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Old May 6 2013, 03:11 PM   #16
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I don't know why but I love that blast shield truck, a lot. Its probably got a lot to do with geeky fun stuff you can say like raise shields and lower shields. I really hope they put that truck to more use in the future.
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Old May 6 2013, 04:29 PM   #17
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^I love the way the cab shields are attached to the hopper in back, so they can lift them off to allow access to the cab. Very clever.

Except it's a shame they couldn't actually use the "rolling bunker" in motion as they intended. Hopefully they'll find other myths that will let them use it properly.
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Old May 6 2013, 11:56 PM   #18
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The first rocket car only failed after the passenger side front wheel fell off. If you watch the video of it, the loss of that wheel was what caused it to flip.
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Old May 7 2013, 12:07 AM   #19
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The first rocket car only failed after the passenger side front wheel fell off. If you watch the video of it, the loss of that wheel was what caused it to flip.
But what they were testing was whether hitting the bump in the road (represented by the sandbags) would cause it to take flight. And it didn't. It drove right over them and kept going at ground level, and the myth was busted at that point. So whatever happened to the car afterward was beside the point.
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Old May 9 2013, 01:40 AM   #20
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Yeah I'm not sure why anyone really thought the car would fly into the side of the mountain. You'd have to put a couple of warp engines on the thing, and even then it would still probably roll and crash into the ground immediately after launch.

Heck, they usually have trouble even getting smooth and aerodynamic rockets to fly straight on this show, so a big bulky car wouldn't stand a chance.
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Old May 9 2013, 03:13 AM   #21
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This week is a crossover with that Deadliest Catch show about fishing that's popular for some reason. Okay, dangerous fishing, but I don't find that appealing either.

The myth about getting yanked overboard by a rope was kind of straightforward but kind of interesting to learn about. It seems that amputation might be a more likely result a lot of the time. But it was kind of scary how effective those coils were at grabbing firm hold of a limb, even knotting around it. The experimental design puzzled me, because it was obvious that the Simulaid "Buster" was getting caught against the frame as the rope was dragged to aft, yet they never tried moving him to the other side of the frame so it wouldn't keep getting in the way. Maybe the rope is never coiled on that side? It also seemed to me that the dummy's rigidity threw off the results -- his limbs functioned like a grappling hook whereas a human's would probably be more flexible. Maybe a Syndaver would've worked better -- I would've thought they'd be using those a lot more from now on. Maybe they decided they needed something more durable for this one.

The myth about brief naps being better than no sleep at all was kind of worthwhile, but it wasn't anything I didn't pretty much know already. The most interesting part was that the SFPD has a deputy who specializes in keeping people awake. Um... why is that again? Plus it's surprising whenever J.D. Nelson turns up in a capacity that doesn't involve blowing stuff up.

Speaking of which, the mini-myth about blowing up the crab "pot" (why is a steel cage called a "pot"?) was pretty gratuitous, but I liked seeing the Mythbusters use science! to figure out the best way to position the explosives and win the bet. Take that, interlopers from another show!

So a decent Mythbusters episode, but if the goal of the crossover was to entice MB fans to start watching Deadliest Catch, it was a total failure in my case.
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Old May 9 2013, 02:55 PM   #22
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Yeah, I find Deadliest Catch one of those "reality shows" that may have been interesting to watch as a one-hour Nat Geo documentary, but I can't imagine how it could be an ongoing series. I really don't like the "crossover" MB episodes, trying to promote shows I don't want to watch.

That said, Kari's even cute when she's sleepless and cranky. And it's too bad she was too tired to realize it would have been funnier if she said she was "crabby".
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Old May 9 2013, 03:06 PM   #23
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Deadliest Catch is a decent series, or used to be anyway (after 9 seasons it's getting quite old), but this crossover episode sucked.
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Old May 9 2013, 06:33 PM   #24
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Reads like I didn't miss that much.

Just as I turned on the TV to watch the episode, the phone rang. It was one of my cousins and I instantly knew I'd be stuck on the phone for a full hour. Sure enough, it was 9:57 before she finished her "family update".

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Old May 9 2013, 09:51 PM   #25
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Yeah, I find Deadliest Catch one of those "reality shows" that may have been interesting to watch as a one-hour Nat Geo documentary, but I can't imagine how it could be an ongoing series. I really don't like the "crossover" MB episodes, trying to promote shows I don't want to watch.

That said, Kari's even cute when she's sleepless and cranky. And it's too bad she was too tired to realize it would have been funnier if she said she was "crabby".
Agreed on both points.

Although I was kind of surprised at the results for the napping myth. I had no trouble buying that the technique worked for the crab fishermen, whose bodies would have adapted to the crazy sleep schedule long ago. But I figured Kari and Tori would need a lot more time to adjust than that.
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Old May 10 2013, 03:12 PM   #26
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I think "power naps" have been known to work for many years now. The B-2 bomber was designed with a bunk in the cockpit for just that reason, so the 2 pilots could both be alert thru 40-hour missions.
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Old May 10 2013, 04:24 PM   #27
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In the 1988 War of the Worlds: The Series, the lead character Harrison Blackwood was an eccentric whose many personality quirks included sleeping for one hour out of every four, rather than sleeping through the night like most people. I always wondered if that would really work. This suggests it might work for a little while, but I'm still not convinced it would work as a lifelong practice.
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Old May 16 2013, 03:05 AM   #28
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Ugh... I don't much care for the ones where they do myths about germs and bathrooms and stuff. But the test about the air dryers vs. paper towels was pretty informative. On the one hand, it's alarming how worthless air dryers really are. What I've read is that the only reason they're used is because it's cheaper and easier than having the maintenance staff refill paper towel dispensers regularly.

On the other hand, it's reassuring that as long as you wash your hands thoroughly and properly with soap, it doesn't matter whether you use dryers or towels. Since I do wash my hands thoroughly, I can feel secure. (Though I wonder -- in their test, were they using antibacterial soap or the regular kind?) It also makes me feel more comfortable about reusing cloth towels to dry my hands in the bathroom and kitchen.

The other myth was rather less pleasant, and I have to question the validity of an experimental result conducted with only one sample. They'd need to test other restrooms, see if the results were repeatable, before they could really declare a result. Anyway, I bet their result is now immediately invalidated as soon as they've announced it, because now legions of Mythbusters fans are going to switch to using the first stall, so it won't be the least used anymore, or at least not by as much.


On the earthquake myth, the shake table they built was impressive. I've never even heard of air casters; I'm still not entirely sure how they work. But they worked pretty well here. But why did the announcer call it the biggest build in Mythbusters history? They've certainly built bigger things before. The last thing I heard that phrase used for was the ramp for testing that viral-video stunt about flying off a ramp into a pool of water. That was a lot bigger than this. And they've built bigger house mockups too.

And this was just like the first myth in that it just reaffirmed what I've read elsewhere, about how the "stand in the door" idea doesn't work for modern buildings. Although it's kind of reassuring, because the impression I'd gotten was that modern buildings were less sturdy so it wouldn't matter where you stood. Nice to see it's the other way around.
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Old May 16 2013, 03:50 AM   #29
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Tonight's episode reinforced why I don't like using public restrooms. Although, I usually go for that first stall. I know they already stated that prior to the experiment that they had a hard time finding a public restroom. What would of been more interesting is if they did a restroom in a Wal-Mart or a public transit station. The former which is usually really disgusting.
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Old May 16 2013, 01:55 PM   #30
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I'm a last-stall guy myself. But not the handicapped stall - I don't like the chair-height toilets.
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