Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

Episodes

Abbott and Costello, Part 2  

Abbott and Costello made it big in Hollywood during WWII, but the later part of their career together was beset by tragedy and problems.

Five First Flights  

When people say the Wrights were first to fly, they're talking about a very particular set of circumstances. There are other contenders to the title.

SYMHC Classics: Albert J. Tirrell, the First Sleepwalking Killer  

We're revisiting the murder of Mary Ann Bickford on Oct. 27, 1845. Albert J. Tirrell was charged with murder, and his defense was somnambulism.

Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 2  

As Louis XVI's time as king grew less stable, Léonard stepped away from the royal family and into his own business ventures.

Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 1  

Marie Antoinette's hairdresser set the styles of France during King Louis XVI's reign. But when he first arrived in Paris, he had almost nothing.

SYMHC Classics: Emu War of 1932  

We're revisiting the story of large numbers of emus making their way through Australia, severely damaging wheat farms.

The Sinking of the H.L. Hunley  

The story of the H.L. Hunley really begins with the Union blockade of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The Motherhood of Mamie Till-Mobley  

For more than 45 years after Emmett Till's murder, his mother continually worked to make sure he did not die in vain.

SYMHC Classics: Wreck of the Ten Sail  

This episode revisits the biggest shipping disaster in Cayman Islands history, in which 10 ships went down together one night in 1794.

John von Neumann  

One man and his incredible intellect affected so many different disciplines from game theory to computers to the Manhattan Project.

A Handful of Eclipses in History  

Today, we're walking through some of the famous eclipses in history, all while wearing proper eye shielding.

SYMHC Classics: The Contentious Invention of the Sewing Machine  

We're revisiting our 2013 episode on the invention of the sewing machine and the epic patent battle associated with it.

Frederic Tudor, the Ice King  

Tudor hatched a clever plan: In cold weather, he would harvest ice for cheap, and then sell it all around the world when it was hot.

Charles VI of France: The Mad King  

France’s mad king Charles VI reigned in the middle of the Hundred Years War between England and France.

SYMHC Classics: The Origin of Cheeses  

We're revisiting a classic episode, about cheese! It's been around for more than 9,000 years. But how did humans learn to make it?

The Kallikaks and the Eugenicists  

The eugenics movement in the U.S. focused on identifying, sequestering and even sterilizing people who were deemed to be 'unfit.'

The Sepoy Rebellion of 1857  

The Sepoy Rebellion was the result of many, many influences and stressors on the cultures of India living under British rule.

SYMHC Classics: The Count of St. Germain  

We're revisiting a classic episode, all about the Count of Saint Germain. His story features teleportation, alchemy and even rumors of immortality.

Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam  

Ibn Battuta's 14th-century travels were extensive. He traveled through virtually every Muslim nation and territory, becoming the traveler of the age.

Frederick Douglass  

Frederick Douglass was an orator, writer, statesman and social reformer who campaigned for the abolition of slavery and women's suffrage.

SYMHC Classics: Jane Austen  

We're revisiting a classic episode, all about Jane Austen. She was not a shy spinster nor a real-life version of any of her heroines.

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