Proving that there is still something to be learned on television these days, National Geographic Channel recently introduced a new series called Duck Quacks Don't Echo. On the first episode of this science/comedy show, host Michael Ian Black proposes the idea that a truck can be supported with a ceramic coffee mug under each wheel – yes, he says that the entire weight of a truck can be balanced on just four coffee mugs.

Looking to find out whether this is fact or myth, the show uses a regular cab Ford F-150, weighing in at 4,800 pounds, and four average coffee mugs. Lowered onto the mugs, the idea is quickly put to the test. Can the cups hold up under 4,800 pounds? If so, what, exactly, would it take to break them? Scroll down below to find out.
Duck Quacks Don't Echo: Balancing a Truck on Coffee Cups


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      James John
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is not impressive at all. Anyone with a basic understanding of engineering would know that the u can even stand on a wine glass and it would not break. Besides, the 4800 pound is divided by 4 mugs, so each mug is carrying only 1200 lbs. The Romans and Greek knew this stuff even back in the old days.
        briangohlke
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James John
        There a lot of people out there without a basic understanding of engineering so to them it may be impressive. I imagine this would be a video that a teacher could show in a classroom for a math or science class.
        shrekrock03
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James John
        oh only 1200 lbs you say? as if thats not impressive enough.
      SloopJohnB
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh BFD. 1200 lbs per mug if evenly distributed, probably more on the front mugs, call it 1500. Ceramics are quite strong in compression and these are essentially cylindrical as well. Depending on the quality, design, and thickness of the mugs, I don't doubt it could be done.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Somehow I don't think your show called "I don't doubt it could be done" would be as entertaining to most folks as a show in which they actually do stuff. Even though most things on Mythbusters don't surprise me either, I'm still glad they didn't call it "Myths that may or may not be true" and just present urban legends without actually doing anything.
      Oglesby Thomas
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sure, a F-150, 3 hosts and 6 audience members can't make the mugs break, but will the mugs blend? That is the question.
      There4iGraham
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why didn't they use the "truck step?"
        EvilTollMan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @There4iGraham
        that's a $3000 option
          Beebe
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EvilTollMan
          You can see in the video that truck has the tailgate step. They just didn't use it. And actually it's a $375 option.
      Danny Doyle
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hooray for science.
      Raider
      • 11 Months Ago
      Well the mugs not breaking sure was interesting. Many dense materials are that way, great compression resistance but are fragile....What really peaked my interest were the dozen or so half naked lady videos that were on after the science :)
      Pablo Cervantes
      • 11 Months Ago
      Do this with Starbucks Vente cups and get back to me! They don't hold up long enough to make it to work!
      brotherkenny4
      • 11 Months Ago
      NatGeo's best show is Duck Dynasty.
      Ryan
      • 11 Months Ago
      I followed the link to NatGeo's website to see the video. It shows them talking about it but not actually doing it. only a 49 second clip.
      BLS
      • 11 Months Ago
      What to make of Jeff Ross's playlist?
      PiCASSO
      • 11 Months Ago
      Infomercial?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 11 Months Ago
      The plain jane single cab version doesn't look nearly as good as the double cab version shown earlier.
        PTC DAWG
        • 11 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I prefer the regular cab myself. I know I am in the minority here. Folks want tricked 4 door trucks... I want a truck for work.
          jonwil2002
          • 11 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG
          I also like single-cab trucks. Much better for tradespeople and others who actually want to, ya know, PUT STUFF in the back of the pickup...
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