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Premiering Saturday, February 7th on the Science Channel, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? brings the most hilarious failed backyard experiments and stunt videos the Internet can offer into the garage of a couple of pros. Best pals Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds are on a mission to make science cool, and what better way to do that than laughing at the blunders of our fellow man while learning how to build meatball-firing Gatling guns. Using Kevin's garage as a base of operations, these two friends re-create the botched experiments using sound science, making them bigger, better, and safer than before.What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Make no mistake, however, this isn't your run-of-the-mill Jackass-like blooper show. These guys are sharing some real physics, chemistry, and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way.

"So what we normally do is try and find something that has a fundamental basis in science and engineering so that we can build it ourselves, make it bigger, better, and safer, but while we're doing it, teach some fundamental principle of science or engineering that the viewer can walk away with," said Kevin in a recent TCA interview. "I mean, I have given lots of lectures in my life, and it's great to give a lecture to 300 people.  But when you have the platform for 300,000 and to really disseminate these wonderful ideas, it's exciting."What Could Possible Go Wrong

Kevin MooreThe two hosts are really like big kids, which gives the show a fun-loving feel; but rest assured, these guys really do know what they are doing... most of the time. Kevin Moore is a metallurgist who's been welding since he was 15 and has several degrees, one of which is a PhD from Johns Hopkins. He specializes in failure analysis (go figure) and builds wild inventions like a mad scientist in his free time. Grant, on the other hand, is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, bringing  the military-grade gonads needed to test these off-the-wall inventions.

Using a little creativity, and a lot of hard science, these two hosts build some seriously zany inventions and pull off some incredibly entertaining stunts: including the creation of a solar dGrant Reynoldseath ray made out of an old big screen TV; using nitrous oxide on a Go-Kart to drag race a truck; lawnmower jousting; and a little something called a motorcycle merry-go-round. This makes those funny Internet videos just the tip of the entertainment iceberg this show is carrying.

"It's like lightning in a bottle," said Executive Producer Josh Berkley. "And at the end of it, you go, oh, wow, I was thoroughly entertained and I learned about practical science and things in my own garage, that I never appreciated that tool or that battery..."

The "backyard" element seems to give this show its edge. It's a mixture of nostalgic technology of yesteryear, everyday tools and machinery, and a couple of bold, creative friends with a DIY attitude. They literally work from a garage, Kevin's garage, which apparently is something they've been doing long before the show even started.

"Because we actually have done a lot of this stuff with a camera not even on," said Kevin. "We just like to tinker.  I mean, we both build and ride motorcycles, I mean, from the ground up.  I weld.  He's great with, you know, machining and using wood and everything.  And so we just started kind of farting around and building stuff, and it evolved into this."What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Because the show creators want to keep the focus on science-- and for the sake of a little human decency-- they make sure the videos and experiments shown are light-hearted and can be done safely. It's highly important to them that the people in the videos are okay, and that the hosts are not going to hurt themselves in their own attempts.

"We vet all of the videos," said Berkley. " We make sure that the backgrounds, that the individuals who participated are able to give us the rights.  They're all licensed.  But we don't show and we don't use clips where people are seriously, seriously injured.  It is a fine line, but it's a strong one that we draw."

So if you're into a little mad science, or are just looking for a good laugh, drop by The Science Channel and you just might learn a little something.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong premieres Saturday, Feb. 7th at 10/9c only on The Science Channel! 

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