Ask Adam Savage: How Lead Balloon Changed MythBusters

4-Mar, 2021
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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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    • Q11

      PyraminxiumPyraminxium23 kun oldin
    • What was your most disappointing outcome of a myth? Either a failure in execution or a lame outcome

      JoeJoe25 kun oldin
    • Adam that part where your doing the first mental calculation. I had the answer earlier but I was thinking in metric like the rest of the world. The fact that I was .025 mm out is that I'm no good at maths. Always loved both yours and Jamie's work. Aussie Jeff

      Jeff MooreJeff Moore28 kun oldin
  • I understood " So we started doing meth"😂😂😂 i can only asume he meant "math"

    jeryjohnjeryjohnKun oldin
  • 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.

    Keanu LaʻaKeanu LaʻaKun oldin
  • What was the point of this video?

    Mike SnellingMike Snelling2 kun oldin
  • u look like my teacher

    Lachlan TINGATELachlan TINGATE3 kun oldin
  • "Seven ten thousanths of an inch" ....the imperial system is a joke :P

    MessyMessy3 kun oldin
  • Give the germans an impossible task, and they will even improve it! 7/10000 inch lead foil!? :O

    NodorfNodorf4 kun oldin
  • Great story. Great beard+mustache.

    Erez PowellErez Powell4 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Liam HarrisLiam Harris6 kun oldin
  • Why am I just now noticing the big moving Swiss Army knife in the background

  • Man the nostalgia just hit me hard

    atrumluminariumatrumluminarium8 kun oldin
  • "It's the singer not the song"... is a saying I've heard.

    Bo DanBo Dan10 kun oldin
  • Can some one translate these measurements to real measurements? What's 1 thousandth of an inch in millimeters?

    Robert ScottRobert Scott10 kun oldin
  • 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.

    R CortR Cort12 kun oldin
  • .007 of an inch thick. There's a bond joke in here somewhere.

    Frank PalladinoFrank Palladino12 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Aaron MacyAaron Macy12 kun oldin
  • Moral of the story: If you need something engineering related, go to the Germans.

    LagiacrusLagiacrus13 kun oldin
  • "And that lead too" I see what you did there :)

    SkaatjeSkaatje14 kun oldin
  • Adam, you are the coolest guy on the Internet. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

    daniel cairnsdaniel cairns14 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Adam JonesAdam Jones14 kun oldin
  • 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?

    shadebugshadebug15 kun oldin
  • is it weird that he gives me Gale Boetticher (Braking Bad) vibes. No offense to Adam Savage btw, I just keep getting this vibe.

  • 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.

    SweetSideOfFriesSweetSideOfFries15 kun oldin
  • Lead balloon was my favorite as well! Man I miss this series!

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

    Eric ProsserEric Prosser15 kun oldin
  • When you want to design something crazy always bet on the Germans to build it, they always deliver

    CsStokerCsStoker15 kun oldin
  • Richard Hammond,a legend in his own hamster cage..

    KeefKeef16 kun oldin
  • I just realized that Mythbusters shaped one of my core philosophies, everything is interesting if the person communicating is interested in the subject.

    Andreas WillumsenAndreas Willumsen16 kun oldin
  • moral of the story German efficiency is no joke

    TheMoosenuggetTheMoosenugget16 kun oldin
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  • Your Wilton vise is so much nicer than mine.

    Drew WilkinsDrew Wilkins16 kun oldin
  • In the infamous words of the Savage..."I reject your reality and replace it with my own...

    Steven NaultSteven Nault16 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Brandon DasherBrandon Dasher16 kun oldin
  • Great video, but the damn adds are coming fast and furious these days.

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

    Seth DarbySeth Darby17 kun oldin
  • 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?

    Simon BrunningSimon Brunning17 kun oldin
  • 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."

    Cole LawtonCole Lawton17 kun oldin
    • @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.

      Cody DeutschCody Deutsch11 kun oldin
  • have you taken your medications today?

    madjob8madjob817 kun oldin
  • So. You're saying your lead balloon did NOT go over like a...lead balloon?

    James YanchekJames Yanchek17 kun oldin
  • 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?

    Shannon HamiltonShannon Hamilton17 kun oldin
  • Looks like you had a few Joe Biden moments there, Adam.

    Winter CoderWinter Coder17 kun oldin
  • How about make a mini tank from a paper like in the dr.stone anime

    Sultan ReyhanSultan Reyhan17 kun oldin
  • Hi i from Indonesian your show in my television

    Sultan ReyhanSultan Reyhan17 kun oldin
  • I see it's still floating in the background to the left of your head (as seen by the viewer)....great stuff!!

    jimmyboy163jimmyboy16318 kun oldin
  • I always assumed the "lead balloon" was just that it wouldn't float well, not that it was impossible 🤷‍♂️

    AntneeAntnee18 kun oldin
  • Neunundneunzig Ledballons Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All Darum schickte ein Hyneman

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  • 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!

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    jammiecg0001jammiecg000118 kun oldin
  • Another good example of this type of myth was polishing poop

    HermeshoesHermeshoes18 kun oldin
  • Do you and Jamie still associate?

