Season 1 Episode 6

Lightning Strikes Tongue Piercing, Tree Cannon, Beat the Breath Test

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2003 on Discovery Channel
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Could a small town have built a working cannon out of a tree? Can a pierced tongue withstand the electric force of a bolt of lightning? The team takes a mold of Adam's head and pierced the heck out of it to see if they could get a lighting strike from an electric rod. Are there ways of beating a Breathalyzer? The team tries many myths to see if they could drink and make it not show up on a Breathalyzer.moreless

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  • This episode shows off the range of myths Jamie and Adam can deal with on MythBusters.

    This episode shows off the range of myths Jamie and Adam can deal with on MythBusters.

    First, they look at whether your piercings make you a living lightning rod. The footage of a young man struck by lightning in Colorado may have been used a little too much, but I can understand why it's in there, it's one of the stories that helped create this myth.

    Did a medieval Hungarian town build a cannon out of a tree? Whether they did or not, Jamie and Adam pull it off. It's actually quite effective. Of course, given Discovery Channel's taste for the big boom, the cannon doesn't survive the segment -- I don't think that qualifies as a spoiler.

    Last, there's all sorts of "certain ways" to beat a breathalizer test, but do any of them work? Jamie and Adam don't think so, but in the name of MythBusting they put their livers on the line. The guys get drunk under police supervision, then try out all sorts of different ways to avoid getting an .08 test result. This is the funniest segment of the episode (I didn't realize before watching this that Adam could be _less_ inhibited), possibly one of the funniest segments of the show as a whole.moreless

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