Useless Information Podcast

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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of...Show More
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UI #125 - The Snoring War

31:09 | Jul 3rd

A fun story from 1964 in which Brooklyn neighbors Sam Gutwirth and Sam Scheir ended up in court due to Scheir's loud snoring. Also learn about the first bike path in the United States, a building filled with popcorn that spontaneously popped, a woman...Show More
Introducing Espionage!

17:33 | Apr 15th

Introducing the podcast Espionage on the Parcast network. Espionage tells the stories of the world's most incredible undercover missions and how these covert operations succeeded...or failed. Subscribe to Espionage at more...Show More
UI #124 - Flying Blind

29:37 | Jun 4th

A fantastic story about a Navy pilot who was blinded during a bombing run over North Korea in 1952 and the attempt by another pilot to land him safely. Would he make it? Listen to find out. Also learn about the first network television show to have a...Show More
UI #123 - The Many, Many Murders of Michael Malloy

14:21 | May 19th

Live presentation of one of my favorite stories of all time. Back in 1933, more than thirty attempts were made on the life of a drunk named Michael Malloy. Sounds like fiction, but is totally true.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit More
UI #122 - 1st Jewish Couple Married on TV (Part 2)

29:59 | May 5th

Part 2 of my interview with cartoonist Leigh Rubin during which we discuss how he got into cartooning and went on to become a successful syndicated cartoonist.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
UI #121 - 1st Jewish Couple Married on TV (Part 1)

44:12 | Apr 23rd

Natalie and Stan Rubin were the first Jewish couple ever married on national TV, but it almost never happened. Hear clips from the television show and an interview with their son "Rubes" cartoonist Leigh Rubin. Also learn about the first toilet ever ...Show More
The Great Podcast Switcheroo!

38:00 | Apr 1st

It's April 1st and the Great Podcast Switcheroo is happening! It's where a number of podcasts have switched hosts for the day. Today we have an episode of the Historical Blindness podcast titled The Camden Wonder, which is one of the most unusual mur...Show More
UI Bonus Episode #4 - An Incredible Life of Learning

29:50 | Mar 25th

Chatham High School student Van Oles interviews his grandfather, retired pharmacist Ronald McLean.  It's the wonderful story of a man who started his career as a soda jerk in a pharmacy and ultimately made his way to be appointed as the Interim Dean ...Show More
UI #120 - The Coal Mountain Casanova

36:34 | Mar 17th

Back in 1952, Jesse Garrett had recently divorced and was in search of a new wife. He seemed like a catch and thousands of women contacted him to let them know that they were interested. What seemed like a good idea at the time ended up financially r...Show More
UI Bonus Episode #3 - Interview with John Murphy

15:08 | Feb 25th

Part 2 of my interview with John Murphy. Here we discuss John's involvement with inventor Dean Kamen (of the Segway fame) and their work to establish the FIRST Robotics competition that now involves tens of thousands of students worldwide.Learn more ...Show More
UI #119 - A Punishment That Went Horribly Wrong

31:49 | Feb 6th

The parents of 21-year-old Linda Marie Ault were in a panic when their daughter didn't return home after attending a Friday night dance. They searched everywhere for her, but were unsuccessful.  When Linda returned home the next morning, her parents ...Show More
UI Bonus Episode #2 - Salem Trade School Interview

25:09 | Jan 13th

Bonus episode is an interview with John Murphy. His dad was a member of the Salem Trade School, which was the subject of Useless Information Podcast #90 in January 2016.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
UI #118 - Christmas Time in Santa Heim

36:42 | Dec 21st, 2018

Fun story from the 1940's about a man named Harry H. Heim who converted a defunct mill town into the ultimate Christmas wonderland. Also, learn about the most performed Christmas song, a girl who became very ill after an older student told her that S...Show More
UI #117 - The Adventure of a Lifetime

44:34 | Dec 2nd, 2018

In 1957, three Chicago aluminum awning salesmen decided to quit the jobs and sail to Africa to join in on the lucrative illegal diamond trade. They were in for a wild ride along with a very big surprise waiting for them at the end.  Also learn about ...Show More
UI #116 - The Walking Murphys

43:56 | Oct 21st, 2018

Long forgotten headline story about a family who lost everything in the Great Kansas flood of 1951. Yet, all was not as it seemed...  Also learn about what a Lucy Stoner is, a man who used handcuffs to hitchhike, twins who were hitchhiking around the...Show More
UI #115 - The Monster Crash at Crush

49:04 | Sep 13th, 2018

During the late 1800's and early 1900's, people around the United States gathered to watch two trains being smashed together.  As a PR stunt, W.G. Crush organized one of these crashes for the Kay Railroad near West, Texas. More than 20,000 spectators...Show More
UI #114 - Baby Moses

30:58 | Aug 7th, 2018

Pearl River, Louisiana resident Effie Crawford made the most startling discovery on November 11, 1936. Moving through the brush near her home she spotted a large dog carrying an unusual package in its mouth. She grabbed the bundle and opened it to fi...Show More
UI #113 - Mile-A-Minute Murphy

