Episode 8: Escape From Alcatraz, Duck Quack, Stud Finder

Air Date: December 12, 2003

Prisoners successfully escaped Alcatraz prison using an inflatable raft made from rain ponchos.


The makeshift raft crafted by the MythBusters team did indeed reach the shore. Listed as "Plausible" because no evidence has ever been found suggesting the prisoners survived the actual incident, and personal effects washed up later on shore, indicating that the men probably failed to navigate correctly and drowned in San Francisco Bay. However, a portion of the scale tests (cut for time but later shown in "MythBusters Outtakes") did show that these belongings could have been released by the successfully escaped prisoners and washed up where they were found through strategic use of the Bay’s tides to throw the authorities off their trail.

A duck’s quack does not echo.


When examined by an audio-expert, it was found that the echo was "swallowed" by the original quack, due to the very similar acoustic structure between the quack and the echo. Because of this, it may be difficult to tell where the quack ends and the echo begins.

When you go to get blood drawn at the Red Cross, you are actually secretly having mind controlling microchips implanted into your bloodstream that can be detected with a stud finder.


While a stud finder can find microchips (like those used to track pets) embedded in flesh, none were found after a trip to the Red Cross.


  1. Yeah Right says:

    Why did they even test the Red Cross myth? What a joke.

    • bob says:

      you have to remember, These are myth’s that people wanted.

    • jem the duck says:

      i agree!!!!!!!!!! definitely AND disagree ‘cos i love mythbusters

  2. James Cooper says:

    Next on Mythbusters, “Fluoride in water can be used for mind control” and “Tin foil hats can deflect mind control rays.”

    • Professor Lanling says:

      Fluoride is proven to be harmful in water. Perhaps you feel better about yourself, by attacking others, or perhaps you just feel a need to go with the system, however Fluoride is well proven to have little dental Benefits over the toxicity detriments.

      I urge you Mr. Cooper, to not be a sheep. To do research, and to start to think. Not everything you see on TV is real, and the Governments/major industries track record isn’t unblemished.

      • adam says:

        A scientifically illiterate professor?

      • P. Sellers says:

        Said Dr. Strangelove.

      • matt says:

        He said it causes mind control

      • john says:

        A grammatically challenged professor!

  3. Chris says:

    Come on, let them have their fun.

  4. jamoecw says:

    well… if they were triing to actually bust that myth they would have tried those pesky microscopic ic’s since that would be what would have to be used to fit through the opening in the needle. looking for those big ic’s is about as absurd as giving creedence to such a myth by triing to bust it. my favorite quote is “if it worth doing it is worth over- doing” from the paper myth.

  5. 42Adult says:

    Red Cross = It’s good advertisement for them. Call it a public service. Kudos to promote…

  6. Andrew says:

    Come on, they did not REALLY test the Red Cross myth because the Red Cross people KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO BE SEARCHIGN FOR THE MIND CONTROL CHIPS. I’m not sure if they implant experimental mind control chips at the Red Cross, it’s certainly possible, but even if they did they are not going to implant them when it’s the Myth-busters going in there – they even talked about their plan to search for mind control chips out loud while in the blood donation building.

    The way they went about testing this myth is yet another example of how people in the mainstream media never take a serious look at the myriad of ways in which the government is taking more and m ore control of our daily lives. Think about it, they Myth-busters are smarter then to make such a stupid mistake. Either they never intended to seriously test the mind control chip thing or they are in on it. Still a good show though. :-/

    • MSpears says:

      Get help, Andrew. Soon.

      On a serious note, if they DID implant microchips in you, they wouldn’t do it during a blood donation, because there’s a possibility the microchip could travel to some internal organ and KILL you.

      It would be done somewhere like into the web between your thumb and forefinger, or into a muscle, where the chip wouldn’t migrate elsewhere in the body. For example, the tracking chips they use on cats and dogs are injected into the fatty tissue between the shoulder blades.

