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How Do They Do It?

Season 12 2015

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  • 2015-05-10T21:00:00-05:00 on Discovery
  • 60 mins
  • 8 hours, 23 mins (20 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary
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How Do They Do It?

Ever wondered how the stripes get into toothpaste or how contact lenses are made? How do goods get from one country to another and then into our supermarkets? What are car tires made from and exactly why are plasma TV screens flat?

Eating, drinking, driving, flying. These all are activities that we carry out with barely a second thought. But have you ever wondered what exactly goes into your teabag and how it got there? How does an airport handle hundreds of thousands of items of luggage each day? And just how can a car’s airbag inflate so quickly?

Every day – often without even realizing it – we come into contact with technology, be it in the bathroom, in the car or on the golf course.

We take a look at how things work, and focus on some of the most amazing examples of everyday objects including the world’s fastest elevator and the most expensive chocolate money can buy.

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20 episodes

12x01 Heavy-lift Aircraft; Hunting Boots; Bananas

  • Season Premiere

    2015-05-10T21:00:00-05:00 — 21 mins

Jet over to Spain and see one of the most advanced and powerful planes in the world assembled. LL Bean's secret to making warm waterproof boots is revealed. And discover how they get bananas just ripe.

12x02 Logging; Tiles; Jaffa Cakes

  • 2015-05-14T21:00:00-05:00 — 21 mins

Skyline logging is used to wrangle Vancouver's most elusive trees. Muscle and skill turns ordinary clay into intricate tiles in a Spanish workshop. A 90-year-old British treat is also prepared.

Commuters rise above Mumbai's chaos by riding India's only monorail. In Denmark, porcelain statues are hand painted and take several weeks to complete. Creative cupcake recipes originate in Manhattan and stretch around the world.

Travel down under, home to some of the largest wineries in the world and see how some of the most popular wines are produced. What does PTFE stand for? And how is it used to make extreme weather clothing for the most demanding customers.

12x05 Screws; Marmalade; Printed Dresses

  • 2015-06-04T21:00:00-05:00 — 21 mins

Building a fighter jet; Turning bitter oranges into marmalade; Printing out a dress fit for the catwalk.

The powerful machines essential to building roads and highways are made; No pans are needed when you can bake bread in a can; Luxurious cell phones are made with rubies and sapphires.

Making the world's finest harp strings; Building roof windows that can keep out a hurricane; Making Belgian waffles.

12x09 AGA Cookers; Incense Sticks; Jenever

  • 2015-07-09T21:00:00-05:00 — 23 mins

Scrap metal is made into a gourmet cooking machine; The exotic aromas of India are created by hand; How sailors got their Dutch Courage.

12x10 Robo-farm; Log Stacker; Piano Moving

  • 2015-07-23T21:00:00-05:00 — 21 mins

A farm in the Netherlands is run almost entirely by robots. One of the largest toughest log stackers is put to work in Sweeden and grand pianos are navigated through the streets of New York.

12x11 Bamboo Scaffolding; Strontium

  • 2015-07-30T21:00:00-05:00 — 21 mins

Indian construction crews that use bamboo for their scaffolding needs; Mining strontium for multicolored fireworks.

Fashionable footwear; prefabricated houses; underground storage for books and documents.

South Africa's macadamia farmers; Chicago's water-filtration system. Also: the use of Mojo Barriers to keep music fans safe at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands.

How fraud-proof credit cards are made; how hot lunches are delivered to Mumbai workers; and how a thousand-ton ship is hoisted hundreds of feet into the air.

12x20 Power Tunnel; Pizza Ovens; Playhouses

  • 2015-10-01T21:00:00-05:00 — 21 mins

How electricity is delivered in London. Also: using NASA technology to make a perfect pizza in minutes; and turning pine trees into playhouses.

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