43:37 | Jul 5th, 2018

The world's fastest bicyclist in the 1890's was Charles Minthorp Murphy and he was certain that there was no locomotive on Earth that could go faster than he could. To prove this, Murphy set a goal to ride one-mile in one-minute, a speed that few loc...Show More
UI #112 - A Journey to the Center of the Earth

39:52 | May 30th, 2018

John Cleves Symmes was a popular lecturer back in the 1820's. Not only did Symmes believe that Newton got the concept of gravity totally wrong, he proposed that the Earth had a hollow interior and that one could enter this subterranean world via larg...Show More
UI #111 - Dick the Dog

36:56 | Apr 29th, 2018

Pennsylvania resident Jacob Silverman made national headlines back in 1922 for the crime of owning a dog named Dick within the commonwealth.  The law at the time required that Dick be killed simply because he was owned by Jacob. Could something be do...Show More
Useless Information Podcast Bonus Episode #1

27:59 | Mar 28th, 2018

Bonus episode that includes an interview that I did back in 2014 with Lene Bech Sillesen and a recording of the NBC live news report when Pearl Harbor was bombed.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
UI #110 - Wife for Sale

45:47 | Feb 26th, 2018

In 1948, Dorothy Lawlor decided to take an ad out in the Newsday newspaper seeking a husband in exchange for $10,000. Within twenty-four hours she became a media sensation. Did she really marry one of these men?  The answer may surprise you.  Include...Show More
UI #109 - The Case of the Phantom Vegetable Oil

45:59 | Jan 29th, 2018

In the late 1950's and early 1960's, Anthony "Tino" De Angelis ran a global salad oil empire. Find out how Tino grew his business so quickly, his shocking downfall, how JFK’s assassination ties into the story, and the way that one of the world's rich...Show More
UI #108 - The Man Who Gave Away His Birthday

50:10 | Dec 29th, 2017

When author Robert Louis Stevenson learned that young Vermont native Annie Ide hated her Christmas birthday, he decided to deed his own birthday to her. Listen to this episode to learn how she celebrated her new birthday and what happened after she d...Show More
UI #107 - The First Transatlantic Airplane Race

52:43 | Nov 24th, 2017

 In May of 1929, Old Orchard Beach in Maine was the site for an airplane race that pitted the smaller, more nimble American Green Flash against larger, more powerful French Yellow Bird. Anticipation mounted for weeks as the two planes attempted to ge...Show More
UI #106 - Elixir of Death

36:33 | Oct 9th, 2017

When the S.E. Massengill Co. introduced its Elixir Sulfanilamide to the market in September 1937, there was no law in the United States requiring pharmaceutical companies to test their medicines for toxicity. In just the short time that this elixir p...Show More
UI #105 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 3 - Maybelle Trow Knox

47:32 | Aug 31st, 2017

During desperate times some people are forced to do desperate things. The trick is to not get caught. Let's just say that Maybelle Trow Knox was not very good at that last part. Also learn the real name of Scooby Doo's best friend Shaggy, how Scooby ...Show More
UI #104 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 2 - Farmers in Revolt

31:24 | Jul 7th, 2017

The Great Depression was an awful time for farmers in Iowa.  It culminated with the near hanging of a judge in Le Mars. It just happens that the farm involved was owned by the T.M. Zink estate, the same man who left his savings for the establishment ...Show More
UI #103 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 1 - T.M. Zink's Library

37:22 | Jun 10th, 2017

The first of a 3-part series on Le Mars, Iowa from the 1930's. Le Mars was thrust into the national spotlight by the actions of just one man: a successful lawyer named T.M. Zink, who left nearly his entire estate for the establishment of a very unusu...Show More
UI #102 - Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

34:13 | May 6th, 2017

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was one of the first female doctors in the United States and is the only woman to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, until the government rescinded her award. Also learn about a woman who accidentally served her hu...Show More
UI #101 - Where There's a Wilby, There's a Way

36:52 | Mar 27th, 2017

Between 1942 and 1943 Ralph Marshall Wilby appeared to pull off what appeared to be the perfect crime. An incredible story that has many elements of an international thriller: deception, false identities, international kidnapping, and the drop dead g...Show More
UI #100 - A Miracle Birth in Mexico

23:15 | Feb 28th, 2017

On March 5, 2000, Ines Ramirez Perez went into labor but was unable to get any medical care to help with the delivery. In a panic, Ines concluded that she had no other option than to deliver the baby herself.  She used an ordinary kitchen knife to pe...Show More
UI #99 - Millionaire for a Day

43:34 | Nov 26th, 2016

Back in 1911, Wilkes-Barre, PA resident John Jay "Butch" McDevitt won the Democratic Primary for county treasurer. The only problem was that the Democratic Committee didn't want McDevitt on the ballot. Listen to this story to find out how the party g...Show More
UI #98 - The Trick-or-Treat Dentist

