It’s about as much of a secret that I used to love the show Mythbusters as it is that I think it’s now gotten stale and played out. At this point, it’s a wonder they haven’t done a “jump the shark” myth. So hearing about this little tidbit on this morning’s news was rather amusing. ‘Mythbusters’ cannonball hits Dublin home, minivan:
One of the zany experiments staged by the “Mythbusters” television show nearly turned into a suburban tragedy Tuesday afternoon in Dublin when the crew fired a homemade cannon toward huge containers of water at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb disposal range.
The cantaloupe-sized cannonball missed the water, tore through a cinder-block wall, skipped off a hillside and flew some 700 yards east, right into the Tassajara Creek neighborhood, where children were returning home from school at 4:15 p.m., authorities said.
Reached Tuesday evening, [co-host Adam] Savage said, “I can’t talk right now,” before hanging up.
I remember how momentarily freaked out I was by the recent earthquake until realizing what it was. I can’t imagine coming home to a large hole through my house or worse a cannonball having crashed through a car outside.
NowPublic has a picture of a re-tweeted, now deleted1 update from Grant Imahara saying, “Today we’re working with heavy artillery.” Both Imahara’s tweet and the official Mythbuster’s account re-tweet have been deleted. They also provide some important lessons from this incident.
- Deleting tweets doesn’t mean they’re gone. People retweet, take screenshots, etc.
- Corollary to #1: deleting tweets makes you look guilty.
- You can’t delete a hole left by a cannonball.
So far there’s a complete silence about the incident across all of the show and cast twitter accounts: Official MythBusters, Adam, Jamie, Grant, Kari and Tory have probably all been ordered to scrub any tweets or re-tweets2 regarding the shooting of that segment, unsurprisingly.
The news is already all over twitter, NPR, local news, etc. and it looks like Beyond Productions has made a statement, though it can only be found in some of the reported stories. Local twitter user Clay Goetz has a series of tweets and pictures about it:
There’s a chopper above a house near me… BECAUSE IT GOT HIT BY A CANNONBALL WHILE THEY WERE FILMING MYTHBUSTERS. What?!? #fb
— Clay Goetz (@claygoetz) December7, 2011
And other tweets about the incident are equally curious, supportive and wondering if this really does mark a decline for the show. I don’t want to see this take the show down, but I wish they’d focus less on blowing things up and more on busting myths.3
Update: It appears that the ban on the cast comments and social media accounts is over as all of them posted to twitter at approximately the same time yesterday.
It’s true, a cannonball got away from a Mythbusters experiment in Dublin, CA. Nobody hurt thank goodness. Jamie and I toured the damage.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) December8, 2011
Loose cannon: glad no one was hurt. Won’t happen again.
— Jamie Hyneman (@JamieNoTweet) December8, 2011
Deepest apologies to the families in Dublin whose property was damaged as a result of this accident. I’m really glad no one was hurt.
— Grant Imahara (@grantimahara) December7, 2011
Taking yesterday’s accident very seriously. So happy everyone is all right. So sorry to all who have been affected.
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) December7, 2011
My deepest apologies to Dublin. Fortunately no one was injured from our accident. We’re doing everything we can to make things better.
— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) December7, 2011
In looking at the messages, it seems like there may have been some guidelines imposed:
- acknowledge the incident
- apologize for the accident
- express relief that no one was hurt
Again, I do enjoy the show, but I think they’d be better off spending less time trying to figure out how to get an explosion into every program. And at the least, use a bomb range for its intended purpose: testing and/or replicating explosive devices, practicing disarming procedures, and general safety, not firing projectiles. 🙄
1 I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it!
2 Not that all of their accounts are particularly “active”.
3 And I don’t mean “movie myths”. They’re supposed to be fantastical and a wee bit unbelievable, they’re in MOVIES.
† When could there ever have been a more appropriate time to use that cannon image of Adam and Jamie?