BIG BALLS, PIGEONS AND (OF COURSE) LOTS AND LOTS OF DUCT TAPE, WHEN NEW FALL SEASON OF EMMY®-NOMINATED MYTHBUSTERS PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 9PM ET/PT
August 29, 2011
Fresh off its third consecutive Emmy® nomination, MYTHBUSTERS is back for more explosive science-y goodness, as hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, and Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, return with all-new fall episodes beginning Wednesday, September 28 at 9PM ET/PT. The series, which first launched on Discovery Channel in 2003, is inspiring a generation to inquire, interact and get involved with science ... by using experimentation to prove or disprove popular myths, misconceptions or legends.
Fall 2011 myths will include:
- Is it impossible for humans (without a point of reference) to walk in a straight line?
- Are motorcycles better for the environment than cars?
- Can you supersize a Newton's Cradle to epic proportions?
- If a pigeon lands on the roof of a car, which is hanging precariously over a cliff's edge, could it provide enough force to send the car plunging over the side?
- In a standoff between a hero with a revolver and a villain with a rocket-propelled grenade (as seen in the movie Red), could the bullet trigger the warhead? And would the villain be taken out by the blast?
- Was the "flying guillotine" a lethal ancient weapon - or kung-fu make believe?
- Can you use duct tape to fix a plane that has been mauled by a bear? (As odd as this one sounds, it's a story that has inundated our fan site message boards for years!)
- Could a methane blast inside a sewer, blow manhole covers tens of feet into the air?
- Some call it indestructible, but can truck bed liners stop an animal attack? Prevent a car from being damaged? Make it bomb-proof?
- A behind-the-scenes look at the special locations MYTHBUSTERS use to in their myth-busting tests, from Alameda to Africa and from the desert to the deep blue sea.
- Explosions. Rocket sleds. More duct tape. Oh... and more explosions.
MYTHBUSTERS By the Numbers:
3 Number of consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Reality Program (2009, 2010, 2011)
9 Years of filming (series premiered on Discovery Channel in October 2003)
12 (Tons, that is) - Poundage of explosives used
128 Vehicles destroyed
189 Total episodes filmed to date (including specials)
769 Myths tested to date (425 busted, 179 confirmed, 155 plausible)
2,391 Experiments tested (approx.)
6,255 Hours filmed (approx.)
FAN SITE: http://discovery.com/mythbusters
About Discovery Channel
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