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Myth Results: TV

posted: 10/21/15
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Breaking Bad

A chunk of solid mercury fulminate can be used as an impact explosive to blow up a room without injuring the person throwing it, as seen in Breaking Bad. BUSTED (as seen in Breaking Bad Special)

Concentrated hydrofluoric acid in a bathtub can completely dissolve a human body and eat a hole through the tub and the bathroom floor below it, as seen in Breaking Bad. BUSTED (as seen in Breaking Bad Special)

The booby trap built by Walter White in the series finale of Breaking Bad, using a remote-controlled M60 machine gun on a motorized swiveling mount in a car trunk, could realistically kill a roomful of people. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Blow It Out of the Water)

Driving

A car can jump a significant distance using a pile of soil as a ramp and land with minimal damage or loss of momentum, as seen in Dukes of Hazzard. BUSTED (as seen in Mega Movie Myths)

As seen in the TV series Knight Rider, a moving car can safely drive into the back of a moving truck. CONFIRMED (as seen in Big Rig Myths)

Game Shows

When presented with the Monty Hall problem (choosing a door), people tend to stick with their first choice. CONFIRMED (as seen in Wheel of Mythfortune)

When presented with the Monty Hall problem (choosing a door), a person is more likely to win if they change their decision. CONFIRMED (as seen in Wheel of Mythfortune)

MacGyver

A person can blow a man-sized hole in a wall with one gram of sodium reacting with water. BUSTED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

A person can make a working two seater ultralight plane out of makeshift materials, such as bamboo and a lawnmower engine. BUSTED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

An ultralight plane can keep sustained flight with a 9 horsepower engine. BUSTED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

An ultralight plane can make a safe landing while gliding. CONFIRMED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

It is possible to use the gunpowder from six revolver cartridges to make a miniature bomb, as seen in MacGyver. BUSTED (as seen in Swimming in Syrup)

A person can break a light bulb using drain cleaner shot out of a spray bottle, as seen in MacGyver. CONFIRMED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

A person can "repair" a fuse box by wrapping a burnt-out fuse with a metal foil gum wrapper. CONFIRMED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

A person can stop a sulfuric acid leak with chocolate and hot water. CONFIRMED (as seen in MacGyver Special)

Misc.

A SCUBA diver can be sucked up from the water by a firefighting helicopter and dumped on a forest fire, as seen on CSI. BUSTED (as seen in Scuba Diver and Car Capers)

Ancient sounds, including voices, can be recovered from old pottery, as seen on The X-Files. BUSTED (as seen in Killer Cable Snaps)

A taser being used on a target covered with pepper spray will cause the target to catch on fire, as seen in CSI. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Fireball Stun Gun)

It is possible to survive a 35 foot jump onto a mattress floating on top of a swimming pool, as seen in Burn Notice. BUSTED (as seen in Mattress Mayhem)

Crab pots are indestructible. BUSTED (as seen in Deadliest Catch Crabtastic Special)

Working a 30-hour shift with a 20-minute nap every six hours results in double the performance of not getting any sleep. CONFIRMED (as seen in Deadliest Catch Crabtastic Special)

A fisherman can be pulled to the bottom of the ocean if he is caught in a coiled rope attached to a sinking crab pot. PLAUSIBLE (as seen in Deadliest Catch Crabtastic Special)

It is possible to bungee jump and safely snatch an apple in one's teeth from a barrel of water on the ground, as seen in a commercial. BUSTED (as seen in Commercial Myths)

It is difficult hold onto a live hand grenade for longer than two hours, as seen in the show The Bridge. BUSTED (as seen in Unfinished Business)

A cannon fashioned from a log can fire half-width 2-by-4 planks, fueled by a propane explosion and mounted on a forklift. BUSTED (as seen in A-Team Special)

Zombies

It is impossible to outrun or escape from a massively large zombie horde, as seen in the Walking Dead. BUSTED (as seen in Zombie Special)

A zombie horde can collectively force their way through any barricaded door, as seen in the Walking Dead. BUSTED (as seen in Zombie Special)

An ax is a more effective weapon against a horde of zombies than a gun, as seen in the Walking Dead. CONFIRMED (as seen in Zombie Special)

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