In a video announcement after last night’s show, Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced that Kari Byron, Tory Bellici and Grant Imahara would not be returning to the show next season. Adam & Jamie said that they were ‘going back to their origins’ as the only hosts next season, while Kari tweeted that ‘the show was taking a new direction’.
The show is taking a new direction. It was an amazing run. I learned so much about myself and the world. I love you all @MythBusters
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) August 22, 2014
Whatever the reason, it is a sad day for fans of the show as the build team as they were known were an integral part of the show for 10 years.
To celebrate their work over the years I’ve listed the audio myths they busted. Since this is just for Kari, Grant and Tory, I’m not including any of Adam & Jamie’s segments, which rules out some classic myths such as the ‘Does a Duck’s Quack echo?‘ and the infamous ‘Brown Note‘.
Unfortunately not all of the segments have video readily available online, but full episodes are available on Youtube, Amazon Instant Video and other online outlets, usually for $1.99 an episode.
- Chinese Invsasion Alarm – The crew tests the myth that ancient Chinese villagers would be alerted to the presence of tunnelling invaders by listening to an array of drums for the vibrations. Kari’s keen ears are able to hear the activity of Grant and Tory in the tunnels.
- Ancient Voices Recorded onto Pottery – The trio tests the myth that ancient sounds could have been recorded by capturing the vibrations of the potter’s stylus caused by the sound waves. They are unable to retrieve any audio information from the ancient pots!
- Exploding Piano – Kari, Grant and Tory test the myth that a piano will explode if set on fire. The theory is that the 20 tons of tension of the strings when released will cause the piano to explode. However the high heat results in the expansion of the strings causing a slow-release and no explosion. Not only was the myth busted, but so was the myth of their musical talents!
- Woofer Weaponry – The team tests the myth that a car stereo is powerful enough to trigger an SKS rifle. You can see a clip below from that episode. While the shockwave from an explosion was powerful enough, even the most powerful car stereo they could find, was not powerful enough to trigger the weapon.
Finally, here is a slideshow retrospective of Kari, Tory and Grant on Mythbusters compiled by the team at Discovery. It won’t be the same without them!