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 369 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 8 days 8 hours


episode 355: The Auckland Islands Castaways

In 1864, two ships were wrecked on the same remote island. Unaware of each other, their crews struggled separately to survive.


 2021-08-23  32m

episode 354: Falling Through a Thunderstorm

In 1959, Marine pilot William Rankin parachuted through a violent thunderstorm.


 2021-08-16  33m

episode 353: Lateral Thinking Puzzles

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


 2021-08-09  32m

episode 352: A Victorian Hippopotamus

In 1850, a Nile hippo created a stir when it arrived at the London Zoo.


 2021-07-26  31m

episode 351: Notes and Queries

A selection of curiosities and questions from Greg's research database.


 2021-07-19  33m

episode 350: Symmes' Hole

In 1818, John Cleves Symmes Jr. declared that the earth was hollow.


 2021-07-12  32m

episode 349: The National Hotel Disease

In 1857, guests at Washington D.C.'s National Hotel began to come down with a mysterious illness.


 2021-07-05  32m

episode 348: Who Killed the Red Baron?

It's still uncertain who fired the shot that killed Manfred von Richthofen.


 2021-06-28  32m

episode 347: The Cottingley Fairies

In 1917 two English girls came home with a photograph of fairies.


 2021-06-21  30m

episode 346: A Desperate Winter in Antarctica

In 1898 a Belgian ship was frozen into the ice off the coast of Antarctica.


 2021-06-14  33m