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51 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Pepsi's Naval Fleet, The Incredible Life of Josephine Baker, and Unpopular Christmas Opinions
This week learn all about how Pepsi Co. allegedly wound up with their very own naval fleet that may have been the sixth largest in the world as of 1989. Also learn about the fascinating life story of Josephine Baker. From theater star, to French spy during World War II, to Civil Rights activist she did it all! For this year's Christmas episode listen to some of Joey & Stock's opinions on some of the season's holiday traditions. Merry Christmas and enjoy!
42 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
The Longest War In History w/ No Casualties, Baby Cages, and the S.S. Warrimoo plus Pumpkin Pie
On this week's episode learn all about the longest war in history with no casualties. That's right! England's Scilly conflict lasted 335 years with not one single solitary casualty. Also on this week's episode we discuss the crazy fad of baby cages in the 1930s and 40s. Letting your baby hang out in a wire cage high above the city streets below... maybe not the best idea, or is it! Additionally Joey & Stock discuss the bizarre situation around the S.S. Warrimoo and one of their favorite desserts, pumpkin pie. Listen and enjoy!
33 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
On The Road: World's Largest Ball of Paint, Ball State University, and Tecumseh
This week on the History Buffet is another episode in our On The Road series where Joey and Stock travel to one of the most amazing locations on Earth... the World's Largest Ball of Paint! We'll learn about the history behind this large paint ball and Joey and Stock add a layer of paint and become World Record holders (if only briefly). As Ball State alumni we swap stories from our college days, go searching for the grave of the man who allegedly killed Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames, and visit one of Indianapolis's premiere ice cream venues. Listen and enjoy!
58 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Weird Origins of Pink Lemonade, Astounding Feats of Sgt. York, and a new Foreign Foods segment
On this week's episode learn all about the unsavory theories behind the origin of pink lemonade and its connection to the circus! Also this week learn all about the amazing feats of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York. This episode we also start a new segment called Foreign Foods in which we explore some facts in history that seem mind blowing but are true! Listen and enjoy!
30 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
On The Road: Indiana's First Capital and Site of Indiana's Only Civil War Battle Corydon, IN
On this week's episode Joey & Stock are on the road again! This time they travel to Indiana's first ever capital city, Corydon, IN. This is were the Indiana constitution was created (and signed under the still remaining Constitution Elm). Corydon is also the site of the ONLY Civil War battle fought in the state. Any trip to this southern Indiana town would not be complete without a pit stop at the infamous Butt Drugs! Hear all about Joey & Stock's adventure through the sites, sounds, and people of Corydon, Indiana. Listen and enjoy!
49 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
The Mona Lisa Heist, "Mad Jack" Churchill, and the Ten O'Clock Line Treaty
On this week's episode learn all about the details of the famed Mona Lisa theft. We also uncover a unique Indiana (Fountain Co.) connection to the Mona Lisa! Also this week find out about the amazing adventurous life of "Mad Jack" Churchill. Churchill has the only confirmed longbow kill of WWII and would often carry a Scottish broadsword and bagpipes into battle! For this week's dessert Stock sheds light on a famous Native American treaty. Listen and enjoy!
52 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
What Happened to Hitler's Body?, The Amazing Life of Robert Smalls, and Willy the Whale
This week learn about what happened to the body of Adolf Hitler after World War II. Many theories abound about what happened Adolf Hitler took his own life in his bunker near the end of WW2, what do you believe? Also learn about the amazing true story of the life of Robert Smalls. From Civil War hero to politician this man is overlooked too often in American history. Finally an addendum to our Kokomo episode we discuss Willy the Whale. Listen and enjoy!
32 minutes | May 28, 2021
On The Road: Exploring Stock's hometown of Kokomo, IN
This is the first episode of our On The Road series here on The History Buffet. This episode chronicles Joey and Stock's adventures as they explore Stock's hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. Together they examine Kokomo's biggest historical sites, local eateries, and of course partake in the usual shenanigans. Listen and enjoy!
44 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Underground Tunnels of Welbeck Abbey, Weird Andrew Jackson Facts, and Abandoned Presidential Statues
This week learn all about some very obscure changes that were made to Welbeck Abbey by the Duke of Portland. An elaborate network of underground tunnels, galleries, and ballrooms were constructed so the Duke could interact with as few people as possible! Also this week learn about President Andrew Jackson's 1400 lb. wheel of cheese he kept in the White House and about his foul mouthed pet parrot. This episode's side dish includes the abandoned field of large presidential statues in Virginia. Listen and enjoy!
47 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
21st Century Civil War Widows, First Woman President?, and French Watchmaking
This week on The History Buffet learn all about the relatively unknown marriages between Civil War veterans and their MUCH younger brides. As it turns out, the last remaining Civil War widow died in.... 2020! Also, the U.S. could be on the cusp of having its first woman president soon. But what if there has already been a woman in the role of President of the United States?! Many claim that Edith Wilson may have acted as America's "unofficial" first female president. Joey and Stock also discuss the oldest watchmaking towns in the world and Olympic hockey! Listen and enjoy!