23:41 | Oct 17th, 2016

The Halloween episode. Learn about a reputable California dentist named William Shyne who supposedly gave the children of his neighborhood lollipops and laxative pills for Halloween. Also, learn about a woman arrested for dressing like a man, a man w...Show More
UI #97 - Silent Susan

31:03 | Sep 12th, 2016

On October 6, 1946 a young woman was arrested in Palisades Park, NJ for refusing to provide a police officer with her name. She had been cooperative in every way but refused to provide that single piece of information. Her story soon became front pag...Show More
UI #96 - The Ice Cream Wars

38:05 | Aug 3rd, 2016

The everything ice cream episode! Learn about an ongoing war between ice cream vendors, which included bombings, gunfire, torching of trucks, and threats. Also, learn about a ban on using glue in ice cream, a pharmacy robbery where one of the bandits...Show More
UI #95 - The Yonkers Anti-Shorts Law

30:00 | Jun 30th, 2016

Back in 1935, Yonkers, NY made international news for arresting five NYC women who wore shorts and bandana halters. At one point, the Yonkers' aldermen proposed the building of a fence around the entire Tibbetts Brook Park to keep the undesirable peo...Show More
UI #94 - The Brassiere Brigade

28:59 | May 30th, 2016

In September of 1950, a young woman contacted Miami police to let them know that someone had stolen money from her, money that she had helped to steal from Southern Bell originally. This led to the discovery of a highly unusual theft ring. Also, lear...Show More
UI #93 - The Ugliest Thing the President Ever Saw

25:17 | Apr 29th, 2016

President Lyndon Johnson was never one to hold back his words, whether they be good or bad. Listen to this episode to learn what he felt was the ugliest thing that he had ever seen. Also, learn about the original 3 Musketeers Candy Bar, a man who tur...Show More
UI #92 - A Dog Day in Court

31:37 | Mar 31st, 2016

The drowning of Brockport, NY resident Maxwell Breeze in the Erie Canal back in 1936 was the basis for one of the most unusual death penalty cases ever. Find out who was placed on trial, the decision handed down by the court, and what happened to the...Show More
UI #91 - Unfit to Teach

24:28 | Feb 28th, 2016

In the past, teachers could be fired some of the craziest reasons such as wearing turtleneck sweaters, pantsuits, not going to church, or smoking a cigarette at home. Check out this story to learn about one of the more unusual ways a teacher could be...Show More
UI #90 - The Salem Trade School

24:18 | Jan 27th, 2016

The Salem Trade School was the worst high school football team in the Boston region back in the 1920's. Any team that played against them was almost guaranteed to win. The Salem Trade team had a big secret and they somehow managed to keep it under wr...Show More
UI #89 - The Singing Mouse

28:10 | Dec 24th, 2015

The comical true story of an ordinary house mouse that could sing. Next came a one-year contract with NBC radio and an international contest to find the world's best singing mouse.  Also learn about the man who invented Christmas lights, a boy who re...Show More
UI #88 - The Last Man on Earth

25:17 | Nov 30th, 2015

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you ended up being the last person alive on Earth? Back in 1960, the San Francisco Chronicle decided to send their hunting and fishing columnist Bud Boyd up into the Marble Mountains of California for six week...Show More
UI #87 - The Rescue of Charles Nalle

33:28 | Oct 25th, 2015

When escaped slave Charles Nalle was arrested in Troy, NY on April 27, 1860, no one could have anticipated what happened next. With the help of Harriet Tubman, Nalle is believed to have been the only person in United States history to have been rescu...Show More
UI #86 - The Monk and his Hypnotist

23:11 | Sep 19th, 2015

Crazy story about an elderly monk and his wife who decided to adopt their 63-year-old doctor.  The doctor was then arrested for supposedly murdering his new mother. Also learn about the first two electric toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of F...Show More
UI #85 - Cinderella Girl

22:58 | Aug 12th, 2015

Just what happens when you write to the President of the United States to let him know that you have the same birthday as him?  A 13-year-old girl named Anna Sklepovich did just that and the results did not turn out as she had planned.  Also learn ab...Show More
UI #84 - The Honest Man with an Evil Eye

22:21 | Jul 10th, 2015

Back in 1935 a man carrying a sandwich-board sign stumbles across the find of a lifetime: A wallet containing the stocks certificates from Philips Petroleum, GE, and DuPont.  Find out what the press said that he did with the certificates, what really...Show More
UI #83 - Michigan's Flying Bandit

24:38 | Jun 7th, 2015

Back in 1928, Clarence Frechette made national news for a bizarre attack that he made on the pilot of an airplane that he was aboard, possibly making him the world's first hijacker.  Amazingly, he was back in the news in 1935 for an equally bizarre c...Show More
UI #82 - That's the Ticket

18:13 | May 9th, 2015

Back in 1955, Evert Stenmark was out hunting alone for ptarmigan when he became buried by an avalanche.  Day after day he remained trapped under the snow.  Learn how he survived and the one thing that he had in his wallet that probably saved his life...Show More
UI #81 - The Shoeless Hillbilly

