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2013-09-03 02:10:18 PM

BafflerMeal: the show would be much better if it was just a xkcd show of 'what ifs' and 'because we cans'.


The actual number of relatively common yet testable myths is finite.  At some point, they have to start scraping the bottom of the barrel.
 
2013-09-03 02:10:32 PM

jst3p: MooseUpNorth: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

It's a horrible show, but it's fine entertainment for the tards. I don't give a shiat if you like it, just don't pretend it's anything but a couple goofballs breaking shiat in a warehouse

[pichars.org image 357x400]

This. Calm down Dow. It's just a TV show.


Alright fine but then you don't get to make fun of me for liking Jersey Shore. Deal?
 
2013-09-03 02:10:51 PM
I don't understand that hate.  Mythbusters got both my niece and my nephew interested in science as teens.  Both are well on their way to earning their Masters (one in marine biology, the other in chemical engineering).  Sure, at the time they were just gawking at two guys blowing stuff up unnecessarily, but it sparked an interest that lead them to a pretty awesome real science.
 
2013-09-03 02:11:16 PM

joeshill: "I hypothesize that it is impossible to set a ship afire with mirrors."
Later that same year: "Well, I tried a few different methods, and couldn't set the ship afire - therefore, my hypothesis is correct!"


That was never the hypothesis. You could set a ship on fire (or more likely start fires ON it) with mirrors if you set them up right. That's how heliostats work.

The actual myth was that a group of soldiers with polished bronze shields were able to act in tandem to set fire to an entire fleet of ships approaching to attack in a harbor by reflecting the light of the sun using their shields.

Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

At some point you can say "myth busted" with a high enough confidence factor.
 
2013-09-03 02:11:20 PM

Rising Ape: Kit Fister: Okay, and if you expect a one-hour TV show to cover rigorous scientific testing of myths, you're an elitist prick.

What a depressingly anti-intellectual worldview - anthing that requires even a little thought and patience is "elitist", is it? One hour is plenty of time to cover things in a thoughtful way - not as thoroughly as a scientific paper of course, but a lot better than what they actually do.


No, but biatching and moaning and shiatting all over an attempt to make the basics of scientific thought -- of questioning what you might have held to be true -- is. If it doesn't live up to YOUR expectations of what it should be, then it's obviously shiat.

I love actual scientific documentaries and all, but i want to be entertained with some basic science and blowing shiat up. I'll watch Discovery or youtube for actual science.
 
2013-09-03 02:11:51 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: PsyLord: China White Tea: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

[static.someecards.com image 420x294]

The graphic does get a chuckle from me every time I see it.  Look at the size of that huge cracker she's eating.

She's eating a sandwich.


Like she farking owns the place.

Biatch.
 
2013-09-03 02:12:21 PM
This is what happens when you let pretentious assholes design.  They're too busy inflating their ego to take into consideration practical aspects of their design.
 
2013-09-03 02:13:03 PM

Voiceofreason01: BafflerMeal: My favorite episodes:

1.  Did that car in that movie skip across water like a stone?  Let's not look at the film and ask everyone involved how they did it, let's just make stuff up and decide.

Yeah, it's not like they consulted experts in film making and practical special effects....


Missing the point.

"Did that car really skip over the water?  Well we have no way of finding out, so let's make a test to see if it's a myth or not."

They ran out of 'myths' a long time ago.  If they want to just do cool stuff, that's fine.  But the show is basement stupid as framed for the public.  Clearly they have an easy way to answer the question above.  Similarly they could have just framed it as 'recreating how it happened'.  That's kind of cool in itself.  But that's not what the show does.  It approaches everything like the above from a position of stupid.
 
2013-09-03 02:13:09 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Lol, I literally said "I don't care if you like it" in the post you quoted, yet you used that pic anyway.


You've been throwing a thread-long tantrum and throwing insults left and right. Damned right, I used it. Chill the fark down, dude, you're going to pop a vein.
 
2013-09-03 02:13:39 PM
Besides, don't they frequently ask for and receive help from pretty much anyone they ask it from in the formal scientific community? If their methods were really that bad, the scientific community wouldn't want anything to do with them.
 
2013-09-03 02:13:43 PM

stamped human bacon: Paris1127: /also: Archimedes sought to burn a fleet of Roman ships using the Sun. The skyscraper melted plastic in a stationary vehicle. Point: Mythbusters. Seriously, they've tested this myth like 3 times now... Even Obama couldn't get them to do it.

