“Mythbusters” premiere date, myth list announced

I love Mythbusters—especially the way they demonstrate that science is done through controlled experimentation, and that you don’t always get the answer you were expecting (or hoping for).  The new season starts Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. (Central Time) on the Discovery Channel, and I need to set my DVR before I forget.

Some of the myths to be explored this season (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly):

  • 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?
  • Explosions. Rocket sleds. More duct tape. Oh… and more explosions!

As a classroom teacher, do you encourage your students to watch scientifically-oriented television shows like Mythbusters?  Share your stories with us!

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