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    Constructing the Future: Regional Connector Transit Project
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    Constructing the Future: Regional Connector Transit Project

    October 18, 2019


    Regional Connector will really fully
    integrate Metro’s system when completed. There are a lot of constraints when
    building a transit system in a major metropolitan area especially in the
    heart of downtown Los Angeles we’re going right through the Financial
    District…when you look at constructing within a very old area of town there are
    a lot of advance utility relocation projects that need to be done before we
    can begin with the actual subway construction. It wasn’t clear records of
    where the utilities were or what condition they were in and so as we
    expose the utilities here in downtown, we realized that a lot of them had to be
    upgraded and so our project had to build up the infrastructure and as we upgrade
    the facilities we have to support all that from our decking. In this intersection we have water, sewer, storm drain, power. If you look right above us, that’s a 10-foot diameter storm drain they were supporting in place that’s going to stay that way until we start back filling the station and bring it back to its final condition. The city is a real partner in the construction of our project. Whenever we design a transit system we rely a lot on
    trying to stay within the public corridor, a public right away, or on properties that are owned by the public. One of the unique things about this station is that we’re located right next to the LA Times building, and their existing foundation for their
    basement sticks out into the city right-of-way. In order for us to maintain our
    full width of our station box we actually had to expose the foundation
    and then support it from underneath as we excavated down. And so what
    you’ll see here is this is the existing LA Times basement structure and these
    are these concrete panels that we’ve installed to support that structure in
    place. On our project we have an SEM cavern which is sequential excavation
    method and it’s located right next to our Broadway Station. The SEM process is
    different than a tunneling machine process but what we’re doing in the SEM
    cavern is allowing feature crossovers to happen for the Metro operations. Behind me you see our SEM cavern and what it is is about 60 feet wide, 30 feet tall, and
    it’ll be about 300 feet long when it’s all said and done. And the way that we construct the cavern is we start with what we call the left drift,
    and then we go to the right, and then we go to the center. Each of these drifts is
    staggered by about 60 feet in order to hold our geometrical shapes and
    reduce any ground settlement. The TBM is a machine that has a large cutter head on the front of it, a rotating cutter head, and what it allows us to do is tunnel
    without affecting buildings or infrastructure or basements of
    facilities that are above where we’re tunneling. In a little less than a year, we
    built two tunnels. We had originally budgeted on average 60 feet of tunneling
    a day would be achievable and our contractor actually beat that. They built
    190 feet of tunnel within a 24 hour period, which to the best of our
    knowledge is a local record. Probably the most significant obstacle is a
    tunnel boring machine struck an abandoned steel pile near the site of
    the new police headquarters building. Fortunately for us though this
    particular machine, the cutter head was actually able to chew the steel up and
    turned it into small enough pieces that it actually spit out small pieces of
    steel and put it on the conveyor belt and that’s when we realized we actually
    had hit something substantial. We have zero lost time incidents on this
    project, we have over three million man-hours that have been worked. It’s a
    very exciting project that is going to completely transform how Metro operates through the downtown area and I look forward to getting this project
    completed and open on time.

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    Customer Highlight: Astro Electroplating

    October 17, 2019


    – (electronic music) – Astro Electroplating started in 1968 and we do a variety of products,
    anything from housewares to automotive parts that
    go inside your vehicle to perfume caps that you buy at Macy’s. My name is Nicole Wright-Gilbo, we’re at Astro
    Electroplating on Long Island and I’m the national account
    manager, I’ve been here about two and a half years. So most of our products come to us first in drawing form or CAD form. We take a look at them, we provide a quote and meet with the customer, make sure we know exactly what they
    want and it’s exactly what we can provide. – My name is Jose Gomez. I’ve been working for Astro Electroplating for about four years now, I started off as assistant production
    supervisor and now I’m the inventory control supervisor, which means I’m in charge
    of everything that comes in and goes out of the plant. Products going out of the door, I would say over 300,000 parts a month. If not more. – Our mission is to provide
    quality parts to the customer that meet any of the
    specifications that are required, whether it be automotive,
    whether it be decorative, that we provide good quality
    parts for our customers. My name is Lynn Daniello,
    I am the lab technician here at Astro Electroplating
    in Bay Shore, New York. My responsibilities here is to make sure that the plating tanks are up to specification and
    that they’re ready to go when they’re ready to start
    plating, the plating line. And as you can see I’m
    actually in the lab right now. – I personally really enjoy manufacturing. I think the entire process
    of seeing a raw part come to life into a product that you see out in the world and all
    the steps that it takes to make that happen are just
    very interesting and intricate. – Here, you have something
    that’s just a piece of plastic. When it comes out of the
    plating line, its beautiful. That’s what I like about this industry. We just make things look beautiful. (electronic music)

    Janet Julien Looks Forward to an Accessible High-Speed Train
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    Janet Julien Looks Forward to an Accessible High-Speed Train

    October 17, 2019


    Howdy! I’m Janet Julien and I’ve been in this thing
    for about six years, and it’s sometimes been a hard time getting around in Dallas or wherever,
    because of the problems with transportation. Buses are beginning to get there, but i’m
    hoping that the [Bullet] Train is going to be a lot easier to get around on, and I’m
    hoping that it’s going to be the best ride I’ve ever had. Driving…it’s very hard to find something
    other than a Kenguru which is an electric scooter that goes around the wheelchair. It’ll be easier to get places on the train,
    than it would be in one of the cars, because most of the cars will not fit this. The buses…they’re either very hard to get
    on to, or they’re only in town. And the planes…well they’ve got their own
    problems. You’ve got to transfer from the departure
    to a manual [wheelchair] and then to your seat, and then go back and forth like that. It’s looking like the train is going to be
    the best option ever. Trains need to be coming back even more. I think it’s going to be GREAT for Texas.

    ADULTS REACT TO THE SIMPSONS (30th Anniversary)
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    ADULTS REACT TO THE SIMPSONS (30th Anniversary)

