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Humans have always committed crimes. What can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past, and have humans gotten better or worse over time?

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Humans have always committed crimes. What can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past, and have humans gotten better or worse over time?

    Herbert E. Bucklen, Patent Medicine and 'Axle Grease Salesman'

    Herbert E. Bucklen, Patent Medicine and 'Axle Grease Salesman'

    Herbert Elijah Bucklen made himself one of the wealthiest businessmen in both Elkhart, Indiana, and Chicago, Illinois, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And his patent medicine business, The H.E. Bucklen & Company, had a lot to do with that -- but he didn't rise to millionaire status with just snake oil products and lies, although that was a big part of it. 
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    • 28 min
    Patent Medicine Evolution: No Beer? ‘Let Them Drink Sarsaparilla’

    Patent Medicine Evolution: No Beer? ‘Let Them Drink Sarsaparilla’

    Many patent medicines may have done more harm than good -- or at the very least, nothing at all -- and we’ve been talking about a good many of them so far this season. Ingredients in patent medicines were unregulated and manufacturers weren’t required to list ingredients on the label. Most didn’t help your problem, but there were several products that originated in that era that we still use to this day, believe it or not, although these modern versions typically don’t include exactly the same ingredients as their predecessors – which is often a good thing – and many are no longer claim to be cure-alls – which, too, is a good thing.  Let’s talk about a few of those patent medicine products that have persisted over the years. 
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    • 27 min
    ‘EAT! EAT! EAT!’ Fat ‘Banished’ With Tapeworm Diet

    ‘EAT! EAT! EAT!’ Fat ‘Banished’ With Tapeworm Diet

    Getting yourself a parasitic buddy will help you lose weight; the idea here is that the tapeworm lives in your intestines and eats whatever you’re eating, meaning you can go for seconds or thirds without feeling guilty about any of the calories. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Until the tapeworm part, that is. Tapeworms shouldn’t be inside your body unless it’s by accident, but if you lived in Victorian England, you might have intentionally swallowed one for weight loss.
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    • 27 min
    ‘A Niagara of Curls’: The Story of the Seven Sutherland Sisters

    ‘A Niagara of Curls’: The Story of the Seven Sutherland Sisters

    “It’s the Hair – not the Hat That Makes a Woman Attractive,” read one ad for the Seven Sutherland Sisters’ scalp cleaner. Sisters Sarah, Victoria, Isabella, Grace, Naomi, Dora, and Mary Sutherland were performers who sang and played instruments, but what the crowds came to see was their hair; primarily because there was, collectively, 37 feet of it. By 1880, they were billed as the "Seven Wonders" – and just four years later, their patent hair tonic had made them a fortune. This is a Victorian rags-to-riches story. Well, it’s more of a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. As it goes.

     
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    • 31 min
    Asthma and Smoking: When Cigarettes Were Medicine

    Asthma and Smoking: When Cigarettes Were Medicine

    In 1946, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company launched an ad campaign with the slogan, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” Long before Camel cigarettes became the doctor-approved cigarette of choice, at least in advertising, people living with asthma were often instructed to inhale smoke to relieve their symptoms. And that advice was for asthmatic adults – and children. ‘Asthma cigarettes’, as they were called, and related products, weren’t packed full of tobacco, though many did include it; they were, essentially, psychotropic drugs from the nightshade family that people inhaled in hopes of finding respiratory relief. Let's take a look at what kinds of quack – and, to be honest, some not-so-quack – products for asthma before the invention of the modern inhaler.
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    • 26 min
    That Time Perry Davis Trademarked ‘Pain Killer’ and Then Took It Global

    That Time Perry Davis Trademarked ‘Pain Killer’ and Then Took It Global

    By the time he was in his 40s, Perry Davis was an entrepreneur who had tried, unsuccessfully, to start multiple businesses; and those failures had left him $4,500 in debt – roughly more than $160,000 today. In 1839, his bad luck continued when he then became ill with debilitating pain. Seeking even just any little bit of relief, he mixed up a concoction, containing mostly opiates and alcohol – a mix that would later become known around the world as, “Perry Davis’ Vegetable Pain Killer.” And Davis would become known as the guy who trademarked the word, ‘painkiller’.
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Customer Reviews

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1.2K Ratings

Prettypants77 ,

Love this podcast BUT the ads…

Same sentiment as most others! Love the content & hosts but the ads are TOO MUCH. Each episode I’m skipping approximately 5 minutes of ads 😳

CHope24-112 ,

Good content but…

Please offer subscription option without the ads.

Tmbdraws ,

Cocktail recipe book & less ads!

Loved the first season. Liking the witches & alchemy season. PLEASE offer a cocktail recipe book! I’d buy several & give to my friends. 🍸
Only complaint is TOO MANY ads! It’s a shorter podcast anyway. The amount of advertising detracts from the listening experience. Ugh.

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