Mythbusters is a television programme that seems to take Darwin Award-worthy notions and test them out under semi-controlled conditions.
Wiki has a slightly kinder description:
“The series stars special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors, urban legends, myths, movie scenes and news stories in popular culture.”
For example, one episode poses the question, “Can you strap a jet engine to a 67 Chevy and go 350 miles an hour?” Well, perhaps you can. The question that never seems to be asked is, “Should you?”
Sen McGlinn is a Baha’i mythbuster, and more cerebral in his approach — but his work is no less dangerous. In the course of his investigations he’s survived a fall out of a world religion and has been the target of all kinds of defamation.