Pilot 1: Jet Assisted Chevy, Pop Rocks and Soda

Air Date: January 23, 2003

Could a car with a JATO rocket attached speed up to 300 mph (480 km/h), become airborne, and impact with the side of a cliff?

busted

Adam and Jamie could not acquire real JATO rockets from the Air Force. As such, they used 3 amateur rocket motors of equivalent power to one JATO rocket. The rockets increased the speed of the car considerably. Although no speed measurement was made, the speed was clearly nowhere near the 300 mph suggested in the myth. The car also did not become airborne.

This myth was supersized in Supersized Myths and tested a third time in JATO Rocket Car: Mission Accomplished.

Eating and drinking large quantities of Pop Rocks and cola will cause one’s stomach to explode.

busted

There was not enough carbon dioxide produced by the reaction to make a stomach explode. The subject would, however, experience considerable pain.

32 Comments

  1. sam says:

    The Mythbusters should try diet coke and mentos

    • Mike says:

      Why? I’m drinking diet coke and eating mentos right now, and their’s no unusual….

      *Coke foam begins to shoot out of Mike’s ears, nose and mouth*

  2. Cpt. Cranky says:

    Guess you didn’t see episode 81: “Grenades and Guts”

  3. 42Adult says:

    Remote control, size of car, speed, rockets, all from the air… Fun… Like Adam said “What could be better”… On a bike?

    “Could a car with a JATO rocket attached speed up to 300 mph (480 km/h), become airborne, and impact with the side of a cliff?

    busted

    Adam and Jamie could not acquire real JATO rockets from the Air Force. As such, they used 3 amateur rocket motors of equivalent power to one JATO rocket. The rockets increased the speed of the car considerably. Although no speed measurement was made, the speed was clearly nowhere near the 300 mph suggested in the myth. The car also did not become airborne.”

  4. Rick S says:

    The car was still in gear, and the engine would have considerably slowed the car down. They needed to take it out of drive and put it into neutral when they hit the rockets.

  5. Used Corvette says:

    I bookmarked your blog, thanks for sharing this very interesting article

  6. Adam Arbiser says:

    can you take a bunch of explosives and blow up something and have one of the biggest explosions ever or something for the fun of it

  7. larry says:

    the magazine mopar action put a rocket on top of a 1974 fury,,,,it landed in a barn,i forgot what speed it went air born at,,,i actully tried to buy that back issue they wont sell- it for legal reasons-lololol

  8. Alif Fitri says:

    Hello mythbuster i want you to test this.
    what will happen if two bullet hit together
    (——–><——–)
    like this.
    Please.

  9. conm haktan says:

    What was the song playing in this episode and the one followed this episode? There was a credit to Bob Brozman & Daniel Thomas but I couldn’t find the exact song.

    • Daniel says:

      I stumbled on this post today. I know the answer! The song we used for the Mythbusters Pilot is a SKA take on a straight up blues progression. Its based on a song from Bob’s 1990 SKA release, Slide A Go Go, SkyRanch Virgin. The original title was “Screaming Ska Blues≄” This album is now out of print but I have seen them used on Amazon now and again.

  10. Michael Henderson says:

    Dear Adam and Jamie can you shoot a hand gun went you make it curve a same time?

    • Monica says:

      You’re a good man. A very dignfied rensospe. : )As to the article’s point, here in UK while I was growing up, we had a science show hosted by a chap called Johnny Ball. A geeky fellow but a sure fascinating one too. He was the science teacher everyone wanted. The main series was called Think Again’ which also had mamy spin-offs. It was aimed at kids but not in a patronising way. Pretty sure you can Youtube it. Check it out as it seems similar to how you described you’d do it.

  11. Sheldon says:

    Dear Mythbusters can you test wat would happen if you shoot a bullet into another gun

  12. kevin loftis says:

    im wondering if you have tested to see. if setting a car battery on the ground will really kill it? If it does, why? thank you all hope to here back

  13. Holly says:

    I would say it probably wouldn’t work.

