The Hyena Men

From Rare Earth. Harar! Where feeding various animals chunks of goat has become a tourism bonanza. The town itself is probably the most unique and interesting place we visited in Ethiopia, and we ended up doing about four episodes from the area rather unexpectedly. The city has an intensely cool history, lots of glory and…

One Good Cult

From Rare Earth. This video was easily our most difficult this season. Not because the location was hard to get to, or the subjects hard to film. They were pleasant, helpful, and forthcoming. No, the reason that this episode was hard is because the person I hired to film it got day drunk and threw…

The Ethiopian Jews Who Should Have Learned to Swim

From Rare Earth. Abba Mahari was Moses to Ethiopia’s Beta Israeli community. Right up until he wasn’t. For this, and the following three videos, much of our footage from this section was unfortunately lost. Trust me, I’m more annoyed about it than you are. Luckily, the ship righted itself fairly quickly after this point, but…

Will Damming This River Lead to War?

From Rare Earth. Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Today’s episode is about a dam they’d never let me get close to, and the countries who wish to destroy it. I didn’t get a chance to review this video after it was edited due to birthday celebrations, so here’s hoping there are…

The Freak Who Changed the World

From Rare Earth. I’m a freak. I have a hitchhikers thumb and I’m colourblind. Protect me, I am the promise of the future. Fun fact: I filmed the a-roll of this episode with a 103 degree fever, as was unfortunately the case with about half the episodes this season. The bloopers are pretty much just…

UPDATE: I’m not dead.

From Rare Earth. We’re back! It has been three hectic, action packed months, but we’re back. If you don’t want to watch the update, here’s a quick summary: – I’m not dead – We’re dropping twenty new videos from Ethiopia and Somaliland starting tomorrow. – We’re starting a Rare Earth merch store (designs to come):…

The Boring Rocks Where Life Began

From Rare Earth. Ok everyone, it’s time we had a quick chat about the future. Francesco is gone. And while we are all wishing him the best in what is undoubtedly the right decision, the kid was 50% of this series. He was the heart. It’s not a simple transition to lose him. Yet, most…

The Great Canadian Dildo

From Rare Earth. Welcome to 2019. I’ve got some sad news. Francesco has got a better job. Well, I suppose it being sad news depends a bit on whose perspective you’re looking from. For Francesco, I have happy news. You’re getting a better job. Yet, as much as his upward career progression fills me with…

The Boat that Didn’t Change the World

From Rare Earth. I don’t really remember why we decided to do this, but we’ve made a video about how we make videos, with a real video wedged in. I’m not sure if you’ll like it, but doing it this way was a lot of fun to film. There was a lot of driving around…

The Texas Vampires

From Rare Earth. Edit: To specify, they were from the Baylor College of Medicine, not Baylor University. If nothing else, I hope this video leaves you thinking about the many benefits of inbreeding. But more seriously, this episode was made possible by the friendly and open attitude of people who knew that I was essentially…

The Dog Flaying, Child Healing, God Loving Hero of Labrador

From Rare Earth. Dr. Grenfell was a great man. He lived a great life. Patreon account, for those who care: https://www.patreon.com/rareearth/overview Follow our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rareearthseries/ Follow Evan’s twitter: https://twitter.com/Evan_Hadfield Follow Francesco’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frapetitti/ This video was made possible thanks to our incredible Patreon subscribers Aaron lx, Adam Theo, Alan Biedenharn, Alberto Daval Cordeiro Araujo, Alejandro…

Fogo: The Island that Sells Authenticity

From Rare Earth. What do you do when the cod’s gone? To follow the theme of our last episode’s fishery doom and gloom, we wanted to show what had been done since the collapse on the island of Fogo, and how a single person can make a difference when they decide to. Going to Fogo?…

The Single Biggest Layoff in Canadian History

From Rare Earth. When you’re talking about Newfoundland, it’s basically impossible not to mention the cod. They were this island’s engine for hundreds of years. They were the main driver to colonize this country, and once kept the largest empire in human history fed. But the moment we took them for granted, they all died.…

The Extinction Omelette

From Rare Earth. If I’d had time and footage, I would have started this video with the collapse of the megafauna when humans first met this continent. I hope you’ll accept this analogue in its stead. In short: Even if you love omelettes, there’s wisdom in not cracking all your eggs. Patreon account, for those…

“First”

From Rare Earth. The coldest, windiest, worst place to set up a colony. Unless you count where they came from. Vikings! Patreon account, for those who care: https://www.patreon.com/rareearth/overview Follow our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rareearthseries/ Follow Evan’s twitter: https://twitter.com/Evan_Hadfield Follow Francesco’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frapetitti/ This video was made possible thanks to our incredible Patreon subscribers Aaron lx, Adam Theo,…

Canada’s Beating Heart

From Rare Earth. Welcome to Season….uh…five? I’ve lost count. Let’s go by location. Welcome to Newfoundland! This episode is all about history. We’re trying a new system with seasons where we provide a historical base episode up front, and then are free to be a bit more abstract as the season progresses. Hopefully it will…

The Foreigners Invading Canada

From Rare Earth. This video is for my wife, who gets her passport this year. It is for my niece, who will some day call this her home. For Mamie, who sacrificed so much to bring us to this frozen country. Since today’s episode is just a throwaway between seasons, we’ve decided to go more…