19:03 | Apr 7th, 2015

When Peter Grainger walked into a US Army recruiting center in San Antonio, Texas back in 1951, he had quite the story to tell.  He had spent nearly his entire life living high in the mountains of New Mexico with virtually no contact with the outside...Show More
UI #80 - Murder in the Mail

24:18 | Mar 6th, 2015

On an October day back in 1941, John Kmetz received a trial supply of herbal pills that would supposedly restore vitality to his 54-year-old body.  Shortly after taking the pills, Kmetz was dead.  Learn about the man suspected of the crime, another b...Show More
UI #79 - The Great Venus Swindle

26:25 | Jan 22nd, 2015

In 1953 Harold Jesse Berney, head of a Washington, DC television antenna manufacturing operation, was chosen by the US government to be its main contact with Uccelles, a prince visiting our planet from Venus.  If that sounds a bit bizarre, listen to ...Show More
UI #78 - The Bowery's Santa

24:04 | Dec 19th, 2014

The Christmas episode.  Learn about a man named Joe Bonavita who returned to the Bowery in New York City every year to celebrate Christmas with those less fortunate. Also hear three shorter true stories about Santa getting into a bit of hot water.  D...Show More
UI #77 - The Woman with the X-Ray Camera

24:22 | Nov 29th, 2014

One of the most bizarre stories ever presented on this podcast. The nearly unbelievable true story about a woman hired to investigate another woman suspected in a jewel heist.  Also learn about two woman who thought that they were married to the same...Show More
UI #76 - A Life Forgotten

21:10 | Oct 23rd, 2014

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you completely lost your memory?  In this true story, a man went nearly twenty years without remembering a single detail about his life.  Also learn why the US Postal Service had been purchasing large quantiti...Show More
UI #75 - The Citicorp Tower Revisited

42:23 | Aug 16th, 2014

When the Citicorp Tower in New York City opened in 1977, no one could have ever imagined that it was a fatally flawed building.  A phone call from a college student in New Jersey to the building's structural engineer may have saved tens of thousands ...Show More
UI #74 - Arrest the Parents

24:41 | Jul 14th, 2014

Should parents be held responsible for the crimes that their children commit?  Listen to this story from 1947 detailing just what happened when New York City tried to do just that.  Also learn about the countries that drink the most coffee, a ring-tu...Show More
UI #73 - The Canary Funeral

23:44 | May 24th, 2014

Back in 1920, Newark, NJ was host to one of the most bizarre funerals ever.  An estimated 10,000 people lined the streets to witness the funeral procession of Jimmie the singing canary.  Also learn the name of the dog on Cracker Jack packaging, a sna...Show More
UI #72 - The Fever Girl

28:04 | Apr 19th, 2014

Fun story from 1923.  Newspapers around the United States reported daily on the health of the Fever Girl - a woman with the highest temperature ever recorded to that date.  Would she live or die?  Listen to this episode to find out all of the details...Show More
UI #71 - Baltimore's Buried Treasure

29:52 | Mar 15th, 2014

You may have heard about the Californian couple that found five cans of gold coins on their property.  Two Baltimore boys made a similar discovery back in 1934, but this pot of gold proved to be anything but lucky.  Also learn about people that were ...Show More
UI #70 - Busman's Holiday

29:26 | Feb 11th, 2014

Have you ever just had enough of your job and wanted to walk away from it?  Bus driver William Cimillo found himself in this position back in 1947 and his unique solution made him an instant celebrity.  Also learn how many men have ever walked on the...Show More
UI #69 - Tunnel Joe Holmes

27:31 | Jan 4th, 2014

Joseph Ellsworth Holmes was a career criminal serving a twenty year sentence for being the "dinner-time burglar".  His great escape in 1951 elevated him to celebrity status overnight.  Also learn about the origin of Pepsodent toothpaste, a man who wa...Show More
UI #68 - The Blaze Incident

27:28 | Dec 1st, 2013

A long-forgotten front page story from January of 1945 that involved the US military, the White House, a Hollywood actress, and one big dog.  Also learn the full name of FDR's famous Scottie Fala, a man who really was sucked out of his boots by a jet...Show More
UI #67 - Mr. Moneybags

25:21 | Oct 31st, 2013

Alexander Ector Orr Munsell was an incredibly wealthy man during the Great Depression.  He seemed to have it all, until he suddenly gave it all away to live among the poor in a flophouse.  Find out why he chose to do so and what happened after that. ...Show More
UI #66 - The Baby is in the Mail

24:03 | Sep 22nd, 2013

It's absolutely true: When the United States started Parcel Post service in 1913, both babies and small children were mailed. Listen to this story to learn why it was done and how it came to an end.  Also hear about the first unsigned band to appear ...Show More
UI #65 - The Short Life of Suzy Dewey

