Futility Closet

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

https://www.futilitycloset.com/podcast/

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episode 232: The Indomitable Spirit of Douglas Bader


Legless fighter pilot Douglas Bader became Britain's top flying ace.


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episode 231: The Halifax Explosion


In 1917 Halifax, Nova Scotia, was devastated by an exploding munitions ship.


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   32m
 
 

episode 230: Lateral Thinking Puzzles


Play along as we untangle six strange-sounding situations using yes-or-no questions.


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   29m
 
 

episode 229: The Stone of Destiny


In 1950, four patriotic Scots stole a historic national relic from Westminster Abbey.


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   30m
 
 

episode 228: The Children's Champion


Janusz Korczak tried to build an ideal society of children inside the Warsaw ghetto in 1942.


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 2018-12-10  33m
 
 

episode 227: The Christmas Tree Ship


Herman Schuenemann sailed Christmas trees to Chicago until he disappeared in 1912.


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 2018-12-03  32m
 
 

episode 226: The Great Match Race


The modern American sports spectacle began with an 1823 horse race between North and South.


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 2018-11-26  35m
 
 

episode 225: The Great Stork Derby


In 1926, Charles Vance Millar left a fortune for the most prolific mother in Toronto.


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 2018-11-19  31m
 
 

episode 224: Lady Death


Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko amassed 309 kills in World War II.


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 2018-11-12  34m
 
 

episode 223: The Prince of Forgers


Denis Vrain-Lucas sold 27,000 false letters, by everyone from Plato to Louis XIV.


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 2018-11-05  33m