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Because it's been so popular with our viewers, this will be our third attempt at a story called Archimedes Death Ray. The myth is that the Roman army defended themselves from invading Greek ships by lining the shores with 300 soldiers. But these soldiers did not use conventional warfare. By using their mirrored shields to focus the sun's rays at the invading ships they could, the myth alleges, set the invading ships on fire and save the city.

WHAT WE NEED
300- 350 Volunteers to operate mirrors for the one day of experiment (engineering and science backgrounds preferred)

VOLUNTEERS

  • We would require volunteers to be 18 years or older and to Pre-register with us prior to the experiment date by email.
  • All volunteers would be required to sign a Participant Release/Liability waiver.
  • Experiment will take place in September (date still to be determined).
  • Volunteers will need to be available from 9am to 7pm and would have to bring their own lunch and transport themselves to the location (similar to going to an outdoor concert). Possible locations include the Greek Theater, Oyster Point Marina or Alameda NAS.
  • We'll supply volunteers with a MythBusters T-shirt, a signed autograph card and possibly a group photo with Jamie and Adam.

  • HOW TO GET INVOLVEDSend and email to: myths_volunteers@beyond.com.auPlease provide Full Name, Age and Contact InformationPlease write [*MythBusters - Death Ray*] in the subject header.MythBusters will then follow up and contact them with more details verysoon.

Anyone in the Bay area fancy it? Could be fun, but also very dull, standing still with a mirror and all.

I'd say it's worth it for the TV factor, meeting the Mythbusters and the free T-Shirt.

I envy you Bay-dwellers...

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-14

I want to spend a summer living in california

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lukeyj15 (author)Lithium Rain2008-12-08

Tell me when you want to spent time in australia

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maxpower49 (author)lukeyj152009-03-06

i would love to spend time in australia

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Australia is AWSOME!! trust me i live there...

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I could neither confirm nor deny that...

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lukeyj15 (author)super moderator2009-03-29

I live here too. MELBOURNE RULES!!! (Home to the F1s)

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i was born in Melbourne... florida

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super moderator (author)lukeyj152009-03-30

Melbourne born and bred baby!

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do you chaps know one another

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mrziggy5000 (author)lukeyj152009-05-21
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OBar (author)maxpower492009-11-03
Japan is nice, stay away from Thailand and Saudi Arabia!
 

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Flash635 (author)maxpower492009-04-13

Brisbane! Near enough to the Gold Coast without the hailstorms.

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covey12 (author)Flash6352009-04-14

my cousins live in brisbane i think, they may have moved to sydney though, but there rich because they opened some cell phone company there

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Flash635 (author)covey122009-04-14

You can get rich from cell phones?

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no you dont it hell her in californa it 110 on a dayly bases

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ya itel get that cold here to

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Steamdnt (author)brandon borick2008-07-16

YA well here in Edmonton The hottest it's gotten in the past two months is 26 and that only lasts two months we get snow in september and the snow melts the beggining of june most of the time.

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covey12 (author)Steamdnt2009-04-14

lucky i love the cold/snow

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covey12 (author)brandon borick2009-04-14

yea hawaii ownz, i lived there for 6 years, florida is hell to its either 100 or 20 degrees out always raining or hailing, no snow or sunshine, yet its the sunshine state lol

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Goodhart (author)zachninme2008-07-19

Yes, good question, since it might not normally get above 90o F here, the humidity approaches 100 % VERY often.

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I don't know where you live, but the humidity never gets really high where I', at near Santa Barbara (Ca). Although last summer we did have a high of like 115, for like a week.

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During my summer, the humidity is a real killer at times (sometimes literally), here in Pennsylvania.

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Wafflicious (author)Goodhart2009-01-12

Massachusetts rarely gets anything like that =0

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Hycro (author)Wafflicious2009-01-18

Here in NS, you can get almost whatever, any time of the year...one time they were calling for a thunderstorm during a snow flurry.

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I live in NM, I don't think the heat will bother me

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YummyPancakes (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-15

Texas. It was 100 Today!

And yasterday, an' th' dae 'fore dat...

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:P It's pretty funny how a dyslexic typo turned into a southern accent...

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ry25920 (author)YummyPancakes2008-07-16

Georgia isn't much of a picnic either. It's about 95 with 90% humidity.

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bumpus (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-14
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Baronrc (author)2009-10-16

OK, got my shield all pollished up.... <checks date> DARN

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joeofloath (author)2009-10-08

I think its a typo, but the greeks defended themselves from the romans. Archimedes was greek ;-)

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Kveldulf (author)2009-10-03

Google "solar death ray". Lots of working ones out there using mirrors. One guy used a Fresnel lens setup to melt pennies and crack concrete. Moisture shouldn't matter if you aim at parts that are kept dry (sails, masts, rails, etc.).

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HammerAnvil (author)2009-05-22

That is awesome i so would go but i'm not of the proper age requirement that sucks oh well i guess that have to watch out for getting in trouble for liability

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Drafski (author)HammerAnvil2009-09-30

Yup same here. But that would be so awesome!

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glensta (author)2009-05-14

In Ca. we have all kinds of weather,depends where you live.In Modesto which is 70 miles to the bay(San Fran) It ddoes get hot but not all the time.To the east is The mountains south is LA Hoolywood and north is Sacramento.A two hour or less drive can give you the weather you like. Modesto,cars ,wine and right in the middle.

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Inu Yasha (author)2009-04-08

I'm really glad they're redoing this one. I felt so bad for the one guy who built one but couldn't use it on the show because of some snafu. I would really like to see that guy get a second chance at it!

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DarkRev (author)2009-03-26

the whole being in the army thing kind of makes it hard to do this...

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Geoffrito (author)2008-07-17

this again? i thought they said they were done with it. Cool. should be pretty awesome. But wasn't it the greeks defending the island of syracuse from the romans, not the other way around?

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4daHALIBUT (author)2008-07-17

i lov the idea of volunteers doing it, but kant the mythbusters just do something else in another place (it seems like everythings in CA, damn californians...)

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Techno23 (author)2008-07-16

I'm amazed they're doing this again - they've already busted it twice...

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