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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.

    What Happened to Ronald McDonald? Part One: Everybody Loves A Clown

    What Happened to Ronald McDonald? Part One: Everybody Loves A Clown

    Today, billions of people across the world recognize McDonald's — it's one of the planet's most well-known brands. Yet, in recent years, McDonald's has also become home to an enduring mystery: What exactly happened to Ronald McDonald? In part one of this two-part series, Ben and Max welcome special guest Jonathan Strickland for an in-depth exploration of Ronald's meteoric rise and fall.
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    • 55 min
    The 1904 St. Louis Marathon Was Absolutely Bonkers

    The 1904 St. Louis Marathon Was Absolutely Bonkers

    It's no secret that the Olympics have evolved over time, and met with their fair share of controversy over the years -- but the 1904 Olympic marathon remains a tale of ridiculousness for the ages. In today's episode, Ben and Max dive into a madcap series of bizarre events, brazen cheating, and more in the humid heart of brutal St. Louis weather. Taking a cue from their pals at Ridiculous Crime, the guys want you to know everyone in this episode makes it out... OK. 
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    • 59 min
    Andrew Jackson Beat the Snot Out of His Would-be Assassin

    Andrew Jackson Beat the Snot Out of His Would-be Assassin

    Known as Old Hickory to his fans, and King Andrew to his critics, Andrew Jackson was an outspoken, deeply divisive figure. When he was attacked by an assassin while leaving a funeral, the killer's gun miraculously misfired not once, but twice, and despite his old age Jackson retaliated by absolutely wailing on the guy, beating within an inch of his life. And, as it turns out, Andrew Jackson isn't the only president to survive an assassination attempt. Tune for more as Ben and Max explore the strange stories of Jackson, Taft and Roosevelt.
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    • 57 min
    CLASSIC: When (and why) did the US start calling its citizens consumers?

    CLASSIC: When (and why) did the US start calling its citizens consumers?

    Today, the terms "citizen" and "consumer" are often used interchangeably by authors, journalists and politicians. To some experts, this shift has disturbing implications. But how important is a word? How did this switch occur, and why? In today's classic episode, Ben and Noel explore the implications of this strange, often unexamined, evolution.
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    • 42 min
    A Ridiculous History of Reality TV, Part Two: Reality Goes Global

    A Ridiculous History of Reality TV, Part Two: Reality Goes Global

    As reality TV continued to grow across networks and genres, it also spread across the planet. In the second part of this two-part series, special guest Anna Hossnieh joins Ben, Noel and Max to break down the evolution of massive hits like The Bachelor, The Real Housewives empire, and more.
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    • 40 min
    A Ridiculous History of Reality TV, Part One: An Origin Story

    A Ridiculous History of Reality TV, Part One: An Origin Story

    However you define it, reality TV is a giant in the world of entertainment. From soap operas to game shows and the hazards of dating, it seems almost any genre can find a home in reality television. But how did we get here? How did this global phenomenon begin? In part one of this two-part series, special guest Anna Hossnieh joins Ben, Noel and Max to explore the evolution of unscripted programming -- and what it teaches us about humanity. 
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    • 41 min

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I wanna like it so so badly, but I cannot stand how they get distracted so much. They can’t go like five minutes on topic without getting off topic or making dumb jokes. I’m trying to listen to history, and if the topic is Lincoln wrestling, I don’t care where Stone Cold Steve Austin’s catchphrase came from. I really like these guys and the podcast, but I just can’t comprehend the facts of the story when they’re trying to fit as many random pop culture references into the story as possible

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