Strange World is a show that can be found on the Travel Channel. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is centered on its host Christopher Garetano, who travels from place to place in the United States that are chosen because of a shared theme. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Strange World:
1. Hosted By Christopher Garetano
The show is hosted by a man named Christopher Garetano, who tends to be best-known for his involvement with movies as well as TV shows. In particular, it is worth mentioning that Garetano was the one who made Montauk Chronicles, which received a fair amount of interest from those with an interest in conspiracy theories. Furthermore, Strange World isn’t the first time that Garetano has been involved with TV shows, seeing as how he hosted History’s The Dark Files.
2. The Host Created a Documentary About the Montauk Project
As stated earlier, Garetano is known to a lot of people because of his documentary about the Montauk Project. For those who are curious, the Montauk Project is a conspiracy theory that claims that the U.S. government has conducted secret experiments at various locations situated in Montauk, NY. There is no real consensus on what the experiments were focused upon, meaning that there are multiple versions of the basic story. Sometimes, they are focused on experiments involving psychological warfare. Other times, they are focused on much more outlandish topics such as time travel.
3. The Host Has a Sort-Of Connection with Stranger Things
There is marketing that claims that Garetano was the one who inspired Stranger Things. However, there is no real evidence for this claim, particularly since the Montauk Project isn’t a particularly obscure conspiracy theory. As for how Stranger Things is connected, the gist of things is that the show was inspired by the conspiracy theory, which makes more sense when one learns that some of the versions claim that the government experiments were involved with spacetime manipulation, superhuman capabilities, and making contact with extraterrestrial entities.
4. The Show Is Interested in Conspiracy Theories
Some of the marketing for Strange World claims that it is focused on American conspiracy theories. However, while conspiracy theories are indeed covered by the show, it is more accurate to say that the show covers conspiracy theories as well as related content. This is because a fair amount of its content doesn’t actually involve any conspiracies, meaning that it can’t be considered conspiracy theory-related material.
5. The Show Makes Bigger Claims Than What the Evidence Supports
A lot of shows like Strange World are more interested in bringing in the viewers than in presenting the truth. Unfortunately, Strange World seems to be no exception to this particular rule, seeing as how it is willing to make bigger claims than what its uncovered “evidence” can be used to support. In fact, it should be mentioned that Garetano avoided answering a question in an interview about whether he believed in a declarative statement made by the show’s very first episode or not by saying that he hasn’t ruled it out but that he doesn’t want it to be true.
6. Covers Mind Control Experiments
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first episode of the show covers the Montauk Project. Primarily, it focuses on the versions in which the U.S. government was conducting mind control experiments on kidnapped children, which should make the loose connection with Stranger Things very clear. Having said that, this is the episode in which the show made a very strong declarative statement that its host doesn’t actually seem very eager to commit to.
7. Covers Cursed Car
The second episode of the show covers Little Bastard, which is the supposedly cursed car of James Dean. For those who are unfamiliar, the cursed car is said to have been connected to a series of accidents, thus contributing to a lasting reputation in American cultural mythology. However, it should be mentioned that while some of the accidents seem to have been true, the rest seem to have been the invention of a man named George Barris, who promoted the stories because he bought the wreckage for public display. In any case, the location of Little Bastard is no longer publicly known because Barris claimed that it was the subject of a mysterious disappearance. Not coincidentally, these stories popped up in 1960, which was around the time that the public display was becoming less popular because of a change in car preferences in American pop culture.
8. Covers Video Games
Moving on, the third episode of the show covered video games with a particular focus on whether video games were being used to program people’s minds. In particular, the episode focused on an urban legend that claimed the existence of a non-existent arcade game called Polybius, which was supposedly used for a government-run psychology experiment conducted in Portland, OR. Some people might recall playing one of a number of games called Polybius, but it should be mentioned that these were named for the urban legend rather than the other way around.
9. Covers Mysterious Disappearances
Unsurprisingly, Strange World covers mysterious disappearances as well, which are a very popular subject for such shows. In its case, it is focused on supposed mysterious disappearances situated close to Mount Shasta, which is a stratovolcano that can be found in the state of California. Suffice to say that Mount Shasta is a storied location that has attracted a wide range of such stories, with examples ranging from claims that it is home to Lemurians to New Ager claims that it is some kind of mystical power center.
10. Says that Current Paranormal Shows Have Lost Their Sense of Style
In Garetano’s opinion, current paranormal shows have lost their sense of style as well as their sense of atmosphere. As a result, his aim with Strange World is to restore something of the enjoyment that he remembers from his childhood TV watching by providing a sense of adventure to each episode.