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Junk food is a universal language. No matter what culture you’re from, chances are you enjoy grazing on salty, sweet or savory snacks from time to time, partaking in a global tradition of gluttony. Snack food is an enormous global market, grossing nearly $400 billion in the past year. While fruit and chocolate are universally adored…

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…

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Mathew Ramsey, self-proclaimed photographer/chef gone weird and creator of the popular website PornBurger, recently invited us into the kitchen to watch as he created the mouthwatering “Bill U Murray Me?” burger. Described as a “looker with a heart of gold,” this marvel of a burger is seared on the outside, medium rare on the inside…

For all the kitchen gadgets you never knew you needed, there’s an As Seen on TV commercial for that. From the Slap Chop to the Grill Glove, the bizarre products that light up your television screen at 2 a.m. offer the promise of a new life enhanced by technology, a utopian existence where you can stir…

Though the cast of Live Free Or Die are positioned as back-to-nature technophobes, they’re also children of modern society who know precisely when to take ethical shortcuts that don’t compromise their values too much. Put another way, they’ll use technology if there is no reliable workaround. Colbert occasionally drives a truck; he also has a hunting rife in…

Written by Alex Mazzarisi Located in the heart of Prague, Old Town Prague or Staroměstské náměstí as the locals call it, is an ancient settlement, founded in the 12th century. Once the hub of medieval market activity, the square is now home to  historical monuments and tourist attractions including Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock,…

It’s been a long road for the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft; but after 10 years of interplanetary travel, the time has finally come for the probe to land on its high-speed target: comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. With only hours left until the lander Philae is scheduled to touch down on the comet’s surface, the next 24 hours are…

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…

After the long harsh winter, spring breakup strikes, bringing rising temperatures and mounting challenges for remote Alaskans. The thaw marks the start of the most taxing time of year in Alaska. Those living off the grid must work there hardest to hunt, gather, and harvest vital resources before the freeze takes hold again. On the…

This Sunday, October 26, NGC joins world-champion freediver Stig Severinsen as he attempts to set chilling and unthinkable records. On April 1, 2010, Severinsen became the first person in the world to hold his breath over 20 minutes, when he set an official Guinness World Record of 20 minutes and 10 seconds in a shark…

As we pointed out last week, Life Free or Die is more or less a show about the cool crafts, structures and appliances you can build without the need for such modern luxuries as electronic power tools and handymen. Tonight’s episode delivers on the promise of household appliances reborn sans-tech: in the opening sequence, outdoorsman Gabe…

It’s zero hour in the North Carolina Outer Banks Bluefin Tuna season with the quota about to close. Southern boat Wahoo leads the fleet but local rival Fishin’ Frenzy and Northern invader Pin Wheel are serious threats for the top spot and bragging rights. Gloucester veteran Hard Merchandise needs one more tuna to make the…

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…

Tonight on Live Free or Die, familiar challenges and new ventures test the primitives’ survival skills. Despite one of the most brutal winters on record finally coming to an end, new obstacles always have a way of cropping up. The primitives will face both small and life-changing situations that test their resolve to stay wild.…

Last night on Southern Justice “All in the Family,” Deputy Josh “Hoppy” Hopkins allows an up-close and personal look into his family’s own personal battles with prescription drugs. Growing up in an area that suffers from extreme economic and emotional depression with one of the highest suicide rates in the state, Deputy Hopkins rose above the same temptations…

Last night on Live Free or Die, life in the wild continues as the primitives face unexpected personal challenges while trying to stay equipped with the essentials to survive as winter comes to a close. In the swamps of Georgia, frontiersman Colbert’s hunting season is winding down, but since he relies on his catches for…

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…

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…

Americans today constantly have their eyes locked to screens — their phones, tablets, and televisions. Workweeks are getting longer and the retirement age is getting older. There’s an obsession with money and material goods. But there are a handful of people who are rejecting these ways of life. They’re moving away from the cities, living…

The man. The Mick. The legend. After entertaining audiences with his quirky lifestyle last winter, Mick Dodge returns to National Geographic Channel tonight at 9P for an all-new season of The Legend of Mick Dodge. We’re heading back into the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful and serene Hoh Rainforest to follow the everyday life of an eccentric…

As breakdowns and bad luck plague various boats in the Outer Banks’ Bluefin tuna fleet, it remains to be seen if a Northern boat will rise to the top of the leaderboard for the first time. On southern boat Wahoo, brothers Reed and Banks Meredith are currently the top-earning tuna boat in the fleet. But…

The Kakadu National Park is home to several billabongs. A Billabong is lake or pond left behind by a river that has changed it’s course. Rivers, which are usually compiled of networks of branches, often change their course, leaving behind branches with dead ends. Billabongs are dry for the greater part of the year, but…

Tonight on Wicked Tuna: North vs. South, only half the bluefin quota remains before the Outer Banks season must come to a close, so every boat is fighting for their share before time runs out. After a successful start to the season, captain Reed Meredith of local boat Wahoo, and his first mate, brother Banks…

Sullivan County, TN is known as the birthplace of country music and the home of NASCAR’s Bristol Motor Speedway races. 70 miles east, Ashe County, NC is best known for its Christmas trees, where tens of thousands of trees grow on hillsides and make their way to living rooms across the nation every winter. Both…