After 14 seasons of scientific mayhem, Mythbusters came to a glorious end in 2016. Since 2003, Adam, Jamie, and the rest of the crew have been dispelling scientific rumors and making things blow up, while inspiring generations of kids to nurture their love for STEM. Despite all the good that the guys put out into the world, some of the Mythbusters’ biggest busts were also the experiments that made us the saddest. After all, what kid doesn’t grow up dreaming of shooting a cowboy’s hat off or building a death ray out of mirrors? If you followed Mythbusters on their 14 season run, you were bound to see a few busted myths that totally bummed you out, and this list puts all of the myths that made us the saddest to see debunked together so fans of the show can mourn in one place.
The myths busted on Mythbusters were usually things along the lines of Hollywood myths that had been perpetuated thanks to years of acceptance by viewers who believed whatever they saw on screen. Mythbusters debunked myths of that stature because it was important to the team to show an accurate depiction of the way science works. By doing so, they were able to engender a love of science among viewers that resonates so soundly because no program had ever connected with fans in such a way before – science lovers and casual viewers alike. Still, it’s a huge bummer that some of the myths that were busted were so cool.
Take a look at all the myths that people were saddest to see busted.
1. A Person Can Sink in Quicksand Totally destroying the super awesome myth that classic films and cartoons stuck in our minds, Adam and Jamie did a test to see if someone could actually drown in quicksand. They discovered that quicksand is actually denser than water, and that anyone who died in quicksand probably died from exposure or dehydration.
2. There’s a Frequency That Can Make People Crap Their Pants
Despite feeling some discomfort in his chest after being subjected to multiple low frequency tones, Adam never lost control of his bowels. This busted myth totally throws off any plans to be a subsonic supervillain out the window.
3. You Can Shoot the Hat Off a Cowboy Without Harming Him
Sorry For a Few Dollars More fans, but you can’t shoot the hat off a cowboy with just a pistol. In fact, you’d have to use a shotgun to have enough force to make the hat fly, and by that time the guy you were shooting at would be mostly dead.
4. Shooting a SCUBA Tank Will Blow It Up Real Good
Why Adam and Jamie had to blow up the dreams of everyone who dreams of blowing up a shark with a pressurized scuba tank, we’ll never know. But when the guys punctured the tank it just flew around like an air rocket and didn’t explode.
5. A Person Can Punch Their Way Out of a Coffin
Adam and Jamie’s assertion that no human can break out of a coffin with punches alone (and if they could they would still suffocate) really puts a damper on your plan to live forever, huh?
6. Snipers Can Kill Each Other by Shooting Through Their Scopes
Ruining the dreams of every boy who grew up watching James Bond movies, the MythBusters debunked this sniper myth when the bullet they fired was either stopped or deflected by the multiple layers of lenses in the scope.
7. It’s Easy to Take Candy from a Baby
Sorry all you would-be candy stealing jerks out there, but according to Adam and Jamie’s calculations, it’s actually harder to take candy from a baby than to procure it in the normal, everyday way: stealing it from a grocery store.
8. Yodeling Can Cause and Avalanche
This is incredibly depressing, as it’s been a dream of many an amateur yodeler to set off an avalanche, but apparently no amount of yodeling can spark one.
9. Mind Control Chips are Placed in your Blood Stream by Nurses
If you’re a conspiracy theory nut, the busted myth of mind control chips being placed in people’s bloodstreams during blood donations is kind of a bummer. At least Adam and Jamie discovered that a stud finder could locate a microchip inside a human body.
10. Pirates can Safely Slow a Fall by cutting into a Sail
This busted myth might be the saddest one of all. After all, who hasn’t dreamed of cruising down a sail with a cool sword shoved through the fabric? When they attempted a full scale version of the myth, the guys decided it would be impossible for a pirate’s knife to be at the perfect balance between dullness and sharpness to safely cut through a sail.