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144-The Murder Castle  

When detectives explored the Chicago hotel owned by insurance fraudster H.H. Holmes in 1894, they found a nightmarish warren of blind passageways, trapdoors, hidden chutes, and asphyxiation chambers in which Holmes had killed dozens or perhaps even hundreds of victims. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the career of America's first documented serial killer, who headlines called "a fiend in human shape."

We'll also gape at some fireworks explosions and puzzle over an intransigent insurance company.

Intro:

In 1908 a Strand reader discovered an old London horse omnibus on the outskirts of Calgary.

If Henry Jenkins truly lived to 169, then as an English subject he'd have changed religions eight times.

Sources for our feature on H.H. Holmes:

Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City, 2004.

John Borowski, The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, 2005.

Harold Schechter, Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, 1994.

Alan Glenn, "A Double Dose of the Macabre," Michigan Today, Oct. 22, 2013.

John Bartlow Martin, "The Master of the Murder Castle," Harper's, December 1943.

Corey Dahl, "H.H. Holmes: The Original Client From Hell," Life Insurance Selling, October 2013.

"Claims an Alibi: Holmes Says the Murders Were Committed by a Friend," New York Times, July 17, 1895.

"Holmes in Great Demand: Will Be Tried Where the Best Case Can Be Made," New York Times, July 24, 1895.

"Accused of Ten Murders: The List of Holmes's Supposed Victims Grows Daily," New York Times, July 26, 1895.

"The Holmes Case," New York Times, July 28, 1895.

"Expect to Hang Holmes: Chicago Police Authorities Say They Can Prove Murder," New York Times, July 30, 1895.

"Chicago and Holmes," New York Times, July 31, 1895.

"No Case Against Holmes: Chicago Police Baffled in the Attempt to Prove Murder," New York Times, Aug. 2, 1895.

"Did Holmes Kill Pitzel: The Theory of Murder Gaining Ground Steadily," New York Times, Nov. 20, 1894.

"Holmes Fears Hatch: Denies All the Charges of Murder Thus Far Made Against Him," New York Times, Aug. 2, 1895.

"Quinlan's Testimony Against Holmes: They Think He Committed Most of the Murders in the Castle," New York Times, Aug. 4, 1895.

"Modern Bluebeard: H.H. Holmes' Castles Reveals His True Character," Chicago Tribune, Aug. 18, 1895.

"The Case Opened: A Strong Plea, by the Prisoner for a Postponement," New York Times, Oct. 29, 1895.

"Holmes and His Crimes: Charged with Arson, Bigamy, and Numerous Murders," New York Times, Oct. 29, 1895.

"Holmes Grows Nervous: Unable to Face the Portrait of One of His Supposed Victims," New York Times, Oct. 30, 1895.

"Holmes Is Found Guilty: The Jury Reaches Its Verdict on the First Ballot," New York Times, Nov. 3, 1895.

"Holmes Sentenced to Die: The Murderer of Benjamin F. Pietzel to Be Hanged," New York Times, Dec. 1, 1895.

"The Law's Delays," New York Times, Feb. 4, 1896.

"Holmes' Victims," Aurora [Ill.] Daily Express, April 13, 1896.

"Holmes Cool to the End," New York Times, May 8, 1896.

Rebecca Kerns, Tiffany Lewis, and Caitlin McClure of Radford University's Department of Psychology have compiled an extensive profile of Holmes and his crimes (PDF).

Listener mail:

The Seest disaster:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4iNOguCNFQ

Wikipedia, "Seest Fireworks Disaster" (accessed March 3, 2017).

"Dutch Fireworks Disaster," BBC News, May 14, 2000.

Wikipedia, "Enschede Fireworks Disaster" (accessed March 3, 2017).

"Vuurwerkramp," Visit Enschede (accessed March 3, 2017).

Beverly Jenkins, "10 Worst Fireworks Disasters Ever," Oddee, July 4, 2013.

Jessie Guy-Ryan, "Inside the World's Deadliest Fireworks Accident," Atlas Obscura, July 4, 2016.

Wikipedia, "Puttingal Temple Fire" (accessed March 3, 2017).

Rajiv G, "Kollam Temple Fire: Death Toll Reaches 111, 40 Badly Wounded," Times of India, April 12, 2016.

