Mythbusters Fire Cannonball into Suburban Home

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Man you guys got this article up fast as Adam is just after tweeting about what happened // But the most important thing is no one was hurt& they're going to make sure it doesn't happen again

-M

Adam Jensen:
This is actually a pretty stupid show. From the moment they say what they're gonna test you can use your common sense to come to a correct conclusion if the myth will be busted or confirmed. Because their experiments are that dumb. And now look what they've done. Maybe it's a show for people who don't know anything about science.

I don't mind the criticism, but try not to act like you are some scholar with insight into science. That just makes it obnoxious.

i wonder if they bawled about the house..

OT: saw this at noon earlier, couldn't quite believe how...just weird this is.

thankfully no one got hurt, you wont see me stepping in front of a cannonball anytime soon, the least they could've done is got the footage on tape, seeing it smash into that car was probably pretty awesome..

wow talk about lucky and its amazing something like this hasn't happened till now

AdmiralCheez:
Living next to a bomb range is probably the reason no one noticed it. Though really, if you voluntarily move next door to a place like that, you should expect a wayward bomb once in a while.

Actually, why did they build homes that close to a bomb range in the first place?

My understanding is that it's because all of the unused land around bomb ranges is really appealing to landscape developers.

So, essentially, because people who build and sell houses are greedy. That's why.

theultimateend:

Adam Jensen:
This is actually a pretty stupid show. From the moment they say what they're gonna test you can use your common sense to come to a correct conclusion if the myth will be busted or confirmed. Because their experiments are that dumb. And now look what they've done. Maybe it's a show for people who don't know anything about science.

I don't mind the criticism, but try not to act like you are some scholar with insight into science. That just makes it obnoxious.

He could be. I'm a scholar, I consider myself to have insights into science, and I have certainly been an obnoxious dick on these very forums when people were Failing Physics/Astronomy/Geology/Biology Forever. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

That said, I don't think he's watched enough of the show to know that some of the tests have truly surprising outcomes. Also, if he relies on common sense to make his conclusions, then the Mythbusters are better scientists than he is.

OT: Realizing you've just fired a cannon into a suburb has got to be the most horrible, gut-freezing feeling ever. Will probably give the whole crew nightmares for years to come. I'm glad no one was hurt, and that the insurance will cover the damages. May this make for better safety in the future.

I live 25 minutes from that bomb range and I've actually been on it before. Not for any explosions mind you, just cause I was near there and wanted to see it.

I can't wait for this episode to air, as embarrassing as this is for discovery, that episode is going to bring in huge ratings.

You got to give it to Discovery to come up with a new way to bring up their ratings. Tune in to a new Mythbuster next week to see what they'll do next...

I love the show and watch it every week. I hope this results in no ill happenings for the mythbusters. Surely an accident as they are almost always under the supervision of Sgt Nelson or Frank Doyle when they are at the Alameda county bomb range. There is no need for a law suit as some people had suggested. No one got hurt thankfully. Just have them pay for damages, apologize, and take extra safety precautions next time.

The show is very educational, and they do a lot of experiments and research no one else does. There is a lot to learn from these guys. It would be a tragedy to lose that over an accident like this.

Prediction: If this makes it to air, it'll be their highest rated Mythbuster show ever.

Secondary Prediction: In a board meeting, one of the Discovery execs will wonder if they can get away with doing it a second time.

pictures of the house and car please

DarthVella:
Wow, it took them this long to have an explosion seriously misfire. That's an awesome record. I would give my legs and left arm for a chance to work with those guys.

But by that point you've already lost 3/4 of what you would have kept safe by joining them instead of amateurs! x3

Mythbusters becoming Home Wreckers For SCIENCE!!

I just hope they have this in that episode. I want to see their reaction after it happens.

On one hand, the cost of covering all that damage probably is pretty high. On the other, Mythbusters are a pretty sucessful show so they probably have some spending money to cover this. What amazes me is that something like this hasn't happened sooner... :p

Kwil:
Prediction: If this makes it to air, it'll be their highest rated Mythbuster show ever.

Secondary Prediction: In a board meeting, one of the Discovery execs will wonder if they can get away with doing it a second time.

I want to see them try to re-create it. Making a cannonball ascend a fucking staircase has got to be some kind of achievement.

Well considering how long the show has been on the air, and a cannon firing is far from the most dangerous thing they have done, it isn't shocking.

It's a miracle that it took this long for anything like this to happen.

MaxwellEdison:
I'd probably build some monument around that wreckage. How many other people can give a tour of their home that includes "And this is the hole the Mythbusters made with a fucking cannon."

