How Do They Do It?
Saturday, 6.30pm, Discovery Science Definitely not about the mating habits of exotic creatures, this program takes us around the world to find the answers to burning questions such as: how do Mexicans make chewing gum? How do people forge jaw-dropping hooks to land 100kg sharks; and how do they turn 15 million mini-bricks into the models of Legoland? Though I fail utterly to see what one has to do with the other, it’s a terrific excuse to see the world for the presenters, and some of the facts unearthed are incredible. For example, more than 370 trillion sticks of chewing gum are consumed around the world every year. Most are made from synthetic rubber, the same stuff used to make car tyres and rubber gloves. Erky perky. But to prove spurious facts are always welcome in a lifestyle story, the report here is actually about the fine organic chewing gum grown today in the Mexican rainforest as it has been for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. You mean the Mayans chewed gum while they performed human sacrifices? Whatevs, dude. I found the forging of the shark hook story dull, but who doesn’t love a world made from Lego, aside from parents whose feet have been painfully injured on blocks hidden in the carpet?