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  • The Sibling Rivalry Behind Adidas Versus Puma
    The Sibling Rivalry Behind Adidas Versus Puma
    In the 1930s, brothers Adolf and Rudolph Dassler made the most kickass kicks throughout the land. Business began to take off once Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics while...
  • This Woman Owns Over 100,000 Pieces of Latin Music
    This Woman Owns Over 100,000 Pieces of Latin Music
    Alejandra Fierro Eleta, aka Gladys Palmera, has had an affinity for Latin music ever since she was a little girl. After spending a year in Panama at the age of 18, she took her love of music...
  • This Is the Oldest Restaurant in the World
    This Is the Oldest Restaurant in the World
    Botín Restaurant has kept the flame burning for the past 293 years … literally. Ever since the doors opened in 1725, the oven has been sizzling continuously, never to be extinguished. According...
  • This Man Served 10 Years in Prison, Now He’s A Defense Lawyer
    This Man Served 10 Years in Prison, Now He’s A Defense Lawyer
    When Jarrett Adams was 17 years old, he was wrongfully sentenced to 28 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Fueled by his desire for justice, Adams began studying the law while incarcera...
  • Japan’s Post Box Under the Sea
    Japan’s Post Box Under the Sea
    When the small Japanese seaside town of Susami needed a tourism boost, an unlikely resident came to the rescue: the town's postmaster. Together with the local diving community, former postmaster...
  • Talking Fast With a Record-Setting Speed Talker
    Talking Fast With a Record-Setting Speed Talker
    If you were a kid in the '80s, you might recognize this man, or, at least, you'll recognize his velocity of speech. John Moschitta Jr.'s motormouth dominated the airwaves with stints...
  • How Mario Got His Mustache and His Name
    How Mario Got His Mustache and His Name
    For more cool stories about the history of video games, check us out on Watchable: http://www.watchable.com/playlists/zyznMwaE4VnN-8-bit-legacy Gamer or not, you know Mario. Nintendo's...
  • Epilepsy Can't Stop this Runner
    Epilepsy Can't Stop this Runner
    Katie Cooke is a 20-year-old competitive runner from Dublin. Due to an aggressive form of epilepsy, she experiences up to 14 seizures a day. Despite her condition, Cooke hasn't let anything...
  • Inside the Mind of a Dog
    Inside the Mind of a Dog
    Gregory Berns spent his entire life around dogs. So when his most beloved pet passed away, he began to wonder whether his dog reciprocated the same love and care he felt for him. As a neuroscientis...
  • Battle of the Boxes
    Battle of the Boxes
    Ready for combat? Grab some cardboard, tape and hot glue for a battle of epic proportions. Welcome to Boxwars, the bizarre medieval-inspired sport that's given adults the chance to play....
  • Visit the Island Run by Women
    Visit the Island Run by Women
    On the little island of Kihnu, seven miles off the coast of Estonia, women run the show. The island still functions as one of the last matriarchal societies left in the world. Historically,...
  • Japanese Tempura Isn’t Japanese
    Japanese Tempura Isn’t Japanese
    One of the most popular Japanese exports to the western world is tempura, a crispy, savory, delectable delight. But this Japanese staple isn't quite so Japanese after all. In fact, tempura's...
  • This Is One of the Smallest Restaurants in New York
    This Is One of the Smallest Restaurants in New York
    Every Tuesday, Indo Java in Queens, New York, turns into the hottest spot in town for traditional Indonesian cuisine. And the best part? You're always guaranteed the best seat in the house....
  • This Rare Stick Insect Is Among the Last of Its Kind
    This Rare Stick Insect Is Among the Last of Its Kind
    This is the black beauty stick insect, a rare species only found in a tiny 12-acre area high in the mountains of northern Peru. Only discovered in 2005, not much is known about these insects,...
  • Enter Japan’s Bizarre Museum of Rocks With Faces
    Enter Japan’s Bizarre Museum of Rocks With Faces
    If you're ever in Japan, consider a trip to Chineskikan, located two hours outside Tokyo in the city of Chichibu. The peculiar museum is the only one of its kind, dedicated entirely to rocks...
