[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: The Samurai scouts
bring news that there’s an army on its way. [BUZZING] They rally the troops. But it’s too late. The Bamboo Battalion is on them. The Rock Samurais are ambushed
at their own entrance. When times are tough,
giant killer hornets turn on their kind. It’s like on like,
giant on giant. Claws, stingers, and mandibles,
all weapons deployed and heads will roll. Disabling the enemy is
the primary strategy. Beheading and severing
limbs, the mandibles are the ultimate weapon of war. It’s impossible to
determine who’s winning until the pillaging starts. The marauding Bamboo
giants enter the fortress. They’re conquered
the Rock Samurais and they’ve struck gold. The precious nursery of
developing princesses is ransacked, next year’s
queens killed and cannibalized in their chambers. The sentry can do nothing
but witness the devastation of her precious family.
(intense music) – [Narrator] Welcome to
the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, let’s
meet your 10 finalists. From Texas, 13 year old
Nihar Janga is a winner of the 2016 Scripts National Spelling Bee. When he’s not studying
geography, he enjoys playing football and video games with friends. From California, 13 year
old Venkat Ranjan plays the piano and has been
competing in both his school and state bees since 2015. From Arizona, 13 year old
Gayatri Kaimal has been snorkeling in Hawaii, when
she’s back in the lower 48, she loves listening to music and reading. From Ohio, 13 year old
Saket Pochiraju has won the Ohio State Bee three years in a row. He’s also quite the outdoorsman. He loves playing tennis
and exploring nature. From New Jersey 13 year
old Anoushka Buddhikot has been playing violin
since the young age of seven. She’s also an avid reader
and plans on writing a novel about an explorer, from
Massachusetts, 11 year old Atreya Mallanna is
an accomplished athlete. He plays cricket, soccer and swims. From Oregon, 13 year old Ashwin Sivakumar is a composer and birder. He’s even spent time bird
watching while traveling through Costa Rica, from Georgia,
14 year old Vishal Sareddy counts Hawaii among his
coolest destinations and loves playing basketball
and running cross country. From North Carolina, 14
year old Jonathan Song plays golf and is on a
competitive robotics team. When he’s not tearing it up on the course, he loves traveling, he’s
made it all the way to China. And finally from New Hampshire,
14 year old Sean Cheng enjoys speed cubing,
traveling and fishing. A competitor in all areas,
he also loves to play high level soccer, here they are, the 2018 National Geographic Bee finalists. (applause) And now your host, journalist, humorist and Emmy Award winning writer Mo Rocca. (applause) – Well hello everyone I
am thrilled to be back in Washington DC hosting the
National Geographic Bee which turns 30 this year
which means it’s only two years older than I am.
(laughing) This year 2.6 million
students competed in their school Geographic Bees, 54
top geographers from state and US territory earned the
right to compete this week. And after a series of preliminary rounds, 10 extremely worthy finalists
made it to this stage. Today one of these bright
minds will earn a $50,000 scholarship and the title of National Geographic Bee Champion. (applause) Are you ready to begin, let’s get started. The first seven rounds
will focus on US geography. This first round will
require spoken answers only. I’m going to ask each of you
a question about a capital city in the United States,
a photo related to your question will appear on your monitor. You will be asked to name the
city and state that its in. These questions are worth one point. You will have 12 seconds to
answer, students are you ready? They’re ready, here we go. Nihar, we begin with you,
here is the first question. This state capital on the Pearl River was named after a President
of the United States. Name this city and state.
– Jackson, Mississippi. – [Mo] That is correct
for one point, Venkat, home to the Mark Twain
house and museum this state capital is north
of the Long Island sound. Name this city and state.
– Hartford, Connecticut. – [Mo] That is correct,
Gayatri, located in the central valley this state capital
was the western terminus for both the pony express and the first transcontinental railroad,
name this city and state. – Sacramento, California.
– You got it. Saket, this state capital
is northwest of Daniel Boone National Forest and is located
in the Blue Grass region. Name this city and state.
– Frankfurt, Kentucky. – [Mo] That is right,
Anoushka, this state capital is located near both the big
belt mountains and the source of the Missouri River,
name this city and state. – Helena, Montana.
– That is correct. Atreya, founded by the
French, this state capital is located 150 miles upstream
from the Mississippi River Delta, name this city and state. – Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
– That is correct. Ashwin, located on the Hudson
River, this state capital was an active trading post in the 1600s. Name this city and state.
– Albany, New York. – [Mo] You got it, Vishal,
located about 20 miles from the Platte River this state
capital building is topped by a nearly 20 foot statue of a farmer. Name this city and state.
– Lincoln, Nebraska. – [Mo] Lincoln, Nebraska is correct. Jonathan, located on the
eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, this state capital
experienced a silver rush in the 1850s, name this city and state. – Carson City, Nevada.
– That is right. Sean, this state capital is
east of the Ouachita Mountains and is home to the William J
Clinton Presidential Library. Name this city and state.
– Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. – [Mo] I’m sorry, the answer
was Little Rock, Arkansas. And we are off and running
at the 2018 National Geographic Bee.
(applause) These 10 gifted finalists
are competing for $85,000 in college scholarships, today’s
champion will win 50,000 of it along with a lifetime
membership to the National Geographic Society and a
Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the
National Geographic Endeavor Two, second place will
earn a $25,000 scholarship and $10,000 goes to the
third place finisher. Sounds pretty good right?
(applause) I’d say so.
(applause) For round two, you’ll use
your stylus and tablets. Everyone answers this next
question at the same time. This question is worth
one point and you’ll have 12 seconds to write your answer. National Parks have been
called America’s greatest idea and yet these and other public
lands face serious threats. National Geographic is
dedicated to furthering our understanding of these
critical eco systems and inspiring action to protect them. Take a look at your monitors. Yellowstone National Park is
a geological and ecological wonder, it was the world’s
first national park and covers nearly 3500 square miles. But it’s eco system is
threatened by activity outside it’s border, while it
is best known for it’s bison, bears and wolves, the park’s
most abundant large mammal is the elk who’s migration
paths reach well beyond Yellowstone’s boundaries
and here is your question. Elk once roamed most the
United States but hunting and loss of habitat
reduced their range to the area of what mountain range that includes Yellowstone National
Park and that stretches from New Mexico to British Columbia. You will have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (intense music) (bell dinging) Time’s up, let’s see what you wrote. And surprise, surprise,
for one point the correct answer is Rocky Mountains.
(applause) 10 for 10, nicely done. You can now put down your
stylus because round three will require spoken answers only. I’m going to ask each of
you a question that will test your knowledge of revered
places in the United States. When it’s your turn a photo
related to your question will appear on your monitor,
Nihar, we begin with you. Here’s your question,
sacred to many Alaskans, this mountain was known
by the early Athabaskan people as the tall one
and it may have been central to their creation
story, name this mountain. – Mount Denali or Mount McKinley. – [Mo] Well done Denali
is correct for one point. Mount McKinley was also
acceptable, thank you. Venkat, Thornhill Chapel blends
into the surrounding woods giving visitors a sense that
they are seated in the forest itself, the chapel is
located in what physiographic region that covers much of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri? – The Ozark Plateau.
– The Ozark Plateau is correct, Gayatri, Big Sir,
a scenic region along the California coast has long
attracted native Americans, hermits and artists, this
region stretches from Carmel by the sea to San Simeon
along what mountain range? – The Sierra Nevada.
– I’m sorry. We were looking for Santa Lucia. Saket, the city of Nauvoo
attracts visitors due to it’s historic importance
as the home of the Latter Day Saints from 1839 to 1846 before the Great Salt Lake,
Nauvoo is located upstream from Quincy on what river? – The Mississippi River.
– That is correct. Anoushka, this famous gospel
choir performs all over the world sharing the joy
of faith through music. The choir shares its name
with a large neighborhood in upper Manhattan that is a
center of African American culture, name this neighborhood. – Harlem.
– Harlem is correct. Atreya, ceremonial
chambers called kivas were a feature of pre Columbian
structures in North America. Built by the ancestral Puebloans, Kivas can be found in what canyon
that shares it’s name with a national historical park
in northwestern New Mexico? – Choco Canyon.
– Choco Canyon is correct. Ashwin, each year Marti
gras celebrations draw thousands of revelers to
public spaces throughout New Orleans including Bourbon
Street and Jackson Square. In what district that
is the city’s oldest? – French Quarter.
– French Quarter is correct. Vishal, formed by the
eruption of Mount Mazama 7,000 years ago, this
lake in Oregon was held sacred by the local
Klamouth people and is the main feature of a national
park, name this lake. – Crater Lake.
– Crater Lake is correct. Jonathan, Mission Concepcion built in 1755 was one of several Spanish
missions established to protect borders from French encroachment and to convert Native
Americans to Catholicism. These missions are near
what river that shares its name with a large Texas City? – The San Antonio River.
– That is correct. Sean, Native Americans
in North Central Wyoming have long used this stone
medicine wheel for ceremonies and to predict astronomical events. This sacred site is a
national landmark in what mountain range that is the
source of the Powder River? – The Apsoroca Range.
– I’m sorry. We were looking for Big Horn Mountains. Three rounds down, four more to go before we say goodbye to the students
with the four lowest scores. But with eight points up for grabs, it’s still anyone’s game,
now before we dive back into competition, let’s get
to know a little bit more about our 10 fine finalists. Nihar, let’s begin with you. You are also the winner of the 2016 Strips National Spelling Bee,
that is very impressive. Can you spell my first name? (laughing) In French?
– M-O. – I’m sorry, it’s M-E-A-U.
(laughing) We’ll settle it later with the score. Venkat Ranjan, you are from
San Ramone, California. Give me a fun fact about San Ramone like maybe a point of interest. What’s the best thing about it? – The headquarters of
the oil company Chevron. That’s all we have.
(laughing) – Little company that you
plan on taking over maybe once you leave here and it’s
a great place to live, right? – Yeah.
