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…

The Pyramid Scheme that Collapsed a Nation

From Rare Earth. Watching people get sucked into a pyramid scheme is one of the most frustrating parts of long-term friendships. Today marks our final video about America, er, I mean Albania. Both, I suppose. New season starts next Saturday. We intend to change things up a little bit. Experiment with the videos. Maybe you’ll…

A Dictator’s Birthday Present to Himself

From Rare Earth. Enver Hoxha: Whether demanding they write his name in a hillside or erecting giant bronze statues to his glory, he was always looking out for the little guy. Not an egotistical bone in his body. No sir. Edit: In the video I say Romania’s dictator was killed in his home. He was…

The Statue of George W. Bush

From Rare Earth. Someone in the comments mentioned I started every episode this season with “In Albania” and now it’s all I can hear. For those keeping score: Two more episodes before our adventures in Vinland begin. Be excited. 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…