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.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 32m. Bisher sind 350 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 7 days 21 hours 52 minutes


episode 336: A Gruesome Cure for Consumption

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


 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.


 2021-03-15  32m

episode 334: Eugene Bullard

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


 2021-03-08  33m

episode 333: Stranded in the Kimberley

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


 2021-02-22  33m

episode 332: Princess Caraboo

In 1817, a young woman claiming to be a kidnapped Eastern princess appeared in the English village of Almondsbury.


 2021-02-15  30m

episode 331: The Starvation Doctor

Linda Burfield Hazzard's "fasting cure" killed multiple patients in the early 20th century.


 2021-02-08  31m

episode 330: The Abernathy Boys

In the early 1900s, two young brothers made several daring trips across the United States.


 2021-02-01  33m

episode 329: The Cock Lane Ghost

In London in 1762, a ghost accused a man of murder.


 2021-01-25  30m

episode 328: A Canine Prisoner of War

In 1944, an English pointer gave heart to an Allied prison camp in Sumatra.


 2021-01-18  30m

episode 327: The Misplaced Tourist

In 1977, a German tourist spent three days in Bangor, Maine, thinking it was San Francisco.


 2021-01-11  29m