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MythBusters marathon? Survivor David vs. Goliath finale tickets? Unanimous Survivor votes?

MythBusters marathon? Survivor David vs. Goliath finale tickets? Unanimous Survivor votes?
Original MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who can be seen during the MythBusters Mega Merrython that will end 2018 and start 2019. (Photo illustration by Science Channel)

In this edition of Ask Andy, I tackle a question about whether it’s possible to have a unanimous Survivor vote, tell you one way to get tickets to the Survivor David vs. Goliath finale, and provide details about the 279-hour-long MythBusters marathon that will end this year and start next year.

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When is the MythBusters Mega Merrython?

Mythbusters Holiday Mega Marathon cast holiday mega marathon Grant Imahara, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, Adam Savage, Tory Belleci

The MythBusters team in 2007: Grant Imahara, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, Adam Savage, and Tory Belleci. (Photo by Discovery)

Do you know if the Science Channel is going to do their MythBusters marathon of every episode going into New Years as they’ve done in the past? —Karen

Yes, it’s back again this year! And it will conclude with the premiere of the newest addition to the MythBusters family: MythBuster Jr.

The marathon on Science Channel will start the Saturday before Christmas, on Dec. 22 at 6 a.m., and go all the way until the evening of Jan. 2.

A total of 258 episodes, which take 279 hours of television time, will air during the “MythBusters Mega Merrython.”

There’s a change for this year’s marathon, though. While last year’s aired every episode in order, “the episodes will not air in chronological order, but instead will be featured thematically from space myths on the first day, to duct tape myths to end the Merrython,” according to a press release.

Why is it ending with duct tape? Because of this.

Other categories include myths and experiments involving holidays, explosions, escapes, and more.

Are unanimous Survivor votes possible?

Dan Rengering, Elizabeth Olsen, Survivor David vs. Goliath merge

Dan Rengering and Elizabeth Olsen during Survivor David vs. Goliath episode 7, the merge episode. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment)

If something is unanimous, doesn’t that mean every single person is in agreement? I heard Probst say [a] vote was “unanimous,” and you repeated that in your review of the episode. However, Elizabeth voted for Angelina, so the vote was 12-1. So everyone except Elizabeth voted unanimously, but I don’t think it’s correct to say the vote was unanimous. —Beverly

That’s a great question!

I think what both Probst and I meant by “unanimous” is this: everyone in a tribe is unanimous in deciding to vote one person off, with the exception of their target.

You’re right that the whole tribe—including the person voted off—isn’t unanimous.

But Survivor’s rules prevent truly unanimous votes in regular episodes, because contestants cannot cast a vote for themselves. Specifically, the rules say:

(iv) No Contestant may cast a vote against him or herself. If a Contestant votes against him or herself, the Contestant returning such a vote will be required to vote again for a non-immune Contestant other than him or herself.

(v) Should any Contestant refuse to vote, he or she may be deemed to have been eliminated from the game, and may subsequently be expelled from the Series Location, or may be deemed ineligible for immunity at the next Tribal Council, or may be subject to some other penalty, the determination of which shall be subject to Producer’s sole discretion.

Even if the tribe was unanimous that Player X should go home—including Player X!—that person would have to cast a vote for someone else.

So, a tribe collectively voting for one person is as close to unanimity as possible at a regular Tribal Council. It is possible to have a unanimous jury vote during the final Tribal Council, but that’s a different kind of vote altogether.

How do I get tickets to Survivor’s finale and reunion?

Alec Merlino, Kara Kay, Angelina Keeley, Survivor David vs. Goliath

Alec Merlino, Kara Kay and Angelina Keeley with gifts from Jeff Probst. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS)

Okay, no one actually asked this question, but someone did share an answer with me: There’s an auction right now for two tickets to the Survivor David vs. Goliath finale.

That’s one of the three primary ways to attend the finale.

Tickets for the three-hour live finale/reunion are hard to come by, because they are mostly obtained via Survivor contestants and connections at CBS. That’s true even though the show also uses seat fillers to fill up the audience.

But two tickets are up for grabs right now if you bid on this auction, which ends Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. PST.

With less than a week to go, the price is currently at $700—and that’s just tickets, not transportation or hotel. However, it does include some swag.

The proceeds will benefit the John Muir Elementary School PTA, which says it serves a school with “over 50% of our families categorized as socioeconomically disadvantaged.”

Here are the full details:

“You and a guest will have a seat at the last tribal counsel and witness who ultimately Out-Witted, Out Played and Out Lasted!

Who will win ‘David vs. Goliath’?

Which Player will you root for and who will you boo?

Treat your favorite Survivor fan for the Holidays with a seat to the last tribal council this holiday season and start bidding!

Winning bidder also receives official Survivor memorabilia: 2 Glasses, a bandana and a T-Shirt.”

Good luck!

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