This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Daniel Sterman, who sent this corroborating link (warning -- this spoils the puzzle).

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Erehdysekspertti: Supersankari Sherlock Holmes on rasisti, sukupuolisovinisti ja narkkari: 24.03.2016 10.00  

Olemme tottuneet ajattelemaan, että rakastettu supersankari Sherlock Holmes on poikkeuksellisilla henkisillä kyvyillä varustettu salapoliisi, joka ratkoo rikoksia tieteellisen päättelyn avulla. Holmesin päättelymetodeissa on jopa samankaltaisuutta siihen, miten Sigmund Freud tutki ihmismielen salaisuuksia. Supersankari Sherlock Holmes on siis varsin luontevasti modernin ajan myytti. Mitkä seikat nostivat ja pitävät Holmesia jalustalla? Mikä on miehiään tämä Arthur Doylen 1887 luoma etsivä? Ja ennen kaikkea, millaista maailmankuvaa ja elämäntyyliä Sherlock Holmes edustaa? Sherlock Holmesin pimeään puoleen kuuluu huumeiden käyttö. Holmes käyttää 7 prosentin kokaiiniliuosta, jota hän tykittää suoraan suoneen. Annos on tappava, mutta koska Holmes on yli-ihminen, hän kestää myös tällaiset annokset. Holmes on addiktoitunut rikosten selvittelyyn, kun rikoksia ei ole selvitettävänä, hän taipuu melankolisuuteen ja masentuu. Helpotus ja mielihyvä löytyvät huumeista. Holmes esittää myös rasistisia käsityksiä ja solvaa mm. ihonvärin perusteella. Naisten älyllisiin kykyihin Holmes suhtautuu pilkallisesti. Näyttää siis vahvasti siltä, että rakastamamme supersankari Sherlock Holmes onkin rasisti, sukupuolisovinisti ja narkkari. Toisinaan hän on myös hullu ja ehkä ollut tohtori John Watsonin kanssa myös silleen. Kun perheen Pikku-Vesat ja Pikku-Kallet lukevat loistavaa Holmesia, niin on hyvä muistaa, että kirja opettaa muutakin kuin tieteellistä päättelyä. Erehdysekspertti Raimo Tyykiluodon vieraana on kirjallisuudentutkija Sanna Nyqvist Helsingin yliopistosta. Nyqvist tutki väitöskirjassaan pastisseja eli tyylijäljitelmiä, esimerkiksi muiden kirjailijoiden kirjoittamia Holmes-mukaelmia.

CHICAGO MURDER CASTLE  

A castle is normally thought of as an attractive and beautiful structure, but the Chicago Murder Castle did not possess either  of those qualities.  What it did possess was extremely  unpleasant and sinister.  Also, a World's Fair is normally a festive and enjoyable experience for most people, but one very evil person in Chicago around the time of the World's Fair of 1893, which was held in Chicago, had other ideas.

 

The evil person was Herman Webster Mudgett, with aliases that included Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, and H. H. Holmes.  He killed perhaps up to 200 individuals, and many of his victims were killed in a sadistic fashion.

 

The Chicago Murder Castle refers to the building that H. H. Holmes had built, by many different contractors, that was located about three miles from the site of the World's Fair.  He used different contractors so that no single contractor would be able to determine the intended purpose of some of the strange rooms of the hotel.  It was in this "castle" that Holmes committed many of his gruesome murders.

Holmes was eventually convicted of some of the murders and he was executed.  After his execution the Chicago Murder Castle was set on fire perhaps by some individuals that wanted that chamber of horrors destroyed so that there would be no legacy of it left in Chicago.  The building survived the fire and was in use for about another forty years, but it was eventually torn down in 1938.  Today it is the site of one of the branches of the United States Postal Service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Holmes

http://harpers.org/archive/1943/12/the-master-of-the-murder-castle/

http://www.biography.com/people/hh-holmes-307622

http://web.archive.org/web/20080611011945/http://www.themediadrome.com/content/articles/history_articles/holmes.htm

http://murderpedia.org/male.H/h/holmes-photos.htm

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2069355_2069356_2069372,00.html

https://www.prairieghosts.com/holmes.html

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/08/leonardo-dicaprio-martin-scorsese-devil-in-the-white-city-serial-killer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ2AFSmf9QM

