Useless Information Podcast

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Quirky and fascinating true stories from the Flip Side of History.

  • 32 minutes 11 seconds
    The Man Who Would Become Uncle Sam - UI #220

    Have you ever wondered why the United States government is called Uncle Sam? This nickname originates from Uncle Samuel Wilson, who provided beef and pork to the troops during the War of 1812. Join the City of Troy and Rensselaer County, New York historian Kathy Sheehan as she takes us on a tour of Uncle Sam's life. 

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/uncle-sam-podcast-220

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    19 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 18 minutes 58 seconds
    Mr. Benefactor - Podcast #219

    In November 1949, Aurora, Illinois found itself with an unusual mystery on its hands. An unidentified benefactor lavishly distributed substantial sums of money to individuals, charities, and the local high school. Adjusted for inflation, the philanthropist bestowed millions within a mere span of weeks. The burning question: Who was this mysterious figure and what motivated such a profound act of generosity? Listen to this episode to find out!

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/mr-benefactor-podcast-219

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    5 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 27 minutes 26 seconds
    Retrocast #26 - Podcast #218

    A man is arrested for stealing his own money, a barn is stolen while a farmer sleeps, a Harvard graduate who lost his memory, and much more!

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/retrocast-26-podcast-218/

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    15 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 22 minutes 24 seconds
    A Crucifixion in Chicago - UI Podcast #217

    In 1945, police were astounded to discover a man affixed to a wooden cross, hastily fastened to the beams supporting Chicago’s elevated railway. His assailants were never identified, but the victim repeatedly brought up the name of Dr. Emil Bronner. It's worth noting that this is the very same Dr. Bronner who later pioneered the widely acclaimed castile soap that carries his name. This story will help explain the quirky messages on their soap bottles.

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/a-crucifixion-in-chicago-podcast-217

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    24 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 31 minutes 53 seconds
    Retrocast #25 - UI Podcast #216

    An alligator is found in a California swamp, male toll collectors oppose the hiring of women, a mummified man inspires a Don McLean song, a chewing gum party, and much more!

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/retrocast-25-podcast-216/

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    9 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 22 minutes 30 seconds
    The Strange Case of the Poppy Seed Roll - UI #215

    In 1933, New York City police had a very unusual mystery on their hands. Two people died of nearly identical causes within an hour of one another at an Automat restaurant in Manhattan. Strangers to each other, the sole connecting thread between them was a poppy seed roll.

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/the-strange-case-of-the-poppy-seed-roll-podcast-215/

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    13 March 2024, 4:00 am
  • 58 minutes 51 seconds
    The Lightning Tamers - UI Podcast #214

    Our modern world is dependent on electricity. But did you ever stop to wonder where it all began? Guest Kathy Joseph, author of the book The Lightning Tamers and host of the popular YouTube channel Kathy Loves Physics, joins me to talk about some of these amazing stories.

    Video of this interview: https://uselessinformation.org/the-lightning-tamers-podcast-214/

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    Kathy Loves Physics & History on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@Weirdly_wonderful

    Kathy Joseph’s website: https://kathylovesphysics.com/

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/the-lightning-tamers-podcast-214/

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    21 February 2024, 5:00 am
  • 28 minutes 49 seconds
    The Radiator Romeo - UI Podcast #213

    Back in 1937, Harold Hulen was madly in love with Florence Hurlbut. He desperately wanted to marry her, but every time he asked, she turned him down. After a couple of years of constant rejection, Harold came up with an outrageous way to get her attention. Soon their story would be told in newspapers and on the radio from coast-to-coast.

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    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/the-radiator-romeo-podcast-213/

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    6 February 2024, 5:00 am
  • 1 hour 27 minutes
    Retrocast #24 - UI Podcast #212

    Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics cohosts! A man survives going over Niagara, only to later die after slipping on an orange peel; a family is told they can only take one bath per week; a woman catches a trout with a fly swatter, Beatles hair is clogging up swimming pools, and much more!

    You can find Bruce Carlson’s podcast here: https://myhistorycanbeatupyourpolitics.com/

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/retrocast-24-podcast-212/

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    23 January 2024, 5:00 am
  • 28 minutes 48 seconds
    The Poor Rich Man - UI Podcast #211

    In 1950, the Hecht department store chain unveiled plans for constructing a massive new store in Arlington, Virginia. However, their ambitious project faced a formidable obstacle in the form of an 82-year-old preacher. This elderly man insisted on selling his property to the company only if they agreed to pay an exorbitant sum. The question remained: who would emerge victorious in this standoff?

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/the-poor-rich-man-podcast-211/

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    9 January 2024, 5:00 am
  • 37 minutes 24 seconds
    Christmas Retrocast - UI Podcast #210

    In this episode: A look at letters to Santa through the years, a judge who sentences two men to get a boy his Christmas gifts, Santa’s pants fall down, and much more!

    Images, links, and transcripts for this podcast can be found at https://uselessinformation.org/christmas-retrocast-podcast-210

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    20 December 2023, 5:00 am
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