Ask Adam Savage: Most Important Myth

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Tested member Thomas Caldwell wanted to know, "What would you consider the most important myth you busted? The one with the most real impact? That made a real difference?" Here's Adam's answer, and we thank you, Thomas, for your support and question! Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s TestedUukausi sitten
    • Will Mythbusters with the kids ever return?

      Michael GMichael GUukausi sitten
    • I know SO many who were upset when they found out it was the episodes BUDGET that determined if something was "Busted" or not, not scientific facts.

      RPRsChannelRPRsChannelUukausi sitten
    • An important thing you helped to teach many, that public school refuses to? Critical Thinking Skills. VITAL. Fan since the beginning, and will be, life-long. ❤ I would just love a return in some capacity, of MB! 🥰 (the REAL DEAL! ...With the full team. Yourself, Jamie, Grant, Kari, Tory ++. )

      DetroitMicroSoundDetroitMicroSoundUukausi sitten
  • I am partial to the hot water heater episodes! :)

    Charlie BarberCharlie Barber8 päivää sitten
  • I show my family that flu episode every year. It's still my favorite

    Hans ColbyHans Colby11 päivää sitten
  • Adam, one thought i wonder if you may have considered. The #1 life saver that mythbusters did was any extremely dangerous test where we were always told "do not try this at home!". Im sure many at home scientists decided against testing some of their own questions because you did it for them in aan extremely safe manner! !

    KirbyDaMaster KDMKirbyDaMaster KDM12 päivää sitten
  • Love air plain boarding episode !!!!!!

    Denise McDougalDenise McDougal19 päivää sitten
  • As I recall the gas statoin cell phone explosion myth was proven completely false. It actually took a massive amount of effort to cause a fire/explosion, well beyond anything you could expect at a gas station.

    Kip does StuffKip does Stuff24 päivää sitten
  • While it isn't a specific myth, I think the show itself has made an enormous impact on lives by driving more kids to pursue a career in science. The next big breakthrough in something could come from someone who got into science because of Mythbusters

    dingus153dingus15324 päivää sitten
  • Most likely, the most important episode is something we'll never know for sure... because it's the one that made some kid want to do science, who grew up to make a critical discovery. Maybe not yet, maybe they haven't even been born yet, but "seeing farther by standing on the shoulders of giants" applies in more than just the direct sense of refining prior theories.

    dialNforNinjadialNforNinja25 päivää sitten
  • So I know mythbusters did an episode on: if you jump in a falling elevator will you be ok? But my thought is what if you climb up on top of it then jump? Keeping in mind that if you jump inside a train you don't move relative to the train, but if you jump on top of the train you "fly backwards" because the air around you isn't moving at speed with the train. Do you think that someone could survive using something like a light jacket or something to try to catch more air slowing their descent while jumping from the top outside of the elevator? Or would the car falling still be pulling air down with it to fill the vacuum left behind it?

    Logan FalvoLogan Falvo25 päivää sitten
  • That Flu Episode was great.

    Damián Jesús Rafael PereyraDamián Jesús Rafael Pereyra26 päivää sitten
  • The part of the flu episode that went wrong was telling the germophobe what was going on. I would have liked to see how she fared without knowing that was what the dinner was about.

    Banai FeldsteinBanai Feldstein27 päivää sitten
  • I saw when discovery posted that, and it changed how I thought

    Mark CypertMark Cypert27 päivää sitten
  • The myth where a tire tread went through a side window and decapitated a dummy helped me prove to a friend that a stray dog who I stopped to give some pettings to saved my life by distracting me - a car doing 50mph lost its tread and flew through where I would have been, about neck high, seconds later. And I was thus late because I was calling a local no-kill shelter to make sure the pupper was taken somewhere where she would get a good home.

    Valandar2Valandar227 päivää sitten
  • Mythbusters was one of the few science shows i watched as a kid where women were included, and not just as a token gesture, but as a fully included and respected member of the team (and by every else too!). The most important myth you guys busted was that the field of STEM was only for men... I'm now graduating in fall with my bachelor's in public health sciences!

    Birds For BrainsBirds For Brains27 päivää sitten
  • The plural of anecdote is not evidence. File that under best quotes. Although I have to say you probably did have a pretty big impact with that episode.

