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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

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

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

E06.3 That Ain't Right

10/2/2017
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E06.3 That Ain't Right by Albort Einstone

Duration:00:15:44

E06.2 Idiomdom

9/24/2017
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Albort jumps the shark in our 22nd episode, Idiomdom. Toeing the line between literal and figurative speaking he uncovers the stories behind such idioms as “it’s a cakewalk” “throwing in the towel” “costing and arm and a leg” and, of course, “jumping the shark”. Discover the origin of the words “bimbo” “pushover” and “scram”, find out why we call weaker, smaller, frightened people “chickens” and learn to speak jive.

Duration:00:31:06

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...

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