    October 17, 2019


    – Aw.
    (tires screech) Feels so nostalgic. – I remember, like, staying up at night, and then me and my parents
    would watch this together. ♪ (industrial music) ♪ – ♪ (choir harmonizing) ♪ ♪ The Simpsons ♪ ♪ The Simpsons ♪
    – Hey, The Simpsons. – ♪ The ♪
    – (singing along) ♪ Simpsons ♪ – Yay, The Simpsons. – I love The Simpsons. – Oh, love the Simpsons. – Everybody knows this song. – ♪ (vocalizing along) ♪ – Is this like the first episode
    or something? – These graphics though. – You can tell by the animation
    it’s like super-early Simpsons. – Very old-school but very classic show. – “I will not waste chalk.” (chuckles) – Oh, Bart. Bad butt. – God, can you believe
    how long this– this show? – They’ve been on FOREVER. – I think I graduated high school
    when this came out. God, that’s scary. – They’ve been around forever,
    probably since the ’80s. – This brings back so many memories. ♪ (band playing) ♪ – Lisa jamming out. ♪ (saxophone solo) ♪
    – Lisa. There she goes. ♪ (theme continues) ♪ (tires screech) – You know, I never watched
    much of The Simpsons as a kid, just because I kind of felt like it was always more
    of an adult cartoon show. (tires screeching)
    – Aw. Feels so nostalgic. – I remember staying up at night, and then me and my parents
    would watch this together. (tires screech) Homer’s like the original stupid dad. And I think he’s paved the way
    for a lot of stupid dads. – Then the couch. – Crazy family. – I used to love this cartoon. Brought me back to my childhood. – That intro is so classic. – Nostalgic Simpsons. That started the whole hilarious cartoons
    that adults can enjoy. – I remember specifically
    just curling up literally on the floor and watching this show. You get like a flash
    of how you felt as a kid. Or, like, you’re just instantly
    back in that moment. – (FBE) So we have a lot more
    videos to show you, but that was the original
    opening of the Simpsons back in its first season. We’re covering it today because
    this is their 30-year anniversary of being on television
    since it got its start as a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show back in 1987. – Wow. 30 years? – Damn, I’m OLD. – Oh my god. I was 15 years old. – Amazing! And it was this little clip
    on The Tracey Ullman Show. I remember that. – That’s crazy. I didn’t know that. I love that an idea
    could just live for so long. – There’s kids now that are just like, “Wow, The Simpsons is a great show.” And they don’t know that
    it’s been going on for 30 years. – (FBE) So it’s impossible
    to show even close to all the best moments of the show. But here are some clips before
    we jump in and talk more about it. – Okay. Let’s do it. – Son.
    – I love you, Dad. – I love you too, Son. I don’t think I’ve ever
    felt as close to you as I do right… Huh?
    – (chuckles) (Homer hollering) – It’s like an Evel Knievel reference,
    over the Grand Canyon. – Very Wile E. Coyote-esque. – (Homer) I’m gonna make it! – (chuckling)
    – (Homer) This is the great thrill of my life!
    – Homer is off the hook, man. That guy’s nuts. – (Homer) I’m king of the world! – (chuckling)
    – (Homer) Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! I… (screaming)
    – And he doesn’t make it. (Homer grunting in pain)
    – Ooh. – Oh. – (chuckles) (Homer groaning)
    – Oh. – (Homer) D’oh!
    – Ha! I remember everybody
    had a “d’oh!” T-shirt. – I remember that episode. I was hoping he was gonna make it
    to show the kids and Bart like, “Yeah, I’m the cool dad.”
    But instead he bust his head. – There’s nothing on Earth
    like a genuine, bona fide, electrified six-car monorail. What’s it called?
    – (Patty and Selma) Monorail. – (gravelly) “Monorail.” – (salesman) Monorail!
    – (chuckles) (townsfolk reiterating “monorail”)
    Monorails as in trains? – (Miss Hoover) I hear
    those things are awfully loud. – Oh my god. – (salesman) …glides
    as softly as a cloud. – (laughs)
    – (Apu) Is there a chance the track could bend? – (salesman) Not on your life,
    my Hindu friend. – They’re uniquely multicultural. – (salesman) You’ll be given cushy jobs.
    – (laughs) – (townsfolk) ♪ Monorail! ♪ – Gotta love a big showy
    number on The Simpsons. – (townsfolk) ♪ Monorail! ♪
    – (chuckles) – (townsfolk) ♪ Monorail! ♪
    – Oh Lord. – (Homer) ♪ Mono– ♪ d’oh! – That was funny. It’s really an O.G. in animation. – “Marge vs. the Monorail.” It’s considered to be one of the greatest Simpsons episodes ever written. – I love how they would bring in–
    I mean, that’s Music Man. “Ya got trouble, my friend.
    Right here, ya got trou–” And I loved how they bring that stuff in. – You just think of other shows
    that came after it, like Family Guy and stuff like that, where they have these
    crazy musical numbers. And it’s like, they probably
    got that straight off of Simpsons. – We’ve helped hundreds
    of people in danger. We’ll give you a new name,
    a new job, new identity. – I remember this episode. – (agent) From now on,
    you’ll be, uh, Homer Thompson at Terror Lake. When I say, “Hello,
    Mr. Thompon,” you’ll say, “Hi.” – (Homer) Check. – (agent) Hello, Mr. Thompson. – (chuckles) – He doesn’t know
    what you’re talking about. – (agent) Remember now, your name is Homer Thompson.
    – He’s really bad at witness protection. – (Homer) I got ya.
    – (agent) Hello, Mr. Thompson. – (snickers) – (agent) Hello, Mr. Thompson. – (laughs) – (agent groans) Now, when I say…
    – (chuckling) He’s so stupid. – (agent) …and press down
    on your foot, you smile and nod. – (Homer) No problem.
    – (agent) Hello, Mr. Thompson. – (chuckles) Nothing. – (Homer, loud whisper)
    I think he’s talking to you. – (busts out laughing) That’s funny. – (Homer, loud whisper)
    I think he’s talking to you. – He’s so stupid! – Bless his little heart. – Homer’s whisper voice.
    (loud whisper) “I think he’s ta–” Oh, I love it. – Marge, how did you put up
    with him for all these years? – With the sun blocker in place
    and the town aghast… – Oh, that evil man. – (Mr. Burns) So I wanted
    to kick up my heels and indulge my sweet tooth. Oh, it’s you. What are you so happy about? – (snickers)
    – (Mr. Burns gasps) I see. (voice-over) But the old axiom…
    – (laughs) Never try to take candy from a baby. – (Mr. Burns) Taking the candy
    proved exceedingly difficult. – I know that shouldn’t
    be funny, but it is. – (Mr. Burns) Drop it! (grunting) ♪ (dramatic music) ♪ (gunshot)
    – (cracks up) (laughs) – (Mr. Burns) Arrest the baby! – (Chief Wiggum) Heh. Yeah, right, Pops. No jury in the world
    is gonna convict a baby. Mm… maybe Texas.
    – He was stealing from her. She’s allowed to carry in Texas. – (Marge) It was an accident. ♪ (ominous music) ♪
    – Or was it? – Or was it? (gunshot echoes)
    That baby. She knows everything. – Yeah, I remember that episode.
    They made a big deal about it. – It’s so smart. That’s why
    this has been on for so long, is it’s so smart. – Back when that originally aired,
    we had an old TV in my house. Right when he’s about to point– “I know who the killer is. It is…” My TV goes out. My parents started laughing at me,
