Have you ever realized exactly how much interesting stuff there is on television? And Iím not talking about celebrity gossip and reality shows. I mean the things your science teacher would be proud to know youíre watching. If you donít know what Iím talking about, try flipping away from Nickolodeon or MTV for an hour and take in a show on the Discovery Channel or, shocking! the History Channel. If youíre just starting to try out the kind of shows you can learn from, here are a few of my personal favorites.
Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs, actually goes and spends a day doing some of the dirtiest jobs on the planet. Heís been a garbage collector, a fish hatchery worker; heís blasted with dynamite and heís worked in childcare. Not only is he hilarious, the show is fascinating. Itís hard to believe there are so many different kinds of jobs in the world, much less how filthy some of these really are. My personal favorite? The snake venom collecting episode. Dirty Jobs comes on the Discovery Channel.
Truly a favorite of science teachers everywhere, Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel takes all the old urban legends and myths that you hear and actually tests them. The hosts have landed cars in lakes to see how best to escape. Theyíve attempted to cut off someoneís head with a ceiling fan (it was a dummy, but still), theyíve tried to fly with bottle rockets and they regularly blow things up. Most impressive of all, sometimes the most bizarre things are true. Example? A dogís mouth really is cleaner than a humanís. EWW!
Man Versus Wild
Another good one on the Discovery Channel, a man takes off into a life or death situation, presumably with just a handheld camera of his own, but Iím not sure about that, and then he teaches you how to survive. Heís been lost in the mountains, lost at sea, stranded in the desert, you name it. The host isnít as entertaining as some, but he really knows his stuff. Now, the next time my plane crashes and I survive only to be lost in a remote jungle, Iíll know exactly what to do.
The History Channel
Itís hard to pick a single episode as a favorite on the History Channel as itís often touch and go. Some of the shows resemble the kinds of movies your history teacher makes you watch, but sometimes you stumble across something fabulous. Just the other day, I was watching a show about the lost civilization of Atlantis and relics theyíve found that might be related to a lost civilization from the same time period as the legend. Granted, it wonít be on any US History test, but itís still incredible to see thousand year old history reenacted.
What Not to Wear
On TLC (The Learning Channel), two stylists surprise regular people who dress really badly and help them find new ways to dress that make them look much, much better. Like most things on TLC, this is actually a spin-off of the original BBC version from the UK, but I like it. Clinton and Stacey, the hosts, are funny and entertaining to watch. The people on the show are usually a bit older than we are, but sometimes they have a young person on there. Regardless, there is a lot to learn about what kinds of clothes youíre supposed to be wearing at any age. Alright, itís not truly educational, but this is a fashion website!