Peregrine Crow wrote: Steax wrote: EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
People have got to stop using Mythbusters to prove... well... anything. I don't care how 'sciency' they try to appear. It's still just a TV show and not worth consideration as hard evidence of anything other than "it's cool when things explode".
You have a general point, but they did an experiment involving shooting guns into ice and showing us the results of that. They get to piggyback on their reputation and their channel that they're not faking it, unlike a lot of YouTube videos. That's pretty valid evidence.
Agreed, a lot of mythbuster results are dubious to say the least, but when the hypothesis they are testing is along the lines of "if you do x then y may happen" and they do x and y does in fact happen then that is pretty compelling evidence for their hypothesis.
I remember that. They had to revisit it because the first time around they 'simulated' icy conditions. Their target material was always the wrong hardness by the time they got around to actually testing the myth.
The second time was performed in more natural conditions, and only then confirmed.
I like it when they can confirm things. It's great. But when they claim something is busted? Based on their limited engineering experience? No. No, man. That's not cool. An ancient builder may have had decades if not generations to work the bugs out of an idea. Mythbusters then tries to duplicate that in a matter of... weeks? Months? I don't know their shooting schedule. When they fail, they claim that old-man Chinese McGenius couldn't have done any better with an entire lifespan to get it right.
Or they just get the myth itself wrong. Driving a car backwards in the snow to get better traction? I saw that. Clearly none of them learned how to drive in a snowy climate, otherwise they would have taken a front-heavy, rear-wheel drive vehicle with no traction control uphill. Go forward? The engine acts as a pivot, forcing the drive wheels to move to the side and break forward momentum. Stuckness occurs. Going up the hill in reverse allows the engine to act as a stabilizer and a straight-line run is achieved with greater success.
But did they think of that? Nooooooo.....
I kept trying to call them and correct them during that episode, only to be told something about pre-taping, harassment, and that they were a place called 'Pizza Hut', anyway. Damn producers will say anything to avoid admitting mistakes.