Billions of pounds of milk are consumed worldwide on a daily basis. Join us as we visit a farm with a milking parlor, learn what pasteurization is really all about and even milk a yak.
Millions of drivers travel the world's superhighways each year. Visit some of the country’s biggest and best and find out how a single distracted driver can cause a major traffic jam.
Witness some mind-blowing feats of mechanical strength, from the world's most powerful elevators and blenders to the strongest tire and the monster mine machine it rolls with.
Modern arsenals have become much more sophisticated than bullets and bombs. Discover microwave-like rays and laser weapons that can blow missiles out of the sky, plus some of the newest and most innovative non-lethal weapons.
The Alaska Ocean is the largest factory-fishing boat in the US, processing and flash-freezing Alaskan Pollock as fast as its crew can catch it. Go inside the world of high stakes commercial fishing where one wrong decision may cost lives.
Tour some of the world's finest distilleries to see how each country puts its unique stamp on the spirit Irish monks call "water of life."
Bread is the basic source of nourishment for half the world. Bake it, roast it, slice it, toast it—it's a marvel that just flour, water and salt can be transformed into so many different shapes and tastes.
Zip through the French countryside at nearly 300 MPH on the TGV—the fastest locomotive in the world. Ride on the little engines that could and watch two locomotives crash head-on as the federal government monitors safety.
Nikola Tesla's genius electrified the world. Travel to Niagara Falls, where in 1893 Tesla installed his system of alternating current, and uncover the forgotten ruins of his dream experiment—a huge tower that could wirelessly power the world.
The axe is one of the world's oldest and most dangerous tools. Watch as competitive lumberjacks chop through logs in a matter of seconds. Visit one of the nation's largest axe manufacturers and learn why the Native American tomahawk is making a comeback.
Discover that the deadliest snakes, sports and weather events are closer and more treacherous than you may think.
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Do you ever wonder what happens to your body after you die? You might be surprised to discover that the human body is host to a multitude of hidden secrets—even after death.
From the gelato of Italy, to the French Pot process of the 1800s, to the numerous assortments of frozen delights being served up today, like Ben & Jerry's and Breyers, get the scoop on this delicious dessert.
Explore collisions that shake our world from the astronomic to the subatomic. Discover breakthroughs that could make the deadly sport of auto racing safer, visit a motorcycle crash test facility and examine two-wheeled accidents in detail.
From itchy woolen union suits to comfortable briefs and boxers, learn how our undergarments have evolved over the last 100 years.
Every 15 minutes, Americans insert over 3.5 million coins into vending machines. We'll visit the factories where these coin-op machines are made.
Rubber, plastic, nylon, aerosols, resins, solvents, and lubricant--none can exist without oil. Featuring products derived from crude oil, including plastics, lubricating oils, food grade oils, and cosmetics.
Visit the mines of Minnesota and discover how iron ore is extracted and made into steel. Learn how military-metallurgists create the latest weapons. Discover iron super magnets, and study the biggest iron magnet of all: the earth!
From Bolivia's "Death Road," to California's fog-shrouded Highway 99, find the danger that waits behind every blind curve. And visit the Federal Highway Administration's test laboratory to see what's being done to make roads safer in the U.S.
From magic mushrooms to athlete's foot to penicillin, fungi are everywhere. Learn about fungal organisms that live within our bodies, grow beneath our feet, float in the air and help create some of the foods and beverages we consume.
A versatile yet toxic metal, lead has served mankind for 6,000 years. Explore the vast mines where heavy machinery extracts and refines lead and learn how it’s used in homes and businesses today.
Our aging infrastructure is falling apart, and the restoration process is costing billions. See how scientists are finding ways to help control decay and turn decomposition into profit.
Discover what it means to be armed and accurate. Find out how the Phoenix Lander will navigate to its target, see a nine ball expert hit several bulls-eyes and watch as Cirque de Soleil's artists use targets for their breathtaking feats.
Halloween has become a six billion dollar industry. See the most extreme jack-o-lanterns ever made, find out how hundreds of gallons of fake blood are manufactured and visit a haunted house with an annual attendance of over 50,000.
Celebrate the animal that helped us change the world--horses. Explore the thoroughbred racing industry in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit state-of-the-art veterinary clinics and breeding farms. A Colorado prison proves horses can change inmates for the better.
It's the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner tables and one of the most famous birds in North America. From pets to presidential pardons, take a look at the feisty fowl that's the reluctant star of our holiday dinners.
It's the only rock we eat, and we need it to live. Travel around the world to see how salt is harvested—and put to some of its 14,000 known uses.
Americans hit the car wash millions of times a day—at a cost of $25 billion dollars a year. From tunnel systems to in-bay automatics, we'll explore how car washes are built to clean. Plus, see how manufacturers design and build cars to survive the wash.
Do normal humans actually possess the ability to have super powers? Discover incredible feats of human—and artificial—strength and ingenuity around the world.