71 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
    • 5.0, 15 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.

    Digging for Brown Gold (Hobbies week) - That Was Genius Episode 69

    Digging for Brown Gold (Hobbies week) - That Was Genius Episode 69

    Is listening to podcasts a hobby? Well here's some more. Only these ones are a bit odd. And rude.
    Sam kicks us off this week with a look at James 'Jemmy' Hurst, the mad, animal-training Yorkshireman from the 18th century, who rode around on a bull with a pack of hunting pigs, whilst wearing a technicolour dream coat and a 9 foot wide hat.
    Next, Tom takes a look at some of the... ruder... discoveries by amateur archaeologists in the Portable Antiquities Scheme. A *what* jug!?
    Next week is a patron exclusive, join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 
    https://www.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, Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 57 min
    Trousers Down, and Present the S**t (Weddings week) - That Was Genius Episode 67

    Trousers Down, and Present the S**t (Weddings week) - That Was Genius Episode 67

    A happy marriage of history and 'comedy'*? It must be weddings week!        *in the loosest sense. 
    Sam starts us off this week with a look at the bizarre and ridiculous marriage of Elisabeth Pallier and Pierre Houlbronne, two 16th Century lovebirds who were married once happily, married once by force (including a jail sentence), and after all that, divorced by Pierre's parents against the not-so-happy couples will.
    Next, Tom takes a look at the equally unromantic and slightly barbarous marriage practices of ancient Sparta. It turns out they weren't just tough on their enemies; wives and bachelors got a rough deal too.
    Next week is a patron exclusive, join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 
    https://www.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, 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
    Chocks Out for the Lads (Accents week) - That Was Genius Episode 65

    Chocks Out for the Lads (Accents week) - That Was Genius Episode 65

    Eey By Gum, it's accents week!
    Tom kicks us off with a look at the fascinating (and very short) history of two classic stereotypical accents - the west country pirate we all know and love (but who didn't exist until the 1950s) and the dashing (and very posh) WW2 RAF pilot - who turned out to be a bit more working class in reality!
    Next, Sam takes a look at Polari, the secret language which began with puppet shows and ended up being a safe haven for Britian's gay community from the 17th Century until the 1960s.
    Next week is a patron exclusive, join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! 
    https://www.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).
    Become a Member of the Order of the Bathroom and join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! https://www.patreon.com/thatwasgenius
    Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 59 min
    Knocker and Chisholm's Leather Emporium (Nurses week) - That Was Genius Episode 64

    Knocker and Chisholm's Leather Emporium (Nurses week) - That Was Genius Episode 64

    Ooh er matron, it's nurses week! 
    Sam kicks us off with the tale of WW1 best mates, motorbike daredevils and fearless first-aiders Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, whose bravery in setting up an independent nursing station just metres from the trenches near Ypres earned them fame, medals and more.
    Next, after a light-hearted start, Tom takes us on a rare serious trip to the Bangka Island massacre of 1942, and Australian nurse Vivian Bullwinkel. Vivian was one of just a few survivors of a Japanese massacre after she, several dozen other nurses and civilians, and a few soldiers were shipwrecked. She went on to spend the war helping troops in a POW camp, and lived a completely normal life after WW2, never talking about at least some of the other horrors she endured. An amazing story, but not one for the faint-hearted!
    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).
    Become a Member of the Order of the Bathroom and join our Patreon for access to all episodes, special songs, medals and more amazing perks! https://www.patreon.com/thatwasgenius
    Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 55 min
    The Farting Poodle Chamber Orchestra (Pets week) - That Was Genius Episode 63

    The Farting Poodle Chamber Orchestra (Pets week) - That Was Genius Episode 63

     
    Who's a good boy then? We are, that's who. It's pets week!
    Tom kicks us off with a look at Wojtek, the Syrian brown bear and Polish army corporal with a penchant for marmalade, cigarettes, stealing underwear and lugging shells on the battlefield. He traveled with the Polish 2nd Corps through Iran, Iraq, the middle east and Italy, making friends along the way (unless you happen to be a Nazi sympathiser hiding in a shower).
    Next, Sam takes a look at Boye, the bullet-catching, devil-worshipping, invisible spy-poodle, and beloved pet of Prince Rupert of the Rhine in the English civil war.
    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, Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!

    • 59 min
    A Filthy Little Tip for the Barman (Travelers week) - That Was Genius Episode 62

    A Filthy Little Tip for the Barman (Travelers week) - That Was Genius Episode 62

    We're going on a history hunt, we're going to find a fun source!Yes, it's traveler week. Tom kicks us off with a look at Till Eulenspiegel (which bizarrely translates as either toilet paper or owl mirror), the ridiculously rude medieval book about an idiot circus performer who farts and poops his way through Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, annoying people along the way.Next, Sam takes us to, erm, Germany again (with an honourable mention for Jimmy Carter's speech about wanting to get to know Poland carnally). This time, he's been learning about Ahnenerbe, the Nazi archaeological society who traveled the world trying to prove that Hitler was related to Buddha, and that Germans come from the lost city of Atlantis. Which is an insane as it sounds - though it did give some inspiration to the villains in Indiana Jones!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, Instagram, Twitter and via our website, and please do subscribe to us and leave us a review if you like what you hear!
    That Was Genius is produced by Glorious Republic Broadcasting.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Reddeuphoria ,

Highlight of my week

It’s very rare that anything truly makes me laugh out but this podcast does. There are equal parts rude jokes and knowledge. I would recommend this to any history fan that can take a joke. Come for the learning, stay for the accents.

tiffany_94 ,

This is genius

I found this podcast after doing a google search for “funny history podcasts” and boy did this one deliver. Sam and Tom are a delight to listen to and their banter is absolutely hilarious. However, the podcast is also informative and has introduced me to many fascinating historical stories. Highly recommend giving this a listen!

thegrandstander ,

Hilarious

When in doubt, use an Indian accent. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

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