Ask Adam Savage: How Lead Balloon Changed MythBusters

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Tested member Jeffrey McCullough asks Adam, "My favorite myth is lead balloon. I've heard you talk about it before, but the other day you mentioned the problems you had with the suppliers equipment failing the day you were to get the materials. Any other stories about this bust?" So, SO MANY! Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question:
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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested
    Adam Savage’s Tested
    2 muaj më parë

    Watch MythBusters on DiscoveryPlus: Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks, like asking Adam a question: More MythBusters-related videos here:

    1. Silverslicer
      21 ditë më parë

      Go figure it was a German company that not only supplied the lead in record time, but made it thinner than what was originally asked for.

    2. Robr8a23 Dogg
      Robr8a23 Dogg
      Muaj më parë

      @DAN Oh

    3. Jay Means
      Jay Means
      Muaj më parë

      RIP Grant a awesome mind that was taken too soon

    4. Pyraminxium
      Muaj më parë


    5. Joe
      Muaj më parë

      What was your most disappointing outcome of a myth? Either a failure in execution or a lame outcome

  2. kitghost1
    Ditë më parë

    Now make a tungsten balloon :)

  3. LednacekZ
    Ditë më parë

    Mythbusters: We need extremely thin lead foil Germans: I am sorry, we don't go that thick

  4. MyTV
    3 ditë më parë

    I remember how trilling the lead balloon episode was! Will they succeed with this making this impossible fragile balloon?

  5. Ben Fake
    Ben Fake
    6 ditë më parë

    Adam’s mustache being darker than the rest of his hair leads me to believe he is a smoker.

  6. Calvin Mills
    Calvin Mills
    6 ditë më parë

    5:35 Adam thinks so hard they go to am ad break

  7. Omänskling
    6 ditë më parë

    Adam is on MDMA in this video

  8. Steve Pseudonym
    Steve Pseudonym
    7 ditë më parë

    If I was dividing the world into two very specific types of people I would have been sure that Adam would be in the group that would say "point zero zero one" instead of the group that says "point of oh one".

  9. Scott Pollock
    Scott Pollock
    8 ditë më parë

    He looks on the verge of tears when he pauses to think

  10. mullet mann
    mullet mann
    10 ditë më parë

    it truly shows that if you love what you do and do it well...people will watch you doing it.

  11. genisis53
    10 ditë më parë

    Nice executive bifocals, Adam!

  12. Christine LaBeach
    Christine LaBeach
    11 ditë më parë

    How about a Lead Zeppelin the next time.

  13. jeeeeeeees
    11 ditë më parë

    Adam!! This is genious! Much more people "in charge" of talents, should know this.. .. That the talents exitement is what makes it good.. Not that the producers told the talent to have "more explotions and more silicone,," No.. REAL exitement! THAT sells :D Loved the show, and love the wisdom in this one - use it to become a billionaire ;)

  14. Thomas Rogers
    Thomas Rogers
    12 ditë më parë

    Can we take a moment to appreciate just how wonderful Myth busters truly was? And that for so many people, myself included, Adam and Jaime presented Science to the public in a way that was intriguing, fascinating, and made sense? Adam's passion and enthusiasm was, and still is, absolutely amazing.

  15. Cedric Milford
    Cedric Milford
    13 ditë më parë

    👍🏻👍🏻 I’m a new subscriber. I love these “inside” looks at the Mythbusters classics. My favorite is never talked about, but it blew me away.... the phone books being paged into each other, and the incredible strength required to pull them apart. Any comments?

  16. nuclear meltdown
    nuclear meltdown
    20 ditë më parë

    This was beautiful to hear :)

  17. Jade Kelly
    Jade Kelly
    21 ditë më parë !🆂🅴🆇 🅿️🆁🅸🆅🅰️🆃🅴 🅽🆄🅳🅴. .👌 🤩 今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした! ! 在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成%員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。, 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙 來調味g食物煮的時候 !

