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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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When George S. Patton decided to found a tank training school in the tiny French village of Bourg, the mayor approached him in tears. "An American soldier has died here," said the mayor, "and I would like to lead you to his grave." Patton followed the lachrymose politician to the grave site -- but he wasn't prepared for what he would find. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
When we think of the mob today, most Americans think of New York City -- and why not? After all, films, books and TV shows often depict New York as the heart of mob country. Yet, as the guys discover in today's episode, the story of the Italian-American mafia has a surprisingly different (and often forgotten) origin point. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Introducing Ephemeral

Introducing Ephemeral

2019-07-1500:08:071

Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. All episodes of Ephemeral are now available. Listen here and learn more at www.ephemeral.show Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Born as 'Jennie Hodgers' with a female sex assignment on December 25th, 1843, Albert Cashier emigrated to the United States lived as a man from his early teens on through the rest of his life. Despite the massive prejudices of the time, he managed to find support in his local communities, his friends and his fellow soldiers from the 95th Illinois Infantry both during and after the war, when the US government temporarily tried to revoke his pension. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
It's no secret that the US and Cuba have a long history of tense relations, often teetering on the brink of war. But just how far would Uncle Sam go to begin a genuine war with Cuba? The answer can be found in the declassified proposals for Operation Northwoods, a secret plan to wage false flag attacks on US citizens, soldiers, planes and ships, all with the goal of blaming these attacks on Cuba.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
It’s true! Once upon a time, Irish separatists based in the United States thought invading Canada was the best way to reunify Ireland. Join the gang as they explore the rise of the Fenians (and, along the way, why Canada is more than capable of defending itself). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The 588th Night Bomber Regiment didn't have the best equipment, and they didn't have the best planes. What this all-female bomber regiment did have, however, was unstoppable ambition, brilliant strategies and dozens of fearless pilots. Listen in to learn more about the rise of the terrifying force the German soldiers called die Nachthexen -- the Night Witches. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Let's be honest: Bugs aren't everyone's cup of tea, but they're fascinating, crucial parts of the ecosystem. They're also, according to a few eggheads, the perfect weapons of war. Join the guys as they explore the bizarre experiments governments conducted in the field of entomological warfare. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Yasuke, the African Samurai

Yasuke, the African Samurai

2019-06-2500:31:3711

Japanese Daimyo Oda Nobunaga was fascinated by the mysterious, towering slave of a visiting Jesuit missionary, and soon this man, Yasuke, joined Nobunaga's court, eventually becoming a full-on samurai. Join the guys as they explore the strange life of the African-born samurai, Yasuke. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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
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Comments (77)

ggggg

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

Jul 19th
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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

Wow,I made it thru 182 podcasts and now I finally have to make a comment.sorry but if your born with a penis your a male.if your born with a vagina your a female.the only iffy exception is if your a hermaphrodite.if a man has a “chopadickoffofme” it doesn’t make him a woman.if a woman has a “sewadickontome” it doesn’t make her a man.mental illness is just that.

Jul 15th
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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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Bobby Force

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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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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