Before you start streaming Netflix’s ‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ on April 21st, here are some fun facts about the famous scientist that will make you appreciate him even more.
Already known for his ’90s PBS science show Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nye is embarking into streaming territory by becoming a science talk show host in Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World. Nye will be inviting guests and celebs to discuss the most important science issues that affect our lives today. No stranger to debating controversial subjects, Nye will dispel the myths surrounding climate change, GMOs, and vaccinations, among many others.
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” Nye said. “With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
Before Nye changes the world, here are some quirky facts about him that you can take to the bank . . .or better yet, the science lab.
Nye’s mother was a World War II codebreaker.
After graduating from college with a psychology degree, Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye worked on a top secret government mission that broke the communication codes of the Japanese and German militaries.
Nye is an inventor.
With a background in mechanical engineering, Nye holds various U.S. patents, including the invention of improved ballet slippers and a magnifying glass made of a plastic bag and water.
Nye really wanted to be an astronaut.
Although Nye graduated from Cornell with a mechanical engineering degree, his dream of becoming an astronaut never materialized, despite applying multiple times to NASA’s training program. He blames the series of rejections on not having a Ph.D., but he jokingly added “it could be because I was completely unqualified.”
Nye loves sundials.
Despite not being able to be an astronaut, Nye managed to convince NASA to include his invention, the “MarsDials” on board the Mars Exploration Rover missions. The “MarsDials” helps keep track of time on the red planet with great precision.
Nye’s love of sundials comes from his father, who passed the time making them while he was a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II.
Nye believes in UFOs.
In an interview with HuffPost Live, Nye admitted he believes in alien life. “It’s gotta exist outside the solar system. I mean, there’s 200 billion stars in this galaxy alone.”
Nye’s got some moves up his sleeve.
If you didn’t get the memo, Nye isn’t only a talented man of science but he can also bust a move — or at least he tries. He showed his limber skills — whacky wig and all — on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in 2013, dancing to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Despite a leg injury, he also grooved to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” in a robot costume before getting eliminated.
Nye has also dabbled in acting.
Indeed, how could you have missed his roles? Sure they may have been fairly obscure, but Nye has been seen in CBS’ Numb3ers, Syfy’s Stargate: Atlantis, and even had a non-speaking part in the animated version of Back to the Future, playing Doc Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) assistant.
Nye’s food weakness is bacon.
In an interview with the New York Times, Nye admitted that his favorite snack is a “single slice of organically raised bacon, from the froufrou hippie grocery down the street. Fry that with a few leaves of my homegrown chard. That’s living. You get the bitter with the fat and the salt.”
Nye’s best advice was from a cab driver.
A cab driver once told Nye: “Everybody you ever meet knows something you don’t.” According to Nye, it was the best advice he had ever heard, and he’s never forgotten it.