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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

Louis Wain, the Godfather of Cat Memes: Part 2

5/28/2020
Before the days of WiFi, Reddit, nyan cat and grumpy cat alike, one man set the art world on fire with his increasingly bizarre paintings and sketches of cats. Join Ben, Noel and Casey as they welcome special guest Gabe Luzier on air (finally!) to explore the strange story of Louis Wain in the conclusion of this special two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:49:55

Louis Wain, the Godfather of Cat Memes: Part 1

5/26/2020
If you're listening to this podcast, you definitely know about cat memes. At this point, they're almost like an internet currency all their own. But far before the days of WiFi, Reddit, nyan cat and grumpy cat alike, one man set the art world on fire with his increasingly bizarre paintings and sketches of cats. Join Ben, Noel and Casey as they welcome special guest Gabe Luzier on air (finally!) to explore the strange story of Louis Wain. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:37:55

Feedsack Fashion: How Thrifty Inventiveness Transformed America

5/21/2020
In the early 20th century, rural US residents were all-too-accustomed to scraping by, often by any means necessary. Families without the means to buy what they wanted invented ingenious ways of recycling or reusing as much as they possibly could -- you mended the tools you could not replace, you worked with what little food you had -- and, in this spirit, you made the clothes you couldn't afford to buy. Thus was the feedsack dress born. Bags of livestock feed and flour sacks were reused to...

Duration:00:43:40

Emperor Tiberius Was Debauched, Deranged and Probably Not Fun At Parties

5/19/2020
When Emperor Tiberius first ascended to the throne in AD 14, he seemed to be a principled reformer set on cleaning up the empire -- checking excesses and abuses, erasing loopholes and banning astrologers. However, the death of his son seemed to push him into a severely unbalanced mental state. His paranoia and cruelty were extreme (even for an Emperor) and, eventually, he found he preferred to eschew politics altogether, reigning as Emperor in name alone from the isolated island of Capri,...

Duration:00:50:04

The Return of Historical Flexes, Part Two: Flexcessiveness

5/14/2020
History is riddled with bizarre stories of flexes — things people of the past thought were somehow impressive at time. The Ridiculous Historians are fascinated by these strange stories, as are their friends at The Daily Zeitgeist. Join Ben and Noel as they welcome returning guests Jack O'Brien and Miles Gray, hosts of The Daily Zeitgeist, to explore more of history's weirdest flexes, from Henry Ford's weird town in Brazil to Stalin's forced drinking parties. Learn more about your ad-choices...

Duration:00:32:58

The Return of Historical Flexes, Part One: 2 Flex 2 Furious

5/12/2020
History is riddled with bizarre stories of flexes — things people of the past thought were somehow impressive at time. The Ridiculous Historians are fascinated by these strange stories, as are their friends at The Daily Zeitgeist. Join Ben and Noel as they welcome returning guests Jack O'Brien and Miles Gray, hosts of The Daily Zeitgeist, to explore more of history's weirdest flexes, from predecessors of photoshop to one of the world's bloodiest revenge stories and more. Learn more about...

Duration:00:48:32

The Authors Of Curious George Were On The Run From Nazis

5/7/2020
Today, Curious George is a world-famous star of children's books -- but back in the day, his name was Fifi, and his creators, the Rey couple, were desperate to flee France as Nazi forces pushed ever closer to Paris. Tune in to learn how Curious George saved his own creators not once, not twice, but three separate times. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:33:41

Introducing: Flashback an iHeartRadio and Ozy Original Podcast

5/6/2020
Our first season connects the dots on 10 incredible tales of unintended consequences that changed history, from Henry Ford’s role in the Oklahoma City bombing to the home appliance that changed the landscape of American politics. Subscribe wherever you get your podcast! megaphone.link/flashbackhuc Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:03:44

People Used To Straight Up Drink Gold

5/5/2020
For millennia various luminaries have claimed precious metals have special curative powers -- and, back in the day, people used to actually drink it. They were convinced the ingestion of gold would prevent them from aging, wrinkling and growing frail. So how did this would-be beauty secret actually affect people's bodies? Tune in to learn more about drinking gold. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:35:19

