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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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Bertha Heyman was a notorious con artist with a robust rap sheet and a penchant for bilking well-to-do, otherwise shrewd men. Listen in to learn how Bertha's life of crime led her, oddly enough, into showbiz. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
When French photo collector Jean-Marie Donat stumbled upon his first vintage picture of a German dressed as a polar bear, he initially thought it was just an odd historical anomaly -- at least, that is, until he found a second one. And then a third. And on, and on. Eventually Donat realized he'd stumbled across a bizarre photo trend: For decades Germany was obsessed photographs of people dressed as polar bears. So how did this trend get started, and why did it disappear? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
While the papers of the time relegated Rose Mackenberg to a sidekick role as the "girl detective" working with famed skeptic and escape artist Harry Houdini, this spiritualist-turned-spook-spy spent decades busting con artists purporting to be mediums. And, after Houdini's death in 1926, Rose Mackenberg continued her mission, exposing fraudulent ghost racketeers -- a genuine, real-life ghostbuster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nowadays western historians tend to regard the scientific progress of the 19th century as a linear, indelible line from one breakthrough to the next. Yet these astonishing innovations in science occurred in step with a resurrection of paranormal belief. Why were ghost stories so prolific in this age? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We recount the epic tale of John of Bohemia, a 14th-century king who charged into the Battle of Crécy at age 50 - despite having been blind for the past ten years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
While this Japanese delicacy isn't the world's only icy dessert, it's certainly one of the most unique -- that iconic, delicate texture sets it apart. Kakigōri tastes like a treat fit for aristocrats and royalty, and that's no surprise: Back in the 11th century, that's exactly what Kakigōri was. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Born into slavery in the 1700s, John Edmonstone gained his freedom in 1817 and moved to Edinburgh, where he stuffed birds for the Natural Museum and taught taxidermy to a young Charles Darwin. Tune in to learn more about the life and times of the man who not only taught Charles Darwin, but inspired him to explore the planet and, eventually, produce groundbreaking science that would forever change the way we think of the natural world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Flying in an airplane is an enormous privilege, but nowadays it's often seen as an inconvenience more than anything else -- the crowding, the lines, the security check and so on can certainly take the magic out of a journey. Yet this wasn't always the case -- in decades past, air travel was the last word in mobile luxury. So what changed? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Introducing History VS.

Introducing History VS.

2019-10-2100:02:051

In the podcast History Vs., we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation.History VS. is now available. Listen here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
When French General Antoine Lasalle first arrived at the Prussian-held city of Stettin in 1806, his odds of successfully capturing the community seemed laughably low -- Prussian Lieutenant General Friedrich Romberg had over 5,000 heavily-armed troops at his command, while Lasalle had less than 800 French soldiers. So how exactly did Lasalle convinced Romberg to not only surrender, but also cede his troops, arms and the fortress of Stettin overnight? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (113)

Jim Thornburg

"Gaslighting" comes from the movie "Gaslight". I thought everybody knew that.

Nov 8th
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Calvin Anthony Prepetit

I wonder if submarining the squirrels meant the kids would put them in some kind of enclosed capsule or box along with a wrought. And then throw them into an ocean, pool. or lake.

Nov 8th
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Dave Dixon

If I had a way of rating this show it would only get 1 star. The stories are great, BUT the hosts are idiots. They do zero research on their topics or subjects, only to get bogged down in stupid tangents to insure they try to properly define some little aspect of the story. They take much to far-left political stance for my liking. Instead of taking a neutral stance and letting the listener make their own conclusions. I have listened to a lot of these because I like the stories, but the hosts seem to drift farther and farther left politically and the show progresses. Very sad to say goodbye.

Nov 8th
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Kelsey H.

it's funny that people think there's a war on Christmas oh, because the x actually refers to Chi (or X), the first letter in the Greek word for Christ. no erasure here, just ignorance.

Nov 2nd
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Joonathan-Anty Adamoniene

Hi guys. Your pronounciation of Pskov was spot on, or Pihkva (which is the Estonian version of Pskov)

Oct 30th
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Michael Jiggens

F%ck the planet, f%ck the climate, f%ck the future generations, we want to fly! Really? I thought you were better than that.

Oct 23rd
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Kayl matthew

hope they mention how john wilkes booth's brother is also an acter and is the spitting image of Robert De Niro. look at his picture

Oct 16th
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Matt LaForce

this episode is an odd deviation from the normal history podcasts, but super interesting and hilarious.

Sep 30th
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Chak Olate

Jaymes, aren't you painting with a broad brush there? It's pretty normal to reach into your own experience, and I've heard lots of UK podcasts that ignore the rest of the world. I've also heard US podcasts apologize for a particularly US-centric topic. Just sayin'.

Sep 27th
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Jaymes

the thing that annoys me about American Podcasts is that they know they're audience is international, yet most of the time they talk as if it's only Americans tuning in. talking about American shit, and American politics, and American history. they all have patreons which consist of fans from all over the world. yet they really only ever pander to their local listeners. it's a typically American thing, that they do all of the time, they do the same shit with movies and TV shows.

Sep 27th
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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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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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Howard Russell

Non binary mental disorder

Aug 12th
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Laissa Peixoto

As a Brazilian, never heard this story about Brazil!

Aug 3rd
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