The Fantastic History Of Food

By Nick Charlie Key

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Stories of the fun, bizarre and often ridiculous, history of food.

The word food means something different to each and every one of us, so many different cuisines and cultures all represented by one small word.

It’s a part of each one of our lives, and it has been ever since earliest man felt that familiar rumbling in his belly. This podcast aims to tell the most interesting stories about food from that time all the way til now.

So join me as we explore The Fantastic History of Food.

Contact me on foodhistorypod@gmail.com

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37 - Michigan Held A Funeral For 30 000 Pizzas
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There is nothing quite like pizza. The variety is endless, the experience is magical, the taste is delicious and they can be found in almost every single country on earth with any number of local variations.

Which makes todays story all the sadder, when we find out that from their humble italian origins, 30 000 of these delicious delicacies were once condemned to mass burial in Michigan.

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References:

https://www.history.com/news/a-slice-of-history-pizza-through-the-ages#:~:text=Pizza%20has%20a%20long%20history,to%20the%20city%20of%20Naples.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/michigan-pizza-funeral
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Michigan_Pizza_Funeral
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_pizza
Jul 04, 2022
36 - Black Banquets & Funeral Feasts
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There are quite a few stories from historical banquetry that weren’t of the presumed fun and hearty nature. Instead it seems that there was an occasional trend, in wealthy circles specifically, to up the ante so to speak and either trick their guests into believing one thing when in fact an entirely other thing was true, or making them believe that they were about to face actual real death at any given moment. Listen to find out more.

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To make it easy, Athletic Greens will give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit www.athleticgreens.com/EMERGING to take ownership of your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional insurance!

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Thank you also to 10ish Pod for being a sponsor of this episode.

It's a comedy podcast that helps listeners to learn new things and laugh while doing so. No matter what your interests they'll have a top 10 list to meet your needs, so for fans of this show they have lists about food and history, but also true crime, pop culture and so much more.

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References:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/05/20/712772285/the-lavish-roman-banquet-a-calculated-display-of-debauchery-and-power#:~:text=One%20of%20the%20most%20macabre,with%20his%20name%20on%20it.
https://daily.jstor.org/a-roman-feast-of-death/
https://www.thesmartset.com/article08310901/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hell-banquets
http://ancientcelebration.blogspot.com/2013/02/domitians-terrifying-dinner.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/grimod-de-la-reyniere-fake-funeral
Jun 11, 2022
35 - How A Tea Craze Took Over Tunisia
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We continue to follow the journey of tea as it makes its way to Europe and the Americas. We’ll see the large role tea tends to play politically amongst rival nations as well as internally in Turkey, and we’ll get to have a look at how this humble beverage has made its way to each and every corner of the globe.

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Thank you to Athletic Greens for being a sponsor for this episode.

To make it easy, Athletic Greens will give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit www.athleticgreens.com/EMERGING to take ownership of your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional insurance!

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References:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tea-in-tunisia
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/eating-tea
https://www.teasenz.com/chinese-tea/tea-story-the-tale-of-bi-luo-chun.html
https://senchateabar.com/blogs/blog/history-of-tea
https://teapeople.co.uk/history-of-tea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_tea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Tea_Party
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/road-to-revolution/the-american-revolution/a/the-boston-tea-party
May 17, 2022
34 - Healed By Tea After Fighting A Dragon
1398
The history of tea is as long and complex as its variety of flavours. It's a history quite literally infused with tales of spirituality and mysticism. It has evolved over the ages to become world renowned for it’s science backed health benefits, but to find out the true origins of tea throughout history, we need to go back almost 5000 years.

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Take the next step in your life by getting in touch with life coach, Dr. Binyamin Klempner.
You can find out more on his website: https://yourcoachdrb.weebly.com/
Whatsapp Dr. B at any time: ​+972-53-848-9265

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Thank you to both "True Girls" and "Anthology Of Heroes" podcasts for sponsoring this episode. Find both shows anywhere that you get your podcasts.

