Is it possible for one prison inmate to kill another inmate across the hall using a crossbow made of newspaper? In the filming of this 2006 MythBusters episode Adam made one of his FAVORITE objects ever, which he talks about during his answer to Tested member Kyle Bennette’s question. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question.
Tested member Danny Curry asks, “What were some of the more exciting parts of traveling/performing live as opposed to pre-recorded and edited TV? And what were some things you didn’t like about it?” Here’s Adam’s answer. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question.
Tested member Aurelio Paez asks, “We all love duct tape. What’s the best duct tape brand for you?” Here’s Adam’s perhaps surprising (well, to MythBusters fans, anyway) answer. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question.
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In another deep dive into the world of metrology (the study of measurement), Adam shows us this vintage automatic testing micrometer that is used for a different purpose than his machining micrometers. This massive piece of kit was created to measure and test the thickness of soft goods, like felt and leather, and its use illuminates another interesting aspect of measurement.
Tested member Steve B asked Adam, “In the early seasons of Mythbusters, one of my favorite parts of each episode was where you would give a percent chance of what you thought could happen in any given test. That went away as the show progressed, is there a reason for that?” Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question.
What is Adam’s favorite part of making? The paint, of course! Wanting a beaten-up, shiny metal finish for his Iron Man Mark I suit, Adam applies a gloss black undercoat, adds liquid chrome, then seals it all with a clear coat. But the job’s only half done; Adam needs to wait a week for the paint to cure before he can start weathering (which will be another One Day Build)!
Adam has a background in animation, so it’s with great pleasure that he breaks out a flip-movie kit to make an animation machine! As he completes his galloping horse flipbook and adds a motor to automate the hand crank function, Adam reflects on the history of this analogue form of storytelling, and how it allowed humans to see the world in a way we’d never seen before.
Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch
How did the MythBusters camera and safety crew size change throughout the years? Who actually cleaned the location sites after each myth? Tested members Kyle Bennette and Justin Bakonyi asked Adam; here are Adam’s answers (and thank you, Kyle and Justin, for your support). Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question.
Viewers have asked about this creature that hangs from the ceiling above the workshop, and Adam gives us a close look at this replica of one of his favorite monsters from John Carpenter’s The Thing! In addition to being a terrifying presence in the cave, it has a delightful feature that Adam notices when watching it from the workshop’s security cameras.