Did they ever do it with people in the boat?  Seems like you don't really need to catch the boat on fire, you just need to make the people on board feel like you can.


They made it start to smolder, which to me says that you could create the kind of panic that would keep people the fark out of your harbor...

Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The Mythbusters never "bust" anything but their own ineptitude.

yes, yes you must be some kind of super genius because you can point out that the experiments in a show primarily about blowing stuff up are not always rigorously performed. Besides that, they do a pretty good job given the limitations of the medium: production time, budget and air time.


Except that they CONSTANTLY inform us that what they are doing is "science", followed by them immediately throwing the scientific method out the farking window.
 
2013-09-03 02:13:54 PM

MooseUpNorth: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Lol, I literally said "I don't care if you like it" in the post you quoted, yet you used that pic anyway.

You've been throwing a thread-long tantrum and throwing insults left and right. Damned right, I used it. Chill the fark down, dude, you're going to pop a vein.


Calmer'n you are
 
2013-09-03 02:14:25 PM

PsyLord: China White Tea: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

[static.someecards.com image 420x294]

The graphic does get a chuckle from me every time I see it.  Look at the size of that huge cracker she's eating.


it's a piece of bread!

media.avclub.com
 
2013-09-03 02:14:34 PM

viscountalpha: capt.hollister: Dick Gozinya: You mean the kings of junk science might have got something wrong? Say it aint so...

They did not. If they had used modern reflective materials aimed at a stationary target, they would undoubtedly have succeeded in setting it on fire. That's not hard to do.

Now, try doing the same using only materials available to the ancient inhabitants of Syracuse and you will only succeed in elevating the temperature of the target after a very long time, but you will not succeed in setting it on fire. The Mythbusters did all they could, including concentrating all the mirrors on one stationary boat (remember, Archimedes' death ray was supposed to have sunk a whole moving fleet), and ignoring the fact that given the orientation of Syracuse's harbour, the sun would have been at his back.

One more thing: in TFA, the plastic mirrors did not catch fire, they melted, which can be done at temperatures much lower than those necessary to ignite wood.

Myth Busted !

I would rebut that to say Adam and Jamie are not achemedes nor are they a sniper or anything some of these extraordinary people.

There are situations that are IMPOSSIBLE to replicate in a lab. Strange shiat happens and its the stuff of legends.


They are not, but even a genius like Archimedes could still only have used technology which existed in his day. There is no magic.
 
2013-09-03 02:15:21 PM

China White Tea: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

[static.someecards.com image 420x294]


I love that greeting card, except the kid's eating a piece of bread, not crackers.
 
2013-09-03 02:15:39 PM

Highroller48: SERIOUSLY?  SERIOUSLY?  W. T. F. ???

This far in and no Kari Byron?  All of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

[xbradtc.files.wordpress.com image 723x1024]


Her and her stand in when the babies are on the way(Jessi Combs) are the best parts of the show. The two dudes on the build team are cool, but Kari and Jessi make it worth tuning in for...
 
2013-09-03 02:17:14 PM
I call shenanigans, the sun doesn't come out in London.
 
2013-09-03 02:17:24 PM

Mikey1969: I agree though, it's like nails on a chalkboard when they call their crappy methods "science", my stepsons know not to take anything they say on that show as actual science, and if they have questions about any of the experiments, we can research them together, and most likely find more accurate results in our first Google search.


And THIS is why Mythbusters is important. It actually got your stepson interested in science, even if it was to disprove their "science". I applaud the show for getting kids interested in testing theories, coming up with solutions, etc.

It's why I find the Big Bang Theory hate on here to be so funny. That show has gotten tons of people interested in science and science fiction, but because it's on as a sitcom, it automatically gets hate. Some of the brightest minds on this planet absolutely love the show (Stephen Hawking, Neil Tyson, Brian Greene, Astronaut Mike Massimino) but Fark has to hate it because it's actually popular.
 
2013-09-03 02:18:40 PM

Cyclometh: Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.


I'll just point out one thing, though. The modern mirrors were flat and aimed at the white sail. The soldiers were likely holding their shields backwards, with the concave side facing the ships (focusing the light), likely targeting the darker hull (where black tar was used to seal the seams), and there may have been a whole bunch more of them.
 