– Okay. He’s gonna work for the
Chamber of Commerce. (laughing) Gayatri, it says here that
you went snorkeling in Hawaii and had a family of dolphins
swim right next to the boat. How could you tell they were a family? – Well, that’s what the
tour guide said, so. (laughing) – I’m sorry, what’s that?
– That’s what the tour guide said.
– I know. But they could’ve been
friends just hanging out. Was it exciting, was it exciting? – Yeah.
(laughing) – Alright excellent. Saket, you are from Ohio
and you won the Ohio State Geo Bee three years in a row, were all the questions about Ohio? – No.
(laughing) – Oh okay, right, well do
you know that old sound. ♪ Round on the end and
high in the middle, Ohio ♪ (laughing) You have to be 49 or older to get that. Oops, I gave it away,
Anoushka, it says here this is really cool, that
you enjoy reading fiction and plan on writing a
book about an explorer. Which explorer are you interested in? – I think everything the
Renaissance and all the explorers coming to the new world. That’s something that’s
really interested me. So I think that’s an
interesting story concept. – Okay, interesting, alright. And you’ve played the violin for how long? – Six or seven years.
– Six or seven years. And how was it balancing studying for this and playing the violin or did
one help the other in a way? – It’s a really good break a lot of time. If I’m studying and I’m
just not remembering stuff. Then it’s something I’ll just
go and do, play for an hour and then I’ll be able to retain much more information that way. – Right, I love that she blows
off steam by studying the violin, I’m like, how low do I feel? That’s very impressive,
just gonna mess around. Get off that violin, come
on, you’re wasting time. (laughing) Alright, Atreya, you are
the youngest one here. How does that feel, you’re in fifth grade. – It feels good to be the youngest one. Like I have nothing to lose.
(laughing) (applause) – You got time, you’re gonna survive all of these people here. You got years ahead of you, right? But that’s a good point,
you can just, right, really just have fun because
you’ve got years to go with this eligibility.
– Yeah. – And you really are just
11, this is not a rouse. – Yeah, I’m 11.
– Okay. Alright Ashwin, this
is the second time I’ve moderated with you up here,
you were here two years ago. What happened last year, no, I’m kidding. (laughing) No it’s very very impressive
that you’re here twice. Now you were just recently
traveling through Costa Rica. Tell us about that.
– Well it’s really cool ’cause unlike other
countries in Latin America, Costa Rica has really
taken a lot of efforts to preserve it’s biodiversity
so we got to travel through a lot of really pristine
rainforests and natural environments that don’t
really exist anymore anywhere else in Latin America so that was pretty incredible. – Well that’s wonderful
and there’s, I think, an election coming up in Costa Rica and he should be on the ballet. Vishal, you are from Georgia. Georgia has a lot of great crops. So I have to ask you the
questions, peanuts or peaches. – Peaches.
– Peaches. That is correct for an extra point. It’s a wonderful state
though, a beautiful state. – Alright, Jonathan, from
North Carolina, Jonathan Song, you were on a robotics team
that competes in the first tech challenge, what is that? – Well it’s like, you make
these like mini robots. It’s not the full size
ones but they compete on a field and they do missions and stuff. – When you eventually
create your own robot, what is your priority,
what is the one thing you want your robot to be able to
do if it could do anything? – Cook for me.
(laughing) – And I’m guessing Jonathan’s
parents feel the same way. (laughing) Alright Sean Chang from New Hampshire. Your hobbies include speed
cubing and at first when I read it I thought it was speed clubbing and I thought you’re a
little young for that. What is speed cubing? – It’s just solving Rubix
Cubes as fast as you can. – [Mo] Is it specifically Rubix cubes? – There’s different size ones
like the traditional ones, like a three by three but
there’s different sizes. – And how fast can you do
an old fashioned Rubix cube? – My best competition
time is 9.29 seconds. – 9.2 seconds?
– Yeah. – Oh my gosh, that’s, wow. That’s how long it takes
me to make the first turn. Oh and I read, do you know what the state fruit of New Hampshire is?
– No. – Alright well it’s in the
final round, no, I’m kidding. It’s a pumpkin, I thought
that that was kinda cute and confusing because I
thought a pumpkin was just a decoration or maybe a
vegetable, alright and let’s give a shout out to
our other 44 finalists. These brilliant students.
(applause) And now back to our competition. For round four, you’ll
need your stylus again because everyone answers this
question at the same time. This question is worth one point. The National Geographic
Society is committed to exploring and protecting
our planet and supporting bold individuals who are
pushing the boundaries of knowledge, take a look at your monitors. Daniella Kavachi is a biologist
and National Geographic young explorer, as a
child in Mexico, she was attracted to strange and
misunderstood animals like spiders and snakes,
today she is fortunate to work with one of the most
mysterious creatures, bats. Daniella’s current project
is to identify and preserve bat species in archeological zones. So at night, she spends
time inside pyramids looking for these beautiful animals. And here is your question,
some female lesser long nosed bats migrate to the
United States to roost in a National monument that borders Mexico. These bats are the primary
pollinators of a species of cactus that gave it’s
name to the monument. What is the name of this cactus? You will have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (intense music) (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For one point the correct
answer is Organ Pipe. Okay so let’s see how everyone did. Three of you had the correct answer. That was a nail biter there. We’ve come to the first Geo
Challenge of the competition. We’ll be testing you not
just on what you know but how well you know
it, each of you will be presented with a different
map of the continuous United States and two choices
for what the map is showing. You will have 10 seconds
to tell us your answer. If you are correct, you will
receive one point and the opportunity to explain why
for a possible two additional points, we will give you a
few moments to think about your response and when
the bell rings, you’ll have 20 seconds in which to
complete your explanation. A panel of judges will
determine if your explanation is strong enough to earn the
additional two points. When it’s your turn, take
a look at your monitor. Ready, Nihar, take a look at your map. Does this map show vegetation
zones or average wind speeds? – This map is showing vegetation zones. – [Mo] I’m sorry, the correct
answer is average wind speeds so unfortunately you don’t get any points. Venkat, take a look at your map. Does this map show irrigated
land or peach production? – This map shows irrigated land. – That is correct for one point, for two additional points tell us
why this answer is correct. – This map is showing
irrigated land because areas that do not naturally
receive a lot of water that support farming are
shown in the map like the Central Valley of California
and the Snake River Valley of Idaho, this map cannot
be a peach production map because most peaches
are grown in the south especially in Georgia.
– Alright. And we’re gonna give the
judges a moment to confer. And the judges are quite
satisfied with your answer so two additional points for you. Gayatri, take a look at your map. Does this map show percent of federal land or miles driven per capita? – This map shows miles driven per capita. – That is correct for one
point, for two additional points tell us why this answer is correct. – Had this map shown
percent of federal land, places like Arizona and
New Mexico with lots of land owned federally by
the government would’ve had a higher shading, this map
shows miles driven per capita because open places like
Wyoming and Montana have. (bell dings) – We’ll give the judges
a moment to confer. And you just got those
two additional points for your answer for your explanation. Saket, does your map
show average minimum wage or ferry boat boardings by state? – This map shows average minimum wage. – [Mo] I’m sorry that is incorrect. The correct answer is ferry
boat boardings by state. So no points for you,
Anoushka, does your map show pesticide use or number of dairy cows? – This map shows pesticide use. – Pesticide use is correct,
you earned one point. For two additional points, tell us why this answer is correct. – This map shows pesticide
use because the highest concentrations are in
great plains and along the Mississippi River where a
lot of pesticides are used in farming, if this map was
showing number of dairy cows, there would be a much
higher concentration in Wisconsin and Texas.
– We’ll give the judges a moment to confer. And Anoushka, they like your answer. Two additional points for you. – Atreya, take a look at your map. Tell us, does it show percent
homeless or literacy rate? – Literacy rate.
– I’m sorry Atreya. The correct answer is percent homeless. Ashwin, does your map show
the range of the black bear or the range of the Ponderosa Pine? – Range of the Ponderosa Pine.
– That is correct. And for one point, for
two additional points, tell us why this answer is correct. – This map shows range
of the Ponderosa Pine ’cause all of the coloring is
in the Western United States where the range of the Ponderosa Pine is in the interior west, it
doesn’t show black bears because black bears are also found in the eastern United States.
– Judges, what say you? The judges like that answer,
two additional points for Ashwin, Vishal, does your
map show number of days with freezing temperatures
or average annual snowfall? – Average annual snowfall?
– It is average annual snowfall for one point,
for two additional points, tell us why your answer is correct. – This map shows average
annual snowfall because areas such as the Colorado
Rockies and the Sierra Nevada have a high concentration on this map. And this map does not
show freezing temperatures because there would be
a higher concentration such as north, like western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee where they would be. (bell dings) – And the judges approve
of Vishal’s explanation for two additional points. Jonathan, take a look at your map. Does this map show public
libraries or golf courses? – Public libraries.
– Public libraries is correct, you earned one point. For two additional points, tell us why this answer is correct.
– This map shows public libraries because
the higher concentration on this map is in the cities
where the majority of public libraries are located, it
doesn’t show golf courses because golf courses can
also be found in rural and suburban areas.
– Judges. The judges like that answer, two additional points to Jonathan. Sean, does your map
show Superfund hazardous waste sites or four year colleges? – Four year colleges.
– I’m sorry the correct answer was Superfund
hazardous waste sites. And that concludes the
first Geo Challenge round. Five rounds down and two more to go before our first four eliminations. There are four points up for grabs over the next two rounds, you’ll
need your stylus again in round six, we’ll be hearing
from a National Geographic explorer, take a look at your monitors. – Hi, I’m Courtney Borgerson,
I am an anthropologist, a conservation biologist and a
National Geographic explorer. You’ll often find me in
Madagascar where I study eco system balance and
the illegal hunting of endangered lemurs but I’m also
passionate about education and I visit classrooms in the
US to teach students about scientific inquiry right
in their own backyards. Now here’s your question,
one of my first experiences with science was a school
field trip to a US island that is home to the world’s
longest running predator prey study, this lake island
is now overpopulated with moose and scientists want
to bring the island back into ecological balance by
repopulating it with wolves. Name this lake island which
is also a national park. – You’ll have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For one point, the correct
answer is, all together now Isle Royale.
