Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices

We explore ideas and practices once believed to be true but no longer. Each dead idea is explored in all its glorious eccentricity. For example, discover miasma, the theory that plague comes from stinky air; or the medical diagnosis of hysteria, which holds that women's wombs wander around their bodies causing trouble. Join us on a fun romp through the history of ideas that didn’t quite stand the test of time.


Halloween in Ireland in 1886 – PDT3K – Irish History

Snap-apple! Dumb cake ceremony! Singeing your hair with candles! Never heard of such customs? Then you better check out this episode, where we get a first-hand account of Irish Halloween customs in 1886. Plus, you don't want to miss the spooky story of Red Mike's Rest. And best of all, we have a new pair of co-hosts joining us for today: Pete and Meagan! Become our patron on Patreon at Maps, pics, references, and more at Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.


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