Archives for May, 2011

Jail House Wedding

By: Simon Heath, Field Producer We arrived in Anaheim for what we all knew would be probably the most unusual wedding we would ever attend. Gabriela Zuniga is a charming suburban mother with a gorgeous five year old daughter and another baby on the way. We’re here because today she’s about to marry her childhood…

Singer-guitarist Sammy Hagar used to be known primarily for his anti-speed limit anthem, “I Can’t Drive 55,” and for his stint replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen. But these days, the wavy-tressed rocker is getting more attention for publishing a new autobiography in which he reveals that he was abducted by aliens and subjected to the mental equivalent of what happens…

A conquest of Earth by some super-powerful extraterrestrial species has been a suitably frightening premise for science fiction, from the 1938 radio version of War of the Worlds to the 2011 movie blockbuster Battle: Los Angeles.  Among UFOologists, the alien apocalypse scenario resonates strongly as well, to the extent that some have even questioned why U.S. defense officials haven’t done more to…

Catfish Noodling

The European Wels catfish is the ultimate whopper of a fish. They can stretch up to ten feet in length and have been purported to weigh six hundred a seventy pounds – about three times the weight of an average noodler! These bottom-dwelling catfish are the biggest river beasts in Europe capable of darting through the…

In sci-fi books and movies, aliens are continually trying to conquer our planet. But this question is seldom, if ever, answered: why would beings from a distant, advanced civilization go to the expense and effort of journeying to Earth to mount an invasion? After all, Earthlike rocky planets are relatively common on the universe—scientists estimate…

One of the most disturbing science-fiction novels I have ever read is Jack Womak’s 1993 opus Elvissey, which takes place in a dystopian future in which a rising religion is centered upon the worship of the late Elvis Presley, whom the devout believe was a demigod with miraculous powers. A giant multinational corporation, Dryco, decides to co-opt the…

Possession Pile Up: Hoarders

Hoarders – people who don’t own their stuff, their stuff owns them – have been around for centuries. And right now there could be as many as 12 million hoarders living in the United States. But what makes a hoarder, and what happens when they’re forced to address this behavior? Several symptoms that can differentiate a…

In Jules Verne’s 1864 classic of  science fiction, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, an intrepid German scientist named Liedenbrock purchases an ancient Icelandic manuscript and decodes its script to discover an incredible secret. The manuscript explains that the crater of a certain Icelandic volcano is the entrance to an underground passageway that leads…

This expedition touched me in a way that I never expected. In fact, I think it actually changed my outlook on life. You see, as a guy that has spent the better part of his life studying fish diversity, specifically fish jaws and feeding behaviors, I fully expected to be blown-away by the fishes in…

The Shroud of Turin, an alleged relic of the burial of Jesus after his crucifixion, is to miracle-researchers what the Zapruder film is to JFK assassination conspiracy-buffs. The herringbone linen sheet, 14 feet three inches by three feet seven inches, contains a faint image that some believe is the frontal and dorsal impression of Jesus’ body made after…

  By Liz Morrison – Associate Producer The Craigslist ad went something like this – “Seeking extras for a new science show. Will include non-invasive medical testing that may measure extreme pain tolerance.” If I didn’t actually write this, I would’ve assumed the posting was a joke or something WAY too sketchy to get involved…

Shortly after the news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke on Sunday evening, a boisterous crowd of college students spontaneously gathered outside the gates of the White House. As this local TV news video shows, the revelers brandished flags, chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!” and even did a creaky, off-key rendition of the National Anthem. “We killed…

Comparisons to Hitler are a tricky and even dangerous thing, since the sheer enormity of the Nazi dictator’s crimes against humanity—in particular, his effort to exterminate an entire group of people, the Jews—and the virulence of his hatred tend to diminish even the most monstrous evil done by others.  Yet there’s an inescapable, almost unsettling…