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What Do You Know About the Golden Gate Bridge?

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Our country's most iconic bridge stretches across one of the world's finest natural harbors. From the Show: Aerial America: California http://bit.ly/2yrnkjB

Stephen Hawking's Stark Warning for Humans to Leave Earth

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In one of his final on-camera appearances, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking issued a warning to humanity about the existential threats we face and how our survival depends on colonizing another planet. From the Series: Leaving Earth: Or How to Colonize a Planet http://bit.ly/2DqGioQ

Ambushed by the Iraqi Air Force

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Operation Desert Storm is considered one of the most effective air campaigns in military history. Here, an F-15 pilot in the Gulf War recounts one extremely close encounter behind enemy lines. From: AIR WARRIORS: F-15 http://bit.ly/1J5oEb0

The Story Behind the Colosseum's Greatest Battle

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We owe the Roman poet Martial a debt of gratitude for recording so vividly the gladiatorial battle that took place on the opening day of the Colosseum. It was a battle for the ages - with an unexpected outcome. From the Series: Eight Days That Made Rome: The Colosseum's Grand Opening http://bit.ly/2sUNBlI

Jealousy-Inspiring Prom Dress Needed

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Actor Mia Sara is a longtime friend and client of Doris Raymond's, and a lover of vintage. Today she needs a dress for her goddaughter's prom, which is tomorrow. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: Quest for that Special Dress http://bit.ly/1BRPydi From: L.A. FROCK STARS: The Frock Market http://bit.ly/1CVzVqd

F-4 Phantoms & Vietnamese MiG-21s Face Off in Aerial Dogfight

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It's April 1972, and a team of F-4 Phantoms are on a hunting mission, high above the skies of Vietnam. But they'll need to be careful: the Russian-made MIG-21s are fast, tricky and very maneuverable. From the Series: Air Warriors: F-4 Phantom http://bit.ly/2MSzl5z

What Happened to the Holy Grail After the Last Supper?

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Only one dining object from the Last Supper is specifically mentioned in the Bible: the Cup of Christ, also known as the Holy Grail. What happened to it after the death of Jesus is a subject of much debate. From: SECRETS: The Holy Grail http://bit.ly/1T4VleD

The Nazi General Who Turned on Hitler

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Erwin Rommel was the toast of the Nazi Party and a German national treasure. That all changed when he tried to assassinate Hitler. From: SECRETS OF THE THIRD REICH: Hitler's General http://bit.ly/SfzH9q

How Rockefeller Jr. Forced the Creation of a National Park

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When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring land, and began secretly buying thousands of acres to open a national park. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Wyoming http://bit.ly/1jzbLs1

Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaska

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Many ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Alaska http://bit.ly/1lLXV7S

Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing?

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In 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri, an ancient city buried beneath Santorini. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toilet. From: SECRETS: Hunt for Atlantis http://bit.ly/1ODL5mc

Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Down

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Bats use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living things. Humans can't normally hear these sounds, unless they're slowed down. From: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S CONQUEST OF THE SKIES: Triumph http://bit.ly/1UO4Kai

Cameras Catch Adorable Glimpse of Mountain Lion Family

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Native Montanan Casey Anderson has stumbled across a family of mountain lions living in a nearby cave. He sets up cameras to get a closer look at their lives. From the Series: The Mountain Lion and Me http://bit.ly/2FExuOP

Bat-Eared Foxes Can Astoundingly Hear Insects Digging Underground

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Enormous ears magnify the sound of the bat-eared foxes preferred prey-termites. From: NAMIBIA'S WILD WONDERS http://bit.ly/1mxc6bB

Japanese General Chooses Seppuku Over Surrender

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On Okinawa during WWII, Japanese troops are running out of soldiers, ammunition, and land to defend. But their commander, General Ushijima is determined to continue the fight - and willing to die doing it. From the Series: Pacific War in Color: No Surrender http://bit.ly/2O5QvN7

An Ancient Egyptian Arms Race

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It's a war of weapons, brute force, and tenacity. Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: Live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be free. From: MUMMIES ALIVE: The Pharaoh's Secret http://bit.ly/1S8Fasu

Wolves of the Atlantic

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German submarines intercept nearly half of the supplies that President Roosevelt sends across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. From the Series: Apocalypse: The Second World War: Shock http://bitly.com/WWIIShock

Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real

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Biblical scholars have long debated whether the Tower of Babel really existed. Now, a remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that question. From the Series: Secrets: Tower of Babel http://bit.ly/2p0zWcg

Wu Zetian's Bold Move at the Spectacular Longmen Grottoes

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The Longmen Grottoes remain one of the most sacred places in China. Which is why they were a perfect place for Wu Zetian, the country's first female ruler, to make a statement about her power. From: CHINA'S EMPEROR OF EVIL http://bit.ly/2bMTFVg

How Were Easter Island's Gigantic Statues Actually Carved?

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Thousands of massive stone monuments, known as Moai, preside over Easter Island. The way they were carved, using only stone tools, seems unfathomable. From: SECRETS: Eastern Island http://bit.ly/1veg4yr

Here's Why the Battle of Vicksburg Was So Important

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Marching through Mississippi, Ulysses S. Grant focused his efforts on the city of Vicksburg. Surrounding and firing upon the city for weeks on end, he forced its citizens to the brink of starvation. From the Series: Aerial America: Mississippi http://bit.ly/2hDUaTR

Arizona's Jaw-Dropping Mile-Long Meteor Crater

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In the northern Arizona desert, an imposing-looking crater shows the impact of an ancient meteor crash. Until the 1960s, it was mistakenly believed to be a volcanic crater. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Roadside Attractions http://bit.ly/1sh2wEX

Was Leonardo Da Vinci Dyslexic?

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Almost everything Da Vinci wrote in his journals is back-to-front and the letters inverted. Was Da Vinci's mirror writing a deliberate form of code or is it possible that he was dyslexic? From: THE REAL STORY: The Da Vinci Code http://bit.ly/1nH2PnE

This Stubborn Hyena Refuses to Be Caught

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Kevin Richardson has tried for over a month to train hyenas Maxi, Woody, and Ringo to climb on board their special travel cage in order to transport them safely to their new retreat. But things take a turn when Ringo darts off, complicating the move and forcing the team to get creative. From the Series: Predator Break Out: Hyena Roadtrip http://bit.ly/2y1Nlqb
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