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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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    • 4.4, 2.8K 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.

    The Hidden History of Jewish Pirates, Part 1: Escaping Europe

    The Hidden History of Jewish Pirates, Part 1: Escaping Europe

    During the age of European expansion, members of the Jewish diaspora traveled to Caribbean and the continents of North and South America, often escaping the intense persecution of the Inquisition. Some became merchants, others explorers -- and some became pirates. Join Ben and Noel as they explore the little-known stories of these pirates and privateers, and why Jamaica became known as a haven for those fleeing European persecution.
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    • 26 min
    Ridiculous "Remedies" of the Spanish Flu: The Rise of the Lemon

    Ridiculous "Remedies" of the Spanish Flu: The Rise of the Lemon

    Have you ever used a home remedy when under the weather? Some, like honey and lemon (and whiskey) for a sore throat, remain common today. In 2020, other treatments people once swore by seem -- I hesitate to say it -- ridiculous. In the early 20th century, people were desperate to find a cure or treatment for the flu. They tried any number of things that may seem bizarre today, and part of that panic led to the lemon becoming a household staple across the United States.
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    • 49 min
    That Time Rebellious Freemasons Starting Kissing Porcelain Pug Butts

    That Time Rebellious Freemasons Starting Kissing Porcelain Pug Butts

    We've all heard about Freemasons -- but what about the Order of the Pug? Join the guys as they explore the strange series of events that led German Masons to create their own secret society, embodied by a porcelain sculpture of a pug.
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    • 51 min
    Clever Hans, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of Hans

    Clever Hans, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of Hans

    Unconvinced by claims of this horse's mathematical acumen, psychologist Oskar Pfungst conducted a series of experiments to determine whether Clever Hans was actually solving problems. Pfungst discovered there were serious issues with Hans's 'performance' ... but he also, in a roundabout way, ended up proving Hans was, in some ways, more clever than the average person. Ben also pitches a stunning conclusion to a (fake) movie about Hans's life post-fame.
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    • 32 min
    Clever Hans, Part 1: The Equine Mathematician

    Clever Hans, Part 1: The Equine Mathematician

    Back in the early 20th century, retired teacher Wilhelm von Osten had a dream -- to exhibit the gifts of his brilliant horse, Clever Hans, to the world. Wilhelm believed Hans was capable of solving pretty advanced math problems, working out the sums in his head and communicating them to humans through a system of hooftaps. And Clever Hans took the German public by storm -- what could this mean? If animals like Hans were this intelligent, could they also have a consciousness or a soul? Some people were over the moon about Hans... and others remained unconvinced.
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    • 36 min
    Henry VIII and That English Sweat, Part 2: A Disease and a King

    Henry VIII and That English Sweat, Part 2: A Disease and a King

    While history often only remembers Henry VIII as a real pill, he was also a profound hypochondriac -- and, rightly terrified of contracting the English Sweats, Henry hightailed it to a series of safehouses as he sought to isolate himself from any possible infection. Join the guys as they continue exploring the long-term consequences of the mysterious English Sweats.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Windsong3099 ,

History hit and miss

It’s pretty good, but there’s whistling and gasping while the hosts are talking that are insanely distracting and irritating. The one guy sounds like he’s fighting to breathe the entire time he talks.

The topics are okay, research is iffy, it’s mildly entertaining.

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Who dat

These 1-2 star reviews are absolutely hilarious to read I would love just an episode of reading the bad reviews

hippo of pablo ,

Topics are all over the board and all good!

I love this podcast... but, please drop the True Romance commercials. They are so annoying and painful to listen to. I listen while working outside and I have to stop working to walk over to phone and fast forward through these.
Please make them stop!

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