"None of the Above" (TV show) is a series on National Geographic Channel that is hosted by Tim Shaw.

Let's jump-start your brain. You fill an ice bucket with a bottle of bourbon, mix in several dollar bills and strike a match. What happens when the heat hits the bourbon? (A) Nothing, the match goes out. (B) It burns, the bills are unharmed. (C) It burns, the bills are destroyed. (D) "None of the Above"? Correct answer revealed below.

Host Tim Shaw challenges viewers to predict the outcome of spectacular experiments before breaking down the science behind the always-surprising results. These "man-on-the-street" experiments involve physics and engineering and will blow your mind or at least make you hold your breath. In each episode, what will happen next is just a matter of science. Tim takes his own irreverent brand of science and engineering to the streets as he shows us that the real world around us is far more impressive than any magic trick or illusion.

A helicopter lands remarkably on a single layer of eggs without cracking a shell. The surprising use of custard protects a watch from hammer blows. The amazing suction of just one vacuum cleaner holds a car 30 feet in the air. Tim sets out to amaze and dumbfound in equal measure, challenging the people he meets — and the audience at home — to guess the consequences of everyday, oftentimes offbeat and grand, experiments.

In one breathtaking experiment, Tim demonstrates the power of friction using two phone books. He rounds up 10 of the biggest guys from a local gym for a surprising test of strength. He asks how much weight can the friction created by interleaving the pages of two phone books handle. How many weightlifters can the pages support? (A) 2 of them? (B) 4 of them? (C) 6 of them? (D) All 10 of them? The answer is (D) All 10 of them.

Using a crane, Tim lifts more and more of them until all 10 weightlifters and Tim himself are dangling in the air with only friction keeping them aloft. Buoyed by this success, they decide to take it to the next level and actually manage to lift an entire family car with the phone books. If you were to get a microscope and zoom in on each individual page of any book, you'd see that they're actually a lot rougher than you might expect — they're like cheese graters. So when you put two of these together, it's like interlocking two cheese graters back-to-back. Once hundreds and hundreds of pages are interleaved like this, you'd need more than a car to separate them!

Fasten your seatbelt on this wild scientific road trip that will test your knowledge. You'll find out that sometimes, the correct answer really is: "None of the Above."

And the correct answer is ... the bourbon is 40 percent alcohol; the rest is water and sugar. The contents of the pail will burn until all the fuel is spent but with a flame that's not hot enough to evaporate the water, so the bills remain soggy and safe. So the correct answer is (B).

"None of the Above" is produced by Renegade Pictures for National Geographic Channel (NGC). Alan Hayling is the executive producer. For NGC International, Hannah Demidowicz is executive producer and Hamish Mykura is head of international content. For NGC US, JC Mills and Michael Kovnat are executive producers; Lynn Sadofsky is vice president, production; Alan Eyres is senior vice president, production and development; Heather Moran is executive in charge of production; and Howard T. Owens is president.


Network: National Geographic Channel
Genre: Game Show
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: March 24, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Renegade Pictures

Science Hits the Streets in 'None of the Above' — Premiering Monday, March 24, the new National Geographic Channel reality series challenges viewers to predict outcomes in man-on-the-street science experiments. Read more...

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