World's Strangest

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Science explains strange stuff around the world.

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Positive Messages

Scientific explanations are offered for strange phenomena around the world, including things that some communities regard as being mystical or natural. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The witnesses who describe and explain phenomena are from all over the world. Scientists often have multiple theories about why some things happen. 


Storms, whirlpools, and other destructive forces are shown. So is the damage they cause to people, places, and things. Near-death experiences are described; occasionally people are shown getting injured, but no blood is visible. Some episodes deal with explosions. 


Women are sometimes shown in bikinis on beaches, but nothing is particularly sexual. 


Apple iPhones, Honda cars, and other logos are occasionally visible but not prominently featured. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World's Strangest offers scientific explanations for things around the world that seem as if they were created by odd or inexplicable circumstances. Although the show is relatively mild, it does feature some footage of frightening events (such as boats being sucked down a whirlpool) and people getting injured (although no blood is shown). Descriptions of near-death experiences also can be scary. Logos for Honda, iPhone, and American Airlines are visible but not prominently featured. 

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What's the story?

WORLD'S STRANGEST is a series that uses science to explain phenomena around the world that seem peculiar. Eyewitnesses, photographs, and recorded footage are used to help describe strange places and seemingly inexplicable events, from an enormous barge-swallowing whirlpool suddenly appearing in a shallow lake in Louisiana to a Scottish hill where cars slide up. It also showcases bizarre architectural marvels, strange hobbies, and seemingly odd lifestyles. Scientists, engineers, and other experts offer logical explanations for all these things and attempt to demonstrate that what may seem mystical or completely bizarre is actually a result of something that's easily explainable.

Is it any good?

World's Strangest showcases how science can be used to explain things that appear natural, mystical, or just plain weird. It also offers explanations about structures that may appear strange but are in fact created to help harness natural resources, provide alternative energy sources, or otherwise improve people's lives. 

It's not the most action-packed of shows, but there's a lot to be learned from the stories featured here. Chances are that science fans of all ages will enjoy it, whereas travel enthusiasts will be inspired to put some of what's showcased here on their sightseeing lists. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about events they've learned about or witnessed that seem strange or bizarre but that can be explained with the help of science. Were they a result of optical illusions? The ecosystem? Man-made accidents? Are there things you've seen or heard of that make more sense now that you've watched this show?

  • Can science offer an explanation for everything that happens around the world? Or are there some things in life that we will never fully understand? 

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