Ridiculous History

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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 HowStuffWorks.

Episode Date
Kidnapping, Binge Drinking and Costumes: Voter Fraud in the 1800s
2118
Allegations of U.S. voter fraud have made the rounds in recent years -- but, once upon a time, these were much more than allegations. Join the guys as they explore the massive voting fraud operations that riddled U.S. politics throughout the 19th century.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jun 21, 2018
Why don't Americans use bidets?
1960
Whether you're royalty or a roaming vagrant, a President or a pauper, one thing's for sure: At some point, you'll have to use the restroom. While sanitation isn't often brought up in polite conversation, it plays a vital role in human health, and over the centuries various civilizations have come up with some pretty innovative ways of staying clean. Globally speaking, the bidet is one of humanity's most popular sanitation technologies -- it's spread across Europe to Asia and beyond. So why don't Americans use these? Join Ben and Noel as they crack the case.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jun 19, 2018
The Earliest Recorded Mooning Killed Thousands
2292
You've heard of mooning -- the practice of bearing one's butt as an insult -- but where did it come from? Join Ben and Noel as they dive into the deadly story of the world's first recorded mooning, along with some other notable moments in keister history.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jun 14, 2018
The Presidential Reason Fido Became the Default Name for a Generic Dog
2441
If you're like most English speakers, the first thing you think of when you hear the name "Fido" is, of course, a dog. But why? Join Ben and Noel as they delve into the story of Abraham Lincoln's favorite pooch, and how this little yellow pup became one of the first dog memes.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jun 12, 2018
Dock Ellis and the Legend of the LSD No-hitter
2335
Almost 48 years ago, Pirates pitcher and notorious party animal Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. How did this man accomplish one of the rarest feats in baseball history while, by his own admission, tripping balls? Join the guys as they dive into the story of that legendary afternoon, along with the parts of Dock's legacy that are too often forgotten in the modern day.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jun 07, 2018
Maryland’s State Song was a Diss Track
2465
On the first listen, Maryland's old state song sounds pretty innocuous. There's the usual lauding of the state, a refrain based on "O Tannenbaum" and so on. Yet the lyrics of this song refer to "Northern scum" and call for out and out war with various oppressors. So what gives? Join Ben and Noel as they dive into the strange origin story of "Maryland, My Maryland".&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jun 05, 2018
The Story of Max, South Africa's Famous, Crime-fighting Gorilla
3103
When confronted with a home invasion, Max the gorilla brought international fame to the Johannesburg Zoo and briefly became the city's most famous crime fighter. He received numerous endorsements, and a statue was erected in his honor. But what brought Max to this level of celebrity? Join Ben and Noel as they delve into the story of Max the crime-fighting gorilla and the disturbing cultural context that made South Africa regard him as a symbol of justice that too often eluded the average citizen.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 31, 2018
How Santa Anna Lost His Leg Twice, and Held a Funeral for It
2655
Often called "The Napoleon of the West", mainly by himself, Santa Anna was a legendary, larger-than-life politician, general and exile. While hundreds of stories have been told about this man, one in particular stood out to Ben and Noel: Santa Anna lost his leg not once, but twice to enemy forces. And, once upon a time, he held an elaborate funeral for his fallen leg.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 29, 2018
That Time Chewbacca Needed Bodyguards
2573
