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Archives for February, 2010

Origins of Vampire Lore: Part II

In my previous post, we got into the gory saga of Vlad III Dracula (1431-1476), the Transylvanian-born prince of Walachia whose penchant for bloodletting led Bram Stoker to borrow his name for the central character in his seminal 1897 novel. As detailed by scholars Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu in their fascinating book In Search of Dracula: The…

Little Dogs, Big Ancestors

I have a tiny little gray-black terrier named Joey. It’s a bit of a challenge to describe him: imagine an oversized Yorkie, probably about 10-12 pounds, with a little poodle and/or salt-and-pepper miniature schnauzer mixed in, and a pronounced Napoleonic complex.  Sure, he looks cute when he sits in your lap, but he barks ferociously whenever there’s a squirrel perched…

Police Officer Pumphrey on "Super Cops"

by Craig PumphreyFight Science: Super Cops ParticipantFight Science: Super Cops airs Thursday Feb 25 9P et/pt FIGHT SCIENCE!!! I was there in the beginning and I came back for another episode that is close to my heart….Law Enforcement. I have been a police officer since 2002 and I have seen my share of horror, tragedy, sadness,…

Solving Primate Mysteries With Dr. Mireya Mayor

Dr. Mireya Mayor is an explorer and wildlife expert hailed a “female Indiana Jones,” by the New York Times. As a media correspondent, leading primate researcher and higher-education lecturer, Mayor travels all over the world to promote animal conservation. She has been profiled in People magazine, made television appearances on Today and MSNBC, and was…

Great Great Dane

source: Guinness World Records What canine weighs 245 pounds, sleeps on a queen-size bed and has a Facebook fan page?  Meet George, a four-year-old blue Great Dane, the new titleholder of “World’s Tallest Dog” by the Guinness Book of World Records.   Giant George lives in Tucson, Arizona with his owners, Dave and Christine Nassar,…

‘There’s Fight or Flight, and There’s Filmmaking.’

When we reached Casey Anderson by phone at his home a half-hour away from Yellowstone National Park, the host of Nat Geo Wild’s upcoming Expedition Wild was in the middle of packing for a five-day stint of camping in a snowy cave in the park to get some documentary footage of wolves in their natural…

Look Nature in the Eye With the Launch of Nat Geo Wild

Welcome to the Inside WILD blog. Watch this space for amazing behind-the-scenes look at the shows, hosts, and animals featured on Nat Geo Wild, the new television network from National Geographic launching March 29, 2010. In the lead up to launch, we’ll give you a preview of our exciting new shows, introduce you to the…

Chupacabra Update From Little Texas Town

Lately, there’s been a flurry of Chupacabra-related news coming out of Bridgeport, TX, a burg of 5,800 inhabitants 45 miles from Fort Worth that, up until this point, was known chiefly as the site where a toll bridge was built across the Trinity River in 1860 to facilitate the St. Louis-to-San Francisco stagecoach route. But…

The Phoenix Lights: Part II

(read part I, UFOs Over Phoenix) In the wake of the March 13, 1997 sighting by thousands of people of two sets of peculiar lights over Phoenix, AZ, an official explanation gradually emerged.  The lights were not alien spacecraft but rather flares, dropped that night by pilots from the Maryland Air National Guard, who were…

Origins of Vampire Lore

If you’re a teenager, you might think that the idea of bloodsucking immortal ghouls originated with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels (or maybe, if you have a really short attention span and/or the tedium of reading words on paper seems like an epic fail, the blockbuster flick The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Your parents, in contrast, might harken back…