohol. BUSTED (as seen in Driving in Heels)

If a car stuffed with balloons crashes, the balloons will act as an airbag and make the crash survivable. BUSTED (as seen in Trench Torpedo)

In a 30-foot race, a human can outrun a race car. BUSTED (as seen in Indy Car Special)

An Indy race car can generate enough suction against the ground while driving to remove a manhole cover from its manhole. BUSTED (as seen in Indy Car Special)

During an IndyCar Series race, a driver can lose 10 pounds due to sweat. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Indy Car Special)

Whether a driver stays in the same lane or constantly changes lanes, the total time for a car trip is not affected. BUSTED (as seen in Traffic Tricks)

The driver and the passenger can work cooperatively to drive a car, with the passenger steering and the driver operating the pedals. BUSTED (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

Just a quick touch of the brakes can touch off a traffic jam rippling behind you long after you've moved on. CONFIRMED (as seen in Traffic Tricks)

A roundabout is a far more effective way to move cars through an intersection than the four-way stop signs used in the US. CONFIRMED (as seen in Traffic Tricks)

The driver and the passenger can switch seats while inside the car with the car moving at speed. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

The passenger can dump an incapacitated driver out of the driver's side door and take control of the car with the car moving at speed. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Car Chase Chaos / Animal Antics)

During a car chase, it is very difficult for the pursuing driver to use his car to push his target off the road. BUSTED (as seen in Road Rage)

A driver can turn corners more quickly by drifting. BUSTED (as seen in Drifting)

It is just as dangerous to use a hands-free cell phone while driving as it is to use a handheld cell phone. CONFIRMED (as seen in Dangerous Driving)

It is possible to drift into a parallel parking space without hitting either of the adjacent cars or the curb. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Drifting)

It's possible to drive competently at high speed while in reverse. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Dangerous Driving)

For journeys shorter than 400 miles, driving is faster than flying. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Traffic Tricks)

Engine

A car can run properly on moonshine without any modifications. CONFIRMED (as seen in Moonshiner Myths)

A car engine will be destroyed when liquid drain cleaner added to the fuel tank. BUSTED (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

A car engine will be destroyed when sugar is added to the fuel tank. BUSTED (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

Adding bleach to the oil of a car can destroy the engine. CONFIRMED (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

A car engine will be destroyed when bleach is added to the fuel tank. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

When a car radiator is bone dry, cola can be used as a substitute for coolant. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

If you use a bullet as a makeshift fuse in your car, it may heat up enough while the car is driving to discharge and shoot the driver. BUSTED (as seen in Explosive Decompression)

If you plug the tailpipe of a car with objects, the engine will be destroyed. BUSTED (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

Black powder be used to power an engine. BUSTED (as seen in Air Cylinder Rocket)

Fuel Efficiency

It is more fuel efficient to use air conditioning when the car is traveling approximately 50 mph or more. CONFIRMED (as seen in Boom-Lift Catapult)

It is more fuel efficient to drive a pick-up truck with its tailgate down, rather than up. BUSTED (as seen in Seasickness - Kill or Cure)

You can get better fuel mileage with a homemade hydrogen fuel cell. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Pants)

Drafting behind a big rig will improve a car's fuel efficiency. CONFIRMED (as seen in Big Rig Myths)

Electric cars are more sluggish than gasoline-powered cars. BUSTED (as seen in Young Scientist Special)

Driving while angry decreases fuel economy. CONFIRMED (as seen in Exploding Steak)

A dirty car is more fuel efficient than a clean car. BUSTED (as seen in Clean Car vs. Dirty Car)

A '70s Porsche was more aerodynamic if the body were turned backward than left as designed. BUSTED (as seen in Reverse Engineering)

Driving a route taking only right turns is more fuel efficient than taking any route that includes left turns. CONFIRMED (as seen in Waterslide Wipeout)

A car's tire pressure can significantly affect its fuel efficiency. CONFIRMED (as seen in MiniMyth Madness)

Riding a motorcycle is better for the environment than driving a car. BUSTED (as seen in Bikes and Bazookas)

You can use various hypermiling techniques (such as turning off your engine while waiting at a red light or driving more slowly on the highway) to greatly increase fuel efficiency of your car. BUSTED (as seen in Hypermiling/Crash Cushions)

Misc

A car bumper can explode in a car fire and fly through the air. BUSTED (as seen in Exploding Bumper)

By picking the lock of car you can set off the airbags with enough force the lock pick can pierce the skull. BUSTED (as seen in Western Myths)

Spray-on truck bedliner resin can withstand a car crash. BUSTED (as seen in Drain Disaster)

Spray-on truck bedliner resin can withstand a dog bite. CONFIRMED (as seen in Drain Disaster)

Spray-on truck bedliner resin can withstand an explosion. CONFIRMED (as seen in Drain Disaster)

Superglue is strong enough to restrain a driver during an automobile accident, without the use of a seat belt. BUSTED (as seen in Driving in Heels)

It is possible to break a car window using only your fingers. BUSTED (as seen in Mini Myth Medley)

You can create a high-speed go-kart by filling a 55-gallon oil drum with methanol, adding wheels, and then igniting the gas. BUSTED (as seen in Swinging Pirates)

Speed Cameras

You can beat a police radar using, for example, tinfoil to cover your hubcaps. BUSTED (as seen in Beat the Radar Detector)

A speed camera cannot see through a lenticular lens plate cover. BUSTED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

A speed camera cannot see through plastic wrap. BUSTED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

A speed camera cannot see through hair spray. BUSTED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

A speed camera cannot see through commercial spray PhotoBlocker Spray. BUSTED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

A speed camera cannot take a picture of a car if it is going fast enough. BUSTED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

A magnified cover will let you beat a speed camera. BUSTED (as seen in Myth Revolution)

A reflective cover will let you beat a speed camera. BUSTED (as seen in Myth Revolution)

Commercial spray will let you beat a speed camera. BUSTED (as seen in Myth Revolution)

A speed camera can take a picture of a passing bird. CONFIRMED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

At a certain speed, beyond most commercial vehicles range, you can beat a speed camera. CONFIRMED (as seen in Myth Revolution)

A speed camera cannot see through a crystallized plate cover. BUSTED (as seen in Speed Cameras)

Wheels

It is possible to re-inflate a flat tire and re-seat it on its rim by spraying in engine starting fluid and igniting it. BUSTED (as seen in Wheel of Mythfortune)

You can fix a flat tire by a carving a replacement wheel from a log. CONFIRMED (as seen in Fixing a Flat)

You can fix a flat tire by stuffing straw in the flat tire. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fixing a Flat)

You can solve the problem of a flat tire by driving on the wheel rim. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fixing a Flat)

You can solve the problem of a flat tire by driving on a manhole cover. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fixing a Flat)

Square wheels can give an advantage in hill-climbing when compared to round ones. BUSTED (as seen in Square Wheels)

A vehicle fitted with square wheels can provide a smooth ride if driven fast enough. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Square Wheels)

Other

A V-shaped snow plow is capable of perfectly bifurcating a car front to rear in a head on collision, while the driver and the passenger both escape unharmed. BUSTED (as seen in Alaska Special)

It is possible to convert a 2CV into a working motorcycle using only hand tools. BUSTED (as seen in Transformers)

It is possible to build a glider out of concrete. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Concrete Glider)

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