Wiki Walks
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2 months ago

Ep.73 – Centralia, Pennsylvania

A small town in PA was evacuated and will remain unoccupied for the next 250 years as a fire rages below

Episode Notes

A trash fire sparked an underground inferno that forced the evacuation of Centralia, Pennsylvania, turning it into a poisonous gas-filled ghost town. Oh, and it will probably keep burning for hundreds of years. Yikes!

Centralia, Pennsylvania

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2 months ago

Ep.72 – The Assassination of James Garfield

Our 20th President was shot twice, but it was more likely that his terrible medical care caused his death

Episode Notes

President James Garfield was shot twice by an absolute mad-lad, Charles Guiteau, but however terrible his assassin was, he was nothing compared to President's doctor. Everything he tried made things a million times worse, including shooting beef and opium up the President's fanny. This tragic story just keeps on giving in the worst ways imaginable.

The Assassination of James Garfield

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2 months ago

Ep.71 – U.S. Army Camel Corps

In the 1850s, the US Army had a new brand of steed to conquer the West...imported camels.

Episode Notes

The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War, involved 500,000 square miles of Mexican territory, including vast stretches of deserts. And what better animal to explore this new land than with imported camels. Many of whom were then set free to roam the Southwest for decades to come.

United States Camel Corps

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Ep.70 – Maybe it's....Mascara

The history of this lash-ful product is long as your dolled up lashes, with some surprises along the way

Episode Notes

Mascara might seem like your run-of-the-mill beauty staple, but the history of it goes back thousands of years, and the most well-known brand today came about through sheer happenstance.

Mascara

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3 months ago

Ep.69 – Third Man Factor

If you've ever been on a perilous solo journey, you aren't alone. Well, you won't feel alone, anyway

Episode Notes

Mountain explorers, shipwreck survivors, and polar explorers have all claimed to have either seen a person or heard a voice, often providing helpful information on how they should escape their situation.

Third Man Factor

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3 months ago

Ep.68 – Radioactive Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter absorbed a dozen lifetime's worth of radiation and perhaps saved North America as a result

Episode Notes

In 1952, a young Pre-President submariner named Jimmy Carter was tasked with preventing a nuclear meltdown that threatened Canada and the Northern US...in person.

Jimmy Carter

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3 months ago

Ep.67 – Anton Syndrome

When the blind aren't actually blind...but they totally are.

Episode Notes

Patients with Anton Syndrome are often found describing people or surroundings that are not present, or walking into objects, though they will continue to deny that they cannot see even when presented with evidence otherwise.

Anton Syndrome

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3 months ago

Ep.66 – Venous Hum

If you've ever experienced a strange whooshing hum in your neck, there's a name for that

Episode Notes

That soft buzzing in your neck might sound alarming, but it's actually just the normal sound of blood flowing through your jugular vein. Listen to understand the harmless causes behind "the hum" and learn when it could indicate a more serious issue.

Venous Hum

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3 months ago

Ep.65 – W.C. Minor

The most prolific contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary did so from a place you'd least expect...

Episode Notes

The Oxford English Dictionary is the gold-standard of all English language dictionaries. However, its most prolific contributor, a surgeon/War Hero/psychotic murderer, did so from a place you'd least expect it.

W.C. Minor

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Ep.64 – William Kemmler

The War of the Currents was largely a business battle, but the first victim got the shock of a lifetime

Episode Notes

The battle over which electrical current would be used in our growing nation was between AC and DC, however, in this war for business, the initial causality was the first man to ever be executed by electric chair. It did not go well.

William Kemmler

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