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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Hardwick, Vince Gilligan Share Favorite MYTHBUSTERS Moments

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Hardwick, Vince Gilligan Share Favorite MYTHBUSTERS Moments

“My favorite moment was the time when everyone discovered that Jamie was actually just a host for the sentient beret that lives on his body and forces it to do his bidding all the time, with his guidance system–the mustache.”

I have to say I don’t remember the episode of Mythbusters that our own Chris Hardwick referred to as his favorite in the show’s illustrious run, but everything about it sounds exactly as I imagined.

Tomorrow night, Mythbusters says goodbye with its final episode (and make sure you read our own Kyle Hill’s heartfelt farewell to one of the greatest science shows of all-time), and to help honor it Discovery asked some celebrities to share their most memorable moments.

While we’re not quite certain how Jamie and Adam ever could have tested Jonathan Bank‘s question about the myth of whether or not “actors are real people,” we would have loved to see what they came up with for that.

As for Vince Gilligan‘s favorite moment–the JATO powered Chevy Impala that tested the myth about a rocket-fueled car–he wasn’t kidding when he said it was an “oldie but a goodie.” That particular experiment goes all the way back to the beginning, as it was one of the myths tested in the pilot way back in 2003.

(This is the BBC airing, which means you get to experience all of the fun with a delightful British narrator.)

The rocket car myth was actually one of the many the show revisited, as part of  it’s 10th anniversary. They thought to use a ramp the second time.

It is a real testament to the greatness of the show that Gilligan’s favorite moment had nothing to do with when the show tested out a Breaking Bad specific myth, one he was present for. That doesn’t mean we can’t use this as an excuse to watch it again.

Considering Neil deGrasse Tyson was the only actual scientist they asked to contribute to this video, his answer is maybe the most interesting. Of all of the thousands of experiments (and explosions) that defined the show, he named his favorite as the time they tested the myth that blowing out a hole in a plane would cause people to get “sucked out of the plane.”

“Basic physics tells us ‘no,'” he said, “But since when is basic physics the first thing anybody thinks of?”

As you can see from that episode, the answer might technically have been ‘no,” but you most definitely do not want to be sitting directly next to the window on a plane that gets blown out.

Poor Buster. As sad as we are to say goodbye, he must be so relieved to be retiring.

I know I’m not a celebrity (stop it Mom, it’s true), but I would like to share with you my favorite moment from the show’s history. I’m not exaggerating when I say I think about this busted myth all the time, because it was so stunning to me it has become a permanent reminder to question everything.

It came almost as a throw away experiment at the end of an episode including a bunch of myths about bulls, when the gang set up their own little China shop. It was obviously one of the gang’s favorite moments too.

No moment in Mythbusters history better exemplifies for me why it was so damn good and so damn important. It will be missed.

Help us honor the greatness of the show by sharing your favorite moment from it, right here in our comments section.

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