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.
August 11, 2020
During the age of European expansion, members of the Jewish diaspora traveled to Caribbean and the continents of North a..
During the age of European exp..
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August 7, 2020
Have you ever used a home remedy when under the weather? Some, like honey and lemon (and whiskey) for a sore throat, rem..
Have you ever used a home reme..
August 4, 2020
We've all heard about Freemasons -- but what about the Order of the Pug? Join the guys as they explore the strange serie..
We've all heard about Freemaso..
July 30, 2020
Unconvinced by claims of this horse's mathematical acumen, psychologist Oskar Pfungst conducted a series of experiments ..
Unconvinced by claims of this ..
July 28, 2020
Back in the early 20th century, retired teacher Wilhelm von Osten had a dream -- to exhibit the gifts of his brilliant h..
Back in the early 20th century..
July 23, 2020
While history often only remembers Henry VIII as a real pill, he was also a profound hypochondriac -- and, rightly terri..
While history often only remem..
July 22, 2020
Beginning in 1485, a mysterious disease swept in waves across England. No one was sure how it spread, no treatment exist..
Beginning in 1485, a mysteriou..
July 17, 2020
As the Great Depression devastates the nation, roughly 2 million people find themselves out of home and hope, migrating ..
As the Great Depression devast..
July 15, 2020
Born in San Francisco, an 11-year-old ran away from home, living and writing about his travels. Hailed as a self-coronat..
Born in San Francisco, an 11-y..
July 9, 2020
Nowadays, experts and equestrians alike largely agree: unicorns are creatures of myth. But, not too long ago, the wealth..
Nowadays, experts and equestri..
July 7, 2020
It's true -- people used to throw tar on other people, then shake feathers on them as a specific form of legally-sanctio..
It's true -- people used to th..
July 2, 2020
While Kate Warne had numerous adventures (and brilliantly solved multiple high-profile cases), her most well-known work ..
While Kate Warne had numerous ..
July 1, 2020
Kate Warne wasn't just the first female private investigator in the US -- she was also one of the best Pinkerton detecti..
Kate Warne wasn't just the fir..
June 25, 2020
The students of Vassar thrived despite a system of Victorian -- near Orwellian -- control. In a time when these college ..
The students of Vassar thrived..
June 23, 2020
Nowadays, most people in the global West associate fudge with the idea of a homemade, homely confection. Yet once upon a..
Nowadays, most people in the g..
June 19, 2020
The Mercator Projection continues to inform explorers, many of whom send their own appropriative versions of the Mythica..
The Mercator Projection contin..
June 17, 2020
In 1569, Gerardus Mercator creates the first world map. It's the predecessor of the cartoonishly inaccurate Mercator pro..
In 1569, Gerardus Mercator cre..
June 12, 2020
It's one of those iconic 'you know it when you hear it' sounds - the two-note whistle made famous in old Tex Avery carto..
It's one of those iconic 'you ..
June 10, 2020
War often drives innovation — often out of desperation. In World War I, doctors were overwhelmed and dangerously short o..
War often drives innovation — ..
June 5, 2020
How did air conditioning fundamentally change the course of U.S. politics? What does the Y.M.C.A. have to do with cigare..
How did air conditioning funda..
June 3, 2020
May 29, 2020
Before the days of WiFi, Reddit, nyan cat and grumpy cat alike, one man set the art world on fire with his increasingly ..
Before the days of WiFi, Reddi..
May 27, 2020
If you're listening to podcast, you definitely know about cat memes. At this point, they're almost like an internet curr..
If you're listening to podcast..
May 22, 2020
In the early 20th century, rural US residents were all-too-accustomed to scraping by, often by any means necessary. Fami..
In the early 20th century, rur..
May 20, 2020
When Emperor Tiberius first ascended to the throne in AD 14, he seemed to be a principled reformer set on cleaning up th..
When Emperor Tiberius first as..