Inarguably the most well-known Wookie in the Star Wars universe, Chewbacca also bears a strong resemblance to another popular creature in American culture -- the towering, hirsute cryptid known as Bigfoot. So much so, in fact, that during filming the studio (allegedly) became very concerned for the safety of Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca onscreen. While filming Return of the Jedi in the forests of the California redwoods, guards accompanied the costumed Peter Mayhew so that Bigfoot hunters wouldn't shoot him. So what's the big deal with California and Bigfoot? Tune in to find out.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 24, 2018
Napoleon Bonaparte Was Attacked by Bunnies -- And Lost
2300
Born in Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte rose from obscurity during the French Revolution, crowning himself Emperor of France in 1804. This brilliant, ruthless tactician changed the course of French history. Despite his meteoric rise and bloodied fall, Bonaparte still needed to grab lunch once in a while. That's when the rabbits got him.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 22, 2018
California Was Named for a Fictional Island Ruled by a Black Amazon Queen
2037
California was admitted to the United States as the 31st state in 1850, but it acquired its unique name much, much earlier. Join Ben and Noel as they trace the strange story behind California's name, from the fiction that inspired it to the loss and rediscovery of the story and, of course, adventures on a legendary Amazonian island.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 17, 2018
Ancient Mayan Ritual Alcohol Enemas
3060
Like many ancient cultures, the civilizations of Mesoamerica had a vast and rich history of unique cultural practices, spiritual beliefs and ceremonies, some of which may seem bizarre to people in the modern day. In this episode, Ben and Noel examine a common practice from ancient Mayan culture: the ritual alcohol enema.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 15, 2018
Vermont Was an Independent Republic
2764
Today Vermont is known for its progressive politics, beautiful forestry, Bernie Sanders and Ben and Jerry's. It's not a state you'll hear much about outside of the US and, for many Vermont natives, that's just fine. But once upon a time, Vermont was a very different place -- in fact, for a number of years, it was an independent Republic. How did this come about? How did it become part of the modern United States? Tune in to find out.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 10, 2018
The Capture of Guam Was Bloodless and Quick, All Due to a Misunderstanding
2457
Located about 1500 miles to the east of the Phillipines in Micronesia, Guam is a small US territory with a tiny population, beautiful beaches and an incredibly complicated history. For almost four centuries it was a colonial possession of Spain -- but that all changed in 1898, when Guam, in a strange series of misunderstandings, became a possession of the American government. So what exactly happened? Join Ben and Noel as they explore the bloodless, somewhat ridiculous, capture of Guam.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 08, 2018
Are all US Presidents actually related?
2017
In 2012 a student in Salinas, California, startled genealogists when she claimed that all Presidents save one were actually related. Could it be true? Join Ben and Noel as they dive into this strange claim, separating fact from fiction while tackling what it means, exactly, to be related to someone. (It's all relative.)<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 03, 2018
What's the deal with two-dollar bills?
3550
Despite being pretty rare in comparison to other denominations, the U.S. two-dollar bill is one of the most storied notes in American folklore. So why do some people think it's lucky? Why do others think it's bad luck? Join Ben and Noel as they explore the bizarre evolution of the two-dollar bill.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
May 01, 2018
How James Bond Created a Mexican Dia de los Muertos Tradition
1704
The Day of the Dead is a longstanding traditional celebration in Mexico, and currently hundreds of thousands of people associate it with a gigantic parade -- you know, like the one they saw in the James Bond film ''Spectre''. There's just one strange twist about that parade: before the movie, the procession didn't exist. Join Ben and Noel as they trace the weird evolution of this event from fiction to the real world.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 26, 2018
Did Richard Nixon Unwittingly Smuggle Drugs for Louis Armstrong?