(applause) Now let’s take a moment
to review the scores before our next round, Ashwin is in front and there is a five way
tie, Venkat, Gayatri, Anoushka, Vishal and
Jonathan right behind there. Okay after this round,
the four students with the lowest scores will leave us
but there are still three points up for grabs for each student. In round seven, the aptly
named lightning round. Here’s how it works, I’ll
give you each, I’ll give each of you three questions
in a row and you’ll have six seconds to answer each. One point is awarded for
each correct response. Get ready, this one moves like. – Lightning.
– Like lightning. – Like lightning, I’ll
work on my delivery, okay. Here we go, Nihar, what
is the name of the largest swamp on the border of
Virginia and North Carolina? – The Great Dismal Swamp.
– That is correct. And again Nihar, Wayamaya
Canyon is located on which Hawaiian island?
– Kawaii. – [Mo] That is correct, name the state reptile of Mississippi. – Alligator.
– The American Alligator, that is correct,
Venkat, name the oldest existing National Park east
of the Mississippi River? – Acadia.
– That is correct. Again Venkat, name the widest falls section at Niagara Falls? – Horseshoe Falls.
– Horseshoe Falls is correct, settlers in Oklahoma
who started the land rush early inspired what
nickname for the state. – The sooner state.
– That is correct. Gayatri, what large city
in eastern Tennessee was the state’s first capital? – Memphis.
– I’m sorry. The answer is Knoxville, again Gayatri. Providence, Rhode Island is located at the head of what bay?
– The Naragazit Bay. – [Mo] That is correct,
what is Washington state’s most valuable food crop
in terms of total revenue? – Apples.
– Apples is correct. Saket, name the highest
mountain peak in Vermont. – Mount Mansfield.
– That is correct. What is the largest
island of American Samoa. – Tutuila.
– Tutuila is correct. What fruit is on the standard
Florida license plate? – An orange.
– An orange is correct. Anoushka, name the rift lake
on the San Andreas fault that is the largest lake in California. – The Salton Sea.
– Salton Sea is correct. Name the sub range of
the Rocky Mountains that marks the western border of Montana. – The Bitterroot Range.
– That is right. What two and a half mile
walking route in Boston, Massachusetts connects 16 historic sites? – The freedom trail.
– The freedom trail is correct, Atreya, name the
largest city on Colorado’s Kaushalya River?
– Fort Collins. – [Mo] Fort Collins is correct. Name the group of islands
in northern Wisconsin that make up part of a national lake shore? – Apostle Islands.
– You got it. What gift from France
is pictured on the state quarter of New York?
– Statue of Liberty. – [Mo] Statue of Liberty is correct. Ashwin, name the largest lake in Alaska? – Lake Iliamna.
– That is correct. What river forms most of the border between Texas and Louisiana? – The Sabine River.
– The Sabine River is correct, what is the official
dance of the state of Hawaii? – Hula.
– Hula is correct. Vishal, what bay is the
sunken estuary of the Susquehanna River?
– Chesapeake Bay. – [Mo] That is correct,
name the largest city on the Kiahoga River.
– Cleveland. – [Mo] Cleveland is correct,
what is the popular name for the group of stars depicted
on Alaska’s state flag? – The Big Dipper.
– The Big Dipper is right. Jonathan, name the highest
mountain peak in California. – Mount Whitney.
– You got it. Name the capital of Guam. – Could you repeat?
– Name the capital of Guam. – Agana.
– That is acceptable, yes. Hagotnia or Agana, that’s correct. What is the official
crustacean of Louisiana? – The crawfish.
– That is correct. Sean, what North Carolina city is located at the Confluence of a Swananoa River and the French Broad River? – Charlotte.
– I’m sorry. The answer is Ashville,
name the largest lake in Maine which is the source
of the Kenebeck River. – Moosehead Lake.
– That is correct. In 1812, soldiers from
Tennessee inspired what nickname for the state?
– The volunteer state. – [Mo] The Volunteer state is correct. (applause) That deserves a round
of applause, I’m winded. (applause) Now we have reached the
conclusion of part one of the competition and we
now have the tough task of saying goodbye to Atreya,
Nihar, Saket and Sean. A huge round of applause,
valent competitors here. (applause) One of these six students
will be named the 30th champion of the
National Geographic Bee. Remember, there’s a lot on
the line for these finalists including $85,000 in scholarship money. Now you may not know this or maybe you do but I love geography and
we thought it would be fun to turn the tables and
have the students quiz me on their home states so
hit me with your best shot. We’ll start up here, Venkat. – Name the smallest county
by area in California. (laughing) – Ya know, I bet, I bet,
there’s a whole lot of people packed in there, I
bet it’s Los Angeles county. – No.
– Alright, then I bet. Well it’s not orange county. I bet it’s, is San
Francisco it’s own county? – Yes.
– So it’s the San Francisco county.
– Good job. – What’s that?
– Good job. – Okay, alright, well I sorta got that. (laughing) Okay, how small is it?
– I don’t know, just small. – Well, we’re even then, Gayatri. – What is the Indian reservation located inside of an Indian reservation? – An Indian reservation inside
of an Indian Reservation, so an Indian reservation inside, oh, it’s the Turducken nation.
(laughing) If you don’t say I’m
wrong, then I’m right. (laughing) What is it called?
– Do you want the answer? (laughing) – Well I mean, at this point, I think we might as well resolve it. – Okay, it’s the Hopi.
– The Hopi. What are they inside of?
– The Navajo. – Oh my god, that must be so suffocating. (laughing) Well you learn something every day you moderate the National Geographic Bee. Anoushka, I love New
Jersey and just before you ask me anything, I just
want everyone to know that New Jersey has the most diners in America. And that is true. – This one’s really hard, okay? What’s the highest point in New Jersey? – What’s the highest point in, what’s the highest, the
highest point in New Jersey? It’s not Trenton, it’s, Newark, is there, there’s gotta be a mountain in New Jersey. Mount Soprano.
(laughing) What is it?
– It’s called High Point. (laughing) – That is such a dad joke.
(laughing) After the explorer book,
you’ve gotta write a book of one liners, that’s great, I like that. I love New Jersey, New
Jersey also has the most scientists and engineers per square mile. (laughing)
Okay, Ashwin. – Name the western most point in Oregon. – The what?
– The western most point. – Oh, the Pacific Ocean.
– That’s. – No, the western most point, is there, I once went to Pacific City, Oregon. I’m sure there’s some
dude from Portland who has a house boats that’s
drifted out to sea so far he forgot where he was. – I was thinking of Cape Blanco but you were actually
correct at Pacific Ocean. – Thank god, I know
how to game the system. I should be there, Vishal,
ask me about Georgia. – The University of Georgia is located in which city Northeast of Atlanta. – Athens.
– Yeah. – This is the way it should go every time. (laughing) Jonathan, as me about North,
I love North Carolina. I spent two summers in Winston Salem. – What city was created in 1913 by the merging of two major tobacco towns? – Winston Salem.
– Yeah. (laughing) – Wow.
(applause) And now back to the game.
(applause) From this part of the competition on, we’re going global, questions
are now worth two points. And after six more rounds,
the three remaining students with the lowest scores will be eliminated. Let’s move on to round eight. This round will require
spoken answers only. I’m gonna give you each a
question to test your knowledge and recognition of national capitals. When it’s your turn, a photo
related to your question will appear on your
monitor, you will have 12 seconds to answer beginning with Venkat. Once a viking settlement,
this capital city is located on the east coast of an
island where the river Liffey enters the sea, name this city. – Dublin.
– Dublin is correct. Gayatri, this capital city
is home to the Grand Palace which was once the official
residence of the Kings of Siam, name this city. – Bangkok.
– Bangkok is correct. Anoushka, in 2011 Tahrir
Square was the focal point of a revolution in a capital
city, name this city which is located between
the ruins of the ancient city of Memphis and one of the
world’s major river deltas. – Kyro.
– Kyro is correct. Ashwin, southwest of the
highest point in the Andies Mountains, the capital
city is located on the Mapocho River in a geological
zone prone to earthquakes. Name this city.
– Santiago. – [Mo] Santiago is correct. Vishal, founded by the
Spanish, this capital city was supported by Soviet Subsidies
for much of the second half of the 20th century,
name this city located along the Straits of Florida.
– Havana. – [Mo] Havana is correct. Jonathan, this capital city
is located northwest of the Cyclades on a peninsula
that borders the Aegean Sea. Name this city which was
once a powerful city state. – Athens.
– Athens is correct. No time to waste, let’s
get right to round nine. For this next question, you’ll
need your stylus once again. We have another special guest,
take a look at your monitors. – Hi, I’m Grace Cowart
Young, an ocean engineer, Aquanaut and National
Geographic emerging explorer. I’ve lived at the bottom of
the ocean in the Florida Keys, sailed across the Atlantic
Ocean and I’ve worked with NASA to create 3D maps of astroids. Right now I’m worked to
refurbish a submarine in Kansas of all places, my great
passion though is connecting art with science, for example,
by creating 3D maps of coral reefs and dancing underwater. Now here’s your question, my
research has taken me to the coral reefs off the island of Utila. Utila is the western most
island of what arapeligo off the coast of Honduras. – You’ll have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For two points, the correct
answer is Bay Islands. Let’s see how you did, three
of you had the correct answer. Students please keep your
stylus out for this next video question, this year National Geographic, the Audubon Society,
Bird Life International and Cornell Lab of Ornithology
are joining with nature lovers around the world to
celebrate the year of the bird. Birds symbolize nature’s
interconnectedness and our next special guest
is raising awareness of the importance of protecting
birds in a changing world. Once again, take a look at your monitors. – Hi, I’m Washington Washira,
I’m a wildlife conservationist and a National Geographic explorer. Now here is your question,
African crowned Eagles can be found in forests in a capital city near the Athy River, name this city which is sometimes called the
grain city in the sand. – You have 12 seconds to
write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For another two points, the
correct answer is Nairobi. Back row there all had it correct. In this next round, I’m
going to give each of you a question inspired by the
National Geographic channel series called one strange
rock which explores the fragility and wonder of planet earth. A photo related to your
question will appear on your monitory, you’ll have
12 seconds to answer. Venkat, in northern Quebec,
the Pingualuit Crater is an example of how Meteorites
have shaped our planet. Pingualuit Crater is located on what large peninsula south of the Hudson Strait? – The Ungava Peninsula.