  14. Nato says:

    Starters and socks will be just fine.

  15. Zack yates says:

    Dear Mythbusters,
    I saw a movie, where a guy tosses up a red billiards ball and round housed it with his foot and the ball hits the guys forehead killing, him instantly. Is this possible?
    thanks.
    p.s. The movie was “Kiss of the Dragon”

    • ranger1100ky says:

      Roundhouse kick, propelling a billiard ball fast enough to kill your adversary?

      Marginally Plausible…

      A pool ball has some pretty good mass… not unlike throwing a piece of brick at someone’s head.

      Your problem, is this… when you KICK that sucker… you’re just as likely to break the instep of your foot! The bones on top of your foot, REALLY would NOT enjoy the initial impact with the ball, and that would substantially reduce the velocity of the ball coming off your foot when those bones gave.

      If you got beyond that, unscathed and got the ball moving with some average speed… YEAH… if it hits the adversary “RIGHT”, it MIGHT have a snowball’s chance in hell of killing the guy… but that’s about it…

      Most likely, the guy kicking the pool ball is going to hurt his foot… the ball’s going to MISS entirely… and now the kicking fighter’s going to be dealing with a busted foot, while his enemy’s going to be kicking the hell out of him.

      A knockout is possible… but not especially likely, if the ball connects with the opponent.

      To say that death is ‘not likely’ is an understatement.

      Hope you enjoyed the movie… but speaking as a martial arts instructor, I’ll tell you that Jet Li himself would probably shake his head ‘no’ to the kicked billiard ball kill being even remotely practical.

      The amount of luck it’d take to pull that stunt off in a live confrontation, is incalculable. Nobody’s that lucky.

  16. Sophie says:

    airbormer you are gross and you have no idea who could have just read that like for example a 12 year old.

    Mythbusters could you please test this; if the paper in a printer of any kind catches on fire the printer will too.

  17. myles monette says:

    try tying thousands of balloons to a house and lifting it in to the sky like on the disney move up.

    • Andrew says:

      That is highly unlikely to happen as you are connected thru water gas and sewage lines that act like giant tree roots holding you down

  18. Jack Nolting says:

    I have an idea and it is if you leave a Lava lamp ON in your room on a table for a long time will the glass get to hot And shader causing the lave stuff to fall an the table an cathe your hole house on fire.

  19. Gariandos says:

    Well, I think the glass is made to take that amount of heat as a failsafe program. Since I left a lava lamp on once for quiet some time when I used to have one and it didn’t break at all.

  20. carl says:

    hey mythbusters i heard u can take a old road and make a big hole with 1 small peace of c4 ???? can u guys see if it will

  21. mhmsentinelsnoob says:

    can you guys test if you can make a gun out of magnets,because of its repulsion

  22. Steven Bellmer says:

    I wish that I had a cool job working with intelligent and good people like ‘THE MYTH BUSTERS’. And one more thing,”Buster” wants you guys to hire his sister so he will not be lonely.She likes to be called busters sister blister.

  23. andrey says:

    In Russian there is a tradition at Easter knocking chicken boiled eggs but have a little trick he who strikes from that of the egg is broken and hence need to have your eggs during the impact speed was less than the opponent is this true?

  24. kensi says:

    Hi Mythbusters!How did you measure the dirtiness of everything on episode”Nastier than a toilet seat”? THank you! YOu are awesome

  25. damien says:

    You should do a test, if you use the same hand soap and see if it really spread germs.

  26. Jeremy says:

    I just saw the eppisode where you did the banana slip …. now can you please test the addige “slippery than a wet noodle”?

  27. christine says:

    Hi there, what if you tried another experiment with the doll house myth,wind blowing instead of wind blowing one direction try positioning another wind blower coming in to the side window, as a hurricane would?

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