    ’cause I started crying. I was like, “I was watching that. Oh my– Like, I’ll never know!” – Now read the first line. – (Homer) “I 8 P P.” (Bart laughs)
    – (laughs) – Ah, that’s like essential
    Bart right there. (Bart gagging) – (laughs)
    – (doctor) Better or worse? – (Homer) Worse! – (doctor) Better or worse?
    – (Homer) Much better! – There’s nothing funnier than
    child abuse. Huh? How about that? – Can’t do that to your kids.
    Nope, can’t do that. Cartoons it’s okay, but
    you can’t do that in real life. – That is the Homer-Bart
    relationship I know. – It’s so funny, because you know just from watching the series for so long the relationship is quite odd
    between Bart and his dad. You know? Like, not the best role model. And you know what’s so funny? Because my husband is kind of
    not the best role model for my kids too. – (creepily) What do you think, Marge? All I need is a title. – “No TV, no beer make
    Homer go crazy.” (laughs) – (Homer) “No TV and No Beer
    Make Homer Something Something.” – Oh God. I remember this one. – (Marge) “Go Crazy”? – (Homer) Don’t mind if I do! (crazed hollering and babbling)
    – (laughs) – (laughs) – (chuckles) (Marge screams) – “Break glass in case
    of spouse insanity.” (laughs) – (laughs loudly)
    Can I get that at my house? – Ohhh! I see the reference. – “Heeere’s Homer.” – (Homer) Yechh. (shrieks loudly)
    – (laughs) I wonder if half the people watching this realize where this stuff is from. Do they know that was from Music Man? Do they know that was from The Shining? – Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.
    That was a great episode too. – Mm! – Okay, this is a newer episode. – A newer episode. – (Homer, seductively) How about
    that rain check for last night? (Patty screams, Homer screams)
    – (laughs in disgust) – (Patty) Don’t look at me! – (Homer) But you’re everywhere!
    – Ew! (Homer yelling)
    (laughs) – (chuckling) – (Homer) Thank God I’m blind. – The originator of the bleach jokes. – (Bart) Yo, I’m next.
    – (Homer) No! – (Bart) Wah-oh!
    – Oh my god. – (Bart) What the hell? – (Homer) I did that with love, boy. – (laughing) Look at the hairy legs. – That’s what a good dad would do. – That hair was thick
    and long on her legs. I can’t unsee that. – They’re just awful.
    That’s why they’re so great. Homer, “D’oh!” I mean, come on.
    We all say that now, right? – I think The Simpsons are hilarious. Every time I watch it, I have a good time. This was pretty [bleep] funny. – I will fight anyone that says
    The Simpsons isn’t good. Come at me, bro. – It’s funny that the show
    has gone on for years now. It’s still going strong. – (FBE) Well, if you’re a Simpsons fan, you know that one of the most
    iconic parts of the show is the couch gag in the opening.
    – Yep. They always change it. – (FBE) So we’ve got
    a collection of a few of those to show you now. And again,
    there are so many of these. So this is just a small sampling.
    – Oh, cool. – Fantastic. I will enjoy a couch gag. I’m sure of it. ♪ (theme music) ♪ – (laughs) – That’s everybody in our household.
    That’s exactly the case. – (snickers)
    – (Homer screaming) D’oh! Gah!
    – (chuckles) – And they’re still texting. – A Brady Bunch reference? Okay. – Even the creativity that goes
    into making the couch scenes is ridiculous. – I love this one. – No, with the Legos? Wow. – It’s so smart, man. ♪ (saxophone solo) ♪ – Oh. There’s not more?
    Ugh! That was pretty cool. – I want to watch more. It’s so good. – Two thumbs up. It’s awesome.
    Gotta love The Simpsons. – I love that. They’ve kept it
    going for a long time. “This is a running joke
    in all of our episodes. How do we make it different?
    And how do we keep adding to it?” – I don’t know of another
    show that’s just so… so brilliantly written. How long is it gonna last? How do they keep coming up
    with all these ideas? – I kind of wished at some point
    in my adolescence I was Bart. But I was more of the Lisa.
    I was more Lisa. That was the bookworm. – (FBE) Well, the show
    is currently in its 28th season. – Amazing. – (FBE) And it’s already been renewed
    for two more seasons, which will make it the
    longest-running sitcom in history. – Wow! – That’s insane. There’s something so nostalgic about it that people of all ages
    can continue to watch the show. – (FBE) What do you think
    it is about the show that has given it this lasting power? – I mean, it has a great formula. They have a villain. They have a clown. They have a grocery store person. We can all relate to these things
    in our community. – It’s just family. Like,
    they’re not going anywhere. – I love the way they portrayed
    real-life people. – The writing behind it,
    it’s just so funny and creative. – Just pulling from relevant things
    in contemporary times. – It appeals to kids
    all the way up to their parents. They’re both gonna equally get laughs. – A townworth of characters,
    and just have fun. It’s a sandbox that they can play it. I’m sure if it was just The Bart Show, it would’ve only lasted
    like three seasons. But when you have stories
    about Apu or Krusty the Clown, it gives you a lot to work with. – I don’t really know any family that is not a little bit
    dysfunctional in its own way. And then bringing that
    to the forefront of American society and saying, “Hey, look,
    we’re all a little bit dysfunctional. Let’s laugh at it,” you know, instead of, “Take it so seriously”
    I think appeals to everybody. – Finally, there are
    so many memorable scenes and episodes from the show. What is your favorite Simpsons moment?
    – Oh my gosh. Basically any episode
    that heavily features Flanders I feel like is always a good episode. – Everyone here tried their best! – Well, my family and I can’t live
    in good intentions, Marge! – I like the series when
    they had Huell Howser on there. They got it perfect. – My name’s Howell Huser. I travel the country, gawkin’ and talkin’. And I was hoping to take in your town. – “In Comes the Clown,”
    when Krusty the Clown decides to take a more
    serious approach to his show. And he has that really depressing song. Like, ♪ Here comes the clown ♪ ♪ (sentimental piano ballad) ♪ – ♪ Send in ♪ ♪ The clowns ♪ – Marge asks why they don’t
    have any of Maggie’s baby pictures in the photo albums,
    and it’s because Homer has ’em inside his little shit-hole office
    at the nuclear plant, because that’s what keeps him
    motivated to continue working. Aw, man. When I watch that,
    it melted my heart. I think that’s one of my favorite moments. – There are pictures. I keep them where
    I need the most cheering up. ♪ (tender music) ♪ – Hi-diddly-ho! Thanks for watching
    this episode of Adults React. – If you want to see more, subscribe. – Thanks for watching.
    We’ll see you next time. D’oh! – Hey, everyone.
    It’s Dallen here from FBE. Thank you so much for watching
    this episode of Adults React. You have any great Simpsons moments? Let us know what they are
    down below. Bye, guys.