This

Adam Jensen:
This is actually a pretty stupid show. From the moment they say what they're gonna test you can use your common sense to come to a correct conclusion if the myth will be busted or confirmed. Because their experiments are that dumb. And now look what they've done. Maybe it's a show for people who don't know anything about science.

Or maybe its a show for people who aren't all cranky and need a nap in the afternoon.
At least a quarter of the experiments are 50% scientific, and no matter what they put on the air, at least it's not Deadliest Warrior

Saltyk:
I hate to say it, but it wouldn't wake me up either. I'd sleep like a baby through it. I once fell off my bed as a kid, my parents came in and put me back in bed, and woke up completely unaware that it ever happened. And that probably wasn't the worst case of my refusal to wake up. Still, I know people that are probably worse.

Anyway, hopefully this can all be resolved without screwing up the Myth Busters work. Repair the home, pay them some money for damages and such, and offer them some time on the show. Pretty sure that will prevent any major issues.

i had a whole fist fight happen right on top of me. got stepped on a few time and everything. wish i hadn't cuz the fight sounded awesome. oh well i guess that's my crowning moment of awesome

Talk about rejecting reality and substituting your own...
As long as the insurance paid up to get the house fixed spic and span, all I would want in return is a copy of all the video they had showing the misfire, as well as a chance to press a button to make one of their infamous explosions happen.
Or...

MaxwellEdison:
I'd probably build some monument around that wreckage. How many other people can give a tour of their home that includes "And this is the hole the Mythbusters made with a fucking cannon."

Have Adam and Jaimie inscribe-autograph the cannonball and mount it on a concrete pillar in front of the house. Maybe with Adam's hat and Jaimie's moustache drawn on the pillar for effect.

Beautiful End:
I also heard the show was suspended but I don't know if it meant they were done recording the stunt or if the show was gonna stop being produced for a while or what.

Anyone knows what's that all about?

Probably standard legal procedure while they get the details sorted out. Even if the homeowners and the insurance company don't give any speedbumps, there's bound to be need to put things on hiatus.

They should make that a myth and bust it

steampro:
They should make that a myth and bust it

but it's already been confirmed! they already managed to do it haha.

Ah, so that's why it wasn't on tonight.

I'm sure they won't ever show it, just like they won't show the "Canibal mouse" footage and anything on RFID hackability

Given that Grant tweeted they were working 'with heavy artillery', it probably didn't involve Jamie and Adam, just the build team. (Yes, they have worked together on things, but I'm still thinking J and A weren't there.)

What the hell were they doing with a loaded cannon in the middle of some suburbs? They must have been pretty close to the house if it managed to go up some stairs and still have enough momentum to smash through the wall and fly in to a car park!

Lol did anyone else read this in the narrator's voice from the show?

Hamish Durie:
pictures of the house and car please

If you follow the source link in the OP, there's about ten pictures, several of the "exit wound" the ball made on the second floor, one where you can see the passenger window of the van blasted in, with a bomb squad technician standing by.

Myth: If you fire a cannonball, it will wreck s**t up.

I saw something about this on tv and I just knew that an article about it would pop up here sooner or later.

But yeah it's uncontrolled awesomeness.

DarthVella:
I would give my legs and left arm for a chance to work with those guys.

And I'm sure before too long that's exactly the price you'd pay XD

It failed to wake the family.... two points. Just how heavily does that family sleep, and just what time of night were the crew firing off cannons (and possibly a third point - why so close to houses?)

"Oh mah god! Mah house! Who did this?!"
"Have you seen a stray cannonball anywhere?"
"Adam? Jamie? All is forgiven."

And it'd make a great story.

McMullen:

theultimateend:

Adam Jensen:
This is actually a pretty stupid show. From the moment they say what they're gonna test you can use your common sense to come to a correct conclusion if the myth will be busted or confirmed. Because their experiments are that dumb. And now look what they've done. Maybe it's a show for people who don't know anything about science.

I don't mind the criticism, but try not to act like you are some scholar with insight into science. That just makes it obnoxious.

He could be. I'm a scholar, I consider myself to have insights into science, and I have certainly been an obnoxious dick on these very forums when people were Failing Physics/Astronomy/Geology/Biology Forever. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

That said, I don't think he's watched enough of the show to know that some of the tests have truly surprising outcomes. Also, if he relies on common sense to make his conclusions, then the Mythbusters are better scientists than he is.

Or maybe I just know too much about science (mostly physics) to be surprised by the results they get.

Well look at it this way, if the show goes off the air, they can always open a cannonball-based demolition business.

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