46 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
The Skull of Sultan Mkwawa, Evil Medieval Rabbits & Snails, and Fan Feedback
On this week's episode of The History Buffet learn all about the resistance fight against the German colonization of East Africa led by Sultan Mkwawa. Mkwawa met an unfortunate fate however the story of his skull is an interesting one... Also learn about how medieval scribes drew quite the comedic doodles in the margins of illuminated manuscripts. Everything from evil rabbits to jousting snails can be seen beyond the text if you only look close enough. The side dish this week includes fan feedback about Operation Cottage as well as the unlikely king of Lampedusa Island. Listen and enjoy!
45 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Scotland's Most Notorious Conman, The Cipher of the Monks, and our favorite Thanksgiving sides
On this week's episode of learn all about the infamous conman Gregor MacGregor a Scottish born British soldier who pulled off one of the most brazen confidence tricks in history. Also this week hear about the numeric system created by the Cistercian monks that almost won out to be the main number system used throughout the world! In honor of Thanksgiving Joey and Stock dish about their favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner! Listen and enjoy!
44 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Tootsie Roll Marines, The Covington-Attica War, and Halloween Candy Reviews
This week learn all about how tootsie rolls may have been the saving grace of a group of Marines during the Korean War. Also this week learn about an oft-forgotten war in Indiana between two rival canal towns. For this special Halloween edition of the History Buffet Joey & Stock review their favorite Halloween candy! Listen and enjoy!
47 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Edgar Allan Poe's Strange Coincidence, Largest Maritime Disaster in U.S. History, and Joey & Stock's Favorite Halloween Movies
On this week's episode learn all about the mysterious similarities surrounding Edgar Allen Poe's only novel and an actual shipwrecked crew from the 19th century. Was it simply coincidence or something more sinister.... Also learn about the largest maritime disaster in U.S. history and why you've never heard of it! This week's side dish includes Joey & Stock's favorite Halloween movies just in time for spooky season! Listen and enjoy!
50 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Greatest Beer Run in History, Underground Railroad Quilts, and Balloonfest '86 w/ Seth Williamson
This week learn all about the greatest beer run in history when a U.S. Marine decided to bring the comforts of home to the front lines in Vietnam. Also this week hear about the covert operations of the Underground Railroad and the clever use of quilt designs to help get slaves to freedom. Lastly have you ever heard of Balloonfest '86? Find out what happened when the city of Cleveland tried to break the world record for most helium balloons released! All that and more (did Stock see a UFO? Did Ina Garten work for the White House??) on this week's episode. Listen and enjoy!
29 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Live at the Vogue Theater in Indianapolis
Joey & Stock talk about one of the first recorded murders in the history of the state of Indiana. Stock dives into the details surrounding the mystery behind the killing of Benjamin Fisher. A tavern in Strawtown, Native Americans, revenge, and death all play a role in this historic Indiana murder. Also hear about Albert Einstein, France in the 2006 World Cup, Christopher Columbus, and the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star during the Leftover segment! Listen and enjoy!
51 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
Female Pirate Jeanne de Clisson, Dutch Navy Surrenders to French Cavalry, and Joey & Stock's Favorite Albums
This week learn all about one of the most notorious female pirates in history Jeanne de Clisson. Out for revenge after her husband's death de Clisson was ruthless as she roamed the English Channel. Also this week we answer the question 'Can a naval fleet really be overtaken by cavalry forces?' Hear the remarkable story of the capture of the Dutch fleet at Den Helder. For this week's side dish Joey & Stock discuss their favorite albums! Listen and enjoy!
47 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Peking to Paris Race, Jack the Baboon, Leftovers of James Bond Themes and George Washington
This week learn all about the famous Peking to Paris automobile race in 1907 and 1908. A race that spans over 9,300 miles with cars that weren't necessarily known for their speed. Also hear the incredible story of a baboon named Jack that worked the railway signals for the Cape Town to Port Elizabeth railway in South Africa during the late 19th century. This week's leftover segment includes in depth discussion of Gladys Knight, James Bond theme music, and popular misconceptions about George Washington. Listen and enjoy!
67 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
The Emperor of the United States, Algerian Independence Movement, Favorite Ben & Jerry's Flavors
This week learn all about Emperor Norton I of the United States. You may be familiar with America's presidents but we bet there's a lot you don't know about America's beloved emperor! Also learn about Algeria's struggle with France to become a fully independent nation. Everything from the beginning influence of the Ottoman Empire to the Pied-Noir Algeria has had a very storied past. On this week's side dish learn about Joey & Stock's favorite flavors of Vermont's Finest... Ben & Jerry's! Listen and enjoy!
47 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Chessie the Cat, Operation Mincemeat, and Would We Re-do High School?
This week learn all about the adorable mascot for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Chessie the Cat. During the Great Depression America fell in love with this lovable cat and if you look close enough you may just find her image on rail cars still today! Also this week learn about one of the oddest secret missions of World War 2 that completely fooled the Nazis. This top secret spy operation may have been the key to launching a successful invasion into the "soft underbelly of Europe". On this week's side dish find out if Joey and Stock would redo high school if given the chance. Listen and enjoy!
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