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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…

What would you do if you saw a giant boulder tumbling towards your house? In a real-life Do Or Die scenario, two enormous boulders dislodged from a cliff in Northern Italy, flattening one barn and stopping at the doorstep of a second house. On Nov. 29, a total of 4,000 cubic meters of rock fell…

For Mick Dodge, living off the grid comes easy. However, for some of his other woodland friends, the outside world comes crashing in uninvited. On tonight’s new episode Passing The Torch, Mick helps his student and friend Will of Stone find a new place to live. Will is in the process of transitioning to an…

The animal kingdom is full of creepy, slimy, nasty-looking creatures – and many of them can save your life. Doctors are incorporating nature’s weirdest animals in unorthodox treatments drawn from ancient healing methods, Eastern medicines and medical testing, developing new ways to heal patients. Learn more about how your least-favorite animals are curing illnesses below.…

If you’re a driver in 48 of America’s 50 states, you pump your own gas. But for the other two states, Oregon and New Jersey, an attendant fills your tank. The two states passed laws in the 1940s and ’50s prohibiting citizens from filling their own tanks, which lawmakers viewed as a dangerous fire hazard.…

Tonight, Big Bad Wood‘s season of felling trees, wrangling unruly crewmates and fighting for clients in suburban Boston concludes. On the season finale, the four Boston tree companies face challenges that could permanently alter their businesses. Owner Jay Malouf surprises Specialized Rigging and Tree Care greenhorn Ted with a formidable task: taking down his first…

Finished your holiday shopping early? Need a break from all the Christmas movies? We’ve got you covered with a day-long Diggers marathon, featuring all-new episodes that follow the adventures of treasure hunters KG and Ringy. The two metal detecting buffs “King George” Wyant and Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor take their hobby seriously, traveling the country looking…

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…

More than just a holy book, The Bible also exists as one of history’s richest texts. Many details of Western civilization’s legendary characters have been lost to time, including their appearances. Lost Faces of the Bible uses cutting-edge technology to reconstruct the Bible’s most famous faces, mixing myth-busting archaeology with forensic investigation to revive artifacts of the past. Granted…

While the rest of the country mobs stores to snag special deals, it’s business as usual for the Alaska State Troopers: fights, drugs and car chases.  Railing in pandemonium is part of the Troopers’ daily routine. And while the crew could be helpful on-hand to control Black Friday’s shopping crowds, the Troopers have a larger issue…

In the tiny village of Nikolaevsk, Alaska exists a people carrying on a religion lost to time. Called the Old Believers, this sect of the Russian Orthodox church carries on long-forgotten traditions abandoned when the church enacted reforms. Red Alaska follows the Old Believers of Nikolaevsk as they prepare for the thaw of winter and the start of salmon…

Do You Believe In Zombies?

Part science lesson, part survival show and part slapstick comedy: Monster Survival Guide is a kooky mockumentary that takes on the world’s most frightening (and fake) monsters. Faux cryptozoologist,Campbell Macabre and his ragtag team tackle how to identify, battle and defeat those pesky undead fiends hungry for the flesh of humans: zombies. Relying on flawed found video footage and…

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…