Modern Marvels

  • 1993
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

Architectural and engineering landmarks of the 19th and 20th centuries. The programs previously aired on A&E's `Time Machine' series. Among the subjects: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Maginot Line, the Erie Canal, the Aswan Dam and the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

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For this countdown special, we're buckling up and punching it--as we raid the Modern Marvels archives for the hottest rides we've ever presented. From the retro to the rugged to the reckless, our top ten picks showcase our love affair with vehicles that blow back our hair or quicken our pulses. Our only limitation: they've got to stay earthbound--so no sea or aircraft. Other than that, anything goes...from one of Jay Leno's vintage autos to a sleek battery-driven roadster to a motorcycle you've got to see to believe. Our number 1 choice: a ride so hot that one passionate owner applied for a license to marry it.

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This countdown special kisses the conventional goodbye, raiding the Modern Marvels archives for the most bizarre wonders we've ever presented. Our top ten contenders demonstrate that the inside scoop on innovation often lies outside the norm. You'll be scratching your head at the weird assortment of oddities--technologies ranging from a gooey slime that could be a terrorist's worst nightmare...to an exacting art form requiring the help of millions of ravenous beetles. The final destination at number 1: a devise so strange and destructive that its inventor allegedly destroyed it to avert a catastrophe.

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Episodes 21-25
05:43 — Episodes 21-25: Master storyteller Stephen King presents a revolutionary new form of entertainment: his short story "N.”"brought to vibrant life throu (more…)
Three Things You Didn't Know About: Vacuums
44:15 — What kind of vacuum do you need for a real disaster? Where is the largest vacuum chamber? What's the rarest home vacuum collectible?
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45:23 — One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George Washington Carver's influence is still felt. Rising from slavery to become one of the world's mo (more…)
The Tool Bench: Power Tools
46:46 — The history of civilization could easily be measured in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve tools--an activity that is at least 4 million y (more…)

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  • Premiered: December 10, 1993
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Architectural and engineering landmarks of the 19th and 20th centuries. The programs previously aired on A&E's `Time Machine' series. Among the subjects: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Maginot Line, the Erie Canal, the Aswan Dam and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. (more)

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