Surviving History

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  • Season 1
    • 7/20/08
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      The team at The Scarefactory examines some of the more bizarre inventions of history. Wes volunteers to test out The Rack. Brian takes on Ancient Greece with Archimedes' Death Ray, while Dave leads the guys into Rome with the Barrel Roll. Finally, Chad and Josh rediscover the Ducking Stool, a water-dunking apparatus used in Colonial America.moreless
    • 7/12/08
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      The Scarefactory team travels back through time to recreate some of history's most groundbreaking inventions. Chad leads the group to test the besieging tactics of the Romans by building a life-sized Battering Ram. DJ taps into medieval weaponry with the Morning Star mace and Kermit builds the Whirligig. Brian and Josh tackle two ingenious ancient inventions with the mysterious Baghdad Battery and Heron's Steam Engine.moreless
    • 7/12/08
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      The team at The Scarefactory ventures back in time to experience some of history's most ingenious inventions. DJ and Chad recreate the Strappado while Kermit fabricates the Shame Flute, a trophy bestowed upon traveling musicians lacking talent. DJ explores the legend surrounding the Chastity Belt. Josh not only builds the ancient semi-automatic Chinese Repeating Crossbow, but coordinates the ultimate feudal war game, the Joust.moreless
    • 7/12/08
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      The team at The Scarefactory attempt to understand history through the eyes of the condemned. Edge and Chad lead the builds of two historic devices, the Catalan Garrote and the Gallows, while Trevor commits to a sentence of solitary confinement.
    • 7/12/08
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      The guys at The Scarefactory delve into The Spanish Inquisition. The team tackles their most ambitious project yet, a twenty-foot-tall pendulum straight out of the Edgar Allan Poe tale, "The Pit and the Pendulum." Dusty fabricates the Judas Cradle, while DJ studies one of the many Inquisition methods.
    • 6/22/08
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      The guys at The Scarefactory explore a multitude of military tactics spanning over the last two-thousand years. Chad, an Army veteran who recently finished a tour of duty in Iraq, travels back to Ancient Rome to examine technological breakthroughs in missile launching stratagems. Kermit navigates into the seventeenth century to study the disciplinary measures of the British Navy with the Cat o' Nine Tails, while Rob tackles a twentieth century knotting experiment known as The Pretzel.moreless
    • 7/3/08
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      Edge devises an apparatus for the Bastinado. Dusty and Josh collaborate to understand how the wheel was re-invented while Chad and Eric explore the hardships of English prison life with the Treadmill.
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      Episode 3
      6/29/08
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      A look at some ways ancient spear-thrower and pillory.
    • 6/26/08
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      Josh and Brian collaborate to investigate the legend surrounding an ancient spear thrower said to have the ability to pierce armor. Kermit rebuilds the Branks, a muzzling apparatus implemented for seventeenth century marriage counseling, while DJ takes on the task of building the Brazen Bull, a diabolical device used for execution in Ancient Greece. Finally, the citizens of Columbus, Ohio are enlisted to exercise the mob mentality theory with the Pillory.moreless
    • Episode #2
      Episode #2
      Episode 1
      6/22/08
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      A look at missile-launching strategies and Navies of countries over the years.
    • Episode 1
      Episode 1
      6/15/08
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      Master craftsmen from The Scarefactory in Columbus, Ohio survey the past to experience the most inventive devices and technologies ever created. In the series premiere, the Scarefactory's trek through history guides them to the macabre world of the Middle Ages. Chad explores the heinous mythology of one of the most infamous torture devices ever conceived, the Iron Maiden. Kermit brings his fabricating ingenuity to a lesser-known tool of medieval punishment, the Iron Boot, while Josh breaks away from the group to investigate Ancient China's early use of gunpowder with Rocket-propelled Fire Arrows.moreless
    • Pilot
      Pilot
      Episode 1
      6/15/08
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      In the opening the crew re-creates ancient inventions such as Iron Maiden and Chinese Fire Arrows.
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