23:56 | Aug 19th, 2013

The sad story of a little girl that was diagnosed with terminal leukemia who was the victim of a hoax during the last few months of her short life.  Also find out about the first athlete to ever appear on the front of a Wheaties cereal box, two broth...Show More
UI #64 - Operation Bodysnatch

28:53 | Jul 16th, 2013

At the end of World War II, the United States was faced with the task of reburying four bodies of former German nobility.  The three men assigned to the task ran in obstacle after obstacle.  Also learn about Cap'n Crunch's full name, a dentist that w...Show More
UI #63 - Attack of the 50-Foot Garden Hose

25:03 | Jun 9th, 2013

Some mysterious force was bringing garden hoses all over the United States to life back in 1955.  Find out what they did and how one owner named George Di Peso put an end to all of the madness.  Also learn the original name of the Wheel of Fortune ga...Show More
UI #62 - The Ghost of Guam

28:52 | Apr 27th, 2013

True story of a US Navy radioman who was hunted by the Japanese during World War II.  Also learn the name of Wrigley's first chewing gum, how XYZ pays his taxes, a woman that was indirectly shot by a porcupine, and a woman that mowed her lawn in a 2-...Show More
UI #61 - The Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy

36:07 | Mar 23rd, 2013

Sad, yet true, story of a 1931 school bus disaster in the Pleasant Hill school district in Colorado.  Also learn about the world's second richest charity, topless male swimming, capturing an island, and the blood-sucking boarder.  Retrosponsor: Ovalt...Show More
UI #60 - Ivory Soap Murders

33:58 | Feb 19th, 2013

The Easter Sunday 1937 murders of Veronica Gedeon, her mom Mary, and Frank Byrnes in NYC launched an intense nationwide hunt for the killer.  There were few clues to go on, but two bars of soap provided police with the conclusive evidence that they n...Show More
UI #59 - The Sky is Falling

25:04 | Jan 9th, 2013

Alvin Rodecker and his wife chose to celebrate his 60th birthday in style.  It was to be an incredible, memorable trip to New York City.  If only he had looked up after upon leaving a ritzy restaurant...  Also learn the name of the first commercially...Show More
UI #58 - Dead Ringers

25:10 | Nov 24th, 2012

Akron, Ohio citizen Larry Bader and Omaha, Nebraska sportscaster Fritz Johnson were complete opposites of each other.  Yet, they were dead ringers for each other.  Find out what happened when one was thought to be the other.  Also learn about Robert ...Show More
UI #57 - The Sikorsky Sweater Girls

24:36 | Oct 7th, 2012

Back in 1943, 53 women were fired by Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft for wearing sweaters to work.  Listen to this story to find out the details and how it was ultimately resolved.  Also learn about the first native Australian act to have a number one singl...Show More
UI #56 - Apple Annie

23:57 | Aug 21st, 2012

Long forgotten story about a poor woman named Helen McCarthy who was able to live a fairytale life for 24 hours.  Sadly, she did not live happily ever after.  Also find out about the first transuranium element created, two brothers that were reunited...Show More
UI #55 - Will the Real Dr. Brown Please Stand Up?

30:58 | Jul 10th, 2012

Amazing true story of a small town doctor who was loved by all.  When he was arrested for committing a crime that could have endangered fellow community members, they didn't abandon their faith in him.  Also learn about the origin of the famous N-Y l...Show More
UI #54 - The Case of the Misplaced Belly Button

24:48 | May 27th, 2012

Viginia O'Hare underwent tummy tuck surgery and then sued her doctor for $1.5 million dollars.  Why?  Because her belly button was supposedly 2" off-center.  Also, learn about the first compact disc ever available for sale to the public, the discover...Show More
UI #53 - The Patron Saint of the Vocally Challenged

30:16 | Apr 26th, 2012

Florence Foster Jenkins is considered to be the forerunner of today’s talentless celebrities. Her operatic recordings are considered among the worst of all time. Yet, she managed to do something that even some of the best can’t do – she sold out Carn...Show More
UI #52 - Jack the Stripper

26:05 | Mar 21st, 2012

An odd true story about a San Diego robber dubbed "Jack the Stripper" by the press in the early 1960's.  Listen to this episode to learn about his unusual motus operandi.  Also find out about the fine levied on NASA when Skylab fell back to Earth, th...Show More
UI #51 - Tinker the Toad

20:21 | Feb 14th, 2012

Tinker the toad was found buried under a 6-inch thick concrete floor.  The slab had been poured nine years earlier.  Find out if and how Tinker survived this long entombment.  Also learn about the best-selling coffee in the United States, a judge nam...Show More
UI #50 - The Corpse Bride

31:57 | Jan 14th, 2012

Incredible true story of Count Karl von Cosel and the girl of his dreams.  It was discovered that they slept together in the same bed every night - nine years after she had died.  Also learn about the first millionaire in the United States, the Thank...Show More
UI #49 - Midnapore's Wolf Children

