Moments captured through stroboscopic photography; buildings designed to appear unfinished or crumbling; a Paris cemetery considered "fashionable"; a conductor who can't read music conducting "the world's worst orchestra" in London.
Segments on Queen Juana of Spain, who was driven mad by love; the development of the atomic bomb; surgical implants that relieve arthritis pain; video-game therapy; the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Great Wall of China.
An Adolf Hitler-sponsored exhibition of "degenerate art"; voice-activated mechanisms; sculptor Eric Staller; aircraft carriers; a man who collects turtles; a dog that can ski and scuba dive; an artist who uses explosives. Hosts: Jack Palance and Marie Osmond.
Included: how America was named; a fire that burned for eight months; a high-stakes poker game pitting a man against a computer; an artist who paints with cobwebs; how Leonardo kept his ideas secret; why $500 million is gathering dust in storage.
Accident research at the National Bureau of Standards; an Irish monk who sailed to America 900 years before Columbus; the origin of Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Also: Stonehenge; the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Included: the friendship of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison; the Fourth of July; how the New Year is celebrated in Japan; the art of camouflage; 10 days in history that have been lost forever. Hosts: Jack and Holly Palance.
Eskimo mummies; the birth of a whale; a computer that alters photos; a five-wheeled car; the city that inspired the mythical kingdom of Shangri-La; how cheetah cubs learn to hunt; a computer operated by eye power; the Dalai Lama's route to exile through the Himalayas.
Segments on a man who bilked the Portuguese treasury out of $15 million; modern-life sculptor Red Grooms; a tarantula ranch; FDA fish-smelling experts; amputee Jeff Keith's run across America; a messenger-service deliveryman in New York.
A mountain climber who uses no equipment; Japanese spas; a race across Death Valley and back. Also: a feature on Pearl Harbor includes Doolittle's raid, Japanese balloon bombs and the second surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
A man who gets bitten by mosquitos for a living; new surgery for victims of Down's syndrome; a Chinese ice festival; cockroaches; the Celestial Suite of the Astro Village Hotel; a laundry that washes money; a curse that led to the destruction of an Aztec nation.
Segments on an Italian inventor who bilked the French government of $100 million; a Japanese game show that tests contestants' courage; automobile safety equipment; technology to aid the disabled; a man who collects junk mail. Jack Palance, Marie Osmond.
People who have overcome physical handicaps, and people who have mastered the sea. Also: a segment on insects, including tiger beetles and ants; and the story behind "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
Gambling surveillance systems; card sharks; people who have adapted to the loss of limbs and other handicaps; frilled lizards; poisonous frogs; the mating ritual of the bird of paradise; Sir Walter Raleigh's severed head. Hosts: Jack and Holly Palance.
The man who spent a lifetime compiling the Oxford English Dictionary; a Greek fire-walking ritual honoring Christian saints; a mammal that must eat every two or three hours or die; a developing fetus filmed in the womb.
The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys; a Japanese soldier found fighting WWII 28 years after peace was declared; music made from brain waves, physical movement and barnyard junk; rituals and memorials honoring the dead. Host: Jack Palance.
Included: a musical number that can be performed by anyone on any instrument; a fatal downbeat struck by orchestra conductor Jean-Baptiste Lully; performance art; aircraft safety; sculptor Duane Hanson; an autopsy performed on a 2500-year-old corpse.
A ghost story involving a silver chalice and a vicar's missing heart; Vlad the Impaler, the real Dracula; wind as a destructive force; furniture made of chocolate; nests used in bird's-nest soup. Host: Jack Palance.
The German High Command's attempt to assassinate Hitler; street performers; Wushu, the ancient Chinese art of pain control; the World-Eskimo Games in Alaska. Also: garbage, including recent methods of disposal, art made from garbage, and a University of Arizona study of trash.
Revolutionary crime-fighting techniques; a desperado who wrote poetry; airships, including the Hindenburg; monasteries in Greece; insects; life aboard Skylab; David Rice Atchison, the man who was President for a single day. Host: Jack Palance.
Included: the mummified remains of a woman kept on display inside a grandfather clock; a school near Tokyo where company executives complete a corporate version of boot camp; the FBI's crime-detection techniques.
Segments on a home for ill and injured sea turtles; taking birds to breakfast in Hong Kong; brain surgery; the Dome of the Rock on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem; the Black Christ of Esquipulas; initiation rites of Buddhist monks. Hosts: Jack and Holly Palance.
The Ninja, trained assassins of medieval Japan; a feature on unusual music-making, including a computer that composes and a laser harp; and competitions for snake sitters, tobacco spitters and salamander swallowers.