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This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floor
Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brain. Despite this, they are savage predators who shoot out grapple-like hooks to reel in passing fish. From: CRAZY MONSTERS: Diggers http://bit.ly/2io63f4
Views: 11308358 Smithsonian Channel
Dita Von Teese's Shopping Strategy
When a picky customer like Dita Von Teese comes into the store, she’s looking for something special. A gold dress worn by legendary burlesque performer, Gypsy Rose Lee might just be it. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: Vintage Rebranded http://bit.ly/1M3VLc1
Views: 2222293 Smithsonian Channel
How All Passengers Survived the Miracle on the Hudson
When US Airways Flight 1549 loses engine power moments after leaving LaGuardia, there's only one option: an emergency landing on the Hudson. #airdisasters #planecrash From: AIR DISASTERS: Getting Out Alive http://bit.ly/1aNLXYq
Views: 11719392 Smithsonian Channel
This Is Why You Can't Outrun a Cheetah
With a flexible spine and feet like tire treads, the cheetah is built not only for speed - but for unrivaled acceleration. From: SPEED KILLS http://bit.ly/1rweTK2
Views: 8022028 Smithsonian Channel
A Mongoose and Black Mamba Fight to the Death
A mongoose is lightning fast and has razor-sharp teeth. A black mamba can kill 15 grown men with just one bite. Which of these two mortal enemies will win? From: LETHAL ATTRACTIONS http://bit.ly/1w8T0kI
Views: 15074744 Smithsonian Channel
This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage
The assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflage. While disturbing, it's a very effective survival strategy. From: MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: Conflict http://bit.ly/1Szjkir
Views: 1565695 Smithsonian Channel
These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers
The skyscrapers of Manhattan needed a new, bolder type of construction worker. They got them in 'roughnecks' – hardened men who worked without safety harnesses, hard hats or even bathroom breaks. From the Series: America in Color: The 1920s http://bit.ly/2AlAwHZ
Views: 1728977 Smithsonian Channel
This Hairy Frogfish’s Bite is Too Fast For Slow-Motion
The speed of a hairy frogfish’s bite is the result of a vacuum in its mouth that can suck in its prey in just 1/6000th of a second. It’s so fast that even slow-motion video struggles to capture it. From the Series: Great Blue Wild: Life in the Muck http://bit.ly/2VOecBd
Views: 1621768 Smithsonian Channel
How an Earthquake, Tsunami, and Firestorm All Hit Lisbon at Once
On November 1, 1755, tectonic plates shift suddenly, causing an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, the epicenter of which is only 150 miles from Portugal's capital. It sets off a tragic chain of events. From: PERFECT STORMS: God's Wrath http://bit.ly/1xeIadP
Views: 1441149 Smithsonian Channel
How One Man's Rage Sealed The Fate of 43 Plane Passengers
A murder aboard a commuter jet in December 1987 culminates in a catastrophic crash, bringing investigators from the NTSB and FBI together to search for answers. From: AIR DISASTERS: I'm the Problem http://bit.ly/1yVL7zj
Views: 2989412 Smithsonian Channel
How U.S. Soldiers Built Their Own Deadly Gun Trucks
It's 1967 in Vietnam, and U.S. truck convoys are being ambushed by the enemy on a regular basis. To counter this, the men begin to modify their trucks, adding upgraded armor and serious firepower. From the Series: Gun Trucks of Vietnam http://bit.ly/2Qbr6TB
Views: 1630509 Smithsonian Channel
This Eel's Second Jaw Delivers the Death Blow
What do snowflake eels and the movie 'Alien' have in common? A deadly second jaw. From: SPEED KILLS: Black Lagoon http://bit.ly/1ldzBHo
Views: 1099073 Smithsonian Channel
Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWII
On April 6, 1944, U.S. marines faced a battle unlike any they had faced before: the Japanese intentionally crashed over 1,900 planes in suicide kamikaze dives on them. From the Show: Battle of Okinawa http://bit.ly/2Aq56wq
Views: 5616739 Smithsonian Channel
Incredible: A Caracal Slaps Down a Bird in Flight
The caracal is a fierce and agile predator. And the way it pursues airborne prey is astounding. From: SPEED KILLS: Desert http://bit.ly/XfyhOW
Views: 4299801 Smithsonian Channel
Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?
