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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: 9206460 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. Sensing the diver is there to help, the goliath lies still while the rope is cut. From: SECRETS OF SHARK ISLAND http://bit.ly/1N3BsAj
Views: 6638623 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: 2309171 Smithsonian Channel
This Is Why You Can't Outrun a Cheetah
 
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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: 7477970 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: 10462405 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: 13551578 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: 2066616 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: 1403236 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: 1258138 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: 1762344 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: 1058667 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: 4101101 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: 4464506 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: 3346644 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: 1306020 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: 857499 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: 1963641 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: 169148 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: 4917269 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: 2174133 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: 849452 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: 3116008 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: 1495814 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: 546477 Smithsonian Channel
U.S. Marines' First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawa
 
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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: 522058 Smithsonian Channel
Blackbeard Wasn't Only Looking for Gold
 
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La Concordia was an integral vessel in the transatlantic slave trade route. When Blackbeard sieged it, he took on some unexpected crew members. From: SECRETS: Blackbeard's Ship http://bit.ly/1Pp1smi
Views: 366670 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: 1048401 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: 196193 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: 1513987 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: 3679840 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: 1810564 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: 383176 Smithsonian Channel
The Highest-Ranking American Beauty in British Nobility
 
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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: 282181 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: 880109 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: 2005363 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: 1346218 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: 3787049 Smithsonian Channel
An Astonishing Emergency Landing
 
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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: 1175264 Smithsonian Channel
The Intricate Skill That Goes Into Landing a Fighter Jet
 
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Landing on an aircraft carrier's 300-feet runway seems like an impossible task. To slow down the landing plane, a series of arresting wires catch the jet's wheels and help bring it to a stop. From the Series: Carriers at War: Strike Force Arabian Gulf http://bit.ly/2w8VqIY
Views: 396877 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: 676835 Smithsonian Channel
Could You Survive Three M16 Bullets to the Chest?
 
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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: 8459410 Smithsonian Channel
Kelis Comes to Town
 
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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: 209004 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: 388210 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: 388775 Smithsonian Channel
The Personality of a Wardrobe
 
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A woman's aunt passes away and she invites Doris to search through the vintage treasures hidden away inside her late aunt's closet. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: If This Dress Could Talk http://bit.ly/WAYxDl
Views: 272695 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: 401614 Smithsonian Channel
How This Fish Sharp Shoots Its Prey with Spit
 
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Archerfish are the only fish in the world that shoot its prey with streams of water. See them in action here. From: SPEED KILLS: Black Lagoon http://bitly.com/VF8nCy
Views: 164064 Smithsonian Channel
Why the Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Be Huge
 
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One of the world's largest supervolcanoes erupted 2.1 million years ago in Yellowstone, and then twice more there at intervals of roughly 660,000 years. Are we due for another one soon? From: YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLCANO http://bit.ly/1GmIMF3
Views: 2632870 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: 32230536 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: 55704 Smithsonian Channel