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Desc:Sawdust + ice = bulletproof material with at least 8 times the tensile strength of regular ice
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:mythbusters, Alaska, will it blend, pykrete
Submitted:kelpfoot
Date:04/29/09
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Comment count is 19
StanleyPain
This is cool and all, but it's not really "busting" a myth. Pykrete has been a well established thing for decades.
fluffy
They weren't really working on the existence of Pykrete so much as the "boat made out of Pykrete" myth.

Syd Midnight
A Pykrete concept vessel was made in WW2, it took 2 years to melt. They had the budget to make it a huge aircraft carrier shape. I'm sure Mythbusters knew about that, they just wanted to play with some pykrete.

kelpfoot
Jamie mixes the Pykrete at 4:00 and Adam starts discussing the tests at 4:30, if you want to skip the intro.

You can also click through to YouTube for the full episode in six parts.
glasseye
Guh, mythbusters. L2 UseTheScientificMethod
Toenails
StanelyPain said it best when he said that this was cool but not actually busting a myth. The title "Mythbusters" has about as much connotation as Food Network has to food, or MTV has to music.

Still, the way they approach tasks is so over-the-top. I decided to just give one star for every explosion, wreck, gunshot, and hammer I saw.

Sort of lost track around 12.

Rape Van Winkle
Rachel Ray is food.

food.

RockBolt
God forbid they examine something not well known through experimental means and then verify/disprove something that was rumored or planned in history but not accomplished in a documented manner

fourthguy
If you think Mythbusters is about anything but entertainment, you're doing it wrong.

Meerkat
Well I'll be damned. If I had known about this I could have saved myself a lot of trouble. This winter we had a freezing rain and it kept melting and freezing so I threw down a bunch of wood stove pellets figuring the sawdust would absorb the moisture and then I could just shovel it off.

Then it froze. I had fucking pykrete on my walk all winter, there was not a damn thing I could do to break it up.
Rape Van Winkle
Damnfool.

kelpfoot
Blowtorch.

chairsforcheap
ok man, this is in complete disregard to the subject matter, but that's the least amount of common sense i've heard of in a long time. you may as well have thrown down gravel cause it looks like salt

ProfessorChaos
These stars are for both my sympathies, and my mocking laughter.

Robin Kestrel
Concise and informative video description; would watch again.
Goethe and ernie
Kind of cool, but these guys are fucking dicks.
MongoMcMichael
Five stars just for making the 'will it blend' tag mean something again.
citrusmirakel
I've been watching a bunch of Mythbusters lately, since they added a couple collections of the Netflix Instant Que thing. On the one hand, it's watchable enough, since there's glimmers of actual science (though some experiments make me angry with their lack of controllable method), plus there's fun explosions and fires and shit.

But on the other hand, there's that FUCKING NARRATOR, and all their stilted uncomfortably staged dialogue, plus their token pretty girl where they might as well just splice in Suicide Girl footage for all the use she is.
MrBuddy
Five stars for all the Mythbusters angst and anger in the comments.
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