The Unusual History of Every Thing is a podcast for lovers of the weird history of common things in our world. Join cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing around us. New episodes every Tuesday!
Wedding Cakes: From Testicle-Filled Bridal Pies to Sweet Confections
On this episode, we talk about the evolution of the wedding cake from being filled with unusual ingredients to being smashed on the bride’s head.
The Unusual History of Things You Can Throw at Weddings
Warding off evil has been a thing forever. People don’t want it around them, and part of the evil that lurks about is called bad luck. Who wants that? No one, especially brides, grooms and people attending weddings. And since it’s wedding season, we thought we’d start our journey into things people have historically thrown at weddings by looking underneath the wedding dress first. You probably don’t think there’s much of anything to throw under there, but you’d be wrong!
Armpit Apples & Other Unusual Courtship Rituals
On this episode, we take a look at how courting someone used to be, strange dating rituals that led to marriage, and how stinky sweat-infused apple slices and the severed heads of your enemies used to be tokens of love.
The Neanderthal Hashtag
Three-hundred feet inside Gorham’s cave just east of the Strait of Gibraltar, a team of European researchers uncovered strange markings on a bedrock ledge that jutted out from the wall a few feet above the cave floor. The really strange part: The markings were very similar to our modern-day hashtag. But that’s just “scratching the surface.” On this episode, we do some digging into the mystery of the Neanderthal hashtag found carved in a cave near the Strait of Gibraltar.
Death Dresses & Victorian Fashion
On this week's episode, we’re going to explore how tuberculosis transformed the world of Victorian-era fashion. TB has a long track record of death and devastation throughout human history, but only one era romanticized it and created a fashion trend because of it: consumptive chic.
The Unusual History of Atlantis
The myth of Atlantis has captivated the hearts and minds of many for over 2000 years. Some venture to say that the Atlanteans were aliens and have long gone home to their planet. Still others believe this civilization became what we today call mermaids. On this week's episode, we travel to the depths of the ocean and try to figure out where the fabled Atlantis now rests.
I was curious to listen to these podcasts so I clicked on one and I couldn’t stop listening to them. I heard some really interesting facts and I can’t wait to hear more!!
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Love the entertaining banter of the hosts, and the unusual history stories that keep me thinking long after I’ve heard it.