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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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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

    Mánuði síðan

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    • Robr8a23 Dogg

      Robr8a23 Dogg

      4 dögum síðan

      @DAN Oh

    • Jay Means

      Jay Means

      11 dögum síðan

      RIP Grant a awesome mind that was taken too soon

    • Pyraminxium


      12 dögum síðan


    • Joe


      14 dögum síðan

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

    • Jeff Moore

      Jeff Moore

      17 dögum síðan

      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

  2. R Cort

    R Cort

    Degi Síðan síðan

    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.

  3. Frank Palladino

    Frank Palladino

    Degi Síðan síðan

    .007 of an inch thick. There's a bond joke in here somewhere.

  4. Aaron Macy

    Aaron Macy

    Degi Síðan síðan

    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.

  5. Lagiacrus


    3 dögum síðan

    Moral of the story: If you need something engineering related, go to the Germans.

  6. Skaatje


    3 dögum síðan

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

  7. daniel cairns

    daniel cairns

    3 dögum síðan

    Adam, you are the coolest guy on the Internet. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

  8. Adam Jones

    Adam Jones

    4 dögum síðan

    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.

  9. shadebug


    4 dögum síðan

    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?



    4 dögum síðan

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

  11. SweetSideOfFries


    4 dögum síðan

    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.

  12. Moto Stories with Unkie Phil

    Moto Stories with Unkie Phil

    5 dögum síðan

    Lead balloon was my favorite as well! Man I miss this series!

  13. Eric Prosser

    Eric Prosser

    5 dögum síðan

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

  14. CsStoker


    5 dögum síðan

    When you want to design something crazy always bet on the Germans to build it, they always deliver

  15. Keef


    5 dögum síðan

    Richard Hammond,a legend in his own hamster cage..

  16. Andreas Willumsen

    Andreas Willumsen

    5 dögum síðan

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

  17. TheMoosenugget


    5 dögum síðan

    moral of the story German efficiency is no joke

  18. Do Med

    Do Med

    5 dögum síðan

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

  19. Pronto


    5 dögum síðan

    Email from Jimmy Page: "Expect a call from my lawyer."

  20. Drew Wilkins

    Drew Wilkins

    5 dögum síðan

    Your Wilton vise is so much nicer than mine.

  21. Steven Nault

    Steven Nault

    5 dögum síðan

    In the infamous words of the Savage..."I reject your reality and replace it with my own...

  22. Brandon Dasher

    Brandon Dasher

    6 dögum síðan

    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.

  23. Fish Er Man

    Fish Er Man

    6 dögum síðan

    Great video, but the damn adds are coming fast and furious these days.

  24. Seth Darby

    Seth Darby

    6 dögum síðan

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

  25. Simon Brunning

    Simon Brunning

    6 dögum síðan

    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?

  26. Cole Lawton

    Cole Lawton

    6 dögum síðan

    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."

    • Cody Deutsch

      Cody Deutsch

      Degi Síðan síðan

      @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.

    • Curious Haakan

      Curious Haakan

      Degi Síðan síðan

      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.)

  27. madjob8


    6 dögum síðan

    have you taken your medications today?

  28. James Yanchek

    James Yanchek

    6 dögum síðan

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

  29. Shannon Hamilton

    Shannon Hamilton

    6 dögum síðan

    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?

  30. Winter Coder

    Winter Coder

    7 dögum síðan

    Looks like you had a few Joe Biden moments there, Adam.

  31. Sultan Reyhan

    Sultan Reyhan

    7 dögum síðan

    How about make a mini tank from a paper like in the dr.stone anime

  32. Sultan Reyhan

    Sultan Reyhan

    7 dögum síðan

    Hi i from Indonesian i.like your show in my television

  33. jimmyboy163


    7 dögum síðan

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

  34. Antnee


    7 dögum síðan

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

  35. Nature and Physics

    Nature and Physics

    7 dögum síðan

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

  36. Nick Scassera

    Nick Scassera

    7 dögum síðan

    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!

  37. jammiecg0001


    7 dögum síðan

    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.

  38. Hermeshoes


    7 dögum síðan

    Another good example of this type of myth was polishing poop

  39. MadMike 83

    MadMike 83

    7 dögum síðan

    Do you and Jamie still associate?

  40. Neda Nother

    Neda Nother

    8 dögum síðan

    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. .......like an athiest praying in a foxhole "just in case".....I CALL DIBS. Cheers brother

  41. Kendall McRay

    Kendall McRay

    8 dögum síðan

    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.

  42. Michael Moore

    Michael Moore

    8 dögum síðan

    Adam telling this story is equivalent to an adventurer retelling their tale.

  43. LeaveMeAloneGoogle


    8 dögum síðan

    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 "....so 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.

  44. JMiskovsky


    8 dögum síðan

    Epstein foils did not role itself.

  45. Comrade Napoleon

    Comrade Napoleon

    8 dögum síðan

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

  46. Eli Pastura

    Eli Pastura

    8 dögum síðan

    the pause lmaooo also you are my favorite reality host, adam

  47. gene lappe

    gene lappe

    8 dögum síðan

    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!!!!

