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  • Awesome Music:
    • The background music that plays in the "Pipe Organs" segment is called "Variations on O Filii et Filiae, Op. 49, No. 2" by Alexandre Guilmant.
    • The music for "Dream Cars", which mixes blues, rock and Djent of all things. Hear for yourself.
    • Anytime an instrument is the subject being made, viewers are treated to the instrument being played over the end of the segment.
    • The catchy electronic music heard during the "Ham" segment. It's not cropped or recorded on its own anywhere on the web, so you'll have to watch the segment in order to enjoy it.
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    • The opening theme itself is pretty awesome, a fittingly industrial-influenced banger that really sets the tone for the following episode.
  • Broken Base: In the US, many will argue that Brooks Moore is the voice of the show and cannot stand the ninth and tenth seasons because of the different announcer and tenor to the show. Many were relieved when he came back and it went back to normal in season eleven. However a few aspects of those two seasons (including the announcer) ended up in the later sort-of-Spin-Off Factory Made.
  • Fun for Some: Especially when it comes to long marathons on the Discovery or Science Channels. That is if you haven't been soothed into a coma by episode five by all the pretty machines.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The end of the "Video Games" segment shows people playing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as the narrator says that programmers would send the completed version of the game to people for review before buying it "and hope it becomes a hit". The narrator is not far off, for at the time the segment aired in 2003, The Sands of Time became one of the best reviewed games for PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube, scoring around 92% and 92 out of 100 at GameRankings and Metacritic; it even went so far as to win the Editor's Choice Awards for GameSpot and IGN; Best Action/Adventure Game at the E3 2003 Game Critics Awards; Best Absolutely Everything (Game of the Year 2003) at Penny Arcade; and 2003 Game of the Year at Electronic Gaming Monthly.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Latin American Spanish dub of the Bread episode rose into fame after a YouTube Poop video presented a deranged version of it by twisting many parts of the explanation on the making of bread, all for laughs. Even those who later watched the normal episode have been unable to properly listen the narrator's speech without being reminded of the twisted version. Some of the phrases popularized by the YTP version include, but are not limited to:
    • "Pan con sabor a pan" (bread with bread flavor), instead of just "pan con sabor" (flavored bread)
    • "Apetitoso color trolo" (delicious gay color), instead of "apetitoso color dorado" (delicious gilded color)
    • "Por unos 8000 minutos" (during 8000 or so minutes), instead of "por unos 8 minutos" (during 8 or so minutes)
    • "Treinta y cien depósitos" (thirty hundred deposits), instead of "treinta y siete depósitos" (thirty seven deposits)
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The "Artificial Eyes" segment. The way it's being done is just... gag-and-barf-worthy.
    • The "Laser Eye Surgery" segment. Watching surgeons pry open someone's eyelids and slicing open the tissue over the eye can make viewers a little bit uncomfortable.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "hatchery chicks" segment. Oh, God! Scenes of little chicks getting hatched only to be tossed about in conveyor belts and machines... all to a tune of some happy/creepy music! Sure, they get better and all, but still...
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  • Replacement Scrappy: Zac Fine, who replaced Brooks Moore as the American narrator in seasons 9 and 10. While Fine doesn't do a necessarily awful job, Moore had been with the show since its very inception, so it was inevitable there'd be backlash from viewers who were used to and enjoyed his narration. Moore would return to the series permanently by season 11.
  • The Scrappy: Mark Tewksbury, the show's first host, who did absolutely nothing to fight the common stereotype that all athletes have very dull personalities and voices. Predictably, many people skip the parts where he introduces the show, and hate the fact that they're forced to listen to him drone on during the narration. Check the YouTube comments for the first episodes.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the "Picture Picture" segments from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.