Experiments

You Can Catch A Bullet In Your Teeth

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Helium Football."
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Finding: BUSTED

Explanation:Footage from a 1950s television show called You Asked for It featured a guy supposedly catching a bullet in his teeth. The host warned the audience not to try the stunt at home, but of course MythBusters Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci couldn't resist.

To execute such a feat, the man must've had superhuman reflexes and jaw strength, since bullets can travel faster than 850 feet (almost 260 meters) per second. Even if someone could react quickly enough to literally bite the bullet, those pearly whites and jaw bones would still have to withstand the slug's tremendous amount of kinetic energy.

Since this experiment would be beyond dangerous for a human daredevil, a deceased pig actually settled the score. Since pigs' teeth and jaws are stronger than humans', the MythBusters figured that if a porker couldn't withstand a bullet's force, a person couldn't either.

Clamping the pig's teeth around a bullet with a bite force equivalent to a person's, the MythBusters then struck the bullet hard enough to simulate the amount of force delivered by a gunshot. As suspected, the bullet's massive energy load was too much for the pig's teeth to bear, and the bacon jaws couldn't hang onto it.

Since the stronger porcine jaws couldn't bite the bullet, the myth of it being humanly possible to catch a bullet in your teeth was shot to pieces.

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