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Ladies and gentlemen please be upstanding for the President of the United States. In a very special episode of Mythbusters, Adam and Jamie tackle a request from the highest ranking viewer of all: President Barack Obama.

In a meeting at the White House, the president tells the guys they may have got a bust wrong. In particular, he thinks past testing wasn’t thorough enough when it came to the myth of the Archimedes Solar Ray. The myth goes like this: Did Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun? According to the president, this classic experiment, which has already been busted twice, had one element missing: manpower. 

Could 500 people, each holding their own mirror, cause a ship to burst into flame? To find out, Adam and Jamie enlist 500 student volunteers ready to light a fire for science! If that wasn’t enough the guys also: Adam risks his life to escape from a car sinking in water upside down; the team test whether bees can lift a laptop; and they test whether Hitler would have been killed by the ‘Operation Valkyrie’ assassination attempt if the meeting he was attending had been held in its original bunker location.

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