The MythBusters tackle the battle of the sexes (photos)
As part of an episode of the hit show that will tackle the question of whether men or women are better at a series of tasks, its hosts put 120 volunteers through various tasks. CNET was on hand to find out who's better at packing.
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TREASURE ISLAND, Calif.--The battle of the sexes seems to be a never-ending thing, but over the last few weeks, the hit Discovery Channel show MythBusters has been trying to settle some parts of it once and for all.
Over the course of several weeks, the show brought in dozens of members of the public to participate in experiments geared towards determining whether men or women are better at tasks like driving, packing, reading maps, grilling, multitasking, and reading emotional cues.
Although one of the hosts, Adam Savage, admits that the results--which won't be known for some time and won't be public until the episode airs next year--aren't scientific, it's hoped that the experiments will give enough of an insight into the questions of gender supremacy in each category that people will be satisfied with the answers.
CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman got to be on hand for part of the packing experiment, which entailed trying to load a car with as many as 28 items, while leaving room for a driver, a front-seat passenger, and a baby in a car seat.
All told, the MythBusters would be conducting the six experiments on a total of 120 volunteers.
Here, hosts Jamie Hyneman stand alongside one of the cars that's been loaded by a participant, waiting to tally up scores.
Participants in the packing experiment had 10 minutes to put as many of the 28 items in a car as they could. They would be judged on packing, neatness and efficiency, comfort, drivability, how well they packed delicate items, and total time taken.
Shannon's packing job left the trunk of her car stuffed beyond the ability to be shut. That meant that when Savage took the car out for its driving test, this skateboard went flying. Here, a MythBusters cameraman films the skateboard lying still on the pavement.
This is the judging tent where Savage and Byron waited while each set of participants packed their cars. Neither judge was supposed to know the gender of the person who packed each car. This was in order to ensure no gender bias in their scoring. Their co-host Adam Savage looks on from the right.