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Saturday, 5 March 2016
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Address: 1268 Missouri Street
Date: Feb 2014
When we were in San Francisco we stopped by the offices of M5 Industries Inc. This is the company owned by Jamie Hyneman. Together with Adam Savage he hosts the MythBusters television show. Adam & Jamie are usually assisted by Kari, Grant and Tori. This trio is often referred to as the Build Team. On the show they test rumours or myths and use science to determine if they are plausible or busted. The show has always proved entertaining and all of the personalities on the show are likeable and legitimately seem to be interested in what they are doing. Another great thing about the show is that they like to blow things up. Blow things up good. They then like to replay the explosion in super slow motion so you can really get a good look.
The offices are attached to the M5 workshop which is where a majority of the episodes are filmed. When we arrived at the building some workers were outside repaving part of the front sidewalk. Perhaps it was an experiment gone wrong, or maybe the destruction was intended. It definitely reminded us of the Jimmy Hoffa episode where they buried two pigs in concrete very close to that spot. It also reminded us of an episode where Jamie was buried alive while inside a coffin. That myth was tested almost in exactly that spot. In fact there have been numerous episodes where things have been dropped off of the roof or blown up in the garage doorway or tested in front of the wall with the M5 INDUSTRIES INC sign.
The back lot of the building has also seen a fair bit of use, especially in the earlier episodes. They shot a frozen chicken through the windshield of a plane and Jamie created an army of marching feet in an attempt to shake a bridge apart. As time went on the Mythbusters myths grew in size and they spent more time out on the bomb range blowing things up or at the Alameda Runway crashing cars. The Build Team also used a nearby location called M7 to conduct experiments.
Mythbusters will be airing its final episode today (March 5, 2016) after about 13 seasons. We are sad to see the show end, but the Mythbusters and the M5 building must be glad that they all made it in one piece after years of taking risks to entertain us. Do not try what you saw on Mythbusters at home. They are what you call experts.
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M5 Industries , Alameda Runway , M7
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