Tag archives for Taboo

Tennessee’s Opiate Crisis

Heroin’s on the rise again in the U.S. And while it’s re-saturated some urban markets that witnessed major heroin waves in the 70s and 80s’, heroin’s begun creeping into different communities where opiate abuse was historically much lower than the national average. Tonight’s episode of Drugs, Inc. follows a team of drug cops who are…

Meet The Real American Hustlers

From card tricks to Vegas bets, true con artists always have an extra trick up their sleeves. Hustling America follows conman Alexis Conran as he travels across the United States, testing his deception skills by attempting to recreate history’s trickiest hustle: the proposition bet. Prop bets are outrageous wagers, created and perfected by crooks throughout…

Watch: ‘Meltdown’ Mines Tooth Fillings For Gold

Gold-diggers, take note. Tonight, two new episodes of Meltdown follow the fiercely competitive world of urban treasure hunting. These precious metals experts employ unorthodox methods of gold prospecting to scrape up profits from junkyards, pawn shops and city streets, hoping to recover metal treasures and melt them down for cash. But the craziest stunt of the…

America’s Scariest Beasts: The Monster Project Premieres Tonight

Take a blood-sucking chupacabra, add Judah Friedlander and throw in some science. What do you get? The Monster Project, a Nat Geo WILD event that explores the urban legends of mythical creatures. The Monster Project pairs Friedlander, comic and self-proclaimed karate master, with a crack team of researchers. They’re not just ordinary scientists – Judah’s…

Are There Ghosts In Your Bourbon? Inside A Haunted Distillery

During the daytime hours, the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky produces bourbon whisky. But at night, the distillery is filled with spirits of a more ominous kind. Just in time for Halloween is tonight’s Inside: Secret America, where journalists and ghost hunters Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster pay a visit to Buffalo Trace, a notorious…

Grammy Winner Ricky Skaggs Vs. Snake Salvation

“I like the spirit movin’, but I don’t like them snakes movin’.” – Ricky Skaggs Snake Salvation Pastor Andrew Hamblin was fast-tracked to become a bluegrass superstar when he was younger, but gave up his musical dreams to become a preacher and handle snakes. Playing bluegrass music is a forbidden practice in Hamblin’s Holiness faith.…

Law-Breaking Snakes

Inspired by Snake Salvation to start wrangling poisonous serpents? Newsflash – the practice of “handling reptiles in a dangerous way” has been illegal for over 60 years. After five churchgoers died from snakebites in church in 1947, snake handling was banned in every Appalachian state except West Virginia. But Snake Salvation Pastors Jamie Coots and…

Anatomy of a Snakebite

“I handle snakes because I wanna go to heaven. When the death angel comes it’s time to go, and I don’t believe you can rush it.” – Little Cody Coots When a cottonmouth bites Little Cody Coots, he’s hit with excruciating pain and numbness. And when he tries to go snake hunting on Louisiana’s Laddo…

Six Snake-Handling Horror Stories

When it comes to snake handling, the truth is often stranger than fiction. Over 100 people have perished from snakebites during church services over the past century, and despite the outlawing of the practice in several southern states, a new generation of pastors is reviving the dangerous practice. Here are some of the most chilling…

Body Modification: Religion or Mutilation

The practice of body modification has pervaded religion, science, and art in cultures across the world since ancient times. Though in a country driven by image, there is an importance placed on appearances, which some Americans defy by pushing the limits of what is acceptable, and what many might consider, taboo.  In San Diego, California…