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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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    • 4.3 • 3.4K 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.

    CLASSIC: How White America Tried To Destroy Chinese Restaurants

    CLASSIC: How White America Tried To Destroy Chinese Restaurants

    Today Chinese restaurants serve some of the most popular cuisine in the United States, with more than 41,000 restaurants scattered around the country. Yet in the 1900s these restaurants were so controversial that labor unions, hate groups and even politicians joined forces in an attempt to wipe the businesses out. Tune in to hear the whole story (which, luckily, has a delicious and happy ending).
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    • 44 min
    Russia’s Real-life Ice Queen, Part 2: Weird, Brutal Flexes

    Russia’s Real-life Ice Queen, Part 2: Weird, Brutal Flexes

    As rulers go, Anna of Russia was considered pretty bad news. In the second part of this two-part series, the guys explore how Anna (aka Anna the Terrible)'s traumatic life experience may have contributed to her later, profoundly cruel punishments -- things like forcing a disgraced prince to behave like a chicken, or die in the halls of a real-life 'ice palace.'
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    • 41 min
    Russia’s Real-life Ice Queen, Part 1: The Tsar is a Jerk

    Russia’s Real-life Ice Queen, Part 1: The Tsar is a Jerk

    “Despite being born into royalty, Anna Ioannovna didn’t have the easiest life. Her uncle publicly ridiculed her marriage, and the cruelty she experienced growing up may have had lasting emotional damage, leading her to eventually build an actual ice palace.”
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    • 33 min
    That Time a Baboon Worked for the Railroad

    That Time a Baboon Worked for the Railroad

    When a horrific accident left railroad signalman James Wide without the use of his legs, he was desperate to maintain his livelihood -- an effort that may well have been futile were it not for a chance encounter with a highly intelligent baboon named Jack. Jack began by assisting James with simple tasks, and gradually became competent enough do James Wide's job for him. In today's episode, the guys explore the strange circumstances that led to Signalman Jack becoming an actual railroad employee.
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    • 41 min
    Austin and the Texas Archives War

    Austin and the Texas Archives War

    After its formation in 1836, the new Republic of Texas had some problems -- multiple people wanted the capital in different places. The Republic's archives were seen as a stamp of legitimacy to any city's claim, and by 1842, this led to what what we now call the Texas Archives War. Tune in to learn more.
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    • 46 min
    King for a Week: The Strange Story of Otto I

    King for a Week: The Strange Story of Otto I

    For most people, the old saying "it's good to be king" is just a cool phrase -- but for magician and noted spinner of tall tales Otto Witte, this sounded like an idea to take literally. In today's episode, the guys explore how one man (maybe) managed to con the entire nation of Albania into believing he was their king... and got away with it for a week. If, in fact, it actually happened.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Buttcity ,

Actually interesting

People must like boring old droning historical podcasts, I actually paid attention to most of it. I have ADHD so it’s hard to keep my interest, especially with typically boring subjects like history and these guys managed to do it! Keep up the good work.

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.

Aron Robertson ,

Couldn’t do it..

I love these types of podcasts where a different stand is put on commonplace topics but this one needs some work.
I was less than four minutes into the podcast and noticed one of the hosts is inhaling into the microphone where it sounds like she’s breathing through a straw. Is there some sort of a filter or technology you could use to eliminate that sound?

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