Tag archives for Unusual

Over 7,000 different languages are spoken around the world—so many that linguists estimate one language dies out every two weeks. But one of the most important languages to your life, one that affects your every interaction with others, is communicated without a sound. Your brain is hyper-sensitive to body language, reading and judging others by their movements and postures…

What’s a pog? If you didn’t come of age during the 1990s, the name may not ring a bell. But for the children of the ’90s who grew up with a Cabbage Patch Kid in one hand and a Beanie Baby in the other, pogs were an important fact of life. Pogs transcended their lowly…

The many different appearances and breeds of dogs reflects thousands of years living with humans and serving as watchdogs, hunters and companions. This week’s episode of  Wonder of Dogs takes a look at some of these dog jobs. But as human society has evolved and the nature of our needs have changed, so too have…

The cast of “Ice Holes” has demonstrated that they’re willing and capable to participate in all manners of ice sports: ice fishing, ice car-racing, ice pranking (this one, of course, is more informal).. But on Friday night’s episode, they decided that on ice sports weren’t enough. In a competition to win the other team’s largest…

With the harvesting season almost finished, the groups got desperate in last night’s episode of “Filthy Riches.” As the impending weather begins to encroach on their paychecks, everyone’s agitated, and the only way out of it is to fight, pray and swear. Here were the five filthiest moments from the last episode: 1. Mud Fight!…

The 5 Basics of Ice Car Racing

On tonight’s episode of Ice Holes, the anglers prove that their fears of falling through the lake ice know few bounds. To kill some time and wait for fish to bite, the guys decide to go ice car racing on the same lake that they’re fishing. If you think that walking around on a frozen…

Does being stuck in the winter wilderness without shelter, overnight and in presence of predators seem like a terrifying scenario? What would be a nightmare for most are possibilities that Jason Lesmeister and the trackers and outdoorsmen of The Savage Line face daily in their line of work. These professionals don’t put themselves into harm’s…

On the penultimate episode of this season’s Filthy Riches, each group shows how their jobs can be not just dirty, but downright dangerous. Two teams go unintentionally off-roading, heavy equipment snaps and sends cargo tumbling and Al’s durable, undefeated truck finally meets its match. 1. Zipline Catastrophe With heavy objects and few options to move…

Summertime is here, and many Americans are going out on boats or casting off the side of piers to nab a bigger and better catch than last year. But while seasonal anglers may prefer the warmer months, others won’t be stopped by winter weather or freezing lakes. This Friday, catch the premiere of the all-new…

Last time on Filthy Riches, “Go Big Or Go Home,” Jim, Andy and Levena each got lost in the wild, Al lost his footing and almost fell from a dangerously tall tree, and Ray lost his eels to a mean predator. Here are this week’s 5 Filthiest Moments: 1. Battle For The Mudflats While Maine’s…

In this week’s episode of Filthy Riches, mushroom hunters Chris Matherly and Levena Holmes go searching through the forests of Michigan to find a species of rare wild mushroom fungus called Laetiporus or “chicken of the woods.” The duo’s quota could yield up to $1,000 for a day’s work. Ingredients like chicken of the woods,…

Forces of nature stole the spotlight on this week’s episode of Filthy Riches. Billy scaled an unharvested mountain, Jim taught his son how to dig for worms and the tide threatened Ray’s eel supply. Here are the five filthiest moments: 1. Muck-Raking! Two grown men come to blows over some worms in the mud? That’s filthy. But…

On the first episode of Showdown of the Unbeatables, “indestructible” machines faced off to see which one prevails. The show’s most explosive matchup came when a powerful air cannon matched up against a shock-proof wall, as hosts Brian Unger and Zane Lamprey pitted the inventions against each other for an epic showdown. The first challenger,…

Big and small, spiky or hairy, hoofs or paws – our pets come in all shapes and sizes. But what’s life like when your animal friend is the size of your palm? Tonight, World’s Smallest Pets takes a look at pint-sized pets and their owners who care for their not-so-tiny needs. Among the pets we…

What’s better than a night of classic National Geographic nature specials? A night of classic National Geographic nature specials overdubbed by the guys from ”Mystery Science Theater 3000,” of course. Tonight, Nat Geo Channel presents Total Riff Off, an evening of wacky commentary from the minds behind the famous TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”  Three of the…

When your life is derailed, seek comfort off the beaten track. That’s the goal of Going Wild, which takes ordinary people struggling with difficult situations off the grid. Through volcanoes, up mountains, under water and into the most unforgiving environments on earth, Going Wild gives its participants a way out of their daily struggles, allowing…

What happens when two illusionists make you believe the unbelievable? Tonight on our four-hour special The Happenings, magicians Barry and Stuart launch a stealth campaign of paranormal activity on the unsuspecting residents of towns across the UK and America. Using magic and misdirection, the two illusionists tap into the townspeople’s suspicious sides, slowly spreading rumors from…

In Dynamo: Magician Impossible, the award-winning British illusionist Dynamo demonstrates his mind-boggling brand of magic. Having made his name as a magician in Europe, Dynamo travels around the world, sharing his tricks with unsuspecting onlookers. In this clip from tonight’s episode, Dynamo is back on his home turf in London, entertaining fans with his mind-boggling…

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…

When Deer Turn Deadly

Docile and shy, the deer seems like one of nature’s gentlest animals, programmed to choose flight over fight.  But once a year, male stags turn aggressive. During mating season, or “rut,” the stag’s hormones take over, turning the normally-calm animals into fighting machines, willing to fight to the death to prove their dominance. Tonight, Do…

Pompeii By The Numbers

A city frozen in place by ash and lava, Pompeii is one of history’s strangest tales. Learn more about the city’s geography, ancient Rome and the explosion’s legacy with five Pompeii stats. 79: the year Mt. Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii and nearby towns Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis. The eruption was the most noteworthy event of…

Tonight, say goodbye to the most interesting man in the woods. Mick Dodge’s weird, wild journey navigating a subsistence lifestyle in the Hoh Rainforest concludes with tonight’s finale. On “The Harvest,” Mick embarks on an important mission to stock up on food before the impending winter months. His prize: chanterelle, a type of mushroom considered a…

Winter weather has pummeled the U.S. this season, from record-low temperatures to paralyzing winter storms. But ice may be the most dangerous of winter conditions, estimated to kill 400-500 motorists each year. When ice freezes on the cold asphalt, it’s nearly invisible to the driver, forming a slick death trap that’s the #1 killer on…

Bubble wrap: one of man’s most useful inventions. From keeping your packages safe on their travels to providing hours of popping entertainment, the plastic sheeting was invented in 1957 by two entrepreneurs attempting to create a 3-D plastic wallpaper. But can bubble wrap protect a human from a 13-foot free fall? Tonight, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo…

Hollywood car chases and explosions – you can’t have one without the other. In every epic action-movie chase, a car (or eight) will probably burst into flames. So how do the special effects pros pull off these huge stunts? On an all-new None of the Above, which takes science to the streets to solve real-life conundrums, host Tim…