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Mythbusters

Postby miles01110 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:59 pm UTC

does anyone else hate this show?

It tries to be scientific, yet manages to come up with some of the most ridiculously biased or uncontrolled experiments I've ever seen. Not to mention that guy with the mustache just irritates me every time they show him.

ARGH. I HATE MYTHBUSTERS.

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Postby Tractor » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:01 pm UTC

Mythbusters is awesome.
Sure their experiments can be sketchy at times, but its still a fun show to watch.
Like when they blew up the cement truck. :D
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Postby damienthebloody » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:08 pm UTC

i'll agree that it's as far from science as it gets.
but...explosions!

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Postby Spectre » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:24 pm UTC

It's infotainment.

You can only build in so much "science" into a show that's aimed at debunking myths like:

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Re: Mythbusters

Postby yy2bggggs » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:30 pm UTC

You're taking the show too seriously IMO. The hosts of the show regularly get fan mail that tells them what they did wrong, and they occasionally revisit things. But they are not a science show.

Let me say this again--they are not a science show. The aim is not to be scientific, or show how science is superior. The aim is twofold. The primary goal of the show is to make good television. The secondary purpose is to test myths. (Might I remind you--when they have to mention sciency stuff, they always have this "WARNING: Science content" cut-scene, and then they discuss it very quickly and vaguely).

Still, the fact is, they are doing honest testing of the myths, and they are using models mainly to test the myths. They readily admit to errors, major gaps, etc. on the show, and their tests are not faked. In spirit, they do very well at representing science.

That having been said, you know what I hate? Brainiac.

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Postby Girl™ » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

I don't hate them for their bad science. I do kind of hate them now for being bad entertainment. They've totally run out of testable urban legends and now they're just doing stupid crap. :\
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Re: Mythbusters

Postby shrike » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:39 pm UTC

miles01110 wrote:does anyone else hate this show?

Not to mention that guy with the mustache just irritates me every time they show him.



I hate that guy too. He's such a pompous ass. I mean, what the hell is that mustache? And the beret? Get over yourself, please.

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Postby Tractor » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:40 pm UTC

That is something I've been noticing too...the lack of decentmyths to bust.Apparently there are only so many good myths.
Quick, think up some new good ones!
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Postby yy2bggggs » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:42 pm UTC

Tractor wrote:That is something I've been noticing too...the lack of decentmyths to bust.Apparently there are only so many good myths.
Quick, think up some new good ones!

Did you hear the one about the dead baby?

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Postby Gordon » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:42 pm UTC

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Ya I haven't actually watched the show (or really any tv o_O) in about 2 years I guess.
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Postby Tractor » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:47 pm UTC

yy2bggggs wrote:
Tractor wrote:That is something I've been noticing too...the lack of decentmyths to bust.Apparently there are only so many good myths.
Quick, think up some new good ones!

Did you hear the one about the dead baby?


Did I EVER! But how are we going to convince Mythbusters that they need to acquire 50 dead babies and a giant panda?
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Re: Mythbusters

Postby Silverbolt » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:51 pm UTC

shrike wrote:
miles01110 wrote:does anyone else hate this show?

Not to mention that guy with the mustache just irritates me every time they show him.



I hate that guy too. He's such a pompous ass. I mean, what the hell is that mustache? And the beret? Get over yourself, please.


Yes, I agree! I find Jamie Heyneman's mustache offensive and his beret TOTALLY condescending. Seriously, what the hell is up with THAT? He's not better than me just because he has a beret and I don't.

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Right. Now for the part without the sarcasm. I like Mythbusters. It's on TV and it's entertaining. You don't go looking for science there. You watch to learn how to escape from prison with Salsa sauce and a radio. Ever tried watching Brainiac? Basically the same thing only less science and moar lulz.

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Re: Mythbusters

Postby Tractor » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:04 pm UTC

Silverbolt wrote:Side-note, Kari is hot.


QFT
9 x 6 = 42



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Re: Mythbusters

Postby Spectre » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:10 pm UTC

Tractor wrote:
Silverbolt wrote:Side-note, Kari is hot.


