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Albort Einstone knows stuff about stuff and stuff. What if we told you Bartholomew Columbus, Jerome Bonaparte and Kermit Roosevelt were all real people? Did you know that there is a direct link between Napoleon Bonaparte and tin cans? Thomas Jefferson and barbed wire? John Travolta and Forrest Gump? Dive into the rabbit hole of history's obscure facts and unique narratives with host Albort Einstone as he connects the dots between past and present. Join us for a hearty dose of Scattered Curiosities.

Albort Einstone knows stuff about stuff and stuff. What if we told you Bartholomew Columbus, Jerome Bonaparte and Kermit Roosevelt were all real people? Did you know that there is a direct link between Napoleon Bonaparte and tin cans? Thomas Jefferson and barbed wire? John Travolta and Forrest Gump? Dive into the rabbit hole of history's obscure facts and unique narratives with host Albort Einstone as he connects the dots between past and present. Join us for a hearty dose of Scattered Curiosities.
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Albort Einstone knows stuff about stuff and stuff. What if we told you Bartholomew Columbus, Jerome Bonaparte and Kermit Roosevelt were all real people? Did you know that there is a direct link between Napoleon Bonaparte and tin cans? Thomas Jefferson and barbed wire? John Travolta and Forrest Gump? Dive into the rabbit hole of history's obscure facts and unique narratives with host Albort Einstone as he connects the dots between past and present. Join us for a hearty dose of Scattered Curiosities.

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40 Decennial

10/28/2018
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Albort reflects on his fortieth year on this our fortieth episode. Travel back to the mystical year one thousand, nine-hundred ninety-eight to decide if Albort predicted the Bird Flu virus as he reads excerpts of his recently dusted off writing assignment book borne of his ten year old, pop-culture infected mind to discover how he and the world have changed in the past thirty years.

Duration:00:29:33

39 Nickels, Bullets, Boats and the Pickle Man

10/14/2018
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Snowmen, Alan Alda, Candy Canes, and Cherries are just some of the many nicknames for pairs in playing cards and the first two make up four fifths of the infamous Dead Man’s Hand. Join Albort for a lesson in poker tournaments, game strategy and learn the jargon that will have you talking like a pro in no time. Discover how the World Series of Poker became a popular sport on ESPN and get to know some of the Jokers that make up the Poker Hall of Fame including Edmund Hoyle and Wild Bill Hickok.

Duration:01:27:16

38 Battle Down

10/1/2018
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It’s the first Tinysode of the season, a lost relic from the series premiere of the Scattered Curiosities. Get a very brief overview of the Battle of the Downs, one of Albort’s favorite paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and find out what it has to do with the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten.

Duration:00:07:49

37 Cereal Killers

9/16/2018
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Take a trip down Saturday Morning Memory Lane with Albort Einstone as he recalls some favorite cereals, commercials, toys and mascots from the late 1800s to today. Learn the history behind some of the biggest companies in breakfast and how Battle Creek, Michigan became ground zero for the start of the unending mascot wars and cereal killers.

Duration:01:38:30

E06.1 American Zigzag

9/18/2017
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Jump into the Curiosity Winnebago as Albort takes you on a road trip across America, zigzagging north to south and south to north and from east to west to see the biggest ball of twine, the Paul Bunyan statue that comes alive in Stephen King’s novel “IT”, a UFO House, Jim the Wonder Dog Gardens, PT Barnum’s grave, the Fiji Merman, the Death Tiki of Awesomeness and go inside Lucy the Elephant, Climatron, dinosaurs and the world’s biggest kaleidoscope. You will visit every drive-to-able state...

Duration:01:45:39

E05.4 Failing English is Easy

9/11/2017
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American English can be one of the most confusing languages to comprehend as it is constantly evolving and including everyday slang into its lexicon. Even words that have been around for a while can be confusing to people who already speak English: flammable and inflammable mean the same thing. This week, Albort highlights some of the many instances from everyday conversations that make failing English so easy.

Duration:00:15:18

E05.3 Symbolically Speaking

9/4/2017
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Where did the infinity symbol come from? What is the true meaning behind the barber pole? Does a little blue ribbon mean more that one thing? What common everyday gesture means “anus” south of the equator? Discover the answer to these and other symbols, logos and gestures that are recognizable worldwide. This is symbolically speaking.

Duration:00:18:18

E05.2 Triple D's: The Daffy Donald Dilemma

8/28/2017
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After Saturday’s big boxing match, we decided to pit the Warner Brothers Duck against the Disney Duck to find out which is most Quacktastic. Which pantsless fowl do you prefer? After Albort makes his case, you may change your mind. And get to know some of the amazing voice talent that have entertained us for the past 80+ years from Silly Symphonies to Looney Toons to Scooby Doo to Futurama and The Simpsons. It’s the Daffy Donald Dilemma.

