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Ask 'Junkyard Wars Diva' Cathy Rogers

Roblimo posted more than 11 years ago | from the where-welding-skills-trump-coding-prowess-every-time dept.

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Junkyard Wars (and the British Scrapheap Challenge) have long been popular with Slashdot readers. Now Cathy is co-host of a new show, Full Metal Challenge, that also involves teams building strange machines out of this and that. Take a look at this 'Cathy' fan site (and possibly her less interesting official biography), then ask away. (Usual Slashdot interview rules.)

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New improved FP version 22.0 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496038)

This one is for MACKSAV

Difference (-1, Interesting)

gnillort (617577) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496041)

What is the difference between Junkyard Wars and Full Metal Challenge?

Re:Difference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496105)

I don't know, what is the difference between Junkyard Wars and Full Metal Challenge?

Re:Difference (2)

digidave (259925) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496243)

FMC involves giving teams $3000 (?) and one month to build their cars at home with no knowledge of what the challenges will be.

JYW involves sending teams into a scrapyard to find stuff to build various zany vehicles with which they will try to meet specific challenge goals.

Now that I've answered the question can somebody please mod the parent down?

Quick question (1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496055)

Does all that brainwork, metal, and sweat turn you on?

best (2, Informative)

Kallahar (227430) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496056)

I always thought cathy was one of the bright parts of junkyard wars. When they brought on that dolt american guy I started to lose interest. Why is it that everyone thinks that you must appeal to the lowest form of american?

Travis

Because (4, Funny)

wiredog (43288) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496068)

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Re:Because (3, Insightful)

BTWR (540147) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496106)

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Flamebait flamebait flamebait. This is simply a stupid stereotype. Oh, and British shows always play to the HIGHEST denominator? ( weakest link)

Re:Because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496197)

At least the British can close their italics properly. You stupid Yank.

Re:Because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496210)

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Flamebait flamebait flamebait. This is simply a stupid stereotype. Oh, and British shows always play to the HIGHEST denominator? ( weakest link)


Not really flamebait given that it's a pretty well-known quotation (by Henry Mencken, a US journalist of the late 19th / early 20th century).

Re:Because (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496232)

This is simply a stupid stereotype
Actually, its a misquotation of HL Mencken, who said "the general public". And he was right, regardless of nationality.

Re:Because (4, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496251)

Oh, there are a tremendous number of stupid British shows; no one's disputing that. And there are plenty of highbrow American shows, for that matter. But there exists a specific problem with importing foreign (British or otherwise) TV to America -- it seems that it always has to presented as Foreign And Literary And Important for the expensive-wine-and-public-broadcasting crowd, or dumbed down for the Budweiser-and-pro-wrestling crowd. What's missing is the middle ground.

Re:best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496089)

Why must everyone bash all things American? Tyler is OK. Not the greatest, but OK. Lighten up, people.

Re:best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496233)

'Cuz we got so many of dem right here dee. Eeee hawwwww

First post! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496061)

Has anybody ever made a machine out of junk that posts "First post" comments on Slashdot?

What about a Beowulf cluster of such machines!?!?

will you suck my cock? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496064)

inquiring minds would like to know, and maybe get in line.

do you spit or swallow?
do you take it in all 3 holes?

mod up +5 insighftul

Henry Rollins (1)

dohcvtec (461026) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496067)

Hey, what about Henry Rollins - he's on Full Metal Challenge, too, and I think he'd be a more interesting interview.

Re:Henry Rollins (1)

tusixoh (561920) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496111)

Rollins has written several books (which I highly suggest everyone reads) documenting his life and isn't exactly 'new' to the scene, which is why the focus is on this other chiki...

Re:Henry Rollins (0, Troll)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496173)





That guy is a complete muscleheaded retard. He's not an engineer. He doesn't know shit about shit. He's perhaps the least qualified person I can imagine to be providing commentary on this type of a show. Remember Carmen Elektra's out-of-place cluelessness on Battlebots? Same deal here, except who wants to look at some 40+ man with some old, dumb tattoos, grecian formula hair treatment, and a jock attitude?!?

