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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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093-The Old Flying Days
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In the early days of English aviation, journalist C.C. Turner seemed to be everywhere, witnessing bold new feats and going on some harrowing adventures of his own. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll sample Turner's record of Edwardian aviation, including his own clumsy first attempt to fly an airplane and a record-setting balloon voyage to Sweden.
We'll also ponder the nuances of attempted murder and puzzle over a motel guest's noisemaking.
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Sources for our feature on early aviation in England:
Charles Cyril Turner, The Old Flying Days, 1927.
Charles Cyril Turner, The Marvels of Aviation, 1917.
This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listeners J.C. and Brenna Lundberg, who found it in this collection.
Sources for listener mail:
Wikipedia, "Death of Sammy Yatim" (accessed Feb. 2, 2016).
Diana Mehta, "Toronto Cop Found Not Guilty of Murdering Sammy Yatim, But Is Found Guilty of Attempted Murder," National Post, Jan. 25, 2016.
Jillian Bell, "Forcillo Attempted Murder Verdict Explained," CBC News, Jan. 25, 2016.
Alyshah Hasham, "Forcillo Guilty of Attempted Murder in Shooting Death of Sammy Yatim," Toronto Star, Jan. 25, 2016.
Wendy Gillis and Alyshah Hasham,