MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season

MythBusters is an American documentary television series that premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2003. The show features hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use scientific methods to test the validity of various myths, rumors, and legends. In the episode "Duct Tape Myths," Adam and Jamie focus specifically on myths related to duct tape. Whether it's used to fix a broken car or to construct a boat, duct tape has gained a reputation for being one of the most versatile tools around.

The episode begins with a look at the origins of duct tape. Contrary to popular belief, duct tape was not invented during World War II. In fact, it was first developed by Johnson & Johnson in the early 1900s as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition boxes. The name "duct tape" did not come into use until the 1950s when it became popular for use in heating and cooling ducts.

The first myth that Adam and Jamie put to the test is whether duct tape can be used to fix a leaky car radiator. They set up an experiment using two identical cars and deliberately puncture a hole in the radiator of one. The duo then sets out to fix the leak with duct tape on the damaged car while leaving the other car without any repairs. They then monitor the performance of the cars as they drive under normal conditions. The experiment yields interesting results that will surprise many.

Next, the pair tackles the idea that duct tape can be used to build a seaworthy boat. For this experiment, they enlist the help of a naval architect who designs a boat that they build entirely out of duct tape. They then launch the boat and test its seaworthiness under different conditions. Will duct tape hold up under the pressures of the open seas?

Throughout the episode, Adam and Jamie also examine other myths related to duct tape, including whether it can be used to repair an airplane in mid-flight, whether it's strong enough to hold a person's weight, and whether it can be used to create a bulletproof shield.

One of the most interesting aspects of MythBusters is the scientific methodology that Adam and Jamie use to test these myths. The duo performs each experiment multiple times and records their results in detail. They also consult with experts in various fields to gain insights and knowledge that they may not have on their own.

Overall, "Duct Tape Myths" is an engaging and informative episode of MythBusters. It showcases the versatility of duct tape while also debunking some of the more outlandish myths surrounding its usage. Fans of the show will appreciate the meticulousness of the scientific approach, while newcomers will be fascinated by the ingenuity of the tests. Whether you're a fan of duct tape or just enjoy watching two brilliant minds tackle seemingly impossible tasks, this episode is definitely worth checking out.

MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on October 14, 2009.

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Duct Tape Island
4. Duct Tape Island
March 25, 2012
Adam and Jamie get abandoned on a deserted island with nothing but duct tape between them and life or death! The guys go MythBusters and duct tape vs. wild as they use the mythical material to find food and water, build a camp, and try to get rescued.
Duct Tape Plane
3. Duct Tape Plane
October 19, 2011
Adam and Jamie test three viral videos featuring extrodinary excavators - can they row a barge, take you wakeboarding, and do acrobatics? Kari, Grant, and Tory patch up a plane that's had an unfortunate encounter with a bear - using only duct tape.
Duct Tape Hour 2
2. Duct Tape Hour 2
May 12, 2010
In this second Duct Tape stick-tacular, Adam and Jamie set up a challenge that will take the tape's strength, adhesion and load-bearing capability to the absolute limit. Meanwhile Kari, Grant and Tory are all wrapped up busting duct tape automotive myths.
Duct Tape Hour
1. Duct Tape Hour
October 14, 2009
On this episode the Mythbusters - roll out the sticky carpet for the most versatile tool in your box. They're tackling a trio of duct tape tall tales.
Where to Watch MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 14, 2009