I would recommend either a witty comedian (Rollins fails here as well) or an engineering genius (like one of the Brothers Long) to host the show.
Seth

Re:Henry Rollins Has Lost His Mind (0, Offtopic)

JoshMKiV (548790) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496269)

I used to put up with Henry. I think Bill from Black Flag is the best drummer ever. I even liked Henry in that movie The Chase. But he has lost his mind. I see no reason for him to be on this show. I can't stand his poetry, he thinks he is Jello Biafra now (whom I can do without now as well). Stick with what you know, don't try to show me how you are so cool, so grown up. Do I need to forget about TV Show? (Many will not understand this, please move along, nothin to see here. I just hate how people can do a complete 180 and want us to forget about the past)

Time... (4, Interesting)

AmigaAvenger (210519) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496073)

On Junkyard wars it always seemed that the teams had something in running condition before the end of the time limit. Was there ever a time when a team had ABSOLUTELY nothing worth sending into competition? (Wouldn't make for much of a show though...)

Re:Time... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496143)

On Junkyard wars it always seemed that the teams had something in running condition before the end of the time limit. Was there ever a time when a team had ABSOLUTELY nothing worth sending into competition? (Wouldn't make for much of a show though...)

I also often wondered about the number of working vehicles that show up in their "junkyard". The last episode I saw showed one of the teams walking up to a tractor saying "Looks good" and proceeded to drive it back to their base. (This was the episode where they had to make a boat thingy that looks like those old ferry's from Tom Sawyer era).

Re:Time... (1)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496254)

Uhhh dudde, you realize the "junkyard" was planted with appropriate partial vehicles, wrecks, motors and so forth to make the show interesting? It's not like they just walked up to some random junkyard and started filming. Just thought you should know.

Re:Time... (1)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496290)

Then why bother with the fraudulent pretense of it being a "junkyard"? It isn't a junkyard: It's a scavenger hunt for planted objects amongst some junk. The intro to the show specifically makes claims that they're challenged to build something useful out of items found in a junkyard, giving the impression that it isn't objects that have been planted in a junkyard.

The whole junkyard veil is lame and makes watching it akin to watching wrestling: It's a false pretense.

Re:Time... (1)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496348)

Agreed. That's what turned me off on the show after a while. That and the fact that they have WAY too many episodes involving various wheeled/tracked car-truck-type-vehicles and boats.

Re:Time... (4, Interesting)

stinky wizzleteats (552063) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496312)

Was there ever a time when a team had ABSOLUTELY nothing worth sending into competition?

Yeah, every British built contrivance in the US vs. UK competitions.

I have very fond memories of the VW bug with a rake mine clearing device going up against the giant American diesel powered beach beater bar. The distctively USian machine was so destructive to the course that it was entirely obscured by sand while in operation, and utterly destroyed the mines rather than detonating them - which led to glowing and egregious anti-American Brit praise of the bug's rake having popped two mines during its run - until the fragments were counted. hehe.

On Humanoids (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496076)

In the first place it should be known in what sort of a place they are formed. For cutting, excising, sewing, binding, applying putrefacient means to the anus,-all these appear to be very formidable things, and yet, after all, they are not attended with mischief. I recommend seven or eight small pieces of iron to be prepared, a fathom in size, in thickness like a thick specillum, and bent at the extremity, and a broad piece should be on the extremity, like a small obolus. Having on the preceding day first purged the man with medicine, on the day of the operation apply the cautery. Having laid him on his back, and placed a pillow below the breech, force out the anus as much as possible with the fingers, and make the irons red-hot, and burn the pile until it be dried up, and so as that no part may be left behind. And burn so as to leave none of the hemorrhoids unburnt, for you should burn them all up. You will recognize the hemorrhoids without difficulty, for they project on the inside of the gut like dark-colored grapes, and when the anus is forced out they spurt blood. When the cautery is applied the patient's head and hands should be held so that he may not stir, but he himself should cry out, for this will make the rectum project the more. When you have performed the burning, boil lentils and tares, finely triturated in water, and apply as a cataplasm for five or six days. But on the seventh, cut a soft sponge into a very slender slice, its width should be about six inches square. Then a thin smooth piece of cloth, of the same size as the sponge, is to be smeared with honey and applied; and with the index finger of the left hand the middle of the sponge is to be pushed as far up as possible; and afterward wool is to be placed upon the sponge so that it may remain in the anus. And having girded the patient about the loins and fastened a shawl to the girdle, bring up this band from behind between the legs and attach it to the girdle at the navel. Then let the medicine which I formerly said is calculated to render the skin thick and strong, be bound on. These things should be kept on for not less than twenty days. The patient should once a day take a draught from flour or millet, or bran, and drink water. When the patient goes to stool the part should be washed with hot water. Every third day he should take the bath.

