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Nobody Did Halloween Like This Former Special Effects Designer. C’mon!

Adam Savage is a former special effects designer who you may already know from his hit TV series “Mythbusters”. Well, it turns out Savage is not only works for the movies, he is also one of the biggest movie fans of all time. Halloween is a time where he gets to really let his fandom come out.

This is what happens when you put decades of working in the movie industry into one awesome costume a year.

Gilbert Kane (Alien).

Gilbert Kane (Alien). discovery discovery

The Joker in disguise (The Dark Knight).

The Joker in disguise (The Dark Knight). discovery discovery

No-Face (Spirited Away).

No-Face (Spirited Away). discovery discovery

The Rocketeer.

The Rocketeer. discovery discovery

Chewbacca.

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Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean).

Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean). discovery

Han Solo.

Han Solo. discovery

Steam Punk Iron Suit.

Steam Punk Iron Suit. discovery

Mercury-era Astronaut.

Mercury-era Astronaut. discovery

Ghost Buster Suit.

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Captain Jack Aubrey (Master and Commander).

Captain Jack Aubrey (Master and Commander). discovery

Doc Ok (Spiderman 2)

Doc Ok (Spiderman 2) discovery

He made this costume specifically for his comedian friend, Patton Oswalt, so he can accompany his Spiderwoman daughter on Halloween.

He made this costume specifically for his comedian friend, Patton Oswalt, so he can accompany his Spiderwoman daughter on Halloween. badassdigest

Stomtrooper.

Stomtrooper. discovery

Hellboy.

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Admiral Ackbar.

Admiral Ackbar. discovery

Ringwraith (The Lord of the Rings).

Ringwraith (The Lord of the Rings). discovery discovery

I don’t even feel like dressing up for Halloween next year. Savage just destroyed anything I could ever do. It’s not fair.

13 Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Brains, animals, and whizzing on an electric fence. We asked the MythBusters for some help with your favorite myths.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been co-hosts of MythBusters for 13 seasons.

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They’ve filmed more than 200 episodes and tested 960 myths (with about just as many explosions), so we asked them to suss out fact from fiction — and whether they could remember their earliest episodes.

1. You use only 10% of your brain. (Myth.)

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Adam: Yeah, that’s totally a myth.

2. You lose most of your body heat through your head. (Myth.)

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Adam: That is actually one of the ones we wanted to test on the show. I think that’s a myth. What part of your body is exposed in the cold? It’s usually your head, so we wanted to test it.

It’s something we haven’t yet tested — cold-weather myths where specifically we expose (gestures around head) exactly this amount of square footage of your body, watch it on a thermal camera and see, because I don’t think it’s true. I don’t think there’s anything special about the blood vessels here that you’d lose more heat through other body parts.

Allegedly it was based on an Army manual from the 1970s where only people’s heads were exposed.

Adam: Yeah, there’s no control in that test. So it’s like you lose most of your body heat through the part of you that’s in the cold.

3. If you swallow chewing gum, it takes seven years for it to work its way through you. (Myth.)

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Adam: Pbbt, total myth.

4. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world. (Myth.)

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Adam: (turns to Jamie) Do you have any idea about that?

Jamie: Not sure.

Adam: We’re going to leave them like this. I have no idea.

That’s actually a myth. The Antarctic is the largest.

Adam: Ah! Rainfall. Right.

5. If you fell into lava, you’d sink into it. (Myth.)

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Jamie: I’d say that’d be a myth.

Adam: Lava is denser than we are. And also you’d be crispy fried.

6. A coin dropped from a skyscraper would kill someone. (Myth.)

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Adam: Yeah, we did that. No. The best part about testing that is when you go to the Empire State Building and you go to levels below the observation deck, they’re all littered with change. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

Jamie: Murderous people.

Adam: They collect the change and they donate it to charity.

7. Ostriches hide their heads in the sand. (Myth.)

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Jamie: I’d say that’s a myth.

Adam: Yeah, I’m going to guess that’s a myth.

Yeah, it looks like they do, but they’re just kind of hunkering down.

Adam: Ostriches are such dicks.