2013-09-03 02:19:02 PM

Dick Gozinya: You mean the kings of junk science might have got something wrong? Say it aint so...


Intelligent design is junk science. Myth Busters conducts real science with limited time and money. They can only do a limited number of attempts, they can't test every possibility, sometimes they get something wrong, but this is true of all science to varying degrees. It doesn't stop being science just because you think you're too cool for it.

/i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-09-03 02:19:13 PM

Mikey1969: stamped human bacon: Paris1127: /also: Archimedes sought to burn a fleet of Roman ships using the Sun. The skyscraper melted plastic in a stationary vehicle. Point: Mythbusters. Seriously, they've tested this myth like 3 times now... Even Obama couldn't get them to do it.

Did they ever do it with people in the boat?  Seems like you don't really need to catch the boat on fire, you just need to make the people on board feel like you can.

They made it start to smolder, which to me says that you could create the kind of panic that would keep people the fark out of your harbor...

Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The Mythbusters never "bust" anything but their own ineptitude.

yes, yes you must be some kind of super genius because you can point out that the experiments in a show primarily about blowing stuff up are not always rigorously performed. Besides that, they do a pretty good job given the limitations of the medium: production time, budget and air time.

Except that they CONSTANTLY inform us that what they are doing is "science", followed by them immediately throwing the scientific method out the farking window.



I was watching a local tv teens show about science one Saturday morning.  The kids were broken out into teams measuring the gait of show horses or something to collect data and see if they could find optimal performance results vs data on the horse measurements.  Each team was allowed to collect their own data and work at it their own way.  It was trivial but much more scientific than anything seen on mythbusters.  They showed all the kid's data, represented out as graphs, tested the horses, etc...

Me and the SO were both of the opinion that a show like mythbusters, done similarly with better production values and topics, etc...  would be great.  And also would bring more people into the science folks as it would cross pollinate with the 'reality competition' tv lovers.

It'll never pass committee though.
 
2013-09-03 02:19:28 PM
i, too, loathe all the mythbusters hatred.

i'm no scientist, but i think they do a great job doing what they set out to do, especially considering they are not, and do not pretend to be, lab-type scientists. they KNOW they are special effects guys.

they also seem to take criticism very well. viewers send in complaints all the time saying things like "hey, you did this wrong", or "you didn't account for __________", or in the case of one i watched yesterday, they retested crashes because jamie had said that 2 vehicles crashing head-on while each going 50 mph was like 1 hitting a wall at 100 mph. they indeed discovered the viewer(s) was correct by saying that it was actually like 1 vehicle hitting a wall at 50 mph.

also, my 3 year old son loves to watch them blow stuff up with me
 
2013-09-03 02:19:58 PM
You know who would make some boring-ass TV shows? Farkers who criticize Mythbusters for lacking scientific rigor.

If somebody put a show on that showed actual science being performed, I'd go watch chicken parts thaw instead. Science is entertaining only when you boil down the executive summary of 20 years' research into a magazine article. And then only if you have really cool pictures of mutant octopi or something.
 
2013-09-03 02:20:30 PM

Smeggy Smurf: This is what happens when you let pretentious assholes design.  They're too busy inflating their ego to take into consideration practical aspects of their design.


www.ketchum.org
 
2013-09-03 02:20:38 PM

BafflerMeal: My favorite episodes:

1.  Did that car in that movie skip across water like a stone?  Let's not look at the film and ask everyone involved how they did it, let's just make stuff up and decide.

2.  There's this news story about a cop's gun that caught a bullet from another gun and is a matter of public record.  It's in the news so it must be fake.  Let's have a whole segment where we decide if the story and photos from the newspaper are a myth or not.

/the show would be much better if it was just a xkcd show of 'what ifs' and 'because we cans'.


Nah, you'd still hate it.
 
2013-09-03 02:21:18 PM

Kit Fister: This. I've seen a solar collector in a fixed position turn steel into a liquid in seconds. It can be done. But not quite so simply if you've got a bunch of dudes holding a bunch of mirrors.


After learning about the antikythera mechanism, I'm willing to cut the historical accounts a little slack.
 
2013-09-03 02:21:18 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: MooseUpNorth: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Lol, I literally said "I don't care if you like it" in the post you quoted, yet you used that pic anyway.

