Bill Nye wasn't always The Science Guy. His story makes me like him even more.

Few of us know Bill Nye as anything other than The Science Guy. But there was a time when he was *GASP* just regular ol' Bill. So what's his story?

Bill Nye has loved science for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was always curious. He "thought bicycles were just the coolest thing. Bicycles and airplanes, come on." So he decided he wanted to become a mechanical engineer.


How'd he get from mechanical engineer to kids-show host? Get this: Just after college, Bill Nye won a Steve Martin look-alike contest in Seattle. Yep, a look-alike contest. After that, people started asking him to "be" Steve Martin at parties. And once he got that taste of comedy, he was hooked.

There ya have it: a love of science + a love of comedy = Bill Nye the Science Guy. But hey, here's another thing you may not have known. Not only was the TV show entertaining and informative, but it also had a fantastic objective.

These days, Bill Nye gets tons of people coming up to him saying things like, "The reason I'm a physician, the reason I'm an orthopedic surgeon, the reason I'm a chemical engineer, is because [I] watched the show." That is pretty darn awesome.

Want to hear Bill Nye tell his story? Check out the video below:

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Ahmed Hafnaoui had the swim of his life at just the right time on Sunday. After eeking into the men's 400-meter medal race in last place out of the eight finalists, the 18-year-old swimmer from Tunisia shocked everyone by taking home the gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Prior to the semi-finals, Hafnaoui wasn't even listed in the DraftKings Sportsbook odds of winning list, so the fact that he overtook the Australian favorites to win was extra impressive. Australia's Jack McLoughlin won the silver and American Kieran Smith took home the bronze, and though the race was close, it wasn't that close by swimming standards. Hafnaoui was the fastest swimmer, hands-down, after being the slowest of the finalists just the day before.

This, as they say, is why they play the games.

And this footage of Hafnaoui's loved ones in Tunisia reacting to his epic win is why everyone loves an underdog.

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