UPDATE: I had a GREAT time today; thanks to everyone who participated. If I have time, I'll dip back in tonight and answer more questions, but for now I need to wrap it up. Last thoughts:

Thanks again for all your questions!

Hi, reddit. It's Adam Savage -- special effects artist, maker, sculptor, public speaker, movie prop collector, writer, father, husband, and redditor -- again.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/618446689569894401

After last weekend's events, I know a lot of you were wondering if this AMA would still happen. I decided to go through with it as scheduled, though, after we discussed it with the AMA mods and after seeing some of your Tweets and posts. So here I am! I look forward to your questions! (I think!)

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Evlmnkey3497 karma

Hi Adam,

how successful was the "reboot"? Is discovery happy? Are you happy? What will the future of mythbusters look like?

mistersavage3595 karma

I'm very happy with the reboot. I love the show we're making now more than ever. BTW we have new episodes starting to air on July 18 at 9pm.

Michaelm24342398 karma

You're dope

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Droconian487 karma

That slight burn you feel when you're top comment and OP doesn't respond

mistersavage1312 karma

Hey- I only just sorted by "top". Give a guy a break...

ScottVGun3410 karma

Hi Adam,

a few years ago, you and Jamie were on a local radio station in Los Angeles.....KROQ.

You had callers call in and pitch ideas to you both, but you warned them, and told them that you LIKELY have already heard everything.

Someone called in and said that when he was driving tanker trucks...he was told that if he was not careful, the nozzel at the back of the tanker truck could ignite and turn the tanker truck into a sort of ROCKET.

Both you and Jamie paused for a moment...and then you said something like "That....is going on a short list...that is amazing"

Did anything ever come from that?

mistersavage2865 karma

No, but that's really good. Thanks. It's going on the possible list! Also, we're taking myth and stuff-to-blow-up suggestions here: https://www.reddit.com/r/mythbusters/comments/3cfn7r/suggest_a_myth_or_item_to_blow_up_for_the/

Timothay3254 karma

Will you please make a cameo on the Slow Mo Guys channel? As a fan of Myth Busters and Rooster Teeth, I would love to see this happen!

mistersavage4210 karma

Yes! We've been talking to the Slo Mo Guys ....

Hovie12858 karma

Is Jamie's personality on the show all an act? Or is he really that dry in real life? And what is it with that guy when he has a helmet on?!

mistersavage4700 karma

If anything, Jamie is drier in real life.

majorkurn2677 karma

Have you ever ran into someone who was cosplaying as you at a con? I love your work on mythbusters, and watch your videos on Tested, my fave are the one day build videos.

mistersavage3532 karma

Yes I have. That's weird.

bscepter2634 karma

hi adam - what was one myth that you were sure deep down in your heart was true but that you had to admit was false after you guys put it to the test?

mistersavage3148 karma

Killer Cable snap. Absolutely sure it was a thing until we started testing. Shocked at the result but I stand behind it 100%

Ajram19832200 karma

Hi Adam, I normally miss when these are happening so I'm glad I caught this one.

Is there any myth you've heard that you would never want to try to bust?

mistersavage4034 karma

Well, there are a lot of "mythbusters after dark" myths that we'll never go near but are fun to think about. Don't ask me for which ones. Use your imagination and rule 34.

ihnatko1996 karma

What maker skill do you lack and most covet? And whose skill do you most admire?

mistersavage2642 karma

Tig welding aluminum

Komrad8221982 karma

  1. Are you both time traveling archaeologist trying to understand pop-culture who somehow broke their device to travel through time and are stuck in the present trying to gather the materials to complete your device?

  2. Does Jamie have a special document saying he is protected from seal hunting?

  3. Which con will you be going to next?

  4. How has the imgur/reddit community treated you and what are your impressions of either?

  5. Do you guys get random visits from fans time-to-time?

  6. If so and if its allowed, may i drop by :D?

  7. I have this replica western pistol (peacemaker design) thats made with metal and has working mechanism but i cant take it to cons for obvious reasons. Im thinkg of making a mold of it, making a lead core, and then casting a plastic remake, what do you think?

  8. Which myth did you dislike the most?

mistersavage1697 karma

Number 1 and 2 are collectively my favorite questions in a long time. The answer is 1. I can't say and 2. Yes.

TinyGreenEskimo1682 karma

Hi Adam!

My daughter and I absolutely adore your show, and we watch it together every day. She is completely ecstatic that today is her birthday and she gets to ask you a question!

