Episode 7: Stinky Car, Raccoon Rocket

Air Date: December 5, 2003

A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body can destroy the inside of the car.

confirmed

Pigs were placed in the car. The car was sealed with tape and placed in a container. Two months later the car was full of condensation, ‘raining’ in the car, and the seats, doorpanels, and carpets were dirty and disintegrating.

A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body cannot be cleaned up enough to remove the smell completely.

plausible

With the aid of a professional cleaning company, the car was cleaned, but it is impractical to disassemble the car, because if you want to do it, you need to clean every small piece and then reassemble it. There were also uncleanable parts like the seats and they were thrown away.

A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body cannot be cleaned up enough to be sold.

busted

The MythBusters did find a buyer who was willing to purchase the car for spare parts.

A hillbilly was blasted 200 feet (60 metres) out of a culvert when he tried to light gasoline in an attempt to chase down a raccoon which had wandered down the pipe.

busted

The hillbilly (Buster, a dummy) was simply lit on fire when the gasoline was ignited. The only way the alleged result of the myth was duplicated was by encasing Buster in a foam sabot and propelling him out of the culvert using gunpowder.

25 Comments

  1. steve says:

    The only thought I was left with was… you killed a pig just to make a TV show. I am not a crank… and yes I eat meat. But wow, taking a life to make a TV show. Then again, why not kill people to get control of world oil supplies

    • Baob says:

      They got the pig from a butcher–as all their carcasses. They chose a pig because they are the closest to human internal systems–moreso than apes! Film meat; make money, welcome to the Corporate Socialist States of America!

    • Larry says:

      The Pig was not killed for the show it was a dead pig used for the show
      I guess some would say the Pig could have been used for this or that but again the Pig was dead not killed for a show

    • Ozuwarudo says:

      Who’s to say it was edible? It could have easily been a throw away carcass.

      Speaking of killing people. You own a computer while people stave to death. Maybe you should think of your own lavish self indulgences before you judge others.

    • JasonD says:

      I’d already seen the episode, so I knew they’d used pigs that had died of natural causes. Nonetheless, they left that out of the gray summary box above. Even more amusing/disturbing is that they omitted the qualifier ‘dead’. (“Two pigs were placed in a car…” Did they make an effort to escape?)

    • Trixi says:

      They actually made a comment about not wanting to kill a pig just for the purposes of the show and specifically looked for a pig that had died of natural causes.

  2. Erin says:

    It died of natural causes.

  3. Ron Dion says:

    Scenario:freezer left unplugged for 2 months in summer. Meat spoiled (really nasty). Used fomaldehyde, ran thru system for 2 weeks. Eliminated smells. Might work on stinky car. Maybe car can be saved.

  4. Alex says:

    In the funeral industry we use enbalming fluid to get rid of bad odors in cars. Place 2oz of enbalming fluid in a cup that will not melt. place the cup of enbalming fluid in the car and roll the windows up for 2 days in the hot sun. This will eliminate any smell

  5. RB says:

    “A Corvette which has been fouled by a decomposing body can destroy the inside of the car.”

    Who wrote that, and why did it seem to make sense to them?

  6. mark tucker says:

    I am in the restoration business. it is posssible to remove the smell of death, as well as skunk or burnt flesh or anything organic in origin. Ozone is the answer. It may take a few days ,butit will get rid of the smell.

  7. Stephen Turner says:

    I’ve wanted to contact you for a very long time about the myth you tested and concluded that it was impossible to sale a car as if it were brand new after a cadaver had decayed within it. I live in Georgia and know of a man that actually did this very thing. They restored a car that two people had died and decayed within by putting the car inside an airtight container and replaced the air with Carbon Monoxide. This was done after the car was thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant and Deodorizers ofcourse.

  8. jasmine howard says:

    this is not a reply i need you to bust a myth for me please!because i realy love your show and well i heard about some man and he shot a snake and he wanted to set it on fire so he put it in a drain pipe so then he got some gas and when he got in the pipe he was shot out of the pipe and he was shot out 210 feet.

  9. ryan hilla says:

    U should try to drive a car going at least 50 then throw it in revers. I hear it could drop the engine. also what happens to an engin when u put jet fule in it or the car in general. please just send me a tape when u make it of this. i watch your show like every other day. thank u. give it hell.

  10. ryan hilla says:

    U should try to drive a car going at least 50 then throw it in revers. I hear it could drop the engine. also what happens to an engin when u put jet fule in it or the car in general. please just send me a tape when u make it of this. i watch your show like every other day. thank u. give it hell.
    Ryan Hilla
    515 Saginaw Street
    Harrison MI 48625

  11. Paul K says:

    Could either Greg Boyle or Alex in the funeral business please post the products you have both recommended and places of purchase as i am interested in trying them. Australia has different laws on different chemicals. We are very interested in testing the case as we have a vehicle that had a body that was decomposing for 4 days in.
    Cheers Paul

  12. Alliston says:

    Thank you Mythbusters for getting me hooked on your show. This was the first episode to truly turn my stomach, I haven’t stopped watching since!

  13. Jamey Smith says:

    I agree with Mark above. You should revisit this myth. An industrial OZONE generator should eliminate any odor of an organic source like bacteria, mold or fungus. It basically speeds up the oxidation process that is already taking place anyway. It also will cause rapid deterioration of natural rubber and some plastics.

  14. Dragonfyre says:

    A comment about the pigs…the Mythbusters buy all of the meat they use from a butcher shop…they’re not the ones doing the killing.

  15. BeamMeUp says:

    Of course, the next myth to be tested is whether a person with killer body odor will leave the odor in the car. Or does the “O” actually leave with the “B”?

  16. mark says:

    Not realistic because dead bodies in cars are not sealed the way you sealed that car.

  17. Harry87Vetteowner says:

    This is the one episode that makes me cry. :)
    I own an 87 Corvette. As an owner of the same Corvette, It would be very difficult to remove all the parts and then clean up. It could be done, but not reasonably.

    If it was a ZR-1 version or other rare C-4, it may be worth the clean up. But otherwise, just take to junk yard for what they would give you.

  18. chicka chicka says:

    Why is everyone using oz and feet and pounds wake up america and be like england use the metric system. If any low life idiot complains about this they will get it

    • phill says:

      You picked an excellent forum to discuss metric vs US customary units: the results for Mythbusters’ 7th episode. Well done.

    • Guy says:

      England only partly uses the metric system. Drive thru London, and the street signs use miles and yards….

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