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Forgotten history, bizarre tales & facts that seem too strange to be true! Host Michael Kent asks listeners to tell him something strange, bizarre or surprising that they‘ve recently learned and he gets to the bottom of it! Every episode ends by playing a gameshow-style quiz game with a celebrity guest. Part of the WCBE Podcast Experience.

Forgotten history, bizarre tales & facts that seem too strange to be true! Host Michael Kent asks listeners to tell him something strange, bizarre or surprising that they‘ve recently learned and he gets to the bottom of it! Every episode ends by playing a gameshow-style quiz game with a celebrity guest. Part of the WCBE Podcast Experience.

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Forgotten history, bizarre tales & facts that seem too strange to be true! Host Michael Kent asks listeners to tell him something strange, bizarre or surprising that they‘ve recently learned and he gets to the bottom of it! Every episode ends by playing a gameshow-style quiz game with a celebrity guest. Part of the WCBE Podcast Experience.

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English


Episodes

The Cross Florida Barge Canal

9/26/2022
For more than 100 years, there were plans to cut a canal through the middle of the Florida Peninsula. It would have allowed a huge shipping lane from the Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean. But despite a dozen starts and stops, it was never completed. In this episode, we talk about the canal, its demise, its remnants and the important conservation effort that ended it. Then we chat with Lance Thompson for the quick quiz! Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:44:50

Royal Family: A Hidden Documentary - REWIND

9/19/2022
With the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, we revisit our 22nd episode all about the Royal Family. In 1969, Queen Elizabeth II and her family were followed around by a film crew for a special documentary to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Family. While the public loved it, the Queen did not and it was banned forever. Until last year, when it was leaked to the internet. In this episode, we talk about the documentary and quiz my friend Lance Thompson! Review this...

Duration:00:33:25

The Life and Death of hitchBOT

9/12/2022
Was it a social experiment gone wrong? Or did it produce results exactly as intended? In 2014, robotics and communications scholars developed hitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot. It made its way across Canada, Germany and The Netherlands, but couldn't make it 2 weeks in the USA without being destroyed. In this episode, we tell the story about the life and death of the hitchhiking robot, then play the quick quiz with Comedian Glen Tickle. Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:52:12

To Boldly Go: How Spacemen Poo and Pee - Rewind

9/5/2022
Originally released October 5, 2020. Using the bathroom in space has never been easy. And since the early NASA space missions of the 1960s, engineers have been solving this problem in ingenious ways. In this episode, we explore some of the many ways Astronauts have been able to go number 1 and 2. And we call Comedy Magician Erik Tait to see if he know what we've just learned! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus...

Duration:00:26:13

The Incredible Legend of Theagenes

8/29/2022
In Ancient Greece, the incredible athlete known as Theagenes of Thasos was so successful, his legend of being unbeaten followed him into the afterlife. But is it true that even his depiction in a bronze statue fought his battles? In this episode, we talk about the Ancient Greek legend of Theagenes and then play the Quick Quiz with Mindreader, Eric Dittelman! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus episodes and content...

Duration:00:47:04

The Hottest Coffee: The McDonald’s Coffee Lawsuit

8/22/2022
For decades, the story about the woman who sued McDonald's because her coffee was too hot has been used as an example of frivolous lawsuits. But the truth is much different than the legend! In this episode, we explore this case in detail and learn that you may have heard it all wrong! Then we play the quick quiz with Magician, Peter Boie! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus episodes and content available at...

Duration:00:58:06

Nazis in America: The Madison Square Garden Rally

8/15/2022
In 1939, as many as 22,000 Americans met for a Nazi rally in New York's Madison Square Garden. It was an event of the German-American Bund and attendees cheered while listening to anti-semitic, Nazi-sympathizing speeches. It's hard to believe that this type of thing could happen in America, but it's true. In this episode, we examine the event and then play the quick quiz with International Award-Winning Magician, Erik Tait. Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:52:05

Is The Original English Accent Still Alive in Parts of the United States?

8/8/2022
On the isolated island community of Tangier, Virginia, the residents speak with a dialect that is entirely unique. It's part southern drawl, part "brogue," and some have claimed it's a relic dialect left over from the first English settlers to the area in the 1600s. But is that true? In this episode, we learn about the region, its dialect and the reason for this strange accent. Then we play the quick quiz with my wife Alison! Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:29:41

100th Episode Special! The Dublin Whiskey Fire: Why 13 People Died

8/1/2022
For our 100th episode, we're talking about the awful fire that happened in Dublin, Ireland in 1875. It resulted in 13 people dying, but none of them from the fire! Every person reportedly died from alcohol poisoning! In this episode, we talk about the fire and then play a special version of the quick quiz with Comedian Dan Wilbur! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus episodes and content available at...

