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Ridiculous History

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Ridiculous History

Ridiculous History

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16.7K
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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

Latest Episodes

That Time the US Literally Banned Sliced Bread

You've probably heard the old saying "the best thing since sliced bread" -- and back in the day, people in the US were genuinely over the moon about presliced bread, thanks to the work of Otto Rohwedder and his automatic bread slicer. Yet during World War II, panic over the country's food supply led to a brief ban on presliced bread... and that's when things got ugly. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

56 MIN1 d ago
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That Time the US Literally Banned Sliced Bread

Two Green Children Mystified Woolpit, England

Imagine you're working in a field in the tiny community of 12th-century Woolpit, England, and encounter two green-skinned children with no knowledge of your language, a strangely specific diet, and a mystifying origin story. What would you do? Join the guys as they explore the strange story of the mysterious 'Green Children' of Woolpit, England, separating fact from folklore in an attempt to discern the truth at the heart of the myth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

52 MIN6 d ago
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Two Green Children Mystified Woolpit, England

Pepsi Briefly Became the Sixth Largest Navy in the World

At multiple, pivotal moments in the Cold War, Pepsi and Coke waged Cola wars all their own. The guys team up for the first episode of Ridiculous History: Quarantine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

58 MIN1 w ago
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Pepsi Briefly Became the Sixth Largest Navy in the World

The Ponzi Scheme with Chelsea Ursin

Nowadays most people are familiar with the term 'Ponzi scheme' -- but where does it come from? How did the scheme work, and why is it called a Ponzi scheme today? Chelsea Ursin, Boston native and creator of Dear Young Rocker, joins the guys to explore the fascinating, ridiculous story behind the Ponzi scheme. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

55 MIN1 w ago
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The Ponzi Scheme with Chelsea Ursin

The History of MREs with Jacqueline Raposo

It's often said that an army marches on its stomach, and for thousands of years the world's militaries tried to feed their forces on the march (often with mixed success). Join the guys and Jacqueline Raposo, creator of Service: Veteran Stories of Hunger and War, as they explore the strange story of army food, from its ancient origins to the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

57 MIN2 w ago
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The History of MREs with Jacqueline Raposo

Donald Crowhurst Faked a Race Around the World

Sailing around the world is a dangerous proposition, even in the modern day — now imagine doing it by yourself in the 1960s! That's what underdog Donald Crowhurst claimed to do... except he made the whole thing up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

40 MIN2 w ago
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Donald Crowhurst Faked a Race Around the World

Calvin Coolidge Skipped Town and Went Fishing for Three Months (While He was President)

Widely known as a taciturn man who liked public gatherings even less than he liked people, Calvin Coolidge was often ridiculed by the press -- reporters regularly followed his movements in hopes of gathering new, ridiculous anecdotes about him. So it's no surprise that about 30 reporters followed him when he headed off for a fishing-themed vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota... but what happens when the President decides his three-week vacation will last for three months? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

41 MIN3 w ago
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Calvin Coolidge Skipped Town and Went Fishing for Three Months (While He was President)

The Presidential Dinner That Scandalized America

Breaking bread with your fellow humans has long been acknowledged as fantastic, wholesome way to bond with people outside of social conventions, economic status and so on -- but when Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House, people across the the United States lost their collective minds. The idea that the activist and the president would dine together drove racists mad, and some activists in Booker's community accused him of being a sell-out. Tune in to learn how two guys grabbing some nosh scandalized America at the time -- but eventually pushed the nation in a better direction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

36 MINMAR 6
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The Presidential Dinner That Scandalized America

Was the Lone Ranger Inspired by a Black U.S. Marshall?

Bass Reeves was a larger than life figure -- a man who escaped slavery, taught himself multiple Native American languages, and eventually became one of the most well-known deputy US Marshalls in the entirety of the United States. Join the guys as they explore the thrilling story of Bass Reeves -- along with the speculation that he may have been the real life inspiration for the Lone Ranger. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

47 MINMAR 4
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Was the Lone Ranger Inspired by a Black U.S. Marshall?

Night Soil Men Were the Unsung Heroes of Urban Sanitation

While city life has its charms, it's not without its problems -- and some of those problems are real stinkers. In the days before widespread sewage systems, urban centers across the world struggled to solve one filthy dilemma: what do you do with all the poop? Between all the waste matter from horses, livestock, or, of course, humans, many cities were in a crisis mode as streets, latrines and even docks became unusable. The solution? The unsung heroes of early city life known as the night soil men. Join Ben and his returning guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the strange, oddly inspiring story of the night soil men (and invent the phrase 'poop heist'). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

