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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

    That Time Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Started His Own Country

    That Time Ernest Hemingway's Younger Brother Started His Own Country

    Most people have heard of Ernest Hemingway, but what about his younger brother, Leicester? 16 years Ernest's junior, Leicester seemed set to live in his older brother's shadow -- until, that is, he came up with a plan to get in the headlines all on his own. Writing novels was all well and good, thought Leicester, but why don't I start my own country?
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    • 49 min
    The Ersatz Wild West Shootouts of Palisade, Nevada

    The Ersatz Wild West Shootouts of Palisade, Nevada

    During the glory days of the railroad era, the public was gripped by mythic, larger-than-life tales of the Wild West -- people reveled in visions of train robberies, shootouts and attacks by vicious ne'er-do-wells. When one train conductor told a resident of Palisade, Nevada that his passengers were bummed to learn the real west wasn't all that wild, the members of the small town joined forces and began staging their own, entirely fake, train robberies and bandit attacks. What started as a prank became an institution, and over the next few years Palisade would become home to hundreds of theatrical train robberies.
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    • 37 min
    The Great Goldfish Gulping Craze That (For Some Reason) Swept America

    The Great Goldfish Gulping Craze That (For Some Reason) Swept America

    It's no secret that kids do all sorts of dumb things -- but have you ever swallowed a live goldfish? If so, you're not alone. In fact, it wasn't so long ago that hundreds of college students across the United States began gulping live goldfish by the dozens. Tune in to learn why.
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    • 41 min
    Pneumatic Tubes: The 'Futuristic' Transport System That's Over 150-Years-Old

    Pneumatic Tubes: The 'Futuristic' Transport System That's Over 150-Years-Old

    Did you ever use on of those neat little pneumatic tubes at the drive-through of your local bank? If so, you may be surprised to learn just how far the roots of this technology date back. Join the guys as they explore the bizarre evolution of pneumatic tubes, from transporting parcels to packages, cats and even, once upon a time, people.
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    • 43 min
    Violet Jessop, the Unsinkable Stewardess Who Survived Three Famous Shipwrecks

    Violet Jessop, the Unsinkable Stewardess Who Survived Three Famous Shipwrecks

    Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Have your ship ever sank? This happened not once, not twice, but three times to cabin attendant Violet Jessop. Tune in to learn more about how the resourceful (and lucky) Ms. Jessop lived through three shipwrecks — including the sinking of the Titanic.
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    • 37 min
    Abandoned Ship: What Really Happened Aboard the "Mary Celeste"?

    Abandoned Ship: What Really Happened Aboard the "Mary Celeste"?

    Once upon a time the Mary Celeste was just a ship like any other, ferrying goods to and fro across the oceans -- at least, that is, until December 1872, when the Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia found the Mary Celeste adrift and abandoned. The ship showed no signs of a struggle. The cargo was intact. The lifeboat was missing, but the occupants of the Mary Celeste were never seen again. Learn how this story became one of the most enduring (and misunderstood) mysteries in maritime history.
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    • 44 min

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