"What is your favorite kind of cake? I'm having a science birthday and I want to have Adam cake!"

(She's 3)

mistersavage2126 karma

Carrot Cake!!! With that amazing cream cheese frosting. Also: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

MrNiceguy2351485 karma

Hello, Mr. Savage. Big fan of yours growing up. Something I've always wanted to know; if you could pick one other person to co-host an episode of mythbusters with, who would it be?

mistersavage2746 karma

Chris Hadfield.

jaguarusf1448 karma

If you could blow anything up, what would it be?

mistersavage2769 karma

More water heaters of course.

deadbeatbert1343 karma

Hi Adam,

I met you ever so briefly at Dragoncon in '08, in what could only be described as a rushed meet and greet fitting in as many people as possible. It was still awesome to say thank you and shake your hand.

What is the most memorable time you have had at a con?

mistersavage2540 karma

Dressing up as No Face from Spirited away.

mommynerd1339 karma

Do your kids go to Comicon with you, and do they dress up?

mistersavage2096 karma

Yes they do, but no they don't dress up. Yet.

Liwanu1318 karma

Adam, if you had unlimited funds and resources, what would you build?

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Lobotopotomous1242 karma

Hi Adam,

I'm going to graduate soon with a bachelor's in physics and mechanical engineering. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me and countless others how incredibly awesome science can be. My favorite part of Mythbusters was always the critical thinking. When I was younger I had no idea how much power the human mind is capable of producing, and unlocking that potential is something I can never thank you enough for.

My question for you: What do you think will be a bigger factor shaping the next 20 to 50 years, nanotechnology or 3D printing?

mistersavage1531 karma

3d printing. Because it's currently in a more mature phase. But don't go by my say-so. And thanks for your opening comment. We never intended to be inspirational or educational actually. The fact that we were is incredible. Best of luck out there once you have your degree! Congrats!

Shadakk1090 karma

Hey Adam!

Now that RobotWars is back, do you plan to try and participate again?

mistersavage1705 karma

I very much hope to play with the Battlebots folks. There are a lot of old friends of mine in that community. I'm psyched it's back on!!

jspmartin1064 karma

My sons are HUGE fans of the show and would like to know how many things you've blown up over the years?

How did you manage to get Barack Obama on the show?

mistersavage2547 karma

That guy is always hanging around on set. We figured let's put him in! Kidding, they reached out to us. Of course we were into it. They were fantastic to work with. Funny side note: after the press went out about the episode, the administration got shit for "wasting time" with a tv show. Our entire time with Obama, for filming all his parts of the ep, was 13 minutes, start to finish. Including taking pictures with Jamie and I and our crew.

AzBrah945 karma

What’s your favourite TV show?

mistersavage1951 karma

Breaking Bad

mistersavage1665 karma

Watching it again with my wife who hasn't seen it. we watched Boxcutter last night... It's so much better the second time through!

cmcsalmon447 karma

Did you get a bit starstruck during the Breaking Bad special with Vince and Aaron on set?

mistersavage1126 karma

Totes. But Vince puts everyone at ease. So does Aaron. They're both crazy nice in person. I have no idea how Vince can think of such dark shit and be such a sweet person.

rnilbog903 karma

Hey Adam! I once got into an argument with a friend of mine who said Mythbusters was very unscientific. It lasted over an hour and ended up being one of the most heated argument I've had in my adult life. What would you say to someone who says the show isn't scientific?

mistersavage2475 karma

We are not doing science on this show. Science requires rigorous re-checking of results and many iterations to make sure ones results are free from bias. But we do demonstrate a scientific way of thinking: that is basing our results on the evidence before us. We also demonstrate that science is a deeply creative field, that is messy and full of wrong turns. Making this show has turned me into a scientist: it's fundamentally altered my way of thinking. So I defend the show as scientific. I like to say that we don't necessarily stand behind our results (because of the confines of concision and making a tv show etc) but we stand 100% behind our methodologies. If we turn out to have screwed up a methodology we will go back and re-test it. THAT is the most scientific thing we do: change our minds based on better evidence.

GoodbyeSpareTime892 karma

What's the one experiment that you've always wanted to do but haven't been able to due to production restrictions (OH&S, budget .etc)?

mistersavage1885 karma

Well, going to the moon of course. And putting to bed once and for all that we'd already been there. We'd build our own rocket and keep a live video feed the entire time.

PitchforkEmporium882 karma

Hi Adam!

