Just recently, MythBusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced the 14th season of the show, set to debut on Discovery in January, would its last ever. The New York Times ran a wonderfully written piece on all that we owe the MythBusters, who collectively reminded everyone (kids especially) how cool science can be, but we’ve decided to pay tribute to them in way that’s relevant to our interests.
In one of their more well-known busted myths, co-hosts Kari Byron, Tori Belleci and Grant Imahara set out to see if a ball launched backward out of the back of a car at the same speed the car is travelling would fall completely flat. To do this, they strapped a soccer ball cannon to the back of a third-generation Dodge Ram and launched the ball from the pickup’s bed while filming it with a slow-mo camera.
The result, as you’ll see in the video above, couldn’t have been more perfect. As it turns out, the speed of the Ram and the speed of the ball cancel each other exactly, causing the soccer ball to fall at the exact spot it was launched from. It’s an experiment that wouldn’t be easy to replicate, so your’re best to check it out in the video above.