Thursday, June 02, 2005

A melted dummy, pig carcasses in the parking lot and ducks in the bathroom . . .



It can only be another episode of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, a mix of Monster Garage and snopes.com.

Last night’s show, Mythbusters Revealed, was a comical behind-the-scenes look at one of the best things on TV today – not only is it educational, but they also blow things up.

Two special-effects experts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, host the show. I think its success is in large part due to the relationship between the two. Savage’s prankster Bugs is constantly eliciting scorn from Hyneman’s stern Elmer Fudd (without the speech impediment). Mythbusters Revealed highlights the friction between the two, generating some unforgettable laugh-out-loud scenes.

Oh, and did I mention they blow things up? In their mission to debunk long-held legends and modern urban myths, they’ll push things as far as they can – even if it means packing a cement truck mixer with dynamite or strapping home-made rockets to a chair.

They have a great web site that includes some "Lost Experiments" you won’t see on television. For a guy who grew up tinkering with a chemistry set and a Tandy 150-in-One electronics kit, the show sure appeals to the boy within.

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