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MythBusters Episode 7: Stinky Car, Raccoon Rocket

Premier Date: December 5, 2003

A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body can destroy the inside of the car.

confirmed

Pigs were placed in the car. The car was sealed with tape and placed in a container. Two months later the car was full of condensation, ‘raining’ in the car, and the seats, doorpanels, and carpets were dirty and disintegrating.

A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body cannot be cleaned up enough to remove the smell completely.

plausible

With the aid of a professional cleaning company, the car was cleaned, but it is impractical to disassemble the car, because if you want to do it, you need to clean every small piece and then reassemble it. There were also uncleanable parts like the seats and they were thrown away.

A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body cannot be cleaned up enough to be sold.

busted

The MythBusters did find a buyer who was willing to purchase the car for spare parts.

A hillbilly was blasted 200 feet (60 metres) out of a culvert when he tried to light gasoline in an attempt to chase down a raccoon which had wandered down the pipe.

busted

The hillbilly (Buster, a dummy) was simply lit on fire when the gasoline was ignited. The only way the alleged result of the myth was duplicated was by encasing Buster in a foam sabot and propelling him out of the culvert using gunpowder.