  48. Yamonda Kawazuki

    Yamonda Kawazuki

    8 dögum síðan

    Fav song? 99 Lead Balloons🎈

  49. John Hails

    John Hails

    8 dögum síðan

    Adam smokes a joint and rambles to the internet

  50. Tommy Tonka

    Tommy Tonka

    8 dögum síðan

    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.

  51. Winston Durham

    Winston Durham

    9 dögum síðan

    I want the 55 min cut

  52. Winston Durham

    Winston Durham

    9 dögum síðan

    Epsthseine’s Foils

  53. DoctorGarkle


    9 dögum síðan

    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.

  54. itsmesomeguy


    9 dögum síðan

    Is that a model Swiss Army knife in the background?

  55. Preston


    9 dögum síðan

    Richard Hammond!!

  56. bloodred255


    9 dögum síðan

    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.

  57. chris whiting

    chris whiting

    9 dögum síðan

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

  58. Brian Fitzsimons

    Brian Fitzsimons

    9 dögum síðan

    Adam: ...and that was the A story. Canadians: eh?

  59. alisher rakhimov

    alisher rakhimov

    9 dögum síðan

    i love adam....he seems a bit stoned in this episode ;)

  60. Matthew e

    Matthew e

    9 dögum síðan

    i just imagined if he was bald and i can see it i cant unsee it help

  61. Mojo Jo jo

    Mojo Jo jo

    9 dögum síðan

    Your looking more like the colonel everyday...

  62. Michelle Nguyen

    Michelle Nguyen

    9 dögum síðan

    The boundless dancer anaerobically receive because aunt immuhistochemically clean forenenst a wholesale ship. brainy, magical lathe

  63. Zach Schneider

    Zach Schneider

    9 dögum síðan

    We couldn't make it a long tube it needed to be round so we made it a cube....wait what

  64. Gable Bass

    Gable Bass

    9 dögum síðan

    Hey this was recorded on my 18th birthday! 🥳

  65. vass ilika

    vass ilika

    9 dögum síðan

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

  66. masjuggalo


    10 dögum síðan

    My favorite was when you and Jamie Busted the tire catching fire myth that you actually were wrong about

  67. Kyle Maxwell

    Kyle Maxwell

    10 dögum síðan

    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.

  68. DRockeh


    10 dögum síðan

    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.

  69. Smoothwake


    10 dögum síðan

    What a great story!

  70. Robin Deatherage

    Robin Deatherage

    10 dögum síðan

    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.

  71. Christopher Cope

    Christopher Cope

    10 dögum síðan

    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.

  72. Ommurg


    10 dögum síðan

    "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.

  73. Taeschno Flo

    Taeschno Flo

    10 dögum síðan

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

  74. Drew Lawrence

    Drew Lawrence

    10 dögum síðan

    Can't choose favorite kid. Calls kids things 1 and thing 2

  75. Kyle Dunn

    Kyle Dunn

    10 dögum síðan

    The turd polishing was a great episode

  76. David S

    David S

    10 dögum síðan

    Anyone else distracted and intrigued by the strange swiss army knife moving in the background?

  77. Al Bundy

    Al Bundy

    10 dögum síðan

    That's cool. A balloon made out of Biden's immigration blankets.

  78. Allen Parsens

    Allen Parsens

    10 dögum síðan

    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.

  79. Joseph Daggett

    Joseph Daggett

    10 dögum síðan

    LoL was taught that concrete air planes can fly but lead was too heavy to use as balloon Material..in 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

  80. Johnny Five

    Johnny Five

    10 dögum síðan

    Please stop decimalising imperial. Just use metric!



    11 dögum síðan

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

  82. Thomas King

    Thomas King

    11 dögum síðan

    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.

  83. The TokuTickler

    The TokuTickler

    11 dögum síðan

    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"

  84. Isaac Oglevy

    Isaac Oglevy

    11 dögum síðan

    Richard Hammond, Phil Keegan, ....Donald Trump. The greats.

  85. Publiconions


    11 dögum síðan

    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

  86. Ebola


    11 dögum síðan

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

  87. D.O.M.


    11 dögum síðan

    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.

  88. Do Med

    Do Med

    11 dögum síðan

    The cumbersome liquid densply lick because ostrich technologically listen aboard a untidy hedge. womanly, equal crush

  89. ProjectsBlack


    11 dögum síðan

    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.

  90. The Greg

    The Greg

    11 dögum síðan


  91. Lloyd Dragonforce

    Lloyd Dragonforce

    11 dögum síðan

    The man is a legend!

  92. Leonard McDermott

    Leonard McDermott

    11 dögum síðan

    Why do you say 'O' instead of zero?

  93. laxmantc77


    12 dögum síðan


  94. classicalhero7


    12 dögum síðan

    It seems like the first edit went down like a lead balloon.

  95. ebayerr


    12 dögum síðan

    So.Where is the lead foil balloon now?

  96. Jay Smith

    Jay Smith

    12 dögum síðan

    A zeppelin that is led around by something. Hormones.

  97. Hero killer Gaming

    Hero killer Gaming

    12 dögum síðan

    Mythbusters needs to come back we need our myth fix! Quantum science creates new myths so we need to test them mr savage

  98. ken cohagen

    ken cohagen

    12 dögum síðan

    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.

  99. ken cohagen

    ken cohagen

    12 dögum síðan

    .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!

  100. OrbitalRescueSage


    12 dögum síðan

    "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.