    MadMike 83MadMike 8318 kun oldin
  • 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

    Neda NotherNeda Nother18 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Kendall McRayKendall McRay18 kun oldin
  • Adam telling this story is equivalent to an adventurer retelling their tale.

    Michael MooreMichael Moore18 kun oldin
  • 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.

    LeaveMeAloneGoogleLeaveMeAloneGoogle19 kun oldin
  • Epstein foils did not role itself.

    JMiskovskyJMiskovsky19 kun oldin
  • so Adam, that 55 min cut wouldn't happen to still be saved somewhere would it?

    Comrade NapoleonComrade Napoleon19 kun oldin
  • the pause lmaooo also you are my favorite reality host, adam

    Eli PasturaEli Pastura19 kun oldin
  • 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!!!!

    gene lappegene lappe19 kun oldin
  • Fav song? 99 Lead Balloons🎈

    Yamonda KawazukiYamonda Kawazuki19 kun oldin
  • Adam smokes a joint and rambles to the internet

    John HailsJohn Hails19 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Tommy TonkaTommy Tonka19 kun oldin
  • I want the 55 min cut

    Winston DurhamWinston Durham19 kun oldin
  • Epsthseine’s Foils

    Winston DurhamWinston Durham19 kun oldin
  • 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.

    DoctorGarkleDoctorGarkle19 kun oldin
  • Is that a model Swiss Army knife in the background?

    itsmesomeguyitsmesomeguy19 kun oldin
  • Richard Hammond!!

    PrestonPreston20 kun oldin
  • 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.

    bloodred255bloodred25520 kun oldin
  • Society: well that idea will go over like a led balloon. Adam: thank you very much :)

    chris whitingchris whiting20 kun oldin
  • Adam: ...and that was the A story. Canadians: eh?

    Brian FitzsimonsBrian Fitzsimons20 kun oldin
  • i love adam....he seems a bit stoned in this episode ;)

    alisher rakhimovalisher rakhimov20 kun oldin
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    Matthew eMatthew e20 kun oldin
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  • We couldn't make it a long tube it needed to be round so we made it a cube....wait what

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  • Hey this was recorded on my 18th birthday! 🥳

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

    vass ilikavass ilika20 kun oldin
  • My favorite was when you and Jamie Busted the tire catching fire myth that you actually were wrong about

    masjuggalomasjuggalo20 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Kyle MaxwellKyle Maxwell20 kun oldin
  • 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.

    DRockehDRockeh20 kun oldin
  • What a great story!

    SmoothwakeSmoothwake20 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Robin DeatherageRobin Deatherage20 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Christopher CopeChristopher Cope21 kun oldin
  • "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.

    OmmurgOmmurg21 kun oldin
  • Well, now figure out how many of these you need to lift a person and build another Hindenburg to make led Zeppelin proud

    Taeschno FloTaeschno Flo21 kun oldin
  • Can't choose favorite kid. Calls kids things 1 and thing 2

    Drew LawrenceDrew Lawrence21 kun oldin
  • The turd polishing was a great episode

    Kyle DunnKyle Dunn21 kun oldin
  • Anyone else distracted and intrigued by the strange swiss army knife moving in the background?

    David SDavid S21 kun oldin
  • That's cool. A balloon made out of Biden's immigration blankets.

    Bill1983Bill198321 kun oldin
  • You guys are the luckiest guys I have ever come across. You have had a whole career, so many years or being on TV and getting high wages. I don't know how you managed that.

    Allen ParsensAllen Parsens21 kun oldin
  • LoL was taught that concrete air planes can fly but lead was too heavy to use as balloon order to float it needs more gas than it's capable of holding...such a backwards thinking world and most of what you think you know isn't true. U idiots believe the lies and are too lazy to put forth the effort to find the truth... so suck up the corporate lies and Give them all your money

    Joseph DaggettJoseph Daggett21 kun oldin
  • Please stop decimalising imperial. Just use metric!

    Johnny FiveJohnny Five21 kun oldin
  • when I was growing up my dad always told me, "do what you love you'll never work a day in your life."

  • Balloon maker here. A tetrahedron would have been better than a cube. Four sides instead of six, and four useless corners instead of eight. And construction is simple; just a tube with the ends sealed 90 degrees to each other. And the shape is better for a balloon, too. Presto, a three sided pyramid.

    Thomas KingThomas King21 kun oldin
  • My favorite Myths are usually the B Myths, because the A Myths are usually just "What if we took an explosion and blew it up"

    The TokuTicklerThe TokuTickler21 kun oldin
  • Richard Hammond, Phil Keegan, ....Donald Trump. The greats.

    Isaac OglevyIsaac Oglevy21 kun oldin
  • Mythbusters was NOT about the explosions... just window dressing- that's why SmashLab sucked so much. It's about how much fun Adam, Jamie and Grant (rip) Kari and Tory are to watch... I miss Mythbusters

    PubliconionsPubliconions22 kun oldin
  • Why not just fill a room with dense gas to make the balloon more buoyant?

    EbolaEbola22 kun oldin
  • My kids grew up watching you, one of their primary school teachers told me they used B for busted, C for confirmed and P for.... I remember all your shows as if I saw them yesterday. Thank you from all of my family.

    D.O.M.D.O.M.22 kun oldin
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