QFT


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Re: Mythbusters

Postby miles01110 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:29 pm UTC

yy2bggggs wrote:They readily admit to errors, major gaps, etc. on the show, and their tests are not faked. In spirit, they do very well at representing science.


Representing science? Do you mean performing a flawed experiment and deriving meaningful results from it?

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Re: Mythbusters

Postby Mathmagic » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:32 pm UTC

Tractor wrote:
Silverbolt wrote:Side-note, Kari is hot.


QFT

I would definitely have to agree with this 100%. Definitely the hottest *smart* (or at least nerdy?) person I've seen. At least on TV...
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Re: Mythbusters

Postby LME » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:41 pm UTC

mathmagic wrote:
Tractor wrote:
Silverbolt wrote:Side-note, Kari is hot.


QFT

I would definitely have to agree with this 100%. Definitely the hottest *smart* (or at least nerdy?) person I've seen. At least on TV...


Third that opinion, capitan. For those of you who doubt us, or are just ignorant of this awesomeness that is Kari, behold!:

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Postby Silverbolt » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:44 pm UTC

Right-click, save to computer.

Wow, those were a lot of QFTs...

I feel sorry for her, though. They always use her as a guinea pig...

"We need someone light to mount that water jetpack on. Kari!"

"Ok, who's up for chinese water torture? Kari?"

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Postby miles01110 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:48 pm UTC

Every time someone says QFT I think Quantum Field Theory, and my blood runs cold.

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Postby Nomic » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:50 pm UTC

I like Mythbusters. It's fun to watch, alltough often they jump to conclusions too eays and the tests they perform aren't always wery reliable. Brainiac sucks tho. Apperently the episode where they dropped cesium into a bathtub was faked: in real life, the piece of cesium would sink to the bottom of the tub really fast, and all that would happen would be some of the water starting to boil from the temperature cause by the reaction. It didn't look cool enough so they blew the tub up with TNT.

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Re: Mythbusters

Postby Tractor » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:51 pm UTC

LME wrote:Third that opinion, capitan. For those of you who doubt us, or are just ignorant of this awesomeness that is Kari, behold!:
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More to behold: Full FHM spread :D

EDIT: Oh, and this too
9 x 6 = 42



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Postby miles01110 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:55 pm UTC

Nomic wrote:I like Mythbusters. It's fun to watch, alltough often they jump to conclusions too eays and the tests they perform aren't always wery reliable. Brainiac sucks tho. Apperently the episode where they dropped cesium into a bathtub was faked: in real life, the piece of cesium would sink to the bottom of the tub really fast, and all that would happen would be some of the water starting to boil from the temperature cause by the reaction. It didn't look cool enough so they blew the tub up with TNT.


The Cesium was encased in a dissolving capsule...

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Postby shadebug » Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:31 pm UTC

what they should've done was placed it in a stream
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Postby SpitValve » Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:37 pm UTC

I think mythbusters is awesome :)

I think it's the closest thing to real scientific investigation on tv...

'course they do jump to conclusions pretty quickly...

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Postby singing about potatoes » Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:38 pm UTC

Only episode I ever saw was the one about the exploding cigar-toilet. Pretty amusing.
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Postby Toeofdoom » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:34 am UTC

Mythbusters is funny, so thats good enough for me >.>

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Postby fjafjan » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:37 am UTC

I think it's pretty watchable, but I don't like their science, it's rather un Sciency.
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Re: Mythbusters

Postby hyperion » Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:18 am UTC

LME wrote:
mathmagic wrote:
Tractor wrote:
Silverbolt wrote:Side-note, Kari is hot.


QFT

I would definitely have to agree with this 100%. Definitely the hottest *smart* (or at least nerdy?) person I've seen. At least on TV...