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Apr 22, 2022
BONUS: KFC Chickens In Space (With Melissa McCue-McGrath)
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The time Kentucky Fried Chicken teamed up with NASA, some space ready chickens, and an 8th Grader FOR SCIENCE.

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Apr 01, 2022
33 - The Candy Bomber Of Berlin
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This is the story of Gail Halvorsen, who was known to the children of Berlin as Der Schokoladen Flieger or The Chocolate Flier, Uncle Wiggly Wings or the most widely known of all, The Candy Bomber of Berlin.

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Mar 26, 2022
32 - A Banquet On Horseback
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In today's society, those who are able to, are always seeking out new and wondrous dining experiences. More than a hundred years ago, men and women with too much time on their hands and more money than they knew what to do with, were hosting equally bizarre and fascinating dinners of their own. But it was a man named C.K.G Billings who would go down in the history books as being the host of one of the strangest of them all.

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Mar 06, 2022
31 - Using Onions To Heal Gunshot Wounds
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Onions have been a part of human history since long before records began. It's played a vital part in our diets, but also in our mythology, representing eternal life to some cultures, as well as playing a part in the origin stories of the stars. Onions are one of natures most versatile products and in this episode we dive deep into the role it's played throughout the ages.
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Feb 21, 2022
30 - Japan's Accidental Killer Rice
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In the late 1800s in Japan, there was a disease that seemed to target not just inner-city dwellers in Edo, what we know as modern-day Tokyo, but it affected mainly the upper classes. Not even the emperor and his family were immune to this slow, agonizing disease that saw people waste away in front of their loved ones. It would be a few years until the true culprit was discovered and it would throw Japanese culture into a frenzy when the cause was found to be none other than their beloved, white rice.
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Feb 05, 2022
29 - Food Obsessed Pirate William Dampier
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Pirates weren’t known for their discerning tastes in cuisine. If movies and television are to be believed they seemed to subsist purely on rum alone. But it was out of this quagmire that one of food history's earliest pioneers arose. He was so incredibly influential in fact that he is responsible for giving us the words barbecue, cashew, tortilla, soy sauce, breadfruit, and chopsticks.
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Jan 20, 2022
28 - When Parmentier Tricked People Into Eating Potatoes
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It’s almost unthinkable that just a few hundred years ago, potatoes were only eaten in a very small corner of the earth. They are now one of the most widely eaten vegetables around the globe and a lot of that has to do with the cunning and trickery of our man Parmentier.
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Dec 17, 2021
27 - The Nottingham Cheese Riot
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The people of Nottingham don't take kindly to people fleecing them for their very own cheese. The time had come to stand up and fight the gouda fight.
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Oct 15, 2021
26 - The Giant Frog Farming Swindle
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Albert Broel was a man of mystery. Claiming to be the son of Polish nobility, he arrived in America during World War 1 and set out to make his fortune. After a few failed ventures in alternative medicine and matchmaking, he turned to raising and canning giant frogs. Not content to stop there, he made up ingenious ways to get other people to pay him to start their own farms too. 
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Oct 01, 2021
25 - Pushing A Peanut Up A Mountain With Your Nose
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3 men, at different times, have all tried to push a peanut up Pikes Peak with nothing but their noses. This episode tells you all about their grueling efforts and what led them to attempt such an astonishing feat.
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Sep 17, 2021
24 - The Eggnog Riot
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What begins as just a little bit of seasonal fun, ends with smashed windows, bannisters ripped from stairways and a military barracks surrounded by rubble in a state of near ruin. By the end, our cast of characters are in a serious amount of trouble, and surprisingly, amongst them was a student who would one day become a future president of the United States Confederacy. And all of this carnage was caused by eggnog.
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Mar 19, 2021
23 - The Nazi's Exploding Chocolate Bar
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Food inherently is meant to sustain life, but this has not always been the case, in fact, for as far back as history goes food has also been used as a vehicle, not for invigorating life, but for delivering death. In this episode, we’re looking at some of the most bizarre moments in which food was involved in assassination plots throughout history. 
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In an extra special segment in today's episode, my friend Moxie LaBouche from the podcast Your Brain On Facts takes us through some of the more creative assassination attempts on the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
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Huge thanks also go to Kind Bar for sponsoring this episode.
KIND is working hard to shift the food industry and empower their community and our listeners to make better, informed choices about their health.
Kindness can be a transformative force for good and that is why we are teaming up with KIND and PODGO to bring our listeners between 10% and 15% off for military, teachers, students, first responders, doctors and nurses in a time where they have given so much to all of us.
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Feb 25, 2021