Duration:00:58:01

E05.1 Scope This Out

8/21/2017
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To celebrate today’s rare Solar Eclipse, this episode is dedicated to the exploration of the heavens and the invention that opened the night sky to everyone, the telescope. And you have to go through Aristotle, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, just to name a few, to get to it. Learn about Halley’s Comet, the Hubble Telescope, the black hole in the center of our galaxy, what a Jansky noise is and say goodbye to Albort’s favorite space mission, Cassini-Huygens. Scope...

Duration:01:07:01

E04.4 Color Me Smart

8/14/2017
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In one of our tiniest “sodes” ever, Albort briefly analyzes the root origins of the names of colors. While he doesn’t cover all of the hues sewn into Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he most definitely enlightens the origins of all of the chromatic tones of the rainbow, the three crayon colors they give your kid when you go to a family friendly restaurant, and a couple of less popular tinges as well, like Puce and Alice Blue.

Duration:00:07:07

E04.3 Curiosity Scatter: VOL 1

8/6/2017
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Albort is cleaning out the file cabinet of spare curiosities that he was unable to include in past shows, so, these are kind of like the deleted scenes from materials found for our first 12 episodes, revealing Cookie Monster’s first name, the meaning of the phrase, “The Luck of the Irish” and you’ll meet a heavy metal singing parrot and Chinese Fire Monkeys!

Duration:00:13:11

E04.1 Moons, Mooning and The Moon

7/24/2017
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Who really invented the moonwalk? Was the Apollo moon landing a hoax? Is there water anywhere else in our solar system? Was Galileo a jerk? What are the names of all the other moons in our solar system? What is the Jade Rabbit? Who invented the moonpie? All of this and more are revealed in this episode of lunacy about our moon, all of the moons of our solar system and the ritual of mooning.

Duration:01:35:46

E03.4 Bobby Fulton and Me

7/17/2017
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This week, Albort invites his first guest, and long time friend and colleague, Bobby Fulton on the show for an incongruent back and forth that proves to be an assortment of multifariousness. Get to know your host a little bit better in this zany session of outrageous questions that will make you think about how YOU would answer them.

Duration:01:26:19

E03.3 Humdrummery: The Most Boringest Day Ever

7/10/2017
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April 11, 1954 is considered the most boring day in history since 1900, but is it? Join Albort as he attempts to “deborify the boring”. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Duration:00:16:32

09 Ooooo, Ahhh!

7/2/2017
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It is our 4th of July special, Ooooo, Ahh! “Oval Officers One’s, One by One. A Hunka Head Honchos” Celebrate the presidential firsts of our country’s commanders in chief. Find out some obscure facts they never taught you in school and improve your Jeopardy game instantly! Which owned a bar, which was a hangman and which was a model for Cosmopolitan? Find out now.

Duration:00:34:41

13 Silver Foxes

7/2/2017
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What do Chewbacca, Igor, Flo, Barney Rubble, Sancho Panza, Doctor Watson, John Oates, Art Garfunkel and the Pips all have in common? They all get second billing, just like all of the Vice Presidents of America. Learn about the second-hand men who held the title of “Veep” and find out which of them wrote a hit song, which one introducte the bill that would abolish slavery and which two VPs shot a man while still in office. Get to know the Silver Foxes.

Duration:00:49:51

E03.1 Emperors, Robber Barons, Cowboys and Indians PART II

6/25/2017
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Part II picks up where Albort left off, discussing the Monopolies of the late 1800s and early 1900s, which include the steel, railroad and barbed wire industries. Hear how Teddy Roosevelt went after corporate America, why Thomas Edison never patented the Kinetoscope internationally and discover why you have heard of Casey Jones.

Duration:01:57:57

E02.4 Taking You Out to the Ballgame

6/18/2017
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Did you ever notice that football, soccer, volleyball and basketball all have coaches and referees but baseball has managers and umpires? Take ten to discover more ways the American pastime is unique. Albort is Taking You Out To The Ballgame.

Duration:00:11:18

E02.3 Highly Superstitious

6/12/2017
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This week Albort discusses some superstitions and superstitious customs we have adopted from our ancestors. Why do people cross their fingers when they lie? Why do people in mourning wear black? Why throw spilled salt over your left shoulder? And what’s wrong with black cats?!

Duration:00:16:15

E02.2 Say Whaaaaaat?

6/4/2017
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Albort goes behind the meanings of the phrases, “Balls to the Wall”, “Get Your Goat”, “Let the Cat Out of the Bag” and much more.

Duration:00:11:18