– The Ungava Peninsula is correct, Gayatri,
the convergence of three tectonic plates created this depression where the ground spits acid. Located in the northern
part of the Afar region on the horn of Africa, what is
the name of this feature? – The Danakil Depression.
– The Danakil Depression is correct, Anoushka, around
the world waters is temporarily harnessed by tens
of thousands of large dams such as the Xiaolangdi
Dam in Hanon Province. The Xiaolangdi Dam is
located on what river north of the Qin Ling mountains? – The Yellow River.
– The Yellow River is correct. Ashwin, millions of years
ago, super volcanoes set off an extinction event that
killed most of life on earth. Protected in its underground
burrows, a reptile called Thrinaxodon survived,
fossils of this species have been found near
what river that rises in the Lesotho Highlands and
flow through Upington? – The Orange River.
– The orange river is correct. Vishal, covering over
5% of earth’s land mass, lichens such as these in
Ontario break down rocks, generate oxygen and absorb pollution. These islands can be found in what bay east of the Bruce Peninsula? – The Georgian Bay.
– The Georgian Bay is correct. Jonathan, on the Togian
Islands in the Gulf of Tomini most children learn to
swim before they can walk. The Gulf of Tomini is one
of three gulfs that define the unique shape of which of
the Greater Sunda Islands? – Sulawessy.
– Sulawessy is correct. For this next question,
you’ll need your stylus again for a question from a
special repeat guest who visited us last year from Kositchstan. Take a look at your monitors. – Hello, my name is Paul
Selapeck and I’m a journalist and National Geographic
fellow and I’m 1500 miles further along on my 21,000
mile Out of Eden Walk. I’m following the pathways
of our ancestors who migrated out of Africa
60,000 years ago writing about topics such as
climate change to migration to technological innovation
and you can follow along on this 10 year journey at
www.outofedenwalk.org. Now here’s your question,
soon my walk will take me to a city in India renowned
for it’s architecture and urban design, it was declared
a union territory in 1966 and serves as the joint capital
of two neighboring states. Name this city. – You will have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For two points, the correct
answer is Chundagar. Let’s see how you all did,
four of you had it right. 12 rounds down and one more
to go before we have to say goodbye to the three
students with the lowest scores. So let’s take a look at
the current standings. Venkat and Anoushka are
tied in first place. Vishal is not far behind,
six points though are still up for grabs in our second
and final lightning round. Once again, when it’s your
turn you’ll be asked three questions in a row and have
six seconds to answer each. This time you’ll receive
two points for each correct response, a lot at stake,
there’s a lot of room to make up ground, kids, okay. Students, are you ready,
Venkat, name the largest of the Baliaric Islands.
– Mayourka. – [Mo] Mayourka is correct,
the Sawine River flows into the gulf of Martaban
before entering what sea? This is for you Venkat.
– The Ondomon Sea. – [Mo] That is correct. What religion is
practiced by a majority of people in Mongolia?
– Buddhism. – [Mo] Buddhism is correct,
Gayatri, the far east of Bolivia is part of what
large tropical wet land? – The Grand Chako.
– I’m sorry. The answer is the Pontinal,
name Sweden’s largest island. – Gotland.
– Gotland is correct. What is the official
working language of the federal government of Ethiopia? – Umharic.
– Umharic is correct. Anoushka, what channel
connects bath and bay with the Boford sea?
– The Perry Channel. – [Mo] Perry Channel is correct. What is the name of the highest
mountain peak in Algeria? – Mount Tahop.
– You got it. What is the predominant
religion of Marishis? – Hinduism.
– Hinduism is correct. Ashwin, what large salt
water lake is located just west of Tabris, Iran? – Lake Ormia.
– Lake Ormia’s correct. Name the gulf on the
southern coast of Honduras. – Gulf of Fansica.
– Gulf of Fansica’s correct. What is the official
language of Mozambique? – Portuguese.
– Portuguese is correct. Vishal, name the southern
most state of Mexico. – Wahaka.
– The answer, I’m sorry, is Chiopas,
what man made lake spans one third of the border
of Zambia and Zimbabwe? – Lake Curiba.
– Lake Curiba’s correct. What is the official currency of Denmark. – The Chrone.
– The Chrone is correct. Jonathan, what channel
south of the Irish Sea separates whales from Ireland? The answer is Saint Georgia’s Channel. Matsayama is the largest
city on what major Japanese island?
– Checoku. – [Mo] Checoku is correct. What is the official language of Andora? – Catalan.
– Catalan is correct. Alright the time has come to
bid farewell to half of the students on stage, let’s
take a look at the scores. We must say goodbye now to
Gayatri, Ashwin and Jonathan. A huge round of applause
making it this far. (applause) Here they are, the final three. (applause and cheering) Each of these three finalist
has now won at least a $10,000 scholarship so big
congratulations to each of you. You’ve already won big.
(applause) Next we get one step closer
to crowning our champion as these three students square off in the final Geo Challenge Round. – [Narrator] To learn more
about how your school can participate in the 2019
National Geographic Bee, visit our website,
natgeobee.org for details and instructions on how to get started. Maybe we’ll see a student
from your home town here next year.
(applause) – We’re ready to continue
with the 30th National Geographic Bee, our three
finalists are sequestered back stage where they can
neither see nor hear anything happening on stage, in this
next Geo Challenge round we’ll bring them out one
by one to test ’em not just on what they know but
how well they can apply and communicate that knowledge. Each student will answer
the same question which poses a real world scenario
and they’ll be given three possible answers
from which to choose. Our panel of judges of will
score their responses based on three criteria, accuracy,
reasoning and presentation. Each year millions of tons
of plastic waste end up in the oceans threatening everything
that depends on earth’s largest eco system, National
Geographic has begun a multi year effort to raise awareness
and help find solutions to this crisis, our three
finalists will be asked to identify a location for
an ongoing clean up effort to recover plastics from a local river. The goal is to reduce the
amount of plastic that leeches the ocean, the students much tell us which river is the best location and why. The students must focus
their effort at the Mouth of one of three rivers, the
Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangtze River,
they must factor in the area’s population, plastic consumption and plastic waste management. The Yangtze river is the
best choice because of the high population and high
plastic consumption in the Yangtze river basin, it’s
also a rapidly growing area with overwhelmed waste management. The Niger river would be
the second best choice. The region has less population
and plastic consumption than that of the Yangtze though it’s waste management is also strained. The Rhine river is the weakest
choice for the clean up effort, it has the lowest
population and while it has high per capita plastic consumption, it has the strongest
existing waste management. The students must choice the
answer that best fits the scenario and explain their reasoning. We will give each of them
a moment to think about it. But once the bell rings, they’ll
have 45 seconds to respond. If he or she falls silent
for more than five seconds, their time will be up. This question is worth
a whopping nine points. So this is a game making
or game breaking moment for our finalists, the students
have been briefed on these rules but obviously not the question. And remember this is not
just about right or wrong. This is also about reasoning,
the quality of presentation. We begin with the student
currently in third place. Vishal, please come on out
on stage to be the first to answer this Geo Challenge. (applause) I’m gonna ask you to take
right front and center. Vishal, here is the question. Each year millions of tons of plastic debris ends up in the oceans,
much of it from rivers. Your goal is to help reduce the amount of plastic that reaches
the oceans by organizing a clean up effort to remove
plastic from a major river. You can focus your
clean up effort near the mouth of one of three
rivers, the Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangzke river based on the criteria of population, plastic consumption and plastic waste management, on which river would your clean up effort have the greatest impact? You will have 15 seconds to think about your answer. When the
bell rings, please begin. (bell dings) – I would focus my clean up
effort on the Yangzke River because first of all, the
Yangzke river has a really great population with cities
such as Shanghi and Nanging. Second of all, there’s a lot
of plastic consumption with China having one of the most
plastic consuming countries in the world and China doesn’t
have the best plastic waste management so a clean up would really help to clean up the plastic
on the Yangzke river. The Niger river on the other
hand, does not have as much plastic consumption as the
Yangzke and the Rhine River is really good with
plastic waste management and doesn’t consume average
plastic as the Yangzke river. For these reasons I would
choose the Yangzke river for my clean up efforts.
– A round of applause for Vishal, nice done, so come
back here if you would. (applause) And I’m gonna ask you to stand
like right in here, okay. Alright, now let’s bring
out Anoushka, okay. Anoushka, come on out.
