Obama Insisted Mythbusters Re-Try Busting a Myth?

You might have heard by now that President Obama will be appearing on Mythbusters — because obviously it’s been concluded that his problem is not enough exposure.

Unfortunately, the Mythbusters won’t be busting the “stimulus is working” or “only Republicans get donations from foreign PACs” myths.

From the New York Times:

In an episode of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel to be shown on Dec. 8, President Obama will help determine whether the Greek scientist Archimedes really set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun.

Legend has it that during the Siege of Syracuse, circa 214 B.C., Archimedes destroyed the enemy ships with fire, the result of a “heat ray” involving a series of mirrors set up on the coast. But the question has long remained: Did it really happen that way?

The thing is, the Mythbusters have already tried this — but it sounds as if The King was displeased with the results the first time:

“Mythbusters” has already tried to test this myth. In 2006, with the help of some students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the show declared the myth “busted” because it took far too long for any reflected light to ignite a fire on a distant ship.

But apparently, Mr. Obama wants them to try again.

Hey, why not — it’s not like he’s got anything better to do.

This time though, Obama’s loaning the Mythbusters some of his own equipment to help prove that Archimedes could have used reflected sunlight to set fire to ships.

Here’s a clip from the episode:

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