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39 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Partition of India
The partition of India is the largest and quickest mass migration of individuals, and glossed over in history. As many formal subjects of the British Empire in what is now modern day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh navigated to boundaries they didn't know about before August 15th of 1947, violence that many in Britain never expected erupted across the area. Many families were forever separated--not like there was a cell phone to call, nor did you know WHERE your family was going to settle after the new religious boundaries were drawn and enacted. While most migration and movement by individuals in the Indian subcontinent was completed by January 1948, the 5 months prior were full of not only murder, but acts that would be considered terrorist like to many nowadays. Take a listen as Trisha and I go over how the subject came up, and learn more about how this violent migration happened after the British left British India. Want more info? Check out the links below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZS40U5yFpc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrcCTgwbsjchttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/29/the-great-divide-books-dalrymple
18 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Frozen 3: The Conspiracy
On this latest conspiracy theory episode, Matt and I discuss a two part theory:Was Walt Disney frozen? And did the Disney company create the Frozen movie franchise intentionally to mess up the algorithm from individuals searching online so when they type "frozen Disney" they see the movie, not the rumors and theories about Walt's body being frozen back in 1966?When Walt died in 1966, the rumors started about him being frozen due to a few reasons. One, someone was announced to have been frozen shortly after his death. Second, his fascination with futuristic tech, evident in his design of Disney's Epcot, could mean he was very into the idea of cryogenic technology. Third, he was cremated, but there is no plaque at his family's plot for him, but there is one for his daughter. Have you been caught by the Snow Queen and need more? Tune in and let us know if you're a believer.
18 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Emmett Till's Lasting Legacy, and What to do About Carolyn Bryant
Many know the story about Emmett Till; a 15 year old Black child visiting Mississippi where he was kidnapped, tortured and abused by two men for supposedly offending a white woman. His body was recovered three days later in the Tallahatchie river, barely recognizable. His mother then held an open casket funeral back home in Chicago so the world could see what happened to her child. The two men, Roy Bryant (the husband of the offended white woman, Carolyn Bryant), and JW Milam, were charged and then found innocent by a jury of all white peers. They later admitted to killing Emmett, and sold their story. This murder and the ability for two white men to get off the hook so easily was one of the catalysts of the Civil Rights movement. While Roy and JW had shitty lives, Carolyn divorced Roy, and remarried...and still loves in Mississippi. Recently, an unserved warrant was found in the basement of a county sheriff office for Carolyn Bryant during the three days he was missing. The warrant was never served because she was a young white mother and it would be too bothersome for her to come in. So, what do we do now that there can be some justice for Emmett Till?https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/till-timeline/https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/30/us/emmett-till-carolyn-bryant-arrest-warrant.html
29 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
The Largest Mass Execution, The Dakota 38
As the world slowly burns and some of us are just continuing to exist, I decided to go back to podcasting vs doom scrolling social media again. I hope you learn things from these upcoming podcasts I have lined up for you, as well as escape whatever may be happening in your life. Yours in historical facts and memes,CourtneyThe Dakota 38 subject is a dark historical part of US history. The execution of 38 East Dakota tribesman on December 26, 1862 is the largest mass execution in this country's history, and was signed off by Lincoln. How did this happen? Like many things, the breaking of a promise, or a treaty. In these treaties, the Eastern Dakota were pressured into ceding large tracts of land to the United States in a series of treaties signed in 1837, 1851 and 1858, in exchange for cash annuities, debt payments, and other provisions. These treaties were overseen by the federal government through Indian Agents that weren't for helping the indigenous people. While the Eastern Dakotans signed over their land, the US government was to pay debts, yearly payments, and supplies. The winter from 1861-862 was harsher than normal, and the crops from 1861 were not as plentiful on this new land for them. When the civil war broke out in 1861, the US government than became late on payments and supply of food, causing those at the reservation to come to drastic decisions. As Trisha and I go through in this episode, the tribesman were pushed to their limits through various means and did fight back by attacking settlers that had moved into their ancestry lands. From August to September, Little Crow led the charges to take land and supplies from settlers and military members, using bloodshed when needed. 