New Zealand's Tragic (And Pretty Hilarious) Exploding Pants Epidemic

4/30/2020
For a brief span of time, farmers in New Zealand were baffled by a bizarre phenomenon -- their pants were smoldering, catching fire, and sometimes exploding, seemingly at random. So what exactly happened? Join the guys as they delve (and solve) the mystery of New Zealand's exploding pants. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:35:19

That Time Trainwrecks Became a Spectator Sport

4/28/2020
Nowadays, most people use the term 'trainwreck' to describe a situation gone catastrophically wrong, but back in the glory days of the railroad, trainwrecks -- actual trainwrecks -- became PR stunts and spectator sports. Tune in to learn more about of the Crash at Crush. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:38:46

Introducing: News O’Clock

4/24/2020
Hayes Brown and Casey Rackham will be bringing the world outside your apartment straight to your ears. Top headlines, television, books, the election, music, pop culture, the coronavirus, it’s all here. News O'Clock is now available. Listen here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:02:34

Miguel de Cervantes and the Case of the Fake Don Quixote

4/23/2020
Nowadays, "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" has no shortage of accolades. You'll hear it called the first modern novel, one of the greatest works in the Spanish canon and so on -- and it's always been a blockbuster, even when the first part of the novel initially published back in 1605. The 1605 volume ends with a tease of a sequel, one that Cervantes would later publish in 1615. But there's a twist -- in 1614, someone else published a sequel of their own. Cervantes was...

Duration:00:36:20

The CIA Paid War Spies with Stuff From the Sears Catalog

4/21/2020
When CIA agent Jon Wiant began growing a spy operation in Vietnam, he ran into a pickle: the locals he wanted to hire lived in rural areas along the boarder with Laos, and they existed primarily in a barter economy -- they wanted some sort of payment, but they didn't want currency. What's a spymaster to do? Listen in to learn how Jon Wiant used the famous Sears catalog to create a barter system of his own. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:33:08

The Bottle Jumping Hoax (And Riot)

4/16/2020
In 1749 London, a mob of people gathered outside The Theatre Royal -- the city was abuzz with excitement over a recent advertisement promising an amazing performance: a magician was planning to perform a number of extraordinary feats -- he would name strangers, play music on walking sticks and more. Most impressively, he would, through the use of magic, climb into a normal-sized wine bottle. One problem: This was the result of a secret, cynical bet. And when the magician didn't deliver (or...

Duration:00:37:44

The Bizarrely Disturbing History of People Jumping Out of Cake

4/14/2020
It's an old trope, and a familiar one: Four and twenty blackbirds flying from a pie, a scantily-clad woman emerging from a giant cake. Nowadays it's often thought of as a trope in folklore -- but where did it come from? Join Ben, Noel and Casey as they explore the weird, ridiculous history of living things jumping from baked goods. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:50:46

HL Hunley: The Mysterious Demise of a Civil War Submarine, with Rachel Lance

4/9/2020
On the evening of February 17th, 1864, the HL Hunley became the first submarine in history to successfully sink an enemy ship. Immediately after this attack, the HL Hunley disappeared. More than a century passed. Join the gang with Rachel Lance, author of In The Waves, as they dive into the mystery of the Hunley. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:49:08

Dromomania: The Wanderlust Disease

4/7/2020
In the 1890s, France found itself in the groups of a bizarre, troubling epidemic -- scores of men were, apparently, wandering off in a trance-like state, only to come to their senses days or weeks later, sometimes miles from home, or even in a different country. Physicians called it dromomania, or 'pathological tourism.' But what was the root cause of this seemingly contagious disorder? Join the guys as they dive into the mystery of seemingly inescapable wanderlust. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:40:12

Key West, Florida Declared a One-Minute War on the United States

4/2/2020
It's true -- once upon a time the isolated town of Key West, Florida not only seceded from the Union, but declared war on the United States (for about sixty seconds). Tune in to learn more about the short-lived Conch Republic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:50:52

That Time the US Literally Banned Sliced Bread

3/31/2020
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

Duration:00:56:54