Ask Adam Savage: How Lead Balloon Changed MythBusters

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Tested member Jeffrey McCullough asks Adam, "My favorite myth is lead balloon. I've heard you talk about it before, but the other day you mentioned the problems you had with the suppliers equipment failing the day you were to get the materials. Any other stories about this bust?" So, SO MANY! Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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Robr8a23 Dogg Vor 11 Tage
Jay Means
Jay Means Vor 17 Tage
RIP Grant a awesome mind that was taken too soon
Pyraminxium Vor 18 Tage
Joe Vor 21 Tag
What was your most disappointing outcome of a myth? Either a failure in execution or a lame outcome
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore Vor 23 Tage
Adam that part where your doing the first mental calculation. I had the answer earlier but I was thinking in metric like the rest of the world. The fact that I was .025 mm out is that I'm no good at maths. Always loved both yours and Jamie's work. Aussie Jeff
Nodorf Vor 11 Stunden
Give the germans an impossible task, and they will even improve it! 7/10000 inch lead foil!? :O
Erez Powell
Erez Powell Vor 13 Stunden
Great story. Great beard+mustache.
Liam Harris
Liam Harris Vor 2 Tage
I don’t think people get how small a thousandth of an inch really is. I repair various instruments and sometimes use shim stock for my work, shims are a thousandth of an inch pieces of steel that are so thin that they have the consistency of paper, or even softer, I use them to clear debris and burrs between the reeds and reed plate of harmonicas, the gap between them is so small it’s barely visible to the naked eye even with backlighting, yet the shim stock still goes through it with room to spare. A flu shot needle is 25 gauge, that’s 200 TIMES THICKER than a thousandth of an inch, and the lead foil they used was 30% smaller than even that. That’s the size we’re talking about. Absolutely insane that they pulled it off.
Why am I just now noticing the big moving Swiss Army knife in the background
atrumluminarium Vor 4 Tage
Man the nostalgia just hit me hard
Bo Dan
Bo Dan Vor 5 Tage
"It's the singer not the song"... is a saying I've heard.
Robert Scott
Robert Scott Vor 6 Tage
Can some one translate these measurements to real measurements? What's 1 thousandth of an inch in millimeters?
R Cort
R Cort Vor 7 Tage
Lead balloon episode is one of the best. My all time favorite was the hot water heater. The surprising energy stored up and the fact that, instead of exploding in place, that thing took off as straight as a Polaris missile, busting through 2 stories of framework, like it was paper mache, was simply jaw-dropping.
Frank Palladino
Frank Palladino Vor 7 Tage
.007 of an inch thick. There's a bond joke in here somewhere.
Aaron Macy
Aaron Macy Vor 8 Tage
To anyone wondering why he seems to struggle to speak, we are mere mortals, as where he is a god who can translate smart science people math brain into our language. Doing that on the fly is hard AF. My grandfather was a physicist who had no idea how to translate anything in his brain into terms that mouth breathers like you or I could understand, which is why he abandoned teaching and went on to help make GPS a thing. He was eloquent AF when it came to emotional aspects of life but if I asked him why the light came on when I flipped the switch, ..his pupils would widen and he’d go silent as he disappeared behind his clipboard with its inch of note filled graft paper clipped to it.
Lagiacrus Vor 9 Tage
Moral of the story: If you need something engineering related, go to the Germans.
Skaatje Vor 9 Tage
"And that lead too" I see what you did there :)
daniel cairns
daniel cairns Vor 9 Tage
Adam, you are the coolest guy on the Internet. Your enthusiasm is infectious.
Adam Jones
Adam Jones Vor 10 Tage
I would kill to spend a day with Adam just picking his brain and listening to his genious ideas. Mythbusters set me off on a path of fabrication, engineering and just plain fun jobs. I miss spending days on end in a welding hood making cool stuff. An injury took me out of the field and after 7 spine surgeries left me disabled, depressed and financially struggling, but hey I am still kicking. Be safe out there everyone, I lost almost everything due to one tiny error by a coworker.
shadebug Vor 10 Tage
Wait, Richard Hammond is your first pull for great reality host? As in the one that wanted to be cool from middle era Top Gear?
is it weird that he gives me Gale Boetticher (Braking Bad) vibes. No offense to Adam Savage btw, I just keep getting this vibe.
SweetSideOfFries Vor 11 Tage
I admire your comfort in silence while you are thinking of how to explain, rather than filling the space with um's. Something I always wish to work on.
Moto Stories with Unkie Phil
Lead balloon was my favorite as well! Man I miss this series!
