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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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Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm was fascinated by all things military, but the crown jewel of his army was a group known as the Potsdam Giants -- men recruited on the basis of their height alone. If these tall boys, teens and men didn't want to sign up for the Giants, the King had no problem kidnapping them. Listen in to learn more about the strange story of the Potsdam Giants. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In this episode, Wayne Federman joins the guys to explore the rise of legendary comedian Dick Gregory, who began life as a boundary-breaking stand-up comic. Tune in as the gang explore's Gregory's evolution, his association with Hugh Hefner, and his later calling as a full-time civil rights activist Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Want to know more about what’s on your plate? Chef Marc Murphy’s Food 360 takes a comprehensive look at the way we eat, exploring food history, science, culture, and more with help from an impressive roster of experts, restauranteurs, and fellow celebrity chefs. Food 360 is now available! You can listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nowadays it's no secret that some Papal administrations from centuries past were a bit more scandalous than others, but when master engraver Marcantonio Raimondi created prints of explicit art located within the papal palace, the church was scandalized. Learn more about the bizarre tale of "The Sixteen Pleasures".  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Has anyone ever told you you resemble a celebrity? Have you ever thought of making this resemblance your job? In today’s episode, the guys explore real-life stories of body doubles, from World War II to surprisingly recent events. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
After the War of 1812, the US decided to shore up security at Lake Champlain by constructing a fort on Island Point. However, due to a surveying error, the US ended up building this fort in Canada, rather than the states. Listen in to learn more about the ridiculous story of Fort Montgomery, and why some people prefer to call it Fort Blunder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Compared to most people, the UK's Prince Phillip has a pretty swell life -- he's literally royalty, has never gone hungry, and has traveled the world meeting some of Earth's most important people. And, to some residents of Vanuatu, he's also a god. Join the guys as they explore the evolution of the religious movements collectively known as 'cargo cults'. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Did you know you can become an honorary citizen of the United States? It's true -- but it isn't easy. Join the guys as they explore the life and times of the rare few who managed to become honorary citizens in the United States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Whether we’re talking yesterday’s newspaper, pamphlets from museums, or even old lottery tickets and straw wrappers, the world is chock full of things that were not meant to last. Today the guys join Alex Williams, the creator of the new podcast Ephemeral, to explore the strange, beautiful, disturbing and tragic stories of things that came and went, from the Collyer brothers to Pizzaria chips. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Return of Listener Mail

The Return of Listener Mail

2019-05-2300:34:003

Have you written to the guys lately? All of their best topic suggestions come from you and your fellow listeners -- tune in as Ben, Noel and Casey take some of their favorite listener suggestions to the air in this episode of Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (64)

Jimmy Rourks

does he know male hippos aren't hermaphrodites

Jun 13th
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Monica Amos

Fun fact: In reference to Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley looking alike, Keira Knightley played the doppelganger/body double of Natalie Portman as Queen Amadala in Star Wars. So that confusion totally makes sense!

Jun 12th
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dok dicer

Despite looking basically the same, Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender surprisingly are two distinct people.

Jun 11th
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Erin Vaughan

please tell me you guys have read "The Island of the Sequined Love Nun" by Christopher Moore.

Jun 11th
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Jonas Grumbie

not a quizster fan.

Jun 8th
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Pan “Yea it’s me” Samuio

I would probably acknowledge it but not bother the social order since it might create violent schism

Jun 5th
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Sam Radcliffe

found it dull, lacking in structure and it seems as though they have done no research for the topics discussed. i could probably have a more informative conversation down the pub

May 17th
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Alec Loy

yeah stick to the info

May 13th
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Scarlett Cassidy

Can anyone tell me who the man is in podcasts profile pic?

May 10th
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Enda Gillen

Scarlett Cassidy Rasputin

May 13th
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Shikenchii

Scarlett Cassidy It's Rasputin

May 12th
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Keli Reardon

For anyone who finds this episode interesting look up Dr lindsay fits Harris she wrote a book called the butchering art about lister and Victorian medicin

Apr 30th
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zane de takdal

"History" as presented to the American "intellect", that being on par with an intellectually "challenged" 12 year old whose only frame of cultural/social reference are Hollywood comic book "movies". Inane and childish material at a level that won't intimidate or discomfit Americans: plenty of simple words/sentences/concepts that will allow them to smirk w/ their usual degree of smug self-satisfaction. Given that the average American IQ hovers around 92, this may be an interesting program for non-American toddlers but quite a bore for any reasonably intelligent adult not raised in the USA.

Apr 27th
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Keli Reardon

Do you want ants cause that's how you get ants

Apr 26th
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Chinchilla Jesus

Bri W i think it a reference to archer the show

Apr 28th
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Chinchilla Jesus

Keli Reardon are We doing phrasing?

Apr 28th
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Thomas Franklin

haha how funny. good one.

Apr 24th
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Michael Jiggens

Samual Pepys, pronounced Peeps. Good stuff otherwise, thanks.

Apr 19th
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Tina Bastani nejad

I ove your podcast so much guys! I am an immigrant, living in Canada and although I like history, I don't know much about north America´s history. by listening to your podcast I am learning a bit of history , improve my English and I have fun too ! I even try to memorize the priceless pillow ad as a practice for talking fast😂😂😂!

Apr 6th
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Paul Zabala

so cool! been creating an episode about the aswang too :)

Apr 3rd
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gilles st onge

Great podcast. No podcaster burnout here. Always fresh.

Mar 22nd
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Mack Edge

Hey guys, you've got a brilliant show here! Interesting that we're all descendents of Edward III, just don't tell Danny Dier... Have you heard of John Lothropp? He was a 17th century Anglican clergyman who was allowed out of prison in England on the proviso he set sail for the New World. And you know what? He is reckoned to be a direct ancestor of SIX U.S. PRESIDENTS! Including FDR and the Bush dynasty. Keep up the great sleuthing work! Matt, London Tour Guide.

Feb 23rd
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Cassie

great! although i dont think his death was admirable as they seem to think. it was careless, and left his team at risk without a leader.

Feb 20th
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Laissa Peixoto

In Brazil, the bidet nozzle thing has been fairly common for quite some time now.

Feb 17th
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