Is it true that you and Jamie don't get along that well?

mistersavage1588 karma

It's true. That guy drives me nuts. (but I drive him nuts too!)

xHOBOPHOBIAx726 karma

What would you say are the most important skills to learn for model and prop making? What would old Adam tell yourself at a younger age that would have helped out the most?

mistersavage1795 karma

One should learn that sewing, carpentry and welding are all actually the same skill: joining planar forms under unique sets of rules. That was a sea-change for me.

mrmadagascar671 karma


Just wanted to say, I'm a huge fan of Tested, and I deeply appreciate the level of detail you guys showcase on the channel.

And I love seeing your toys ;)

Question: With current education standards, do you believe that there are gaping holes where kids are missing out on creative experiences? Making, building, etc.

What would you like to see implemented in to our education systems? (Not just in the Bay Area, but in low income communities)

mistersavage2609 karma

More shop. More theater. More band. More makersheds. More hackerlabs. More programming. Less standardized testing.

mpeskin653 karma

Is there still a place to submit myth ideas online? The only place I could find looks like it was last updated in 2012.

Hope this gets to you because my myth would be

What would happen if a human swam out into the bellagio fountains and was on top of one of the Jets of water. Would he fly up with the water and die? Would the water cut right through him creating a giant hole? Or would he escape unharmed?

Edit : found the thread in /r/mythbusters to submit and submitted this.

mistersavage1145 karma

That is a great question. I think death would be the result but I doubt they'd let us drag crash test dummies through their fountain. But I know the guys that designed and built it... Hmm.

NedSchnnn645 karma

Would you rather fight 1 Jamie sized duck or 100 duck sized Jamie's?

mistersavage1459 karma

100 duck-sized Jamies. I'd kick the **** of out those suckers.

i4NDR3W524 karma

Thanks for coming by Adam! Always great to see you do an AMA on here!

I've been a fan for as long as I can remember and just love watching the show. I also love watching you guys do all those cool things on the Tested YouTube channel.

So, my question to you is: What character would you most like to dress up as at Comic Con, but feel like the costume would be too far fetched to make? Or is nothing too far fetched for you?

Also, got any hints are what your costume will be this year?

mistersavage639 karma

I have three costumes this year. No hints just yet. But soon. Very excited. Some new and exciting changes to adamincognito this year!

wstreefrog494 karma

Hi Adam. Thanks for the AMA.

My question: Which tool can you absolutely not do without?

mistersavage904 karma

A knife.

xpistolxwhipper479 karma

Adam, as a young man starting out in the world (going to college next year), I have a huge love of building things, testing, and a passion for anything DIY. When you were starting out, how did you fund your projects or get materials for what you need?

I've loved Mythbusters for a long time, and I remember watching a speech you gave at a maker fair once on youtube. Thank you!

mistersavage870 karma

I would often offer to build stuff for the cost of materials as long as I could keep the prop or thing that I made when it was done being used. This is a great deal for student films and theater and I gathered many shop supplies this way.

closedshop465 karma

Hi Adam! Great fan of the show.

How's you relationship with the rest of the Mythbusters? Were you guys friends? If so, are you still?

Edit: By Mythbusters I meant Build team. Grant, Tori, and Kari.

mistersavage694 karma

We are! I expect to see Grant and Tory at Comic Con! I love those guys.

sysadmEnt407 karma

Hey Adam! As another SF Bay Area resident, just wanted to say I love seeing you guys roam all over the bay! Is there any SF Bay Area location you'd like to visit for the show that you haven't yet?

mistersavage667 karma

The Golden Gate bridge. Costs a fortune to film there. Sadly.

CalT2410346 karma

Hi Adam, How do you feel about programs like FIRST and Vex? Do you think they're eventually going to be successful in the cultural revolution they're trying to reach?

mistersavage376 karma

I hope so. They're both awesome. Dean Kamen is one of my heroes.

Eqmu335 karma

Hello Mr. Savage, my question to you is: where does one begin when wanting to dive into the world of special effects?

mistersavage582 karma

Get good at animating. Great animators are HARD to find.

Noobcopter307 karma

Is it true that Jamie is stronger than an orangutan?

mistersavage606 karma

Yes, he'll tear your arms right off your body. Be careful.

robblie_bob277 karma

Does Tory still feel bad about shocking you?

mistersavage500 karma

Yes he does. Seriously. Tory is the nicest guy in the world (seriously) and feels terrible to this day. Wasn't his call. He and the team were forced into it by someone no longer associated with the show.

M3diicaL271 karma

One thing I always wondered while watching mythbusters. Was there ever a reason you only ever wore all black?

mistersavage552 karma

My whole life I've always worn all black, actually.