Tutored in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easy. From: MILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN PRINCESSES: Wedding of the Century http://bit.ly/1z1IZDQ
Views: 857214 Smithsonian Channel
A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crab
Coconut octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates around: They use tools, carry their shelters around for when they need them, and, fittingly, adopt an underwater walking motion that's very similar to humans. From: CRAZY MONSTER: Gulpers http://bit.ly/2jdlwQt
Views: 4881041 Smithsonian Channel
This Ship's Crew Parks Thousands of Cars Four Inches Apart
The Tonsberg carries thousands of cars in its hold, tightly packed like sardines across its various decks. They're also parked according to strict spatial rules: 12 inches between bumpers and just four between mirrors. From: MIGHTY SHIPS: Tonsberg http://bit.ly/2nNzv5s
Views: 1226501 Smithsonian Channel
The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colony
After a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid food; they instead subsist on drops of amino acid from the larvae. From: KILLER HORNETS http://bitly.com/HornetsatWar
Views: 2114375 Smithsonian Channel
What Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln
John Wilkes Booth certainly saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. Upon shooting Lincoln, he jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in Latin. From the Show: LINCOLN'S LAST DAY http://bitly.com/1O7wVf8
Views: 5588318 Smithsonian Channel
How This Tour Guide's Mistake Saved His Group's Lives
It's April 15, 2002 and Air China Flight 129 has just crashed into Mount Dotdae, in South Korea, killing 129 of the 166 people on board. Amazingly, most of the survivors were located in a single section of the plane. From the Series: Air Disasters: Turning Point http://bit.ly/2IzuNQ1
Views: 1622219 Smithsonian Channel
Why the A-10 Warthog Is a Ground Soldier’s Best Friend
If you’re a soldier surrounded by enemy troops, there’s only one plane you want coming to your rescue: the A-10 Warthog. From: AIR WARRIORS: A-10 Warthog http://bit.ly/1JF0KkG
Views: 1106405 Smithsonian Channel
You Absolutely Don't Want to Get Bitten By This Turtle
At 150 pounds, the alligator snapping turtle is a formidable presence in the waters of the bayou. But its hunting style relies on ambush, not intimidation - all with the help of a curious worm-like appendage in its mouth. From the Series: America's Mississippi: The Bayou http://bit.ly/2zEU9Jl
Views: 1035912 Smithsonian Channel
This Terrifying Spider Hunts Fish Underwater
If the prospect of a spider that catches fish wasn't scary enough, the fishing spider is disturbingly well-adapted to its task. This includes walking on water, as well as breathing underneath it as it stalks its prey. From the Series: Crazy Monster: Spiders http://bitly.com/MonsterSpiders
Views: 1287421 Smithsonian Channel
U.S. Marines' First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawa
As U.S. marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-Take. The battle to capture this remote mountain resulted in numerous casualties on both sides. From the Show: Battle of Okinawa in Color http://bit.ly/OkinawaColor
Views: 758735 Smithsonian Channel
Why Do Hyenas Laugh?
Are hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, they have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laugh. From: KILLER IQ: LIONS VS. HYENAS: Predator Games http://bitly.com/188cSwA
Views: 2129800 Smithsonian Channel
Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mo
Gaboon vipers don't have the fastest strike in the snake world--but they don't need to be faster than other snakes, just their prey. In this case, a passing bird stands no chance. From: VIPER QUEENS http://bit.ly/2amQZy1
Views: 2000499 Smithsonian Channel
The Highest-Ranking American Beauty in British Nobility
British aristocrat George Curzon primarily married American heiress Mary Leiter for her money. What he didn't anticipate was the making of the perfect political power couple. From: MILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN PRINCESSES: Wedding of the Century http://bit.ly/1uTbYri
Views: 293050 Smithsonian Channel
Meet the First Self-Made Female Millionaire
Madam C.J. Walker was suffering from poverty and hair loss when she decided to concoct a hair regrowth lotion to heal her damaged scalp. Fast forward a handful of years and millions of dollars later, Walker was leading one of the most successful, and philanthropic, cosmetic companies to date. From: MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION: The Little Guy http://bit.ly/1gC9YEs
Views: 184786 Smithsonian Channel
An Astonishing Emergency Landing
Witness the race to bring a crippled 747 back to Alaska for an emergency landing before it crashes into the Bering Sea. From: AIR DISASTERS: Turning Point http://bit.ly/1nxpmDg
Views: 1424002 Smithsonian Channel
A Surprisingly Tense Battle Between a U.S. Sub and a Fishing Boat
A fishing trawler may seem like an easy target for a powerful U.S. submarine - but these were the early days of the Pacific War, and even Japanese civilian boats were armed to the teeth. From the Series: Hell Below: In Enemy Waters http://bit.ly/2uiYkHM
Views: 949350 Smithsonian Channel
Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Close
After two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatches and begins to experience life in its shiny new form. From: KILLER HORNETS http://bit.ly/2aZznWr
Views: 529263 Smithsonian Channel
