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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?

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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

    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.

    • 5 min
    The Death of Franz Ferdinand

    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.

    • 6 min
    Operation Paul Bunyan

    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.

    • 6 min
    Operation Manna

    Operation Manna

    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.

    • 5 min
    Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, and Cold Desserts

    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
    Notes go here

    • 5 min
    The 38 Minute War

    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.

    • 5 min

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