What the fcuk is a diva? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496079)

I want an explanation. Now!

What is it with the "diva" label being applied to any woman on tv or the radio?

Re:What the fcuk is a diva? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496109)

Because the term 'w**k fodder' might offend?

Motivations for new series (5, Interesting)

Shaddup (615685) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496080)

What was your reason for leaving JYW? Was there a specific reason, or was it just time to move on?

Are you interested at all.. (2, Interesting)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496099)

Or is this more an acting job rather than a presenting job. And if it is presenting then what made you interested in heavy engineering ? If not, good acting job :-)

Re:Are you interested at all.. (4, Informative)

brunson (91995) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496332)

Did you even read her bio? She came up with the idea for the show and her company produced several seasons. She's not just a pretty face they hired to host the program.

Which team is you favorite? (5, Interesting)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496100)

Out of all the teams that competed over the years, did you have a particular favorite team in terms of either technical innovation, work ethic or oddball team members? Which team do you feel was the "best (cough, Long Brothers, cough) overall Junkyard Wars team?

What was the degree in? (5, Interesting)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496102)

In the official RDF bio, you list yourself as receiving a "nice but useless" degree from Oxford. Considering that you then "read medicine for awhile" and later "became Head of Science" at RDF in 1998, I'm wondering what specifically was the degree from Oxford in, and how (if at all) did it prepare you for your career "in rubbish"?

Side questions: what did you play in the band and what sort of music did the band play?

Inspiration for JYW (3, Interesting)

Shaddup (615685) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496108)

JYW is truly a bizarre idea... How did you come up with it?

Re:Inspiration for JYW (2)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496126)

She's said previously that she got the idea while watching Apollo 13 (the scene where they're trying to kludge an air filter).

Sounds from the indie records ... (4, Interesting)

Mikey-San (582838) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496110)

Before the 'Heap, you were in a British indie-crash-twee-pop band called Marine Research, and before that, Heavenly. Do you keep in touch with Amelia and Rob these days?

-/-
Mikey-San

One question (1, Interesting)

Universal Nerd (579391) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496117)

Cathy, Junkwar Wars has three things that always makes me want to watch more...

1. Smart people building things
2. .P.O.W.E.R. .T.O.O.L.S.
3. That blonde chick.

What I wanna know is, how' you doin'?

Seriously now - how are the tapings made? Do they really have only 10 hours (+1 the next day) to make those wonderful contraptions?

Vision for these shows (5, Interesting)

Nomad7674 (453223) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496124)

Was there a "vision" for these shows - an overriding philosophical reason to make them - like getting kids interested in science, pushing the boundaries of tech, enhancing popular understanding of engineering principles? Or did the game show part of the show come first and a realization of their value later?

Which host did you enjoy working with the most? (3, Interesting)

Squeezer (132342) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496125)

On Junkyard Wars, which host did you enjoy working with most?

The british male host, the 1st USA male host, or the 2nd US male host (Tyler?).

Sorry, I'm not good with names :(

Re:Which host did you enjoy working with the most? (3, Interesting)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496177)

Hosts were:

Robert Llewellyn, of Red Dwarf fame (Kryten)
George Gray, who went on to host the weekday version of The Weakest Link.
And now the two recent replacements, who I hate with the fire of a thousand suns.