You've been throwing a thread-long tantrum and throwing insults left and right. Damned right, I used it. Chill the fark down, dude, you're going to pop a vein.

Calmer'n you are


Did you once really love Mythbusters and it broke your heart, or do you just derive great pleasure from thinking about and attacking or insulting people who enjoy entertainment you don't like? Or is it something else? Why even waste energy thinking about entertainment you don't like?
 
2013-09-03 02:21:51 PM

Mikey1969: Highroller48: SERIOUSLY?  SERIOUSLY?  W. T. F. ???

This far in and no Kari Byron?  All of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

[xbradtc.files.wordpress.com image 723x1024]

Her and her stand in when the babies are on the way(Jessi Combs) are She is the best parts of the show. The two dudes on the build team are cool, but Kari and Jessi makes it worth tuning in for...


FTFY
 
2013-09-03 02:22:36 PM

CowardlyLion: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: MooseUpNorth: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Lol, I literally said "I don't care if you like it" in the post you quoted, yet you used that pic anyway.

You've been throwing a thread-long tantrum and throwing insults left and right. Damned right, I used it. Chill the fark down, dude, you're going to pop a vein.

Calmer'n you are

Did you once really love Mythbusters and it broke your heart, or do you just derive great pleasure from thinking about and attacking or insulting people who enjoy entertainment you don't like? Or is it something else? Why even waste energy thinking about entertainment you don't like?


he's just sad someone pissed in his wheaties this morning. he's been shiatting all over threads all morning.
 
2013-09-03 02:22:48 PM

Cyclometh: joeshill: "I hypothesize that it is impossible to set a ship afire with mirrors."
Later that same year: "Well, I tried a few different methods, and couldn't set the ship afire - therefore, my hypothesis is correct!"

That was never the hypothesis. You could set a ship on fire (or more likely start fires ON it) with mirrors if you set them up right. That's how heliostats work.

The actual myth was that a group of soldiers with polished bronze shields were able to act in tandem to set fire to an entire fleet of ships approaching to attack in a harbor by reflecting the light of the sun using their shields.

Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

At some point you can say "myth busted" with a high enough confidence factor.


That's not how science works.  A hypothesis remains such until it is falsified.  The very best you can say is "hmm, we couldn't find a way to falsify it.  For now it remains a hypotheis."  My problem, and probably others, is that they claim to be doing science.  They are not.  They are blowing shiat up while showing off Kari Byron's tits and calling it science.

Okay.  Fine.  Top of my head.  Early ships were sealed with pitch.  The flashpoint of pitch is anywhere between 81F-400F.  Aim bunch of mirrors at ship.  Raise pitch to flash point.  Much much much easier than igniting cloth.
 
2013-09-03 02:22:49 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

It's a horrible show, but it's fine entertainment for the tards. I don't give a shiat if you like it, just don't pretend it's anything but a couple goofballs breaking shiat in a warehouse


STOP LIKING THINGS I DON'T LIKE!
 
2013-09-03 02:22:54 PM

MooseUpNorth: Cyclometh: Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

I'll just point out one thing, though. The modern mirrors were flat and aimed at the white sail. The soldiers were likely holding their shields backwards, with the concave side facing the ships (focusing the light), likely targeting the darker hull (where black tar was used to seal the seams), and there may have been a whole bunch more of them.


Concave mirrors would be the absolute wrong way to do it if you were actually trying to weaponize solar convergence - they would require the target to be located more or less precisely at the focal point.

Flat mirrors independently aimed can achieve the same effect, but at a variable range - effectively the whole system is acting as one giant concave mirror, with an adaptable focal point.  

You'll occasionally see people make DIY solar furnaces by attaching small, flat mirrors to satellite dishes.  The independent mirrors are flat - the system of mirrors is concave.
 
2013-09-03 02:23:26 PM

Mikey1969


Her and her stand in when the babies are on the way(Jessi Combs) are the best parts of the show. The two dudes on the build team are cool, but Kari and Jessi make it worth tuning in for...


I don't normally express strong feelings about this sort of thing, but holy friggity frakkity frak was Jessi annoying.

You may quote me on that. Or not. Either way is fine.
 
2013-09-03 02:25:20 PM

MooseUpNorth: Cyclometh: Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

I'll just point out one thing, though. The modern mirrors were flat and aimed at the white sail. The soldiers were likely holding their shields backwards, with the concave side facing the ships (focusing the light), likely targeting the darker hull (where black tar was used to seal the seams), and there may have been a whole bunch more of them.


