A Moment of Silence for ‘Mythbusters’ | Vol. 3 / No. 18.3

This makes me sad.

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Thanks for the memories | Photo: Geoff Stearns, CC BY 2.0
Thanks for the memories | Photo: Geoff Stearns, CC BY 2.0

It’s a pretty tough week for me this week. I’m tired, I’ve got a mountain of grading to climb, a dissertation chapter to finish, and Mythbusters is ending.

Let’s all have a moment of silence for fourteen fantastic years (278 episodes!) of the scientific method (even if it was, sometimes, just the layman’s scientific method).

Photo: Genevieve, CC BY 2.0
Photo: Genevieve, CC BY 2.0

Without them, most of us wouldn’t know that when you shoot fish in a barrel, it doesn’t matter if you hit them;1 that shooting a gas tank doesn’t usually turn it into a fireball;2 or that an exploding cement truck makes a surprisingly musical BBbmmf!!! sound.3

Man, I’m going to miss that show.

Now go read this article about the ending. The final episode airs Saturday.

 

Notes: 1: The shockwave kills them anyway. 2: Bullets aren’t (usually) on fire enough to make with the explodey. 3: For real.

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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.

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