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National Geographic Society

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    My Neighbor Is Creeping Me Out. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY SON Dear Willie D: My son is 15 years old and he doesn't have any frien ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2014
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    March 25, 2014

    Galveston Bay Spill is Killing Spring Migration

    Crews are working to clean up the mess created by more than 150,000 gallons of sticky black crude oil dumped in Galveston Bay on Saturday, but with no end in sight the environmental implications will likely only get worse. So far, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials report they've found three oil-c ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit.

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane... until you see his videos.

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    The Dark Wall: Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras's Last Ride

    The story of Tim Samaras and the largest tornado ever documented.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane. Not at first. He speaks clearly and eloquently about being a storm chaser, and as you're talking with him, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing. Hank Schyma, front man for Houston band the Southern Backtones, has been chasing storms for more than a deca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Coffee Beans Could Be Extinct In 60 Years; Then What?

    If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Aliens Welcome: A Playlist for World UFO Day

    Having grown up on Unsolved Mysteries and Time-Life books... as well as being completely ignorant of organized religion, my head is full of a thousand examples of Fortean phenomena, unexplainable happenings, and tales of a eldritch and incomprehensible world that gnaws at the edge of reality like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Cover Story: Preppers Ready Themselves for When the Shit Hits the Fan

    Preparing for Doomsday is as venerably American as cherry pie. Mormonism, America's most successful homegrown religion, even has hoarding food as one of its tenets. Some prep for a biblical Armageddon, while others do so for secular reasons. Maybe they just want to get out of the rat race and off t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Culture

    March 8, 2012

    Tut, Tut

    There are some fascinating objects in this wannabe blockbuster, but mainly it's a grab for crowds and cash.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2011

    RenFest: Your Last Chance To Get All Medieval This Weekend

    Check out even more of our RenFest pictures gathered up as we wandered the grounds on Friday. This is it, the final countdown. With two days left in RenFest season for this year, it's today and tomorrow to haul yourself up to the fields south of Plantersville, lace yourself into a bodkin, loin clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Amy Blonn: HISD Teacher to Freeze Her Butt Off Near North Pole

    HISDAmy Blonn (left) is going to need to dress a little more warmly​A Houston schoolteacher has been selected as one of six across the country to be sent to the Arctic as part of a National Geographic program, HISD announced today. Amy Blonn teaches fifth graders at the district's Outdoor Edu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Flea Market Reality Show Being Shot in Houston

    Stormville is not the location, in case you're confused​The Pawn Stars may be elsewhere, but when it comes to flea-market superstars, Houston is about to shine. The National Geographic Network is producing a show that rips off is inspired by the various pawn-shop reality TV series on the air, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Share Your Christmas Gifts With Us! (Not Literally, Though)

    ​Long before I ever started writing about food, I always had a copy of Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking at my desk. Yes, even when I worked in human resources. Along with two thesauruses, Webster's dictionary, The National Geographic Desk Reference, The A-Z of Art, the Food Lover's Companion ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Houston Zoo May Improve Our City's Brutal Reputation On Cable TV

    For a while now, cable viewers have had their image of how Houston treats its animals shaped by Animal Planet's Animal Cops, which shows us basically torturing very cute puppies, just for kicks.Happily, the image may be about to change, when the National Geographic WILD channel airs Zoo Confidentia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Midgets dressed as KISS. (This will be important in a second.)​With big food events like Menu of Menus, iFest, the Grand Food & Wine Affair and the Big Bite Night behind us now, what else is there to look forward to in the coming weeks? A lot, that's what. Cinco de Mayo is right around the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    West Texas Town Runs On Batteries. Actually, Just One Very, Very Big Battery

    ​Outside of changing them in our car or our Fleshlight, Hair Balls never spent much time thinking about batteries. But the folks in the tiny west Texas town of Presidio owe their lives, more or less, to a gigantic, house-sized battery.Until the advent of BOB (Big Old Battery) the only thing linkin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    NASA Had Proof Of Water On The Moon Sitting In Their Storage Closet

    ​NASA famously bombed the moon last year in a desperate attempt to prove there's water on it. While water was indeed discovered, we have yet to hear any reliable figures on collateral damage to the affected areas or the native population.It turns out, instead of almost triggering a Earth-Moon war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Nerd Alert!! National Geographic Garage Sale Coming To Town

