Bring the Pain: The Science of Stupid

Science can be a painful endeavor… and I’m not just talking about rebel researchers who inject themselves with experimental serums in the hopes of becoming superheroes. No, I’m talking about average folks like you and I who find out the hard way that for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Reactions like bruises and broken bones. And scars. So many scars.

Nat Geo’s squirm/thought-inducing new show Science of Stupid is a reminder that every time you’re having fun on camera, you’re mere seconds away from excruciating pain… and that there’s a scientific reason for that. Host Seth Herzog shows us that every Johnny Knoxville has a little Albert Einstein in him. Just not enough to stop him from doing the incredibly stupid thing he’s about to do.

Seth and I react to these videos identically
Seth and I react to these videos identically

This week on Science Of Stupid, we’ll learn about the scientific logic behind golf carts, jet engine thrust, pogo sticking, rope swings, and much more. But, for now, we present you with the four people who got it the worst:

4) Four People, One Golf Cart

Spines shattering... in stereo!
This End Up?

PAIN SCORE: 6 winces

POINTS OF IMPACT: Head, neck, shoulders, back

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: The two big dudes on the back drastically shifted the center of gravity on the cart by jumping off, which sent the cart over the driver and his passenger (now ex-girlfriend, probably).

HOW COULD IT HAVE BEEN WORSE: They could have been carrying large pots of boiling soup on the cart.

DID YOU KNOW: Harley-Davidson manufactured golf carts from 1963 until 1982, although you won’t find many of them tattooed onto meaty forearms.

3) Cold as Ice, Willing to Sacrifice My Spine

He was double dog dared
In fairness, he was double-dog dared

PAIN SCORE: 7.5 winces

POINTS OF IMPACT: Tailbone, spinal column, head

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: Superguy here thinks he’s going to do something awesome by cannon-balling through the puny layer of ice on his frozen pool. Problem is, that ice is stronger than it looks.

HOW COULD IT HAVE BEEN WORSE: He could have shattered the ice, splashed into the water, and been devoured by a hundred piranhas.

DID YOU KNOW: China recently bombed ice in the Yellow River to prevent flooding in Inner Mongolia. The Chinese Air Force could have done this guy the same courtesy.


There are two people in this image...
There are two people in this image…

PAIN SCORE: 9 winces

POINTS OF IMPACT: Face, wrists, face, forehead, face

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: “Dude, this is really stupid, but I have just the thing to keep us perfectly safe: Helmets!” “Bro, you’re a genius.” Wear a visor next time.

HOW COULD IT HAVE BEEN WORSE: I’m not convinced his face didn’t come off. Plus, I really think that’s the L.A. River and…

DID YOU KNOW: According to a 2013 article in the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. River is mostly “residential and industrial discharge”… so not the stuff you want to go riding your shopping cart into. LIKE TOTALLY GROSS.

1) Pogo Stuck

Don't worry, his genitals broke his fall
Don’t worry, his hand broke his fall… right? Guys? RIGHT?

PAIN SCORE: 10 winces for the dudes

POINTS OF IMPACT: Wrist, ego, uh… inner thigh

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: Everything was well and good for Pogo Johnny here… until he landed left of center.

HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: For a man, this can’t get much worse, although a spiked wrought iron fence probably would have done the trick.

DID YOU KNOW: Extreme pogo, which can be seen above at its worst, employs modern sticks that can propel their riders over 10ft in the air.  Radical, I guess?

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!


  1. James
    June 13, 2014, 8:40 pm

    This is one of the worst unfunny stupid abysmal and asinine shows on TV. Please cancel this garbage, fire everyone associated with it, and have all tapes of it erased to hide your shame. I wasted 5 minutes of my life watching it that I can never get back. I mean it. That was absolute rubbish.

    (There may be a UK version that is probably funny. You should have shown that instead) .

  2. Michael j
    South Milwaukee wi
    July 11, 2014, 9:33 pm

    What’s with Seth Herzog ? Seams he doesn’t even want to be there, like if the show is bothering him bad… Haven’t seen a dull host of a TV show, EVER! It MAY have been a decent show , (although I doubt it) but Seth is so dismal and lacking humor, enthusiasm, and science.. Just a stick in the mud !…

  3. Rickey Lefort
    July 18, 2014, 8:21 pm

    NAT Geo this would be a great show if the host wasn’t such a moron. I am sorry but Seth Herzog is horrible as the host and I don’t understand how he got picked to be the host because he is the worst I have ever seen. Science of Stupid will never get anywhere as long as he is on it. Absolutely the worst attempt of humor in the world. How did he ever become a comedian. Seth is the Moron of Stupid.

  4. cheryl
    vancouver bc
    July 31, 2014, 11:18 pm

    This host seth is so annoying. Makes me not want to watch the show. Whenever he tries to make funny comments, it makes me change the channel. His humor is just plain dumb. This show should be canceled because he’s on it.

  5. kim
    Victoria BC
    August 10, 2014, 8:02 pm

    The episode where he was talking about the force pulling outwards from the centre, like in a centrifuge. This force is called CENTRIFUGAL FORCE from CENTRIFUGE not what the stupid, uneducated Seth Dumbzog said. The word he used on the show isn’t even a word. ( sentrifikal)
    I guess the National Geographic Network people only
    10% of their brains!

  6. Paola
    Montreal, Quebec
    January 20, 2015, 9:08 pm

    I simply adored the show mostly because of its host Seth Herzog until Nat Geo decided to substitute him for a nerd looking with an hyper-extra annoying British accent new host, and worst of all re-record all of the old programs again with this insipid host.
    Face it, science is not funny unless the host makes the show funny which is exactly what Seth was capable of doing. Won’t follow up anymore on this “émission ratée”. Dommage..

  7. Maegan Morin
    January 26, 2015, 10:29 pm

    I just want to say that I LOVED Scott Herzog as the host. The new guy is totally and completely terrible and show that we once loved we now avoid completely.

  8. Marty H
    Calgary, AB
    January 31, 2015, 11:35 am

    I believe Seth used the term “centripetal force”, which is similar to “centrifugal force” but not identical. I also believe that Seth was a better host than his replacement.

  9. Chris
    April 6, 2015, 7:34 pm

    Hey! New host!! Exact same episodes…..

  10. Angela
    May 23, 2016, 8:03 pm

    Bring back Richard Hammond, this Seth guy is terrible

  11. Janan Wolken
    August 31, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Richard Hammond has a typical British sense of humor and explained the stunts with a typical dry British sense of humor. Seth Herzog’s narration is similar to watching and listening to paint dry…he is BORING to the limit. Seth has no stage presence at all. His narrations sound like he is simply reading off a cue card and doing it badly. Please bring back Richard Hammond, at least he is entertaining while educating.