President Obama appears on Mythbusters in "President's Challenge" episode, Dec. 19

Challenged by the Commander in Chief to test a myth in a way they’ve never been able to before, will MYTHBUSTERS’ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman be able to pull it off, or will they have to report back to the President that they failed?

On October 18, 2010, at the White House Science Fair, U.S. President Barack Obama announced his involvement in an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel’s hit series MYTHBUSTERS. Airing on Sunday, December 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT – titled “President’s Challenge” – hosts Savage and Hyneman are tasked by the President to revisit a contentious ancient myth:  Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun? 

In this extra-special episode, Savage and Hyneman tackle a request from President Obama to re-test the myth of the Archimedes Solar Ray – this time with more manpower.

The myth says that Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading fleet using only mirrors and the rays of the sun. After developing a unique mirror aiming system, the MYTHBUSTERS use the President’s STEM (the Administration’s campaign for science, technology, engineering and math awareness) connections and enlist 500 student volunteers ready to light a fire for science!

Fresh off its second Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Reality Program, MYTHBUSTERS aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity. Called “the best science show in television” by the New York Times’ Science Times, the show exemplifies that science education can be fun, informative, and inspiring.


Highlights for upcoming MYTHBUSTERS premieres include:


MYTHBUSTERS – “Reverse Engineering”

Sunday, January 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Savage and Hyneman test whether a ‘70s sport car is as aerodynamic backward as forward, while Imahara, Belleci and Byron take a surfboard scene from Lethal Weapon 2 to task.


MYTHBUSTERS – “Bug Special”

Sunday, January 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Can a collision with a bug kill a biker? Can flies really lift a laptop? Does water repel flies? Find out when Savage and Hyneman attempt to bust these widespread bug-related myths!


MYTHBUSTERS – “Inverted Underwater Car”

Sunday, January 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Savage attempts to escape from an upside-down underwater car, while Imahara, Belleci and Byron take on “Kiss the Girls.”

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