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Leave no urban myth untested. Could you kill someone by dropping a penny from a skyscraper? Can an unsuspecting scuba diver be sucked out of the water by a firefighting helicopter and get spit out in the middle of a forest fire? Can you save yourself in a plummeting elevator by jumping just before it hits bottom? Special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, Leave no urban myth untested. Could you kill someone by dropping a penny from a skyscraper? Can an unsuspecting scuba diver be sucked out of the water by a firefighting helicopter and get spit out in the middle of a forest fire? Can you save yourself in a plummeting elevator by jumping just before it hits bottom? Special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the Discovery Channel's top-rated MythBusters, use modern-day extreme science to show you what's real and what's fiction. With photographs, illustrations, blueprints, and exclusive interviews to document the mythbusting process, MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time will examine dozens of urban legends, from exploding toilets to being buried alive -- these guys have tested them all. Eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and even laugh-inducing, this book will delight armchair scientists, curious readers, and fans of the show alike. Keith and Kent Zimmerman are the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Hell's Angel and The Best Damn Sports Book, Period, among others.


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Leave no urban myth untested. Could you kill someone by dropping a penny from a skyscraper? Can an unsuspecting scuba diver be sucked out of the water by a firefighting helicopter and get spit out in the middle of a forest fire? Can you save yourself in a plummeting elevator by jumping just before it hits bottom? Special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, Leave no urban myth untested. Could you kill someone by dropping a penny from a skyscraper? Can an unsuspecting scuba diver be sucked out of the water by a firefighting helicopter and get spit out in the middle of a forest fire? Can you save yourself in a plummeting elevator by jumping just before it hits bottom? Special effects experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the Discovery Channel's top-rated MythBusters, use modern-day extreme science to show you what's real and what's fiction. With photographs, illustrations, blueprints, and exclusive interviews to document the mythbusting process, MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time will examine dozens of urban legends, from exploding toilets to being buried alive -- these guys have tested them all. Eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and even laugh-inducing, this book will delight armchair scientists, curious readers, and fans of the show alike. Keith and Kent Zimmerman are the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Hell's Angel and The Best Damn Sports Book, Period, among others.

30 review for MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Delanie

    The fact that their photo insert of the words "final verdict" only said "final verdic" throught the whole book annoyed me greatly otherwise I think it's a great book for debunking and confirming urban legends. The fact that their photo insert of the words "final verdict" only said "final verdic" throught the whole book annoyed me greatly otherwise I think it's a great book for debunking and confirming urban legends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Ambrose

    An interesting look at some of the earlier myths that they did on the show.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    When I had cable, I enjoyed watching Mythbusters when I could. The idea of a show that actually tested conventional wisdom--the 5 second rule episode was particularly memorable for me--is pretty cool. So when I tumbled on this in a library search, I figured I'd see how it works as a text. The answer is, pretty good. There's not quite the excitement because it's not as visual--though the produces of the book have done a pretty good job of spicing up the text with enough pictures to help the reader When I had cable, I enjoyed watching Mythbusters when I could. The idea of a show that actually tested conventional wisdom--the 5 second rule episode was particularly memorable for me--is pretty cool. So when I tumbled on this in a library search, I figured I'd see how it works as a text. The answer is, pretty good. There's not quite the excitement because it's not as visual--though the produces of the book have done a pretty good job of spicing up the text with enough pictures to help the reader understand what's going on. It starts with a brief biography of the show's stars, along with how the show got started. Both Hyneman and Savage led interesting lives before getting involved with Mythbusters, with everything they did lending itself to such a show. The experiments themselves are good ones--everything from Bill Cosby's joking "jump in a falling elevator" idea to escaping from Alcatraz to quite literally finding a needle in a haystack. Each chapter focuses on the conventional wisdom, how to approach the problem, and, of course, whether or not it turned out to be true. I won't share the results here, but some of them turn out just about as you expect and a few are really surprising. In a few cases, the experiment was repeated to see if it was a fluke, which just goes to show how thorough this team can be when needed. So if you're interesting in knowing whether, when caught without an umbrella, you should run or walk (the answer might surprise you) or if it's dangerous to get on an airplane with Pamela Anderson, this is a good book for you. This is a nice companion piece to the show or anyone who likes urban legends. (Library, 11/07) Trebby's Take: A fun read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lady Lioness