2353
It's become one of the strangest anecdotes in modern American history -- numerous sources will swear to you that, in a last-minute panic before reaching customs, legendary musician Louis Armstrong had Richard Nixon's unwitting assistance smuggling a hefty amount of marijuana through US customs. It's bizarre (and pretty hilarious) if true... but how true is it? Tune in as the guys get to the bottom of this bizarre American fable.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 24, 2018
3 Times Society Refused to Accept New Books on Science
3154
Progress versus preservation: It's one of the eternal dilemmas found throughout every instance of human civilization. Should we embrace disruptive thoughts and science that challenges our beliefs, or should we cling to the comfort of the status quo? Join Ben and Noel as they explore the tragic and inspiring stories of books that were banned not for racy, fictional scenes -- but for furthering our understanding of the universe and our place within it.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 19, 2018
That Time We Erased a (HUGE) Waterfall
1787
It's often been said that "the art of losing isn't hard to master", and humanity overall seems to have a knack for losing everything from car keys to entire civilizations. Join Ben and Noel as they travel (vicariously) to South America and delve into the story of two nations who, eventually, lost an entire waterfall.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 17, 2018
The Poetic Justice of Death by Molten Gold
2036
It's a grisly death familiar to many fans of fiction and fantasy -- a hapless, greedy villain meets their end by having molten metal, often lead or gold, poured upon them or down their throats. But was this morbid means of execution ever used in real life? Join Ben and Noel as they dive into the deadly science of real-life murder by molten gold.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 12, 2018
Japan, Baseball and the Curse of the Colonel
2305
First things first: You may think Kentucky Fried Chicken is popular in the States, but we've got nothing on Japan. Join the guys as they delve into a story involving baseball, fried chicken, superstition, curses and drunken revelry in today's episode on the Hanshin Tigers and the infamous Curse of the Colonel.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 10, 2018
That Time the US Built a Flying Aircraft Carrier
2044
Nowadays airships are seen as historical relics or novelties meant to fly overhead during sports games. However, not so long ago, the US military thought airships might be the future of warfare. Today the guys delve into the strange history of the USS Akron, an airship designed not just to carry human beings -- but to carry planes as well. Learn more about the construction of the Akron (and why it's not aloft today).<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 05, 2018
Yes, Those Are Corpses in the Diorama
2388
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the most storied institutions of its kind in the United States, and it's chockful of priceless objects from across the span of history and the globe. However, investigators only recently discovered a grisly secret hidden within one of the dioramas. Join Ben and Noel as they explore the macabre secret of the Carnegie Museum.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Apr 03, 2018
Weird People Who Built Weird Things
2244
Simeon Ellerton spent years building a house out of stones he found and carried home, one by one. Rejected by his one true love, Edward Leeskalnin spent decades erecting a bizarre monument for her, built of giant coral stones in Florida. But what exactly motivated these guys? How did they stick with their strange obsessions, and what mysteries surround them in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 29, 2018
What was the West Point Eggnog Riot?
2677
Today the United States Military Academy at West Point is known as one the country's top-notch training institutions, but back in 1826 it was home to a night of pure egg-nog-fueled pandemonium. Join Ben and Noel as they retrace the drunken, crazed steps of cooped-up cadets who decided to fight the power one Christmas.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 27, 2018
Lyndon Johnson Chatted on the Phone More than a Teenager
1751
The 36th President of the United States is often recalled as a complex, flawed individual responsible for profoundly important legislation. However, he was also a notorious telephone fanatic, installing loads of phones in both the White House and his Texas ranch. Here's the kicker: He recorded almost everything.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 22, 2018
When Germany Sacrificed Sausage For War
1752
