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Galileo's Cannonball
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The cannonball on a rock in the corner of the Mine Shaft.

Production Number

1-03 (3)


November 21, 1993[1]


Silver Snakes


Jennifer Holtz & Jonathan (aka "Jammin' Jon")

Artifact Location

The Mine Shaft

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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Galileo's Cannonball is the third episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the first episode to have production completed as well as the twentieth to air.

Moat Crossing

Staff of King Tut moat

One partner from each team was kneeling on a raft while holding "an ancient staff of King Tut". When Kirk said go, each player would pull himself across the moat by hooking his staff on the knotted rope above him. Once across, he climbed off the raft and onto the deck; this was his partner's signal to pull the raft back to his side and cross exactly as his partner had. When the second teammate reached the other side, it was his job to jump off the raft - with his staff - and run over to hit the gong.
Moat Results
Finish Team Time
First Silver Snakes 0:30
Second Blue Barracudas 0:33
Third Orange Iguanas 0:36
Fourth Green Monkeys 0:39

Steps of Knowledge


Perhaps the most brilliant Italian scientist and astronomer of all time was Galileo. He perfected the telescope and was one of the first people to use experiments to prove his discoveries.

One day, he thought to himself, "If I drop two different-sized cannonballs from the same height, I bet they'll land at the same time."

To test his idea, Galileo went to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. He climbed the steps of the Tower, and when he got to the top, he leaned out over the edge and dropped the cannonballs. They both landed at the same time, proving Galileo's theory and launching his career as a famous scientist, but that's not all. Legend has it that the cannonballs landed right smack dab on two cheese and pepperoni sandwiches, thereby proving his theory and inventing pizza. One of Galileo's cannonballs is in the temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
According to our legend, did Galileo conduct experiments with two cannonballs on the…?
  • Leaning Tower of London
  • Leaning Tower of Babel
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
Silver Snakes (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these is the force that causes objects to fall when dropped?
  • Friction
  • Gravity
  • Dropsy
Silver Snakes (Correct - One step left)
Is the study of gravity part of…?
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
Blue Barracudas (Science - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
If you dropped a feather and a hammer from the same height on the Moon, would they…?
  • Land the same time
  • Would the hammer land first?
Orange Iguanas (Out of time)
Green Monkeys (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these other scientists also made discoveries with falling objects?
  • Isaac Newton
  • Copernicus
Green Monkeys (Correct - One step left)
In which of these fields did Galileo study?
  • Astrology
  • Astronomy
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Two steps left)
Did Galileo discover…?
  • Craters on the Moon
  • Canals on Mars
  • Alien civilizations on Titan
Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Silver Snakes are thirteen-year-old Jennifer and "Jammin' Jon". The Green Monkeys are thirteen-year-old Beth and Kevin.

Drop the Ball (Peanut Shaft)


"Jammin' Jon" and Kevin are going to repeat Galileo's famous experiment. Inside the shaft were some "cannonballs". When Kirk said "go", one player from each team grabbed one of the cannonballs, carried it to the top of the shaft, and pushed it through the hole in the top. Then he climbed back down, grabbed the next ball, and so on. The first player that successfully pushed three cannonballs out the top of the shaft - or the player that pushed the most balls in one minute - won. "Jammin' Jon" pushed all three balls out in 39 seconds; Kevin had only pushed one.

Jupiter's Moons (Bungee Soap Ramp)


One of Galileo's greatest achievements was the discovery of four of Jupiter's moons. At the base of the ramp were some "moons". When Kirk said "go", one player from each team grabbed a moon from the bucket, climbed up the ramp, and placed the moon on "Jupiter". Then, she slid back down, grabbed the next moon, and tried it again. The player that got the most moons on Jupiter in one minute won. Beth won the game and the half pendant after placing one moon while Jennifer was unable to place any.

Building Telescopes (Pulley Pillar)


If you want to see Jupiter's moons, you gotta have a telescope like Galileo's. When Kirk said "go", one player from each team grabbed one of three pieces of a telescope, jumped up, placed it on and above the base, and jumped down. That allowed his partner to grab a piece of her (separate) telescope, jump up, and place it on her base. They alternated like that for a minute. The first team to complete both their three-piece telescopes - or the team furthest along when time was up - won. The Silver Snakes completed their telescopes with 29 seconds remaining; Kevin and Beth only had four pieces of six assembled.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Green Monkeys Lost Won Lost ½ Pendant
Silver Snakes Won Lost Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

Jennifer started by heading into the Cave of Sighs, opens up the lower crawl tube to the Wall Climb and quickly heads to the Throne Room. She opens the door, sits on the throne and encounters the first Temple Guard. She gives up her pendant and the Temple Guard told her to go up. As she apparently did not hear the guard's words, she tries to open the Swamp, which was locked. Jon then told her to go up. She then climbs up into the Heart Room as she heard him. Once up, Jennifer then opens up the Room of the Golden Idols, opens up the Observatory, and with help from Jon, she then opens up the Shrine of the Silver Monkey where she was caught by a second Temple Guard. Jon follows her path to the shrine, looks inside the small golden chest in the back and tries to slide open the door to the Room of Three Torches, and finally started assembling the silver monkey after Kirk said "Put the monkey together!" Once he fully assembled the silver monkey, he heads up into the Room of Three Torches, rides the slow elevator down into the Mine Shaft and grabs the cannonball.

Jon grabs the cannonball with 44 seconds remaining.

He climbs back into the shrine, takes the upper route, jumps down into the Wall Climb, makes his way through the Cave of Sighs, and out at the last second.
Temple Run Results
Victory Yes (0:01 left)
Reached the Artifact Yes
Temple Guard Locations The Throne Room (gold mask)
The Shrine of the Silver Monkey (blue mask)
The Room of the Three Gargoyles (black mask)
Half Pendant Location Not seen or mentioned

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The cannonball in the Treasure Room in the TV movie adaptation.

Prize Plugs

  • Original Run
    • Moat Crossing: Fashion Bug
    • Steps of Knowledge: Laguna Sportswear
    • Temple Games: Pocky 'n' Rocky for SNES
  • Alternate Version
    • Moat Crossing: Nestle Quik
    • Steps of Knowledge: Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves VHS from Walt Disney Home Video
    • Temple Games: BK Ratch Tech


  1. Lundberg, D.C. (Unknown Date). D.C. Lundberg's Game Show Trading Post I-L. D.C. Lundberg.