    The Metro Story: How We Move People
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    The Metro Story: How We Move People

    October 17, 2019


    I like to get up early in the mornings
    knowing that I’m gonna be able to help people you help them go home you help
    them to go to work doctor’s appointments I feel like a million dollars when I’m
    able to help somebody and they give you a smile when they see you coming For so many years you know the story has
    been the only way that you can get around LA is by car. We are going to
    change the story of traveling in Los Angeles. This is about a picture for Los
    Angeles County that has different ways for different people to get to the
    things that they want to do I love my job a lot. I go home at the end
    of the day knowing they save a lot of lives and I like to say I treat
    everybody like if it was my own family out there. The goal of first and last smile is to focus
    on those micro conditions that can make or break someone’s decision to take
    transit . We’re looking at the nitty-gritty conditions of the streets
    around our stations, the connections to our communities at a level of detail and
    with an eye that we haven’t turned toward the community in the past. Transportation agencies are morphing
    into much more than just moving people We are not your grandmother’s
    transportation agency. We are beginning to step into leadership voids all over
    the region. We are becoming a non-traditional entity that is an
    economic driver.

    We Smuggled Ourselves Into New York’s Abandoned City Hall Station
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    We Smuggled Ourselves Into New York’s Abandoned City Hall Station

    October 17, 2019


    – No. This is where you die. This is your death. This is, he’s doing this. This is, he’s doing this. (curious music) – Now before it sounds
    like I just wanna trespass in interesting places, hear me out. There are some really fascinating places in and around New York City,
    that are completely abandoned. That have little to no public access. and they’re falling apart. I feel it’s a responsibility
    to document these places before they’re completely forgotten and one such place is the
    City Hall Subway Station. Currently at the six line and
    at the Brooklyn Bridge Station Well just below that is an
    abandoned Subway Station that few living New Yorkers
    have ever stepped foot inside. On October 27th, 1904, the
    Interbureau Rapid Transit Company opened to the public and at about 2:34pm, the
    first underground Subway departed from City Hall Station. The place is gorgeous. It was adorned with colored glass tiles, brass chandeliers, skylights
    and iconic Guastavino arches. But after the city started
    lengthening the trains, there were dangerously large gaps between the doors and the platform due to the tight curve of the tracks. So at the end of 1945, the
    station was permanently closed. I wanna get inside. So can we get into the
    City Hall Subway Station? – [Woman] No. – There’s no way we can get in? – [Woman] No. As I said, it’s just a matter
    of safety and security. – Okay. – [Woman] Okay? – Alright, thank you
    very much for your help. – [Woman] Okay, alright then, bye-bye. – Alright bye. Alright.
    – Shit. – Alright. So I have a feeling that
    the MTA wants to pretend that closed Subway Stations don’t exist because they don’t want people to trespass or to vandalize them. – Or shoot an internet video in them. We got all this research. We can do a nice video about
    the history of this place. That’s it. That’s a great video. We don’t have to go there. – What if, we didn’t use a train. Really quick, trespassing is illegal and a punishable offense in New York and pretty much every other state. Currently this is the start
    and the end of the six line. There has to be some way to get there. This is where City Hall is right here. There has to be some platform
    or entrance way there. So I think what we have to do
    is we should go to City Hall and just see if there’s a way to get down. – So we’re just gonna go there and just hope that there’s a door leading to this abandoned Subway station. – Yeah. Let’s go. – No.
    – Let’s go to City Hall. – No. – Let’s go to City Hall. – No.
    – Terrence. – There’s no way. – Terence.
    – You are getting me – Terence.
    – to go there. (upbeat energetic music) – This is City Hall Park. So it must be further in. Yeah, so it doesn’t look
    like we’re gonna get access. – [Terence] What if we ask the guard, we’re just trying to sneak into
    an abandoned Subway tunnel? – We can try it. Do you know where the old City Hall Subway
    Station entrance used to be? – Yeah. – But it’s right where those cars are? – Really, okay. – Oh this looks like a gate. That looks like a gate. Looks like another gate. I’m seeing a lot of gates. Seeing a lot of places we can’t go by. This is definitely where it is though. According to this map, it’s in this area. Do you know what, there’s a little like. – [Terence] What is that? – It looks like that could have been
    an old Subway entrance. I mean this is exactly where
    the map says it would have been Yeah like this is exactly where we are. We’re right there. – What about that Subway
    station right there though? What about that one? – That makes a little bit more sense. I think that we should go down and see if there’s some sort
    of door that gives you access. Cause it really could
    be that simple, right? It could be just that easy. That just there’s a door. – Yeah unlocked door that
    says Unlocked Subway Station. – So it would be that way, right? – [Terence] Yeah. And the door opened. Just kidding. The door was clearly locked. And we started feeling like
    maybe this wouldn’t happen. – [Terence] Christian, we’ve
    come as far as we’ve gotten. We’ve gotten, it’s literally
    the end of the line. – [Christian] We can try this door. I mean, this could also be a ramp down. – [Terence] Alright, buzz in and ask them. (buzzer rings) – That’s it. – Alright. We tried. This is the end of the journey. – Not yet. – Yes it is.
    – Not yet. – I think t might be
    the end of the journey. – Not yet. Yeah I’m trying to find out
    where the old door used to be. – [Woman] I don’t know if they closed it and this is just rebuilt on top of, like I wouldn’t know. – I’m just gonna ask the cop. Do you know where the old City Hall Subway
    Station entrance used to be? I know it’s in this area. – [Christian] Is that where
    the MTA still accesses it? From down there? – They circle around? – Yeah. – Are you allowed to stay on the train? – This was our in. We jump on the sixth
    train at the last stop and ride it around as it loops
    through City Hall Station. If they asked us to leave, we’d leave. But I had a feeling they
    don’t actively enforce this no passenger policy. (door rings) Alright we guess we, we just do it. I mean here, we’re on the train. (somber saxpohone music) (train screeches) Now I had assumed the conductor would take it slow around
    this curve, I was wrong. (train screeches) Oh my God. – Actually heart attack. – Ooh man, it’s starting really
    picking up some speed there. – Ok.
    – We did it. – We did it. – Regardless of that
    near death experience. That was pretty cool. – [Christian] That was pretty cool. – That was pretty cool. We did it. We saw City Hall. – I know. – In focus, it was but.. – We saw City Hall. – I need a drink. – So that was pretty cool. We’d gone to the station
    without breaking any law that we know of. And I also learned that
    you should really listen to those warning about
    walking between train cars. So let us know what you think. What abandoned or forgotten
    place should we go to next?

    State finds problems with stuck monorail incident at Cal Expo
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    State finds problems with stuck monorail incident at Cal Expo

    October 17, 2019


    IN A KCRA3 INVESTIGATION WE HAVE OBTAINED NEW VK — DETAILS ABOUT WHAT CAUSED THE VEHICLE TO BECOME STRANDED. THE MONORAIL WAS STUCK IN JULY OF 2013. PEOPLE WERE NERVOUS ABOUT THAT. KCRA 3 REPORTS THAT THEY FOUND A LACK OF TRAINING AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT. IN THE SUMMER OF 2013 THE STATE FAIR WAS IN FULL WING WHEN THE MONORAIL CAME TO A HALT. EVERYONE WAS LEANING TO THE SIDE. THREE DOZEN PASSENGERS HAD TO BE PLUCKED FROM THE CARS WHEN ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS SHUT DOWN THE POWER. SCARY HOW FAR DOWN IT WAS. IT BLAMED THE SHUTDOWN ON A DANGLING WIRE. OSHA INVESTIGATORS FOUND THAT AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT EMPLOYEES DID NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE EQUIPMENT AND THE BACKUP POWER SUPPLY. IT FORCED PATRONS TO ACROSS THE OPEN WINDOWS TO GET OUT TO RESCUERS. IT SLOWED DOWN THE EVACUATION. THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT NO ONE WAS HURT AND WRITERS WERE RESCUED WITHIN ONE HOUR. SINCE NOTIFICATION, THE RIGHT HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. CAL

    Sydney Metro: Arthur Whitling Park, Castle Hill
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    Sydney Metro: Arthur Whitling Park, Castle Hill

    October 17, 2019


    [Music] Originally this site was Arthur Whitling Park, so it was a park for the local community around here, with the houses and the shopping centre. Back in about 2015 construction started where they excavated a 25 metre deep, 200 metres long, 20 metres wide box to allow the tunnel boring machines to do their work for the tunnels. [Music] Part of our construction involved reinstating Arthur Whitling Park The elements of the park include some of the heritage elements that we’re reinstating. There’s an old tramway signal from the original trams that used to run through here, so we’ll reinstate that. There’s some heritage trees. There are 168 trees to go into Arthur Whitling Park, and about 8,000 square metres of soft landscaping. [Music] The skylights allow natural light into platform level, so that allows natural sunlight to go 25 metres down into the box to connect people back up to the outside world when they’re down waiting for a train. The skylights are designed to be interactive in this park space so that people can feel a part of it and sit on them while they have their lunch or have a break from their day-to-day life. [Music]

