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 272 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts
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episode 268: The Great Impostor


Ferdinand Demara impersonated 30 people in 20 years.


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episode 267: The Murchison Murders


Detective novelist Arthur Upfield invented the perfect murder -- and then watched a killer adopt it.


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episode 266: Lateral Thinking Puzzles


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


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episode 265: The Great Hedge of India


In the 1800s, Britain grew a thousand-mile hedge across India.


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 2019-09-16  34m
 
 

episode 264: Jack Renton and the Saltwater People


In 1868, a Scottish castaway made a new home among the people of the Solomon Islands.


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 2019-09-09  33m
 
 

episode 263: Memories of Proust


Detained in a Soviet prison camp, Polish painter Józef Czapski lectured on Proust to the other prisoners.


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 2019-09-02  33m
 
 

episode 262: A Modern-Day Thoreau


In 1968 Richard Proenneke flew to a remote Alaskan lake to take up a life of self-reliance.


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 2019-08-26  33m
 
 

episode 261: The Murder of Lord William Russell


In 1840, a killer cut Lord William Russell's throat as he slept.


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 2019-08-19  33m
 
 

episode 260: The Rugged Road


In 1934, two women set out to travel the length of Africa by motorcycle.


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 2019-08-12  32m
 
 

episode 259: The Astor Place Riot


An 1849 dispute between two actors led to one of the bloodiest riots in New York history.


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 2019-08-05  35m