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MythBusters: Crimes and Myth-Demeanors 1

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 12th 2006 11:32PM
mythbusters(S03E17) It's been since May that we've seen a new episode of this show, but it's still season 3. This episode dealt with de-mythifying the Hollywood heist myths. You know the ones, where a thief uses all sorts of wild gadgets and tricks to get past advanced security systems. What I'd like to know is, how realistic are some of those crazy Mission Impossible-like security systems?

Ventilation system climbing: Jamie tries using magnets, while Adam tries a suction cup system. In the end, they're able to make it through the shaft, but it sounds like someone hammering on the vent with a sledgehammer -- not so covert. Though they make it through, it's just too loud of an approach. BUSTED!

Laser alarm bypass: This is a pretty absurd myth to attempt, since laser security systems use an infrared beam. So blowing powder over the beams isn't going to show you anything. The MythBusters mock up a Hollywood-like system using laser pointers (with visible light) to attempt the tricks, though blowing powder over the beams is actually enough to trigger them! They also attempt to use night vision goggles, which show nothing, though the beams do slightly appear if the powder is blown over them (but again, the powder triggers the alarm). A laster bypass system works somewhat, though again it's nothing that's practical at all. BUSTED.

Getting through a glass door undetected: Is it possible to cut a circle into a glass window or door and suction-cup that circle out as to not disturb the rest of the door? Well, the MB's aren't able to do it, though I just have a strange feeling there's got to be a way to do it. Tapping a hole in the glass triggers the alarm, so they try drilling a hole through the door, which winds up shattering it. The shattered door doesn't trigger the alarm, so they just pick out pieces from the door, enough to get their hand through, and open the latch that way. Still, this is BUSTED.

Pressure switch bypass: Can you bypass a pressure switch, one that a piece of art is sitting on, with a simple piece of gum? Actually, they're able to do this with a few tries, though in the real world you won't get more than one try. They don't actually say if this was busted or not, but I think it is.

Cracking a safe: Can you crack a safe with a stethoscope? Nope, Adam doesn't hear a thing. How about drilling a hole into the side of the safe? Actually yes, Adam's able to do that and reach a scope in to see the tumblers and opens the safe. However, he does all of this in 40 minutes ... on a 5-minute safe. Plausible, perhaps?

For one final stunt, just for fun, Adam scales a 20+ story building with his suction cup system. Unfortunately he only makes it about five stories or so before he poops out and calls it quits. Plausible, but impractical.


Quote of the episode:
Adam: "Why, Thor the god of thunder is trying to enter my building!"

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Marlena

it is my life's dream to become a mythbuster. i dont care what i'm doing. i'll be a researcher who never actually gets on the show for all i care. but i just wanna be there when they outdo themselves on the cement truck thing... THE EXPLOSIONS ARE AWESOME!!!!!! I thought that this episode was entertaining but little more. but i dont care. it was cool anyways
-M

August 03 2006 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
EUGENE

love me some mythbusters, but i hate these kinds of eps (this one and the one where they try to beat the radar and laser speed guns and the one where they try to beat the breathalyzer). would they REALLY show how to beat these things? no, of course not. they'd just show the myths they know are going to fail (i mean they probably all fail, but i'm with keith on the glass cutting one) for these kinds of eps bc they just cant show how to bypass security or beat speed guns or breathalyzers....

of course they are still uber entertaining to watch! (=

July 13 2006 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith L. Dick

Somebodies gotta do it!!!

Thank God it's them and not me... hehe

July 13 2006 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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