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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

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    • 4.3 • 3.3K Ratings

History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

    A Prince and His Poodle: The Supernatural Adventures of Rupert and Boy

    A Prince and His Poodle: The Supernatural Adventures of Rupert and Boy

    When the Earl of Rundel learned his acquaintance Prince Rupert was languishing in an Austrian prison during the Thirty Years' War, he gifted the prince a rare white hunting poodle as a companion. Rupert named his new pooch "Boy" and the two became inseparable. Boy accompanied Rupert into multiple conflicts and became a mascot of sorts -- and, in an odd twist, people across England started to believe Boy was no ordinary dog. Instead, they argued, both Boy and Rupert had occult, supernatural powers. In today's episode, the guys explore the story of a Prince, his pooch, and the effectiveness of propaganda.
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    • 50 min
    How One Guy Made Europe Fall In Love With Potatoes

    How One Guy Made Europe Fall In Love With Potatoes

    Today, the humble potato can be found in restaurants and dinner tables across the world -- but this wasn't always the case. In today's episode, Ben and Noel dive into the story of one spud-loving, potato-proselytizing man named Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, and his ambitious life's mission to get an entire continent onboard with the idea of an obscure, Peruvian tuber that would go on to fundamentally change the world.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Weird Courtship Rituals, Part Two

    Weird Courtship Rituals, Part Two

    What exactly is Bhutanese "Night Hunting," and how does it work? How do some rural Cambodian communities navigate the tricky world of dating while living in communal homes? It's often said the course of true love never did run smooth -- and it sure takes some odd turns on the path from courtship to marriage. In the second part of this special two-part series, Ben and Noel welcome special guests Eli and Diana banks, the hosts of Ridiculous Romance, to explore some of history's strangest courtship rituals.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Weird Courtship Rituals, Part One

    Weird Courtship Rituals, Part One

    Would you whisper sweet nothings to your sweeheart through a six-foot tube with your Puritan grandmother in the room? Would you force feed your children to make them more attractive for a potential groom? It's often said the course of true love never did run smooth -- and it sure takes some odd turns on the path from courtship to marriage. In part one of this special two-part series, Ben and Noel welcome special guests Eli and Diana banks, the hosts of Ridiculous Romance, to explore some of history's strangest courtship rituals.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Brief History of Underwear

    A Brief History of Underwear

    Underwear! Whether we're talking boxers, briefs, loincloths, brassieres or even lingerie, undergarments have a storied history in cultures across the planet. It's a tale touching on everything from shifting attitudes about morality to scientific innovations, fashion and more. In today's episode, Ben and Noel take a closer look at the ancient origins of underwear, tracing its evolution to the modern day.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    One Guy Was Certain Telepathic Snails Would Replace Telegraphs

    One Guy Was Certain Telepathic Snails Would Replace Telegraphs

    Since before the dawn of recorded history, human beings have been obsessed with talking to each other. This primal impulse inspired French occultist Jacques-Toussaint Benoît to propose a new, global communication system in the mid-1800s, a system he was certain would replace the telegraph: collections of snails. Benoît was certain snails, after mating, remained in constant, non-physical contact, meaning pushing one would affect the other, regardless of their physical locations. So, did it work? Tune in to learn more.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

gambeens ,

Rape Huts

Really enjoyed the latest ep where Noel describes a super remote Cambodian village in the 60’s, absolutely vetted and verified, practice of empowering a woman’s choice of ‘Love Hut’ as opposed to what it would be literally anywhere else in the world at that time. Man that Cambodian village. Wow so ahead of it’s time. I’m so positive it played out that way. You guys spent 20 mins on this asking Noel… hmmm are you sure and he was like well those two articles…. Cmon guys. Let’s go a little bit.

Jesbarth ,

Ben & Noel are just cool dudes

Much like Chuck & Josh, Ben & Noel have mastered the art of veering off topic just enough to be interesting (and even charming) without it becoming an annoyance. I love the structure of their shows. They both have nice syrupy smooth voices too, which sure doesn’t hurt. Recommend, highly, that you listen to all their shows.

Kedghill ,

One of my favorites!

I have been listening for years and I am so grateful for all three hosts and the fun and knowledge they bring! Glad to see you back on YouTube!

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