8. You’re more likely to be killed by lightning than a shark. (True.)

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Adam: That’s absolutely true. You’re more likely to be killed by a steak than a shark.

9. Snakes typically have two penises. (True.)

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Adam: Well, they’re shaped like a penis and have two penises.

Jamie: Something rings true to me for that, I think.

Adam: All right, you’ve had snakes.

That’s true, yeah. Some do. Fun fact!

Adam: That’s too weird to make up.

10. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. (Myth.)

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Adam: That is totally a myth. We’ve done it on the show.

11. Deoxygenated human blood is blue. (Myth.)

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Adam: That is a myth.

12. Urinating on an electric fence can cause electrocution. (True.)

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Adam: I have done it, and it hurts.

13. Celery has negative calories. (Myth.)

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Adam: It’s something we’ve always wanted to test on the show. I think that’s a myth, but it’s devilishly hard to test. It’s 90% cellulose, which we can’t digest anyway.

Jamie: It’s definitely a myth. There’s a particular sugar that is in that — I want to say it’s the same as a milk sugar. There’s a bunch of different sugars, and it contains a type of sugar that’s specific to celery and a few other things.

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“Snake” has been corrected to “steak” in No. 8. We misheard Adam, sorry about that! And we hope our reptilian friends can also forgive us. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_article_correction_time_4985282”).innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(‘2015-02-14 14:22:36 -0500’, ‘update’); });

The season finale airs Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9/8 p.m. CT on the Discovery Channel.

What The MythBusters Think About 14 Science Things

Vaccines? Climate change? Yup.

MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been making things explode for 13 seasons.

But we wanted to hear what they think of some of the biggest recent science headlines, from the Jurassic Park sequel to Mercury retrograde.

Here are 14 of their answers from our lightning round of word association. (Adam’s answers are in white, and Jamie’s are in yellow.)

1. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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2. Pluto.

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3. Sending humans to Mars.

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4. Creationism.

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5. The Jurassic Park sequel.

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6. XKCD.com.

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Adam: “We’re big longtime fans.”

7. Mercury retrograde (and whether or not it has any effect on your actual life).

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8. Climate change.

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Adam: “Early on in MythBusters we went on Fox News and they wanted to ask us about the extremely vigorous hurricane season. As we were getting mic’d up, they were like, ‘So this is just a light piece. We don’t want you guys to talk about global warming or anything like that. OK, you’re on. What do you guys think about this hurricane season?’ Jamie’s like, ‘It’s clearly global warming.’ It was awesome.”

9. Naming snowstorms.

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Adam: “I remember when Hurricane Gloria came through New York in 1985 or early ‘86 — one of those two. You get a personal relationship with the disaster.”

10. Rosetta comet landing.

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11. Vaccines.

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Adam: “They work. Stop not using them.”

12. Mantis shrimp.

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Adam: “Oh right, the one that causes a shockwave. That’s one of the fastest biological processes in nature. Not sure where it compares to a jellyfish stinging, which is also ludicrously fast. They’re literally injecting you with a micro-hair of poison when you touch a jellyfish stinger. If you look into it microscopically, it’s amazing. The mantis shrimp is incredible.”

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Jamie: “Yeah, I first ran across those in the ocean while diving, and one of my favorite things to do was to just go down and not run all over the place like most people do when they’re scuba diving but just drop down and hang out and go into spaces in the reef.

“There was a cleaning station that had those in it. These little fish were hanging out, and the shrimp would come out and pick at them. But one of the mantis shrimp came out and it has, as I recall, if this is the same shrimp, it has one big claw and one little one. And I’m putting my hand out, and it comes up with its little claw and it’s picking at you. Then out comes the big claw and Bang! It’s like an electric shock that you feel.”

13. Tardigrades (aka water bears).

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Adam: “Life is amazingly tenacious. That’s the best part of looking at extremophiles like that.”

14. Grab bag: kale!

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Adam: “Kale! In our house, we make kale chips all the time, which is baking them in the oven with a little hot sauce and salt, and it’s phenomenal.”

The season finale airs Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9/8 p.m. CT on the Discovery Channel.