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The History of Fun explores the hidden backstories behind the things you enjoy. This season, we’re diving into the amazing origins of your favorite holiday traditions. Join Polygon’s Russ Frushtick, Allegra Frank, and Chris Plante each week as they embark on a new quest to uncover these common-yet-mysterious customs. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.8 • 572 Ratings

The History of Fun explores the hidden backstories behind the things you enjoy. This season, we’re diving into the amazing origins of your favorite holiday traditions. Join Polygon’s Russ Frushtick, Allegra Frank, and Chris Plante each week as they embark on a new quest to uncover these common-yet-mysterious customs. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    The War on Christmas: A Brief History

    The War on Christmas: A Brief History

    There is a war. It's been going on for hundreds of years. And there's only one victim: CHRISTMAS. Chris Plante dives deep into The War on Christmas. Where it started, why it started, and out frickin' ridiculous it is.
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    • 55 min
    Dreidel and Hannukah: A Brief History

    Dreidel and Hannukah: A Brief History

    Join us for another episode of The History of Fun! This week we're looking into the fascinating origins of the dreidel of Hannukah. 
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    • 53 min
    The Yule Lads & Yule Cat of Iceland: A Brief History

    The Yule Lads & Yule Cat of Iceland: A Brief History

    A brief history of The Yule Lads and The Yule Cat of Iceland.
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    • 40 min
    Black Friday: A Brief History

    Black Friday: A Brief History

    A brief history of Black Friday.
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    • 47 min
    Krampus, the Anti-Santa: A Brief History

    Krampus, the Anti-Santa: A Brief History

    A brief history of Krampus, the anti-Santa.
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    • 40 min
    Presidential Turkey Pardon: A Brief History

    Presidential Turkey Pardon: A Brief History

    A brief history of the Presidential Turkey Pardon
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
572 Ratings

572 Ratings

ajw427 ,

it isn’t the same without you 😭😭

i’ve been listening to this show since it first started coming out. i still relisten to it all the time, and recommend it to my friends. if i could have one wish in the world, it would be for more episodes. you guys are great!

Harles-G ,

Born too late to explore the world, and too late to listen to this as it came out.

Love the podcast. found it from a tweet from allegra about the neopets episode. i really wish more would be coming out.

Uzma s. ,

Come back please!

I guess I started listening to this show too late, I really like it. You guys are soooo funny! I hope you guys come back with more episodes 😊

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