Wednesday, July 8, 2020

History's Mysteries



There's a treasure trove of programming on YouTube. Many shows I remember fondly have ended up there. On subbing-free Wednesdays, I'll present a random video that I loved back in the day. Some of these may not have aged all that well. If you have some time, come on and take a trip down memory lane with me.

You think you know history? Maybe not as much as you would think. 

History's Mysteries was a show that aired on the History Channel from 1998 to 2011. (Although, I wouldn't be surprised if they still aired some episodes from time to time.) What was it about? Weird stuff you may not have heard of before. Or, if you were familiar with the topic, you would still learn something new. 

Like, did you know that the Titanic had two sister ships that also had disasters at sea? And did you know that one woman survived all three? "Doomed Sisters of Titanic".

Or, was Marco Polo an explorer, or were the tales of his travels fake? "The True Story of Marco Polo". 

The episodes were an hour with commercials, so on YouTube they're about 45 minutes. Just by doing a cursory search, I'm finding dozens of episodes, most of which I haven't seen. (Now I know what I'm going to be streaming this summer.) 

For today's embedded video, I'm presenting one that blew my mind when I first saw it. It's about Area 51. The thing that dropped my jaw on the floor, which happens towards the end of the show, gave a fascinating reason why there were all sorts of rumors about aliens. I've never looked at reports out of Area 51 without some incredulity since. 


Have you ever seen History's Mysteries before? If you get a chance to watch the video, I'd love to hear your reaction to the bombshell at about 30ish minutes. 

10 comments:

  1. Is that Boyd Gaynes as the host? I think I saw this show but I don't remember truthfully. I would love to see some of these episodes. I love anything Titanic so yes, I did know about the sister ships and that poor gal who had the misfortune to be on all 3. Do you know about the book written, I think, in 1898> It was called Titan and all about a ship, named Titan on their maiden voyage where it hits an Ice berg and there are not enough life boats for everyone. Look into it. I have to watch the rest of this show later.

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    1. Yes, I did hear about that book. It may have been in the episode as well, although I think I had heard about it before. I thought Arthur Dent was the host.

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  2. Don't remember this one being on tv here, but it sounds fascinating! I've got the Marco Polo one playing now :)

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  3. Putting it on my list to watch at work. Is it something you can have on in the background playing without having to watch it too much to keep up with it? The Area 51 sounds interesting!

    betty

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  4. I did not know about the sister ships of the Titanic. Interesting stuff!

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    1. I didn't either. I found that episode fascinating.

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  5. No, I haven't. I'll check it out.

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  6. The show sounds familiar but I don't recall anything so maybe I didn't see the program or I saw stuff that didn't rate in my short-term memory box. We've been into documentaries lately, so this is something we'd like, especially since they're short. I ought to sign up for a Youtube account and figure how to watch Youtube on our TV. It's a Smart TV, but neither of us have the willingness to pull up our smarts to stream shows on it. Our loss, so it seems.

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