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. One more Albanian video (and a cottager) until Vinland! Typing this from a not-at-all gross…

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…

Zog: King of the Bloodfeud

From Rare Earth. Be you a Hatfield, a Black Donnelly, Alexander Hamilton or Zog, vendettas are an unfortunately common part of human existence. And while as an individual, our needs for vengeance are personal and deep, they’re often at odds with society. Justice is not a universal concept. Blood feuds end in blood. It’s right…

The Other North Korea

From Rare Earth. Extremism is the enemy. We give it a bunch of names, put it on a fake spectrum, and rail on each other about how our extremes will be better, but it’s all the same thing. Extremism is the enemy. Welcome to Albania. Welcome to the world. Patreon account, for those who care:…

The 750,000 Bunkers of Albania

From Rare Earth. Bunkers! Albania’s most visible uniqueness. A negative that’s so definitive of the nation that it has almost become a positive. 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/ Cryptic Sorrow – Atlantean Twilight by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative…

What It Takes To Be A Saint

From Rare Earth. Goodbye Armenia, hello Albania! Today’s episode is about sainthood, and what it takes to be remembered. 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/ Chance, Luck, Errors in Nature, Fate, Destruction As a Finale by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a…

Snitches Get Stitches

From Rare Earth. Today’s episode isn’t Sparta. But it does contain a 300 man army fighting back against 70,000 better armed troops. It’s about Davit Bek, an Armenian legend. And more than that, it’s about betrayal. This video comes courtesy of us wanting to drone some spots on the drive to Kapan and needing a…

The Spear that Pierced a Living God

From Rare Earth. The spear of destiny. The holy ark. The planet we’re all so excited to touch. This video is about relics. 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/ Dreaming in 432Hz by Unicorn Heads Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsFkZR7FVM8 Artist: http://www.unicornheads.com This video was…

The Armenian Pagan Neo-Nazi Problem

From Rare Earth. This episode was inspired by visiting Garni. It’s a beautiful temple, and worthy of a visit. To clarify: Though the foundations of the faith branch from Nzhdeh’s historic race religion ideals, it would be inaccurate to say that the concept of an Aryan/Armenian bloodline drive the modern version of the religion. There’s…

Dumber than a Caveman

From Rare Earth. A bit lighter than usual. My thoughts on the caveman. To clarify before the inevitable comments: Our intelligence has shown an increase over time, yes. There are likely a number of reasons, from atmosphere to diet to leisure time. The point of this video is not to explain the science of judging…

Dying for a Homeland

From Rare Earth. Our longest ever episode. Hope you can find the time. Obviously, this is a one-sided account from someone who fought for, and continues to fight for, Artsakhian independence. Take everything with a grain of salt, and in turn learn more about the interactions that make our planet spin. Thank you Samvel, for…

The Country The World Says Doesn’t Exist

From Rare Earth. Edit: In case it isn’t clear in the video, this is meant to be a story of Artsakh, from the view of Artsakh. It isn’t unemotional geopolitics. The Armenians are in no ways saints, and the Azeri in no way demons. The Azeri refugees forced from their homes in the external lands…