    I've recently become addicted to this show, mostly because they all look like they've having buckets of fun and their enthusiasm is contagious. So I checked this book out of the library for curiosity's sake. However, it's basically a recap of 30 episode segments. There was some interesting behind the scenes stuff in the beginning, but the rest of the book was just synopses of the episode experiments. It was particularly interesting to me that they completely edited out the Build Team. For the "N I've recently become addicted to this show, mostly because they all look like they've having buckets of fun and their enthusiasm is contagious. So I checked this book out of the library for curiosity's sake. However, it's basically a recap of 30 episode segments. There was some interesting behind the scenes stuff in the beginning, but the rest of the book was just synopses of the episode experiments. It was particularly interesting to me that they completely edited out the Build Team. For the "Needle in a Haystack" experiment, it was actually Tory Belleci who suggested adding magnets to Adam's Needlefinder device. There are actually pictures of Tory and Kari Byron in this section, but they are not mentioned in the episode synopsis or in the thank-yous listed in the back. Another example is in "The Case of the Exploding Jawbreaker." The synopsis mentions that Adam received a "minor burn on his arm," but it was Mythtern Christine Chamberlain who received more severe burns to her neck and face. In addition, Tory was the one who built the metal teeth In conclusion, watching the episodes will give you a clearer picture of what went into busting the myth, but if you're just interested in the result, this book will suffice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mazola1

    This easy to read book takes a behind the scenes look at 30 of the most explosive, surprising and wacky myths or urban legends tackled by the mythbusters. The stunts are explained clearly, with a dash os science thrown in for good measure. Some are sort of mundane -- will coke clean a penny -- while others are a lot more intriguing -- is it possible those convicts really escaped from Alcatraz using a makeshift raft fashioned from raincoats? And some almost defy belief. Who knew you could raise a This easy to read book takes a behind the scenes look at 30 of the most explosive, surprising and wacky myths or urban legends tackled by the mythbusters. The stunts are explained clearly, with a dash os science thrown in for good measure. Some are sort of mundane -- will coke clean a penny -- while others are a lot more intriguing -- is it possible those convicts really escaped from Alcatraz using a makeshift raft fashioned from raincoats? And some almost defy belief. Who knew you could raise a submerged boat using ping pong balls? It's a quick read, so have some fun spending a little time at the place where science, creativity and testosterone intersect.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Couillard-Smith

    For fans of the show, this book offers interesting insights into the behind-the-scenes lives of Jamie, Adam, and the Mythbusters phenomenon. If you've seen a lot of the episodes, though, the synopses can get a bit tiresome. Still, skip over the ones you know, and save yourself some time and trouble by reading these succinct overviews of many of the myths you missed. If you're not a fan of the show, but are curious, this may give you the impetus you need to hunt down some DVDs. At the very least, For fans of the show, this book offers interesting insights into the behind-the-scenes lives of Jamie, Adam, and the Mythbusters phenomenon. If you've seen a lot of the episodes, though, the synopses can get a bit tiresome. Still, skip over the ones you know, and save yourself some time and trouble by reading these succinct overviews of many of the myths you missed. If you're not a fan of the show, but are curious, this may give you the impetus you need to hunt down some DVDs. At the very least, I think it will keep you interested in what really went into busting open these myths. An amusing and interesting overview, but the show is still better.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    Expertly assembled and completely fun, reads just like watching a behind-the-scenes version of several episodes of the first three seasons or so of the TV show, to which I am unabashedly addicted. The book is more all-ages than the show, however, so while it goes into additional layers of detail, it is also written in a way that's accessible to middle schoolers on up. So, a good, quick one-day jaunt for fans of the show with a tiny bit extra info, but not a meaty read by any stretch. Expertly assembled and completely fun, reads just like watching a behind-the-scenes version of several episodes of the first three seasons or so of the TV show, to which I am unabashedly addicted. The book is more all-ages than the show, however, so while it goes into additional layers of detail, it is also written in a way that's accessible to middle schoolers on up. So, a good, quick one-day jaunt for fans of the show with a tiny bit extra info, but not a meaty read by any stretch.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    A fun if sometimes strange read. I enjoyed learning the truth (or falseness) of some of the myths, but it was really amusing to read about the effort and thought they had to put into the experiments. Each myth stands alone in its own little chapter, so this book is really good for reading in short bursts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steve Mitchell