      • jes sayin' says:

        So, if the Red Cross were involved in such a program, they’d be smart enough to think of it, but not smart enough to inject the chip into surrounding tissue either before or after entering the vein?

        They’d have to be equal parts Einstein and Gump – much like so many used to try and proclaim about George W. Bush.

        Love watching people prove their ignorance while proclaiming their intelligence over others. LOL!!

  7. Geoff says:

    Andrew seek help. As soon as possible. Or go donate blood. A little mind control would be more than you have now.

  8. Muzzy says:

    I would think a microchip entered into the blood stream would not only fail to control your mind, but end up acting like a blood clot and cause an aneurysm.

    • maggie says:

      You mean PE or stroke but only if they had a PFO.

  9. Shaun says:

    Its like metal gear solid with nano-machines!!!! ItS noT ThE REd CRoSS, iTs THE FLu ShOTs!!?!!? ThE MONkeYs in My brAiN SAY ThIs sHoW dELicIOUSo?!?!

  10. caleb says:

    First of all, it would not act like a blood clot if it was small enough which it could be. Second of all, it’s not NANO technology, it’s micro technology, hence the name.

  11. caleb says:

    I don’t see how putting it into your blood stream would help. You would have to attach it to your nerves in some way to achieve mind control, like a virtual reality helmet with censer plates on it that are against your head so it can control what you see, hear, smell, taste,and feel. In the same way it can be used to control peoples minds. So putting a mind control chip in to someones blood stream isn’t going to help at tall.

  12. caleb says:

    But the only way it could go into your blood stream is if it was nano technology.

  13. Ruben says:

    Something is possible if the chip, or whatever it is.
    Is releasing chemicals or a sort of neurotransmitter wich could affect emotions.
    we all know that is pausible.
    look at modern medicine.
    so lets say, release lots of testosteron we can become more agrissive.great for an army right?
    hows that for mind control.

  14. Ruben says:

    so it doesnt have to travel trough your body.
    at least not very far.
    and it doesnt have to be connected with your nerve
    system to have influence on our behavior?

    • Professor Volpe says:

      Okay, as i see it, it could be possible, but Adam and Jamie disproved that you can find it with a stud detector. It could still be there, just undetected by the stud finder. It is a far fetched idea, anyways.
      Another myth, totally off topic, that you should try is if you can get frost-bite from leaving your hand on a car’s AC vent for too long. I’ve heard it’s possible, but i’m not entirely sure.
      -Professor Volpe

  15. Chicken says:

    Did everyone miss the fact that you are getting blood DRAWN. As in a needle connected to an empty bag is inserted in an vein and your blood pressure creates a positive force which pushes blood into the bag. Plus, how can you pass up the myth about a duck’s quack not echoing? A quack is a noise. A noise is a sound wave. Sound waves bounce. The cancellation makes sense, but I’m talking about the fact the myth was trying to see if it actually echoed or not…

  16. report man 67 says:

    does aney one care about the alcatraz mith?

    • Chica says:

      Yes, that’s the only reason I’m here!

  17. Alex says:

    Hah !!! I’m going to test our dog today with the stud finder… The dog has been microchiped so I know what to expect :-D

  18. Ozuwarudo says:

    The true Red Cross conspiracy is that they throw away blood in times of crisis. I remember in 2001 hearing them say over the radio that their blood banks are full and the next morning saying they needed blood donations.

    • MSpears says:

      Donated blood does not last forever, Ozuwarudo. They keep blood no longer than six weeks (and sometimes only four weeks). Donated platelets have a shelf life of less than a week. Donated plasma lasts the longest.

    • Chuoheng says:

      For me this is a relatively easy quoisten, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

  19. Mark says:

    I’ll tell the ducks over at the creek to stop echoing.

  20. daffers234 says:

    This is an older ep but I really like it. The Alcatraz escape is one of my all-time favorites.

    I always thought they did the microchip one and the ducks one because this was an early episode and they didn’t have a big budget. Plus the myths were easy to test/ask about.

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