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Not Your Garden Variety Episode: Toxic Plants

9/12/2017
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Not Your Garden Variety Episode: Toxic Plants Can you identify all the plants in your yard or garden pots? After hearing this episode, you may never look at them (or honey products) the same way again! Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender, your Horrific History co-hosts, explore some pretty (and highly toxic) plants from across the […]

Duration: 01:25:18


Profits Before People: Assassinations, Disasters and Child Labor

8/31/2017
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Profits Before People: What are the worst job conditions you have ever experienced or known about? What were your biggest concerns? Join Horrific History co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender, as they scratch the surface on the long struggle for workers’ rights in human history when the profit margins of the rich and powerful have […]

Duration: 01:30:29


Harbingers of Doom: Celestial Events and Superstitions

8/15/2017
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Harbingers of Doom: Celestial Events and Superstitions What kind of superstitions or myths do you think of when you look up at the stars? Every culture has them; there have been stories developed all over the world to explain star constellations or natural phenomena like solar and lunar eclipses, comets, meteors and more. When […]

Duration: 01:41:49


Leaving You In Stitches, Part 2: Human Tissue Theft

8/1/2017
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Leaving You in Stitches, Part 2 Day laborer scams in India, exploitation of people in poverty desperate to provide for their families, surgeries and death threats, this episode has the details on human tissue theft you’ve been waiting for! Horrific History co-hosts Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender are back to continue their two-part episode on […]

Duration: 01:21:04


Leaving You In Stitches, Part 1: Human Tissue Theft

7/25/2017
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Leaving You in Stitches, Part 1 What do you think of when you hear the phrase “tissue theft?” Do you think of evil elves on a clandestine caper to acquire tissue paper for wrapping presents? Perhaps you think of someone with a horrible cold stealing your last box of tissue. After this episode, you’ll think […]

Duration: 01:21:03


Wait For It… Wait For It!

7/18/2017
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Wait for it… Wait for it! Our co-hosts thought our latest topic of research, human tissue theft, would be a fast and easy topic. But by the day of recording they discovered a lot more horrifying, bloody and even some hilarious information from the 13th century to modern day history than they could fit into […]

Duration: 00:02:09


Too Much of a Good Thing: Everyday Toxins

7/4/2017
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Too Much of a Good Thing “The dose makes the poison.” What do you think of when you hear that? Perhaps you think of an alchemy class at a fantastical wizarding school or of an infatuation turned into a blinding obsession. Maybe you remember the morning after a weekend bender or a “sugar coma” crash. […]

Duration: 01:17:04


…And You Thought Dad Jokes Were Bad: Bad Dads in History

6/20/2017
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…And You Thought Dad Jokes Were Bad What do you celebrate on Fathers’ Day? Some people are lucky enough to have fantastic dads who were positive influences in their lives, but not everyone is so fortunate. For those, if they observe the holiday at all, they may simply give tribute to surviving and learning from […]

Duration: 01:19:35


Episode of a Thousand Downloads: Sawney Bean

6/13/2017
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Episode of a Thousand Downloads: Sawney Bean What kinds of milestones come to mind when you think of 1000? Do you think of scientific achievements, sports statistics or something else? For Horrific History, it isn’t surprising that when we recently exceeded our 1000th download milestone we thought of murder, cannibalism, incest and the folk tale […]

Duration: 00:27:29


Mementos of You: Human Trophies

6/6/2017
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Mementos of You After your death, what do you think your survivors (friendly or foe) might keep to remember you? Perhaps a photo or some inanimate object which carried a lot of meaning to you both? Or do you think they might want something more personal, like a lock of hair or your ashes? It’s […]

Duration: 01:21:43


A Horrible Inheritance: Inbreeding

5/23/2017
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A Horrible Inheritance What is the worst thing you can imagine receiving as an inheritance or “legacy gift”? What if the worst your parents could give you was their shared DNA? Sure, we know we’re going to get a combinations of physical traits, for better or worse, from our parents but some people have terrible […]

Duration: 01:08:21


Poison, Pokers & Pee, Oh My: Death Duel

5/9/2017
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Poison, Pokers & Pee, Oh My… The gauntlet has been thrown and the challenge issued. Co-hosts Curtis “Curlystache” Bender and Eric “Iron Fist” Slyter each receive two opportunities to stump their opponent (and you) on horrible deaths and lives of the famous people in history who met those untimely demises. From ancient Egypt and Greece […]

Duration: 01:35:38


Making Your Blood Boil: Decompression Sickness

4/25/2017
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Making Your Blood Boil How well do you cope with being under pressure? Does it make your blood boil? Do you keep calm like a Soviet astronaut pulling a cool move out of The Martian? From Polynesian pearl diving taravana and the discovery of Boyle’s Law, Horrific History co-hosts Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender […]

Duration: 01:13:29


Black Broth & Broken Vines: Rites of Passage

4/11/2017
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Black Broth & Broken Vines What would you suffer or risk to become a full member of your community? Would you jump from extreme heights with only a vine to catch you? Would you allow your body to be surgically and permanently changed without the benefits of modern medicine like anesthesia? Would you kill? […]

Duration: 01:14:50


For a Healthy Glow: Radiation Poisoning

3/28/2017
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For a Healthy Glow A finger, hand, limb or life…. What would you give up for the advancement of science? Would you give up as much as the Radium Martyrs of All Nations? Horrific History Podcast’s co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender discuss radiation poisoning in history, beginning with late Renaissance alchemy research in […]

Duration: 01:31:45


Have a Friend for Lunch: Winter Cannibalism

3/14/2017
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Have a Friend for Lunch Who would you eat first, family member or friend? Would it make a difference if you had to kill the person who would be your next meal or if they were already dead? Horrific History Podcast’s co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender discuss winter cannibalism in history, specifically the Donner […]

Duration: 01:09:41


One Night with Venus, Pt. 2

2/28/2017
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One Night with Venus, Part 2 We’re now on Part 2 of our Valentine’s Day debut with our co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender, continuing their discussion on period accounts in western culture of the historical description of symptoms and gruesome historical treatments of gonorrhea and syphilis (and modern media representations of them)! This episode […]

Duration: 01:14:03


One Night with Venus, Pt. 1

2/13/2017
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One Night with Venus, Part 1 Happy VD! It’s Valentine’s Day, so you may think we’re debuting our Horrific History Podcast on the horrible gifts people have given for the occasion (and, you may be right, from a certain point of view). No, we won’t be talking about candy and wine; we’re focusing on venereal […]

Duration: 01:06:25