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Top 10 things I’ve learned about life from watching MythBusters

October 29th, 2007 · No Comments

There are shows on television which are entertaining and there are shows on television which are educational. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can find a show that’s both entertaining and educational at the same time. MythBusters is one of those shows.

After watching the show for a few years I’ve come to realize that MythBusters does more than just entertain and educate — it also has taught me some valuable lessons about life itself. Here, then, are the things I’ve learned about life by watching MythBusters:

  1. If you want to make your life more exciting you should befriend a retired FBI agent.
  2. Everyone on MythBusters has a chance to get promoted. Even Buster, through years of hard work and self-sacrifice without complaint, was somehow able to rise through the ranks from a lowly “crash test dummy” to a much more impressive-sounding “human analogue”.
  3. Never trust Adam to give you the odds on anything.
  4. The easiest way to sell an old car that nobody wants is to invent a myth about it and wait for the show to buy it from you.
  5. The MythBusters can control anything using a remote control except, ironically, a remote-controlled helicopter, which they simply crash.
  6. Grant really doesn’t want anyone to take his calculator.
  7. If you can’t reproduce the myth try to reproduce the results. If you can’t reproduce the results just blow something up.
  8. The word “MythTern” really means “menial task person”.
  9. If you ever lose control of your car try to make sure that it doesn’t plunge into a raging river — instead, in order to improve your odds of survival, lose control of it in such a way that it gets gently lowered into a shallow swimming pool.
  10. Even the most mundane tasks can become more exciting if you say the magic words “In 3… 2… 1…” before you do them.

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