Mar 21, 2011

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Myth Busted!

The MythBusters test various myths inspired by scenes in several James Bond movies. These are some scenes from James Bond movies, that Myth Busters were tested and found some very intresting answers. Take a look.

Electromagnetic Watch

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Myth statement:  An electromagnet hidden in a wristwatch can deflect bullets. Based on Bond’s wristwatch in Live and Let Die.

Notes : Jamie built an electromagnet that could fit inside a wristwatch and mounted it near a target. They then fired bullets at the target, making sure that the bullets passed close by the electromagnet. However, the wristwatch sized electromagnet was not powerful enough to change the bullet’s trajectory. The MythBusters then upgraded to a larger and more powerful electromagnet, but it still could not deflect the bullet. Finally, the MythBusters resorted to using a series of thirteen super powerful permanent rare-earth magnets, which only deflected the bullet enough to bounce off the magnets before hitting the target. The MythBusters explained that a magnet’s energy decreased “exponentially” the farther away someone is from the magnet (the force actually follows an inverse square law). Plus, in order to be powerful enough to stop a bullet, an electromagnet would need an enormous amount of energy that could not possibly be contained within a wristwatch, which would make most of the magnet scenes in Bond films impossible (with the possible exception of the unzipping scene).

Myth Busted!

Propane Tank Peril

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Myth statement: A person can shoot a propane tank with a 9 mm pistol and make it explode. Based on a scene in Casino Royale.

Notes : First, the Build Team decided to test whether it was possible to breach a propane tank with Bond’s 9 mm handgun. They found that 9 mm rounds were not powerful enough to breach the tank, but shotgun shells and 7.62 NATO caliber rifle rounds were more than enough to pierce the tank. They then fired armor piercing rifle rounds at a tank filled with propane, but could not get the tank to explode. Not even tracer rounds were successful. Finally, the Build Team resorted to extreme measures in the form of high explosives and an 7.62mm Dillon Aero M134 minigun firing a mix of tracer and incendiary rounds at the same undisclosed location as “Shooting Fish in a Barrel”. Both high explosives and the M134 were able to cause the propane tank to explode. The Build Team concluded the myth was busted as small arms were unable to explode a propane tank as depicted in Casino Royale, and that Bond would not have been able to get hold of a gattling gun or incendiary rounds.

Myth Busted!

Speed Boat Survival

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Myth statement: A speedboat jumping off a ramp and flying through the air can survive the landing and continue driving. Based on a scene in Live and Let Die.

Notes : he MythBusters obtained a boat which was identical to the model Bond used in the movie. They then converted it so that it could be remote controlled and built a makeshift ramp in Lake Yosemite. They even put a barge with a car under the ramp to simulate the exact scene from the movie. Adam drove the boat at the ramp at a speed of 45 miles per hour (72 km/h), but lost control of the boat at the last second and hit the ramp at an angle. As a result, the boat managed to clear the car, but flipped in the process. However, seeing that there was no visible damage to the boat, the MythBusters decided that the myth was plausible. It was also pointed out that the stunt team in Live and Let Die crashed 17 boats and made about a hundred practice runs just to perfect the jump.

Myth Plausible!

Exploding Pen

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Myth statement: A Ballpoint pen bomb can be used to completely destroy the top of a mannequin. Based on the gadget from GoldenEye.

Notes : Using normal sized pens filled with explosives, the MythBusters demonstrated that a pen bomb could be fatal. However they needed an unrealistically large pen to completely destroy the top half of the foam dummy they used.

Myth Busted!

Killer Hat

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Myth statement: A metal brimmed Bowler hat can be thrown hard enough to knock the head off of a stone statue. Based on a scene in Goldfinger.

Notes : The Build Team made two duplicates of the hat worn by Oddjob, built a hat throwing robot, and acquired a few statues as test targets. The difference between the two hats was that one had a dull steel edge while the other had a sharp steel edge. The bonded marble statue they first tested was decapitated by the robot, but as it was not actually solid stone it was not considered a valid test. They next tested a concrete statue on the premise that it would be a good match for the hardness of natural stone, even though it was weaker than solid marble. It was chipped several times but not badly damaged, meaning that there is no way for a thrown hat to decapitate a solid stone statue. The Build Team did however prove that it was possible to decapitate a plaster statue with a bowler hat, since plaster is significantly more fragile than stone.

Myth Busted!

Jaws of Steel

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Myth statement:  A person can use a set of metal teeth to bite through a cable car’s cable. Based on a scene in Moonraker.

Notes : Adam and Jamie created two versions of the teeth shown in the movies. One was a set of steel teeth set in a normal bone jaw, and the other set was a jaw and teeth made out of hardened steel. However, neither jaw was able to cut through the one inch cable they used with normal human bite strength. Not even 10 tons worth of force was able to force the teeth through the cable, with the hydraulic press applying the pressure actually bending itself out of shape. In order to replicate the results seen in the film, Jamie had to use a hydraulic cutter to sever the cable.

