Van Halen – Jump
Today’s Quote: “Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches.” — the Duchess of Windsor, when asked what is the secret of a long and happy life
I watched the movie myths episodes on The Mythbusters last night. They were very interesting. I had fully expected the Dukes of Hazard myth to be busted. That’s the one where they launch the General Lee about 175 feet through the air using a conveniently placed pile of dirt as a ramp. In the movie, of course, they land on all four wheels and race away. The same stunt on Mythbusters resulted in the car traveling 172 feet and impacting the pavement nose first, making the car a couple of feet shorter. The car didn’t survive and it’s rather doubtful that anyone in the car, especially if they weren’t wearing seatbelts, would have either. I think they should have put Buster in the passenger seat.
To create the dirt ramp they had to build it up in layers, compacting each layer, otherwise the car would have buried itself in the dirt. That’s where I have a problem with the stunt as done in the movie. A construction crew would have been using this pile of dirt as backfill or something and they would not have taken the trouble to compact the dirt layer by layer. That would have only created a lot of unnecessary work for them and everyone knows that contractors are not going to do anything they don’t have to, especially if it’s a government contract. And why would the contractors have put the dirt in the middle of the road? It blocks their access to the construction site. Hollywood never gets it right, do they?