Archives for October, 2012

The participants in the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers  tend to be preparing for scenarios that many of us would consider remote, such as a catastrophic collapse of the global economic system, or an electromagnetic pulse attack by terrorists or a foreign enemy that would disable the nation’s electricity grids and render much of our…

Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space, breaking the speed of sound and the world record for a free fall jump from higher than 120,000 feet. While many followed this historic event with yesterday’s live-stream, National Geographic Channel and BBC detailed every second with more than 20 cameras. The footage will be combined…

In 1906, John D Rockefeller—then the richest man in the world—began construction on a new summer house on his vast 3,410 acre estate overlooking the Hudson River. Rockefeller’s son, John Junior, took responsibility for the construction; but father and son disagreed from the outset over who should design the house—so they compromised by having several…

Whether it’s cash, gold, or digital-data bits, we all know that money makes the world go round. But what our host, Jake Ward of Popular Science magazine discovers in this one hour special is that without the engines that power the world’s financial systems, that world would grind to a halt. For the first time,…

In the New Hampshire countryside, there’s a demolition company whose members pounce on a job at a moment’s notice. And when they do, they don’t leave much behind. After they bid on and win demolition jobs, whatever they find on site is now either their problem … or their bonus! So before they demolish, they…

Unwanted Exotics

When Angela Harter moved out of the city many years ago, she had no idea what her life would be like. Now, living in rural Central Ohio – a place once known for its lax laws on exotic animal ownership and breeding – Angela Harter’s “Rescue One” animal sanctuary has literally taken over her house. (See…

To everyone’s major disappointment, Felix Baumgartner’s epic spacedive scheduled for today has been aborted due to gusty wind conditions in Roswell, New Mexico. According to mission control, the launch is the second-most dangerous part of this mission (second only to Baumgartner’s actual jump), and even slight winds could be disastrous. The team will try again…

National Geographic Channel is known for taking viewers to never-before-seen places, exploring new and unseen cultures, and going inside some of America’s best guarded and most mysterious locations.  This week, we are upping the ante with Secret Access Week — featuring new specials that provide an all-access pass into America’s most valuable vaults, stealth technologies,…

In the wee hours of Tuesday, Felix Baumgartner is predicted to become the world-record holder for the highest free fall. Specifically, he’ll be climbing 23 miles up into the sky—to what is essentially the edge of space—and jumping. While he’s at it, Baumgartner will become the first person to free fall through the sound barrier.…

The Alaska State Troopers have a big job, covering a tremendous territory and managing crimes similar to those that occur all across the United States. The mission of the Division of Alaska State Troopers is to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime, and protect life and property. This however, is rarely…

Just a year and a half after President Obama ordered the raid that ended the longest manhunt in American history and took down al-Qaeda’s notorious leader, Americans can now see for the first time in a full-length feature film how it all went down in SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN. When…

In the blink of an eye, waters can sweep away villages, winds can tear through communities, avalanches can bury sleepy mountain towns and the earth can quiver, crippling entire regions. Earthquake, windstorm, avalanche and flood: four of nature’s most awesome weapons that unleash fury on people and structures are re-created in NGC’s four-part series Forecast:…

By Ricki Chaikin, Co-Owner Reclaimed Relics as Featured on Abandoned This cabinet started with the doors which were removed from the vault of the Scranton Lace Factory in Scranton, PA.  The lace factory opened its’ doors in 1897 and is over 600,000 square feet.  They were at one time the world’s largest producers of Nottingham…

RV Monkeys

Alison and Donald get a rare look into the world of private monkey owners. They head to the bayous of Louisiana, a state that bans primate ownership, to meet two owners, Donita and Jim Clark, who have gone into hiding. Despite having special permits allowing them to stay within the state, they believe they have…

Top Five Crazy Collections

Collecting is a human trait and people have been building collections of objects since ancient Egypt. Collections are a means of expressing passions and personality and their arrangement gives people a since of order. In fact, most people collect something, whether it be figurines of their favorite animal, memorabilia from their favorite sport’s team However…

By: Andrew Strenio Sometimes when you meet an inmate behind bars, you know right off the bat that they have a story to tell.  Other times, you have to follow your instincts, roll the dice, and see where a subject leads you. For this episode, we had both. Priscilla Velasquez yelled out at us from…

Owning a wild animal is no small task.  Full-grown tigers, lions and monkeys are powerful, unpredictable, and extremely dangerous. They need a lot of food, a lot of space, and a lot of attention in order to live comfortably and safely in captivity. It takes more than a love of animals to make a good…

Testing out some more viewer information, rather than being so focused on our own channels, looking at the top 3 telecasts across the day from a few of the non-fiction networks out there: National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet and Science.  Gives me more to talk about at research…