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SOLD OUT: Due to an overwhelming demand, all tickets for "An Evening with the MythBusters" on April 15 at Bucknell University's Sojka Pavilion have sold out. The University will also simulcast the presentation in Trout Auditorium and the Elaine Langone Center Forum. Registration for free simulcast tickets will be at the Weis Center Box Office beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27. Simulcast tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The co-hosts of the hit Discovery Channel program that pits myth against modern-day science will present "An Evening with the MythBusters" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Bucknell University's Sojka Pavilion.

The "MythBusters" duo of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the popular program with an interactive question-and-answer style lecture and video.

The event, sponsored by the Student Lectureship Committee, is free for students, faculty, and staff, who can order up to two floor tickets online from Monday, March 24, to Wednesday, March 26, through www.bucknell.edu/MythBusters.xml.

General admission
General admissions tickets will be available to the community at $5 each, beginning Thursday, March 27. The tickets will be available for purchase in person at campus box office locations.

"MythBusters," the quirky science and technology program that debuted on the Discovery Channel in January 2003 and is now in its sixth season, uses science to put urban myths, folklore, and legends to the ultimate test. Savage and Hyneman, who have more than 30 years of special effects experience between them, have made the television show the most popular on the Discovery Channel.

Steven Shooter, professor of mechanical engineering, is a "MythBusters" fan.

Cross disciplines
"I think their message has appeal to engineers, scientists, and the university community at large because the 'MythBusters' put common beliefs to the test using carefully designed experiments," said Shooter. "Their message crosses disciplines by suggesting that we should test ideas in an objective way before accepting them as truth.  And we can have a lot of fun doing it."

Savage, sporting the nerdy glasses, and Hyneman, equipped with drooping facial hair and trademark black beret, deal in scientific intrigue and have found television success probing what some might describe as the most tantalizing questions of the times.

Is it possible to get stuck on an airplane toilet? Can you escape from Alcatraz across the bay on a raft built in prison? How explosive is explosive decompression in an airplane? If birds in a truck take flight do they lighten the load? Will leaving Christmas lights on your tree overnight cause the tree to burst into a ball of flame? Is it possible to manipulate someone's mind remotely? What happens when you strap a rocket to the roof of a '67 Chevy Impala?

Madcap science
In the television series, their madcap science discovery often results in something being blown up.

While no onstage experiments or explosions will take place at Sojka, Savage and Hyneman have proven themselves hits on the college circuit -- even without the pyrotechnics. At Boise State University, for example, 3,000 tickets were sold in just 15 minutes. 

"The most difficult thing is that everyone wants us to come and bust a myth on stage," Savage said in a recent Mercury (Calif.) News interview. "But on TV, you see it in a nice, compact form. What takes a few minutes on TV might takes hours or days. So, actually, busting a myth on stage would be really boring."

Problem-solving
Said Hyneman: "We are a couple of characters who have a really unusual job. What we want to do is give people some insight into what it is really like to do what we do. And how we have some really powerful problem-solving tools and aren't just two guys screwing around." 

New episodes of "The MythBusters" air on the Discovery Channel on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (EST).

Past Student Lectureship Committee speakers have included Bill Nye, Chris Matthews, James Earl Jones, Mitch Albom, and Janet Reno.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 22, 2008
Updated March 26, 2008
Updated March 27, 2008

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