(applause) I’m gonna ask you to stand
front and center there. Anoushka here is the question. Each year millions of tons
of plastic debris ends up in the oceans, much of it from rivers. Your goal is to help reduce the amount of plastic that reaches
the oceans by organizing a clean up effort to remove
plastic from a major river. You can focus your clean
up effort near the mouth of one of three rivers, the
Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangzke river based on
the criteria of population, plastic consumption and
plastic waste management, on which river would your clean up effort have the greatest impact? You will have 15 seconds
to think about your answer. When the bell rings, please begin. (bell dings) – I would choose the Yangzke
river to focus a clean up effort on, the Yangzke river
flows, the mouth of the Yangzke river is at Shanghi which
is a major city in China. Between the many people in
the city, there is a lot of plastic waste that occurs
and China is often considered one of the most populated,
populated and polluted places in the world, on the other
hand, the Rhine river mouth is in the Netherlands where
there is a stable clean up system already in place and
a much smaller population. Along the Niger river there
is also less plastic waste being used, for these reasons
I would choose the Yangzke river to focus a clean
up effort on, thank you. (applause) – Anoushka, I’m gonna ask
you to come back here please and stand to the left of Venkat, perfect. Alright, and now let’s bring out Venkat. (applause) Venkat, if you wanna stand
right front and center there. Here’s the question. Each year millions of tons
of plastic debris ends up in the oceans, much of it from rivers. Your goal is to help reduce
the amount of plastic that reaches the oceans
by organizing a clean up effort to remove plastic
from a major river. You can focus your clean
up effort near the mouth of one of three rivers, the
Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangzke river based on
the criteria of population, plastic consumption and
plastic waste management, on which river would your clean up effort have the greatest impact? You will have 15 seconds
to think about your answer. When the bell rings, please begin. (bell dings) – I believe that the Yangzke
river is the best river to focus my plastic clean up effort on. This is because tens of
millions of people live on the Yangzke river today and
they produce a lot of plastic as the Yangzke river in China
has a huge manufacturing industry that produces
a lot of plastic waste. Also the China does not
have a very good waste management program, unlike
the Rhine River in Europe and the Rhine River is
not a good choice because even though it produces a lot of plastic, as I said before, it has good
plastic waste management. The Niger river is not a
good choice because not too many people live along
it’s banks and it has very low plastic consumption, that is why. (bell dings)
(applause) Okay, I’m gonna ask the two
of you to come with me please. If you would Venkat, stand to the left and Vishal all the way on the
right and Anoushka in between, the order in which you came out. Great job by all of our finalists. (applause) Now our judges will take
a few moments to confer. (intense music) The judges have tabulated the
scores for this Geo Challenge and are ready to share the results. Judges, we’ll start with Vishal. – Hi Vishal, you responded
with the Yangzke River which was the best choice, you
gave great supporting facts for all the criteria we
were looking for including mentioning Shaghi and
Naching, your excellent presentation was also very
well organized and had an excellent progression as well. We gave you eight points. – And that gives Vishal
a total now of 30 points. And we move on to Anoushka now. – Anoushka, you also
mentioned the Yangzke river which is what we were looking for. You had good facts to
support all of the criteria and contrasted the weaker
choices against the best answer. Your presentation was
very very clear but it did feel a little rushed, we
gave you seven points. – And that gives Anoushka
a total of 33 points. And finally Venkat.
– Venkat, you also mentioned the Yangzke river. You had excellent details
and a more complete explanation to support your
choice including mentioning the industrial base of the Yangzke basin. Your presentation was
effective but overall could’ve been smoother,
we gave you eight points. – That gives Venkat a total of 34. Tremendous job by all,
that was a real nail biter. (applause) And after tabulating the
scores, we must say goodbye to Vishal but don’t forget
you’re still leaving here a winner, there’s a $10,000
scholarship with your name on it. (applause) A big congratulations to
you for making it this far. (applause) And then there were two, Anoushka
Buddhikot from New Jersey and Venkat Ranjan from California. (applause and cheering) We are gonna get set
up for the final round and when we return, one
of these gifted students will become the 2018 National
Geographic Bee Champion. (applause) – [Narrator] There is a lot on
the line for these students. The Champion will receive a
$50,000 scholarship plus a lifetime membership to the
National Geographic Society and a Lindblad Expedition
to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National
Geographic Endeavor Two. Now back to Mo Rocca. – Welcome to the Championship
Round of the 30th National Geographic Bee,
out of 2.6 million students, 54 of the country’s brightest
young geographers made it here to Washington DC, the
top 10 earned their place to compete today, now we’re down to two. 13 year old Venkat Ranjan from California and 13 year old Anoushka
Buddhikot from New Jersey. Congratulations on to you
both on making it this far. (applause) So Venkat, what would it mean
to you to win this thing? – That would be good.
(laughing) – Be good, you’re underplaying
it right now, right? – Maybe.
– I get it, okay. – Anoushka, how long have
you prepared for this moment? – I’ve been participating
in the National Geographic Bees since I was in fourth grade. – Since the fourth
grade, nine or 10 years, eight or nine years old, right? Excellent, okay, well you’ve
come a long way, both of you. And now it’s time to get down to business. Here’s how it’s going to work. You each begin this final
round with a clean slate. The Championship round
is single elimination. You will both be asked the
same question at the same time. The contestant who correctly
answers the question that the other contestant
misses will be named our National Champion,
so watch closely because every question could be
the winning question. You’re gonna need your
stylus for this final round. I will read each question
twice so listen carefully before answering, you’ll
then have 12 seconds to write your responses, for the final time, students, are you ready? They’re ready, here is your question. Name the small southeast
Asian country that has a northern coastline on the
Wetar and Ombai Straits. I repeat Name the small
southeast Asian country that has a northern coastline on
the Wetar and Ombai Straits. (intense music)
(bell dings) Venkat, what do you have?
– East Timor. – Anoushka.
– Timor Leste. The correct answer is Timor
Leste, also east Timor. So you are both correct.
(applause) And we like variety, okay,
onto the next question. Lebanon has a population most similar to which South American country? I repeat Lebanon has a population most similar to which
South American country? (bell dings) Venkat, what do you have?
– Paraguay. – Anoushka.
– Guyana. – Two different answers, I
can tell you now that one is correct so we’re
about to learn who is the 2018 National Geographic Bee Champion. The correct answer is
Paraguay, so Venkat Ranjan is the 2018 National Geographic Bee. (intense music)
(applause) – Congratulations.
– Congratulations. (applause and cheering) – [Narrator] A dramatic end
to a terrific competition. Here’s how our 10 finalists
officially finished. And remember each of these
students outlasted millions of others around the country
to make it to Washington DC and end up on this stage. – And now to award the metals
to our top three finishers, please welcome Mike
Ulaka, interim President and CEO of the National Geographic
Society, thank you, Mike. (applause) Finishing in third place
and winner of a $10,000 scholarship, Vishal Sareddy from Georgia. (applause) Wonderful job, wonderful. Our runner up and winner
of a $25,000 scholarship, Anoushka Buddhikot from New Jersey. (applause) Congratulations again, wonderful. And the winner of a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime membership to the
National Geographic Society and a trip for two on
a Lindblad expedition to Galapagos Islands aboard
the National Geographic Endeavor Two, the 2018
National Geographic Champion Venkat Ranjan from California. (applause)
(intense music) Thank you Mike and I’m
gonna step over here. And Venkat, I’ve gotta ask
you what was going through your mind on that last
question about population of Lebanon being similar,
most similar to which South American country.
– I don’t know this so I’m gonna have to guess something. – So you winged it.
– Kinda. – Right and we’re lucky that
in the midst of those two minutes, Paraguay didn’t have
a huge baby boom or something like that.
(laughing) Thrown the whole thing
off, now please join me in congratulating Venkat,
our other nine finalists and all 54 of the
students who made it here to Washington DC.
(applause) I’m Mo Rocca, thanks for watching. And remember the science,
exploration, education and story telling can change the world. And I want the parents
of our three finalists to come on up on stage,
let’s get the parents. (applause) Come on up. (upbeat music)
(applause) Congratulations, congratulations. (laughing) Love it, love it, love it. (upbeat music) Congratulations all of you. (upbeat music)
When you think of flying animals, what do
you think of? Birds, butterflies, or bees might first come to mind, but what about spiders? Even though they don’t have wings, it turns out that spiders are actually
some of nature’s best aviators. So, how do spiders take to the skies? Lightning storms are one of nature’s
most powerful displays of Earth’s electricity. But even under normal weather
conditions, electricity is all around us. The atmosphere holds a positive electric charge while Earth’s surface holds a negative charge. Just like with magnets, similar charges
repel away from each other, and opposite charges attract. This interaction creates something
called an electric field. The force of this electric field is what
allows for some spiders to defy gravity in a remarkable behavior called ballooning. It typically begins at high pointy areas
where the Earth’s electric field is the strongest. First, a spider drops an anchor silk to secure itself. Then, it raises its two front legs in the air, and uses special fine hairs to sense
wind and electrical conditions— sort of like a built-in weather station. If the conditions are right, the spider then “tiptoes” on its back legs, raises its abdomen, and releases its silk to the air. The silk strands are charged, which
causes them to repel away from each other rather than tangling. This form of static electricity
is just like what happens to your hair after rubbing it with a balloon. Now ready to set sail,
the spider breaks off its anchor line, and lifts into the air using the
force it gains from the electric field and wind. Once airborne, spiders likely
use their legs to balance or control speed during their dangerous journey. Most of these trips are short, but some can last for thousands of miles, drifting along with wherever the breeze takes them. There is still a lot to learn about
why certain species of spiders take to the skies, and scientists are still gathering clues
about how spiders use electricity to perform this gravity-defying feat. What other shocking secrets could these spiders still reveal?
