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President Obama has a job for Mythbusters

Jamie and Adam, hosts of the Discovery Channel hit show Mythbusters, have a big job a head of them.  President Obama personally requested for the to crack a myth for him.  He and his daughters are apparently " big fans of the show" and he believes one myth hasn't been nearly tested enough.  On the December 8th episode, the team will once again (after twice disproving the myth) test the myth of Archimedes' solar ray.  You can see the preview for the episode below.  The myth is based on Archimedes' weapons during the Siege of Syracuse.  It was written that he destroyed enemy ships with fire by using "burning glasses."  The device, sometimes called the "Archimedes heat ray", was used to focus sunlight onto approaching ships, causing them to catch fire.  Maybe the Commander-in-Chief is looking for some new weapons tactics? This tactic has been debated for ages and has a lot of critics.  So far the Mythbusters team has categorized it as busted (or failed) based on the need for optimal and unlikely weather conditions.

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