  18. jeryjohn
    22 ditë më parë

    I understood " So we started doing meth"😂😂😂 i can only asume he meant "math"

  19. Keanu Laʻa
    Keanu Laʻa
    23 ditë më parë

    I remember watching Lead Balloon in middle school. It was a favorite because of how little real impact it may have had, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining or that it wasn’t worth doing.

  20. Mike Snelling
    Mike Snelling
    23 ditë më parë

    What was the point of this video?

  21. Lachlan TINGATE
    Lachlan TINGATE
    25 ditë më parë

    u look like my teacher

  22. Messy
    25 ditë më parë

    "Seven ten thousanths of an inch" ....the imperial system is a joke :P

  23. Nodorf
    26 ditë më parë

    Give the germans an impossible task, and they will even improve it! 7/10000 inch lead foil!? :O

  24. Erez Powell
    Erez Powell
    26 ditë më parë

    Great story. Great beard+mustache.

  25. Guiseppi Responti
    Guiseppi Responti
    28 ditë më parë

    I don’t think people get how small a thousandth of an inch really is. I repair various instruments and sometimes use shim stock for my work, shims are a thousandth of an inch pieces of steel that are so thin that they have the consistency of paper, or even softer, I use them to clear debris and burrs between the reeds and reed plate of harmonicas, the gap between them is so small it’s barely visible to the naked eye even with backlighting, yet the shim stock still goes through it with room to spare. A flu shot needle is 25 gauge, that’s 200 TIMES THICKER than a thousandth of an inch, and the lead foil they used was 30% smaller than even that. That’s the size we’re talking about. Absolutely insane that they pulled it off.

    28 ditë më parë

    Why am I just now noticing the big moving Swiss Army knife in the background

  27. atrumluminarium
    Muaj më parë

    Man the nostalgia just hit me hard

  28. Bo Dan
    Bo Dan
    Muaj më parë

    "It's the singer not the song"... is a saying I've heard.

  29. Robert Scott
    Robert Scott
    Muaj më parë

    Can some one translate these measurements to real measurements? What's 1 thousandth of an inch in millimeters?

  30. R Cort
    R Cort
    Muaj më parë

    Lead balloon episode is one of the best. My all time favorite was the hot water heater. The surprising energy stored up and the fact that, instead of exploding in place, that thing took off as straight as a Polaris missile, busting through 2 stories of framework, like it was paper mache, was simply jaw-dropping.

  31. Frank Palladino
    Frank Palladino
    Muaj më parë

    .007 of an inch thick. There's a bond joke in here somewhere.

  32. Aaron Macy
    Aaron Macy
    Muaj më parë

    To anyone wondering why he seems to struggle to speak, we are mere mortals, as where he is a god who can translate smart science people math brain into our language. Doing that on the fly is hard AF. My grandfather was a physicist who had no idea how to translate anything in his brain into terms that mouth breathers like you or I could understand, which is why he abandoned teaching and went on to help make GPS a thing. He was eloquent AF when it came to emotional aspects of life but if I asked him why the light came on when I flipped the switch, ..his pupils would widen and he’d go silent as he disappeared behind his clipboard with its inch of note filled graft paper clipped to it.

  33. Lagiacrus
    Muaj më parë

    Moral of the story: If you need something engineering related, go to the Germans.

  34. Skaatje
    Muaj më parë

    "And that lead too" I see what you did there :)

  35. daniel cairns
    daniel cairns
    Muaj më parë

    Adam, you are the coolest guy on the Internet. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

  36. Adam Jones
    Adam Jones
    Muaj më parë

    I would kill to spend a day with Adam just picking his brain and listening to his genious ideas. Mythbusters set me off on a path of fabrication, engineering and just plain fun jobs. I miss spending days on end in a welding hood making cool stuff. An injury took me out of the field and after 7 spine surgeries left me disabled, depressed and financially struggling, but hey I am still kicking. Be safe out there everyone, I lost almost everything due to one tiny error by a coworker.

  37. shadebug
    Muaj më parë

    Wait, Richard Hammond is your first pull for great reality host? As in the one that wanted to be cool from middle era Top Gear?

    Muaj më parë

    is it weird that he gives me Gale Boetticher (Braking Bad) vibes. No offense to Adam Savage btw, I just keep getting this vibe.

