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Mistakes Were Made

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Mistakes Were Made
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A middle school, history teacher teaches his two adult friends about mistakes made in history.

Latest Episodes

30 - Mao Zedong

EThis week we learn about Mao Zedong and his weird obsession with mangos and murder.

55 MIN2018 SEP 4
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30 - Mao Zedong

29 - The Winter War Sniper

EIn 1939 Russia invaded Finland in what's called The Winter War. During the war a sniper from Finland, Simo Häyhä, was able to kill hundreds of Russians.More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4

22 MIN2018 AUG 27
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29 - The Winter War Sniper

28 - Franz Ferdinand

EThis week we learn about the legend of Franz Ferdinand and his cartoon bombs.

31 MIN2018 AUG 20
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28 - Franz Ferdinand

27 - Alaska

EIn 1867 America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. Some opponents called it "Seward's Folly" after Secretary of State William H. Seward. Turns out it was a pretty great investment.

37 MIN2018 AUG 13
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27 - Alaska

26 - The Berlin Wall

EBuilding a wall dividing a city. Can't see how this will be a mistake.

39 MIN2018 AUG 6
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26 - The Berlin Wall

25 - The Halifax Disaster

This week we learn about the Halifax Disaster and welcome on a new co-host with Bobby Smithney.*Sorry for the audio quality this week. We're still working stuff out.*

37 MIN2018 MAR 20
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25 - The Halifax Disaster

Season 2 Announcement

Hey guys, I’ve got some great news. We’re back for season 2 of Mistakes Were Made very soon.We’ve used this time to think about the podcast and how to make it better and Mike and I came up with a great idea.Neither of us arereal history buffs and while that makes the podcasthumorous sometimes we both thought that the podcast would be so much better with an actual history buff. Someone who has studied it and understands it more so we can have more to joke off of.We found that person with Bobby Smithney and he will be joining us for Season 2. We’re currently scheduling dates to record and we expect new episodes to arrive sometime in March. Thanks so much to the listeners who have reached out to ask about the show and all our subscribers. Tell a friend about the podcast or if you don’t have any friends leave a positive review to help get the word out.Thanks guys! Talk to you soon!

2 MIN2018 FEB 7
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Season 2 Announcement

Episode 24 - The History of Mooning

In the year 66 things were pretty tense between the Romans and the Jews around the mediterranean. You see there was this guy named Caligula in charge of the Roman Empire at the time and he wasn’t the worst, but he also wasn’t the best. Caligula spent a lot of money on building projects. Practical ones like aqueducts and harbors, cultural ones like theaters and temples, but also weird ones like taking hundreds of Roman merchant ships and using them to build a 2 mile long floating bridge across the Bay of Bauli. What was the bridge for? He used it to gallop back and forth on his horse for a couple days and then had it disassembled. He also threw some pretty awesome parties, but everyone did back then so that wasn’t the main problem.The main problem is he was spending money faster than the Empire to make it. So to help offset that he would have citizens falsely accused of crimes. Those citizens would be fined if they were lucky. If they weren’t lucky they would be killed and then t...

29 MIN2017 AUG 9
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Episode 24 - The History of Mooning

Episode 23 - Mobutu Sese Seko: The Leopard Hat Dictator

While he was dictator he did the standard dictator stuff. He killed those who spoke out against him and with all the money at the top many of his people starved. Mobutu was spending billions of dollars on himself and his family. He would overpay his generals or other people that might want to overthrow him and underpay his soldiers, many of whom were forced to steal from civilians just so they could have money to eat.Mobutu also was one of the men who was instrumental in bringing the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman to Zaire on the 30th of October 1974. According to the documentary When We Were Kings, promoter Don King promised each fighter US$5 million for the fight. Mobutu was the only one who was willing to fund such amounts. Mobutu, wanting to expand his country's image, put up the nation's money to do so. According to a quote in the film, Ali supposedly said: "Some countries go to war to get their names out there, and wars cost a lot mor...

45 MIN2017 JUL 26
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Episode 23 - Mobutu Sese Seko: The Leopard Hat Dictator

Episode 22 - Saparmurat Niyazov: The Turkmenistan Dictator

Saparmurat Niyazov (Super-murat Ne-yah-zov) was born on February 19th, 1940 in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He didn’t have the best childhood. His father either died fighting Nazis in World War II or dodged fighting and was therefore sentenced by a military court (two different stories on this). When he was 8 his mother and both his siblings were killed in an earthquake that leveled the city they were living in when the building they were all in collapsed. Niyazov spent 8 days digging himself out of the rubble with his bare hands. When he emerged he was the only living member of his family so he was shipped off to a Soviet-run orphanage in the middle of the mountains. (More on the podcast)

31 MIN2017 JUL 18
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Episode 22 - Saparmurat Niyazov: The Turkmenistan Dictator

Latest Episodes

30 - Mao Zedong

EThis week we learn about Mao Zedong and his weird obsession with mangos and murder.

