Here’s an illustration I did of Jamie, Adam and Buster of Mythbusters fame. I did it for my kids, because we have been big fans of the show for years. It is what I consider to be the greatest ‘kids’ show ever. And when I say ‘kids,’ I include myself in that category. They reached that childlike place in all of us where it was ok to ask ridiculous questions, everybody learns something, and everybody admits they really just want to see an explosion in slo-mo.
I was sad to hear that @Mythbusters will be ending after next season. This show has had a huge impact on me as a father, and on my kids. Here’s what I, and my kids, have learned from Jamie and Adam, and the rest of Mythbusters crew:
- Math & Science aren’t scary. They’re awesome tools. (This means a lot to me – someone who was miserable at math as a child. I look at it very differently now.)
- Don’t believe something just because everyone else believes it. Put it to a test.
- Ask questions. Lots of questions. Question the things nobody else dares to question. Then, find the answer.
- ‘I don’t know’ is a great thing to say. ‘Let’s find out’ is what you should say next.
- Everybody messes up. It’s best to laugh at mistakes rather than getting upset. Be glad! You learned something! Even if you had to sacrifice an eyebrow.
- When in doubt, blow it up. Or ask someone who knows what they’re doing to help you blow it up. If you can’t blow it up, take it apart.
- It’s ok to be skeptical. Just be nice about it.
- Ask more questions.
- We’re all wrong sometimes. No big D.
- Build things with your hands. Or with computers. Or machines. Just build things.
- Absurd questions can have the best answers.
- Sometimes you have to make a big mess to learn something. That’s ok. Just remember to clean it up.
- Do fun things, but don’t do dangerous things. There can be a fine line between the two, but an important one.
- Like what YOU like. It’s ok to like dress up in costumes, geek out about Star Wars, be passionate about math, Roman boats, whatever. If you love it, then LOVE IT!
- Feed your sense of wonder. Life, science, everything around us is full of amazingness. Go out there and experience as much of it as you can.
- Have fun while you’re out there.
In the end, I’ve loved being able to watch a show with my kids that encourages inquisitiveness, experimentation and science. It’s been a show that had fun, WAAAAY too much fun, and made the world a better place. It’s helped me be a better dad, given me tools to help raise children who ask questions and want to test things. And for that, I am personally grateful.
Thank you Mythbusters. I will probably cry while watching the series finale. But what you created is a legacy of inquiry and laughter that will last and last.
We will really #MythYouGuys.