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Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.
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Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

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English

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518-238-3788


Episodes

UI #125 - The Snoring War

7/3/2019
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A fun story from 1964 in which Brooklyn neighbors Sam Gutwirth and Sam Scheir ended up in court due to Scheir's loud snoring. Also learn about the first bike path in the United States, a building filled with popcorn that spontaneously popped, a woman who swallowed a mouse, and two girls who were trapped in a phone booth together. Retrosponsor: Freezone Corn Remover Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:25

UI #124 - Flying Blind

6/4/2019
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A fantastic story about a Navy pilot who was blinded during a bombing run over North Korea in 1952 and the attempt by another pilot to land him safely. Would he make it? Listen to find out. Also learn about the first network television show to have an episode broadcast in color, the first to successfully pilot an airplane across the Pacific, a man who accidentally landed his airplane on a moving car, and drivers who drove through a man's backyard as a shortcut to get to work. Retrosponsor:...

Duration:00:29:08

Introducing The Shrink Next Door

5/21/2019
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Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years. This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at wondery.fm/large Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:12:09

UI #123 - The Many, Many Murders of Michael Malloy

5/19/2019
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Live presentation of one of my favorite stories of all time. Back in 1933, more than thirty attempts were made on the life of a drunk named Michael Malloy. Sounds like fiction, but is totally true. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:13:51

Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long

5/13/2019
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Life is Short with Justin Long finds the actor sitting down with some of the funniest and most intriguing people of today, like Dax Shepard, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris. No topics are out of bounds, and no questions are too personal. Subscribe to Life is Short with Justin Long and start listening at wondery.fm/lifeisshort Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:09:12

UI #122 - 1st Jewish Couple Married on TV (Part 2)

5/5/2019
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Part 2 of my interview with cartoonist Leigh Rubin during which we discuss how he got into cartooning and went on to become a successful syndicated cartoonist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:29

UI #121 - 1st Jewish Couple Married on TV (Part 1)

4/23/2019
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Natalie and Stan Rubin were the first Jewish couple ever married on national TV, but it almost never happened. Hear clips from the television show and an interview with their son "Rubes" cartoonist Leigh Rubin. Also learn about the first toilet ever flushed on-screen in a mainstream movie. Retrosponsor: Hudson Paper Napkins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:42

Introducing Espionage!

4/15/2019
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Introducing the podcast Espionage on the Parcast network. Espionage tells the stories of the world's most incredible undercover missions and how these covert operations succeeded...or failed. Subscribe to Espionage at parcast.com/espionage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:17:03

The Great Podcast Switcheroo!

4/1/2019
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It's April 1st and the Great Podcast Switcheroo is happening! It's where a number of podcasts have switched hosts for the day. Today we have an episode of the Historical Blindness podcast titled The Camden Wonder, which is one of the most unusual murder cases of all time. Well worth a listen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:30

UI Bonus Episode #4 - An Incredible Life of Learning

3/25/2019
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Chatham High School student Van Oles interviews his grandfather, retired pharmacist Ronald McLean. It's the wonderful story of a man who started his career as a soda jerk in a pharmacy and ultimately made his way to be appointed as the Interim Dean at the Albany College of Pharmacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:19

UI #120 - The Coal Mountain Casanova

3/17/2019
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Back in 1952, Jesse Garrett had recently divorced and was in search of a new wife. He seemed like a catch and thousands of women contacted him to let them know that they were interested. What seemed like a good idea at the time ended up financially ruining Jesse Garrett. Also learn about the first product name to be ruled generic, a man who failed to show up as scheduled for his wedding, a woman who slept with the wrong man, and a guy who drove motorscooter from Kentucky to Santiago, Chile...

Duration:00:34:34

UI Bonus Episode #3 - Interview with John Murphy

2/25/2019
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Part 2 of my interview with John Murphy. Here we discuss John's involvement with inventor Dean Kamen (of the Segway fame) and their work to establish the FIRST Robotics competition that now involves tens of thousands of students worldwide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:10

UI #119 - A Punishment That Went Horribly Wrong

2/5/2019
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The parents of 21-year-old Linda Marie Ault were in a panic when their daughter didn't return home after attending a Friday night dance. They searched everywhere for her, but were unsuccessful. When Linda returned home the next morning, her parents were furious with what she had done and came up with a punishment that they thought would teach her a valuable lesson. Everything went horribly wrong. Also, learn about the first 9-1-1 call, a dog that had been choked by a piece of fishing line, a...

Duration:00:31:04

UI Bonus Episode #2 - Salem Trade School Interview

1/13/2019
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Bonus episode is an interview with John Murphy. His dad was a member of the Salem Trade School, which was the subject of Useless Information Podcast #90 in January 2016. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:39

Introducing Safe for Work

12/27/2018
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Here’s a podcast that’ll help you find peace in your career and life. Subscribe to Safe For Work on Apple Podcasts, wherever you’re listening to this, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:05:43

UI #118 - Christmas Time in Santa Heim

12/20/2018
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Fun story from the 1940's about a man named Harry H. Heim who converted a defunct mill town into the ultimate Christmas wonderland. Also, learn about the most performed Christmas song, a girl who became very ill after an older student told her that Santa Claus didn't exist, a person who mailed 50 empty Christmas envelopes, and what happened when Denny;s decided to close their restaurants for the first time ever on Christmas day. Retrosponsor: Coronet Magazine. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:35:06

UI #117 - The Adventure of a Lifetime

12/2/2018
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In 1957, three Chicago aluminum awning salesmen decided to quit the jobs and sail to Africa to join in on the lucrative illegal diamond trade. They were in for a wild ride along with a very big surprise waiting for them at the end. Also learn about Thomas "Tough Tommy" Holden, Three critical reviews of popular musical acts from the 1970's are featured: Carole King, The Carpenters, and an incredibly brutal review of the rock group Heart. Retrosponsor: Fleischmann's Yeast Learn more about...

Duration:00:42:43

UI #116 - The Walking Murphys

10/21/2018
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Long forgotten headline story about a family who lost everything in the Great Kansas flood of 1951. Yet, all was not as it seemed... Also learn about what a Lucy Stoner is, a man who used handcuffs to hitchhike, twins who were hitchhiking around the world, and a father and son who were reunited through hitchhiking. Retrosponsor: Mahdeen Shampoo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:20

UI #115 - The Monster Crash at Crush

9/13/2018
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During the late 1800's and early 1900's, people around the United States gathered to watch two trains being smashed together. As a PR stunt, W.G. Crush organized one of these crashes for the Kay Railroad near West, Texas. More than 20,000 spectators were in the audience when it all went horribly wrong. Also learn about the first state to adopt Labor Day as an official holiday, a 6-year-old who purchased a lot of candy and toys, a railway clerk who had 70-lb package of ants sitting on his...

Duration:00:48:57

UI #114 - Baby Moses

8/7/2018
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Pearl River, Louisiana resident Effie Crawford made the most startling discovery on November 11, 1936. Moving through the brush near her home she spotted a large dog carrying an unusual package in its mouth. She grabbed the bundle and opened it to find that it contained a newborn baby. Also learn the difference between a tree and a shrub, a town that hoarded shiny 1902 pennies, a man kept alive as friends pumped his arms up and down, and someone who took advantage of a motel that offered...

Duration:00:29:23