100 US and local military died, 358 civilians/settlers, 150 Dakotans, and 38 executed. Eventually, Little Crow and many of the Eastern Dakotan tribesman were captured. Many more innocent Dakotans were imprisoned than those that took part in the raids or fighting. After their capture and relocation, Little Crow and about 150-200 members were able to escape up to the Dakota Territory and Canada. On September 27, 1862, Colonel Henry Hastings Sibley ordered the creation of a military commission to conduct trials of the Dakota. One year later, the judge advocate general would determine that Sibley did not have the authority to convene trials of the Dakota, due to his level of prejudice, and that his actions had violated Article 65 of the United States Articles of War. However, by then the executions had already occurred, and the American Civil War continued to distract the U.S. government. Yay civil war! The 400-odd of trials commenced on 28 September 1862 and were completed on 3 November; some lasted less than 5 minutes. No one explained the proceedings to the defendants, nor were the Sioux represented by defense attorneys. It was a sham that was allowed to happen because of the Civil War...which also started the whole ordeal. Because of the nature, and it being federal crimes the East Dakotans were charged with, Lincoln did have to review and approve the charges for being hanged. Lincoln did lessen the amounts of those executed, and limited to only those that were to have murdered settlers/civilians. If you're looking for more information on this topic, or to read my sources:https://youtu.be/ZLjzUNXMbhM --Dakota 38 + 2 moviehttps://indiancountrytoday.com/news/traumatic-true-history-full-list-dakota-38https://www.usdakotawar.org/history/aftermath/trials-hanging
24 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Was H.H. Holmes Jack the Ripper, or were there really just two comparable serial killers in the world at the same time?
But have you heard about H. H. Holmes? He was a serial killer, and fraudster that was active in the late 1800s, and is most widely known for his murder hotel in Chicago that he mostly used during the 1893 World's Fair. Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or H. H. Holmes, was an American con artist, murderer, and trigamist, the subject of more than 50 lawsuits in Chicago alone. he was born in 1861, and later died by hanging in 1896 (or did he 🤔.) Holmes moved to Chicago in 1886, and started construction on his building in 1887. While there aren't as many reliable accounts of him actually luring strangers to his unfinished hotel to kill them, he did admit while in prison of numerous murders, he was only charged with one--the murder of his business partner.While talking about Holmes and his many atrocities is pretty fitting to this podcast, it's the conspiracy theory that he was ALSO Jack the Ripper that was the central point of this episode. There are traits and timelines known about Jack the Ripper that line up with Holmes. Holmes and his assistant could have taken time before the completion of his hotel to go to London, take steps to learn about his killing techniques, and Holmes' anatomy education in the states lines up with the precision Jack the Ripper had. The Jack the Ripper murders started in August of 1888, and ended in November. These murders, or the canonical five, could have been committed by Holmes. Want to hear Matt and my take on this? Tune in to this week's episode and let us know your thoughts.
16 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
Time Balls--the New Frontier!
It's been awhile, did you miss the random history? Hope so!So if you know what a time ball is, you know it's now new at all. But, it is space, time, ships, and timing a ball. Joined by Trisha, we go over what a time ball is, where it originated from, and we discuss the most famous one of them all--the New Year's Eve time-ball in Times Square in New York City.And also go over some of the history of New Year's Eve in Time Square, because I can't talk about science things without some history, you feel me? You can find mostly non operational Time Balls all over the world from Africa, Australia, Europe, and the United States--even the Titanic Memorial in New York City has a Time Ball.
23 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Conservatorship and a Little Murder
Have you ever gone down a rabbit hole? Like, you had intentions to explore topic A (in my case, conservatorship in the US), but then find out about topic B (headrights, oil, and murder in Oklahoma)?If you haven't heard about the Reign of Terror associated with the Osage people, you aren't alone. This is definitely part of America's dark history; a story of greed, corruption, oil, and money in the early 20th century. Coined "The Reign of Terror" by news outlets, this is sadly one of many stories about the mistreatment of Indigenous people by whites, but more so because of the murder that also transpired. Why would anyone target a subsect of Indigenous people in Oklahoma? Because they were rich. Oil money rich; and they were birth rights and inherited. However, that means you could designate someone to take your headrights, right? Well, kinda. The US government declared that many of those Indigenous people could NOT make sound decisions, and needed someone watching over them...that was a white lawyer or business man. What could go wrong? Oh, you know, deception, greed, corruption, and obviously MURDER. Starting in May of 1921, local hunters discovered the decomposing body of 36-year-old Anna Brown in a remote ravine of Osage County. Because there was no apparent killer, police declared the death alcohol poisoning because, why not? Well, that's just where this story begins. Tune in to hear more about The Reign of Terror, and how the murders stopped...ish.
