Monday, March 1, 2010

"Mythbusters" Hosts Return to The Club

The men behind Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters,” Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, will be joining us for a Club talk in Palo Alto on March 13. The famous duo will share the stories behind their daring, often rudimentary and typically inadvisable tests of myths, rumors and complete hogwash with Kevin Kelly, Wired magazine’s founding executive editor.

The “MythBusters” story is near and dear to many hearts in the greater Bay Area, given that the show is produced locally, as well as many of the stunts (we’ve been warned). Since commencing their mildly quixotic and always entertaining mission to confirm or bust our favorite myths back in 2003, the team has reviewed a long list of seemingly plausible questions: Can a human pluck an arrow from midair? Does a tongue stud increase your chances of being struck by lighting? Are two, interlaced phone books impossible to pull apart? Does drafting behind tractor trailers actually save gas? The list, we’re glad to say, goes on.

According to Hyneman from the duo’s last visit to The Club, “We got some kind of education out of the process….  [but] I’m not sure what it is.”

Savage contributed, “The narrative of each show is about us trying to figure out what we want to learn about what we’re doing, and overlapping our various ignorances, and trying to come to some agreement through a process we call ‘arguing.’”

Levity aside, the reaction to “MythBusters” has been strong, positive and widespread, with the co-hosts appearing everywhere from universities to David Letterman's "The Late Show" to "CSI." We can’t wait to hear what the masterminds behind Blendo the Terrible have to say.

More info on this event and tickets online.

--By Andrew Harrison


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