Modern Marvels

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


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  • Amazing Gadgets Countdown

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    S 20 : Ep 2 - 6/15/14

  • Hottest Rides Countdown

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    S 20 : Ep 1 - 6/15/14

  • Amazing Job Countdown

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    S 18 : Ep 22 - 9/21/13

    Amazing Jobs? The variety of jobs in America is endless - but some have to be seen to be believed. Our countdown of the top ten most fascinating jobs from our archives proves how daring and innovative the American worker can be.moreless
  • Modern Marvels: Mega Food Countdown

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    S 18 : Ep 61 - 8/27/12

    "Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition, the top ten guilty pleasures you just can\'t resist... America\'s Favorite Foods.moreless
  • Mega Weapon Countdown

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    S 18 : Ep 60 - 7/30/12

    Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Amazing Weapons. They're every arsenal's best asset and every enemy's worst nightmare and we're counting them down to the most amazing weapon of all.moreless
  • Alaska

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    S 18 : Ep 17 - 2/27/12

    Tour of the nation's 49th state.

  • Shoes

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    S 18 : Ep 15 - 2/6/12

    The history of shoes, including some of the best and worst.

  • Stink

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    S 18 : Ep 13 - 1/23/12

    The history of some of the worst smells.

  • Tiny Weapons

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    S 18 : Ep 12 - 1/16/12

    A look at some useful, tiny weapons.

  • Waterproof

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    S 18 : Ep 11 - 1/10/12

    A variety of waterproof items and their significance.

  • Battle Ready

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    S 18 : Ep 10 - 1/2/12

    Equipment U.S. soldiers wear to protect themselves.

  • Wood

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    S 18 : Ep 8 - 12/20/11

    The history of wood.

  • More Candy

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    S 18 : Ep 47 - 12/6/11

    Mints, cotton candy, Mike and Ike candy, and Lemonheads are discussed.

  • Weird Machines

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    S 18 : Ep 46 - 11/28/11

    Unusual and somewhat "weird" machines are taken a look at.

  • Food Trucks

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    S 18 : Ep 45 - 11/14/11

    The history and variety of food trucks.

  • Pocket Tools

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    S 18 : Ep 44 - 11/8/11

    The history and variety of tools that fit in your pocket.

  • Swamp Tech

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    S 18 : Ep 64 - 10/24/11

    It's a great American wilderness--millions of acres of wild, primeval land with its own people, its own technology...and its own rules. Survival there depends on smarts and science, guts and grueling work...and a unique approach to one of the world's most uncompromising environments--swamps. Watch an assembly of the distinctive airboat, then hop on board for a breathtaking journey and discover the surprising history behind this swamp staple of transportation. Take a wild ride on a big-tired swamp buggy, and taste test some local delicacies that bring new meaning to "acquired taste." Witness a massive engineering project to divert the mighty Mississippi River, and meet the machines that make that job possible. Plus come face to face, literally, with enormous pythons and menacing alligators.moreless
  • Inside Your Walls

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    S 18 : Ep 1 - 10/3/11

    Material inside your walls are examined.

  • Rice

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    S 17 : Ep 29 - 12/29/10

    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

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    S 17 : Ep 14 - 2/4/11

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

  • Ropes & Chains

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    S 17 : Ep 13 - 1/28/11

    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

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    S 17 : Ep 11 - 1/14/11

    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

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    S 17 : Ep 9 - 12/21/10

    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 need training, experience, and above all, guts--if you plan to sit in the Driver's Seat.moreless
  • Secret Underground

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    S 17 : Ep 7 - 12/10/10

    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.moreless
  • Built to Last

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    S 17 : Ep 6 - 12/3/10

    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

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    S 17 : Ep 5 - 11/26/10

    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.moreless
  • Engineering Disasters 22

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    S 17 : Ep 4 - 11/19/10

    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
  • Coin Operated II

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    S 17 : Ep 3 - 11/12/10

    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

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    S 17 : Ep 2 - 1/21/11

    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

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    S 17 : Ep 2 - 11/5/10

    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
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