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MythBusters exhibit 'explodes' into OMSI


by: DAVID F. ASHTON - The Unrein family's Greg, Elliot, and June get a hands-on experience at 'MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition'The new traveling exhibit open at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition”, offers a rollicking look how two Hollywood special-effects guys explore everyday curiosity.

“We’re really happy to offer ‘MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition’,” smiled OMSI President Nancy Stueber at a preview showing. “It’s really fun!”

“At OMSI, we look for new ways to demonstrate how science affects us every day,” Stueber confided. “This exhibit takes everyday occurrences and makes you want to experience them, and test them using the ‘scientific method’ – a way of conducting an objective investigation.”

According to the concept developer and exhibition’s designer, Geoffrey Curley of Geoffrey M. Curley and Associates in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the 100+ artifact exhibition was about five years in the making.

“Since it went on TV, it seemed that ‘MythBusters’ was perfect for a museum exhibition.” Curley told THE BEE. “Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman – they were ‘200% on board’ with the idea, as were the show’s producers, and the Discovery Channel, on which the show appears.”

Artifacts range from a JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off) solid fuel rocket pack used in the first “Mythbusters” show, to parts of a duct-tape airplane shown in a program during the past season.

Hands-on exhibits encourage guests to test myths – such as:

· Does running in the rain keep you drier than walking?

· Will dropped toast always land butter-side down?

· Can an airplane take off from a conveyer belt moving in the opposite direction?

· Might a human be able to move fast enough to dodge a high-velocity paint ball?

And, visitors will marvel at variety of recovered items tested in past shows, including pieces of a blown up dump truck, and a water heater that shot through a building  and even detailed artifacts, like robotic dog jaws.

OMSI is located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the big red tower, and the OmniMax Theater dome. For more information, go online to: HYPERLINK "www.omsi.edu" www.omsi.edu