Mythbusters is a TV show on which they investigate myths and "use modern-day science to show you what's real and what's fiction" (as the website puts it).
The distressing part is that none of them has any apparent qualifications in "modern-day science".
They have no idea what is significant and what is not. I don't expect them to work out statistics on the show, but surely they could have someone off-camera telling them "that's worth two stars" or not - as the case may be.
They even mix up basic concepts like absolute and relative pressure, so in one episode they end up using an oxygen atmosphere at some 20psi absolute (5psi relative) instead of the correct pressure. (And the fire is pathetic, considering. With 20psi oxygen and hair gel they should've been able to get a much more impressive blaze.) PS: What is the correct pressure, anyway? 5psi absolute sounds inconvenient, because they'd have to pre-breathe.
They do the public great disservice by billing themselves as experts, and their methods as remotely scientific. "To seem rather than to be" is a good motto for special effects, but a poor one to live by; and to the extent the show is educational, it sows urban legends more than truth, fiction more than reality.
The explosions are cool, of course.
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17 June 2007, 7:21 UTCcomment by alison.still
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17 June 2007, 7:24 UTCcomment by alison.still
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