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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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Discovery serves up storms, ghosts, crabs for Thanksgiving

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:00PM
Discovery will serve reality show marathons this Thanksgiving.Nothing says "holiday season" like tornadoes, ghosts and animal dung. So, Discovery Channel is running marathons of their reality shows to make the yuletide season gay.

The network's scheduling release states that Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Storm Chasers and Ghost Lab will each get a turn offering guys something to watch while they undo their belts after the big meal (and while the ladies do the dishes).

Here's the programming slate for when you're not watching football or A Year without a Santa Claus:

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. ET/PT – 3AM ET/PT
Nov. 27: Day after Thanksgiving: Deadliest Catch – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Nov. 28: Dirty Jobs – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Nov. 29: Storm Chasers – 1 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve: Dirty Jobs – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Dec. 25: Christmas Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Dec. 26: Deadliest Catch – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Ghost Lab – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Jan. 1, 2010/New Year's Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.

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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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TV Squad Ten: Shows that deserve to have their own video game

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2009 11:35AM
TV shows that deserve to be video gamesThere is nothing inherently wrong with turning a TV series into a video game spinoff. It can fill in the gaps between seasons to quell the viewers' hunger, let audiences explore characters from new perspectives and even give the more hardcore couch potatoes some much needed exercise even if they only burned 1/100ths of a calorie solely through their thumbs.

The problem is video game developers pick TV shows that should never even become a travel sized board game. Developers have given the greenlight to games based on shows like American Idol, Desperate Housewives and even ... Grey's Anatomy?!? I hope that last one was a first-person shooter.

There are far better shows that offer far more entertaining elements for a kick-ass video game. These are the shows that should be next in line for a pixelated re-treatment.

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5 Questions With: Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman from 'MythBusters'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 8th 2009 6:01AM
"I suppose if you go home and you get extremely drunk and you watch television that is kind of stupid, it might be fun. But I look at shows like 'American Idol' and I go, 'What?'"

With more than 1,900 experiments, 650 explosions, 600 myths tested and the glorious obliteration of 75-plus vehicles, Discovery Channel's 'MythBusters' asks the big, unanswered questions ... and then dares to prove or disprove them through extremely watchable scientific experimentation.

In their seventh season (premieres Wed., April 8 at 9PM ET), Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and the gang kick things off with a two-hour Demolition Derby-themed disaster special, and then tackle urban legends ranging from the danger of banana peels and double-dipping to the usefulness of duct tape and the plausibility of James Bond's tux staying perfectly dry under a scuba suit.

AOL TV caught up with Adam and Jamie separately to compare their individual takes on a few topics -- see what they had to say about running out of myths to bust, what they deem their partner's geekiest quality and which one of them wouldn't be caught dead Twittering ... or watching 'American Idol.' -- By Maggie Furlong


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