TAMPA — Does walking or running keep you drier in a downpour? Can a tablecloth be pulled from a table without dishes crashing to the floor? And do you have the skills to change into a superhero inside a telephone booth?
You'll get the chance to confirm or debunk these common myths and more at “Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” a new exhibit coming next year to the Museum of Science and Industry.
Based on the Discovery Channel's hit television series “Mythbusters,” the exhibit will feature hands-on, interactive and often zany experiments, straight from the Emmy-nominated show.
“Mythbusters” features co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, along with assistants Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, who challenge popular myths with science.
“It's exciting to see fans take on some of our favorite experiments from the show while drawing their own conclusions and data,” Savage said in a news release. “Although they are tracking the same myths and questions, each guest can have a unique experience within the exhibit.”
Spanning about 10,000 square feet on MOSI's first floor, “Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition” will allow guests to take a crack at mythbusting using the same methods as the show's hosts.
Savage and Hyneman, the show's frontmen, helped develop the exhibit.
“When you are doing a hands-on (exhibit) with highly technical elements, you can really appreciate bringing them to reality,” said Amy Noble Seitz, founder and CEO of Exhibits Development Group, whose company helped create the exhibit with the museum. “One of the biggest challenges was selecting which myth to share with the audience. There are so many, but we had to find the ones that are practical enough to do.”
Some of the dozen or so myths guests can try to debunk include whether an airplane can take off while on a conveyor belt moving at the same speed in the opposite direction (a hotly contested myth on the television show); how long can a person hang on a ledge with his fingers; can an ordinary playing card be used as a dangerous weapon?