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4 days ago

Ep.56 – Keep the Ball Rolling

The phrase "keep the ball rolling" comes from a bizarre campaign stunt during the 1840 Presidential Election

Episode Notes

The phrase "Keep the ball rolling" actually stems from a bizarre campaign stunt from the 1840 Presidential Election, wherein William Henry Harrison tried to get the word out in the most, uh, spherical way possible. Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'.

Harrison's 1840 Presidential Campgain

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7 days ago

Ep.55 – Leopold and Loeb

The OG "Trial of the Century" of Two Brilliant but Murderous Teens in 1920s Chicago

Episode Notes

Two brilliant college students, fueled by delusion of grandeur thinking they were "super men" above man's laws, concoct the perfect plan to kill a local boy and get away it, as referenced by the season finale of Better Call Saul. Meet Leopold and Loeb.

Leopold and Loeb Wiki

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11 months ago

Ep.54 – The Night Witches

The most decorated unit of the Soviet Air Force came from an tough-as-nails group of Soviet women

With the might of the Soviet military during WWII, you'd think the most highly decorated regiment within their air force would be a group of highly specialized pilots. Nope, it was 400 women in 1920's era crop-duster biplanes made of plywood who absolutely crushed the Nazis under the cover of darkness. Meet the Night Witches.

Night Witches Wiki

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11 months ago

Ep.53 – Zombie Frank Hayes

Frank Hayes set a record winning a vaunted horse race at Belmont Park...for literally the absolute worst reason

During a steeplechase event at the famed Belmont Park in NY, jockey Frank Hayes set a record that has never been duplicated. And that's probably a really, really good thing.

Frank Hayes Wiki

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11 months ago

Ep.52 – America's First (and only) Emperor

A 19th century deranged California businessman declared himself emperor and it...kind of worked

A fed up and down on his luck San Francisco businessman, Joshua Norton, declared that he was the new Emperor of the United States, and the people sort of...just went with it. He passed laws and issued his own currency, and literally for the lolz the citizenry just played along. But like, for real though.

Emperor Norton Wiki

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11 months ago

Ep.51 – Ship of Theseus

One of the most famous famous philosophical paradoxes is a real head scratcher

What makes a thing a thing? What makes you...you? How much can you change something before it stops being that thing? Just one tweak? Or all tweaks but one? The Ship of Theseus is a classic Greek thought experiment that lays this complicated question that has been debated for millenia.

Ship of Theseus Wiki

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11 months ago

Ep.50 – Bat Bombs

In WWII, the US Army developed a new weaponry program: bats with bombs just glued to them

World War II was a time of technological marvels and revolutionary new weaponry that changed the world as we know it. However, one military project stands alone as perhaps the nuttiest (and brutally effective) plan ever devised. Gluing bombs to thousands of bats and just letting 'er rip.

Bat Bombs Wiki

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1 year ago

Ep.48 – Sarah Rector

The world's richest black woman in the early part of the 1900s was a 12 year old Oklahoman named Sarah

Episode Notes

After her family was sold to the Creek Indians and moved to Oklahoma in the early 1900s, Sarah Rector was given land at the age of 4 that turned out to be sitting on liquid gold. Nearly overnight, this young woman became arguably the richest black girl in the world.

Sarah Rector Wiki

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1 year ago

Ep.47 – The Last Civil War Widow

The last widow of an American Civil War soldier died....SIX WEEKS AGO.

Episode Notes

The crazy story of Helen Jackson, the 101 year old Missouri woman who died just a few weeks ago in December of 2020. Oh, quick note on Helen, she was the WIDOW OF A CIVIL WAR SOLDIER. Ya know, the Civil War, like, the one from the mid 1800s. Her husband fought in it. How is that even possible??

Also, the utterly random but oddly related story of how cicadas got their sound, according to Greek mythology. I promise its connected.

Helen Viola Jackson

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1 year ago

Ep.46 – America's Oldest Ally

America's longest unbroken treaty is with an unlikely country who helped us fight off powerful pirate nations

Episode Notes

America was short on allies after its founding, and its Navy was getting absolutely thrashed overseas by pirate states. However, one surprising nation come to our rescue and was the first country to recognize the legitimacy of the United States, and still serves today as our companion in America's longest unbroken treaty.

America's Oldest Ally

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