  • The Pie That Stares Right Back
    The Pie That Stares Right Back
    In Mousehole, England, there's a peculiar delicacy known as the Stargazy pie. Served with fish heads and tails poking out the crust, this Cornish classic has a legendary past—one that includes...
  • Great Big Toy Stories
    Great Big Toy Stories
    Great Big Reel 169: New to our channel, or don't have time to look through our back catalog? This video is part of a series of Great Big Reels we've put together for a blast through our world....
  • Meet the Man Building Human-Sized Nests
    Meet the Man Building Human-Sized Nests
    In the forestry hills of Big Sur, California, Jayson Fann weaves, bends and shapes eucalyptus and willow branches into incredible human-sized nests. Each of these “earthly temples” weighs...
  • The Day Curious George Escaped the Nazis
    The Day Curious George Escaped the Nazis
    Curious George is the mischievous child that still lives inside us all, a swinging catastrophe with an envious joie de vivre. But everyone's favorite chimp almost didn't make it to the...
  • Japan’s Town With No Waste
    Japan’s Town With No Waste
    The village of Kamikatsu in Japan has taken their commitment to sustainability to a new level. While the rest of the country has a recycling rate of around 20 percent, Kamikatsu surpasses its...
  • ASMR as Anxiety Relief
    ASMR as Anxiety Relief
    Several years ago, Spirit Payton was diagnosed with severe degenerative bone disease, leaving her with anxiety and chronic pain. She found relief via an unlikely source: ASMR. For the uninitiated,...
  • The Amazon’s Boiling River Kills Anything That Enters
    The Amazon’s Boiling River Kills Anything That Enters
    When Andrés Ruzo was a boy, his grandfather would tell him tales of a mythical city of gold deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Though never believing the stories to be true, the legend...
  • The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel
    The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel
    When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft...
  • What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.
    What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.
    John Daly is an American skeleton racer and a two-time Olympic athlete. Sliding face-down, head-first on a slick bobsled track at 90 mph might sound insane, but for Daly, it's the thrill...
  • The King of Infomercials Can Sell You ANYTHING
    The King of Infomercials Can Sell You ANYTHING
    It's 2 a.m., primetime television is long since over, but you can't sleep. So you turn on the tube. You're flipping through the channels and the only thing you see are those weird 30-minute...
  • How the Inventor of the Rubik’s Cube Cracked His Own Code
    How the Inventor of the Rubik’s Cube Cracked His Own Code
    Since the 1980s, the Rubik's Cube has captivated the minds of puzzle solvers around the globe. But how did one of the world's most addictive and prolific puzzles come to be? It all began...
  • Why Is the ‘Mona Lisa’ So Famous?
    Why Is the ‘Mona Lisa’ So Famous?
    What's so great about the Mona Lisa? Sure, she's got that smile, but what makes her *the most famous painting in the world*? Well, Mona's got a wild past—one that involves larceny,...
  • The Fastest Stacker in Texas
    The Fastest Stacker in Texas
    When Trey Griffith found his first set of stacking cups, his life was changed forever. He began training himself to rack and stack cups at lightning speed, competing in tournaments around the...
  • Why the King of Street Fighter II Disappeared
    Why the King of Street Fighter II Disappeared
    For more cool stories about the history of video games, check us out on Watchable: http://www.watchable.com/playlists/zyznMwaE4VnN-8-bit-legacy Forget Pac-Man, Donkey Kong or Mario—in the...
  • Cultivating Japan’s Rare White Strawberry
    Cultivating Japan’s Rare White Strawberry
    In Japan, there's a specialty fruit craze sweeping the nation, from square watermelons to grapes the size of Ping-Pong balls. Still, the crown jewel of the luxury fruit basket is the white...
  • The Extraordinary Origins of Ordinary Things
    The Extraordinary Origins of Ordinary Things
    In this reel, we investigate the curious beginnings of a few everyday objects. We begin with the WWII origins of instant ramen, learn about the accidental invention of Silly String, and meet...
  • Five Great Big Love Stories
    Five Great Big Love Stories
    In honor of Valentine's Day, we've got five stories all about that crazy little thing called love. We fly to Verona, Italy to meet the 'Love Secretaries,' travel back to the 19th century...
  • The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys
    The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys
    This is the story of how a tiny, magical creature was transformed into a cultural phenomenon by inventor, marketing genius and complicated eccentric Harold von Braunhut. Full of fun facts (both...
