Wiki Walks
A Quick Journey Through The Most Interesting Articles on Wikipedia
1 year ago

Ep.43 – Auto-Brewery Syndrome

Auto-Brewery Syndrome is a disorder where your gut bacteria ferments and brews alcohol inside you and gets you blitzed!

Episode Notes

Well this is a bizarre thing. There exists a bonafide, honest to goodness medical disorder wherein your gut bacteria will ferment with the addition of carbs and turn the contents of your stomach into...alcohol. Which then gets absorbed into your body and you get drunk off it. Auto-Brewery Syndrome. If you thought you were a cheap date before, you ain't heard nothing yet.

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1 year ago

Ep.42 – America's Rabbit Assassination Attempt

In the 1970s, it appeared that Jimmy Carter was nearly attacked when in the crosshairs of a swamp rabbit

Episode Notes

In 1979, America was suffering through a hostage crisis, a gas crisis, and a President deemed as weak and ineffectual by his rivals. That image was not helped when a photo was released that showed US President Jimmy Carter being attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing alone in his native Georgia.

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1 year ago

Ep.41 – The Starlight Barking

The beloved original 101 Dalmatians children's novel had a sequel that was just...out of this world.

Episode Notes

You may know that 101 Dalmatians was originally a 1950s children's book. You may not know, however, that it had a sequel (not named 102 Dalmatians, by the way) based on comatose humans and alien dogs with superpowers trying to avoid nuclear war. This is a book...for children. Disney lovers, listen up.

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1 year ago

Ep.40 – The Slave Pirate Who Became a Congressman

The true story of Robert Smalls, a SC slave who stole a Confederate ship and earned his family's freedom

Episode Notes

One of the most thrilling and fascinating stories of the Civil War and its aftermath. During the war, Robert Smalls escaped from slavery by stealing a Confederate ship, piloting it through Confederate-controlled waters to freedom, then personally helped convince Abraham Lincoln to accept African-Americans into the Army and Navy. But the story doesn’t end there. After a successful career in business, he entered politics and served three terms in the House Of Representatives.

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1 year ago

Ep.39 – America's Youngest Diplomat

Samanta Smith, a 10 year old girl from Maine, unwittingly becomes penpals with the head of USSR and helps broker peace during the Cold War

Episode Notes

The amazing story of young Samantha Smith, a 10 year old girl from Maine, who, in 1983, wanted to know why the head of the USSR wanted to hurt America. So, she wrote him a letter pleading for peace. He responded, and then invited her to visit Moscow and tour the Soviet Union as his guest. She did, and became an inspiration for both countries to push for peace and end the Cold War. Take that, Greta.

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1 year ago

Ep.38 – The Boy Who Stole Queen Victoria's Panties

A 14 year old named The boy Jones wanted nothing more than to abscond away with the underwear of his crush, Queen Victoria

Episode Notes

Celebrity stalkers these days are old news. But back in Victorian England, a 14 year old named, "The Boy Jones" loved nothing more than stealing Her Majesty's royal undergarments, and wouldn't leave the poor woman alone. Until he was banished to a prison ship and then exiled to Australia. We've all been there, right?

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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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