    Amethyst JeanAmethyst Jean28 päivää sitten
  • I think the most important episode is any episode that inspired someone to get interested in STEM and persue a career to make the world a better place. I'm not sure where my interest came from, but it's likely that Mythbusters had at least something to with it.

    sternis1sternis128 päivää sitten
  • The flu episode is probably one that probably I keep thinking a lot since I watch it for the first time, specially when I get a cold and a bit more through the last year. The method and seeing Kari avoiding pretty much everything is top tier.

    SirJavierSirJavier28 päivää sitten
  • Gotta say one of my favorite definitively helpful episodes was the pickup truck tailgate episode. In terms of helping fight against global warming, that episode is an enormous ally in just boosting fuel efficiency across the the world. I don't have a truck, but even I thought keeping the tailgate down would increase aerodynamics. I was astonished that the truck manufacturers even knew that keeping the tailgate up would be best, and I wondered why they did not actively distribute that knowledge. I am thankful that Mythbusters brought it into the limelight.

    Kennosuke VKennosuke V28 päivää sitten
  • Wonder what Google's search numbers are for the Flu Episode in the 24hrs after this video was uploaded.

    PiDsMediaPiDsMedia28 päivää sitten
  • Adam, I'm a nurse working in a COVID receiving ward, and I've shown that episode to new graduate nurses. It's really, truly made a difference. Thank you and all the other cast and crew that made it happen.

    BrowntauBrowntau28 päivää sitten
  • So glad you pointed out that episode. I’ve referred so many friends & fam to that one and we all agree that it was definitely food for thought.

    It's Just BobIt's Just Bob28 päivää sitten
  • The first thing I remembered when the pandemic began was this episode with a fly. I reviewed it myself, showed it to my friends and tried to follow the example of Carrie Byron.

    Ioann AfanasyevIoann Afanasyev28 päivää sitten
  • Think the show that tested the hand blower was imported because you could see the germs blow about.

    Sweet peaSweet pea29 päivää sitten
  • That reminds me, few news/enterainment shows did mythbuster-type sneezing/loud speaking experiments in low light, with what looked like a horizontal spray meter board, and florescent spray to show the effectiveness of wearing a mask, close to the beginning of the pandemic. You guys had an effect on the world.

    Jason YasumotoJason Yasumoto29 päivää sitten
  • I wish Discovery had emphasized how much of a difference it made when you tried hard not to spread your "germs". It has been a lot easier to find the first half of the experiment and not the second.

    rabidsamfanrabidsamfan29 päivää sitten
  • hey Mann...I gotcha Money, being the total amount of cash available and budget, being the proportion of that total you're able to spend on any on given thing at one time.

    weedfreerweedfreer29 päivää sitten
  • Mine was this how do you escape vehicle that was sinking

    john johnsonjohn johnson29 päivää sitten
  • The most important one i think was the one where you sublimated and actual entire car

    Claudia ZGClaudia ZG29 päivää sitten
  • Your germ/fluorescence experiment actually demonstrated the exact opposite of your premise, and that's this: germs are ubiquitous and yet by and large we're just fine. None of the Rona mandates have achieved anything, as the real numbers demonstrate. They're even buried in the CDC website

    James EnglandJames England29 päivää sitten
  • The plural of anecdote is not data.

    uriituwuriituw29 päivää sitten
  • I miss Mythbusters, so glad you started this channel

    Gene BowenGene Bowen29 päivää sitten
  • One of the most important ones was probably when they proved that talking on a cell phone while driving has just as bad an effect as driving while drunk. I think attitudes have changed a lot since that aired. I'm not sure if it was directly because of them, but I'm certain that lives were saved as a result, which is amazing for any TV show to achieve.

    MonotoneMonotone29 päivää sitten
    • Canada's Worst Driver did that test with their drivers every year too before the show was cancelled :( Some of the results from the "Distracted Driver" test were truly frightening! Especially in the last 2 seasons!

      horse14thorse14t9 päivää sitten
  • Any link to the flue episode? I know a few people who kind of need a reminder.

    Ruben van AkenRuben van Aken29 päivää sitten
  • Maybe Discovery should air all the disease episodes you guys did in a block. They should air that block multiple times. I think it would be helpful in the current situation, and it would be nice to watch some old school Mythbusters.

    Tommy McKiddyTommy McKiddy29 päivää sitten
  • the most important in my opinion was the episode about escaping a car underwater

    Phillip P MasseyPhillip P Massey29 päivää sitten
  • Adam, a post-nasal drip is one that drips down the back of your throat.

    wbfaulkwbfaulk29 päivää sitten
  • Germ transmission experiments like this are helpful to understand what happens and to show how good hygiene habits can help. But it's funny to me that when people see how easily things can be transmitted or see how dirty your cell phone is or anything else that they go all germaphobe. To me it I do practice good hygiene but it these kinds of tests more than anything tell me how powerful our immune system is as we deal with doorknobs, phones, keyboards, switches, remotes and everything else we don't clean on a regular basis.