World War I was a devastating catastrophe, the likes of which the world had never before encountered. The chaos swept across Europe, and whether on the battlefield or at home no one was left untouched. Yet the war had another, unexpected casualty: the sausage industry. Join the guys as they explore how Germany's rush for air superiority deprived the average German citizen of one of the country's best-loved traditional foods.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 20, 2018
Arsenic: The Assassin's Dream Weapon
2383
For centuries people from all walks of life sought to eliminate friends, strangers and enemies using the devious, subtle poison known as arsenic. Arsenic poisoning became such a well-known method of murder that people in Britain began calling it ''inheritance powder''. But what made it so popular? How did this particular substance become the stuff of history? Join Ben and Noel as they delve into the fascinating, morbid story of arsenic.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 15, 2018
The Killer Marketing Campaign Behind Guy Fawkes
2828
Nowadays people across the planet are familiar with the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. People even celebrate the anniversary of the event, often interpreting it as a protest against overarching government authority. However, the real story is a bit more complicated. Some historians believe Fawkes and the crew he worked for were set up by factions of the government -- making the Gunpowder Plot something between a false flag attack and a killer marketing campaign.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 13, 2018
When Ancient India Beat Machiavelli to the Punch
1839
Commonly regarded as one of humanity's premiere works on the art of pursuing and securing power, Niccolò Machiavelli's book ''The Prince'' has become so popular that the name of its author is synonymous with unethical behavior in the modern day. However, it turns out that Machiavelli himself wasn't the first proponent of ruthless behavior -- the author (or authors) of ancient India's Arthashastra outlined incredibly similar strategies almost 2,000 years before the publication of Machiavelli's masterpiece.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 08, 2018
The Rise of Harvey Wiley's Poison Squad
2163
Nowadays U.S. grocery shoppers can be reasonably certain that the foods they purchase are safe (if not healthy). But this wasn't always the case. In fact, if it wasn't for one extremely driven, imperfect man on a mission to clean up America's food industry we might well still have rampant contamination in the grocery aisles today. Harvey Wiley didn't think it was enough to conduct conventional safety studies, either -- he jumped straight to human experimentation. Join the guys as they delve into the strange story of Harvey Wiley and the Poison Squad.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 06, 2018
Step Aside, James Bond: The Strange Stories of Espionage Animals
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It's no secret that espionage and spycraft are common tools in the murky realm of geopolitics -- but not every spy is some sort of James Bond type character in a bespoke suit with a penchant for martinis. In fact, some spies aren't even human. Join Ben and Noel as they dive -- and fly -- into the strange stories of animal spies and nonhuman government operatives, from crows to dolphins, sea lions, cats and more.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Mar 01, 2018
How MLK influenced Star Trek
1934
Star Trek is one of the world's most well-known sci-fi franchises, spanning decades in film, TV, books, games and more. While it's had its fair share of lighthearted moments (hello, Tribbles!), its vision of a more equal, peaceful human civilization has made a profound impact on real-world politics and race relations. Join the guys as they explore how a single conversation with a surprising Star Trek fan shaped the course of the show -- and the course of US culture.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 27, 2018
What was the 'Great Stink' of London?
2479
Every city has its drawbacks -- parking, for example, or crime, or the price of a decent pizza slice -- but in the 1800s London faced a particularly unusual and disgusting problem: the city literally stank. And this wasn't an occasional whiff of urine or hot garbage from an alleyway, oh no. Instead, a pervasive stench permeated the area, an odor so strong that it disrupted Parliament, forcing the government to take action (and eventually rewriting our understanding of disease in the process).<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 22, 2018
How Farmers Built A Barbed Wire Phone Network
2069