    News Conference: New Fare Vending Machines at Metro Rail Stations
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    News Conference: New Fare Vending Machines at Metro Rail Stations

    October 17, 2019


    [SHOW THEME MUSIC] >>SO THE REASON THAT WE’RE HERE
    TODAY IS TO TALK ABOUT OUR TICKET VENDING MACHINES,
    AND IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE SUCH AN EXCITING TOPIC, BUT AS YOU CAN
    SEE FROM OUR PICTURE HERE, THESE ARE THE WAY TO GET ON
    TO THE LIGHT RAIL. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE
    FOUND WAS WHEN WE BUILT THE SYSTEM, WE BUILT THE TICKET
    VENDING MACHINES AT THE HEIGHT THAT WAS SET AS THE STANDARD AT
    THE TIME. BUT TIMES CHANGE, AND ONE OF THE
    THINGS WE DIDN’T KNOW AT THAT TIME, EVEN THOUGH WE DID
    COORDINATION, WAS THAT IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR FOLKS IN
    WHEELCHAIRS TO BE ABLE TO PUT THEIR MONEY IN AND GET THEIR
    TICKETS OUT OF IT. AND WE KNOW THAT MORE THAN A
    QUARTER OF OUR PASSENGERS ARE TRANSIT-DEPENDENT, AND MANY OF
    THEM ARE WHEELCHAIR-BOUND, AND BEING ABLE TO GET THAT
    TICKET IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. SO I’M GOING TO INTRODUCE
    COUNCILWOMAN KATE GALLEGO, WHO WILL TALK TODAY FIRST.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [APPLAUDING] >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK
    TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, AND FOR EVERYONE WHO IS HERE TODAY, AND
    APPRECIATE THE STATE VETERANS DEPARTMENT FOR HOSTING US
    AND WELCOMING US. I AM COUNCILWOMAN KATE GALLEGO. LAST DECEMBER, I HAD A SEIZURE
    AND LOST MY DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. SO I WAS BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO
    GET AROUND WITH THE HELP OF FAMILY, BUT ALSO THANKFUL TO
    HAVE PUBLIC TRANSIT, BECAUSE I REALLY VALUED MY INDEPENDENCE
    AND THE ABILITY TO GET AROUND WITHOUT HAVING SOMEONE HELP ME. AND ONE DAY, I WAS BOARDING THE
    LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM, AND HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING MASTER
    SERGEANT JOHN BRADLEY. AND HE WAS GETTING ON AT THE
    LIGHT RAIL STATION NEAR WHERE WE ARE TODAY, AND ASKED ME IF I
    COULD PUT IN THE MONEY SO THAT HE COULD GET HIS TICKET BECAUSE
    HE COULDN’T REACH IT. AND I REALIZED THAT HERE WE HAVE
    A MAN WHO HAS GIVEN SO MUCH TO OUR COUNTRY, INJURED IN VIETNAM,
    AND REALLY, REALLY MADE HUGE SACRIFICES, AND WE OUGHT TO DO
    BETTER, ESPECIALLY AT THE LIGHT RAIL STATION NEAR SO MANY
    VETERANS’ SERVICES. SO I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH
    COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS AND VALLEY METRO AND OUR CITY TRANSIT
    DEPARTMENT TO LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM AND REALIZE THAT WE
    COULD LOWER THE PAY STATIONS SO THAT GREAT HEROES OF OUR
    COMMUNITY WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE INDEPENDENCE THAT I ALSO
    VALUED. LIGHT RAIL IS REALLY SUCH AN
    ENABLER AND SUCH A CONNECTOR FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND TO MAKE IT
    EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO USE IT IS VERY REWARDING AND THE RIGHT
    THING TO DO. SO I’M VERY GLAD THAT WE COULD
    DO THAT HERE TODAY, AND VERY THANKFUL TO THE MASTER SERGEANT
    FOR DRAWING THAT TO MY ATTENTION. HE HAS CONTINUED TO BE A GREAT
    ADVOCATE FOR VETERANS AND HAS GIVEN US A FURTHER TO-DO LIST
    FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND THE AREA, BUT WE REALLY, I THINK,
    SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO HIM FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, AND
    FOR BE WILLING TO STAND UP FOR VETERANS AFTER HE’S ALREADY DONE
    SO MUCH TO OUR COUNTRY. SO THANK YOU TO JOHN. [APPLAUDING] >>I AM A NEW COUNCILWOMAN,
    AND WHEN I FIRST MET WITH COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS AND SHE
    ASKED WHAT I HOPED TO ACCOMPLISH, THIS WAS AT THE TOP
    OF MY LIST, AND SHE IS OUR TRANSIT LEADER AT THE CITY OF
    PHOENIX AND WAS ABLE TO GET THIS DONE VERY QUICKLY, SO THANK YOU
    TO COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS. [APPLAUDING] >>THANK YOU.>>COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS?>>I WAS ALWAYS TOLD WHEN I WAS
    YOUNG THAT GOOD THINGS COME OUT OF BAD, AND WHEN YOU HAD THAT
    SEIZURE, WE ALMOST ALL OF US HAD A SEIZURE. NEW COUNCIL LADY, AND VOILA, WE
    DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO TRANSPIRE. BUT THE GOOD THING THAT HAPPENED
    WAS THE FACT THAT THROUGH YOUR TRAGEDY THAT YOU HAD, YOU MET
    JOHN, AND THIS WAS IDENTIFIED AS —
    WE HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WAS A PROBLEM THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY,
    AND I WANT TO THANK NOT ONLY YOU, COUNCILWOMAN, AND YOU,
    JOHN, BUT THE RPTA AND PHOENIX STAFF, BECAUSE WHEN WE BROUGHT
    IT TO THEIR ATTENTION, THEY IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO
    RESEARCH IT AND TO FIX IT. BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS WE
    WANT IS THAT OUR SYSTEM BE CONVENIENT AND EASY FOR EVERYONE
    TO USE, AND WE MEAN EVERYONE. AND WE WANT NO EXCEPTIONS. BUT LIKE THIS, WE DON’T OFTEN
    KNOW WHEN THERE’S A PROBLEM, SO WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE,
    WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER SOMETHING LIKE THIS, THERE’S A PROBLEM
    WITH THE SYSTEM AND IT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOUR NEEDS,
    LET US KNOW. IT’S GOING TO COST ABOUT
    $225,000, I THINK, TO GO AND REPAIR ALL THESE AND FIX THEM,
    BUT THAT’S A DROP IN THE BUCKET WHEN YOU THINK OF THE AMOUNT OF
    SERVICE IT PROVIDES, AND IT IS A BENEFIT FOR ALL THE TAXPAYERS,
    AND ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE THAT ARE STUCK IN A WHEELCHAIR. I MEAN, I CAN’T THINK OF
    ANYTHING THAT WE CAN HELP THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM
    TO GET ON AND OFF. SO I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU,
    JOHN, FOR SPEAKING UP AND SAYING,”WE NEED THIS FIXED.” AND I THANK THE STAFF FOR
    GETTING ON IT, MAKING THIS HAPPEN. IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO GET ALL
    OF THEM REPAIRED UP TO THE NEW STANDARD, BUT I KNOW WE WILL
    HAVE THAT DONE, PROBABLY BEFORE THE YEAR’S OVER. AND WELCOME ANY OTHER
    SUGGESTIONS ANYONE IN THE PUBLIC MAY HAVE TO MAKE THIS A BETTER
    SYSTEM, BECAUSE IT’S YOUR SYSTEM. IT NEEDS TO WORK FOR YOU. THANK YOU. [APPLAUDING] >>SO TODAY, WE’RE ACTUALLY IN
    THE ARIZONA STATE VETERANS HOME, AND I HAVE TO SAY, IT’S SUCH A
    LOVELY FACILITY, AND I WANT TO INTRODUCE TED VOGT WITH THE
    ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUDING] >>WELL, THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING
    HERE TODAY, AND THE COUNCILWOMEN GALLEGO AND WILLIAMS, THANK YOU
    SO MUCH. AND JOHN, THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, I WAS TELLING JOHN
    THIS MORNING, HE’S STILL TAKING HILLS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. SOME ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS. THIS OVER HERE IS ONLY SIX
    INCHES, BUT THAT’S A BIG SIX INCHES FOR OUR VETERANS AND FOR
    ANYONE WHO’S USING WHEELCHAIRS OR USING THE PUBLIC
    TRANSPORTATION. EVERY DAY, I’M AMAZED BY HOW
    MUCH THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND THE STATE OF ARIZONA LOVES AND
    SUPPORT THEIR VETERANS, AND THIS IS A REAL TANGIBLE
    EXAMPLE OF THAT. AND I DON’T KNOW IF I’VE SEEN A
    SOLUTION SO QUICKLY IMPLEMENTED. SO ON BEHALF OF ALL THE VETERANS
    HERE IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA, THANK YOU TO THE CITY OF PHOENIX
    FOR ALL THAT YOU’RE DOING. AND AGAIN, JOHN, THANKS FOR
    SPEAKING UP. YOU’RE STILL MAKING THINGS
    BETTER FOR ALL AMERICANS. THANKS SO MUCH. [APPLAUDING] >>AND NOW I’M ABSOLUTELY
    HONORED TO INTRODUCE MASTER SERGEANT JOHN BRADLEY, VETERAN
    AND RESIDENT OF THIS HOME. JOHN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME UP
    AND SAY A COUPLE OF WORDS? JOHN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME UP
    AND SAY A COUPLE OF WORDS?>>AS YOU CAN VERY WELL SEE,
    THIS MICROPHONE WASN’T BUILT FOR A HANDICAPPED PERSON. IT’S GOT A MIND OF ITS OWN. I WAS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE
    COUNCILWOMAN, THE LADY, KATE, COME AND HELP ME WITH THE
    MACHINE, BECAUSE I WAS IN A HURRY TO GET SOME PLACE,
    AND I COULDN’T GET TO THE COTTON-PICKING THING TO GET MY
    TICKET OUT OF IT, AND IT WAS GIVING ME MORE TROUBLE THAN MY
    EX-WIFE. SO NOW, NOW THAT — THIS NEW
    MODEL WILL BE JUST GREAT. JUST LOOKING AT IT, IT’S VERY
    SELF-EXPLANATORY, AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE EASY TO USE. I WILL BE GLAD TO SEE ONE OF
    THEM AT OUR NEXT STATION. AND I GUESS THAT’S ENOUGH FOR ME
    TO SAY. [APPLAUDING] >>SO OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF
    YEARS, WE WILL BE WORKING TO LOWER ONE OF THE TICKET VENDING
    MACHINES AT EACH ONE OF THE STATION ENTRANCES. BUT OUR FIRST ONE IS GOING TO BE
    AT INDIAN SCHOOL, SO THAT OUR VETERANS HERE AT THE ARIZONA
    VETERANS HOME ARE ABLE TO EASILY USE THE SYSTEM. SOMETIMES IT TAKES JUST THAT ONE
    COMMENT, AND SOMETIMES I THINK WE DON’T THINK ABOUT HOW
    POWERFUL SPEAKING UP IS. JOHN’S INTERACTION WITH
    COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR OUR
    COMMUNITY, AND IT TAKES THAT STEPPING UP TO DO SO. AND I CAN ONLY SAY, MASTER
    SERGEANT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION,
    AND I’M SO GLAD THAT WE’RE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THIS AND MAKE IT
    EASIER FOR OUR VETERANS AND FOR OUR DISABLED FOLKS. SO TRANSIT PROVIDES THAT
    ACCESSIBILITY, THAT ABILITY FOR EVERYONE TO GET WHERE THEY NEED
    TO GO, AND IT TAKES THOSE COMMENTS FOR US TO BE ABLE TO
    BUILD A BETTER SYSTEM. SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO
    PROVIDE THOSE COMMENTS TO THE CITY OF PHOENIX THROUGH OUR
    TALKTRANSPORTATION.ORG. IN FACT, ANY OF YOU WHO ARE HERE
    TODAY WHO WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP FOR IT, YOU CAN DO SO, BUT WE
    ARE USING THAT TO GATHER YOUR COMMENTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY SO
    THAT WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT TRANSIT PROVIDES THE SERVICE
    THAT OUR COMMUNITY REALLY NEEDS. AND I WANT TO, AGAIN, THANK
    EVERYBODY TODAY FOR BEING HERE AND BEING ABLE TO LET US HONOR
    OUR VETERANS, AS WELL AS THE REST OF OUR DISABLED COMMUNITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. CLOSED CAPTION PRODUCTIONS
    – www.ccproductions.com –

