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Ep.59 – Perpetual Stew

Medieval inns and taverns would often serve the same singular meal thats been simmering for years

Episode Notes

Also called ‘hunter’s stew’ or ‘hunter’s pot’, the perpetual stew was both novel yet extremely simplistic: take what you’ve got in your kitchen and chuck it into a pot and simmer, replenishing the liquid when necessary. In some cases, these stews would cook for HUNDREDS of years.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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