Discovery Health Channel's You Swallowed What? aside, science on television usually vacillates somewhere between "duh," HBO's Autopsy, and CSI. Where are the Mr. Wizards and 3-2-1 Contacts of today?
In order to make the subject matter more interesting, a science program on television needs at least one of the following: an affable host (see: Mr. Wizard), a gross-out factor (see: The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off), or some of those kids with Progeria (See: every non-paternity-test-related episode of The Maury Povich Show, which technically isn't a science program, but should be studied by psychologists nonetheless).
With host Chris Hardwick and a segment about the often gross ingredients of everyday products, PBS's Wired Science has everything but the Progeria kids. And the clip below has an added bonus: The Office's Rainn Wilson tasting concentrated citric acid. Isn't it nice to see a celebrity, or "celebrity," ingesting white powder in the name of science, instead of in the name of VH1 Celebreality?
On an unrelated note: I know this post is short on the vitriol that you all know and love, but, believe it or not, sometimes I enjoy things. It's true!
Still, I do want to throw the hate-starved masses a bone. So, there's this:
You know those old anti-smoking PSAs that said whatever you do while pregnant, your baby also does? Well, apparently Christina Aguliera's unborn baby is already covered in self-tanner.
If you put make-up, a wig, and a cropped leather jacket on a tangerine, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.