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TV highlights, Oct. 26-Nov. 1 

MYTHBUSTERS MARATHON
Starts 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
The Discovery Channel (Comcast Ch. 53)
n Few reality shows out there are as educational or entertaining as the Discovery Channel’s standout, “Mythbusters.” Every week, a team of investigators seeks to prove or disprove the facts behind some of the most told urban legends — those “friend of a friend” stories everyone loves to tell around the water cooler. This week, Discovery gives “Mythbusters” fanatics a treat, rolling out three of the year’s best episodes back to back. In the first show, the Mythbusters see if poppy seed rolls will really make you flunk a drug test. In hour two, they take on the mystery of the deadly straw. Finally, they tackle both physics and chemistry to explain one of the Internet’s newest fads: the explosive results of combining Diet Coke and Mentos candy.

THE BEAST WITH FIVE
FINGERS (1946)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
n Under the genre of “Horror,” there have been some pretty weird film subjects over the years: giant mosquitoes, horse-sized opossums, disembodied brains, enormous ants and rabid Bigfeet. For the sheer weirdness factor, however, not many can match 1946’s strange and totally goofy “The Beast With Five Fingers.” Starring Peter Lorre, Robert Alda and J. Carrol Nash, it’s the story of a concert pianist who is brutally murdered. While that might not be so strange, what happens then is his murderous hand comes back from the grave, seeking revenge for its owner. Not surprising considering the special effects of the day, the result is a weird and wacky corner of Hollywood horror.

GHOST HUNTERS LIVE
Starts at 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
The Sci-Fi Channel
(Comcast Ch. 36)
n Yet another reality show we find ourselves watching every time we catch it on is the Sci-Fi Channel’s paranormal hit “Ghost Hunters.” Much more science and technology oriented than most TV fare that seeks to delve into the subject of ghosts, “Ghost Hunters” is kind of the thinking man’s ghost show. More often than not, they find nothing but creaky floorboards and banging pipes in the buildings they investigate, which sorta proves they’re on the up and up. Here, Sci-Fi rolls the dice on Halloween night, following investigators as they creep around Colorado’s Stanley Hotel — the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining.” 

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