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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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Have you ever been so broke that you ended up creating your own currency? It may sound like a crazy idea today, but during the Great Depression multiple communities actually created and circulated their own forms of local currency. And this wasn't a lark -- it was a matter of survival. Listen in to learn more about some of the precedents for the (world-famous) BenBucks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Picture this: It's late 1944, and you, like thousands of other people on the west coast of North America, have noticed bizarre, jellyfish-like objects floating through the sky. You call the local authorities, maybe even the Air Force, only to be ignored. You don't see anything about this in the papers or on the radio. You are in the midst of a real-world conspiracy of silence -- until, that is, the bombs begin to explode. Listen in to learn more about the attack of the Japanese balloon bombs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Queen Marie Antoinette's reputation was already tarnished by gossip in 1784, but was completely ruined by the implication that she defrauded the crown jewelers, conning them out of a dazzling, expensive diamond necklace. That's the short summary -- but the story itself is a startling tale of intrigue and iniquity. Listen in to learn more about the strange tale of the diamond necklace hoax. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nowadays most people know the pirates depicted in fiction bear little resemblance to real-life, historical pirates. Few actually buried any treasure, and fewer still lived in secretive island hideouts -- however, in at least one case, the truth appears stranger than fiction. Join the guys as they explore the story of Nosy Boraha, the Pirate's Paradise. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In the 1300s, the Black Death sprang up in central Asia and swept across continents, killing millions. Quarantines became common as various nations sought safety in isolation, and some met with more success than others. Norway may have staved off the plague for years, were it not for a mysterious ghost ship -- listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Have you ever dreamed about shedding your old identity, casting aside your obligations and becoming an entirely different person? Susanna Caroline Matilda, narrowly escaping death after stealing from the Queen, did just that upon arriving at the American colonies. Join Ben, Casey and returning guest Christopher Hassiotis as they unravel the strange story of the Colonial Grifter Princess. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
While the phrase 'weird flex' may be relatively recent, it turns out that this phenomenon itself is as old as human civilization. Join the guys with special guests Miles and Jack from The Daily Zeitgeist as they explore some of the strangest (and most petty) flexes in human history in the conclusion of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Do you know anyone who decided to show off in a weird way? While the phrase 'weird flex' may be relatively recent, it turns out that this phenomenon itself is as old as human civilization. Join the guys with special guests Miles and Jack from The Daily Zeitgeist as they explore some of the strangest (and most petty) flexes in human history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
It's no secret that hospitals can be intimidating, scary places -- but the medical operations of the modern day can't hold a candle to the grisly procedures of the 1800s. Back then, even some of the best surgeons still had about a one in ten chance of their patients dying during or shortly after a procedure. And Robert Liston was no exception. Listen in to learn how this otherwise top-notch surgeon managed to kill not only his patient, but also his assistant and some guy just standing nearby all in the course of one procedure gone horribly wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Today, Oliver Cromwell is known as one of the most famous figures in English history -- he was a Puritan with no military experience when the Civil War broke out in 1642, but within a decade he rose to the position of Lord Protector, essentially ruling Wales, Scotland and England. He died of natural causes, but was later executed... after his death. What are we talking about? Tune in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (58)

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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Russell Lee

great plan. the bats got loose and started a barn fire. it was late in the war, Germany was on the brink of collapse so the project was abandoned.

Feb 12th
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Russell Lee

absolutely untrue. Soviet youth had access to western music. American swing was popular in the 30s 40s. the Beatles played there. the Govt didnt really approve or sanction it. it was definitely available. Russian punk rock huge in the 80s. death metal,metal and Russian pop. dont believe all the leftover, cold war propaganda.

Feb 12th
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Christine Gonzalez

Oh so many tangents

Feb 11th
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Brian Sullivan

Wow, that description is not very accurate as to the contents of this episode. I'm not saying they are wrong in what they said in the episode, they are correct. But when the show description doesn't mention Washington's involvement in slavery and that's what 99% of the episode is about... Bait and switch much?

Feb 8th
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PookyBunny

I love listening to your podcast! you guys keep a fun and relaxed podcast that never fails to be interesting! I give extra air hugs for never forgetting to give a shout out to kacy and guests (air hug to kacy, too!)

Feb 2nd
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Scotch William

All the figures they quote in this ep are so dubious I actually winced several times.

Feb 1st
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