  39. SweetSideOfFries
    Muaj më parë

    I admire your comfort in silence while you are thinking of how to explain, rather than filling the space with um's. Something I always wish to work on.

  40. Moto Stories with Unkie Phil
    Moto Stories with Unkie Phil
    Muaj më parë

    Lead balloon was my favorite as well! Man I miss this series!

  41. Eric Prosser
    Eric Prosser
    Muaj më parë

    When did this man start looking like a clone of Colonel Sanders?

  42. CsStoker
    Muaj më parë

    When you want to design something crazy always bet on the Germans to build it, they always deliver

  43. Keef
    Muaj më parë

    Richard Hammond,a legend in his own hamster cage..

  44. Andreas Willumsen
    Andreas Willumsen
    Muaj më parë

    I just realized that Mythbusters shaped one of my core philosophies, everything is interesting if the person communicating is interested in the subject.

  45. TheMoosenugget
    Muaj më parë

    moral of the story German efficiency is no joke

  46. Do Med
    Do Med
    Muaj më parë

    The wide-eyed prose numerically entertain because drizzle phenotypically pour via a fearful fearless wish. labored, spotty charles

  47. Pronto
    Muaj më parë

    Email from Jimmy Page: "Expect a call from my lawyer."

  48. Drew Wilkins
    Drew Wilkins
    Muaj më parë

    Your Wilton vise is so much nicer than mine.

  49. Steven Nault
    Steven Nault
    Muaj më parë

    In the infamous words of the Savage..."I reject your reality and replace it with my own...

  50. Brandon Dasher
    Brandon Dasher
    Muaj më parë

    telling stories about pointless things but being super involved is the whole basis of youtube. I was wildly into and super excited about Jimmy Broadbent getting a fast lap in a sim racing car in a video game. It was like a 30 min video.

  51. Fish Er Man
    Fish Er Man
    Muaj më parë

    Great video, but the damn adds are coming fast and furious these days.

  52. Seth Darby
    Seth Darby
    Muaj më parë

    i miss mythbusters it was one of my all time favorite shows

  53. Simon Brunning
    Simon Brunning
    Muaj më parë

    I loved the build, and the episode, but... In British English at least, "go down like a lead balloon" does not mean something is impossible, it means something is unpopular. Is that different in US English?

  54. Cole Lawton
    Cole Lawton
    Muaj më parë

    That is the most German shit I have ever heard of in my life. "We need you guys to make thinner lead than the thinnest lead ever made. We're short on time." "Nein. We will make it thinner than thinner than the thinnest lead ever made. Also we're done."

    1. Cody Deutsch
      Cody Deutsch
      4 ditë më parë

      @The Milkman the guy I responded to deleted his comment, as indicated by the @ and the missing correlating comment.

    2. The Milkman
      The Milkman
      4 ditë më parë

      @Cody Deutsch did you read the comment?

    3. Cole Lawton
      Cole Lawton
      11 ditë më parë

      @Der Maje haha I love that about German manufacturing

    4. Der Maje
      Der Maje
      11 ditë më parë

      I think thats what he was meant to say. We Germans take thinks really serious.

    5. Cody Deutsch
      Cody Deutsch
      Muaj më parë

      @Curious Haakan Did you watch the video...? A german company is the one that finally made the lead they needed and they made it 30% thinner than requested. Adam said it... In this video.

  55. madjob8
    Muaj më parë

    have you taken your medications today?

  56. James Yanchek
    James Yanchek
    Muaj më parë

    So. You're saying your lead balloon did NOT go over like a...lead balloon?

  57. Shannon Hamilton
    Shannon Hamilton
    Muaj më parë

    The Mythbusters successfully proved that making a balloon out of lead is not impossible, merely extremely difficult. By the way, what happened to that balloon? Was the lead it was made from recycled?

  58. Winter Coder
    Winter Coder
    Muaj më parë

    Looks like you had a few Joe Biden moments there, Adam.

