Tag archives for Taboo

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

Behind seemingly ‘normal’ homes across America lie secret lifestyles. Lifestyles that can be considered unusual, strange, even taboo. From colossal collections to intense infatuations, here’s a roundup from Taboo USA: Extreme Obsessions.   House of 1000 Cats Cats! Cats! Cats! I am an animal lover and a cat lover so when I heard we were…

For centuries many have tried to unlock the code to eternal youth and beauty, crossing oceans and travelling to far-away lands in search of the proverbial ‘fountain of youth’. From powerful elixirs to the sorcerer’s stone, many have undergone extreme measures – measures one might even call, Taboo. This week’s Taboo USA: Forever Young exposes…

Everyday, millions of Americans go to work.  Most have traditional careers and strive for a life of normalcy and creature comforts.  However, there are some people that have professions that are on the fringe.  Dynamic jobs that many would find strange, and even, taboo.  Here are some of the odd jobs that we’ll be talking…

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…

Creating Gender

In this week’s episode of Taboo: Changing Gender viewers meet a wide array of people who have chosen to change their gender or even live outside of the binary gender choices. However, gender can actually be a complicated question when it applies to all aspects of a human being. There are many of variables outside…

When Gender Is Not Binary

In Western Culture people have two choices when marking their gender on the census or any other legal documentation. You can be male or female, nothing else. However in cultures all across the world other genders have been traditionally and still are recognized. While not common, it is not unusual for individuals to have a…

Fetish to Taboo

There are several definition of the word “fetish.” In psychology, one definition is that a fetish is an “object” that provides sexual gratification. It can be an object or bodily part whose real or fantasized presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification. It may even interfere with “normal” sexual encounters. However, there are many accepted…

The Strange Science of Attraction

Attraction still mystifies scientists, why one person is attracted to certain people or even objects and not others. However, science is getting closer to identifying the components that equal desire between two people. As seen in this week’s Taboo: Strange Passions, what a person desires is sometimes not what other people consider normal. Is it…

While the human divorce rate skyrockets, many people look to animals, especially our pets, as a better example of how to love and treat one another. Do animals really know how to have long-term meaningful relationships with one another? In this week’s episode, Taboo explores some weird weddings, including one that is specifically for dogs.…

Bizarre Bridal Dresses

What’s a weird wedding without unique, or at least nontraditional, wedding attire? This week’s episode of Taboo explores the world of strange weddings and viewers will get a gander at a few interesting ways to dress up (and dress down) an unusual wedding. In the United States we normally expect brides to walk down the…

In this week’s episode of Taboo, the show explores the world of people who do jobs that most of us would never want to do, no matter the pay. Some of these jobs are so disgusting that they fall under the realm of taboo. However, some of these nasty jobs are incredibly important to society.…

According to the Environmental Protection agency, in 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash. That is 4.6 pounds of trash per person, per day. In other countries, the rate of trash generation is similar and there are fewer regulations in some places for how this trash is managed. One man’s trash truly is…

It’s been a busy week for all things Taboo. First, we had Stubs the Cat celebrating 15 years as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. That’s right, many years ago the people of Talkeetna, underwhelmed by their official options on the ballot, banded together to select Stubs the Cat as their write-in candidate. He won the election,…

Strange Beauty

Perceived beauty is said to be a matter of facial symmetry. In early times, people whose faces were perfectly symmetrical were more likely to be healthy. Scientists theorize that because of this, humans are more likely to choose mates or at least who we find especially attractive based on symmetry. Beauty is narrowly defined, but…

The World-Wide Nip and Tuck

Cosmetic surgery can make a huge difference to the self-esteem and lives of individuals who have been disfigured or feel that they have an issue with their appearance that is insurmountable. Cosmetic surgeons argue that even though beauty comes from the inside out, we all have to look in the mirror and be comfortable with…

In honor of this month’s Summer Olympics, we’ve got some truly special competitions for you. Outside of their communities, people may find these sports weird, crazy or even taboo. But to the participants they mean skill, bravery, high art and entertainment. India’s rural Olympics: Lifting iron plows with your teeth, pulling vehicles with your hair,…