55 MIN2018 SEP 4
Comments
30 - Mao Zedong

29 - The Winter War Sniper

EIn 1939 Russia invaded Finland in what's called The Winter War. During the war a sniper from Finland, Simo Häyhä, was able to kill hundreds of Russians.More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4

22 MIN2018 AUG 27
Comments
29 - The Winter War Sniper

28 - Franz Ferdinand

EThis week we learn about the legend of Franz Ferdinand and his cartoon bombs.

31 MIN2018 AUG 20
Comments
28 - Franz Ferdinand

27 - Alaska

EIn 1867 America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. Some opponents called it "Seward's Folly" after Secretary of State William H. Seward. Turns out it was a pretty great investment.

37 MIN2018 AUG 13
Comments
27 - Alaska

26 - The Berlin Wall

EBuilding a wall dividing a city. Can't see how this will be a mistake.

39 MIN2018 AUG 6
Comments
26 - The Berlin Wall

25 - The Halifax Disaster

This week we learn about the Halifax Disaster and welcome on a new co-host with Bobby Smithney.*Sorry for the audio quality this week. We're still working stuff out.*

37 MIN2018 MAR 20
Comments
25 - The Halifax Disaster

Season 2 Announcement

Hey guys, I’ve got some great news. We’re back for season 2 of Mistakes Were Made very soon.We’ve used this time to think about the podcast and how to make it better and Mike and I came up with a great idea.Neither of us arereal history buffs and while that makes the podcasthumorous sometimes we both thought that the podcast would be so much better with an actual history buff. Someone who has studied it and understands it more so we can have more to joke off of.We found that person with Bobby Smithney and he will be joining us for Season 2. We’re currently scheduling dates to record and we expect new episodes to arrive sometime in March. Thanks so much to the listeners who have reached out to ask about the show and all our subscribers. Tell a friend about the podcast or if you don’t have any friends leave a positive review to help get the word out.Thanks guys! Talk to you soon!

2 MIN2018 FEB 7
Comments
Season 2 Announcement

Episode 24 - The History of Mooning

In the year 66 things were pretty tense between the Romans and the Jews around the mediterranean. You see there was this guy named Caligula in charge of the Roman Empire at the time and he wasn’t the worst, but he also wasn’t the best. Caligula spent a lot of money on building projects. Practical ones like aqueducts and harbors, cultural ones like theaters and temples, but also weird ones like taking hundreds of Roman merchant ships and using them to build a 2 mile long floating bridge across the Bay of Bauli. What was the bridge for? He used it to gallop back and forth on his horse for a couple days and then had it disassembled. He also threw some pretty awesome parties, but everyone did back then so that wasn’t the main problem.The main problem is he was spending money faster than the Empire to make it. So to help offset that he would have citizens falsely accused of crimes. Those citizens would be fined if they were lucky. If they weren’t lucky they would be killed and then t...

29 MIN2017 AUG 9
Comments
Episode 24 - The History of Mooning

Episode 23 - Mobutu Sese Seko: The Leopard Hat Dictator

While he was dictator he did the standard dictator stuff. He killed those who spoke out against him and with all the money at the top many of his people starved. Mobutu was spending billions of dollars on himself and his family. He would overpay his generals or other people that might want to overthrow him and underpay his soldiers, many of whom were forced to steal from civilians just so they could have money to eat.Mobutu also was one of the men who was instrumental in bringing the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman to Zaire on the 30th of October 1974. According to the documentary When We Were Kings, promoter Don King promised each fighter US$5 million for the fight. Mobutu was the only one who was willing to fund such amounts. Mobutu, wanting to expand his country's image, put up the nation's money to do so. According to a quote in the film, Ali supposedly said: "Some countries go to war to get their names out there, and wars cost a lot mor...

45 MIN2017 JUL 26
Comments
Episode 23 - Mobutu Sese Seko: The Leopard Hat Dictator

Episode 22 - Saparmurat Niyazov: The Turkmenistan Dictator

Saparmurat Niyazov (Super-murat Ne-yah-zov) was born on February 19th, 1940 in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He didn’t have the best childhood. His father either died fighting Nazis in World War II or dodged fighting and was therefore sentenced by a military court (two different stories on this). When he was 8 his mother and both his siblings were killed in an earthquake that leveled the city they were living in when the building they were all in collapsed. Niyazov spent 8 days digging himself out of the rubble with his bare hands. When he emerged he was the only living member of his family so he was shipped off to a Soviet-run orphanage in the middle of the mountains. (More on the podcast)

31 MIN2017 JUL 18
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Episode 22 - Saparmurat Niyazov: The Turkmenistan Dictator
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