Third that opinion, capitan. For those of you who doubt us, or are just ignorant of this awesomeness that is Kari, behold!:

<snip>

QED.

kari's hot, but that set is just terrible. it's nothing like her at all.
that said:
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EDIT: back on topic. mythbusters is entertaining, that's all i care about. the cement glider episode recently was better than some of their other episodes.
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Postby Babbler » Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:24 am UTC

I like Mythbusters; it's better than most of the crap on TV. On the subject of it "emulating" science, it more akin to engineering research, where they use known physical principles to make stuff do stuff. Their biggest problem is they test "myths" that are ridiculous on inspection (e.g. Confederate rocket). But then again, there would be no show without it.

And Kari is SO damn hot...

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Re: Mythbusters

Postby yy2bggggs » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:25 am UTC

miles01110 wrote:
yy2bggggs wrote:They readily admit to errors, major gaps, etc. on the show, and their tests are not faked. In spirit, they do very well at representing science.
Representing science? Do you mean performing a flawed experiment and deriving meaningful results from it?

I believe I covered this when I said "not a science show". It's quite silly to fault them on something they don't try to be (contrast with Brainiac, which pretends to be a science show).

"In spirit" refers to exactly what I said in the paragraph--they are doing honest testing, they do those tests using reality (model building, which is their forte), and they readily admit to errors. Those are good qualities that not everyone has. The fact that they admit they aren't a science show--that they are primarily out to make good television--makes it all the better. There's nothing left to fault them on, unless you just hate the show (which is fair enough--obviously, you're not alone).

Just to tick you off more--in spite of the fact that their primary goal is not to do science, and in spite of what I would concede (as would they) is a fact that their conclusions are sometimes hasty, and their experiments poor--they have actually done science on their show.

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Postby Fluff » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:26 am UTC

Aw, I like Mythbusters.

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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:28 am UTC

Fluff come to my Uni :-)

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Postby shimavak » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:38 am UTC

I think I may be in the minority here, but I cannot agree that Kari is hot. I absolutely can not stand her flagrant disregard for safety on the show! In fact, of the assistants, the only one who regularly engages in some sort of attempt at being safe is Grant!

I'm sorry but for a lass to appear beautiful to me, she has to use the head on her shoulders. Kari may, point of fact, be smart; but she does not demonstrate it with some of the things they do on there.

Regardless, I do very much enjoy the show. Though it may be quite painful to watch at times (and why, dear heavens, do we need to be warned when there is to be some modicum of intelligence on television!), it is generally an alltogether fun show.

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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:39 am UTC

You realize they have a script?

And OH&S is by far the most boring subject in science.

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Postby Fluff » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:43 am UTC

Gelsamel wrote:Fluff come to my Uni :-)


Be there in a few hours. I've sent the invoice for my flight. Image

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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:46 am UTC

Fluff wrote:
Gelsamel wrote:Fluff come to my Uni :-)


Be there in a few hours. I've sent the invoice for my flight. Image


Sweet! <3

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Postby shimavak » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:11 am UTC

Gelsamel wrote:You realize they have a script?

And OH&S is by far the most boring subject in science.


I have no trouble believing that she may be an intelligent lady. If she is performing a script and is not wearing goggles because the script says not to, then the Kari we watch is not the real Kari, in which case my statement only applies to the Kari we see in the show. If it is scripted that there be such disregard for basic safety sense, then I think I might not wish to watch the show.

I mean, testing gun cotton without even putting on some sort of eye protection? Sure, I'd like a little piece of smouldering cotton mixed with other reactants right in my eye, thank you!

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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:13 am UTC

Getting Molten Gobstopper on your face is hot, in both senses.

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Postby Toeofdoom » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:14 am UTC

Gun cotton is a low explosive (as opposed toi high) meaning it isn't particularly likely to explode onto your face... otherwise it would break the gun or whatever when you fire it. Its not like you wear goggles when lighting a match.


I know it isn't the same, and I did just make most all of that up on the spot, but it may not be as stupid as you first thought...

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Postby Shro » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:42 am UTC

Kari's not that hot. She doesn't even pronounce her name right. I'm hotter. And smarter. And drunker. So =p
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