26:09 | Dec 14th, 2011

The story of Amala and Kamala, two girls in India that were claimed to have been raised by wolves.  Find out the facts of this unusual story.  Also learn the original name of the Hawaii 5-O television series, as well as the details of a singing teleg...Show More
UI #48 - The Double Life of Clarence King

28:03 | Nov 2nd, 2011

The first director of the US Geological Survey, Clarence King, was a famed scientist, explorer, and author.  This allowed him to move among the elite of American society in the late 19th century.  Yet, few people knew that he spent the last thirteen ...Show More
UI #47 - The French Nobleman

20:02 | Sep 5th, 2011

The death of an elderly man in Chicago in 1941 was initially unnoticed.  Then it was learned that he was a French nobleman that gave it all away for the chance to love the woman of his dreams.  Find out if he ever got the girl...  Also learn about th...Show More
UI #46 - Grady the Cow

24:31 | Jul 8th, 2011

After giving birth to a stillborn, Grady the Cow just bolted from sight.  But there was nowhere for her to go in the small room that she was in.  It was then that her owner realized she had somehow gotten her large body through the tiny door to the c...Show More
UI #45 - The Fly Paper Murderess

21:19 | Jun 16th, 2011

Six men died in a Chicago woman's home over a three-year period.  Further investigation showed that 47-year-old Margaret Summers had been married six times and all were dead.  She had taken out nineteen life insurance policies, all naming her as the ...Show More
UI #44 - The Man Buried Alive

26:16 | May 4th, 2011

On August 21, 1933, Jack Loreen was dug up after spending the previous 64 days buried in a coffin.  That was just the start of a crazy competition to survive the longest at six feet under.  Also find out which breakfast cereal is the most popular, wh...Show More
UI #43 - Lyndon Johnson's Camel Driver

28:33 | Apr 14th, 2011

On May 20, 1961, then US Vice President Lyndon Johnson was on a goodwill tour of Asia.  While pressing the flesh in Karachi, Pakistan, Johnson had a casual conversation with a camel driver named Bashir Ahmad.  The next thing you know, Bashir was on h...Show More
UI #42 - Noach Goldberg's Wooden Leg

18:50 | Mar 16th, 2011

Frank Laiken skipped town to avoid paying alimony in 1928 and was never to be seen again.  His ex-wife Rose learned of a man named Noach (Noah) Goldberg that had died in Vienna.  She was certain that Noah was her husband's alias.  His wooden leg was ...Show More
UI #41 - Conrad Cantzen's Shoes

21:53 | Feb 12th, 2011

Conrad Cantzen died in 1945 and is long forgotten, but his shoe fund still lives on.  Listen to the story of this bizarre provision in this down-on-his-luck actor's handwritten will.  Also learn which celebrity has earned a star on Hollywood's Walk o...Show More
UI #40 - Coney Island's Baby Incubators

23:00 | Jan 10th, 2011

A premature baby born prior to the 1940's had little chance of survival unless the baby was lucky enough to be part of a popular sideshow exhibit at Coney Island.  Also learn how the real Jack Daniel died, a man fined one-cent for shooting a cow, a c...Show More
UI #39 - Samuel Resnick Buys His Own Murder

22:25 | Dec 8th, 2010

Albany jeweler Samuel Resnick retired to Phoenix, Arizona, but something went wrong.  He ended up paying to have himself murdered.  Check out this podcast to find out all the details in this oddball story.  Also learn the original purpose of Formica ...Show More
UI #38 - The Cardiff Giant

26:21 | Oct 26th, 2010

The 1869 discovery of this fossilized giant provided the first definitive proof that giants once did inhabit the Earth.  Listen to find out the real facts in the story.  Also find out which serial killer the Texas House of Representatives honored, a ...Show More
UI #37 - The 34-Year Nightmare

30:14 | Sep 10th, 2010

Stephen Dennison was sent to prison for stealing $5.00 worth of chocolates back in 1926.  He never committed another crime, yet he was still there in 1960.  Listen to find out how this happened and how Steve ultimately gained release.  Also find out ...Show More
UI #36 - The Greatest Escape

33:22 | Aug 10th, 2010

lavomir Rawich's escape from a Siberian prison camp is among the greatest stories of survival ever.  So great that it seems totally unbelievable at times.  Also learn which classic TV show began the title of each episode with "The Big", a motorist ki...Show More
UI #35 - Dumpy the Dog

15:27 | Jul 9th, 2010

For a while it seemed like Dumpy the Dog could survive just about anything, but a puppyhood illness came back to haunt him.  Be sure to check out this incredible true story.  Also learn about a common kitchen product invented by Thomas Edison, a woma...Show More
UI #34 - Death by Exploding Playing Cards

17:34 | Jun 7th, 2010

William Kogut decided to end his life using a deck of ordinary playing cards.  Learn how he managed to do so in this fascinating true story.   Also find out which popular hair style was started by a woman named Barbara Terry, a doctor that dropped de...Show More
UI #33 - The Little Widow of Herald Square