  59. Sultan Reyhan
    Sultan Reyhan
    Muaj më parë

    How about make a mini tank from a paper like in the dr.stone anime

  60. Sultan Reyhan
    Sultan Reyhan
    Muaj më parë

    Hi i from Indonesian your show in my television

  61. jimmyboy163
    Muaj më parë

    I see it's still floating in the background to the left of your head (as seen by the viewer)....great stuff!!

  62. Antnee
    Muaj më parë

    I always assumed the "lead balloon" was just that it wouldn't float well, not that it was impossible 🤷‍♂️

  63. Nature and Physics
    Nature and Physics
    Muaj më parë

    Neunundneunzig Ledballons Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All Darum schickte ein Hyneman

  64. Nick Scassera
    Nick Scassera
    Muaj më parë

    These talks sort of encompass the magic of what I felt when watching the show when I was younger. It's a feeling I miss and appreciate!

  65. jammiecg0001
    Muaj më parë

    I like the hands on experimentation of the shows, trying to do the impossible, doing stuff most of us would like to do but don't have the time, knowledge, or money to do, even if it didn't seem that exciting.

  66. Hermeshoes
    Muaj më parë

    Another good example of this type of myth was polishing poop

  67. MadMike 83
    MadMike 83
    Muaj më parë

    Do you and Jamie still associate?

  68. Neda Nother
    Neda Nother
    Muaj më parë

    a question you've probably never been asked. Have you provided for what happens to your shop when you are no more. Ive worried about my garage and all the stuff, projects and tools. Yours is a virtual museum. Is it left for your family to deal with or do you have a plan. Sorry for the dark question. It just came to me as I was doing nothing but listening to the video while watching nothing but the back ground stuff. an athiest praying in a foxhole "just in case".....I CALL DIBS. Cheers brother

  69. Kendall McRay
    Kendall McRay
    Muaj më parë

    Wow people find value in this ad lib about a random episode with no clips just hand gestures and rambling tangents. Spend the money you make from this video on a shiny butt-plug made of whatever precious or semiprecious metal the revenue will allow - this is the only appropriate and honest use of this money. Anything else is an acknowledgment that you are nothing more than past-your-prime time thieves. Good day.

  70. Michael Moore
    Michael Moore
    Muaj më parë

    Adam telling this story is equivalent to an adventurer retelling their tale.

  71. LeaveMeAloneGoogle
    Muaj më parë

    I hate to say this - and I went back and watched it several times to make sure (and I'm *not* a medical or mental health care provider) - but: (how do I put this politely).... this immediately struck me as ... not-sober speech. It's rambling, it gets "lost", it's a little emotionally flighty, and a little over the top...etc. There's also a lot of face touching, arm/hand movement (like crossing arms, tucking into armpits, waving hands, all within short time), dramatic gestures, and other cues. You said "lead is one of the most *volatile*" - comparing to wet toilet paper - materials... c'mon. "volatile"? Then when you get to where you lose it on what a thou is and glaze out " sorry... " "that's the translation I was doing in my head". "and and and contingencies". OK, if only because I've always been a massive fan, don't know if I've been even slightly dancing around it here out of respect but if so, forget it 'cause of care: dude, you're drinkin' here. And you need to know that it's showing. Massively. I mean that to be helpful - I hope that you hear that.

  72. JMiskovsky
    Muaj më parë

    Epstein foils did not role itself.

  73. Comrade Napoleon
    Comrade Napoleon
    Muaj më parë

    so Adam, that 55 min cut wouldn't happen to still be saved somewhere would it?

  74. Eli Pastura
    Eli Pastura
    Muaj më parë

    the pause lmaooo also you are my favorite reality host, adam

  75. gene lappe
    gene lappe
    Muaj më parë

    I miss Mythbusters so much, totally loved it. It was a good run. And as a former Air Force Ammo troop, the explosions were awesome!!!!

  76. Yamonda Kawazuki
    Yamonda Kawazuki
    Muaj më parë

    Fav song? 99 Lead Balloons🎈

  77. John Hails
    John Hails
    Muaj më parë

    Adam smokes a joint and rambles to the internet

  78. Tommy Tonka
    Tommy Tonka
    Muaj më parë

    I love this guy, he’s such a genius and genuine mind. I wish we all could get that excited at our everyday jobs or careers.

