Mythbusters myth gone wrong

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj-CErr0VOY&feature=youtu.be

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertai...calif-home-amp-lands-minivan-article-1.988169
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Accidents do happen; good thing no one was hurt.
     
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    Please tell me no Kari's were harmed in the testing of this myth! :eek:
     
  5. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    What's wild is that the couple didn't notice it until the drywall was collapsing. The mean the projectile was traveling with such force that the resistance of the door and wall were so little that the force didn't have time to be transferred to the surrounding material - the point of impact just catastrophically failed and the cannonball went on its merry way.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, I think they started out with science, but have moved into more of a "well that didn't work right, so let's blow it up" show.
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Man I want to see that show. That is kind of an OPPS moment.
     
  8. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I live a couple miles from where this happened, it made the local news Lol!! The place where they shot it from is a military training camp, I guess the cannonball flew way outside of where it was supposed to. Funny this all happened in Dublin, CA and I'm going there in a couple minutes.
     
  9. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I'd love to see the video of the cannon firing the cannonball.... holy cow!
     
  10. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Yeah, but what was the myth? That's what I want to know. ;)
     
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. With the stuff that they do, I'm surprised there aren't more accidents.
     
  12. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    MythBusters is a pretty awful show. I wouldn't mind if the bad press got it pulled off the air... :)
     
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    Glad no one was hurt, so in that case I'd love to see video.
     
  14. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    What's wrong with it?
     
  15. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    I agree. If it takes blowing things up once in a while every week to get people's attention and teach a bit of science, so be it. It's only an hour show, so some of the science understandably ends up on the cutting room floor.

    I do have to admit that some of the myths are getting rather thin though.
     
  16. charlieroberts macrumors 6502a

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    I also think it has gone downhill pretty quickly... Still like some episodes but the science has become increasingly dubious and the myths ever so boring
     
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    LoL i second that one :)
     
  18. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    They don't really do myths anymore, just see how they can blow **** up.
     
  19. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    The science is sketchy, at best. Like the episode where they test if a boat will split in half when hitting a stationary object... but they test it on land. Water has very different properties than air, so the whole test is completely meaningless... doesn't stop them declaring the myth "busted", though.

    On a personal level, I also just find the hosts really annoying.

    They occasionally have a decent show... the one about getting out of a sinking car was reasonably decent. But overall, I find it obnoxious enough that I'll turn it off rather than suffer through it.
     
  20. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    The CNN news report shows a hole in the side of the house! :eek:


    Edit:
    Missed MacNut's original video. Unbelievable stuff...
     
  21. yg17 macrumors G5

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    How the hell does a cannonball go up stairs, smash through a wall, bounce off all sorts of other crap along the way, and still have enough velocity to fly over a 6 lane road? That's nuts.
     
  22. ardent73 macrumors regular

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    Blame it on the wind?

    They couldn't solve a high-school level physics problem? I did this in HS, first calculate where it will land, mark an X, smash the X with the ball, Easy A+, smaller scale and indoors, but still, do the math, it works every time.

    This is a screw up on the level of smashing a billion dollar probe on Mars instead of a nice landing because some moron doesn't know the difference between feet and meters.
     
  23. nouveau macrumors member

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    It's called physics
     
  24. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    in the boat test water or air really does not make much differences in the results of it since it is all about moment. Heck in water it would be harder to do not easier.
    The only thing they might done wrong is the boat could of been turning witch would of provided that needed curve arch in the hit.

    But your reasoning for calling it crap is not valid as water vs air would not of effected the result.
     
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