These are the weird bits of history that you have never heard about, but that you really want to know about. These are short bits, about 5 to 10 minutes long that tell about quirky events that often had far reaching consequences. How much land get you get in a box of cereal? What happens when you throw your leaders out the window?
The Art of Drawing Attention to Yourself, aka Goldfish Swallowing
People will eat strange things, but in order to draw attention to themselves, it might surprise you what people will do.
Music from JJStiano at Looperman. Goldfish picture by Dina263 at Pixabay.
The Death of Franz Ferdinand
This is the story of the unlikely death of one man.
Music courtesy of jjstiano at Looperman. Image of the gun used in the assassination from Daniel R. Blume.
Operation Paul Bunyan
If they won't let you cut down a tree in Korea, does it make a sound? This is is the weird tale of a tree pruning operation in the Korean demilitarized zone in 1976.
Music is courtesy of jjstiano at Looperman.
When the odd are down and enemies actually collaborate for the greater good to make food fall from heaven, what can it be but a miracle?
Music by JJStiano at Looperman. Image of the Lancaster bomber is in the pubic domain and can be found on Wikipedia.
Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, and Cold Desserts
The tale of Typhoid Mary is a famous one, but how was it that Mary Mallon managed to spread typhoid in New York? The tale is stranger than you think.
Music, as always, is by jjstiano, at Looperman.
Image from Lupo 09:59, 24 March 2006 (UTC) - According to http://www.newsday.com/community/guide/lihistory/ny-history-702b,0,3017376.photo?coll=ny-lihistory-navigation[dead link] this is an illustration that appeared in 1909 in The New York American. (According to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/typhoid/mary.html, the precise date was June 20, 1909)., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=689799
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The 38 Minute War
The Anglo-Zanzibar War, at 38 minutes is the shortest war in history. Yet enough brief events can be of lasting significance.
The music is from jjstiano and the photo of the HMS Philomel comes from Wikipedia.