Somewhere in the Colorado Desert on the day of the Winter Solstice I am using dry tinder to light the fire with the hot coals from the campfire that burned through the night Mixing the hot coals with dry tinder and oxygen will cause flames to ignite and recover the fire If we let go of our prejudices, the elements of nature will conspire in our favor It usually takes a few minutes for the tinder to heat up enough to catch fire You can not rush things in nature, you must allow time for things to happen This dying mesquite tree is the best source of firewood that I found here I carry a lot of my supplies in this cattail basket that I made The basket is the perfect size to carry my cooking pot The pot is filled with acorn flour This is my tool pocket I made it to carry important tools such as a spoon, fire drill sticks, pine pitch, and resinous pine wood I will be using my spoon for this task This acorn flour was made mostly from acorns collected from the California scrub oak I do not want to cook all of it yet so I am removing some from the pot A small amount of water is added for the cooking process Acorns are a rich source of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates Acorns ripen in the fall months and are a very important food source for native people and wildlife too After stirring in the water I place the pot of acorn mush directly on the hot coals I usually allow it to cook for about ten minutes Fuel must be added to increase the heat This basket I made contains fresh toyon fruits that I collected near the coast Toyon fruit ripens in the late fall and early winter months Toyon fruit has a very mild flavor that is enhanced with drying or cooking Toyon fruit goes well with acorn mush I will cook this for a few more minutes The taste is quite bland but I am more interested in the nutritional value of this meal I also brought mesquite pods with me to eat as a tasty trail snack Mesquite is sweet and delicious I want to reignite the flames This is a very basic and primitive way to cook and eat acorn mush It can also be prepared with other seeds and flours, fruit, and even meat Acorns are very nutritious and I also feel a sense of satisfaction after eating a meal of acorn mush Remember that it is important to process them properly before consumption The bitter tannins must be removed in order to make them edible Watch my recent video about processing acorns or another source of information to learn how Always remember that the purpose of food is nourishment and not pleasure
There are many issues about what would happen in a zombie apocalypse, but personally It makes me a topic of the most curious, since from this theme one can learn from different topics, the main ones are diseases and how they are transmitted, in this field, many works take as a general rule that the disease would affect all exponents of the kingdom animal, but if we analyze it with reality, even if it sounds strange since this scenario it is unlikely, different diseases affect some species, not all, by which given that one was presented, it is very likely that the other animals would not be infected, so it’s a good idea to use them to maximize our chances of survival And carry on. one of the biggest problems that is going to occur is communication, we are so used to send messages by whatsapp or facebook, that has changed our lifestyle so much that it is increasingly difficult to be without them and when a zombie apocalypse occurs, most likely the facilities that manage the internet or the ways to get energy every time will decrease its efficiency and after a while it will end, creating a very important conflict since we would stay isolated, if we have not died, but I came up with a very effective way and we they serve from asking for help or creating a way to indicate different events with our base or community imagine the following scenario, you go by resources, since the food does not magically appear in the refrigerator, but from one moment to another a horde of zombies is in search of you, so you have several options, if You will be fighting, so it is best to run away and seek shelter, which will create another problem, since it’s a matter of time you get caught, so your only option is that a group of people help you, but these not accompanying you will not find out about the danger what are you going through, it is vital that you can ask for help and how the internet will not be available, you will have to find another way, you could use a radio, but if there are no batteries you will assume that we have the same problem, but with this idea you will have a greater probability to survive and those are the carrier pigeons. as you have seen along this channel, these winged feathers, have the virtue of returning home long distances, and this does that when walking in search of something, something that will not be for much distance besides the Pigeons do not weigh much at most 300 to 500 grams, so carrying them would be very simple in a cylinder that you can do with newspaper, just leaving your head uncovered so that they can breathe, being able to make you have several carrying without weighing much, these feathered animals will arrive quickly, allowing your shelter to know more about you and even if the zombies try to attack them they won’t be able to, since the pigeons move away from the danger flying and these undead will stay on the ground, to send your message, either a request for help, to indicate that there is no danger or that you have found a mine of opportunities to go to pick it up. maybe you’ll wonder where to get these small feathers, since they are a race formed by the human being, but they are more common From what you believe, in many countries, provinces and states, there are several pigeon fanciers that compete annually, having a lot to choose from or maybe they can being on the streets, being easy to identify by having a ring on its legs, to its maintenance is very easy to have them in good condition, since they consume a large variety of small-sized seeds, so you only need to find or sow a small amount to give them, and as many are not consumed by humans You won’t have the dilemma of whether to eat you or them. you can also reproduce them and have a source of food, very similar to chicken meat. this strategy can be used in different chaotic scenarios and you can use them to save yourself, so for me it is the best strategy to survive the zombies and only using a bird that many despise, the pigeons. 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Hello you bearded bastards and welcome to the barricaded Merc a temperate freshwater swamp really kind of a nasty place Honestly, however, it is just to the southeast of a large dwarven fortress the capital of the scrape to chambers It’s a place called lor Bama Still, standard world and it is formidable indeed So this here should bee a very safe place to build a fortress I’m thinking anyways, now we can see here a small group of dwarves and these dwarves call themselves Zu den haag ik the keeper of bees and their fortresses name is tatar gugas honey Stoker Which is kind of an odd translation into our tongue. That’s the Dwarven language for you I suppose now if you haven’t guessed already the keeper of bees is a group of dwarves here for the express purpose of Starting a beekeeping industry now with that in mind. They’re not totally here of their own accord. Not you. See this fortress has been commissioned by a wild boar man who lives nearby And the boar’s name is moses as disaster Agathe Kind of an enterprising fellow really he had come into a little bit of money and so he had funded this expedition in order to gain more Understandable really make your money work for you and all and so all these dwarves here are basically his employees, but that’s okay I’m thinking because these dwarves would like to carve a little place for themselves anyways And so what the heck why not take that pig man’s money, right? It makes sense. This place is serene enough I suppose even if it is a swamp and is pretty close to home – so that’s not bad nice and safe Especially with there being an ongoing conflict with the torment of witches just an added benefit now It should bee noted that I know almost nothing about beekeeping in Dwarf Fortress. Just a little disclaimer here right at the beginning So we’re going to bee figuring some things out by ourselves that being said I have done some research on it and it doesn’t seem like it’s that Complicated but I suppose we’ll see right now. I have my dwarves making some hives in which honey bees can bee stored I’m making them out of stone I’m going to try to make as many things out of stone as possible in this fortress would look who needs it Maybee those Waterkeeper guys up in the north, but not us down in the heartland And then after we have those hives I’m going to need a place to put them Hoping to put the fortress here in this little Bend of the river just kind of tuck it into this turn I think that might bee pretty neat I’m also gonna try to go for an open air fortress sort of a thing like a big pit in the ground Because the honey bees are going to need access to the above ground area here and I don’t want the dwarves to bee too far Away from their industry, you know, all right, and how’s that for a shape? Yeah, I like it kind of oblong a bit natural I could dig it I’m also gonna try to make the walls Bee smooth stone as we head downwards just so nothing can climb down and get to our dwarves easily That wouldn’t bee a great thing. I don’t think and you know, I’m gonna put some walls up around this as well It might bee for the best, but we should probably get access to stone first before we do anything like that Back down here. It would appear all our hives are good to go. And so I’d like to place them somewhere Where though? I don’t really want to wait for this whole thing to bee dug out before I place them somewhere that might take a while So you know what? I’m actually gonna make a little area over here on the other side of the river and that’s where I’ll put the hives Kind of wonky. I know but we really have to get them down quickly. It takes a long time to produce, honey And so the sooner we get started the better. All right, just to get started We’re gonna put down ten hives like this and these will all bee empty hives to start anyways And how we get bees is a dwarft with the beekeeping labor enabled will scour the map looking for an active honeybee Hive and it doesn’t look like anybody’s doing it quite yet So I’m thinking there might bee no hives on the map right now. All right, let’s have a look here Okay over here just a left this little white circle. That is a colony of termites Useless, so I’m going to construct a dirt road over it which will destroy this colony there can only bee a limited number of bug colonies on the map at a time and so by destroying these other colonies it makes more space for honeybees to pop in eventually from what I understand another colony of termites over here see ya. with a colony of ants down here get the hell out of here How’s that hole coming fellows looking good actually keep at it Will you oh and you know, I just noticed right here on the bank of the river or I guess in the river itself There is actually a colony of honeybees. Yep, but it’s a like in The river I don’t know why the hell that would be Well, I’m thinking a dwarf would go and get the bees out of there if it wasn’t floating in the water Mmm, I’m not too sure what to do about that. We’ll just ignore for now. Okay? well it looks to bee all the hives that were on the map currently and so I Suppose we’ll just wait around a bit and hopefully more honey bees will pop up eventually I am led to believe if that is the case So I’m not too concerned about it, but I would like to get this whole thing started pretty quickly We can’t displease our boss. He seems like kind of a hard case. Honestly wouldn’t want to anger him But while we’re waiting that gives us more time to start digging which is good something that has to bee done I suppose if we get deep enough we could pull all the hives down here and set up over on the side there that would Bee preferable Oh and hey, would you look at that? We’ve already dug down to stone. Very good. It wasn’t too far down there Well, we’ll get that turned into rock blocks ASAP and then we can get the walls of this pit finished with smooth stone So invaders can’t climb in and that’ll give us a moat of safety. Hopefully anyways, ooh All right Now I just happen to pause the game right as his dwarf is getting a colony of honeybees from this hive right here and they do have that job install colony in hive So that must bee what they’re doing But you know, I think I’m gonna move all these hives down into our pit now because we have hit stone I’d rather have them down there. There we go. Go find something else to do just a moment. Sorry about that All right. The first of the hives is in place So now let’s watch this dwarf here who is now carrying I guess a hive of bees. Ah, yes. It looks like they’re carrying currently 18,000 honeybees, I guess just in their hands. Hmm. Well, that’s interesting Yeah, this is a stack of 18,411 live honey Bees just got it. Got an arm full of bees Right there. I mean mmm. Hmm. Well, that’s something just straightforward way to go about it. I mean, I’m not gonna fault you for that But I don’t maybee maybee a bag or like a bucket of bees or something