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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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Episodes

41 TAMT Teenage Avant - Garde Master Talents

11/19/2018
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It’s the Season Two Finale and Albort thinks the Renaissance names for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were not assigned properly and intends to make a case for it. Get the back story on the cold-blooded half-shelled vindicators of justice and their belletristic namesakes of antiquity Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.

Duration:01:19:49

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

36 The Leaded Balloons That Ouched Humanity

9/2/2018
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Albort knows a thing or two about being full of hot air and blows quite a bit of it in this episode surrounding the rigid airships of the early to mid-1900s and how hot air balloons used in the US Civil War helped to inspire the creation of the Luftschiff Zeppelin. Get to know the LZ129 Hindenburg, how it crashed and then wound up on the record jacket of the world’s greatest rock and roll band.

Duration:00:46:31

35 The Return of Bobby Fulton

8/19/2018
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35 The Return of Bobby Fulton by Albort Einstone

Duration:01:27:19

34 Chapter One of the Book That Never Was

8/6/2018
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What happens when a podcaster is asked to turn the first season of his show into a book that does not get published? This episode happens. Chapter one sets the tone for Scattered Curiosities: The Book by utilizing material from our first “Tinysode” (New Yorkosities) and expanding it by a hexatruple and a Pizza Rat. A handy listen for navigating the acronymed neighborhoods: SoHo, NoHo, DUMBO, TriBeCa, NoLita, and the history behind the unabbreviated precincts of Manhattan. Discover where to...

Duration:00:31:18

33 Lucky Leo and the WIzard of Floyd

7/22/2018
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What is the connection between Pink Floyd, a cat named Jackie and the Wizard of Oz? Third roar synchronicity…or second…or NEITHER. Get to know the black & white, sepia-toned and Technicolor MGM “Felidae” that roared (or not) their way into Hollywood royalty to one day unveil The Dark Side of the Rainbow.

Duration:00:40:37

32 What the Dickens Came From the Pen of John Shakespeare's Son

7/7/2018
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It is curious that our one hundred forty character, emoticon-centered, cell phone addicted, American society is not well-known for its ardency of reading, yet is so familiar with a doublet of British writers from 150-400 years ago that had so much in common: neologism, fame, reboots, fathers’ named John, and fantastic signatures. Enter the parallel worlds of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and learn how they influenced modern literature, storytelling, culture, theatre and films.

Duration:01:09:16

31 Rubes, Rubys, Rubies and Reubens

6/24/2018
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Get to know Albort’s idol Rube Goldberg a little better in this episode through Pee Wee Herman, Mr. T and a slew of RGMs. You’ll also meet a train robbing Rube, a sandwich named Rueben, some heroic lady Rubys, along with some musically talented ones who are as precious and iconic as rubles, rubies and the Rubicon River.

Duration:01:01:00

30 Curiosity Scatter Vol II

6/10/2018
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Leftovers are the soup du jour today. Get into Albort’s scatter-brains and learn about Sadie Hawkins Day, Bandwagons, Diner Slang and King Og. This episode is especially interesting for those of you that love the year 1986.

Duration:00:31:48

29 Inventionation

5/27/2018
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It’s the first episode of Season Two! Albort explores the world of simple inventions and how they came to market. Did you know Twister was thought of as “Sex in a Box” when it debuted? Or that the Snuggie wasn’t the first sleeved blanket? How exactly did John Henderson benefit Mister Kite? And what do Wacky Wallwalkers have to do with Christmas? All these answers and much, much more. Welcome back to Scattered Curiosities.

Duration:01:00:04

01 Let's Go Dutch

5/27/2018
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PILOT: In this first episode of Scattered Curiosities, Albort Einstone takes you to the Netherlands and makes poignant connections between Amsterdam and New Amsterdam (New York City) all while weaving in and out of the Eighty Years War.

Duration:01:06:10

E08.1 Swiss Army Scouts

11/13/2017
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For the season one finale, Albort will explore the connections between Duct Tape, Swiss Army Knives, Matches, Springs, Lighters and the Boy Scouts of America. Learn about the Unknown Scout and how he was pivotal to the formation of the BSA. Discover what “Congreves” and “Lucifers” are, and the difference between “The Original Swiss Army Knife” and “The Genuine Swiss Army Knife.” What do a Muskrat, Sunfish, Dog Bone, Congress and Lady Leg have to do with one another? Prepare your “Zombie...

Duration:01:06:46

E07.4 Rock Moniker

11/6/2017
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Finding the right band name is one of the most pivotal moments in a musical group’s journey. Many notable bands went through more than one title before settling on a Rock Moniker. Discover which bands once went by names like: Naked Toddler; Wicked Lester; The Shrinky Dinks; Atomic Mass; and The Polka Tulk Blues Band.

Duration:00:16:16

E07.3 Crazy Train

10/30/2017
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Join us for one of the most infuriatingly extreme subway rides ever, and learn all about toe spreading, licking the sword, burning the giraffe, magic blankets and why Albort is worried about possums, zebras and woodpeckers plaguing the New York subway systems.

Duration:00:15:07

E07.2 Talking Dirty

10/23/2017
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Widen your vocabulary with these words that sound dirty, but aren’t: Sack-But; Sack-ButT; Shuttlecock; Nicker-Picker; Nib lick; Logorrhea; Pissasphalt; and an Interrobang (‽). Don’t be a lobcock or a nodgecock; be a fartlek and get fecund with Albort Einstone in today’s episode, Talking Dirty.

Duration:00:14:26

E07.1 Sit and Spinoff

10/16/2017
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Did you know that Green Acres was a spinoff of Petticoat Junction? And Petticoat Junction was a spin off of The Beverly Hillbillies? And Good Times was a spinoff of Maude! Can you believe that Sheriff Lobo got his own series? And Magnum PI has crossed over with Simon & Simon and Murder, She Wrote. Learn some fascinating television trivia relating to sitcoms, spinoffs, crossovers and catchphrases. It’s Sit and Spinoff.

Duration:01:01:08

E06.4 Fritdjof Nansen

10/9/2017
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Explorer. Adventurer. Neurologist. Sailor. Stud. Diplomat. Scientist. Champion Ice Skater. Champion Skier. Nobel Peace Prize Winner. You need to know about this guy.

Duration:00:51:11