    STUNG by a BULLET ANT!
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    STUNG by a BULLET ANT!

    October 17, 2019


    (slow instrumental music) – We have caught a bullet ant, and we have it in
    the glass capsule, and right now Mark is filming
    the final macro shots. And I am two, yes,
    two minutes away from being stung by the
    insect that supposedly has the most painful sting
    in the insect kingdom. I think I’m gonna be fine, but ooo, guys, the heart
    rate is goin’ today. This is it. (bold instrumental music) One…
    (heavy breathing) Two… (heavy breathing)
    Three. (grunting)
    Ahhh! Ooo! It’s stuck in my arm! It’s stuck in my arm! Ahhh! (upbeat world music) (slow world music) Hidden within the darkness
    of the Costa Rican rainforest a legend exists beneath
    the ancient canopy. Indigenous people
    refer to it as bala, which means bullet. It is rumored that just a
    single sting from this animal is so excruciating that it feels as if one has been
    shot with a gun. They say this creature is
    not only to be avoided, but feared by all
    who hear it’s name. Bala. (whispers) Bala. Over the course of the past year I have taken on the
    challenge of being stung by some of the planets
    most notorious insects. It all began with
    harvester ants. A common species in the
    southwestern United States, that hails as having
    the most toxic insect venom in the world. I took around 60 stings, and walked away
    mostly unscathed. They’re all over my
    hands now, look at that! Ahh! (grunting) Ahh, there’s one on my neck! Next, I buried my hands
    into a nest of fire ants. The pain was like
    sticking your hands into a burning ring of fire. Ahh! Ow, ow, ow! The after math? One of my biggest regrets, as my hands were
    swollen for a month, and permanently scarred
    even till this day. One would think I
    had gone far enough, and then we came
    upon the velvet ant. Famous for having the
    longest stinger in the world, it sent me into agonizing
    pain for nearly 30 minutes. Ahh! (grunting) (heavy breathing) Okay, let me get back here! – [Cameraman] You alright? What are you feeling? – Gooo! (heavy breathing) Oh wow! My next challenge was
    the tarantula hawk, which is ranked as the
    second most painful sting in the insect kingdom. Here we go. (pacing instrumental music) Ahhh! Ahhh! (heavy breathing) – [Cameraman] You alright?
    – Ahhh! The pain was so intense
    that it put me on the ground with my arm in a
    state of paralysis for nearly five minutes. Ahhh! I can’t move my arm! I was ascending the
    sting pain index, and I could see the
    peak of the mountain. It looked down at me
    with black beady eyes, an alien looking creature
    amongst all other animals, and a name that cast fear
    into the hearts of men. But before I could
    go flesh to stinger, first we needed to
    find a bullet ant. Today is bullet
    ant challenge day. I’m actually pretty
    excited about this. As long as we could
    find a bullet ant, I’m gonna get stung by one. So, guys keep your eyes peeled, these little ants
    can be anywhere. Well, I guess they
    aren’t really little. They’re probably about this big. So, let’s head down here
    into the rainforest, and see if we could find one. – [Cameraman] Alright. – Believe it or not, bullet
    ants are incredibly common on the Caribbean
    side of Costa Rica. And setting the
    stage for a sting was only going to
    take a single one. It seems simple, however, finding them can be
    quite the challenge, especially when dealing
    with some of the most difficult filming conditions
    we have ever faced. Oh boy, that is the disorienting
    thing about the rainforest, everything looks the same no
    matter what direction you turn. Mario! (man shouting in the distance) Yeah, alright, found him, ha! Got nervous there for a second. Let’s keep going. For days we scoured the jungle, traversed rushing rivers, fought torrential rainfall, and sloshed through what seemed
    like a endless maze of mud. The goal was to find a creature
    no longer than a needle, in a haystack that literally
    spanned thousands of acres. It seems as if all was lost. Then finally, after
    several days of searching, the sun came out and
    fate took its course. I just saw an ant
    up on the tree here. Come up really slow, this might be a nest. – [Mario] You think
    you got a nest? – I mean, the ground
    looks the same as it has in most of the jungle, but there is a hole here, I definitely saw a large ant
    moving up on the side of that but before I just
    storm up there. – [Mario] You just see
    one or you see a few? – I saw one ant, one ant, but this looks like
    there’s a hole right there. – [Mario] Where? – [Coyote] You see that, this
    looks like it could be a nest. – [Cameraman] I
    don’t see the hole. Keep pointing to it. Oh, I just saw it. – [Coyote] There’s one
    coming out right there. – [Mario] I see it coming out. – He’s definitely right there. Let me see if I can
    get him on the stick. There we go, there we go. – [Mario] You got him? – Ooo, it’s going
    right towards my hand. That is a bullet ant
    right there, hold on. I’m just gonna put
    it in the container. Ooo! Ah! Oh! – [Mario] Mark, watch out. I think there is… – [Mark] I got one on me? – [Mario] I think so, man. I think they’re swarming. – We have definitely
    found a bullet ant nest, there’s no question about it. I was in there trying
    to get a single ant, and they started swarming out. Okay, this just went
    from slightly dangerous to extremely dangerous
    because there was one crawled up on my hand
    and I just got startled, and I flicked it off of me. I need to go back to
    get the container, we need to get an ant. (weary instrumental music) Alright, come on,
    get on the stick. – [Mario] Got one. – [Coyote] My hand’s
    shaking, I got one. Nope, it came off. (weary instrumental music) I got one, I got one. Back up, back up, back up. It’s goin’ right
    towards my hand! Oh boy, it’s attacking
    the tip of the stick. I’m gonna put it down
    right here on the dirt! Ah! Alright, I’m gonna
    get it in this cup. Got it! – [Mario] It walked right in! – Ha-Ha! Whoo! (laughs) Holy cow! Oh my gosh! Hold on wait, check your
    legs, check your legs. – [Mario] See anything on me? – [Mark] No, you’re good. – Oh my gosh! (heavy breathing) If I was that nervous
    just to catch the ant, I can’t imagine how
    nervous I’m going to be to actually be stung by it. Awe, this is wild. Alright, let’s take the ant
    down here into a flatter area, get the scene under control. It’s time to go through with
    the bullet ant challenge. – [Mario] Let’s do it. – Whoo! Yes! Got our ant! (leery instrumental music) Guys, I don’t know, I
    don’t know, I don’t know. We have caught a bullet ant, and we have it in
    the glass capsule, and right now Mark is filming
    the final macro shots, and I am two, yes,
    two minutes away from being stung by the
    insect that’s supposedly has that most painful sting
    in the insect kingdom. Actually seeing the
    bullet ant face to face, coyote pack, it is
    unbelievably intimidating. I have a feeling
    that it is going to be unbelievably painful, but I am ready. (deep breath)
    This is it. We are here. This is Costa Rica, and
    that ladies and gentlemen, dare I say it, is one
    monster sized bullet ant. Alright, before
    we get into this, let’s just go over
    some basic safety. For everybody out
    there watching, we have taken all the
    proper medical precautions. What we have right here
    is an epinephrin pen in case my body reacts
    negatively to the venom. Now, I will note that
    there are no reported cases of humans dying from the
    sting of a bullet ant. – [Mark] Alright Coyote,
    so what’s the game plan? What are you thinkin’ here? How are we gonna get you
    stung by the bullet ant? – Yeah, how are we gonna get
    me stung by the bullet ant? I love the that question Mark, I appreciate that. Okay, well this one is very
    similar to the velvet ant. This is gonna go
    down one of two ways. The first thing
    that we’re gonna try is I’m gonna lift up
    the glass capsule, and then we’re gonna
    place it there. If it doesn’t sting me like that then I will use the forceps where I will pick it
    up by it’s thorax, and just like the tarantula
    hawk induce a sting. One way or another, there is no question about
    it ladies and gentlemen, today I am going to be
