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Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

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Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

    Yestercast #1 - November 22, 1963

    Yestercast #1 - November 22, 1963

    The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a tragic day for the United States. But what else was happening on November 22, 1963? This first episode of the Useless Information YesterCast explores the rest of the happenings of that day, including the top movies, songs, and TV shows.
    Included are a number of quirky and offbeat stories, including that of a man who took an ad out in the newspaper seeking an elephant, a man who mistook a boy for a squirrel and shot him, a bank robbery in which the bank earned money, an escapee who had been in jail nearly the entire time he was supposedly on the run, and so much more.
    Images, links, & transcript: https://uselessinformation.org/yestercast-1-november-22-1963-podcast-180/
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Bad Apples #4 - Gaslight

    Bad Apples #4 - Gaslight

    In this episode, my wife Mary Jane joins me to review the 1944 classic movie "Gaslight." Starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotton, and Angela Lansbury (in her film debut), it is from this movie that the term “gaslighting” originated. It’s a psychological thriller in which the viewer is witness to a woman being intentionally driven to madness by her husband so that he can carry out his sinister plan.
    Images, links, and transcript: https://uselessinformation.org/bad-apples-4-gaslight-podcast-179/
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    • 58 min
    Russell Sage: The Meanest Miser in the Land

    Russell Sage: The Meanest Miser in the Land

    Russell Sage was once one of the wealthiest men in the world. He was ruthless in business and was said to hate philanthropy, upper education, and women. When he passed away in 1906, his wife Olivia got even by giving away nearly every penny of his fortune to the causes that Sage despised. Historian Kathy Sheehan joins me to tell the true story of Russell Sage.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Retrocast 12 with Tim Harford

    Retrocast 12 with Tim Harford

    In this episode: A man who claimed that he had eloped with another man’s wife because she had fed him a delicious piece of cake, a dead woman who sat up in her coffin just as the undertakers began to pour ice over her body, smog changes the color of a California man’s tie, and much more! Tim Harford of Cautionary Tales cohosts.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Rise & Fall of the Celestial Comet

    The Rise & Fall of the Celestial Comet

    In 1941, the Plainfield Teachers College football team was unstoppable. That was until a reporter exposed a shocking secret about the team and their storybook season was brought to a grinding halt.

    Images, links, and transcripts: https://uselessinformation.org/the-rise-fall-of-the-celestial-comet-podcast-176/
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    • 25 min
    Retrocast #11

    Retrocast #11

    In this episode: A mystery man speaks an unknown language, a boy gets his head stuck in a toilet seat, a woman slips on a bar of soap and flies out the window, and much more! Madison Newton cohosts.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Very cool cast

I have listened to them all. ☑️💯

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Fun and informative

A uniquely structured podcast with an entertaining yet informative basis. Has kept me busy for thousands of kilometres on the road! Thanks Steve

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Nice Steve

At first I wasn't sure, but now I listen regularly. Thanks for the detailed research and enlightening stories.

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