    Nathan HigginsNathan Higgins29 päivää sitten
  • I legitimately changed the way I exit my car at fuel stations just in case. Little things.

    Valiant_EmmeresValiant_Emmeres29 päivää sitten
  • I think this a good example of how wearing masks isn’t enough. You should absolutely wear a mask, but don’t think that you can half-ass hand washing and keeping distance.

    MncDssctnMncDssctn29 päivää sitten
  • You’re looking very much like a man starting to succumb to isolation depression, old friend - as I believe many of us are. With some understandable exceptions, you have been generally able to hold your near-cracking emotions largely in check - but watching you on this episode today has me worried, and heartbroken, simply because it’s apparent you’re having some trouble keeping some emotions in check while you relate these wonderful stories. Keep the faith, Brother Adam. While the ‘Stir Crazius Cabin Feverus’ may be cracking some your infectiously jovial, persistent enthusiastically positive exterior presentation to our world, we all hope you know that you have millions of us who consider you a friend - and you’re not alone. Many of us are suffering from a plethora of pandemic related reasons: not only do we want to thank you for giving us your tremendous gift of creating almost every day and for making our isolated world seem not quite so ‘lonely’, we also want you to know ... you make a difference in our lives. Joy is transactional and transmissible - you can’t see our smiles but we all hope you can feel them and know ... We’re all here, and we’re all with you. You, old friend, are loved. Sending your strength ...

    Thierry NihillThierry Nihill29 päivää sitten
  • i feel i LEARNED so much from Mythbusters WHILE being fully entertained.. the show should be continued indefinitely.. continuous learning, sharing ideas, questioning myths and even "facts"

    deankdxdeankdx29 päivää sitten
  • for those who havent seen it: here is a link to the flu spread experiment:

    IncubunaIncubuna29 päivää sitten
  • Have to say whenever I wipe my nose when I’ve got a cold I always get a blip of a flashback to that blacklight table.

    Rhys CausonRhys Causon29 päivää sitten
  • Car flipping in water sticks in my mind as well, bought a glass smasher a week after that episode aired.

    Linda MuvicLinda Muvic29 päivää sitten
  • I would argue the most important Myth was was not the Myth itself but the act of investigating them as a collective. The sheer volume of information we all learned watching you guys test all this crazy stuff. It's mind blowing to consider just how many times you knew to do some thing you seen on Mythbusters a certain way because you seen it there, what happens if you test your luck. So much of that knowledge has tangential implications and the bulk of it right in our ordinary, every day lives.

    Eidetic ExEidetic Ex29 päivää sitten
  • I loved that flu episode, I thought of that episode right as covid started,

    Michael John OneillMichael John Oneill29 päivää sitten
  • No doubt you saved lives. That’s awesome!

    Mark D MakerMark D MakerUukausi sitten
  • Quick question, 52 year old Star Wars nerd here... I have acquired a 1995 Power of the Force Millennium Falcon... the big one ,It’s complete and in awesome shape and the price was too good to pass up. I had the original 1979 version but those in the same shape as this one are through the roof. Ok the question is do you have any advice on how I might weather/distress this to make it look like “The Falcon “ should look .... and I plan to add lights also , it will be for display only. Thanks for any advice that you have and once again I love your channel.Take care.🅰️

    Appalachian UndergroundAppalachian UndergroundUukausi sitten
  • A lot of Mythbusters episodes stuck with me.

    fancydeerfancydeerUukausi sitten
  • Repost???

    Christian TerrillChristian TerrillUukausi sitten
  • I think wearing red hats has gone permanently out of style just like the toothbrush moustache -- and for the same reason.

    NoJusticeNoPeaceNoJusticeNoPeaceUukausi sitten
  • Great episodes! The one I thought would have the most/best effect on society is when they proved cell phone/distracted driving is worse than driving impaired!

    tootired76tootired76Uukausi sitten
  • The most important things I gleaned from the episodes actually had very little to do with the myths. Although I did learn quite a bit about the subject of the myth, what I got out of the show more was the analysis of how to go about doing the experiment, or how to build a certain thing out of a different material, or going through the thought process how to proceed with something. I haven't watched the show in quite a while, but I started watching it again and I find myself thinking about things quite differently. It's definitely a great show with a lot of awesome influence. Really one of the few reality shows, or I guess non-scripted is the word , that's actually worth watching.

