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20 Mythbusters Myths You Were Saddest to See Busted

Updated September 25, 2019 34.7k votes 7.2k voters 728.7k views20 items

After 14 seasons of scientific mayhem, Mythbusters is coming to a glorious end in 2016. Since 2003, Adam, Jamie, and the rest of the crew have been dispelling scientific rumors and making things blow up, while inspiring generations of kids to nurture their love for STEM. Despite all the good that the guys put out into the world, some of the Mythbusters' biggest busts were also the experiments that made us the saddest. After all, what kid doesn’t grow up dreaming of shooting a cowboy’s hat off or building a death ray out of mirrors? If you followed Mythbusters on their 14 season run, you were bound to see a few busted myths that totally bummed you out, and this list puts all of the myths that made us the saddest to see debunked together so fans of the show can mourn in one place.

The myths busted on Mythbusters were usually things along the lines of Hollywood myths that had been perpetuated thanks to years of acceptance by viewers who believed whatever they saw on screen. Mythbusters debunked myths of that stature because it was important to the team to show an accurate depiction of the way science works. By doing so, they were able to engender a love of science among viewers that resonates so soundly because no program had ever connected with fans in such a way before - science lovers and casual viewers alike. Still, it’s a huge bummer that some of the myths that were busted were so cool.

Take a look at all the myths that people were saddest to see busted, and vote up those that you still believe in your heart might work, no matter what science has to say.
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    The Five-Second Rule

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    The debunking of this myth truly broke the hearts of clumsy humans everywhere. As firm believers of the five second rule, it's truly horrific that the amount of time that a piece of food spends on the ground has no basis on the amount of germs it picks up.
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    You Can Use A Rowboat As A Submarine

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    Sorry guys, but the next time you're playing pirate you can forget about sneaking up on your friends under an overturned rowboat. The human body is just too darn buoyant.
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    Pirates Can Safely Slow A Fall By Using A Knife To Cut A Sail

    This busted myth might be the saddest one of all. After all, who hasn't dreamed of cruising down a sail with a cool sword shoved through the fabric? When they attempted a full scale version of the myth, the guys decided it would be impossible for a pirate's knife to be at the perfect balance between dullness and sharpness to safely cut through a sail.
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    You Can Shoot The Hat Off A Cowboy Without Harming Him

    Sorry For a Few Dollars More fans, but you can't shoot the hat off a cowboy with just a pistol. In fact, you'd have to use a shotgun to have enough force to make the hat fly, and by that time the guy you were shooting at would be mostly dead.
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