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Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests?

The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.

The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong Mark Chrisler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 170 Ratings

Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests?

The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
170 Ratings

170 Ratings

Thor Bigglewiggle ,

Fantastic

Super well written and well delivered. This podcast just starts out at peak form and gets better. If you love history, especially if you love poking at the wrong-headed, misguided, or just plain silly notions that held sway, whether as fads or centuries of dogma, over the course of Western Civilization, you will likely adore this podcast as much as your favorite Eddie Izard routine.

Nineasaur ,

All-around great

This podcast is well-researched, well-produced and well-edited. Those facts alone put it head and shoulders above the great majority of podcasts, but beyond that, the host knows how to tell a good story and has a sharp sense of humor when confronting historical absurdities. And these are stories you haven’t heard on every other history podcast; they will be refreshingly new to most listeners. There’s also background music, which I think makes a podcast much more engaging than just a voice in the void. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.

Billy345765 ,

Just fantastic

My favorite new podcast. Entertaining, funny, informative, and fascinating. Can’t get enough.

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