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About the Show

Travel across America with host John Bowler as he ventures into gadget-filled garages and junk-strewn backyards to meet amateur inventors who are making amazing(ly weird) things! Test-drive a jet-powered minivan, a fire-breathing wheelchair, a water-powered rocket belt, and more. Once we've seen what these 'mad scientists' are capable of, John challenges each inventor to improve one of their creations, and, with his help, build the coolest, weirdest thing they can think of. And here's the catch -- they only have 48 hours. The results? Well, it might work and it might not, but either way, "It's going to get weird!"

On the Topic of Mad Science

  • Why Wacky Is Good

    Why Wacky Is Good

    From Nikola Tesla to Leonardo da Vinci, history's most brilliant, creative technologists have exhibited their fair share of "crazy." Patrick J. Kiger writes in defense of mad scientists everywhere.

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    The Moon Jumper

    John joins forces with the Needham brothers to build a giant teeter-totter that spins on a telephone pole.

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