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 345: Climbing Mont Blanc

In 1838 Frenchwoman Henriette d'Angeville set out to climb Mont Blanc despite almost universal opposition.


 2021-06-07  32m

episode 344: Martin Couney's Incubator Babies

For nearly 50 years, Martin Couney ran a sideshow in which babies were displayed in incubators.


 2021-05-24  30m

episode 343: Operation Cowboy

In 1945, a group of American soldiers set out to rescue hundreds of horses from a Nazi farm in Czechoslovakia.


 2021-05-17  31m

episode 342: A Slave Sues for Freedom

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


 2021-05-10  33m

episode 341: An Overlooked Bacteriologist

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


 2021-05-03  30m

episode 340: A Vanished Physicist

Italian physicist Ettore Majorana disappeared mysteriously in 1938.


 2021-04-26  33m

episode 339: The Baron of Arizona

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


 2021-04-19  32m

episode 338: A Point of Law

Does shooting a ghost constitute murder?


 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.


 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.


 2021-03-22  33m