  • Taste the Snack That Bites Back
    Taste the Snack That Bites Back
    It's a love story for the ages — man, woman … and a cart full of fried insects. Husband and wife team Lek and Baitoey sell deep-fried scorpions, tarantulas, caterpillars and other creepy...
  • Dancing Without Sound, Performing Without Sight
    Dancing Without Sound, Performing Without Sight
    Founded in 1987, the China Disabled People's Performing Arts Troupe enact some of the most enchanting and intricately choreographed dances, plays and operas you will ever experience. Without...
  • The Harvard of Santa Schools
    The Harvard of Santa Schools
    What goes into becoming Saint Nick? It takes more than just a red suit and white beard to don the title of Santa Claus. Every year, those that want to perfect the art of being Santa travel...
  • 6 Of The Most Distinctive Sensory Stories
    6 Of The Most Distinctive Sensory Stories
    Great Big Reel 121: New to our channel, or don't have time to look through our back catalog? This video is part of a series of Great Big Reels we've put together for a blast through our world....
  • Sleep Paralysis: A Waking Nightmare
    Sleep Paralysis: A Waking Nightmare
    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to a ghoulish figure at the foot of your bed. You try to escape when you realize … you can't move. For the countless people who suffer from...
  • Game on! The Globe's Greatest Gamers
    Game on! The Globe's Greatest Gamers
    Great Big Reel 112: New to our channel, or don't have time to look through our back catalog? This video is part of a series of Great Big Reels we've put together for a blast through our world....
  • Meet the Accidental Genius
    Meet the Accidental Genius
    In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett's sight was forever altered by a condition called...
  • Guts and Glory: Scotland’s Champion Haggis Maker
    Guts and Glory: Scotland’s Champion Haggis Maker
    There's nothing quite as Scottish as haggis, the meaty assemblage of lamb lung, liver and heart, all boiled, stuffed and served in a sheep's stomach. Delicious? Don't knock it till you've...
  • The Animal Sculptures Giving New Life to Recycled Paper
    The Animal Sculptures Giving New Life to Recycled Paper
    For Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama, paper is in her blood. In her grandfather's old paper-braiding factory, she creates lifelike sculptures of animals by using old newspaper rolled and...
  • A Homemade Meal . . . From a Vending Machine
    A Homemade Meal . . . From a Vending Machine
    In Japan, vending machines generally sell beverages and simple, readymade provisions. But fresh curry over rice? You bet. Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you'll find...
  • A Stepwell Fit For a King, Built By a Queen
    A Stepwell Fit For a King, Built By a Queen
    Rani Ki Vav is an intricate stepwell tucked 90 feet below ground in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. Historically, men would construct these grand structures as monuments to their wives;...
  • Dubai’s Elite Female Police Squad
    Dubai’s Elite Female Police Squad
    Since she was a teenager, Omneyat Dawood Sulaiman dreamed of joining Dubai's prestigious police force. But this was no random dream. Sulaiman's mother, Ghuson Almahmood, was one of the...
  • The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo
    The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo
    Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities:...
  • How a Biker Club Helped Stop Bullying
    How a Biker Club Helped Stop Bullying
    For years, Phil Mick fell victim to bullying. His worrying gave him stomach aches and he began to resent going to school. Then, he got help from some unlikely angels—50 big-hearted, leather-clad...
  • In Pakistan, Hitch a Ride for Free
    In Pakistan, Hitch a Ride for Free
    Ashiq Ali is a motorcycle mechanic in Hyderabad, Pakistan. He and his best friend Zafar have been cruising the city's streets for 10 years, offering rides to people who can't afford their own...
  • Meet the Intern Who Wrote Solitaire for Microsoft
    Meet the Intern Who Wrote Solitaire for Microsoft
    In 1988, Wes Cherry was an intern at Microsoft when he created a game that would change the lives of office workers forever. That game was Solitaire. At the time there weren't many desktop...
  • Racing Wood Scooters in the Philippines
    Racing Wood Scooters in the Philippines
    Along the picturesque rice terraces of Banaue, Philippines, a unique racing subculture combines daredevil bravery with incredible artistry. Every April during the town's Imbayah Festival,...