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Muse Stories is a bi-weekly podcast for lovers of weird history. Join cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. Leave us a review on iTunes, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram @MuseStories. Visit the Muse Curatorial Consulting Group website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. New podcasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday!

Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy

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Muse Stories is a bi-weekly podcast for lovers of weird history. Join cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. Leave us a review on iTunes, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram @MuseStories. Visit the Muse Curatorial Consulting Group website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. New podcasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday!

    S4E11: The Unusual History of Mermaids

    S4E11: The Unusual History of Mermaids

    Nereids, mer-people, water folk, mermaids, whatever you want to call them, all cultures around the world have within their histories some version of half-human half-fish creatures. From the German Lorelei, the Icelandic Marmenill, the Matsyanaris in India to the Babylonian fish god, the Polynesian god Vatea, or the African Yemaya, the oceans and rivers of our planet are swimming with mysterious creatures. So the next time you’re swimming in the ocean, take care! You never know who – or what – you’ll meet.

    • 32 min
    S4E10: The Unusual History of Ancient Drinks - From the Archives!

    S4E10: The Unusual History of Ancient Drinks - From the Archives!

    This week's podcast takes you back in time to Season 3's episode on ancient drinks! Let us take you on a quick tour of ancient drinks complete with some odd history and bits of floating lamb fat! Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy of Muse Curatorial Consulting Group also made an accompanying video where they taste test 6 ancient recipes. Don't miss it, it's kinda gross! Watch on YouTube and let us know what you think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxryFVhJme0

    • 28 min
    S4E9: The Unusual History of Love Potions

    S4E9: The Unusual History of Love Potions

    Love is a many splendid thing, but what do you do when the one you love doesn’t love you back? Flowers? Poetry? Obsessive social media stalking? Maybe. Or you could look at what lovers throughout history have done to win the hearts of their intended: Make a love potion. Sure most love potions are made from some strange stuff like mashed-up worms or cakes made from human sweat, but hey, what wouldn’t you do for love?

    • 20 min
    S4E8: The Unusual History of Makeup

    S4E8: The Unusual History of Makeup

    Give me a word, any word, and I’ll show you how the root of that word is Greek. The Greeks get credit for the origins of the word “cosmetics,” which comes from the Greek word “kosmos” and evolved into “kosmetikos,” which basically means the art of beautifying the body. So, there you go. For thousands of years, men and women have been coming up with ways to beautify the body. And in order to look young and beautiful, no ingredient was too strange to try. From various forms of poop to crushed bugs and whale vomit, makeup and beauty regimens haven’t really changed that much -- even though companies change the names on the ingredient list!

    • 31 min
    S4E7: The Unusual History of Childbirth

    S4E7: The Unusual History of Childbirth

    For most of human history, childbirth has been one of the most dangerous things a woman could do. Because of this, most ancient civilizations developed ways to try and protect the mother and child. From rituals, spells and odd superstitions, they used everything they saw and could think of to induce labor, treat pains, and stop death. Fortunately we still have some of these medical manuals and can read all about drinking goose semen or being shaken to induce labor. But for all you expectant mothers out there, maybe just read them for fun. Happy Mother’s Day!

    • 39 min
    S4E6: The History of Strange and Unusual Taxes

    S4E6: The History of Strange and Unusual Taxes

    Because we are in the midst of tax season, and many of us are stressed out about that and many other things, we thought we’d try to put a smile on your face. Taxes have been around for thousands of years in almost every culture, and there have been some really strange and unusual ones. So we are here today to show you how it truly could be worse because despite how taxing tax time can be, a quick look into history and its absurd taxes, may make you feel better about how things are now –- unless you’re living in an area that still thinks some of these weird taxes are cool.

    • 34 min

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