Bottle Bash

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Bottle Bash"

Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: For Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, science doesn't stop at cocktail hour. When drunken brawls break out, beer bottles often start flying, so the two MythBusters put some sober scrutiny into the question of whether an empty or full brewskie can do more damage.

First, they outfitted a football helmet with accelerometers to gauge the amount of g-force those flying bottles carry. After smashing a six-pack over a stunt dummy's head, the MythBusters discovered that the full beer bottles won out with an average g-force of 28 gs, compared to 22 gs from empty bottles.

For a look at what happens in and around sloshed skulls, the MythBusters built a fake head and brains to see how much bone and brain damage the bottles inflict. Again, the brimming bottles beat out the empties, triggering more dangerous brain movement and skull fractures. Both types of bottles yielded roughly the same amount of skin lacerations from broken glass, but the internal head trauma conclusively tipped the scales in favor of the full brewskies.

Although the best-case scenario is to avoid bar room broils to begin with, the busted myth deemed full beer bottles the worse weapon.

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