After 14 seasons of scientific mayhem, Mythbusters is coming to a glorious end in 2016. Since 2003, Adam, Jamie, and the rest of the crew have been dispelling scientific rumors and making things blow up, while inspiring generations of kids to nurture their love for STEM. Despite all the good that the guys put out into the world, some of the Mythbusters’ biggest busts were also the experiments that made us the saddest. After all, what kid doesn’t grow up dreaming of shooting a cowboy’s hat off or building a death ray out of mirrors? If you followed Mythbusters on their 14 season run, you were bound to see a few busted myths that totally bummed you out, and this list puts all of the myths that made us the saddest to see debunked together so fans of the show can mourn in one place.
The myths busted on Mythbusters were usually things along the lines of Hollywood myths that had been perpetuated thanks to years of acceptance by viewers who believed whatever they saw on screen. Mythbusters debunked myths of that stature because it was important to the team to show an accurate depiction of the way science works. By doing so, they were able to engender a love of science among viewers that resonates so soundly because no program had ever connected with fans in such a way before – science lovers and casual viewers alike. Still, it’s a huge bummer that some of the myths that were busted were so cool.
The debunking of this myth truly broke the hearts of clumsy humans everywhere. As firm believers of the five second rule, it’s truly horrific that the amount of time that a piece of food spends on the ground has no basis on the amount of germs it picks up.
This busted myth might be the saddest one of all. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of cruising down a sail with a cool sword shoved through the fabric? When they attempted a full scale version of the myth, the guys decided it would be impossible for a pirate’s knife to be at the perfect balance between dullness and sharpness to safely cut through a sail.
Sorry For a Few Dollars More fans, but you can’t shoot the hat off a cowboy with just a pistol. In fact, you’d have to use a shotgun to have enough force to make the hat fly, and by that time the guy you were shooting at would be mostly dead.
Unfortunately for all you would-be untraceable killers out there, there’s no way that you could shave a bullet out of ice and shoot someone with it to destroy any evidence. The bullet would melt before it even left the barrel.
Adam and Jamie’s assertion that no human can break out of a coffin with punches alone (and if they could they would still suffocate) really puts a damper on your plan to live forever, hu
Why Adam and Jamie had to blow up the dreams of everyone who dreams of blowing up a shark with a pressurized scuba tank, we’ll never know. But when the guys punctured the tank it just flew around like an air rocket and didn’t explode.
If you were planning on re-creating Mario Kart with your buddies, you can forget about the banana peels. While they may be slippery, they’re not slippery enough to cause a person to slip and fall like they were in a Jerry Lewis movie.
Sorry guys, but the next time you’re playing pirate you can forget about sneaking up on your friends under an overturned rowboat. The human body is just too darn buoyant.
In the fourth ever episode, the guys debunked the myth that someone can drop a penny off the top of the Empire State Building and kill someone, as the penny would be traveling at terminal velocity (65 mph) as if fired from a rifle. There goes your big New York penny drop idea.
Despite feeling some discomfort in his chest after being subjected to multiple low frequency tones, Adam never lost control of his bowels. This busted myth totally throws off any plans to be a subsonic supervillain out the window.
Totally destroying the super awesome myth that classic films and cartoons stuck in our minds, Adam and Jamie did a test to see if someone could actually drown in quicksand. They discovered that quicksand is actually denser than water, and that anyone who died in quicksand probably died from exposure or dehydration.
This is incredibly depressing, as it’s been a dream of many an amateur yodeler to set off an avalanche, but apparently no amount of yodeling can spark one.
Ruining the dreams of every boy who grew up watching James Bond movies, the MythBusters debunked this sniper myth when the bullet they fired was either stopped or deflected by the multiple layers of lenses in the scope.
In their experiment to try plugging up a shotgun with a human finger, the test hands they used were both completely destroyed by a shotgun blast. If only we were all Bugs Bunny.
Much to the chagrin of all the Trekkies out there, Kirk never would have been able to defeat the Gorn captain by making a bamboo cannon. It’s more likely that he would have blown himself to Star Trek heaven if he’d tried that option.
Taking on a myth from antiquity, Adam and Jamie tried to construct a death ray from mirrors that could harness the energy of the sun. They decided that t he mirror would have to be impractically large, and even then, the temperature of their target was only raised a few degrees.
Sorry all you would-be candy stealing jerks out there, but according to Adam and Jamie’s calculations, it’s actually harder to take candy from a baby than to procure it in the normal, everyday way: stealing it from a grocery store.
Sorry Bond fans, but Oddjob’s metal-lined bowler hat just wouldn’t be that effective as a tool of intimidation seeing as how the most it can cut through is a plaster statue.
Even though this myth seemed implausible to begin with, we were holding out hope because it does sound fun. But when the team tried to replicate the experiment, everyone ended up dying.
No matter what Lucille Ball said, you can’t pick up radio signals in your tooth fillings. Which is a bummer for anyone whose been walking around with their mouth open trying to find Coast to Coast AM for months.
Young carnies everywhere had their hearts broken when Adam and Jamie debunked the myth of a human being able to catch a bullet in their teeth. They simulated firing the bullet into a pig’s teeth (which are much stronger than human teeth), and every time it shattered the animal’s chompers.
In “The Mad Trombonist,” the guys tried to shoot a firecracker out of the horn while simultaneously blowing up the bell. Unfortunately, since life isn’t anything like a Looney Tunes cartoon, the guys weren’t able to make the horn explode until they attached it to model rocket engines.
While trying to discover if pyramid shapes can can harness the power of math (the most powerful of concepts), the guys tried to keep an apple from decaying, and milk from spoiling, but sadly the pyramids did nothing for their produce.
We kind of just wanted this myth to work because it’s so gross, but according to the busting team, earwax doesn’t melt as consistently as paraffin.
If you’re a conspiracy theory nut, the busted myth of mind control chips being placed in people’s bloodstreams during blood donations is kind of a bummer. At least Adam and Jamie discovered that a stud finder could locate a microchip inside a human body.