National Geographic: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)



A well-known and loved magazine, 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. We are here to tell you a bit more about this famous magazine, where it came from, and what it features. Be sure to check out part two of this article.

Number Fifteen: 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 Fourteen: 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 2015, there are up to 40 different translations available.

Number Thirteen: In 1975, They Started a Children’s Edition

For nearly 100 years, the magazine was mostly aimed at adult readers. In the 70s, they came up with the idea of a kid’s edition, which was very well received.

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 Eleven: They 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 Ten: 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. Quite a feat!

Number Nine: The Magazine’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. We hope you enjoyed part one of this article. Stay tuned for the second part, coming soon!

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