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FWMSH announces 'MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition'

July 18, 2014

By Robert Philpot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram



July 18--As you can see from the clip below, the folks on Discovery Channel's MythBusters like to blow stuff up -- urban legends, cliches, and, well, stuff that they literally blow up. You might not get to go that far in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's upcoming MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, but you will get to bust some myths on your own.

This season alone, the show is seeking to answer such questions as: Could a hero really shoot a live grenade in midair and thus render it useless, like in the movies? Or, could a vacuum cleaner explode while sucking up black powder? Those questions won't necessarily be part of the exhibit, but you'll get to answer some other questions on your own.

The exhibit -- which will run from Oct. 11 through Jan. 4 at the museum, 1600 Gendy St. in Fort Worth -- will provide interactive experiences for museum visitors, based on experiments done in MythBusters, in which co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara take scientific investigation to new levels by exploding -- or sometimes proving -- myths, using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects.

Byron is scheduled to come to Fort Worth for the exhibit's opening, according to museum spokesman Philip Gonzalez.

Savage and Hyneman were heavily involved throughout the development of the exhibition to ensure guests experience a true MythBusting encounter.

"It's exciting to see fans take on some of our favorite experiments from the show while drawing their own conclusions and data," Savage says in press release. "Although they are tackling the same myths and questions, each guest can have a unique experience within the exhibit."

Experiments in the exhibit cover topics such as flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion. Highlights:

--Blueprint Room: Based on the real-life operations room of the MythBusters set, this room acts as an introduction to MythBusting and is filled with gadgets, props, video and, of course, blueprints used by the hosts to explore myths on the show.

--Workshop: Museum visitors can turn into investigators and use real science to test myths. So you can find out if toast always does land butter-side down (without having to mop your kitchen) or whether you'll get more wet if you walk instead of run in the rain.

--Live MythBusters Demonstration Stage: Here, you can view and participate in live science demonstrations that dissect myths with the help of a team of energetic MythBusting facilitators.

Tickets for the exhibit are on sale now at fortworthmuseum.org. General admission for adults (13-64) is $19; seniors (65+) $17 and children ages 2-12, $15. Prices include admission to the museum.

The exhibition tour will visit 15 cities within the U.S. and Canada. For more information on MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, visit MythBustersTheExhibition.com.

MythBusters airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays on Discovery Channel.

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