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The Bone Wars (Ep. 13)
Early paleontology in America was wild. The two men leading the race to name dinosaurs had some questionable practices on the road to discovery. Bribes, lying, stealing, even destroying bones! We also apologize in advance to the fine people of New Jersey…our list this week might have been a bit much.
The Hitler Diaries (Ep. 12)
It’s one of the greatest hoaxes in history. How did one man make millions by fooling journalists across the globe into believing he had the authentic diaries of Adolf Hitler? And, in the spirit of this ultimately useless purchase, we discuss some of the strangest items you can buy on the internet. Let me tell ya, that gets interesting.
The Bermuda Triangle (Ep. 11)
Planes and ships wander into this gorgeous section of the Atlantic Ocean to never been seen from again. Or do they? How did the Bermuda Triangle get its name and infamous reputation? Can you make it through Christian’s math rap about triangles? Find out this week on Social Currency.
Daylight Saving Time (Ep. 10)
Every year when we move the clocks, people get cranky. But why do we do this ritual known as Daylight Saving Time? How did it start? What are the benefits? The answers might surprise you on this week's episode of Social Currency.
Lamborghini's odd beginning (Ep. 8)
How did an affordable brand of tractors become high-end sports cars? Is Ferruccio Lamborghini the most spiteful entrepreneur ever? What's the deal with the Pope's holy Lamborghini? We unpack all of these questions in this week's episode of Social Currency.
The great state of…Jefferson? (Ep. 7)
In the heart of the Pacific Northwest, there's a section of land that was almost the 51st state. But the state of Jefferson wasn't meant to be. Why didn't it become a state? Why do these counties want their own state? Why hasn't someone invented a robot to clean Steve's house? We'll talk about all these questions, and more, on this week's episode of Social Currency.
The Legend of D.B. Cooper (Ep. 6)
It's the only unsolved airline highjacking in US history. In 1971, a man going by the name Dan Cooper boarded a flight from Portland to Seattle, claiming he had a bomb. What happened next is right out of a movie. How did it all go down? Why do people call refer to Dan Cooper as D.B.? Is he the most polite highjacker in the history of highjackers? Why does Christian have such a distain for Kristen Stewart? Find out this week on Social Currency.
It's-a me, Mario! (Ep. 5)
Mario is the most iconic video game character in history, but where did he come from? How did he get his name? Why does he look the way he looks? Was he always a plumber? We unpack the history of Mario in this week's episode of Social Currency.
Coca-Cola started how?!
Known for its friendly cartoon polar bears and "share a Coke," you might assume Coca-Cola was always a squeaky-clean company. Not exactly the case. The origin story might surprise you. It sure surprised us. But, to be fair, it's not that hard to surprise us. So we're a bad barometer. Anyhow, enjoy the story of one of the world's favorite beverages.
A Monkey Cohost on the Today Show? Meet J. Fred Muggs. (Ep. 3)
In 1952 to try to boost ratings, the Today Show added an unlikely cohost - a monkey named J. Fred Muggs. His rise to popularity was wild, but things weren't exactly peachy on the set during his stint on the show. Links mentioned in the show: A picture of J. Fred Muggs - https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/J_Fred_Muggs_Today_Show_1954.jpg Capybara pictures - http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/07/04/09/42030DCF00000578-4663910-image-a-20_1499155565109.jpg...
1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast (Ep. 2)
In the wake of the hysteria caused by the false missile alert in Hawaii, we discuss the War of the Worlds radio broadcast that caused Americans to think aliens landed in New Jersey in 1938. Beyond the story itself, there's plenty of other good malarkey for your enjoyment, because let's face it, people in 1938 had some interesting old timey quirks. Link to Hawaii golf man - https://youtu.be/a5iJlVm6IOI Link to the 1938 broadcast - https://youtu.be/OzC3Fg_rRJM
Guinness Book of World Records (Ep. 1)
In the inaugural episode of Social Currency, Steve and Christian tell you the origin story of a book which most people don't know. Shenanigans ensue.