Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Don't try this at home

Summer is winding down and the fall TV season is right around the corner.  But one of the best things about summer TV is discovering some cool shows on cable that I might otherwise miss the rest of the year.

This summer I’ve really gotten hooked on MythBusters on Discovery Channel.  It’s a bunch of special effects whizzes and science geeks who take various myths and urban legends and put them to the test.

One really good episode tested out the legend that the Confederate Army built a rocket powered-missile during the Civil War.  Could that be true?  Using only materials that would have been available in that era they managed to build and launch a rocket, but it couldn’t go as far as the legend suggested.

This show is a lot fun.  They tackle everything from historical myths to modern day issues, like will your cell phone really interfere with the instruments on an airplane?

The best part is that a lot of the experiments usually involve blowing something up or some other form of destruction.  It really makes me wish I paid more attention in science class!


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