Some life lessons are permanently sealed in our brains simply because of the way we learned them – like the alphabet or how to lose a guy in 10 days. If you lived your formative years in the ’90s, then some – if not all – of your understanding of how things work can be attributed to a quirky scientist with an impressive wardrobe of bow ties. An after-school education from Bill Nye the Science Guy, the American TV program that ran from 1993 to 1998, was the first time that most ’90s kids learned about the hair-raising capabilities of static electricity and that the Earth’s crust closely resembles, well, a crusty loaf of bread.
While the show had been off air for nearly 17 years, when Bill attended the 2015 Shorty Awards in April, it was clear that the former host has retained his whimsical sense of humour and trademark sense of style: a man of science, Bill knows the formula to a lovable image and it always involves a dapper bow tie.
In honour of the gracious former host's 60th birthday today (Nov. 27), we dug through the archives of the beloved series to bring you the 10 most memorable moments that spanned the show’s 100-episode run – like the time Bill floated through space or drove a grass-covered car in the name of science. Not that you could forget these life-changing moments, anyway. Happy birthday, Bill!