I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy and Nova specials with my dad. There’s never been a doubt in my mind that science is cool. The newest exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science proves that hypothesis. Science is way cool.
Most of you are familiar with the MythBusters, a team of uber cool nerds who test urban legends in real life scenarios using science. As one of Discovery Channel’s longest running and most beloved shows, MythBusters premiered in 2003, and is still running today.
The show has tested hundreds of myths. A few of my personal favorites include”¦
Can you shoot yourself out of a locked room like they do in the movies? Answer, BUSTED!
Is driving while talking on your cell phone more dangerous than driving while drunk? Answer, PLAUSIBLE. They proved that driving while talking on your cell phone can actually be more dangerous than driving after drinking – it really depends on how much alcohol you’ve had to drink.
Do you get wetter by walking or running through the rain? I’m not going to tell you the answer because the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has installed a rain tunnel where visitors can test this myth themselves.
The MythBusters exhibit will especially appeal to children, as well as fans of the show. The special exhibit area has been turned into a scientific playground where visitors can try their hand at various experiments scattered around the huge room.
Visitors can test out the theory that toast always seems to fall butter side down. They can swing on a swing set held up by phone books or attempt to slide a table cloth out from under the dishes, like a magician.
There’s even a live show where the hosts, using volunteers from the audience conduct an experiment linked to the “Can you dodge a bullet” MythBusters’ episode. Of course, in this exhibition they use paintballs.
This exhibit has a photo booth unlike any other because all photographs are taken against a green screen. It turns out that the MythBusters’ production team often uses green screen, and this section of the exhibit explains how the technology works. The museum staff will help you set up your photo(s), and then you can decide whether or not to purchase a package for $10, $15 or $25. Reasonable prices for this once-in-a-lifetime, Hollywood-type of experience.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibit runs through January 5, 2014 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Go to DMNS.org for times and ticket details.