Talk:509: Induced Current

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I slightly disagree with the run-through of the "hopes to see it tested on mythbusters, and then scaled up to astronomical proportions" bit. Perhaps refine the first part by ending with something like " order to give them enough myths to be worth filming another series". The latter (a reference to the title-text, I assume) should then be dealt with in a separate para by explaining that Mythbusters tests myths experimentally, but that even the basic "use an LHC to get black holes" idea isn't going to be practically replicatable by them, let alone being able to replicate the possibility (or impossibility) of said black holes consuming the Earth. Unless TV budgets and resources are somewhat more capable than I imagine they are... 21:41, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

I think the title text is also referring to the second half of the Mythbusters’ “replicate the circumstances, then duplicate the results” method. Basically, the Mythbusters would see what it would take to destroy the world (and, in the process, actually do so). Maybe they could get help from Sam Hughes 08:14, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Two interesting historical examples are the solar flare of 1859 in which telegraph wires had enough induced voltage to cause sparks on the telegraph poles, and the geomagnetic storm of 1989, which caused the power grid in Quebec, Canada to fail. The latter demonstrates that in this modern era we are certainly not immune to such "outlandish" scenarios. 01:16, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Wait. If you tell Beret Guy that doesn't that make it more likely to happen since physics conforms to his simplistic understanding of it around him? 14:18, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

I think that the solar flares may be a reference to the BOFH's "SOLAR FLARES" excuse in the original series. 10:53, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

It didn't work. The Mythbusters are gone :( Lionside (talk) 20:15, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

White Rabbit Project on Netflix has the best of the show back together, at least for I think it was 10 episodes not sure if more are planned. 19:16, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

I have to say, this feels like it may be referencing a certain Bastard Operator From Hell episode

In the third panel, Cueball tells Beret Guy to "warn your friends". If Beret Guy, when he passes this information on to his friends, also tells them to warn everyone they know, or if they feel compelled to spread the word, and thus do accordingly, then it could start a memetic epidemic that would then spread far and wide, like a mind virus. Just saying. 16:48, 30 January 2023 (UTC)