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    • The Violent Ice Cream Wars of 1980s Scotland

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The most dangerous job in Glasgow was being an ice cream man.

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    • Why Doctors Once Treated Fevers and Hysteria With Mashed-Up Bedbugs

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Getting sick in the first century was only tolerable if you were not a picky eater. The cure for the flu or any bad fever was simple, according to physicians of the time: mix exactly seven bedbugs with stew, and swallow. Four, if you were a child.

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    • Meet Bessie Coleman, the First Black Woman to Get a Pilot's License

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The fearless aviator was determined to fly.

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    • One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    No one could get into philosophical argument with Lady Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne, and walk away unchanged. Born in 1623, Cavendish was an outspoken aristocrat who traveled in circles of scientific thinkers, and broke ground on protofeminism, natural philosophy (the 17th century term for science), and social politics. In her lifetime, she published twenty books. But amid her poetry and essays, she also published one of the earliest examples of science fiction. In 1666.

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    • The Forged ‘Ancient’ Statues That Fooled the Met’s Art Experts for Decades

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The fakes were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 28 years.

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    • The Awkward 17th-Century Dating Practice That Saw Teens Get Bundled Into Bags

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    And a wooden board separating the lovers in bed.

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    • Why Did American Cats Get Blamed for So Many Divorces?

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    A century of couples pinning their marital woes on felines.

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    • It Was Once Someone’s Job to Chat With the King While He Used the Toilet

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
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    “Groom of the Stool” could be a crappy role, but it came with great benefits.

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    • Human Eyes Might Not Notice a Good Forgery, but Computers Could

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Artificial intelligence might thwart art forgers once and for all.

    "Human Eyes Might Not Notice a Good Forgery, But Computers Could" is from atlasobscura.com, published on October 5, 2016.

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    • The Lost Lesbian Bars of New Orleans

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Away from the prying eyes and very real dangers of the outside world, lesbian bars were cultural centers for many women in New Orleans for decades. This scene, however, shines faintly in the past: today, in a city with one of the most concentrated and vibrant gay bar scenes in the country, there are exactly zero lesbian bars left.

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    • The 17th Century Mission to the Moon That Never Got Off the Ground

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Meet the scientist who predicted spaceflight three centuries in advance.

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    • Bessie Stringfield, the Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
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    • Length: 8 mins
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    In the 1930s, Bessie Stringfield practically disappeared in a cloud of smoke, bolting across the walls of a wooden, bowl-shaped arena: the Wall of Death. She was on her way across the country, traveling completely alone—again—on a Harley. Bessie Stringfield, an African-American Bostonian originally from Jamaica, had already earned a title that would be given to her years later: “The Motorcycle Queen.”

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    • The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    During World War I, A grandmother in Belgium knitted at her window, watching the passing trains. As one train chugged by, she made a bumpy stitch in the fabric with her two needles. Another passed, and she dropped a stitch from the fabric, making an intentional hole. Later, she would risk her life by handing the fabric to a soldier—a fellow spy in the Belgian resistance, working to defeat the occupying German force.

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    • The Surprisingly Long Life of a Club for Eating Steak

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Every Saturday from November through June in the mid-1700s, a theater in London played host to an elegant steak dinner. There, men gathered around a banquet table and sang songs about beef and England. When a new member joined, they were made to kiss a beef bone. Each attendee wore a blue coat with buttons that read “Beef and Liberty.” This was the Sublime Society of Beefsteaks, or the Beefsteak Club.

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    • Food Testing in 1902 Featured a Bow Tie-Clad 'Poison Squad' Eating Plates of Acid

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
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    • Length: 8 mins
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    Twelve young men sat around a fine dinner table with a crisp white tablecloth and silver settings. The collars of their pressed suits were neatly starched and their bow ties rested politely at their chins as they delicately brought forkfuls of delicious foods to their mouths, each morsel laced with formaldehyde and benzoate. Borax tablets polished off the meal.

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    • Why Americans Consider Celebrities for Political Office

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Trump’s celebrity past may have been his biggest political advantage.

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    • The Worst Freelance Gig in History Was Being the Village Sin Eater

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
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    Sin eaters risked their souls to soak up the misdeeds of the dead.

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    • Growing Mutant Peanuts With the Radioactive Gardening Society

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
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    • Length: 8 mins
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    In the 1960s, some experimental horticulturalists went nuclear.

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    • Some Versions of ‘the Tortoise and the Hare’ Messed With the Moral

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Almost anyone growing up in an English-speaking culture knows the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. In the tale, the two animals challenge one another to a race to prove who is fastest: mid-race, the hare lays down to rest, certain that it’s going to win. Then out comes the tortoise, plodding along without pause, the winner; slow and steady wins the race, as the moral goes. Then there’s a huge forest fire, and almost everybody dies.

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    • Growing Mutant Peanuts With the Radioactive Gardening Society

    • By: Natalie Zarrelli
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
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    In the 1960s, some experimental horticulturalists went nuclear.

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