A well-known and loved magazine and TV network, the National Geographic has been around for a long time. They have become best known for their amazing photos, but there’s a lot more to them than that.
Number One: National Geographic Magazine Is Available in 40 Languages. The National Geographic Magazine eventually became so popular and widely distributed, that they started offering it in a variety of languages. As of 2017, there are up to 40 different translations available.
Number Two: The National Geographic Sponsored South Pole Explorers. In 1929, Richard Byrd and three other men became the first explorers to visit the South Pole by aircraft. This amazing feat was supported by the company.
Number Three: Helicopter War in South Vietnam. In 1962, an article was published featuring the first ever photographs of American soldiers engaged in combat at Vietnam. A monumental event in history.
Number Four: They Debuted the Famous Dog Whisperer. Cesar Millan was featured on the National Geographic Channel. He is a well-known man with his own TV show that involves helping humans better understand their pets.
Number Five: NG Launched a Record-Setting Air Balloon. In 1935, the Explorer II, sponsored by The National Geographic, set an amazing altitude record. It rose 14 miles above our planet, and the record stood for 21 years.
Number Six: It’s Been Around Since the 19th Century. The magazine began as a text-oriented educational source but later started focusing more on images. Today, it is best known for its amazing photography work.
Number Seven: The Magazine Presented a Medal in 1927. Famed for his brave crossing of the Atlantic ocean, National Geographic honored Charles Lindbergh with something called the Hubbard Medal. They offered many different awards later on.
Number Eight: National Geographic released ‘The Big Thaw’. In 2007, a photojournalist named James Balog used his art to document and illustrate the rapid speed at which the Earth’s ice is melting. This story was featured as a cover piece.
Number Nine: In 1975, They Started a Children’s Edition. For nearly 100 years, the magazine was mostly aimed at adult readers. In the 1970s, they came up with the idea of a kid’s edition, which was very well received.
Number Ten: National Geographic Published Their First Color Photos in 1910. Previous to this, all photos were published in black and white. Hand tinted photos were used in a 1910 edition, depicting the Far East. This revolutionized the quality of the magazine and made them even more popular.
Number Eleven: They Released a Copy of the Gospel of Judas. The National Geographic released the only known version of this book in 2006. The information in this text suggests that Jesus could have foreseen certain occurrences which later led to his death.
Number Twelve: The Magazine Took Controversial Political Stances in Later Years. Originally, they didn’t want to take sides on certain issues and focused more on culture and history. Eventually, however, they started becoming more outspoken about hot-button issues such as environmental changes and global warming.
Number Thirteen: It Won Three National Magazine Awards in 2008. The National Geographic received multiple awards not too long ago. One of these was an award for its written content, another for its photojournalism, and yet another for its general content.
Number Fourteen: The Magazine Supported Jane Goodall. In 1961, the Society sponsored the now well known and highly acclaimed Jane Goodall. Her work with Chimpanzees in Tanzania became a hugely important foundation for animal behavioral studies.
Number Fifteen: The Company’s Symbol Was Designed by the Editor’s Wife. Gilbert H. Grosvenor was the magazine’s first full-time employee and went on to become the editor. His wife designed the National Geographic flag in 1903 using a variety of colors to represent the sky, earth, and sea.