Lourd de Veyra and friends explain the science behind the internet’s viral videos

September 27, 2017 - 8:31 PM
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The hosts of 'You Have Been Warned Asia': (from left) Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, Angel Rivero, Jun Sabayton and Lourd de Veyra.

No less than social commentator Lourd de Veyra puts it best.

“There are no mistakes, only lessons,” Lourd recently told InterAksyon in summing up “You Have Been Warned Asia,” the new pop science show that he co-hosts with pals Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton, RA Rivera and Angel Rivero for the Discovery Channel.

The comedy science program is actually the Asian franchise of a show that’s already popular in the U.K. and the U.S. where it is also known as “Outrageous Acts of Science.”

Lourd said their job as hosts is to explain the science behind some of the most viral videos in the internet and present them with the usual humor-laced commentary that their group is known for. RA, who directed and curated most of the videos featured on the show, said “You Have Been Warned Asia” is not quite the same as its British and American counterparts.

“We have regrouped the videos by theme. Except for the science explanation, it actually feels like a totally different show,” RA quipped.

Asked if the hosts have their particular favorites among the videos, Angel Rivero’s face lit up as she shared how she was fascinated by the video of one guy who tried to chainsaw his own leg.

“Except that he’s wearing pants with fiber materials that could resist the forces of the chainsaw,” she narrated.

Lourd said one video that remains vividly etched on his mind involves an invention called the Lifestraw, which is capable of turning contaminated, dirty water into something people can actually drink.

“Maybe we can use that in our own Pasig River as well,” Jun Sabayton cracked. “Possible,” Lourd replied.

As for his own favorite, Sabayton said it was the one with the Chinese woman who tried to eat corn on the cob using a power drill. The experiment was an epic fail as she ended up losing patches of her hair in the process.

“Actually, I have several favorites, but that video particularly stands out for me,” he added.

Ditto with Ramon Bautista. He was particularly captivated by the video of an Indian man who tried to put a heavy motorcycle on the roof a bus using only his head.

“I kept wondering why he did not just ride his motorcycle to get to where he’s going,” he thought aloud.

As for RA, the one video that stood out for him was the one featuring bumble bees who knew how to give high fives. “Yes, high fives,” he repeated.

Ramon weighs in on why there are so many videos of the incredible and sometimes idiotic things many people are capable of.

“I guess you could say some people have a lot of time in their hands. That’s why they were able to do these things. But that’s the whole point of our show, to make people understand the science behind these videos and for us to learn from their mistakes.”

“The experiments have been done, we have explained how it is done, the physics, biology or whatever is behind it so don’t try this at home,” Angel added.

“You Have Been Warned Asia” airs every Mondays at 8:15PM with replays throughout the week.

Visit http://www.discoverychannelasia.com for the show’s complete schedule. Viewer discretion is advised.

Watch the show’s trailer here: