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Old 03-08-2005, 02:41 PM   #41
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I was in a costco gas station and watched a guy on the next aisle over pull up to the pump, get out and proceed (in defiance of the sign on the pump that says to turn off cell phones while fueling) to make a good 5 minute phone call while standing next to his car without ever putting the pump in it.
I'm sure the guy was an idiot and obviously rude, but the rule about no cell phones at gas stations is not really grounded in fact:

http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp

Anyone seen "Myth Busters" on cable? I love that show and they investigated the cell phone at a gas station issue too. They tried everything to get a cell phone to ignite gas fumes, sometimes at obscene levels, to no avail.

Sparks from static electricity, on the other hand, appeared to be far more problematic. Interesting stuff.
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Re: Big Plans for ER and then ...?
Old 03-08-2005, 04:36 PM   #42
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Yep I'm a regular mythbusters watcher. Did you know that Adam was the cute little red haired kid that used to help Mr. Whipple stack Charmin back in the good old days?

They did a pretty good job on putting the "cell phone blows up a gas pump" myth to rest. On some other efforts I've found their methods a little incomplete and scattered. Its fun to watch though.

If you're reading this and have no idea what we're talking about, "Mythbusters" is a show where two hollywood special effects engineers take on all sorts of myths and folktales, reproduce what supposedly happened, and prove or disprove the myth.

They've built a raft from raincoats and paddled it from alcatraz to the mainland, tested to see if jumping up just as an elevator minus its cable and brakes hits the ground lessens the impact, tested to see if you can break out of jail by rubbing salsa on prison bars over a long period of time, and if you can actually pole-vault a car by having its driveshaft front u-joint fail and have the shaft fall into a pothole. Oh yes, and they've also done hideous and nearly unspeakable things to a crash test dummy, which has now had its skeleton rebuilt twice, been burned beyond recognition several times, catapulted, dropped on the ground from great heights, dropped into the ocean from great heights, etc.

I'll bet that dummy had some good thoughts about ER before all of that happened to him. Ok, so thats a lame attempt to actually tie this back to the original topic.
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I'll bet that dummy had some good thoughts about ER before all of that happened to him.
Hey, we could learn a lot from a test-ER dummy...
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I am an "ER test dummy". I strapped myself in (1993)
unceremoniously and hit the gas. Devastation and destruction are left in my path, but I am patched up
with spit and duct tape and still rolling along..................

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Yep I'm a regular mythbusters watcher. *Did you know that Adam was the cute little red haired kid that used to help Mr. Whipple stack Charmin back in the good old days?
We just saw that episode. My wife rewound the DVR a couple of times to confirm it. He looks just as goofy now as he did then.
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Re: Big Plans for ER and then ...?

"Jackass meets Mr. Science".

Here's Buster the crash dummy preparing for his ER experience:



This was trying to reproduce the myth of the Chinese Astronaut...that supposedly some dude back during the 16th century attempted to shoot himself into space with 47 bamboo rockets tied together and stuck under his chair.

The first attempt produced a flaming chair (and crash test dummy). The later attempt brought in amateur rocketeers who strapped a bunch of professionally made rocket motors in place of the bamboo ones. Due to instability the chair rose 5' and then turned upside down, smashing Buster into the ground and then lighting him on fire again. I believe this was later referred to as the "***** ER method".
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