Themonkeylifter254 karma

When you were young, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

mistersavage647 karma

Lego designer.

TheStormChaser31248 karma

I have a myth question: What would happen (Besides total destruction) if a hole was cut straight through exact center of the earth, and barring anything else (Death, the earth collapsing in, etc.) if a person jumped, would the fall one way then the other as gravity reversed polarity?

mistersavage405 karma

I so want to do this. I have no idea.

Dante-Alighieri234 karma

Hi Adam, first off, thanks for doing an AMA, you and Mythbusters is probably one of the main reasons I got into robotics and engineering.

As for my question, what is the hardest thing you've ever done on the show that was either dangerous or difficult?

mistersavage354 karma

Making that water pump from the scuba diver getting sucked into a firefighting helicopter... I didn't know at the time that I could do that...

Howzieky231 karma

Greetings, Adam! What is your favorite child-friendly Movie and TV show (besides MythBusters)?

mistersavage677 karma

All the Miyazaki films. Seriously. Everyone should watch them. Spirited Away is on my top 10

boxerbeat_208 karma

Hey Adam! Thank you doing this AMA. I was just wondering what is the memorable time you've met a fan on the street?

mistersavage522 karma

Having my childhood crush Marilu Henner wait on line with her awesome science-obsessed son to get my autograph.

spongebob1981206 karma

Hi Adam! Great fan here.

How good was the response on the tested.com build videos?

I find them awesome, hope to see more of them.

Also: how frequently are you on Imgur?

TY a lot and keep making!

mistersavage251 karma

We get tons of awesome love for the tested.com vids. I LOVE doing them. Norm and Will and Joey are the awesome. We have many amazing plans for the future.

JoakimSoderberg197 karma

Hello Adam,

Thanks for both Mythbusters and Tested. You guys got me back into "reading" again with recommending "The Martian". And I'm listening to "Seveneves" right now while building stuff! You are a great inspiration and have been a big part in making me realise how much I love creating physical things (I'm a programmer by trade).

Question: I'm from the EU, and as the rest of the world we use the SI-system of measurement where everything is based on 10.

With the imperial system instead there are a lot of 3/4", 12/16" and such, which is a total mind bender at least for me. Do you think this creates a more intuitive sense of division when being forced to use such measurements, or is it just a set of mnemonics that makes you understand it all?

mistersavage286 karma

I'm sad that the US is still not on the Metric system. But SEVENEVES!! Isn't it great!? I loved it and devoured it in one weekend. We're going to do a podcast on it as soon as Norm reads it.

JAYRODDC177 karma

Hey Adam, what Is your hands-down, of-all-time favorite edc knife? And what is Jamie's favorite edc knife?

mistersavage236 karma

Leatherman Charge. and my Lone Wolf D2 by Bill Harsey

point51160 karma

Why isn't Mythbusters on Netflix anymore, and when it is, why are the seasons "collections" and not chronological?

mistersavage253 karma

We're on Hulu now. And I don't know the answer to your question: those decisions are made by others.

Free_Rein136 karma

Dear wonderful co-host of Mythbusters,

Could you please buy the rights to Junkyard Wars and bring it back, as a host/producer? I'm kind of surprised Netflix hasn't tried getting the rights and rebooting it.

Thank you. And I envy you.

mistersavage123 karma

That's a great idea. I loved the original.

Froguy1126135 karma

Hey Adam. So we know Jamie is a walrus, what animal are you?

mistersavage292 karma

I'm a fox.

bharber97 karma

What is your favorite sandwich?

mistersavage185 karma

The Tuna Nicoise from BiRite in the Mission. And the chicken sandwich from Mijita at the Ferry Building. Both in San Francisco

bobster97988 karma

What are you most looking forward to at ComicCon this year? Been a huge Mythbusters fan since episode 1 BTW :)

mistersavage112 karma

I have many parts that I love. My party will be EPIC this year.

gValo81 karma

Hi Adam! I loved your commentary track for Brazil! Any plans for another one?

(Also I know a tested member sent in a Gundam model kit after the video of you and norm painting the Cosmonaut kits. I hope you get a chance to paint it! Your take on a giant mech would be awesome)

mistersavage93 karma

Yes. IT's hard to find time but we have plans for many other unauthorized commentaries.

mrstickball77 karma

Any chance of guest hosting on BattleBots if they have a Season 2?

mistersavage113 karma

I hope to participate in some way.

thinker8574 karma

hey Adam! I'm a big fan, Mythbusters came out right as I was starting high school and I've been a fan ever since! tested and still untitled are some of my favorite things on the internet.

a while back you gave some talks at some skeptic/atheist conventions, do you have any plans on doing anything like that in the future?

