Heat-Sensing Vampire Bats and Other Weird Tales from National Geographic

Just in time for Halloween, our new book, Tales of the Weird: Unbelievable True Stories, was released this week.

Radio stations around the U.S. interviewed me about the book today, and I enjoyed sharing some of the weirdest of the weird tales with their listeners. The book is a compilation of the most popular stories published by National Geographic News over the past ten years. When we started the daily news service we quickly found out that readers particularly like science stories and blog posts about strange phenomena, from bizarre animals of the distant past to the many wonders of our brains and bodies, to the strange phenoma of the Universe.

Tales of the Weird was prepared by an amazing team at National Geographic Books. Senior Books Editor Amy Briggs led the project. Amy and I are continuing the weird storytelling in our Tales of the Weird blog, which in the first few weeks since it launched has been visited more than 350,000 times.

The book is the product of a much wider team of talented writers and editors who have produced some 10,000 National Geographic News stories over the past decade. Every one of us who worked on the stories, book, and blog have had a lot of fun learning about the strange ways of Earth and the life that shares our planet. I thank everyone of them, and also the more than 200,000,000 visitors who read our stories. The stories in Tales of the Weird were essentially chosen by those readers, based on the items that received the most page views. You may read all our news stories on the Daily News website, or the best of them in Tales of the Weird.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn