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    • New York's First Female Crime Boss Started Her Own Crime School

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Marm Mandelbaum, The Queen of Fences, turned street rats into professional criminals.

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    • Rascal: The Raccoon That Ate Japan

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    • Length: 2 mins
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    First introduced in the 1963 book, Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, the impish little trash-eater known as Rascal was a hit from the start.

    "Rascal: The Raccoon That Ate Japan" is from atlasobscura.com, published on August 29, 2016.

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    • Wedding Night Games Are Awkward All Around the World

    • By: Urvija Banerji, Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    While weddings are full of happenings and rituals, a wedding night usually only has one connotation. But some cultures partake in wedding night activities that involve many more participants than just the bride and the groom.

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    • We Tried to Talk to the Dead at New York's Only Spirit Church

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Can you speak to the dead? Can they speak to you? After attending an official modern day séance, I have no idea, but that doesn’t mean it was totally bogus. In fact, it was pretty relaxing.

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    • Not much content - Just talking around the subject

    • By Dave Tipton on 07-15-18

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    • The Silver Arrow, the Real Ghost Train Haunting the Stockholm Metro

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
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    Fanciful legends about ghost trains regularly pop up around subway systems, rail tunnels, andabandoned tracks. But in the case of the Stockholm Metro, the ghost train is real.

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    • The Myth of the Damsel on the Railroad Tracks

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
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    Most people are familiar with that most clichéd of old cinema tropes: the damsel-in-distress, tied to the railroad tracks by a dastardly villain, only to be saved at the last moment by the dashing hero.

    As a method of murder, this seems so melodramatic and old-timey that it must have originated back in the days of the silent film. But that scene rarely ever occurred, and probably not in the way you think it did.

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    • 10 Bars at the End of the World

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 14 mins
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    People have found ways to live in the most inhospitable places on Earth. Nearly immediately after finding a way to survive, they have found a way to get drunk.

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    • Turn Extreme Camping into a Career as a Wilderness Guide

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Around the world, wilderness experts are needed to take adventurous laypeople and daring researchers out into the untamed parts and make sure they come back relatively unscathed. No matter whether you are more interested in being an expert on the types of life found in the wild, or you want to identify which plants could keep you alive and which ones might kill you, there is probably a wilderness guide job out there for you.

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    • Marie Curie Got Her Start at a Secret University for Women

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    If you think getting a college education is tough today, try earning a degree in Russian-controlled Poland in the late 19th century. If you were a man, you couldn’t be taught anything at university outside of the state-sanctioned curriculum, which was bad enough, but if you were a woman, you weren’t allowed to attend at all. That’s where the Flying University, which produced Marie Curie and thousands of other students, came in.

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    • Astronauts Are Getting Better and Better at Farming in Space

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Space farming is now officially a thing. After proving that lettuce grown entirely in space was safe to eat back in 2015, NASA has announced that the first crop of orbital veggies has now been cultivated exclusively for consumption by the crew.

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    • In 1975, a Cat Co-Authored a Physics Paper

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    When one reads a physics paper in an esteemed journal, one does not generally wonder if it was written by a cat. But such was the case for an article in the 1970s credited to co-author F.D.C. Willard - the Cat Who Published.

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    • What It Took to Demolish the Most Infamous Room at the Hanford Nuclear Site

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Earlier this month, workers at Washington state’s Hanford Site, the most radioactively contaminated place in the United States, noticed that a section of underground tunnel at the facility had collapsed, creating a large hole roughly 20 feet across. The discovery led to a small crisis for the workers, who are tasked with clean-up and demolition at Hanford.

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    • How to Fake Good Booze

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    Cheating and drinking go together like fake peanut butter and stolen jelly. But imbibing can be an expensive habit. That is, until you combine it with cheating. Why spend all that money on Grey Goose or Hennessy when you could just fake it?

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    • Let's Talk About Puffins

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    • Length: 6 mins
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    The clowns of the sea need our help.

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    • Our Strange History of Accusing Inanimate Objects of Murder

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    The history of inanimate objects being held legally responsible for the death of humans goes back to ancient times, specifically ancient Greece. It’s hard to say how common the practice was there, although there are references to it in Plato’s Laws.

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    • Competitive Eating Was Even More Disgusting in the 17th Century

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    For the Great Eater of Kent, it was all ale-soaked bread and wheelbarrows of tripe.

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    • The People Who Suffer from Thalassophobia, or Fear of the Sea

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    When you think of swimming in the sea, do you get a sinking feeling? Does the thought of what monstrous behemoth might be hiding just beneath the waves fill you with dread? Are you acutely aware that the ocean is the most terrifying place on the planet? Then you might suffer from thalassophobia, the compulsive fear of the sea (or really any deep, dark body of water). But that doesn’t mean you have to live with your fear forever.

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    • When High-Class Ladies Wore Masks That Made It Impossible to Speak

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 3 mins
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    In the 16th century, avoiding a sunburn meant being mute and looking super creepy.

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    • Was Your Salad Fork Made in a Former Utopia?

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    American history is littered with stories of failed utopian communities that tried to bring new ways of living to The Great Experiment. But even though so many of the nation's utopia’s fizzled out, the remnants of many of these communities are still active today. Whether it’s your refrigerator, your silverware, or even your house, there’s a good chance that you have used the spoils of a utopia in your everyday life.

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    • Why Is Inauguration Day on January 20?

    • By: Eric Grundhauser
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    Incoming presidents have been sworn in on January 20 since 1936, usually in a massive ceremony, full of all the pomp and circumstance befitting the introduction of a world leader — unless the 20th falls on a Sunday, in which case they are sworn in privately, and the party is held on the following Monday. But this wasn’t always the case.

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