Re:Which host did you enjoy working with the most? (2, Informative)

Tyrnagog (609616) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496211)

Actually, Tyler Harcort (Harcott ?) is Canadian... from Calgary, Alberta, to be specific

Re:Which host did you enjoy working with the most? (2)

lamz (60321) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496223)

I think that one of those guys was Canadian. At any rate, I liked the British guy best.

Yowza! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496131)

She is one hot babe [topcath.co.uk] !

So, my question: Does penis size matter? If so, is bigger better, or vice versa?

Thanks!

Are critical parts "planted"? (1, Interesting)

Exedore (223159) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496141)

I've always suspected that some parts critical for a given episode must be "planted" in the junkyard. Several episodes call for the teams to build some sort of motorized vehicle (for example a truck or boat of some kind). Obviously the show won't be quite as entertaining if the teams cannot salvage a working engine (or one that can be made to work with reasonable effort).

Are engines or other critical parts placed in the junkyard beforehand?

Re:Are critical parts "planted"? (1)

gheld (613039) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496216)

This was actually answered in a special about Junkyard Wars (can't remember the name of it). Yes, there is a team of people who search for critical pieces and place them in the junkyard.

Please mod down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496259)

Please mod this down. The answers are in the link below, no need to take up an interview slot.

http://www.the-nerds.org/on-seeding.html

Re:Are critical parts "planted"? (1)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496283)

This is a silly question. LOOK at the frigging junkyard. It's quite clear that it has been set up, at least to a certain extent, prior to the filming of the show. If there was only 1 working motor/partial vehicle and no transmissions anywhere, it would suck. I assure you no producer would allow lots of money to be wasted filming only to realize the parts just weren't in the "random junkyard" they used as their set. Heh.

Re:Are critical parts "planted"? (2)

scenic (4226) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496289)

There was a web site put up by the first American team to compete (the nerds, I think, from around here, MIT, I think [the-nerds.org] ).

In it, he describes that they make sure that enough parts are lying around. For example, propellers, steam pumps, etc. have been some very specific items required for some of the challenges. They do make sure those are around.

As for the engines, here is their page on seeding the yard: http://www.the-nerds.org/on-seeding.html [the-nerds.org] .

Point being, this might be an interesting question if she has a better answer, but this page goes through a lot of detail. It's unlikely that she'll have a better answer, IMHO.

Sujal

Re:Are critical parts "planted"? (2)

Keith Mickunas (460655) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496351)

If I'm not mistaken, in the steam car episode (season 2 or 3 I think) they specifically stated the steam engines had been planted in the junkyard at the beginning of the show. Also, each time they did rockets they also mentioned that the rockets had been planted beforehand, as that was pretty obvious. In addition to that there're the FAQs and behind the scenes stuff as mentioned by others here.

Re:Are critical parts "planted"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496391)

Actually the old British show had more of the non-working parts... Some how the parts quality seems to rise quite a bit these days.

"Junkyard" wars? (-1, Redundant)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496144)

One of the reasons I was quickly turned off of the show is because of the seemingly mysterious apperance of items that seemed perfect for the challenge at hand (to the point that in one episode there were rocket engines hidden through the `junkward' :-)). My question is this: Was the junkyard stacked with items specifically chosen for each challenge: i.e. components necessary for a boat, etc.

It just seems a bit false how the show portrays itself as an engineering challenge involving creating objects from random objects in a junkyard, when in reality it seemed to have been specifically stocked with pertinent objects for each show. Why not just eliminate the scavenger hunt and just give the teams an equal pile of appropriate components?

Re:"Junkyard" wars? (2)

Enry (630) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496256)

There are episodes where critical parts (like rocket engines) are not commonly found in a junkyard/scrapheap. I do remember that episode Cathy mentioning this fact and that they did plant engines around the junkyard.

It's been known for some time that items are planted in general based on what the experts ask for. Since the experts can't go scrounging, they don't know what is out there specifically or where to look. But they know the main components for their project exist *somewhere*.

Re:"Junkyard" wars? (2, Informative)

furballphat (514726) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496272)

I remember from the early episodes os Scrapheap challenge they had to build a hovercraft. At the start they admitted that they had planted several fans for the hovercraft amongst the scrap.

Why Rollins? Why!! (5, Interesting)

SanLouBlues (245548) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496150)

What's the coolest thing you've ever built yourself? Or, what's the coolest thing you've ever tried to build yourself?

When's the Playboy appearance planned? (0, Troll)

lamz (60321) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496171)

If Playboy publishes a "Girls of Tech Shows" issue, will you agree to pose nude?

Follow-up Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496280)

Do you often get propositions from internet geeks with too much time and too little imagination?

Attention moderators! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496310)


The parent post is Funny, not a Troll or Flamebait.

If you mod negatively, I will post a response more powerful than you can imagine!

Oh my god! She's a girl!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496181)

And she got breasts!!!

- Cmder

Are you sure you've seen her picture? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496255)

And she got breasts!!!

Um, well, I guess technically she does but they're pretty friggin' small. The guy in the cubicle next to me has bigger ones. Of course, he's a fuckin' fatass but still...

Your popularity (4, Interesting)

drkich (305460) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496205)

My wife and I were both avid fans of Junkyard Wars. There were days when we would miss the first taping and stay up till after midnight to watch it.

When you got off of the show we both lost interest. Yes, it was fun watching people build big machines, but much of the dynamic that we enjoyed was gone. It was then we realized just how important you were to the show and that dynamic that we enjoyed so much.

Are you getting any feed back about going back to JYW? Would you if they asked?

Mod this question uppp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496326)

this is actually a good question, moderators...

Re:Mod this question uppp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496410)

This wasn't insightful or anything, which is why I posted it anonymously, but it is certainly on topic to note a good question that is low-ranked for mods to notice (and in fact it was modded up). Thus I consider it trolling to mod down when somebody notes a good interview question. May you go to meta-mod hell you bastard.

Roll of expert (5, Interesting)

naarok (102579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496219)

Watching on TV, it often seems that the expert provides some good initial insight into a problem, but then often becomes superflous. Sitting through many hours of actually watching the challenges unfold. How valuable were the experts in comparison to teams with general inventiveness?

My question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496228)

Who the hell are you, what do you do, and why should I care??

Please keep your reply to ten words or less. I'm a busy man!!!

- The AC Avenger!!!!

Re:My question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496242)

I'm sorry, but your post is much too verbose. Could you please provide an executive summary. Thanks.

What's with the name change? (4, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496234)

Why did TLC insist on renaming "Scrapheap Challenge" to "Junkyard Wars"?

Re:What's with the name change? (3, Funny)

snatchitup (466222) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496379)

It gets even better.

Why do the English call them Biscuits when they are cookies?

Then, they call biscuits "cookies".

Or.....
Why didn't they keep the original name from: "Under the Bonnet with Crispin Davies"
to: "Under to Hood with John Studd".

And oh yeah, why do they drive on the left hand side of the road?

Internationality (5, Interesting)

rodbegbie (4449) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496237)

Was there much difference between UK and US teams on Junkyard Wars? Did they have notably different attitudes or approaches?

rOD.

Your various co-hosts (5, Interesting)

nesneros (214571) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496240)

Which of the various co-hosts you've worked with over the years are your favorites? Least favorites? Did you ever just want to smack the crap out of the "punkins, punkins, punkins" guy?

massive disruption to geeks everywhere.... (4, Funny)

gclef (96311) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496250)

So, have you ever been tempted to wander into somewhere like a LinuxWorld conference, just to see if you could stop all productive work from occurring? (you probably could, you know...)

If not, are you tempted now?

hmm... (4, Interesting)

mstyne (133363) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496257)

Will we ever hear from Marine Research again? Please? (Or have I just not been paying enough attention?)

Oh, and congrats on being one of TV's foxiest ladies.

Why choose a jock to host a show for 'nerds'? (1, Flamebait)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496258)


I don't know what demograph you're aiming for with this show, but if it follows in the tradition of Junkyard Wars and Battlebots, I'd expect you're going for the male, engineering, nerd crowd with a slight bend toward the hillbillys-like-things-that-go-boom crowd.


