Posted by: bkivey | 30 April 2010


When I was a kid I liked to take things apart to see how they worked. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too good at putting them back together. My parents eventually stopped buying nice toys because they knew what would happen to them. As an adult, I still like to take things apart to see how they work, but now I can put them back together.

For the inquisitive child in all of us The History Channel brings us Sliced. Host John McCalmont slices apart various  machines and objects to find out what’s inside and how they work using a variety of manly tools furnished by his partner Budd Kelley. A sampling of things they have sliced apart includes a pinball machine, garbage disposal, Etch-A-Sketch, armored van, refrigerator, Magic 8 Ball, and coin-operated pool table. My favorite so far has been the pool table, because it turns out that my theory about why the cue ball returns and the object balls don’t; because the cue ball is slightly smaller, was incorrect. The real reason is more elegant and pretty cool to watch in operation after the table has been sliced open. You should be able to win a free game or two on a bar bet if you know the answer.

Sure, you can go to any number of websites or other information sources and find out how stuff works or is constructed, but as any kid knows, it’s far more satisfying to look at the actual object. Thursday nights, check listings for times.

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