Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Home Essentials

Bill Nye isn’t exactly a doomsday prepper, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care a lot about climate change and what it means for the future of our planet.

The science educator, who actually started his career as a mechanical engineer for Boeing in Seattle (where he invented a hydraulic suppressor tube still used on 747s), first became interested in the importance of teaching science to children when he started the show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on a public television station in Seattle in the early 90’s. It ended up running in syndication across the country for five years and won Nye a total of 19 Emmys.

His last show The end is Nye (now streaming on Peacock), guides viewers through natural and unnatural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions and solar flares, and how to prevent, navigate and survive them.

“We present six major issues that we need to prepare for,” Nye says of the series. “We are doing our best to raise awareness about what could go wrong on a large scale and what we as a society can do about these potential disasters. Our hope is that viewers recognize that our complex society is fragile and that things could go very Wrong.”

But there is hope at the end of every show. “With planning and the application of our intellect, we can avoid or mitigate these disasters,” he says. In other words, pay attention to what’s going on and don’t despair. “We want viewers to take an optimistic view of the future through science,” he says.

In the meantime, Nye makes us discover the everyday products that make him happy.

Marca Verde il Classico olive oil

“I buy six bottles at a time from Sur La Table, which is another OG business in Seattle,” Nye says of the extra virgin olive oil, which is cold-pressed from Spanish olives and Italian and has a hint of spice to it. “I use it all the time because it’s versatile and reasonably priced. We have a few tablespoons a night in our salad dressing. And, it’s just enough to pop a batch of popcorn or on my spinach pizza.

French roast (dark roast) from coffee, beans and tea leaves

Turns out the Science Guy runs on caffeine. “That’s another item I buy six at a time. I always, always have it on hand,” Nye says of the coffee grind, noting that he honestly doesn’t leave the house without her.”I often put a bag in my suitcase just to make sure it’s available when I ‘need’ it.”

Fisher All Natural Original Fair Scone and Shortbread Mix

He may worry about natural disasters, but Nye isn’t afraid of carbs. “It’s a Seattle-area product that goes with every breakfast,” he says of his favorite morning pastry. “Just add water and cook. At home, we do it at least four times a week.

Tom Douglas Rub With Love Salmon Seasoning

“If you like salmon, it’s thissays Nye of the rub, which is made with paprika, thyme and brown sugar, and is used on what’s called the “best salmon in Seattle” at Douglas’ Etta’s restaurant. Nye adds, “This is another product that has been a product of my life in Seattle for so many years. I buy three at a time, because I never want to run out. (Bonus: A portion of every box sold goes to the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund.)

    Nespresso milk frother

If Nye is a guy who likes his coffee, he also likes it with frothy milk. “Every morning, and I mean all morning we froth milk for our coffee,” he says, noting that he loves Nespresso’s Aeroccino3, which froths hot milk, hot milk or cold froth. On weekends, it even gets a little wild! “Once a week, I sprinkle a little cinnamon on it,” he says. “Hence the term in our house, Cinnamon Sunday.”


Nye likes to be prepared for disasters, no matter how small – and this waterproof tape (often used by cameramen on TV and film sets) has proven to be a simple solution for many of them. “When you’re traveling, it’s the all-purpose material that solves so many short- to medium-term problems,” he says of the sticky material, which is strong enough to stick to any material, even fabric, indefinitely – but which is also easy to remove. “I usually buy the inch wide at Hollywood Expendables in Burbank,” he says. “It’s always in my suitcase, and always at hand in a kitchen drawer or in my workshop.”

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