armful of bees I’m not too sure but anyways, as you were and Deduk here is carrying an armful of bees back to the fortress very slowly mind you but eventually they’ll get there just like this. It is installed And yeah, we now have an active hive of honey bees if we hit Q and go over it We have the option to install a colony when ready which has been done already We could also choose to have Dwarves automatically gather products from this hive which will destroy this colony now We’re not gonna want to collect things from this hive In fact, I’m gonna have no dwarves collect products from any of these hives right here These 10 hives here will bee used to replenish other hives I plan on having about 40 hives going 30 of which will bee used to gather products from and the other 10 will bee used to replenish those 30 hives Just so we don’t have to go through the hassle of collecting wild bees like this I’m not sure if this is a good way to go about it As I said, I haven’t really done this before but I’m thinking this should get the job done We’ll all cease doing enough And so hopefully now these hives here we’ll just continue growing and we’ll bee able to split them in the future. Fantastic Looks like we’re good to go. Oh and you know, I should also keep track of the date It is currently 15th of felsite in the year 273 late spring Let’s see how long it takes for these things to actually produce any products. I have a feeling it’s gonna take a long time Yeah, and in the meantime, we’ll continue work on our home here by putting down some more hives Of course, that’ll only help to speed things up and we’ll continue getting this wall constructed So we have a nice safe place to live and you know I was trying to figure out an entrance to our home here and I’m thinking we should make a tunnel, you know Maybee like we’ll have the actual entrance bee out here somewhere and people will have to go underground to actually access the fortress Yeah, I like that. Definitely. There we go. What kind of make it like this? It will safely lead to the bottom of our pit home. Whatever the hell you want to call it. And you know what? I’m actually think we should make another tunnel entrance too just in case goblins show up I wasn’t really actually planning on having an army here. So if we can get a good trap going that’ll bee all we need Yeah, let’s do that. How’s that? So when invaders come we can close up the safe passage and open up this awful dangerous trap thing Yeah, that’s we’re going with and some migrants. Very good. Got some angry faces here not something I like to see probably an exiled from Waterkeeper. I heard they had a pretty good Posse where they would exile any crabby dwarves Hmm, but I don’t think that’s a policy. We’ll take on board here at state are go gosh No, we’re gonna try our best to keep all these dwarfs happy and hopefully we can manage it Alright, it looks like all our hives are in place. I’m just trying to focus on those top ten right now And once that’s done the other one should get filled up pretty quickly having a look at the top of our pit It looks like the gray Stonewall is all done now If you look down a level the silt Stonewall is coming right along almost done But we still don’t have any place for our dwarf to live which is awful frankly, especially considering We have a couple of upset dwarves now. Let’s try to improve their lives a bit. Now let’s see We’ll start off with a meeting hall over on the right side here and I’m gonna make you underground accessible to these stairways Which lead down to the actual meeting hall kind of an odd shape, sure and I have those cubbies on the side Which I’m going to put tables and chairs in just to kind of mix it up a bit And I do have these bigger chambers over the left side here and that’s we’re gonna store food and drink. Yes I know this whole chamber is a bit off-center, but I figured that gives it some charm. I like it would you look at that the traders have arrived but Unfortunately doesn’t look like their wagons were able to get in. I think a tree was blocking their path Oh, what a hassle. Well in any event, we don’t have any honey to trade with you. I’m sorry next year, though We’ll bee brimming with this stuff. You’ll have to trust me from now Let’s see what we have not a whole heck of a lot and so put some logs We’ll trade some logs with them just so we have some food and drinks to get us through the next year Oh, yeah, I forgot. They don’t have their wagons. They can’t even carry these logs Okay. Well just a bit of bad news there, I guess and on top of that bad news We actually have some horrendous news along with the merchants a few other dwarves have arrived as well Including the outpost liaison who tells us that standard whirls, the capital of the scraped chambers. Our civilization has been Conquered by the torment of witches and goblins led by googles burials. That is Disastrous really the standard World’s was one of our civilizations biggest fortresses for to have fallen Those goblins are powerful. You know that fortress is in there to protect us anymore Well, hopefully we can get some defenses up. And if our little place here stays small enough. Maybe we can go unnoticed It’s gonna be our only hope we can’t abandon this place We only just started well in light of this terrible news Another runner has accompanied the merchants and they claim to be a messenger from the pig man They mainly just want a report of our productivity and they also brought with them some strange requirements Involving a well sure a well is important in a fortress, but usually it doesn’t have to be so specific. Hmm Well, I guess we’re gonna build one anyway, so well, you’re right to it boss. No worries Anyways back to work dwarves. Alright now we have these forty hives here I chose 40 because apparently if you have any more than that Production slows down quite a bit and you cannot have more than 60 world’s production stops entirely It’s probably gonna take a while for those other hives to fill up with bees But in the meantime, we’re just gonna keep working on the fortress itself. Well aside from our honey situation Our fortress is coming along, fairly well anyways. those two tunnels are dug out The pit itself is dug out and the walls above are all set now, and so we should be pretty safe And you know We’re gonna start on that well, too and we’re just gonna put it over here in this corner now from what I understand He doesn’t want to bee a big thing. He does not want to bee fed by the river directly I’m a little concerned that’s gonna make it kind of stagnant But those are the orders and plus we have plenty of alcohol anyways So it’s not like we’re gonna have to rely on this thing for water. Maybe just an extreme emergencies You know what? He probably wants us to build this so that if we get sieged by the goblins who are now Very close we can still have some access to water. I guess still seems pretty strange to me But yeah, whatever, you know I’ll tell you what We’re gonna get that well in order and I’m also gonna try to set up some bedrooms for our dwarves and something we really have To do but it’s also kind of tedious So I’m gonna some time pass get a few things in order and then we’ll get right back to you It’s currently mid autumn. Just so you know, and I’ll talk to you again in a couple months All righty welcome back is the 17th of opal 273 midwinter so it’s been a couple of months in as you can See things are well under way here. We now have a bunch of bedrooms carved out They still have to bee smooth, but it’s a good start on top of that We moved all of our workshops down here to the bottom of the pit. Nice and safe. Well relatively safe. Really? actually I guess not that safe at all because these gates are not functioning and we really have no way to block ourselves off from the Outside world, but no matter I’m sure we still have some time here Now if we have a look at our hives here, they’re actually doing pretty well It should bee noted too that there is no real straightforward way to tell if one of these hives had bees in it or not other than hitting T to look inside a building and then going over one of the hives Like this one here has nothing in it. But this one over here has 15,758 live honeybees in it So this is in fact a active hive Even more exciting this one over here has some honeybees as well as some royal jelly and a wax honeycomb So that’s pretty awesome It does take a long time for these bees to produce anything seemingly But it is looking like a few of our hives do have honey combs and jelly in them Now these ones here are the base hives the ones that the other hives will be taking bees from So it looks like our ground-level bee hive infrastructure is well underway, which is good to see now I’m trying to resist. I don’t want to collect anything from those active hives yet. We have to save them for the other hives I’m sure we’ll regret it If we don’t. the meeting hall down here is pretty much all set It just has to bee smoothed out. Now if you have a little bits and pieces need to bee added as well It’s kind of bare and horribly ugly in there, but meh, whatever and then over this way here in our nasty little trap hall I am in the process of getting some menacing wooden spikes set up all over this place And there’s gonna bee a ton of them in here too I know wood doesn’t really do a whole heck of a lot of damage I mean it’s wood after all but I figure if we get enough of them in here Then some of them are bound to do some sort of damage I mean, I really do plan on having hundreds of them in here I’ll trigger by these pressure plates up here Which is something I have done in the past and it should work pretty okay And plus I do have a few other little odds and ends. I want to throw in this tunnel as well Just so it’s not a boring old spiked tunnel if the goblins do show up We really want them to know that they messed up coming to this place. Oh, and they’ll know it. Trust me I’m also having one of my dwarves create a whole bunch of honeybee statues that want to put throughout that corridor just to kind of Emulate the feeling of walking into a giant honeybee hive on top of the fact that you’ll bee getting stung Constantly little stings by wooden spikes, not necessarily the most damaging stings, but there’s gonna bee a whole lot of them. Yeah I’m sure any invaders will get a real kick out of that taking a look at our hives here I believe they actually all have colonies of honeybees in them now every single one, which is very exciting Yep, looks to bee the case. That is so cool. Oh and this one here actually has a wax honeycomb in it All right. Well, I guess now we have to wait for someone to collect it. I don’t see the royal jelly though I would assume that would bee in here as well interesting, you know, having a look down here in our stockpile there Is this jug here, which is filled with royal jelly? I guess I figured the colony would bee destroyed if anybody collected anything from it But maybee royal jelly can bee collected just fine seems a little strange to me Well, I suppose now we could try putting down some kitchens And from what I understand royal jelly can bee cooked into meals, which is pretty exciting Well by here, wait a second. Looks like we have our first artifact Let’s take a quick look, Dakost Tileshdod’k the miner has created Domas Dakas a silt stone cabinet He claims that as a family heirloom pretty cool. Let’s have a look The Guilds of color This is a silt stone cabinet all Craftsmanship is of the highest quality on the item is an image of Zealotplanned the walnut wood ring in silt stone as well as an image of the kisses of naughtiness the tetrahedrite armorstand in silt stone Well, it’s interesting that this dwarf chose to put an image of two of water keepers artifacts on their own I suppose it could bee a show of solidarity in a way or possibly it’s a way to honor the place I know those Waterkeeper dwarves are far from home Maybee it just kind of sounds exciting through these Dwarfs who are still so close to home that could well bee the case Anyways, let’s have that thing placed in Dakost’ room. I mean, it’s his artifact and all a family heirloom Might as well, right? Anyways royal jelly, would you look at that? We actually have three more jugs of the stuff here in the stockpile four jugs of royal jelly But from what I can tell there’s no honey yet, which seems a little strange to me Well, you know, I actually just modified this stockpile here to accept wax tools and that might do it. Let’s see Okay, there we go. Yeah, it definitely did it. Those must bee our honey combs and yes, they are. Wow, that is pretty cool I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever actually collected honey in Dwarf Fortress That being said we still don’t actually have honey just the honey comb and so we have to press the honey out of this thing Using a screw press I believe that would make sense Anyways, as a side note before I go any farther, I notice that the dwarves are collecting royal jelly But not the honey and I believe if they collected just the royal jelly then the colony remains intact So I’m thinking as long as there’s not a stockpile that will accept, honey Then dwarfs can just keep collecting royal jelly. Just infinitely without destroying the colonies. I don’t know if that’s a case That’s my guess anyways, screw press like you weren’t installed over here. Just a second shouldn’t take too long