25:11 | May 5th, 2010

Ida Mayfield Wood lived as a recluse in the Herald Square Hotel in NYC for 24 years.  When she died, 1,103 people claimed to be the heir to her fortune.  Eight years later not a single one of them got a penny.  Listen to this great story to find out ...Show More
UI #32 - The Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt

26:03 | Apr 6th, 2010

Wealthy Ann Cooper Hewitt was sterilized at age 20 by her mother and two doctors, yet had no knowledge that the procedure was being done.  Find out how they tricked her into the surgery.  Also find out about the ten letter word that your QWERTY keybo...Show More
UI #31 - The Phantom Sniper

22:28 | Mar 3rd, 2010

The Phantom Sniper terrorized women of the Los Angeles area in the early 1950's.  He was captured because of one minor mistake that most people would have easily overlooked.  Also find out the number of minutes spent playing football in an NFL footba...Show More
UI #30 - The Strange Kidnapping of Milly McGill

15:58 | Feb 1st, 2010

Long forgotten story about the strange kidnapping of Milly McGill back in 1945.  It is what happened after Milly was returned back to her parents that is the oddest part of this true story. Also learn what a Blue Moon really is, how a wooden leg save...Show More
UI #29 - The 1913 Calumet Christmas Party Disaster

19:43 | Nov 24th, 2009

A Christmas Eve celebration for the children of Calumet, Michigan turned into a death trap.  Listen to find out the details of this tragic story.  Also learn about Mary Anderson's invention, a Christmas watermelon miracle, Chinese Christmas cards, an...Show More
UI #28 - The Cranberry Crisis of 1959

20:25 | Nov 23rd, 2009

Can you imagine Thanksgiving without cranberries?  That actually happened in 1959 when cooks across America tossed out all of their cranberry products.  Learn about the Interrobang!? punctuation mark, a 7-story elevator plunge, a unlucky winning poke...Show More
UI #27 - The Great Elephant Caper

15:25 | Oct 30th, 2009

Eleven circus elephants died from arsenic poisoning within a one-week period.  The search for the murderer was on...  Also learn about 1936's best student essay on peace, the 12-year-old that shot his principal, and the mob that went wild when the po...Show More
UI #26 - You've Got the Wrong Men

20:36 | Oct 1st, 2009

One of the best stories ever covered on this podcast.  It's the story of two men placed on trial for murder and were saved from almost certain death by an event that occurred many miles away.  Also learn about two boys that were run over by a locomot...Show More
UI #25 - Escape in a Homemade Submarine

17:56 | Sep 2nd, 2009

Fascinating true story of three Milwaukee men that started bombing Milwaukee Sears stores in an effort to obtain $100,000 and escape in their homemade submarine.  Also learn what first the 1925 movie "The Lost World" accomplished, the parrot that com...Show More
UI #24 - The Kidnapping of Caleb Milne IV

21:14 | Aug 6th, 2009

Long forgotten story about the sensational kidnapping of Caleb Milne IV back in 1935.  Also learn the first #1 on Billboard's album chart, fake radio messages from Europe, two men that died during a fake bank robbery, and the $100 front page publicit...Show More
UI #23 - The Day the US Dropped 4 H-Bombs on Spain

17:23 | Jul 12th, 2009

The residents of Palomares in Spain are still dealing with the effects of the four hydrogen bombs accidentally dropped on this small fishing village back in 1966.  Also learn about Norman Brinker's important contribution to the restaurant industry, t...Show More
UI #22 - The Fake Epidemic

19:49 | Jun 11th, 2009

Incredible true story of two Polish doctors that used the microbe Proteus OX19 to create a pseudo typhus epidemic, which saved the lives of over 8,000 people.  Also learn which US president was first to appear on a circulating coin, the "doctor" who ...Show More
UI #21 - The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson

22:13 | May 7th, 2009

Jackie Robinson is best remembered for being the first African American to play for one of the Major League baseball teams, but his 1944 court martial for his refusal to "go to the back of the bus" nearly derailed his career. Also find out about the ...Show More
UI #20 - US Army Bicycle Corp

20:52 | Mar 30th, 2009

Hard to believe, but the United States Army once had a bicycle corp.  Also learn how a Notched wedding ring denotes divorce, a giant whale that made a 3,000 mile journey across US, plumbers who used an alligator to unplug pipe, and Rhodes scholars.  ...Show More
UI #19 - The Radium Girls

21:13 | Mar 4th, 2009

When the radioactive element radium was discovered, it quickly found its way into many products. One of those was glow-in-the dark watch and clock faces, which were painted by women who licked their paint brushes to keep them pointed. This was a dead...Show More
UI #18 - Come Dancing with Henry Ford

19:08 | Sep 14th, 2008

Henry Ford is best remembered as the father of the Model T and the assembly line, but his efforts to get the American people dancing is nearly forgotten.  Also learn about that small bump that appears around mosquito bites and a woman that bequeathed...Show More
UI #17 - Extracting Gold from Seawater