    "This book is basically a write-up of some of the featured experiments shown on the Discovery Channel. Not a bad book by any criteria, but a rehash of something better seen on your television screen than on the printed page: a good accompaniment to the series and definitely not a replacement for it. "This book is basically a write-up of some of the featured experiments shown on the Discovery Channel. Not a bad book by any criteria, but a rehash of something better seen on your television screen than on the printed page: a good accompaniment to the series and definitely not a replacement for it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barrette Plett

    This is an okay book. I get the feeling one would enjoy it more if one watched the show. The writing is so-so, and the experiments are not as exciting to read about as they likely would be if watched on TV. Probably not a great recommendation for anyone who's not a fan of (and has watched many episodes of) the show. This is an okay book. I get the feeling one would enjoy it more if one watched the show. The writing is so-so, and the experiments are not as exciting to read about as they likely would be if watched on TV. Probably not a great recommendation for anyone who's not a fan of (and has watched many episodes of) the show.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Sims

    I love Mythbusters. It's been my favorite show since it started airing so, of course, I had to get my hands on a behind-the-scenes book (which I ended up getting signed by them at a local meet & greet). The book loses some of the excitement and edge that you get from the many explosions of C4 on the show but if you're a fan of Mythbusters, it's still really interesting. I love Mythbusters. It's been my favorite show since it started airing so, of course, I had to get my hands on a behind-the-scenes book (which I ended up getting signed by them at a local meet & greet). The book loses some of the excitement and edge that you get from the many explosions of C4 on the show but if you're a fan of Mythbusters, it's still really interesting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helle

    This is a must-read for every Mythbusters fan. This gives some nice backgrounds and extra information about 30 of the experiments that Adam and Jamie have done over the years. Not everything is new, quite a bit of information you can also gather from the TV shows. But the short interviews with producer and hosts are good fun and add some charm to the myths.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elke

    ever wonder if you can save yourself from a plummeting elevator by jumping just before it hits bottom? or if you can really kill someone by dropping a penny from a skyscraper? read this book! i like it even more than the tv show.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Snowman

    Well then, have you wondered about those myths? Maybe you saw it online, or a friend told it to you? Well, 30 popular myths are going to be busted in this fun book that shows the Mythbusters and their exciting expirements. Brace yourself!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A light, fun book, but with enough science to explain how and why a myth was or wasn't busted. Chock full of pictures from the experiments and interviews with the masterminds of the show. Overall, a fast but diverting read and a good sample of what the show is all about. A light, fun book, but with enough science to explain how and why a myth was or wasn't busted. Chock full of pictures from the experiments and interviews with the masterminds of the show. Overall, a fast but diverting read and a good sample of what the show is all about.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Just watch the show- this isn't nearly as entertaining. Just watch the show- this isn't nearly as entertaining.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I bought a copy in Australia - lent it to a nephew and his flat of 20-somethings kidnapped it for months!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    My friend got me this book for my birthday a while ago because I was totally into Mythbusters. Although I had already seen many of the episodes, it was good to refresh myself of the facts, ya' know. My friend got me this book for my birthday a while ago because I was totally into Mythbusters. Although I had already seen many of the episodes, it was good to refresh myself of the facts, ya' know.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This is a fun read with some behind-the-scenes details about 30 of the myths from the first couple of seasons. Light but with a ton of interesting urban myth & science trivia.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ

    It was a fun book for fans of the series. Good book to encourage kids with science being fun.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maren

    I didn't get a chance to finish this, but what I read was EXCELLENT! Great pics and their wit is awesome of course! I didn't get a chance to finish this, but what I read was EXCELLENT! Great pics and their wit is awesome of course!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Janssen

    well i didnt like this book just because i didnt like reading about the experments i would rather watch them and see them being done.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I enjoyed the history behind how Mythbusters got started. The rest of the book was just OK.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doug Campbell

    a must have for any mythbusters fan! or anyone who loves reading about urban myths. my best friend Jason gave this to me and ive read it a few times over!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    it was an ok book.. but i dont recomend it to people unless they are super in love with the show

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    I saw this book in the library and I had to grab it. I did enjoy it and it's nice to see how eactly these things would have had to happen if they did, or did they? Love these guys! I saw this book in the library and I had to grab it. I did enjoy it and it's nice to see how eactly these things would have had to happen if they did, or did they? Love these guys!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Rose

    Entertaining and amusing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    One of my students gave me this to read and it was awesome. If you are a fan of the show, definitely check this one out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Nowhere near as entertaining as the show.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    I think it's a good book but not as good as the show I think it's a good book but not as good as the show

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