Musing on Mythbusters

The Bayou Renaissance Man has been blogging about Mythbusters, a TV show I love but (like a lot of people, I suspect) watched far too much of it at one point in my life.  This got me clicking around on the subject, and I came across this article:

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have worked closely with each other for 14 seasons on “Mythbusters,” but that doesn’t mean they were close.

Possibly the biggest myth the duo has busted is the belief that you can’t work with someone you don’t get along with.

“[Our relationship has] radically changed, but it’s also stayed the same. Jamie and I make no bones about the fact that we’re not friends,” Savage told Business Insider recently, as the Discovery and Science Channel show approaches its series finale.

“We don’t get along very well together on a personal level. In 25 years we’ve known each other, we’ve never had dinner alone together. We do not choose to hang out if we don’t have to be in proximity, and yet, there’s a couple of things that happened, and they’re pretty remarkable.”

I must confess, I never got an inkling of that from watching the show.  Also from the comments under BRM’s post I came across this article, written in a style I like:

I wonder which member of the “Mythbusters” production team was told to go to a nice suburban California house and ask: “Can we have our cannonball back, please?”

You see, it seems as if there was a slight miscalculation on the part of the science-meets-stunts show when it fired a cannonball on a bomb disposal range in Dublin, Calif., yesterday.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the projectile was supposed to hit some rather large trash cans filled with water before piercing a wall.

Strangely, it missed the trash cans, tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced its merry way down a hillside, barreled 700 yards through a suburban California neighborhood, smashed through the front door of a house, bounced up the stairs of the house and, without knocking, penetrated a bedroom door where a man, woman, and child were sleeping.

They were only woken after the cannonball had passed through. There was a little rubble and dust.

Was it done? Of course not. The cannonball then bounced its way out through the wall of the house, crossed a road, smashed a few tiles that were carelessly lying around on the roof of another house and finally took a seat inside the Gill family’s Toyota Sienna, which they had thoughtlessly parked in the driveway of their home.

Whoops!  The episode is called Cannonball Chemistry.


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