Videos | smithsonianmag.com feed for the videosenFri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0000In 1960, a Would-Be Assassin Tracked JFK to His Holiday Home wasn’t Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963 but one Richard Pavlick in 1960—a retired postal worker who tried to blow up Kennedy in his Palm Beach home.Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0000Was the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Preventable? 2002, BP’s Ocean King rig suffered a major accident that released highly flammable methane into the ocean. Eight years later, the Deepwater Horizon disaster made it clear that no lessons had been learned.Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0000This Duck’s Unusual Upbringing Explains His Fear of Water, a male Indian runner duck rejected by his mother before he had even hatched, has had an unconventional upbringing. Raised by humans on a French farm, he’s fond of dog food and is scared of water.Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0000A Good Day for a Swim With Orcas photographer gets up close and personal with orcas in Norway. Credit: Jacques de Vos and Jeremy Goncalves with Valhalla Orca ExpeditionTue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000This Object in History: Fernandomania was mobbed by adoring fans up and down the country; when he pitched, home or away, attendance soared. To this day, he remains the only man to win Rookie-of-the-Year and the Cy Young Award in the same season. Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela may have inspired the “Fernando-mania” craze of the 80s, made all the more remarkable in the days before social media, but he was also a legitimately great player. We’re honored that Fernando’s rookie baseball card and a signed ball, donated by a fan, are at the National Museum of American History.Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000Before 9/11, the World Trade Center Was Bombed by Terrorists in 1993 the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in which 6 people lost their lives, the FBI moved quickly to bring the attackers to justice. But did the low casualty count and swift resolution lull the public into a false sense of security?Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000How They Get Chocolate to Cling Perfectly to a Toffee Finger wondered how they get chocolate to coat the bottom of toffee fingers so evenly? The answer is through a mechanized roller that slaps the chocolate on, followed by an air jet to blow away any excess.Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000Meet Ken Jennings's puzzle master and your gaming adventure guideSat, 18 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: How Much Stuff Is in Orbit Around the Earth? more than youd think and its whirling around at dangerously high speeds.Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000This Ancient Egyptian Mega-Tomb Is the Largest of Its Kind mega-tomb uncovered in the Saqqara region of Cairo is the largest concentration of burial sites ever found in Egypt. It appears to be reserved for wealthy Egyptians, and the adornments are suitably lavish.Fri, 03 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000Elmo's Rise to Stardom his bright red coat, big orange nose, and wide eyes, Elmo is now arguably the most famous of the Sesame Street muppets. Elmo began as an "Anything Muppet"—an extra, if you will, until Kevin Clash refashioned his character into the one we know, and kids love, today. Throughout the '80s his star continued to shine, eventually becoming an international icon and best-selling Christmas toy. Forty years later, he’s still going strong, enshrined in a popular exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.Fri, 03 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000The Art Supreme: Hip-Hop & Fashion, the influence of hip-hop seems intertwined with the fashion industry, to the point where we can barely imagine one without the other. But, in the early 1980s, fashion brands faced a dilemma: embrace hip-hop, an exciting, raw sound, or shun it for fear of offending mass audiences. Along came Run DMC, who proved it was possible for high fashion and hip-hop to work together. Today, luxury brands clamor to collaborate with hip-hop stars, hoping to tap into their trendsetting gifts and global reach. Join us as we recount the history of hip-hop’s journey from the fringes of fashion to becoming its favored collaborator and muse.Fri, 03 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0000This Truffle Dog Is Facing a Really Challenging Truffle Hunt, a Lagotto Romagnolo trained to sniff out and dig up black truffles in her native Washington, is ready for a challenge: to find truffles out of season on a hot day where their distinctive odor dissipates really quickly.Fri, 27 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0000This Object in History: Nintendo mid-1980s were a wasteland for the American video game market, with consumers torn between quarter-guzzling arcade machines and sub-par home consoles, such as the Atari 2600. Enter the NES from Japanese giant, Nintendo; it featured unprecedented graphics, fun characters, and great value. By the 1990s, Mario was more recognizable than Mickey Mouse, and a third of US homes had one. And so does the Smithsonian: one of the original models, displayed at the National Museum of American History. Join us for a glimpse at a true "game-changer."Fri, 27 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0000This Baby Monkey Loves His Favorite Foods is a three-week-old orphan baby monkey with a love of mangoes, porridge, and scrambled eggs. It’s encouraging to see him eat as he begins to get the vital care needed to prepare him for a fostering arrangement.Fri, 27 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0000