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  • The Myth - While overstuffing his washing machine with 50lb of laundry, a man accidentally wedged himself into the machine and tripped the spin cycle, flailing him around, spilling laundry detergent and bleach as he was bludgeoned to death against the shelves. Afterwards, the man's dog urinated on the baking soda, causing an explosion.
  • Verdict - "Decimated" (Busted)
  • Notes - Not one part of this myth was found to be even plausible. A normal washing machine drum has so little torque that it can be halted in its spin cycle simply by grabbing on to it, though a motor from an electric car was able to spin Buster at dangerous speeds. In addition, most machines have a safety feature that prevents the machine from running if the door is open. Finally, dog urine does not react with baking soda in a way that would cause an explosion. Adam stated at the end that, due to not a single element of this myth having one grain of truth, he found the Myth "Decimated" (the bumper after showing "Busted").[1]

Featured in the Chicken Gun episode of Mythbusters

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