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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.

    Ridiculous "Remedies" of the Spanish Flu: The Rise of the Lemon

    Ridiculous "Remedies" of the Spanish Flu: The Rise of the Lemon

    Have you ever used a home remedy when under the weather? Some, like honey and lemon (and whiskey) for a sore throat, remain common today. In 2020, other treatments people once swore by seem -- I hesitate to say it -- ridiculous. In the early 20th century, people were desperate to find a cure or treatment for the flu. They tried any number of things that may seem bizarre today, and part of that panic led to the lemon becoming a household staple across the United States.
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    • 49 min
    That Time Rebellious Freemasons Starting Kissing Porcelain Pug Butts

    That Time Rebellious Freemasons Starting Kissing Porcelain Pug Butts

    We've all heard about Freemasons -- but what about the Order of the Pug? Join the guys as they explore the strange series of events that led German Masons to create their own secret society, embodied by a porcelain sculpture of a pug.
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    • 51 min
    Clever Hans, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of Hans

    Clever Hans, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of Hans

    Unconvinced by claims of this horse's mathematical acumen, psychologist Oskar Pfungst conducted a series of experiments to determine whether Clever Hans was actually solving problems. Pfungst discovered there were serious issues with Hans's 'performance' ... but he also, in a roundabout way, ended up proving Hans was, in some ways, more clever than the average person. Ben also pitches a stunning conclusion to a (fake) movie about Hans's life post-fame.
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    • 32 min
    Clever Hans, Part 1: The Equine Mathematician

    Clever Hans, Part 1: The Equine Mathematician

    Back in the early 20th century, retired teacher Wilhelm von Osten had a dream -- to exhibit the gifts of his brilliant horse, Clever Hans, to the world. Wilhelm believed Hans was capable of solving pretty advanced math problems, working out the sums in his head and communicating them to humans through a system of hooftaps. And Clever Hans took the German public by storm -- what could this mean? If animals like Hans were this intelligent, could they also have a consciousness or a soul? Some people were over the moon about Hans... and others remained unconvinced.
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    • 36 min
    Henry VIII and That English Sweat, Part 2: A Disease and a King

    Henry VIII and That English Sweat, Part 2: A Disease and a King

    While history often only remembers Henry VIII as a real pill, he was also a profound hypochondriac -- and, rightly terrified of contracting the English Sweats, Henry hightailed it to a series of safehouses as he sought to isolate himself from any possible infection. Join the guys as they continue exploring the long-term consequences of the mysterious English Sweats.
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    • 30 min
    Henry VIII and That English Sweat, Part 1: A Pandemic

    Henry VIII and That English Sweat, Part 1: A Pandemic

    Beginning in 1485, a mysterious disease swept in waves across England. No one was sure how it spread, no treatment existed, and the disease took the name of its most memorable symptom. The English sweating sickness seemed to have a taste for the wealthy, and the bulk of fatalities were English. The last widespread outbreak of sweating sickness was reported in 1551 -- after that, the disease vanished. Along the way, it made a king of Henry VIII.
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    • 38 min

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Long time listener divided

I have listened to this podcast for years. I am disgusted to find it is now part of IHeart. Capitalism at its worse, (not Chapter 11 filing a year ago.)
Now I am in a quandary. Do I continue to listen to these great guys, or do I give it up because of their new overlords.

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Great podcast!

I only came across this podcast a week or so ago and have binge listened since. The chemistry between these two presenters is hilarious and they bounce off of each other brilliantly, that along with the in depth knowledge and references makes for a very informative and entertaining podcast!

Thankyou from your new fan across the pond 🇬🇧🇬🇧

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