The Mythbuster team examines the story that a heated jawbreaker could turn into an explosive bomb. They also examine whether a PVC pipe can hold enough electrical charge to kill a person. Finally, they test the myth that a common playing card could be used as a deadly weapon. Scientific concepts discussed include differential heating, energy absorption, pressure differentials, bite force, static charge build up, static discharge, friction, conductivity, insulation, grounding, Van de Graaff generators, electric fields, negative charges, electrons, humidity, flight aerodynamics, and rotational spin. The episode is available on either of the following DVD sets. They are identical.
The Mythbusters set out to test whether the legend of Ben Franklin getting hit by lightning in an electrical storm is true. Adam and Jamie then explore various myth about flatulence including a detailed look at the composition of flatulence and whether it can kill a person in his sleep through asphyxiation, if certain foods increase flatulence production, and if lighting a match will burn up the smelly gasses or if it just masks them. Scientific topics covered in the episode are electrical resistance, electrical conductivity, static charge, static build up, electrical discharge, voltage, Van de Graaff generators, electrical fields, asphyxiation, chemical reactions, carbon dioxide poisoning, and procuring good baseline data.