Explorers of the Human Body

Explorers of the Human Body

Infobox Television
show_name = Explorers of the Human Body

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genre = comedy
creator =
director =
developer =
presenter = SBS
starring = Shin Dong Yup
Super Junior
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narrated =
country = KOR
language = Korean
num_seasons =
num_episodes = 13
location = Seoul, South Korea
camera = Multi-camera
runtime = approx. 40 minutes
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audio_format =
first_aired = 2007-11-11
last_aired = 2008-02-03
preceded_by =
followed_by =
related = Miraculous Victory and Defeat
website = http://tv.sbs.co.kr/ngoodsunday/index.html/

"Explorers of the Human Body" (Hangul: 인체탐험대; Hanja: 人體探險隊) is one of the three shows of New Good Sunday, a lineup of variety shows that airs every Sunday evening at 5:30 PM on SBS. The show's aim is to answer curious questions about the human body, where the Super Junior members perform the answers by doing experiments with their own bodies. The show succeeds in attracting a wide audience due to its comedic and educational content.


After previous popular shows "X-man" and "Jihwaza" ended, SBS's New Good Sunday decided to air a new educational program, introducing the audience to the human body. Shin Dong-yup was chosen to be the lead MC, with the Super Junior members being regulars and co-MCs of the program. Ratings for the show became the highest of all three shows that aired in SBS's New Good Sunday lineup as the show is educational and entertaining to watch.

It is also the first variety show to include all 13 members of Super Junior as regulars.

Each episode has a main topic to explore regarding the human body. In the first episode, which involved the tongue and blindness, the Super Junior members taste very hot peppers and extremely bitter-tasting drinks to test the mysteries of the tongue. The Super Junior members also test the blindness of their eyes by doing eye-fooling tests.

Many episodes do not simply involve the physical features of the body. Episode six revolves around balance and episode eight deals with crying and tears.

Episode Summaries

Episode 1: Tongue & Eyes

Member Not Present: Kyuhyun

Tongue & Taste Buds
*Tea Tasting: Yong Dam (Herbal Tea)
*Drying and Numbing the Tongue
*Taste Sensation
*Pepper Tasting: Korean Chunhyang Pepper, Thai Prik ki nu Pepper, Mexican Habanero Pepper, and Indian Bhut Jolokia PepperEyes & Change Blindness
*Identify the Difference: Flashing Pictures on a Screen
*Tricking the Eyes: Doctor Switching [Group Prank]

Episode 2: Stomach

Member Not Present: Kyuhyun
*Focus on various aspects of the digestive system and the food that enters it.

Episode 3: Strength Part I

Members Not Present: Kyuhyun and Heechul
*Arm Wrestling
*Electronic Muscle Stimulation

Episode 4: Strength Part II

Member Not Present: Kyuhyun and Heechul
*Long Jumping
*Lifting person with your fingers

Episode 5: Laughter

*laughing gas
*why is laughter contagious?
*laughter as exercise
*how to prevent the urge to laugh? > natural salt > pulling the neck skin/fat > biting cheek fat > pressing the pressure points in the body

Episode 6: Balance

Members not present: Kyuhyun, Kangin, Yesung and Heechul (first half of the show)

* Sense of equilibrium

* Sense of balance
* Spinning machine

* Restoring the sense of balance after spinning by chewing on dried squid, holding balls of aluminium foil and spotting

Episode 7: Flexibility

This is the first episode in which Kyuhyun is present

* Improving flexibility in doing the splits: rubber banding the first two toes together, juggle (soccer) a jaegee (like a hacky sack) 10 times with your feet, and hitting the inner thighs in the horse-riding position.

* Enhancing flexibility and strength in your back: the grasshopper position (as seen in the Korean film, Oldboy).
* Improving flexibility in touching your toes: the "Octopus Dance," and massing the ribs.

* Super Junior members try to contort into a 53cm x 53cm x 53cm box after a demonstration by two Chinese contortionists.

Episode 8: Tears

*Slow-Motion Camera

*Acting out emotional scenes

*Two team stimulation with peppers/onions & fans

*Comparing saltiness of tears from stimulation & emotion

*Ryeowook & Eunhyuk Secret Camera

Episode 9: Reflexes Part I

The first of two episodes in which the South Korean boy band group Dong Bang Shin Gi guests on the show along with Super Junior.

* Determining your reflex age

* Comparing reflex speeds of Dong Bang Shin Gi and Super Junior members by baseball sliding.
* The top 3 members from each group compete in a 1-on-1 dodgeball tournament.

Episode 10: Reflexes Part II

The second of two episodes in which the South Korean boy band group Dong Bang Shin Gi guests on the show along with Super Junior.

* Dong Bang Shin Gi members taste the hottest peppers in the world (as seen in the first episode).

* Dong Bang Shin Gi and Super Junior members compete in a vertical leap test.
* Dong Bang Shin Gi and Super Junior members compete in how quickly the members are able to touch a falling ball (from 7m high) after running from a far distance (7-10m)

Episode 11: Archery

Member(s) not present : Han Geng, Siwon (second half of the show)
*Two team separation (One to shoot moving target and Two to catch/deflect an arrow)

*Team One: Heechul, Kang-In, Shindong, Kibum, Kyuhyun

*Team Two: Leeteuk, Yesung, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Ryeowook

Episode 12: Breathing Underwater

Member(s) not present : Siwon

*Two team separation (One to use props to breathe underwater and Two to exchange air underwater)

*Team One: Leeteuk, Heechul, Shindong, Donghae, Kibum, Kyuhyun

*Team Two: Han Geng, Yesung, Kang-In, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook

Episode 13: Dogs' Sense of Smell

*Testing the Police Dogs wearing special clothing

*Testing dog's sense of smell & comparing it to a human's

*Getting acquainted with the dogs/discussing how to fool sense of smell

*30 minutes to find "fugitives" by smell

*Team One (Police): Leeteuk, Heechul, Donghae, Kibum, Kyuhyun, Siwon, Sungmin

*Team Two (fugitives): Han Geng, Yesung, Kang-In, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook, Shindong

End of first season

Due to Super Junior's busy schedules, the last episode before the program's hiatus will be on February 3, 2008. A new show, "Kimsubang Express", will be the temporary replacement in the time-slot. "Kimsubang Express" will be airing for three weeks. [ko icon [http://news.media.daum.net/entertain/broadcast/200801/24/yonhap/v19737036.html 문희준, SBS '일요일이 좋다' MC 합류] January 25, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2008.]

It was finally decided that instead of a hiatus, the program will end the season with thirteen episodes. Super Junior decided to leave the show due to their occupied schedules and busy preparations for their upcoming Asia-wide concert tour, Super Show. However, representatives of the program stated if there is a chance, a second season is considered. [ko icon [http://news.hankooki.com/lpage/sports/200802/h2008021119485891970.htm 슈주 빠지니… '인체탐험대'도 막내린다!] February 11, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2008.] "Change", the variety program hosted by Lee Hyori and Shin Dong Yup with Noh Hong Chul, Kang-In, Son Ho Young and Min Kyung Hoon as regulars, will take over the time-slot.


* Shin Dong-yup
* Super Junior

pecial guests

* TVXQ – Episodes 9, 10

ee also

* Super Junior
* Seoul Broadcasting System


External links


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