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Special Feature: The Discovery Channel’s ‘Curiosity’

I love the Discovery Channel. Give me a pot of tea, a wedge of cake and a day on the sofa and I’d be as happy as Archimedes after a warm inspiring bath. I would dearly love to claim that my thirst for random knowledge could be traced back to an exuberant teacher or motivating parent but the all credit has to go to G. Cropper’s The Giant Book of Fantastic Facts which I received on my seventh birthday and still own to this day.

That one cheap and simple birthday gift ignited my interest in history, art, science and a wealth of other subjects but more importantly than that, it gave me a glimpse of a world full of mystery and wonder, a world of possibilities, theories and downright absurdity.

The Discovery Channel’s new show Curiosity is The Giant Book of Fantastic Facts made flesh and its aim is to ask and attempt to answer the fundamental questions facing the world today. Each episode will be a cross media interactive experience that will push the boundaries of television and give the viewer the opportunity to be part of the multi million dollar project.

Creator of the Discovery Channel and helm of the show John Hendricks says his aim is to “Connect people with their world” and “answer those intriguing questions that keep us up at night”. With titles such as ‘Can we live forever?’, ‘When did humans develop a sense of humour?’ and ‘What is Curiosity?’ the series will cover everything from nanotechnology, astronomy, genetics, anthropology, ecology and every other subject under the sun. Along for the ride will be special guests such as Steven Hawking, Morgan Freeman, Michelle Rodriguez and many more who will act as out guide on our journey for truth.

In a nutshell, Curiosity is that program you know you should be watching instead of that god forsaken soap opera that you’ve been addicted to since birth. I understand I really do. If Gina is pregnant with Shane’s baby despite being married to Keith who’s having an affair with Jo whose ex-husband died in that unfortunate bouncy castle accident how will the planet continue spinning on it’s axis?

Everyone likes an answer but maybe it’s high time that we started to ask some more interesting questions and if Curiosity is as good billed then I reckon we can all learn something worth knowing.

Begin the journey of Curiosity, 7 August at 8pm only on Discovery. 

Lee Cassanell

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