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Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

Location:

United States

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Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

Language:

English

Contact:

518-238-3788


Episodes

YesterCast #1 - November 22, 1963 - UI #180

9/22/2022
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a tragic day for the United States. But what else was happening on November 22, 1963? This first episode of the Useless Information YesterCast explores the rest of the happenings of that day, including the top movies, songs, and TV shows. Included are a number of quirky and offbeat stories, including that of a man who took an ad out in the newspaper seeking an elephant, a man who mistook a boy for a squirrel and shot him, a bank robbery in...

Duration:01:20:53

Bad Apples #4 - Gaslight - UI #179

9/7/2022
In this episode, my wife Mary Jane joins me to review the 1944 classic movie "Gaslight." Starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotton, and Angela Lansbury (in her film debut), it is from this movie that the term “gaslighting” originated. It’s a psychological thriller in which the viewer is witness to a woman being intentionally driven to madness by her husband so that he can carry out his sinister plan. Images, links, and transcript:...

Duration:00:57:09

Russell Sage: The Meanest Miser in the Land - UI #178

8/15/2022
Russell Sage was once one of the wealthiest men in the world. He was ruthless in business and was said to hate philanthropy, upper education, and women. When he passed away in 1906, his wife Olivia got even by giving away nearly every penny of his fortune to the causes that Sage despised. Historian Kathy Sheehan joins me to tell the true story of Russell Sage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:29:50

Retrocast 12 - UI Podcast #177

8/1/2022
In this episode: A man who claimed that he had eloped with another man’s wife because she had fed him a delicious piece of cake, a dead woman who sat up in her coffin just as the undertakers began to pour ice over her body, smog changes the color of a California man’s tie, and much more! Tim Harford of Cautionary Tales cohosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:28:00

The Rise & Fall of the Celestial Comet - UI Podcast #176

7/19/2022
In 1941, the Plainfield Teachers College football team was unstoppable. That was until a reporter exposed a shocking secret about the team and their storybook season was brought to a grinding halt. Images, links, and transcripts: https://uselessinformation.org/the-rise-fall-of-the-celestial-comet-podcast-176/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:18

Retrocast #11 - UI Podcast #175

6/30/2022
In this episode: A mystery man speaks an unknown language, a boy gets his head stuck in a toilet seat, a woman slips on a bar of soap and flies out the window, and much more! Madison Newton cohosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:53:08

Almost Over the Hump - UI Podcast #174

6/20/2022
Just what happens when your airplane crashes high up in the Himalayan mountains and there is no chance that anyone will ever find you? This happened to pilots Joe Rosbert and Ridge Hammell during World War II as they attempted to pilot a cargo plane over “The Hump.” It’s an amazing story of perseverance, survival, and a lot of luck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:33:38

Retrocast #10 - UI Podcast #173

6/1/2022
In this episode: The United States once banned the sale of sliced bread, the State of Oregon attempted to ban popcorn in movie theaters, women were using fly swatters to swat away their excess pounds, and much more! Matt Breen of The Explorers Podcast cohosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:05:08

From Car Show!: The Jeep and World War II

5/25/2022
We’re shaking things up today and sharing a preview from Car Show!, a new podcast from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Longtime Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman tells the stories of the vital cars — the ones that have changed how we drive and live, whose significance lies outside the scope of horsepower or miles per gallon. In this episode, Eddie talks about the military background of the Jeep, a vehicle made for the battlefields of World War II, and its lasting popularity in America...

Duration:00:36:08

Henry Ford's Peace Ship - UI Podcast #172

5/16/2022
In 1915, American industrialist Henry Ford announced that he was willing to use his entire fortune to bring an end to World War I. So, he chartered a ship to take many of the prominent peace activists of the day to Europe and convene a peace conference to mediate an end to the European War. So, hop aboard the Peace Ship! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:46:24

Arbor Day Turns 150! - UI Podcast #171

4/28/2022
Arbor Day is 150 years old! Learn the origins of the day, plus how one small upstate New York town continues the annual celebration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:18:24

Retrocast #9 - UI Podcast #170

4/13/2022
In this episode: A woman dumps her fiancé at the altar to marry the minister, a jealous husband who used rattlesnakes to keep men away from his wife, the unlikely suspects in a case of truck tire sabotage, and much more! Retrosponsor: Kraft Mayonnaise Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:24:14

The Father of Voice Radio - UI Podcast #169

3/31/2022
It’s hard to believe, but when the first words were spoken on radio, it was dismissed as a novelty. It seems as if everyone thought that Morse code was the future. Nearly everyone except for Reginald Fessenden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:16:50

The Case of the Hollow Nickel - UI #168

3/15/2022
In 1953, paperboy Jimmy Bozart was counting his newspaper subscription money. He dropped the coins and one nickel split open, revealing a piece of microfilm. This led to the arrest of a high-ranking Soviet spy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:30:40

Retrocast #8 - UI Podcast #167

2/28/2022
In this episode: A live baby is auctioned off, a carnival knife thrower accidentally hits his human target, a West Virginian dog warden with an unusual approach to keeping thieves out of the pound, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:21:19

The Eddie Cantor Peace Prize - UI #166

2/15/2022
In 1936, superstar Eddie Cantor asked his radio listeners to write an essay describing how the United States could avoid war. The prize was a full college scholarship. With no set rules, something was certain to go wrong. And something did go very wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:31:13

Retrocast #7 - UI Podcast #165

1/31/2022
In this episode: A man falls out of a window and is saved by a flagpole, seven tonsillectomies done in an assembly line fashion, the last cigarette commercial on US network television, a baby born in a well, and much more! Retrosponsor: Dr. Caldwell’s Syrup Pepsin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:21:12

The Glass House Girl - UI #164

1/13/2022
Edna Kirby spent more than a decade in Hollywood appearing in silent movies for Paramount Studios. While she never became a movie star, Edna drew large crowds in nearly every town that she visited. That’s because Edna Kirby lived in a glass house. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:36:18

Bad Apples #3 - Sunset Boulevard - UI #163

1/3/2022
In this episode, my wife Mary Jane joins me to review the classic movie "Sunset Boulevard." Directed by Billy Wilder, this movie tells the story of a struggling screenwriter who gets into a dangerous relationship with a faded Hollywood actress who dreams of a big comeback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:43:13

Retrocast #6 - UI Podcast #162

12/15/2021
Christmas episode! A reindeer that bit a boy’s finger, a lawsuit over the world’s largest Christmas stocking, an absent-minded Santa Claus, a Santa caught with his pants down, the first Christmas film ever made, and much more! Retrosponsor: Dole Pineapple Juice and Gems Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:40:43