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Rank #138 in History category

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Useless Information Podcast

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Rank #138 in History category

Comedy
History
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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.

iTunes Ratings

1442 Ratings
Average Ratings
1150
158
58
30
46

Soothing voice

By ktm5461 - Jan 27 2020
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I enjoy listening as my bedtime story. Fun info, fun presentation.

Good

By Hdjfkdkcfkdkfgvocdhfnjdghuh - Oct 11 2019
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I can fall asleep from it and not in a bad way

iTunes Ratings

1442 Ratings
Average Ratings
1150
158
58
30
46

Soothing voice

By ktm5461 - Jan 27 2020
Read more
I enjoy listening as my bedtime story. Fun info, fun presentation.

Good

By Hdjfkdkcfkdkfgvocdhfnjdghuh - Oct 11 2019
Read more
I can fall asleep from it and not in a bad way
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Useless Information Podcast

Latest release on May 15, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 12 days ago

Rank #1: UI #109 - The Case of the Phantom Vegetable Oil

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In the late 1950's and early 1960's, Anthony "Tino" De Angelis ran a global salad oil empire. Find out how Tino grew his business so quickly, his shocking downfall, how JFK’s assassination ties into the story, and the way that one of the world's richest men today made a good chunk of change off of everyone else’s misfortune.  Also learn about the original name for the game Twister, a doctor or strongly discouraged excessive exercisem a glue sniffing fad, and people that consumed lemon-scented dish soap.  Retrosponsor: Title Insurance and Trust Co.

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Jan 29 2018

45mins

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Rank #2: UI #106 - Elixir of Death

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When the S.E. Massengill Co. introduced its Elixir Sulfanilamide to the market in September 1937, there was no law in the United States requiring pharmaceutical companies to test their medicines for toxicity. In just the short time that this elixir produced, it took the lives of more than 100 people, many of whom were young children. Also learn about the world's most popular medicine, how the next generation of children were predicted to have teeth like Bugs Bunny, a woman who won a TV contest to get her nose fixed, and the relationship between breast size and intelligence.  Retrosponsor: Massengill Medicated Disposable Douche. 

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Oct 09 2017

36mins

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Rank #3: UI #3 - Bath School Disaster

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While most people know about the massacre at Columbine, few realize that the deadliest act of US school violence occurred in Bath, Michigan in 1927.  Listen to this fascinating story to find out the who, what, and why... Also, learn about some famous valedictorians.

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Jan 29 2008

7mins

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Rank #4: UI #119 - A Punishment That Went Horribly Wrong

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The parents of 21-year-old Linda Marie Ault were in a panic when their daughter didn't return home after attending a Friday night dance. They searched everywhere for her, but were unsuccessful.  When Linda returned home the next morning, her parents were furious with what she had done and came up with a punishment that they thought would teach her a valuable lesson. Everything went horribly wrong. Also, learn about the first 9-1-1 call, a dog that had been choked by a piece of fishing line, a toothless dog accused of biting a man, and a dog that had his own charge account at the local grocery store. Retrosponsor: Noxzema

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Feb 06 2019

31mins

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Rank #5: UI #128 - The Prick of Death

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In 1933, a young man was walking through a busy train station in India when he was pricked in the arm by a man walking in the opposite direction. He would soon be dead and the shocking truth as to how and who murdered him was revealed. Also, learn when the sale of color televisions exceeded those of black and white, a man who invented a polarizing material, a man sentenced to prison time for writing fiction, and a mysterious body that washed up on a Chicago shore. Retrosponsor: Minit-Rub

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Oct 16 2019

29mins

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Rank #6: UI #60 - Ivory Soap Murders

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The Easter Sunday 1937 murders of Veronica Gedeon, her mom Mary, and Frank Byrnes in NYC launched an intense nationwide hunt for the killer.  There were few clues to go on, but two bars of soap provided police with the conclusive evidence that they needed.  Also learn about the first product to bear the Duncan Hines name, a phone sicko that scared parents, a death from Smokey the Bear, and women who were tricked into removing their hair.  Retrosponsor: Mother's Best Flour.

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Feb 19 2013

33mins

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Rank #7: UI #4 - Titanic - The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

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The incredible true story of the unsinkable Violet Jessop and her survival of the collisions of the three sister ships - Olympic, Titanic, Britannic.  The story that the movie should have been based on. Also, can you name the group that had the most #2 songs on the Billboard Pop Chart?

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Jan 31 2008

7mins

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Rank #8: UI #88 - The Last Man on Earth

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Did you ever wonder what would happen if you ended up being the last person alive on Earth? Back in 1960, the San Francisco Chronicle decided to send their hunting and fishing columnist Bud Boyd up into the Marble Mountains of California for six weeks to find out if one could really survive. Let's just say that everything did not go as planned... Also learn about Reynold B. Johnson's first big invention, a poison ivy lawsuit, a girl who believed that she caused a boy's death, and a dangerous tricycle driver. Retrosponsor: Delrich E-Z Color Margarine.

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Nov 30 2015

25mins

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Rank #9: UI #58 - Dead Ringers

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Akron, Ohio citizen Larry Bader and Omaha, Nebraska sportscaster Fritz Johnson were complete opposites of each other.  Yet, they were dead ringers for each other.  Find out what happened when one was thought to be the other.  Also learn about Robert Recorde's contribution to mathematics, a girl shot dead by a military gunner, boys that found gold in the sewer, and the guy who thought his house was stolen.  Retrosponsor: ENNDS Chlorophyll Tablets.

