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Ridiculous History

Ridiculous History

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History is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. Join Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown as they dive into some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, a podcast by iHeartRadio.

Latest Episodes

The Hand of Glory, Part Two: Recipes, Necropants and Toes

Like any recipe, instructions for creating a Hand of Glory often varied - which one was considered legitimate? Also, the guys explore the odd, morbid magical item known as 'necropants,' and discuss the specifics of drinking beverages containing a severed human toe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

23 min2 d ago
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The Hand of Glory, Part Two: Recipes, Necropants and Toes

The Hand of Glory, Part One: A Thief's Theme

If you were an enterprising thief in the days of yore, there were few legendary tools as valuable as the grisly Hand of Glory -- the severed hand of a criminal, magically treated to create a macabre, powerful talisman. Join the guys as they delve into the dubious origins of this strange creation in the first part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

38 min4 d ago
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The Hand of Glory, Part One: A Thief's Theme

Brooms and Witchcraft, Part Two: Inquisitions and Iniquity

Could the stereotype of witches on broomsticks actually be a drug reference? Join Ben, Noel and Casey as they continue digging through the history and folklore of witchcraft -- and how it affected pop culture in the modern day -- in the conclusion of this 2-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

33 min1 w ago
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Brooms and Witchcraft, Part Two: Inquisitions and Iniquity

Brooms and Witchcraft, Part One: A Killer in the Rye?

Most people are familiar with the stereotypical image of a witch: a haggard, often older individual with a peaked hat, black robes, a demonic familiar and, oddly enough, a penchant for cruising around on broomsticks. But where did that last, weirdly specific, trope of flying on a broomstick actually come from? Join the guys as they explore the bizarre (and racy) theories behind the story in part one of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

34 min1 w ago
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Brooms and Witchcraft, Part One: A Killer in the Rye?

The Beast of Gévaudan, Part Two: The Birth of a Grisly Legend

As the investigation into the Beast became a national obsession, the French monarchy stepped in, offering rewards (and threats) in their attempt to capture the murderous creature. In part two of this episode, Ben, Noel and Casey explore the end of the tale (tail? Nevermind.) and the mystery of the case that remains unsolved in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

29 min2 w ago
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The Beast of Gévaudan, Part Two: The Birth of a Grisly Legend

The Beast of Gévaudan, Part One: Murders In France

For three years, a monster terrified the backwater region of Gévaudan. From 1764 - 1767, people found the mutilated corpses, one by one, across the countryside. The press of the time, unable to cover political stories, brought the story of The Beast to France at large. A legend was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

38 min2 w ago
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The Beast of Gévaudan, Part One: Murders In France

The BBC Convinced People Spaghetti Grows on Trees

On the first of April in 1957, cameraman Charles de Jaeger's childhood dream came true: Panorama, Britain's most popular news program, aired a segment describing the traditional method of harvesting spaghetti from trees. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

51 min3 w ago
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The BBC Convinced People Spaghetti Grows on Trees

The US Waged War on Pinball for Decades

Today, pinball is seen as a sort of retro novelty -- it's enjoyable, kitschy and wholesome. Yet for decades, political officials in cities across the United States worried pinball might lead to the downfall of the nation's children, become a driving force for organized crime, and dissolve the moral fabric of the US. So what led to this odd war on pinball -- and why aren't people worried about these games in the modern day? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

52 min3 w ago
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The US Waged War on Pinball for Decades

The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part Two

Wade Boggs is a legendary, larger-than-life figure in the world of sports -- but one of his strangest achievements has nothing to do with baseball. Join the guys and special guest, Matthew Waxman, the creator of Trickeration, as they delve into the legend of Wade's 107 beer airplane flight... and walk through some very boozy math to discover whether the legend is true. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

39 minSEP 25
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The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part Two

The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part One

Wade Boggs has always been regarded as a legend, both on and off the ballfield. However, some of his strangest experiences have very little to do with baseball. Join Ben, Noel, and special guest Matthew Waxman, the creator of Trickeration, as they explore the bizarre story of the Wade Boggs sex scandal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

54 minSEP 23
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The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part One

