Host Richard Hammond, from the hit series Top Gear, explains the science behind videos taken from the Internet.
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Host Richard Hammond, from the hit series Top Gear, explains the science behind videos taken from the Internet.

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More annoying than cute... and not because of the subject matter
5 June 2015 | by CherryBlossomBoySee all my reviews

The title is witty and Richard Hammond, the host, is much better than his usual self. Unlike in "Total Wipeout", which he actually managed to ruin with his negative and non-sequitur remarks, and in "Top Gear" where he plays just a third fiddle to May and Hammond, in "Science of Stupid" he finds just the right measure of dark humour and restraint in delivery, thus making it barely work. The funniest thing about him still is his hair, though. Sorry, Dick, keep trying, you'll get there.

So, the title and the host make the show watchable. Other than that, nothing sets it apart from hugely annoying American counterpart "Outrageous Acts of Science", shown on Discovery. It's still just a collection of YouTube clips showing stupid stunts by people who, for no discernible reason, abandon safety and common sense. The clips are still accompanied by scientific explanation of what went wrong. And the explanations are still mostly oversimplifying, unnecessary, sometimes completely off the ball or wrong, and only occasionally useful and insightful.

And, like in the aforementioned rival show, the word "science" is smugly overused to the point of it losing its true meaning and becoming annoying. It's been repeatedly said in the show that the participants are "ignoring Science" (!), and that the "Science is punishing them for that" (!!!). The authors of the show need to be informed that science is a discipline of systematically collecting, classifying and analyzing observable data. It's not necessary to apply science all the time. You don't need science to realize that a jump from a high place could hurt you badly. So, no, the stupid people in the show don't ignore science, they ignore simple common sense, which apparently, as the saying goes, "isn't that common". And science isn't punishing anybody. You might say that it's the Nature that is punishing them. It might be a bit overly poetic way to put it, but it's certainly better than making the science "a bad guy".


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