Dan, 40, spoke out about scientist Dr Alvaro Garcia’s idea to “have little pockets of sunflower oil built into tarmac” to fill potholes across the UK, with him coming up with the theory after watching the Spanish MasterChef.
The presenter explained, as a shocked Louise screamed “wow!” beside him: “What he does, he sort of builds [the sunflower oil] into [the] tarmac, so when the pothole starts, it bursts through the sunflower oil, the sunflower oil runs unto the tarmac and it sort of self heals.”
Louise then exclaimed: “If that works…” as Dan continued: “Apparently it can take £260 million just in the UK and it can increase the life of a road by a third from 12 to 16 years.
“All from having little pockets of sunflower oil built into the tarmac. Now that is a proper invention if that works!”
Louise, clearly startled by the revelation, then shared: “If that works it’s fantastic.”
Dan’s comments come after he made a bit of a gaffe on Monday’s BBC Breakfast, as he stumbled over his words while giving viewers a brief run-down of the newspaper headlines.
As Dan held up a double-page spread including some pictures of various creatures, his co-host Naga Munchetty, 42, commented: “I love that chilled out polar bear he – or she – is so chilled.”
“You know polar bears are all left-handed?” Dan asked, before adding: “Is that an urban myth, that they’re all left-handed?”
As Naga shot the camera a skeptical glance, he laughed: “Maybe I made that one up.”
Looking mortified at having announced the false information with such confidence, the star continued: “I thought polar bears were all left-handed…no?”
“You go shake one’s hand and see what happened,” Naga replied, struggling to hide her amusement.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.