Latest Episodes

The Hand of Glory, Part Two: Recipes, Necropants and Toes

Like any recipe, instructions for creating a Hand of Glory often varied - which one was considered legitimate? Also, the guys explore the odd, morbid magical item known as 'necropants,' and discuss the specifics of drinking beverages containing a severed human toe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

23 min2 d ago
Comments
The Hand of Glory, Part Two: Recipes, Necropants and Toes

The Hand of Glory, Part One: A Thief's Theme

If you were an enterprising thief in the days of yore, there were few legendary tools as valuable as the grisly Hand of Glory -- the severed hand of a criminal, magically treated to create a macabre, powerful talisman. Join the guys as they delve into the dubious origins of this strange creation in the first part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

38 min4 d ago
Comments
The Hand of Glory, Part One: A Thief's Theme

Brooms and Witchcraft, Part Two: Inquisitions and Iniquity

Could the stereotype of witches on broomsticks actually be a drug reference? Join Ben, Noel and Casey as they continue digging through the history and folklore of witchcraft -- and how it affected pop culture in the modern day -- in the conclusion of this 2-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

33 min1 w ago
Comments
Brooms and Witchcraft, Part Two: Inquisitions and Iniquity

Brooms and Witchcraft, Part One: A Killer in the Rye?

Most people are familiar with the stereotypical image of a witch: a haggard, often older individual with a peaked hat, black robes, a demonic familiar and, oddly enough, a penchant for cruising around on broomsticks. But where did that last, weirdly specific, trope of flying on a broomstick actually come from? Join the guys as they explore the bizarre (and racy) theories behind the story in part one of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

34 min1 w ago
Comments
Brooms and Witchcraft, Part One: A Killer in the Rye?

The Beast of Gévaudan, Part Two: The Birth of a Grisly Legend

As the investigation into the Beast became a national obsession, the French monarchy stepped in, offering rewards (and threats) in their attempt to capture the murderous creature. In part two of this episode, Ben, Noel and Casey explore the end of the tale (tail? Nevermind.) and the mystery of the case that remains unsolved in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

29 min2 w ago
Comments
The Beast of Gévaudan, Part Two: The Birth of a Grisly Legend

The Beast of Gévaudan, Part One: Murders In France

For three years, a monster terrified the backwater region of Gévaudan. From 1764 - 1767, people found the mutilated corpses, one by one, across the countryside. The press of the time, unable to cover political stories, brought the story of The Beast to France at large. A legend was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

38 min2 w ago
Comments
The Beast of Gévaudan, Part One: Murders In France

The BBC Convinced People Spaghetti Grows on Trees

On the first of April in 1957, cameraman Charles de Jaeger's childhood dream came true: Panorama, Britain's most popular news program, aired a segment describing the traditional method of harvesting spaghetti from trees. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

51 min3 w ago
Comments
The BBC Convinced People Spaghetti Grows on Trees

The US Waged War on Pinball for Decades

Today, pinball is seen as a sort of retro novelty -- it's enjoyable, kitschy and wholesome. Yet for decades, political officials in cities across the United States worried pinball might lead to the downfall of the nation's children, become a driving force for organized crime, and dissolve the moral fabric of the US. So what led to this odd war on pinball -- and why aren't people worried about these games in the modern day? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

52 min3 w ago
Comments
The US Waged War on Pinball for Decades

The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part Two

Wade Boggs is a legendary, larger-than-life figure in the world of sports -- but one of his strangest achievements has nothing to do with baseball. Join the guys and special guest, Matthew Waxman, the creator of Trickeration, as they delve into the legend of Wade's 107 beer airplane flight... and walk through some very boozy math to discover whether the legend is true. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

39 minSEP 25
Comments
The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part Two

The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part One

Wade Boggs has always been regarded as a legend, both on and off the ballfield. However, some of his strangest experiences have very little to do with baseball. Join Ben, Noel, and special guest Matthew Waxman, the creator of Trickeration, as they explore the bizarre story of the Wade Boggs sex scandal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

54 minSEP 23
Comments
The Misadventures of Wade Boggs, Part One
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