22 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Was She Faking It?
This is probably the most recently developed conspiracy theory we've covered on this show, and it's honestly just ableism. The vast majority of people know about Helen Keller and how she learned to communicate with Anne Sullivan after becoming blind and deaf. However, there was a weird trend on TikTok saying how Helen Keller was faking it. Like... What?What most likely started out as a joke video has turned into Gen Z and younger saying she was faking her disability. Matt and I explore this incredibly bizarre and baseless claim and give our 2 cents and then some.
32 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
China and The Religion Dilemma
I've been asked a few times now to do an episode over the Uyghurs or Uighurs. Because my knowledge of Chinese history a part from overall world history and interactions on the international stage is so limited, I was hesitant. But, I did research, and still cannot pronounce a thing. In this solo episode, I go over the history of the Uighurs--where are they located, their ethnicity, religion, their overall culture--and then their history of interactions with China starting in the early 20th century. Because of how China is with concealing information, it is a consistent conflict over gathering information from that region or China about the long standing history of the Uighurs in the Xinjiang region. To read more:https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/religion-china https://apnews.com/article/ap-top-news-international-news-weekend-reads-china-health-269b3de1af34e17c1941a514f78d764chttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-22278037https://www.pbs.org/newshour/features/uighurs/
46 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
God is Good, and So is Beer
In this new episode, I sit down with Tyler to talk about the history of the German Beer Purity Law. What is it, why does it exist, and does it even matter anymore? All great questions that I hope we actually covered. Alcohol and religion seem to have an interesting relationship; during the Middle Ages and then some, monks would unknowingly brew beer and hand it out to travelers because drinking water from a river could legitimately give you a disease that would kill you. While brewers didn't know about yeast and its impact in beer making until much later, brewers throughout history would continue to make alcohol. Tune for some interesting stories, and beer. Because God and beer are good.
55 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
I'm Mandela'ed, You're Mandela'ed, We've All Been Mandela'ed!
Have you ever thought something seemed maybe a bit...off? Do you swear movies existed that maybe never did? Well, have we got a podcast for you!What exactly is the Mandela Effect? The Mandela Effect is a conspiracy theory term used for false memories; many believe that these slight different memories in mass amounts of the population can indicate that glitch in the Matrix idea, or that we're in a simulation. "In psychology, a false memory is a phenomenon where someone recalls something that did not happen or recalls it differently from the way it actually happened. Suggestibility, activation of associated information, the incorporation of misinformation, and source misattribution have been suggested to be several mechanisms underlying a variety of types of false memory phenomena." On this episode I am joined by Erika, Cassidy, Sobia, and of course Matt, to talk about multiple Mandela Effects and to see who actually was "Mandela'ed."Theories covered:Nelson Mandela's DeathThe Berenstein Bears vs. The Berenstain BearsLooney Tunes vs. Looney ToonsBologna Centrale railway station clockShazaam movieStar Wars--C3PO and “Luke, I am your father”Fruit of the Loom Logo
17 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
A Nearly Forgotten Horrible Conductor on the Reverse Underground Railroad
Yes, you read that right the first time. Reverse underground railroad was a thing. I mentioned it briefly on a previous solo podcast talking about slave patrols to modern policing, but I wanted to take a dive into an individual I uncovered during that dig: Patty CannonThe Cannon-Johnson gang was not just involved in the selling of free or kidnapped Black Americans to slave plantations in areas like Alabama and Mississippi, but they also murdered other slave traders in the process. In this episode I go over Patty Cannon's life, how she started her life of crime, why she was a horrible prostitute, tactics used by the Cannon-Johnson gang, and how she was caught. She wasn't an anomaly though; there were MANY women that participated in illegal practices like the recapture of freed slaves, or even children that were born in free cities, and this was one of the few ways women could provide for themselves after the death of their spouse or father that provided for them financially. But don't have sympathy for Patty when her husband died; she was horrible and while interesting...she's still the literal worst.It's also weird her skull is on display. Like, is that an honor, or fitting?