Nowadays smartphones are an ubiquitous part of many civilizations, but not so long ago telephones of any sort were a rare commodity -- and the infrastructure was enormously expensive. When telephones hit the mass market, companies focused on densely-populated urban areas, leaving rural communities with no hope of getting a phone line. Until, that is, a group of MacGyver-esque farmers figured out an ingenious way to connect not just themselves, but everyone in their town.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 21, 2018
The Strange Story of Canadian Margarine Bootleggers
2505
Today, most grocery stores carry a variety of margarine and butter brands -- but this wasn't always the case. In fact, both Canada and the United States once had bizarre laws banning the production or importation of margarine. So what launched the margarine bootlegging industry? Join the guys as they explore the startling, strange story of the Big Butter versus margarine and its ''kindred abominations''.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 15, 2018
When People Waged War Over Eggs
2438
How much would you pay for an egg? Would you kill for one? Join the guys as they explore the strange story of the Gold Rush, the Common Murre and Farallon Island -- the site of California's Egg War<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 13, 2018
The Wild West Was Actually Pretty Chill
2074
If you're like most people, the phrase ''Wild West'' conjures images of brutal gunfights in dusty, tumbleweed-ridden streets, visions of criminals slinking into the shadows of dimly-lit saloons and the vast stretch of lawless, unforgiving frontier. But how much of that image is actually true? Join Ben and Noel as they delve into the myth of the American frontier to discover how wild -- or mild -- it actually was.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 08, 2018
How A Grudge Match Launched the Ford GT40
2913
Today the Ford GT40 is one of the world's most iconic vehicles -- but this award winning automotive beast is, it turns out, the result of a serious grudge match. Join the guys as they delve into the strange, spiteful history of the Ford GT40.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 06, 2018
Vitamin Donuts Were A Real Thing
1930
Donuts: they're sweet, delectable and dangerous. Nowadays they're best known as a sugary snack or a nice accompaniment to a cup of coffee, but this wasn't always the case. In fact, for a few years manufacturers tried to sell them as -- believe it or not -- a health food. Join the guys as they explore the strange rise and fall of the infamous vitamin donut.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Feb 01, 2018
The Rotten, Sausagey Secret Origin of Botox
1965
Today botox is one of the world's most well-known wrinkle treatments, as well as a go-to joke in the realm of pop culture. But where did this treatment come from, and what on Earth does it have to do with sausage? Join Ben and Noel as they trace the origins of botox to one man's unending obsession with food safety and rotting pork.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 30, 2018
The Weird World of Meat Jell-O (Gelatin Origin Story)
2273
Today Jell-O and other gelatin foodstuffs are generally relegated to world of desserts, but this wasn't always the case. In fact, gelatin took a long, strange path from ancient history to modern-day grocery shelves -- and got pretty gross along the way. Tune in to learn more about the bizarre world of savory gelatin.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 25, 2018
London Made a Train for the Dead
2037
When London was in the grips of a cholera epidemic, the already-overfilled cemetaries couldn't handle the extra bodies. So when there's literally no room in the soil for another dead body, what's a city to do? To the creators of the London Necropolis Railway, the answer was simple -- build a train for the dead.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 23, 2018
Roald Dahl: Children's Author and Secret Agent
2368
Today author Roald Dahl is best-known for his prolific writing career -- but, as it turns out, he lived an entirely different life before he ever put pen to paper to create children's stories. Learn more about Roald Dahl's earlier life as a fighter ace, a legendary ladies man, and a World War II-era spy (seriously, like a real-life James Bond!) in this episode.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 18, 2018
When did ALL-CAPS type become YELLING?
2236
You've seen them before, whether in a forwarded spam email, a strangely passionate Facebook post or a weirdly emphatic comment on your favorite website: THE DREADED ALL-CAPS TYPER. But where does this practice come from? How did everyone agree that typing in ALL CAPS means you're yelling at someone via text? Tune in to... FIND OUT.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 16, 2018
Why does the Guinness Beer Company Track World Records?
