Ask Adam Savage: How Lead Balloon Changed MythBusters

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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    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s TestedUukausi sitten
    • @DAN Oh

      Robr8a23 DoggRobr8a23 Dogg3 päivää sitten
    • RIP Grant a awesome mind that was taken too soon

      Jay MeansJay Means10 päivää sitten
    • Q11

      PyraminxiumPyraminxium11 päivää sitten
    • What was your most disappointing outcome of a myth? Either a failure in execution or a lame outcome

      JoeJoe13 päivää sitten
    • 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 Moore16 päivää sitten
  • 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 Cort6 tuntia sitten
  • .007 of an inch thick. There's a bond joke in here somewhere.

    Frank PalladinoFrank Palladino11 tuntia sitten
  • 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 Macy14 tuntia sitten
  • Moral of the story: If you need something engineering related, go to the Germans.

    LagiacrusLagiacrusPäivä sitten
  • "And that lead too" I see what you did there :)

    SkaatjeSkaatje2 päivää sitten
  • Adam, you are the coolest guy on the Internet. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

    daniel cairnsdaniel cairns2 päivää sitten
  • 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 Jones3 päivää sitten
  • 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?

    shadebugshadebug3 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    SweetSideOfFriesSweetSideOfFries3 päivää sitten
  • Lead balloon was my favorite as well! Man I miss this series!

    Moto Stories with Unkie PhilMoto Stories with Unkie Phil4 päivää sitten
  • When did this man start looking like a clone of Colonel Sanders?

    Eric ProsserEric Prosser4 päivää sitten
  • When you want to design something crazy always bet on the Germans to build it, they always deliver

    CsStokerCsStoker4 päivää sitten
  • Richard Hammond,a legend in his own hamster cage..

    KeefKeef4 päivää sitten
  • 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 Willumsen4 päivää sitten
  • moral of the story German efficiency is no joke

    TheMoosenuggetTheMoosenugget4 päivää sitten
  • The wide-eyed prose numerically entertain because drizzle phenotypically pour via a fearful fearless wish. labored, spotty charles

    Do MedDo Med4 päivää sitten
  • Email from Jimmy Page: "Expect a call from my lawyer."

    ProntoPronto4 päivää sitten
  • Your Wilton vise is so much nicer than mine.

    Drew WilkinsDrew Wilkins4 päivää sitten
  • In the infamous words of the Savage..."I reject your reality and replace it with my own...

    Steven NaultSteven Nault4 päivää sitten
  • 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 Dasher4 päivää sitten
  • Great video, but the damn adds are coming fast and furious these days.

    Fish Er ManFish Er Man5 päivää sitten
  • i miss mythbusters it was one of my all time favorite shows

    Seth DarbySeth Darby5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Brunning5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Lawton5 päivää sitten
    • Feel free to explain what an American talking about lead ballons have to do with Germany. I'm really curious! (And, yes, you can write in German if you want, or in Swedish.)

      Curious HaakanCurious Haakan12 minuuttia sitten
  • have you taken your medications today?

    madjob8madjob85 päivää sitten
  • So. You're saying your lead balloon did NOT go over like a...lead balloon?

    James YanchekJames Yanchek5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Hamilton5 päivää sitten
  • Looks like you had a few Joe Biden moments there, Adam.

    Winter CoderWinter Coder6 päivää sitten
  • How about make a mini tank from a paper like in the dr.stone anime

    Sultan ReyhanSultan Reyhan6 päivää sitten
  • Hi i from Indonesian your show in my television

    Sultan ReyhanSultan Reyhan6 päivää sitten
  • I see it's still floating in the background to the left of your head (as seen by the viewer)....great stuff!!

    jimmyboy163jimmyboy1636 päivää sitten
  • I always assumed the "lead balloon" was just that it wouldn't float well, not that it was impossible 🤷‍♂️

    AntneeAntnee6 päivää sitten
  • Neunundneunzig Ledballons Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All Darum schickte ein Hyneman

    Nature and PhysicsNature and Physics6 päivää sitten
  • 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!

    Nick ScasseraNick Scassera6 päivää sitten
  • I like the hands on experimentation of the shows, trying to do the impossible, doing stuff most of us would like to do but don't have the time, knowledge, or money to do, even if it didn't seem that exciting.

    jammiecg0001jammiecg00016 päivää sitten
  • Another good example of this type of myth was polishing poop

    HermeshoesHermeshoes6 päivää sitten
  • Do you and Jamie still associate?

    MadMike 83MadMike 836 päivää sitten
  • 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 Nother7 päivää sitten
  • 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 McRay7 päivää sitten
  • Adam telling this story is equivalent to an adventurer retelling their tale.

    Michael MooreMichael Moore7 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    LeaveMeAloneGoogleLeaveMeAloneGoogle7 päivää sitten
  • Epstein foils did not role itself.

    JMiskovskyJMiskovsky7 päivää sitten
  • so Adam, that 55 min cut wouldn't happen to still be saved somewhere would it?

