Pop Omnivore

Saudi Filmmaker Breaks New Ground With “Wadjda”

“Wadjda” is believed to be the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first to have a female director. It’s also Saudi Arabia’s first submission to the Academy Awards. That’s quite a feat for ...

What Do Cicadas Taste Like? Adventures In Bug Eating

By Sharon Jacobs, NGM staff I have a confession to make: I’m scared of bugs. I still routinely ask friends and family members to dispose of creepy crawlers for me. I got more than a little freaked out during ...

What Do Cicadas Taste Like? Adventures In Bug Eating

By Sharon Jacobs, NGM staff I have a confession to make: I’m scared of bugs. I still routinely ask friends and family members to dispose of creepy crawlers for me. I got more than a little freaked out during ...

Chasing Ice: Photographer James Balog on a Glacial Adventure

Inspired by an Arctic assignment for National Geographic, photographer James Balog decided to chronicle the planet’s disappearing glaciers through a three-year, $3 million project called the Extreme Ice Survey. With the help of time-lapse cameras and scientists Dr. Tad Pfeffer ...

The Sessions: Life In An Iron Lung

Can you imagine spending your life encased in 750 pounds of iron? The new film The Sessions is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a poet who was largely confined to an iron lung—a massive “tin can” ...

Penguin Photo Takes the Prize

  By Glenn Oeland There are some National Geographic photographers whose work never fails to dazzle even the most jaded eye. One of them is Paul Nicklen. Maybe it was his childhood among Arctic hunters in the far north of ...

Sneak Peek: All Roads Film Festival

If you’re in the DC area, stop by National Geographic headquarters this weekend for a cultural treat: The All Roads Film Festival (Sept. 27-30), featuring compelling stories from indigenous and minority cultures around the world. Here’s a preview ...

Hey Spiderman, Here’s What Really Happens When a Spider Bites You

In The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker’s well-known story feels like déjà vu all over again: Radioactive spider bites outcast teen. Powers grow. Tragedy befalls. Responsibility and heroism ensue. But Pop Omnivore would rather look at the spider than ...

Memo to Rihanna: Falcons DO Close Their Eyes When They Sleep

Pop phenom Rihanna took to Twitter on June 23 to share her new ink: a tattoo of an Egyptian Falcon perched on her right ankle. “Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness! Never close their eyes during sleep,” Rihanna tweeted ...

John Carter Would Probably Need a Shirt on Mars

Disney’s John Carter is a wild interplanetary tale about a Civil War veteran who ends up on Mars, where he’s held captive by the Tharks, a tribe of tall green creatures. After rescuing a Martian princess, Carter finds ...