If so, why is Henry Rollins hosting? This man represents brawn over intellect. His solution to social aloofness/alienation is to spend more time in the gym, not study your ass off in highschool so you get a scholarship to MIT.

If this show is meant for nerds, why host it with someone who represents the nerd-beaters of the world?
Seth

Re:Why choose a jock to host a show for 'nerds'? (4, Informative)

Chris Parrinello (1505) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496394)

You are obviously not familiar with Henry Rollins or his work. The man is extremely intelligent and articulate. To stereotype somebody because he is buff is pretty lame.

I find it interesting that you place Battlebots in the same tradition as Junkyard Wars. I fail to see what they have in common. JYW is an entertaining show with a lot to teach about engineering and science concepts. Battlebots is just an update of the demolition derby. They are NOT in the same league.

Rollins (4, Interesting)

esorense (199722) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496265)

I have always found Henry Rollins to be one of the more interesting people in music and acting. What is your opinion after working with him as the co-host? Had you heard of him before he was brought up to be part of the show?

Yard seeding. (1, Redundant)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496266)

It appeared to me that SO often the yard had been seeded. In one show, the contestants were required to build a flying machine, low and behold a complete Cessna fuselage appeared on the top of the heap. Frequently things like brand new, whole rolls of wire would be "found" on the scrap heap, not to mention a large number of fully operational vehicles.

What kind of junk yard was being used in Junk Yard Wars and how often was it seeded?

Re:Yard seeding. (2)

tang (179356) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496375)

This has been covered pretty frequently
"The basic rule for seeding: If its not possible to safely improvise a part with the time and tools provided, they will provide something that can be pressed into service. It will require some ingenuity to make it work, it will never "just bolt on". If there are specific safety regulations, the relavant parts will always be provided. For example, things like safety valves, regulators, and gas tanks will be planted, and will have their certification paperwork sitting in the directors briefcase. (and if we happen to find such a part that isn't one of the known good ones, they don't let us use it) "
Jeff - The NERDS (dp@the-nerds.org), November 24, 2000

(He was a contestant with the first US team to compete)

Why do you think Engineering is so male dominated? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496267)

You have said in the past that it would be good to have an all female team, but as yet, we haven't seen this.

Why do you think so few women are interested in technology?

On Science and Music (5, Interesting)

Little Green Woman (569323) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496285)

I see that your interests include both music and science. Do you find that those interests complement eachother, or are they often conflicting? Who are your musical role models?

Scary nerds (1)

Xargle (165143) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496298)

Looking around the internet you have some incredibly scary/obsessive fans, and in many ways equally scary contestants. Ever gone down the junk yard with a view to making a de-nerdulator or perhaps just a f***ing enormous gun? You could probably sort out some kind of tank arrangement, with a projectile Lisa Rodgers as a decoy.

Not marriage proposal (3, Funny)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496320)

I'm not interested in proposing marriage: I already have a wife. But would you be interested in a position as 'the other woman'?

Respond privately if you want.

Off screen testing? (5, Interesting)

The Mutant (167716) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496323)

How much testing goes on off screen?

For example, the episode where participants had to build a diving bell, descend to the bottom of a small pond, and retrieve a chest of gold.

I don't believe that this was not tested off camera, if for no other reason solely to insure you didn't inadvertantly end up making a snuff episode.

Same thing goes for pretty much any device where explosives were used, or even the airplanes.

Mutliple hosts (5, Interesting)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 11 years ago | (#4496328)

I do love watching Junkyard wars, but something always bugged me - Why is there the turnover in hosts for the show? It seems that each season has a brand new host for a show that I'd think most hosts would like to stay on in order to achieve name branding.Is there something going on behind the scenes? Power plays? Or is it just cursed to have a new host for each season?

Rejected challenges (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4496354)

Cathy,

What are some of the challenges that were rejected for the show, and why (too dangerous, too easy, too hard to do in 10 hours, etc)?

BTW, love the show, and glad to see you back on US TV with FMC....
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