22 - Leonardo da Vinci The Waiter, Chef & Party Planner
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For many of history’s most famous characters, we all know, at the very least, the basics of what makes these men and women famous to begin with. And of history's most famous people, outside of religious figures, one of the most well known, revered and mysterious is the Renaissance Man himself, Leonardo Da Vinci. Today, we’re going to look at one of the lesser-known sides to a man most famous for his artistic works that include but are in no way limited to The Mona Lisa and the famous image of The Last Supper, which incidentally may have been inspired by one of the stories in today's episode. That’s right, today, we’re going to be looking at Leonardo Da Vinci, the waiter, chef and party planner.
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Huge thanks also go to Kind Bar for sponsoring this episode.
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Feb 05, 2021
21 - Crazy True Stories About Ice Cream
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From it's origins in ancient China, to the accidental discovery of the first ice cream cone, we take a journey to see how ice cream has influenced cultures all around the world. World War 2 plays a surprising role in the story as some navy men valued it almost more than their own lives and safety. Listen to the episode to find out even more crazy stories from the long and interesting history of ice cream.
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Huge thanks to www.roastersmarketplace.com for sponsoring this episode. If you love coffee this is the place for you. Shop by origin, roast level, processing method, and even by flavour notes.
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Jan 22, 2021
20 - Al Capone Once Ran A Soup Kitchen
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Al Capone was a model student for most of his childhood, but he didn't take long to go from fresh-faced to scar-faced.
The Great Depression had just hit and people were out of work and starving. The man who was known to the law as a gangster was seen by the public as a hero. Every day Al Capone's soup kitchen served 350 loaves of bread and more than 1200 rolls to 2000+ hungry people in the city of Chicago, no questions asked.
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Huge thanks to www.roastersmarketplace.com for sponsoring this episode. If you love coffee this is the place for you. Shop by origin, roast level, processing method, and even by flavour notes.
www.roastersmarketplace.com is a veteran-owned business, run by a great guy called Chris. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him and his vision for the coffee market and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough.
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Oct 02, 2020
19 - Tomatoes Were Blamed For Witchcraft & Werewolves
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The past is a crazy place, and no matter how many times we go back there, there's always something new to surprise us. This episode we learn about a continental witch panic that just happened to coincide with tomatoes arriving in Europe. An unfortunate mistranslation from the original Ancient Greek really didn't help matters either.
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Huge thanks to www.roastersmarketplace.com for sponsoring this episode. If you love coffee this is the place for you. Shop by origin, roast level, processing method, and even by flavour notes.
www.roastersmarketplace.com is a veteran-owned business, run by a great guy called Chris. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him and his vision for the coffee market and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough.
Get FREE SHIPPING on your first order by using the offer code: "FOODHISTORY" at checkout.
Sep 19, 2020
18 - The Worlds Most Dangerous (And Illegal) Cheese
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For this episode we're travelling to the small Italian island of Sardinia where we explore the a generations long delicacy known as Casu Marzu. While the Sardinian people love it, it's been named as the worlds most dangerous cheese by the Guinness Book Of Records and has been made illegal to buy or sell all throughout Europe!
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Huge thanks to www.roastersmarketplace.com for sponsoring this episode. If you love coffee this is the place for you. Shop by origin, roast level, processing method, and even by flavour notes.
www.roastersmarketplace.com is a veteran-owned business, run by a great guy called Chris. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him and his vision for the coffee market and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough.
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Aug 30, 2020
17 - When Drinking Coffee Could Get You Decapitated
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This is the 2nd episode in our two part series on coffee. Last time we heard about the origins of coffee discovered by dancing goats in Ethiopia, as well as a few scandinavian kings who took a particular dislike to what they believed was the devils brew. After a few human experiments and Prussian sniffer squads we find ourselves back here today about to talk about coffees role in the Ottoman empire. So if nothing of what I said back there made any sense, make sure to go back and have a listen to the previous episode titled “When a Swedish King Tried To Kill A Prisoner With Coffee" - https://bit.ly/2CFdI8y
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www.roastersmarketplace.com is a veteran-owned business, run by a great guy called Chris. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him and his vision for the coffee market and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough.
Get FREE SHIPPING on your first order by using the offer code: "FOODHISTORY" at checkout.
Jul 17, 2020
16 - The Swedish King Who Tried To Kill A Prisoner With Coffee
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Coffee was discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia. From there it spread across the globe, making its way through Europe and at some point into Sweden. It was not as welcome there as in other parts of the world, especially not for King Gustav III. With no ethics board to hold him back, he embarked on a mad plan to prove once and for all that coffee was the root of all evil.

