The Liquor that Could Save Our Bees

From Rare Earth. My plan to save the bees? We get a bunch of hipsters drunk. Feed us our daily honey: https://www.patreon.com/rareearth Follow our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rareearthseries/ Follow my twitter: https://twitter.com/Evan_Hadfield Merch (more designs to come): https://teespring.com/stores/rareearth This video was made possible thanks to our incredible Patreon subscribers Aaron lx, Abram Blocton, Adam Theo, Alan Bryce,…

This is Not a Cactus

From Rare Earth. “Wow, what a pointless episode. It seems like he put this together at the last minute as a response to some side-bet he’d been running with his wife during the filming! What a loser.” You are correct. That’s exactly what happened. I am a loser. But sometimes in life you’ve got a…

Is this Obelisk Italy’s Greatest Shame?

From Rare Earth. The battle of Adwa is among the most famous battles in history. Hard to call rare. So instead, I want to talk about an obelisk. All joking not aside, everything, of course, is a matter of perspective. To me, for example, Italy’s greatest shame is Francesco (thanks for filming the scenes in…

China’s Donkey Show

From Rare Earth. I wonder what the algorithm thinks of this title. Don’t care. I wrote this whole episode because I wanted you to see Samuel the amorous donkey attempt to court his unwilling lady love. I hope you enjoy it. As always, thanks for being here. We appreciate ya. Your support keeps us going:…

How to Monopolize Bread

From Rare Earth. Teff. It’s the primary staple of the national diet of Ethiopia. It forms injera, the daily bread of an entire nation, and has been around since the very dawn of agriculture. But today, despite being more important to the nation’s survival than ever before, Teff is facing its greatest threat: the Dutch.…

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…