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

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 8 days 8 hours

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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.


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 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.


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 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.


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 2014-09-08  29m
 
 

episode 24: The World's Worst Poet


William McGonagall wrote such disastrous verse that he's achieved an ironic immortality, "the only truly memorable bad poet in our language."


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 2014-09-01  30m
 
 

episode 23: A Victorian Poisoning Mystery


On New Year's Day 1886, Edwin Bartlett was found dead in bed with a lethal quantity of liquid chloroform in his stomach. How it got there has been a mystery for 120 years.


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 2014-08-25  33m
 
 

episode 22: The Devil's Hoofmarks


On Feb. 9, 1855, the residents of Devon, England, awoke to find a strange confusion of hoofprints in the newfallen snow.


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 2014-08-18  35m
 
 

episode 21: A Gallant German Fighter Ace


Wounded over Germany in 1943, American bomber pilot Charlie Brown found himself shadowed by Nazi fighter ace Franz Stigler.


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 2014-08-04  32m
 
 

episode 20: Life Imitates Science Fiction


In 1944, U.S. military intelligence was alarmed to discover a remarkably detailed description of an atomic bomb in Astounding Science Fiction magazine.


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 2014-07-28  37m
 
 

episode 19: Testing the Post Office


In 1898 W. Reginald Bray set out to test the limits of the British postal system.


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 2014-07-21  34m
 
 

episode 18: The Mystery of the Disappearing Airmen


What became of Ernest Cody and Charles Adams, Navy pilots who disappeared from a blimp in August 1942?


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 2014-07-14  31m