Archives for May, 2012

Peru holds some of Earth’s most cherished landmarks and ancient mysteries: the Amazon, Andes Mountains, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and the Nazca lines to name a few. The ancient Inca centered their empire in Peru, and their presence is still felt in modern times. One of the Inca traditions that has not only survived but…

The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order: About Last Week’s Episode: A Camry Hybrid running out of gas…. Right! So in my good ole Camry’s defense, there was just a little more to this then just running out of gas. My trusted…

The Hutterite community—one of the country’s least understood cultures—live in a world where all resources are shared, everyone dresses similarly and nearly everyone is related. But in this colony of pacifists, it’s not all about farming and milking cows. This family lives together, works together and worships God together seven days a week, 365 days…

Hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day – from the looks of it, a few of you got out on the road over the long weekend and took some stunning photos! With just two weeks until the premiere of Untamed Americas, we’ll be sharing a photo a day on Instagram featuring some of the…

Throughout history animals have played a significant role in religious rituals. From sacrificial offerings to manifestations of gods, the roots of animal worship are complex.  One of the most well documented cases of humans worshiping animals takes place in Ancient Egypt. Sculptures and drawings dating as far back as the fourth millennium BC provide clues…

While many animals are celebrated in cultures as symbols of good tidings and fortune, not all animals are so highly esteemed. There are some animals in Western Culture of which people are consistently wary, especially when these animals make an unexpected appearance. Such animals are considered by some to be bad omens and sometimes even…

Told exclusively through home-video footage and personal stories of soldiers and their loved ones, Witness: G.I. Homecoming reveals the emotional stories behind some of the most memorable and highest-viewed surprise reunion videos as told by the men and women whose sacrifices made them happen. Since 9/11, more than two million American service people have deployed…

A hard season with little money to show has taken its toll on the crew of the Odysea, leading Captain Ralph to lash out at his first mate Pirate. The more Ralph yells, the more Pirate tunes him out, leading to more mistakes from Pirate. Something has to give: either Pirate shapes up, or Ralph…

It may be  difficult to understand how anyone could be afraid of a family pet.  However, the fear of animals, known as zoophobia, is actually very common. This distress can be so intense the individual afflicted will arrange their day in order to avoid the panic they feel when they are confronted with their fears.…

People who handle or keep poisonous snakes have to consider that at some point, whether or not it is their fault, they might get bit. Getting antivenom to deal with the ensuing poisoning however, may not be a simple prospect. If the patient is not given the appropriate antivenom for that particular snake’s venom, the…

Written by Mat Roy I always watch the Indianapolis 500 and have been a huge fan of Indy car racing since 1988, so when I found out that one of the most successful American open wheel drivers, Ryan Hunter-Reay, was interested in commissioning an aquarium from Living Color, it was just awesome.  The type of…

Written By Katie Rolnick, Associate Producer Gold mining in Alaska is all about scale. You’re surrounded by vistas larger and grander than any you’ve seen before. Land stretches far out in every direction, bound only by sky-scraping mountains and giant rivers. Compare that with the itty-bitty flecks of gold these miners hope to uncover. Sure,…

    Written by Phil Desjardins, Series Producer Shawn has been to Costa Rica many times before, but it’s a first for both Greg and Michael – so I expect there’s going to be a great deal of wonderment and non-stop ‘wow factors’ from them – and there is, almost at every turn. We arrived…

In the new series Animal Underworld, activist and singer-songwriter, Henry Rollins, explores the relationships between humans and animals around the world.  While advancements in technology have  allowed a larger audience to access information on  human/animal relationships, individuals have been questioning and challenging the dynamic between people and animals for decades. Music has been a major…

Move over 2012, a new end-of-days era is upon us and it is 2052. A computer model developed in the 70s by MIT, called World3, predicted a major collapse of civilization. Based on a number of factors from climate change to overusing our resources, the findings revealed that the planetary stress placed on our planet…

In Animal Underworld: Beast Worship Henry Rollins explores the variety of deep connections that humans have with animals. The human relationship with animals is a complicated one that is steeped in an individual’s beliefs and experiences. While there is some commonality across cultures and nations, you can expect to discover the unexpected when traveling with…

The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order: I feel it is safe to say that an edited version of my road trip to Ohio, P.A. (and finally to Indiana University) did not do it justice. The trip, indeed, was much more fulfilling…

Alex Trebek has been at the Nat Geo Headquarters this week filming the 2012 National Geographic Bee and he took the streets to see how well Washingtonians perform under [geographic trivia] pressure. So how well do you know your geography? (We’re hoping better than these people). Fore more Geo-goodness, be sure to tune in the…

If you just tuned in to Dwight Workers incredible tale on Locked Up Abroad: Black Palace of Horrors, I’m sure you have questions. You can live-tweet with him during the 10P EST premiere on Twitter at @lockedupabroad. But in case you miss him there, we checked in with Dwight to get answers and see what…

More than 8,000 people are bit by venomous snakes a year in the United States and 99% of these bites are from the Crotalidae (pitviper) family. Rattlesnakes are the most common culprit. Despite the large number of bites, there are only about a dozen deaths resulting from venomous snake bites annually. People just do not…

Year in, year out Mexico ranks near the top of the world’s most popular travel destinations, and rightfully so. The Mexican food, music, art and dance all contribute to a unique cultural identity that has far-reaching appeal. In spite of that, Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar tourism industry is often overshadowed by an even larger industry: the illegal…

A Pioneering Team of Investigators Probe Reports of Alien Abduction, UFO Sightings, and Military Cover-ups In National Geographic Channel’s new eight-part series Chasing UFOs, join a team of pioneering investigators pushes the limits to find the truth behind unexplained UFO sightings. Are we being watched? Is the government hiding information on UFO happenings? Can this…

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, we’ve got summer vacations and travel on the brain.  On that note, we thought we’d poll a few of the travel blogs we’ve been reading lately to get their tips on staying out of trouble while traveling out of the country – you wouldn’t…

It’s Tuesday!  And you know what that means – more eye candy featuring the incredible landscapes and wildlife of our Untamed Americas.  Wow.  It’s safe to say my productivity has gone down significantly since launching this contest – it’s hard not to get lost in these images, dreaming of road trips and adventure… Have you…

Written by Molly Mayock, Series Producer Most people think of Fish & Game wardens solely as “wildlife cops” and protectors of natural resources.  Most people also assume wardens only deal with wildlife cases that arise in rural areas.  Mountains.  Rivers.  Your basic “field & stream” situations.  But wardens do so much more than that… and…