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A celebration of the quirky and the curious, the thought-provoking and the simply amusing. Each episode explores unusual historical events and other curiosities and features a lateral thinking puzzle that you can try to solve along with us.
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104-The Harvey's Casino Bombing
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In August 1980, an extortionist planted a thousand-pound bomb in
Harvey’s Wagon Wheel Casino in western Nevada. Unless the owners
paid him $3 million within 24 hours, he said, the bomb would go off
and destroy the casino. In this week's episode of the Futility
Closet podcast we'll describe the tense drama that followed and the
FBI's efforts to catch the criminal behind it.
We'll also consider some dubious lawn care shortcuts and puzzle
over why a man would tear up a winning ticket.
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Sources for our feature on the Harvey's bombing:
Jim Sloan, Render Safe: The Untold Story of the Harvey's
"1,000 Pounds of Dynamite," The Atavist 39.
"5 Charged in Harveys Bombing," Associated Press, Aug. 17,
"Five Suspects Arrested in Harvey's Extortion Bombing,"
Associated Press, Aug. 17, 1981.
"Son Pitted Against Father in Harvey's Bombing Trial,"
Associated Press, Oct. 17, 1982.
"Ex-Freedom Fighter Found Guilty of Bombing Hotel,"
Telegraph, Oct. 23, 1982.
Melinda Beck, "A Real Harvey's Wallbanger," Newsweek,
Sept. 8, 1980.
Phillip L. Sublett,