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Huge thanks to www.roastersmarketplace.com for sponsoring this episode. If you love coffee this is the place for you. Shop by origin, roast level, processing method, and even by flavour notes. 
www.roastersmarketplace.com is a veteran-owned business, run by a great guy called Chris. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him and his vision for the coffee market and I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough.
Get FREE SHIPPING on your first order by using the offer code: "FOODHISTORY" at checkout.
Jun 30, 2020
15 - 3 Tales of Cheese: From Egyptian Mummies to Uruguayan Cannonballs
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In this episode we explore one of the worlds favourite foods, CHEESE! We hear a bit about it's origin story and then dive into 3 different stories involving cheese throughout history, and it's a cracker! (Pun very much intended).
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Jun 12, 2020
14 - Piracy, Witches and Hot Chocolate
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Hot chocolate has been a favourite drink of so many households throughout the ages. Not many people know the rich and varied history that this simple drink actually has. From Columbus first encountering chocolate in the 1500s to the deep connection it has to witchcraft and potions, the drink has evolved in so many ways from the first frothy, bitter mugs consumed by those early explorers.
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May 16, 2020
13 - Charles Darwin & The Glutton Club
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Charles Darwin is one of the most famous men in history. Not as many people know about his penchant for eating almost every animal he studied, from puma to armadillo, tortoise to brown owl. Discover a whole new meaning of the phrase "survival of the fittest".
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Apr 26, 2020
12 - The Man Who Ate King Louis XIV's Heart
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William Buckland and his son Francis were two men whose goal in life seemed to be to consume every single animal on earth. From bluebottle flies to mice on toast they were not afraid to try anything put in front of them, not even a mummified king's heart!
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Mar 20, 2020
11 - Bathing In A Meaty Broth
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Throughout medieval times all the way until the 19th century, there are tales of people using food in all manner of creative ways. 
We know that ultimately what we put into our bodies will have either a positive or a negative effect on our wellbeing. It has the effect of working from the inside out in a sense. In this episode we look at the ways in which people thought food could have the same positive effect on our health, but this time, from the outside in.
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Mar 06, 2020
10 - Hitler And The Secret 'Margarine Whale' Plan
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Hitler had a plan to make Germany self-sufficient during World War 2. The German people had a craving for margarine, unlike any other nation. In order to keep his people happy, Hitler and his advisors hatched a crazy plan to try and ensure that they got what they wanted. This bizarre tale swings wildly from whale hunting to the attempted theft of another nations territorial claim and finally onto a man who makes margarine from coal. You literally can't make this stuff up.
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Feb 21, 2020
9 - The German Coconut Cult
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The bizarre story of a man named August Engelhardt who started a cult on a tropical island in the early 1900's. He forced his followers to only eat coconuts and to worship the sun. They weren't even allowed to wear clothes. After a few mishaps, diseases and unfortunate circumstances, things began to look bleak for the little German coconut cult.
Sep 12, 2019
8 - Tapioca Time-Bomb
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It's August 1972 and the Swiss freighter Cassarate is bound for Europe with 1.5 Million kg's of Tapioca on board. Somewhere along the way a fire breaks out below decks. Mix tapioca, heat and the water from the firehoses, and you've just set in motion the worlds biggest tapioca slow cooker.

