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"Myth Busted", Way to Die #158, is the third death to be featured in "Cure for the Common Death, Part II", which aired on December 15, 2010.


A man scared people who were walking in a park dressed as a big foot.  One day a woman told the ranger that he was stalking her, and believing that she was her real big foot, she gave him an accurate shot in the head, later discovering that he was a man in disguise.


Luke Wiggins was a loner who moved to the county to get away from city-life. But, unfortunately, he found himself living next to a popular jogging trail. So he drunk some cans of beer and came up with a clever scheme: disguise himself as bigfoot and scare them away. (You'd think he was watching way too many Scooby-Doo episodes). After he began stalking a young mother and her baby, she reported that a strange creature to a park ranger. The park ranger immediately guessed that it was Bigfoot and went out to the woods to capture him. As Luke was chasing a young woman who was jogging, the ranger shot him with a tranquilizer-gun. The tranquilizer dart contained Etorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid 2,000 times more potent than Morphine. It is designed to sedate large mammals, like elephants and bears. When used on mammals such as humans, it slows down the bloodstream and shuts down the victim's body. When the park ranger unmasked "Bigfoot" he was surprised to see the body of Luke, who had died of hypotension caused by the instantaneous Etorphine overdose.

"Meet Bigfoot. Make that... big fool. Luke Wiggins."


  • David Paulides - Director of North American Bigfoot Search
  • Dr. Pavel Bindra - Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Segment Description

Description as seen on the Spike TV website

  • "A prankster dressed as a yeti gets a deadly dose from a tranquilizer dart."


  • Fact: This death's name is a spoof of "MythBusters", a show on Discovery Channel.
  • In the Latin American dub, the Victim is called "Luke Gruñón" (Grumpy Luke).
  • In 2012 Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell Montana died when he dressed in a full camouflage suit to look like Bigfoot in an attempt to scare people and went on Highway 93 to begin his hoax. He was hit by one car and ran over by a second. CBS covered the story: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-hit-by-car-twice-in-apparent-bigfoot-hoax/
  • The weapon used to shoot the disguised man with the big foot is a tranquilizer "palmer cap-chur short range projector" of a silver color just like Dog Dead Afternoon.

Segment Nicknames

  • Tranq-Spanked (on Spike TV website)
  • Sas-Squashed
  • Big-Boot

Foreign names

  • Desmitificado (Demitified) - Latin American dub
  • La Caída de un Mito (The Fall of a Myth) - Spanish dub