Jamie and Adam attempt to isolate the key ingredients to get to the bottom of the Mentos mystery. Kari, Tory, and Grant test the myth that placing a postage stamp on a helicopter blade will cause a massive imbalance in the rotors. Some of the scientific concepts include nucleation, carbonation, chemical reactions, pressure, variable isolation, the cascade effect, surface area, surface pitting, thrust vectoring, center of gravity, center of mass, blade deflection, lateral motion, gas density, air and gas ignition ratios, and combustion ratios.
Adam and Jamie test the myth that wearing steel toed boots can actually cause toes to become amputated. This is a great segment showing the importance of safety shoes. Kari, Tory, and Grant test the myth that a person can become airborne with soda bottles strapped to their backs. This myth demonstrates the difficulty of engineering solutions and the application of Newton’s Third Law of Motion. The science topics mentioned include force, pressure, structural rigidity, structural integrity, human skeletal analogs, Newton’s Third Law, equal and opposite reactions, air pressure, thrust, water to air ratios, PSI, space shuttle Challenger disaster, and o ring failure.