The Ultimate MythBusters Summary!

by sikbitz


The MythBusters tested over 1,000 distinct myths in 271 hour-long episodes spanning 14 years, resulting in a vast amount of information about common myths and interesting phenomena. The following overview attempts to summarize and categorize the results of the entire MythBusters series as succinctly as possible.

This is MythBusters Results!

A rundown of almost every myth that was tested on MythBusters, all on one page.

It’s kinda funny reading the statements on there as without any context they sound completely crazy, for instance:

A standard household vacuum cleaner can generate enough suction to lift a car into the air.


Adam and Jamie found that a vacuum cleaner with a standard attachment could only lift a 5-pound (2.3 kg) weight, but that its lifting power increased linearly with the cross-sectional area of the attachment. Adam built a suction cup 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter and they used it to easily lift a 50-pound (23 kg) weight. Based on this success, they built 40 such cups, all connected to a single vacuum via a manifold, and hung them from a steel frame that would be lifted by a crane.

On Treasure Island, the suction cups were placed on the hood, roof, and trunk of a 2,800-pound (1,300 kg) car. The first series of lifts looked promising but failed when excessive buckling of the hood caused some of the cups to pop loose. After they replaced the hood with a flat piece of sheet steel to eliminate the buckling, they were able to lift the car only 1 inch (2.5 cm) off the ground before it fell.

Back in the shop, they decided to replace the suction cups with three large plywood boxes, each one contoured to match the car’s surface and fitted with a rubber gasket for a tight seal. The three boxes had a combined area of 4,000 square inches (2.6 m2) and vacuum gauges recorded a vacuum pressure of 6 inches of mercury (20 kPa) for each box when the vacuum cleaner was running. Using this method, the car remained attached while being lifted to the crane’s maximum height, confirming the myth. Adam and Jamie then shut off the vacuum and the car crashed to the ground.