http://www.biography.com/people/hh-holmes-307622

http://www.hhholmesthefilm.com/

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188: Pete Holmes Re-Release  

PETE HOLMES is a comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and podcaster.  Performing standup for over 15 years, Pete was a featured comedian on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and VH1's Best Week Ever.  He wrote for NBC's sitcom "Outsourced" and Fox's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," and has created dozens of skit comedy videos for CollegeHumor.com. After two successsful appearances on Conan, Conan O'Brien commissioned and produced "The Pete Holmes Show" on TBS, a late-night talk show with Pete as host.  His extremely succssful podcast "You Made It Weird" is featured on the Nerdist Network has welcomed some of the best comedians and actors active today. Currently, Holmes writes and stars in the new HBO comedy, Crashing, which premiered on February 19th, which Holmes executive produces alongside Judd Apatow, who directed the pilot. 

49: Having It All and Losing Everything with Pete Sanchez  

Have you ever felt very successful and then everything falls apart? Maybe at the time, God was using this to grow your faith and trust in Him but you didn't realize it. That is exactly what God did for business-man Pete Sanchez. Listen to today’s episode to hear more about Pete and what God has done in his life. 

 

Show Highlights:

 

How the things Pete did as a child built a strong foundation for him now  How a friend’s persistence helped Pete grow closer to God What happened to Pete when he became successful, then “crashed” What had to happen for Pete to realize that he needed God  When did Pete find what he felt he was created to do  How you can minister in business  How has the gospel changed Pete’s business perspective? Key points Pete found in the book of Acts What Pete would tell his younger self 

 

Resources:

How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki 

 

Smash The Mirror - The Who's Tommy Reconstructed - The Best Radio You Have Never Heard Vol. 222  



NEW FOR NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Smash The Mirror - Tommy Reconstructed - The Best Radio You Have Never Heard - Vol. 222 Special Edition

What would the opening of the holiday season be like without a BRYHNH special edition? And this 2013 round is no exception, as we feature The Who, and their iconic ground breaking rock opera, Tommy.
Combining tracks from a variety of sources, including:

the 2013 remaster
demos, outtakes & unreleased tracks from The Who and Pete Townshend
live tracks from the 1969 - 70 Tommy tour

BRYHNH producer and host Perry Bax has created a full composite of Tommy that encompasses Tommy from its inception to this year's remastered release.

A lossless version (flac) is also available by right clicking (Windows) or control clicking (Mac) HERE then selecting "save as."


1. Overture (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
2. It's A Boy (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
3. 1929 - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
4. Amazing Journey (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
5. Sparks (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
6. The Hawker / Eyesight To The Blind (live) - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes*
7. Christmas - (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
8. Cousin Kevin Model Child - The Who Buy From iTunes
9. Cousin Kevin - The Who Buy From iTunes
10. The Acid Queen - The Who Buy From iTunes
11. Underture (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
12. Do You Think It's Alright? - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
13. Fiddle About (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
14. Pinball Wizard - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
15. There's A Doctor - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
16. Go To The Mirror (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
17. Success - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
18. Tommy Can You Hear Me? - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
19. Smash The Mirror - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
20. Sensation - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
21. Miracle Cure - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
22. Miss Simpson - The Who Buy From iTunes
23. I'm Free (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
24. Welcome - The Who Buy From iTunes
25. Tommy's Holiday Camp (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
26. We're Not Gonna Take It (alt) - The Who Buy From iTunes
27. See Me, Feel Me (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes
28. Trying To Get Through - The Who Buy From iTunes


The Best Radio You Have Never Heard
I am the light . . .
Accept No Substitute

40 - GAYDOG AND GARLEEN (WITH PETE HOLMES)  

Acquaintance to the show, up-and-coming comedian Pete Holmes joins comedy legend Chelsea Peretti to take some calls. Much singing and chanting ensues. Pete gets acquainted w the show sound effects. Pete's laugh versus a leafblower. An apocalypse expert calls. A rare occurrence of Pete BO. Pete's confidence makes Chelsea doubt her perfect hearing. A stutterer calls. New sexy music game. Talk of: heckling, Ivory Magazine, Pete coughing, BJ boasters, Chicago, cast fetishists, crying during sex (all Pete's partners), love, Chelsea's laugh retraining program, Aztec predictions, shana tova (Jew stuff), emojis, roasts, Todd Glass.

