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!
Chocolate: From Cacao to Cadbury
If you’re as passionate about chocolate as we are about history, you know the difference between cacao percentages and why they do that in the first place. But did you know that chocolate bars in WWII were called Hitler’s Secret Weapon, or that you could actually die from too much chocolate? On this mini-sode, we’re going to give you a taste of why chocolate has changed over the years, and fill you in on exactly what’s inside a Cadbury Egg.
Giant Bunnies & Ancient Eggs
On this mini-sode, we hop right over to Easter and the giant bunny god that comes with ancient eggs. We all know Easter for its Biblical connotations and the story of Jesus, but the Easter bunny and his eggs won’t be found in the Good Book. They are found, however, in a few historic sources, but not mentioned together until more modern times. Today, we’re going to help answer that very important question: What came first, the bunny or the eggs?
Mastication & Manioc Beer
Manioc beer is a very old and still very common South American drink native to the Amazon. It may not be green beer, but it does have the potential to turn you green when you find out the key ingredient, for those of us not used to its manufacture. Some communities may even think it sexist, as this baffling brew has the distinct honor of being made mostly by women, usually only drank by men. And its main ingredient: human spit.
4-Leaf Clovers: How Mutated Shamrocks became a Symbol of Good Luck
The shamrock is a huge part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but what exactly constitutes a shamrock has had botanists debating for years. One thing they all agree on: It has 3 leaves. So what is it called if it has 4? A mutant. On this week's mini-sode we take a look at the unusual history that lurks within the mutant shamrock.
Leprechauns: An Endangered Species
On this St. Patrick’s Day mini-sode, we uncover the history and mystery surrounding the leprechaun, and how they became protected as an endangered species.
S5E8: Lipstick & Lucifer
On this mini-sode, we look at lipstick’s colorful past and its connection to confessions, magic spells and the devil. Putting on the right lipstick can give a woman a sense of power and confidence that she may not have felt before, making her feel like a new-and-improved version of herself. You could say... it’s magic. And who fiddles around with magic? Witches! And where does magic come from? The Devil!
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.