Duration:00:55:02

Mass Hysteria and The War of the Worlds

7/25/2022
Did a radio broadcast about Aliens cause mass Hysteria in America in 1938? The Internet Says...maybe. Orson Welles's radio performance of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds has become infamous as causing panic throughout the U.S. when people thought it was a real news report. But is the story overblown? In this episode, we talk about the radio play and its reception. Then we play the quick quiz with Jethro and Matt from the Drunkard's Walk Podcast! Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:56:43

The Georgia Guidestones and Their Demise

7/18/2022
For more than 40 years, a strange, Stonehenge-like monument with a mysterious creator stood in a field in rural Georgia. It was inscribed with instructions for humanity. On July 6, 2022, someone destroyed them with an explosive. In this episode, we talk about the Guidestones, their creator and some of the strange theories about them. Then we play the quick quiz with Mindreader and Author, Jonathan Pritchard! Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:38:12

The Plan to Blow Up the Moon

7/11/2022
Alexander Abian was a brilliant math professor at Iowa State University. But he had one crazy idea: that all of the problems of the world could be solved by DESTROYING THE MOON. In this episode, we talk about Abian's plan in detail, why it wouldn't work, and then discuss a secret government project to actually nuke the moon! We are joined by Brandon Anderson to play the qiuz game! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus...

Duration:00:45:13

Dumbest Civil Unrest Ever: The Straw Hat Riots

7/4/2022
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, men were expected to wear straw hats in the summer, but switch to felt hats in mid-September. If a man didn't switch to felt, mischievous youths would enjoy knocking the hat off and smashing it on the ground. Hat-Smashing got so bad in September of 1922, it led to riots throughout lower Manhattan. In this episode we talk about the Straw Hat Riots and then talk with Comedian and Actor Hal Sparks! Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:50:39

Pablo Escobar’s Cocaine Hippos

6/27/2022
Colombia's Cocaine Kingpin smuggled 4 hippos onto his estate in the late 70s and now, almost 30 years after his death, they've multiplied into a bloat of more than 100 animals, roaming the Magdalena River Valley and terrorizing citizens and their crops. In this episode, we talk about Colombia's "Cocaine Hippos," then chat with Comedian and Political Commentator John Fugelsang, and we argue as to whether or not hippos can swim. Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:46:29

Birds Aren’t Real: LIVE from the Columbus Arts Festival

6/20/2022
BIRDS AREN'T REAL! You may have seen signs at political rallies or internet memes expressing this satirical conspiracy theory. In this episode, we recorded LIVE at the Columbus Arts Festival from the WCBE 90.5 FM booth to tell the story about the Birds Aren't Real movement, how it got started and how it went viral. Then we put the conspiracy theory to the test by talking to a real raptor expert, Joe Dorrian of the Ohio School of Falconry. Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:39:49

The Nebraska Miracle: The West End Baptist Church Explosion (REBROADCAST of Episode 51)

6/13/2022
Originally released August 30, 2021. In 1950, the West-End Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska exploded from a gas leak. The church should have been full of a practicing choir, but it wasn't. This episode examines the curious circumstances that led each and every choir member to be late that day. Then we play the Quick Quiz with Jethro and Matt from the Drunkard's Walk podcast! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus...

Duration:00:40:21

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky and Lived (REBROADCAST of Episode 44)

6/6/2022
Originally released July 5, 2021. In 1971, Juliane Koepcke's airplane was struck by lightning and broke apart 2 miles above the Peruvian Jungle. Miraculously, she was the only one out of the 92 people onboard to survive. In this episode, we tell the amazing story of how she survived the crash and her journey to find safety. Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus episodes and content available at...

Duration:00:32:30

Broken Arrow: The Time We Almost Nuked South Carolina (REBROADCAST of Episode 38)

5/30/2022
Originally released May 24, 2021. In our history, we've had at least 32 "Broken Arrow" incidents: instances of nuclear weapons accidents that don't cause a nuclear war. One of those was in 1958, in which an Air Force B-47 Bomber almost nuked Mars Bluff, South Carolina. In this episode, we talk about the B-47, it's staggering 10% loss rate and the Mars Bluff incident. Then we catch up with actor and podcaster Michael Spedden for the Quick Quiz! Review this podcast at...

Duration:00:32:49

The Thing: When The Soviets Spied and Got Caught

5/23/2022
In 1945, a wooden plaque of the "Great Seal" was given to the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union. It hung on the wall by his desk for years until it was discovered in 1951 to be a secret Soviet listening device. In this episode, we tell the story of "The Thing" or "The Great Seal Bug" and how it came to be. Then we chat with musician Daniel Malone! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus episodes and content...

Duration:01:01:04

Free Christiania: A Utopian Lawless Place

5/16/2022
In the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, a free-living socialist Utopia has existed for more than 50 years. What started as an abandoned military barracks has become a haven for free-thinkers, hippies artists and tourists where it seems everything is legal. But is it? In this episode, we examine the history and turmoil of Christiania and then chat with Comedian & Juggler, Marcus Monroe! Review this podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-internet-says-it-s-true/id1530853589 Bonus...

Duration:00:53:29