1908
Odds are you've heard about the Guinness Book of World Records, the famous, often inaccurate compilation of various impressive, important, and ridiculous feats from people across the planet. But how did it come about? How on earth did a brewer become the repository of all this strange knowledge? Tune in for a surprising peek behind the keg -- and into the cups -- of Guinness history and human ambition.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 11, 2018
Digging Up James K Polk (For the Third Time)
2154
The average American may not hear much about James K Polk in school today, but during his time in office the 11th U.S. President was responsible for a number of tremendously significant policy movements. Today he and his wife are interred in the Tennessee State Capitol, but this was neither their first resting place nor, if certain lawmakers succeed, their last. So why do people keep digging up this President's remains? Join Ben and Noel to learn more about the posthumous journey of President Polk.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 09, 2018
Presidents Love Their Ridiculous Pets
2056
It's no secret that, until very recently, US Presidents were known as huge fans of pets -- and they didn't limit themselves to cats and dogs! Join Ben and Noel as they explore some of the strangest pets in presidential history, from warhorses and cows to bears, raccoons and much, much more.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 04, 2018
The Atomic Whoops: When the US Air Force Bombed South Carolina
1940
During the height of the Cold War, both the US and the USSR constantly ran drills in anticipation of a possible nuclear conflict. While the Gregg family of Mars Bluff, South Carolina knew the Cold War was in full swing, they had no idea that they would become the first American family bombed -- accidentally -- by the US Air Force. Join Ben and Noel as they explore one of the most bizarre atomic slip-ups in history.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Jan 02, 2018
Waging War With Hallucinogenic Honey
1522
Honey is popular around the world, and for good reason. This addictively sweet substance is a common ingredient in hundreds of recipes, and people historically believe it has medicinal properties in addition to, well, being delicious! But in certain areas of the world honey is much more than a sweet ingredient -- it's a disturbingly effective weapon of war.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 28, 2017
Ben Franklin Tried To Reinvent the Alphabet
1856
For such a popular, well-known language, English is full of strange, seemingly arbitrary rules. Most people just accept these various idiosyncracies... but Benjamin Franklin was not most people. Tune in as Ben and Noel explore Franklin's strange quest to revise the English language by cutting out old letters (and inventing new ones).<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 26, 2017
The Strange History of Antarctic Fruitcake
1802
Nowadays fruitcake is considered a stereotypical, often comical holiday punchline, but even in the modern day people across the planet can agree on at least one fruitcake fact: Those things are pretty darn durable! So how long could a fruitcake really last before it becomes inedible? Join Ben and Noel as they travel to Antarctica to find out.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 21, 2017
When the Puritans Canceled Christmas
1794
Nowadays Christmas is a globally-recognized holiday celebrated by millions of people, but in the past this wasn't the case. In fact, some groups of Christians detested the holiday, going so far as to ban it completely. So what led Puritans to ban one of the most prominent celebrations in the Christian faith? Join Ben and Noel as they take a closer look at the strange story of Puritans and Christmas.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 19, 2017
Baguettes and Vacation: France versus Bakers
1613
You've probably heard that France takes its bread seriously -- but did you know France had specific laws governing the lives of bakers? For centuries the country regulated how and when bakers could close or take vacation. Although this may sound amusing now, in the past it was a deadly serious issue. So what happened? What happened to make the French government so frightfully concerned about bakers taking time off?<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 14, 2017
What's the deal with smashing cake at weddings?
1808
Weddings are an ancient tradition, and over the millenia the various rituals associated with (theoretically) life-long partnership have evolved and changed. One ritual in particular became both prominent and controversial in the West: the act of newly-married couples smashing wedding cake into each other's faces. So where did it come from? Why does it happen, and what do its critics think the practice means?<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 12, 2017
Conquest via Bird Poop: One Island at a Time
2005
If you land on a deserted island, you might be tempted to search for the basic stuff first -- food, water, shelter, and so on -- but don't forget to keep an eye out for guano! Why, you ask? Well, due to a relatively obscure law, the presence of guano on a deserted island may allow you to declare it property of the United States! Sort of. Tune in to learn more.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 07, 2017
When Scientists Hid Under Beds To Spy On Kids
2318
Let's say you're a scientist -- how far would you go to carry out a study? Back in the 1930s, two intrepid researchers went into full spy mode, stalking college students in an effort to determine how they behaved when they didn't know they were being observed. Join Ben and Noel as they explore the strange, ridiculous and, at times, disturbing history of informed consent.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Dec 05, 2017
When People Thought They Were Made of Glass
1775
In 1422, King Charles VI died after ruling France for more than 40 years. He was also remembered as Charles the Mad, in part because he was convinced that his body was made of glass and would shatter upon contact with other people. This condition, known as the glass delusion, would continue to pop up through medieval Europe until the late 19th century, seemingly disappearing in the modern day.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 30, 2017
Nazis, Churchill and Chocolate
1747
When Lord Victor Rothschild first heard the news, he was incredulous -- surely Nazi Germany wasn't seriously planning to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding chocolate bar. However, Rothschild learned the intelligence reports were solid and was forced to take action before the Prime Minister fell victim to a literal death by chocolate.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 28, 2017
When (and why) did the US start calling its citizens consumers?
