Bigger is Better! Gargantuan Takes on New Meaning with the Return of DAILY PLANET’s “Supersize This! Week”, Beginning March 7 on Discovery

— February 22, 2016

– Discovery’s flagship science magazine is back scouring the world for the biggest, most outrageous, and most over-the-top science and engineering stories –

TORONTO (February 22, 2016) – If it can be sized up on a truly massive scale, DAILY PLANET is on the case with its colossal “Supersize This! Week”, airing Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery. From the world’s largest 16-deck cruise ship holding more than 5,000 passengers to a large-scale 3D printer intended to build homes using organic material, DAILY PLANET raises the stakes to uniquely colossal dimensions with this annual celebration of all things enormous. Viewers are invited to witness the world’s most whopping inventions, escalated experiments, and even exceptionally large creatures as DAILY PLANET’s Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin spotlight monumental science and engineering stories from around the world. This latest DAILY PLANET recurring theme week follows “Invent This Week” (February), and “Future Tech Week” (January) which - final data from Numeris confirms - averaged 54% larger audiences than the same week in 2015 (Adults 25-54).

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DAILY PLANETSupersize This! Week” features (L-R): Harmony of the Seas:The world biggest cruise ship; giant surfboard measuring 12 metres; supersized conveyor belt system hauling tonnes of sand

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Supersize This! Week” include: “Biggest Surfboards” What’s the outcome of combining one aerospace engineer and a sea-side city full of surfing enthusiasts? The world’s largest surfboard! The average board is approximately three-metres long, while this supersized ride measures more than 12 metres in length and can hold 66 surfers at a time. Hang at least 10! “Truck Treadmill” Buses and trucks are about to hit the gym…or at least the treadmill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Michigan is driving 36,000 kilogram vehicles up onto a high- tech treadmill to see just how healthy they are. Housed in a concrete bunker with massive rollers and a giant fan to simulate wind, these trucks are going to be put through an intense work out, all to better understand emissions.  “Black Widow” Mechanic Shawn Cormier loves building extreme machines and posting the results on YouTube. He's already mounted a full-scale tank onto a 1940s Ford tow-truck, which he fondly calls his “Tankenstein”. Now Cormier is transforming a 1970s Chevette into a homemade three-wheeler monster trike called the “Black Widow”. More of a rolling piece of art than a performance machine, the bike has already been clocked at 120 km per hour…and that was prior to Cormier installing the brakes! DAILY PLANET follows Cormier’s completion of the brake installation and follows him to a World War II airbase to capture him test-driving his wild new build.  “Harmony of the Seas” Royal Caribbean is bringing the world its biggest cruise ship: the 5,497 passenger Harmony of the Seas. When it officially sets sail in Spring 2016, the 16-deck, 226,000 gross tonnage beast will offer thrill-seekers a water park, including the tallest waterslide at sea complete with an unprecedented 100-foot plunge. The ship’s grandeur offerings will also include high-tech ice shows to high-flying acrobatic performances, and even a bar with dancing robotic bartenders. “One Million Tonnes of Sand” Florida’s Broward Beach is undergoing a massive facelift, thanks to one million tonnes of sand currently being distributed to reconstruct its eroding beaches. The sand is coming from the Ortona Sand Mine in LaBelle, Florida, and will be dispersed from three access points along the eight kilometre stretch of beach. At each access site, 120 trucks haul an estimated 2,500 tonnes of sand six days a week. Then, the operators use a supersized conveyor belt system to get the sand from the trucks on the street to the beach.

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About DAILY PLANET:

Co-hosted by Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong, DAILY PLANET is Discovery’s flagship daily magazine program exploring the most amazing science and technology stories from around the world. DAILY PLANET is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), a production house wholly owned by Discovery Canada, and Kelly McKeown is Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. More information about DAILY PLANET can be found at Discovery.ca/DailyPlanet, as well on Facebook and @DailyPlanetShow.

 About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network in primetime among total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

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