Myth Busted!

Martinis: Shaken vs. Stirred

Though this is not actually a myth, the Build Team decided to test why James Bond prefers his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”

Myth statement:  There is a difference between shaken and stirred martinis.

Notes : On physical inspection, the shaken martini is cloudier because of the ice that was crushed because of the shaking, compared to stirred one, which is clear. But when the ice in the shaken martini melts, it is similar to the stirred martini. In a blind taste test wherein only Tory knew the clear shaken martinis and the stirred ones, Kari, Grant and the expert hired for the myth (Anthony Dias Blue, who previously appeared in “Vodka Myths III”) were able to correctly distinguish the shaken ones. Several explanations on why this is so were also given. (See the article Shaken, not stirred for details.)

Myth Confirmed!

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Mar 10, 2011

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Hollywood Celebrities As Disney Characters

Recently there were published three new portrait of Anna Lebowitz on Walt Disney Animation Studios. Over the past four years, a multitude of stars “tried on” over images of various characters of Disney, thanks to the work of Anne Lebowitz. In this news Hollywood celebrities as Disney characters in the portraits of Anna Lebowitz.

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1. In this picture, which is called “History is as old as the hills” Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges playing the role of Belle and transformed the Prince from the movie “Beauty and the Beast. ”

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2. Queen Latifah in the role of Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. ”

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3. In this painting, called “You are beautiful, ” Alec Baldwin plays the role of the spirit of the magic mirror, and Olivia Wilde – the Wicked Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ”

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4. In this photo Bience portrays Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”, and the role of the Mad Hatter and March Hare, respectively, went to Oliver Platt and Latslu Lovett.

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5. Scarlett Johansson has decided to complement the glamorous image of Cinderella’s ball gown and diamond tiara at 62 carats from Harry Winston.

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6. Julianne Moore reincarnated in Ariel from “The Little Mermaid. ” In the foreground we see the Olympic champion swimmer Michael Felsen, who represents the residents of the underwater kingdom.

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7. Rachel Weisz in the image of Snow White.

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8. Super-model Gisele Bundchen in the role of Wendy Darling and the dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.

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9. Also, Tina Fey in the role of the fairy Tinker Bell in the picture, which is called “Where you never have to grow up. ”

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10. Jessica Biel in the image of Pocahontas in the painting titled “Dreams are free. ”

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11. David Beckham exchanged the ball on his sword and sat astride a white horse. Now he is – a prince from “Sleeping Beauty”.

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12. Roger Federer as King Arthur.

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13. Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony to try on images of Jasmine and Aladdin.

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14. Whoopi Goldberg is shown in the role of Gina from the movie “Aladdin. ” Painting is called “Where you’ll get a new world. ”

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15. Lady Julie Andrews plays the role of the Blue Fairy from “Pinocchio” and Abigail Breslin portrays Fira.

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Mar 8, 2011

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Top 5 Best Poker Movies

The poker movies are famous for its villains, the deadly suspense it offers, the thrill and excitement of gun battles and the sudden twists involved. There are some great poker movies and some of them are worth mentioning. If we watch one of these movies we are likely to get involved in it so much that we forget the world around us. These movies do not focus on poker from the start till the end. All of them have at least one scene in which a poker game is shown and it is done with perfection and clarity of thought.

Rounders, Maverick, The Cincinnati Kid, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Honeymoon in Vegas are five of the poker movies worth mentioning. The game of Texas Holdem poker was introduced for the very first time through the movie Rounders. Matt Damon and Ed Norton were the principle figures in this movie and it featured a great deal about modern poker gaming. There are sections were Matt Damon plays games of marathon poker in order to save the character of Norton. A cameo role is done by Johnny Chan and there are some great dialogues in the movie that are worth memorizing. Maverick is another great movie which depicts a lot of poker gaming in it. The movie does not teach anyone to play poker. There are many scenes in the movie where the poker game is given prime importance. It is a film that offers a lot of fun and entertainment. The main set of the film is featured around old alleys, bars and cow boys. The role of Maverick is played by Mel Gibson in this movie and he is the one who travels around with the real Maverick and James Garner. Jodie foster also plays a major role in the movie and there are many poker game tournaments which are depicted in the movie. There is a scene where they all go to the biggest poker game ever

The Cincinnati Kid is a movie which portrays a kid who takes poker gaming very seriously. Soon his talent gets recognized and he begins to compete for the title of the best poker player. During this he meets with the current best player of the world and there are scenes in the movie which depicts their friendship. Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels are about high stakes involved in poker games. Honeymoon in Vegas involves the theme of cheating in poker games.

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Honeymoon in Vegas

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