The Cinematography of House of Cards Season 4 (with Pete Konczal) GCS086  

IN THIS EPISODE: Today’s guest is Pete Konczal, Cinematographer of the brilliantly shot Netflix hit, House of Cards season 4. Pete and I discuss how he applied his style to this season as well as his shooting and lensing secrets. The Go Creative Show is supported by Kessler - www.kesslercrane.com Rule Boston Camera - www.rule.com PremiumBeat.com NewsShooter.com Shutterstock The PremiumBeat.com Song of the Week Listen to this weeks full track: Out of the Woods by Allegory Music Spotlight: Pete Konczal Pete Konczal is the incredibly talented cinematographer of the massive Netflix show, House of Cards season 4. Pete and I discuss how he incorporated his style into this season, his shooting and lighting techniques, and why living in the shadows is more fun. Pete praises my Smart Kids Music Video The Cinematography of House of Cards The lighting and shooting techniques that Pete brought to House of Cards season 4 Why was the 32mm the hero lens Embracing the shadows Why the Oval Office is the hardest space to shoot in Shooting on Red Dragon with the internal low light filter The benefits of shooting with 2 cameras Controlled Softlight The benefits of shooting art and fashion films Why Pete is inspired by Gordon Willis and much more! SOME LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE: Pete's most recent art film Nike commercial directed by Vincent Laforet PeteKonczal.net Commercial for Frigidaire Ben Consoli's BTS Instagram profile Official Website for BC Media Productions SUBSCRIBE: SHOW SUPPORTERS: Kessler - Innovative Tools for Filmmaking www.kesslercrane.com Rule Boston Camera - Buy. Rent. Create. www.rule.com PremiumBeat - Premium Royalty-Free Music and Sound www.premiumbeat.com NewsShooter - Making the real world look as good as cinema NewsShooter.com Shutterstock - Premium Footage and Images Shutterstock.com

Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan, Episode 83: Talking With The Creators of 'The Adventures of Pete and Pete'  

Hi, it's Mo here with a Thangsgiving special for you. Almost exactly 20 years ago, Nickelodeon debuted a show that has gone on to lodge itself deeply in the hearts and minds of its fans. "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" was the story of two brothers -- both sporting red hair, both named Pete Wrigley -- and their slightly odd but lovable collection of friends, enemies, parents, teachers and neighbors. Rounding out the cast was, of course, Artie, the Strongest Man in the World. 

In this half-hour chat, creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi discuss the ideas behind the show, the reasons for the fervor of the fanbase and the reasons they've returned to Nickelodeon with a new(ish) project, "Sanjay and Craig." Enjoy, my little Vikings: I certainly had a wonderful time talking to these guys, and not just because they said I could play Female Older Pete if a movie spinoff ever got off the ground. 

By the way, for proof that my love of "Pete & Pete" runs deep, check this out. It's a "Pete & Pete" interview I did with McRobb and Viscardi in the mid-'90s. 

Be sure to subscribe to the new feed for the podcast here if you like to listen on iTunes. You'll see plenty of ways in each post to stream or download MP3s if you hate iTunes with the same fervor with which Endless Mike hates those who do not submit to his absolute dominion of shop class.

Also, we have an email for the podcast now! Click here to email us questions for future podcasts.

Four Faces - The Who's Quadrophenia Reconstructed - The Best Radio You Have Never Heard Vol. 172 (special edition)  



NEW FOR NOVEMBER 23, 2011

Four Faces - Quadrophenia Reconstructed

Celebrating the 2011 release of The Who's Quadrophenia this week, BRYHNH
decided to release its own alternative, just in time for the holidays.
Combining tracks from a variety of sources, including:

• the 2011 remaster
• the original 1973 vinyl
• demos, outtakes & unreleased tracks from Pete Townshend
• the original movie soundtrack
• the fury of the live tour from 1973, with Pete and Roger telling the story of Jimmy

BRYHNH producer and host Perry Bax has created a full composite of Quadrophenia that encompasses Quadrophenia from its inception to this week's remastered release.

And for the first time ever, a lossless BRYHNH version (flac) is
available now, by right clicking (Windows) or control clicking (Mac) HERE then selecting "save as."

