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WEIRD & WONDERFUL

- Scuba Diving · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · NASA · Hawaii · United States of America

DID you know that there are more stars in the uni­verse than grains of sand on the whole planet? If you want to know more cool and crazy facts about the world, then you’ll love TV show Weird But True! Pre­sen­ters Char­lie En­gel­man and Carly Ciar­roc­chi told us all about it…

SO WHAT’S WEIRD BUT TRUE! ALL ABOUT?

Char­lie: So it’s a chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional science show. Ev­ery episode has a dif­fer­ent topic and is kind of split into two parts. The first part is in our base­ment, where we learn about a sub­ject, and then we go out on like a field trip and do some sort of ac­tiv­ity that re­lates to this sub­ject. We use pa­per art, sculp­tures, skits and cos­tumes to ex­plain things.

WHICH EPISODE ARE YOU RE­ALLY EX­CITED ABOUT US SEE­ING?

Carly: I’m to­tally ex­cited for the scuba div­ing episode.

I had to learn to scuba dive to be on the show. It was a whole new ad­ven­ture for me and there were times where it was truly mag­i­cal and life-chang­ing, and times where it was the scari­est thing I’ve ever done in my en­tire life!

DID YOU MAN­AGE TO KEEP YOUR COOL OR WILL WE SEE YOU FREAK OUT ON SCREEN?

Carly: You know some­thing that’s re­ally cool about the show is that they were able to use my au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing gen­uinely ner­vous about scuba div­ing. I think it shows you how learn­ing some­thing new can be scary but with a cer­tain amount of prepa­ra­tion and courage you can do it.

WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING THAT YOU’VE FOUND OUT WHILE MAK­ING THE SHOW?

Carly: I don’t know if you know this, but scor­pi­ons flu­o­resce [glow] un­der ul­tra­vi­o­let light. So if you shine a UV light in a dark patch of grass where you think there might be a scor­pion, that’s how you spot them.

Char­lie: We had a cook­ing episode where we dis­cussed what per­cent­age of the world eats in­sects as part of their di­ets, and it’s much higher than you would ex­pect. We had to eat a lot of in­sects dur­ing that sec­tion of the show. It was not good at all. There were th­ese big water bugs that are 7cm long and we had to cover them in Tabasco sauce in or­der to give them ex­tra flavour. We would bite them, give a thumbs-up to the cam­era, and then when our di­rec­tor said ‘cut’ we im­me­di­ately ran over to the garbage and started spit­ting them out. It was crazy.

WHAT’S THE MOST AMAZ­ING PLACE YOU WENT TO FOR THE SE­RIES?

Carly: We got to spend the night in a space that’s been cre­ated to sim­u­late what it would be like to live on Mars.

Char­lie: It’s the spot where NASA as­tro­nauts train and go for long pe­ri­ods of time to see what it would be like to live in space to­gether. It’s on a vol­cano in Hawaii.

Carly: We also got to hike in the lava fields around that area in Hawaii, and that was just oth­er­worldly. It felt like we were truly on a dif­fer­ent planet.

CAN YOU TELL US ANY WEIRD BUT TRUE FACTS ABOUT YOURSELVES?

Carly: Here’s some­thing sur­pris­ing about me – my fam­ily has a mush­room farm.

Char­lie: I’m a re­ally ter­rific tree nerd. I re­ally love trees and if you hand me a twig from the Mid­west of the United States, I could tell you what tree it’s from!

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