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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Leap Day as Only an Astrophysicist Can

Any good gradeschooler knows how many days are in a year: 365. But that’s not quite the case. It takes Earth just a little bit more than 365 days to complete our orbit around the sun–about 365-and-a-quarter days. But 365.2422 doesn’t fly off the tongue so easy does it? So we stick with the old…

Five Mayflower Myths Debunked

On the 6th of September, 1620 – the Mayflower embarked on its harrowing, 66-day voyage across the ocean, each of its passengers headed for a new life in the New World. To mark the anniversary of this historic event, we present: Five Mayflower Myths Debunked Aka five things that popular history has been lying about to your face #5. The Mayflower landed on Plymouth Rock. Actually, the…

Frascati: The Drink of Rome

Zane Lamprey chugs to Rome tonight, one of the world’s greatest cities for over two thousand years. As they say, “When in Rome, drink like the Romans.” Italy is a hotbed for fabulous wine production, and wine is the most imbibed cultural beverage. Thus, it’s worth taking a look at the most synonymous wine to…

Chug Through Australia’s Famed Wine Regions

Next stop on Chug: Sydney, Australia. Zane discovers the beer drinking culture in one of the world’s skimpiest clad beach towns, Bondi; and then chugs up the Chain Gang Trail to the town of Wollombi where the locals meet and bond over Jungle Juice, a drink made to make you quiver. Little does Zane realize,…

The Story of Sugar Is the Story of Us

We’re hardwired to seek out sweets. For millions of years, our diet was filled with the most colorful, richest fruit from the tops of the tree canopy in the rain forest. When climates changed and our traditional sources of energy dwindled, many species died along with that disappearing bounty, but those with the ability to…

Feast Your Eyes on NatGeoEat.com!

Dream of a time when beer was safer to drink than water. A time when lobster was considered garbage and caviar was so plentiful it was a free bar snack. Could you imagine a time when people who couldn’t afford to indulge in sugary treats cosmetically blackened their teeth to appear wealthy? Or how about…

Announcing “Eat: The Story of Food”

Food. It’s driven nearly everything we’ve done as a species, and yet it’s one of the most overlooked aspects of human history. In the beginning, our hunger drove us to hunt. Then, it led us to plant and settle, resulting in civilization. We conquered the land, and we went out into the ocean and then the larger…

Here Are Four Species You Won’t Find Outside of Appalachia

The ginseng hunters on Smoky Mountain Money are on a tight schedule – ‘senging season is short – and probably aren’t always sensitive to the environment around them (save threats and signs of ginseng). But even with that nose-to-the-ground work ethic, it can be difficult to ignore the sheer volume of wildlife crowded onto the…

How Wild Appalachian Boars Are Affecting The Ginseng Trade

Here’s the good thing about ginseng – it’s worth a ton of money and it’s in the ground, fresh for the taking in 19 states. You know what I’m going to say next, right? Yeah, harvesting wild ginseng is really difficult. Forget about the whole scaling a mountain through the rain looking for a few…

Will Climate Change Kill the Ginseng Trade?

It’s in energy drinks and dietary supplements. People take it to stimulate their immune system, lose weight and even cure erectile dysfunction. And while it is cultivated en masse on large, specialized farms, most harvesters would rather scour a mountaintop to find increasingly scarce quantities of it. Ginseng is a strange crop. Widely sought-after for…