108 episodes

A comedy history podcast looking at the forgotten side of the past. The jokes are silly, the accents are terrible, and the history will amaze you. Every Wednesday, join two history buffs for a sweary, laugh-filled hour of (slightly) educational fun.

That Was Genius - A Funny History Podcast That Was Genius

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 18 Ratings

A comedy history podcast looking at the forgotten side of the past. The jokes are silly, the accents are terrible, and the history will amaze you. Every Wednesday, join two history buffs for a sweary, laugh-filled hour of (slightly) educational fun.

    A Stephen Hawking-Shaped Adult Toy (Swearing week) - That Was Genius Episode 134

    A Stephen Hawking-Shaped Adult Toy (Swearing week) - That Was Genius Episode 134

    Fellow historians. It's our last EVER episode. What a blast we've had. And we're going out with a ruddy big bang - our rudest episode yet (by far)!

    Sam kicks us off with a tour of medieval swearing, and how rudely named streets can be used to track the economy of England in the middle ages. Next, Tom takes a look at Roman and Greek graffiti. Which is just as childish as you'd expect. 

    It's been a pleasure podcasting with you all for the last three years! If you'd like more That Was Genius, pop over to www.patreon.com/thatwasgenius where you can still get all the 20+ exclusive episodes, songs and doodles (just cancel your subscription once you're done listening). All the cash from the next few months will go to humanitarian aid charities. Just to prove we're not total b**tards.

     

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    Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

    Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

    From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

    We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

    Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 45 min
    A Jacket Made of Condoms and Geese (Stock Market Week) - That Was Genius Episode 133

    A Jacket Made of Condoms and Geese (Stock Market Week) - That Was Genius Episode 133

    It's time to lean back and take stock(market), as we look at all things boom and bust.

    Tom kicks us off with a look at the Drunk Oil Trading Incident, and the Great Comic Book Bubble. Meanwhile Sam's been looking at Tulip Mania and the South Sea Bubble. Sorted.

    Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about swearing, and it's an flipping blinder! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

    Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify

    Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

    Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

    From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

    We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

    Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 54 min
    The Artful Todger (medical procedures and men behaving badly week) - That Was Genius Episode 131

    The Artful Todger (medical procedures and men behaving badly week) - That Was Genius Episode 131

    We got confused! It's medical procedures week, but Sam jumped the gun and did a man behaving badly. Doh.

    Tom kicks us off with a look at the early 20th century obsession with grafting bits of animal (or criminal) testicle onto the knackers of well-to-do gentlemen and professional sportsmen to boost their performance.

    Meanwhile, Sam's been looking at Saci, the naughty, smelly, wish-granting, smelly, impish, smelly Brazilian folk legend.

    Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about Men Behaving Badly (again, for Sam)! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

    Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify

    Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

    Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

    From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

    We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

    Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 50 min
    260 Menopausal Librarians (Trains week) - That Was Genius episode 129

    260 Menopausal Librarians (Trains week) - That Was Genius episode 129

    Choo choo, steaming in two months late, we're back!

    This week it's all about trains. Sam kicks us off with a look at the Australian 'Afghan' or 'Ghan' camel trains of the 19th century. 

    Next, Tom's looking at the ancient Greek sort-of-railway, sort of road for boats, the 'Diolkos'.

    Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about people called Tom and Sam! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

    Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify

    Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

    Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

    From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

    We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

    Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 44 min
    We‘re taking a break - but we‘ll be back!

    We‘re taking a break - but we‘ll be back!

    Hi everyone, 

    We've taken the decision to give ourselves a few weeks break from the podcast to reset and get ourselves sorted out. Sam's daughter has just started nursery so is perennially low-level ill, and his day job is going through a busy spot which doesn't leave much free time to write and edit this old thing.

    If you're a Patron (patreon.com/thatwasgenius) you'll be getting a refund until we kick off again. Hopefully it won't be long, but making history podcasts is a surprising amount of work, even ones as chaotic as this! In future, we might look at doing seasons to avoid burnout, but the plan for now is to come back full time, soon.

    Best wishes (and sorry),

    Sam (and Tom)

    • 5 min
    Tom‘s Ping-Pong Canary Show (Traditions week) - That Was Genius Episode 127

    Tom‘s Ping-Pong Canary Show (Traditions week) - That Was Genius Episode 127

    Like carving a pumpkin at Halloween, sprouts at Christmas, and burning policemen in giant wicker cages, this week it's all about traditions!

    Sam kicks us off this week with a look at the not-as-nice-as-it-sounds Aztec tradition of the Flower War - a sporting contest with very real and deadly consequences, and an even worse runner-up prize.

    Nest, Tom's been looking at 'Line Crossing' ceremonies: The filthy, raucous, and often unwilling initiation ceremonies for sailors on their first crossing of the equator.

    Next week's episode is a patron exclusive all about Honours and Awards! Find it at patreon.com/thatwasgenius

    Subscribe and listen to us! Apple Music // Podbean // Overcast // Stitcher // TuneIn // Spotify

    Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

    Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history and used to live in New Zealand but is now in the UK as well), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

    From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

    We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

    Check us out on Facebook (and our Facebook group for memes and fun), Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

i couldnt find an untaken name ,

Brilliant

Please do an episode on the origin of swear words

@legionofdoom11 ,

Proves the internet can be a force for good

An indecent proposal led me here and for once a pleasant surprise!

Very funny indeed and genuinely interesting exploration of some obscure corners of history which is one of my favourite things!

Have so far listened to ‘the Guilty Dragon’ ship wreck and the wacky weapons. I shall listen to more!

Had a guilty chuckle at some ‘offensive’ scouse accents as I walked through Toxteth. Its ok chaps I have to fair heard worse 😂

Kind regards lid

Your Dear Uncle Bob Bob

the 6 millionth ted ,

Brilliant

Very funny, very silly and a great trawl through some weird history. Great work!

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