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This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floor
 
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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: 10293427 Smithsonian Channel
How All Passengers Survived the Miracle on the Hudson
 
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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: 11533866 Smithsonian Channel
The Fastest Punch in the World
 
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Mantis Shrimp have a knockout punch, delivering a killer blow as fast as a 22-caliber bullet. From: SPEED KILLS http://bit.ly/1o10Zgp
Views: 2364196 Smithsonian Channel
A Whale Shark Cooperates with the Diver Saving Him
 
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A diver stumbles across a whale shark trapped in a commercial fishing line in a marine sanctuary that bans fishing. Seemingly sensing the diver is there to help, the giant fish lies still while the rope is cut. Unfortunately, accidental entanglement in fishing gear is a major threat to many already endangered marine species. From: SECRETS OF SHARK ISLAND http://bit.ly/1N3BsAj
Views: 7808728 Smithsonian Channel
A Mongoose and Black Mamba Fight to the Death
 
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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: 14337735 Smithsonian Channel
How an Earthquake, Tsunami, and Firestorm All Hit Lisbon at Once
 
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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: 1418622 Smithsonian Channel
This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage
 
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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: 1337466 Smithsonian Channel
How One Man's Rage Sealed The Fate of 43 Plane Passengers
 
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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: 2896260 Smithsonian Channel
This Eel's Second Jaw Delivers the Death Blow
 
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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: 1076452 Smithsonian Channel
Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWII
 
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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: 5515547 Smithsonian Channel
These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers
 
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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: 757747 Smithsonian Channel
A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crab
 
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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: 4532454 Smithsonian Channel
Why the A-10 Warthog Is a Ground Soldier’s Best Friend
 
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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: 1007957 Smithsonian Channel
How U.S. Soldiers Built Their Own Deadly Gun Trucks
 
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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: 1587738 Smithsonian Channel
This Inventor Shot Himself to Market His Invention
 
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What do you do if you've invented a bulletproof vest that people aren't convinced will work? If you're Richard Davis, you get a gun and shoot yourself in the stomach. From: MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION: Danger Magnets http://bit.ly/1KKUnxN
Views: 1804395 Smithsonian Channel
Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?
 
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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: 852956 Smithsonian Channel
What Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln
 
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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: 5402598 Smithsonian Channel
The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colony
 
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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: 1893296 Smithsonian Channel
Incredible: A Caracal Slaps Down a Bird in Flight
 
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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: 3628190 Smithsonian Channel
This Is Why You Don't Want to Fly into a Microburst
 
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A microburst is one of the smallest -- and most deadly -- kinds of storms; and before the technology for detection was invented, they were nearly impossible to defend against. From: AIR DISASTERS: Cruel Skies http://bit.ly/1nIv989
Views: 1473053 Smithsonian Channel
Meet the First Self-Made Female Millionaire
 
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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: 181084 Smithsonian Channel
This Ship's Crew Parks Thousands of Cars Four Inches Apart
 
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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: 905526 Smithsonian Channel
How This Tour Guide's Mistake Saved His Group's Lives
 
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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: 1598464 Smithsonian Channel
This Toad Never Saw It Coming
 
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A tense chase between a forest cobra and a toad ends very unexpectedly. From: SPEED KILLS: Dark Underworld http://bit.ly/1o4jnVn
Views: 3507593 Smithsonian Channel
A Surprisingly Tense Battle Between a U.S. Sub and a Fishing Boat
 
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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: 814041 Smithsonian Channel
Miraculous Plane Landing on New Orleans Levee
 
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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: 4337967 Smithsonian Channel
Why Do Hyenas Laugh?
 
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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: 2060708 Smithsonian Channel
AirAsia Flight 8501 Plummets into Java Sea Mid-Flight
 
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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: 705894 Smithsonian Channel
How JFK's Clever TV Strategies Helped Him Win the Election
 
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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: 74338 Smithsonian Channel
Lost Lion Reunites with His Brother
 
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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: 3834544 Smithsonian Channel
The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmares
 
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The hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine), velvet smooth skin, and a terrifying pit of a mouth that’s lined with rows of razor-sharp teeth. From: CRAZY MONSTERS: Sea Creatures http://bitly.com/2kpUBRt
Views: 2307499 Smithsonian Channel
Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Close
 
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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: 480559 Smithsonian Channel
Frogsicles: Frozen But Still Alive
 
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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: 207820 Smithsonian Channel
Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush?
 
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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: 189702 Smithsonian Channel
Dealing with a Vintage Addiction
 
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In order to meet the needs of her insatiable, fashion-hungry clients, Doris, a self-confessed vintage junkie, delights in finding new pieces for the store. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: Quest for the Holy Grail http://bit.ly/1A1mfHK
Views: 439471 Smithsonian Channel
Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mo
 
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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: 1668775 Smithsonian Channel
These Wolves Are Clever Enough to Con a Group of Bears
 
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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: 770270 Smithsonian Channel
Barbara Hutton: A Tragic Heiress Worth $387 Million
 
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In 1924, 12-year-old Barbara Hutton inherited a $28 million trust fund from her grandfather, retail magnate Frank Woolworth--about $387 million in today's money. From: MILLION DOLLAR AMERICAN PRINCESSES: Beautiful and the Doomed http://bit.ly/2aWEyL2
Views: 410459 Smithsonian Channel
Mongoose Vs. Cobra
 
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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: 34082646 Smithsonian Channel
How to Lie for Your Life
 
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Helias Doundoulakis, a young WWII spy for the U.S., was sent to German-occupied Thessalonike to gather enemy secrets. He was singled out by German soldiers, the lie he told them would have to be convincing. From the Show: World War II Spy School http://bitly.com/1u6RbqC
Views: 413559 Smithsonian Channel
Cheetah Mother Reunited with Her Lost Cubs
 
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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: 1503085 Smithsonian Channel
The Business of Vintage: Men in Hats
 
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When two hat-making artisans come into the store for inspiration, Doris shows off her designer inspiration room next door. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: The Business of Vintage http://bit.ly/1o52HgN
Views: 213086 Smithsonian Channel
Choosing a Chinese Emperor’s Bride Required Intense Scrutiny
 
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It is not the Emperor, but his mother, who chooses his bride; she also ranks his many concubines. From: CHINA'S FORBIDDEN CITY: The Reign of the Concubine, Part 2 http://bit.ly/2dBOdbs
Views: 968253 Smithsonian Channel
Bored Pilots Fly 150 Miles Off Course
 
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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: 1155892 Smithsonian Channel
A Demonstration of Perfect Samurai Swordsmanship
 
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The daughter of grand master Tanaka demonstrates her sword-handling skills using stalks of bamboo - which are said to have the same density as human bone. From: SAMURAI HEADHUNTERS http://bit.ly/1pa7lZ3
Views: 2099735 Smithsonian Channel
Virgins of the Sun and Incan Human Sacrifice
 
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From: MUMMIES ALIVE: The Inca Maiden http://bit.ly/1CH7Ob7
Views: 412947 Smithsonian Channel
Here's What it Takes to Become a Certified C2-A Pilot
 
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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: 2295273 Smithsonian Channel
This Terrifying Spider Hunts Fish Underwater
 
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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: 844777 Smithsonian Channel
Why the DC-3 Continues to Fly Decades After WWII
 
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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: 158929 Smithsonian Channel
Malcolm X’s Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality
 
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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: 187474 Smithsonian Channel

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