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How Do They Do It?

Season 8 2011 - 2012

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  • 2011-06-04T02:00:00Z on Discovery
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 48 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

8x01 Fugu; Freight Trains; Scottish Tartan

  • Season Premiere

    2011-06-04T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

How Japanese master chefs prepare the extremely poisonous puffer fish; freight trains; how Scots weave over 700 types of tartan for kilts.

8x03 Ice Rink; Car Plant

  • 2011-06-18T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

World's biggest ice hockey rink and car plant.

A 700-hundred-year-old tree is made into a two-ton Japanese drum; how a factory produces thousands of cars and stays green; how Italians make pasta.

8x05 Island Prison; Mailboxes; Jam

  • 2011-07-02T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

New York's Rikers Island prison; how the famous Royal Mail mail boxes are made; turning fruit into jam.

Making playing cards that can defeat a cheat; brewing more than a billion bottles of lager a year; the world's most luxurious private jets.

How roulette wheels are made; making the world's purest olive oil; transforming a rusty wreck into a classic Batmobile.

8x10 Bomb Squad; Cider; Husqvarna

  • 2011-08-27T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

Defusing thousands of World War II land mines; making crisp tasting cider; clearing undergrowth with a thin strip of nylon wire.

8x11 Duck Calls; Wasabi; Accordions

  • 2011-10-19T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

How accordions are built; how wasabi is made; how they produce a duck call that can trick birds.

8x13 Submarine Rescue; Subaru

  • 2011-10-28T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rescuing the crew of a sunken submarine; a monster digger; a car that runs on beer.

8x14 24 Hours of Daytona; Rum

  • 2011-12-02T03:00:00Z — 21 mins

Kepping a car on the road in a 24 hour race; turning sweet sugar cane into rum.

8x16 Circus; Guitars

  • 2011-12-16T03:00:00Z — 21 mins

How a 1700-seat circus tent is set up in 36 hours; turning Japanese maple and mahogany into an electric guitar.

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