    ​In this day and age, when it is absolutely impossible to find any decent pictures of bare breasts, National Geographic continues to serve a noble purpose. It no longer involves luring young boys into reading about far-away countries and cultures as they feverishly look for topless native women, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Bloody Good Times at Beaver's Ice House

    Photos by Groovehouse Caleb Gutierrez's michelada, rimmed with cumin and salt​While we may not have a palate for wine, it's no secret that Eating Our Words loves beer. And hot sauce. And the two of those things magically mixed together in a pint glass. So in the interest of further promoti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Brazos Bend and the George Observatory

    About an hour south of Houston, far enough away to evade the light pollution from Downtown, stands one of the largest and most powerful telescopes in the nation open to the public. The 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope is the centerpiece for the George Observatory, a facility owned and operat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2009

    Asia Society: Pico Iyer

    The well-traveled writer discusses his friendship with the Dalai Lama

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2009

    Overheard at SXSW 2009

    "Fuck National Geographic." "It's not technically a mullet." "No, I'm not fucking kidding. She and I are done." "I can't hear you." (Heard umpteen times) "Awesome." "This is awful."

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Rare Giant Squid Found Near Houston!

    A rare giant squid -- a squid with elbows -- has been sighted in the Houston area.It's called the Megapinna squid and even the stoic National Geographic says it's "alien-like."Again, this strange and mysterious animal has been sighted a mere 201-and-a-half miles from downtown Houston.Fortunately, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Rich Hornbuckle, Renaissance Man

    Rich Hornbuckle at the Blue Iguana, Halloween 1994 Houston's bar world is one notch better lately with the return of longtime Houston barista/scenester Rich Hornbuckle to active duty at Under the Volcano as general manager. After six crazy years (1993-98) as part of the Blue Iguana ownership group, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

    Meet Maya Deren’s unusual circle of friends

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2008

    “Voices of the Tempest”

    A multimedia exhibition considers the 1982 sinking of the Argentine cruise General Belgrano

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    SXSW Day 1: Tricks of the Trade

    The crowd at SXSW gets younger every year. Wednesday sightings: Eddie Spaghetti and John Croslin, ex-member of Austin cult heroes the Reivers who produced Spoon’s debut Telephono, in the Convention Center’s panelist greenroom; R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills waiting for the “Executive Suites” el ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2007

    “Fragile Nature: The Photography of Joel Sartore”

    A photographer for National Geographic takes a look at endangered species

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    999 Eyes Freak Show

    Lobster woman, scorpion man and other people with weird hands

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Get Lit: Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic

    Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic, is a husky 400-page to-do list that includes 400-color photographs and sells for $40. The first word that comes to mind when opening the spine of this baby is stately. All Geographic books are that. For the wande ... More >>

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Scott Faingold Listens to Everything

    And comes up with a random smattering of tortured musings

  • Culture

    April 13, 2006

    Trees and Rocks

    FotoFest takes on "The Earth"

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2005

    Sweeping Riddim

    Check the African-spun grooves at Fagilia Houston

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Love It, Fear It

    A Brit flourishes by studying Houston

  • Culture

    December 23, 2004

    O Little Town of West Texas

    Lee Friedlander goes to homes for the holidays

  • Culture

    April 8, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Culture

    April 1, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2003
  • Film

    July 18, 2002

    Sub: Par

    Kathryn Bigelow's Widowmaker cruises into choppy seas

  • Film

    June 14, 2001

    Peak Performance

    Himalaya scales dangerous mountain passes while uplifting the spirit

  • Culture

    March 16, 2000

    Insecurity Complex

    FotoFest 2000 tries to cover up its deficiencies with sheer volume

  • Calendar

    January 14, 1999

    Night & Day

    January 14 - 20, 1999

  • Culture

    November 12, 1998

    User-Friendly Abstraction

    Three Houston artists bring a genre new life. Real life.

  • Culture

    January 26, 1995

    Moon Shots

    At the MFA, lunar imagery blurs the line between science and art

  • Film

    June 16, 1994

    Surfing Safari

    Bruce Brown goes back to the beach to hang ten, again

  • Calendar

    April 21, 1994
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    February 17, 1994
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