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Fulviusss68 karma

Best experience in the show so far?

mistersavage115 karma

Coming up in the next season. Can't say just yet but it was flying in a very unique aircraft.

mistersavage124 karma

A U2.

TruthinessHurts20565 karma

Did you ever test the giant flying Frisbee myth? Whether it's possible to scale a Frisbee to the size of a spaceship?

mistersavage108 karma

Not yet. But I love that idea. That a frisbee is a size-independant device.

Vikosus60 karma

Good evening Mr. Savage,
My wife and I love your show, and were wondering if you could give us some advice.
My wife is into some fairly risqué that I don't entirely feel comfortable with.
Would it be best to go with it to make her happy or to explain my aversion to these sex acts?

mistersavage117 karma

You want the DAN Savage AMA. This is the ADAM Savage AMA.

femalejuggernaut59 karma

Hi Adam! It's my birthday so this AMA couldn't have come at a better time! First and foremost, your show is a large reason why I entered science so thank you for all that you guys do! Second, any plans to do an evolution-based busting on Mythbusters? Third, what's it like to travel around and doing fun mythbusting things in front of audience members? Lastly, if you ever have a bad day at work what do you do to cheer yourself up? Thanks for doing this!

mistersavage61 karma

Happy Birthday! I LOVE performing for audiences. It's very different than doing a TV show and it's an awesome education. We'll be touring the country later this year, check out Mythbusterstour.com

JamesCurtis2441 karma

If Mythbusters go to space, what is the first myth you tackle? For the sake of it, assume you have the resources and ability to visit or gather information from any place in the universe.

mistersavage158 karma

Can a fart propel you forward in Zero-G

MateoElFidel28 karma

Hi Adam Savage! I got a few questions for you, mostly about Mythbusters, I've read up on your previous AMA's to try not to ask the same questions as before.

  1. What would you give to see Jamie drunk and directing a blind man's driving again?

  2. When Kari got pregnant, how often did you guys make jokes about testing pregnancy related myths?

  3. Of the three, Kari, Tory and Grant, who would you rather spend a day with making a crazy contraption?

  4. You are given a trebuchet, what would you want to launch first?

  5. I loved the episode you hosted on Curiosity; 'Can you live forever'. If you were given the chance for that to actually happen to you, would you take it? why or why not? Also, what are your thoughts on it?

  6. What Myth made you think "We probably shouldn't go through with this"

  7. Were there any Myths that were tested but not aired on TV? if so, why not?

  8. You are stranded on an island, you are given an unlimited supply of one item. What would you choose OTHER than duct tape?

  9. If you could change the laws of physics and make a busted myth confirmed, which myth would you choose?

  10. In your opinion, what is the most revolutionary gadget ever invented?

  11. What myth are you genuinely curious to test but weren't able to due to impracticality, illegality or work ethics?

  12. What myth result surprised you the most?

  13. Who would win in a fight: Jamie or a real life walrus?

  14. Will you be doing an AMA next year?

Not really a question, but a challenge: With 15 dollars, and only a dollar store for materials, make something insane.

Thank you for taking the time to even read this. I hope you have an awesome day! I'll do my best to stay curious. (even though I often misspell that word.)

Edit: Grammar

mistersavage62 karma

Jeez MateoElFidel! Way to monopolize the conversation! JK. But the AMA doesn't start for another 8 minutes.

cdunn26414 karma

What's your favorite flavor of Pop Tarts? Edit: Holy crap he actually responded!.. To this question though...

mistersavage21 karma


lookitsdan5 karma

Hey Adam! Big fan of Mythbusters and Tested, thanks for doing this Sadly I can't think of any questions right now, and I know later on I will think of a few hundred questions after this is over and I will be kicking myself. So to take the edge off If you would be so kind as to acknowledge my existence that'd be the best thing ever. :D Wife says hello too.

So I guess I should ask any question or the auto mod here will slap my wrist.

What did you have for breakfast?

mistersavage9 karma

I had a latte. I'll have a power bar later.

donnyrkj3 karma

Do you think Jon snow is really dead?

mistersavage3 karma

You know he's a fictional character right? He's whatever GRRM says he is...

ageiger723 karma

How much of MythBusters was special effects?

mistersavage4 karma

We don't cheat any results on camera. We play it as it lays.