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

Ep.62 – Button Gwinnett

The second most expensive autograph in the world belongs to a politician you've never heard of

Episode Notes

The most expensive signature in the world, after only William Shakespeare, belongs to a little known politician from Georgia. Outside of one autograph, he didn't really do that much relative to his peers. And that's exactly what makes it so valuable today.

Button Gwinnett

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7 months ago

Ep.60 – Kingsford Charcoal

The surprising link between America's most popular auto and charcoal companies

Episode Notes

Everyone associates Henry Ford with the automobile and the invention of the assembly line, but you also have the American businessman to thank for most of your cherished backyard cookouts.

Kingsford Charcoal

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1 year ago

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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1 year 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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1 year 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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2 years 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.

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2 years 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.

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