You know, I’m having a look up here at our hives and they all currently have colonies of bees in them So, I mean those colonies were replaced damn quick. Hmm. Alright good to note Now before we get to that screw Press I just want to show you this hallway real quick the hall of bees You can see many of those stabby wooden spikes are in place now, and they’re all hooked up to pressure plates as well So this hull is pretty much good to go these bridges too So I’m fairly confident in our safety at this point and also a lot of statues are in place as well Honeybee statues and on the walls you can see we have engraved honey combs as well as images of honeybees And I kind of hoped had this hallway bee a surreal experience to walk through really as if you’re stuck in a giant beehive Which is nightmarish. I really hope we get attacked by goblins at this point. I’m also getting terribly sidetracked One more thing up here. You can see we’ve made another ring of residences We have this one down below and now this one up above accessible through ramps So now we should have plenty places to live and up to the north here that’s intended to bee a temple just to make sure All the dwarves remain happy it’s almost all set. Oh and that weird Well is all set too we made sure to keep it very shallow again another one of that Pigman specifications I don’t know what the hell this thing is gonna bee used for but again, he’s the boss So whatever we’ll continue to try our best to make him happy and back down here to our screw press wow This stockpile is entirely filled with honey combs and jugs of royal jelly. That was pretty quick, huh? Oh and here comes the dwarf in wagons. Um, let’s try to do something with that real quick. Now this screw press here I am going to press honey from honey combs on repeat right now, please thank you and imagine somebody’ll get to it shortly Oh, here we go Pressing and there we go. We have honey. That’s fantastic. And here is a jug of honeybee, honey cool, and it only took us Mmm, nearly two years to produce one. That’s horrendous Well, we’re just hoping misters disaster goth is a kind of a patient fellow. Well, you keep at it, dude The traders are here well to see how much we could produce before they leave Well, I guess for now we can just trade all of our royal jelly and what honey We do have that should get us something. I’m hoping anyways, it was two years worth of effort It better get us something. There you go. Dwarves bringing in, there We are Alright and we’ll get to trading. Well, you know, this stuff doesn’t really seem to get you that much Like mm-hmm like at all, let’s see what we can get for it. Alright. Well, I guess that’ll do it just got a whole bunch of meat and plants which according to the messenger who is once again sent by mistress to Zara Gough is Terrible we’re doing a horrible job here in the fortress And I mean, yeah, I guess we’re taking a while to produce honey, but it’s all part of the territory We can’t bee blamed entirely. We tried to explain ourselves as best we could and eventually they seemed to get what we’re talking about inspected our well a bit and made some suggestions on how we should change it and then they drink a lot of our alcohol and Went to sleep in one of the wagons That’s okay though, because I think I know a way we could turn a profit using honey and other bee products Let’s see first of all I’m gonna build some more screw presses because we really seem to bee getting a lot of honey combs from those hives and so it Makes sense to want to speed up the process very good. Now we don’t have a proper cook in this fortress But, I suppose we could start cooking anyways, gotta get that practice in somehow now we have this fella here His name is reg, and he’s a wax worker He has a bunch of skill in wax working for the express purpose of turning the used honeycombs into crafts But as opposed to we could make him a cook too. He’s not really doing anything else interesting So yeah, let’s do that. And after reg is done getting his drink here. Hopefully, he’ll start cooking. Oh there he goes Oh, but it looks like he’s not grabbing any honey products quite yet, but that’s okay he doesn’t have any skill in cooking so might as well test out his skills on some useless plants that we have laying around just Trying to keep my eyes open for what he does actually make something out of honey Because I really want to see what he does and while we’re waiting for him to get down with that How about we try to make some Mead that’s something I’ve definitely never done in dwarf fortress. Let’s see how it goes Right brewing brewing and all set. I guess yeah there we have it a barrel of Mead very awesome I’d know something about it. It just seems more profound than a normal dwarven drink. It’s a special thing yet I’m also going to forbid it so that it’s only used for trade. Yes I know it’ll bee hard to resist dwarves, but try your best Oh, and now that we have some Mead it looks like the dwarf is going in making something out of honey products I think anyways, and yes, it is a honey bee honey roast very cool This is a stack of four honeybee. Honey roast. The ingredients are well minced bilberries finely minced raspberries Well, minced honey. Bee royal jelly and finely minced honey bee, honey I can’t easily say how the hell you’d mince honey But it’s an interesting concept and I’m sure it took a very talented dwarf to put this piece together. Very cool well, let’s keep pumping these things out dwarves and Eventually, we’ll have something to trade I imagine now Another thing we could do is make crafts out of the honey bee comb wax which is an interesting concept I don’t really know why you’d want to but let’s give it a try you will make wax crafts And that is the only option we could choose Normally, you can choose like what kind of craft you’d want to make but not in this instance now Let’s see what happens bringing some wax to the craftdwarf workshop working And we’re done. Let’s see what we got. Well, you know strangely enough. We actually got three crafts out of that That is interesting. We have a scepter a ring and a bracelet none of which are worth very much at all Unfortunately, but it’s to bee expected Well, I’m just gonna let him keep going and we’ll see what he makes after a while The whole idea is kind of intriguing, you know, I’m back down here in our food stockpile I was wondering white dwarves really weren’t in a hurry to cook up the honey I had all the honey over in this stockpile here But then I switched over to this plant stockpile and that’s when a dwarf finally cooked up that one piece of honey But that’s all I’ve seen so far I have a couple of ideas But I think I’m just gonna try them out in the background and we’ll check back in on our clicking a little bit back up Here on the surface and there is one thing that I noticed about these bees here that I have not yet mentioned and well you can see them flying around all over the place here these little yellow dots if we move up a couple levels you can even See them flying over the fortress, which is pretty darn cool But the dwarves are constantly walking through this area here and they get stung a lot like a real lot Every couple minutes are getting an announcement that someone’s been stung by a honeybee, which you see normally during gameplay from time to time But never really on this level. It’s pretty crazy really but the dwarves really don’t seem to mind that much I mean at this point, they must have built up an immunity to the venom I would imagine anyways, and their skins gotta bee all calloused and leathery. Yeah, basically it’s a fortress of dwarven footballs It makes you wonder if there’s some sort of an application for these honey bees stings. Nothing terribly useful I’m sure but it would bee interesting to throw goblins into a pit surrounded by honey. Bee hives and Just have them get stung a lot Yeah, that’d bee pretty entertaining maybee in a future fortress well over here in our little workshop area I’m still producing wax crafts and we have quite a collection at this point over in this bin Here we have well, you could see a whole bunch of different pieces bracelets crowns rings figurines and they’re all basically Useless as in they’re not worth very much at all and so down here at this jeweler workshop I’m having and dwarf encrust them with gems We’ve actually dug out quite a few gems here instant Argos gosh, and so I figured we put them to use might as well Right, and so hopefully that’ll improve the quality of our waxy crafts I’d have to imagine it will back over here to the food stockpile You can see it kind of changed up this pile right here There are now a bunch of smaller piles in this chamber one that accepts mead one that accepts fish plants drinks in a couple of big piles that accept honey and royal jelly Getting dwarf to cook specific food is kind of a giant pain and I don’t even know if this is gonna work. Really Oh, Actually that Wharf just grab some royal jelly. Okay good. That seems to work pretty well Actually, of course, it requires the solid foods to bee in these other piles, but it’s look it’s a job done It would seem let’s see what they made. Well here we have a honeybee royal jelly roast This is a stack of 13. Finely preparing honeybee royal jelly roast. The ingredients are superiorly minced Kaniwa flower Exceptionally minced honeybee royal jelly. Well minced royal bee honey jelly and Superiorly minced honeybee royal jelly Okay so some flower and royal jelly a unique dish but I mean who the hell knows maybee it kind of fluffs up into a loaf of bread sort of a Sort of a deal. Oh, you know what? Here’s another one. Let’s have a look. This is a stack of 18 superiorly prepared honeybee Royal jelly roast the ingredients are superiorly minced blood amaranth flour superiorly minced prepared rhinoceros kidney, superiorly minced prepared coelacanth intestines and Exceptionally minced honey. Bee royal jelly. Very interesting. It’s cool, though We have plants meat and royal jelly in this one. I can’t imagine what the presentation looks like, but it’s bound to bee interesting I’m, thinking the taste of a culture Well, even if it is a pain in the butt i’m glad we figured out how to cook certain types of food well worth the effort i’d say and it looks like we just managed to get things done right in time because the Dwarven caravan is Here once more and there are a whole bunch of them too eager to get their hands in some of our honey. I suppose Who could blame them? All right Well, we’re gonna get some trading done and probably not get a whole hell of a lot for it, honestly And in the meantime, we’re just finishing up the final finishing touches on our well and a strange thing It is too fairly typical except that does have an overhang now to avoid contamination part of the pig man Specifications and then down here at the bottom we’ve actually made it a little wider so it could hold more water and we had installed a bunch of wooden spikes like we have In our stinging hall there at the bottom of this pit as well all part of an experiment I guess Moses had told us that it’s a way to agitate the water. Keep it stirred up and that should make it taste better Bee more refreshing less stagnant I guess i’m not sure if that’s going to work at all and frankly I find the whole thing kind of strange because the water still tastes pretty muddy But it’s really the least we can do. We’re taking a long time producing the honey We’re supposed to bee getting here in the fortress. But at least now we could say we got this strange Well completely done to those very precise specifications, even that miserable messenger seemed pleased when he left with the wagons We showed him all of our new honey products the food the wax crafts But really he didn’t seem to care so much about that stuff. No, he was mainly focusing on this Well, I don’t know why this thing is so important frankly. It’s pretty strange But once more I guess we can’t complain about the whole thing I mean at this point we have plenty of rooms for all of our dwarves a robust beekeeping industry in the works We are well defended by our spike trap hall which is almost all the way completed and is completely adorned with honeycomb engravings That’s gonna bee a real spooky place And yeah I guess at this point we could just live the rest of our lives happily as long as those goblins don’t give as much trouble And i suppose as long as that wild boar man. Keeps happy. I don’t see why he wouldn’t though He seems rather pleased with the place. Yeah, you know honestly to me, it doesn’t seem like beekeeping is a worthwhile industry Maybee kind of a support industry to bee used in conjunction with something a bit more effective But you know as long as mistress disaster goth keeps happy then I guess we could bee happy. Yeah, you know what? I’m glad we took his money things are working out pretty okay for us All right, I’m back and I have good news today buddy. I think they’re ready We can move on to the next step. Well, it certainly took long enough Damn dwarves now gather your things ACK. We have a long trip ahead of us It’s taken three long years But it would seem that the beekeeping dwarves are finally ready or their well is at least but what does that mean? What do Moses and ACK have up their sleeves? Well, hopefully we’ll find out next episode I thank you for watching and I hope to see you next week and until then you bearded bastards