2522
Today, the terms "citizen" and "consumer" are often used interchangeably by authors, journalists and politicians. To some experts, this shift has disturbing implications. But how important is a word? How did this switch occur, and why?<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 23, 2017
Does the US Confederacy still exist in Americana, Brazil?
2098
At the close the US Civil War, tens of thousands of former Confederate families fled the US for a small city in Brazil, where they sought to continue living as they had in the days before the war. Tune in to learn more about the strange history of Americana, Brazil.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 21, 2017
Did a real-life rainmaker almost drown San Diego?
1804
Charles Mallory Hatfield considered himself a real-life rainmaker (or, as he preferred to describe himself, a 'moisture accelerator') and, when San Diego faced one of its most damaging droughts, Hatfield cracked a deal: He'd bring the water back to San Diego. City officials were skeptical, but desperate -- and, as ridiculous as it might sound -- they got more than they bargained for.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 16, 2017
X-Rays, Songs and Soviets: The Stilyagi Story
1985
Caught between the conflicting ideologies of the Cold War, Soviet teens were banned from collecting Western music -- smuggled records could be both rare and expensive. The solution? Discarded X-rays, also known as 'bone recordings'. Join the guys as they explore the strange story of the Stilyagi.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 14, 2017
Who solves murders in Antarctica?
1726
Antarctica is home to one of the most brutal climates on the planet, and the few humans living on this continent face profound isolation and cramped quarters. Often, tension rises as the months between supply runs pile up -- so what happens when something goes wrong?<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 09, 2017
How White America Tried To Destroy Chinese Restaurants
2215
Today Chinese restaurants serve some of the most popular cuisine in the United States, with more than 41,000 restaurants scattered around the country. Yet in the 1900s these restaurants were so controversial that labor unions, hate groups and even politicians joined forces in an attempt to wipe the businesses out. Tune in to hear the whole story (which, luckily, has a delicious and happy ending).<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 07, 2017
Butter: Protestantism's Secret Ingredient?
2204
The Protestant Reformation remains one of the most significant cultural events in the Western world. Martin Luther's 95 Theses addressed numerous concerns with the Catholic church, including corruption and the practice of granting dispensations -- allowing people to, essentially, pay their way out of sin. So what was it about butter that spurred Martin Luther into action? The story might surprise you.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Nov 02, 2017
Wharram Percy Versus The Undead
1785
Humanity has always had a fascination with -- and fear of -- the dead. And when the small medieval village of Wharram Percy felt they might become victims of the undead, they took drastic, grisly action, committing an atrocity that would not be uncovered until the modern day.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Oct 31, 2017
Why do British lawyers wear wigs?
1952
For centuries some lawyers and judges in the U.K. have worn distinctive wigs during court proceedings. But why? Join Ben and Noel as they explore the strange history of the peruke.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Oct 24, 2017
The Wild Hippos of Pablo Escobar
1964
When notorious drug kingpin Pable Escobar died, he left behind a legacy of brutal crime, opulent living and, oddly enough, four hippos. Fast forward to the modern day, and experts estimate as many as 50 hippopotamuses may roam free in the lands around Escobar's old estate. So what happens when these 4.5 ton animals decide to make themselves at home in Colombia?<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Oct 24, 2017
Ridiculous History: Episode Zero
562
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 HowStuffWorks. Here's a preview of our upcoming episode "Butter: Protestantism's Secret Ingredient?"<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Oct 20, 2017
Ridiculous History: Trailer
69
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 HowStuffWorks.<br><br>Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at <a href='http://www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm'>www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm</a><br><br>And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit <a href='https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices'>https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices</a>
Oct 18, 2017