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'MythBusters' Apologize for Cannonball Accident

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 5:45AM
'Mythbusters' cannonball accidentYesterday came news that the 'MythBusters' team had accidentally fired a 30-lbs cannonball through a house. Although on the face of it, it seemed like a pretty funny story, more details have since emerged that show how lucky local residents were to escape injury.

According to 'The San Francisco Chronicle,'
the cannonball travelled straight through the Shetty family's house, exiting through the exterior wall of the master bedroom as mom Seema was napping in the room with her two year-old son. After traveling a total of 3,300 feet, the cannonball eventually came to rest in Satwinder Gill's minivan. She told ABC-7 News that "my husband and son were in the car five minutes before it happened."

'MythBusters' hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage -- who were not present when the accident happened -- travelled to Dublin, California to meet with the families affected by the accident and to apologize. Savage told 'The San Francisco Chronicle,' "It's a wake-up call. Honestly, the feeling of embarrassment is not something we're indulging in right now. We feel for the families and the people affected by this."

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Adam Savage Has Some Controversial Advice on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 6:08AM
Adam Savage, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson invited Adam Savage to join him for his email/Twitter segment on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), where the 'Mythbuster' offered some pretty candid and controversial advice to a viewer.

The viewer wrote, "I got too drunk at my bachelor party and had a one-night stand with a stripper." His question was whether he should tell his now-wife. Savage's answer was immediate and not well-received by the audience.

"No!"

Ferguson turned on the audience for their reaction. "Nobody asked you!" he told them. "I asked the celebrity! Not you ... I don't want your f****** opinion!"

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'MythBusters' Attempt to Light Match with Bullet From Gun (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 29th 2009 8:22AM
Has 'MythBusters' run out of cool stuff to blow up and set on fire? It would appear so, as Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman set out to show whether it's possible to ignite a wooden match with a bullet fired from a gun.

After much trial and error, the special effects duo proves this is indeed possible. Now we can die happy.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Prove your Mythbusters knowledge to the world or die trying

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 5th 2009 4:30PM
You've seen every Mythbusters episode the world has to offer. You have them all on a series of categorically detailed DVDs. You once turned down an opportunity to go out with Keira Knightley because you couldn't wait until the morning after to learn if a cannon-fired frozen chicken can penetrate a plane's cockpit window. But how well do you have them memorized?

Mental_Floss magazine puts your knowledge of the Mythbusters' mythbusting to the ultimate test with their "Myth...Busted?" quiz. Be warned. I scored an 8 out of 10 and the shame of defeat drove me to down an entire bottle of whiskey, disproving the myth that alcohol can't solve all of life's failures.

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A Sesame Street short that got shorted (almost)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 8:01PM
As any child of the 80s knows, there is a slew of great mini-cartoons and animation shorts from Sesame Street that belong on yesterday's list of the greatest shorts. Unfortunately, word space and time are cruel mistresses.

There was a sixth I wanted to include but had to go: the famous Baby Climbs the Stairs short. It deserves special mention because it's more emotional teaching than just concrete concepts like numbers or letters. It was also created by W. Lee Savage, the father of Mythbusters host and special effects guy Adam Savage.

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Set Visit: Mythbusters wraps seventh series of science gone mad

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 3rd 2009 10:00AM
The Mythbusters crew hosts a set visit in San Francisco.The Mythbusters crew aren't scientists, but they sort of play them on TV -- submitting everything from movie stunts to common household sayings to proven analytic methods.

Of course, it's more fun to determine whether you can cut a tree in half with a machine gun than it is to test the effectiveness of a new polymer, so Mythbusters gets a TV show -- and your average scientists don't.

To celebrate Mythbusters' completion of its seventh series of episodes on Discovery Channel, series stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage hosted a set visit of their testing and production facilities in an industrial park just outside San Francisco's Mission District.

Hyneman led the tour himself through M5 Industries -- a former visual effects house turned production shop for the popular debunking series.

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Mythbuster Adam Savage goes undercover at Comic-Con

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 10:02AM
Mythbusters' Adam SavageI imagine a lot of stalkers must love a place like Comic-Con. All of their most sought after celebrities are together in one place for easy pickings. It must be their Costco.

One star, however, decided to turn the tables on his fans and used his own costume to stalk and hunt down a few of his fans on the floor of this year's convention.

To make it even creepier, he dressed up like a clown. That slurping sound you hear is my spine falling out of its socket from uncontrollable shivering.

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Adam Savage takes down AT&T without building some elaborate explosive device

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2009 10:03AM
Adam Savage from MythbustersEver gotten a bill in the mail so ridiculously high that it makes you wish you could rally together a ragtag army of disgruntled miscreants and take down the corporation that charged you "Viking style"?

Sure, we all have. So why don't you? Gathering an army takes time and most of us don't have many friends willing to take an arrow to the chest for us, much less a check. Arrows, while cheaper than bullets, can add up and aren't tax deductible. And I'm pretty sure that any looting and/or pillaging is a federal crime.

Mythbuster Adam Savage, however, has both the manpower and weaponry to pull just such a caper and he didn't have to bury one friend in a fiery ship at sea to do it.

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Background info on Mythbusters Jamie and Adam

by Brett Love, posted Sep 30th 2006 2:02PM
Jamie and Adam - MythbustersThe team at TV Squad scours all the corners of the net looking for interesting junk, so you don't have to. And that's how I found my way to The Christian Science Monitor. Not one of my usual haunts, but they have a really good article on Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters. I'm a fan of the show, but I never really knew much more about the two of them than what they have revealed on the show.

While not an in depth bio, we do learn some more details about the backgrounds of the pair. A couple highlights - Jamie ran away from home for six months when he was 14, making it halfway across the country. Previous to the M5 effects shop he also owned a pet store and a boat charter business in the Caribbean. And somewhere along the line he got a degree in Russian literature. Adam has worked as an animator, graphic designer, set designer, and actor. His father did animation for Sesame Street.

The article also gets into just how different the two are. So much so that Jamie comments "I wouldn't spend five minutes with Adam outside of work if I didn't have to." But it's clear that the two are enjoying what they are doing and respect each other for their unique talents. Worth a click if you are a Mythbusters fan. The new season of the show will begin airing in January.

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