37 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Victorians, the Queens of Mourning
Have you heard about all of the different types of traditions that came about during the Victorian Era?Not only were they holiday traditions that still occur today, like Christmas Trees, but the whole idea of mourning for someone's death. Whether it be a funeral, what to wear to grieve the loss of a best friend or cousin, or the creation of the whole funeral home business--it all came about during the Victorian Era. Join Anna and I as we talk about not just these traditions, but some of the incredibly bizarre ones, and how/why it died out.
43 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Greatest Athlete of All-Time, Who You Got?
If you could pick one athlete, from any sport, of any caliber, who is the greatest? Can someone from the 20th century thrive in a 21st century? These are just a smidge of the questions that Adam and I discuss on this week's episode. This is obviously not all we talk about; if you know me, you know sports is my passion and if I could be a talking head about football I would be. Adam and I talk over not just details about our #1 picks, but what makes someone an amazing athlete, why are people able to break records now, and how technology plays a role in not just sports but overall fitness. Does being a single sport athlete make you the best, or do you need to be the most diverse person ever? Not to ruin it, but we definitely did not have the same #1s, but I did agree with the majority if not all of his picks as being amazing athletes. Also, those in the WWE are amazing athletes, not just entertainers. Catch me outside to fight this opinion and many others after listening in.Do you agree with our picks? Were we off the mark? Are you the greatest athlete of all time?
27 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
So Where is the Statue of Liberty?
On this new conspiracy theory episode, I am joined by my friend Jess because I needed someone that's actually been to the statue of liberty 🗽Where is Lady Liberty located? Is it... Ellis island? You'd be wrong. It's not on the same island where immigrants came during the 1800s. Islands are small, it wouldn't be able to be there. Liberty Island is where it is actually located, a name fitting for the statue to be there. But, there are so many paintings and pictures that point to it at one point being on the same island. Have you been to the statue and taken a tour? What was the highest point you've gone to? The crown? The torch? A podium? For those that remember going to the torch, you must be 100+, because no one has been allowed into the torch since the Black Tom explosion in 1916. Have you heard about that? The only attack on US ground between the War of 1812 and Pearl Harbor. I hadn't heard about it, which is more surprising than I want to admit. But, because of this attack at the Statue of Liberty, no one but maintenance has been in the torch. What do we make of the photos of those that have "visited" and taken photos from the torch? Was that a mirage? A dream? Collective memories as well as false memories can create an impact on how we perceive experiences we've had. It's just a strange, strange world out there.For some of the photos Jessica and I checked out:https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1rwEL_LqJOea4ElCwBu90FsHId8W67anhTo watch some compiled pictures in a compiled video:https://youtu.be/cvI_qrquSFw
25 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
The First Immigration Law and How it Targeted Asian Women
Sorry, I didn't have a great title to come up with for this episode, but I wanted to get right to the point.I wanted to use my platform to talk about how Asian hate and discrimination isn't new in this country. It literally started with the first Asian immigrants coming to America to escape harsh economic conditions landing in present day California during the height of the California Gold Rush. Within 30 years, US Congress passed the Page Act of 1875 which indiscriminately targeted the immigration of Asian women, creating an imbalance of Asian men to women. Many of these men that came over to work, predominately on the transcontinental railroad, weren't able to bring their partner with them and wound up leaving to go back to China. If an Asian woman wanted to go through the immigration process post Page Act, they were usually humiliated and harassed. You can even view poems written by mostly Chinese immigrants in San Francisco here:https://www.aiisf.org/poems-and-inscriptions The discrimination and stereotypes of Asian immigrants continued past the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 as well. Just because we do not hear as much about it in American history does not mean it didn't happen. It did, and we are for the better to recognize it, teach it, and learn from it to be better now. Afong Moy, the first female Chinese immigrant was considered an oddity and even though she helped to educate those that wanted to be, was used by white men for profit. She sadly had stereotypes made of her, and had stereotypes projected at her when she toured with PT Barnum. If you would like more on her:https://lithub.com/the-life-of-afong-moy-the-first-chinese-woman-in-america/ If you would like more on how polygamy, prostitution impacted federal immigration laws, here's the other article I mentioned:https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6520&context=faculty_scholarship