*Note: This show exceeds the usual length and will not fit on a standard CD for those who expand to wav/aif and burn as an audio disc . . .

1. I Am The Sea (live) - The WhoBuy From iTunes*
2. The Real Me (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
3. Quadrophenia - The Who Buy From iTunes*
4. Cut My Hair - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
5. Get Out And Stay Out - The Who Buy From iTunes*
6. Four Faces - The Who Buy From iTunes*
7. The Punk Meets The Godfather (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
8. I'm One (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
9. Wizardry - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
10. Dirty Jobs - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
11. Helpless Dancer - The Who Buy From iTunes
12. Is It In My Head - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
13. I've Had Enough - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
14. Is It Me - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
15. Any More - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
16. Joker James - The Who Buy From iTunes*
17. 5:15 (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
18. Sea and Sand (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
19. Drowned (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
20. Bell Boy (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
21. Doctor Jimmy (live) - The Who Buy From iTunes*
22. The Rock - The Who Buy From iTunes
23. Love Reign O'er Me - Pete Townshend Buy From iTunes
24. I'm The Face - The High Numbers Buy From iTunes

The Best Radio You Have Never Heard
Schizophrenic? I'm Bleeding Quadrophenic . . .
Accept No Substitute

Crashing S:1 | Pete Holmes guests on Episode 3 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow  

AFTERBUZZ TV — Crashing edition, is a weekly “after show” for fans of HBO’s Crashing. In this episode hosts Jeff Graham, Mina Wahab, Michael Rippe, and Josh Rodriguez break down episode 3 with special guest Pete Holmes. ABOUT CRASHING: Crashing is an upcoming American television comedy series created by and starring Pete Holmes.[1] The series […]

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Industry Standard 84: Pete Holmes  

PETE HOLMES is a comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and podcaster.  Performing standup for over 15 years, Pete was a featured comedian on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and VH1's Best Week Ever.  He wrote for NBC's sitcom "Outsourced" and Fox's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," and has created dozens of skit comedy videos for CollegeHumor.com. After two successsful appearances on Conan, Conan O'Brien commissioned and produced "The Pete Holmes Show" on TBS, a late-night talk show with Pete as host.  His extremely succssful podcast "You Made It Weird" is featured on the Nerdist Network has welcomed some of the best comedians and actors active today.

006: 9 reasons not to invest in property | Michael’s Mindset Moment | Pete Wargent’s prediction for the future of property  

Today I share 9 reasons not to invest in property, and in my mindset moment, I’m going to be a bit of a thorn in your side.

Then my guest, Pete Wargent gives us some predictions for the future of property.

9 reasons not to invest in property

You should NOT get involved in real estate investing if you’re:

Looking for tax savings and ignoring property investment fundamentals Fear of missing out or FOMO Wanting to get rich quick Not understanding how investment property works If you are not financially fluent in budgeting, spending, and handling debt Looking for your property to do multiple things like be a holiday home or retirement home as well as an investment Your finances are not in order If you can’t afford an investment grade property Trying to time the market or find the next hot spot

Mindset Message: You are not your fears, but you create your fears.

Pull out the thorn and face your fears, so that they never bother you again.

Pete Wargent’s prediction for the future of property

Pete explains where we should be investing based on the following likely trends over the next decade:

Falling homeownership rates More Asian migration and overseas investment More high-rise construction and apartments Jobs in “service industries” are becoming more prevalent

All this means that real estate investors will need to get smarter in their decisions

Links and resources:

Michael Yardney Metropole Rich Habits Poor Habits Pete Wargent’s blogs on Property Update Pete Wargent Pete Wargent on Twitter @PeteWargent The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself Pete Wargent on Property Update


Quotes:

“Buying property to save on taxes can lead to ignoring the fundamentals of property investing.” Michael Yardney

 

“Investing based on emotion leads to bad judgement.” Michael Yardney

 

“Property investment is a long-term endeavor that usually takes about 30 years to reach financial independence.” Michael Yardney

 

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281 Pete Holmes  

Join Kevin as he sits down with comedian and actor Pete Holmes (The Pete Holmes Show, Crashing). Pete chats about phoney-balones and doubling down on laughter while mugging to the camera often.This episode is brought to you by Casper Mattresses.

