282 episodes

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

Futility Closet Greg Ross

    • History

Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.

    282-Helga Estby's Walk

    282-Helga Estby's Walk

    In 1896, Helga Estby set out to win $10,000 by walking across the United States.

    • 33 min
    281-Grey Owl

    281-Grey Owl

    After his death in 1938, a prominent conservationist proved to have a surprising background.

    • 31 min
    280-Leaving St. Kilda

    280-Leaving St. Kilda

    In 1930, the residents of a remote Scottish archipelago returned to the mainland.

    • 32 min
    279-The Champawat Tiger

    279-The Champawat Tiger

    In 1907, hunter Jim Corbett stalked a Nepalese tiger that had taken 434 victims.

    • 34 min
    278-Lateral Thinking Puzzles

    278-Lateral Thinking Puzzles

    Play along as we untangle six strange-sounding situations using yes-or-no questions.

    • 29 min
    277-The Mad Trapper of Rat River

    277-The Mad Trapper of Rat River

    In 1932 an enigmatic trapper led police on a 300-kilometer chase through northern Canada.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

Distracted Naturalist ,

Love the podcast

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TolkienFan06 ,

Fascinating History and Puzzles to Keep Your Mind Sharp

One of the few podcasts I listen to for nearly every episode, Futility Closet combines random, but fascinating, historical incidents with lateral thinking puzzles that almost always keep me guessing. Check out the books too!

Robachevsky ,

Unique and excellent podcast

The presentation is simple, intimate, and homespun. The stories are unique, quite obscure, and not the usual fare covered by other history podcasts. Particularly recommended to the lover of maritime tales, wilderness travelogue, and Victoriana. And if you're a fan of lateral thinking puzzles, you'll love the puzzle segment at the end of each episode.

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