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Saturday, 13 April 2013

M is for Mythbusters

Another personal favourite for me - Mythbusters.

Photo courtesy of the Discovery Channel website

For those of you not familiar with the show, Mythbusters follows Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci using science and robotics to bust, or confirm, their favourite historic, urban or movie myths. Notable ones have been whether it's possible to wakeboard behind the scoop of a JCB, if you really can't teach an old dog new tricks, and if you can make a boat out of duct tape.

What I love about this show is the degree of utter joy all involved have in their work. Watching Kari, Grant and Tory celebrate as a canister of coffee creamer explodes twenty feet in the air is infectious. Even the smaller myths, such as whether swearing increases pain tolerance, are done with an eye to bringing the most fun possible to the situation. The sight of Adam with his hand in a jar of ice water shouting "Puppies! Kittens! Baby hippo!" will stay with me for the rest of my life.

So I urge every one of you to head over to the Discovery Channel and check out Mythbusters. If nothing else, see it for the truly wonderful fainting goats episode. I don't know which made me laugh harder - the moment Tory leapt out of a trough covered in hay, or the looks on their faces when everyone managed to get a reaction from the goats but them.

Actually, no. It was probably the moment a goat ran up and kicked Tory in the nuts.

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