Episode 28: Sex Is Sex (with Pete Holmes Live At ComicCon!)  

Comedian Pete Holmes joins us at NYComicCon for our first LIVE podcast recording. We discuss losing your virginity, getting a pet, and chasing your dreams. For more Pete, check out The Pete Holmes Show starting October 28th, midnight after Conan on TBS!

169-John Harrison and the Problem of Longitude  

Ships need a reliable way to know their exact location at sea -- and for centuries, the lack of a dependable method caused shipwrecks and economic havoc for every seafaring nation. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll meet John Harrison, the self-taught English clockmaker who dedicated his life to crafting a reliable solution to this crucial problem.

We'll also admire a dentist and puzzle over a magic bus stop.

Intro:

Working in an Antarctic tent in 1908, Douglas Mawson found himself persistently interrupted by Edgeworth David.

In 1905, Sir Gilbert Parker claimed to have seen the astral body of Sir Crane Rasch in the House of Commons.

Sources for our feature on John Harrison:

Dava Sobel and William H. Andrews, The Illustrated Longitude, 1995.

William J.H. Andrewes, ed., The Quest for Longitude, 1996.

Katy Barrett, "'Explaining' Themselves: The Barrington Papers, the Board of Longitude, and the Fate of John Harrison," Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 65:2 (June 20, 2011), 145-162.

William E. Carter and Merri S. Carter, "The Age of Sail: A Time When the Fortunes of Nations and Lives of Seamen Literally Turned With the Winds Their Ships Encountered at Sea," Journal of Navigation 63:4 (October 2010), 717-731.

J.A. Bennett, "Science Lost and Longitude Found: The Tercentenary of John Harrison," Journal for the History of Astronomy 24:4 (1993), 281-287.

Arnold Wolfendale, "Shipwrecks, Clocks and Westminster Abbey: The Story of John Harrison," Historian 97 (Spring 2008), 14-17.

William E. Carter and Merri Sue Carter, "The British Longitude Act Reconsidered," American Scientist 100:2 (March/April 2012), 102-105.

Robin W. Spencer, "Open Innovation in the Eighteenth Century: The Longitude Problem," Research Technology Management 55:4 (July/August 2012), 39-43.

"Longitude Found: John Harrison," Royal Museums Greenwich (accessed Aug. 27, 2017).

"John Harrison," American Society of Mechanical Engineers (accessed Aug. 27, 2017).

J.C. Taylor and A.W. Wolfendale, "John Harrison: Clockmaker and Copley Medalist," Notes and Records, Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, Jan. 22, 2007.

An Act for the Encouragement of John Harrison, to Publish and Make Known His Invention of a Machine or Watch, for the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea, 1763.

John Harrison, An Account of the Proceedings, in Order to the Discovery of the Longitude, 1763.

John Harrison, A Narrative of the Proceedings Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea, 1765.

Nevil Maskelyne, An Account of the Going of Mr. John Harrison's Watch, at the Royal Observatory, 1767.

John Harrison, Remarks on a Pamphlet Lately Published by the Rev. Mr. Maskelyne, 1767.

An Act for Granting to His Majesty a Certain Sum of Money Out of the Sinking Fund, 1773.

John Harrison, A Description Concerning Such Mechanism as Will Afford a Nice, or True Mensuration of Time, 1775.

Steve Connor, "John Harrison's 'Longitude' Clock Sets New Record -- 300 Years On," Independent, April 18, 2015.

Robin McKie, "Clockmaker John Harrison Vindicated 250 Years After 'Absurd' Claims," Guardian, April 18, 2015.

Listener mail:

Charlie Hintz, "DNA Ends 120 Year Mystery of H.H. Holmes' Death," Cult of Weird, Aug. 31, 2017.

"Descendant of H.H. Holmes Reveals What He Found at Serial Killer's Gravesite in Delaware County," NBC10, July 18, 2017.

Brian X. McCrone and George Spencer, "Was It Really 'America's First Serial Killer' H.H. Holmes Buried in a Delaware County Grave?", NBC10, Aug. 31, 2017.

Daniel Hahn, The Tower Menagerie, 2004.

James Owen, "Medieval Lion Skulls Reveal Secrets of Tower of London 'Zoo,'" National Geographic News, Nov. 3, 2005.

