Brainiac: Science Abuse

Tuesday 8:00 PM on Sky1
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 10

    Episode 10

    Aired 3/22/08

  • S 6 : Ep 9

    Episode 9

    Aired 3/15/08

  • S 6 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

    Aired 3/8/08

  • S 6 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired 3/1/08

  • S 6 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired 2/23/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vic Reeves

    Host (Series 5-)

  • Richard Hammond

    Host (Series 1-4)

  • Peter Dickson

    Voice Over

  • Charlotte Hudson


  • Rachel Grant

    Professor Myang Li

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  • show Description
  • Brainiac: Science Abuse! The show that brings science to your living room. You'll love this! Which is faster - gun powder or human? Can you pop a balloon containing water with fire? This is Brainiac: Science Abuse!

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (101)

    • Richard Hammond: This is Brainiac, the science show where we blow stuff up in search of big answers. But mostly, just for the hell of it.

    • Jon Tickle: Here's one for you. If we put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what colour would it turn?

    • Jon Tickle: Here's one for you. If it’s zero degrees today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, what temperature will it be?

    • Richard Hammond: This is Brainiac, the science show where we lob chemicals around - and then run like hell.

    • Jon Tickle: Here's one for you. If you took a compass into space, which way would it point?

    • Richard Hammond: This is Brainiac, the science show where we blow things up and then have a good look inside.

    • Jon Tickle: Here's one for you. Do bald men wash their heads with soap or shampoo?

    • Richard Hammond: This is Brainiac, the show where we challenge science to a bare knuckle fight and give it a damned good thrashing.

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    Notes (12)

    • This is Charlotte Hudson's first appearance.

    • Centrifugal force, as presented in "The Appliance of Science", does not exist in reality. It is just a name for the illusion of a force pushing you from the centre of a circle.

    • The device presented as a trebuchet in "Back Garden Ballistics" is actually a catapult.

    • The Cheat for a crane machine: Watch the number of losses in between each win so you know when to use the machine

    • The song during "Lad v Lass" is by Limp Bizkit, "Take a Look Around".

    • This is the first Christmas Special of Brainiac.

    • There were no celebs on helium this week.

    • The service station used by Dr. Bunhead in this episode was South Mimms on the M25 and A1 in London.

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    Trivia (26)

    • The stand up comedian is credited as John Roberts, but he now goes by the name of Johnny Quiz. He has turned up on many various TV shows since 2003, including embarrassing Billie Piper when she was the host of the Friday Night Project, Episode 5 of the Sky One show Little Monsters, was one of the 8 in the Reality TV Flop Wimps to Warriors and Episode 6 of the first series of Balls of Steel in the Alex Zane Brain Game. He also auditioned for space cadets and thanks to his time with Alex Zane spotted the show was a fake. He was the only auditionee to spot it.

    • Jon Tickle almost sinks in the custard when he stops walking around.

    • As mentioned in the final episode of series 2, Brainiac received numerous letters after the transmission of this episode about numerous people and animals losing bowel control as a result of playing the Brown Noise.

    • The sound that makes you poo yourself is called Brown Noise and is played at 22.275 Hertz at a level of minus 30dB. It loosens the bowels, causing anybody within 1 meter to poo themselves.

    • Granny Brainiac teaches us that the best way to remove grease from clothes is to apply lemon juice.

    • We learn that women are better at recognizing smells than men.

    • Potassium chlorate explodes with a lilac flame.

    • We learn that eating celery is louder than eating crisps and boiled sweets because of its water content.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Richard: Can the British Army blow the b****y doors off? This is a reference to the film The Italian Job, which blew up a car and had a catchphrase "you were only supposed to blow the b****y doors off".

    • Richard Hammond: Pub Science, the Brainiac alternative to Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is a BBC sitcom.

    • Section: Brainiac for a Day The way this is handled is very similar to the show Stars in their Eyes.

  • Fan Reviews (49)
  • amazing question

    By jacobjamescoa, Mar 07, 2013

  • awesome

    By kieraneindorf, Feb 10, 2013

  • Love This Show

    By Hollisamus, Nov 13, 2012

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    By RuthMillner, Nov 02, 2012

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