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Tell me a little about the hosts. Are they professional actors and/or do they have an academic background?

-- michael small (, December 10, 2000


At the TLC Junkyard Wars web site there is a Bio for each host


-- Jay McKinney-Three Rusty Juveniles (, December 11, 2000.

-- Derek Jensen (, December 12, 2000.

The hosts are the best! We just finished the "American Series" this year and are waiting to see it in January. Wednesday's, Jan. 3, 10, 17, and 24th. Team "Art Attack"...... Cathy is very sweet and personable. An instant friend! George Gray is a cigar smoking crazy Californian with lot's of quick wit! It should make for some real fun this round......

-- Duane Flatmo (, December 15, 2000.

Cathy is actually Dr. Cathy- she has a PhD in Marine Biology, as well as her own band, as well as coming up with the entire concept for the show. Robert is a professional author when he's not doing acting; you probably know him as Kryten on Red Dwarf, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

They're both great fun, on and off camera.

-- Bill Yerazunis (Captain of the Nerds) (, December 18, 2000.

Well, just to be accurate, DOES Cathy have ph.d. in Marine Biology? the ch. 4 website refers to studying for an m.d. after undergrad at oxford. and the band Marine Research is not really hers, (I'd say more the other female vocalist's and her late brother's)though she does play keyboards and sing (it apparently has a decent following and has been around in one incarnation or another for about a decade). And yes, i know some of this information i'm questioning comes from members of the NERDS, but who can completely trust folk who ask the question "how many coulombs in a mole"??

-- Harold Nations (, January 10, 2001.

One sign of an engineer is that they know when to look stuff up. A Coulomb is 6x10^18 electrons. A mole is 6x10^23 atoms. It's also about 20 liters of gas. So with one amp of current flowing, it takes around 5,000 seconds to liberate a liter of hydrogen. At 100 amps, thats a minute. (and thats the typical quick charger output)

We decided a bulkhead between batteries and motor was the better part of valor. It also kept the main lift chamber of our sub dry. Only the motor compartment took on water, and that didn't take on much. Had the Nautilus taken on water like the artist drew, that foam we had on the outside wouldn't have come close to lifting things.

-- Jeff - The NERDS (, January 10, 2001.

One clear sign of an engineer is that they know nothing about physics, but think they do. A coulomb is the unit of electrical charge, a mole is Avogadro's number (you did look that up correctly) of, well, just about anything (sheep, atoms, cats, inflated engineer egos, etc). You CAN have a mole of electrons (see above); you can't convert a pure number into anything. If you can't find your freshman physics book (sophomore physics for engineers) try My rule of thumb is that a good engineer is worth his/her weight in gold (i've actually been fortuante enough to know one). Unfortunately, they're about as hard to find as an equal mass of anti-matter.

-- harold nations (, January 10, 2001.

The Coulomb appears to have several meanings. Looking in my CRC, I find one definition of ampere as a "one couloumb, ( x10^18) electrons per second". So you can go from ampere seconds to moles of hydrogen, by assuming each electron gets converted into a single atom of hydrogen.

So yes it may well be a pure number, but the term is also used as part of a related measurement. With it we were able to calculate if our sub was going to explode or not.

-- Jeff - The NERDS (, January 10, 2001.

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