    Comrade NapoleonComrade Napoleon7 päivää sitten
  • the pause lmaooo also you are my favorite reality host, adam

    Eli PasturaEli Pastura7 päivää sitten
  • 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 lappe7 päivää sitten
  • Fav song? 99 Lead Balloons🎈

    Yamonda KawazukiYamonda Kawazuki7 päivää sitten
  • Adam smokes a joint and rambles to the internet

    John HailsJohn Hails7 päivää sitten
  • 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 Tonka7 päivää sitten
  • I want the 55 min cut

    Winston DurhamWinston Durham7 päivää sitten
  • Epsthseine’s Foils

    Winston DurhamWinston Durham7 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    DoctorGarkleDoctorGarkle8 päivää sitten
  • Is that a model Swiss Army knife in the background?

    itsmesomeguyitsmesomeguy8 päivää sitten
  • Richard Hammond!!

    PrestonPreston8 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    bloodred255bloodred2558 päivää sitten
  • Society: well that idea will go over like a led balloon. Adam: thank you very much :)

    chris whitingchris whiting8 päivää sitten
  • Adam: ...and that was the A story. Canadians: eh?

    Brian FitzsimonsBrian Fitzsimons8 päivää sitten
  • i love adam....he seems a bit stoned in this episode ;)

    alisher rakhimovalisher rakhimov8 päivää sitten
  • i just imagined if he was bald and i can see it i cant unsee it help

    Matthew eMatthew e8 päivää sitten
  • Your looking more like the colonel everyday...

    Mojo Jo joMojo Jo jo8 päivää sitten
  • The boundless dancer anaerobically receive because aunt immuhistochemically clean forenenst a wholesale ship. brainy, magical lathe

    Michelle NguyenMichelle Nguyen8 päivää sitten
  • We couldn't make it a long tube it needed to be round so we made it a cube....wait what

    Zach SchneiderZach Schneider8 päivää sitten
  • Hey this was recorded on my 18th birthday! 🥳

    Gable BassGable Bass8 päivää sitten
  • Nice Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Display moving there in the back.... can I have it? :-)

    vass ilikavass ilika8 päivää sitten
  • My favorite was when you and Jamie Busted the tire catching fire myth that you actually were wrong about

    masjuggalomasjuggalo8 päivää sitten
  • 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 Maxwell8 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    DRockehDRockeh8 päivää sitten
  • What a great story!

    SmoothwakeSmoothwake9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Deatherage9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Cope9 päivää sitten
  • "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.

    OmmurgOmmurg9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Flo9 päivää sitten
  • Can't choose favorite kid. Calls kids things 1 and thing 2

    Drew LawrenceDrew Lawrence9 päivää sitten
  • The turd polishing was a great episode

    Kyle DunnKyle Dunn9 päivää sitten
  • Anyone else distracted and intrigued by the strange swiss army knife moving in the background?

    David SDavid S9 päivää sitten
  • That's cool. A balloon made out of Biden's immigration blankets.

    Al BundyAl Bundy9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Parsens9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Daggett9 päivää sitten
  • Please stop decimalising imperial. Just use metric!

    Johnny FiveJohnny Five9 päivää sitten
  • 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 King9 päivää sitten
  • 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 TokuTickler10 päivää sitten
  • Richard Hammond, Phil Keegan, ....Donald Trump. The greats.

    Isaac OglevyIsaac Oglevy10 päivää sitten
  • 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

    PubliconionsPubliconions10 päivää sitten
  • Why not just fill a room with dense gas to make the balloon more buoyant?

    EbolaEbola10 päivää sitten
  • 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.10 päivää sitten
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    Do MedDo Med10 päivää sitten
  • Simple. Calculate the weight and size of the balloon. Create an actual balloon to the same specification and hang the weight of the lead from the bottom. If it takes off, it should work. Oh yes and internal pressure should be factored in, but thats not really an issue with something like this.

    ProjectsBlackProjectsBlack10 päivää sitten
  • #ReleaseThe55MinuteCut

    The GregThe Greg10 päivää sitten
  • The man is a legend!

    Lloyd DragonforceLloyd Dragonforce10 päivää sitten
  • Why do you say 'O' instead of zero?

    Leonard McDermottLeonard McDermott10 päivää sitten
  • #ReleaseThe50minuteLeadBalloonCut

    laxmantc77laxmantc7710 päivää sitten
  • It seems like the first edit went down like a lead balloon.

    classicalhero7classicalhero710 päivää sitten
  • So.Where is the lead foil balloon now?

    ebayerrebayerr11 päivää sitten
  • A zeppelin that is led around by something. Hormones.

    Jay SmithJay Smith11 päivää sitten
  • Mythbusters needs to come back we need our myth fix! Quantum science creates new myths so we need to test them mr savage

    Hero killer GamingHero killer Gaming11 päivää sitten
  • Thanks Adam. We miss you guys. Hope all are well, and that the shock of loosing a good fried has gone away so you can grieve as you need to.

    ken cohagenken cohagen11 päivää sitten
  • .0001”lead? That’s crazy! I wouldn’t want to work with it. Besides after years of Auto Parts, selling lots of batteries along the way , and I’m probably poisoned to begin with!

    ken cohagenken cohagen11 päivää sitten
  • "An Adventure Story would be no adventure if it did not happen to a person fit for adventure." This is why woke/sjw/feminist/idealology stories, games and movies fail. Its why they are deliberately setup to fail. Because the characters are not fit for adventure, they are instead placeholders for agendas instead of servicing the plot.

    OrbitalRescueSageOrbitalRescueSage11 päivää sitten