MythBusters, are you listening?

So, this is an interesting sort of Fact-Fueled Friday entry: I’ve got a question to ask!

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m a fan of ABC’s cop drama cum rom-com, Castle, and this week’s episode presented a hilarious and intriguing dilemma that involves a 9mm bullet and some lengthy Russian Literature. In the course of the episode, a man is shot and the bullet doesn’t kill him, or even hit him, because there is a copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment in his jacket pocket and the bullet halts half way through.

Now, I know that the purpose of making that part of the plot was for the sheer hilarity of it happening, and as a sort of inside joke amongst the well-read of the staff and audience. In fact, Detective Ryan actually makes a rather witty remark that if this man had been a Nicholas Sparks fan, he’d be dead, implying that his good taste in literature literally saved his life. I laughed, I’m not going to lie.

In the meantime, I’d actually like to see it tested. Could a man, shot at relatively close range, survive the shot of a 9mm if it hit Dostoyevsky first?

Seriously. MythBusters, are you listening? This’d be a funny one.

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