Eric Prosser
Eric Prosser Vor 11 Tage
When did this man start looking like a clone of Colonel Sanders?
CsStoker Vor 11 Tage
When you want to design something crazy always bet on the Germans to build it, they always deliver
Keef Vor 11 Tage
Richard Hammond,a legend in his own hamster cage..
Andreas Willumsen
Andreas Willumsen Vor 11 Tage
I just realized that Mythbusters shaped one of my core philosophies, everything is interesting if the person communicating is interested in the subject.
TheMoosenugget Vor 11 Tage
moral of the story German efficiency is no joke
Do Med
Do Med Vor 11 Tage
The wide-eyed prose numerically entertain because drizzle phenotypically pour via a fearful fearless wish. labored, spotty charles
Pronto Vor 11 Tage
Email from Jimmy Page: "Expect a call from my lawyer."
Drew Wilkins
Drew Wilkins Vor 11 Tage
Your Wilton vise is so much nicer than mine.
Steven Nault
Steven Nault Vor 12 Tage
In the infamous words of the Savage..."I reject your reality and replace it with my own...
Brandon Dasher
Brandon Dasher Vor 12 Tage
telling stories about pointless things but being super involved is the whole basis of youtube. I was wildly into and super excited about Jimmy Broadbent getting a fast lap in a sim racing car in a video game. It was like a 30 min video.
Fish Er Man
Fish Er Man Vor 12 Tage
Great video, but the damn adds are coming fast and furious these days.
Seth Darby
Seth Darby Vor 12 Tage
i miss mythbusters it was one of my all time favorite shows
Simon Brunning
Simon Brunning Vor 12 Tage
I loved the build, and the episode, but... In British English at least, "go down like a lead balloon" does not mean something is impossible, it means something is unpopular. Is that different in US English?
Cole Lawton
Cole Lawton Vor 13 Tage
That is the most German shit I have ever heard of in my life. "We need you guys to make thinner lead than the thinnest lead ever made. We're short on time." "Nein. We will make it thinner than thinner than the thinnest lead ever made. Also we're done."
Cody Deutsch
Cody Deutsch Vor 7 Tage
@Curious Haakan Did you watch the video...? A german company is the one that finally made the lead they needed and they made it 30% thinner than requested. Adam said it... In this video.
madjob8 Vor 13 Tage
have you taken your medications today?
James Yanchek
James Yanchek Vor 13 Tage
So. You're saying your lead balloon did NOT go over like a...lead balloon?
Shannon Hamilton
Shannon Hamilton Vor 13 Tage
The Mythbusters successfully proved that making a balloon out of lead is not impossible, merely extremely difficult. By the way, what happened to that balloon? Was the lead it was made from recycled?
Winter Coder
Winter Coder Vor 13 Tage
Looks like you had a few Joe Biden moments there, Adam.
Sultan Reyhan
Sultan Reyhan Vor 13 Tage
How about make a mini tank from a paper like in the dr.stone anime
Sultan Reyhan
Sultan Reyhan Vor 13 Tage
Hi i from Indonesian i.like your show in my television
jimmyboy163 Vor 13 Tage
I see it's still floating in the background to the left of your head (as seen by the viewer)....great stuff!!
Antnee Vor 13 Tage
I always assumed the "lead balloon" was just that it wouldn't float well, not that it was impossible 🤷‍♂️
Nature and Physics
Nature and Physics Vor 13 Tage
Neunundneunzig Ledballons Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All Darum schickte ein Hyneman
Nick Scassera
Nick Scassera Vor 13 Tage
These talks sort of encompass the magic of what I felt when watching the show when I was younger. It's a feeling I miss and appreciate!
jammiecg0001 Vor 13 Tage
I like the hands on experimentation of the shows, trying to do the impossible, doing stuff most of us would like to do but don't have the time, knowledge, or money to do, even if it didn't seem that exciting.
Hermeshoes Vor 14 Tage
Another good example of this type of myth was polishing poop
MadMike 83
MadMike 83 Vor 14 Tage
Do you and Jamie still associate?
Neda Nother
Neda Nother Vor 14 Tage
a question you've probably never been asked. Have you provided for what happens to your shop when you are no more. Ive worried about my garage and all the stuff, projects and tools. Yours is a virtual museum. Is it left for your family to deal with or do you have a plan. Sorry for the dark question. It just came to me as I was doing nothing but listening to the video while watching nothing but the back ground stuff. .......like an athiest praying in a foxhole "just in case".....I CALL DIBS. Cheers brother
Kendall McRay
Kendall McRay Vor 14 Tage
Wow people find value in this ad lib about a random episode with no clips just hand gestures and rambling tangents. Spend the money you make from this video on a shiny butt-plug made of whatever precious or semiprecious metal the revenue will allow - this is the only appropriate and honest use of this money. Anything else is an acknowledgment that you are nothing more than past-your-prime time thieves. Good day.
