Real-life monsters!


"Not all the monsters have fangs." 9/16/17

This orange-and-black-speckled reptile is the only venomous lizard native to the U.S. Sadly, agricultural and residential development have severely stunted the gila monster's natural habitat. Since these lizards spend most of their time underground, we don't know exactly how many are left.

The Magic Wheelchairs That Turn Kids Into Superheroes

One Halloween, Ryan Weimer's then-3-year-old son wanted to dress up as a pirate. But his son, who has spinal muscular atrophy, is restricted to a wheelchair. So Ryan fashioned a homemade costume that incorporated the wheelchair as a pirate ship, and his son absolutely loved it. From that idea was born Magic Wheelchair—a global non-profit organization that creates custom wheelchair costumes for kids. 

Radio Free Orca: A Broadcast for World Peace

Almost 50 years ago, scientist Paul Spong moved to a remote island six hours north of Vancouver and founded OrcaLab—a scientific outpost committed to studying orcas in the wild without disturbing them. During that time, Spong has learned a great deal about these wondrous ocean dwellers. It has given him a sense of inner peace. To help others understand more about orcas, OrcaLab broadcasts its audio feed live through its website. Spong's hope is that the feed will encourage a greater appreciation for these majestic mammals, and even the possibility of world peace. 

Against the Odds, Amputees Climb Volcano for a Cause

In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corporal Kionte Storey lost his leg to an IED. Once back in the States, Storey battled PTSD and depression as he tried to adjust to life as an amputee. Luckily, he found a positive method for channeling those dark feelings: mountain climbing.

Launching Flowers Into Outer Space

When it comes to flower arrangements, Japanese artist Makoto Azuma is quite literally pushing the boundaries out of this world. It all started 20 years ago, when the one-time rock musician took a part-time job at a flower shop. The experience made him think: "If flowers symbolize Earthly beauty, how can I push nature's boundaries?" His answer: bring flowers to outer space.

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