If TV science was more like real science

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    1. I’ve been bugged by Mythbusters by that. But that’d not be good TV, they wouldn’t care that much, etc etc.


    2. Myth bustarz just try to prove if it’s possible to do shit. So they only need to do it once.


    3. Mythbusters does use a control quite often. They were in the one they ran just last Wednesday.


    4. DNA analysis overnight? Damn that’s fast.


    5. ARGH NOOOO not the dreaded polymerase chain reaction! never again will i amplify DNA NEVER


    6. As far as Mythbusters is concerned, I read or watched some behind-the-scenes thing on the show. They actually do a full as best they can, with several different groups and controls and everything. Unfortunately, most of that ends up being boring, so it gets cut out unless needed for an episode. They also do quite a bit of mathematics for the show. For anyone with any semblance of knowledge you’d be able to do most of what they’re doing in a few minutes with some pen and paper and maybe a calculator. That too would be very boring to show on TV, so they do some preliminary stuff to make sure that no one gets hurt and predict their results as best as possible. Then it comes time to film it all, and they don’t often mention it.
      As for the last panel, Jonny5 is alive!


    7. Hands off mah mythbusters!

      Otherwise, the rest of the panels are both true and funny.


    8. This is almost true.

      I’m not sure if anyone else noticed, but myth busters uses scripts that make it look like they just came up with the stuff right then and there.

      Same with trick my truck, although they fail a little more at it then mythbusters.

      Sometimes I just want to punch adams gay energetic nerd ass in the face.


    9. Brillient! Yay a new online comic to check out. Shweeet.

      @casemods: It’s television OF COURSE THEY USE SCRIPTS!


    10. I really love the second panel. That’s the thing that irks me the most on shows like CSI – they take a blurry low-res CCTV frame and turn it into better than high-grain film via computer! Riiiiiiiight. They really start with the film, then use the computer to turn it into low-res CCTV, then just play the sequence backwards.


    11. @NoOneInParticular: I’m not so sure that’s not possible, the real way they do it I mean.

      But it would depend on the resolution of the camera and what DPI it was, etc.

      For the most part it probably is fake for TV, just saying it’s not impossible.

      Anybody see stealth? Remember the part with the clear pc cases with cathode light tubes? How fake was that? I heard that they use removable power supplies in case they go out.


    12. The second panel makes me laugh, since on the episode of Bones last night, someone did complain about how low-resolution the video was, and then 30 seconds later they came up with a super-sharp picture of the person they needed. It was pretty funny.


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