Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenThu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Polar Bears Like to Wrestle in the Winter bears enjoy a good wrestle. It's an activity which reinforces social ties and may help get them in shape for the hunting season ahead.Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feet are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test in a simulated, pressurized plane.Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0000Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaska ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Muse wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s Paris. This included legendary painters and writers alike.Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made It From the Ottoman Empire to Now 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal. Nearly 400 years later, Zildjian's descendants are one of the most well-known cymbal sellers in the world today.Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump? this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, weighs in on whether or not elephants can jump.Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Bumpy Road to Luxury Travel in India throughout India that were originally intended for elephants, horses and camels didn't provide a smooth ride for the maharajas' Rolls-Royce.Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000Meet the First Self-Made Female Millionaire C.J. Walker was suffering from poverty and hair loss when she decided to concoct a hair regrowth lotion to heal her damaged scalp. Fast forward a handful of years and millions of dollars later, Walker was leading one of the most successful, and philanthropic, cosmetic companies to date.Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Airport Animal Lounge You've Never Heard Of large airports like Frankfurt's, there is one building you'll probably never see inside, until now. Take a peek at the Animal Lounge, which hosts 300,000 traveling pets and animals each day.Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Taj Mahal: Built for Love allure of the Taj Mahal isn't just architectural. Seen as a memorial to true love, the Taj was built out of grief after the death of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000Would You Get This Close to a Goliah Tigerfish? tigerfish is one of the fiercest predators in the Congo River today. But one experienced angler isn't going to let that stop him from fulfilling a lifelong dream.Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Extravagant Plot to Make Grace Kelly a Princess 1955, Rainier III, the wealthy Prince of Monaco, knew he had to find a bride to extend his family's legacy. With so few eligible Monacan women around, his spiritual adviser, a Catholic priest, suggested someone who could truly play a princess: movie star Grace Kelly.Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Game the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on todayFri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind? this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains what causes wind. The answer might blow you away.Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here's some incredible footage of each in actionTue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Deadly Explosives Inspired the Nobel Peace Prize Nobel's invention of dynamite was a terrifying new addition to mankind's growing arsenal of destruction. Ironically, it also spawned the Nobel Peace PrizeTue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Do You Know About the Golden Gate Bridge? country's most iconic bridge stretches across one of the world's finest natural harbors.Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Man Risked His Life to Champion His Invention 1916, 32 men were trapped in a mine near Lake Erie. Garrett Morgan saw an opportunity to prove that his fireproof hood worked and went in to rescue them.Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Night in Review: The 2015 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards highlights from Smithsonian magazine's annual celebration of ingenuity Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Combing the Past to Ring in the New Year Lynsey Shaw needs a special dress for a wedding on New Year's. Explore styles from the 1920s to 1970s as she looks, with the help of L.A.'s The Way We Wore team, for a piece that fits her look.Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Mongoose and Black Mamba Fight to Death mongoose is lightning fast and has razor-sharp teeth. A black mamba can kill 15 grown men with just one bite. Which of these two mortal enemies will win?Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Colors Affect Our Moods? blue? Try watching this one-minute video. Our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains how colors affect our moods. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze? a sneeze coming on? Don’t hold it in! In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains why we sneeze.Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000How to Lie for Your Life Doundoulakis, a young WWII spy for the U.S., was sent to German-occupied Thessalonike to gather enemy secrets. He was singled out by German soldiers, and the lie he told them would have to be convincingTue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000This Color-Changing Mutant Has Three Hearts cuttlefish has the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates, which explains why its camouflage is so intricate and masterfulTue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000What the Completed Great Pyramid Would Have Looked Like, the Great Pyramid is tinted by smog and pollution, but when it was first built, the sanded limestone used to make it would have shone magnificently.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing? in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easy.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000An Egyptian Arms Race's a war of weapons, brute force and tenacity. Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be freeMon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Jack the Ripper's Identity May Soon Be Proven the length of time that has passed since he first terrorized London, enthusiasm and interest in Jack the Ripper has never been stronger. Which is why we're closer than ever to unmasking him.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000How Lions Choose Their Prey"Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plains. Watch these apex predators play a numbers game deciding how and who to attack.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000These Are Home Movies From Hitler's Vacations's relationship with Eva Braun was a closely kept secret. If she hadn't been such a home-movie buff, their vacations in the Bavarian Alps would have remained that way.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000New Magma Reservoir Found Under Yellowstone animation shows the volcanic plumbing system of the Yellowstone supervolcano, including a newfound magma reservoir (red) about 28 miles below the surface. The green lines represent the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. (Credit: Hsin-Hua Huang, University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics)Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000In Wisconsin, Evidence of Human Sacrifice's Aztalan State Park is home a mysterious pyramidal mound built by the prehistoric Native Americans who once lived there. Excavations of the site have yielded intriguing, and grisly, findings.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Women Were Some of the Fiercest Samurai Warriors Ever ancient Japan, battle was typically reserved for male samurai. That all changed when Takeko Nakano and her sister, Yuko, decided to fight for their clan's independence after a deadly village invasion.Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Are We on the Cusp of a Global Volcanic Winter? a supervolcano like the one at Yellowstone were to erupt, the world would be engulfed in a global volcanic winter. Estimated cost: $3 trillionTue, 22 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Dogs Engage in Rapid Mimicry slowed-down recording, made as part of a scientific study, shows one dog quickly mimicking another canine's expression during playtime in a park in Palermo. (Video courtesy Elisabetta Palagi)Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Bei Bei Visits the Vet, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyes's eyes are an engineering marvel: They can see all around, can track different targets, are retractable in battle, and can even see at nightWed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Hateful Whale That Haunted Melville the age of 22, Herman Melville joined a whale ship bound for the South Pacific. Aboard, he's lent a copy of "Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex," a true story about a vengeful whale that will capture his imaginationMon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Would a Race Car Driver Invent Speeding Cameras? irony of speeding cameras is that they were invented by a Dutch race car driver - former Monte Carlo Rally winner Maurice Gatsonides. Here's whyFri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000What Is the Anthropocene? why scientists think we are in a new geologic age and what it means for our future.Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -00003D Imaging of the Apollo 11 Capsule - Outside, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -00003D Imaging of the Apollo 11 Capsule - Inside, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0000