46 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
The Most Interesting Woman You've (Probably) Never Heard About
There are definitely people that have heard about Mary Phelps Jacob--she patented the modern bra, and I personally thank her for that. But...have you heard about Caresse Crosby--the woman she transformed into once she married Harry Crosby, embraced this new lifestyle in Paris, started a publishing company, became a ghost writer of erotica, founded Women Against War and Citizens of the World, and had an artist haven at a literal CASTLE in Rome? No? Well, let Jordan and I tell you that inventing the bra was honestly the tip of her iceberg sized life. From 1891-1970, Caresse Crosby not only became the literary godmother to the Lost Generation of expatriate writers in Paris, but she was an activist when most women weren't even ready to have their own opinions. She even started the Black Sun Press with Harry to publish the first works of many famous authors, including Hemingway. In this episode, my college and super fashionable friend Jordan and I talk about not only her life, her impact, but why she probably isn't discussed as much. SPOILER: It's not just the open affair with Harry during her first marriage. If you want to read the book by her great-granddaughter, Tamara Colchester, it is called The Heart is a Burial Ground.
27 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Didn't You Get the Memo? The World Ended in 2012
Out of all the conspiracy theories we've done, this is by far the best one. Consider that the world as we knew it ended in 2012; it's plausible. We're 8+ years from the end times the Mayans predicted of December 21, 2012, and if you told 2012 you some of things that have happened since then...would you believe yourself? Like, really? I don't think I could.In this episode we discuss five great theories:Astrophysical phenomena caused the end times.The discovery of the Higgs Boson, or God Particle, by CERN led to the end of our universe as we know it.There was a reality changing event.2012 was the end of history as we know itAnd the god damn Mayans were right all along.Matt and I go in-depth on all of these, which definitely left me with the Larry David face of, well....eh...it could happen.
23 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
From Slave Patrols, to Militias, to Police and the Ku Klux Klan...What a Ride
Is it so far fetched to believe that the tactics used by slave patrollers were also used by police officers of the 19th and 20th century? I hope not, because they were. In this second solo episode, I talk about the establishment of slave patrols, some of their methods, the "perks" they received, how they were recruited and from where, as well as how the same formation of slave patrols carried over into state militias, the first armed police departments, and eventually the ku klux klan. Do you disagree with this assessment? Don't care; it's well documented by many historians with better sources that yes, slave patrols were the first form if policing in the US, and they had the best perks for a job based on fear, intimidation, and violence. I even bring up the first unarmed shooting by a police officer in 1858. I bet you don't know the outcome of that officer....you probably do. The accountability, or lack thereof, started real early in our country. It's hard to break a habit that's been ingrained and protected by centuries of tradition. For further reading on this subject, might I suggest:http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/85472/1/usappblog-2017-10-05-from-the-slave-codes-to-mike-brown-the-brutal.pdfhttps://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/slave-patrols-and-chokeholds-a-historic-look-at-police-brutality-and-racism-in-the-us
35 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
But Why Would Anyone Abandon River Country?
River Country; the first water theme park in Florida, US, and probably the world! What ever happened to it? Where is it now? Why do I feel like this is going to sound like a celebrity "where are they now?" E! episode? Well, I did mention it on the last episode, but didn't know I would be so lucky to have a guest talk about it with me! Welcome my CrossFit friend and Disney enthusiast, Mackenzie! River Country opened its wet doors in 1975, and literally hit capacity every day until it didn't reopen in 2002. What made this park so great? The Imagineers that crafted the rocks by hand to give it an authentic feel? Or was it that Gerald Ford's daughter was the first to ride down a slide? Or that some think there are conspiracy theories why it closed since Disney never gave an actual answer? It's all of them, honestly. Mackenzie and I go over all of these factors, how others tried to replicate the park (think Action Park in Jersey), what some of the reasons for the downfall were, and what we hope is the future legacy of River Country.
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