    K. Otto PhillipsK. Otto PhillipsUukausi sitten
  • Awfully convenient of you to pick the flu thing as your "most impactful". Yea let's push the ones aside that saved lives in real time, nah some people are now acting like rabid germphobes! Truly a great success! Can you be any more transparent?

    Mate397Mate397Uukausi sitten
  • Hey Discovery - „Not available in your region“. But there are a few inofficial „backup copies“ on YT

    Bernd EckenfelsBernd EckenfelsUukausi sitten
  • This...this is REALLY important nowadays.

    Mitchell AndersonMitchell AndersonUukausi sitten
  • Debunking the notion that Apollo didn't land on the moon was one pretty important IMO. Conspiracy theorists are very vocal. It's nice to hear the truth provided by thoughtful analysis and experiments.

    Dave LarsenDave LarsenUukausi sitten
  • The problem with staying away from germs, is that your immune system remains in a weaken state making it easier for you to get sick. Your immune system needs a workout to stay strong so that when you do get sick your immune system is able to fight it off better than it would in a weaken state.

    HairyBottomHairyBottomUukausi sitten
  • "Archimedes death ray for the Obama administration... with 500 kids" is an incredibly worrying statement out of context

    The Primary AntagonistThe Primary AntagonistUukausi sitten
  • Mini Myth - are money and budget the same thing? I make a budget and my wife spends all the money. Answer - they are not the same thing.

    Stinky HamStinky HamUukausi sitten
  • Awesome! Thanks so much Adam! I personally thought that although it wasn't its goal, MythBusters did so much more than entertain. As a life-long science/maker enthusiast, I of course loved the show. But it brought so much to so many different types of people.

    Thomas CaldwellThomas CaldwellUukausi sitten
  • To this day the two myths I remember most are the flu one and the one about sneezing. Who knew all that would come in so handy.

    Cameron KoesterCameron KoesterUukausi sitten
  • The only science I trust

    It’s The CostanzaIt’s The CostanzaUukausi sitten
  • Or! Just a little bit more entertained...

    Eliot BrownEliot BrownUukausi sitten
  • Lead balloon is the most important myth

    VerylargebigtoeVerylargebigtoeUukausi sitten
  • Making awesome content, making awesome objects, oh, and on a side note: saving lives!

    Michael JonesMichael JonesUukausi sitten
  • THe flu episode had a profound effect on me. and I thank you all for it.

    Annie JohnsonAnnie JohnsonUukausi sitten
  • Ive mentioned the transfer episode many times. It should be used as a national advert. The most vivid demonstration Ive seen .

    beautifulsmallbeautifulsmallUukausi sitten
  • You are great.

    Mark HackettMark HackettUukausi sitten
  • The underwater car and flu stories are the first that come to my mind as well... the only reason they possibly haven't saved more lives is that more people haven't seen them. :) The flu one especially should be taught in schools. Though, the water heaters are by far the most spectacular. :)

    MravacKidMravacKidUukausi sitten
  • "The plural of anecdote is not evidence" love you Adam

    Jennifer SchlanskerJennifer SchlanskerUukausi sitten
  • The dynamic sound quality was so good I thought something fell in my room Lmao

    Alexander NguyenAlexander NguyenUukausi sitten
  • It was the first one, it got the show started

    Chad FalardeauChad FalardeauUukausi sitten
  • Christmas tree fire safety episode was pretty important.

    Dave GranthamDave GranthamUukausi sitten
  • Most important myths: Making a lead balloon float and polishing turds. No one thinks these things can be done. When your work is considered sh*t, or as dirigible as a lead balloon, your show proved that with work and finesse, both can be made to work.

    AshGCGAshGCGUukausi sitten
  • Given this past year, I'd say the flue episode should be required viewing.

    Khandi MahnKhandi MahnUukausi sitten
  • I remember that myth it change my life , Thank you.

    Jack FoubertJack FoubertUukausi sitten
  • Honestly thought that was Gary Busey in the thumbnail...

    Frank SharpFrank SharpUukausi sitten
  • "The plural of anecdote is not evidence" may be one of the most profound things I've heard in a while!

    azbigjohn1azbigjohn1Uukausi sitten
  • The flu episode should have been mandatory viewing for all at the beginning of March last year.