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Nov 24 2012

25mins

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Rank #10: UI #129 - Soul Searching

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When miner James Kidd died in 1949, no one could have imagined that it would take more than 21-years to settle his estate. That's because he had made a very unusual request in his will, one that would be nearly impossible to carry out. Also learn about the world's heaviest man, one man's amazing voyage to Mars, a will written on an eggshell, and another man who had distributed small amounts of money to 102 banks all around the world. Retrosponsor: The Spaghetti Store

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Nov 22 2019

44mins

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Rank #11: UI #59 - The Sky is Falling

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Alvin Rodecker and his wife chose to celebrate his 60th birthday in style.  It was to be an incredible, memorable trip to New York City.  If only he had looked up after upon leaving a ritzy restaurant...  Also learn the name of the first commercially available windshield wipers, the death of Bonzo the chimpanzee, the kidnapping of Itsy the poodle, and another poodle that took a drive in his owner's car.  Retrosponsor: Prell shampoo.  

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Jan 09 2013

25mins

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Rank #12: UI #130 - A Christmas Eve Kidnapping

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On Christmas Eve of 1937, a man in Centerville, Indiana kidnapped a young boy and his babysitter. Minutes later, the boy's mother and the local grocer were taken prisoner by a second thug. A shootout between the bandit and the boy's father then followed. Find out how it all played out by listening to this great story. Also learn about the first Christmas song broadcast from space, a limit of wine for the Sabbath, a mysterious gift dropped via a parachute, and a family who received a Christmas card from an unknown family annually for seventeen years. Retrosponsor: Campbell's Soup.

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Dec 20 2019

35mins

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Rank #13: UI #96 - The Ice Cream Wars

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The everything ice cream episode! Learn about an ongoing war between ice cream vendors, which included bombings, gunfire, torching of trucks, and threats. Also, learn about a ban on using glue in ice cream, a pharmacy robbery where one of the bandits served ice cream, and a woman who set up a $20,000 ice cream trust fund. Retrosponsor: Sealtest Ice Cream

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Aug 03 2016

38mins

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Rank #14: UI #5 - The Gimli Glider

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The true story of a Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet and lost total power.  With no airport within gliding range, find out how these courageous pilots dealt with this frightening live or die situation. Also, do you know which celebrity Nobel Prize physicist Max Born was the grandfather of?

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Feb 01 2008

7mins

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Rank #15: UI #120 - The Coal Mountain Casanova

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Back in 1952, Jesse Garrett had recently divorced and was in search of a new wife. He seemed like a catch and thousands of women contacted him to let them know that they were interested. What seemed like a good idea at the time ended up financially ruining Jesse Garrett. Also learn about the first product name to be ruled generic, a man who failed to show up as scheduled for his wedding, a woman who slept with the wrong man, and a guy who drove  motorscooter from Kentucky to Santiago, Chile to meet up with a girl. Retrosponsor: Coco-Wheats cereal

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Mar 17 2019

36mins

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Rank #16: UI #97 - Silent Susan

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On October 6, 1946 a young woman was arrested in Palisades Park, NJ for refusing to provide a police officer with her name. She had been cooperative in every way but refused to provide that single piece of information. Her story soon became front page news nationwide. Also learn about discontinued Monopoly game tokens, the Hear-See recording system, the introduction of the Radarange, and what was to be called the "Tape Age." Retrosponsor: The American Weekly magazine.

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Sep 12 2016

31mins

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Rank #17: UI #127 - The Case of the Doctor-Doctor Kidnapping

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In 1933, a medical doctor and a chiropractic doctor were found severely injured a short distance from one another. The two had never met before, but their lives had somehow violently crossed on that fateful day. Also, learn about artist Bob Ross' original canvases, a milk bottle shortage, men who were in the frigid water too long, and a bookstore that gave 50,000 books away for free. Retrosponsor: Old Dutch Cleanser

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Sep 13 2019

25mins

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Rank #18: UI #62 - The Ghost of Guam

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True story of a US Navy radioman who was hunted by the Japanese during World War II.  Also learn the name of Wrigley's first chewing gum, how XYZ pays his taxes, a woman that was indirectly shot by a porcupine, and a woman that mowed her lawn in a 2-piece bathing suit.  Retrosponsor: Wrigley's Spearmint Gum.

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Apr 27 2013

28mins

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Rank #19: UI #36 - The Greatest Escape

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lavomir Rawich's escape from a Siberian prison camp is among the greatest stories of survival ever.  So great that it seems totally unbelievable at times.  Also learn which classic TV show began the title of each episode with "The Big", a motorist killed in a freak accident by a horse's hoof, a jet fuel cap that fell from the sky, and the day that the US Secretary of Labor ate his hat.  Retrosponsor: The Granite Furniture Company.

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Aug 10 2010

33mins

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Rank #20: UI #71 - Baltimore's Buried Treasure

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You may have heard about the Californian couple that found five cans of gold coins on their property.  Two Baltimore boys made a similar discovery back in 1934, but this pot of gold proved to be anything but lucky.  Also learn about people that were paid to wake others up before alarm clocks, four daughters that could never marry, a lawsuit against Jackie Robinson, and an incident involving a minibike and a dog.  Retrosponsor: Tums Antacid

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Mar 15 2014

29mins

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