Futility Closet

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Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.


33:25 | Feb 12th, 2018

In World War II, the U.S. Army experimented with firebombs carried by live bats.
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30:10 | May 1st, 2017

Here are five new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions. Here are the sourc...Show More
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The best part of the show for a whole show. Another great lateral thinking puzzle episode.

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31:13 | Apr 24th, 2017

In 1941, Catalonian chicken farmer Juan Pujol made an unlikely leap into the world of international espionage, becoming a spy first for the Germans, then for the British, and rising to become one of t...Show More

32:48 | Mar 30th

In 1889, a dam failure sent a disastrous flood descending on Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

31:37 | Mar 16th

On New Year's Day 1963, two bodies were found inexplicably dead on a riverbank in Sydney.
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