How Do They Do It?

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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?

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