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'Mythbusters' premiere date, myth list announced

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Mythbusters
Discovery Channel

The Mythbusters — one of the few unscripted basic cable shows that can pack a ballroom at Comic-Con — has announced its fall premiere date, plus a list of the myths they’re going to take on.

The team will return on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. You would think at this point they’d be running out of myths to take on (and a couple these, let’s face it, do seem a little thin). Here’s the rundown:

  • Is it impossible for humans (without a point of reference) to walk in a straight line?
  • Are motorcycles better for the environment than cars?
  • Can you supersize a Newton’s Cradle to epic proportions?
  • If a pigeon lands on the roof of a car, which is hanging precariously over a cliff’s edge, could it provide enough force to send the car plunging over the side?
  • In a standoff between a hero with a revolver and a villain with a rocket propelled grenade (as seen in the movie Red), could the bullet trigger the warhead? And would the villain be taken out by the blast?
  • Was the “flying guillotine” a lethal ancient weapon — or kung-fu make believe?
  • Can you use duct tape to fix a plane that has been mauled by a bear? (As odd as this one sounds, it’s a story that has inundated our fan site message boards for years!)
  • Could a methane blast inside a sewer, blow manhole covers tens of feet into the air?
  • Some call it indestructible, but can truck bed liners stop an animal attack? Prevent a car from being damaged? Make it bomb-proof?
  • Explosions. Rocket sleds. More duct tape. Oh… and more explosions!

Mythbusters By the Numbers (as tallied by Discovery):

3 – Number of consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Reality Program (2009, 2010, 2011)

9 – Years of filming (series premiered on Discovery Channel in October 2003)

12 – (Tons, that is) – Poundage of explosives used

128 – Vehicles destroyed

189 – Total episodes filmed to date (including specials)

744 – Explosions

769 – Myths tested to date (425 busted, 179 confirmed, 155 plausible)

2,391 – Experiments tested (approx.)

6,255 – Hours filmed (approx.)

Twitter: @james_hibberd

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