    Mike UptonMike UptonUukausi sitten
  • when we went into the first lockdown here in the UK is showed my kids (7 and 5) the discovery video. The kids suddenly understood why washing their hands and not touching their face would not just keep them safe, but to keep everyone safe. I hope that others have done the same

    Andy McQuoidAndy McQuoidUukausi sitten
  • Before I watch, I’m predicting the Spies episode lol

    Tyler Beadle-FollisTyler Beadle-FollisUukausi sitten
  • Can some one of the patreons ask Adam: Did he watched "Epic Rap Battles of History: Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters", and what was his reaction?

    OneeGrimmOneeGrimmUukausi sitten
  • new glasses?

    Niko NissinenNiko NissinenUukausi sitten
  • Just before we went on sitting break last year I showed the flu episode to all of my students as they kept asking why we needed to sanitize and keep our distance. I was so glad it existed.

    Kelly DavisKelly DavisUukausi sitten
  • @4:34 just yesterday my 8 year old son asked what to do if a car falls into a pond and I relayed to him the advice from that episode!

    James McCrackenJames McCrackenUukausi sitten
  • I'm sure the cement truck episode really saved some lives. No, don't clean your truck by filling it with TNT lol

    Decan FrostDecan FrostUukausi sitten
  • I am going to speculate on something. I don't know that it is true, but there is some things to to suggest it. Adam says "the plural of anecdote is not evidence." This is a common mistake that theists make when asked to provide evidence for god. They say they experienced this or their friend experienced that. Those are anecdotes and are not good evidence, they are bad evidence because experiences can be misinterpreted or imagined or dreamt. You can add them up for hours and they NEVER count as good evidence. So my speculation is that Adam is an atheist. Maybe this is well known for many of you here, but I do not know it.

    TXGUNNER!TXGUNNER!Uukausi sitten
  • Would love to hear Adam talk about dealing Censorship and stuff being outright Banned after being filmed.

    speedwaynuttspeedwaynuttUukausi sitten
  • Trying to pick your favorite myth is like picking your favorite tool. There are many favorites in the toolbox of testing steps and proven theories that make up mythbusters, and that's one of the things that makes it so relevant on any day. It's a collection of tools with which we see the world differently.

    Jon ScottJon ScottUukausi sitten
  • "The plural of anecdote is not evidence." Thank you, just gonna lift that quote.

    Nicholas KandasNicholas KandasUukausi sitten
  • After the one about hand driers vs. paper towels almost all the restrooms either switched over or added paper towels as an option. I'd say that was quite an impact.

    Dave CDave CUukausi sitten
  • Idk I like the square wheels one

    RockyBukake 42069RockyBukake 42069Uukausi sitten
  • I think there were so many relevant myths. I still make sure I discharge when I go to pump gas (particularly in winter in Indiana where it is dry af and I'm constantly wearing a sweater). The flu and the sneezing ones are still very relevant and illustrate how easily illness can spread, even one that isn't airborne at all. Plus, part of the reason my daughter got into mechanics was watching this with me. She is learning to build and everything from her step dad (who also sparked the interest) but I think Mythbusters helped that. She not only saw all the fun, she saw Kari who was able to do everything the boys could do and having fun doing it.

    Nicole BouillonNicole BouillonUukausi sitten
  • Your most important myth is the explosive cement truck, no doubt. I don't know how many times I wanted to blow up a cement truck, but didn't only because of you guys.

    Raven_of_ZoSoRaven_of_ZoSoUukausi sitten
    • my boys loved that one too

      Renn KayRenn KayUukausi sitten
  • Interesting cultural thing. Wearing headgear inside is what I am taught is not for well raised people. And it gets me every time I see someone doing that. Yet in America it seems not to be a thing at all. And youtubers all over the world seem picking that -- hey have to wear some kind of hat when they present their videos.

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    Barsuk LesnoyBarsuk LesnoyUukausi sitten
  • the noises in the background are very distracting as i listen to this on headphones, i thought they were coming from my office, get your staff to stand still or whatever it is you are kicking under the table adam :) thakns

    Barni ZartBarni ZartUukausi sitten
  • Budget isn't just money it's all resources. Importance is subjective so it's what ever you think it should be.

    John KeyJohn KeyUukausi sitten
  • Please can someone ask if he can film an average day in the life of Adam Savage... I need to know how he finds time to research his props etc film various videos and have meetings etc.. and still make time for his wife and family. .. just seems like his day has so many more hours than the average person...

    Steven Ronald RandallSteven Ronald RandallUukausi sitten