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.
Professional venom collectors; floating in the Dead Sea; how the National Severe Storms Forecast Center predicts violent weather; why a sea cucumber turns inside out; customized cars; a boat made of marble; a house made of newspapers. Hosts: Jack and Holly Palance.
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.
Segments include the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre; sleep research; facial surgery; man-made and natural oddities; an artificial hand; a circular auto; and a vending machine that pays out money. Hosts: Jack and Holly Palance.
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 75-year-old fake newspaper story that caused a Texas town to be torn apart; using hypnotism to control and prevent pain; a thermography machine; Arabian courtship customs; rock climbing without equipment; George Willig's illegal climb up the outside of the World's Trade Center. Jack Palance and Marie Osmond are the hosts.
Reports on cryogenics; Morocco's killer scorpions; the fastest train in the world; acupuncture as an anesthetic during surgery; the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Jack and Holly Palance are the program hosts.
Hetty Green, who was known as the "Witch of Wall Street" because of her financial acumen; the Tiger Balm Gardens in Hong Kong; the migration of the monarch butterfly; a lottery for burial plots in Japan; the desecration of Cardinal Richelieu's grave in Paris, France.
Handling of currency at a Federal Reserve Bank; a wheat field in Manhattan; unusual occupations; a Japanese ritual to assure good fortune; an 1884 murder described by Edgar Allan Poe in 1838 in "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym."
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.
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.
Segments on sacred sites and rituals in Jerusalem; a Japanese rite dedicated to the sound of laughter; a man who can imitate the sounds of musical instruments; devices for seeing in the dark; how firefighters rescue victims trapped in car wrecks.
Segments on how a gallery owner sparked public interest in an ignored painting; mud-bog racing; motorists who pray at the Temple of Safe Driving in Japan; the Franklin alphabet; miniature artwork; a mystic artist. Hosts: Jack Palance and Marie Osmond.
Segments on the Spanish general known as El Cid, who "led" his troops into battle---a week after his death; surviving in harsh environments; marriage and courtship rituals in Ireland, India and France. Hosts: Jack and Holly Palance.
Segments include Edgar Allan Poe's fear of being buried alive; traditions for exorcising evil spirits in Spain, Switzerland and Hong Kong; a fighting-spider tournament; new technologies that aid the handicapped; the Dickin Medal, awarded to animal war heroes.