Wiki Walks
A Quick Journey Through The Most Interesting Articles on Wikipedia
9 months ago

Ep.37 – Alice Roosevelt

You know Teddy, you know Franklin, and your probably know Eleanor. None of them were are wild as First Kid, Alice

Episode Notes

We can debate all day who was the most impactful first lady, but it’s unlikely we’ll find a more captivating first daughter than Alice Roosevelt. She was a smokin', drinkin', gamblin' pant-wearing whirling dervish who took Washington by storm and drove her father Teddy absolutely insane. She's a hoot.

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10 months ago

Ep.36 – The Resolute Desk

The Resolute Desk has served half a dozen presidents and survived being trapped in ice. The crazy history of this staple of the Oval Office

Episode Notes

The desk you see on TV whenever they show the Oval Office has a crazy history. From being encased in Arctic Ice, to helping avoid multiple wars, the Resolute Desk has a long and winding backstory that spans hundreds of years and multiple scandals. From Rutherford B. Hayes to Donald J. Trump, this desk has stood the test of time.

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10 months ago

Ep.35 – Waffles!

A top contender for America's favorite breakfast food item has an ancient and dramatic history. But boy are they tasty!

Episode Notes

Everyone loves waffles, right? But how did such a distinctive looking food come to be? Why do the Belgians seem to have a stranglehold on naming rights? What about the frozen ones? The story of the waffle begins over 2000 years ago and was filled with drama and innovation every step of the way.

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10 months ago

Ep.34 – Princess Caraboo

A beautiful mysterious woman randomly appears in an English town speaking a language never before heard by man

Episode Notes

The TRUE, bizarre, and downright charming tale of Princess Caraboo. In 1800s England, a mysterious and beautiful woman randomly appeared in town, dressed strangely and speaking a language never before heard. This exotic enigma enchanted the whole of Britain and soon everyone wanted to know more about Princess Caraboo, but they never could have imagined what they would soon learn...

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10 months ago

Ep.32 – The Bhopal Disaster

The worst industrial accident in history occurred when a gas leak floated over the town of Bhopal, India in 1984

Episode Notes

In 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide chemical plant had a major gas leak that caused a huge poisonous cloud to descend over the town of Bhopal, India during the middle of the night. The sun rose on a town that had been gassed and thousands were left dead or dying in the wake of incredible negligence and corporate malfeasance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster

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10 months ago

Ep.31 – The Radioactive Boy Scout

David Hahn was just your typical 90s kid, loved science, the Boy Scout, oh, and he built a nuclear reactor in his back yard

Episode Notes

David Hahn was just your normal teen in the 90s. He loved sports, science experiments, the Boy Scouts...and he built an actual working nuclear reactor in a garden shed and got shut down by the FBI. The crazy true tale of one very radioactive Boy Scout.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn

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a year ago

Ep.30 – Lawnchair Larry

An intrepid fella takes to the skies by strapping 45 helium balloons to his lawnchair, but quickly shoots up to 16k feet in a flight for his life

Episode Notes

In 1982, LA resident Larry Walters took a 45-minute flight in a homemade airship made of an aluminum lawn chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons, armed only with a CB Radio and a pistol. The aircraft rose to an altitude of over 15,000 feet where it was nearly hit by passing aircraft as he sailed closer to the Pacific. Ever see the movie, “Up”? Yeah…they based it off this guy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawnchair_Larry_flight

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a year ago

Ep.29 – The Lioness of Brittany

An angry French widow raises a pirate navy to sink every French ship she can find after the wrong execution of her husband

Episode Notes

In the 1300's, French noblewoman Jeanne de Clisson's husband is wrongfully executed by France for treason. Enraged, Jeanne sells everything, raises a pirate navy, paints her boats black and her sails blood-red, is known as the "Black Fleet", and terrorizes French ships for over 13 years. What a Badlass! The Lioness of Brittany might be my new favorite historical character, ever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_de_Clisson

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a year ago

Ep.28 – The Straw Millionaire

A Japanese Buddhist folktale about a trading up comes to life when a Canadian goes from a red paperclip to a two-story farmhouse

Episode Notes

The Japanese Buddhist folk tale of The Straw Millionaire tells a story where a peasant is able to, through a series of trades, move up from one piece of straw to being a millionaire. As crazy as it seems, this happened in real life, as a Canadian man was able to trade up from just one red paperclip to owning a two story farm house in Saskatchewan without spending a dime.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_red_paperclip

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