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 356 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 8 days 1 hour 5 minutes


episode 34: Spring-Heeled Jack -- A Victorian Supervillain

Newspapers report a fire-breathing demon bounding impressively about southern England in the 19th century.


 2014-11-17  37m

episode 33: Death and Robert Todd Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's son Robert was connected with three different presidential assassinations.


 2014-11-10  35m

episode 32: The Wow! Signal

In August 1977 an Ohio radio telescope received a signal that appeared to have been sent by an alien intelligence.


 2014-11-03  30m

episode 31: Pigs on Trial

Why did medieval courts prosecute cows, bulls, horses, and weevils for crimes ranging from criminal damage to murder?


 2014-10-27  30m

episode 30: The Oak Island Money Pit

Nova Scotia's Oak Island has become famous as the site of a vast treasure that no one has been able to unearth.


 2014-10-20  33m

episode 29: The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

In 1828 a 16-year-old boy appeared in Nuremberg, claiming that he'd spent his entire life alone in a dark cell.


 2014-10-06  37m

episode 28: The Real-Life Sherlock Holmes

The famous fictional detective was inspired by a real-life medical lecturer who taught Arthur Conan Doyle at the University of Edinburgh.


 2014-09-29  32m

episode 27: The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz

Polish army captain Witold Pilecki is the only person to enter the concentration camp at Auschwitz voluntarily.


 2014-09-22  33m

episode 26: A Practical Joke on a Grand Scale

In November 1810 one of the most elaborate practical jokes of all time unfolded in an innocent London street.


 2014-09-15  31m

episode 25: An Australian Enigma

A well-dressed corpse appeared on a South Australian beach in 1948 -- and has been baffling investigators for 66 years.


 2014-09-08  29m