54 MINFEB 28
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Night Soil Men Were the Unsung Heroes of Urban Sanitation

Latest Episodes

That Time the US Literally Banned Sliced Bread

You've probably heard the old saying "the best thing since sliced bread" -- and back in the day, people in the US were genuinely over the moon about presliced bread, thanks to the work of Otto Rohwedder and his automatic bread slicer. Yet during World War II, panic over the country's food supply led to a brief ban on presliced bread... and that's when things got ugly. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

56 MIN1 d ago
Comments
That Time the US Literally Banned Sliced Bread

Two Green Children Mystified Woolpit, England

Imagine you're working in a field in the tiny community of 12th-century Woolpit, England, and encounter two green-skinned children with no knowledge of your language, a strangely specific diet, and a mystifying origin story. What would you do? Join the guys as they explore the strange story of the mysterious 'Green Children' of Woolpit, England, separating fact from folklore in an attempt to discern the truth at the heart of the myth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

52 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Two Green Children Mystified Woolpit, England

Pepsi Briefly Became the Sixth Largest Navy in the World

At multiple, pivotal moments in the Cold War, Pepsi and Coke waged Cola wars all their own. The guys team up for the first episode of Ridiculous History: Quarantine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

58 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Pepsi Briefly Became the Sixth Largest Navy in the World

The Ponzi Scheme with Chelsea Ursin

Nowadays most people are familiar with the term 'Ponzi scheme' -- but where does it come from? How did the scheme work, and why is it called a Ponzi scheme today? Chelsea Ursin, Boston native and creator of Dear Young Rocker, joins the guys to explore the fascinating, ridiculous story behind the Ponzi scheme. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

55 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Ponzi Scheme with Chelsea Ursin

The History of MREs with Jacqueline Raposo

It's often said that an army marches on its stomach, and for thousands of years the world's militaries tried to feed their forces on the march (often with mixed success). Join the guys and Jacqueline Raposo, creator of Service: Veteran Stories of Hunger and War, as they explore the strange story of army food, from its ancient origins to the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

57 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The History of MREs with Jacqueline Raposo

Donald Crowhurst Faked a Race Around the World

Sailing around the world is a dangerous proposition, even in the modern day — now imagine doing it by yourself in the 1960s! That's what underdog Donald Crowhurst claimed to do... except he made the whole thing up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

40 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Donald Crowhurst Faked a Race Around the World

Calvin Coolidge Skipped Town and Went Fishing for Three Months (While He was President)

Widely known as a taciturn man who liked public gatherings even less than he liked people, Calvin Coolidge was often ridiculed by the press -- reporters regularly followed his movements in hopes of gathering new, ridiculous anecdotes about him. So it's no surprise that about 30 reporters followed him when he headed off for a fishing-themed vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota... but what happens when the President decides his three-week vacation will last for three months? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

41 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Calvin Coolidge Skipped Town and Went Fishing for Three Months (While He was President)

The Presidential Dinner That Scandalized America

Breaking bread with your fellow humans has long been acknowledged as fantastic, wholesome way to bond with people outside of social conventions, economic status and so on -- but when Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House, people across the the United States lost their collective minds. The idea that the activist and the president would dine together drove racists mad, and some activists in Booker's community accused him of being a sell-out. Tune in to learn how two guys grabbing some nosh scandalized America at the time -- but eventually pushed the nation in a better direction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

36 MINMAR 6
Comments
The Presidential Dinner That Scandalized America

Was the Lone Ranger Inspired by a Black U.S. Marshall?

Bass Reeves was a larger than life figure -- a man who escaped slavery, taught himself multiple Native American languages, and eventually became one of the most well-known deputy US Marshalls in the entirety of the United States. Join the guys as they explore the thrilling story of Bass Reeves -- along with the speculation that he may have been the real life inspiration for the Lone Ranger. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

47 MINMAR 4
Comments
Was the Lone Ranger Inspired by a Black U.S. Marshall?

Night Soil Men Were the Unsung Heroes of Urban Sanitation

While city life has its charms, it's not without its problems -- and some of those problems are real stinkers. In the days before widespread sewage systems, urban centers across the world struggled to solve one filthy dilemma: what do you do with all the poop? Between all the waste matter from horses, livestock, or, of course, humans, many cities were in a crisis mode as streets, latrines and even docks became unusable. The solution? The unsung heroes of early city life known as the night soil men. Join Ben and his returning guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the strange, oddly inspiring story of the night soil men (and invent the phrase 'poop heist'). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

54 MINFEB 28
Comments
Night Soil Men Were the Unsung Heroes of Urban Sanitation
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