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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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Most US residents are familiar with the famous Boston Tea Party - but it was far from the only conflict of this type. Join the guys as they explore Rhode Island’s Gaspee Affair, and why it’s sometimes called Rhode Island’s Boston Tea Party. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Otto Rahn was a German writer obsessed with finding the Holy Grail -- and, despite being opposed to the Nazi party, as well as openly gay, Otto was financed by one of his biggest fans: Henrich Himmler, the infamous head of the SS. Himmler was convinced Rahn was on to something, pouring money into Rahn's expeditions to find the Grail. So what happened next? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Today we take a look at a practice that many of us do every day without a second thought - namely, wear pants. However, for women throughout history, wearing pants has not always been such a trivial matter. Join Ben and special guest Christopher Hassiotis as they examine four times that women in the United States were arrested simply for wearing pants. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
When Oscar Hartzell's mother met Milo and Sudie, she fell for a story too good to be true: She, as an heir to the fortune of Sir Francis Drake, was eligible to receive a large part of his treasure -- all she had to do was help pay for court costs in the UK. Yet when Oscar finally figured out the con, he joined forces with the fraudsters, eventually becoming the head of one of the largest scams of the age. Join Ben and special guest Christopher Hassiotis as they explore the bizarre rise (and fall) of Oscar Hartzell. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nowadays her name may be unfamiliar, but in the 1920s Aloha Wanderwell was an international celebrity, traveling hundreds of thousands of miles across the globe and filming her adventures. Tune in to learn more about the life and times of the explorer often called "the Amelia Earhart of the Automobile". Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Before he became one of the leaders of the Revolutionary War, George Washington was just another young man with big dreams and no small amount of wanderlust. It’s no surprise, then, that he jumped at the chance to travel to Barbados with his elder half-brother. Join the guys as they sit down with special guest and research associate Ryan Beresch to learn more about Washington’s seven weeks in Barbados -- and how it fundamentally altered the course of his life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A statesman, editor, publisher, poet, activist and more, John Willis Menard was a true Renaissance man, and he dedicated his life to public service. Listen in to learn more about the life and times of John Willis Menard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
When the rebellious Drevlian tribe killed Princess Olga of Kiev's husband, Igor, she set forth on one of history's bloodiest revenge's schemes, instigating not one but multiple unsaintly, violent massacres. Join the guys as they explore Olga's brutal rise to power -- and how she ultimately became a saint. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Radio executive Murray Woroner had a dream -- a fantasy radio boxing tournament matching 16 fighters from different eras. In a move that pushed the boundaries of 1960s technology, his team programmed a computer with that boxers' strengths, weaknesses and various fight scenarios that might occur. This ultimately led to one of the strangest bouts in boxing history: The Super Fight between Ali and Mariano, a match that occurred on film, but never happened in real life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In this episode, Ben and Noel dive into the story of François Vatel, a majordomo who was tasked with organizing an extravagant royal banquet in 1671. With 2,000 attendees expected, among them many high-ranking French dignitaries, the pressure was high. Tune in to find out the ridiculous and tragic story of what happened next. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (96)

Wisdom Edmonds

I dont like bumper stickers

Sep 20th
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Jana

The German word for wig is "Perücke"

Sep 17th
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Akshai Bhandari

shit yeah Stonefield and Gizzard!

Sep 10th
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ggggg

skip the first three minutes of inane blathering.

Sep 5th
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R J

Always great to hear about Subjects not covered in history at school. Also that real history can be stranger and more gruesome than fiction. The made up fight between Mohammed Ali and Rocky reminded me of the celebrity death match series on MTV, where they pitted animated celebrities against each other.

Aug 28th
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Heaven Liegh Eldeen

my husband won't stop saying "straight seahorse teeth"!

Aug 26th
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#Royalebleu

Heaven Liegh Eldeen 😂😂😂😂

Aug 27th
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ggggg

once again these guys milk it until you switch to another podcast because they never get to the point

Aug 26th
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Howard Russell

This podcast is going downhill really fast.

Aug 12th
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Cassandra Collins

Howard Russell 😂😂

Aug 13th
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Howard Russell

Non binary mental disorder

Aug 12th
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Cassandra Collins

Howard Russell 🤔

Aug 13th
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Laissa Peixoto

As a Brazilian, never heard this story about Brazil!

Aug 3rd
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Jaymes

yet people laugh at the possibility of them doing this on 9/11.

Aug 3rd
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Shain Niasu

I was a little bit on edge at the beginning, with the mention of "women pretending to be men" but it really turned around.

Jul 29th
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Quanna Diaz

Shain Niasu 😂

Jul 29th
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ggggg

What a waste of time. This should be a two minute podcast. Way too much inane banter.

Jul 19th
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dok dicer

ggggg true, but that makes it a good podcast to fall asleep to.

Jul 28th
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Matt Gold

ggggg totally agree with you. obnoxious. 2 minutes of content stretched into 28 minutes of vapidity.

Jul 21st
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Patricia Brown

Interesting episode otherwise!

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Patricia Brown Yep!

Jul 16th
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Patricia Brown

As a native woman, it was super hard to get through this episode. Hearing the word 'indian' in reference to native Americans is....cringe worthy to say the LEAST.

Jul 16th
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CJ

Patricia Brown there are still people that can't tell the diff btwn Indian and Native American? 🤤

Jul 16th
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Patricia Brown

*Native American*!!!

Jul 16th
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Emily

Patricia Brown 😊

Jul 16th
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Howard Russell

Idiots

Jul 15th
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J A

noel has to go. he is bringing the show down

Jul 9th
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lurpyyy

Butter on saltine crackers is fantastically delicious

Jul 2nd
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Ivar Lampa

wich episode IS the Rasputin one?

Jun 26th
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