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Aug 23, 2019
7 - The Deadly Tidal Wave Of Molasses
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Just 2 months after WW1 one of the most bizarre tragedies in history would strike a crowded neighbourhood in Boston. Thanks to some unseasonably warm weather, some poor construction and the greed of some factory owners,  the saying "sugar is bad for your health" has never been more true.
Jul 26, 2019
6 - The California Egg War of 1863
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The California gold rush in the mid-1800's brought hundreds of thousands of people through San Francisco in a very short amount of time. The sudden demand for food sparked an entirely different type of rush, and fortune hunters turned their attentions to a distant set of islands, that would make many of them wealthy beyond imagination, and a spark a decades long war!
Jul 15, 2019
5 - Ancient Warrior Diet: Ninjas From Medieval Japan
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Ninjas are everyones favourite ancient warrior class. We take a look behind the scenes at what fueled these simple guerrilla warriors and kept them in such lithe and agile shape.

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Jun 29, 2019
4 - When a NY Yankee Challenged an Ostrich To A Spaghetti Eating Competition
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Francesco Stephano Pezzolo, otherwise known as Ping Bodie, was a famous slugger for the NY Yankees just after WW1. This is the story of the day he challenged the famous Jacksonville ostrich Percy "The Worlds Greatest Eater" to a spaghetti eating competition.

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Jun 29, 2019
3 - A Gross History Of Competitive Eating
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We all know the stories of modern day competitive hotdog eating competitions, now we look way back in history to possibly the first ever competitive eater known as The Great Eater Of Kent. From then until now there are a myriad of stories of people stuffing themselves as a challenge. 

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Jun 29, 2019
2 - A Conspiracy. A Murder. An Egyptian Bread Pudding.
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An exploration of three different origin stories for the famous Egyptian pudding Om Ali. We dive deep into the story of the famous female Sultan Shajar Al Durr, and her far reaching influence in the empire.

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Jun 29, 2019
1 - The Day Paris Ate Its Zoo Animals
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It's 1870 and Paris is under siege. It's the middle of the Franco-Prussian war, and the German army has the city surrounded. Their food and supply lines are cut off and the Parisians find that they have to start getting creative with the produce they have at hand.
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Jun 29, 2019
Introducing The Fantastic History Of Food
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Season One of 'The Fantastic History Of Food' will soon be launching with the first 5 episodes.
I'd really appreciate all of your help in getting more listeners for this podcast as we head towards the launch. The best way to do that is to leave a rating on Apple Podcasts, or whichever platform you listen on. If you have the time to leave a comment of support as well, that will help immensely.
Coming up in the first season:
We take a deep dive into the backstory of one of the middle easts most famous desserts and how it’s linked to the conspiratorial rise and fall of a powerful queen. We’ll also be looking at the time Paris was forced to eat their own zoo animals and the story of Ping Bodie, the New York Yankees hitter who once challenged an ostrich to a spaghetti eating competition.
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Jun 25, 2019