5 Things from “Science of Stupid” That You Definitely Shouldn’t Try at Home

What happens when there’s not enough friction on a slip and slide, or too much drag when you hit the water after diving off a 30-foot platform? Host Seth Herzog breaks down the science of summer fun gone wrong, and he even gets in on the painful action this week on Science of Stupid:

Karate Seth
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Now join me as we review this week’s 5 Things from Science of Stupid That You Definitely Shouldn’t Try at Home.

5) Stop! Hammer (Your Face into the Floor) Time!

More like FLOORED of the Dance
More like FLOORED of the Dance

PAIN SCORE: 3 out of 10 winces

IMPACT POINTS: Forehead, temple, maybe a little face

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: He over-rotated, which is a shame because his pivot point was stable; that’s the key to a good windmill! Unfortunately he was so jacked up that his shoulders couldn’t catch up to his legs. At least his head was there to break his fall.

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE:

Warning: kicking laptop will void warranty
Warning: kicking laptop will void warranty

He could have smashed his $1500 laptop to bits like this dope.

DID YOU KNOW: James Brown’s hit “Get on the Good Foot” is credited with the acceleration of popularized breakdancing. It even inspired the base step for all breakdancing: the Good Foot.

4) Let’s Practice Dentistry with Exercise Balls

Gym floors = not soft
Gym floors = not soft

PAIN SCORE: 4 winces

TEETH LOST: One

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: According to SOS, the molecules of an exercise ball are spring shaped and act accordingly. When forced upon, the ball stores energy and compresses the air; when it returns to shape, it can give back nearly all the force it absorbed. In short, don’t be the less heavy person in this equation.

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: Did I ever tell you the one about the four teen boys who tried this?

Pictured: the maturity process
Pictured: the maturity process

More balls equal more force, so at least our tooth-losing friend had the sense to go one-one-one.

DID YOU KNOW: The largest exercise ball class took place at Rockefeller Center in New York and featured 353 participants. It would have been so cool if they all ran into each other.

 3) Less a Dive, More a Cry for Help

Yeah, he started from the highest board...
Yeah, he started from the highest board…

PAIN SCORE: 7 winces

IMPACT POINTS: The entire front of his body. Every. Square. Inch.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: This one defies scientific explanation. I think it’s brain freeze.  “Do I go head first or feet first? Well, I’m already falling so I should pro—“ SPLASH.

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: We’ve all belly flopped and we all know the sting too well. The only thing I can imagine making this worse would be if he dove into a frozen pool, like this guy from last week:

He was double dog dared
At least he had the sense to cannonball

DID YOU KNOW: Diving was first introduced at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. Back then it was known as “fancy diving,” which we can all agree was a much better name.

2) Speaking of Belly Flops

In a parallel dimension, motorcycles ride humans
In a parallel dimension, motorcycles ride humans

PAIN SCORE: 9 winces

IMPACT POINTS: Face, chest, forearms, wrist, back, knees

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: This dude is trying to execute a stoppie on his heavy hog. Unfortunately, his rate of speed makes is too high, so he blows past the balance point and directly onto his head.

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: He could have tried it in street traffic, not that anyone is dumb enough—

There's always someone dumb enough
There’s always someone dumb enough

DID YOU KNOW: The longest stoppie on record belongs to American stunt rider Jesse Toler and measures an incredible 1320.3 feet. U-S-A! U-S-A!

1) Wile E. Coyote Takes Up Base-Jumping; What Happens Next Won’t Surprise You

Life has rarely so imitated Looney Tunes
Life has rarely so imitated Looney Tunes

PAIN SCORE: 10 jaws on the floor

IMPACT POINTS: The earth

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: Here’s a good way to interfere with the proper deployment of your parachute: do a somersault! Sigh.

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: He’s not dead, so there’s really only one way. Say thanks to the fresh snow, you dolt.

DID YOU KNOW: Base-jumpers use special equipment that allows them to parachute at heights as low as 100ft. Still, it helps if you don’t screw around with flips and stuff.

It goes without saying, but don’t try any of this stuff at home. It will hurt so so much. But do try to catch Science of Stupid – Friday’s at 9 and 9:30pm on Nat Geo!