October 18th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
12 years ago

President to debunk myth on TV show

(CNN) -– If you’re being chased by a crocodile, is it better to run in a zigzag?

President Barack Obama will debunk a myth like this crocodile stumper when he appears on the Discovery Channel’s show “MythBusters” on December 8. White House officials said the appearance is part of the president’s efforts to “show young people how cool science can be,” a goal he announced in 2009.

On Monday the president will host science fair winners from across the country at the White House, which Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes said was modeled after similar events celebrating victorious sports teams.

On its website, MythBusters boasts it has investigated more than 700 myths since premiering in 2003 and bills itself as mixing “scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create their own signature style of explosive experimentation.”

White House staffers refused to reveal what urban legend the president will take on in the show, which he has already taped. But the show has already investigated how best to elude a crocodile. It turns out crocs rarely attack on land and can only run about 10 miles per hour—so any kind of fast running away would do.

Myths the show has previously debunked include these: “Can sneezing with your eyes open make your eyeballs pop out?” (no), “Can your cell phone interfere with a plane’s instruments?” (nope, but it can overpower cell phone towers) and “Does a rolling stone really gather no moss?” (That’s true!)

MythBusters airs on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. nyocean

    Hey-just like all the press conferences! Debunking a la hard facts. Mulder and Scully would be proud. The truth is out there..!

    October 18, 2010 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  2. Doug

    “Can your cell phone interfere with a plane’s instruments?” (nope, but it can overpower cell phone towers.

    What does this mean? Because you're sitting on an airplane, your phone can overpower a tower?


    October 18, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. bob

    If you don't know science is cool, I feel really sorry for you. If your friends are telling you that science isn't cool, look around your neighborhood and see how many of their parents are making good money, then go to a neighborhood where everyone is making good money and see how many scientists there are. For every rich athlete there are dozens of rich scientists, and I don't mean academics either.

    October 18, 2010 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  4. Jd

    Ok. This is kind of cool. Although, by his own admission he's already debunked the myth's of "shovel ready projects". "health care reform is not a tax"(yet his justice department is arguing Constitutionality becaus the Government can raise taxes under the General Welfare Clause", Gitmo will be closed 9 months ago, and unemployment won't go above 8% if we pass the Stimulus. Before anyone blasts away at me, please atleast try to argue any of these points being wrong first

    October 18, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The myth Hyneman and Savage really ought to be debunking is that Obama is a real human being. It's widely known he's really a Disney-esque audio-animatronic robot controlled by George Soros and Nanci Pelosi.

    October 18, 2010 07:49 am at 7:49 am |

    OH BOY! I'm so thrilled I will finally get to seee a real live blue gum cannibal looking for his next meal. I hope the tru Muslims don't get him first. He may not have made it clear that he was only making believe he was an infidel.

    October 18, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Bob Rausch

    President has more important things he should be taking care of.

    October 18, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |