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/

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 32m. Bisher sind 346 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 7 days 19 hours 44 minutes

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episode 342: A Slave Sues for Freedom


In 1844, New Orleans slave Sally Miller claimed to be a free German immigrant pressed into bondage.


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   33m
 
 

episode 341: An Overlooked Bacteriologist


Waldemar Haffkine is largely unremembered, despite developing vaccines against both cholera and bubonic plague.


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   30m
 
 

episode 340: A Vanished Physicist


Italian physicist Ettore Majorana disappeared mysteriously in 1938.


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   33m
 
 

episode 339: The Baron of Arizona


Fraudster James Reavis claimed to own 18,000 square miles of the American West in the 1880s.


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   32m
 
 

episode 338: A Point of Law


Does shooting a ghost constitute murder?


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 2021-04-05  29m
 
 

episode 337: Lost in a Daydream


In 1901, two English academics came to believe they'd passed through a memory of Marie Antoinette.


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 2021-03-29  31m
 
 

episode 336: A Gruesome Cure for Consumption


Some New Englanders in the 1800s believed that tuberculosis symptoms were caused by the dead.


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 2021-03-22  33m
 
 

episode 335: Transporting Obelisks


In the 1800s, France, England, and the United States each undertook to move a massive Egyptian obelisk.


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 2021-03-15  32m
 
 

episode 334: Eugene Bullard


The first Black American military pilot led a stunning career in wartime France.


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 2021-03-08  33m
 
 

episode 333: Stranded in the Kimberley


In 1932, two German airmen became stranded in northwestern Australia.


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 2021-02-22  33m