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MythBusters Episode 110: Alcohol Myths

Premier Date: October 22, 2008

Alcohol can make people look more attractive.

plausible

To maximize objectivity, the Mythbusters decided to look at a number of sample photos and rate them while sober and again while drunk. Adam started first by rating 30 women and awarded 96 points out of a total of 300. Kari rated photos of 30 men and awarded a total of 154 points. Finally, Jamie awarded 116 points. After a few beers, Adam awarded 121 points, Kari 89, and Jamie 105. After several more beers, Adam awarded 134 points, Kari had 153, and Jamie had 111. Even though they each had different results, the Mythbusters decided the myth was plausible since their overall scores increased when they were drunk.

Drinking black coffee will help a drunk person sober up.

busted

Adam and Jamie, the subjects, showed no improvement on a hand-eye coordination test.

Exercising vigorously will help a drunk person sober up.

plausible

After running for five minutes on a treadmill, Adam’s test had a remarkable improvement over the control test.

Dunking his head in ice water will help a drunk person sober up.

busted

Adam and Jamie, the subjects, showed no improvement on a hand-eye coordination test.

Getting slapped in the face will help a drunk person sober up.

plausible

The results showed a noticeable improvement after the subject was slapped.

A hwacha (ancient Korean weapon) can fire 200 arrows that will explode on impact at once at a range of 500 yards.

confirmed

For the first stage, the Build Team tested whether an ancient rocket powered arrow could travel 500 yards. They found an arrow could travel that far if enough powder is used. In the second stage, they tested whether an ancient arrow could be rigged to lethally explode. They found if packed right, an exploding arrow could inflict a mortal wound. They then moved to the third stage, where they actually built a hwacha to test if it could fire 200 arrows. During the test, the hwacha performed perfectly, firing 199 of the 200 arrows which all landed near the target army. With such conclusive results as well as historical record on their side, the Build Team declared the myth confirmed.