Michael Moore
Michael Moore Vor 14 Tage
Adam telling this story is equivalent to an adventurer retelling their tale.
LeaveMeAloneGoogle Vor 14 Tage
I hate to say this - and I went back and watched it several times to make sure (and I'm *not* a medical or mental health care provider) - but: (how do I put this politely).... this immediately struck me as ... not-sober speech. It's rambling, it gets "lost", it's a little emotionally flighty, and a little over the top...etc. There's also a lot of face touching, arm/hand movement (like crossing arms, tucking into armpits, waving hands, all within short time), dramatic gestures, and other cues. You said "lead is one of the most *volatile*" - comparing to wet toilet paper - materials... c'mon. "volatile"? Then when you get to where you lose it on what a thou is and glaze out "....so sorry... " "that's the translation I was doing in my head". "and and and contingencies". OK, if only because I've always been a massive fan, don't know if I've been even slightly dancing around it here out of respect but if so, forget it 'cause of care: dude, you're drinkin' here. And you need to know that it's showing. Massively. I mean that to be helpful - I hope that you hear that.
JMiskovsky Vor 14 Tage
Epstein foils did not role itself.
Comrade Napoleon
Comrade Napoleon Vor 14 Tage
so Adam, that 55 min cut wouldn't happen to still be saved somewhere would it?
Eli Pastura
Eli Pastura Vor 15 Tage
the pause lmaooo also you are my favorite reality host, adam
gene lappe
gene lappe Vor 15 Tage
I miss Mythbusters so much, totally loved it. It was a good run. And as a former Air Force Ammo troop, the explosions were awesome!!!!
Yamonda Kawazuki
Yamonda Kawazuki Vor 15 Tage
Fav song? 99 Lead Balloons🎈
John Hails
John Hails Vor 15 Tage
Adam smokes a joint and rambles to the internet
Tommy Tonka
Tommy Tonka Vor 15 Tage
I love this guy, he’s such a genius and genuine mind. I wish we all could get that excited at our everyday jobs or careers.
Winston Durham
Winston Durham Vor 15 Tage
I want the 55 min cut
Winston Durham
Winston Durham Vor 15 Tage
Epsthseine’s Foils
DoctorGarkle Vor 15 Tage
Can one loft an arbitrarily large volume of helium encased in an arbitrarily thin skin of lead? Duh! Of course! This is not even a remotely interesting question.
itsmesomeguy Vor 15 Tage
Is that a model Swiss Army knife in the background?
Preston Vor 15 Tage
Richard Hammond!!
bloodred255 Vor 15 Tage
go over like a lead balloon doesn't mean a lead balloon isn't possible, just its a REALLY bad idea from an engineering standpoint because the lead would have to be super thin and has the tensile strength of wet tissue paper, its not that it CAN'T happen, its ....that it CAN happen, but its a terrible idea you can make a balloon out of anything. its just lead is the worst common thing. to bust it, you should have found something WORSE than lead to make a balloon out of.
chris whiting
chris whiting Vor 15 Tage
Society: well that idea will go over like a led balloon. Adam: thank you very much :)
Brian Fitzsimons
Brian Fitzsimons Vor 15 Tage
Adam: ...and that was the A story. Canadians: eh?
alisher rakhimov
alisher rakhimov Vor 15 Tage
i love adam....he seems a bit stoned in this episode ;)
Matthew e
Matthew e Vor 15 Tage
i just imagined if he was bald and i can see it i cant unsee it help
Mojo Jo jo
Mojo Jo jo Vor 16 Tage
Your looking more like the colonel everyday...
Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen Vor 16 Tage
The boundless dancer anaerobically receive because aunt immuhistochemically clean forenenst a wholesale ship. brainy, magical lathe
Zach Schneider
Zach Schneider Vor 16 Tage
We couldn't make it a long tube it needed to be round so we made it a cube....wait what
Gable Bass
Gable Bass Vor 16 Tage
Hey this was recorded on my 18th birthday! 🥳
vass ilika
vass ilika Vor 16 Tage
Nice Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Display moving there in the back.... can I have it? :-)
masjuggalo Vor 16 Tage
My favorite was when you and Jamie Busted the tire catching fire myth that you actually were wrong about
Kyle Maxwell
Kyle Maxwell Vor 16 Tage
Adam is aging poorly. It's so sad to see. Hearing him stumble through simple declarative sentences like he's Joe Biden on Prozac destroys my childhood.
