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MythBusters Special 1: Viewers Choice Christmas Special

Premier Date: December 22, 2004

A frozen turkey can explode if it is dropped into deep fryer pot too fast.


While it will not explode, the turkey can cause the boiling oil to splash all over the place (which can be extremely dangerous) if it is dropped into the deep fryer improperly.

Placing a silver spoon in a bottle of champagne can keep it bubblier for longer.


The spoon actually reduces the fizziness of champagne. In a blind taste test when compared to several controls (opened champagne, re-corked champagne and unopened champagne) both Adam and Jamie ranked the spooned champagne the lowest in terms of fizziness.

A falling icicle can kill a person.


An icicle over 1.5 feet (45 cm) in length falling from about 15 feet completely penetrated a steak, showing that it is possible for a icicle to kill a person.

A clothed snowman melts slower than a naked one.


In the 80 °F (25 °C) San Francisco summer heat, the naked snowman melted considerably faster than the clothed snowman. The clothes on the snowman protected it from the heat and acted as insulation to help keep the temperature of the snow from rising.

A urine stream can freeze in the cold of winter.


When tested in a freezer at -70 °F (-50 °C) the fake urine stream the MythBusters used did not freeze in midair.

The area around a fireplace is actually colder than the rest of the room when a fire is burning.


The area near the burning fire was around 1.5 °C colder than the rest of the room.

In this episode, Adam and Jamie also revealed the top ten myths (to date) as voted upon by fans. They were:

  1. Tree Cannon
  2. Rocket Car
  3. Escape from Alcatraz
  4. Stinky Car
  5. Barrel of Bricks
  6. Lawn Chair Larry
  7. Pop Rocks and Soda
  8. Beat the Breath Test
  9. Chicken Gun
  10. CD-ROM Shattering