17:43 | Aug 31st, 2008

The true story of the 1897 invention of the "accumulator" that was designed to extract gold from the world's oceans.  Also learn about the significance of the death of Lt. Thomas Selfridge on September 17, 1908. Also learn about Campbell McCarthy's d...Show More
UI #16 - The Flubber Fiasco

16:22 | Jul 20th, 2008

The unbelievable story of how to deal with the disposal of millions of pieces of the toy Flubber.  It's the product that they just couldn't put down!  Also find out about the origin of the name Bluetooth. Also learn that 1/3 of NYC population is Jewi...Show More
UI #15 - The Spirits of St. Louis - NBA's Most Profitable Team

16:36 | Jul 5th, 2008

The long defunct Spirits of St. Louis basketball team may actually be one of the most profitable of all time, earning more annually than most likely any team in the NBA.  Listen to this fascinating story to find out why.  Learn about Melba 15th's wor...Show More
UI #14 - Disaster of the USS Indianapolis

15:14 | Jun 15th, 2008

The sinking of the USS Indianapolis caused the worst at-sea loss of life in the history of the US Navy.  Hundreds of lives could have been saved if the US Navy had not forgotten about the ship.  Also learn a little more about singer Johnny Mathis, th...Show More
UI #13 - Henrietta Swan Leavitt Unlocks the Universe

17:42 | Apr 26th, 2008

The largely untold story of human computer Henrietta Leavitt and how she unlocked the key to the vast universe. Also hear about a woman who hiccuped for 12 weeks, the burglary of William Fricke residence, riding a bike from California to Virginia Bea...Show More
UI #12 - Antarctica's Red Light District

11:12 | Apr 6th, 2008

Yes, it appears that scientists may have finally found what appears to be Earth's southernmost red-light district.  This is a story about penguins and what they do in their spare time.  This time, however, it is the betrayed husband who is left home ...Show More
UI #11 - The Great Toilet Paper Shortage

14:37 | Mar 16th, 2008

Learn about one of the most unusual shortages ever in US history - one that was all started by Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.  This podcast also features a discussion of the In A Gada Da Vida/Speed of Light conspiracy theory. Learn more about your ...Show More
UI #10 - The Hanging of Will Purvis

09:11 | Mar 3rd, 2008

Will Purvis hanged for the murder of another man, yet was able to walk away after the hanging was over.  Possibly a case of divine intervention, but we will never know for sure.  Find out the details of this fascinating twist-of-fate in this complete...Show More
UI #9 - The Terminal Starring Sir Alfred???

07:22 | Feb 17th, 2008

Do you recall the Tom Hanks' movie The Terminal?  His character was stuck in the airport and was unable to leave.  Believe it or not, this was very loosely based on a true story, one that was much more unusual with a sadder ending. Also learn about t...Show More
UI #8 - Fight! - Shiloh Baptist Church Disaster

06:06 | Feb 9th, 2008

The true story of the 1902 Shiloh Baptist Church Disaster, which explains why you should never scream the word "Fight!" in a crowded room.  Also find out the difference between a meteor, meteorite, and a meteoroid. Learn more about your ad choices. V...Show More
UI #7 - Philo Farnsworth

12:05 | Feb 6th, 2008

What were you doing when you were 14 years old?  At that very young age Philo Farnsworth invented something that would change the world forever.  There is a very good chance that you are using his invention right now, yet he is largely forgotten toda...Show More
UI #6 - U.S. Camel Corp

09:38 | Feb 2nd, 2008

As the United States expanded into the Southwest, the heat and lack of water prevented long-term use of horses.  The federal government found the perfect solution in the acquisition of camels.  While the camel experiment was successful, it ended just...Show More
UI #5 - The Gimli Glider

07:37 | Feb 1st, 2008

The true story of a Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet and lost total power.  With no airport within gliding range, find out how these courageous pilots dealt with this frightening live or die situation. Also, do you know which celebrity ...Show More
UI #4 - Titanic - The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

07:22 | Jan 31st, 2008

The incredible true story of the unsinkable Violet Jessop and her survival of the collisions of the three sister ships - Olympic, Titanic, Britannic.  The story that the movie should have been based on. Also, can you name the group that had the most ...Show More
UI #3 - Bath School Disaster

07:58 | Jan 29th, 2008

While most people know about the massacre at Columbine, few realize that the deadliest act of US school violence occurred in Bath, Michigan in 1927.  Listen to this fascinating story to find out the who, what, and why... Also, learn about some famous...Show More
UI #2 - Bat Bombs - The Other Secret Weapon

08:58 | Jan 28th, 2008

Fascinating true story of the development by the US government of incendiary bombs carried by living bats during World War II.  One can't help but wonder if WWII would have ended differently if this weapon had been used. Also learn why a circle has 3...Show More
UI #1 - Useless Information Podcast - Introduction

04:39 | Jan 27th, 2008

A introductory podcast that gives a brief overview of who I am, where these stories originated from, and what to expect in the future.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit