Modern Marvels - Season 17

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Wednesday 10:00 PM on The History Channel Premiered Jan 01, 1995 In Season

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  • Rice
    Rice
    Episode 29
    12/29/10
    0.0
    You can fry it up, eat it for breakfast, or quaff it down on a hot summer day. It's the world's most versatile grain: rice. At last count, there were over 140,000 types. From the mountaintops of Nepal to the fertile fields of California and Arkansas, find out everything there is to know about growing, harvesting and milling this tiny, life saving fare. Travel to restaurants and distilleries to experience the delicious creations talented masters whip up. It comes in all the colors of the rainbow, served up everyday in countless dishes. It even brews into alcoholic drinks--sake and beer.moreless
  • American Trucking
    Episode 14
    2/4/11
    0.0

    Truckers and the job of "trucking" throughout the United States.

  • Ropes & Chains
    Episode 13
    1/28/11
    0.0
    Modern Marvel's Ropes & Chains takes viewers on a journey into a number of factories to watch different ropes and chains being made, as well as how different workers use them. Viewers see how dock workers, rock climbers, and bungee-jumpers depend on strong ropes every day for safety measures. They may be amazed as they see how steel chain links are made, and how they are used in combination with ropes to anchor boats and ships.moreless
  • Packaging
    Episode 11
    1/14/11
    8.0
    It's all around us, so much a part of our lives that we forget it's there, but try to survive a day without packaging. At a Michigan company that designs water bottles, see how engineers find inspiration from a bell pepper. In New Jersey, the makers of bubble wrap clue you in on their manufacturing secrets. In Texas, workers conquer the challenge of packaging the world's largest crane. And also see how America's military goods and supplies are packaged and shipped by the United States Transportation Command.moreless
  • Driver's Seat
    Episode 9
    12/21/10
    8.0
    Get behind the wheel and take control of the some of the largest, fastest, most powerful machines on the planet. These aren't your average vehicles--and handling one of these rides is unlike anything else. But you need more than just a learner's permit to take control of these vehicles...you need training, experience, and above all, guts--if you plan to sit in the Driver's Seat.moreless
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA
    Episode 8
    12/17/10
    8.0
    Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the United States has stamped, carved, cut, built and assembled its way into becoming the super power of product production. However, in the last 20 years, the "Made in America" tag began to fade, as the manufacturing landscape of industry went overseas. So what is still Made in the USA? Visit the world's biggest and oldest flag manufacturer, which has made some of the most famous flags in history. Go inside the factories that produce the last athletic shoe made in the US. See the strangest form of alternate transportation known to man--completely assembled in 30 minutes. Check out a hot toy company that believes it's imperative to keep their work here at home. Top it all off with some great food--some American success stories that may seem foreign at first glance. It's not just a label. It's a proud and important tradition.moreless
  • Secret Underground
    Secret Underground
    Episode 7
    12/10/10
    8.0
    Just below the surface, there's a whole different America hidden from public view. Take a revealing look at the America under our feet, from secret military installations, and experimental farms to tunnel networks and neutron lasers.
  • Built to Last
    Episode 6
    12/3/10
    0.0
    Enter the amazing and ingenious ultra-sturdy shelters, machines, containers, materials and packaging designed to deny the ruination of society. The drive to create the indestructible has inspired some of the most prolific and awe inspiring results: The Cold War spawned personal bomb shelters in the 1950s. They weren't truly safe and secure, but today's 21st century version will last a millennium. And so will the special food you can get, along with all the comforts of home--like running water, plumbing and electricity. Caskets serve as our final resting place, but how long do they really last? Investigate how valuable data from a plane crash survives in a "black box" (that's not really black), to explain what might have caused the accident. And get an intimate look at the new "home" that protects and preserves one of the world's most valuable documents--the case that houses the original Declaration of Independence.moreless
  • Dogs
    Episode 5
    11/26/10
    8.0
    Man's best friend--fearless, faithful, determined and swift. They're our sharpest eyes, noses and ears--and among the bravest hunters, soldiers, rescuers, and protectors. From natural instincts to complex training, see what makes dogs a perfectly engineered Modern Marvel.
  • 11/19/10
    0.0
    They are catastrophic failures with deadly consequences. Caused by a single spark or a massive collapse, these disasters reveal one thing--the danger inherent in our most common industries. From a massive oil spill to refinery blaze to a downed plane, find out what went wrong... and how to prevent the next engineering disaster.moreless
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  • Coin Operated II
    Coin Operated II
    Episode 3
    11/12/10
    8.5
    Tens of millions of them all over the world--soda and snack machines, parking meters and payphones, video games and vending machines... and they all use coins--but for how long? Examine the historic one-armed bandits and the 21st century, cutting edge, computerized slot machines that occupy Vegas casinos and get an exclusive look at their inner workings in a never-before-seen factory in Reno, Nevada. Search out some of the wackiest, strangest vending machines on the planet that sell everything from bottles of wine to dog washes. Get a close-up look at the famous binoculars located at popular tourist sites around the world, as well as a unique company that collects and cleans the coins thrown into fountains for good luck. But it all starts and ends in the historic halls of the U.S. Mint, where coins are made and destroyed. Will coins one day become obsolete?moreless
  • Grease
    Episode 2
    1/21/11
    8.0
    In our lifelong battle to fight friction, Grease--in all its forms--is the unsung hero. Journey deep into places few people ever get to see, to discover the "hidden" uses of one of our most slippery products inside giant machines. We'll also investigate how it's made in a factory in New York, as well as what new advances some are working towards for grease of the future. But in the meantime, we'll witness how it is currently used inside a US Navy aircraft carrier, San Francisco's famous cable cars, elevators and escalators, assembly lines, huge excavators, amusement park rides, and even the Panama Canal. From pig fat to nano-particles... amazing Grease keeps everything rolling along--smooth and fast.moreless
  • Supersized Food
    Supersized Food
    Episode 2
    11/5/10
    9.0
    The US has become the culture of BIG--just look at the importance of size and how it has been infused into the lifestyle we choose to live, whether it's our homes, our appliances such as large screen TVs or even eccentric stretch limos. But big has also affected what we eat. This episode explores America's growing obsession with plus-sized meals and how we cook them! Discover the largest everyday offerings of gargantuan portions--from the biggest stacked burger in the world (at almost 250 pounds), a plus-sized Sicilian pizza that feeds almost 75 people, a 72-ounce steak no real cowboy can resist, and the seven-pound hot dog that's too big for a bun. Top it all off with a giant cupcake, humongous cinnamon roll or a five pound gummy bear... and chase it down with a monster bottle of beer that holds over 101 ounces of brew.moreless
  • Mega Stores
    Episode 1
    10/29/10
    0.0
    The colossal cornerstones of commerce. Oversized outfitters. Merchandise Moguls. Mega Stores are giant facilities engineered to keep up with America's supersized habits. They are the largest, busiest places in the country. Their greatest challenge: keeping up with demand on a massive scale, and to do it, they have everything from scuba divers to sandblasters. It's not what's on the shelves--it's what happens behind the scenes.moreless
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