Edited by Brian Dunning
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known as one-half of the "smoking hot" contingent
of the Mythbusters build
team, Kari Byron prefers to be known as a talented San Francisco
artist. She makes these cool dolls,
though that's really something of a misnomer. Each piece
is more of an individual, unique sculpture. "We live
in a strange and scary world," Kari says. "My artwork
is a way for me to quarantine the world into a more manageable
It is this pursuit that led her to join the Mythbusters
to get painted silver, thrown in with sharks, butt molded,
and Chinese water tortured.
Join us now as Kari Byron fires up her welder, guns her
reciprocating saw, flips down her face mask, and prepares
to either "Bust" or "Confirm" our 1000
0001. In all of history, what is your favorite invention?
My favorite invention is the Internet. During my life
time, I can't think of any invention that has had more
of an effect on me personally. It seems to have made the
world smaller and accessable.
0010. What do you hope will be invented next?
I hope the next invention is a cure for AIDS. I grew up
in a time that fostered its begining of public awareness.
It is the plague of our century.
0011. What do you hope will never be invented?
I hope a time machine is never invented. I wouldn't want
anyone to see themselves and tear a hole in the time space
0100. What would you un-invent if you could?
For obvious reasons, I wish the nuclear bomb was never
invented...or telephone automation. You know the voice
that says, "Press one for english. Press two for spanish.
Press three for..." I miss real people on the end
of the phone.
0101. What popular invention do you consider the most
I think it was called "olestra". It was an additive
in chips and other snacks in the mid 90's. It made junk
food fat free but it had a disclaimer warning of anal leakage
and stomach bleeding. Is that a good trade off?
Kari, but you asked for it...
0110. When have you suffered at the hands of technology?
Where to start....when the neighbor boys told me to grab
an electric fence and then used a bat to make me let go....or
how about the screen grabs of my butt all over the internet.
I think we all suffer, everyday in some way.
0111. When has some technology suffered at your hands?
Have you seen Mythbusters?
1000. If you had to revert and freeze the world's technology
at a particular time in history, what year would you choose?
How about a time in the future, I still want a jet pack.