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Barack Obama Guest-Stars on 'MythBusters,' Wants to Learn About a Solar Death Ray (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 9th 2010 5:45AM
Barack Obama Guest-Stars on 'MythBusters,' Wants to Learn About a Solar Death RayFirst 'The Daily Show,' and now this ... President Obama must have a thing for basic cable shows. The commander-in-chief appeared on the new 'MythBusters' (Wed., 8PM ET on Discovery). But what myth or secret would Obama ask to have exposed? The secret of balancing the budget? The myth that you can get Democrats and Republicans to work together? The legend that Abraham Lincoln hid gold under the White House floorboards? (Okay, we made that last one up.)

None of the above! Instead, Obama expressed a more unusual desire. "I'm a big fan of 'MythBusters,'" he said. When hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage widened their eyes at this, the President said that the show made science "fun." "And occasionally, you blow things up," he added.

True, watching things get blown up -- or even get set on fire -- is cool. And so, Obama asked the hosts to research a solar heat ray for him -- which was ... an unexpected choice. A solar heat ray? ... Um, Mr. President? Are we planning on invading the North Pole or something?

But no, President Obama just wanted to learn about one of the longest-running debates of all time: The Archimedes Solar "Death" Ray. Supposedly, over 2,000 years ago, the inventor Archimedes used mirrors to set fire to a fleet of ships, while trying to save his city from invasion. For five centuries now, scientists have been arguing over whether or not this was possible.

Well, Obama is the boss -- so Jamie and Adam got to work, building scale models, creating a life-sized ancient vessel, and eventually organizing 500 schoolkids, who used mirrors to attack the ship. Would this myth turn out to be real, or would it be busted?

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June 19 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ray

I am surprised Obama wasn't on the show to have a "Teachable moment" and explain how solar death rays work to the Myth Busters. He is after all, the smartest president we have ever had.

December 12 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Mayor

people forget that this country was already effed up by the BUSH ADMINISTRATION before OBAMA took office, i mean honestly people, G. W. is the one who effed this country up, Obama inherited his MESS, i wish people would stop blaming Obama for things that were going to happen whether he assumed office or not.

December 10 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janelle Hagaman

PRESIDENT OBAMA APPEARED ON THE SHOW TO TRY TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO STUDY SCIENCE.OUR CITIZENS NEED TO EXPAND THEIR BRAINS AND CREATE NEW INVENTIONS. HOPEFULLY,BUILD 'GREEN' BUSINESSES,WHICH CREATES JOBS; WHILE REPAIRING THE DEVASTATION TO OUR AIR,WATER,& LAND. I BELIEVE PRESIDENT OBAMA WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH HUMANE GOALS FOR OUR NON-WEALTHY PEOPLE. HOW DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO-WHEN HE HAS TO FIGHT OVER EVERY ISSUE FROM THE CORRUPT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS & THEIR GOVERNMENT 'PATSIES'!!

December 10 2010 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stewart Designs

Wow! That's all I can say is... Wow! I can tell by the hate filled comments that the conservatives in here are the same low-intelligence apes who think that MythBusters is any more a reliable source of scientific data than is Sesame Street.

1.) Obama did produce his birth certificate already to the people who matter. If you haven't seen it, it's because your existence really just doesn't matter to anyone. But just because you're not important enough to see it doesn't mean that he does not have one. Obama IS an American citizen and a Christian. Quit hating your own life and get over yourself.

2.) MythBusters is a joke of a show because MANY of the myths they have supposedly confirmed or busted have been confirmed or busted to the contrary by legitimate scientists or engineers. These guys need a disclaimer (just as Fox News does) stating that they are not a reliable source of information because they really don't know what they're doing and are pure entertainment to those on the lower end of the IQ spectrum. This legend HAS BEEN confirmed already by another team of legitimate engineers using polished copper parabolic mirrors and proved that Archimedes method is in fact valid. One factor these two amateurs failed to take into account is that the sun is much higher in elevation in the Mediterranean area of the world with more direct and higher energy sun rays. Information like this is what REAL scientists and engineers understand and this type of experiment should be left only to such professionals when giving numbskulls the impression that your data might be valid and to be taken as fact. It frightens me even more that such backwoods idiots who put any creedence whatsoever in either MythBusters or Fox News also have the capability of effecting political elections in this country. Judging by the comments I've seen so far, they pretty much parallel the Nazi dumbass they put in office the 8 years previous to Obama. So...? Archimedes wins! MythBusters loses.

OBAMA in 2012!!!

December 09 2010 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kermy

I love MythBusters and think it is a great show to inspire young minds; however, I don't think any more young minds are going to watch it because Mr. Obama says its a good show. He should be consentrating on the country. Mythbusters is plenty good at getting kids hooked. Let Mythbusters do their job and you do yours.

December 09 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Okay, I am probably the world's biggest critic of President Obama, but when you're in his presence you WEAR A COAT AND TIE! It's respect for the office, not just the man.

December 09 2010 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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December 09 2010 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JT

I'm NOT going to make any political statement, I'm only going to address the mythbusters use of 500 mirrors. I'm just inclined to think that if Archamides did indeed used polished soldiers' shields, surely we are talking about thousands, if not tens of thousands of said mirrors? I wonder how this episode would have transpired with 5,000 or 10,000 mirrors (I know, not really feasible) instead of just 500.

December 09 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JT

Oh, and considering the fact that Archimedes was an expert in the mathmatics of parabolic surfaces, one would also assume that he would calculate the optimum parabolic surfaces of the mirrors employed and the optimum distance of focus of the mirrors to achieve the highest efficiency. Just sayin.....

December 09 2010 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
imcrazyriter

It would appear that I picked a fine time to stop watching Mythbusters. Loved the show too. What a shame!

December 09 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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