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 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

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."


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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?


 2014-07-14  31m