No myth: Obama appearing on 'Mythbusters'

The U.S. president challenges hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to "revisit an ancient and somewhat-controversial myth": Did Archimedes set fire to a Roman fleet using just mirrors and sunlight?

President Barack Obama recently taped a segment for the Discovery Channel TV show "Mythbusters."
President Barack Obama recently taped a segment for the Discovery Channel TV show "Mythbusters." Chuck Kennedy/The White House

He won't be wearing a beret or a T-shirt that says "I know, I know, Jamie is always right," but President Obama will be making a guest appearance on the hit Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters."

In a release today, the Discovery Channel touted the segment--which the president and "Mythbusters" hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage taped on July 27--that will air during the December 8 episode of the show. The episode is called "Archimedes Solar Ray," and during his segment, the president challenged Hyneman and Savage "to revisit an ancient and somewhat-controversial myth: Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun?"

Obama announced his "Mythbusters" role during the White House Science Fair today, but he lamented that he didn't get to blow anything up during the taping of the segment. "I was a little frustrated about that," the president said.

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