DRockeh Vor 16 Tage
There are so many episodes I loved. But my favourite moment has to be possibly the most obviously going to be confirmed that turned out to be busted. Bull in a China shop. If I recall you needed to send in 3 bulls before something broke.
Smoothwake Vor 16 Tage
What a great story!
Robin Deatherage
Robin Deatherage Vor 16 Tage
They already made lead balloons and they worked. Take your fabric and paint it with the old silver lead paint same as the Air-Force did for which the term was started and there. That paint is all lead based too. However today its considered a poison and is banned for use in the U.S. TODAY. They used the lead paint because it was malleable(bendable and stretchable)to seal the canvas fabric and to add weight to the balloons to stabilize them.
Christopher Cope
Christopher Cope Vor 16 Tage
I think it’s funny that you went from a decimal base of inches to a fraction base of millimeters for your back of forehead conversion.
Ommurg Vor 16 Tage
"We can tell really cool stories about stuff that's pointless and absurd as long as we are really in to it." This is so important. There is not a single thing in this universe that has to be boring or tedious. When humans find their spot and get to advocate for something with zeal, no matter how niche or small, it is just so beautiful. It adds to our slate of knowledge in such an underrated way.
Taeschno Flo
Taeschno Flo Vor 16 Tage
Well, now figure out how many of these you need to lift a person and build another Hindenburg to make led Zeppelin proud
Drew Lawrence
Drew Lawrence Vor 16 Tage
Can't choose favorite kid. Calls kids things 1 and thing 2
Kyle Dunn
Kyle Dunn Vor 16 Tage
The turd polishing was a great episode
David S
David S Vor 16 Tage
Anyone else distracted and intrigued by the strange swiss army knife moving in the background?
Moon Man
Moon Man Vor 17 Tage
That's cool. A balloon made out of Biden's immigration blankets.
Allen Parsens
Allen Parsens Vor 17 Tage
You guys are the luckiest guys I have ever come across. You have had a whole career, so many years or being on TV and getting high wages. I don't know how you managed that.
Joseph Daggett
Joseph Daggett Vor 17 Tage
LoL was taught that concrete air planes can fly but lead was too heavy to use as balloon Material..in order to float it needs more gas than it's capable of holding...such a backwards thinking world and most of what you think you know isn't true. U idiots believe the lies and are too lazy to put forth the effort to find the truth... so suck up the corporate lies and Give them all your money
Johnny Five
Johnny Five Vor 17 Tage
Please stop decimalising imperial. Just use metric!
when I was growing up my dad always told me, "do what you love you'll never work a day in your life."
Thomas King
Thomas King Vor 17 Tage
Balloon maker here. A tetrahedron would have been better than a cube. Four sides instead of six, and four useless corners instead of eight. And construction is simple; just a tube with the ends sealed 90 degrees to each other. And the shape is better for a balloon, too. Presto, a three sided pyramid.
The TokuTickler
The TokuTickler Vor 17 Tage
My favorite Myths are usually the B Myths, because the A Myths are usually just "What if we took an explosion and blew it up"
Isaac Oglevy
Isaac Oglevy Vor 17 Tage
Richard Hammond, Phil Keegan, ....Donald Trump. The greats.
Publiconions Vor 17 Tage
Mythbusters was NOT about the explosions... just window dressing- that's why SmashLab sucked so much. It's about how much fun Adam, Jamie and Grant (rip) Kari and Tory are to watch... I miss Mythbusters
Ebola Vor 17 Tage
Why not just fill a room with dense gas to make the balloon more buoyant?
D.O.M. Vor 17 Tage
My kids grew up watching you, one of their primary school teachers told me they used B for busted, C for confirmed and P for.... I remember all your shows as if I saw them yesterday. Thank you from all of my family.
Do Med
Do Med Vor 17 Tage
The cumbersome liquid densply lick because ostrich technologically listen aboard a untidy hedge. womanly, equal crush
ProjectsBlack Vor 17 Tage
Simple. Calculate the weight and size of the balloon. Create an actual balloon to the same specification and hang the weight of the lead from the bottom. If it takes off, it should work. Oh yes and internal pressure should be factored in, but thats not really an issue with something like this.
The Greg
The Greg Vor 17 Tage
Lloyd Dragonforce
Lloyd Dragonforce Vor 18 Tage
The man is a legend!
Leonard McDermott
Leonard McDermott Vor 18 Tage
Why do you say 'O' instead of zero?
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