|Mythbusters Episode A-04|
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|Airdate||September 23, 2003|
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The Exploding Toilet episode was the first of the Mythbusters series, after the pilots.
- Can a person be propelled off a toilet seat by dropping a lit cigarette into a toilet bowl when filled with various combustible materials?
- Is running better than walking to keep dry in the rain?
- Is it possible to make a "magic bullet" out of ice?
1) An assassin can fire an ice bullet to kill someone without leaving a trace.
BUSTED - The bullet was simply too brittle to be used.
(This myth was revisited in episode 14 and it was busted again.)
2) An assassin can use a meat bullet to kill someone without leaving a trace.
BUSTED - The meat bullet fragmented on contact with the skin, causing only superficial damage.
3) An assassin can use a gelatin bullet to kill someone without leaving a trace.
BUSTED - The bullet did not cause fatal injury.
4) An assassin can use a poison capsule fired from an umbrella to kill someone without leaving a trace.
PARTLY CONFIRMED* - It was found to have been the cause of death for a notable Bulgarian dignitary, Georgi Markov. The catch is that the umbrella must be fired from point-blank range for it to work.
- It was confirmed that the event is possible, but not that it’s untraceable.
Pouring gasoline down a toilet and lighting it will cause the toilet to explode.
You stay drier running in the rain than walking.
CONFIRMED* - When originally tested, the faster you run the wetter you get.
- The original result was "busted," but when revisited in episode 38 it was changed to "confirmed."
- ↑ This is the first myth to feature Buster, who was purchased by Adam to act as a stand in (sit in?) for Jamie .