In the first half of the program, George Knapp welcomed author Bill Friedman, who recounted inside stories about the organized crime origins of the Las Vegas Strip. In the latter half, investigative journalist Toby Rogers (book link) shared the untold story of mafia legend Silvio Eboli, a Genovese mob scion who developed an ongoing organized crime operation which involves the sale of marijuana throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Jonathan Gray sent us a series of images to accompany his presentation.
Add Indonesia to the list of countries where crop circles have been reported. This past Sunday, a pattern in a rice field, said to resemble a Hindu chakra, was discovered and has led some to some suspect UFO or ET involvement.
On Jan. 12 a stationary wildlife camera captured this image of a mountain lion on the prowl in Chesterfield, Missouri, near St. Louis.
Tom Lumbrazo, who finds interesting meanings in cloud formations, sent us some images to accompany his appearance.
The latest eruption of Mount Etna spectacularly lit up the night sky in Sicily. While nearby communities were not threatened, a violent eruption of the volcano in 1669 killed 15,000 people.
In an effort to draw tourists' attention away from the endangered reefs of the Caribbean, a Mexico-based artist has created an amazing underwater sculpture garden...
A cross-eyed opossum named Heidi has become the Leipzig Zoo's most famous resident.
Home to a vast array of spectacular caverns, Vietnam now boasts the world's largest cave passage, dubbed 'Hang Son Doong.' It is so massive that a block of 40-story buildings or a Boeing 747 could easily fit inside and an arduous five day trek into the cave only allows explorers to investigate half of the enormous subterranean world. An in-depth look at Hang Son Doong can be found at National Geographic.
Residents of Beebe, Arkansas had their New Year's festivities take a Fortean turn, when over 1,000 dead black birds rained down from the sky just before midnight...
Researchers in Florida have captured on camera the first picture of X-rays produced by a bolt of lightning.
Thanks to a potent combination of high winds and frigid temperatures, this Lake Erie lighthouse has become a veritable ice sculpture.
British photographer Graham Ekins has captured rare images of an amazing squid which use jet propulsion to leap out of the sea to avoid predators.
The Ocucaje Desert in Peru has turned into an unlikely battleground over a plethora of marine fossils exposed by harsh winds...
Sitting at the heart of a massive blizzard pounding the Midwest, Ian Punnett sent us some images of the snowfall, as seen from his house...
An estimated two million bees from two battling colonies waged war in a South Florida man's home.
Mail Online has posted several extraordinary photos of supercell clouds photographed by Sean Heavey.
At a hotel in Columbia, a squirrel monkey has found a new way of getting to tree tops, thanks to its friendship with a pair of parrots.
Gordon James Gianninoto provided us with images related to what he believes is the arrival of Planet X.
In an attempt to design better appliances, physicists have turned to nature in order to learn the secrets of how animals shake themselves dry...
A number of items have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including articles on a homemade spacecraft (video still taken from craft pictured), global warming fraud, and a Serbian boy who suddenly starting speaking English.
Looking to overcome the issues that have slowed the proliferation of wind turbines, a New York design firm has developed the Windstalk Project...
In his latest work, The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson explores the theory of human co-evolution with dogs.
A climber in Poland's Tatra mountains has photographed a rare optical phenomenon known as a 'Brocken spectre'.
While this creature may look like a Muppet gone awry or the infamous Chubacabra, it's actually a tube-nosed bat that was discovered in an area of Papa New Guinea...
ABC's "Nightline" recently featured a segment on rogue waves.
A ghostly face appeared this week in a cloud formation in the skies over Bristol, England.