    stung by a bullet ant. – [Mark] Alright, it’s time. – GoPro rolling? We are rolling. Alright, now what I’m gonna do
    is tip up the glass capsule, and then place the ant
    down onto my forearm. Here we go. Mark, your shot good? – [Mark] Are you
    sure about this? – Yep, no turning back now. Mario, ready? – [Mario] Ready. – [Mark] Let’s do it. – Here we go, ant on my skin. One… Two… This is it, no turning back. Three. (heavy breathing) Ant is on my forearm. Look at that. Okay, it’s just trying to
    climb out of the glass. I don’t know if it’s realized
    it’s actually on my arm. It is looking a
    little bit agitated. I can feel the little legs
    grabbin’ onto my skin, and right now it is just trying
    to get out of the capsule. It’s thinking, “Okay,
    something’s new.” They can probably sense
    the heat of my skin, and also the smell of my skin. These ants can pick up
    different pheromones. We’ll let it go a
    few seconds longer. (heavy breathing) And I think similar
    to the velvet ant that this ant is
    gonna need to be held with forceps to induce a sting. Okay, I’m going to tip
    the glass capsule back up, and get the ant under control. Are you ready? – [Mark] Yep. – One, two, control. Here we go. – [Mark] Whoo-hoo, awe man! – Dah! – [Mark] You alright? – I got the GoPro. – [Mark] Tell me what’s going
    through your head right now. What was that like? – I’m lightheaded,
    I’m lightheaded. Oh, the nerves that
    that takes guys. When the ants were
    coming out of the nest they were very very angry, and I think at this point
    the ant has calmed down, and it’s just thinking, “Can I get out of
    this glass capsule?” And I was not bitten,
    I was not stung. So, what I’m gonna do
    now is use the forceps to pick up the ant,
    place it onto my forearm, and I’m going to take a sting. Here we go, are you ready? – [Mark] I’m ready. – GoPro is rolling. Okay, I am literally
    at the summit of the insect sting pain index. So, what I’m gonna do
    now is remove the glass. (heavy breathing) Ant is live, okay. It is out and active. I am going to now pick
    it up with the forceps. Got it. (heavy breathing)
    There we go. That right there is a perfect
    hold right on the thorax, and wow, look at that, the
    stinger is already flying. Does that give you
    enough space there Mark to be able to see the stinger
    as it goes into my arm? – [Mark] Yes sir. – We’ve got clear
    visibility on the abdomen. Here we go. I’m going to move the little
    wooden base out of the way. The glass capsule is
    right here in frame. Forearm on the table. I’m Coyote Peterson, and I’m about to take on
    the bullet ant challenge. Are you ready? – [Mark] Let’s do it. – One… (deep breath) Two… Oh my gosh, this is it. Three… Dah! Oh! Oh, it’s tuck in my arm! It’s stuck in my arm! Ooo! Gosh! The stingers
    stuck in my arm look at that! Ooo! Okay, it’s off, it’s off! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Ooo! – [Mark] You alright? – Oh my God, it is really bad! Oh my gosh, I think it has
    the tarantula hawk topped! (bold instrumental music) Gooo! – [Mark] You alright man? – Yep! Ho! Did you see that? The stinger was stuck into my
    forearm right into the vein! There is the sting
    insertion point right there. Oh my gosh! It is like, rrr, it’s hot! Oh, I can feel the venom
    already right in my forearm! (heavy breathing) Ahh! (grunting) It is! It’s number one! Ahh! (heavy breathing) Oh my gosh! Oh, it’s burning more! It’s getting worse! Hold on, hold on, hold on! Ahh! Ahh!
    (heavy breathing) Ah, my whole arm is
    getting really tight. (heavy breathing) Oh my gosh, Mark, put
    your arm out here! Just tell them, feel my forearm! – [Mark] Wow. – It is like rock hard, I think it’s spasming
    up the muscle. Now, the toxin that
    comes out of the sting of a bullet ant is
    a poneratoxin toxin, which can cause
    you to hallucinate, so I don’t know how much venom
    actually went into my arm. All I know is that the
    stinger was in my forearm for a considerable
    amount of time. Ahhh! (grunting) Oh my gosh! Owe, oh! Dude, I think my neck is
    having a muscle spasm too. My whole muscle structure
    is like pounded right now. Ahh! What is that? Okay, that’s not good,
    let’s keep an eye on that. My neck is like stiffening up. My entire arm feels like it’s
    having a spasm right now. (heavy breathing) Okay. – [Mark] Is it getting
    better or worse? – No, it’s worse, it’s
    coming in waves of pain now. Oh my gosh! It is, hold on, I am
    super light headed, like super light headed.
    (heavy breathing) – [Mark] Do you need some water? – [Mario] You’re getting flush,
    your face is turning red. And you’re getting
    puffy under your eye. (heavy breathing) – I’m sweating
    bullets right now. Bullets, bullets of sweat
    from the bullet ant. Okay, I’m gonna try
    to stay composed. We’re gonna have to cut
    the scene pretty quickly. I’m in a lot of pain right now. Okay, at the moment, I am experiencing hot
    radiating waves of pain. It feels as if someone has
    stabbed me with a hot poker, and I can actually feel
    the venom, it’s throbbing, it’s very similar to the
    bite of the gila monster. When I was bitten by the gila
    monster it was intense pain, and then it would reside, and then it would
    return with a vengeance. This is…
    (heavy breathing) At this point, the tarantula
    hawk was already done hurting. This is gettin’ worse,
    this is gettin’ worse. I don’t know if I’m gonna be
    able to take this for 24 hours. (laughing) It pumped me full of venom. This is gonna be bad. It’s one thing to get tagged, and you know, to be,
    “Ahh! I got stung!” It’s another thing to be like, I’m just hoping you
    got that shot Mark where it was literally
    latched on and stinging me. Ooo, I am sweating
    bullets right now. It is humid, but
    my body’s on fire. It’s been about 20
    minutes since the sting, and look at my arm. It feels like it is on fire
    about up to my shoulder, extremely painful
    right in that region, it’s red, it is swollen, but I feel composed enough to
    give you guys a proper outro. Now, they say that this pain
    is gonna last for 24 hours, and my goodness, if it does,
    I’m in for one wild day. But I think it goes
    without question that the bullet ant
    sting is the most painful that I have faced thus far on
    the insect sting pain index. However, as some
    of you may know, there are whispers
    that there is possibly a more painful sting out there. The warrior wasp may challenge
    the bullet ant’s claim at the peak of the
    insect sting pain index. Am I gonna be willing to
    take on that challenge, stay tuned, we’ll find out. I’m Coyote Peterson,
    be brave, stay wild! We’ll see you on
    the next adventure! Whoo! What a day! As we returned this legendary
    creature back to its colony, the insect was immediately
    greeted by the other ants. Like a soldier who had
    returned from a great battle, and who would perhaps
    share its tale of the giant human it had
    defeated with a single sting. And as I watched this
    fearless gladiator disappear into the darkness, from my perspective I too felt
    as if I had defeated a giant. A giant ladder I challenge
    my self to climb, and we’ve all come to know as
    the insect sting pain index. I am proud to say I made it, and when it comes to
    the most painful sting in the insect kingdom, so far, it definitely belongs
    to the bullet ant. It has been a long 24 hours. Now, they say that the bullet
    ant is the 24 hour ant. My arm is still sore today. Guys, looks at my arm. I think the venom actually
    scarred the skin right there. I don’t know if you
    can see it on my face, I’m exhausted, barely
    slept at all last night because my arm was
    just pulsating. I could feel these hot waves
    of pain going though it. I guess we’ll see where
    it’s at in 48 hours. It’s still stinging now. Legends are born from
    the stories we are told, and as they are passed down
    from generation to generation they often times
    become so grandiose they are nearly
    impossible to believe. But when it comes to
    the legend of bala, trust me when I say
    the tales are true. If you thought the bullet
    ant sting was intense, make sure to check
    out the aftermath, and the steps I took
    to immediately reduce
    the searing pain. And don’t forget subscribe, so you can join me and the crew on this season of
    Breaking Trail. (bold world music)
    (birds chirping)