Richard Davey, Tower of London, 1910.

Bill Bailey reads from the Indonesian-to-English phrasebook Practical Dialogues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZZv6D4hpK8

A few photos of Practical Dialogues.

This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Oskar Sigvardsson, who sent these corroborating links (warning -- these spoil the puzzle).

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If you have any questions or comments you can reach us at podcast@futilitycloset.com. Thanks for listening!

The New Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - Submarine Caves (03-04-46)  


Submarine Caves (Aired March 4, 1946)
Holmes states that he first developed his deduction methods while an undergraduate. The author Dorothy L. Sayers suggested that, given details in two of the Adventures, Holmes must have been at Cambridge rather than Oxford and that "of all the Cambridge colleges, Sidney Sussex [College] perhaps offered the greatest number of advantages to a man in Holmes’ position and, in default of more exact information, we may tentatively place him there". His earliest cases, which he pursued as an amateur, came from fellow university students. According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins. THIS EPISODE: March 4, 1946. "Submarine Caves" - Mutual network. Sponsored by: Petri Wines. An untitled adventure set on the channel island of Garth. Trying to secure the underwater caves on the island for the Crown, Holmes comes upon a murderess who dares him to do something about her crimes. The story is based on, "The Bruce Partington Plans" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Harry Bartell (announcer), Anthony Boucher (writer), Denis Green (writer), Dean Fosler (music), Arthur Conan Doyle (author), Edna Best (producer). 29:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.


164: Why You Need More Swiss Army Knives and Paratroopers on Your Startup Team, says Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite  

What separates the companies that make millions of dollars from those that never make it?

It's not the vision, or the product, or even the founder, it's the people. You can't build a successful business, let alone grow it, without having the right people by your side.

It's a lesson that Ryan Holmes, CEO and founder of Hootsuite, is intimately familiar with. Today, Holmes finds himself at the helm of one of the fastest-growing companies around. Hootsuite is a mega-popular social media tool that boasts over 16 million customers and 5 million messages powered by its service every single day. As of 2013, Hootsuite has raised an impressive $165 million in funding from some of the biggest VC firms in the world and continued to dominate the social media landscape.

In this episode, Holmes advises founders that when it comes to finding your first batch of employees, you're looking for the "Swiss Army knives" and "paratroopers" of the world. People who have the ability to take the smallest instruction and make their own way. It can be tempting to want to hire specialists in the early days, but as Holmes explains, they're more likely to hold your business back in the early days.

Finding the right people is as much about timing as it is finding the right skillset. And according to Holmes, the number one reason Hootsuite managed to grow so fast is that he had the right people by his side from day one.

In this episode you will learn:

Why having first-mover advantage means nothing in the startup world What the number one focus of any startup should be in the early stages Building virality into your product. Why, and most importantly, how. Where to find and deploy the "shock troops" of your team Why you should actually stay away from Silicon Valley when looking for A-players & so much more!
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - The Serpent God (03-14-48)  


The Serpent God (Aired March 14, 1948)
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly so called — see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognisable literary characters in any genre. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories are narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself, and two others are written in the third person. THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1948. Mutual network, WOR, New York aircheck. "The Adventure Of The Serpent God". Sponsored by: Clipper Craft Clothes. Unrest among the community of Hindus in London is being caused by none other than evil Dr. Moriarty. Charles Penman, Barry Thompson, Arthur Conan Doyle (creator), John Stanley, Alfred Shirley, Edith Meiser (writer), Basil Loughrane (producer, director), Hal Reid (sound effects), Don Williamson (engineer), Albert Buhrman (music), Cy Harrice (announcer), Michael Fitzmaurice (New York commercial spokesman). 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.


Ep. 524, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  

Sherlock Holmes is suddenly plunged into a murder investigation. But all the evidence he unearths seems to incriminate his client, rather than exonerate him. Could the great Sherlock Holmes really be mistaken? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week, we revisit the immortal stories of Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes has a special place in my heart. I named one of my kids Basil, after Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in the 40s. When he was a baby, like weeks old, I would read him Sherlock Holmes stories as I walked him at night. Now, he proofs my Classic Tales audiobooks. Our lives have really been enriched and enhanced by the classics, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

And now, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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