  79. Winston Durham
    Winston Durham
    Muaj më parë

    I want the 55 min cut

  80. Winston Durham
    Winston Durham
    Muaj më parë

    Epsthseine’s Foils

  81. DoctorGarkle
    Muaj më parë

    Can one loft an arbitrarily large volume of helium encased in an arbitrarily thin skin of lead? Duh! Of course! This is not even a remotely interesting question.

  82. itsmesomeguy
    Muaj më parë

    Is that a model Swiss Army knife in the background?

  83. Preston
    Muaj më parë

    Richard Hammond!!

  84. bloodred255
    Muaj më parë

    go over like a lead balloon doesn't mean a lead balloon isn't possible, just its a REALLY bad idea from an engineering standpoint because the lead would have to be super thin and has the tensile strength of wet tissue paper, its not that it CAN'T happen, its ....that it CAN happen, but its a terrible idea you can make a balloon out of anything. its just lead is the worst common thing. to bust it, you should have found something WORSE than lead to make a balloon out of.

  85. chris whiting
    chris whiting
    Muaj më parë

    Society: well that idea will go over like a led balloon. Adam: thank you very much :)

  86. Brian Fitzsimons
    Brian Fitzsimons
    Muaj më parë

    Adam: ...and that was the A story. Canadians: eh?

  87. alisher rakhimov
    alisher rakhimov
    Muaj më parë

    i love adam....he seems a bit stoned in this episode ;)

  88. Matthew e
    Matthew e
    Muaj më parë

    i just imagined if he was bald and i can see it i cant unsee it help

  89. Mojo Jo jo
    Mojo Jo jo
    Muaj më parë

    Your looking more like the colonel everyday...

  90. Michelle Nguyen
    Michelle Nguyen
    Muaj më parë

    The boundless dancer anaerobically receive because aunt immuhistochemically clean forenenst a wholesale ship. brainy, magical lathe

  91. theeodwannabee552
    Muaj më parë

    We couldn't make it a long tube it needed to be round so we made it a cube....wait what

  92. Gable Bass
    Gable Bass
    Muaj më parë

    Hey this was recorded on my 18th birthday! 🥳

  93. vass ilika
    vass ilika
    Muaj më parë

    Nice Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Display moving there in the back.... can I have it? :-)

  94. masjuggalo
    Muaj më parë

    My favorite was when you and Jamie Busted the tire catching fire myth that you actually were wrong about

  95. Kyle Maxwell
    Kyle Maxwell
    Muaj më parë

    Adam is aging poorly. It's so sad to see. Hearing him stumble through simple declarative sentences like he's Joe Biden on Prozac destroys my childhood.

  96. DRockeh
    Muaj më parë

    There are so many episodes I loved. But my favourite moment has to be possibly the most obviously going to be confirmed that turned out to be busted. Bull in a China shop. If I recall you needed to send in 3 bulls before something broke.

  97. Smoothwake
    Muaj më parë

    What a great story!

  98. Robin Deatherage
    Robin Deatherage
    Muaj më parë

    They already made lead balloons and they worked. Take your fabric and paint it with the old silver lead paint same as the Air-Force did for which the term was started and there. That paint is all lead based too. However today its considered a poison and is banned for use in the U.S. TODAY. They used the lead paint because it was malleable(bendable and stretchable)to seal the canvas fabric and to add weight to the balloons to stabilize them.

  99. Christopher Cope
    Christopher Cope
    Muaj më parë

    I think it’s funny that you went from a decimal base of inches to a fraction base of millimeters for your back of forehead conversion.

  100. Ommurg
    Muaj më parë

    "We can tell really cool stories about stuff that's pointless and absurd as long as we are really in to it." This is so important. There is not a single thing in this universe that has to be boring or tedious. When humans find their spot and get to advocate for something with zeal, no matter how niche or small, it is just so beautiful. It adds to our slate of knowledge in such an underrated way.