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'Mythbusters' Adam Savage Q&A: What myth does he wish was true?

by John Rabe | Off-Ramp®

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The Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, in a scene from their Discovery Channel show. They're bringing their stage show to Segerstrom Hall Saturday night, Nov. 23, 2013. DCL

"Mythbusters" — the show that employs science and explosives to debunk longstanding urban legends and other myths — has been on the Discovery Channel for 10 years now. Among the show's subjects:

  • Can a snapped steel mast cable slice a sailor in two?
  • Will your stomach explode if you drink Coke and eat Mentos?
  • Will sticking your finger into a barrel of a gun make it backfire?
Now, co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are starting a 29-city tour of their stage show called "Mythbusters: Behind the Myths." It's at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa Saturday night.

I've posted the long version of my interview with Adam Savage, in which I ask my own questions, like how the stage show is different from the TV show (lots of audience participation on stage), and how worried they are about science education in the U.S. ("Anybody who's paying attention is worried about science education.") Midway through the interview, by the way, a fire alarm goes off and hilarity ensues.

But I also asked Adam questions that came in this morning via Twitter:

@KPCCofframp @donttrythis Adam how many costumes do you have?

— Glenna Klabnik (@collegemom48) November 19, 2013

About 40 full costumes. "I am currently working on a detailed inventory of my entire costume collection. But it is a long process because there are hundreds if not thousands of costume parts in my collection."

"Compared to the Governor, absolutely the walkers are not that much of a threat."

"We get some from Twitter, we get some from fans on email, we get some from news stories that we read, and everything that's remotely interesting goes on a list." For what happens next (it's complicated), listen to the interview.

When he had capsaicin injected under his skin. "Just on the straight empirical level [it] was incredibly painful although because I knew I wasn't being damaged, there was no fear component to the pain, and that's a significant component."

The one I mentioned above about the snapped steel cable. They tested it on pig corpses, "and all we were doing was denting the pigs."

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