MythBusters- Jawbreakers Explosion Accident
MythBusters Jawbreakers explosion occurred accidentally. The cast of the television show MythBusters conducts tests to verify or refute urban legends, old wives' tales, and other such myths and superstitions. A jawbreaker might explode when eaten after being cooked in a microwave oven or hanging out in the sunshine while still in its wrapper. Microwave heating of a jawbreaker may cause the various layers within to heat at different speeds, resulting in an explosive discharge of highly hot sweets when compacted. Because the "jaw rig" they had put up was not contained by safety screens, a jawbreaker did burst during one test, hitting Christine on the portion of her face and neck and Adam on the part of an arm. Both had minor burns. When one burst in Florida, a little child received severe burns to her face. The jawbreaker did not explode when cooked in a toaster oven to simulate the circumstances of being left out in the sun. Still, the interior was melted enough even to be potentially hazardous. Alternative theories for why this may happen, including chemical tainting, bolstered the "confirmed" judgement.
MythBusters S14E1 Exploding Jawbreaker
Inspired by occurrences in which two youngsters, Cameron DeHall and Taquandra Diggs, suffered chemical burns when Jawbreakers exploded in their faces. DeHall was reportedly said to have heated his Jawbreaker in the microwave. The Diggs family and the relatives of many other victims had previously filed a lawsuit against Nestlé for medical expenditures incurred as a consequence of plastic surgery, as well as agony and suffering. The claims were eventually resolved out of court for an unknown sum. Adam and Jamie put the notion to the test in various ways, with aid from Tory and Christine. When Jamie sliced a Jawbreaker apart with a band saw, he discovered that the candy's construction (multiple layers of sugar around a solid sweet core) provides the possibility of a temperature discrepancy. Specifically, the different layers may heat at different speeds, producing a situation in which a coating can expand, putting pressure on the outside shell and making the candy unstable. (Using an infrared thermometer, Christine discovered that one layer reached 107 degrees Celsius after microwave heating.) If the candy was crushed, especially in someone's jaws, it may explode and produce severe burns because of its practically molten cores.
This is not myth-busting since it genuinely occurred, but we don't know why a jawbreaker burst in a child's hand after being cooked in the microwave. Another child suffered severe burns to her face due to the same incident. The idea was that it was due to a temperature difference, which was validated by microwave tests on a jawbreaker sliced in half. They discovered that one of the inner layers was more heat sensitive than the others and melted first, getting very hot in the process.
They tried various cooling and heating combinations and ultimately got a jawbreaker to explode when they crushed it with the mechanical jaw (a steel-toothed contraption built by Tory). Because they didn't take the necessary measures, Christine was struck in the face and burnt, while Adam was injured in the arm (both were fine). The microwave heating idea was the dominant explanation since it corresponded to the actual occurrences and was repeatable, but they also wanted to test alternative hypotheses. The first was the chemical reaction hypothesis, which proposed that caustic soda or lye contaminated the candy during the manufacturing process. They combined different samples of caustic soda and jawbreaker components and lye and jawbreaker ingredients.
Water was added to caustic soda and lye samples, but nothing occurred. In the microwave, a mixture of dry caustic soda and jawbreaker detonated. The lye + jawbreaker mixture heated up but did not explode before the lye. Warming dry caustic soda + jawbreaker combination in a toaster oven was also enough to cause it to explode. The third hypothesis was whether the plastic bag holding the jawbreaker had any impact. They placed a jawbreaker and its packaging in the toaster oven for many hours to imitate putting it out in the sun, then put it inside the mechanical jaw, but it didn't explode. The jawbreaker was molten on the inside when they dissected it.
Jawbreakers are most likely the toughest candy available. Our sweet tooth, on the other hand, adores them! Even though they made our jaws hurt endlessly and physically, had us drool out the sides of our mouths, and turned our tongues a variety of lovely colours. But we still want to eat them, and we all like them. I'm sure you're familiar with this sweet and spent much of your childhood attempting to bite through it.
Candy can't seem to get enough of those gleaming, glossy Jawbreakers. They are available in various gorgeous colours, ranging from vibrant primary colours to soft pastel colours and even metallic finishes. Some are solid colours, while others have that multi-coloured, marble-like look that makes them even more appealing to our candy-hungry eyes. Some of them feature a wad of gum in the centre as a prize for reaching the centre. Some are sweet and fruity, with mind-blowing tastes on each layer. Some are fiery and spicy, while others are eternal! It is impossible to bite through the Jawbreakers Candy until you reach a particular point. Meanwhile, it may take some time to get the core of a Jawbreaker. Perhaps a very, very long time. But once you reach that stage, it's all worth it. That satisfying crunch of finally getting the centre, or the end, depending on your sweet taste! Of course, the size of the Jawbreaker Candy you're consuming also plays a role.
Jawbreakers are traditional, or should I say ancient, sweet. While the origin and history are unknown, the first known Jawbreakers Candy were manufactured in 1839! There were just a handful of very modest confectionery producers in Europe at the time. By the late 18th century, entrepreneurs from all over the globe had developed candy-making technology. The Ferrara Candy Company is one of the most well-known manufacturers of Jawbreakers Candy. This firm had a significant role in popularising Jawbreaker candies. A similar sweet was created in Italy before Jawbreakers Candy had its big break (or jaw break) here in North America. They're known as Confetti or Jordan Almonds. They are hard sweets with panned layers, similar to Jawbreakers Candy, but almonds or other fillings. Traditionally, anise seed is used with confetti. This well-known Italian confection goes back to 1487 in ancient Rome. This is maybe where the concept of Jawbreaker Candy originated.
That's the inevitable question following one of the most shocking tales in entertainment news in a long time: during the shooting of Mythbusters, a cannonball veered off course. It sailed directly through a residential neighbourhood, smashing a hole in a home and finally striking a parked vehicle. Nobody was injured, but to be honest, that's simply bad luck at work. The act wasn't simply randomly shooting cannonballs at people's homes. That's not how they do things around here. They were at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range, where a certified bomb technician was watching over them. According to Discovery, the cannonball "caught an unexpected bounce off a safety berm." Remember, they've been in production for years, and the worst thing that could have happened before was underestimating the magnitude of an explosion and shattering a window or two. There's a reason they've been able to do so much for so long with so few complications.
Unfortunately, it quickly becomes a very hollow truth since the number of cannonballs permissible to blast through people's homes for pleasure is undisputed, and it is zero cannonballs through anyone's house, ever. And everyone affiliated with the programme is aware of it, and you know they are aware of it. Even if they wanted to make excuses, it would be not easy to do so when everyone agrees that... yeah, it was their cannonball that soared across the neighbourhood.