Damn.  I bothered to look up the flashpoint of pitch, and you beat me to the point.
 
2013-09-03 02:27:03 PM

MooseUpNorth: Cyclometh: Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

I'll just point out one thing, though. The modern mirrors were flat and aimed at the white sail. The soldiers were likely holding their shields backwards, with the concave side facing the ships (focusing the light), likely targeting the darker hull (where black tar was used to seal the seams), and there may have been a whole bunch more of them.


Greek hoplite shields were almost all made of wood. They may have had a sheet of bronze on the  outer surface, but even that wasn't common. Bronze is too soft and heavy to make a good shield; one hit and it's deformed. Wood, possibly reinforced with bronze, would be much lighter and more effective.

And even the best case would mean a thin sheet of hammered bronze that might have been polished, and still would reflect like a sheet of bronze. There's no way it would work given our understanding of the technology available at the time.
 
2013-09-03 02:27:15 PM

Paris1127:  but known by many Londoners as the "Walkie Talkie" for its distinctive shape.

[www.skyscrapernews.com image 572x643]
This is supposed to look like a walkie-talkie? I think this skyscraper in Santiago is way more walkie-talkie-esque:
[www.celebratebig.com image 425x640]

/also: Archimedes sought to burn a fleet of Roman ships using the Sun. The skyscraper melted plastic in a stationary vehicle. Point: Mythbusters. Seriously, they've tested this myth like 3 times now... Even Obama couldn't get them to do it.



www.trademarkia.com
 
2013-09-03 02:27:34 PM
I like turtles
 
2013-09-03 02:27:37 PM

MooseUpNorth: Cyclometh: Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

I'll just point out one thing, though. The modern mirrors were flat and aimed at the white sail. The soldiers were likely holding their shields backwards, with the concave side facing the ships (focusing the light), likely targeting the darker hull (where black tar was used to seal the seams), and there may have been a whole bunch more of them.


The back of a hoplon looks like this. The focal point can't be more than 10 feet from the shield; it's quite a deep dish. And of course, you'd have to remove all the hardware and polish it first. Which would be tough, as it's made of wood, sometimes covered on the outer face with a thin sheet of bronze. It would be quicker just to make bronze mirrors than to use shields.

war-ellada.narod.ru
 
2013-09-03 02:28:11 PM

ManateeGag: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

It's a horrible show, but it's fine entertainment for the tards. I don't give a shiat if you like it, just don't pretend it's anything but a couple goofballs breaking shiat in a warehouse

STOP LIKING THINGS I DON'T LIKE!


Mythbusters is a great show, very entertaining, gets kids interested in science, and has 'splosions.

There, that better?
 
2013-09-03 02:28:16 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: Mikey1969

Her and her stand in when the babies are on the way(Jessi Combs) are the best parts of the show. The two dudes on the build team are cool, but Kari and Jessi make it worth tuning in for...


I don't normally express strong feelings about this sort of thing, but holy friggity frakkity frak was Jessi annoying.

You may quote me on that. Or not. Either way is fine.


You say true, I say Thankee.
 
2013-09-03 02:29:55 PM

born_yesterday: After learning about the antikythera mechanism, I'm willing to cut the historical accounts a little slack.


Check this out.
 
2013-09-03 02:30:29 PM

joeshill: Cyclometh: joeshill: "I hypothesize that it is impossible to set a ship afire with mirrors."
Later that same year: "Well, I tried a few different methods, and couldn't set the ship afire - therefore, my hypothesis is correct!"

That was never the hypothesis. You could set a ship on fire (or more likely start fires ON it) with mirrors if you set them up right. That's how heliostats work.

The actual myth was that a group of soldiers with polished bronze shields were able to act in tandem to set fire to an entire fleet of ships approaching to attack in a harbor by reflecting the light of the sun using their shields.

Even with optimal conditions and modern mirrors, it wasn't possible to do it with people holding the reflectors.

At some point you can say "myth busted" with a high enough confidence factor.

That's not how science works.  A hypothesis remains such until it is falsified.  The very best you can say is "hmm, we couldn't find a way to falsify it.  For now it remains a hypotheis."  My problem, and probably others, is that they claim to be doing science.  They are not.  They are blowing shiat up while showing off Kari Byron's tits and calling it science.

