Picture a cartoon devil sitting on a curious kid’s shoulder, egging her on to do something she shouldn’t. Look closer — does that devil have red hair, a beard and nerdy glasses, or perhaps a walrus moustache and a beret? That would make sense, because the moment Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the stars of Discovery Channel’s hit show, “Mythbusters,” say “Don’t try this at home” viewers may feel an overwhelming urge to drop some Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke, and get the soda fountain party started! Thankfully, Portland has a controlled environment where you can safely go hands-on with the science – MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition at OMSI (Feb. 8 – May 4).
At this exhibit, mad scientists in training can reject others’ reality to substitute their own, putting the scientific method to the test in an array of interactive experiences. At last, there’s a place to drive blindfolded while a navigator voices directions. Finally, there’s a phone booth to try changing clothes like a superhero. And it’s about time you could to calculate which option is wetter: running versus walking in the rain. (That display is sure to be a local favorite.)
With props and gadgets from the show’s set, the all-ages exhibit is enjoyable for fans of the show and science alike, and it’s the perfect place to squeal the MythBusters’ favorite quote: “Let’s do it again!”