Mythbusters "Cannibal Mouse" (lost segment of TV program; 2006)


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Mythbusters "Cannibal Mouse" segment
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Status Lost

Mythbusters is a popular science entertainment TV program that enacts/puts to the test many myths and urban legends, determining whether it is "plausible" or "busted".

Banned segment

In the 2006 episode of Mythbusters Episode 55 "Steam Cannon", one myth that was tested was the saying "there's more nutrition in the cardboard box than the cereal."

In a Q&A, host Adam Savage informed that there was an experiment that never made it to air.

According to Adam, they had 3 lab mice in 3 experiment groups; 1 group is eating normal mice food, 1 group eating the sugary cereal, and 1 group eating cardboard box pellets. Jamie noticed that the cardboard group were acting strangely. When they came in, they found that 1 of the "cardboard mice" ate the other 2 mice, to which Adam made jokes about.

Due to the disturbing material, Discovery refused to let this be part of the episode. In the interview, Adam admits to making a rough cut and showing it at "Northern Michigan Tech" (likely referring to either "Northern Michigan University" or "Michigan Tech University"). When Discovery found out, they told Adam never to show it again.

Due to it being graphic animal violence, it is very unlikely it would ever resurface, considering Mythbusters tries its best to keep a family-friendly image and not show any harm happen to living beings (not testing the myth of "drying a dog in a microwave" in any form, for instance).

Video

Q&A where Adam describes the experiment

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JustinHoskie

5 months ago
Score 3++

There is another lost segment from the show. According to Adam (i think), they were testing possible homemade explosives, and one worked so well and was so easy to make that they called the bomb squad to let them know (which they already did), destroyed the footage, and I think even signed NDAs specifying that they would never speak of what the ingredients or methods were.

I think I heard him talk about it either on a podcast (likely The Nerdist, The Alton Browncast, or his own, Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project), or possibly in the Reunion episode.
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
Score -5++
this dude is pretty sick and twizted
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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Oh shut up, learn to take a damn joke. Toughen up for God's sake.
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Anonymous user #9

3 months ago
Score 0++
You're not helping by being rude to them. It was just an opinion.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
Score -4++
And nothing of value was lost.
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KingQuagsire

5 months ago
Score 0++
This Clip Shall Probably Be Able To Be Shown To Any Of Us But It Is Cool To Speculate!
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Anonymous user #3

5 months ago
Score 1++
Cannibalism in rodents is pretty common, probable confusion and stress lead to it
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Where'sFreaky

5 months ago
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I remember them both talking about it when I saw them at the 'Behind the Myths' tour. I wonder if now we can see it since the OG show is finished. But I still doubt it.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
Score 0++
Armin mices
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Anonymous user #8

3 months ago
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GO AWAY NOW! SIT IN THE CORNER! YOU EVIL HUMAN BEING
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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This reminds me of that spider-man scene
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Anonymous user #7

4 months ago
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I asked some persons who would know about it, and lets just say that the related footage is not truly "Lost" in the sense that it is gone, unrecoverable and nobody has it. Discovery has all the unedited footage. Adam has his rough edits and maybe some other outtakes. The footage exists. It was pretty much certain, as soon as this came to light, that they were not going to actually air it.
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Pokematic

3 months ago
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That may be, but it is "lost" in the LMW sense in that it can't be found anywhere online. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of cartoons and other TV shows that are on VHS tapes in someone's basement somewhere, but since they are not available online they are "lost."
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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No mice were hurt in the making of this episode (I'm sorry that was a bad joke)
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