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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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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.

    Ada Lovelace, Part Two: The Analytical Engine

    Ada Lovelace, Part Two: The Analytical Engine

    After marrying and having three children, Ada dove back into the world of poetical science, continuing her correspondence with Charles Babbage as he tried to garner support for his ambitious, expensive analytical engine. In the second part of this two-part series, the guys explore how Ada's work -- and prescience -- created a profound legacy that remains with us in the modern day.
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    • 47 min
    Ada Lovelace, Part One: How Lord Byron’s Daughter Became a Tech Visionary

    Ada Lovelace, Part One: How Lord Byron’s Daughter Became a Tech Visionary

    Today Ada Lovelace is hailed as one of the most important figures in the early history of computing -- but, during her childhood, her mother was worried she might take after her father, the famous poet (and infamous philanderer) Lord Byron. Learn more about Ada's childhood in part one of this two-part series.
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    • 42 min
    The King of Scotland Got Real Weird with Language Experiments

    The King of Scotland Got Real Weird with Language Experiments

    Scottish King James IV was, by all accounts, a learned man. As a polyglot, he was especially interested in the origin of language -- so much so, in fact, that he allegedly conducted an experiment that would scandalize modern scientists: James had two children spirited off to the remote island of Inchkeith, where they were raised without language by a mute caretaker. While historians still debate whether this actually occurred, James wasn't the first guy to try it out. He, like his predecessors, wanted to see whether the kids would speak a 'natural' or 'original' language on their own.
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    • 58 min
    The Rum Riot of Portland, Maine

    The Rum Riot of Portland, Maine

    On June 2nd, 1855, the good people of Portland Maine had reached a breaking point. The Mayor, an infamous hardline teetotaler, had just been caught approving the purchase of alcohol after making it illegal throughout town. In today's episode, the guys explore what led to the riot, what happened after, and how this strange episode in Portland influence the later Prohibition movement.
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    • 50 min
    The Love of Candy Almost Drove a Cactus Extinct

    The Love of Candy Almost Drove a Cactus Extinct

    You might not associate cacti with candy -- on the surface, they seem to have very little in common, mainly because candy is sold in stores around the world, and cacti have a well-deserved, literally prickly reputation. Yet not too long ago the US was in the midst of a genuine cactus candy craze, one that almost drove the poor barrel cactus to extinction.
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    • 41 min
    The Australian Prison Break of 1876, Part 2

    The Australian Prison Break of 1876, Part 2

    In the second part of this two-part series, the guys return to the astonishing story of the Catalpa, exploring how the men prepared for and committed the actual jailbreak -- and how they got away. Listen in to learn more.
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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

littleporkbao ,

Funny and Interesting

It’s a fun show exactly what the title states. Follow a lot of the HSW guys and this show is good as well. Fun topics and interesting. Well researched! Been listening for a few years. Have even seen the dudes live. I especially think Ben is my fave host. Excited to see what’s next for the series.

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Really

I love this podcast, but please leave YOUR politics out of it!!! We don’t have to agree, but everyone should be respectful!

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Fix your commercials

If I have to hear the exact same Fruit of The Loom commercial back to back one more time on your podcast, I’m going to stop listening. Seriously, it keeps happening and is incredibly annoying.

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