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A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened!

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A podcast about myths we think are history and history that might be hidden in myths! Awesome stories that really (maybe) happened!

    OFH Throwback - Episode #71 - Who Invented Your Favourite Sport?

    OFH Throwback - Episode #71 - Who Invented Your Favourite Sport?

    On this OFH Throwback we return to an episode from two summers ago called “Who Invented Your Favourite Sport?” This re-release is being done in honour of the postponed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, which should have started this past Friday. The original episode was recorded in the wake of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Back then the mythology of sport was on my mind, and in particular the fake history associated with the origins of sports. So even though you can’t watch the Olympics right now, you can enjoy me nerding out on some weird sports lore. I hope in 2021 when the world finally comes together for the Olympics we will not only be celebrating athletic greatness, but we will also be celebrating the end of a pandemic, and the doctors, nurses, and scientists that helped us get there.
              
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode #115- Who Was Mali's Richest King? (Part II )

    Episode #115- Who Was Mali's Richest King? (Part II )

    In 1324 the Malian Emperor, Mansa Musa, made a pilgrimage to Mecca that would stun the Islamic world with its magnificence. If the sources are to be believed, the emperor traveled with an entourage 60 000 fellow pilgrims and untold quantities of pure West African gold. While travelling through Egypt his lavish spending flooded the country with so much gold that he apparently caused an economic crisis. Precious metals were devalued and Egypt fell into a recession that it would take years to recover from... or at least, so goes the story. Is it true that Mansa Musa had enough gold to destabilize one of the strongest economies in the medieval world? Is it even possible to accurately calculate the wealth of someone from the 1300's? Tune in and find out how tips on copper, half-remembered conversations, and payments in gold-dust all play a role in the story.
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode #114- Who Was Mali's Richest King? (Part I)

    Episode #114- Who Was Mali's Richest King? (Part I)

    One of the most pernicious historical myths to ever circulate is the wrongheaded belief that sub-Saharan Africa was uncivilized and devoid of history before the era of European colonialism. The sophistication and opulence of the Mali Empire during the 13th and 14th centuries completely shreds that idea. Many historians have pointed out that in the 1300's Mali was wealthier, better organized, and more literate than most European societies. The Kings, or Mansas, of Mali may have even been the richest people to have ever lived. But are the tales of the Mansas' wealth believable? Tune in and find out how a hungering lion, African Atlantic explorers, and gold dust currency all play a role in the story.
     
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    Episode #113- Who is Kiev's Most Vengeful Saint?

    Episode #113- Who is Kiev's Most Vengeful Saint?

    There are few tales of revenge as epic as that of Olga of Kiev. In 945 AD Olga set out on a campaign of vengeance that would make a lasting mark on the history of Eastern Europe. However, there is good reason to believe it never actually happened. The source that contains the tale of Olga's vengeance is among the most unreliable chronicles of the medieval era. What should we believe about one of Eastern Europe's most merciless female rulers? Tune in and find out how arrogant boat faces, burning bathhouses, and a baptism switcheroo all play a role in the story.
     
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    • 57 min
    ANNOUNCEMENT: Next Episode and Some Recommendations

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Next Episode and Some Recommendations

    In this quick announcement Sebastian lets everyone know that the next Our Fake History will be released on June 23. Sebastian also expresses the podcast's solidarity with all of those protesting for an end to racism. He also points his listeners towards a few resources to learn more about Black history in the USA and Canada.


    Follow this link to check out the Library of Congress Civil Rights Oral History collection:


    https://www.loc.gov/collections/civil-rights-history-project/


    Follow this link for the interviews featured at the National Museum of African American History and Culture:


    https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/oralhistory/civil-rights-history-project
     
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    • 4 min
    Episode #112- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part III)

    Episode #112- Who Was The First Emperor of China? (Part III)

    After unifying the "Warring States" the first emperor of China turned his attention to an even more lofty goal: becoming an immortal. When describing the first emperor the ancient sources paint a picture of man consumed by narcissism and paranoia. We're told that in his quest to defy death the first emperor put his trust in shady magicians and smooth talking charlatans. Did the hunt for eternal life actually kill China's first emperor? Tune in and find out how the strongest man in China, a sea monster, and a conspicuously good lute player all play a roll in the story. 
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1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Randall's Review ,

Retired Combat Vet

Unquestionably the best podcast on the circuit!

scottD125 ,

Unlikeable host

Covers interesting topics but the host is completely unlikeable. He comes off as the type of person you would walk away from if you met him in public or in a social situation. Plenty of history podcasts to listen to out there.

Bodestiny ,

Growingly PC / Leftist - But Overall Good

My big complaint with this podcast is the guy is too overtly liberal / politically correct / pretentious, which often takes away from his podcasts. He’s also a modern snob. He looks down on historical viewpoints that seem backwards today. He also has that anti-Western bias that looks down on Westerners and holds as somewhat holy non-Western, barbaric societies. In some cases I have shut off the podcasts entirely because he is so biased and doesn’t even know it. But overall this *was* one of my favorite podcasts and I *used* to recommend it to any history buff.

UPDATE: This podcast has gone downhill quick. The guy is a walking virtue signaler.

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