Okay.  Fine.  Top of my head.  Early ships were sealed with pitch.  The flashpoint of pitch is anywhere between 81F-400F.  Aim bunch of mirrors at ship.  Raise pitch to flash point.  Much much much easier than igniting cloth.


but they attempted a test with a ship sealed with period pitch, and it didn't light up. ..
 
2013-09-03 02:31:02 PM

joeshill: A hypothesis remains such until it is falsified


Uh, no. It remains such until it is  proven. You can keep your hypothesis, and when you've proved that it's not, come back and I'll admit you were right.

Until then, I'm going to keep working with the assumption that nobody was setting fire to ships in harbors in 500 BCE with soldiers holding wooden shields covered in bronze.
 
2013-09-03 02:31:04 PM

Paris1127: but known by many Londoners as the "Walkie Talkie" for its distinctive shape.

[www.skyscrapernews.com image 572x643]
This is supposed to look like a walkie-talkie? I think this skyscraper in Santiago is way more walkie-talkie-esque:
[www.celebratebig.com image 425x640]

/also: Archimedes sought to burn a fleet of Roman ships using the Sun. The skyscraper melted plastic in a stationary vehicle. Point: Mythbusters. Seriously, they've tested this myth like 3 times now... Even Obama couldn't get them to do it.


I didn't know that the Mythbusters were Republicans.
 
2013-09-03 02:31:21 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: ManateeGag: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

It's a horrible show, but it's fine entertainment for the tards. I don't give a shiat if you like it, just don't pretend it's anything but a couple goofballs breaking shiat in a warehouse

STOP LIKING THINGS I DON'T LIKE!

Mythbusters is a great show, very entertaining, gets kids interested in science, and has 'splosions.

There, that better?


No. stop being a douche.
 
2013-09-03 02:32:14 PM

mbillips: You know who would make some boring-ass TV shows? Farkers who criticize Mythbusters for lacking scientific rigor.


Adam Savage actually made that very point (not the Farkers crack, but the rest of it) at a panel he did (I can't remember what year, or which con, but it's on youtube. For most of the panel, he talks about the making of their swimming in syrup episode...) Near the end of the Q&A part, someone asked him if they ever thought about publishing their work in peer review. He pointed out that nothing they did (except _maybe_ once) had the rigor for anything approaching peer review, although one thing they aimed for with their more interesting results was to invite actual science teams to do actual science experiments inspired by their 'experiments'. (Which actually happened, the swimming in syrup ep was inspired by a real experiment, which in turn apparently inspired the original science team to revisit their experiment with much thicker syrup.)

He was also asked about some of the other Mythbusters clones on Discovery and where he thought they were going wrong. IIRC, during this answer, he mentioned that while the show wasn't _totally_ unscripted, the narrative of the show was frequently tweaked and sometimes drastically changed while the experiments were taking place. Bad for testing hypotheses, but he pointed out that it made for more investment from the hosts, one of the things he thought was lacking in some of the other shows, that the hosts weren't all that interested in what they were doing.
 
2013-09-03 02:32:48 PM

dittybopper: With enough mirrors in the right configuration, you could do it.


Which is the whole point. If you don't have ten thousand square feet of mirrored surface, you probably can't get enough focused sunlight to do the trick.
 
2013-09-03 02:32:57 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: jst3p: MooseUpNorth: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Voiceofreason01: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:Have you seen an episode lately? They don't even bust "myths" anymore, just random potholes from shiatty 80's movies.

Pedantically criticizing the title of the show is totally a real point and not at all you mindlessly sticking to a broken talking point in a blatant plea for attention.

It's a horrible show, but it's fine entertainment for the tards. I don't give a shiat if you like it, just don't pretend it's anything but a couple goofballs breaking shiat in a warehouse

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This. Calm down Dow. It's just a TV show.

Alright fine but then you don't get to make fun of me for liking Jersey Shore. Deal?


I will make fun of you but I wont put nearly as much effort into making sure the internet knows how much I hate that show as you did.
 
2013-09-03 02:33:10 PM
burning plastic on the jag u ar...plastic...this is not progress...

/that is all
 
2013-09-03 02:33:23 PM

BafflerMeal: /the show would be much better if it was just a xkcd show of 'what ifs' and 'because we cans'.


So basically you want Dude, What Would Happen?
 
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