Malcolm X’s Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality
In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged Malcolm X, who would condemn it in an impassioned speech. From the Series: The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X http://bit.ly/2Dun05T
Views: 256107 Smithsonian Channel
Why the DC-3 Continues to Fly Decades After WWII
Tens of years after its service in WWII, the DC-3 continues to be used with distinction, now for civil aviation. Two reasons: its affordability and reliability. From: PLANES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: DC-3 http://bit.ly/1MrPVFX
Views: 172562 Smithsonian Channel
AirAsia Flight 8501 Plummets into Java Sea Mid-Flight
On December 28, 2014, 43 minutes into its flight, AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished from radar. With 162 people on board, it would go down as one of the deadliest plane crashes that year. From the Series: Air Disasters: Deadly Solution http://bit.ly/2F5lrtu
Views: 771146 Smithsonian Channel
These Wolves Are Clever Enough to Con a Group of Bears
A pair of hungry wolves come up with a smart plan to swindle the swamp bears away from their carrion. While one wolf distracts the bears, the other goes in and steals her fill. From the Series: Wolf vs. Bear
Views: 1109921 Smithsonian Channel
Miraculous Plane Landing on New Orleans Levee
A severe thunderstorm forced a Boeing 737 to attempt an emergency landing on the most unlikely, impossible place: a New Orleans levee. From: AIR DISASTERS: Nowhere to Land http://bit.ly/1jTGJgQ
Views: 4545840 Smithsonian Channel
Here's What it Takes to Become a Certified C2-A Pilot
An anxious student pilot is attempting to land a C2-A Greyhound on a U.S. aircraft carrier. It's part of a qualifications test she must pass ten times in order to be certified as a C2-A pilot. From the Series: Mighty Planes: C-2A Greyhound http://bit.ly/2n51ZFh
Views: 2566449 Smithsonian Channel
Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush?
When archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the cause. A later study revealed something much more intriguing. From: SECRETS: Tut's Tomb http://bit.ly/1SBi29R
Views: 222948 Smithsonian Channel
How JFK's Clever TV Strategies Helped Him Win the Election
Seventy million people tuned in to watch America's first televised presidential debate in 1960. They were met with a well-prepared, well-dressed JFK who outshone his opponent, Richard Nixon. From the Series: America In Color: The 1960s http://bit.ly/1960sinColor
Views: 80707 Smithsonian Channel
Kelis Comes to Town
Kelis, an award-winning R&B singer, hits up the store and shops till she drops with fellow artist, Natasha Bedingfield. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: The Awards Season http://bit.ly/1pBfsMB
Views: 229400 Smithsonian Channel
Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders
Portia spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod community. That community also happens to be their prey. From: MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: Conflict http://bit.ly/1Szjkir
Views: 223454 Smithsonian Channel
Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantis
Praying mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexes. But when one goes for a Bombardier beetle, it gets a highly unpleasant chemical surprise. From: MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: Conflict http://bit.ly/1Szjkir
Views: 695224 Smithsonian Channel
Bored Pilots Fly 150 Miles Off Course
Increased automation in the cockpit leads to boredom and distraction, causing the pilots of a flight from San Diego to Minneapolis to 150 miles past their destination. From: TERROR IN THE SKIES: Pilot Error http://bit.ly/1uB60Ru
Views: 1185164 Smithsonian Channel
Lost Lion Reunites with His Brother
Lost and alone at night in unfamiliar territory, a young lion calls desperately for his brother, hoping to be found. From: LIONS IN BATTLE 2 http://bit.ly/1joRwgw
Views: 4020177 Smithsonian Channel
Cheetah Mother Reunited with Her Lost Cubs
When a female cheetah loses a cub to a lion attack, she can't afford to grieve for long. Her other cubs are missing, and there's a chance they might still be alive. From: AFRICA'S PREDATOR ZONES: Open Ground http://bit.ly/1CH8JO4
Views: 1656064 Smithsonian Channel
Mongoose Vs. Cobra
Mongooses and snakes are each other's deadliest opponents. When they face off, the outcome is utterly unpredictable. From: SPEED KILLS: Desert http://bit.ly/1o4hS9F
Views: 35499069 Smithsonian Channel
Could You Survive Three M16 Bullets to the Chest?
A weapons expert and a trauma surgeon recreate a scene from Platoon using high-speed cameras to show the damage caused by a single M16 bullet to the human body. From: THE REAL STORY: Platoon http://bit.ly/1xcxqZU
Views: 9611174 Smithsonian Channel
Virgins of the Sun and Incan Human Sacrifice
From: MUMMIES ALIVE: The Inca Maiden http://bit.ly/1CH7Ob7
Views: 442193 Smithsonian Channel
What's the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It?
Honeybees search high and wide for the best flowers. And when they find them, they go back to the hive and "tell" the other bees how to get there. From: MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: Family http://bit.ly/1T2BVUi
Views: 310342 Smithsonian Channel
Frogsicles: Frozen But Still Alive
The wood frog's body makes its own anti-freeze that allows it to survive the winter. The secret ingredient? You'll never guess. From: CRAZY MONSTER FROGS http://bit.ly/1GcUxx5
Views: 216968 Smithsonian Channel