(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is challenging science stars on the Discovery Channel to bust an ancient myth.
On Monday, Obama is expected to announce his upcoming cameo on the cable program MythBusters at the White House science fair for science, math, and technology students.
Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are in Washington to take on the challenge of Archimedes, the Greek math phenom who - legend has it - stopped Roman ships from attacking by setting them ablaze with rays of the sun reflected by bronze mirrors.
Perhaps President Obama doesn’t know the MythBusters have already busted this one – twice. Last October’s episode shows a huge array of 300 modern mirrors failing to ignite one small wooden craft, even when it was moored in place so the sun’s rays could be intensified. Flaming arrows, which were the high-tech weapons of the day, did not work either.
The episode will air December 8, according to the Discovery Channel.
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